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Screenwriter/singer/actress/director Lonette McKee will talk with host Deardra Shuler about her upcoming engagement in the Oak Room at the Algonquin hotel April 5-30. Ms McKee's movies include Sparkle, Cuba, Which Way is Up, Brewster's Millions, The Cotton Club and Gardens of Stone for Francis Coppola. She worked with Robert DeNiro and Cuba Gooding, Jr., in Men of Honor and Round Midnight for French filmmaker Bertrand Tavenier. She was also in Jungle Fever, Malcolm X, He Got Game and She Hate Me for Spike Lee. Television includes Women of Brewster Place with Oprah Winfrey, for which she received an NAACP nomination, "Third Watch," Having Our Say, "Queen," and For Love of Olivia, opposite Louis Gossett Jr. Lonette received an NAACP nomination for her appearances on "As The World Turns," a Tony nomination for best actress in a musical on Broadway and a Drama Desk nomination for her heartbreaking portrayal of Billie Holiday. Her CD is called Acoustic Tracks. Check out her website at www.lonettemckee.com
Join Keeping It Reel host Tim Gordon as he welcomes legendary Black Reel Awards nominated actor, singer, songwriter, screenwriter, producer, director Lonette McKee (Sparkle, Jungle Fever and She Hate Me) to the BIG show. PLUS: AOL Black Voices' Wilson Morales and the Movie Mob will give us the latest movie news and reviews.
Vince McKee was on the Sports Beat with Nick Camino & Andre Knott on WTAM 1100 in Cleveland last night to discuss the excerpts on SheridanHoops.com this week from his new book “The Redemption of the King.”
Highlights from the interview include the meaning behind the title, and McKee's original inspiration to write the book.
They also covered the best parts of the book -- but also the most difficult parts of the book to write.
Among topics discussed were LeBron's epic Game 5 of the 2007 NBA Eastern Conference finals, as well as the hard fought series loss to the Orlando Magic in the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals.
It was a fun and informative interview that will keep fans excited about the excerpts on Sheridanhoops, as well as the book in general.
Soft Sexism, Sharp Elbows and How to Play Nice with Others and Not be the Bitch in the Boardroom. Also, let's please stop calling strong assertive women bitches. Sharona and special guest co-host Jessica Luther talk about being a woman these issues, being a woman in the media and much more. Special guest this week is Yahoo's Sports' Eric Edholm.
Sparkle starring the late Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks, hits theaters on Aug. 17 and fans of the cult film classic can see at least one of the original film's stars in concert.
Our guest today, Lonette McKee, was born in Motown.
She will perform in concert with vocalist & bass player Michael Henders on on 11/2 at New York City's Aaron Davis Hall.
McKee's career began in music in Detroit as a child prodigy, where she started writing music/lyrics, singing, playing keyboards & performing at 7. At 14, she recorded her 1st record, which became an instant regional pop/R&B hit. McKee wrote the title song for the film Quadroon when she was 15.
Her career has included leading roles on stage, screen & TV. McKee made a highly praised film debut as the drug-addicted lead singer of a Supremes-like pop group in "Sparkle" (1976) and even has won a Tony nomination on Broadway.
McKee has since appeared in some 40 TV & film projects, including a number of Spike Lee movies, such as Jungle Fever, Malcolm X and She Hate Me.
She currently teaches at the City College of New York, has a lot of upcoming music, film and TV projects, including an urban tragedy, Dream Street, which will serve as her directorial debut.
She was "Sister" in the original Sparkle and is still shining. Hear her talk about her career & "Sparkle, a Night to Remember." LonetteMcKee.com
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Wait, Whet? The past few days I've decided to do these Pop Up Envy McKee Shows in a somewhat random fashion. Last night it was at midnight. On Monday, it was like an hour before. Today, I decided, not but an hour after I finished broadcasting my last episode. We'll assume my desire comes from the quality of the content that crosses my FB feed. Congratulations. Somebody whack hit the Pop Up Envy McKee Show jackpot.
So the plan is to break some things down about Voldemorts and their relational reindeer games for once and for good so that it shall foreva eva be broke broke. Articles like the one mentioned in the title, make me tired. For one, it swirls around the mind wave that the only thing people who are in relationships are up to is to be married--which is so dumb it's actually just, so dumb. For B, it suggests that being inauthentic, manipulative and superficial is a promising idea when it comes to forming life partnerships. Like, huh? Why does that even make sense at all? Who writes these things? Where do they even live? 1952? And also, whet?! My brain cells are draining fluid right now because I have half a mind to do another pop up show this second. But I won't. Imma marinate for the evening. But be forewarned, what I have to say, just may change the way you view most things marriage and relationships.
I'll also share another excerpt from David Cameron Gikandi's awesome e-book: A Happy Pocket Full of Money. Cause clearly, lots of folk need wealth consciousness in their lives like pronto. B'cause they broke. Pfff.
Tune in and plan to call in tomorrow, will you? NOON! K?
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We started out today's The Envy McKee Show Pop Up Show re-defining the word co-parenting. I got the inspiration not only from yesterday's pop-up show, but also from this article:
It's so worth the read.
Also, I do get sick and tired of being sick and tired of the kinds of things people do for their self-loathing, rather, self-esteem challenges. I don't even think people know how they look when they go against the grain of their natural gorgeousness. All in an effort of finding their pretty. Often times, we discover--as I eventually did--that our pretty is exactly underneath all the bullshat we keep telling ourselves. Turns out 30 minutes was NOT enough time... Welp.
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Oh, there was another Envy McKee Show Pop Up Talk Show. Oh,yes. There was. We covered "two" things:
1) Don Lemon. Ugh. The fuckery that happens to be respectability politics.Charles Barkley speaking about how "unintelligence and unintelligent Black people be hating on successful Black people" to a white talk show host. Why a "light-skinned" "light-eyed" Black woman who also happens to be Republican thinks Black people are RACIST against her for her "lightness". No, not Stacy Dash. Oh, and why Van Jones was probably not thee best person to come to the conversation's defense.
2) Then we capped up with wealth consciousness-- If you haven't yet read A Happy Pocket Full of Money by David Cameron Gikandi, you can read it now by going here. For Freeeeeeeeeeee! http://digitalbankroll.com/go/happypocket/ahappypocketfullofmoney.pdf <~~ Spread the word. Blam!
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Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.
Stories have power. They delight, enchant, touch, teach, recall, inspire, motivate, challenge. They help us understand. They imprint a picture on our minds. Want to make a point or raise an issue? Tell a story. — Janet Litherland
Stories are all around us. They are what move us, make us feel alive, and inspire us. Our appetite for stories is a reflection of the basic human need to understand patterns of life — not merely as an intellectual exercise but as a personal, emotional experience. Stories are the way to reach out to people and emotionally connect.
Yet most of us are used to the business-as-usual approach to communicating ideas, looking at the umpteenth Powerpoint bullet list or Word document. We may even build presentations that we ourselves wouldn’t want to sit through. Why do we do that? How is it that we such expert story consumers that we can confidently walk out of a movie after only a few minutes, but we often fail to recognize both the importance of a good story and the weakness of our own approaches to communication when it’s our turn on the stage? What happens if we move beyond business-as-usual, and start building content that is engaging and powerful, by harnessing the energy of the well-told story?
February is Valentines Day and National Heart Awareness Month. While most of the attentioon will focus on love, personal relationships and heart health, Dr. Trevicia Williams will discuss all of these aspects within the context of relationship building. In this episode of Getting There, Dr. Williams talks about 8 habits that help people build phenomenal personal and business relationships. Professional success is important to everyone, but still, success in business and in life means different things to different people--as well it should.
A critcal part of having extradoninary relationships is balance across work and life roles. Dr. Williams will also talk to Christine McKee, an entrepreneur and founder of Better Health Designs (www.betterhealthdesigns.com), about ways that she can help you achieve balance and success.
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It's been a while, I know. I just said on my FB page last night that I need my talk show back. I have some "beefs" to "breakroom". So I got the brilliant idea to host myself for 30 minutes or so, every now and again. Particularly when I have something to say to the ether, and a blog post and/or a Facebook/Twitter rant just don't cover it. We're on this journey to be about it. And in my case, to talk about being about it. Right?
Today's Pop Up Topics:
Question: What is your take on a parent calling their co-parent out of their name to his/her child? i.e. Bitch, jerk, icehole, etc. If your child told you their father/mother says things like this about you to them, how do you handle it? Do you address it or ignore it? Do circumstances matter?
I posed the above question on my FB last night and the discussion got deep in ways I hadn't thought to imagine. No worries, I'll share.
Also: Whet in Yeezus name did Tiny go and implant her eyeballs for? I'm all for personal expression, AND let's talk bold faced, brown eyed self-esteem and "you ain't up in this" culture.
We only got 30 mins (give or take 5 or 10) to talk this out so let's hit it and quit it. Appropriately tho. K.
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