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THIS WEEK’S GUEST!

One Woman’s Triumph: Courage Empowerment Forum Welcomes Sexual Assault Advocate and Author Sophia A. Strother

FEATURING THE MUSIC OF VARIOUS ARTISTS

“By the age of sixteen I felt like a washed up rag. I felt like – what else!” Those are the words of Sophia A. Strother quoted from her book Sophia I’m Back! Her young life was not only hard, it was tragic, having to suffer indescribable torment by a sexually abusive father and subsequent rapes by three men. She later became pregnant at 15 but not withstanding other struggles. Sophia’s life appeared to be wrecked and ruined but through her faith, it never succumbed to that devastation.

Now she is the founder of Empowerment Driven by Knowledge Coalition, an organization whose mission is to empower others to survive and overcome. Sophia is also the CEO of Trustworthy Consulting. An inspirational and motivational speaker and consultant, Sophia works alongside Martin Luther King III and many other well known names for the embetterment of people through community based programs and events.

Tune in Tuesday, July 19th at 9 PM Eastern, 6pm Pacific to www.party934.com, 94.9 FM Hudson Valley, NY to hear sexual assault advocate and author of Sophia I’m Back! Sophia A. Strother, and learn more about her amazing journey from survivor to thriver.

Visit Sophia’s site at www.trustworthyconsult.com.

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The Danger of Those with a History of Violence: Courage Empowerment Forum Welcomes Executive Director of the National Domestic Violence Registry Myra Spearman

FEATURING THE MUSIC OF ELIANE AMHERD

Myra Spearman was in her early 20′s when she first got married. Like countless women and men around the country, what began as a fairy tale marriage turned into years of a nightmare filled with real abuse, terror and victimization. The relief Myra felt after breaking free from a relationship of abuse was a turning point as she embarked on a mission to save the lives of domestic violence victims and offer them hope. Her activism eventually led to the launching of the first ever National Domestic Violence Registry (NDVR). Now, Myra and a team of people across the country have created a movement to comprehensively tackle the domestic violence epidemic around the United States and work with legislatures and activists to draw the connection to those with a history of violence in their past through the efforts of NDVR.

In 2009, Myra also won the Gerald I. Lamkin Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center’s Award from the Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana for her creation of NDVR and holds a lifetime membership with the Society of Innovators.

Tune in Tuesday, July 12th at 9 PM Eastern, 6pm Pacific to www.party934.com, 94.9 FM Hudson Valley, NY to hear domestic violence activist Myra Spearman and learn more about the need for the comprehensive approach of NDVR toward the issue of domestic violence.

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Eliane is one of the hottest forces of the New York City Jazz, Brazilian and Latin scene. The Swiss-born singer, guitarist and songwriter graduated from New York’s New School University for Jazz and Contemporary Music in 2000. Since then her original music and lyrics, a groovy mix of all her influences, has been creating quite a buzz.

Besides her performances as a leader or a featured artist in New York’s most famous clubs, like the Blue Note, Joe’s Pub, the Jazz Standard, Cornelia’s Street Cafe, Nuyorican Poets Cafe and major events like the Swiss Peak Festival, the reopening of the Silverstein Building at the World Trade Center (alongside Lou Reed, Susan Vega, and the Brazilian Girls), she also tours in North- and South America, Canada, Europe and Asia, where she performed at the Beijing Jazz Festival in China and the Giant Steppes of Jazz Festival in Mongolia.

Eliane worked with greats such as Randy Brecker, Marcus Strickland, Marc Ribot, Michael Carvin, Bill Ware, Jovino Santos Neto etc. She plays guitar in the Pacha Massive video “don’t let go” on MTV, her song “as If” can be heard in the award winning movie “Approaching Union Square” by filmmaker Marc Meyers and her voice is featured on Jeremy Mage’s song “Slippery Light” appearing on the NBC hit TV series “Lipstick Jungle”. Eliane also arranged and produced the Swiss Miss Sampler ÒheimwehÓ, featuring famous Swiss artists like Eliana Burki, Nubya, Gigi Moto, Mia Aegerter etc. This recording has earned her many great press reviews, several interviews on Swiss national radio stations and an appearance on the popular Swiss talk show “Aeschbacher”.

Her own band consists of the best musicians the city has to offer, like the two female bass players Jennifer Vincent and Hagar Ben Ari, bass player Gustavo Amarante and the drummers Willard Dyson and Abou Diarrassouba. Other accomplished musicians you can catch on stage with Eliane are: drummers or percussionists Ze Mauricio, Genji Siriasi, Sylvia Cuenca, bass players Ray Parker, Yoshi Waki, Itaiguara, pianists Rachel Z, Helen Sung, Chris Wiesendanger and many others. ElianePerforms.com

For more information about Eliane, visit www.elianeperforms.com.

The Role of Perception and Women: Courage Empowerment Forum Welcomes Author, Educator and Musical Artist Russel Blake

Media plays a major role in the way people are perceived, especially Black Women. But long before modern media, the perception of Black Women, according to Russel Blake, has been “the long-standing root of our barometer of existence, and at the very least the heart of any discussion of constructive engagement for us to survive as a people.”

Russel Blake, Educator/Professional Musician/Concert
Soloist/Music Producer and now Author of Proverbs 31: The Virtuous Black Woman, addresses the value of Black Women in poetic pros, expressing the respect and dignity that men should have for Black Women and all women.

Russel is also a highly accomplished jazz soloist, having performed with Masakela, Cybil Shepherd, Chaka Khan, Harry Belafonte, El Gran Combo, Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee, and many more. His latest musical work and CD is Fierce Solitude.

“Among his highest achievements was his appointment by the U.S. State Department to perform as an Ambassador of Goodwill to Eight West African Nation’s, and was also contracted by the U.S. Department of Defense to lecture on the symbiotic nature of Science and Music for DARPA’s (Defense Advanced Research Agency) Conference.” Additionally, Russel is a speaker of the reknown Smiley Group, Inc.

For more information about Russel, visit www.russelblake.net.

Tune in Tuesday, June 28th at 9 PM Eastern, 6pm Pacific to www.party934.com, 94.9 FM Hudson Valley, NY to hear this amazing pro-woman, spiritual author, educator, and jazz bassist Russel Blake.

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We will be featuring the music of Russel Blake during the hour broadcast!

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A Voice for the Innocent: Courage Empowerment Forum Welcomes True Crime Author and Crime Novelist Diane Fanning

For some of us, the inspiration to do something comes from a motivation of a role model. In the case of Diane Fanning, a frightening and near abduction of herself at the age of 9 set a “lifelong interest in the psychology of the criminal mind.”

A winner of the University of Illinois’s Defenders of the Innocent Award for her book about a Texas serial killer that helped exonerate Julie Rea of Lawrenceville, Diane has become a highly accomplished and well respected crime author. The author of over a dozen books, Diane continues to draw readers not only interested in mystery and crime, but readers in search for real justice.

Her latest book MOMMY’S LITTLE GIRL recounts the life and death of 2 year old Caylee Anthony. It’s available at all online and local book retailers.  Diane has recently been featured on TruTv, Justice with Judge Jeanine Pirro, The Joy Behar Show, and several talk radio shows around the country covering the Casey Anthony Trial.

For more information on Diane and her books, please visit her website: www.dianefanning.com  Diane’s personal coverage of the Casey Anthony trial can be seen each day on her blog Writing is a Crime.

Tune in Tuesday, June 21st at 9 PM Eastern, 6pm Pacific to www.party934.com, 94.9 FM Hudson Valley, NY to hear award-winning crime author Diane Fanning.

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Knowing No Limits: Courage Empowerment Forum Welcomes Award-Winning A Capella Vocal Band Duwende

Host Lyn Twyman is pleased to feature award-winning vocal band Duwende. The dynamic power and versatility of the human voice is demonstrated by this renown six-person a capella group comprised of J. Aaron Boykin, Derrick L. Hicks, Abbey Janes, Neal Mortimer, Edward Chung, and Ari Picker. Duwende “Whips up a crowd with their exuberant funk-pop tunes… but all six musicians perform empty-handed. Duwende is a band foremost and an a cappella show second. Their bubbly funk and hip-hop-fueled tunes draw fans more for their refreshing, expansive sound than their novelty,” according to The Boston Globe.

Their album Collective won the “2008 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards for Best Pop/Rock Album and Best Original Song”. Now Duwende has embarked on a new journey that’s well on it’s way to becoming another hit, their newly released Michael Jackson Tribute album.

Tune in Tuesday, June 14th at 9 PM Eastern, 6pm Pacific to www.party934.com, 94.9 FM Hudson Valley, NY to hear the amazing vocals of Duwende.

Visit www.duwende.com.

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We will be featuring the music of Duwende during the hour, our featured musical guests!

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The Queen of Jazzipino: Courage Empowerment Forum Welcomes Charmaine Clamor

Charmaine Clamore is “celebrated by The New York Times as “a gifted vocalist” and by The Los Angeles Times as “one of the important and original new jazz singers of the decade,””. She is a riveting performer who not only captivates audiences with her sound, but also with a style that is unique, sophisticated and fun.

Charmaine is a musical pioneer, fusing Filipino music with the Jazz style, creating a blend that is soulful and a celebration of two cultures. She began her career at the tender age of 3 entertaining passengers on the bus traveling to Manila, and she’s been going ever since. From award winning and topping on the Jazz Week World Music Top-20 with three consecutive albums, Charmaine is a vibrant, unstoppable musical force.

Charmaine is also an activist. She won the V-Day “Vagina Warrior” Award for Championing Women’s Rights from the National Federation of Filipino American Associations.

Tune in Tuesday, June 7th at 9 PM Eastern, 6pm Pacific to www.party934.com, 94.9 FM Hudson Valley, NY to hear Charmaine Clamor, the Queen of Jazzipino.

Visit www.charmaineclamor.com.

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“…but can she play?”: Courage Empowerment Forum Welcomes Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn

Jazz music was created in the early 20th Century, originating in Southern African American communities. As a male dominated genre that has delighted the hearts of billions throughout the world, it may leave you also wondering ‘…but where are the women?’. Janice Rhosalle Littlejohn explores this concept in her up and coming documentary called “…but can she play?”, Janice, an award-winning columnist, highlights the careers of at least 10, successful female horn players in the jazz world. Each of these women have a story to tell about not only their art, but how they are received by audiences around the world.

Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn has had a diverse career as a journalist covering all facets of entertainment, arts, politics, community news and issues related to women, African Americans and the African Diaspora. She spent 12 years as a freelance writer and worked as a columnist for the Associated Press. She’s received numerous awards including a commendation from the National Association of Black Journalists. She is also co-authoring a book for Simon & Schuster and developing a limited series.

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We will be playing some of the music from the talented artists of “…but can she play?”

Hailey Niswanger – Film’s featured performer, alto saxophonist , performing the title track to her debut, self-released CD Confeddie. www.haileyniswanger.com

Claire Daly – Baritone saxophonist ‘s The Small But Evil Man, from her CD Heaven Help  All on her Daly Bread Records

label.” www.clairedalymusic.com.

The late Melba Liston (3/ 3/1926 – 8/3/2008) – Trombonist and composer with her tune Zagred from Melba and Her Bones.

Tune in Tuesday, May 24th at 9 PM Eastern, 6pm Pacific to www.party934.com, 94.9 FM Hudson Valley, NY to hear Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn, director of “…but can she play?”, because “jazz is not a gender; it’s a groove”.

Visit …But Can She Play? https://www.facebook.com/butcansheplay.

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Modern Day Slavery: Courage Empowerment Forum Welcomes Rob Morris, Co-founder and President of Love146

It is estimated that human trafficking generates about $32 billion a year. The number of child victims of trafficking and exploitation throughout the world are too much to fathom, with 2 children being sold every minute.

In 2002, Rob Morris and a host of others founded Love146, an organization dedicated to ending the trafficking and sexual exploitation of children through prevention and aftercare programs.

Rob went undercover to a Southeast Asia brothel, a visit that revealed the cruelty and dangers young girls face in human trafficking. This experience changed Rob and his colleagues, compelling them onto a crusade to help children around the world subjected by this dark side of humanity.

Love146 as an organization has been named an “Agent of Change” by GQ Magazine. They also received a Myspace Impact Award for Social Justice.

Tune in Tuesday, May 17th at 9 PM Eastern, 6pm Pacific to www.party934.com, 94.9 FM Hudson Valley, NY to hear Rob Morris, co-founder and president of Love146 as we talk about modern day slavery.

Visit Love146′s site www.love146.org.

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Addressing Diversity with Children: Courage Empowerment Forum Welcomes Kim Wayans, Actress, Producer, Director, and Author of the Amy Hodgepodge Children’s Series

Kim Wayans has made millions laugh throughout the years with her colorful and hilarious characters, from the gossiping Ms. Benita Butrell, to celebrity impersonations like Grace Jones. She has acted in dozens of TV series like the all time favorite In Living Color and in major motion pictures such as Juwanna Mann and Dance Flick. Her one-woman autobiographical stage play A Handsome Woman Retreats has been inspiring audiences throughout the country. She also has a role in the new independent film Pariah.

Aside from acting, Kim has also authored a children series titled Amy Hodgepodge, co-written with her husband Kevin Knotts, a delightful series about multi-racial fourth grader Amy Hodges who leaves homeschooling to attend regular school. This series takes a modern look at our racially diverse generation through the eyes of the main character Amy who is Caucasian, African American and Asian.

Tune in Tuesday, May 10th at 9 PM Eastern, 6pm Pacific to www.party934.com, 94.9 FM Hudson Valley, NY to hear Kim Wayans, actress, producer, director and author, as we discuss her acting career and the importance of children understanding diversity.

Visit Kim’s websites at www.kimwayans.com , www.ahandsomewomanretreats.com and www.amyhodgepodge.com .

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Tearing Down the Walls: Courage Empowerment Forum Welcomes Daniel Beaty, Actor, Singer, Song Writer, Composer and Obie Award-Winner

Daniel Beaty is a riveting spoken word artist, actor and Obie award-winner. His plays are emotional and thought provoking, typically ending with a message of hope. Known for his rich characters depicting the dynamics of African American life and culture through performances such as Knock Knock and Run Black Man Run, he has brought laughter and tears to diverse audiences.

His 43 character performance Emergency and 6 black male character play Through the Night have amazed audiences and drawn “Artistic Ambassadors” such as Bill Cosby, Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., Hill Harper, Phylicia Rashad and Malik Yoba, just to name a few, in support of this vibrant, animated actor.

Now Daniel is premiering in New York his new musical production Tearing Down the Walls . He is not only the Writer and Director but Co-Composer along with Oscar and Grammy nominated songwriting team Jamal Joseph and Charles Mack. This play “infused with soulful music, impassioned spoken word and laugh-out-loud humor …tells the story of the residents of a tight-knit Harlem community upended and pushed to the limit by life’s challenges, but who find hope in the most unusual places.”

While speaking before an audience, Daniel once said “If you will continue to listen, I will continue to tell these stories,” and Courage Empowerment Forum is listening! Tune in Tuesday, May 3rd at 9 PM Eastern, 6pm Pacific to www.party934.com, 94.9 FM Hudson Valley, NY to hear Daniel Beaty, award winning actor, singer, writer and composer.

Visit Daniel’s website at www.danielbeaty.com.

Special Guest Daniel Beaty

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Sports, Family, Faith and Fitness: Courage Empowerment Forum Welcomes Kimberli Russell of VH1′s Basketball Wives, Wife of Retired NBA Player Bryon Russell, Owner of Faith N Fitness, Board Member of the Non-profit WOVA

Kimberli Russell is an amazing woman.  She is the wife of now retired NBA player Bryon Russell and a mother to 3 lovely children. She placed her career goals aside to be a stay-at-home mom and to support one of the greatest shooting guards ever in the NBA. Now she is a cast member of VH1′s Basketball Wives, Season 2, with executive producer Shaunie O’ Neal.

But the dynamics of Kimberli doesn’t stop there! This educated, bright, spirited woman believes in empowerment. As a philanthropist she gives back to children and women affected by abuse. As a board member of Women of Vision Alliance (WOVA), founded by Bernadette Holder, she is furthering the empowerment of women and helping to strengthen their vision and she also hosts a program call WOVA Cafe on Blogtalk Radio.  Additionally, healthy living is a major part of her life and she is helping others achieve that as the Owner of Faith N Fitness: Mind, Body and Soul as a life and fitness coach.

Tune in Tuesday, April 26th at 9 PM Eastern, 6pm Pacific to www.party934.com, 94.9 FM Hudson Valley, NY to hear Kimberli Russell of VH1′s Basketball Wives and Owner of Faith N Fitness for this broadcast of inspiration.

Visit Kimberli’s website at www.kimberlirussell.com.

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The Impact of Domestic Violence and HIV/AIDS: Courage Empowerment Forum Welcomes Donna Savage, Author of The Blood and Tears of Domestic Violence, Executive Director of Domestic Violence and AIDS Mission of New Jersey

At the age of 16, Donna Savage left home and got married with the hopes of a better life. She did not imagine that her new husband would become her abuser for nearly twenty years. At the near end of her divorce, she was urged by her lawyer to write about her experiences in what became her first book titledThe Blood and Tears of Domestic Violence: A Survivor’s Revelation. Writing her debut book proved to be a struggle as she unraveled flooded memories of years of violence. It was until a tragedy that occured in the life of a friend that jolted Donna to move past the pain and forced her memoir’s completion.

Donna is also the founder of The Domestic Violence and AIDS Mission of New Jersey, a faith based organization serving those affected by domestic violence and AIDS. It’s also the home of the first abusers helpline called the National 24 Hour Abuser Hotline.

Tune in Tuesday, April 19th at 9 PM Eastern, 6pm Pacific to www.party934.com, 94.9 FM Hudson Valley, NY to hear Donna Savage, author and founder of The Domestic Violence and AIDS Mission of New Jersey for this enlightening program about abuse and healing.

Visit Donna’s websites at www.donnasavagepublishing.com and www.dvamnj.org.

Gerard M. Williams, Gospel Vocalist

Gerard M. Williams is a multi-talented gospel vocalist and guitarist. He has a strong, mature voice that truly compliments the message he spreads of love and hope in his spirited gospel tracks. What you hear on his album is what you get in live performances, a truly passionate and gifted artist. His sound will not let you down; his poetic lines are inspiring and uplifting. He is destined be one of the next great gospel performers, ‘I don’t want to wait on someone else to do it for me…I have a purpose to get my music out and the faith that it will happen….Music is my ministry, and to spread it is what I am commissioned to do.”

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Bio

Gerard M Williams has established a strong local following in the Triangle region of North Carolina, and his following is expanding rapidly across the country via access to the internet…

Singing since the age of 4 Gerard knew that his roots would be in gospel music, the music of TRUTH. Growing up in the city of Durham, North Carolina, home of two of the biggest names in gospel music, Shirley Caesar and John P. Kee; Gerard knew he had big footsteps to follow. Likewise, he knew he had wonderful examples to pattern himself after in all aspects of the gospel music industry from song selection to performance, from writing to publishing, from studying to living the life he sings about. Now he is ready to share all that he has learned with the masses. …

Lastly as a member of his high schools honor chorus, Spartan Song, Gerard was afforded the opportunity to sing for the US Secretary of State on national television. Following high school, Gerard was accepted into the coveted Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. After enrolling at Berklee he became a part of an auditioned Gospel group called “Overjoyed.” With Overjoyed, he traveled to and performed in Switzerland. One of his highest achievements while at Berklee was being a part of the biggest vocal show that Berklee has to offer in which he was selected 1 of 8 performers in a show that well over 100 vocalists had auditioned for.

In addition to all of his scholastic musical endeavors, Gerard always remained close to his gospel roots in his home church and choir. As a result had the opportunity to tour with his church choir throughout England including, London and Durham. These events and his season of preparation eventually lead to Williams having the opportunity to sing background with such gospel greats as Tremaine Hawkins, and Dennis Montgomery. Gerard has had the opportunity to minister to literally thousands as a member of the Shirley Caesar Outreach Ministries Conference choir as well as being showcased in the nightly services more recently he has been showcased at the singers and musicians conference hosted by Dr. Dorinda Clark Cole of the Legendary Clark Sisters. He has had also had the opportunity to be showcased at the Gospel Music Workshop of America.

Working on his debut release consisting of Gospel, Inspirational and Soul tracks, Gerard hopes he will capture a new audience that will have the opportunity to experience the soul stirring voice that many of his other loyal listeners have become accustomed with. Writing songs since the age of 12 Gerard has been focused on writing conscious music that listeners will be able to embrace. Songs like “So Glad” ,Hurting People and “Walk Out Of The Rain” evoke feelings of hope and determination and the calming worship rendition of “Blessed Be the Lord” show many sides of diversity in Gerard’s music, which speaks of Hope, eternal salvation, and Love  With his eyes poised on a lasting recording career, the formal training to go forth, complete submission to the will of GOD and the drive and goal to succeed, Gerard M Williams is sure to become a name that will be synonymous with gospel music for years to come. You can read Gerard’s full bio by visiting his www.gerardmwilliams.com.

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A Look at the African American Family: Courage Empowerment Forum Welcomes Christelyn Karazin, Founder of No Wedding No Womb!

On September 22, 2010 an online campaign, that included approximately 100 bloggers from all walks of life, was officially launched by Christelyn Karazin to address the issue that spurred waves of heated discussion. This conversation reached local and main stream media outlets including the Los Angeles Sentinel, Power 98, NPR, Essence, The Associated Press, The Washington Post, and MSNBC in 90 days. The Twitter hashtag #NWNW was tweeted over 100,000 times because of it. What was the conversation about? It was about the out-of-wedlock birth rate that is at an approximate 73% high in the African American community.

Why is this issue so important, especially to Christelyn and the thousands that have joined the movement? In Christelyn’s case, her first child was born out-of-wedlock so she understands the struggles that single parents face who have children unplanned and when the other parent isn’t active in the child’s life.

Tune in Tuesday, April 12th at 9 PM Eastern, 6pm Pacific to www.party934.com, 94.9 FM Hudson Valley, NY to hear Christelyn Karazin, journalist, interracial dating expert, and founder of No Wedding No Womb! as we discuss the future of African American families and solutions to a growing population of young people raising children outside of marriage.

Visit No Wedding No Womb!’s website at www.noweddingnowomb.com

Featured Music

We will play the NO WEDDING NO WOMB! anthem and various music throughout the hour.

Yes, No Wedding No Womb! has an anthem and we’ll playing that at the half hour of the program. The lyrics were written by Lorriane Spencer, a talented independent song writer known for penning an autism anthem titled You Surround The Mystery. The music was produced by the reknown Brian Alexander Morgan who has also produced recordings for SWV, Nicole Wray, Martha Wash, Usher, Mariah Carey, JoJo, and more.

No Wedding No Womb! song credits

Writer: Lorriane Spencer
Music Producer: Brian Alexander Morgan
Executive Producer: N. Maurice Williams
Vocal Producer: Leland Sharp
Performed by: Kyndra Pruitt

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Courage Empowerment Forum Welcomes 1in6.org – Info, Options, Hope

Research shows that approximately “1 in 6 men have experienced unwanted or abusive sexual experiences before age 16”. Out of these numbers are men who suffer in silence, in a world that is just learning how to cope with the stigmas surrounding male survivors of sexual abuse. Would you know what to do, how to react, if a man or young male you care for confessed to being sexually assaulted or victimized? 1 in 6 is an organization that is providing resources, support and understanding for this issue. They are also shedding light on the myths that permeates society and often keeps males survivors suffering in shame and in the darkness. With a motto of “INFO, OPTIONS, HOPE”, 1 in 6 is responding to the needs of these men and those that care about them.Tune in Tuesday, April 5th at 9 PM Eastern, 6pm Pacific to www.party934.com, 94.9 FM Hudson Valley, NY to hear Steve, executive director of 1in6.org and learn more about the help for male survivors and all survivors of sexual assault.

Visit 1in6.org’s website at http://www.1in6.org

CHARLEY LANGER, Intelligent Smooth Jazz, Saxaphonist

Courage Empowerment Forum is pleased to feature the music of Charley Langer! Charley’s music has been branded as “Intelligent Smooth Jazz”. His music is carefully crafted and takes the listener to places they’ve never gone before. Charley has a unique style that is truly recognizable as his own. He brings an undeniable gift of saxaphone playing to audiences around the country and a band of talented performers on every track. He is also receiving national air play on the Weather Channel.

Bio

A classically-trained saxophonist, Charley developed his technique under such masters of the instrument as Vincent Gnojek, Douglas Masek, and Laura Hunter. His experience includes numerous live venues, television, and radio; as well as performances with notables Morton Gould, John Adams, Zita Carno, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, and others.

During a temporary relocation to Hawaii, Charley worked as a sideman for local entertainers, including island chart-topper Jon Basebase (“Suddenly”), the Bobby King Royal Combo, and the Willie Barton Orchestra. More recently, he has played and/or recorded with contemporary Christian artists Annie Herring, Julie Meyer, Chris DuPre, Pablo Perez, and Gregg Stone.

After having been a contributing performer on numerous independent recordings, Charley has released his debut solo CD, Never the Same. To help perfect this mixture of jazz and rock, Charley enlisted drummer/producer Ron Wikso, who has shared the stage with numerous rock legends. Another prominent musician on the album is guitarist Kurt Griffey who, like Wikso, boasts an impressive resume of rock gigs and adds a unique flavor to Charley’s songs that make this album stand out. Never The Same features world-class bassist Alphonso Johnson (Weather Report), keyboardist Wally Minko (Jean Luc Ponty), and percussionist Michito Sanchez (Joe Sample). The title cut is currently receiving daily nationwide airplay on The Weather Channel.

Although Charley’s current musical focus is on recording and composition, he still makes time to perform with the award-winning Sacramento band, Steelin’ Dan, and other local projects.

Visit www.charleylanger.com .

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When the Law Fails to Serve and Protect:  Courage Empowerment Forum Welcomes Author Rosa Torres

What happens when the one you vow to love betrays  you through abuse?  What would you do if you go to seek the help of law enforcement, only to find out there is no help because the one you love is law enforcement?  Rosa Torres was faced with those decisions when she met a man over 20 years ago that became her husband who was  a police officer. Their relationship with violence resulted in her receiving severe, physical battering.  Rosa found herself facing a system that became numb to her cries for help.  Rosa’s retelling of years living with domestic violence in her memoir Abuse Hidden Behind the Badge is a message of “self-affirmation and love of one’s self-worth” and a “remarkable reminder that hope is the entity that will prevail in life’s darkest moments,” according to Anthony P. Johnson, Philadelphia political candidate.

Tune in Tuesday, March 29th at 9 PM Eastern, 6pm Pacific to www.party934.com, 94.9 FM Hudson Valley, NY to hear Rosa Torres, author of Abuse Hidden Behind the Badge and learn more about her heroing story.  We will also play various music selections throughout the hour.

Visit Author Rosa Torres’s website at http://torrespublishing.com

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Courage Empowerment Forum Celebrates International Women’s Month and the National Council for Research on Women

March is International Women’s Month! Our special guest for the March 22nd broadcast is Shyama Venkateswar, Director of Research and Programs for the National Council for Research on Women (NCRW).   We’ll discuss the work of NCRW and the perils women around the world are facing.  Economic struggles, education and health care are topics we will explore as we seek answers on how to improve the lives of women and girls.

Tune in Tuesday, March 22th at 9 PM Eastern, 6pm Pacific to www.party934.com, 94.9 FM Hudson Valley, NY to listen to Shyama Venkateswar of NCRW.  We will also broadcast special selections of international music from women recording artists around the world.

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About Shyama Venkateswar and NCRW

Shyama Venkateswar, PhD, Director of Research and Programs brings a strong background in international programming, particularly in the areas of poverty reduction and economic sustainability. At the Council, she provides vision and strategic direction as well as helping to develop research and policy agendas.

Shyama was awarded the Harry Frank Guggenheim Fellowship for her research and dissertation work on religious nationalism in India. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science at Columbia University and is a graduate of Smith College.

The National Council for Research on Women (NCRW) is a network of 120 leading research, policy and advocacy centers dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls.  We provide the latest news, analysis and strategies needed to ensure fully informed debates, effective policies and inclusive practices.  In partnership with business, academic, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, we advance collaborative and transformative change, both nationally and globally.

Visit NCRW’s site at www.ncrw.org

The Journey of an Artist: Courage Empowerment Forum Welcomes Jazz Vocalist Douye

Douye, one of the newest jazz vocalists in the industry, is delighting the ears of fans across the world.  Nigerian born and now Los Angeles based, she has cultivated a sound that is smooth and sultry, like that of Sade but completely all her own.

Douye is also a woman who understands and believes in empowerment.  One of her ultimate goals was to become a recording artist.  She landed the opportunity to work with Terry Shaddick, the renown music producer who co-wrote Olivia Newton John’s smash hit Physical. Now Douye’s newly released CD Journey is reaching audiences throughout the world with her gift of song and poetry.  She’s also in the studio sizzling up some hot new tracks for fans.

Tune in Tuesday, March 15th at 9 PM Eastern, 6pm Pacific to www.party934.com, 94.9 FM Hudson Valley, NY to listen to Douye, hear her fabulous music and learn about her personal journey.

Visit Douye’s site at www.douyetheartist.com

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Gang Life and Teenage Killings

It is estimated that more than one in 100 adults in the United States is in jail or prison. On the March 8th broadcast of Lyn Twyman’s Courage Empowerment Forum, our featured guest will be Pastor Princeton Holt, writer and director of One Hour 2 Live and President of Soul of DAWN Performing Arts Troupe. One Hour 2 Live is a stage play about a gang member on death row at his last hour of life when he is visited by the spirits of the people he has killed. We will explore Princeton’s inspiration in creating this work and how we can prevent our young people from living a life of crime.

Our featured musical artist will be Michael Manson, renown smooth jazz guitarist who has shared the stage with musical greats such as Al Jarreau, David Sanborn, Roberta Flack, Joe Sample and Kirk Whalum.

Tune in live at 9pm ET, 6pm PT on March 8th at www.party934.com, 94.9 FM Hudson Valley, NY.

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About Princeton Holt
Princeton. H. Holt is the Pastor of DAWN Minisitries in Brooklyn, NY and President of the Soul of DAWN Performing Arts Troupe. He has pastored churches in the Southeast, South Central, Lake Region and presently in the Northeastern part of the country. He has ministered to at-risk youth for the past 40 years and has been responsible through the grace of God in seeing hundreds of youthful lives transformed.

The performing arts has followed his ministry from its inception and continues to be a major part of his life and passion.

www.onehour2live.net

Featured Independent Artist

About Michael Manson

With the release of his previous CD, The Just Feelin It . Michael Manson joined the ranks of today’s premiere jazz artists.

His first single “Coming Right At Ya” reached the top 10 on the R&R Smooth Jazz. Bass-master Michael Manson moved from sideman to center-stage on his solo debut The Bottom Line.

His passion and precision are displayed with both unrelenting power and laid-back grace on the album that, he says, “reflects the deepest expression of all I have felt making music for the last twenty years.”

On Michael Manson’s new CD “Up Front”. It, he is credited for writing and production. For this album Michael has collected the who’s who of Smooth Jazz: Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum, Jeff Lorber, Brian Culbertson, Nelson Range, Norman Brown, Paul Jackson Jr., the legendary George Duke and many more great jazz musicians. This album is a great mix of contemporary jazz, R&B and even a little gospel.

Manson’s association with George Duke ultimately led to the gig of a lifetime. George, who was the musical director and a featured artist on the Montreux Jazz tour (summer of 2000), invited Manson onboard, where he shared the stage with his greatest childhood hero, Al Jarreau, along with David Sanborn, Roberta Flack and Joe Sample. Pal Kirk Whalum said with typical good humor, “After that tour you could have retired.” But Manson is just getting started. Through Kirk, he met Larry Carlton and toured with him before and after his chart-topping Fingerprints album. Kirk also included him on his “Hymns In The Garden” album that garnered a nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Album at this years Grammys. Manson has shared the stage with Warner Bros. Records artists Larry Carlton, Kirk Whalum, Boney James, Rick Braun, Kenny Garret, George Duke and Kevin Mahogany. Other Warner artists featured on the album included Fourplay (with bassist Nathan East), Bob James and Gabriel Anders. Released in October of 2000 to critical acclaim, it is being followed by a DVD release in 2001.

For Michael Manson, love of musical communication, exploration, collaboration and celebration is clearly what it’s all about. This sophomore release reflects Manson’s unabating passion with joy and inspired artistry, “There are musical conversations that are intriguing and I hope the audience shares in that. But it is just great for musicians to communicate in that way. That’s the joy of music. To make great music like that every night, that’s what it’s all about.”

www.mikemanson.com

Protecting Our Children: Guest Susan Komisar Hausman, Featuring the Music of Mike Zogaria

On the March 1st broadcast of Lyn Twyman’s Courage Empowerment Forum, featured guest is Susan Komisar Hausman author of Kisses From Dolce: A Book for Children About Trusting & Telling. Susan is a child sexual abuse survivor and advocate. She has chosen to be a light on a dark issue and is a facilitator and instructor for a nationally recognized program called Darkness to Light whose mission is to end child sexual abuse. Susan has won several awards for her advocacy and continues her mission to help parents and care givers of children be proactive and implement safe practices to protect children in a world where approximately 90% of child victims know their abuser.

Tune in live at 9pm ET, 6pm PT on March 1st at http://www.party934.com, 94.9 FM Hudson Valley, NY.

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About Susan Komisar Hausman


Susan Komisar Hausman is the author of the children’s book, Kisses From Dolce: A Book for Children About Trusting and Telling, and the founder of No Secrets No Shame, LLC, a company dedicated to promoting awareness and prevention of child sexual abuse. She is also a facilitator and facilitator instructor for Darkness To Light’s award-winning CSA prevention workshop for adults, Stewards Of Children. Additionally, Susan is the author of several published essays and she’s currently at work on a novel for adults.

http://www.kissesfromdolce.com

Featured Independent Artist

About Mike Zogaria


Mike Zogaria is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Buffalo, NY whose unique voice and relatable lyrics are quickly becoming fan favorites online. Mike plays acoustic shows with his producer Mike Vealey. Mike’s first E.P. “Come Home” is available now on all major digital distribution sites such as iTunes, Cdbaby, Amazon, etc., and he is currently in the process of recording his first full length Cd !
Check Mike out at www.mikezogaria.com .

Shalanda Moten on Courage Empowerment Forum, Featuring the Music of Natalie Brown

February is National Teen Dating Violence and Awareness Month.  Is your teenager safe with their dating partner?  How well do you know who they are dating?  Do you know even know that they are dating?  According to a study from 2006, about one in 11 teens reports being a victim of physical dating abuse each year.  What happens in the relationships of teens can be fun and exciting but what happens can also be dangerous.

In this week’s broadcast of Lyn Twyman’s Courage Empowerment Forum on www.party934.com, 94.9 FM Hudson Valley, NY, Lyn’s special guest is Shalanda Moten, founder and executive director of the Dating Violence Prevention Center.  We’ll discuss with Shalanda what inspired her to create her organization and the programs they offer to help young women and the community prevent dating violence.  We’ll also learn more about the “My Boyfriend Rocks Campaign”.  This program is a must hear for all parents of young people who are dating or on the cusp of dating.

Go to the link and listen live every Tuesday night at 9pm ET!  www.party934.com

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About Shalanda Moten:

Shalanda Moten currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Dating Violence Prevention Center. As such, she has extensive experience working with non-profits in all aspects of management, programming, and community development. Her specialty areas include (a) clinical research, (b) crisis intervention, (c) prevention services, and (d)psychoeducational groups. Moreover, her appointments include service to Liz Claiborne’s Love is Not Abuse (LINA) Coalition, Start Strong Atlanta at the Jane Fonda Center, Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW): The HBCU Project, Communities in Schools Atlanta, Gwinnett Children’s Shelter, Grady Rape Crisis Center, and Hands on Atlanta Americorps.

Furthermore, Ms. Moten is currently pursuing her Ed.D. in Counseling Psychology from the American School of Professional School Psychology, and previously earned a Bachelors of Art in Psychology from Spelman College, and a Masters of Art in Community Counseling from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology. She has received formal academic training in the areas of Brief Psychotherapy, Cognitive-Behavioral, Behavioral, Existential, Interpersonal, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, and Constructivist Therapy. Finally, her research interests are as follows: (a) dating violence, (b) date and acquaintance rape, (c) eating disorders, (d) self-mutilation, and (e) female genital mutilation.

http://www.datingviolence.org/

Featured Independent Music Artist and Song

Natalie Brown
Pop/Blue-eyed Soul/R&B – Vocalist & Songwriter

Born in Canada, Natalie Brown’s passion for music was nurtured from a young age by her involvement in theater, gospel music, creative writing and local session work as a vocalist and writer. Upon deciding to pursue a professional music career, she moved to California and was selected to sing with internationally acclaimed Gospel recording artist Ron Kenoly during his “Welcome Home” tour in 1996. She toured around the USA and upon returning to California, Natalie studied with world-renowned vocal instructors Seth Riggs (Stevie Wonder, Tevin Campbell, Deborah Cox) and Dave Stroud (Terry Ellis of En Vogue, Rosie Gaines).

Natalie’s debut album was released in late 2000 and contained thirteen original songs. Created with a thoughtful range of subject matter, tempo and mood throughout the album, “Let The Candle Burn” was enthusiastically welcomed by fans and industry personnel alike. She painted an interesting tapestry of sound on an album that included carefree, upbeat tracks, mid-tempo chillout songs and sweet soulful ballads.

Natalie returned to the studio to record the 2003 Holiday album entitled “A Cool Christmas”, a 10 song Cool R&B/Pop influenced collection of Holiday favorites. The album included the beloved “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, the soaring chime of “Silver Bells” and the quietly understated “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”. Natalie pulled Ray Charles’ “Christmas Time” out of the archives and gave it a light, airy spin that served the tune well. Up-tempo numbers included a Swing infused “Let It Snow” and a contemporary pairing of “Winter Wonderland” and “Sleigh Ride”. A mellow-groove rendition of “Give Love on Christmas Day” rounded out the sure-to-please Holiday offering.

In the Spring of 2004 the digital singles ‘I Wonder’ and ‘Queen of Me’ were made available on Natalie’s official site. The songs garnered tremendous attention and In July 2004, ‘Queen of Me’ was released by Avex, Inc. Japan on the “Soul Essentials 7″ series with songs by Rahsaan Patterson, Earth, Wind & Fire and others.

Much to the delight of fans eagerly awaiting new material, January 30th, 2009 saw the release of the long awaited sophomore album “Random Thoughts”. The album features a selection of songs with varying themes (Natalie’s Random Thoughts) that range from the inspiring “Hold Your Head Up High”, the girl power anthem “Queen of Me” and the uplifting “It’s A Beautiful Day”, to the thought provoking “What’s Going on Next Door?”, the unity rallying call of “Come Closer”, the sultry “How I Love 2 Love U”, the soulful “You’re Mysterious” and signature love ballad “I Knew You Were The One”, and more.
Natalie has actively been licensing her music for Film/TV and Commercial placements for the past 7 years. She’s had music placed on every major North American cable network and premium television programs across the globe. A partial listing of domestic placements can be found on her website.
Natalie currently resides in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Other than music, she enjoys reading, creating custom jewelry, mentoring other artists, watching movies, hanging out on Twitter and shopping.

Official Web Site: www.natalie-brown (natalie DASH brown DOT com)
Twitter: www.twitter.com/Natalie_Brown (Natalie UNDERSCORE Brown)
Facebook: www.facebook.com/NatalieBrownMusic
MySpace: www.myspace.com/NatalieBrown

Lyn Twyman Features Musician Brian O’Neal on Courage Empowerment Forum

Brian O’Neal is ‘Changing the World One Ear at a Time’. As an independent nu-jazz artist, producer, composer and keyboardist, he has delighted the hearts of millions of fans. He has also worked with artists such as Universal Motown recording artist KEM as Assistant Musical Director and Keyboardist. He has shared the stage with many great musicians including Stevie Wonder, India Arie and Jeff Lorber.

He’s a native of Detroit, MI, home of the Motown sound. His loving grandmother Daisy O’Neal purchased his first piano which further spurred his love of music, helping to mold him into the musician he is today.

Brian is also a humanitarian and the founder of the DO Foundation. With a motto of ‘Humans Helping Humans’, Brian is dedicated to helping the homeless population of Detroit. We’ll learn about his two days on the street as a homeless person and how that changed his life.

In this week’s program of Courage Empowerment Forum, Lyn Twyman is pleased to feature Brian O’Neal, this captivating musician and award winning activist. Tune in Tuesday, January 25th at 9 PM Eastern, 6pm Pacific for this great interview!

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Lyn Twyman: Part 2 With Dawn V. Martin and Musical Feature, Slim Man!

In honor of National Stalking Awareness Month, host Lyn Twyman of Courage Empowerment Forum brings Attorney Dawn V. Martin back to her program.  In Part 2 of this broadcast, Dawn will continue telling her story about her experience as a survivor of workplace stalking.  In 1997, Dawn was accosted by a homeless serial stalker.  This incident turned her life upside down, eventually causing her to lose her own job.  We’ll learn how Dawn not only struggles to find justice in this matter but how it has changed her life.

Tune in to Lyn Twyman’s Courage Empowerment Forum  Tuesday, January 18th at 9 PM Eastern, 6pm Pacific for this great interview!

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About Dawn V. Martin:

Dawn V. Martin, Esquire, is the principal of the Law Offices of Dawn V. Martin. Ms. Martin founded the firm in 2000, after nineteen years of legal experience. She has twenty-nine years of legal experience, all in civil rights, public service, teaching law and/or policy development.  She has developed national policy in the areas of Equal Employment Law and has published authoritative works on this subject.  Ms. Martin has special expertise in the areas of sexual harassment, workplace violence and hiring policy for police and fire departments to ensure both public safety and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Featured Independent Music Artist and Song

Slim Man – “Sunny Day” from the album Thousand Miles Away

J.D. Considine (Rolling Stone) said of the Slim Man style”…a near perfect example of how jazz and soul can be combined as pop.”

When Slim Man was five years old, his Dad took him to see a movie –’The Five Pennies’, starring Danny Kaye and Louis Armstrong. When Young Slim saw Louis sing and play, he told his Dad…”That’s what I want to do.”

Slim Man then studied trumpet for ten years, and taught himself how to sing and play piano and guitar as well. Slim Man’s first gig? He was in fifth grade, and he played guitar and sang a few Beatles songs for the sixth grade graduation. While in middle school he took up bass, and Slim Man’s band ‘Momma Max’ opened up for Iggy Pop and the Stooges, The Raspberries, and others.

Slim Man’s First Big Break came when he went on a trip to NYC to meet a publisher who expressed some interest in Slim’s Songs. When he got to NYC, Slim Man found out that the publisher had other interests in mind, and left the meeting disappointed yet determined. He went to a phone booth and started calling publishers.

A few hours later, he was in the NYC office of Roxanne Gordy, Motown publishing executive and niece of the famous Berry Gordy. Motown eventually signed Slim Man as a songwriter, and one of the first tunes he wrote “Summer Days” made it onto Angela Bofill’s first CD, ‘Angie’.

While working at Motown in NYC, Slim Man became friendly with a record company downstairs from Motown’s office: Stiff Records. Stiff had Ian Dury, Lena Lovich, and a bunch of other eccentric artists on their roster, and Stiff expressed interest in some Slim Songs, and named the project…BootCamp.

BootCamp had considerable success. It was one of the first bands on MTV. They did shows with the B-52s, Squeeze, Split Enz, The Tubes, and a bunch of other bands. BootCamp disbanded after it came in second place in the MTV Basement Tapes Contest.

After the break-up of BootCamp, Slim Man started organizing and MC-ing nationwide country music talent contests sponsored by Marlboro. The contest was a Big Deal–$50,000.00 and a contract with producer Barry Beckett (Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Jr.)

Slim Man’s Big Discovery during the Marlboro contest?

Ronnie Dunn, who later joined Kix Brooks to form the Grammy-winning Country Duo, Brooks and Dunn.

After the Marlboro Contest ran its course, Slim Man started writing and producing songs featuring a rock singer named Brian Jack, who landed a deal with Epic based on the Slim Man songs. Producer Frankie LaRocca (Spin Doctors) was hired, but none of the Slim Man songs were used. Brian Jack was dropped from Epic after four non-Slim songs.

So, undaunted, Slim Man went back into the studio, re-sang the songs he’d written for Brian Jack, added a few new songs, and…End of the Rainbow, the very first Slim Man CD, was born. The CD yielded a Top Ten Hit, ‘Faith In Us’, and the CD went on to be included in over a dozen Top Ten lists for the year (1995).

www.slimman.com

Lyn Twyman Welcomes Dawn V Martin: National Stalking Awareness Month

January is National Stalking Awareness Month.

There is an estimated 3.4 million adults alone that will be victims of stalking each year in the U.S. In 1997, Dawn V. Martin, Esquire, a former Howard University law professor, was stalked by a random serial stalker named Leonard Harrison. Her ill fated chance encounter just for doing her job as an educator and what became of her career because of the stalking changed her life forever. Dawn has now become a nationally recognized advocate for all stalking victims. She will share her personal story of fear and resiliency coming out of this tumultuous experience. Where is the help for these victims? What do you do if you find yourself a victim of stalking? This week’s program of Lyn Twyman’s Courage Empowerment Forum is dedicated to all victims and survivors of stalking whose stories we do not know. Tune in Tuesday, January 11th at 9 PM Eastern, 6pm Pacific for this great interview!

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About Dawn V. Martin

Dawn V. Martin, Esquire, is the principal of the Law Offices of Dawn V. Martin. Ms. Martin founded the firm in 2000, after nineteen years of legal experience. She has twenty-nine years of legal experience, all in civil rights, public service, teaching law and/or policy development. She has developed
national policy in the areas of Equal Employment Law and has published authoritative works on this subject. Ms. Martin has special expertise in the areas of sexual harassment, workplace violence and hiring policy for police and fire departments to ensure both public safety and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Featured Independent Music Artist and Song

J-Harris – “I’ll Make It Up to You”

“The New Renaissance Man” -Dr. Ben Chavis

J-Harris is a Singer/Songwriter/Actor/Model/Entertainer/MusicConsultant to SONY/BMG, Jive Records, The Chamber of Commerce and many Recording Artists/Masters in Music Business from NYU/Creator & Host of the critically acclaimed Live Art & Music Show: LoveJonesNYC. He was featured on The Tyra Banks Show, MTV, VH1, Billboard Magazine, People Magazine, ESSENCE, The Apollo. He was also featured in videos by Beyonce, Jill Scott & Letoya Luckett. J-Harris has performed with Janelle Monae, Trey Songz, Boys II Men, En Vogue, Swiss Beatz & more. He’s also a Celebrity Spokesperson for National Anti-Domestic Violence Foundation and The Weaker Vessel.

To learn more about J-Harris visitwww.twitter.com/JOEYakaJHARRIS, www. facebook.com/JOEYakaJHARRIS and www.LoveJonesNYC.com

Lyn Twyman Covers the Topic of Helping Children Transition From Foster Care With Guest Marthe lewis

Foster care children are precious members of our communities who are often forgotten. The transition from family life to independence can be a frightening, displacing experience. In this week’s program of Lyn Twyman’s Courage Empowerment Forum, her featured guest will be Marthe Lewis, one of Redbook’s Inspiring Women and founder of Livvy Love Foundation, an organization helping those exiting the Foster Care System.

We’ll look at the lives of foster care children, their struggles and resources available that most are unaware exist. Tune in Tuesday, January 4th at 9 PM eastern for this great interview!

Marthe Lewis

LivvyLove Foundation (LLF) gives young adults graduating from the Foster Care System (FCS) productive alternatives while exiting the system.

LivvyLove Foundation assists young leaders of tomorrow and supports the local community through programs, work, and charities.

LLF conducts monthly seminars and workshops at which participants ranging in age from teens to adults can learn constructive and practical methods to adapt to independent living and self-support, both financially and personally. Youth & adults interested in receiving Post-FCS guidance from LivvyLove are welcome to attend.

Go to the link and listen live every Tuesday night!www.party934.com.

Lyn Twyman Welcomes Portia Shipman to Courage Empowerment Forum!

Sherri Denese Jackson

The young life of Sherri Denese Jackson was cut short in late 2006 at the age of 27. Four years later, her memory lives on. In this week’s episode of Lyn Twyman’s Courage Empowerment Forum, her featured guest will be Portia Shipman, founder and executive director of the Sherri Denese Jackson Foundation (SDJF). SDJF is an organization that serves domestic violence victims in Greensboro, NC.

This show will discuss the life of Sherri Jackson, a murder victim of domestic violence, and what SDJF is doing in their local community to help survivors not become victims. Tune in Tuesday, December 28th at 9 PM eastern for this great interview!

Go to the link and listen live every Tuesday night!www.party934.com

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