I don’t remember where I was when it hit me: Reza Rites, you are celebrating a decade of blogging.
My first site was called RezaRitesRi.com, my first post went up in 2005, and it’s how I earned the nickname Reza Rites. Some of the work I posted there earned me awards, and some job opportunities where I was asked to replicate the style or topics I was publishing on the site. My presence, persistence, outreach and networking also helped me start and run other sites (including VenusSings.com and AmbitiousBlackFeminist.com, the two sites I run today) and contributed to readers and collaborators not only from RI, but also from and within different spaces and quarters around the country – and world – like Washington, DC, Boston, MA, New York, New Bedford, and even San Sebastian, Spain. In short blogging has been a big part of my personal and professional development, so it feels significant that I’ve been doing it for about a decade.
Soon after realizing and reflecting on all of this, I found myself in one of the chairs in the home studio where Maurice, Aris, Carl and Victor tape their weekly podcast, “Codex Prime.”
Codex Prime, if I had to describe it in one sentence, is a space for nerds, blerds, gamers, techies, fantasy football players and/or Comic Con enthusiasts. In my case, I was invited as a guest to talk broadly about music and my current projects (ie, as a music nerd). But after hearing about my decade of blogging, and two trips to Cuba that happened before that, the window opened for a full, fun conversation with me and the guys.
Click on the Soundcloud file below to hear the Codex Prime Podcast that featured me, Reza Rites, as the special guest. And check out the show info below, from the Codex Prime page, to learn more about their program and about some of the topics that arose during the show.
The Famous Foursome of Maurice, Victor, Aris and Carl are joined by writer, digital storyteller, cultural navigator, and friend of the show Reza Clifton. Their awesome conversation delves into Reza’s work in media and education, Aris’s tales of salty Best Buy employees, Victor’s reviews of The Martian and Sicario, Reza’s experiences with the Afropunk and Afrolatino Festivals in New York this past summer, and some super cool music talk as well.
All of this and so much more, so listen, like, subscribe, GET IT!
Recorded October 6, 2015
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Venus Sings: www.venussings.com/
Sonic Watermelons: www.bsrlive.com/shows/sonic-watermelons
Ambitious Black Feminist: ambitiousblackfeminist.tumblr.com/
LINKS OF INTEREST:
Afrolatino Festival: www.facebook.com/afrolatinofestivalnyc
Ixcanul (trailer): www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMMP0Z21zqU
Gary Clark Jr. music: www.youtube.com/user/garyclarkjr
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