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This is a black arts and culture site. We will be exploring the African Diaspora via the writing, performance, both musical and theatrical (film and stage), as well as the visual arts of Africans in the Diaspora and those influenced by these aesthetic forms of expression. I am interested in the political and social ramifications of art on society, specifically movements supported by these artists and their forebearers. It is my claim that the artists are the true revolutionaries, their work honest and filled with raw unedited passion. They are our true heroes. Ashay! Today we open at 9 AM PT with an interview with Thomas Simpson, AfroSolo and artists featured in the 26th Annual showcase. We close with archived interviews with directors and subjests at the Virtual Legacy Film Festival on Aging May 24-31.
We end instead with Ben Vereen (6/12/2012). The file was too large for the program. 5/7 was the original broadcast date for Legacy Film Festival.
Imagine if your father took you at three years-old, kidnapped you and then told you your mother was dead. Then, once taken to another part of the country, your father basically abandons you and leaves you to be raised in several different foster homes and orphanages. This is what happened to today's special guest, Ed Hajim, well before Google, Social media and all the ways we now track down folks. Ed was left in poverty, abandoned and feeling incredibly lonely.
When Ed was sixty-years-old, with the help of an old suitcase, he found letters indicating that his mother was very much alive. He was angry with his then late father for being so selfish and taken Ed from his own mother. Learning his mother was alive, who he hadn’t seen since he was three-years-old, 57-years-later, everything Ed knew went upside down. And his sense of trust questioned. He had to think, does he reach out to his mother, would she want to see him or reject him?
Ed explains his incredible story of resilience, discipline and using his inner voice to navigate his life -which is a true rags-to-riches American story - in his just released inspiring and riveting memoir, On the Road Less Traveled: An Unlikely Journey from the Orphanage to the Boardroom.
Despite his difficult early years, Ed learned to survive, to keep himself strong and focused. And step by step, he turned his life around, eventually living the American dream with the help of a NROTC college scholarship, got himself through the University of Rochester and then attended Harvard Business School. Became a Wall Street executive, a business tycoon of the highest order. In 2008, after 20 years as a trustee of the University of Rochester, Hajim became chairman of its board and gave the school $30 million to support scholarships and endow the Edmund A. Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences - the largest single donation in its history.
IT'S THE SEASON FINALE FOR THE SATURDAY SPOTLIGHT, FOR THE FINAL SHOW WE TALK TO AUTHOR BILLY BEDFORD THEE LITERARY OUTLAW
Author Discussing the Lucy Mason Series Letrise Carter holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s degree in Financials Management & Accounting. Letrise works in corporate America by day as a Fund Manager while building her small business as CEO of Sistah’s Place & Sistah’s Creative Media. Letrise is a writer, podcaster, and magazine editor, and media manager. She published her first novella in 2017 titled Deceitful Secrets. After a 2-year break to focus on her health, Letrise published her first short story series Lucy Mason series with the first release Lucy’s Worth. Letrise resides in the suburbs outside of Chicago with her daughter. Website: www.letrisecarter.com
Summary of the Lucy Mason Series Lucy Mason will go on a journey in a 3-part short story series to discover her self-worth, finding her faith, and learning how to forgive and open up her heart to true love. She starts at the age of 16 years old and will go through growing pains along her journey to finding who she is as a young black woman.
Lucy Mason: Lucy's Worth, Part 1
Lucy’s Worth is part one of a young woman's desperate journey to find herself while trying to make it on her own. Faced with her first true relationship, Lucy's long battle with low self-esteem will cause her to fall down a path with a dangerous man. Will Lucy be able to escape the trap that's been set for her? She's going to have to make the most important decision of her life -- because her life depends on it!
Purchase Lucy's Worth by Letrise T Carter https://www.amazon.com/Lucys-Worth-Letrise-T-Carter/dp/B094H23872
On Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 4pm Eastern time host Barbara Ehrentreu welcoomes Sreekala P. Vijayan and Vandana Sudheesh to the show. Both of these women host a video show seen on YouTube and Motivational Strips called: "The Mighty Quills of MS. " I am excited to speak with them, because they both interviewed me on their show and they were so gracious, so I thought I would return the favor and learn more about them. Both women have a book of poems published. Soul in Whole by Sreekala P. Vijayan is available on Amazon. The Humble Wrath by Vandana Sudheesh is also available on Amazon. My other guest is a well known figure on Books and Entertainment Network with her two shows on the air for years. She is Dellani Oakes and she will be the first host I am showcasing. I am hoping to invite all of the hosts of Books and Entertainment to come and say a few words and let you know more about them. Dellani has been on this show numberous times but I have learned there is always something new you can learn about someone. I am sure you will love these guests as much as I do. Plan to tune in if you can or listen later in archives to this amazing show. Listeners may call in with quesitons if they are serioous. There is a no tolerance policy for joking.
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The Pat Conroy Literary Center and the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network proudly present executive director Jonathan Haupt in conversation with novelist De'Shawn Charles Winslow, author of In West Mills, winner of the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction (2021), an American Book Award (2020), and the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize (2019).
"In West Mills is remarkable in its ability to create a fully realized world, the kind that feels like you must have visited before, a place where you'd happily spend all your time.... Winslow's writing is full of compassion and wit and generosity; he skillfully weaves together a story of the power of love and friendship, and their ability to redeem even the most troubled souls. This is the kind of book that leaves you smiling, with faith in humanity, and in art's ability to be gracious and redemptive."--Nylon "Winslow’s stellar debut follows the residents of a black neighborhood in a tiny North Carolina town over the course of several decades . . . Winslow has a finely tuned ear for the way the people of this small town talk, and his unpretentiously poetic prose goes down like a cool drink of water on a hot day."--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
GUEST: De’Shawn Charles Winslow was born and raised in Elizabeth City, NC. He holds an MFA and BFA in creative writing, and an MA in English literature. De'Shawn has received scholarships from the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He lives in the New York.
HOST: Jonathan Haupt is the executive director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center and co-editor of Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy.
Welcome to the Soul Asylum- Delving into a Moment with CAL, Essame Chiba & AP Taylor...Where poetry has a voice Quote :"FOREVER IS COMPOSED OF NOWS" ~ Emily Dickinson Join CAL for poetry recitals and discussions, intertwined with intellectual consciousness and live caller interaction. It is really what separates those who are truly active with a voice from those who are actively voiceless. Connecting the world finding solutions for changing a BeAT World. Open your heart and express your truth.
Bill welcomes screenwriter, director, and actor Blake Robbins to the show. Blake is an award winning director, writer, and actor. His feature film writing and directing debut THE SUBLIME AND BEAUTIFUL world premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival to rave reviews and went on to win 8 Grand Jury Awards at film festivals around the globe. His follow up film THE SCENT OF RAIN AND LIGHTNING (100% Rotten Tomatoes score) world-premiered at the Atlanta Film Festival as the opening night film and won 9 Grand Jury Awards on the festival circuit prior to a theatrical release. As an actor Blake's known for performances such as Dave Brass on the critically acclaimed HBO series OZ, Tom Halpert on NBC’s hit comedy THE OFFICE, for the cult hit FIREFLY from creator Joss Whedon, for playing Mitch Glender on FX’s SONS OF ANARCHY, and for appearing opposite Sean Bean on the TNT series LEGENDS. Among his more than 35 film appearances are WIND RIVER, the MARTYRS remake , THE UGLY TRUTH opposite Gerard Butler, as well as the cult hit RUBBER, in which he starred opposite a KILLER TIRE named Robert.
Chris (C.C.) Humphreys has played Hamlet in Calgary, a gladiator in Tunisia, and a dead immortal in Highlander; he’s waltzed in London’s West End, conned the landlord of the Rovers Return in Coronation Street, commanded a starfleet in Andromeda, and voiced Salem the cat in the original Sabrina. A playwright, his plays have been produced in Calgary, Vancouver and London. He has published 20 novels including The French Executioner, The Jack Absolute Trilogy; Vlad – The Last Confession; A Place Called Armageddon; and Shakespeare’s Rebel. His novel Plague won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel in Canada in 2015. He is now writing epic fantasy with the Immortals’ Blood Trilogy, for Gollancz; the first book, Smoke in the Glass, was published in 2019. Book Two: The Coming of the Dark has now been published in the UK and Canada. He has just published The Tapestry Trilogy set around - and through - the fabulous medieval Unicorn Tapestries in New York's Cloisters museum. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. He wears a unicorn signet ring and always wondered why. The Hunt of the Unicorn begins to answer that question. You can learn more at his website: http://www.authorchrishumphreys.com/
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