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  • 00:29

    Brian Thornton "Brian G Thornton Designs"

    in Design

    Brian Thornton is principal and owner of Brian G Thornton Designs. BGTD is a design and consulting studio for hospitality, commercial, retail and residential design. His designs for Pinnacle Entertainment, Marriott, Hilton and Goldman Sachs properties are noteworthy. Thornton’s Studio is currently working for DiamondRock Hospitality on several of their holdings, as well. Thornton has also led design for:  MGM’s Design Group, RTKL, H. Chambers, and Gensler, where his designs led to multiple AIA and IIDA awards. 


    Thornton is an industrial designer with patented plumbing fixtures he created with Pfister® faucets, seating, softgoods, custom lighting casegoods for Marriott in Honolulu, Aruba and Sonoma, CA. Roles such as architect, interior architect and designer have led to discoveries and experience in lighting challenges and solutions. He has created over fifty custom lighting designs primarily for every project he’s touched in his 35 year career.


    He has designed and or renovated some of the iconic retail and public spaces around the country including the rewrite of the criteria for Pelli’s Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport while at Gensler DC. And the 107 Lounge, atop of the Stratosphere Tower, Las Vegas.


    He is a prolific reader and writer, and this year joined the editorial staff of BLVDs Magazine with their 2015 launch of their Home |Design spinoff. He is a graduate and former visiting professor in Architecture from Hampton University in Virginia.  He has lectured at his alma mater, UMCP, Carnegie Mellon and Howard Universities and the Art Institute in Las Vegas. Thornton has been a guest on HGTV’s “Bang for Your Buck” one of their popular series. He resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

  • 00:32

    Wilbert Jones "The Wilbert Jones Company"

    in Food

    Wilbert Jones is the president of The Wilbert Jones Company, Inc., a Chicago based 21 year old food/beverage and marketing company. He is the author of three cookbooks, The New Soul Food Cookbook (Carol Publishing Group, 1996), Mama’s Tea Cakes (Kensington, 1998), and Smothered Southern Foods (Kensington 2006). He was the host of 2008 PBS national television show, Healthy Heritage Kitchen. Jones visited the continent, Africa numerous of times and has written many published articles about African food/beverage ingredients. He has also lectured at several culinary institutions across America. His newest book, Images of America: Chicago Blues (Arcadia Publishing), was released on October 27, 2014. 

  • 00:33

    Music Director Producer Gary D. Hines

    in Music

    Gary D. Hines, Music Director and Producer of the 3-time, Grammy Award-Winning Sounds of Blackness. 


    Pop, Hip-Hop, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz, Latin, Rock, Blues, Reggae, Ragtime, Classical and Gospel. Gary has recorded, performed, toured, written for and appeared with: Quincy Jones, Jimmy “Jam” Harris & Terry Lewis, Prince, Usher,


    Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Johnny Gill, Patti LaBelle, Sting,


    Dolly Parton, Danny Glover and Jordin Sparks to name just a few. Gary has performed in every major city in the U.S. and abroad in Africa, England, Holland, Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, Jamaica, Martinique and The Bahamas - with Sounds of Blackness


    Gary has also conducted countless Music Workshops, Seminars, Lecture-Demonstrations and Master Classes across the United States and internationally about the history, impact and evolution of African-American music and culture. Gary has been the recipient of such honors as a Grammy, International Time For Peace Award, Minnesota Music Academy Awards,


    Minnesota Music Hall of Fame Award, Distinguished Citizen Award, Golden Scroll For The Promise of Greatness Award and, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from his Alma Mater Macalester College, St. Paul.


    Sounds of Blackness latest CD, "THE SOUNDS OF BLACKNESS" won a 2012 NAACP Image Award!

  • 00:31

    Interior Architect, Aishah Coleman

    in Design

    Interior Architect, Aishah Coleman


    Growing up in the Bronx in the 1970’s, Aishah Coleman was always struck by the amount of abandoned buildings around the borough. Even at a young age, Aishah began to dream of studying Architecture to help rebuild her neighborhood. By the time she grew up and got her Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture however, the Bronx had beaten her to the punch and rebuilt itself without her! Inspired, rather than defeated, by the rebirth of her neighborhood, Aishah simply cast a wider net, dedicating her career to working with companies that specialized in residential design and community development.


    With over 22 years of experience in Design & Construction, Aishah has worked in both the private and public sector, managing projects ranging from $5 million to $75 million. In 2006, Aishah opened her own part-time interior design business while she still worked full time on other projects.


    As much as she loved working on the larger development projects, Aishah discovered that her true passion was working directly with people to bring the dreams they have for their homes to life. So in 2009, with her Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Diploma in Interior Decorating, she decided to take her interior design business full time. Her goal is to be a one stop for her clients to service all of their interior design needs. For Aishah, it’s all about seeing her clients react when they see she has made their dream home a reality. “This is the most gratifying experience that you cannot put a price on.”

  • 00:31

    Valentina Cirasola's Design Universe *

    in Design

    Topic: "Ephemeral Coastal Living".


    Italian born designer and author Valentina Cirasola in her radio show will focus on style in any expression of life. She will talk about interior décor, fashion, colors, food, even manners and etiquette. Valentina’s show will be filled with curiosities from around the world, trends, ideas, suggestions and inside stories. 


    In this show she will bring her wisdom of decades in business as a designer, she will give you the courage to dare and will resolve any challenge you might have. Stay tuned and be part of Valentina’ Universe once a month.

  • 00:32

    Valentina Cirasola's Design Universe

    in Design

    "Living in the Womb Of The Earth".


    Italian born designer and author Valentina Cirasola in her radio show will focus on style in any expression of life. She will talk about interior décor, fashion, colors, food, even manners and etiquette. Valentina’s show will be filled with curiosities from around the world, trends, ideas, suggestions and inside stories. 


    In this show she will bring her wisdom of decades in business as a designer, she will give you the courage to dare and will resolve any challenge you might have. Stay tuned and be part of Valentina’ Universe once a month.


     

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    LISA S. JOHNSON 108 ROCK STAR GUITARS™

    in Music

    108 ROCK STAR GUITARS™


    By Lisa S. Johnson – Foreword by Les Paul 


    About fifteen years ago, Lisa S. Johnson was working as a technical sales representative for Kodak. In order to gain a greater knowledge of Kodak's product line, she bought her own professional grade camera equipment and began shooting still images in her spare time.


    The culmination of that journey is available now. 108 Rock Star Guitars is a 396-page, leather-bound behemoth brimming with beautiful, elegant images of some of the most iconic and recognized instruments the world has ever known. The subjects who allowed their most prized possessions to be photographed by Johnson reads like a veritable who's who of rock guitar royalty. More than that though, Johnson's work is threaded with personal stories detailing her own epic adventure to discover and celebrate these wondrous instruments. It wasn't always easy, but it came out looking oh, so good.


    http://108rockstarguitars.com/the-book/


    Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Rock-Star-Guitars-Lisa-Johnson/dp/1480391476/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1426451091&sr=1-1&keywords=108+rockstar+guitars

  • 00:32

    Valentina Cirasola's Design Universe

    in Design

    "Embrace a new beginning in a cold season"


    Italian born designer and author Valentina Cirasola in her radio show will focus on style in any expression of life. She will talk about interior décor, fashion, colors, food, even manners and etiquette. Valentina’s show will be filled with curiosities from around the world, trends, ideas, suggestions and inside stories. 


    In this show she will bring her wisdom of decades in business as a designer, she will give you the courage to dare and will resolve any challenge you might have. Stay tuned and be part of Valentina’ Universe once a month.

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    Chinese New Year with Linda Boney*

    in Spirituality

    Topic: "Chinese New Year of the Sheep"


    LInda Boney is a


     Certified Feng Shui Consultant, Reiki Practitioner, Hands-on Feng Shui  Healer


    http://www.fengshuiinspirations.com/

  • 00:34

    Valentina Cirasola's Design Universe

    in Design

    Topic: In The Venetian Style


    Italian born designer and author Valentina Cirasola in her radio show will focus on style in any expression of life. She will talk about interior décor, fashion, colors, food, even manners and etiquette. Valentina’s show will be filled with curiosities from around the world, trends, ideas, suggestions and inside stories. 


    In this show she will bring her wisdom of decades in business as a designer, she will give you the courage to dare and will resolve any challenge you might have. Stay tuned and be part of Valentina’ Universe once a month.

  • 00:31

    Manuela “Mannie” Ferguson -The Staging Fashionista *

    in Lifestyle

    The Staging Fashionista


    Home staging and decorating brings out my creative side.  Over twenty years in public service and working as a Senior Executive has provided me with customer service and management skills that have proven beneficial for my business.  I love staging homes for my clients to make them look their best prior to putting them on the market.  I want buyers to fall in love with the homes I stage by creating a lifestyle and an emotional connection to the home.  My average days on market of my staged homes is 18 days. 


    http://thestagingfashionista.com/


    Claudia Thomas/ Real Estate Agent


    Topic: Why Real Estate Agents ahould hire a Home Stager.


    Claudia is licensed real estate agent serving Northern Virginia.  She has earned Lifetime Top Producing Agent for the past 10 years.  Certified as a short sale specialist, and an accredited buyers representative, currently specializing in new construction, luxury homes and military relocation.