Elizabeth Lemmonds, maker space entrepreneur

Episode #006: Elizabeth Lemmonds, Forge | entrepreneur

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Forge will be a uniquely Memphis mashup of arts space and fabrication shop. Part incubator, part gallery, part playground. A space for creation… and for inspiration. For collaboration and interdisciplinary innovation. Quite simply put, [they] plan to be our city’s most unique resource, fueling both economic and community growth.

What is Forge? – Maker space/art space meets fabrication shop where artists, entrepreneurs, hobbyists, engineers, all kinds of skills and talents can “Connect, Collaborate, and Create.”


Photo credit: Lesley Younghttp://instagram.com/mississippihuckleberry

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Episode #005: Marco Pavé, hip hop artist


Marco Pavé comes onto the podcast for in depth conversations about Memphis issues involving poverty, change, racism, social preservation, Gil Scott, and Churches+Beer. Born and raised in North Memphis where his life was affected by the culture and city around him Marco is responding in his own way towards the standards of Memphis today. Chasing his dreams and practicing for years on end have lead him to the current precipice where he’s working hard to make something for himself in the city he loves.

https://www.facebook.com/Kingofmarco | https://twitter.com/KingofMarco

Marco Pavé – leading the new wave in Memphis Hip Hop.

“There is a rebirth brewing on the Memphis Hip Hop scene and Marco Pavé, is poised to lead the revival. This born and bred Memphis native is an amazing lyricist with a distinct style and charisma that appeals to the triple crown of rap enthusiasts: the purists, the radio lovers and the eclectic hipster. With a laid back demeanor that contradicts his energetic music and performance style.”

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Episode #004: Josh Campbell, storyteller

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Josh Campbell, Storyteller of Spillit Memphis talks about his history and growth towards storytelling, Memphis cultural growth, Memphis history, and the unnecessary divide between East Memphis and Midtown. You’ll also get to hear about his controversial view on This American Life *gasp*.

  • Spillit is true, unscripted stories told in front of a live audience in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Spillit events are held quarterly and each event has a theme.
  • Stories last ten minutes and must have a beginning, a middle, an end, and some sort of moral to tie it together.
  • Some are hilarious, others contemplative, heartbreaking, suspenseful, and some reflective.
  • Anyone can tell a story! Themes are announced months in advance.

Heroes June 13th – https://www.facebook.com/events/1415023002105651/?ref=5
Identity Crisis June 20th – https://www.facebook.com/events/232755043585305/?ref=5
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Spillitmemphis
Twitter – https://twitter.com/Spillitmemphis
iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/spillit-memphis/id579081398?mt=2

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Episode #003: Holly Whitfield blogger, writer, editor, and designer


Holly Whitfield came on to the show to talk Memphis, blogging, her creative history, and as an added bonus this also happened to be the inaugural launch day of Creative Memphis Podcast so we talk podcast shop a bit as well. I Love Memphis Blog [operated by Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau] has done so much for our city. It’s a space where Memphians and tourists can go check out what’s ahead for the weekend, restaurant buzz, social media photos from locals, contests that benefit various local non-profits, interviews with prominent Memphians, and of course where to get brunch in Memphis on a lazy Sunday. They also have their own podcast! So to entertain you on your Memorial Day weekend while bouncing from event to event, tune in to hear a couple of podcasters talk Memphis and then digress, a lot.

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Episode #002: Joey Miller freelance photographer

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Joey Miller came on the podcast and we talked photography, don’t do free work, famous photographers, Malcolm Gladwell, beards, bacon, & Memphis. Tune in and learn about freelance photography, how to keep progressing in your work, and how equipment does and does not affect photographic skill.



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Episode #001 : Inaugural Creative Memphis Podcast


Creative Memphis Podcast is an every other week talk-podcast with hosts Billy Nation and Andrew Lebowitz, featuring a guest from the Memphis creative scene. It’s an hour-long conversation where the hosts explore the featured guest’s history, body of work, and perspectives on creativity, all in relation to Memphis. Guests are varied and typically relate to the design field, culinary industry, photography, art or Memphis culture.

In the inaugural podcast you get an introduction into the format of the show, what kind of message CMP has to deliver, as well as some crude yet stimulating joking. Of course that’s just us making excuse for wanting to be ourselves doing something we love. When you create something you love all you want to do is share that with people and here at CMP we understand that. Come on to the podcast to promote yourself, our city, our food, and design thinking.

Billy early 2014 – Can you say that 20 or even 10 years ago Memphis had the kind of pride you see today? If so, how much of it? In honesty, I can’t answer those questions. What I can say is that after initiatives such as the Memphis Manifesto, I Love Memphis Blog, and Choose 901, Memphis has come to know a new kind of active and  cultural lifestyle. The city now moves with an interesting purpose that has pockets all over town chasing after their crazy dreams. Here at Creative Memphis we believe in our city and all of its potential. We All Love Memphis, creatives, and Memphians.

In 2012 an ex-Memphian and her New York Playbill editor husband asked me about Memphis. What was the scene like? They wanted revolutionary ideas like the upheaval of suburban kids braving the juke joints of south Memphis(their era). Sadly, my world in 2012 was insular. At that question I became startlingly aware of just how insular that was. Since then, I’ve done everything to change just that. My personal judgement: Memphis is alive.



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Fellow Memphians, if something new comes out or if we have missed something, let us know and it’ll get added it to the list. contact@creativememphispodcast.com