• 00:30

    Marishka Phillips - Broadway Actress - Director

    in Radio


    Broadway actress, accomplished director, and thespian guru, Marishka S. Phillips is an actor’s actor with an extraordinary wealth of talent.

    A native of Brooklyn, New York, Marishka began performing at age of eight, and by the time she was thirteen, was cast in the European tour of Raisin, a musical version of the popular play A Raisin In The Sun. Upon graduating from Springfield Gardens High School, Marishka honed in on her skills at the prestigious Alvin Ailey School of Dance, the Broadway Dance Center, and Fordham University, where she studied theater arts.

    Marishka’s big break came at the age of nineteen when the budding actress landed a feature role in the Broadway musical, Uptown: It’s Hot. Directed by the legendary Maurice Hines, Marishka found her niche on stage, and would go on to star in a host of other musicals, including Bubblin’ Brown Sugar, FAME: The Musical, The Wiz, and The Me Nobody Knows.

    During a quick stint in Los Angeles, in 1991, Marishka made the move to television, scoring bit parts on the last two seasons of The Cosby Show and it’s spin-off A Different World, but by 1997, Marishka found herself back on stage, and spent the next ten years touring Europe in big budget plays and musicals. Covering over eight countries, Marishka performed various roles in productions such as Tribute to the Blues Brothers, Ludwig: The Musical, and Teatro Piazzo. In between stage work, in 2002, Marishka released a musical recording on Hinterland Records entitled The Hike, and in 2007, released At The Waterfront on Mole Listening Pearls. Under the mentorship of renowned acting coach, Susan Batson, Marishka returned to New York and continued studying the are of acting.

  • 00:50

    On The Move with Marsha Reeves Jews on "Me, God and A Cup of Coffee"

    in Women

    Join me as I have a conversatoin with Ms. Marsha Reeves Jews.  Marsha has over 20 years of executive level work experience; she recently left her consultancy practice, The Bissell Street Group that specializes in business and relationship development, event planning and marketing. Recent winner of WEAA's Talent Search, "Keep It Moving" with Marsha Jews can be heard on Mondays at 7:00pm. WEAA 88.9FM is a National Public Radio Affiliate and can be heard live streaming on WEAA.ORG or TUNEIN.COM. Ms. Jews has formerly held C-Level positions as President/COO/Associated Publisher for Career Communications Group; Executive Director of Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Foundation of Maryland; and Vice President of Operations for the Modern Day Marine Force in Readiness Military Exposition, the Capital Marines/Marine Corps League. Ms. Jews' accomplishments include; co-founder of the Women of Color Technology Awards Conference, Black Family Technology Awareness Week and LaFamilia Technology Awareness Week; and former radio talk show host, the Marsha Jews Show on WHCR 90.3 in New York.  We are excited because we know that through connecting and sharing with other women we discover who we are, discover our strengths and confront life head on. In doing so, with I.M.P.A.C.T. (Irreversible Motivation Persuaded and Causing Triumph) we change our life and we can change the life of our sister. YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS SHOW.

  • 01:01

    Charlita Schuster, Founder-Director of Music in Motion School of Higher Dance Ed

    in Entertainment

    Charlita Schuster is one of a kind when it comes to developing the potential of children. A former dancer & founder of her dance studio, Music in Motion School of Higher Dance Education, Charlita goes all out for the children in her hometown of Fredericksted, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. An invitation to participate in a dance concert at Disney World allows 5 of her young students to participate in a televised Christmas event by ABC TV. 

    Charlita has always been closely associated with our local youth. She's the guiding force behind providing professional dance training to the children of the Virgin Islands.

    Charlita’s career was molded from an early age. Her family moved from native St. Croix to New York City where she was able to take advantage of the available opportunities. From an early age she trained with the Children’s Ballet at Carnegie Hall & graduated from the NY High School of Performing Arts. Performing with the Dance Theatre of Harlem & the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre eventually led to the professional stages of the City Ballet of Honolulu & Ballet Florida. Her dream of becoming a professional ballerina had been realized.

    Much sought-after as a pageant coach, she's been credited with making winners in pageants such as Hal Jackson’s Talented Teen Competition, Miss St. Croix, Miss Cinderella, Miss Jabberwock, and others. She's participated for 3 consecutive years as a choreographer for the Miss British Virgin Islands Pageant. Many local & international winners owe their success to her expertise. She's also often asked to participate as a judge & has received many awards for her choreography & stage productions.

  • 01:18

    Trading Fours Encore: a Tribute to Albert Murray

    in Education

    In 1970 Albert Murray proclaimed, US culture was "incontestably mulatto." In 1973, Murray wrote about "The Dynamics of Heroic Action" and in 1974, with the introduction of Scooter (the protagonist of Train Whistle Guitar), Murray gave readers the blues-based adventures of a brown-faced hero. In August 2013, Albert Murray joined the celestial ensemble. On today's Trading Fours, former Murray students: Paul Devlin, Roberta Maguire, Greg Thomas, Lauren Walsh and Jackie Modeste re-member Murray and his legacy. Join us for an historic gathering of Murrayites and "Get in on the rhythm."

    Trading Fours: a Tribute to Albert Murray

  • 00:41

    Talk w/Marie Presents: Jamison's Dancing Spirit Book, TV Series Scandal HTGAWM

    in Current Events

    Join Marie to discuss her favorite books, TV series Scandal, How to get away with Murder, indie authors, independent best selling books, magazines, Second Life events and share original music and writing. What's on your reading list? What's your favorite book? Do you have a favorite author you can't get enough of? We welcome calls from listeners and want to hear from you. If you enjoy the segment, follow the show to get notices.


    Featured book (s):

    Dancing Spirit by Judith Jamison


    Featured Music by

    Lisa Brune


    Funky Freddy


    Between the Lines - An Original Song by Annan Dreamscape/Jeanni Hall




  • 00:34

    Topically Yours - Guest Ailey II dancer Paige Fraser

    in Entertainment

    Host Deardra Shuler talks with Ailey ll dancer Paige Fraser who has defied all odds. Paige was diagnosed with severe Scoliosis which affects the alignment of the spine and pelvis. Her doctors advised surgery telling her a career in dance was highly unlikely.   Going against doctors’ orders, she kept dancing, never had the surgery, and used Gyrotonics to help keep her spine in a more stable place.  Nine years later, she finds herself a part of Ailey II. 
    A Bronx resident and senior in the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program as a scholarship student, within  the last year, Fraser has performed in over 35 US cities and internationally in Bermuda, Germany, Finland and Greece. Ms. Fraser completed her freshman year of college at the Dominican University of California as a dance major at Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet.  She has also trained in summer programs at American Ballet Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Jacob’s Pillow, Juilliard, and Complexions and has worked with Desmond Richardson, Darrell Grand Moultrie, and Camille A. Brown. In 2010, Ms. Fraser performed in Alvin Ailey’s Memoria as a special production of Revelations, in celebration of its 50th year during the Company’s New York City season.  To see Paige and Ailey II, tickets are available by calling the Ailey Citigroup Theater for the April 18-29th performance, at 866-811-4111 or going on line via www.AlvinAiley.org/Ailey II or www.ovationtix.com

  • 01:31

    Creatively Speaking (TM) On The Air

    in Culture

    Hosted By:

    Michelle Materre, The Grande Dame of Black Whole 

    Thomas Allen Harris/Director was born in 1962 in the Bronx, New York, and spent his adolescent years in Tanzania. His television documentary work has been twice nominated for an Emmy Award. In addition to producing films, installations, and experimental video works, Harris has produced documentaries for public television. His 2001 documentary E Minha Cara/ That's My Face received numerous international awards and premiered at major film festivals.


    Don Perry/Producer/Writer is Chief Operating Office of Chimpanzee Productions, Inc., which is a Harlem-based film, television and multimedia production company founded by filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris in 1992 that is dedicated to producing unique visual experiences that embody the search for identity, family and spirituality. He was also co-writer and co-producer of Thomas Allen Harris' feature length documentary "E Minha Cara/That's My Face". 

    Ann Bennett/Producer is a producer, director and writer for documentary films and multimedia projects with over twenty years of experience. She is a producer on the PBS feature documentary, Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People as well as the multi-platform community engagement initiative, Digital Diaspora Family Reunion (DDFR). Bennett's production credits include; Citizen King and Jubilee Singers for the PBS series "American Experience", Hymn for Alvin Ailey for "Dance in America", among others.

  • 01:37

    Westchester On the Level with Narog and Aris

    in News

    The “featured” BlogTalkRadio program “Westchester On the Level with Narog and Aris” opens the Monday, July 7, 2014th broadcast day at 10:00 a.m. EDT with Monday Co-hosts White Plains CitizeNetReporter Publisher John Bailey and Yonkers Tribune Publisher Hezi Aris comparing issues and concerns faced in White Plains and those faced in Yonkers. We learn how each city contends with their respective issues and possibly gain insight on which approach holds greater promise. At 11:00 a.m. we pivot our focus toward international news and its impact on the national political landscape  Engage us in conversation by calling (347) 205-9201 to share your perspective – you are only asked to please stay on topic. If you use Skype: use the contact “eHezi18″ during the “live” broadcast, or listen on demand.

  • 00:43

    Overseeing Success: Do You Have What it takes to become an Event Planner?

    in Self Help

    INTERVIEW GUEST: Marsha Reeves Jews, CEO of the Bissell Street Group, noted Speaker, Talk Show Host and the Director of Events for the Herbert Bearman Community Art Gallery. 

    This Week’s Message: An event planner is, quite simply, someone who organizes an event. When we think of an event we may think of something spectacular, such as the Super Bowl, the Presidential Inauguration, New Year’s festivities in Times Square, or any of the other major events we hear about or see on television. Of course, event planners are needed for all these events. However, event planners also work on thousands of smaller events. Any time people gather together for a purpose, whether it is for a wedding, a conference, a festival, a formal dinner, or the grand opening of a new store, someone is needed to oversee all the details to ensure the event happens and that it is a success. Can you juggle many things at once without missing the details? Are you results oriented but always cautious of the bottom line? If this describes you, then you might have what it takes to become an event planner.

    For over 20 years, Marsha Reeves Jews has successfully led her consulting firm, the Bissell Street Group, to international prominence in Business Development, Marketing, Trade Show Management, Awards Ceremonies Production and Events/Meetings/Conference Planning. She has worked with a myriad of companies and in diverse leadership capacities. Her leadership roles have included: Owner of ZZAJ Art Gallery in Harlem; Vice President of Operations for the Modern Day Marine Force in Readiness Exposition; Executive Director of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre Foundation of Maryland; President/COO/Associate Publisher of the Hispanic Engineer and Information Technology Magazine and the Black Engineer and Information Technology Magazine; and Producer of the Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference.

  • 00:32

    Cultural Voice LIVE w/ former Ailey Principal Dancer NDTC Chor. Clive Thompson

    in Culture

    Cultural Voice, your trusted source of Cultural happenings around the globe continues to innovate and bring you quality Cultural content. It's what's trendy and relevant - featuring underground and established cultural figures from Jamaica and worldwide!

    Join Stefanie Simone and Derefe Chevannes as they are joined each week by musicians, poets, painters and more from the corners of the Globe. 

    Join us as we chat with Clive Thompson about his live and legacy in the world of Dance! 


  • 00:45

    Topically Yours - Yannick Lebrun of Alvin Ailey

    in Entertainment

    Deardra interviews Yannick Lebrun of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company concerning the upcoming Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Encore season at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) from June 10-20. Yannick Lebrun hails from Cayenne, French Guiana. He began training in his native country at the Adaclam School under the guidance of Jeanine Verin. In 2004, he moved to New York City where he studied at The Ailey School. He joined the professional company in 2008. Mr. Lebrun has performed works by choreographers Troy Powell, Matthew Rushing, and Debbie Allen, et al. Tickets to the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre Encore Season at BAM can be acquired by calling 718-636-4100 or online at www.BAM.org

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