Isolation Be Like...

PhillBoogie

Just me, talking and rambling my way through all this social distancing. Listen, share and follow me on IG/Twitter @phillbranch and phillbranch.com

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I was just minding my business, buying chicken and then... ### Also, my first ever solo storytelling show is happening October 8th, 9th and 10th 2021 at Baltimore Theatre Project. The show is called "Juneteenth Tilapia Rainbows."  If you're in the Baltimore area, come through and check out the show. Or... If you're a fan of the podcast and can't make to the theater - here's a special link just for you and few select friends and family to watch the show virtually on October 9th at 8pm ET:  https://phillgoodstories.ticketspice.com/juneteenth-tilapia-rainbows   Isolation Be Like is Created, Produced and Hosted by Phill Branch (aka Phill Boogie) This podcast is supported by a 2019 Rubys Artist Grant, which is a program of the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. Phill Branch is a storyteller working in film, creative nonfiction and theater. He is the 2019 recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council’s Solo Performance Artist Award. He is also a GrandSlam Champion of The Moth in DC. An alumnus of the American Film Institute, Branch recently directed Searching for Shaniqua; his documentary about the impact names have on people's lives.The film won the HBO Best Documentary award at the 2016 Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival. Branch has served as a professor at his alma mater Hampton University and recently at Howard University. He is currently a Professor of Practice at Goucher College in Communication and Media Studies, focusing on race and ethnicity in film and media. Find us at @isolationbelike and @phillbranch on Twitter and IG / phillbranch.com /  isolationbelike.com / Email: phillbranch@gmail.com Subscribe and share! Thanks for listening.  

Sep 30

19 min 33 sec

I faced a challenging test this week. Take a listen. Also, my first ever solo storytelling show is happening October 8th, 9th and 10th 2021 at Baltimore Theatre Project. The show is called "Juneteenth Tilapia Rainbows."  If you're in the Baltimore area, come through and check out the show. Or... If you're a fan of the podcast and can't make to the theater - here's a special link just for you and few select friends and family to watch the show virtually on October 9th at 8pm ET:  https://phillgoodstories.ticketspice.com/juneteenth-tilapia-rainbows   Isolation Be Like is Created, Produced and Hosted by Phill Branch (aka Phill Boogie) This podcast is supported by a 2019 Rubys Artist Grant, which is a program of the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. Phill Branch is a storyteller working in film, creative nonfiction and theater. He is the 2019 recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council’s Solo Performance Artist Award. He is also a GrandSlam Champion of The Moth in DC. An alumnus of the American Film Institute, Branch recently directed Searching for Shaniqua; his documentary about the impact names have on people's lives.The film won the HBO Best Documentary award at the 2016 Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival. Branch has served as a professor at his alma mater Hampton University and recently at Howard University. He is currently a Professor of Practice at Goucher College in Communication and Media Studies, focusing on race and ethnicity in film and media. Find us at @isolationbelike and @phillbranch on Twitter and IG / phillbranch.com /  isolationbelike.com / Email: phillbranch@gmail.com Subscribe and share! Thanks for listening.  

Sep 25

17 min 46 sec

Y'all. Just listen. It's short.

Jul 24

7 min 35 sec

It was Fathers' Day (I choose plural possessive), I had a couple sips and then hit record. Enter at your own risk. Getting back to the grind is going to be difficult. Folks already standing too close and trying to breathe in your face. Work, and other things, don't feel quite the same and I'm not so sure what's next.  Isolation Be Like is Created, Produced and Hosted by Phill Branch (aka Phill Boogie) This podcast is supported by a 2019 Rubys Artist Grant, which is a program of the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. Phill Branch is a storyteller working in film, creative nonfiction and theater. He is the 2019 recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council’s Solo Performance Artist Award. He is also a GrandSlam Champion of The Moth in DC. An alumnus of the American Film Institute, Branch recently directed Searching for Shaniqua; his documentary about the impact names have on people's lives.The film won the HBO Best Documentary award at the 2016 Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival. Branch has served as a professor at his alma mater Hampton University and recently at Howard University. He is currently a Professor of Practice at Goucher College in Communication and Media Studies, focusing on race and ethnicity in film and media. Find us at @isolationbelike and @phillbranch on Twitter and IG / phillbranch.com /  isolationbelike.com / Email: phill@phillbranch.com Music by BaadChuck Subscribe and share! Thanks for listening.  

Jun 23

50 min 30 sec

Over a year into the apocalypse, I'm growing my own food with the help of vegetable robot. It's keeping me sane as the end of semester madness begins.   Isolation Be Like is Created, Produced and Hosted by Phill Branch (aka Phill Boogie) This podcast is supported by a 2019 Rubys Artist Grant, which is a program of the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. Phill Branch is a storyteller working in film, creative nonfiction and theater. He is the 2019 recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council’s Solo Performance Artist Award. He is also a GrandSlam Champion of The Moth in DC. An alumnus of the American Film Institute, Branch recently directed Searching for Shaniqua; his documentary about the impact names have on people's lives.The film won the HBO Best Documentary award at the 2016 Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival. Branch has served as a professor at his alma mater Hampton University and recently at Howard University. He is currently a Professor of Practice at Goucher College in Communication and Media Studies, focusing on race and ethnicity in film and media. Find us at @isolationbelike and @phillbranch on Twitter and IG / phillbranch.com / isolationbelike.com Music by BaadChuck Subscribe and share! Thanks for listening.

May 9

23 min 45 sec

Processing how art about Black life is often, both, too much and not enough - at the same. Join me as I discuss Amazon's new series "Them." I did my best to make it spoiler free, but feel free to circle back to this discussion AFTER you watch, if you don't want to know anything about the show. That said, the discussion is a general one about nuance and responsibility as creators. Please chime in to the discussion in the comments...even if you watch the recording later. I'll respond. Isolation Be Like is Created, Produced and Hosted by Phill Branch (aka Phill Boogie) This podcast is supported by a 2019 Rubys Artist Grant, which is a program of the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. Phill Branch is a storyteller working in film, creative nonfiction and theater. He is the 2019 recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council’s Solo Performance Artist Award. He is also a GrandSlam Champion of The Moth in DC. An alumnus of the American Film Institute, Branch recently directed Searching for Shaniqua; his documentary about the impact names have on people's lives.The film won the HBO Best Documentary award at the 2016 Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival. Branch has served as a professor at his alma mater Hampton University and recently at Howard University. He is currently a Professor of Practice at Goucher College in Communication and Media Studies, focusing on race and ethnicity in film and media. Find us at @isolationbelike and @phillbranch on Twitter and IG / phillbranch.com / isolationbelike.com Subscribe and share! Thanks for listening.

Apr 11

1 hr 6 min

It's been a year since the world turned upside down. I take some time to look back at how it all began - pandemic grocery shopping, lots of bleach and...fear. Isolation Be Like is produced and hosted by Phill Branch (aka Phill Boogie).  He is the 2019 recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council’s Solo Performance Artist Award. He is also a GrandSlam Champion of The Moth in DC. An alumnus of the American Film Institute, Branch directed Searching for Shaniqua; his documentary about the impact names have on people's lives.The film won the HBO Best Documentary award at the 2016 Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival. Branch has served as a professor at his alma mater Hampton University and recently at Howard University. He is currently a Professor of Practice at Goucher College in Communication and Media Studies, focusing on race and ethnicity in film and media. He currently teaches On Janet Jackson: Race, Class and Wardrobe Malfunctions. Find us at @isolationbelike and @phillbranch on Twitter and IG / phillbranch.com / janetclass.com isolationbelike.com Edited by Ronald Young Jr. - follow him on Twitter and IG - @ohitsBigRon    Music by Baadchuck  

Mar 9

45 min 26 sec

To twerk, or not to twerk (at dinner)? That is the question. Links: Dallas True Kitchen owner tells ‘twerking’ women to ‘get the f–k’ out Video of Dallas Restaurant Owner’s Anti-Twerking Rant Goes Viral   Isolation Be Like is Created, Produced and Hosted by Phill Branch (aka Phill Boogie) This podcast is supported by a 2019 Rubys Artist Grant, which is a program of the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. Phill Branch is a storyteller working in film, creative nonfiction and theater. He is the 2019 recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council’s Solo Performance Artist Award. He is also a GrandSlam Champion of The Moth in DC. An alumnus of the American Film Institute, Branch recently directed Searching for Shaniqua; his documentary about the impact names have on people's lives.The film won the HBO Best Documentary award at the 2016 Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival. Branch has served as a professor at his alma mater Hampton University and recently at Howard University. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Goucher College in Communication and Media Studies, focusing on race and ethnicity in film and media. Find us at @isolationbelike and @phillbranch on Twitter and IG / phillbranch.com / isolationbelike.com Music by Kris Johnson - follow him on YouTube and IG - @krisjohnsonmusic  

Dec 2020

29 min 25 sec

Had a conversation with a friend that made me think about how much (and how seemingly well) I suppress emotions. I'm just talking through the work many of us do, to be "okay."   Isolation Be Like is Created, Produced and Hosted by Phill Branch (aka Phill Boogie) This podcast is supported by a 2019 Rubys Artist Grant, which is a program of the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. Phill Branch is a storyteller working in film, creative nonfiction and theater. He is the 2019 recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council’s Solo Performance Artist Award. He is also a GrandSlam Champion of The Moth in DC. An alumnus of the American Film Institute, Branch recently directed Searching for Shaniqua; his documentary about the impact names have on people's lives.The film won the HBO Best Documentary award at the 2016 Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival. Branch has served as a professor at his alma mater Hampton University and recently at Howard University. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Goucher College in Communication and Media Studies, focusing on race and ethnicity in film and media. Find us at @isolationbelike and @phillbranch on Twitter and IG / phillbranch.com / isolationbelike.com Edited by Ronald Young Jr. - follow him on Twitter and IG - @ohitsBigRon    Music by Darryl Thomas - follow him on Twitter and IG - @theartistDT

Oct 2020

36 min 41 sec

I didn't even wait to get into my studio/car. I just captured the moment.    Isolation Be Like is Created, Produced and Hosted by Phill Branch (aka Phill Boogie) This podcast is supported by a 2019 Rubys Artist Grant, which is a program of the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. Phill Branch is a storyteller working in film, creative nonfiction and theater. He is the 2019 recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council’s Solo Performance Artist Award. He is also a GrandSlam Champion of The Moth in DC. An alumnus of the American Film Institute, Branch recently directed Searching for Shaniqua; his documentary about the impact names have on people's lives.The film won the HBO Best Documentary award at the 2016 Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival. Branch has served as a professor at his alma mater Hampton University and recently at Howard University. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Goucher College in Communication and Media Studies, focusing on race and ethnicity in film and media. Find us at @isolationbelike and @phillbranch on Twitter and IG / phillbranch.com / isolationbelike.com Edited by Ronald Young Jr. - follow him on Twitter and IG - @ohitsBigRon    Music by Darryl Thomas - follow him on Twitter and IG - @theartistDT

Oct 2020

7 min 26 sec

Spent some time thinking about how I've gotten in my own way and how I had to learn to let myself be great (and be average sometimes, and nervous, and uncertain...but still moving).   Isolation Be Like is Created, Produced and Hosted by Phill Branch (aka Phill Boogie) This podcast is supported by a 2019 Rubys Artist Grant, which is a program of the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. Phill Branch is a storyteller working in film, creative nonfiction and theater. He is the 2019 recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council’s Solo Performance Artist Award. He is also a GrandSlam Champion of The Moth in DC. An alumnus of the American Film Institute, Branch recently directed Searching for Shaniqua; his documentary about the impact names have on people's lives.The film won the HBO Best Documentary award at the 2016 Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival. Branch has served as a professor at his alma mater Hampton University and recently at Howard University. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Goucher College in Communication and Media Studies, focusing on race and ethnicity in film and media. Find us at @isolationbelike and @phillbranch on Twitter and IG / phillbranch.com / isolationbelike.com Edited by Ronald Young Jr. - follow him on Twitter and IG - @ohitsBigRon    Music by Darryl Thomas - follow him on Twitter and IG - @theartistDT

Sep 2020

42 min 55 sec

Between the pandemic and all the insta-wokeness, it's hard to stay sane and find joy...but not impossible.    Isolation Be Like is Created, Produced and Hosted by Phill Branch (aka Phill Boogie) This podcast is supported by a 2019 Rubys Artist Grant, which is a program of the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. Phill Branch is a storyteller working in film, creative nonfiction and theater. He is the 2019 recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council’s Solo Performance Artist Award. He is also a GrandSlam Champion of The Moth in DC. An alumnus of the American Film Institute, Branch recently directed Searching for Shaniqua; his documentary about the impact names have on people's lives.The film won the HBO Best Documentary award at the 2016 Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival. Branch has served as a professor at his alma mater Hampton University and recently at Howard University. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Goucher College in Communication and Media Studies, focusing on race and ethnicity in film and media. Find us at @isolationbelike and @phillbranch on Twitter and IG / phillbranch.com / isolationbelike.com Edited by Ronald Young Jr. - follow him on Twitter and IG - @ohitsBigRon    Music by Darryl Thomas - follow him on Twitter and IG - @theartistDT

Sep 2020

22 min 19 sec

I went INSIDE of a market for the first time in months. It went as expected. Isolation Be Like is Created, Produced and Hosted by Phill Branch (aka Phill Boogie) This podcast is supported by a 2019 Rubys Artist Grant, which is a program of the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. Phill Branch is a storyteller working in film, creative nonfiction and theater. He is the 2019 recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council’s Solo Performance Artist Award. He is also a GrandSlam Champion of The Moth in DC. An alumnus of the American Film Institute, Branch recently directed Searching for Shaniqua; his documentary about the impact names have on people's lives.The film won the HBO Best Documentary award at the 2016 Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival. Branch has served as a professor at his alma mater Hampton University and recently at Howard University. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Goucher College in Communication and Media Studies, focusing on race and ethnicity in film and media. Find us at @isolationbelike and @phillbranch on Twitter and IG / phillbranch.com / isolationbelike.com Edited by Ronald Young Jr. - follow him on Twitter and IG - @ohitsBigRon    Music by Darryl Thomas - follow him on Twitter and IG - @theartistDT

Aug 2020

17 min 29 sec

Folks are out of their minds if they think students are going to read intricate reopening plans, filled with new rules and regulations. We can't even get them to read the syllabus. My thoughts on school reopenings. Isolation Be Like is Created, Produced and Hosted by Phill Branch (aka Phill Boogie) This podcast is supported by a 2019 Rubys Artist Grant, which is a program of the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. Phill Branch is a storyteller working in film, creative nonfiction and theater. He is the 2019 recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council’s Solo Performance Artist Award. He is also a GrandSlam Champion of The Moth in DC. An alumnus of the American Film Institute, Branch recently directed Searching for Shaniqua; his documentary about the impact names have on people's lives.The film won the HBO Best Documentary award at the 2016 Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival. Branch has served as a professor at his alma mater Hampton University and recently at Howard University. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Goucher College in Communication and Media Studies, focusing on race and ethnicity in film and media. Find us at @isolationbelike and @phillbranch on Twitter and IG / phillbranch.com / isolationbelike.com Edited by Ronald Young Jr. - follow him on Twitter and IG - @ohitsBigRon    Music by Darryl Thomas - follow him on Twitter and IG - @theartistDT

Jul 2020

22 min 30 sec

17 weeks into being at home and it's looking like it's just the beginning. It's starting to catch up with me.   Isolation Be Like is Created, Produced and Hosted by Phill Branch (aka Phill Boogie) This podcast is supported by a 2019 Rubys Artist Grant, which is a program of the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. Phill Branch is a storyteller working in film, creative nonfiction and theater. He is the 2019 recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council’s Solo Performance Artist Award. He is also a GrandSlam Champion of The Moth in DC. An alumnus of the American Film Institute, Branch recently directed Searching for Shaniqua; his documentary about the impact names have on people's lives.The film won the HBO Best Documentary award at the 2016 Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival. Branch has served as a professor at his alma mater Hampton University and recently at Howard University. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Goucher College in Communication and Media Studies, focusing on race and ethnicity in film and media. Find us at @isolationbelike and @phillbranch on Twitter and IG / phillbranch.com / isolationbelike.com Edited by Ronald Young Jr. - follow him on Twitter and IG - @ohitsBigRon    Music by Darryl Thomas - follow him on Twitter and IG - @theartistDT

Jul 2020

14 min 58 sec

Reflecting on having pride, while not feeling a connection to PRIDE. A follow-up to a piece I wrote in the Baltimore Sun in 2019, "Finding my place in PRIDE." "Pride month and all of its colorful and now corporate celebrations often cause me to examine my place within the multiple communities in which I identify. To be clear, I respect the symbolism of the celebration, but I have no idea of what to do with “Happy Pride” well-wishes. I grew up in and around Newark, N.J. Whatever messaging that was making it to some communities about Pride had not made its way to my neighborhood. The closest contact to Pride I had as a young person were the local news clips of drag queens and men dressed like The Village People. Even squinting, I did not see myself anywhere within that frame." Isolation Be Like is Created, Produced and Hosted by Phill Branch (aka Phill Boogie) This podcast is supported by a 2019 Rubys Artist Grant, which is a program of the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. Phill Branch is a storyteller working in film, creative nonfiction and theater. He is the 2019 recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council’s Solo Performance Artist Award. He is also a GrandSlam Champion of The Moth in DC. An alumnus of the American Film Institute, Branch recently directed Searching for Shaniqua; his documentary about the impact names have on people's lives.The film won the HBO Best Documentary award at the 2016 Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival. Branch has served as a professor at his alma mater Hampton University and recently at Howard University. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Goucher College in Communication and Media Studies, focusing on race and ethnicity in film and media. Find us at @isolationbelike and @phillbranch on Twitter and IG / phillbranch.com / isolationbelike.com Edited by Ronald Young Jr. - follow him on Twitter and IG - @ohitsBigRon    Music by Darryl Thomas - follow him on Twitter and IG - @theartistDT

Jun 2020

22 min 38 sec

Juneteenth is having the best week ever...and I have some thoughts. P.S. I recorded this the day before I was given Juneteenth off, as a holiday. So, if my wonderful administrators are listening, this is not a response to your Juneteenth sentiments...it's more of a premonition of a cultural wave. I swear.  Isolation Be Like is Created, Produced and Hosted by Phill Branch (aka Phill Boogie) This podcast is supported by a 2019 Rubys Artist Grant, which is a program of the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. Phill Branch is a storyteller working in film, creative nonfiction and theater. He is the 2019 recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council’s Solo Performance Artist Award. He is also a GrandSlam Champion of The Moth in DC. An alumnus of the American Film Institute, Branch recently directed Searching for Shaniqua; his documentary about the impact names have on people's lives.The film won the HBO Best Documentary award at the 2016 Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival. Branch has served as a professor at his alma mater Hampton University and recently at Howard University. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Goucher College in Communication and Media Studies, focusing on race and ethnicity in film and media. Find us at @isolationbelike and @phillbranch on Twitter and IG / phillbranch.com / isolationbelike.com Edited by Ronald Young Jr. - follow him on Twitter and IG - @ohitsBigRon    Music by Darryl Thomas - follow him on Twitter and IG - @theartistDT

Jun 2020

19 min 16 sec

I got to thinking about how it's not extremists whose racism I bump up against in my daily life. My everyday racism comes from liberal colleagues, acquaintances and (former) friends. Racism from these spaces, generally, gets dismissed when addressed and/or buried in a puddle of tears. Many of my Black friends have been approached by white friends since the uprisings began, for advice on how to be an ally. Here's what I think is a good start. Isolation Be Like is Created, Produced and Hosted by Phill Branch (aka Phill Boogie) This podcast is supported by a 2019 Rubys Artist Grant, which is a program of the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. Phill Branch is a storyteller working in film, creative nonfiction and theater. He is the 2019 recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council’s Solo Performance Artist Award. He is also a GrandSlam Champion of The Moth in DC. An alumnus of the American Film Institute, Branch recently directed Searching for Shaniqua; his documentary about the impact names have on people's lives.The film won the HBO Best Documentary award at the 2016 Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival. Branch has served as a professor at his alma mater Hampton University and recently at Howard University. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Goucher College in Communication and Media Studies, focusing on race and ethnicity in film and media. Find us at @isolationbelike and @phillbranch on Twitter and IG / phillbranch.com / isolationbelike.com Edited by Ronald Young Jr. - follow him on Twitter and IG - @ohitsBigRon    Music by Darryl Thomas - follow him on Twitter and IG - @theartistDT

Jun 2020

47 min 48 sec

On this episode, I discuss the outrage over Biden deciding who is Black and I also touch on voting even when it doesn't feel so good. Isolation Be Like is Created, Produced and Hosted by Phill Branch (aka Phill Boogie) This podcast is supported by a 2019 Rubys Artist Grant, which is a program of the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. Phill Branch is a storyteller working in film, creative nonfiction and theater. He is the 2019 recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council’s Solo Performance Artist Award. He is also a GrandSlam Champion of The Moth in DC. An alumnus of the American Film Institute, Branch recently directed Searching for Shaniqua; his documentary about the impact names have on people's lives.The film won the HBO Best Documentary award at the 2016 Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival. Branch has served as a professor at his alma mater Hampton University and recently at Howard University. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Goucher College in Communication and Media Studies, focusing on race and ethnicity in film and media. Find us at @isolationbelike and @phillbranch on Twitter and IG / phillbranch.com / isolationbelike.com Edited by Ronald Young Jr. - follow him on Twitter and IG - @ohitsBigRon    Music by Darryl Thomas - follow him on Twitter and IG - @theartistDT

May 2020

15 min 2 sec

As I celebrate another year of life, I am processing the time in my life when I thought self-harm was the only choice. I read an excerpt from an anthology I contributed to - For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide (Keith Boykin, editor) and talk about gaining perspective....over time.

May 2020

37 min 47 sec

Let's trust our gut a little bit more. It's not rude to make a good choice for yourself...even if someone else might be uncomfortable.

May 2020

22 min 5 sec

For a brief moment in time, I served as an assistant for a "Dreamgirl." It was fun, messy, exhausting and life-changing.    

Apr 2020

46 min 43 sec