Watch Garnish Ep. 12: “NOVA Pro Wrestling”

In December, I premiered Garnish Episode 12 “NOVA Pro Wrestling,” at a screening and reception co-sponsored by Hyattsville’s Creative Edge Collaborative and the Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council.

NOVA Pro Wrestling, which – in just over a year – has become one of the best destinations for pro wrestling on the east coast. The family-owned and operated business boasts a roster of current wrestlers and alumni such as WWEs Cedric Alexander, Virginia’s hometown hero (and former TNA champion) Sonjay Dutt, as well as a rotating roster of performers from all over the country. This episode features interviews from former TNA superstar Sonjay Dutt, popular tag-team Cutie & The Beast, writer Marcus Dowling, Facelock Feminist’s Lady J and more!

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Watch Garnish Episode 7: Parallel Diamonds

Parallel Diamonds is a collective of creatives from just about every medium that boasts close to 30 members. Founded by Yang.N.Yin. – a trio which combines trap, punk rock and spoken word – Parallel Diamonds includes photographers, models, clothing designers, singers, songwriters, DJs, producers, and event curators. Most of the members are spread out in Maryland, and keep in touch with meetings to coordinate projects, moves and events, as well as through group chats to share new material and support each other. 

Most recently, the collective put on the Red Room at Union Arts, which featured performances by Soddie Casino, mūdī, Yang.N.Yin., and DJ sets by Knoimnot and Franklin of Last Niight (a separate collective which joined PD last year), as well as BVST and Mikado the Demi God. Each member that I interviewed stressed the importance of PD, for the support system and brotherhood that they often don’t get anywhere else. Whether through mosh pits or nature walks, Parallel Diamonds find inspiration and use any number of media to connect with each other and the rest of the world. 

Garnish Episode 7: Parallel Diamonds Rage in the Red Room from Antonio Hernandez on Vimeo.

This episode features just a few of the members of Parallel Diamonds. Follow the group’s Twitter @_PDSZN to stay up on their new projects and media.

Artists interviewed: Yang, Yin, Franklin, Xanielle, Inti, mūdī, Neiko Gianni, Soddie Casino, Introspective Sky, Knoimnot, Kyle-Van

Also featured: DJ BVST, Mikado the Demi God

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Garnish is the premiere web series highlighting culture, causes and commerce in the D.C. metropolitan area and Baltimore, that often exists on the fringes of mainstream media. Garnish is brought to you by Antonio Hernandez, founding editor of www.electric-llama.com.

Watch Garnish Episode 5: Llamadon

Llamadon is a family of artists based out of Baltimore, MD. Since 2013, the crew has served as a platform for independent artists in and around the city, with a focus on MCs, producers, and experimental artists that may otherwise be on the fringe of mainstream radio and media coverage. Llamadon has consistently put on a number of shows, including Beet Trip (a producer showcase with an open mic), Sweg (a showcase for the best rappers in the area), countless fundraisers, as well as regional and national tours.

Most recently members of Llamadon participated in the Light City Neighborhood Lights arts event, by providing an interactive visual and audio set-up open to the public. Llamadon is currently fundraising for a nationwide tour featuring members Joy Postell, :3lON, Butch Dawson, Freaky, Dylijens & Urban Shaman. You can find more information about the tour and donate here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/llamadon-2016-u-s-takeover-tour#/

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Garnish is the premiere web series highlighting culture, causes and commerce in the D.C. metropolitan area and Baltimore, that often exists on the fringes of mainstream media. Garnish is brought to you by Antonio Hernandez, founding editor of www.electric-llama.com.

Watch Garnish Episdoe 4: Afro Ritmo Records & Raros Ritmos

Garnish Episode 4: Afro Ritmo Records: ‘Ritmos Raros’ Brings Rare Vinyl to Packed Dance Floors in D.C.

 
 
Episode 4 of Garnish highlights Sir-Ramases Kofi, the man behind the D.C.-based label Afro Ritmos Records and the “Vintage Vinyl, Ritmos Raros” party. This time at Zeba Bar, the DJ duo of Charles Lawrence and Claudia Zevallos (known as León City Sounds), SOM Records owner Neal Becton and Sonido Chichadelico, joined Ramases for another night of rare grooves, where party-goers can hear cumbia from Peru, coladeira from Cabo Verde, and salsa from Cuba.

All the members of Afro Ritmo (there are 13 total), as well as collaborators and DJs, are vinyl-collectors who scour the globe for the best, unheard grooves. For Ramases, the Ritmos Raros parties are designed not only to get hips moving, but to honor “the pioneers of African, Latin, Indian, Caribbean, and Brazilian music.”

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Garnish is the premiere web series highlighting culture, causes and commerce in the D.C. metropolitan area and Baltimore, that often exists on the fringes of mainstream media. Garnish is brought to you by Antonio Hernandez, founding editor of www.electric-llama.com.

Watch Garnish Episode 3: NQAPIA + Khush DC Empower Asian-American Parents/LGBT Children

“Parents have an adjustment period themselves to go through whenever a child comes out of the closet to them… even though their childn’t actually die, their vision of how their child’s life was supposed to go just got eviscerated.” – Anish Tailor, Khush DC

National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) teamed up with local South Asian LGBTQ support organization Khush DC to host a panel which featured Asian-American parents (primarily from South Asia) giving their experience on dealing with the process of raising a child who is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer.

This is an extended edit of a story published on VOA News (http://www.voanews.com/content/asian-…), with more insight as well as an interview with Anish Tailor of Khush DC.

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Directed, filmed and edited by Antonio Hernandez. Music by Antonio Hernandez with co-production and energy by Boogie Madison (https://soundcloud.com/boogiemadison)

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Garnish is the premiere web series highlighting culture, causes and commerce in the D.C. metropolitan area and Baltimore, that often exists on the fringes of mainstream media. Garnish is brought to you by Antonio Hernandez, founding editor of www.electric-llama.com.

Watch Garnish Episode 2: Frank Namin, Zeba Bar’s Resident Magician

Electronic engineer Frank Namin captivates crowds at Zeba Bar, where he performs magic tricks right in front of their very eyes – by the bar, on the dance floor, or on the outside patio. Originally from Azerbaijan, Frank has been practicing magic for nearly 30 years, touting a catalog of 2,800 tricks.
Directed, filmed and edited by Antonio Hernandez. Song: “Hurricanrana” by Antonio Hernandez (aka Vicunyah)

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Garnish is the premiere web series highlighting culture, causes and commerce in the D.C. metropolitan area and Baltimore, that often exists on the fringes of mainstream media. Garnish is brought to you by Antonio Hernandez, founding editor of www.electric-llama.com.

Watch Garnish Episode 1

The first episode of my new web series “Garnish” is now available! I interviewed a slew of artists who came together for a unique jam session at Adinkra Cultural Arts Studio in Mt. Rainier, to benefit WPFW 89.3, an iconic public music station that focuses on jazz, soul and funk music.

Artists interviewed: Jamal Gray, STEFisDOPE, Meche Korrect, Nate Greyski, Jenna Camille, CJ the Genesis

This episode was directed, filmed and edited by me. The episode features music from Exaktly ft. SexGod – “T r u s t i n t h e c l v b” as well as my track “Hurricanrana.”

Garnish Episode 1 Trailer

Garnish is a brand new web series highlighting culture, causes and commerce in the D.C. metropolitan area and Baltimore, that often exists on the fringes of mainstream media. Though much more is written about what is happening in the area, there is still a lot that remains hidden. Garnish will feature candid interviews, event footage and analysis from the perspectives of creatives, entrepreneurs and big thinkers on the ground.

The first episode is  a recap of Excursions, a multi-sensory jam session hosted by Jamal Gray, co-founder of Nag Champa Arts Collective, member of CMPTVR CLVB and programmer at WPFW, to raise funds for the financially struggling radio station, which is a landmark of jazz and independent music in D.C

Watch the trailer below and stay tuned for the full episode!

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Broccoli City Fest 2016 Coverage for Voice of America (VOA)

Fellow multimedia journalist Niki Papadogiannakis and I covered the 4th Annual Broccoli City Festival for Voice of America (VOA), the international broadcasting arm of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. It was my second Broccoli City Festival and the first time that VOA has covered the music and arts festival, with an environmental message. Future, Anderson .Paak, and Jhené Aiko, headlined the main stage, while the One Love Massive stage saw performances and DJ sets by Nag Champa, DJ Ayescold, Rare Essence and more.

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True Laurels 01 Magazine Recap (Video)

True Laurels founder Lawrence Burney celebrated the release of True Laurels 01, the first full print edition of the publication. Since 2013, Lawrence produced 6 editions of the zine, while maintaining the online blog (to which I made some contributions), which featured interviews, diary entries and playlists from prominent artists all over the world, with a focus on Baltimore. You can view the recap video I filmed and edited below and you can purchase the zine here. Location: The Impact Hub, Baltimore