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Power & Community

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Power & Community is brought to you by the non-profit Art of Me. Art of Me was created to give youth a positive platform to identify issues and collectively create solutions to encourage mental, emotional, physical health, and safety.

Power & Community

Special Edition - Professional Medicine and HIV/AIDS

May 14, 2021

Dr. Ann Avery discusses the systemic and economic issues concerning HIV/AIDs and how she and her colleges at MetroHealth work to close the gap between those who can and can’t afford healthcare because of income, status, race, and other reasons. 

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Special Edition - Sexual Health and HIV Preventative Care

May 7, 2021

Medical research and medicine have made living with HIV/AIDS possible. Now, science focuses heavily on the prevention of transmission. Nurse Practitioner Kathryn Meyers walks us through the current medications for HIV/AIDS and the prevention methods available to everyone today.

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Special Edition - Breaking Down Myths, HIV/AIDS 101 w/ AKeem Rollins

April 30, 2021

Art of Me is partnering with the HIV/AIDS Collaborative to empower our listeners with sexual health prevention methods for HIV/AIDS. AKeem, a PrEP Navigator and sexual health educator at MetroHealth gives us the rundown about what HIV is, debunks stigma, and challenges us to keep sexual health at the forefront of our everyday lives.

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Brianna Clay has a brave conversation with us about examining what it means to be a Black woman, honoring Black women through storytelling, and telling stories that have yet to be brought to life but can educate and ground us into the history of Black people.

April 16, 2021

Power, Love, and Storytelling within the Realm of Black Womanhood

Past Episodes

April 2021


Nate Parker, American Skin, and Black Storytelling (April 9, 2021) Nate Parker discusses his latest film “American Skin”, why now is the time to put Black stories on screen, and how storytelling is the legacy we leave behind for those who come after us. EYEJ Youth SUperhead Social Change (April 1, 2021) Chanda talks to EYEJ students Carrington Hughes, Arunima Gupta , and Richa Kuklani about the digital divide, lack of Black representation in film and media, and what the future may hold for student-oriented learning and less teacher-focused classrooms.




February 2021


Filmmaking Meets Activism! Ft. RJ Raval (February 26, 2021) Chanda Bynum talks to Filipino American filmmaker PJ Raval about his creative process, and the intersection between film making and activism. How to Stay Creative and Motivated During COVID-19 (February 19, 2021) Chanda Bynum talks to creative powerhouse Mike Berry about how to stay creative and motivated during these trying times. The Music Behind Art of Me Films (Part 3) - "The UnStoppable" (February 5, 2021) Host Aviva Pusey chats with Angelo Ibasco, a singer-songwriter whose music was used in the Art of Me short film, "The Unstoppable". This is the third (and final) episode of three special episodes where we take a deep dive into the music behind Art of Me's films.




January 2021


The Music Behind Art of Me Films (Part 2) - "Blood Hana" (January 29, 2021) Lexington Rivera, the young student writer behind Art of Me's short film "Blood Hana", with Clyde Lawrence and Cody Fitzgerald, the musicians who wrote the score for "Blood Hana". This is the second of three special episodes where we take a deep dive into the music behind Art of Me's films. The Music Behind Art of Me Films (Part 1) - "The Effects" (January 22, 2021) Rosemary Gramajo Quiñones, the young student writer behind Art of Me's short film "The Effects", with Vincent Richardson, the musician who wrote the score for "The Effects". This is the first of three special episodes where we take a deep dive into the music behind Art of Me's films.




December 2020


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November 2020


Communities That Have Helped Me Grow Into Adulthood (November 20, 2020) How do we define community, and how do communities define us? Aviva Pusey talks to Chanda Bynum about the importance of community and what it means to her. How is COVID-19 Changing Education? (Part 2) (November 13, 2020) In this two-part episode, Stephanie and Cecilia talk with Cleveland-based Principal Quenton Davis about the short-term and long-term effects of COVID-19 on the public school system from his perspective as an educator. How is COVID-19 Changing Education? (Part 1) (November 6, 2020) In this two-part episode, Stephanie and Cecilia talk with Cleveland-based Principal Quenton Davis about the short-term and long-term effects of COVID-19 on the public school system from his perspective as an educator.




October 2020


Lexi & the Film, "Blood Hana" (October 30, 2020) Lexington Rivera, the writer and creator of Art of Me's newest short film, Blood Hana. Lexington offers detailed insight behind the plot and shares parts of her process. She also discusses love, inclusivity, conflicts within the self and the community, and the importance of introspection, and much more!




September 2020


Rose & the Film, "The Effects" (September 11, 2020) Rosemary Gramajo Quiñones, a young Cleveland-based Latina writer and musician. Rose talks about her Art of Me-produced short film, The Effects, and her journey as an advocate for immigrant's rights. The Effects is a story about family, love, and deportation, and premieres (virtually) tomorrow, on September 12th, 2020. What is a Safe COVID-19 Classroom? (September 7, 2020) Stephanie Wahome, Art of Me's Executive Director, talks to Julius, a New York City private school teacher, about how COVID is altering the education system and the potential implications of hybrid/digital learning models moving forward.




August 2020


How Do We Recharge? (August 17, 2020) Aviva Pusey talks to Julianna Greenidge about her Art of Me-produced short, the Unstoppable, her connection with Art of Me, and her creative process that allows her to recharge. Julianna also reflects on her experiences with bullying and anxiety. It's Okay to Not Be Okay (August 10, 2020) What does it mean to be okay? And what does it mean to *not* be okay? Aviva Pusey hosts guests Rose Gramajo and Allie Von Spreckelsen in this conversation about mental health awareness, self-confidence, current events, and more. Our Story (August 3, 2020) To kick off the very first episode of Power & Community, we begin with a candid conversation between the founders of Art of Me -- Stephanie Wahome, Executive Director, and Cecilia R. Mejia, Creative Director.




March 2021


Undocumented Immigrant Filmmaking Ft. Set Hernandez Rongkilyo (March 19, 2021) Set Hernandez Rongkilyo talks to Art of Me hosts Chanda Bynum and Rose Gramajo about their upbringing and what fuels them to continue working on films that tell the stories of undocumented immigrants. Asian Diversity, and TV Journalism Ft. Ernabel Demillo! (March 12, 2021) Veteran New York City broadcaster and journalism educator Ernabel Demillo talks to Chanda Bynum about her beginnings in television journalism, lesser-known truths about Asian diversity, the difference between being an aspiring TV journalist now and in the past, and interesting stories that aren't being shared—but that really need to be! Dance, Healing, and Storytelling (March 5, 2021) Chanda Bynum talks to Aseelah Shareef of Cleveland's Karamu House about Step Afrika!, her experiences traveling internationally as a professional dancer, the powerful healing effects of dance, and much more!