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Welcome to our Mondays at 8:00: Authors Supporting Authors series, brought to you as a joint project by authors April Thomas and Etienne A. Gibbs. Each week we shall interview authors about their work and the disciple behind their writing. Call 646-721-9611 during the show with your questions or comments.
This week's author: Donovan "Bladerunner" Tate
Born on Aug. 26, 1969, in Birmingham, Alabama, Donovan Allen Tate inherited the gift of music. After taking lessons he played the piano, electric organ, & sang in the church choir. His ambition to become an actor and an anchor news reporter halted when he became influence by bands he saw on MTV in the early 80’s.
Tate’s musical career began at age 12 as a songwriter, during his 32-year career he worked on numerous projects such as Echoes in the Dark, Code Bleu, Wave Nouveau, Donovan 2525, and Dawn Chorus. His current project, his solo XI-VOX, is his first contemporary Christian synth-pop album, “A New Beginning”, off his own label Electro Underground.
Tate not only worked in the music industry as an artist, producer, manager, music coordinator, dj, journalist, and Minister of Music, but also in other field in the entertainment industry as on a local cable TV channel and performing at events and clubs doing original contemporary, romantic, and gothic poetry. Studying music, art, photography, computer & data entry, he earned his Associate Degree in the Arts from Faulkner University.
Tate Donovan, currently starring in the Oscar nominated Argo, and Deception on the small screen joins host Robin Milling. Some might remember Tate as Joshua, Jennifer Aniston's on and off again boyfriend on Friends, the concerned parent from The O.C., or Glenn Close's loyal law partner on Damages. Deception is the Monday night guilty pleasure which has everyone wondering whether Tate's character murdered his sister.
Tate tells Robin how his college days at USC rooming with Grant Heslov, who went on to become production partners with George Clooney, gave him a leg up casting him in Good Night and Good Luck and now Argo. Donovan is rooting for his buddy Grant whose film is sweeping the awards circuit, including director Ben Affleck who Tate says taught him a thing or two about directing.
Tate got his break behind the camera with the California based television series The O.C. taking advantage of his free time between takes to shadow the director. Most recently he directed an episode of Deception which brought him back to the scene of his childhood. He says staging a shoot-out at the Bronx bakery where his family frequented from New Jersey with six siblings in tow was a big thrill especially having his mother there on the set.
A former television and radio news reporter, ReShonda is an editor for the Houston Defender Newspaper, as well as a professional editor, ghost writer and literary consultant. She has worked as a reporter for The National Enquirer and as an anchor and reporter for NBC, ABC and FOX television stations in Beaumont, TX, Oklahoma City, OK and Houston, TX. She left her job at FOX 26 News in Houston in 2007 to write full-time.
ReShonda is the national bestselling author of 30 books. Her sophomore novel, Let the Church Say Amen, has been made into a movie, directed by actress Regina King and produced by Queen Latifah’s Flava Unit Productions. The movie is slated to be released in Spring 2014. (ReShonda, who served as a consultant, makes a cameo in the movie). Her entire Amen series, as well as the novel I Know I’ve Been Changed has been optioned by BET. ReShonda also makes her on-screen acting debut in the movie, which will air in 2013 as part of BET’s new original programming lineup. Several of her faith-based books have become a sought-after property in Hollywood.
A much sought-after public speaker, ReShonda recently won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature for her book Say Amen, Again and was nominated again in 2013 for her book The Secret She Kept.
On February 3, 2014, ReShonda Tate Billingsley along with National Best Selling author, Victoria Christopher Murray launched Brown Girls Publishing, their new boutique publishing company. Visit www.browngirlspublishing.com.
News about Yuvette Henderson gunned down at Home Depot, the Tate-Brown killing by cops, Montana lawmaker wants to put the brakes on the police, the Memphis PD has threatened their black police officers who complain about racism, and more. A special thank you to Crystal Blanton for allowing the use of her poem "Blessing for Black Mothers Everywhere". Music by Curtis Mayfield, Ray Charles, Nina Simone, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Gil Scot Heron, and Stevie Wonder. (Special Episode runs approx 1:35)
Tune in to Record Talk Radio on Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 10 a.m. when our guest will be outgoing Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan.
In her final days in office, Donovan looked back at her four years as County Executive. She also discussed some of her plans after Jan. 1 when Democrat James Tedesco will be sworn in as Bergen County's fifth county executive.
Donovan Sadiiq will join Mike McCoy and Deanna Reeder to recap the January 6, 2015 City Council meeting.
Sports is broken up into bad news and good news normally. There's usually more emphasis on the bad. This latest edition of Diehard Football Radio will attempt to effectively balance bad with good. What better example than Landon Donovan and Jim Harbaugh? Donovan retires with his 6th MLS Cup and a record 25 playoff goals after the LA Galaxy defeated the New England Revolution to win their 3rd MLS Cup in 4 years and 5th overall. On the other hand, Jim Harbaugh is allegedly on his way out of the West Bay after the San Francisco 49ers dropped a decision to the Oakland Raiders. The panelists will discuss those 2 stories along with week 14 in the NFL with New England Patriots-San Diego Chargers along with Seattle Seahawks-Philadelphia Eagles, the final 4 college football teams for the first annual college football playoff, the Homer Report and much, much more.
With February 6th marking International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, we have with us Nina Smart to discuss this barbaric practice suffered by young girls and women across the globe!
Crossing the threshold into the second half of the show, we also mark the season of Mardi Gras in my hometown of New Orleans. I'll share with you the holiday parade Schedule and discuss the many parades named for Goddesses Isis, Olympia, Nyx, Eve, Nemesis, and Selene. I'll also share with you the pagan roots of Mardi Gras from my book, Sacred Places of Goddess: 108 Destination.
ENVISION THIS: Humankind shifting toward the ideals of the Sacred Feminine and eco- feminist spirituality will save the world.
In Goddess Calling, Karen Tate shares with her readers, “Inspirational Messages and Meditations of Sacred Feminine Liberation Thealogy.” (No, she has not misspelled “Theology” which suggests that God is male!) Thealogy is a reclamation of humanity’s ancient allegiance to the Feminine Divine.
Virtually all stories of the Goddess come to us obscured and disempowered by thousands of years of patriarchal interpreters. Even many current feminist interpretations are colored by revolt against the patriarchy and desire for “equal” rights to the spoils of domination. How can men and women embrace one another as holy?
How can each of us find the shrouded Feminine Divine, separating truth from myth, and see what a Goddess with equal status with God has to offer humankind as we move toward a holistic future that is more viable, resilient, equitable, and Earth-friendly?
Karen Tate is with us this evening to help us explore this question in its many aspects and implications. For over two decades, Karen's work has been fueled by her intense interest and passion for travel, comparative religions, ancient cultures, and Goddess Spirituality. As editor of Voices of the Sacred Feminine, she gives human voice to the “sacred roar” of the Goddess calling out to today’s humanity.
Who Is the Lord that I Should Obey His Voice?
The word “who”introduces something or someone, in order that we may get further information about a person or people previously mentions. Who is a pronoun, a possessive pronoun, when speaking of a person. Who implied a question, therefore, when we ask ‘who” is God, we are saying we do not know and we are inferring and trying to understand God and what it is that He does, where did He come from and how does He relate to us as we are.
Some people may claim that they know God, and who He is, however, does their behavior and the things they say and do, says “I know God” and I know who He is, that is another question. In addition, if we know Him, are we obeying His Word or His “Voice” However, if we do not obey His Word, which is God’s Voice, then the Bible say we do not know Him and we are not His.
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