Carlos Kareem Windham

Word-smith, musician, activist, playwright, comedian, Carlos Kareem Windham has spent the better part of the last two decades performing for audiences and speaking with students, teachers and organizers on stages and in classrooms across the globe.  Carlos’ works are defiant, explosive explorations of the relationships between race, class and gender in the U.S. and abroad. Whether through the medium of storytelling, lyrics, workshop, or stand-up Carlos takes every opportunity to speak truth to power.

Currently, Carlos serves as emcee and lyricist with Wallace, freestylist and frontman for Lo Speed Chase, is a regular open-mic er and up and coming feature in the Portland stand-up scene, is a regular guest on Mylin & Melanin Podcast, and serves Principal and Founder of El Porvenir Services, LLC. El Porvenir Services, LLC is on a mission to bring communities into the future, and to center the voices of the most impacted in the reclamation of their power in the intersection of race, class, and gender. Through El Porvenir, Carlos works for the creation of just ecosystems where people maintain long-term relationships across difference, in the creation of outcomes that provide equitable opportunities for the most excluded.

Carlos will appear on the September 8th Show at the Jade Lounge @ 6 PM.

Carlos on Facebook & Twitter.

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S2E5: Molly Smithson, R Tod Kelly, Adam Carpinelli, and introducing Christian Burke aka Creme Brulee

HUGE NEWS! The My Real Portland Community just got bigger and better!
Introducing co-host, sidekick, and co-producer Christian Burke.
We'll chat with musician Adam Carpinelli about his work with Obo Addy, Massamba Diop, and his new work Shvvvr - in addition to his work in prison reform.
We'll hear from Marie Claire journalist and "unofficial godfather of Portland Storytelling" R Tod Kelly. I'll chat with him about what he learned reporting on the people who live outside the mainstream.
Our first guest will be phenomenal comedian Molly Smithson who's new advice podcast, "Take Some Molly" just launched this month.
The show was free. Eugene made great German food and cocktails. Happy hour started at 5:30 PM, show at 6 at the Jade Portland at 24th and SE Ankeny.

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Announcing August 11 MRP Line-Up

My Real Portland - The Podcast featuring Guests Comedian Mohanad Elsheiky, Activist and 2020 Portland Mayoral Candidate Teressa Raiford, and Musician Karma Rivera, with Host Joseph Lyons and Co-Host Christian Burke, aka Creme Brulee! Live performances, interviews, audience game show with gifts and swag, - ALL FREE! German food, beer, wine, and cocktails by the great Jade Lounge!

Sunday, August 11
Happy Hour at 5:30
Show at 6:00 PM

Jade Lounge
24th and SE Ankeny


For Release July 30, 2019

My Real Portland Hosts Mayoral Candidate Teressa Raiford

Live Variety Comedy Music Game Talk Show

Portland— July 30, 2019 — My Real Portland: The Podcast announces the next episode recording live on Sunday, August 11th, 6 PM at the Jade Lounge, 2342 SE Ankeny St in Portland. Host Joseph Lyons and Co-Host Christian Burke have invited three Portland originals – a comedian, a musician, and Portland Mayoral Candidate Teressa Raiford – for an evening of live performance, conversation, and fun.

Live performance from Libyan-born Portland Comedian Mohanad Elsheiky who has appeared on Pod Save the People and Harmontown, and Rapper Karma Rivera whose hip-hop music touches on sexual identity and her Afro-Latino Puerto Rican roots. 2020 Portland Mayoral Candidate Teressa Raiford will join us on stage for a full interview about her campaign, equity, justice, and advocacy.

We’ll also get a special update from Co-Host Christian Burke who is in the running for the 2019 Portland’s Funniest Person at Helium Comedy Club. Audience members will have the chance to compete in My Real Portland: The Game Show with Portland-based trivia. Happy hour begins at 5:30 PM with Jade Lounge’s extensive German food and cocktail menus. Free show so get there early - seating is limited. Event details at

My Real Portland is a creative project of lifelong Portlandian Joseph Lyons to highlight local entertainers and with an emphasis on celebrating the diversity, promoting equity, and inclusion of our full community. My Real Portland: The Podcast records live each second Sunday, and all episodes are released on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, & most other podcast platforms.


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Karma Rivera

With her clever, edgy lyricism and riotous stage persona, Karma Rivera has risen to star status in the Portland rap scene. The emerging rapper and Hype queen explores the strength and value behind words with meaning, and she does this without seeking to fall on a commercial loophole of music that hardly displays artistic value. While difficult to holistically label, her music lies within the genre realms of rap, hip-hop, and latin trap yet is characterized by an unrivaled individualist style. Driven by passion from writing and performing, Karma covers a wide range of subjects such as sexual identity, how it is to be a woman and a rap artist in the music industry and the musical and cultural movements behind her Afro-Latina roots (Puerto Rican descent). Although originally from Chicago, Karma began making music while attending Washington State University. Today, Karma has gained notoriety in Portland by embracing the opportunity to open for artists like CupcakKe, Princess Nokia, Chief Keef, Xavier Wulf and Snow tha Product. While she’s driven to continue dominating the local Portland scene, her ambitions are to bring her bouncy and catchy sound to the mainstream.

Karma Rivera on Facebook

Karma on Soundcloud

Karma Rivera’s Website

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Mohanad Elsheiky

Mohanad Elshieky is a Portland based comic who was recently named as one of Team Coco Comics to Watch at the New York Comedy Festival. In 2018, he appeared in an episode of Epix’s “Unprotected Sets” and was listed as one of Thrillist’s 50 Best Undiscovered Comics.

Mohanad has a special skill for making you laugh at the seemingly unlaughable, the Libyan-born comedian combines a deceptively laid-back demeanor with his whip-smart perspective on politics and culture. The Portland Mercury called him “an undisputed genius of comedy,” and he's been featured on podcasts such as Lovett or Leave It, Pod Save The People and Harmontown. Elshieky zeros in on topics that make seem off limits - then surprises you with how hard you’re laughing.

Mohanad on Facebook

Mohanad on Twitter

Mohanad’s Website

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Teressa Raiford

Teressa Raiford is a native of Portland whose family has lived in the city for generations. In addition to being an entrepreneur and consultant, she is a long time community organizer and police accountability advocate whose work around the issue of gun violence led to a meeting with First Lady Michelle Obama in 2013. Raiford began organizing around ending violence in 2010 after her nephew was shot and killed in Old Town.

In 2014, in the wake of massive nationwide outcry over the killing of unarmed black people by police, Raiford formed the group Don’t Shoot Portland. This community action plan focuses on ending police violence and oppression, and creating positive change in our community. In the fall of 2016 the group boldly and publicly criticized the new police union contract negotiated by then Mayor Charlie Hales, as well as the accompanying City Hall closures and police brutality that was ordered by Hales and encountered by citizens engaged in the process around the approval of the contract in public city council meetings.

Throughout all the work that Raiford and Don't Shoot Portland have done, her community organizing has centered youth empowerment through art, community engagement, feeding and clothing those in need in our community, and relationship building that is vital to create strong and resilient communities with a foundation in equity and justice.

It is with her life's work as a community organizer, educator and advocate, and with the continued failures of the mayor's office in mind, that Teressa Raiford has decided to run for Mayor of Portland in 2020.

Campaign on Facebook

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Season 2 Episode 4: Pride Episode feat. Corina Lucas, Cameron Whitten, Eddy Morales, Joaquin Lopez

It’s the Pride Episode featuring Comedian Corina Lucas, Q Center’s Cameron Whitten, Gresham City Councilor Eddy Morales, Musician Joaquin Lopez! The sound cut out for 10 minutes of my interview with Corina Lucas - those who were at the show enjoyed a secret 10 minutes that you don’t get. Sorry! You’ll just need to go see her at a live show sometime soon. She just performed on the wing of a plane this past weekend!

Recorded live June 9th at the Slide Inn at 24th and SE Ankeny in Portland. The audio is a little high and low in volume - you may need to adjust accordingly.

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Adam Carpinelli

Adam Carpinelli breaks the sound barrier; creating ripples in the space time continuum altering futures in cosmic dimensions.  As a multi-instrumentalist playing guitar, electric bass, drumset and percussion; his compositions take music to a new level fusing American styles such as jazz and funk with genres from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.   His studies of world music started with Ghanaian drumming; having performed, and recorded for Obo Addy, the late Master Drummer.   Adam currently performs and records with Senegalese Master Drummer Massamba Diop from Baaba Maal’s band in a new  project called “Walo Walo.”  He resides in Portland, Oregon where he performs with ShvvvrWamba and World Beat Collective.

Adam on Facebook

Shvvvr on Facebook

Adam Carpinelli’s Website

Adam Carpinelli will appear on the July 14th episode of My Real Portland!

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R Tod Kelly

R Tod Kelly is a writer, journalist,  professional speaker, and management consultant living in the Pacific Northwest.

His work has appeared in Newsweekmarie claireThe Daily BeastNPRRISK!LongreadsPublic Radio InternationalDan Savage’s Hot MicThe League of Ordinary GentlemenYahoo! NewsEnoughWith Her In Mind Network, and Pickathon. He is currently a regular contributor for marie claire International and Artistic Director for 7 Deadly Sins Productions and its live storytelling shows 7 Deadly Sins MainStage, 7DS: Pants On Fire, and 7DS: NW Story Tour.

Erika Worth of ROAR Fierce Female Voices says:

R Tod Kelly is the reason I started the ROAR show. I had the idea but completely dismissed it. His endless support and encouragement were vital to this show ever happening. Not only is Tod a huge supporter of voices from all walks of life in both of his shows 7 Deadly Sins Show and 7DS: Pants On Fire!, but he's an integral part of the storytelling community. In addition to being the unofficial Godfather of Portland Storytelling, he's a devoted husband, dad, and contributing writer to Marie Claire and The Daily Beast. 




7 Deadly Sins

R Tod Kelly will appear on the Sunday, July 14th episode.

Molly Smithson

Molly Smithson is a polymath. She is a comedian, author, consultant, social media expert. Molly is launching her own podcast about Relationships, Sex, Cats, Vintage clothes and antiques, Camping, Family, Politics. I’ll ask Molly about all of those things, and specifically “Why does my cat know to crap in a box, but barfs only on the carpet?”

Molly will appear on the July 14th My Real Portland!





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