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  • 00:57

    Allison Semmes (Diana Ross Lead in Motown the Musical US) + MORE

    in Entertainment

    Tune in Monday at 9:00 PM ET as Stacey B. of H. Blu's Word interviews the Diana Ross lead in Motown the Musical US, Allison Semmes.


    Chicago Native Allison Semmes is the embodiment of grace and glamour. Her entire presence and aura is reminiscent of the class and demeanor that exuded from the iconic songtresses like Lena Horne, Josephine Baker and Diana Ross. 

    To see Allison bring Diana Ross to life night after night in the Hit Broadway Musical - Motown the Musical is almost like watching the real Diana Ross come alive right before your eyes. From the moment Allison steps on stage she becomes the embodiment of one of the greatest female singers of our time - Diana Ross. 


    The dynamic singer/actress’ notable Broadway credits have also included the cultural smash hit show, The Book of Mormon. Allison's national touring credit also included the Award-winning musical The Color Purple. Semmes regional credits included Dreamgirls, Bubbling Brown Sugar, The Wiz, and Candide. She holds a Masters of Music degree from NYU Steinhardt. For more information go to allisonsemmes.com or @ladysemmes on Twitter.


    Tour Schedule for Motown the Musical US

  • 00:01

    Welcome!

    in Motivation

    Welcome!

  • 00:30

    Political Correctness is Killing Us Softly

    in Self Help

    You must call Bruce Jenner "Caitlin...You must call ISIS a "non-Muslim" organization...You MUST see a "war on women"...You must think Lena Dunham is a "voice for women's rights"...you must believe that "all police are racist"...you must...you must...or else!


    How did we get here and where, exactly, is "here?" More importantly, where are we headed if we don't begin to think for ourselved and prioritize those things that really matter. Where will we be if we look evil in the face and refuse to call it what it is?


    These issues and more tonigjht on Above The Fray.

  • 01:04

    Conversations with Sapphire J Blue and the Authors of The Brightest Day:

    in Writing

    The Brightest Day: A Juneteenth Historical Romance Anthology


    Amazing Grace, by Lena Hart: 
    It’s the year 1866—the Civil War is over and slavery has ended. Life for 18-year-old Gracie Shaw takes an unexpected turn when she is “encouraged” to marry a man sight-unseen. Boarded on a train headed West—to lawless territory—she is faced with misfortune at every turn and must accept the help of former Confederate soldier, Logan Finley, while denying herself the one thing she wants most. Him. 
    Drifting to You, by Kianna Alexander: 
    During the sultry Carolina summer of 1875, baker Rosaline Rhodes boards a Juneteenth cruise down the Cape Fear River. She's there to serve her famous cinnamon spice cake; shipbuilder Will Pruett is there for pleasure. They've denied their mutual attraction for months, but now the river won't be the only thing ebbing and flowing. 
    A Sweet Way to Freedom, by Piper Huguley: 
    In 1910, schoolteacher Missouri Baxter refuses to return home with a big belly and no husband. She’s got nine months to teach juke joint owner Arlo Tucker—a most reluctant student—an important lesson about what marriage means to their people. With God on her side, she'll show him “A Sweet Way to Freedom.” 
    Let It Shine, by Alyssa Cole: 
    Sofronia Wallis knows that proper Black women don't court trouble by upending the status quo, and they most certainly don't associate with roughneck Jewish boxers like Ivan Friedman. But it’s 1961 and the Civil Rights movement is in full swing. Change—and love—are coming whether Sofie is ready or not.

  • 02:00

    JOHNNY KING - EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW - TUE, JUNE 23, 2015 - 7:00 PM PST

    in Music

    It would seem that Johnny King came out of nowhere but, in fact, he comes from music royalty. Born in the Bronx, his multi-talented family has given the entertainment world his big sister R&B/Disco Diva Evelyn "Champagne" King. His great Uncle Avon Long is credited with truly discovering Lena Horne and bringing to life the character "Sportin' Life" in Porgy and Bess. His mother and father successfully developed and co-managed musicians and groups. It wasn't unusual for Johnny to come home from school and see famous musicians at his kitchen table. Growing up surrounded by music, he taught himself to play several instruments at a young age. It seems natural that, as his mother said; Johnny would "make his mark on the music world one day".

    With the release of his debut album "All About Me", writer /singer/producer/musician Johnny King intends to carve out his own niche in a market inundated with scores of cookie cutter songs driven by computerized, techno-driven sampled grooves. This album is reminiscent of a time when music was actually made, not programmed. All tracks are written, composed, produced and performed by Johnny King. All of the instruments are recorded live and are all played by Johnny--guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards. The lush background harmonies are all Johnny. In fact, there is not another human being on this album. Johnny wanted his debut effort to truly represent who he is--thus the album title and theme "All About Me" was formed. The entire album was recorded by Johnny in his home studio and released under his own record label, Like A Duck Music, LLC.

     

  • 01:37

    Trans Racial: The Rachel Dolezal Controversy

    in Entertainment

    Rachel Dolezal has brought a term to her pretending to be black controversy which caused her to have to resign her new position as leader of the NAACP in Spokane Washington. She has used the term Trans-Racial and speaks about her identity in similar terms as a transgender person does. She speaks of at the age of 5 years old coloring with the brown crayon instead of the peach crayon. She says that she "identifies" herself as a black woman and not a white woman.



    So what is trans-racial? 
    Is this a real term? Or did Ms. Dolezal just make it up?
    Can a Black person identify with being white even if they are very dark skinned?
    What are your thoughts on Rachel Dolezal?


    We will discuss this and more on tonight's topic! 


    JOIN THE CONVERSATION!! On Twitter use the hashtag: #CrystalShowTalk


    Also Tonight we will have Author, Lena Clark, who will discuss her book "An Amazing Mind" on the show. Lena Germaine Clark, a former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) employee suffered an unexpected shock - the suicide death of her husband. This tragic incident compelled her to write her fact-based, educational memoir entitled, An Amazing Mind.

  • 00:56

    Lena Hurst Clark Discusses "The Correlation of Mental Illness w/Child Abuse

    in Podcasting

    Lena's discussion tonight with Annie Bell is "The Correlation of Mental Illness with Child Abuse. This will be a powerful discussion with two wonderful people in the business who have focused on illness mentally and other topics. 

  • 02:00

    Along Came A Writer--Books, Authors, and Buzz

    in Books

    ALONG CAME A WRITER Radio Show, formerly the Gate Beautiful Radio Show, airs on the third Thursday of the month from 12:00 pm--2:00 pm Central, featuring four hosts, and four fascinating guests, which include both traditionally and indie-published authors, speakers and publishing industry professionals. Our hosts are: Linda Kozar, Jeane Wynn, Lena Nelson Dooley, and Carla Hoch. 

  • 00:56

    Amazing Minds Radio w/Lena Hurst Clark & Guest William Ridley Sr

    in Sports

    His full name is William Lester Ridley, Sr.


    Second Lieutenant. Service: US Army. Metals received: The Vietnam Service Medal, Silver Star, and Bronze Star. Tenure: 8 years active, 4 years none-active.


    Hi Princess, Sundays topic is PTSD syndrome and the guest name is: Williamson Lester Ridley, Sr

  • 00:26

    Stoosh Style Secrets: An Interview with Patrice DaCosta

    in Books

    Tune in and listen to an interview with author, Patrice DaCosta, as she discusses her new style manual:"Stoosh Style Secrets" on Monday, June 8, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. Learn the 10 Tips to Develop Your Personal and Professional Image!


    www.stooshimages.com


    About iCAN Radio & Minna Press


    The iCAN (Caribbean Author's Network) Radio Show is hosted by Lena Joy Rose, Executive Editor and Publisher at Minna Press.-  a one-stop resource to assist authors in writing, editing, publishing and marketing their books. 


    Print books  .  eBooks  . Ghostwriting . Distribution . Book Marketing                                                    www.minnapress.com

  • 00:57

    Spiritual Transformation: From Caterpillar To Butterfly

    in Spirituality

    The power that Butterfly brings to us is akin to the air. It is the mind, and the ability to know the mind or to change it. It is the art of transformation.  Duchess looks at Jamie Sams and David Carson's description of Butterfly Medicine from their book "Medicine Cards".  In our continuing discussion on Ascension we apply some of these energy descriptions to our human process. "Butterfly....that flutters In the morning light You have known many forms, Before you e'er took flight."...Medicine Cards