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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.
Topically Yours host Deardra Shuler talks w/D’Angela Proctor,TV One’s Sr VP of Original Programming and Production, about TV One's 2015-16 season, specifically their 1 hr true crime show, 'For My Man" which premiered on Mon, Sept. 7 at 10 p.m. ET. The show sheds light on the outrageous and shocking stories of women who have been arrested for a crime they committed in the name of love.
Ms. Proctor provides strategic direction of all original programming and oversees all development and current production for the network. Proctor joined TV One from Strange Fruit Media, where she was a co-owner and co-president. In the 15-year history of the company, Proctor developed, created and/or produced music videos, live music and comedy recordings, documentaries, feature films and television series.
Proctor has worked in the television genre serving as Executive Producer and Creative Consultant to BET from 2008 to 2010. During her stint there, she developed multiple film and television concepts, executive produced "The Family Crews", "Vindicated" and "Sunday Best," which earned the 43rd Annual NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Reality Series in 2011. Most recently, Proctor created the upcoming OWN docu-reality series, “Crazy. Sexy. Life.” Proctor executive produced the "Family Reunion" television series and the "Daddy's Girl" Laila Ali documentary for the network. Prior to that, Proctor produced television series "Exalted" and "One Night Only" and feature films "The Seat Filler" and "Book of Love," among others.
Previously, Proctor practiced law at Reed, Smith, Shaw & McClay in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Spelman College and a Juris Doctorate from Duquesne University.
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.
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.
Deardra Shuler hosts her show Topically Yours featuring guests Tony Toni Tone, best known for their songs Anniversary and It Never Rains in Southern California. On the 2nd-half of the show is Mint Condition known for their songs What Kind of Man Would I Be and Breakin My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes). Band members are Ricky Kinchen, Stokley Williams, and Larry Waddell.
R&B group Tony! Toni! Toné! is comprised of Dwayne Wiggins on lead vocals and guitar, his brother Raphael Saadiq (born Charles Ray Wiggins) on lead vocals and bass, and their cousin Timothy Christian Riley on drums and keyboards. Other members were Elijah Baker, Carl Wheeler, Randall Wiggins, and Amar Khalil, who is the current lead singer of the group, and Antron Haile. Both groups will appear at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, May 30th at 8pm.
Host Deardra Shuler talks with JW Lance (a.k.a. Joe Lance Williams) of the COASTERS, an R&B group originally formed in 1955 in Los Angeles, California. The Coasters occupy a special niche in the music world. With ten Top 40 hits like “Young Blood,” “Along Came Jones,” “Poison Ivy,” “Charley Brown” and “Yakety Yak,” they were called “the clown princes of rock and roll” and were the first group inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. The Coasters’ current line-up were all hand-picked by the group’s original lead singer Carl Gardner before his death in 2011 and are managed by Veta Gardner, Carl’s wife. In November 2015, The Coasters released their latest album: Christmas with the Coasters.
The Coasters will appear at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, January 30 at 8pm. They will be appearing with The Drifters, The Platters, Shirley Aston Reeves, The Chiffons and Good Vibration.
Deardra Shuler interviews author Shareef A. Bailey about his book "Rio in Retrospect: An American Discovery in Brazil" Vol 1. Mr. Bailey has written a 3-Volume exploration of his experiences in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The series explores the many exciting sites, sounds, cities and people of Brazil. The stories document the experiences of the author, his American and Brazilian friends, and their adventures in Brazil. Each volume chronicles the stories, lives and discoveries of what life is like in Brazil from a genuine American perspective.
A native of Newark, New Jersey, Bailey currently lives in central Maryland where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Morgan State University and his Masters of Education degree from Bowie State University. As an educator, he has worked as a teacher, guidance counselor and administrator in the public schools and in the National Job Corps Program. As a multicultural instructor, he has taught and conducted cultural seminars and workshops throughout the United States. Shareef is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in education administration and has developed plans to open a cultural education center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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/
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).
Violin soloist Regina Carter brings her lush richness of tone and sophisticated technique to her music which has illuminated the jazz world. In her latest CD Reverse Thread, Carter takes us to Africa via her hypnotically beautiful African folk melodies. Lauded as one of the finest violinists of her generation, Carter captures both the essence and allure of the original music through a lens of contemporary interpretation. Reverse Thread weds the exquisite sound of Regina's violin to the kora (West African harp)and accordion. Carter will discuss her music, her life and her latest cd with host Deardra Shuler on Topically Yours.
Vocalist Jann Parker will be interviewed by Deardra Shuler on her popular show "Topically Yours," wherein they will discuss her music, her performances on Monday at the Harlem Renaissance Swing 46 and her career as a jazz vocalist in the style reminiscent of the great Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, and Carmen McCrae