Brownstone Media Group Presents: View From The Stoop
Welcome Back, Family! This week we introduce or re-introduce everyone to a new family member who we hope will be coming around the Brownstone a lot in the future. Some of our more seasoned family members may recognize this week’s guest from BET’s Teen Summit. Or you may have read his work in numerous media outlets around the country. Kenji Jasper has stopped by the stoop this week to have one of the better conversation that we’ve had in awhile. We touched on topics ranging from his start in the business, growing up in the DC area in the 80s and 90s, the effect of gentrification in our communities, Jay-Z or NAS, his new book, and so much more. Make your self a drink and sit down and enjoy this one. It’s going to be good! As always check out viewfromthestoop.com for more great content and to let us know what you think. You can also find us on instagram @brownstonemg and on facebook. That’s enough about us. Let’s get this one started!
Kenji Jasper: Writing a Best-Seller & Black Culture in Entertainment
On Purpose with Isha Cogborn
Our Guest Kenji Jasper is an author, dramatic writer, consultant, and producer with more than 20 years of experience in communications. A veteran entertainment journalist, he published his first novel, Dark at 25 – a Washington Post and Los Angeles Times best seller. Kenji’s fifth novel, Nostrand Avenue, an Afrofuturistic sci-fi crime story, was just released. Kenji has written for Essence, VIBE, Ozy.com and National Public Radio and was a 2018 nominee for “Best Short Story” by the Mystery Writers of America. About Nostrand Avenue Kango Watts is the man with the plan. If you know how to find him in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, then you know how to execute the perfect crime. He doesn't make mistakes. But he does make enemies. When the plan to intimidate a local crime lord goes wrong, Kango finds himself on the run from faceless men and on a 15-year journey that takes him from the streets of Brooklyn, to Washington, DC to London and beyond. Nostrand Avenue is a tale of self-discovery that takes a single man through the worlds of yoga, nightlife, African mysticism and erotic interludes accented by bullets, explosions and mind over matter on the streets of Black America. Our listeners can get an autographed copy of Nostrand Avenue here. Topics Discussed African American representation in entertainment The Black Nerd movement Writing a best-selling novel The importance of maintaining your network Personal branding Making life decisions in alignment with your dreams Books by Kenji Jasper New release: Nostrand Avenue Washington Post & Los Angeles Times best-seller:Dark Follow Kenji Jasper on Twitter People & Things Mentioned During the Show Filmmakers, writers and producers blazing new trails in black representation on the big screen: Ava DuVernay Mara Brock Akil & Salim Akil Issa Rae Numa Perrier Dennis Dortch African-American Authors Mentioned: Terry MacMillan Connie Briscoe Terrie M. Williams Read full show transcript
It's Kenji Week here at Muhfas I Know, where basically I talk to muhfas I know named Kenji. The first Kenji up is Kenji Jasper, an accomplished author whose books I've sadly have not read. We talk about how that's a common thing, as well as the current state of book publishing. We also talk about his days writing for Vibe, getting to be the first guy to put groups like OutKast on the map. He also mentions that he's thinking about getting in brunch-making business. Didn't know that was a business, but that's something we get into a taste. (Get it?)