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Host Deardra Shuler invites comedian Paul Rodriquez to her show, Topically Yours. Paul will be appearing at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx, NY on Saturday, November 30 at 8 pm. One of the first Latin Kings of Comedy, Paul was added to the Comedy Central list of the “100 Greatest Standups of All Time” in 2004. He got his first big break on the Norman Lear produced ABC comedy a.k.a. Pablo. He appeared in Crocodile Dundee, Blood Work, The World's Fastest Indian and the Deported, et a. His voiceover work includes Beverly Hills Chihuahua, King of the Hill and Dora the Explorer, etc. Rodriguez has been nominated for two American Latino Media Arts Awards, one Imagen Award and his latest major motion picture, the comedy Gravy, will have its’ theatrical release in December 2013.
Comedians Ruperto Vanderpool, Cuquin Victoria, Jochy Santos and singer and comedian Anthony Rios are also performing that night. For tickets call 718-960-8833 or go on line at www.Lehmancenter.org
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.
There are many giant sinkholes appearing across the nation, NJ, PA, Arizona and particularly in Florida. They are appearing in Egypt, Mexico, Venezula, Russia and Australia. China is seeing increasing numbers of sinkholes, some as large and deep as caverns. Topically Yours host, Deardra Shuler, invites Prof. Robert Brinkmann to discuss this increasing sinkhole occurrence. He is the Director of Sustainability Studies at Hofstra University and the Director of Sustainability Research at the National Center for Suburban Studies. Brinkmann is a Professor in the Department of Geology, Environment and Sustainability at Hofstra. In 1979, he entered the Geology Program at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh.
Mr. Brinkmann attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee earning an MS in Geology in 1986 and a Ph.D. in Geography in 1989. In 1990, Brinkmann became a Professor at the University of South Florida where he continued his research on sinkholes, environmental pollution and urban sustainability.
Now at Hofstra University, he has authored numerous articles, chapters, and books. He is Assoc. Editor for the Journal of Cave and Karst Studies. His new book, Florida Sinkholes: Science and Policy will be published this year and is available from the University of Press of Florida.
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
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.
Taj Weekes, a former guest on Topically Yours, will return again to talk with host, Deardra Shuler, about his most recent endeavors. Mr. Weekes recently received an award from St. Lucia House in New York City for his humanitarian work via his charity. Please visit his "They Often Cry " Outreach website (TOCO - www.theyoftencryoutreach.org), to learn more, Recently, the charity has expanded into Trinidad and will move into Haiti and Dominica this year. Taj will also update the listeners on his new music projects. He will be featured alongside legendary musicians Joan Baez, Crosby & Nash, Jackson Browne, Willie Nelson, Yoko Ono, Deborah Harry and others on a compilation CD to raise money for the worldwide Occupy Wall Street Movement. The CD will be released in May. Additionally, he will be releasing A Waterlogged Soul Kitchen in France with 4 new songs as well as a live album, featuring a couple of new songs that are part of his repetoire on the road this Spring/Summer. Taj will also be performing at the 92Y in Tribeca on March 10th, featuring former John Brown's Body singer Kevin Kinsella.
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.
Topically Yours Host, Deardra Shuler, talks with filmmaker Mariette Monpierre about her feature film ELZA. A French Guadeloupean filmmaker and director, Monpierre was raised in Paris. Educated at the Sorbonne she worked at BBD&O before becoming a filmmaker. Mariette is premiering her film at the Walter Reade Theatre in Lincoln Center as part of the African Film Festival screening on Thursday, April 12th at 4:00 pm and on Sunday, April 15th at 6:15 pm. ELZA is the first narrative by a Guadeloupean female director. Ms. Monpierre's film won three awards at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angles: The Best Director First Feature: Special Jury Recognition - Feature Narrative at PAFF/LA; The Festival Choice Award at the Pan African Film Festival-British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA/LA); The Festival Programmers' Award - Narrative PAFFA/LA.
Tickets on line @ http://www.filmlinc.com/films/on-sale/elza
Box office (212-875-5601).
Deardra Shuler interviews Tony Testa of The Duprees who will be performing as part of a Doo Wop show at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx, NY. on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 8:00 pm. Other groups featured to appear with the Duprees are The Platters, The Belmonts, Barbara Harris & The Toys, Larry Chance & The Earls and Ragdoll.
The Duprees were formed in the early 1960’s in Jersey City, NJ by five William L. Dickinson High School students. They were discovered by big band leader George Paxton who combined their smooth doo-wop vocal harmonies with a big band backing on their first single, a cover of Jo Stafford’s “You Belong To Me”, which was an instant top-ten hit and million-seller. Thus the sound of the Duprees was born and hits in the same format kept coming throughout the 1960s including “My Own True Love,” “Take Me As I Am,” “Why Don't You Believe Me,” “Have You Heard,” “Love Eyes,” “It Isn't Fair” and “Let Them Talk.” Over the years, various members of the band have come and gone, but their unique mixture of doo-wop vocals with big band arrangements has remained.
Along with Tony Testa, Jimmy Spinelli, Tommy Petillo, and Phil Granito make up the rest of the current group. Original member Michael Kelly left the group in 2012. The other 3 original members, Joe Santollo, Joey (Canzano) Vann and Michael J Arnone passed.
In 2006, the original Duprees were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is located on the Lehman College campus, located at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY 10468. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Lehman Center box office at 718-960-8833 or online at www.LehmanCenter.org.
Host Deardra Shuler talks to animator and performer John Walter Adamczyk, (whose stage name/moniker is J.Walt). Academy Award Winner J Walt's groundbreaking, spectacular, live virtual reality show is called "Spontaneous Fantasia," wherein Walt transforms flat video space into virtual reality via 3-D animated musical worlds he draws in front of a viewer screen. Walt does this by way of computer technology, using 3-D stereo, 2-D screens and multiple projections in a curved surround theater. As Walt says: "These visual worlds dazzle the eyes, inspire the spirit and touch the soul." Listen to his show on Topically Yours and watch the videos via visiting http://www.spontaneousfantasia.com/
Host Deardra Shuler invites Grammy Award winner, Gloria Gaynor, as her guest to her Topically Yours Show. Ms. Gaynor is best known for her hit I Will Survive. Gaynor’s version of “Never Can Say Good-Bye” became the first dance song to reach No.1 status in dance music. Gloria recorded I Am What I Am, which reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Dance Disco Hits. Just Keep Thinkin’ About You, topped the Billboard Dance/Club Charts at No.1, while Gloria’s international hit Last Night with Giorgio Moroder debuted at No.1 throughout Europe. She is also known for her albums Never Can Say Good-bye and I've Got You Under My Skin. Gaynor made a splash in Broadway's Smokey Joe’s Café, and on national TV, as a guest star on such popular programs as That ‘70’s Show, "Ally McBeal," "The Wayans Brothers’ Show," and "Don’t Forget The Lyrics." This year, “I Will Survive” will be inducted into the Hall of Fame and her long-awaited new dance EP, a new Contemporary/Christian single, is slated to be released. Her NY fans can catch Gloria Gaynor at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx, located at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, on April 21st at 8:00 p.m. Gloria will be sharing the stage with Colonel Abrams and the Hit Men. For tickets call 718-960-8833 or go on line at www.lehmancenter.org
To learn more about Gloria Gaynor visit www.Gloriagaynor.com
Host Deardra Shuler features filmmaker Al Greeze on Topically Yours to talk about his film FRUSTRATED. See https://www.createspace.com/313679. Based on the article "Blame it on Rio," written by William Jelani Cobb (a professor of history at Atlanta's Spelman College), featured in Essence Magazine, the filmmaker traveled to Brazil to interview Black men re: their opinion on Cobb's primarily negative depiction. The article suggested black men travel to Brazil in droves to vacation and have sex with Brazilian prostitutes. Greeze spoke to African American men who live in and visit Brazil regularly. Cobb's article spurred a lot of negative commentary about the disfunctional relationships between African American men and their women. This show invites Doc Stanley, Blakeradio's own sports host, educator Shareef Bailey who is writing his book "Rio in Retrospective: An American Story" about his time in Brazil, jazz vocalist extraordinaire Jann Parker, Sharon Harris, VP and Associate Broker at Prudential Douglas Elliman, and listeners, to comment. Are relationships between African American men and women broken? What do each want from one another? The panel will discuss this and the article's validity. Do African American women turn their men off? If so, how? What do African American women want from their men? Do they feel abandoned by Black men? Is money and education the main reason Black relationships breakup? Do some women self-sabotage? Any solution? These issues, et al will be discussed with Mr. Greeze and panel.
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