Love Jawns: A Mixtape (LJAM)

Philadelphia Contemporary’s first podcast series – NOW LIVE!

Featuring poetry by Husnaa Hashim, Trapeta B. Mayson, Cynthia Dewi Oka, Raquel Salas Rivera, Sanam Sheriff, and more.

Love Jawns: A Mixtape (LJAM) is a soundtrack for your everyday commuting and daydreaming pleasure. Three Philly poets share a poem. A DJ stitches them together with musical interludes.

What’s a jawn, you ask? The word jawn is Philly slang. It’s a utility word that can mean one thing or all things. As in, Where did you buy that jawn? or That jawn was tough or This podcast is the jawn! Descendant of joint, the word jawn connects dots and forms a bond between speakers. It’s a word that requires you to listen and decipher, listen and distill. It’s in the dictionary, but it lives in the back of the throat, in the laughing notes of the city.

Each episode of LJAM, each poem is a jawn that we hope will be the jawn, your jawn—the one you love to hear.

Follow LJAM on Facebook and Instagram at @lovejawnsmix.

About the DJs:

Bruce Campbell Jr., Ph.D. aka DJ Junior is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Arcadia University in suburban Philadelphia. Throughout his career, Dr. Campbell has focused on embedding relevant issues of diversity and social justice into his practice, scholarship, and service in the education field. He highlights experiences of underrepresented groups so that professionals and institutions can serve these communities more effectively. Dr. Campbell teaches courses in educational leadership, organizational change, urban education, social justice, cultural competency, international musicology, qualitative research methods and program evaluation. Besides his teaching, research and service, Dr. Campbell also runs his own independent record label, Record Breakin’ Music. Additionally, he co-hosts his weekly radio show Eavesdrop Radio on 91.7FM in Philadelphia and also DJ’s locally, nationally, and internationally. @recordbreakin

Oluwafemi is a deejay, music producer and visual artist based in Philadelphia, by way of Central New Jersey, by way of Lagos, Nigeria. He is inspired by drums and patterns, the rhythmic evolution of repetition. For over a decade, Oluwafemi has enjoyed mixing songs of drum influenced genres – the family of funk, hip-hop, soul, reggae, dancehall, house music, and their countless offshoots. These diasporic sounds have travelled with him to various cities on the east coast, California and Costa Rica. His style is simultaneously groovy and soulful, often drawing from a wide range of cultural influence and history. Alongside DJ Ben Arsenal, Oluwafemi started Worldtown, the art collective that celebrates diversity with music and art. It began as a no-holds-barred party of the best dance music around the world, dipped in house music. Worldtown has since grown to include its own festival, a smashing 8-piece live house music band, and a current monthly dance gathering called “Travel By Map.” @olwfm

About the Producers:

Yolanda Wisher (Producer) is the author of Monk Eats an Afro (Hanging Loose Press, 2014) and the co-editor of Peace is a Haiku Song (Philadelphia Mural Arts, 2013). Wisher was named the inaugural Poet Laureate of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania in 1999 and the third Poet Laureate of Philadelphia in 2016. A Pew and Cave Canem Fellow, she has been a Writer in Residence at Hedgebrook and Aspen Words. Wisher taught high school English for a decade, served as Director of Art Education for Philadelphia Mural Arts, and was the 2017-2018 CPCW Fellow in Poetics and Poetic Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Wisher founded and directed the Germantown Poetry and Outbound Poetry Festivals and currently works as the Curator of Spoken Word at Philadelphia Contemporary. She regularly performs a unique blend of poetry and song with her band The Afroeaters and is part of the first cohort of artists with studios at the Cherry Street Pier on the Delaware River Waterfront. @yolandawisher

Jaléssa Mungin (Producer) Jaléssa’s passion for the arts has led to a career spanning community events, poetry, music, radio, artist management and production. In addition to curating creative programming, working with organizations like the Philadelphia Museum of Art and poet laureate Yolanda Wisher, Jaléssa successfully executed a series of spoken word and music performances called Stellar Masses in 2018, which featured 35 writers, poets, and musicians, led by community arts organization, Philadelphia Contemporary. She is currently serving as project manager at Little Giant Creative, where she supports clients and LGC’s proprietary initiatives in awareness, branding and design campaigns, event production, and artistic curation. She holds a B.A. in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania, where she minored in Jazz & Popular music.