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  • 00:28

    Interview with Literary Consultant & Author, Patrick Oliver

    in Books

    Patrick Oliver is a program manager and literary consultant dedicated to promoting reading and writing as tools of empowerment. Through a variety of innovative projects Oliver engages children, youth and adults in activities such as writing workshops, author talks, book discussions, professional development sessions and community forums.
    Creator, executive producer and host of Literary Nation Talk Radio a live weekly broadcast on KABF FM 88.3 with past guest such as Marian Wright Edelman, Common, Hill Harper, Sonia Sanchez, Susan Taylor and numerous others.

    He is publisher and editor of the Essence Magazine best-selling anthology Turn the Page and You Don’t Stop: Sharing Successful Chapters in Our Lives with Youth. Contributing participant Roundtable Discussion “Featuring Leaders of Poetry Organizations for Kids from Around the United States” in the publication Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry (McSweeney’s April 2013). His forthcoming book Notes from a Literary Activist is scheduled for April 2014.

    Mr. Oliver was Director of Sales and Marketing at Third World Press (Chicago, IL); Program Director for the Open Book Program a citywide after-school reading program (Chicago, IL) and spent over 10 years as a material analyst and senior contract administrator in the defense industry (Los Angeles, CA). He has organized and facilitated panels and workshops for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, American Library Association, College Language Association, Ohio State University, Princeton University, Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference, Harlem Book Fair and numerous other conferences and events.   Visit his website at www.speakloudly.com for more information.

  • 03:01

    Sweet Rebound with Toccara Williams: Cilk McSweeney - Jul 10,2013

    in Sports

    Live interview with Cilk McSweeney, who is an author, basketball trainer and coach, motivational speaker, and mentor. He will highlight his path and journey throughout his life. We will also talk about current happenings in sports.

  • 00:30

    Margaret McSweeney Life Lessons

    in Lifestyle

    Author Margaret McSweeney and founder of Pearl Girls joins us to share her lessons, especially those of her brilliant father.

  • 02:07

    episode #24 - Kathy Long, McSweeney, M.Bassette, S. Hammonds

    in MMA

    Every week this Illinois based show gets worldwide recognition as it features host, Dave "The Butcher" Clifford, alongside co-host Jeremy "Big Perm" White to bring you their perspective on the current happenings around the world of MMA.

    This week we start the show off with martial art icon and the very first commentator of UFC 1, Kathy Long.. Second the fellas sit down with K-1 and UFC vet, James McSweeney... Third we get Matt Bassette on whos a Bellator vet... Lastly, we get a chance to catch up with coach and instructor of a mma gym in Nashville TN and who took the Brazilizn Jiu-Jitsu world by storm in 2007, Shawn Hammonds.

    All guests scheduled by producer "The Network" Chris Maltsburger. -- Show sponsored by Tri County Cab Company of Peoria IL & Patino Diet.com, official diet plan for Team Alpha Male

  • 01:35

    Community Radio . Building Strong Communities ... One Person at a Time!

    in Family

    Community Radio ... The Strength of a Community comes from the Strength of it's People ... Building Strong Communities One Person At A Time!

    Join us each Thursday Night at 8:00 pm Eastern Time

    Your host ... Katrina Blankenship
    World Reknown Talk Show Host talks to neighbours from all walks of life ... to share their life, their joys, their trials, their triumphs so that we may learn and grow together ... to build a STRONG Community no matter where we live!


    Grace Gallagher - mother of Cameron Gallagher.  On March 16, 2014 16 year old Cameron was running the Virginia Beach 1/2 Marathon.  She crosses the finish line, all smiles and then collapses.  She passed away shortly thereafter with cardiac arrhythmia. In Cameron’s honor, there will be a SpeakUp 5K race in Richmond on September 6. It’s at The Carillon, and it will benefit the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation.

    Pat McSweeney, Esq. Chairman of the Powhatan Republican Party will be our guest to talk about the Governor Robert McDonnell case as it comes to a close.  Tonight we will talk about Politics, Gift Giving & The Law.  Citizens are asking what is appropriate or not!

    Listen at 8:00 pm tonight!

    Email ... katrina@katrina.com any time!

  • 01:39

    Pro MMA Insider- McCarthy, McSweeney (replay from 12-13-12)

    in Sports

    Each week Alexz Yzerman and Walt "Big Ticket" Harris go over the latest in the world of MMA.  Tune in as they are joined by some of the greatest fighters in the sport, both past and present.
    This week we re-air a show from December featuring UFC vets Charles McCarthy and James McSweeney

  • 01:38

    Pro MMA Insider - James McSweeney, Charles McCarthy

    in MMA

    Hosts Alexz Yzerman and Walt "Big Ticket" Harris talk MMA and are joined by some of the biggest names in the sport.  The show airs each week at 7PM PST.
    This week we are joined by a couple of The Ultimate Fighter alums James McSweeney and Charles McCarthy.  Both are incredibly busy these days.  Find out what they have going on.

  • 02:07

    Episode # 24 - Long, McSweeney, Bessette, Hammonds

    in MMA

    This week Big Perm & The Butcher chat with Kathy Long, James McSweeney, Matt Bessette, Shawn Hammonds & Eric Wisely.

    Kathy Long is a retired five time world kickboxing champion and mixed martial artist. Long currently lives in Los Angeles where she teaches martial arts at Azteca Training Center, which she co-owns.

    Matt Bessette recently earned a victory this past Friday @ Bellator 81. Matt is a multiple promotion MMA champion
    and BJJ brown belt.

    James Mcsweeney is an MMA veteran that has recently been working with Matt Riddle and Forrest Griffin as they prepare for their upcoming fights in the UFC. 

     In 2007, Shawn Hammonds took the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world by storm, competing all over the world in competition. Shawn won every local gi and no gi tournament he entered competing at least twice a month. Only one month after receiving his BJJ black belt from Lloyd Irvin, he competed in the Pan American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu championships. Next to the World championships, this is the toughest tournament in the World. Shawn walked through all opponents making it to the finals where he face World champion and World renowned Paragon Jiu-Jitsu instructor Franjina.


  • 00:46

    Loving Oneself through the Eyes of Children.

    in Books

    Welcome Authoress Bisi as my guest speaker.  I cannot wait to have her. Her interview will bring wisdom and insight as to why this book can reach so many hearts of children. Ms. Bisi Adjapon’s writings have appeared in journals and newspapers including the Washington Times, Mcsweeney’s Quarterly and Chicken Bones.  Her short story, Of Women and Frogs, was nominated for the Caine Prize for African literature.  As an International Affairs Specialist for the U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service, she won the 2004 Civil Rights Award for Human Relations. She currently teaches French to middle-schoolers in Virginia.  In fair weather, she can be spotted whacking away on the tennis court or reading under a tree.

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  • 00:35

    Joy Keys chats with Award Winning Author Yvonne Adhiambo Owour

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    Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor was born in Nairobi, Kenya, and educated at Jomo Kenyatta University and the University of Reading.  She received the 2003 Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story, “Weight of Whispers,” described by the BBC as a “subtle and suggestive work of fiction that dramatises the condition of refugees.” She has worked as a screenwriter and was the Executive Director of the Zanzibar International Film Festival from 2003 to 2005.  Her writing has appeared in numerous publications worldwide including Kwani? and McSweeney’s, and her story “The Knife Grinder’s Tale” was made into a short film in 2005.  She lives in Nairobi.

    DUST is a novel about a splintered family in Kenya—a story of power and deceit, unrequited love, survival and sacrifice.

    Odidi Oganda, running for his life, is gunned down in the streets of Nairobi. His grief-stricken sister, Ajany, just returned from Brazil, and their father bring his body back to their crumbling home in the Kenyan drylands, seeking some comfort and peace. But the murder has stirred memories long left untouched and unleashed a series of unexpected events: Odidi and Ajany’s mercurial mother flees in a fit of rage; a young Englishman arrives at the Ogandas’ house, seeking his missing father; a hardened policeman who has borne witness to unspeakable acts reopens a cold case; and an all-seeing Trader with a murky identity plots an overdue revenge. In scenes stretching from the violent upheaval of contemporary Kenya back through a shocking political assassination in 1969 and the Mau Mau uprisings against British colonial rule in the 1950s, we come to learn the secrets held by this parched landscape, buried deep within the shared past of the family and of a conflicted nation.