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  • 00:39

    Evening with Ella and Creative Writers

    in Books

    Evening with Ella and Creative Writers. Featured book: Black Cotton by Rasta Asaru Escott EL

    Rasta Asaru Escott EL, Photographer, Digital Editor, Illustrator and Sculptor, was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where he currently resides.  Escott EL’s inspiration came at an early age when he found himself intrigued by the various elements, textures and colors of materials.  

    In 2000, Escott EL began to try his artistic eye in film and digital rendering, to further capture his creative ideas.  It was in those moments that he found himself intrigued with photography and the platforms that came with them.   

    Black Cotton celebrates the natural beauty of black women in an exhibited art form with the use of various mediums such as: fashion, makeup, hair design, photography and graphic design. Black Cotton tells a photographic story of the African presence in various cultures from an artistic point of view. The beginning of the book opens with a historical preface of the Afro hairstyle, the iconic afro pick, and our presence in other cultures.

    Additionally, what made the Black Cotton project great was the collaboration with other artists and writers. Throughout the book are poems and quotes that either my wife and I wrote or the contribution made my other authors and poets. It’s a great book for your daughter, niece or the teenaged girl in your life. Seeing the images of black women portrayed in such an artistic and power light gives our daughters something to admire about their own beauty and power.

    Non Fiction, Art, Photography, African American.  Purchase books here:  http://.www.blackcottonbook.com


  • 00:30

    All the Rage September 13

    in Entertainment


    Todays Hype:
    Tom Cruise flew same path across Andes just before crash 
    Kate Middleton Debuts Bangs, New Hairstyle, Out to Church With Prince William: Picture
    Poll: Trump tops GOP field in California 

    So Whats To come:
    8 Things That Happen When You Stop Drinking Alcohol 
    America's sick leave policies fail workers. Here's how Netflix and Google are getting it right 
    USGS says 6.6 magnitude quake hits Gulf of California 

    Celebrity Gossip:

    George Clooney Slams Donald Trump as "Idiotic" for Comment About Mexican Immigrants

    Trey Songz SPLITS From Model Girlfriend

    Janet Jackson Kicks Off U.S. Comeback Tour Against Doctor's Advice -- See Video of Her on Stage


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  • 01:01

    Indie Books #101 (Lorena Bathey)

    in Books

    Tune in and join me as I welcome this week's guest. 

    Author Lorena Bathey joins me to talk about her books. We'll start with the forthcoming Meeting Ms. Monroe and then talk about her other books as well.

    Mary Monroe has dyed black hair, pale face, and Goth makeup. She works at a trendy restaurant, but is not enamored of the celebrity lifestyle.  Soon after her 25th birthday Mary meets with her mother’s lawyer and is shocked to learn she's been left millions. As she leaves his office he hands her a letter from her mother and a key to a secret storage space. When she opens the storage space she finds furniture, suitcases, and dresses all belonging to the legendary Marilyn Monroe.

    Buying a new home with her new found wealth she furnishes it with the items from the storage space. But what happens next is nothing short of a miracle - or a nightmare. Mary finds herself blacking out and when she awakes she has a new hairstyle, clothes, and most intriguing and frightening of all...letters written to her by Marilyn Monroe. Plunged into a world she doesn’t remember, Mary tries to keep her sanity as she appears to be living the double life of a legend.

     Follow Mary Monroe as she moves back and forth in time not sure she if she will lose herself or find another.

    For more about Lorena Bathey and her books:





  • 01:54

    "EMBRACE YOUR NEW GROWTH " Growing healthy locs

    in Culture

    Blessings Loc Kings and Loc Queens......Tonight is the big night for my first Blog Talk Radio show "EMBRACE YOUR NEW GROWTH" Where  I'll be discussing the "Holistic Journey" of locs @ 9 pm . I'll be giving listeners a better understanding that locs are more than just a hairstyle, it's an extension of you and that keeping your crown healthy from the inside out is the most important part of your Loc journey. So at 9 pm tonight  click on the link www.blogtalkradio.com/loctalkradioshow and listen in or call in @ (646)787-8096  to have some of your questions answered. I'm looking forward to hearing from you. 

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  • 02:06

    Your Hairstyle: How Is It Affecting Your Social And Economic Status?

    in Women

    If you have a career that requires you to appear before the public - receptionist, flight attendant, television newscaster, etc., you were probably given a description of what is considered the appropriate "look" for your job. Somewhere in that description was probably the word "professional." Somehow, particularly for women of African descent, that word "professional" is a code word meaning "and get rid of that nappy hair!"  Perhaps artsy people - musicians and entertainers- can get away with it, but how many women or men are seen in top positions in corporate America wearing locks? Jacqueline McCrae of Locpartee examines some of the attitudes surrounding the natural styles of hair, whether "dreadlocks," "sister locks," or the various twists that create an exotic look. Why is our hair a political statement? Can your hairstyle really affect whether you are hired for a job? Can it affect your acceptance in certain social circles? Can it determine whether you are a feasible candidate for public office? Has the wearing of locks by certain "gangster rap" artists caused it to be identified as a"thug" hairstyle?Why are all the women wearing weaves? And is the real problem that we never really learned how to properly value and take care of our own natural hair?

  • 01:13

    Passage to Empowerment - Celebrating the Essence of Self

    in Lifestyle

    Who are you? What makes you be actually you?  Do your family and friends determine this? Does your profession determine who you are?  What does it take to identify you?  Can your clothes define you for real?  How about your hairstyle or shoes? What makes you you is your essence and that is something you were born with long before the first diaper, hat, or bootie was applied to you beautiful birthday suit au natural! Let's take a little time and discuss, yes and celebrate that which is essentially you! Your Self!

  • 01:33

    New Natural Hairstyle Suggestions with Rochelle Chappelle

    in Lifestyle

    EPISODE SPONSOR: Healthy Hair Bar, Beauty at its finest

    Sometimes your natural hair goal is as simple as trying a new hairstyle! There are many great style options for natural hair, but the challenge comes in picking the right style for you and selecting one that you can actually do. Listen in and let Rochelle Chappelle, CEO of Healthy Hair Bar give you a few natural hairstyle suggestions that you can try to refresh your look this New Year!

    Yah-Tay Keaton of Real Rootz Apparel will give us the scoop on their Big Chop contest and give some big chop tips! If you're thinking about doing the big chop or just did one, this segment is just for you!

  • 01:59

    Wanda's Picks Radio Special: Thomas Allen Harris

    in Art

    THOMAS ALLEN HARRIS joins me to talk about the National Broadcast of his work: THROUGH A LENS DARKLY: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People.

    The Producer, Director Writer was raised in the Bronx and Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania. He is the founder and President Chimpanzee Productions, a company dedicated to producing unique audio-visual experiences that illuminate the Human Condition and the search for identity, family, and spirituality. Chimpanzee’s innovative and award-winning performance-based documentary films - VINTAGE – Families of Value, E Minha Cara/That’s My Face, and Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela - have received critical acclaim at International film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, FESPACO, Outfest, Flaherty and Cape Town and have been broadcast on PBS, the Sundance Channel, ARTE, as well as CBC, Swedish broadcasting Network and New Zealand Television. Mr. Harris’ video and installations – including Splash, Black Body, AFRO (is just a Hairstyle) Notes on a Journey Through The African Diaspora and ALCHEMY - have been featured at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial, the Corcoran Gallery, Reina Sophia, London Institute of the Arts, Gwangju Biennale, and the Long Beach Museum of Art. Harris has received numerous awards and fellowships including a United States Artist Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Rockefeller Fellowship, two Emmy nominations as well as Sundance Film Institute Directors Fellowships and a Tribeca Film Institute Nelson Mandela Award. A graduate of Harvard College and the Whitney Independent Study Program, Harris has taught at a variety of institutions including University of California San Diego where he received tenure as an Associate Professor of Media Arts. A published photographer, curator, and write, Mr. Harris lectures widely on the use of media as a tool for social change.

  • 02:33

    The Helios Biblios Hour w/ guest Dr. David Imhotep: Giants of America pt2

    in Current Events

    In 1881, John W. Powell appointed Cyrus Thomas to be the Director of the Eastern Mound Division of the Smithsonian Institute's Bureau of Ethnology. Cyrus Thomas commented on "Indian Mounds" in America. He said that, "There was a race of mound builders in America distinct from the American Indians." "Distinct from the American Indians," means the American Indians were "distinctly" not the mound builders.

    The Americas had monuments almost as large as the pyramids of Egypt as seen in the Cahokia, Illinois mound. When the first Mongolians and Caucasian-Europeans came to North America they found earthen mounds, cones, terraced platforms, and animal shapes dotting the landscape west of the Appalachian Mountains. The people the Mongolians ran into were not primitives, but well-established civilizations. If that is not enough proof of civilization, "Cylindrical seals like those of the Pharaohs [of ancient Egypt] have been found in Ohio ..." The cylinder seals show that these people were not only civilized but may have had contact, either directly or indirectly, with people from the Nile Valley.

    So the mound building Hopewell were probably just a "later stage" of the Algonquin speaking Adena people. "The 'Mound Builders' can be divided into three [consecutive] groups. The first two are classified as woodland." They are: Adena, Hopewell and Mississippi ... 'Woodland Period.' These people lived over a wide area from the Atlantic to the Mississippi Valley." The Mississippi group of mound builders obviously lived up and down the Mississippi River. But North American mounds are found over much more vast area than those three areas.A copper ornament that was found in one of the Hopewell burial mounds is a probably a profile of what a Hopewell man looked like. His hair looks distinctly like a typical "Afro-hairstyle".


  • 02:00

    Cheating Husbands: How To Survive A Cheater with author Margaret Kreps

    in Relationships

    Many women suffer with the knowledge that they ultimately married a cheater. Some women ignore it and others immediately head straight to divorce court. What do you do when you find out your husband is a cheater? Let's ask author Margaret Kreps author of, "My Intimate Journey with Caesar." In her novelette, author M.F. Kreps takes us on a journey when she finds out her husband is cheating. She goes on a journey, not only with life, but with her hair as she gets it cut into a Caesar. For many women, their hair is who defines them, but the author instead defines her hair. The choices, emotions, and decisions that she makes as she goes throughout her discovery, are touching. It's true what they say, that the right hairstyle can change your life. ~www.mfkreps.com "This is told from the woman's viewpoint as the story of how she caught her husband cheating but made her plans first before he knew she knew.  That's a smart woman, get your ducks in a row!" ~Paula Harp's review

    Margaret is an excellent storyteller! If you're a fan of Terry McMillan books, you will definitely enjoy this. No one was perfect in the story, which added to its authenticity and made it all the more refreshing. ~reader review 



  • 00:31

    The Bobble Head on Your Cake - 3D Heights style with J. Castanos

    in Self Help

    Owner/Entrepreneur of the 3D Heights store on upper Broadway, Jerry Castanos. Walking quickly out of the corner of my eye 2 weeks ago on my way to a vocal master workshop, I saw what looked to be wedding cake toppers in a window. I couldn't stop then, but the 3 days ago I did and had not only fun with changing my hairstyle and apparel, but got to know the owner and his assistant a little. 

    Join me as I find out even more about getting your wedding topper here in New York City.