• 01:15

    Topically Yours with Deardra Shuler Guest Johnny Mathis

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    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 in basketball, high jumping, hurdling, and track and field and was offered a chance to compete at the Olympic Games.  Unfortunately, he was offered a record contract at the same time.  Johnny's father felt his son should consider a future in music.  Thus, he did not compete in the Olympics as planned. Mr. Mathis holds his own star in the Walk of Fame and has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame twice.  He has sold millions of records and is only one of 5 recording artists to have Top 40 hits spanning each of the four decades since 1955.  Mathis is an avid golfer.  He hosted his own golf tournament, The Johnny Mathis Senior PGA Classics held in L.A.  He also hosted The Shell/Johnny Mathis Golf Classic, a charity golf tournament in Belfast, in Northern Ireland.  According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Mr. Mathis has sold over 350 Million records worldwide.

  • 00:51

    Topically Yours with Deardra Shuler Guest Oscar Brown Jr

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    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 like Bid “Em In,” “Work Song,” “Dat There,” “Sin and Soul,” Signifying Monkey, “Watermelon Man,” “The Snake,” and “Afro Blue.” A prolific writer and playwright, Brown wrote and produced “Sin and Soul” and “Big Time Buck White” which starred Muhammad Ali. He founded The Oscar Brown, Jr. H.I.P. Legacy Foundation to carry on his work. A bit of a maverick and a definite innovator, Brown appeared on the Today Show with host Dave Garroway. The first and last time an entire Broadway show was featured on the Today Show. Brown wrote at least 1,000 songs (only 125 have been published), twelve albums, and over a dozen musical plays. His paperback book: WHAT IT IS—POEMS AND OPINIONS OF OSCAR BROWN JR., includes lyrics to some of his better-known songs as well as lyrics to songs Brown never got to record. A man for the history books, Deardra wanted to revisit her show with Oscar Brown Jr., so that audiences around the world can keep those who have forged a world of beauty, art and individualism alive in our memory and heart.

  • 00:20

    Topically Yours - Actor and Director Michael Green

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    Host Deardra Shuler interviews Michael Green, actor, director, producer and 10 year executive director of the Shades of Truth Theater, located at the Andrew Freedman Home, 1125 Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York, to discuss his new Play "Black Wall Street."  The real life historical event that happened in Tulsa, Oklahoma when the white community declared war on the affluent Black community in 1921, eventually dropping a bomb on Greenwood, Archer and Pine, the Black economic area, destroying all commercialism on this oil rich community of Blacks, Native Americans and Jews.  The first aeriel strike in America was directed against a Black Community.

    As an actor, Michael Green has received critical praise for his ongoing performance as Dr. King in Jeff Stetson’s  “The Meeting,” as Sam in “Blues for an Alabama Sky,” Reverend Ambrose in “A Lesson Before Dying,” “The Blacks,” Michael in “Blues Train” and Moses in “Camp Logan.” He Co-wrote Whistle in Mississippi: The Lynching of Emmett Till with Daniel Carlton and Peace Speaks: The words and Wisdom of King & Ghandi with Christine Melton.

    See http://www.kybproductions.net/shadesoftruth/?ID=2                                                                                             and 

    http://writblog-deardra.blogspot. com/2014/09/functiond-s-id-var-js-fjs-d.html?showComment=1411415736599#c552761979309468121







  • 00:42

    Topically Yours - Senate candidate Robert Jackson

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    Host Deardra Shuler interviews candidate Robert Jackson who is running for a Senate seat in the 31st district in Manhattan.

    Robert Jackson served as a Community School Board President, City Council leader and Education Committee Chair.  He has built a record of hard work and integrity and knows how to get things done.  He has a record to prove it.  Jackson is presently running for State Senate to help provide good schools for children to make certain every child has the same chance to succeed as he had.  Jackson continues to fight for workers rights, human rights and to pass the Women's Equality Act, the NY DREAM Act and for an increase in minimum wage. As a marathon runner, Mr. Jackson recently ran a 12.8 mile run for peace.

    As a Community School Board President, Robert Jackson filed a lawsuit against the state to fix an inequitable New York State school funding distribution formula that was cheating NYC schools and undermining our children’s future. He walked 150 miles to Albany to highlight the cause and won a court judgment that awarded $16 billion for NYC schools.  In 2001, Robert Jackson was elected to the City Council. He was reelected 3 times.  He was chosen to Chair the Education Committee and Co-Chair the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus. On the City Council, he effected more than 4,000 new openings for pre-k, fought to prevent thousands of teacher layoffs and helped start the Drop Out Prevention Initiative. He worked to increase jobs by sponsoring legislation to protect small businesses, create a community manpower training program,  fought to budget senior centers, libraries and keep fire stations open.

    Born and raised in Manhattan, Robert and his family have lived in Washington Heights since 1975. He attended New York City public schools and graduated from State University of New York at New Paltz. He is  married and a dedicated father of three daughters.

  • 00:32

    Topically Yours -Eva Bornstein, Exec Dir. Lehman Ctr for the Performing Arts

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    Host Deardra Shuler talks with Eva Bornstein, Executive Director of Lehman Center for the Performing Arts about their upcoming special invitaiton fundraising gala prior to singer/songwriter Michael Bolton's concert on her show Topically Yours, BlakeRadio Network, Rainbow Soul.

    Singer/songwriter Michael Bolron will be appearing at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, June 7th at 8pm in the Bronx, NY.   Ms. Bornstein will discuss the gala (held from 5 pm to 7 pm, June 7th) and the upcoming acts at Lehman Center. For concert tickets call 718-960-8833. 

  • 00:41

    Topically Yours - Award winning producer/director/writer Danielle Earle

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    Host Deardra Shuler talks with writer/producer and director Danielle Earle about her web series Brooklyn Is in Love. Her upcoming LGBT feature film "Lover's Game," starring Crawford M. Collins, Miranda McCauley, and Blaine Pennington is set to be released this fall. Danielle is a Writers Guild of America East member and has been featured in Curve Magazine, Time Out, Village Voice, Go Magazine, and "Spotlight New Jersey." She is currently in production with her latest film "Letters to Frankie."  A true life story about Francis (age 16) and Daniel Thomson (20), brothers who were charged with first degree murder. It also highlights the plight of other youthful offenders who oftentimes when unable to pay for a good defense find themselves sitting behind prison walls.  The film also feeatures 29 year old Caroline Murphy, a paralegal working for a prestigious Bergen County Law Firm, who after receiving a letter from Daniel and Francis' mother, Mary Melanie, accounting a 12 year old crime involving her two sons charged with first degree murder, decides to investigate the unsolved circumstances surrounding the case.

    Danielle Earle is also the owner of PL Entertainment LLC based in New Jersey that specializes in full length features, and documentary films. For further info see: Letters to Frankie Website: www.letterstofrankie.com
    Indiegogo Campaign: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/letters-to-frankie-fundraiser
    Letters to Frankie Indiegogo Campaign Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2mySUeraMc

  • 01:28

    Topically Yours - Charles Bobbit (James Brown Mgr)

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    Host Deardra Shuler talks to Charles Bobbit, James Brown friend and manager. Bobbit will talk about his rags to riches story with Deardra.  Bobbit also managed Michael Jackson and was the personal advisor to President Omar Bongo of Gabon. Born in 1930, in the back woods of North Carolina, Charles was whisked to Brooklyn, NY by his eldest sister after the loss of his mother to cancer.  During his young adult years, he worked as a porter. He later worked for the New York City Transit Authority, laying rails at night.  Later he deemed the entertainment industry was an escape from menial labor, although he could neither sing nor dance.
    Mr. Bobbit’s first introduction to the realization of his dream was when he first saw Mr. James Brown, “The Godfather of Soul” perform at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, NY.  He was awestruck and proclaimed to his wife that he would one day work as Brown’s Personal Manager.  Although thwarted originally, by 1965, he won a job as James Brown's valet and later became Brown's friend and manager up to the day Brown died. The book, "Making it  Happen," tells Brown and Bobbitt's story.  It was Mr Bobbit who gave James Brown the title, “Godfather of Soul.” Bobbit was instrumental in the arrangement of  “Say it Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud.”  and the musical scores for the movie, “Black Caesar,” starring Fred Williamson.  Bobbit met President Omar Bongo of Gabon and worked with Bongo's son cutting a few albums.  The family hired Bobbit as their advisor taking Bobbit to heights that he couldn’t even imagine. He later worked with  Michael Jackson becoming his friend and confidante.

  • 01:11

    Topically Yours with Deardra Shuler - Guest Ruth Brown

    in Music

    From The BlakeRadio Network Archives.
    An interview with the Late Great, Legendary singer Ruth Brown

  • 01:02

    Topically Yours, Siameze and Kristine Mirelle

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    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 with Upstairs Records, where her single, “Let Go” and “Candy” received radio play in the SW US, netting a following in Japan. Her interviews on KISS FM and POWER 106 in LA, led to 6 continents.  She currently performs overseas where she displays her "pop / soul" style inspired by the music of the 60's. With 2 singles "Over and Over" and Temporary High," on ITunes, Kristine is  working on a new album. 'Business minded, Kristine created organic chips & salsa called; LIL KRISTI'S.  Find out more about me at www.KristineMirelle.com.


  • 01:14

    Topically Yours - Mark Morganelli and T.S. Monk

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    Host Deardra Shuler talks with Jazz Forum Arts Founder & Executive Director Mark Morganelli and T.S. Monk (son of Thelonious Monk), about the 35th Anniversary of  Jazz Forum. Two dozen Jazz luminaries for JAZZ FORUM @ 35! will celebrate the event.  The Jazz Forum is where some of the greatest jazz artists in the world performed between 1979 and 1983. Twenty-five of those artists will reconvene in Greenwich Village, where it all began for one special evening beginning at 8pm on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, located at 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square, New York, NY. Jazz artists performing that night are Lee Konitz, Kenny Barron, Larry Willis, Michele Rosewoman, Vic Juris, Dave Stryker, Jon Burr, Cameron Brown, Sonny Fortune, Billy Hart, Marion Cowings, Jon Hendricks, Charli Persip, T.S. Monk, Candido, David Amram, Bobby Sanabria, Harvie S, Wallace Roney, Steve Turre, Ronnie Cuber, Michael Carvin, Valery Ponomarev, Bob Mover, and Ray Drummond, etc.

    Tickets for JAZZ FORUM @ 35! presented by Jazz Forum Arts, on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 8 pm a can be purchased at the NYU Skirball Center Shagan Box Office, 566 LaGuardia Place, NYC, at 866-811-4111; or at Jazz Forum @ 35! : Skirball Center for the Performing Arts - New York University.  For information about Jazz Forum Arts, call 888-99-BEBOP, or visit www.jazzforumarts.org.  

  • 00:39

    Topically Yours - Darrin Ross and Jeffrey Perez

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    Host Deardra Shuler talks with producer Darrin Ross and Michael Jackson impersonator Jeffey Perez about their upcoming Saturday, June 21st at 8pm show INVINCIBLE: A GLORIOUS TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL JACKSON at Lehman Center of the Performing Arts, located at 250 Bedford Park Blvd West in the Bronx.  

    INVINCIBLE will feature songs from the newly released chart-topping album Xscape including the hit single “Love Never Felt So Good,” “Loving You,” “Blue Gangster” and “Slave To The Rhythm” the song that made headlines worldwide after a Michael Jackson hologram performance of it rocked the 2014 Billboard Music Awards.

    The show features talented artists:JIBREEL MORAY  (Young Michael), JEFFREY PEREZ (Live Concert Michael) and PETE CARTER (Dancing Michael) performing to hits “Billie Jean,” “Beat It,” “Thriller,” “Smooth Criminal” and “Earth Song”. The show also features guest performances by the fabulous Harlem GospeLive singers, the American Beat-boxer Kenny Muhammad The Human Orchestra, a Litefeet dance performane by NYC’s own W.A.F.F.L.E. as well as breathtaking visuals and a live band with master percussionists and singers. Created, Produced and Directed by Bessie Award winner Darrin Ross with choreography by Brandon Albright, Pete Carter, Lavon Patterson and Victor Lewis Jr. and musical direction by Doron Lev.  For tickets call 718-960-8833 or go online at www.Lehmancenter.org

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