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Special Guest: Toshi Reagon has been described as “a talented, versatile singer, songwriter and musician with a profound ear for sonic Americana—from folk to funk, from blues to rock” by critic/blogger Eva Yaa Asantewaa (InfiniteBody). “She masters each of these genres with vocal strategies that easily spiral and swoop from the expressively sinuous to the hard-charging, a combination of warmth and mischief.”
While her expansive career has landed her comfortably in residence at Carnegie Hall, the Paris Opera House and Madison Square Garden, you can just as easily find Toshi turning out a music festival, intimate venue or local club. Toshi finds home on any musical stage. Toshi has had the pleasure of working with Lenny Kravitz, Lizz Wright, Ani DiFranco, Carl Hancock Rux, Nona Hendryx, Pete Seeger, Chocolate Genius and many other amazing artists, including her favorite collaborator, her mom, Bernice Johnson Reagon.
Toshi has been the recipient of a NYFA award for Music Composition, The Black Lily Music and Film Festival Award for Outstanding Performance. She is a National Women’s History Month Honoree, and is the 2010 recipient of OutMusic’s Heritage Award. www.toshireagon.com
JR Lemon was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. A Stanford University graduate with a BS degree in Management Science and Engineering, JR was signed as a running back to the Oakland Raiders subsequent to finishing school. After being released from the Raiders, JR relocated to southern California with the intention of continuing his football training. Little did he know at the time, but the move would expose JR to possibilities of a life he had never imagined in the entertainment industry.
While appearing in numerous national commercial and print campaigns JR honed his craft with the intention of pursuing an acting career. The hard work paid off when he booked a series regular role in NBC’s medical drama The Night Shift, which was recently renewed for a third season. He recently also made his big screen debut as one of the male leads in Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas – the next installment in Lionsgate’s successful franchise.
In order to satisfy his football interest, JR still performs much of the Motion Capture for Electronics Artists on their extremely popular football video game, Madden.
August is Psoriasis Awareness Month-Psoriasis is a common skin condition that causes skin redness and irritation. Most people with psoriasis have thick, red skin with flaky, silver-white patches called scales.
Special Guest: Jerry Bagel, M.D.: He is a member of the National Psoriasis Foundation Medical Board. www.psoriasis.org
Dr. Bagel is the Director of the Psoriasis Treatment Center of Central New Jersey. Dr. Bagel has been named a Top Doctor in the Castle Connolly Medical Top Doctors of the New York Metro Area every year from 2001-2013. He was named a 2005 New Jersey Top Doctor by New Jersey Life; a Best Doctor in New Jersey by New Jersey Monthly in 2001 and 2003; and received a Patients’ Choice award in 2008 as well as in Inside Jersey in 2013. He has published extensively on the topic of psoriasis in such journals as The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and The Journal of Drugs & Dermatology.
Joy Keys gets interviewed by Kevin Stone & Tamika Morris of ISTA Entertainment. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ista-network
This is a pre-recorded interview.
Joy Keys is a mother, trainer, speaker, mentor, actress, writer, producer and director. She is a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG). Keys is a Leeway Art and Change grantee. Joy Keys is the host of "Saturday Mornings with Joy Keys" on BlogTalkRadio.com. She has interviewed Pulitzer Prize winning Authors ( Isabel Wilkerson and Charles Fuller), National News stars, ( Soledad O'Brien and Marc McEwen), Grammy winners (Esperanza Spalding and Tyrese), World Renowned Activist (Ayaan Hirsi Ali) and Movie Stars (Pam Grier and Blair Underwood), just to name a few. Joy Keys is passionate about making a difference in her local and global communites.
Special Guest: Actor Stephen Hill.Stephen Hill is an award winning actor (Best Male Actor, ABFF Star Project 2010) and is known for solid work in a variety of roles in film, TV, theater, web series, etc. As an accomplished actor, he can be seen on Law & Order SVU, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Louie, Political Animals, and Do No Harm. Hill can also be seen in the award winning documentary, Jackie Robinson: My Story, as he embodies the role of Jackie Robinson. Known for his versatility by seamlessly delivering compelling performances in both comedic and dramatic roles, Hill gives stellar performances as the lead in the feature films Christmas Wedding Baby, and Stay Cold, Stay Hungry. On the small screen, he stars opposite Jane Curtain in an episode of the CBS series Unforgettable, and plays the role of Clarence, right hand man to Jeffrey Wright's Dr. Narcisse on the final season of HBO's hit series Boardwalk Empire. Hill recently enjoyed the opportunity to display his "leading man" charisma in the short film/video Runaway by Grammy nominated vocalist Carolyn Malachi. http://stephenhillactor.wordpress.com/
Nate Parker is an American actor and musical performer who has appeared in Red Tails, The Secret Life of Bees, The Great Debaters, and Pride.He was an All-American wrestler in both at Great Bridge High School and at the University of Oklahoma.Parker has been active in charitable work, donating his time both as a volunteer wrestling coach.
He is currently developing a feature script to direct and star, THE BIRTH OF A NATION, about slave-turned-revolutionary Nat Turner, through a fellowship with the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program. A Norfolk, Virginia native,
Beyond the Lights is a 2014 American romantic drama film directed and written by Gina Prince-Bythewood. The film stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Minnie Driver, Nate Parker and Danny Glover. The film had its premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2014. and is set for a theatrical release in the United States November 14, 2014.
trailer : http://youtu.be/5-NsI8lZ5Lw
Special Guest: Susan Vierczhalek, MD, FAAP, FABM, IBCLC is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics New York University School of Medicine and is the medical director of the Bellevue newborn nursery, and of the Bellevue Breastfeeding Program and co-director of the high-risk newborn follow-up program. She serves as the American Academy of Pediatrics New York Chapter 3 Breastfeeding Coordinator, Chair of the New York State Breastfeeding Coalition and Vice-chair of the New York City Breastfeeding Leadership Council. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
Special Guest: Karen Hylton-McGuire has been a Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) nurse for over 35 years. She received her BSN from Carlow University in Pittsburgh and her MS in nursing education from Adelphi University on Long Island. She is currently pursuing her PhD at Molloy College on Long Island. Ms. Hylton-McGuire is certified in Neonatal Nursing and is an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She initiated the lactation program at the Brooklyn Hospital Center, and is currently the Lactation Educator at Winthrop University Hospital. Ms. Hylton-McGuire is the recipients of the 2010 Nurse of Excellence Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council, Healthcare Heroes Nurse Educator.
Both women are on the board of the NY State Breast Feeding Coalition.
Imany wa born Nadia Mladjao in Martigues, France. She was a model for European FORD modeling agency for several years. She began signing in 2008.
Imany opened shows for artists such as N’Dambi at the New Morning, Wasis Diop at the Cigale, and Anthony Hamilton and Angie Stone at Elysee Montmartre.
Imany’s first album, Shape of a Broken Heart, which was named after a drawing she made with closed eyes, contains twelve songs written in English. Imany recorded the album at the studio Question de Son, where she collaborated with some of the most well-known musicians in Paris.
Imany produced the soundtrack for the 2014 film Sous les jupes des filles by Audrey Dana and on 26 May 2014 released her second album of the same name.
In My Other Mother, Candace “Candy” Meyers (Essence Atkins) is a successful anchor on a top-rated national magazine show. Fiercely independent and committed to her job, Candy doesn’t make many friends with her demanding, gruff nature. In fact, her only true friend might be her long-time manager Lewis (Kendrick Cross). Candy discovers that an anonymous fan she’s had for years has passed way – and he was her biological father Freddy Nelson! Content with the love and support of her adoptive family, Candy has never been curious about her biological parents. That all changes when she travels back for her father’s funeral, meets the Nelson family – including biological uncle Abner (GregAlan Williams), Freddy’s wife Delores (Angie Stone) and her two step-brothers – and discovers that her reclusive, angry and stubborn birth mother, Mary Jo (Lynn Whitfield) is going to be a challenge. The journey these two surprisingly similar women take getting to know each other will break down walls and open them up to a life they never knew was possible.
April Parker Jones stars on the Tyler Perry hit primetime drama If Loving You is Wrong, on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. With a diverse cast and storylines ranging from heartfelt to scandalous, April portrays a single mother, trying to get by with a son in prison and an absentee fathers on this sexy sleek drama that looks into the lives of a group of husbands, wives and friends that live and love in the same middle class neighborhood.
Tyler Perry's "If Loving You is Wrong" airs on Tuesday nights a 9 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The mid-season finale is Tuesday, November 4.
April originated the role of Christina in the Off Broadway World Premiere of Plenty of Time at Primary Stages in New York. For her portrayal she earned two Audelco Award Theatre nominations for Best Actress.
Her theatre work has paved her way to numerous and exciting recurring roles on the hit CBS series Jericho, The Young and the Restless, The Unit and The Fosters. Other television credits include: guest star roles on CSI Miami, ER, Lost, NCIS, Lie To Me, NCIS: L.A., Prime Suspect, The Chicago Code, Scandal and several others. Film credits include Spider-Man 3, Sleeping, Have A Little Faith and Heaven, to name a few.
Special Guest: Marinah Farrell: President of the Midwives Alliance of North America. Politics and traditional medicine are what led Marinah to midwifery, and she has a firm commitment to both political activism and birth work. Marinah has been the president of various non-profit boards, has worked in waterbirth centers and medical facilities for international NGOs, in free-standing birth centers in the U.S, and has been the owner of a long standing homebirth practice. Website:www.mana.org
Special Guest: Ynanna Djehuty is an
Afro-Dominicana born and raised in the Bronx. She is a midwife in training at Maternidad La Luz, a writer and certified birth doula. The focus of her work is the empowerment of women and people of the African Diaspora,
specifically discussing the Afro-Latina Identity. Website: thesewatersrundeep.com
Dilman Dila is a writer, filmmaker and a social activist who believes that stories are an important tool in creating a better world. Dilman was shortlisted for the prestigious Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2013, long listed for the Short Story Day Africa prize, 2013, and nominated for the 2008 Million Writers Awards for his short story, Homecoming. Dilman’s first works appeared in print in The Sunday Vision in 2001, and have since featured in several e-zines and book anthologies, including the African Roar 2013, Storymoja, and Gowanus Books. His first novella, a romance, Cranes Crest at Sunset, was released in 2013 during the Hay Festival in Nairobi. www.dilmandila.com
‘A Killing in the Sun’ is a collection of speculative fiction from Africa. It draws from the rich oral culture of the author’s childhood, to tell a wide variety of stories. Some of the stories are set in a futuristic Africa, where technology has transformed everyday life and a dark force rules. Others are set in the present day, with refugee aliens from outer space, ghosts haunting brides and grooms, evil scientists stalking villages, and greedy corporations creating apocalypses. There are murder mysteries, tales of reincarnation and of the walking dead, and alternative worlds whose themes any reader will identify with. This collection is deftly crafted, running along the thin boundary of speculative and literary genres.
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