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For KeShay, becoming the soulful recording artist that she is today was beyond a dream and determination -- It was inevitable. As a young girl, her booming voice and high notes were noticed by many. Her self assurance and stage presence was noticeable even at such a young age. KeShay had developed her own style of singing and performing.
The beautiful R&B singer has had breath-taking performances at SF Conference Center featuring Dewele & Jon B, Maxwell's Lounge, Elis Mile High Club, Qs Lounge, BHM Concert Series in Antioch CA, and Reno NV just to name a few. The songstress writes her own music for the most part, but enjoys working with other creative talents on her music so she can add additional flavor to her music. Her debut album is due out this year.
The inspiration to her R&B, upbeat funk style of music comes from such inspirational greats as Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner who were her childhood idols, yet her current aspiration is to be in the studio with Jill Scott. KeShays music mostly comes from personal life experiences and explains that different beats and tracks that she receives sometimes bring back specific memories, which inspire her to write great tunes for her forth coming album.
Ke'Shay Love is an actress, known for Set Me Free (2014), Never Alone and Selling Dreams (2014).
Dr. Susan Stukes
Many years ago I was introduced to the wonders of healthy eating and living by my God sister Vernez Kittrell . I attempted to totally venture into the waters of healthiness with her but was stopped many times for a host of reasons: too much information, not enough information, misinformation, and the list goes on.
My God sister embraced the concept more vigorously but also struggled to stay abreast of the ever changing literature and approaches. Sadly, Vernez lost her battle with cancer and passed away.
The most important lesson I learned from my journey with her is to have balance in my life, live to the fullest and strive to live as healthy as possible.
Seva Life was created as a tool to help you embrace a healthier way of being without so many of the frustrations often encountered. I received my certification in health coaching from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and now focus on the whole health approach to achieving long lasting health changes.
I believe that too much emphasis is being placed on medications and not enough time on identifying the root causes of many of our health issues. Food and environment are primary factors that have really compromised our body’s ability to function - so we feel tired and gain weight.
I am committed to helping my clients realize their long-term dreams through health eating and living.
Elisabeth Grace has been a news junkie since she began reading the New York Times at age four. She discovered her love of astrology when she was nine. Armed at 20 with a BA in Philosophy from Wellesley College, she soon headed to Hollywood. She enjoyed an illustrious career as a movie marketeer, eventually moving to New York to scatter her pixie dust over television news.
She was compelled to begin writing her own daily astro-logical forecast in 2009, blending her passion for headlines with insight on planetary patterns. Her blog puts a helpful and empowering perspective on world events and other crises that might otherwise be bewildering. Her avid readers use it as a guide for maximizing success.
Elisabeth consults with clients in private practice. Most are high achievers in their professions. Elisabeth uses her understanding of astrology to help her clients solve problems, improve timing and create even more fulfilling relationships with others -- and themselves.
Elisabeth writes regularly for the National Council for Geocosmic Research. She will never stop talking about astrology, to the delight of audiences who have heard her speak in New York and Tokyo.
Karen A. Lehman is the Executive Director of the Episcopal Actors' Guild of America (EAG). Founded in 1923, EAG is a charitable organization that provides emergency assistance and career support to local, professional performers "of all faiths, and none."
Professionally, Karen has spent her time pursuing two passions: being of service and the performing arts. After graduating from the University of Delaware, Karen worked in Student Affairs for both SUNY and Pennsylvania State University, as well as with Libetae, a woman's halfway house in her home state of Pennsylvania.
During this time, Karen also continued to perform on stage, eventually moving to New York to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, and working as an actress for several years after that.
In 2006, Karen's two passions were brought together in one job when she was hired as the Assistant Director of EAG. Shortly after, in 2008, Karen was named Executive Director. Under her leadership, EAG has greatly expanded its programs and services to include The Headshot Project (free, professional headshots for clients of EAG) and The Actors' Pantry, which provides groceries to EAG clients and their families.
As Executive Director, Karen has also established a very active volunteer program as well as a successful program for Young Professionals.
For more information about EAG, please visit www.actorsguild.org.
Harold Dennis has been a working actor since 1997. He founded the Actin'Up Performance Troop in 1998. At that same time Harold was cast in the hit blues musical called "I Was There When The Blues Was Red Hot". He stayed with that production for 171 shows. He's studied at Eta Cultural Arts Foundation, Sarantos Studios for acting and The Green Shirt Studio for the Meisner Technique, accumulating 16 years of training. He's a board member of the Black Harvest Film Festival Community Council, a staff member of the Midwest Film Festival. He's taught acting workshops and the UNA Global Wake Up Film Festival and the Bronzeville Film Festival and has been a panelist himself on multiple occassions. He's currently producing 2 feature films. Harold has acted in well over 100 films and you can view his credits at: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1815557/
The Staging Fashionista
Home staging and decorating brings out my creative side. Over twenty years in public service and working as a Senior Executive has provided me with customer service and management skills that have proven beneficial for my business. I love staging homes for my clients to make them look their best prior to putting them on the market. I want buyers to fall in love with the homes I stage by creating a lifestyle and an emotional connection to the home. My average days on market of my staged homes is 18 days.
Claudia Thomas/ Real Estate Agent
Topic: Why Real Estate Agents ahould hire a Home Stager.
Claudia is licensed real estate agent serving Northern Virginia. She has earned Lifetime Top Producing Agent for the past 10 years. Certified as a short sale specialist, and an accredited buyers representative, currently specializing in new construction, luxury homes and military relocation.
Brian Thornton is principal and owner of Brian G Thornton Designs. BGTD is a design and consulting studio for hospitality, commercial, retail and residential design. His designs for Pinnacle Entertainment, Marriott, Hilton and Goldman Sachs properties are noteworthy. Thornton’s Studio is currently working for DiamondRock Hospitality on several of their holdings, as well. Thornton has also led design for: MGM’s Design Group, RTKL, H. Chambers, and Gensler, where his designs led to multiple AIA and IIDA awards.
Thornton is an industrial designer with patented plumbing fixtures he created with Pfister® faucets, seating, softgoods, custom lighting casegoods for Marriott in Honolulu, Aruba and Sonoma, CA. Roles such as architect, interior architect and designer have led to discoveries and experience in lighting challenges and solutions. He has created over fifty custom lighting designs primarily for every project he’s touched in his 35 year career.
He has designed and or renovated some of the iconic retail and public spaces around the country including the rewrite of the criteria for Pelli’s Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport while at Gensler DC. And the 107 Lounge, atop of the Stratosphere Tower, Las Vegas.
He is a prolific reader and writer, and this year joined the editorial staff of BLVDs Magazine with their 2015 launch of their Home |Design spinoff. He is a graduate and former visiting professor in Architecture from Hampton University in Virginia. He has lectured at his alma mater, UMCP, Carnegie Mellon and Howard Universities and the Art Institute in Las Vegas. Thornton has been a guest on HGTV’s “Bang for Your Buck” one of their popular series. He resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Wilbert Jones is the president of The Wilbert Jones Company, Inc., a Chicago based 21 year old food/beverage and marketing company. He is the author of three cookbooks, The New Soul Food Cookbook (Carol Publishing Group, 1996), Mama’s Tea Cakes (Kensington, 1998), and Smothered Southern Foods (Kensington 2006). He was the host of 2008 PBS national television show, Healthy Heritage Kitchen. Jones visited the continent, Africa numerous of times and has written many published articles about African food/beverage ingredients. He has also lectured at several culinary institutions across America. His newest book, Images of America: Chicago Blues (Arcadia Publishing), was released on October 27, 2014.
Interior Architect, Aishah Coleman
Growing up in the Bronx in the 1970’s, Aishah Coleman was always struck by the amount of abandoned buildings around the borough. Even at a young age, Aishah began to dream of studying Architecture to help rebuild her neighborhood. By the time she grew up and got her Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture however, the Bronx had beaten her to the punch and rebuilt itself without her! Inspired, rather than defeated, by the rebirth of her neighborhood, Aishah simply cast a wider net, dedicating her career to working with companies that specialized in residential design and community development.
With over 22 years of experience in Design & Construction, Aishah has worked in both the private and public sector, managing projects ranging from $5 million to $75 million. In 2006, Aishah opened her own part-time interior design business while she still worked full time on other projects.
As much as she loved working on the larger development projects, Aishah discovered that her true passion was working directly with people to bring the dreams they have for their homes to life. So in 2009, with her Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Diploma in Interior Decorating, she decided to take her interior design business full time. Her goal is to be a one stop for her clients to service all of their interior design needs. For Aishah, it’s all about seeing her clients react when they see she has made their dream home a reality. “This is the most gratifying experience that you cannot put a price on.”
Laura Sullivan is a GRAMMY® winning composer and recording artist. Her original music has been included in the score of two Emmy winning documentaries, as well as in many popular television programs and advertisements for Fortune 500 companies.
Laura Sullivan's release Love's River won a GRAMMY® for BEST NEW AGE ALBUM in the 56th GRAMMY® awards which aired on CBS on January 26, 2014.
GRAMMY® winning composer, Laura Sullivan, called out to the world to join her in a powerful plan to make a music video. Her request was simple. Take a video of yourself singing her song “900 Voices” and send it to her. The response was overwhelming.
938 people from Australia, Brazil, Israel, Croatia, Korea, Kenya, India, and many other countries, participated by making videos on their cell phones and sending them to Laura.
The result is epic. 27 languages included in one song and video about love and unity. The video has been released on April 9, 2015 and is titled “900 Voices.”
50% of the music proceeds of “900 Voices” are going towards the national nonprofit Little Kids Rock. This organization partners with economically disadvantaged school districts to run music programs. To date they have served more than 325,000 children in 13 states.
Watch the “900 Voices” Video:
Gary D. Hines, Music Director and Producer of the 3-time, Grammy Award-Winning Sounds of Blackness.
Pop, Hip-Hop, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz, Latin, Rock, Blues, Reggae, Ragtime, Classical and Gospel. Gary has recorded, performed, toured, written for and appeared with: Quincy Jones, Jimmy “Jam” Harris & Terry Lewis, Prince, Usher,
Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Johnny Gill, Patti LaBelle, Sting,
Dolly Parton, Danny Glover and Jordin Sparks to name just a few. Gary has performed in every major city in the U.S. and abroad in Africa, England, Holland, Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, Jamaica, Martinique and The Bahamas - with Sounds of Blackness
Gary has also conducted countless Music Workshops, Seminars, Lecture-Demonstrations and Master Classes across the United States and internationally about the history, impact and evolution of African-American music and culture. Gary has been the recipient of such honors as a Grammy, International Time For Peace Award, Minnesota Music Academy Awards,
Minnesota Music Hall of Fame Award, Distinguished Citizen Award, Golden Scroll For The Promise of Greatness Award and, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from his Alma Mater Macalester College, St. Paul.
Sounds of Blackness latest CD, "THE SOUNDS OF BLACKNESS" won a 2012 NAACP Image Award!
Dr. Barbara Lavi Psychologist, Author & Public Speaker
As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist since 1978 (MA in Clinical Child Psychology & a PsyD in Professional Psychology), Dr. Lavi founded ACTNowPsychotherapy.com. Her unique therapeutic approach which is active, creative, and time-sensitive, helps clients transform their lives. Her clients’ accomplishments inspired her to write The Wake Up and Dream Challenge. In this book, she shares the techniques she developed as Staff Psychologist & Coordinator of the Child & Trauma Teams at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (Burlington MA), Clinical Director of the Delphi Center in Burlington
MA & in private practice in Boston & Connecticut. It tells the stories of how people of all ages overcame various challenges and accomplished their dreams and aspirations. It teaches readers how they, too, can transform their lives.
In addition to her private practice in Weston CT, Dr. Lavi offers a limited number of virtual (skype) consults via DoctorOnDemand.com to clients who reside anywhere in Connecticut or Massachusetts or from any country outside of the USA. She also offers a limited number of online consults via HealthTap.com’s Concierge service. Take a look at how HealthTap has reinvented doctor’s “house calls,” https://www.healthtap.com/#experts/12355789/about