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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
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
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.
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.
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: Jennifer North, Vice President of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA). Jennifer joined the staff of NFCA in 2009 as the organization’s first full-time development officer. She formerly served as the Vice-President of Development for JCCs of Greater Philadelphia. For the last three years, she has been contracted by the federal Department of Health and Human Services as a grant reviewer for the Compassion Capital Fund’s Targeted Capacity-Building and Demonstration Programs. NFCA drives diagnoses of celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders and improves the quality of life for those on a lifelong gluten-free diet. http://www.celiaccentral.org
Special Guest: Cheryl Harris, MPH RD has been teaching clients how to live and love a gluten-free diet for the past 9 years. She was recently selected as the “Emerging Dietetics Leader of the Year” for 2012 for Virginia. She has presented widely on Celiac Disease and a gluten-free diet for an FDA Panel, at the Virginia Dietetics Association Annual Meeting. She is currently the Nutrition Advisor for the DC Metro Area Celiac Sprue Support Group and is on the advisory board for Simply Gluten-Free Magazine.
When Desiree Washington ventures into the darkly glittering world of legendary singer Bebe Jones, she gets more than just a job. She gets a family in crisis, a diva meltdown, and a head full of stitches...
The Unraveling of Bebe Jones revolves around the rich and famous Jones family and the people who work for them as they cope through an array of personal dramas. The Joneses refers not only to the family at the heart of the story but also to the insanity of keeping up—to illusions of perfection, prosperity and even happiness—inherit in modern Western culture.
Rojé Augustin is a native New Yorker, currently based in Sydney. She is a graduate of Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in literature and writing. She has had a number of articles published in B.E.T. Weekend Magazine, a former weekly insert in the New York Daily News. For more than a decade, she has worked as a television journalist, writer and producer for Good Morning America Weekend Edition with Diane Sawyer, 20/20 with Barbara Walters and John Stossel, CBS News Productions, The Tyra Banks Show and E! The Unraveling of Bebe Jones is her first novel.
Universally hailed as a thrilling new figure in music for his edgy, lo-fi debut, The Headphone Masterpiece, back in 2002,Cody ChesnuTT is a soul troubadour whose frank, socially conscious ruminations on life continue to challenge popular notions of what modern soul music can look and sound like. The Atlanta native has always stood his own creative ground, ever since he first holed himself up in his bedroom to record The Headphone Masterpiece.
Cody sang "To Be Young, Gifted and Black" on Meshell Ndegeocello's album Pour Une Âme Souveraine (or "For a Sovereign Soul"). Check it out on Sound Cloud:
Landing On A Hundred, Cody’s second full-length LP, marks his return to the music game after a period of family-man retreat and reflection that did a world of good for him after his meteoric rise to near fame. The title is a reference to the slang saying, “Keeping It One Hundred,” or telling the whole truth, and for lovers of true blue Southern soul this new album is a must-have. http://www.cchesnutt.com
That's Still Mama video:http://youtu.be/lYvRP4kxzJA
Love Is More Than a Wedding Day video: http://youtu.be/9MDOZKKYgD0
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.
Augusta Hopkins has been teaching mindful movement since 1989 and is an experienced, colorful, creative instructor who is passionate about mindfulness practice.
In addition to training in the United States, she has practiced mindfulness and movement in France, Japan, Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. Augusta began facilitating meditation groups in the San Francisco Bay Area In 2006, after returning from a soul searching odyssey that brought her from Thailand's Wat Suan Mokkh to Plum Village, France where she studied under Thich Nhat Hanh. Her MBSR training was with leading instructor and author Dr. Bob Stahl. She was mentored by and co-taught with Renee Burgard LCSW, senior MBSR instructor for Apple, Google and Stanford. Augusta received lay ordination from Thich Nhat Hanh, her primary teacher, and is a member of the core community of the Order of Interbeing She is a third degree black belt and has been a martial artsinstructor since 1989. Her work is informed by a BA from Haverford College and an MBA from Presidio Graduate School in Sustainable Business Management.http://www.stressreductionsf.com
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.