What is Black? Mixcast
Greater Pittsburgh, PA
About the Project
The What Is Black? Mixcast project is part podcast, part zine, and part multimedia mixtape that breaks down what it means to be a Black creative. This project defies the myth of a Black monolith through fresh conversations with featured guests around their existence in a field, industry, and world where their voices are often drowned out.
Open Call for Featured Guests
Six guests will be selected by the artist to be featured in the podcast, zine, and mixtape. Guests will receive an honorarium of $50 for their time. To be eligible, guests must identify as Black and/or from the Black diaspora.
Apply now to be a featured guest by completing the survey at the link below.
The What is Black? Mixcast features a series of six podcast episodes, hosted by the artist, that consist of conversations with six featured guests from the Black diaspora about their interests, inspirations, and expressive media of choice. Releasing bi-weekly from November 2021 through January 2022, these episodes will be released on Wednesdays via Spotify’s Anchor as well as other podcast platforms.
Each episode of the podcast will be accompanied by a limited edition zine, available free of charge at various distribution points in the city. Each zine builds and expands upon the content shared during each episode. The zines will include episode excerpts, imagery related to the featured guest or topics discussed, and artwork or creative samples supplied by the guests.
Distribution will begin in November 2021 at specific points such as coffee shops, Black owned businesses, and cultural organizations. A full list of distribution sites will be published on this site when confirmed.
At the conclusion of the season, a USB Drive Cassette Cartridge will be designed by the artist that features an anthology of all six episodes, plus additional bonus content. This “mixtape” will include MP3s of the podcast episodes, PDFs of the zines, and JPGs of artwork supplied by featured guests. The mixtape will be offered in limited quantities to the public for purchase in 2022. More information will be shared on this website when available.
Listen to the first two seasons of Jason McKoy’s What Is Black? Podcast on his website
About the Artist
Jason McKoy is a brand consultant, ARTvocate, social innovator, and self-proclaimed weirdo. Living with major depressive disorder has informed how he navigates the world creatively. He is the founder of McKoy Creative, a warm hug for your business providing creative services from concept to completion that benefit communities. When not making stuff, he’s either playing video games or sleeping. He hails from NYC.
“It's important that we all connect and share because isolation is bad for mental and physical health. It's also important to hear varied voices throughout the Black diaspora to increase awareness and broaden horizons.”Jason McKoy
All images and photos courtesy the artist