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Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). An estimated, 1.5 million Americans have lupus.
Special Guest: Annette Myarick is the Chief Executive Officer for the Lupus Foundation of America’s (LFA) Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter. Prior to joining the LFA in 1991, she was with the Arthritis Foundation’s Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter for 14 years, most recently as the Vice President for Public Health Strategies. Annette has a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education from Temple University. Special Guest: Lupus advocate. Leyla Moreno, Manager of Community Relations at Health Partners. Leyla is a native of Panama. Leyla was recognized in 2008 and 2009 by Impacto Latin Newspaper and the Philadelphia Multicultural Congress as one of the ten Most Influential Latino Leaders under 40. She graduated (cum laude) with a degree in Political Science and Latin American Studies from Temple University. Leyla is a board member of the Lupus Foundation
Alicia Cinnamon: is a native Torontonian, who grew up in a small community located In the metropolitan area before moving to Scarborough, where music and entertainment were a big part of everyday culture. She started performing at local block parties at the age of seven as a member of a music duo. Her musical ability was soon enhanced under the influences of artists Lauryn Hill, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Faith Evans, Tupac, and SWV.
However, unsure of what to do with her unique, mature sound and messages, Alicia Cinnamon stayed behind-the-scenes writing over two hundred songs until a local rapper discovered her in a karaoke bar. She then started singing hooks for his record label, Time Wasted.
In 2011, Alicia Cinnamon decided to further her career and began performing at local clubs, weddings, and birthdays, which eventually landed her showcases and media attention. She was featured by CBC News as one of ten Black Canadians making a difference in the community, after hearing a powerful song she made dedicated to Tyson Bailey, a young man who was gunned down in the Regent Park area in Toronto in January 2013.
Furthermore, with a number of over twenty songs recorded, Alicia's debut mixtape titled, A Dash of Cinnamon, is set to drop this fall. Her fans still continue to connect with two of her most popular songs “Liar's Game”, a catchy track about the relationship of a scorned female, and “I Can't Breathe”, the emotional tribute song to the young murder victim.
Now, with her fan base growing around the local Toronto music scene, anticipation is also building for Alicia Cinnamon’s upcoming mixtape, which features production by Alex Villasana, Jay Beatz, Franchise, and DJ Laz Vagez.
Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him
Richard Pryor attracted admiration and anger in equal parts. He was a comedian who many consider the greatest ever, yet his triumphant stand-up work has been largely eclipsed by his mediocre movie output. His personal life was likewise something of a contradiction, because Pryor was a man of deep intelligence and sensitivity yet was also someone who could never seem to make the pieces of his life come together to create a whole. His was a fascinating, larger-than-life personality; he was as pivotal and essential a figure. Pryor the solo artist brought to a pop-obsessed generation the news that they had a past with deep roots that spoke to our shared humanity.
David Henry is a screenwriter and his brother, Joe Henry is a singer/songwriter as well as a music producer. This is their first book, and they are working on a screenplay based on Pryor's life and career.
Special Guest:Jeannine L. Lisitski, Executive Director of Women Against Abuse, has worked for more than 21 years in the public benefit sector, focusing on issues of poverty, violence and homelessness. Ms. Lisitski holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology and is a Ph.D Candidate (ABD), in Social Work and Social Research with a focus on homelessness.
Women Against Abuse, a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency, provides comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence in Philadelphia. Our services include emergency safe haven, transitional housing, legal services, behavioral healthcare, hotline counseling, community education and advocacy.
Oonya Kempadoo’s moving third novel, All Decent Animals, looks at the personal and aesthetic choices of a multifaceted cast of characters on the Caribbean island of Trinidad—a country still developing economically but rich culturally, aiming at “world-class” status amid its poor island cousins. It is a novel about relationships, examined through the distinct rhythms of the city of Port of Spain.
Loyalties, love, conflicting cultures, and creativity come into play as Ata, a young woman working in carnival design but curious about writing, and her European boyfriend, Pierre, negotiate the care of their friend Fraser, a closeted gay man dying from AIDS. The contradictory Trinidadian setting becomes a parallel character to Fraser’s Cambridge-derived artistic sensibility and an antagonist to Ata’s creative journey.
Oonya Kempadoo was born in England to Guyanese parents. She has lived in Europe and on various islands in the Caribbean. Her first novel, Buxton Spice, was published in 1998 to great acclaim. Her second novel, Tide Running, won the prestigious Casa de las Americas Literary Prize for best English or Creole novel. Kempadoo lives in St. George’s, Grenada.
Men We Reaped: In five years, Jesmyn Ward lost five young men in her life—to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the bad luck that can follow people who live in poverty, particularly black men. Dealing with these losses, one after another, made Jesmyn ask the question: Why? And as she began to write about the experience of living through all the dying, she realized the truth—and it took her breath away.
Special Guest: Jesmyn Ward grew up in DeLisle, Mississippi. She received her MFA from the University of Michigan. A Stegner Fellow at Stanford, from 2008-2010, she has been named the 2010-11 Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi. Her debut novel, Where the Line Bleeds, was an Essence Magazine Book Club selection and a Black Caucus of the ALA Honor Award recipient. Ward's second novel, Salvage the Bones, won the 2011 National Book Award.
How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America (August 2013) is a stirring, powerful collection of essays that explore the effects of racism, violence, and class, among other things, on American culture and society. Kiese Laymon’s writing is deeply personal yet unsentimental. He tells personal family stories that reveal the myriad influences that have shaped his life, from his formidable grandmother and rascally uncle to the hip-hop stars of the 1980s and 1990s who became role models for an entire generation of young black men across the country.
Kiese Laymon was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. He graduated from Oberlin College and earned an MFA from Indiana University. Laymon is a contributing editor at Gawker.com and has written for numerous publications, including Esquire and ESPN.com. He is an associate professor of English and Africana Studies at Vassar College. Agate Bolden published his debut novel, Long Division, came out in June 2013.
Alicia Richardson: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT). Alicia started working with non-profits in 1999 contract positions with Children and Family Services AKA C.P.S. Working in the field with parents who had lost their children due to drugs and or mental illness inspired Alicia to obtain her masters degree and work towards licensure, she has great deal of love and compassion for people of all walks of life. She learned that "they know not what they do" and have become products of their environment. She believes that with therapy, and other services, and education the cycle can be broken. Alicia became accredited in Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) in 2008 and began teaching parenting classes all through Contra Costa County. This parenting program is in about 23 different countries (originated in Australia ) by psychologist Dr. Matthew Sanders. Alicia a small private practice, work full time with Youth Homes Inc. as a Transitional Age Youth Clinician, and teach Triple P via C.O.P.E. (another child abuse prevention agency).
Musa Okwonga is a poet, sportswriter, broadcaster, musician, PR consultant and commentator on current affairs.
He studied law at Oxford University and then trained as a solicitor in the City before leaving the legal profession to pursue a career as a poet.
He is the author of two books on football, has written for The Independent, The Guardian and This Is Africa, and is the vocalist for electronica outfit The King’s Will, who have been praised by Q Magazine as “a brilliant 21st century culture clash…like a globe-straddling Mike Skinner”.
You can find out more about his work at www.okwonga.com
A Love Letter to London"Heavyweight":http://youtu.be/C0OeQilbuS4
The King's Will - Love, Against Homophobia: http://youtu.be/lc0zhTvZciE
To men who threaten women online, “Invisible Men”. http://www.okwonga.com/?p=760
Special Guest: Lauren Mandel, author of EAT UP. Lauren Mandel’s new guide, Eat Up, explains this most local of food movements to help readers learn how to use their own private and corporate rooftops to bring fresh, organic produce to their tables. Lauren holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Environmental Science. http://eatupag.com/author/lnmandel/
Special Guest: Adam Hill, City Harvest Coordinator. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s (PHS) City Harvest program taps the skills and energy of urban gardeners to make fresh, nutritious produce more widely available in under-resourced neighborhoods. PHS City Harvest gardeners grow and donate more than 20,000 pounds of produce each year, helping to feed about 1,000 families per week during the growing season. http://phsonline.org/greening/city-harvest
Special Guest: Mike Hill works for USDA Forest Service on landscape architecture projects and youth programs. Previously, Mike worked for 10 years at the National Building Museum in DC. Mike is a graduate of the Virginia Tech landscape architecture program. Mike received the Community Outreach Person of the Year Award from the DC Chapter of the National Organization for Minority Architects in 2011. Children's Forest Program: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r6/learning/kids?cid=STELPRDB5387114
The African-American Guide to Divorce & Drama: Breaking Up Without Breaking Down helps parties navigate the process of separation and divorce, while seeking to minimize the “drama” and trauma for them and their children–the innocent victims. It is the first comprehensive book on divorce for African-Americans.
Lester L. Barclay is the managing partner of The Barclay Law Group in Chicago, Illinois. A graduate of Oberlin College and Case Western Reserve University School of Law, he has practiced matrimonial law since 1985. In that time, he has earned a sterling reputation as a skilled litigator who seeks to maintain the family’s integrity during and after divorce.
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