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  • 00:07

    2012 Toyota RAV4 all-electric SUV

    in Automotive

    The RAV4 SUV has been popular for a number of years, but the combination of Toyota’s Sport Utility Vehicle with a battery operated powertrain makes it special.  The RAV4 EV is a collaboration with Tesla Motors, who designed and produced the battery and electric powertrain.

    The new Toyota RAV4 EV provides a quiet, comfortable, and smooth ride with easy handling, due mostly to the low center of gravity as well as a low coefficient of drag.  The front bumper, grill, side mirrors, rear spoiler, and the underbody were all re-styled to provide the new sedan-like ride.  The battery pack is mounted near the center of the vehicle and very low.

  • 00:32

    That Beautiful Train Wreck!

    in Self Help

    In her heart wrenching recounting of the day that forever changed her life, Arielle Gooden shares with us her story of strength, love and determination. No one can recall it better than her, Arielle writes...


    On October 4, 2012, I was hit by a train. I don’t remember that day at all, but according to the police officer who spoke with my Mom, I was drug 129 feet (by the train), then my vehicle went airborne for 10 feet - began spewing gas, caught on fire, and dropped in a pool of gas. I was STILL IN MY VEHICLE! I was cut out of my RAV4 by the jaws of life and airlifted to LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, where I had brain surgery (I had a deep head laceration and my brain was bleeding and wouldn’t stop). My spine was cracked, liver lacerated, tail bone and clavicle broken, and my pelvis was fractured...


    This is her story. 


     

  • 00:13

    Jackée Harry: Dedicated ‘227’ Percent to Fun—and Education

    in Entertainment

    Countless TV fans fells in love with Jackée Harry as the hilariously sassy Sandra Clark on NBC’s 227 and Lisa Landry on The WB’s Sister, Sister. But having fun is just half of where it’s at for the comic icon. “I didn’t aim to be on TV. It happened by me studying and auditioning,” she tells Fresh Perspectives Radio host—and fellow Sister, Sister cast member—Rolonda Watts. “I was a history teacher and I wanted to be a great educator.  My goal was to impart information to young kids—particularly young girls—to give them self-esteem and awareness when they go out into the world. I went to Long Island University, Brooklyn Center—right across from Junior’s,” adds Jackée, who works closely with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and United Negro College Fund, while currently appearing in two sitcoms, Byron Allen’s The First Family and Disney Channel’s Girl Meets World. “I had a four-year Martin Luther King scholarship. I was a straight-A student. I was a brainiac! And after school I worked for the National Association of Black Social Workers. Then I did plays at night.”

  • 00:10

    R&B Diva Gwenation, Commander and Chief Partygirl

    in Entertainment

    The United States of… Gwen? Could be, if you’re into summer fun big-time—like Gwenation is. “My first name is Gwendolyn. So that got shortened to Gwen.  But when we’re in the studio writing and recording songs, I literally lose myself to where it’s just my world and I want everybody to come into that world,” the Detroit R&B diva, whose debut single is titled Ain’t Got a Chance, tells Fresh Perspectives Radio host Angie The Rambunctious One and co-host Jai of her unique moniker. “But we couldn’t say ‘Gwen’s World.’ So we put ‘nation’ on the end of it—with one ‘n’—and now it’s like, it’s the nation of Gwen, let’s party, let’s rock out together.”

  • 00:09

    Marsha Ambrosius’ Little Bro Kicks It with Charlie Wilson

    in Entertainment

    Budding R&B star Marvin Ambrosius knows the value of working with legends—and relatives. “I’m very proud of Friends and Lovers,” he tells Fresh Perspectives Radio host Nikki Rich of sister Marsha Ambrosius’ new album. “The song we did together, Spend All My Time, was originally a love song but it turned into a family song about my loved ones—my auntie and nan. Then Charlie Wilson got onboard, and now it’s got that billionaire feeling,” he adds of The Gap Band frontman. You listen to it and it’s like, This is why we do music. I never thought I’d have my name next to Charlie in a credit. But now I made a bet with Marsha. I said, If you get a Grammy—and this album is gonna win; you can’t be nominated 13 times and not win on your next one—I told her we’ll be there with Charlie goin’ thank you! Because he’s gonna be the reason we got it.”

  • 00:08

    The Unexpected Pleasures of African Cuisine

    in Entertainment

    Even if you’ve never heard of culinary concoctions like kuli-kuli, sosaties and Mbatata cookies, don’t fret, says chef Yeti Ezeanii, they’re for citizens of every nation to enjoy. “When my friends come to visit me, I know which dishes they like. So when I’m doin’ a show, I first invite them to try the featured recipes,” the AfroFoodTV host tells Southern Passion Lounge’s Chef Amadeus. “And a lot of my friends are foreigners, they’re not Africans. So they try food they’re not used to and they really love it. So I like to invite them on to show everyone that African Food is not exclusive just to Africans. It is world food that anyone can enjoy!”

  • 00:04

    The Fun and Excitement of Traveling Solo

    in Entertainment

    Chef G. Garvin may be a rock star among foodies—having headed up culinary operations at such esteemed eateries as the Ritz Carlton in Atlanta and Four Seasons in Beverly Hills—but he’s still a little bit country. “My best experiences have been the unexpected. The little hole-in-the-wall mom-and-pop spots that people are not talking about. Then you go in and it’s like, Wow!” the host of The Cooking Channel’s Road Trip tells The Ask Mom RN Show’s Tamara Walker. “Usually they’re not chef-driven. Sometimes it’s someone who was on Wall Street, or left some corporation because they loved to cook—whether it’s a great sandwich, a great pie, a great soup. Those are the things are most excting.”

  • 00:09

    Unexpected Jamaican Treasures (Like a Jazz Festival!)

    in Entertainment

    Jamaica may be synonymous with reggae, but if you ask Marlene Wright Evans, that’s just the tip of the tropical iceberg. “In January we started off with a jazz festival. And last year we had Celine Dione. That was our biggest-ever concert. People are still talking about it,” the Jamaica Urban Transit scheduler tells Carter Elite Travel host Lulu Carter. “This year we’re havin’ a fashion week, a kite festival, a health expo. Also theatre—we’re havin’ special shows in honor of our 50th anniverary. Best of all, we go to the market every morning and buy the freshest food—real Jamaican cooking that you won’t get in a hotel or on the street.”

  • 00:05

    Relocating to a New State Can Be Exhilarating

    in Entertainment

    Danisha Williams has no fear of relocating. In fact, she puts it in the must-do category for an inspired life.  “As far as uprooting yourself and moving to a new state, I’ve done that a few times and it’s always been fun, exhilitaring, fresh,” she tells Urban Therapy host Omarr McIntyre. “And every time, it’s been to a different part of America. Like to the desert, in Arizona. Back East to Boston. Then back home to Pennsylvania. So you get to experience different things, different people. And you yourself get to grow. Because when you’re in one spot, you don’t get different experiences, you don’t get to meet different types of people when everyone has grown up the same way you have.”

  • 00:08

    Prince Protégée Almost Opted for the Jock Route

    in Entertainment

     


    From asphalt tracks to digital tracks. That, believe it or not, is how LiV Warfield came to be one of the hottest soul divas on the music scene today—complete with a top-selling album executive produced by Prince. “I was actually running track and was a gymnist most of my life.  So I was 100 percent sure I’d be in the 1996 Olympics,” LiV, whose lastest projects is titled The Unexpected, tells Sundays host Joy Keys. “But that totally changed. I kept singing—away from my family, where they couldn’t hear. Then I moved away to Portland, Oregen, and followed my heart. I started singing at karaoke bars, then with hip hop bands.” And the rest is fast becoming musical history.

  • 00:11

    Reinvent Yourself—Again and Again (and Again)

    in Entertainment

    Tiffany Davis knows how important it is to remain fresh and adventurous, particularly on the career front. “I grew up in a very conservative family, as families of color tend to be, and I was good in creative fields like writing and drawing, but that was never encouraged. I was geared toward science and academic pursuits, but when I got jobs in corporate America, I was miserable,” she tells That’s So Very Vanessa host Vanessa Bell Calloway. After college, I was on track to become a doctor, but I was never really happy with that. So I got a job in medical publishing. Then I moved into being an analyst at a non-profit, but got laid off. That’s when I said, I refuse to work for anyone else. So I was home one day watching the Food Network and I saw an ad for the Culinary Institute of America. And I liked to cook so I applied and not only got in but got a scholarship. Within two years, I was running the kitchen in a four-star restaurant in Miami.”