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  • 00:42

    SWAG Radio Presents: The Sting with Michelle Nicole

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    On this episode of SWAG Radio, Yara Kaleemah will be talking with Ms. Michelle Nicole.


    About Michelle Nicole:


    Michelle Nicole was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Newark, New Jersey. She began writing poetry at the age of 15. Her writing style developed into short stories as a young adult. With over 20 poetry pieces written and three books self-published, she plans to continue her independant writing career for as long as God gives her the strength.


    Not only is she a writer, she is also the founder and CEO of a nonprofit organization which focuses on healing and positive engagement for youth that are affected by domestic violence. Within this organizational umbrella, services provided span from community outreach, youth workshops that cover topics such as teen dating violence, bullying and suicide prevention, and camps that focus on music and literacy development.


    With all of this, Michelle Nicole has also returned to school to complete her degree in Psychology. She plans to complete the Ph. D program in the future and use her skills and knowledge to work with youth in crisis.


    The Sting - Released August 2014


    Can one man make one woman do things that she knows deep down inside is wrong? Manipulation is a terrible thing. It can make one really good person fall victim to one really bad act. This can be simply stated as random moments of insanity. In the end, the really good person is the one who pays for the sins of both. When you have a weak minded person and a strong minded person, someone is bound to get hurt. Stacey is no exception to the rule. She put herself in a situation that could have been avoided if she would have just followed the path God had for her.


     


     

  • 00:32

    SWAG Radio Presents: The Flip Artist with Erella

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    Tonight on SWAG Radio, Yara Kaleemah will be talking with Erella about her upcoming release, "The Flip Artist." 


    Erella is an aspiring urban fiction author from Cleveland, Ohio. Born and raised in the predominantly African American suburb of East Cleveland with both parents and three siblings, she was raised in a deeply religious household, that is, until she left home to escape family violence, abandoned her religious upbringing and quickly became entangled in the excitement of street life and ended up getting married to the “dope man” in the early 1990’s. This resulted in her experiencing a series of unfortunate experiences including domestic violence, federal drug trafficking charges, divorce, homelessness and relocation to New York City where she began writing The Flip Artist. After 9/11 she returned to Ohio, re-enrolled in college and has earned two Bachelor’s degrees, in Africana Studies in 2005 and in Spanish in 2012.


    Her novels chronicle the experiences of women who have survived drug addiction, hardship, loss, legal problems, crime, same-sex relationships, intimate partner violence, homelessness and other issues. She describes her writing style as “Pan African faction,” - fiction fused with historical and cultural facts. Currently single, she has three offspring and resides in Cleveland with her fourteen year old daughter. In addition to writing, she is an entrepreneur, who started her own publishing company, Wrong 2 Write Publishing and is also an English Language Learner Instructor for refugees and new immigrants preparing for the U.S. Citizenship Exam.


     

  • 01:38

    SWAG Radio Presents: The "Shan Presents Take Over"

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    This week on SWAG Radio, Yara Kaleemah will be interviewing 16 authors of Shan Presents.


    Tonight, Trinity, Desting Raysor, Lucinda John, and Mz Lady P will be in the hot seat.


    Trinity Stevens is 25 born and raised in Jersey City, NJ. She started writing in the 7th grade after reading Omar Tyree’s fly worker. She currently works as a Parent Educator helping pregnant moms and when she’s not doing that she’s writing her next novel. After reading a Shan presents book and saw that they were taking submissions she decided to submit her work. She’s currently working on the sequel to her first book Love From a One Night Stand as well as working on a new series.


    Destiny Raysor was born and raised in downtown Jersey city, NJ, Destiny lived in the struggle, learned from her struggle,  and built an empire with her struggle. Everything she ever wanted, she pressed her way through it.


    Lucinda John, is a 21 year old,resident of Florida. . After reading numerous book from various of authors, that is when she realized that she should put her gift into use. With the help of Myss Shan she was able to release her first book Fallin' For A Boss, and Finessers all in one month! Nothing stop her from pursuing her dreams and making huge accomplishments. 'With God everything is possible' is the motto that motivated Lucinda to always aim high despite any circumstances.


    .Mz. Lady P  was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Patrice grew up in the ABLA Homes. A housing project located on the Near West Side of Chicago. In her teenage years she discovered Urban Fiction and became a fan of the genre. She found what it is to relate to the characters and the plots. This encouraged her to start writing Urban Fiction.


     


     

  • 00:50

    SWAG Radio Presents: Music with Montez

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    Tonight Yara Kaleemah and Deidre Leshay will talk with Montez about making music!!

  • 00:28

    SWAG Radio Presents: Dream Killers with Slyce

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    On this episode of SWAG Radio, Yara Kaleemah will be chilling with one of the hottest interviewers around, Marilyn Brown aka Slyce, of the Interrogation Room. 


    She will be hitting us with an discussion of DREAM KILLERS... 

  • Klarque Garrison of "Survive 365"

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    Mr. 365, D. Klarque Garrison, host of the blog, Survive 365, and the blog talk radio show, Survive 365: The Conversation of Survive 365 discusses his book, How to Survive the Next 365 | Your Lifeline to a Better Life.

  • 00:57

    SWAG Radio: Exclusive Chat with Sunny Giovanni

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    Yara Kaleemah will be talking to bestselling author LR Smith aka Sunny Giovanni! Nothing is off limits. Join us for an explosize show!!!


    The pen was handed down to her from an older sibling as a means to focus her negative energy and anger into something different, but was used as a way to alter her own situations.


    As a preteen, Gio witnessed how much her writing could touch someone when she left one of her prized spirals in a classroom without knowing. Two weeks after it went missing, someone brought it back to her asking for more, letting the young author know that almost everyone she knew read the story, but without knowing it was her in the story she had written.



    Sunny Giovanni is an advocate for gay and trans rights, and says: "You can't help who you are, and you damn sure can't help who you love. You should be true to who are, rather than to conform and live the ultimate lie, and live miserable until the day you die." Credited from the poem she penned "Titanium", modeled after her novel.
    Gio is a mother of three children, the founder of Lucid Legends Publishing/ Photography, Kno Joke Entertainment, the host of "We Talk TOO Much Radio" on BlogTalk Radio, and blogs on Tumblr under the name "KnoJokeGio". She is a friend to many and prides herself on making a smile out of an extremely horrible day. "It doesn't matter if you're having a bad day... a smile could make everything else seem so small. Crack a joke when someone is hurt and see how fast they cheer up. Even at a random moment. If it makes no sense, see how fast they forget about everything else and wonder what's wrong with you, but end up smiling in the process. It works every time."

     

  • 00:30

    SWAG Radio Presents: Wife Tales with Troi Fields

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    On this episode of SWAG Radio, Yara Kaleemah will be chopping it up with Troi Fields, author of Wife Tales. 


    Troi Fields is a 38 year old native Bahamian who now resides in South Florida. Troi discovered there was power in words at a very early aged and began mastering her skill at using them. While growing up in what would be considered an economically disadvantaged area, Troi was bussed to schools that forced her to become to hone her writing skills. She used writing as a means to express the frustrations that she felt growing up the daughter of a drug addicted mother and being the “nerd” amongst her peers. Troi has turned her writings into stories that many women and men can identify with. They come from real life experiences but are wrapped in suspense and drama. Troi is a part of the King Publishing Group family of authors.


    ****Wife Tales*** 


    Meet Chateau, Bailey, Whitney and twin sisters Aja and Asia; five ladies whose friendship is centered around their mates and children. But, don’t be fooled by this group of lovely women that appear to be stereotypical wives.


    In an area of Florida where most come to play and relax, you will soon see that what these ladies live through is far from a day at the beach. When the veil is completely removed, their lives are put on front street.


    Sex, lies, drugs, infidelity, and lots of drama!

  • 00:26

    SWAG Radio Presents: Love Games with Tywanda Brown

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    On this episode of SWAG Radio, Yara Kaleemah will be chopping it up with Tywanda Brown, author of Love Games. 


     


    Tywanda M.Brown was born and raised in Newberry SC. She is the proud mother of two boys. Her passion for writing developed at the young age of 11 with dreams of one day being a published author. Two years after graduating from Newberry College in the Spring of 2012 with a Business degree, she decided to make her dream come true. In the summer of 2014 she released her debut book Love Games. Two months later she released Love Games 2.


     


    ******Love Games****** 


    Have you ever loved someone who was married to someone else? Did you feel like you were playing second place but deserved to be his MVP? Most of us answered yes to at least one of the questions and that makes you susceptible to this thing called Love. Take a journey to Newberry, SC for a few Love Games. There you will find multiple Love Games being played, by Newberry's top players.


     


     

  • 00:26

    SWAG Radio Presents: Miracle by Alysha Rhodes

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    Aylsha Rhodes will be reading from her debut novel, Miracle. 


    Miracle  is a story of personal triumph.The autobiographical truth of Ms. Alysha Rhodes. This book gives the deep details of what she went through during her sudden illness of Central Pontine Myelinolysis. She describes her journey and her recovery. Join us tonight on SWAG Radio as Alysha shares a piece of herself with the world. 


     


     

  • 00:27

    SWAG Radio Presents: Real Bitches Don't Fold with Adrianne Cunningham

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    On this episode of SWAG Radio, Yara Kaleemah will be chopping it up with Adrianne Cummingham. 


    Adrianne L. Cunningham is a 34 year old native of Lexington, Kentucky. She graduated with honors from Henry Clay High School in1998. She has also lived in Virginia and several years in Talladega, Alabama. While in Alabama, she attended Central Alabama Community College and studied for an associate's degree in Computer Science.
    When she is not writing; Adrianne also enjoys travelling and spending time with friends or family. Writing is definitely her deepest passion. Being able to paint a vivid picture for a readers mind and to hopefully leave an insightful message. Adrianne currently resides in Oak Grove, Kentucky.