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Published on July 13th, 2020 | by Jerry Doby

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GRAMMY Winner Keyon Harrold Talks Racial Inequality, Fatherhood, Music, and Miles Davis on The John Roa Show

The John Roa Show is a new no-holds-barred weekly iHeart podcast that just debuted last week. Hosted by serial entrepreneur, author, and investor John Roa, each Monday he explores the rollercoaster of life and success through honest and vulnerable conversations with business leaders, company founders, and groundbreaking celebrities.

This week’s episode features an interview with GRAMMY winner Keyon Harrold who lays it out for John about some of the issues he deals with not only as a celebrity but as a Black man dealing with daily life as…well a Black man and father of a son who fears he might not make it to adulthood.

Show Highlights

  • Raising a 13-year-old son in the current environment and his son’s fear that he won’t live to see the age of 16
  • Navigating life and success having grown up in Ferguson, MO as one 1 of 16 children
  • Hailing from a family of musicians
  • Where he was during the 2014 Ferguson Uprising
  • How he’s responding to the current racial movement and his fear of police
  • The state of the music business and what he misses most about working
  • Performing for protesters in Brooklyn and what being able to play means to him right now
  • How he landed the music role of Miles Davis in Miles Ahead
  • On still experiencing bouts of imposter syndrome



About the Author

Editor-in-Chief of The Hype Magazine, and internationally published arts & entertainment journalist. Member of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture as well as the United States Press Corps.


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