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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
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 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.
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.
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).
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 Wednesday, June 24th at 2PM on the BlakeRadio Network. A positive man, Christopher seeks to inspire individuals to reach their highest potential. Pearman applied certain methodologies to his life and sought to instill those same values in his daughter, Raven Symone, in order to help her achieve her dreams at a young age. He did this by applying the 8 principles he calls Dreamcatchers. 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 that have served as a road map to success. He encourages interested parties to achieve with their children what he was able to achieve with his own family. Christopher's book is a practical guide to help parents to not only help their children achieve their dreams, but to help anyone willing to apply the principles to achieve the succes they seek. Stay Tuned and Learn how to "Dream So Big."
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 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.
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 talks with writer/producer/director Roz Nixon about "SS Nirvana: A Story of Love & Jazz on the High Seas." Dinner theater, presented at Minton's Playhouse, located at 206 West 118th Street, NYC, beginning October 20th. Through Roz Nixon Entertainment, Nixon produces events, serves as a casting agent booking for such films as Unfaithful, The Devil Wears Prada, Music and Lyrics, and casts for Heineken, Verizon and NY Knicks commercials.
SS Nirvana, a musical, runs every Tuesday and Wednesday featuring songs of Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Nat King Cole, and Sarah Vaughn.
Charles Bartlett (Louis Armstrong) and Lil Phillips (Dinah Washington), talk about taking on the looks and vocals of the artists they emulate. Leader of The Charles Bartlett Jazz Ensemble, Charles is a seasoned trumpeter, who has performed at events hosted by notables such as Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee and Essence Communications.He has performed with such jazz giants as,Stanley Turrentine and Dizzy Gillespie.
Lil Phillips has performed from NY to Istanbul, at Birdland and for JVC Jazz Festival. Known for her jazz style, Lil paid Tribute to Dinah Washington in 2008. Lil is a song stylist in her own right. Her bell-toned voice is a.perfect complement to her rendition of jazz and pop standards.
"SS Nirvana" wlil run Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m., until the second week of November, 2015. For info see http://www.roznixonentertainment.com/ and/or call 646-373-3690
Host Deardra Shuler interviews hip hop artist Kurtis Blow. Mr. Blow is the first commercially successful hip hop artist to be signed to a major record label. His hit single THE BREAKS from his 1980 debut album was the first certified gold record rap song. Throughout his career Mr. Blow has released over 15 albums and is currently an ordained minister. As a producer, Kurtis Blow was behind the hits of artists like The Fat Boys, Run DMC, Full Force, Russell Simmons and Wyclef Jean.
On Saturday, May 9th, Mr. Blow will be participating in a concert at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts. The event celebrates the 38th Anniversary of the legendary Bronx nightclub Disco Fever and will be a show night of OLD SCHOOL HIP HOP as part of this Fever Re-Union Throw-Back Concert. Alongside Kurtis Blow will be other hip hop artists such as Rob Base, the Sugarhill Gang, Biz Markie, Grandmaster Melle Mel & Scorpio of the Furious Five, et al. For tickets call the Lehman Center Box Office at 718-960-8833 or go online at www.LehmanCenter.org.
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