The Black Vibrations
By Gi Grier
Charlotte, North Carolina native Gi Grier, is joined by brilliant black creatives as they talk about music, current events, and more. Most importantly, Gi sets the stage for her guests to spread their very own brand of BLACK EXCELLENCE.
These are The Black Vibrations.
The Black VibrationsSep 16, 2022
SZN3 E14: SZN FINALE w/ Ken Wabibi of Jack of All Spades
For our SZN FINALE, Gi and Taaj visit Ken Wabibi from Jack of All Spades Podcast at Charlotte's own UpScaleStudios. The group talk about being part of community based podcasts, how Ken channels and expresses his creativeness, and what JOAS is all about.
S3 E13: TwinNation
S3 E12: Charlotte Real Estate Talk with Brad and Jordan
Charlotte Real Estate pros. Brad Hicks and Jordan Caldwell join the show to talk through the realities of working in Real Estate, how their passions shine through their work, and of course tips regarding the current and volatile Charlotte Market.
S3 E11: Shad B MYM
For our next guest we got the opportunity to interview Shad B, Owner of Mind Your Money, a Non Profit Financial Education Platform. Now living in Orlando, new father Shad and the crew talk through his journey to launching his non-profit, his thoughts on saving and budgeting, and how his goal to change the narrative around finances within the Black community motivates him everyday.
S3 E10: Sunni T. Connor
For Episode 10 our guest is Cali-based Author, Motivational Speaker, and Entrepreneur: Sunni T. Connor. We chat through her DMV origins, what motivates her, and how she used her words to jump start her journey into having the freedom to live her life to the fullest.
S3 E9: UFO Baby
Gi, Taaj, and Manny get to sit down with Recording Artist/Rapper Cameron Butler AKA UFO Baby. The group talks about his journey to finding music, his recent performances including the very first 4321 with TBV, and his 4.20 project: FLOATING BY THE BRIDGE EP.
S3 E8: aBlacktv
Gi and Taaj sit down with artist, entrepreneur, and world travel Brandon, who is the man behind ABlackTV. The show covers what it's like traveling the world solo, living life on your own terms, and how he ended up in rooms with some of the biggest names in entertainment.
S3 E7: Deston: Serial Entrepreneur
For Episode Lucky Number 7 we invited one of our favorite Entrepreneurs (whom we do business with regularly) who truly defines his success from the work he puts in. We had a pleasure catching up with Deston Thronton aka Destontobegreat, a true Serial Entrepreneur who shows no signs of stopping his grind any time soon.
We chat about how he started his businesses, the challenges and realities of being an entrepreneur. and what he likes to do outside of managing his companies.
S3 E6: Makeda Iroquois
For Episode 6 we invited the highly in-demand, vibe inducing, soul touching artist, the one and only: Makeda Iroquois.
Makeda talks about connecting with GI via a live performance, being an up and coming artist in NYC, moving back to Charlotte and what is has been like tapping into your creative bone since a young age in a front of a live interactive audience.
S3 E5: Peo Productions
We were more than ecstatic to welcome Christian Wilson, the man behind PEO Productions which stands for “Positive Energy Only.” We talk to Christian about the rise of his photography/videography career, the other hats he wears in life, and finally what his philosophy on success is. This also marked the first interview under our partnership with Airtime, a non algorithm live social app where we recorded the interview.
S3 E4: The Zen Room
For a few select episodes this season we got to set up our interview at our guest’s choice of location. For episode four, we tapped in with Iesha, Owner of The Zen Room right here in Charlotte. Gi and Iesha talk about jumping into entrepreneurship, being a woman in business, and what such a busy woman like her does for fun!
S3 E3: Fee's Focus Jewels
SZN III continues this week with a long overdue guest! After working with this talented entrepreneur on several pop ups over the last two years, we finally got her to come by the show. Hit play and listen to what healer, business woman, and poet Fee has to say.
S3 E2: Ashleigh Gilliam: Black Filmmaker
For our second episode this season we welcome black female filmmaker: Ashleigh Gilliam.
Gi and the Gastonia, NC native talk about so much including what it’s like going to school at a predominantly white institute (PWI), imposter syndrome, and her 2021 film: Tonie.Mamie.Connie.
S3 E1: The Vxbes
Your podcast's favorite podcast is BACK with our SZNIII premiere featuring the eclectic and talented CXLV aka BigVXBE aka Chris. We got the chance to invade his creative space and talk about all things including his basketball roots, how his creativity is a duty to his young self and of course his love for California.
S2 Bonus Episode: TheFirm
Gi, Taaj, and Manny got to talk to TheFirm Music group on the day before their Sincerely Yours EP dropped this passed summer. This episode from the vault covers the formation of the group, some of the lessons they learned along the way, and of course the music.
S2 Bonus Episode: Raising Resilience
Executive Producer Manny Stackks sits down with Co-Founder of Raising Resilience, Whitney. They talk about her upbringings in Burlington, NC, her experience in the mental health field, and what led to her running her own non-profit.
S2 E12: PHAZE GAWD
For our SEASON FINALE, EP Manny Stackks sits down with a Queen City LEGEND, PHAZE GAWD, (@phazegawd704 ) for another installment in his Black KANGS series.
Manny and PHAZE talk about coming up in Charlotte's underground scene, an eclectic friend in common (random as hell I tell you), and PHAZE's latest project AyoPhazoGo!
S2 E11: Coach Kev & ALPHA FITNESS
Continuing his Black KANGS series, Executive Producer Manny Stackks sits down with Certified Personal Trainer & Entrepreneur: COACH KEV. (@coach.kev5 )
On Episode 11, the two talk about the unique mindset one earns being from up north, moving to Charlotte by mistake (sounds crazy, but there is a story), and the lessons he's learned so far on his entrepreneurial journey.
S2 E10: MO C, The Resident Renaissance Man
For the first talk in his Black KANGS series, Executive Producer Manny Stackks sits down with recent college graduate and up and coming NC Rapper, MO C. (@kingmo_cx) They touch on coming up in NC, Mo's renaissance aspirations, and his most recent project Ascension which dropped this past June.
S2 E9: Dejah's Diary
S2 E8: Taaj Ameer
S2 E6: Taylor Siblings
S2 E5: The Ohmazing Ohavia
S2 E3 - Jett, Higher Quality Clothing CEO
For the last episode in our first batch of Season 2 we welcome Co-Owner Higher Quality Clothing and 4Ever Black Printing, Jett. Jett and Gi reminisce on their time growing up on the Westside of Charlotte, making it out, and how Jett plans to use the retail/printing industry to make sure young black people have a leg up when they make it out too.
S2 E1 - The Affiliated Experience
The Black Vibrations Podcast is BYKE with Season 2! We kick off the season with onsite coverage of The First Annual Affiliated Experience (4.9-4.11). The Experience kicked off with an intimate social gathering for the one and only Al Bowman's birthday, Saturday followed with Brunch and Fashion Show, and Sunday concluded the weekend with an art exhibit and pop up shop.
We went live with
Jasmine Orlandis (Host of The Experience's Fashion Show)
The Marrket (Fashion Director)
The Tulsa Initiative (Funds from event went to this non profit)
The Firm Music Group (Performer for Fashion Show)
Al Bowman (Owner and Founder of Affiliated Apparel/Experience)
Ep. 14- JazArt Studio
Ep. 11 NC On Scene Recap
Ep 10- NC On Scene Pop Up 12/19
Ep 5: NC On Scene Pop Up 11/14 Part Two
Part 2 features the vendors: @minkmeout_bysasha, @shoptheapothecaryco, @crumcopremiumproducts, @twisted_tastebytee, @mswonderful_seasoning, @weareonesociety, @mizfitattire, and @kikiearrings.
Ep 4: NC On Scene Pop Up 11/14 Part One
Listen to Gi talk to vendors at @nconscene’s Vendor Pop Up Shop on 11/14/2020.
Part 1 features the vendors: @checkedin__, @fitfreshapparel, @perfectpicnictable, @affiliated.apparel, @ankhemerald_isis, @syn.fullydelicious, and @theroughdiamonempire.