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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Soulcially Yours is the "soulcial" brand of Soulcial Media Evolutions (Soulcial ME) find out what we have been up to and what is coming down the pipe line.
Today we discuss the wonderful event in Dallas at the Dallas Museum of Art that was held on September 09, 2014. Female Success Factor: The Top 25 Women of Dallas. Chair of the event, Denita Lavis. discuss the vision behind the movement and how important it is to recognize and celebrate highly-motivated women who are "breaking the glass cieling" to ensure that future generations have an example of 'Doin' the Dang thang'.
Host Deardra Shuler invites salsa legend Eddie Palmieri to discuss his upcoming show at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx, Ny on Saturday, September 28, at 8pm, where he celebrates Sabiduria with his friends and with the Mambo Legends.
Eddie Palmieri is best known for his charismatic power and innovative drive. His musical career spans over 50 years as a bandleader of Salsa and Latin Jazz orchestras. The NEA Jazz Master and honorary Doctor of Music from Berklee College of Music has been awarded 9 Grammy Awards. His recordings have become classics with such hits as"Azucar,” "Muneca,"and "Vamonos Pa'l Monte.” Born in Spanish Harlem in 1936, he spent a year with Tito Rodriguez before forming the legendary Conjunto La Perfecta. Palmieri’s band ranks with Machito, Tito Rodriguez and other leading orchestras of the day.
For tickets call 718-960-8833.
Host Deardra Shuler talks to Charles Bobbit, James Brown friend and manager. Bobbit will talk about his rags to riches story with Deardra. Bobbit also managed Michael Jackson and was the personal advisor to President Omar Bongo of Gabon. Born in 1930, in the back woods of North Carolina, Charles was whisked to Brooklyn, NY by his eldest sister after the loss of his mother to cancer. During his young adult years, he worked as a porter. He later worked for the New York City Transit Authority, laying rails at night. Later he deemed the entertainment industry was an escape from menial labor, although he could neither sing nor dance.
Mr. Bobbit’s first introduction to the realization of his dream was when he first saw Mr. James Brown, “The Godfather of Soul” perform at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, NY. He was awestruck and proclaimed to his wife that he would one day work as Brown’s Personal Manager. Although thwarted originally, by 1965, he won a job as James Brown's valet and later became Brown's friend and manager up to the day Brown died. The book, "Making it Happen," tells Brown and Bobbitt's story. It was Mr Bobbit who gave James Brown the title, “Godfather of Soul.” Bobbit was instrumental in the arrangement of “Say it Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud.” and the musical scores for the movie, “Black Caesar,” starring Fred Williamson. Bobbit met President Omar Bongo of Gabon and worked with Bongo's son cutting a few albums. The family hired Bobbit as their advisor taking Bobbit to heights that he couldn’t even imagine. He later worked with Michael Jackson becoming his friend and confidante.
Host Deardra Shuler invites playwright Greg Kalleres to talk about his play entitled “HONKY.” Through his comic production, Greg brings the issue of race to the forefront to explore the racism embedded within us all, whether in denial or not. Can a pill cure us all? Well we will see what Greg has to say about the play's hypothetical theory. Stay tuned on Sunday, October 27th at 3:00 pm to see if indeed its possible to discuss race and racism, facing issues that are not just black and white.
Greg Kalleres received his BFA from Tisch's Dramatic Writing Program at NYU. His plays have been produced in numerous cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Berkeley, Chicago and Beirut, Lebanon. Greg received the Certificate of Excellence from the Kennedy Center, is a two-time finalist for the Lila Acheson American Playwrights Program at Juilliard and a two-time finalist for Aurora Theatre Company's Global Age Project. His one-act plays have won top honors at the Samuel French Festival, Turnip Festival and Fusion Theatre One Act Play Festival. Greg's work has been published in the New York Times, TDF Stages Magazine, Cracked.com and United Stages' "Best of EATFest" Volumes 3 and 4. He has also been featured in African American newspapers.
His latest play, “WRECKED,” was commissioned by the Three Jennys Theater Company, recently secured $50,000 from the Speranza Foundation Lincoln City Fellowship. In addition to playwriting, Greg has written, produced and won numerous awards for his commercials for ESPN, Nike, Brand Jordan, Budweiser, Google and Twitter. Greg was the lead writer on the award winning "This is SportsCenter" campaign and created ESPN's Monday Night Football campaign: "Is it Monday Yet?" Greg's screenplay, LAST DAY MAN, was optioned by Evamere Entertainment.
Host Deardra Shuler invites Dr. Steven Frierman, a sports psychologist and professor of Health Studies and Kinesiology at Hofstra University to discuss bullying in sports. Dr Frierman was also Sport Psychology Editor of American Football Quarterly. He served on the Panel of Experts which included NFL and Collegiate football coaches and participated in two conferences for AFQ which provided continuing ed credit for high school football coaches. Presently, Dr. Frierman serves on the editorial board of “The Journal of Youth Sport: Youth First, where he is the Sport Psychology Editor.
Dr. Frierman will talk about bullying and mental health issues in professional sports, the psychological aspects of why bullying occurs in major sports leagues, the consequences of bullying occurring at this level, why athletes challenge new players to see if they fit in mentally, why teams have rules to keep things "in house," how teams have worked to stop this by establishing harsh rules, what's slump busting, when the goal is set to win the championship--why that doesn't work, poor team chemistry, performance enhancing substances,
He authored “Commit to be Fit: Now and Forever,” and is currently writing a second book about performance enhancement strategies for sports and exercise.
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.
Host Deardra Shuler talks with writer/producer and director Danielle Earle about her web series Brooklyn Is in Love. Her upcoming LGBT feature film "Lover's Game," starring Crawford M. Collins, Miranda McCauley, and Blaine Pennington is set to be released this fall. Danielle is a Writers Guild of America East member and has been featured in Curve Magazine, Time Out, Village Voice, Go Magazine, and "Spotlight New Jersey." She is currently in production with her latest film "Letters to Frankie." A true life story about Francis (age 16) and Daniel Thomson (20), brothers who were charged with first degree murder. It also highlights the plight of other youthful offenders who oftentimes when unable to pay for a good defense find themselves sitting behind prison walls. The film also feeatures 29 year old Caroline Murphy, a paralegal working for a prestigious Bergen County Law Firm, who after receiving a letter from Daniel and Francis' mother, Mary Melanie, accounting a 12 year old crime involving her two sons charged with first degree murder, decides to investigate the unsolved circumstances surrounding the case.
Danielle Earle is also the owner of PL Entertainment LLC based in New Jersey that specializes in full length features, and documentary films. For further info see: Letters to Frankie Website: www.letterstofrankie.com
Indiegogo Campaign: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/letters-to-frankie-fundraiser
Letters to Frankie Indiegogo Campaign Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2mySUeraMc
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