DeFacto Thezpian
on the
Clarion Content Podcast

Yesterday in the American Tobacco Campus sitting in the amazing “Black on Black” exhibit, I talked to Durham Hip Hop rising star, DeFacto Thezpian, on the debut of his new Mixtape. We hear his background story from playing Joseph in “Black Nativity” at Hillside High School to the open mic at The Marvell.

Friday, DeFacto Thezpian’s Burgundy Skylines drops on WXDU 88.1 live at 9am. Shortly thereafter you will be able to hear it on the Clarion Content’s Soundcloud here.

In the meantime, check out our two part interview below to hear DeFacto Thezpian’s story.


DeFacto Thezpian photo by Early Bird Photography.

DeFacto Thezpian photos by Early Bird Photography.

DeFacto Thezpian interview Part I

DeFacto Thezpian interview Part II

Aaron Mandel

Aaron Mandel is a writer and an accomplished public speaker. He is the publisher of the Clarion Content. For more than a decade, the Clarion Content has covered Durham’s arts, politics, music, and cultural milieu. From breaking news stories to the hottest local acts, the Clarion Content is on the scene. The Clarion Content published more than twenty distinguished guest columnists and garnered nearly a million views. Mandel is a volunteer for the Durham Mighty Pen Literacy Project and serves as the President of the Board of Sustain-A-Bull Durham, a local small business collective with more than 200 members. He writes regularly on the Clarion Content and has been quietly writing fiction since the 4th grade. Mandel has been published in the Raleigh News and Observer. He has also produced numerous art shows, including, “Durham under Development”. He was a featured speaker at “The State of Publishing” conference. He has presented to Durham Chamber of Commerce, “Chamber U” on the “New Media”. He has also served as the play-by-play announcer for the D.B.L., a Durham youth basketball league. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Religious Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington. An avid policy debater at Indiana and a Nation Debate Tournament qualifier, Mandel was also a member of the New Jersey State Champion two-person Policy Debate Team. He has lived in North Carolina, New Jersey, California, Texas, Illinois, Colorado, Indiana, and Baja California, Mexico.

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