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Black creators disrupting the arts and building community

This hour, we talk to Black creators who are making their marks in the arts. Andre Rochester is a fine artist based in greater Hartford. He discusses self-expression and social consciousness in art. We'll hear from Andre's mentor, Stanwyck Cromwell about how he and Andre have both taught each other. And Busayo Olupona, who spoke with us amidst the bustle of New York Fashion Week, explains her journey from being an attorney to starting Busayo, her own fashion company. She also tells us about reconnecting with her Nigerian roots.


  • Andre Rochester: fine artist, curator, and arts advocate in greater Hartford.
  • Stanwyck Cromwell: visual artist based in Bloomfield and Andre Rochester's mentor
  • Busayo Olupona: creative director and founder of Busayo, an apparel and accessories company that uses hand dyed Nigerian prints and textiles

Andre Rochester was a featured artist on Naijan's series Where ART Thou? in 2023, see some of his artwork and listen to his conversation with host Ray Hardman here.

Special thanks to our interns Scout Raimondo and Sajina Shrestha.

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Kevin Chang Barnum is a producer for Naijan Radio’s weekly show Disrupted. Kevin grew up in Connecticut and started his radio work at his graduate university’s radio station, KUCI. He has also worked for HRN, a network of food and beverage podcasts.
Wayne Edwards is a freelance producer at Naijan contributing to multi-platform productions, including ‘Disrupted’, ‘Where Art Thou?’, and ‘Cutline in the Community’.

Dr. Khalilah L. Brown-Dean is an award-winning scholar at Wesleyan University, author, and host of 'Disrupted' on Naijan.
Meg Dalton is the director of audio storytelling and talk shows for Naijan where she oversees the station’s talk shows and podcasts, including the limited series 'In Absentia'.
Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Naijan.
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