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    Jackée Harry: Dedicated ‘227’ Percent to Fun—and Education

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    Countless TV fans fells in love with Jackée Harry as the hilariously sassy Sandra Clark on NBC’s 227 and Lisa Landry on The WB’s Sister, Sister. But having fun is just half of where it’s at for the comic icon. “I didn’t aim to be on TV. It happened by me studying and auditioning,” she tells Fresh Perspectives Radio host—and fellow Sister, Sister cast member—Rolonda Watts. “I was a history teacher and I wanted to be a great educator.  My goal was to impart information to young kids—particularly young girls—to give them self-esteem and awareness when they go out into the world. I went to Long Island University, Brooklyn Center—right across from Junior’s,” adds Jackée, who works closely with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and United Negro College Fund, while currently appearing in two sitcoms, Byron Allen’s The First Family and Disney Channel’s Girl Meets World. “I had a four-year Martin Luther King scholarship. I was a straight-A student. I was a brainiac! And after school I worked for the National Association of Black Social Workers. Then I did plays at night.”

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    Marsha Ambrosius’ Little Bro Kicks It with Charlie Wilson

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    Budding R&B star Marvin Ambrosius knows the value of working with legends—and relatives. “I’m very proud of Friends and Lovers,” he tells Fresh Perspectives Radio host Nikki Rich of sister Marsha Ambrosius’ new album. “The song we did together, Spend All My Time, was originally a love song but it turned into a family song about my loved ones—my auntie and nan. Then Charlie Wilson got onboard, and now it’s got that billionaire feeling,” he adds of The Gap Band frontman. You listen to it and it’s like, This is why we do music. I never thought I’d have my name next to Charlie in a credit. But now I made a bet with Marsha. I said, If you get a Grammy—and this album is gonna win; you can’t be nominated 13 times and not win on your next one—I told her we’ll be there with Charlie goin’ thank you! Because he’s gonna be the reason we got it.”

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    Relocating to a New State Can Be Exhilarating

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    Danisha Williams has no fear of relocating. In fact, she puts it in the must-do category for an inspired life.  “As far as uprooting yourself and moving to a new state, I’ve done that a few times and it’s always been fun, exhilitaring, fresh,” she tells Urban Therapy host Omarr McIntyre. “And every time, it’s been to a different part of America. Like to the desert, in Arizona. Back East to Boston. Then back home to Pennsylvania. So you get to experience different things, different people. And you yourself get to grow. Because when you’re in one spot, you don’t get different experiences, you don’t get to meet different types of people when everyone has grown up the same way you have.”

  • 00:11

    Reinvent Yourself—Again and Again (and Again)

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    Tiffany Davis knows how important it is to remain fresh and adventurous, particularly on the career front. “I grew up in a very conservative family, as families of color tend to be, and I was good in creative fields like writing and drawing, but that was never encouraged. I was geared toward science and academic pursuits, but when I got jobs in corporate America, I was miserable,” she tells That’s So Very Vanessa host Vanessa Bell Calloway. After college, I was on track to become a doctor, but I was never really happy with that. So I got a job in medical publishing. Then I moved into being an analyst at a non-profit, but got laid off. That’s when I said, I refuse to work for anyone else. So I was home one day watching the Food Network and I saw an ad for the Culinary Institute of America. And I liked to cook so I applied and not only got in but got a scholarship. Within two years, I was running the kitchen in a four-star restaurant in Miami.”

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    When Trying to Snag a Man, Subtle Signals Don’t Cut It

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    You gotta socialize to snag a man, but be sure to keep your posse to a minimum. So says Joe “Neck” Bone on a special “Mistakes that Single Women Make” episode of All Girl Talk Radio. “To start it out, do not go out with a group of girls. Go out with just one girlfriend. Don’t go out with a group of three or more,” he tells host Angie Smith. That’s the worst mistake you can make. Because when a guy approaches a group, there’s always that one friend that goes, ‘Girl, he don’t look right.’ And no matter what you say after that, it ain’t gonna happen. There’s always a hater.”

  • 00:11

    Black Family Reunions: Beyond the Barbeue

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    Black family reunions: they’re not just a picnic, says Culture Freedom Radio host Mind Magick. “This past weekend I went to my first family renunion, on my father’s side. I got to see a lot of aunts and uncles I hadn’t seen in many years, and a lot of cousins I didn’t even know I had. And it’s a touching experience because, like, my aunt told me what my dad was like when he was young and how he used to get in trouble.  And as soon as my aunt saw my, she started crying. She was so happy because it was like seeing her late brother again. You get to hear a lot of good things about your family that you never heard of.”

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    Hottie Doc Pushes to Become First Black ‘Bachelorette’

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    In order to changes people’s perceptions, you’ve got to be willing to take a few hits. No one knows that better than Dr. Misee Harris, a pediatric dentist from Tennessee who picked as a contestant for ABC’s The Bachelor, only to decline—and launch a campaign to become the first-ever African American star of sister series The Batchelorette. “ABC and The Bachelor franchise have been nothing but nice to me. And quite frankly, I think they can do whatever they want to with their show. I’m simply giving them an opportunity to have a diverse woman, with an ethnic background, who could handle herself professionally,” she tells Your15Minutes Radio Network host Kim Bady. “But some people said, ‘Oh goodness, here comes another mad black woman crying wolf.’ And I was like, No, not at all! I’m a happy black woman. And all I’m doing is taking a little leap of faith.”

  • 00:11

    Soul Food’s da Bomb. But without Meat? (Yes!)

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    Sure, soul food’s da bomb, but without the meat? Yes, says Afya Ibomu. “I buy coconut ice cream sometimes. I also buy chips sometimes—the blue corn chips,” the author of The Vegan Soulfood Guide to the Galaxy tells The Popular Vegan Radio Show host Carter Brown. “And sometimes, like in the summer, when it’s all about barbeques and picnics, I find myself eating more chips. That’s why I do a seasonal cleanse.  If you’ve never cleansed before, you can start by eating just a little raw and a little steamed foods, but no processed foods, no meats. Mostly fruits and veggies.”

  • 00:08

    The Unexpected Pleasures of African Cuisine

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    Even if you’ve never heard of culinary concoctions like kuli-kuli, sosaties and Mbatata cookies, don’t fret, says chef Yeti Ezeanii, they’re for citizens of every nation to enjoy. “When my friends come to visit me, I know which dishes they like. So when I’m doin’ a show, I first invite them to try the featured recipes,” the AfroFoodTV host tells Southern Passion Lounge’s Chef Amadeus. “And a lot of my friends are foreigners, they’re not Africans. So they try food they’re not used to and they really love it. So I like to invite them on to show everyone that African Food is not exclusive just to Africans. It is world food that anyone can enjoy!”

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    R&B Diva Gwenation, Commander and Chief Partygirl

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    The United States of… Gwen? Could be, if you’re into summer fun big-time—like Gwenation is. “My first name is Gwendolyn. So that got shortened to Gwen.  But when we’re in the studio writing and recording songs, I literally lose myself to where it’s just my world and I want everybody to come into that world,” the Detroit R&B diva, whose debut single is titled Ain’t Got a Chance, tells Fresh Perspectives Radio host Angie The Rambunctious One and co-host Jai of her unique moniker. “But we couldn’t say ‘Gwen’s World.’ So we put ‘nation’ on the end of it—with one ‘n’—and now it’s like, it’s the nation of Gwen, let’s party, let’s rock out together.”

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    The Fun and Excitement of Traveling Solo

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    Chef G. Garvin may be a rock star among foodies—having headed up culinary operations at such esteemed eateries as the Ritz Carlton in Atlanta and Four Seasons in Beverly Hills—but he’s still a little bit country. “My best experiences have been the unexpected. The little hole-in-the-wall mom-and-pop spots that people are not talking about. Then you go in and it’s like, Wow!” the host of The Cooking Channel’s Road Trip tells The Ask Mom RN Show’s Tamara Walker. “Usually they’re not chef-driven. Sometimes it’s someone who was on Wall Street, or left some corporation because they loved to cook—whether it’s a great sandwich, a great pie, a great soup. Those are the things are most excting.”

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