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Season 2 Episode 1: Shrista Tyree, Barbara Dudley, and Mic Crenshaw
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This episode is the epitome of My Real Portland. Individually they are a comedian, an activist, and a musician. Together, we put together a show that will entertain you, make you want to get up and move, laugh, cry, and sing along.

Learn more about each guest!

Shrista Tyree

Barbara Dudley

Mic Crenshaw

You can download the link below to listen whereever you’d like, or simply visit the homepage www.myrealportland.com for links to the podcast on most popular podcasting platforms/apps.

Mic Crenshaw
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Born on the Southside of Chicago, and raised both there and in Minneapolis, Michael Crenshaw is a world class MC and poet who has emerged on the national - and international stage. As a teen in the late 80's, Mic was embroiled in the violent streets of Minneapolis, leading groups to physically confront white supremacist gangs that were enforcing their will at local parks and social scenes. After beating back the neo-nazis, the violence remained, both in the streets and from authorities. Crenshaw decided it was time to escape it all and moved west to Portland, OR. Crenshaw says, "I wanted something new. [At the time] my ties with the streets were still pretty strong, and my social life involved drinking and fighting. I was ready for a change."

In Portland, he quickly became one of the most respected artists in the Northwest. Beginning in '94, Crenshaw was the front man for the beloved Portland live Hip Hop band, Hungry Mob. In 2001, Crenshaw won The Portland Poetry Slam Championship and went on to finish as a national finalist.

In Portland, Mic's community efforts expanded from the local - to the global. At the close of a Human Rights conference he attended in Rwanda, Crenshaw was confronted by local activists. They said that in America there are computers and they need his help to get them computers. As a result, upon returning to Portland, he enlisted help from an educational colleague, Morgan Delaney. As a result, Globalfam was born.

Globalfam is now a full entertainment company, record label and lifestyle company in one. It houses and produces Crenshaw's music. As well as, partners with the non-profit Education WithOut Borders (EWOB) to manage the community projects that Crensahw and Globalfam are involved in. Crenshaw now serves as EWOB's President. Seven years later, the request for computers has blossomed into a full computer education center in Burundi, Central Africa. Over 800 people have received training, and the center is now expanding, generating revenue and creating jobs by adding a computer repair shop. It is 100% locally managed and staffed. EWOB and Globalfam, along with its supporters, have been the sole outside sponsor

EWOB helps education, music and art initiatives in Portland and their work in Africa, as well serving as an umbrella for the Portland Books For Prisoners Chapter. Crenshaw is currently the Political Director of Hip Hop Congress and the Lead U.S. Organizer for the Afrikan Hip Hop Caravan. The Caravan toured six African cities in 2012 and will tour 10 cities between Cape Town and Cairo in 2014. The Caravan engages each city with a show in the city center, a Hip Hop Symposium and a free show for the youth in a township or ghetto. Crenshaw was invited to be part of the Caravan after playing the Shoko International Festival in Harare Zimbabwe in 2012.

Since 2012, Mic has released 3 EP’s expanding his musical presentation into metal and other rock inspired sound. The EP " Superheros"(2014), which features Dead Prez on its title track solidified Mic's place in Hip Hop worldwide and as an activist/educator. Bionic Metal” (2014) features signature wordplay in line with motivating sonic backdrops . Hope and Danger (2016) heightens the introspection and critical analysis of race, class and culture in modern society. Mic recently released a new project entitled "EarthBound", which explores out modern social condition through the lens of ecological responsibility, economic violence and the sociopathic tendencies of our political landscape.

Mic will be on the March 10th episode of My Real Portland.

Follow Mic at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and his website.

Jonah Willbach
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Jonah Willbach is the co-founder of Portland’s Lents Chicken Beauty Contest with his wife Maggie. He’s an accomplished Mandolin player and plays with band Postwar Radio. Jonah and I cowrote a musical in 1991 with 30 other young actors and performed at Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center.

Jonah on Soundcloud

Postwar Radio

Jonah Willbach will appear on the October 9th My Real Portland.

Nikole Potulsky
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Nikole Potulsky has a voice that can lilt through the air like a tiny bird or burst through the gut with the soul of a wild beast. The stories she weaves through lyric and music resonate in our bones because they are reminiscent of our shared human past of storytelling around an intimate campfire of family and friends. 

From Nikole's Bio: Nikole Potulsky grew up in small towns, at the kitchen tables of working women who taught her to read cards, listen for deeper meaning, make her own money, and never back down.  Her stories often chronicle the lives of these women- mothers, grandmothers, counterfeiters, fortune tellers, bar owners, gamblers, arsonists, divorcees, and mistresses. She connects their stories of rebellion and resistance  to her own, and raises up parallel stories of resilience. Nikole writes to reminds us that there is beauty and power in everything, particularly the darkness, the unspoken, the lost, and the forgotten. 

Nikole Potulsky stirs the the raw emotion of the blues, the call to action of folk, the storytelling of country music with the longing for salvation of gospel.

Nikole has performed across the United States on stages with  Israel Nash,  Daphne Willis, Edna Vasquez, Ashleigh Flynn, Taína Asili y la Banda Rebelde, Evan Greer, and at events like Queer Tacoma, Unchaste, Get Nervous, Grief Rites, Coming Out Monologues, Siren Nation, OutLoud Music Festival, Rhea Music Festival, Batts Comedy Tour, and once in a honky tonk bar behind chicken wire.

 

Nikole's Facebook page
Nikole's YouTube
Nikole's Website

Nikole will appear at the September 11th, 2018 taping of My Real Portland.

Jana Losey Crenshaw
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Jana Losey Crenshaw is a singer songwriter, theater composer, avant garde perfomer. From smalltown Pennsylvania and across the US and Canada, she’s called Portland her home for the past ten years and in that time has composed works for Hand2Mouth’s adaptation of Ursula LeGuin’s Left Hand of Darkness, multiple works at Portland Center Stage. Jana also scored “Note to Self”, which was written and directed friend and former guest of My Real Portland, Adrienne Flagg. I’m excited to present Jana Losey Crenshaw!

Jana’s website Janacrenshaw.com

Bandcamp https://janacrenshaw.bandcamp.com, iTunes https:///itunes.apple.com/us/artist/jana-losey/192539365

Jana will be featured on the august 14th recording of my real portland!

My Real Portland - The Podcast! Fourth Episode
Guests Joe Hieronymus, Jason Lamb, Joe McKenzie, and Host Joseph Lyons

Guests Joe Hieronymus, Jason Lamb, Joe McKenzie, and Host Joseph Lyons

The July My Real Portland show features Comedian Joe Hieronymus, Musician Joe McKenzie, and Minority Retort CoHost and Podcaster Jason Lamb! Plus a game show, prizes, and silly fun!!
Recorded Live at Jade Lounge, July 10th, 2018.
Hosted and Produced by myself Realtor Joseph Lyons, josephlyons.com

The next episode records live at Jade Lounge, Tuesday August 14th, 2018 at 7 PM. Happy Hour at 6:30. 

Joe McKenzie
Joe McKenzie

Joe McKenzie

Joe McKenzie is a Portland musician who I’ve known about for years and I can’t believe I get to have him on my show tonight! He’s a jingle writer for the Todd Glass Show which was voted number one by the Podcasters Association of America. I’ve been listening to his songs for years on that show and when it came time to do this show, I asked him to compose the theme song to Mr Real Portland.

Joe's Youtube and Twitter

My Real Portland - The Podcast! Second Episode
Clockwise from Top Left: Guests Whitney Streed, Denise Pena, Melinda Pittman, and Host Joseph Lyons

Clockwise from Top Left: Guests Whitney Streed, Denise Pena, Melinda Pittman, and Host Joseph Lyons

The second My Real Portland The Podcast features 3 Real Portland Originals - Comedian Whitney Streed, Storyteller Denise Pena, and Actress, Playwright, Singer, Songwriter and Bon Vivant Melinda Pittman!
Recorded Live at Jade Lounge, April 25th, 2018.
Hosted and Produced by myself Realtor Joseph Lyons, josephlyons.com

The next episode records live at Jade Lounge, Monday June 11th, 2018 at 7 PM. Happy Hour at 6:30. 

My Real Portland - The Podcast! First Episode
Clockwise from Top Left: Guests Brandon Lyons, Joaquin Lopez, Nico Bella, and Paul Iarrobino

Clockwise from Top Left: Guests Brandon Lyons, Joaquin Lopez, Nico Bella, and Paul Iarrobino

The debut My Real Portland features 4 Real Portland Originals - Comedian Brandon Lyons, Storyteller Paul Iarrabino, Spellbound Flowers Owner Nico Bella, and Singer-Songwriter Joaquin Lopez!
Recorded Live at Jade Lounge, March 28, 2018.
Hosted and Produced by myself Realtor Joseph Lyons, josephlyons.com

The next episode records live at Jade Lounge, April 25th, 2018 at 7 PM. Happy Hour at 6:30. 

Dedicated to my mom, Beverley Jo Lyons.