#Adulting: Black History Month

February’s been a whirlwind of activities for me (including the second episode of my podcast miniseries–Killing the Industry: Dinner Dates). The most important? Celebrating Black History.

I’ve been a bit passive in the past when celebrating Black History Month, because school has always been a great reminder of projects and events. This year, however, I’ve had to be more proactive about enriching my melanin education. Here’s how I’ve attempted to do so:

  1. Checking Out Social Media Posts- ex. Naturally Political on Facebook. For those who know me, I’m not a huge fan of Facebook, but the Naturally Political Page has been posting a new site of African American history everyday this month, including but not limited to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History to smaller-known (but still as important) sites in Arkansas. (Full disclosure: I know one of the moderators and therefore, privy to amount of careful research she puts into each posting.)
  2. 2. Checking Out Events IRL- ex. An Evening with Ruth E. Carter. This outing was like killing two birds with one stone since a) the event was a Q&A with Marvel’s Black Panther (2018) costume designer Ruth E. Carter, and b) the event was held in the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. In addition to pumping me up for such a highly-anticipated superhero movie by hearing of Carter’s creative influences (from specific Ethiopian tribes to Japanese designers such as Issey Miyake to afro-futurism and royalty elements transmuted through the uses of black and purple), I also had the chance to view parts of museum’s artwork at night.


3.Checking Out Interests with a Twist- ex. Marvel’s Black Panther opening-day screening. During Carter’s talk (and perhaps you already knew this), she mentioned that Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther had been added to Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War (2016) sort of last minute, but the character made a big impact.When tickets first went on sale for Black Panther, they nearly sold out. Prior to the screening, I’d felt mildly prepared–I’d attended the talk with the Carter, read a few of the recent Black Panther comics, etc. But after the movie…


(If you haven’t seen it yet, you really, really should.)

Even though February is winding down, I appreciate its placement as the second month of the year. Because it feels like it’s not the only month to celebrate Black History, but more like a great introduction to celebrate it the rest of year.


What I’m Listening To: “Finesse Remix” Featuring Cardi B. by Bruno Mars. In addition to Cardi B’s spin on the song, I’m in love with this music video. It’s a tribute to the 90’s comedy-sketch show, In Living Color, where comedic greats like Tommy Davidson, David Alan Grier, T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh (remember her? she played Raven’s mom on That’s So Raven), and Jim Carrey got started. Also, the song is just catchy, right?

What I’m Reading: Marvel’s Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Books Two and Three by Ta-nehisi Coates.

What I’m Watching: Marvel’s Black Panther (2018) (of course), but PBS has some spectacular documentaries playing this month, like Stanley Nelson’s documentary on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tell Them We Are Rising.

Also, I know I’m super late, but I finally saw Jordan Peele’s Get Out (2017). Those Oscar and Golden Globe nominations are well-deserved.




#Adulting: Killing the Industry (A New Podcast Miniseries)

If you read any millennial’s blog, most of our activities and/or preoccupations fall in the realm of:

a) finding or keeping a well-paying job

b) spending quality time with friends/family

c) finding new movies/foods/books/music/shows to enjoy

d) finishing school or paying off  student loan debt

e) becoming healthier (or at least, staying healthy-ish)

Ruining the department store industry and chain restaurants like Applebee’s and Buffalo Wild Wings, or even killing the housing market, is not on most (if any) millennials’ to-do list and yet…

During the later half of 2017, I researched a select few industries millennials are accused of killing or ruining, interviewed actual millennials and other individuals in different age groups affected by the shift in that particular industry, and, finally, along with a co-host, put together a podcast miniseries to answer the question of a) if this industry is actually dead and b) if it is dead, who killed it?

The podcast miniseries is titled, “Killing the Industry.” The trailer actually airs today (which you can listen to here or on the podcast’s blog), but the first episode premieres Friday, February 2nd. I hope you’ll give it a listen, especially if you’re dying to know if millennials are actually to blame for killing, well, everything.


What I’m Listening To: (See below)

What I’m Reading: Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham on audiobook; even though she’s technically not a comedian, I’m still lumping Graham into the category because she’s a funny person who doesn’t take herself too seriously, and so far the book does not disappoint.

What I’m Watching: Netflix’s remake of One Day At a Time is back! Out of all the original series Netflix pushes on its customers, I actually don’t mind this one because this beautiful, hilarious Cuban-American family still faces real issues affecting veterans with PTS, LGBT teens, non-traditional matriculation, Latinx culture, and so much more without being corny. So excited for season two!


#Adulting: Take a Breath

If you’ve seen Parks and Rec, you may remember a scene from Season 3 called “Soulmates.” Ann (Rashida Jones) helps Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) set up an online dating profile by asking about her hobbies, how she would describe herself, and finally, “Favorite Place?”

Leslie: Upstairs there’s this mural of wildflowers, and I like to sit on a bench in front of it.

Ann: Really? It could be anywhere in the world: Paris, Hawaii, the Grand Canyon…

Leslie: Nope. Just the bench in front of the mural.

Ann: What about an actual meadow, where wildflowers are?

Leslie: Eww, Ann, I’m scared of bees. Mural!


Although Ann thinks Leslie’s ideal destination is kinda lame, Leslie doesn’t budge; she likes what she likes. And it turns out, the spot is also liked by Leslie’s (future) favorite person as well, Ben (Adam Scott).

(Credit: Tumblr User nowayandy)

A favorite place doesn’t have to be lofty and expensive (or it can, whatever floats your boat), but it should be somewhere you enjoy going, solo or not. It just needs to be a place where you can pause, step back from the day-to-day tension, and just take a breath.

Regardless of the ending of the episode (or the numerous other times Ben and Leslie chat by the mural), I love that ambitious, compassionate, imaginative Leslie chose somewhere so seemingly mundane as her favorite place.

Along with our love of breakfast food, Leslie and I have that in common.

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#Adulting: A Glimpse of the Possible

In my last post, I paid homage to Millennialthe Radiotopia/PRX podcast that gave me the post-grad motivation to intern, work part-time, but mostly, figure out what I really wanted to do and make no apologies for it.

Well, update: I met the creator of Millennial. (!)

But first, let me back up a bit.

For the past few months, I’ve been learning more and more about the public radio landscape. Since the Corporation for Public Broadcasting helps fund America’s public radio stations, it’s important to know how they work, right?

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For Millennial (A Year Post Bachelor)

In August, the Radiotopia/PRX podcast series “Millennial” aired its ­final episode.

For three seasons, host and creator Megan Tan, captured the journey of millennials figuring out their lives after a defining moment, including her own.

The following stand-alone audio piece is inspired by “Millennial.” I began gathering tape after listening to the podcast last Fall, knowing there was someone else, who felt the same way I did.

So thank you, Megan. And thank you, for listening.



Here are some of the clips in the piece:


Georgia Public Broadcasting Radio

Georgia Students Reach for the Stars, But They’ll Start with Mars

Channel Thirteen/WNET in New York

Trump to Cut PBS Funding


All of the music is by Lee Rosevere on FreeMusicArchive.org, under a Creative Commons Attribution license

“The Secret to Growing Up”

“And So Then”


“As I Was Saying”



What I’m Listening To: The last episode of Millennial and a recent episode of Planet Money called “The Starbury” (trust me, the latter’s title is not what you think)

(Photo Property of NPR Planet Money)

What I’m Reading: (Fiction) Water for Elephants  by Sara Gruen (B/N: Yes, I’ve seen the movie but now, at the behest of a friend, taking a stab at the book too).

(Fiction) The Lost Coast (novella) by Eli Horowitz and Josh Brandon (B/N: A companion to the Homecoming podcast serial and so far, pretty good)

What I’m Watching: (DVD) Creed (2015), dir. by Ryan Coogler is the latest in the Rocky movie series, but focuses on the son of Apollo Creed, Adonis “Donnie” Creed (Michael B. Jordan).  Considering the attention last week’s fight received, I figured now was a time to see a more cinematic version of the boxing world. As a big fan of the Rocky movies (my favorites are Rocky I and Rocky II), I loved this shift of focus onto a character who, like Rocky and Apollo, is proud of his identity even if he’s still figuring out who that person is.


Book Review: Teach Me How To Laugh

A fun fact about yours truly is that one of my favorite genres is Comedian Autobiography. If I’m going to read about someone’s life, where there are probably going to be some sad parts (as is true in many lives), I want to at least laugh a little.

Born a Crime is no exception in this regard, but it does change the rules I’d come to expect in the Comedian Autobiography genre.

(Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah (2016) Photo Credit: Google Books)

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Sunday Night Motivation

How do you do a job application?

One step at a time.

At this moment, it’s Sunday night and I’m staring at the computer screen, desperately trying to motivate myself to start the fellowship application I’ve put off for weeks.

It’s due tomorrow.

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Signs of a Senior: Super Relieved

An update!
Phase 3 of my grand project is finally complete! (That’s why the blog has been so quiet these past few months) You can read a quick recap of my progress below.
Listen to the full audio documentary here: https://soundcloud.com/ammonty/sets/what-does-a-superhero-sound-like-audio-analysis-of-gender-media-and-technology

Monty's Mayhem

It’s finally done! No, not school. Not yet.

I’m referring to my project. Remember the prize I won to do research during the summer?

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Then I did research and bought equipment for an audio documentary.

(A M Montgomery 2015) (A M Montgomery 2015)

For the past nine months or so, I used that equipment to start the interview process of my audio documentary with my own radio show.

(AM Montgomery 2015) (AM Montgomery 2015)

Just a few weeks ago, I presented an excerpt of said documentary–combining my research, superhero sound bites, and interviews–my college’s annual showcase, Amherst Explorations.

(Rachael Hanley, Social and New Media Manager at Amherst College) (Rachael Hanley, Social and New Media Manager at Amherst College)

It was covered by my college and it got tons of buzz.

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Then I broadcast the entire audio documentary on my radio show (it’s an hour, split up into three parts, with commercial breaks) and now it’s on my SoundCloud

(Hadley Dorn 2016) (Hadley Dorn 2016)

And now…I’m done…

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Onslaught of Book to Movie: Review of “The Martian”

(Warning: There are three words of profanity in the following post)

Okay, so I cheated. It’s not a huge deal but I broke my own rule and is it awful that I don’t feel bad about it?

Let me back up a bit.

I don’t get out much. Why go pay to see a movie I may not enjoy when I could read the book it’s based on for free? Besides, aren’t the books supposed to be better anyway?

Thus began the rule that I must read the book before seeing the movie. If I see the movie before, I probably won’t read the book at all.

I’ve broken this rule three times in my life with:

  • The Bourne Identity
  • Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows

and now, The Martian. In these cases, I read the books soon after I saw the movie, and it was usually a struggle since the reading the books take more time and I already know what’s going to happen.

The Martian was different.

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If you’re looking for a sign to go read or watch the movie, this is it. The Martian is the best movie I’ve seen all year (yes, that includes Avengers: Age of Ultron). Plus, the movie, directed by Ridley Scott, is so close to the book, you’re not really missing out. I enjoyed reading the book because it gave me even more details of hilarity.

So what is The Martian about?

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