By Chakka Reeves
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Highwater is a practical pop-culture driven advice show for artists and creatives. Highwater provides resources, inspiration, and food for thought to fuel your creative fire and amplifies all things awesome in the worlds of art, culture and media.
||Clean#20: A Guide to the BlackStar Film Festival||For the ‘woke’ ones among us, the eighth month of the year is also know as “Black August,” and for the last five years the BlackStar Film Festival has been a hub for African-centered cinematic art from around the world. To conclude the first sea||9/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#19: A Black Twitter Love Story w/ Tahir Jetter||Filmmaker Tahir Jetter talks about how Black Twitter and music artists like Drake, Frank Ocean and Kendrick Lamar inspired him to examine the psyche of the vulnerable Black Millennial man in his debut feature film, How To Tell If You’re A Douchebag. J||8/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#18: Gucci Saved My Life, w/ Dave Helem||Comedian Dave Helem shares his insight on comedy as a Chicagoan, a Black man, and a disciple of both Kanye West and Gucci Mane. Behind the jokes is a real dialogue about not letting the machine chew you up and spit you out. We also talked about whether||8/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#17: The Artist's Guide to Being Woke w/ Felonious Munk||"Black people doing anything they want to do is a subversive act." A funny conversation with comedian Felonious Munk evolved into an important dialogue about love, being woke, staying in your lane, and why it is okay for some artists to keep quiet if th||8/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#16: Emotions vs. Vulnerablity, with Felonious Munk||In a review of VIEWS by artist Drake, author Neil McCormick states that “Drake’s navel-gazing is wearing thin” and called the album an “anthem for the selfie generation.” In this episode Chakka and extra special guest comedian Felonious Munk t||8/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#15: The Artist’s Guide to Mental Health w/ Alice Berry||Alice Berry is an artist, independent clothing designer and clinical counselor. She specializes in talk psychotherapy as well as time and stress management techniques, including meditation training. Alice specializes in counseling for people whose work||7/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#14: (Suicide) Hotline Bling||Chakka shares her suicide hotline story, and how she knew she had to break things off with one particular therapist.||7/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#13: #NoShameDay with Poet Bassey Ikpi||Poet and Mental Health Advocate Bassey Ikpi started #NoShameDay in 2012 to encourage a day of dialogue and transparency about mental health issues. In this episode Bassey share her own story about how she found help and meaning in her own mental health||7/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#12: Good Artist, B.A.A.D. Friend||Chakka describes what she learned about people, friendships and creativity during a particularly intense week. If you've wondered why creative accomplishments are sometimes accompanied by social isolation, check this episode out and feel free to send it||7/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#11: Commit To The Work: Creativity and Scholarship w/ Dr. Yaba Blay||Dr. Yaba Blay is a professor, author, ethnographer and producer who is committed to making scholarship about global Black identities and the politics of hair and skin accessible outside of the Ivory Tower. This episode is not only a treat for fans of Dr||6/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#10: Inputs, Outputs and Mental Wellness for Creatives||Chakka explains why creatives should be mindful of their "inputs." Social media, traditional media, news and even how-to books can hamper the creative process.||6/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#9: The Business of Show- Creating Hyperlocal Hollywood Alternatives with Creative Cypher's Michael Issac and Troy Pryor||Creative Cypher is a non-profit media and creative incubator dedicated to giving Chicago-based creatives opportunities that go way beyond your average networking event. Michael Issac and Troy Pryor discuss how they formed Creative Cypher to address the||6/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#8: Mentors, Avatars and Ancestors for Creatives||Chakka talks about asking for mentorship the right way, calling on support from the ancestors and picking avatars to guide your career and creative process.||6/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#7: ABC - The Art, Business and Curation Masterclass with Janice Bond||This episode is brought to you by #BlackGirlMagic and the letter C for COINS. Janice Bond (@gypsetproper) is an artist, arts advocate and cultural rainmaker. This conversation turned into a masterclass on how artists can make money from art and create s||5/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#6:'Lauryn Hill's Perfection Paralysis'||Good may be the enemy of great, but perfect is definitely the enemy of progress. Some of our favorite artists make us wait for new music, shows, and art because they are waiting for the "right" time to show up. Here are some tips on how to conquer the f||5/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#5: 'Real Artists Copy:' A Conversation with Artist Nick Briz||New media artist and educator Nick Briz talks about copying as a key, rather than a threat to creativity. Nick shares his insights on how artists can share their work freely on the web and get over the fear of being ripped off, also known as "Copycat Pa||5/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#4: 'The Right Way to Work for Free'||Why working for free is better than working at a discount, and more tips for how creatives and artists can make free work work to our advantage. BONUS: Check out gethighwater.com for a copy of the Definitive Working for Free Checklist.||5/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3: 'The Revolution, Televised: Diversity, Web Series, and the Future of TV,' with guest Dr. Aymar Jean Christian||Are we in a TV golden age, or is there too much TV? What role does the web series have in increasing diversity in media? How does one gain an audience for their web series? Based on his research, including interviews with the creators of over 100 web se||5/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#2: 'Shade & Lemonade, Personal vs. Private'||Prince is gone, Beyonce is reborn, and we can all learn from both. How can you keep your work authentic without sacrificing your privacy?||4/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#1: 'Elf Money', with guest Johnny Ray Gill||How do you decide when a career move is the right one? Perhaps no artist needs to be as careful about career decisions as actors do, whose choices are not only recorded forever, but as in the case of Zoe Sandaña, become fodder for larger conversations||4/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHighwater Trailer||A sneak peek at what to expect from Highwater, a new practical pop-culture driven advice show for artists and creatives, hosted by Chakka Reeves of Highwater Magazine. Highwater premieres April 19th.||4/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Thoughtful and Engaging
I always love hearing the thought process of creatives and what their vision started out being versus the final tangible project and the steps they took along the way. Listening to this feels like the guest is one of your friends versus being stiff and stilted. Fun to listen to, as well as informative.
Genuinely thoughtful and engaging podcast
I really enjoy Chakka's perspectives and her guests as well. Her podcast about staying connected to friends while also pursuing an artistic career was really relatable.
I love hearing artists talk in depth about their craft. 2 of my favorite comedians, Dave Helem and Felonious Munk did the show and I enjoyed hearing stories from them I'd never heard. Hearing them talk about their mindset regarding their comedy gave me insight into my own craft. Okay, I don't have much craft going on but this show made me wish I did. Chakka Reeves brought out some great stories.