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  • 00:29

    Episode 7: Musician and Singer/Song Writer to Pageant Queen- Music Education!

    in Entertainment

    Alissa has performed on stages across New England including Mohegan Sun, the Massachusetts State House, the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, the House of Blues, the Hard Rock Cafe, Narrows Center for the Arts, the Fairmont Copley Hotel, the Ritz­Carlton Boston, Twin River Casino and events for T. Skorman Entertainment, CES Boxing, Harvard University, MIT, corporations, charities and political candidates. She has held performance residencies at Scampi in Portsmouth, The Rice Barn in Needham MA, Seasons 52 in Chestnut Hill MA, the former Eighty­Eight Lounge in Providence, Zaboo in Manchester NH and most recently, Point Street Pianos in Providence.


     


        In addition to performing, Alissa is a piano/vocal teacher to 35 students in Massachusetts, a student at Harvard University, an advocate for music education through her campaign, Project MIOS and Miss Tri-County Massachusetts: an official preliminary to the Miss Massachusetts and Miss America Scholarship Organizations.

  • 00:56

    Mother’s Milk #SamiyyahSaafirMuhammad 323.927.2913

    in Family

    Samiyyah Saafir-Muhammad was born Jacqueline Glover in New York City in 1951. After spending her early years in foster care, moving four times before the age of three, she settled in with her aunt, following her father’s passing.


    While still in elementary school Samiyyah took an interest in helping other students do well, joining “The Future Teachers’ Club” in the fifth grade. As a high school student, Samiyyah became aware her people’s struggle for freedom—witnessing civil rights demonstrations, protests, assassinations and riots—and decided she wanted to help somehow.  It was in this atmosphere that she went off to Northeastern University in Boston where she majored in Education. Her stay there was short-lived, however, as she was introduced to the teachings of The Honorable Elijah Muhammad and thereafter joined the Nation of Islam. Within the Nation of Islam’s Muhammad University, Samiyyah underwent educational training and worked as a teacher’s assistant.


    Since 2005, Samiyyah has had the privilege of serving as the Directress at Muhammad University of Islam in Atlanta, which serves students from Pre-K to the eighth grade. She has been blessed to carry on the 84-year educational tradition, which was started by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and his brave followers in the 1930’s.


    A widow after 35 years of marriage, Samiyyah presently enjoys the blessing of her and her husband’s nine children: six sons and three daughters, all of whom attended or are attending HBCUs. Samiyyah has been a mother to not only her nine children, but also to her two stepchildren, her nieces and nephews, her eight grandchildren and countless other children and adults in the community who come to her for advice, wisdom and guidance. Affectionately called MamaMiyyah, Samiyyah’s house is never empty. 


     

  • Beautiful Butterfly Welcomes Author of Meet the Commodores Sunny Giovanni

    in Lifestyle

    In southern Dallas, Texas, Sunny Giovanni-- or "Gio" as she likes to be called-- was born on the fifth day of June in 1989. Born to a mother who was a teacher and a graduate from Texas A&M University you couldn't so much as watch a Disney movie if you hadn't read the book beforehand. Gio has had a very strong history with literature, diversifying from poetry (winning placements in oratorical contests), to thriller short stories as a way to vent her frustrations.


    The pen was handed down to her from an older sibling as a means to focus her negative energy and anger into something different but was used as a way to alter her own situations.
    As a preteen Gio witnessed how much her writing could touch someone when she left one of her prized spirals in a classroom without knowing. Two weeks after it went missing someone brought it back to her asking for more, letting the young author know that almost everyone she knew read the story, but without knowing it was her in the story she had written.
    Sunny Giovanni is an advocate for gay and transgender rights, and says: "You can't help who you are and you damn sure can't help who you love. You should be true to who are rather than to conform and live the ultimate lie and live miserably until the day you die." Credited from the poem she penned "Titanium", modeled after her novel.
    Gio is a mother of three children, the founder of Lucid Legends Publishing/ Photography, Kno Joke Entertainment, the host of "We Talk TOO Much Radio" on BlogTalk Radio and blogs on Tumblr under the name "KnoJokeGio". She is a friend to many and prides herself on making a smile out of an extremely horrible day. "It doesn't matter if you're having a bad day... a smile could make everything else seem so small. Crack a joke when someone is hurt and see how fast they cheer up. 

  • 00:41

    The Purpose

    in Music

    America Never Abolished Slavery


    This past Black History Month, millions of students were told the story of how America abolished slavery 150 years ago with ratification of the 13th Amendment. The story draws an upward trajectory of racial equality in America from the abolition of slavery to Brown v. Board of Education to the Civil Rights Act to the election of President Obama.


    The problem is the story isn't true. We never actually abolished slavery. The 13th Amendment states:


    Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.


    "...except as a punishment for crime..." This phrase gets ignored in America's telling of its slavery story. The 13th Amendment did not abolish slavery but rather moved it from the plantation to the prison. In 2015, the 2 million (largely Black) people incarcerated in America are legally considered slaves under the Constitution. As a result, they can and are forced to work for pennies an hour with the profits going to counties, states and private corporations including Target, Revlon and Whole Foods. In fact, there are more Black people enslaved today than in 1800.


    This is no accident. In The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander lays out how a system of Jim Crow replaced slavery and later how a system of mass incarceration rose to replace Jim Crow. During Reconstruction, Southern states quickly took advantage of the 13th Amendment's slavery loophole by arresting Black people for minor crimes such as unemployment, loitering or gambling, and selling them to private employers through the convict lease system. Today, the majority of Black people enslaved in prisons were arrested for drug crimes. Even though Black people use drugs at the same rate as White people, they are incarcerated .

  • Lawrence County High School Football Rivalry Week with Co-host Darin Liles

    in Football

    In this episode of "Bringing Voices To Power" I talk with Lawrence County coaches, atheletes and fans about " football rivarly week" and thier love of Lawrence County sports! Coach Rich Dutton is in his 4th season as head coach at Lawrence County High School. He will be coaching the defensive line this season. He is a 1994 graduate of Lawrence County High School, and recieved a B.S. in Spanish from UNA in 1998 where he ran track and cross-country. He coached at Lawrence County as an assistant from 1999-2005 and at Russellville High School from 2006-2007. Most recently he served as defensive coordinator at Austin High School from 2008-2011. He is married to the former Kesha Jeffreys. They have two children, Gracie (14) and Gage (13). Coach Dutton was a part of histroy this past Friday night when he faced his in county rival East Lawrence High School and tied a state record of 7 overtimes.  Coach Jarrod Helms is in his first year at East Lawrence High School and also will go down in the history books in this game to remember. He was previously the Atheletic Director and Head Football Coach at Brilliant High School where he led the school to it's first playoff with in over a decade. He also coached at Deshler, Buckhorn, and Russellville High School. He is originally from the Chalybeate Springs area. He is married to Tara Nesmith Helms, and they have three children, Anna (7), Brady (3), and Bella (1). Coach Helms and his family are members of Providence Baptist Church

  • #154 - Saturday Morning LIVE - From Seattle

    in Dads and Family

    The WatchDOGS Radio summer road show closes out in Seattle, Washington for the Washington State PTA Region #5 Summer Leadership Training.


    Please join Keith and our other friends on Saturday morning at 11E, 10C, 9M and 8P.

  • 02:41

    Outlaw Radio - August 30, 2015

    in Radio

    American Broadcasting School students Bad Billy, Derek Stark, and Chris Master are joined together to bring you Outlaw Radio. Listen in as we discuss current events, a little comedy, and great music. Listen to the show live Saturday nights at 9:00 PM pacific standard time/12:00 AM eastern standard time on www.sky106.net and feel free to call in and join the show at +1 (216) 539-5329. You can also catch the archived shows by going to www.blogtalkradio.com/aow_productions or by calling +1 (832) 999-8184 - option 4. Be sure to visit the Outlaw Radio official website at www.outlawradioabs.com.

  • 01:58

    Spiritual Diversity - Chief Speaks

    in Spirituality

    What does my dream mean?  Why am I drawn to specific animals? How do I identify a true spiritual teacher? How can I find out what my life's purpose is?


    This is not a show for spiritual readings so please call into the show at (347) 945-7680 and come prepared with your questions and comments.


    ABOUT CHIEF YUYA:
    Chief Yuya is an initiated Priest in the Nigerian Orisha tradition and an advanced student of the IFA priestly order, as well. He has been working with the spirit world through various indigenous native systems for over 20 years as a spiritual counselor and guide. Yuya is also the Chief Priest and temple head of "Anu Nation"; where he has initiated a cadre of students into Orisha tradition as well as his own ANU Spiritual Order and currently teaches indigenous occult and mystery systems, African philosophy and spiritual sciences, and divination to adults as well as children through his school, "The Sadulu House Spiritual Center."


    For classes with the Sadulu House please go to Saduluhouse.com


    To schedule a reading or consultation click here.


    To find out where the ANU order will be presenting next go to AnuNation.org/Events


     

  • 01:59

    Spiritual Innerstanding - Chief Speaks

    in Spirituality

    What does my dream mean?  Why am I drawn to specific animals? How do I identify a true spiritual teacher? How can I find out what my life's purpose is?


    This is not a show for spiritual readings so please call into the show at (347) 945-7680 and come prepared with your questions and comments.


    ABOUT CHIEF YUYA:
    Chief Yuya is an initiated Priest in the Nigerian Orisha tradition and an advanced student of the IFA priestly order, as well. He has been working with the spirit world through various indigenous native systems for over 20 years as a spiritual counselor and guide. Yuya is also the Chief Priest and temple head of "Anu Nation"; where he has initiated a cadre of students into Orisha tradition as well as his own ANU Spiritual Order and currently teaches indigenous occult and mystery systems, African philosophy and spiritual sciences, and divination to adults as well as children through his school, "The Sadulu House Spiritual Center."


    For classes with the Sadulu House please go to Saduluhouse.com


    To schedule a reading or consultation click here.


    To find out where the ANU order will be presenting next go to AnuNation.org/Events


     

  • 00:59

    the Power Hour with Daiva MacKenzie

    in Self Help

    The Power of Back to School – Back to school time brings a new season for the entire family! Nutrition plays a significant role in academic success of students. Key to keep in mind when packing lunches and planning meals. But back to school also means time more time to focus on yourself and time to boost the entire family’s immune system!  Email DaivaFit@gmail.com or tweet @DaivaKE

  • 00:31

    SRWM ~ F.A. Cole

    in Blogs

    F.A. Coles sharing her New Release "Distant Sunrise"


    F.A. Cole has appeared at several forums and conducted interviews to continue her testimony. She has also been awarded (Women in History 2013) for her work by Northwest High School as she shared her story with students, encouraging them to live a life of purpose. Cole has also been recognized for her humanitarian work by FestAfricaUSA (August 2015) and the Los Angeles Nollywood Film Association (August 2015) on female genital mutilation, rape, abortion, prostitution (a survivor of all) as she shares her testimony of God’s unconditional love and transforming power.


    Cole is a member of a small but dynamic group of female authors, editors, publishers, and educators — Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) – DC Chapter.


    Due to her love for children, Cole is using her personal story to bring awareness to and help combat the abuse (sexual and physical) of children in her home country, Sierra Leone and she continues to be a trailblazer to a better tomorrow.