Happy GrUBday fam! For this episode of the Growing Up Black podcast, we speak to Jonathan Weber about his pursuit towards writing and acting, growing up as the only black person in his family, and the importance media plays in helping young people of color discover who they are. We all have different starting points as we navigate our way through life. Some of us may be born into wealth, others in poverty. Some grow up with all members of our family in the same neighborhood while others may not even have the benefit of knowing half of their family history. But through stories and media we often have the privilege of taking a look at life through a multitude of different perspectives. In today’s episode, Jon and I talk about the role tv father figures played in his life, his journey towards discovering and defining his blackness, and why he believes storytelling is one of the most effective ways we can understand each other as human beings. Jon is one of the most charismatic people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and I know that just listening to this episode is bound to brighten your day. Be sure to follow us on Spotify, rate us on iTunes and continue to share the cast on all of your social media networks! That’s how the GrUB fam continues to grow and you never know who might benefit from hearing someone else’s story. For more from Jon, follow him on Instagram @jwebs42 and if you want some GrUB merch, check out thegrubcast.com/shop. With that said, I wish happiness and prosperity to you all, much love, and as always, keep eating.
This is Jon Weber's snare solo from the Marching Percussion Festival hosted by OSU in 1994 with Matt Savage as clinician. Jon placed third at PASIC in 1994 (Atlanta) with this solo (one judge had him in first, one in third - the average score placed him third overall). Jon was a student at OSU from 1990 to 1995. He currently is on faculty at Michigan State University and has been the instructor for the Spartan Marching Percussion Section since arriving at MSU in 1996.