If you were a major fan of REVOLT’s “No Sleeping In The Trophy Room” in 2020 during its first season, you’ll be excited to know that the show is finally back with season two! Featuring some more movers and shakers in their respective lanes, this second go-round — still hosted and executive produced by Carlos Del Valle aka Los Antonio — is sure to be even bigger and better than the last, which we didn’t even think was possible.
For those who aren’t get familiar with “No Sleeping In The Trophy Room,” but soon will be, it’s an interview series where Los speaks to people shaking the tables in their industries about their journeys, impact, and overall positions in the culture.
“‘No Sleeping in the Trophy Room’ is the conversation fueled by motivation, experience, and truth. And we established that with the first season, and now we are standing on the shoulders of what we did,” Los recently told REVOLT.
“And since the last season, we’ve had the pandemic, we’ve had radical movements against police brutality and social injustice, and so many realities that we’ve had to deal with as Black and brown people. We really felt like we couldn’t just have a regular conversation. We really had to have an open dialogue and talk about some of the things that we witnessed, some of the things that we’ve been through — some of the physical, mental health, everything. We really kind of got to this season.”
This second season will include great conversations from power players such as We Run Uptown, Bike Rides for Black Lives, the renowned Chef Kelvin, radio personality DJ Carisma, creative and former road manager for Nipsey Hussle, Jorge Peniche; executive producer at Universal Latin and Roc Nation A&R Donny “DizzyCleanFace” Flores, and film and music video director Jessy Terrero.
Los gave REVOLT some insight about each of the entities he chopped it up with for this new season. Peep what he had to say about his interview suspects below. And catch you on Monday (Feb. 15) at 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT for the season two premiere!
Bike Rides for Black Lives
“I have a personal relationship with Najee Tyler (founder). Him and I go back about like 10 years. We both worked at Diddy’s marketing agency, the Blue Flame Agency. So, I’ve watched him develop and grow this bike ride into something really amazing. I love what they’re standing for. I love that they’re pushing the message. And all the partners in it are all amazing guys doing amazing things in their own individual lanes. I had to sit down with those guys and really get into what the ride stands for.”
“He’s one of the youngest executive chefs on the cooking scene. This man was on the show... He actually beat Bobby Flay and that afforded him an opportunity to become one of the most sought out executive chefs in New York City. And that in turn turned him into a private chef, where he’s been cooking for J. Lo, A-Rod, the Kardashians, a slew of other A-list clientele. He has a really great story about how he turned his passion into profit and, just is again, changing the narrative for people who look and sound like us in the culinary arts. And we even get into some of the hardships that people in the culinary arts faced during the pandemic.”
We Run Uptown
“So, next up we have the We Run Uptown crew. They’re a running crew that was formed in Washington Heights, New York City. And what I really love about these guys is that they’re changing the narrative and the face of what living a healthy lifestyle, and what running looks like. And these guys and their crew have collaborated with Nike and they hold group runs all over the country. These guys are locally known, internationally respected as well.”
“DJ Carisma is a female DJ out of L.A. Very important for me, crucial to me to get a female narrative on this season, which we didn’t have last season. So, I’m super proud of that. And I’m super, super proud that we got it from somebody like DJ Carisma, who’s a legend, who’s been doing her thing. One of the only prominent female DJs on the West Coast. It was super important for us to tap in with her to really get her come up story, which was amazing. She also talks about how she was impacted by the pandemic... She gave a great perspective on just the pressures that DJs went through and some of the ways that you can only hustle out.”
“Next step, we have Jorge Peniche, who is Nipsey Hussle’s, rest in peace, creative director and photographer. It was important for me to get with him, talk about how instrumental he was to Nipsey’s legacy, and to also get his come-up story, which is a super important narrative that I was trying to display with this season. Jorge is a first generation American, his parents were immigrants. So, the narrative of somebody who came here with no opportunity, fought for opportunity, and made the most of what they’re doing now is really something that I was trying to shed light on this season.”
Donny “DizzyCleanFace” Flores
“I also got the chance to sit down with Donny Flores aka DizzyCleanFace. He is the head of Latin music at Universal Music Group, and he also works closely with Roc Nation. And it was super important for me to tell his story. He’s from Trinidad and Tobago, and he’s also from Venezuela, and he’s also from by way of Miami. So, it was super important for me to tell his story because his A&R work has created some huge international anthems. And what we spoke about was really just the power of Caribbean, Latin music and just how that impacts the whole world and how important that is.”
“And then we finished up with Jessy Terrero. He directed Soul Plane, he’s directed like 30 50 Cent music videos. He just put out a few YouTube originals. He’s a well-respected film and music video director who’s doing amazing things and just representing right for the community. I believe he worked on the legendary movie Juice, as well. So, there’s a lot of gems in that episode, as well.”