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Coffee with BAO Episode 26 ft. Katie Hargrove – Artist and Songwriter

Katie Hargrove joins me before our co-writing session to talk about the breadth of her work as a songwriter, her journey in the music industry, and how her normal life as a human influences her work. We talk about her path from playing music in Knoxville TN at age 13 to moving to Los Angeles a few years ago to pursue songwriting. We also touch on having a real life outside of music, being a gay woman in the music industry, and what’s been on our minds lately.

Learn more about Katie Hargrove ​.

You can also listen to this episode as a podcast.

Coffee with BAO Episode 25 ft. Dr. Cate Le – Infectious diseases physician and author

Dr. Cate Le, an infectious disease specialist and author chats with BAO about her debut children’s book “Coronavirus is Boo Boo,” and a few other timely topics. We learn about her upbringing as a Vietnamese American refugee, her life and career straddling medicine and the arts, and her passion for social and racial equality in healthcare. Dr. Le is currently treating COVID-19 patients and promoting her book to help younger kids learn about the virus and the life changes it has brought about.

Learn more about Dr. Cate ​and order her book.

You can also listen to this episode as a podcast.

Coffee with BAO Episode 24 ft. Ashley Nguyen DeWitt – Animation casting and voice director

Animation casting and voice director, actor, and singer Ashley Nguyen DeWitt chats with BAO about her biracial Vietnamese and African American upbringing and career in the entertainment industry. Ashley’s work includes a variety of animation projects, including the upcoming Netflix series “Ada Twist, Scientist” which was co-produced by Laughing Wild and Higher Ground, the production company of former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama . We also discuss the immense value of mentors and advocates, especially for underrepresented groups.

Learn more about Ashley at ashleynguyendewitt.com

You can also listen to this episode as a podcast.

Coffee with BAO Episode 23 ft. Kyle Dombroski – Drummer and music educator

Professional percussionist, audio engineer, and music educator Kyle Dombroski joins BAO to chat about his experience as a Korean American adoptee growing up in Central Illinois, his career in various facets of music, and his goals for his band Hello Noon. Kyle also plays drums with BAO’s beautiful boy band and can be heard on BAO’s track “Beautiful Things” from the album Perpetual Heartbreak.

Learn more about Kyle at kyledombroski.com

You can also listen to this episode as a podcast.

Coffee with BAO Episode 22 ft. JohnnyD Nguyen – Founder of Viet Q Media

In this special #AAPIheritagemonth episode, Vietnamese American entrepreneur and entertainment industry veteran JohnnyD Nguyen chats with BAO about topics that are top-of-mind for the Vietnamese diaspora all around the world. We discuss his upbringing in between cultures, his unexpected entry into the entertainment industry via a supporting role in The Fast And The Furious franchise, and his career as a producer in various parts of the entertainment industry. JohnnyD’s latest business Viet Q Media curates and promotes talent from the Vietnamese diaspora all around the world.

Learn more about Viet Q Media at vietqmedia.com

You can also listen to this episode as a podcast.

This week, we give a special shout out to the organizations that are doing great work to tell AAPI and Vietnamese stories: DVAN and Diacritics, The Sóng Collective, VAALA, The Slants Foundation and these podcasts: The Vietnamese with Kenneth Nguyen, Vietverse, Vietnamese Boat People, Asian Not Asian, Asian Hustle Network, The Hot Potcast, Rice and Shine (German), Project Yellow Dress, Project Voice, and the Consenting Adults podcast ft. Leyna Nguyen.

Coffee with BAO Episode 21 ft. Denise Santos – Film and TV Composer

Film and television composer Denise Santos chats with BAO about her musical upbringing in Manilla, her unplanned decision to stay in the US, and her career as a touring musician and composer. We discuss her work on Ella Jay Basco’s music video “Gold” featuring Ruby Ibarra and its topic of skin lighteners, beauty standards, and self-acceptance. We also explore the sluggish acceptance of women of color in the entertainment industry and how her experience as a woman channels in the music she has composed for productions such as “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein.”

Learn more about Denise at bleedingfingersmusic.com

You can also listen to this episode as a podcast.

Coffee with BAO Episode 20 ft. Jeremy Nguyen – Illustrator and New Yorker Cartoonist

Illustrator and New Yorker cartoonist Jeremy Nguyen chats with BAO about his Vietnamese American upbringing and complicated relationship with being Asian. We take a look at some of his artwork and cartoons for The New Yorker and discuss his latest endeavors into sharing his knowledge with others. Jeremy is giving a free public lecture with Creatively on May 20, 2021 (get info).

Find Jeremy at jeremywinslife.com

You can also listen to the podcast version here:

Coffee with BAO Episode 19 ft. Alan Z – Hip Hop and R&B Artist

Alan Z, a Chinese American Hip Hop, R&B artist from Atlanta joins Bao Vo for Coffee with BAO. We talk about his international upbringing, early infatuation with rap music, and his new album Face Value, a collaboration with Jason Chu dropping May 14, 2021. The album was partially sponsored by The Slants Foundation, where BAO serves on the board of directors.

Find info on Alan Z and Jason Chu’s album Face Value at alanzmusic.com or on social media @alanzmusic

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Coffee with BAO Episode 18 ft. Pierre T. Lambert – Photographer and Youtuber

Adventure photographer and Youtuber Pierre T. Lambert chats with BAO about his French American identity and making his escape from a career in engineering for the fossil fuels industry to starting his successful photography Youtube channel and online photography course “30 Days to Great Photos.” Pierre also shares his thoughts on entrepreneurship, creative inspiration, and learning to be more present.

You can also listen to this episode as a podcast.

Learn more about Pierre T. Lambert.

Coffee with BAO Episode 17 ft. Johnny Cubert White – Artist, filmmaker, and photographer

Artist, filmmaker, and photographer Johnny Cubert White joins BAO for a conversation about his career as a television art director, his art, and his life from the Midwest to Downtown Los Angeles. Johnny shares his Greek, Indigenous, and Appalachian family history, his 30-plus year process of embracing his queer identity, and how all of that is encapsulated in his vibrant art and personality. Johnny White’s ongoing decade-long photography series #myBROKENcamera​ is a powerful reflection of all of that.

You can also listen to this episode as a podcast.

Learn more about Johnny Cubert White.

Special thanks to The Soul Thief Vision for the great portrait photo!