Greeting Old Friends: Record Stores in Quarantine with Rand Foster of Fingerprints Music — August 26, 2020
Music piracy, streaming, online shopping, battling major record labels and big box retailers—In the 28 years that he's been in business, Rand Foster has weathered the music industry's constant cycle of change and fickle nature. Driven by an unshakeable love and reverence for Record Stores, his employees, and the communities they serve—he's always found a way to push through. He joins Let's Cope to talk about how once again he's adapted his business to overcome new challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
James Suazo is the Associate Director at Long Beach Forward, where he leads several initiatives including the People’s Budget and the We Count Long Beach campaign. He joins Let Cope to give us his reactions to the City of Long Beach's newly proposed budget for the fiscal year 2021. With the guiding principle that “The City’s budget is a moral document that reflects the city’s values and priorities,” the People’s Budget aims to create a pathway to ending anti-Blackness and structural racism within the City. Black Lives Matter LBC and other community ally organizations have called on city council to adopt the People's Budget, which would include defunding the police and reinvesting in essential community structures such as housing, education, and public health to represent the diverse communities of color within the city.
The CRayproject will host the First Annual Long Beach Black Dance Festival in conjunction with the Arts Council for Long Beach from August 9-August 16. The festival’s theme is, “For Us, By Us”, exploring themes of Black resilience through strength, storytelling, culture and celebrating “BLACKNESS” in pure artform. Founders Cookie Ray and Ronnie Southerland join us to discuss their own personal dance journeys and how they are using dance as a tool for resistance and resiliency.
We talk to Rebecca and Josh Jones-Newman, a local couple working in education. Rebecca is a Clinical Social worker for LA Unified School District, and Josh is a Special Education teacher in the Long Beach Unified School District, with a masters in Teaching Children and Adolescents with Disabilities in Urban Contexts. We talk about the social justice behind current events in education, and how the disparity of care is situated through out diverse populations. Plus, we get their thoughts on reopening schools.
Robert Bare, is the Owner & Founder of Bare Law a legal firm located in Long Beach. He also hosts a show on KLBP by the same name, which focuses on demystifying legal speak and making law more related. With our national conversation turning to violent clashes with federal agents in Portland, Oregon we wanted to take some time to learn more about the rights of our local government and individuals as our Federal leadership threatens to send more of these forces to other cities across America. Bare joins us to answer some of our questions about what legal recourse local communities have to defend themselves from Federal occupying forces.
Dr. Michael Tehrani is an Internal Medicine Physician, that specializes in geriatrics. He is the founder of Medwell, an award winning, senior care medical practice in East Long Beach, dedicated to keeping seniors healthy through a variety of accessible health services and preventative care programs. He joins us to talk about the current pandemic and the challenges that face the 65 and older community within our healthcare system.
Zahalea Anderson is founder of the Urban School of Self-Defense and a Master Instructor of RA Life Defense, a form of Afro-American Ju-jitsu meaning “Survival by Simplicity.” For 25 years, she operated a dojo in Downtown Long Beach. Unfortunately, her facility was one of the handful of businesses that burned down on May 31st. In the face of this fire, Professor Zahalea has declared that like a Phoenix, she will “Rise out of these ashes.”
Kevin Flores is the co-founder of Forthe, a grassroots media collective that seeks to strengthen the Long Beach community by providing platforms for watchdog journalism, diverse narratives, and artistic expression. Kevin spent the last year researching the KKK’s ties to Long Beach for his recently published article titled “Hoods and Badges: A Look Back at How the KKK Infiltrated the LBPD in the 1920s.” He joins us to give a breakdown of what he discovered.
James Baldwin wrote that “People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.” Today on Let's Cope we’re talking about History, more importantly what happens when your history is omitted. Around the country, Black students are starting to step forward in demanding more inclusive curriculums in public education systems. -- Our guest is Dr. Maulana Karenga, Professor and Chair of the Department of Africana Studies at @csulongbeach and Executive Director of the African American Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Karenga is also the author of numerous scholarly articles and books. Dr. Karenga is the subject of the book by Dr. Molefi Asante titled: Maulana Karenga: An Intellectual Portrait and currently writing a book on The Liberation Ethics of Malcolm X: Critical Consciousness, Moral Grounding and Transformative Struggle.
We're joined by Senay Kenfe, a local community activist, musician, writer and business owner. Over the last 15 years he’s collaborated with artists around the world as a member of local hip hop act, The Natives. He has worked on projects from documenting the graffiti scene in Brazil and Egypt to leading clean water filtration projects in Ethiopia. As we examine our local movement, we also introduce a new segment called "WhyWeProtest." Where we seek to find connections with those protesting across all fifty states. Over the next couple weeks, we'll capture personal stories from protestors around the nation and here in Long Beach. Today we hear from Al Monge, a Healthcare worker protesting in Portland, Oregon.
Dr. Alex Norman, serves as the president of the MAYE Center where he works to bridge healing among the African American and Cambodian communities by developing awareness of shared experiences, working through ancestral trauma and moving past European centric doctrines that weaved white supremacy into our nation’s framework for many generations. Councilman Rex Richardson represents the 9th District in North Long Beach and is Chair of the Long Beach City Council Economic Development and Finance Committee. His record of accomplishment includes championing the Long Beach Economic Inclusion Implementation Plan, establishing the City’s Office of Equity, expanding shelter capacity to address homelessness, creating the PATH Young Adult Diversion Program, leading the Long Beach My Brother’s Keeper initiative, and securing major investments into the revitalization of North Long Beach.
Filipino soul food restaurant, Bebot, had just celebrated their grand opening in January when the covid-19 pandemic hit and all restaurants in Southern California were ordered to close their dine-in areas. Primal Alchemy is a Long Beach catering company that provides diverse food and drink offerings for any special occasion, but when the California’s stay at home orders went into place, many caterers saw business come to a halt as events got cancelled and venues closed their doors for gatherings. Owners Dana Buchanan and Chef Paul Buchanan found themselves turning their business model completely around in order to keep employees employed and stay thriving in an uncertain and sudden industry change.
In 2014, Laura Som founded the Maye Center in Long Beach. The mission of The MAYE Center is to establish and sustain a center for self-healing and the mindful cultivation of well-being, for survivors of trauma, and their family members, using an integrated practice of physical, spiritual and community growth. Utilizing holistic healers and practices, western doctors, and connections to counseling services and therapy if needed, Laura works to empower people to break the cycles of ancestral trauma. Ricky Yarnall of Hakujin Ramen is serving up ramen to help undocumented hospitality workers. Join us for a minute of silence to honor the memory of George Floyd, to acknowledge that he is a human being that deserves to exist. That he deserves to still be here with us today. Not just George, but Breonna, Ahmaud, Eric, Sandra, Michael, Philando, Tamir and Trayvon should all be here with us.
Ever wonder who's behind the voice of that goblin in your video game? Who is that zombie grunting at you from the screen, behind your video game console? Andrea Toyias probably knows. She is the senior casting and voice director at Blizzard Entertainment, the video game company responsible for some of the biggest games today including World of Warcraft and Overwatch. Local musician, composer, and producer Chris Schlarb opened Big Ego Studios in North Long Beach in 2015. Carrying on the tradition and vibe of small town recording studios, it has become one of the most sought after studios by musicians. Over the last decade he has collaborated with a who’s who of modern American rock, jazz, folk, pop, soul, punk, hip-hop and noise music including: Sufjan Stevens, Swamp Dogg, Cherry Glazzer, Jeff Parker, Mike Watt and more.
Jacqueline Rivas is the founder of Acrostrip, a collective of inclusive and body positive pole dancers. Forced to cancel her monthly event at Que Sera, Jackie has been working with several dancers to continue to uplift the pole community through virtual events and demos. As the stay at home orders continue in California, we touch base with more musicians here in long beach that are keeping the music going without traditional venues, and following the ways they are determined to do it. Local post country musician Dennis Robicheou joins us today to talk projects, his business, Shady Grove foods and play us some great music.
For all of us quarantine will be quite a memorable time, but what if you were in the middle of filming the biggest musical competition in the world? Long Beach resident Sophia James, or as some locals might know her, Sophia Wackerman was on her way to the American Idol Top 20 when production had to be suspended due to COVID-19. Erin Grissom is a woman of many talents. She is a Sailor who has taught recreational sailing for 17 years in Long Beach, a permaculture designer, a certified holistic birth Doula, Mother extraordinaire, and a teacher at the Long Beach community staple that was Yoga on the Bluff.
Mother's Day Edition: We want to honor this day by sharing stories and memories about our dear mothers, in hopes it can warm your heart and resonate with you as many of us are not able to be with our mothers during this quarantine. If you are apart, we hope we can comfort you with a sense of community and connection through our airwaves. Our staff has also compiled ‘Mom Quarantunes’, a special variation of our normal quarantune segments; these are songs that remind us of our beloved mothers.
We're joined by Marcelle Epley, President & CEO of the Long Beach Community Foundation to discuss their Long Beach Corona Virus Relief Fund in partnership with the City of Long Beach. Scott Jones from We Love Long Beach is keeping neighborhoods connected via a newly launched Singing Trolley and feeding our most vulnerable neighbors through a new initiative called, We Feed LB.
Katie Jo delivers country music with just enough bite to make a believer out of any country music skeptic. Brandon Thomas is helping gay men find love in a new quarantine-born series called Six Feet Away from Love. What happens when Mark Hoppus from Blink-182 shows up on your zoom call? We’ve got that and more in our weekly roundup of good news headlines. Plus, we bring you a new song by De Lux titled “Dancing is Dangerous in LA.” The band announced that sales of the track via @bandcamp will be donated to Fingerprints Music.
Musician Heather Sommerhauser aka Junatime stops by to lay down the Prince vibes in a special performance. It’s #bookstoreday and we talk to Bel Canto Books founder Jhoanna Belfer about delivering personalized book recommendations and virtual book clubs. Michael Festejo (&Soul), host of The Come Up, tells us about his work in Hospice Care.
From Drag Queen story time to #colorfulheroeslb coloring pages, the Arts Council for Long Beach's Keep Arts Working initiative aims to alleviate anxiety from our minds and bodies through the arts and begin to recuperate the creative economy. Artist Corie Mattie has been spreading hope in a new series of murals and paintings throughout LA Country; it’s a project she’s dubbed the LA Hope Dealer. Set against a signature backdrop of golden yellow, her message is loud and clear: “Cancel Plans, Not Humanity.” One of her murals can be viewed outside Sweet Water Saloon in the Alamitos Beach neighborhood.
WFH tips from Dan Rossiter, co-owner of Open Space Long Beach and Space Designer at Camp Design. Plus, musician Dez Yusuf talks his new album Cadena 77 and performs a couple songs.
Meet the women steadily adapting to bring you a virtual performance space. This segment of Let’s Cope features a round table with different curators of livestream community performance, and a musician bringing an on air Quarantunes performance for us in line with her Album Release, dropping on 4/16. Erin Foley is the cohost for The Feminist Queer Open Mic by LB Grrrl Collective, Sarah Summers organizes a Quarantine Karaoke Fundraiser #quaransingkaraoke and Branna Kelley organizes a Livestream comedy open mic. Plus, Brenda Carsey plays some songs for us from her upcoming album ‘Sirens.’ Kenny Field from the GogoBoots Radio Show is our guest Quarantunes DJ.
How are nonprofits adjusting in this pandemic? What can we do to ensure they survive this time? Our guests Michelle Byerly and Christina Kreachbaum of The Nonprofit Partnership and Niko Galvez of Long Beach Gives have some thoughts. Plus, we’re joined by Talip Peshkepia, a musician who has challenged himself to releasing new songs daily. Comedienne and host of Shamelist, Nicole Mackie drops in to tell us What’s Good? this week.
A local public school teacher and a mother who has now become a new home school teacher discuss how they're dealing with changes and how parents/teachers can support each other during this time. Plus, some advice from musician, Alyssandra Nighswonger who had to quickly adapt to the changing climate that coincided with her record release.