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Budding R&B star Marvin Ambrosius knows the value of working with legends—and relatives. “I’m very proud of Friends and Lovers,” he tells Fresh Perspectives Radio host Nikki Rich of sister Marsha Ambrosius’ new album. “The song we did together, Spend All My Time, was originally a love song but it turned into a family song about my loved ones—my auntie and nan. Then Charlie Wilson got onboard, and now it’s got that billionaire feeling,” he adds of The Gap Band frontman. You listen to it and it’s like, This is why we do music. I never thought I’d have my name next to Charlie in a credit. But now I made a bet with Marsha. I said, If you get a Grammy—and this album is gonna win; you can’t be nominated 13 times and not win on your next one—I told her we’ll be there with Charlie goin’ thank you! Because he’s gonna be the reason we got it.”
Painter, Poet, Activist, Actor, Author and Playwright are just some of the titles that describe versatile artist Iyaba Ibo Mandingo. His one-man play unFramed is The 2011 Winner of the DC Black Theater Festival. His the author of two chapbooks of poetry, 41 Times and Amerikkan Exile, plus a novel, Sins of My Fathers. A two-time Connecticut Grand Slam champion. His art has been included in dozens of groups and individual shows in the tri-state area - and most recently one of the founding company members of RHYMES OVER BEATS - the new hip hop theater company that includes MCs like Maino, Chi-iLL, Uncle Murda and ChinaMac; DJs like Ted Smooth; playwrights and performers like Manny Borras; and producers like Daryl Sledge, Cate Cameratta and Samson Styles. Tune into Bodega Fresh Sunday at 7:00 pm with host Nadine Michel
Bodega Fresh welcomes Founder and Editor in Chief of The Uptown Collective, Led Black. The Uptown Collective covers Washington Heights, Inwood, Harlem and Da Boogie Down Bronx. It is the only daily site dedicated to the arts, culture and business of Uptown, New York. Learn what made Led Black decide it was time to show what the Uptown Renaissance is all about. Join host and Uptown Native Nadine Michel on Sunday 7PM!
Danisha Williams has no fear of relocating. In fact, she puts it in the must-do category for an inspired life. “As far as uprooting yourself and moving to a new state, I’ve done that a few times and it’s always been fun, exhilitaring, fresh,” she tells Urban Therapy host Omarr McIntyre. “And every time, it’s been to a different part of America. Like to the desert, in Arizona. Back East to Boston. Then back home to Pennsylvania. So you get to experience different things, different people. And you yourself get to grow. Because when you’re in one spot, you don’t get different experiences, you don’t get to meet different types of people when everyone has grown up the same way you have.”
You gotta socialize to snag a man, but be sure to keep your posse to a minimum. So says Joe “Neck” Bone on a special “Mistakes that Single Women Make” episode of All Girl Talk Radio. “To start it out, do not go out with a group of girls. Go out with just one girlfriend. Don’t go out with a group of three or more,” he tells host Angie Smith. That’s the worst mistake you can make. Because when a guy approaches a group, there’s always that one friend that goes, ‘Girl, he don’t look right.’ And no matter what you say after that, it ain’t gonna happen. There’s always a hater.”
In order to changes people’s perceptions, you’ve got to be willing to take a few hits. No one knows that better than Dr. Misee Harris, a pediatric dentist from Tennessee who picked as a contestant for ABC’s The Bachelor, only to decline—and launch a campaign to become the first-ever African American star of sister series The Batchelorette. “ABC and The Bachelor franchise have been nothing but nice to me. And quite frankly, I think they can do whatever they want to with their show. I’m simply giving them an opportunity to have a diverse woman, with an ethnic background, who could handle herself professionally,” she tells Your15Minutes Radio Network host Kim Bady. “But some people said, ‘Oh goodness, here comes another mad black woman crying wolf.’ And I was like, No, not at all! I’m a happy black woman. And all I’m doing is taking a little leap of faith.”
Tiffany Davis knows how important it is to remain fresh and adventurous, particularly on the career front. “I grew up in a very conservative family, as families of color tend to be, and I was good in creative fields like writing and drawing, but that was never encouraged. I was geared toward science and academic pursuits, but when I got jobs in corporate America, I was miserable,” she tells That’s So Very Vanessa host Vanessa Bell Calloway. After college, I was on track to become a doctor, but I was never really happy with that. So I got a job in medical publishing. Then I moved into being an analyst at a non-profit, but got laid off. That’s when I said, I refuse to work for anyone else. So I was home one day watching the Food Network and I saw an ad for the Culinary Institute of America. And I liked to cook so I applied and not only got in but got a scholarship. Within two years, I was running the kitchen in a four-star restaurant in Miami.”
Black family reunions: they’re not just a picnic, says Culture Freedom Radio host Mind Magick. “This past weekend I went to my first family renunion, on my father’s side. I got to see a lot of aunts and uncles I hadn’t seen in many years, and a lot of cousins I didn’t even know I had. And it’s a touching experience because, like, my aunt told me what my dad was like when he was young and how he used to get in trouble. And as soon as my aunt saw my, she started crying. She was so happy because it was like seeing her late brother again. You get to hear a lot of good things about your family that you never heard of.”
Sure, soul food’s da bomb, but without the meat? Yes, says Afya Ibomu. “I buy coconut ice cream sometimes. I also buy chips sometimes—the blue corn chips,” the author of The Vegan Soulfood Guide to the Galaxy tells The Popular Vegan Radio Show host Carter Brown. “And sometimes, like in the summer, when it’s all about barbeques and picnics, I find myself eating more chips. That’s why I do a seasonal cleanse. If you’ve never cleansed before, you can start by eating just a little raw and a little steamed foods, but no processed foods, no meats. Mostly fruits and veggies.”
Get Open was founded in 1994 by producer and MC Siba, producer on the triple platinum and Grammy nominated album "Whitey Ford Sing the Blues, by Everlast (House of Pain). The group is comprised of three season musicains: Dimitri aka Zook, Kiambu and VonMeista. Since the group's conception, Get Open has headlined all across the globe and has opened for icons such as KRS-1, De La Soul, Jungle Brothers, Tha Alkoholics and Special Ed. They have worked with composer Saundi Wilson, Jazz Trumpeter, Lester Bowie, Main Concept (Germany), IAM (France) and many others. They speak with Bodega Fresh Sunday - 7PM.
MCMI RADIO presents Bodega Fresh with HYDRA.
Nadine Michelle, host of 6th Man Radio's "Bodega Fresh" show, interviews Hip Hop trio HYDRA (GMS, LR BLITZKRIEG, WILDCHILD), rebroadcast here with permission.
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