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Host Deardra Shuler talks with African American entrepreneurs within the business of music. Her guests include concert promoter Jesse Boseman of Sunsong Productions, agent Michael Elder of ME (Michael Elder Entertainment), New Orleans promoter Dan Williams, CEO of Moon Glo Development, LLC, and security person Frank Harris of International Security, who discuss the pros and cons of the business of concert promotion and entertainment.
International star Johnny Mathis, who has given few interviews in the past, has agreed to talk with Host Deardra Shuler about his upcoming May 21, 8pm performance at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx. Mr. Mathis is expected to sing songs like "Misty," "Chances Are," "It's Not For Me to Say," and a mix of jazz and classic standards. Born in Gilmer, Texas, Mathis grew up in San Francisco. Prior to his singing fame, he excelled
Prior to his passing, Deardra Shuler spoke with the famed Oscar Brown, Jr., an American singer, songwriter, playwright, poet, political aspirant and civil rights activist. He unsuccessfully ran for office in the Illinois State Legislature and U.S. Congress. A Chicago native, while in life, Oscar Brown, Jr., began his singing debut on the radio show, Secret City at age fifteen. His first major recorded work was in collaboration with Max Roach, “We Insist! Freedom Now.” Oscar composed songs lik
Deardra Shuler invites 2 up-and-coming artists to talk about their music and burgeoning careers. Raised in a showbiz family, Siameze is a singer, designer, songwriter and dancer based in Las Vegas. He has appeared on the X-Factor and after debuting at Elvis's Night Club on Sahara was sited as Vegas's youngest headliner. His gifts include vocal harmonies/arrangements & comedic timing. Kristine Mirelle started playing piano at age 4. Eventually signing
Host Deardra Shuler talks with award winning director/producer/documentary filmmaker Nadine Patterson about her film "Tango Macbeth," a Shakepearean tale told with a unique slant which will be screening at the Magic Johnson Theatre on Wednesday, April 23rd at 6:30:00 pm in Harlem. Ms. Patterson has a background in theatre, world cinema and documentry film enabling her to create works grounded in historical contexts, with a unique visual palette. She operates her production and consulting company, Harmony Image Productions with her mother Marlene G. Patterson. Through the company they make multicultural films and media content.
Holding 2 Master degrees, Ms Patterson has taught video production at West Chester University, Temple University, Arcadia University, Drexel University, University of Western Sydney (Australia) and Scribe Video Center over the past 20 years and is the only filmmaker selected for The Biennial 2000 at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.
Among her films she includes “I Used to Teach English”, Winner Gold Apple Award 1994 National Educational Film/Video Festival, Oakland, CA; “Anna Russell Jones: Praisesong for a Pioneering Spirit”, Best Documentary 1993 African American Women in the Arts Film/Video Competition, Chicago, IL; “Moving with the Dreaming”, Prized Pieces award from the National Black Programming Consortium in 1997; “Todo El Mundo Dance!” selected for the 2001-2002 Council on Foundations Film and Video Festival. Other notable works include: “Shizue”; and “Release."
In 2011, she published her first book Always Emerging which regals her experiences as an independent filmmaker. "Tango Macbeth" has screened in film festivals in Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., Mar del Plata Argentina and Paris France.
Host Deardra Shuler invites Dr. Steven Frierman, a sports psychologist and professor of Health Studies and Kinesiology at Hofstra University to discuss bullying in sports. Dr Frierman was also Sport Psychology Editor of American Football Quarterly. He served on the Panel of Experts which included NFL and Collegiate football coaches and participated in two conferences for AFQ which provided continuing ed credit for high school football coaches. Presently, Dr. Frierman serv
Host Deardra Shuler talks with singer/actress Vanessa Williams who is presently appearing in "After Midnight." She replaces Toni Braxton and Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds. Vanessa who joined the production April 1st will appear in the show located at the Brooks Atkinson Theater, located at 256 West 47th Street (bet. 8th and Broadway) until May 11th.
Ms. Williams who was Tony-nominated for her performance in Into the Woods, is obviously no stranger to the stage having recently appeared in the Tony-nominated play The Trip to Bountiful. She also appeared in Sondheim on Sondheim, St Louis Woman, and Kiss of the Spider Woman.
As a multi-platinum recording artist she has sold millions of albums worldwide, garnering 11 Grammy nominations.
She is well known for her performance of Wilhelmina Slater in the three-time Emmy-nominated show "Ugly Betty."
Host Deardra Shuler invites comedian Paul Rodriquez to her show, Topically Yours. Paul will be appearing at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx, NY on Saturday, November 30 at 8 pm. One of the first Latin Kings of Comedy, Paul was added to the Comedy Central list of the “100 Greatest Standups of All Time” in 2004. He got his first big break on the Norman Lear produced ABC comedy a.k.a. Pablo. He appeared in Crocodile
Host Deardra Shuler talks with Dr. Robert M. Brown III, the author of "Economic Stress: Harsh Truths and Keys to Empowerment." Dr Brown will discuss Economic Stress within the Black community in this age of economic crisis. What a person/family can do if they are pursuing a loan modification or may be foreclosed upon. What to do if your loan has been sold to new loan services that re-institute the “Notice of Intent to Foreclose.” And how to get pass your ego to make better decisions on how to decrease debt, etc.
Robert M. Brown III, Ph.D. (Dr. Rob) is a medical sociologist whose research has become increasingly more focused on the reciprocal relationship between economic stress and health. He also provides expertise to state, federal and private agencies on family and community violence reduction and prevention, strengthening families, job preparedness for the 21st century workforce and health promotion. He believes that health should be viewed holistically, as a state of mental, emotional, spiritual, physical and economic well-being.
A Howard University graduate, Dr Brown has appeared on radio and television programs around the country and is a sought after speaker. As an educator, Dr. Brown is an advocate for students’ success in the classroom and beyond. He encourages students’ commitment to academic excellence and life-long learning. He also believes that higher education is an important tool for success in the 21st century.
Host Deardra Shuler talks with singer, songwriter and producer Stevie B who was influential in the Latin freestyle and HI-NRG dance music scene of the late 1980s. Stevie B will perform in Forever Freeystyle 8 alongside Lisa Lisa, TKA/K7, Safire, Cynthia, Johnny O, Lydia Lee Love, Nayobe, Sammy Zone and Fonda Rae at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx on Saturday, March 1 at 8 pm.
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An interview with the Late Great, Legendary singer Ruth Brown
Host Deardra Shuler returns to the Doo-Wop era via interviewing Warren Gradus of the Belmonts known for songs such as “The Wanderer,” “Run Around Sue,” “A Teenager In Love,” and “Tell Me Why.” The Belmonts were formed by Angelo D’Aleo, Fred Milano and Carlo Mastrangelo, high school buddies from the Arthur Avenue section of the Bronx. The Belemonts first big hit in 1958 was “I Wonder Why
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