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  • 00:37

    Topically Yours- D'Angela Proctor, TV One’s SVP of Original Programming & Prod

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    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.

  • 00:32

    Topically Yours -Eva Bornstein, Exec Dir. Lehman Ctr for the Performing Arts

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    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. 

  • 01:03

    Topically Yours - Mint Condition and Tony Toni Tone

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    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.

  • 00:38

    Topically Yours - Taj Weekes

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    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.

  • 00:41

    Topically Yours - Sinkholes. - Prof. Robert Brinkmann

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    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.

  • 01:17

    Topically Yours - Christopher B. Pearman (Self-Esteem Affirmations)

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    Host Deardra Shuler talks with author Christopher B. Pearman about his book,"Dream So Big: A Parent's Guide to Helping Your Child Believe & Achieve," on Sunday, November 8th at 2PM Pacific Time, 5:00 PM EST, on the BlakeRadio Network. Recently Mr. Pearman put out a CD of 25 Intentional Subliminal Self-Esteem Affirmations.  Via his CD and book he seeks to inspire individuals to reach their highest potential.  Having applied certain methodologies to his life, Christopher sought to instill those same values in his daughter, Raven Symone as a child.  He guided her career until she became an adult. He now shares the 8 principles he calls Dreamcatchers with a wider audience.  The Principles are:  Pay Attention, Believe It, Picture It, Aim Straight, Get Real, Kill Fear, Do Good, and Be You.

    A Health and Wellness Coach, Certified Personal Trainer, health proponent and motivational speaker, Pearman talks about how he has applied these guidelines/affirmations in paving a road map to success.  He encourages interested parties to achieve with their children what he was able to achieve with his own family and to use the affirmations he has applied in his own life.  Stay Tuned and Learn how to "Dream So Big" and affirm your positive values.

    To obtain the book and CD visit www.dream-so-big.com  

  • 01:04

    Topically Yours - Filmmaker Mariette Monpierre

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    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.
    Trailer:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGJl9djjAEA
    Website: http://www.elzathemovie.com/
    IMDB:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1852001/
    Tickets on line @  http://www.filmlinc.com/films/on-sale/elza
    Box office (212-875-5601).

  • 00:30

    Topically Yours - J Walt

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    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 - Gospel singer, conductor and musician, James Hall

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    Deardra Shuler talks with James Hall, the singer, director, and composer who has worked with artists like Gladys Knight, Mary J. Blidge, Faith Evans, Michael Bolton, Harry Connick Jr., Kim Burrell, Donnie McClurkin, et al.

    Hall is best known for killer vibratos and twister harmonies found in the best of today’s gospel music. Its no wonder choirs all across the nation duplicate his music. 

    A native of Brooklyn, NY, James is the youngest of 7 children.  His mother, Lula Mae Hall was the first to nurture his keen musical talent as a singer and musician. She enrolled him in classical training at five and encouraged his singing voice which projected a striing soprano range. James attended James Madison High School. He was appointed director of the James Madison Gospel Chorus (JMGC) where he honed his natural abilities to conduct and perform. 

    In 1987 he founded Worship & Praise, (WAP) his own gospel singing ensemble. In 1992, the opportunity to perform a five minute spot on TV’s Bobby Jones Gospel came.  It was just the break they had been looking for, as earlier that year WAP recorded their first project on the Tehilah Records label. Later landing a major record deal with Intersound.  Their debut album on Intersound “God is in Control” soared to the top ten on the billboard charts.  "King of Glory," followed as did several LIVE albums.  His newest CD is KING WAP New Era.



  • 01:00

    Topically Yours - Regina Carter

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    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.

  • 01:02

    Topically Yours - Guest Gloria Gaynor

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    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