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TOPIC: "Our Unsung Heroes: Black History Pioneers You May or May Not Know."
Do you know the history and/or contributions of Hannibal, Crispus Attucks, Sojourner Truth, and Matthew Henson? If you don't or these names sound vaguely familiar, you definitely want to check out our show this Sunday, February 22nd at 7:00 pm, EST. Bryckk Wilkes and Special Guest Commentator, Da City will be on hand to discuss these outstanding individuals and so much more! So join us on Sunday evening after Supper as we close out Black History Month with a bang!
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We are restarting our blog-radio show, "Heroes of Katrina." Several years ago, we hosted the show under the generous support of Bonnie Kaye ("Books of Excellence"), who provided support for our efforts.
We are now restarting the show under a thematic of "Ten Years After." What are the heroes written about in the book, "Katrina: A Freight Train Screamin'" doing now? How have their lives changed. What is new and interesting for them?
All these questions are important, as Katrina changed many lives in many ways...As always we provide this show to exhibit a perspective of the resiliency of the human spirit.
As the winds of Katrina blew, lives were changed. People did what they had to do...and their stories reflect the power of human and perseverance and spirit.
What better than ten years later do we explore lives affected and re-equlibrated and re-reflected.
Please join us for an inspirational and reflective discussion on the human spirit as reflected by the changes of lives.
Listen in to the audio of our children's book which is a metaphor of a real life story of love, friendship, perseverance and everlasting bonds. Juba Kali narrates and Denise Thompson stars as Tori the caterpillar/butterfly.
The video entitled, “French Quarter Tori and the Red Owl” is an animation for the first book collaboration between Cary and Gretchen. The (as-of-yet) unreleased DVD also features Allie Moffet as Lebeau, the Corgi, from the Lower 9th Ward, Steven Wilson who holds the role of Kendall, the mighty owl from the Pacific North West, who guides these friends, and Juba Kali who performed magnificently as the narrator. A heartwarming story loved by children and adults…
Our guest, following the audio, will be Ms. Denise Thompson and she will share the tale of her thoughts and feelings on bringing the character of Tori to life. Denise is an accomplished actress, salon owner and hair artist, wonderful mother and all around talented woman with a glowing heart and inspirational philosopher on the beauty of daily life. We have extended invites to Allie, Steven, Juba, and Caroline (The book’s illustrator) to call in and join the conversation. You won't want to miss this show.
Karla and John continue with their interviews of the 2015 class of Urban Heroes with their interview of Pastors George and Sandra Russell. The Russells have been married for 54 years and pastors at Temple of God Church in Washington, PA for 27 years. Today the Russells join our co-hosts to talk about life, marriage, raising children and ministry. During the show, one of their children will call in to talk about her parents and their work. Once you listen, you will know why they were nominated and chosen for the latest class of Urban Heroes.
Mark Lee Greenblatt debuts his book- Valor- Unsung Heroes from Iraq, Afghanistan and the Home Front. Greenblatt shares insightful stories about our heroic veterans from recent wars and calls out our nation's need to support returning solidiers with jobs.
Mark has conducted investigations for the federal government for more than a decade. Over the course of his career, Mark has led investigations into criminal and ethical misconduct by senior officials in the U.S. and foreign governments, homeland security vulnerabilities, Medicare abuses, and tax cheats. During his tenure with the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Mark led the Senate’s investigation into the United Nations’ Oil-for-Food Program. In that role, Mark testified twice before the Senate to present evidence of corrupt deals involving foreign politicians and U.N. officials.
Before his government service, Mark was a litigator at two large international law firms and a law clerk for a Federal District Judge. He received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and was a Senior Managers in Government Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Six months after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans celebrated Mardi Gras. The celebration in 2006 was as lively as ever, but smaller. There were four fewer days, six fewer carnival krewes and every parade had to use the same route......BUT laissez les bons temps rouler.....even history's most devastating natural disaster could not destroy the spirit of our community captured in the background photo of the world's largest and best free party. Join us during the height of the season as we chat about Mardi Gras immediately post-Katrina and then ten years later. Only in NOLA!!! Also, we have Valentines coming up on Saturday of next week...and nothing could be more appropriate than a show integrating Valentines Day with Mardis Gras fanfare.
This evening we have Vince Vance joining Cary and Gretchen the Wonder Girl for a reflective evening of looking at Mardi Gras and Valentines Day. We will be discussing the relationship between the two celebrations and sharing much of Vance's music...Join us for some fun!
This week on Heroes of Katrina: Ten Years After, We are honored and pleased to have Bonnie Kaye come on the show as a host to interview Gretchen and I. Bonnie was the original patron of the Heroes of Katrina show we did several years ago. Without her support, wisdom, advise, and encouragement, the show would likely have never been, nor would be, now.
Cary met Bonnie through her efforts to support literally hundreds of independent authors who faced significant losses in revenue due to the fraudulant practices of Airleaf Publishing. Over the years she has become a close friend to both Cary and Gretchen.
We are excited to have Bonnie on as a host...this show brings us back around to where we started in 2010. So please join us Wednesday evening for a show where Cary and Gretchen give their "Then and Now" account and discuss new and upcoming projects with Bonnie Kaye.
In the first weeks after Katrina, New Orleans and the Gulf Coast lay in ruins. The infrastructure of the entire area had been literally eliminated.
Lily Duke an independent film producer had moved to the New Orleans about 5 weeks prior to Katrina. When the storm came she evacuated to Mobile, AL. From the time of her evacuation she had a calling from destiny and knew she could make a difference.
A couple days after Katrina, she returned to New Orleans but was told by Louisiana State Police border guards, that to be allowed through, she needed documentation that she was a First Responder in some official capacity. Through her military connections, she learned of the Church of Christ and became an official First Responder.
Through her resourcefulness, Lily ended up running a food and supply camp on Algiers Point the Mardi Gras World complex.
Lily has been on the show before and is coming back to give her perspective on the changes since Katrina and the impact her experiences have had on her live since the storm and after.
Please join us for an inspirational 2 hours on Thursday evening, February 5th at 8:00 pm EST, 7:00 pm CST, 6:00 pm MST, and 5:00 pm PST, for what should be an inspirational and amazing show.
Joya Delaney is an international healer and teacher, who for thirty years has traveled the world, helping others to understand who they are, where they came from, and assisting them in understanding themselves and life. Through her life readings, channeling angels, light beings and masters she gives honest and accurate guidance, followed by cleanses and healings that assist the clients to let go and move forward. Joya, a ministers grand daughter, is also a universal minister, reiki master, Yohti master and practices Kundalini Yoga, and for years has practiced many self development disciplines. She has studied under many masters and Shamans and teaches her students to do self realization, meditation, prayers and intuition work. She has been conducting workshops on the East and West coasts in the USA and in Europe to assist in healing problems both personal and in the world, focusing on world peace. Joya's book, titled Joya, the Beverly Hills Shaman, are her memoirs and life journey as a psychic and experieinces of her life as a Shaman. A release date is scheduled for the Spring of 2015. Email. firstname.lastname@example.org. Website www.joyadelaney.net
In Afrikan peoples quest for knowledge of our life experiences, we relish in learning of the names of Afrikan Heroes.We celebrate them joyously! But, what about our Afrikan Sheroes? Who are they? Can we say the names of five of them in a row with knowledge of their life stories? I say no, we cannot and as an educator, the aim of this show is to assist in calling their names and sharing some parts of their life stories. Perhaps this is why we cant get it right in benefitting from the many movements we have iniatiated worldwide. Afrikan people have always been about balance and Afrikan women have always "rode" along with Afrikan men in making changes for our collective survival. Many of us know the names of many Afrikan men who have contributed to our collective "freedom," yet few know the names of the women who supported those men, stood in their stead and made it possible for them to "fight for our freedom!" We call the names of the women who fought against our enslavement, the women of the Ayiti Revolution, the women of the Civil Rights Movement and more. They are all UNsung Sheroes whose names should be remembered and called upon as often as their Afrikan male counterparts.
When the winds of Katrina began to die down, the flood waters began to rise. For St. Bernard Parish, the flooding was nearly absolute. 99% of the structures had been flooded and destroyed. In some places 25 feet of water lapped up upon the rooftops.
St Bernard Parish is the only county in the history of the United States to have been nearly completely destroyed.
As of the census of 2000, there were 67,229 people (an increase of 598 or 0.9% over the previous decade), 25,123 households, and 18,289 families residing in the parish. The population density was 145 people per square mile (56/km²). There were 26,790 housing units at an average density of 58 per square mile (22/km²).
After Katrina, with an entire population reeling from the destruction, many evacuated. Those that remained waited for the waters to subside and began the long process of re-building.
For perspective, as of the census of 2010, there are 35,897 people. The community is still re-building 10 years later.
During the storm, the St Bernard Parish Fire and Sherriff's Department deployed to aid the community as the flood waters rose and remained.
Chief Thomas Stone is our special guest.
Chief Stone recently told us, "So much has occurred with the recovery and rebuilding of our departments, such as building new stations, replacing our apparatus, hiring and training new firefighters. Our departments have been to hell and we’re not back yet. We had a mass departure of senior officers in the years after Katrina, threat of layoffs of firefighters and all the red tape trying to rebuild. We have not even replaced all of our equipment lost through the Public Assistance Project Worksheet program 9 ½ years later".
Please join us for what promises to be a fascinating show about perseverance, reality, hopes, and dreams.
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