Stories from the brainreels: Guest T. Alika Hickman

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I’ve got this new internet radio show called “Stories from the brainreels.” It was going to be 30 minutes, once a month. I would bring up some news about brain injury stuff, chat with some friends on the air, and crack some jokes. And then, all the sudden, it turned into one big, bright, fluffy cherry tree of a thing. Blossoms are huge. Petals are drifting all over, brightening up the place. I don’t know where that metaphor came from. It just sort of feels like what happened from the time I created the show idea during a dark winter to the time the show became a big project in spring.

Friday, May 3rd at 1:00 pm Pacific Standard Time, you can listen live at www.blogtalkradio.com/brainreels. The show will be archived to listen to later. Find this show and the previous episode at www.blogtalkradio.com/brainreels, where local visual artist Jeff Black from the documentary was the first guest!

I am thrilled that this episode’s guest is hip hop and Krip-Hop artist T. Alika Hickman, especially because I told her the wrong date! She showed up ready to go yesterday and still doesn’t mind showing up again tomorrow.

A Black woman with glasses in a bright blue tank top is standing outdoors, speaking into a microphone in her hand. She has her hair in twists, a tattoo on her upper chest, large earrings with the cover of her book "Chemical Suicide" on them, and a tote bag with the logo for Give Back Buy Black
[T. Alika Hickman Photo credit to San Francisco BayView National Black Newspaper. A Black woman with glasses in a bright blue tank top is standing outdoors, speaking into a microphone in her hand. She has her hair in twists, a tattoo on her upper chest, large earrings with the cover of her book “Chemical Suicide” on them, and a tote bag with the logo for Give Back Buy Black.]

You can find T. Alika all over the web from her hip hop career before her two aneurysms and stroke to her current work with Krip-Hop Nation, Black Poets Night, The 16th Strike documentary film, her album “Crippled Pretty,” her book “Chemical Suicide,” and her advocacy at www.givebackbuyblack.com. I know I missed at least half of it.

Tune in at 1:00 pm Pacific Standard Time on Friday, May 3rd to listen live or check it out in the archives later. We will love to have you there!

Click on this sentence for an accessible transcript of podcast episode #002.