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Gisele

is a writer, educator, activist, motivational speaker, and founder of Follow Dreams Productions. Based in Baton Rouge, LA., she received her B.S. in Child Development and M.A. in Sociology from Southern University.

She's the author of two successful books, More Than Just Sex: It’s the Art of the Chase and When Money Meets Seduction, Inspiring Financial Lessons of Women Who Have Connected with Money and Power

Gisele On Air will address issues that affect our society and the community at large with a major focus on women's views in the areas business and politics. Life, equality, and career have been at the core of many debates among women. She will discuss what motivates individuals to do what that they do, as well as their drive to succeed.

http://www.giseleharalson.com/


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November 24, 2020 Show

Beth Townsend

has been on her own since 17 years old right out of high school, Beth had no choice but to go to work. Starting as a property manager in Virginia, the climbed the corporate ladder and became a young executive working as VP of Operations for a Real Estate Company in Atlanta. Eventually becoming a trainer for the industry, Beth was asked one question numerous times that changed the course of her life. "How did you know your purpose?" In her twenties she had no clue her purpose! Realizing the depth of the question led her on a spiritual journey that continues today. Since 2001, she has been interviewing "on purpose" people with the goal of learning how to share with others how to live a purpose-full life. From her book "Life on Purpose", she gleaned 9 "Purpose Principles" that she has found can help anyone learn to be led so they can effectively lead others. Whether at work, in ministry or home, we all must set parameters on our life so we can do what God has called us to do with passion, while also realizing we were never called to "do it all." Purpose is a mindset where passion lives, faith thrives, and God's will is accomplished in the life of every Believer! She is a free-lance writer, magazine publisher, and dynamic motivational speaker. Beth hosts the Life on Purpose television series on www.Pureflix.com  Beth is a wife, mother of two, and a grandmother.

 

 

 

October 22, 2020 Show

Aretha Veal

began her fashion journey after experiencing life’s hardships of relationships, depression, and abuse. She began to fast and pray, and God said to her “it’s handled”. She began by taking this slogan as a testimony to help others by creating its handled-God tee-shirts. Before stepping into this avenue she prayed and made her request to God that not only will people see it and read it, but they will feel his presence knowing that no matter the situation is, “its handled” signed, sealed and delivered by God. Aretha wanted to take her faith and fashion to the next level, so I decided to obtain my business license. Now she is the founder and CEO of Beyond Limitation 11:1 LLC.  Her vision is to EMPOWER, ENCOURAGE, and SUPPORT. Beyond Limitation 11:1 is vision and faith based. 11:1 represents Hebrews 11:1- Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  A vision is the act or power of seeing. Your vision should empower you to think beyond limits. Manifest your vision to give insight to go beyond limitations. The creations of her quotes are intended to prompt individuals to trust and believe in themselves, their visions, and goals. Her intentions are to fulfill her purpose by encouraging others that no matter the setbacks or downfalls of life, if you have faith and effort to work towards your dreams, they are attainable.  This collection is dedicated to my mother Mrs. Essie Mae Veal that she lost on October 28th, 2019.  Her mother’s heart was of infinite compassion and kindness. She was always empowering and helping others. This collection is a continuation of her legacy in empowering and encouraging others.“It’s handled”-God is to encourage and uplift individuals that are sinking through the destitution and adversity of life to ensure that no matter what you are dealing with; “It’s handled”, signed, sealed and delivered by God. Psalms 55:22 - Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. The “I AM” movement is to empower Self’s Worth. Identify your worth, believe in yourself and stand in it. Never allow anyone or anything strip you of the special design individual God created you to be. 1 Peter 2:9- But ye are a CHOSEN generation, a ROYAL priesthood, and Holy nation, a Peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praise of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. The overall Devine purpose and my prayer of this collection is that when individuals wear this collection; they will be empowered, and as others see it being worn, it will cause them to be empowered.  Beyond Limitations 11:1 - Empowering to make optimistic changes for 2020 CLEAR VISION.

 

 

September 24, 2020 Show

Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks is a graduate of the LSU College of Business. Her public service spirit was born at a young age, leading her to complete an internship at the Center for Progressive Leadership in Washington, DC where she was later a fully funded fellow. During her time there, Tyra worked as Staff Assistant at a national public policy think-tank, Staff Assistant to Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky on Capitol Hill, and Account Manager at a progressive political firm. Her procurement and proposal experience began in 2007 during this time. Tyra has since participated in several training courses on supplier diversity, RFP responses, and presentation skills. She is a certified Co.Starters instructor and served as a trainer for BRCC serving small and large corporations across the state. During her years of training small businesses, Tyra has taught classes on proposal writing, doing business with the government and the business model canvas to name a few. Tyra formed her first company, Banks Consulting a decade ago and since has helped hundreds of companies and non-profits through consulting, training, and coaching access more than 9 million dollars in contracts and grants. After completing a fellowship at the Ford Foundation, Tyra studied the racial wealth gap and pursued licenses in financial services to expand the services she offers to non-profits, businesses, and families. She currently holds a Louisiana Insurance Producers License and a Series 6 Investment License.  For her 30th birthday, she published her first book, The Purpose Filled Woman to encourage women to honor their journey and live in their purpose. Through her speaking and financial coaching, Tyra helps women, businesses, and organizations define their greatness and get the money planned out to live in it.  Tyra works hard to balance her work with intentional mothering. She is a certified STEP and Nurturing Parenting Facilitator. She enjoys cooking, reading, and finding new ways to explore the world with her precious son.

 

 

August 28, 2020 Show

Maria Harmon

Maria Harmon is from Lake Charles, LA. She has been organizing since the age of 16 with the Junior Daughters of the Knights of Peter Claver. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Southern University A&M College of Baton Rouge, LA. During her time at Southern, Maria built a network of over 2,000 students to become civically engaged while working with the Louisiana Democratic Party. She helped in starting up Democracy Prep Public School of Baton Rouge as a Community Organizer by helping enroll 192 students for their first school year 2015-2016. She has worked for the Micah Project, a federation of the PICO National Network/Faith In Action, in 2016 as a community organizer working in education and civic engagement. Maria is now the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Step Up Louisiana a grassroots membership based organization that advocates for economic and education justice across the state of Louisiana.

 

 

July 23, 2020 Show

Stephen Stix Josey A.K.A. "STIX"

is a half Italian and African American Producer/Director/Writer/Author & Actor. Born to an Italian woman in New York. Stephen however grew up in the housing Projects of Boston as a young child. At the age of 6 he met a drummer performing at the Boston Commons, who allowed him to experience playing with the drums himself for the first time. That paved the way for Stephen to become a musician. At the age of only 14 he was a drummer on a Gospel Album. That was his introduction into the Entertainment industry. Stephen also went on to attend Saddleback Film School in California as well as STCC for Business Management. He also taught himself how to play the piano and make his own original music. As a result Stephen has Produced, Recorded and Engineered on over 50 albums. He was also signed to Sony Records as an in-house Music Producer through Prodigy of Mobb Deep. As they say Producers come, Producers go and then there are those Producers that set the trends and stay the distance. Stephen is one of those people. He is a Producer/Actor/Writer and Director that exemplifies the terms of being humble and easy to work with. Stephen knows how to make things easy and effective for the numerous Film/TV Executives, Business Executives and Record Labels that he works with throughout the world. As mentioned Stephen got his professional Start in Music with Sony Records Producing such acts as Mobb Deep, John Legend, Shyheim of Wu-Tang and several others. Stephen has now began creating his own feature films and Producing Albums for his Signed Artist through his Company. The Company is called SPOTLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT. The company specializes in Film & Music and has Produced several Albums and Film Projects.

 

 

 June 25, 2020 Show 

Keith A. Beauchamp


Award-Winning Filmmaker Keith A. Beauchamp attended Southern University in Baton Rouge where he studied Criminal Justice with the intention of becoming a Civil Rights Attorney. As a young boy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Beauchamp had his share of run ins with racism but it wasn’t until an incident where he was assaulted by an undercover police officer after dancing with a white classmate at a party that he felt compelled to fight racism and move to New York. It was here he could pursue a dream in becoming filmmaker. And through this feat, he’d attempt to remedy some of the past and present injustices that plague communities abroad. In the fall of 1997, Beauchamp relocated from Baton Rouge, Louisiana to New York. He quickly found work at Big Baby Films, a company founded by childhood friends that focused on music video production. Beauchamp honed his behind-the-camera skills during the day and spent his evenings doing research and reaching out to anyone who might have information on the Emmett Till case, a story told to Beauchamp when he was just 10 years old. It was at this young age that Beauchamp saw a Jet magazine that contained a picture of Emmett Till’s dead body and was told the story behind Till’s murder. In 1999, Beauchamp founded Till Freedom Come Productions, a company devoted to socially significant projects that can both teach and entertain. He has devoted the past twenty-two years of his life telling the story of Emmett Till and has traveled extensively between New York, Chicago and Mississippi to investigate the historic murder. Through his journey he tracked and spoke with witnesses who had never before spoken about the case, befriended Mamie Till Mobley who took Beauchamp under her wing, worked with such influential figures as Muhammad Ali and Reverend Al Sharpton, all the while persistently lobbying both the State of Mississippi and the Federal Government to reopen the Emmett Till murder investigation. On May 10th, 2004, the United States Department of Justice re-opened this 50 year-old murder case citing Beauchamp’s documentary “The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till” as both a major factor in their decision and the starting point for their investigation. In May of 2005, Emmett’s body was exhumed and in 2006, the FBI turned over their evidence to the appropriate District Attorney in Mississippi. Sadly to say, in February 2007, a Mississippi Grand Jury made a decision to not indict the remaining suspects in the case. That same year, Beauchamp begin his collaboration with the FBI’s New Civil Rights “Cold Case” Initiative, producing documentaries on other unsolved civil rights murders in hopes of helping Federal agents with their investigations that could lead to bringing remaining perpetrators to justice. Keith Beauchamp has been featured on '60 Minutes', ABC World News Tonight 'Person of the Week,' Court TV, MSNBC, 'Good Morning America,' CNN, BBC as well as in hundreds of publications around the world including The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Associated Press and the Chicago Sun Times. Beauchamp’s past works included, TV One’s 'Murder in Black and White' hosted by Rev. Al Sharpton and 'Wanted Justice: Johnnie Mae Chappell’ for the History Channel and ‘BET’s Exceptional Black Women.’ Beauchamp is the former Executive Producer and Host of Investigation Discovery’s Award-winning crime reality series, 'The Injustice Files,’ and currently the producer of the upcoming feature film “Till,” which is being co-produced by Fred Zollo, Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Broccoli. He is also a frequent lecturer at colleges and universities around the country.

 

 

May 28, 2020 Show

Dr. K. Renee Horton

Dr. K. Renee Horton was named a 2019 Louisianan of the year featured in the Louisiana Life magazine. She is honored in a group of nine individuals who stand out in their professions, give back and represent what’s best about Louisiana. She is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and works diligently in the community for STEM education and STEM outreach. Renee believes in changing the face of STEM. She is the founder of Unapologetically Being, Inc., a nonprofit for advocacy and mentoring in STEM. Renee is a compelling and international inspirational speaker who brings her epic personal story, expertise, and incredible personality to each of her award-winning presentations. Renee has spoken all over the world including South Africa, Brazil, South Korea, Canada, Jamaica and Mexico. She has served as an invited speaker for the first International Women and Girls Day at the United Nations, Dow Chemical Black History Speaker, the National Air and Space Museum, Essence Power Stage, LSU Engineering commencement, numerous youth groups, just to name a few. She is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and is a graduate of Louisiana State University and with a Ph.D. in Material Science and a concentration in Physics from the University of Alabama, as the first African American to receive this degree. In her day job, she serves as a NASA Space Launch System (SLS) Quality Engineer at Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans. Throughout her academic career, Renee has received numerous accolades and awards including the Black Engineer of the Year Trailblazer Award in 2011. In 2016, Renee was elected President of the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) as the second woman to hold the office. She has served the physics community abroad as a member of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) Women in Physics Working Group and currently serves on several advisory boards dedicated to a more diverse inclusion in physics. In 2017, she was elevated to a Fellow in the NSBP, which is the highest honor bestowed upon a member and in 2018 was inducted into Sigma Pi Sigma, the prestige honor society in physics. She is the author of Dr. H Explores the Universe, a children’s series, Dr. H and her Friends, and Dr. H Explores the ABCs. She is a proud member Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., as well as the proud mother of three and grandmother of two.

 

 

April 23, 2020 Show

Virginia Battles

is a Licensee Belief Therapist, Certified Youth Behavior Advisor, Certified Reentry Crisis Counselor, and a graduate from University of Phoenix in Psychology who has worked in the field of domestic violence since June 2004. She is the CEO of Diamonds in the Rough Housing & Learning Center, Inc. where she refers and counsels' women and children living their lives with domestic violence. Virginia is also the President/CEO of Greer DV Consulting Firm located in Beaumont, Texas working “Crisis Intervention” with women and children living their life in domestic violence, adolescents with the “Quit Digging” program, and “Living Free” for men and women released from prison. Virginia brings together many Strength & Awareness Programs to educate the public on different forms of domestic violence, and she has collaborated with many entities/organizations to help women and children with their everyday struggles. Virginia furthered her education and became certified to teach adolescents to “Quit Digging” and become “Men of Honor” and “Women of Grace.” Many adolescents have learned the pathway to behavior change and choice which has given them H.O.P.E. for their future and a positive mental attitude.

 

 

March 26, 2020 Show

Peggy Sweeney-McDonald

is an event planner, actress, producer and writer. She is a native of Baton Rouge and an LSU Graduate.  She has returned home to Baton Rouge from Los Angeles, California where she was the Owner of Superstar Events-LA and produced unique and memorable red carpet, non-profit and corporate events. She is the creator of Meanwhile, Back at Café Du Monde… Life Stories About Food, the hit festive food monologue show and the author of the best-selling coffee table book by Pelican Publishing.  After the premiere; Meanwhile showed in Baton Rouge in 2010, she produced the show across the country with over 150 shows with 400 storytellers sharing their food stories in restaurants, corporate events and non-profit events.  Peggy has been a presenter at The Louisiana Book Festival, The Faulkner Society Words & Music Conference, The California Culinary Historians, The Louisiana Restaurant Association, Women of Infinite Possibilities, Passions of the Palate and the Chili Pepper Extravaganza.  Since being back in Baton Rouge, she has created events for the Louisiana Marathon, Southern Food and Beverage Museum, the East Baton Rouge Library, Preserve Louisiana and the Louisiana International Film Festival.  She recently produced and starred in the Pulitzer Prize winning play, Love Letters at the Old Governor’s Mansion. Peggy was the Event Director at Preserve Louisiana.  She is married to James McDonald, a realtor for Keller Williams.

 

 

February 27, 2020 Show

Blaine Grimes

Blain Grimes has been in Banking and Credit industry for over 25 years and has taught personal finance since 2005. He says financial literacy has honestly become a passion to him. Blaine wears several hats throughout the community and says one of his most rewarding is being Vice Chairman of the Southern University College of Business Advisory Council where he is proud and honored to give back to the institution that has made a difference in his life.

 

 

January 23, 2020 Show

Lucas Fry


Lucas Fry has been in media for 40 years. He has worked for major corporate clients including Ford, Disney, Gulf Power, YMCA, Community Options, American Cyanmid and more. He has designed and built complete broadcast facilities for both networks and local TV stations. He has scripted and produced award winning Television productions including live concerts, sports and political debates. He has expert knowledge in 3D, VR, HD and multicast production techniques and is an expert in sound capture. His specialties is producer of quality TV programming.

 

 

December 26, 2019 Show

Willie Samuel King Jr.

the father of 5 children, is currently considered a senior citizen, a philanthropist, a mentor, an owner of three small businesses and sometimes called the silver fox because of his grey hair. He is from Washington, La and a graduate of Washington High School of Washington, La. His business career started at the age of 7 and continues throughout his entire life. He has an associate degree from Saint Martin’s University and a bachelor’s degree from Graduate Theological Seminary. He currently manages King’s Funeral Home and Dream Investments, People First Insurance Agency. He has been published in many magazines and newspaper articles. He was named Small Business Person of the Year for the State of Louisiana. He was featured in the book Turning Dreams into Success by Bunny and Larry Holman. His future plans are to retire and enjoy his wealth, unless amazing opportunities come crashing in.

 

 

November 28, 2019 Show

Sebastian Fort

Meet Producer/Comedian/writer/Actor Sebastian "C-Bazz" Fort!! Small town Louisiana native began his entertainment career in 2001. C-Bazz has since starred in numerous national commercials, films, skits etc including touring with Drew Carey from the Price is Right. Most recently C-Bazz has produced his own sitcom pilot titled "Keeping The Peace" and created a show cast called "The C-Bazz Cast"!! This content creator stays on the move and is making major noise in the entertainment world!!

 

 

Derrick "DMic Forbes 

Born and raised in Baton Rouge, La studied abroad, then decided to join the military served one term of four years and return home in 2010. A few years later he and his mother started producing a documentary called "4 South" the 1st black nurses of Baton Rouge General Hospital. DMic then join up with a fellow Comedian named C-Bazz The Creator and producer of a video PODCAST named the C-Bazz Cast which is very funny and informative. They completed twelve episodes. DMic and C-Bazz in 2017 filmed a comedy Sitcom in which DMic executive produced and co-stared in. This up and coming producer, actor/comedian is on the rise. He is currently writing two movies.

 

 

September 26, 2019 Show

Lorenzo Neff Jr.

Lorenzo is a God fearing man, actor, writer, producer, and talk show host. He has been in local and national commercials, several television shows, and movies. He was born in Clinton Louisiana and spent most of his childhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Channeyville Louisiana. He presently resides in Baton Rouge, La. He has been in several acting classes and studied video editing at Baton Rouge Community College. As an independent film maker Lorenzo is now focusing on faith based films and television. His last show was a talk show called Good News ENT and ran on the CW locally. His current project is a comedy drama television show called, Who Said Marriage Was Easy.

 

 

August  22, 2019 Show

Benjamin Zucker


Ben is co-director of Step Up Louisiana he is a labor and community organizer who has been working and living in Louisiana since he was 18 years old. Ben worked as a lead regional and local organizer with the Fight for $15 campaign until co-founding Step Up Louisiana in 2017. He held down many critical roles for the Fight for $15 including shop floor fast food worker organizer, community coalition builder, leading organizing staff and coordinating the endless logistics, legal and communications pieces of the comprehensive campaign. He has worked with and for several other organizations and social movements including United Students Against Sweatshops, the Occupy Movement, New York Communities for Change, SEIU, Jobs with Justice and the Alliance for Migration, Leadership and Development. Some victories Ben has been proud to be a part of organizing include the New Orleans Ban the Box ordinance, the $10.10 minimum wage increase in Connecticut, the New York Fast Food Worker Wage Board $15 victory and the Valarie Ervin’s Board of Education and County Council campaign victories in 2004 and 2006. Ben graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans with a degree in Public Health in 2011 and won the Jim Runsdorf Excellence in Public Service award for his student organizing and service work there. Ben has been featured for his organizing work in the LA Times, Atlantic Magazine, the Washington Post, CNN, the Thom Hartman Show, the Pelican Post, the Huffington Post and many local television stations in Louisiana and Washington D.C.

Mission of Step Up Louisiana
The members of Step Up Louisiana are committed to building political power to win education and economic justice for all. Our members step up and go beyond voting to campaign, organize from a racial justice perspective and hold political and community leaders accountable. We work in our own neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces to disrupt systemic oppression. We build the people-power needed to win in our state

 

July 25, 2019 Show

 

Shameka Gray

is an Actress born and raised in New Orleans. She studied theater at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA and later received her BFA in acting and producing at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. Her recent projects include Alienated, Always on My Mind and Murderous Affairs. Shameka is currently the President of the Women in Film and Television Louisiana Chapter and has been on the Board since 2016."
 

 

June 27, 2019 Show

Jerome Ringo

is the founder and chairman of Zoetic Energy, a leading edge renewable energy developer. Zoetic is the culmination of Mr. Ringo’s life’s long work to promote sustainable development through the use of clean technology solution. He is an internationally recognized thought leader on global environmental issues and has led two of the largest environmental organizations in the world, the 6 million member National Wildlife Federation and the Apollo Alliance, which was a 19 million member organization during his tenure.

After years of advocacy work, Mr. Ringo saw the stark need for direct involvement. The needs in the developing world were so pressing, that he formed Zoetic to directly tackle issues such as energy security. Today, Mr. Ringo draws on an international network to bring best-in-class technology solutions to leaders in the developing world. He has formed a diverse team with broad experience in renewable energy solutions as well as development work in Africa, India, Asia and Latin America.

In addition, Mr. Ringo was featured in Vice President Al Gore’s Academy Award-winning Documentary, An Inconvenient Truth and has co-authored two books: Diversity and the Future of the U.S. Environmental Movement (published 2007) and The Green Festival Reader (published 2008).

 

May 23, 2019 Show

Katherine Michele Sanders

New Orleans, La  Teacher, Motivational and Educational- Muse Speaker, Mentor.   K. Michele Sanders is a Middle school Science and Math teacher in New Orleans, LA. Michele has taught middle school students for 9 years yet, as anyone who knows her will tell you she has been teaching much longer. She grew up with three incredible female role models and teachers in her life. Her mother “Connie”, a teacher, jack of many trades, if it could be done, Connie can do it; and her infamous grandmother, “Katherine Johnson” a teacher, mathematician, physicist, aerospace technologist and film “Hidden Figures” main character as well as paternal grandmother “Pauline Boykin” a teacher, artist, politician. Teaching, Math and Sciences is in her blood. She has been praised by her mentors and employers for her ability to inspire young people to reach for the stars in learning and setting goals for their future. Whether in the classroom, an auditorium or in the garden talking with them about the world of possibilities, she doesn’t quit. “I wish you could speak every year, again and again, our youth were all ears,” says Susan Issacs Community Engagement Librarian at Crowley Library in Texas.   She has had speaking engagements at; Louisiana State University, (LSU), U.S. Dept. of Energy (Metairie, La.), John C. Stennis Space Center, (NASA), Southern University Honors Award ceremony, numerous AKA and Delta Sororities “Hidden Figures” movie events, Isidore Newman College Preparatory School, Louisiana Children’s Museum day camp , Tidewater Community College, in Va. Beach, Va. Robotics Summer Camp, Black Heritage Trail Annual, Black New England Conference (2017) and Crowley Public Library, (Crowley, Tx.) are some of the notable events. WBOK 1630 AM Radio Show and featured in “Who Said You Can’t, African American Women in Science” a documentary due to premier late 2019. #WHO SAYS YOU CAN’T. Most recently NYC Dept. of Education, Computer Science for All Teacher CON, panel speaker.  Contact info: tothemoonkmbs@gmail.com  or direct at (504)439-4857.

 

April 25, 2019 Show

Angela Tucker 

is an Emmy nominated producer, writer and director. She is in her eighth year on the PBS strand, AFROPOP, now as a Co-Executive Producer and is currently producing BELLY OF THE BEAST (dir. Erika Cohn). She was Co-Producer on THE NEW BLACK.  Angela was the Director of Production at Big Mouth Films, a social issue documentary production company. There, she produced several award-winning documentaries. Her directorial work includes PAPER CHASE, a narrative feature in development with Gunpowder and Sky and Flavor Unit starring Queen Latifa;  ALL SKINFOLK, AIN’T KINFOLK, a documentary short premiering at DOC NYC about a mayoral election in New Orleans; ALL STYLES, a narrative feature currently airing on Showtime starring Fik-Shun (SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE) and Heather Morris (GLEE); BLACK FOLK DON’T, a documentary web series that was featured in Time Magazine’s “10 Ideas That Are Changing Your Life”; and (A)SEXUAL, a feature length documentary about people who experience no sexual attraction that streamed on Netflix and Hulu. Her production company, TuckerGurl Inc, is passionate about telling stories that highlight underrepresented communities. Tucker was a Sundance Institute Women Filmmakers Initiative fellow. She received her MFA in Film from Columbia University and her BA from Wesleyan University.

 

March 28, 2019 Show

Mada McDonald

A community activist, Christian woman, choreographer, educator, public relations consultant, coordinator, organizer, radio announcer, public servant, an activator, innovator, motivator, role model and a trailblazer. Mada Yvonne McDonald Clark is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The second daughter of the late Mr. Moses L. McDonald and Mrs. Thelma Louise Wethers McDonald. She has one sibling, Niemha McDonald Lowe and one son Bryant Augustus Clark. Mada has two grandchildren Perren Madalyn and Pierson Augustus Clark.  She is a product of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System attending Choctaw Elementary, Southern University Laboratory Elementary/High School. Her college education was completed at Southern university A & M College, majoring in Child Development and Minor in Psychology. Further studies were completed by participation in many trainings, seminars, workshops, conferences throughout her career endeavors.  Mada retired from the City Parish Department of Juvenile Services giving 25 years of service(s) in April, 2013. She was one of the first and original Families In Need of Services Counselor (FINS) in the State of Louisiana. It was the 19th Judicial/Juvenile District Court that this program was organized in 1994. The implementation, coordination and organization devotion of time energy served as a model program whereby other FINS programs began in the State of Louisiana. Mada is a member of the Louisiana FINS Association.  Her family foundation is one of community activism. A lot of her time and untiring works in the Baton Rouge community and contributions of her accomplishments, achievements exemplifies a sense of strong high morals and values in her life. She gives credit to her family, former teachers, church members and others who paved the way for her to be the woman she is today.  Mada was surrounded by family members being entrepreneurs, business owners, her maternal grandparents, Rev.Dr. Carl T. and Bettye Bagnerise Wethers owned, managed and operated the first black theater in the Eden Park Community “The East End Theater” in Baton Rouge Louisiana. Her paternal grandmother, Mada Porter Edwards owned the first black beauty cultural school, “Poro’s Beauty Culture/Cosmetology School” in New Orleans. Her parents Moses L. and Thelma Wethers McDonald were the proprietors owners of Moreco’s Showcase Lounge and Restaurant located in the Scotlandville community during the days of segregation and remained opened until the late 1980’s.  Mada is an outstanding motivational public speaker, commentator for many programs in churches, community activities and projects. She is a Contributing Writer – The Weekly Press, Drum, Advocate, Post, South Baton Rouge Journal, News Leader, City Social, National DST Journal, City/Parish JTPA Employee Newsletter and United Methodist Church Grapevine Publications on local, state and national levels.  Mada has served as co-host for the Mary Mason Gordon, Glorious Morning, Let’s Talk Radio Shows. She is an avid spokesperson on the Ed Buggs, Guy Brody, Major Topics, Genevieve Stewart, Tavis Smiley, Michael Basdin, Tom Joyner, DL Hughley, Steve Harvey and Karee Johnson Radio Shows.  Mada also received many letters/correspondences during the President Barack Obama Administration from the White House inclusive of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Oblama.  Mada was featured on WBRZ/Channel 2 regarding a documentary of her untiring works and endeavors in the Baton Rouge Community. Mada writes daily via of journaling and plans to write a book in the near future. Many awards, certificates and plaques have been received by Mada and she strongly feels her commitment(s) stems from her family(s) roots/foundations, loving parents, family members, others which has contributed to growing up in an environment with so many positive role models who have paved the way in molding and shaping her to be the woman she is today.

 

February 2019 Show

Sonia Eté

Couturier Celebrity Designer Sonia Eté has an accomplished educational background with degrees in Fashion Design from l’École Supérieure des Arts et Techniques de la Mode, (ESMOD, France); Gemology; Graphic Design; and Kuk Jae Fashion Institute in Korea. She has built a creative network by working with Master Embroidery Designer François Lesage (France); Couturier Designers Christian Lacroix and Azzedine Alaïa (France); SAGA Fur International (Denmark); Guess Handbags; Harley Davidson; Entertainer Ed Mc Mahon and Pam Mc Mahon; Aaron and Candy Spelling; London Underground (England); Harry Winston and Swarovski Crystal among others. Her myriad awards encompass Bob Mackie, and Debut Mattel France pour Barbie.  Her extraordinary professional journey as a Couturier Celebrity Designer has encompassed dressing celebrities like Jennifer Stallone, Tracy Danza, Jennifer Lopez, Paula Abdul, Coolio, designing luxury apparel, high-end furs, fine jewelry, embroidery, luxury leather goods, luxury pet accessories and owning a chain of fine-gems jewelry stores.  Understanding the need for Couture in the United States, she brought French couture education by founding the reputable Beverly Hills Design Institute, with the mission to continue the Legend of Couture through training Young Creators into developing a couture eye, a business mind and the power to dress the stars.  Currently, she is in preparation of movie “Emperors” of Austria as a lead costume designer and she dresses many celebrities including Paris Hilton, Marisela (the Latin Madonna), Stevie Wonder, King Washington Band and is the Official Couture Designer for the reality show “Rica, Famosa, Latina – Real Housewives”; for the reality show “Babe Method The Experience” Lead designer for Tisha Campbell-Martin music video-Steel Hre ; the Creative Director for 7 Grammys Winner Malik Yusef (Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label); Opening speech for Style Fashion Week for Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness; Dress legendary singer, Asha Puthli, debuting in Vienna, Austria at Weiner Konzerthaus; the Chief Creative Director of the Family Film Awards CBS Network and the Olympia Awards 7 Arts of the World; created a collection for the Lost Warhols project worldknown photography art of Andy Warhol by Karen Bystedt along with Chriss Brown featured in Vogue magazine and WWD; is an Advisory Board Member of Fashion Group International Los Angeles; the Fashion Ambassador for Reel Focus, Australia and the President and founder of Couture Guild International; works with many world known artists to bring art to fashion and support under privileged artists.  She recently accepted the position of Vice-President of the Non-Profit organization “Women Empower U.S.”, a non-for-profit organization dedicated to help women in hardship from all over the world, to retrieve dignity, independence, and productivity.  Finally, she created SO & SO Inc. in partnership with Sophia Wonder daughter of legend singer Stevie Wonder, a fashion brand extraordinary with the mission to support future generations through inspiration, creativity and love.

 

January 2019 Show

Matthew Dorsett

attended Southern University A&M in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Matt Dorsett was an American football cornerback in the National Football League. Dorsett signed as a free agent with the Green Bay Packers. Dorsett was highly touted for his bump and run coverage abilities. He garnered the nickname "Baby Time" for his tenacious bump and run coverage. Dorsett was one of only two players in Green Bay history to make the 53 man roster as a free agent. What a career high, Supper-Bowl XXX1 champion Green Bay Packers. Dorsett also played with the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Tyrone Hughes

is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League for the New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, and Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at the University of Nebraska. Hughes was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the fifth round (137th overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft. Hughes excelled on special teams, making the Pro Bowl in his rookie season as a return specialist. On October 23, 1994, in a win against the Los Angeles Rams, he set the NFL record for most kickoff return yards in a single-game (304) and the most combined kickoff/punt return yards in a game (347). He also had 2 kick off returns for touchdowns that same game which tied another NFL record.  He led the league in number of kickoff returns and return yards from 1994 to 1996. As a rookie, he led the NFL in punt return yards (503) and punt return average (13.6). Hughes left as the franchise career record holder for kickoff return yards (5,717), punt return yards (1,060) and 5 touchdown returns. He also finished with 67 tackles, 4 interceptions and 4 fumble recoveries. In 2015, Hughes was inducted into the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame.

 

November 22, 2018 Show

Dr. Raynando L. Banks, MD

is a practicing Family Practitioner in Baton Rouge, LA. Dr. Banks graduated from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine in 1990 and has been in practice for 28 years. He completed a residency at Earl K Long Medical Center and also specializes in sports and family medicine.

Dr. Raynando Banks is the author of Country Diet - A Diet book for African Americana. Finally we have book which tell why African America have problems with obesity in America and how to conquer it. His book gives dietary treatment for diabetes, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, childhood obesity and adult obesity. Dr. Banks has also created a hair thickening scalp healing formula.

 

 

 

October 25, 2018 Show

Matthew Dorsett

He attended Southern University A&M in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Matt Dorsett was an American football cornerback in the National Football League. Dorsett sign as a free agent with the Green Bay Packers. Dorsett was highly touted for his bump and run coverage abilities. He garnered the nickname "Baby Time" for his tenacious bump and run coverage. Dorsett was one of only two players in Green Bay history to make the 53 man roster as a free agent. What a career high, Supper-Bowl XXX1 champions Green Bay Packers. Dorsett also played with the Kansas City Chiefs

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Clarence Verdin

is a former American football wide receiver who played for nine seasons in the National Football League (NFL) from 1986 to 1994, six of those with the Indianapolis Colts. During his time with the Colts, he was famous for his end-zone celebration known as "The Verdance". He was selected for two Pro Bowls as a punt returner. He also played for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League. Verdin played college football at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and played two seasons in the United States Football League for the Houston Gamblers

 

September 27, 2018 Show

Dr. Cordel Parris

is truly living the American Dream. As an immigrant to this country she has overcome living in an immigrant boarding house and living in a homeless shelter. Hard work and diligence has brought her to this moment. Along the way the journey was peppered with extreme life choices.  And here she stands, surviving and succeeding in the American Dream. There are many defining moments in her life. Each one individually is extreme, but in retrospect it was the journey that needed to happen to bring her to her divine destiny.

Dr. Parris is identified as a mother, cardiologist, and entrepreneur. She is the owner and CEO of Parris Cardiovascular Center, and is the only Afro- American female cardiologist in the state of Louisiana. She serves in a spiritual and holistic sense to save as many lives as she can until God takes her himself.   It was the horrific events of the death of her beloved brother and later her mother that sparked the desire to serve and educate individuals in the area of health and well- being.  From Parris Cardiovascular Center- Twilight Center was birthed. It is a walk in clinic and spa, which was created in 2015 to serve the needs of those who needed an extended care outside of the cardiovascular services. There is also the WHEFF Center. The “Woman’s Health Education Friends and Family center which is part of both Parris Cardiovascular Center and Twilight Center; it’s goal is to reach the needs of the population of health care issues and the many risks factors that are present in the community, like lack of healthy foods, and access to fresh fruits and vegetables.  

“If I can help save one person, one soul to live a longer life; I would have done my purpose as a cardiologist, sister and daughter to the community.”

 

August 23, 2018 Show

Eugene Radcliff

A graduate from Loyola University School of Law with a Juris Doctor Degree, Mr. Radcliff was a member of Loyola's Moot Court; Who's Who in American Law Students; Associate Justice on the SGA's Board of Review; Secretary of The International Law Society, and received the Law Clinic's Gillis Long Public Service Award. He studied in Europe at the University of Vienna Law School in Vienna, Austria while simultaneously doing some post graduate work at Southern University at New Orleans, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Minors in Finance & Accounting and also received the Presidential Excellence Award, National Dean's List Award, Most Outstanding Student Award, and graduated with the highest GPA in Economics. As a member of the Council of International Visitors, Mr. Radcliff contributed to international legislation regarding social security systems in Brazil and Italy, parliamentary laws regarding Aborigines in Australia; and collaborated with the Solicitor-General and Chief Justice of the High Court to comment on civil code law versus common law systems in Kenya.


Mr. Radcliff is engaged in a Corporate/Business Law practice and consulting. It includes matters involving business formation and advice in areas such as contracts, negotiation, management, compliance, intellectual property, licensing, real estate transactions, along with regulatory matters such as municipal taxing, zoning and many other issues. He has served as private counsel to several mayors, police chiefs, fire chiefs, a district attorney and a U.S. Attorney, and to many private firms, municipalities and other government agencies. As a Litigator – Trial and Appellate Practice – he has served as both defense and plaintiff’s attorney representing companies and individuals in matters including unfair competition, product liability, mass tort, construction, administrative issues, labor/employment law, DBE certification, airports, and other business-related areas. He was designated Deputy Assistant Attorney General in relation to his medical malpractice defense work. He has conducted Continuing Legal Education Programs and professional seminars on areas ranging from Ethics, Corporate Compliance - Sarbanes Oxley, Entertainment Law, Administrative compliance, Legal Professionalism and others. He has also significant legislative experience, including appearing before committee hearings, serving as an original drafter of Louisiana’s internationally acclaimed Movie and Music Tax Credit Acts, and drafting 2006 and 2011 revisions to LA.R.S. 37:2441-2465

 

July 26, 2018 Show

Andie Saizan

is dedicated to giving a voice to those who have not been previously represented in the 6th Congressional District in Louisiana. As a wife, mother and senior software developer, her tenacity when faced with complex challenges is unmatched. Upon her graduation from ITI in 2006, she immediately began trailblazing in the male-dominated field of Information Technology. Andie has excelled in a highly technical profession earning numerous advanced certifications as well as recognition from her Alma Mater because of her continued success.
       Though Louisiana has suffered multiple natural disasters in recent years, these tragedies created an environment for Andie to serve those in her local area by assisting with gutting homes and providing supplies necessary to rehabilitate and rebuild Livingston Parish. Aside from her career success and philanthropy, Andie has engrained herself in the community and is known for her leadership in some of the most relevant social justice issues to date. Not only has Andie continued to advocate for those with unequal rights, she helped co-found and organize events to move these discussions forward.
       As if her marked commitment to the area where she has built her career and grown her family is not enough; she has also become a highly sought-after speaker for her knowledge of IT and commitment to progressing the industry by empowering other women with her story. Leadership, compassion, social awareness and a spirit that compels others to push for greatness is intrinsic to Andie Saizan making her political aspirations a natural next step so she can continue to help others on a larger scale.

 

June 28, 2018 Show

Norvel Joseph Lasserre

is a global entrepreneur Louisiana businessman and Visionary. He founded Lasserre International LLC, and is a member of the Afro-American/French LASSERRE family. Norvel Joseph Lasserre Jr. was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, one of two children of Norvel and Barbara Lasserre. He and his parents lived in New Orleans, Louisiana.

He began his career welding and was later hired as a paralegal for the Broussard-Baloney Law Firm. He later enrolled into Tulane University Continuing Studies Program to further his education in Law and Business. He was hired by Lee, Futrell and Perles Law Firm shortly thereafter as their head paralegal working asbestos cases and managing the firms itineraries. He later expanded his education in the financial services industry and was hired by Union National Insurance Co. which led him to join PRIMERICA, the largest financial services company in North America. He successfully built a business with Primerica and gained a wealth of knowledge that has become the foundation of his real estate and international businesses today.

In 2013, after losing his mother to police violence, he enrolled into an international trade course with the World Trade Center in New Orleans LA. After completing the course, he traveled to Lyon France and founded LASSERRE INTERNATIONAL with the help of his partner, Siebe Hartmans. He became the first black founder of a Cognac company based in Cognac France. He also created the first Cognac ever blended with honey that’s currently being sold in the USA. He also made history as the first and only Black Supplier of alcohol in the entire USA. He has expanded his company across Louisiana and is currently supply’s Mississippi; Arkansas; Georgia; Indiana and Illinois.

 

May 24, 2018 Show

Carol Bidault de l’Isle

is an award winning producer, specialized in international motion picture/television financing, distribution, media asset acquisition and management. She brings with her 30 years of industry experience in the United States, Europe and Latin America. In 2010, Ms. Bidault moved to New Orleans, Louisiana to open the new headquarters of MediaFusion Entertainment, LLC and is currently in various stages of production on over 12 feature films, videos, documentaries.

Her recent clients and projects have included: “Aha Channel” with a catalogue of 1000 titles; Auditor for banks and investors of motion picture productions in Louisiana; Buyer of films and television programs for the Chinese market; Advisor to Washington, DC Independent Film Festival & Market, European Union’s MEDIA program, Organization of American States, and Inter-American Development Bank

 

April 26, 2018 Show

Darian O. Clark

is the President, Franchisor of Smoothies-N-Things Café (a healthier lifestyle eatery) headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana. Smoothies-N-Things has twelve (12) locations. Darian O. Clark is the author and publisher of “THE GATEWAY TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP”. In this book, he relinquishes a detailed account of “Motivational Strategies to Invest in Yourself”, aspiring entrepreneurs. He is an Alumni of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program. Darian has been featured in the Who’s Who in Alabama, Montgomery Business Journal, WSAF Business Break, and WVAS 90.7 Perspectives, and WYLD Sunday Morning Journal.


As a motivational speaker and consultant, Darian has been a keynote speaker at Southern University, Grambling State University, Troy State University, Virginia College, Baton Rouge Community College, and several Montgomery Public Schools. He also volunteers his services with various non-profit organizations and community development programs.
Darian received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agri-Business in 1997, from Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

www.smoothiesnthingscafe.com
 

 

March 22, 2018 Show

Tammy Kling

is a wordsmith, corporate communications expert and global best-selling author in more then 26 countries. As a publishing coach, Tammy works with CEOs, celebrities, professional athletes, and other world changers to tell their story.
Tammy Kling was called one of the world’s top ghostwriters by Virgin.com but her true gift, is using words to change lives. Whether it is in a corporate training setting, or delivering a Keynote, or writing books for world changers, Tammy’s focus is on communication that builds, elevates, and provides clarity. Huffington Post did a recent feature on Tammy called The Power of Words. Her work has been featured in the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Dateline NBC, Extra and Primetime. Tammy is a graduate of the University of Florida College of journalism and communications, with specialties in abnormal psychology and brain neuroscience, at Harvard. Tammy is a global best selling author and thought leader. She has led OnFire Books for a decade, building books with some of the worlds most celebrated leaders. OnFire Books has crafted content for corporate communications initiatives with leaders and teams inside companies such as, Dial Corp, First Command, American Airlines, Medstar healthcare and hundreds of others.


As featured on the Discovery Channel, Wall Street Journal, Oprah and Huffington Post; The Power of Words

 


February 22, 2018 Show

Bishop Dr. Alice Pendleton

is currently the founder/senior pastor of Pendleton Chapel Baptist Church in Hempstead, Texas. She is the first African American woman to obtain a seat as bishop on the world council of the Covenant Bishops Global Council Inc. by Bishop Dr. Samuel Sauls, Presiding Bishop. She is currently the Chancellor of Pendleton Chapel Seminary in Hempstead, Texas where students can receive a Bachelor, a Master and a Doctor of Divinity in one year. Dr. Pendleton is also a retired disabled assistant professor of Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) and a disabled distinguished retired NASA research scientist who was a hidden figure, because she was a African American woman who was discriminated against because of her disability.  Dr. Pendleton graduated head of her class, but did not receive any scholarship offers. She waited five years before beginning her college education at Prairie View A&M University in 1972, where she ultimately received her B.S. in Pre-Med and mechanical engineering, graduating Cum Laude in 1979. She earned her Master’s of Science in Materials Science in 1983–the same year that she suffered a debilitating stroke following a tumor-removal surgery. Dr. Pendleton had to re-learn how to crawl, walk, and talk.  During this time, however, Dr. Pendleton says “God called me to preach the gospel. He sent me into the harvest” and in 1984 she earned a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Divinity degree in theology from Mt. Zion Bible Institute in Houston, Texas. In 2007, while working on her Ph.D at Texas A&M University, she was enlisted by NASA–at the request of Queen Elizabeth of England, former President George W. Bush, and Dr. Mike Dube–to come work for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland as a distinguished research scientist. At NASA, Dr. Pendleton was responsible for testing lubricants designed to operate in outer space, including Castrol and Penzzane oils. In 2008, she completed her doctoral studies and received her Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering. During her time as a NASA research scientist, Dr. Pendleton recalls her struggles against discrimination, particularly regarding her disability. “As a disabled research scientist, I was discriminated against due to my disability. I was denied accommodations based on [Americans with Disabilities Act] laws,” she said.  “I want to do the will of God to serve as a mentor to young people that they can be anything they want to if they just believe and put God first and then in themselves. This has made me a spokesperson for disabled employees.”  Dr. Pendleton has been married for 43 years to the love of her life, Bishop Dr. Walter Pendleton with whom she has three children.
 

Kathy Andre-Eames

grew up in Brusly, Louisiana, a small town across the river from Baton Rouge. Her father was a Southern gentleman, part of a semi-secret organization associated with White Citizen’s Councils of Mississippi. Her family was racist and intolerant, but Andre-Eames was wise and faithful enough to form her own opinions about the world. As a child, she decided that she wanted to grow up to be holy like St. Theresa. Attending a Catholic high school, Andre-Eames served as a Sister at St. Mary of the Pines. As a student, she took part in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s memorial service in Dallas, Texas. She fondly remembers the crowd singing “We Shall Overcome.” Before taking her final vows, she taught at Southern University as part of their Upward Bound program.  Andre-Eames received a scholarship to study at the University of Dallas, where she received her bachelor of arts in music and her master of arts in English. She worked for more than eighteen years as a high-school teacher in East Baton Rouge Parish, for three years as a professor at Louisiana State University, and as a department manager and executive manager at Sears.  After meeting and marrying her husband, George Washington Eames Jr.—a black, paraplegic activist—she dedicated her life to his mission for civil equality. An unwavering supporter of her husband, Andre-Eames assisted him in his work with the local branch of the NAACP. Andre-Eames would help her husband write, edit and publish letters, speeches, and press releases. She was not only his wife; she was his fellow advocate for justice.  At her husband’s funeral, the president of the Baton Rouge Branch NAACP honored her with these words: “If George was Mr. Civil Rights, then you are Mrs. Civil Rights.” Andre-Eames is retired and lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

 

 

January 25, 2018 Show

Victoria Greene

A California native and an award winning filmmaker, Victoria Greene had a successful marketing career before changing gears by entering the film industry and forming her production company, Greene Bayou Films.

After four years in the making, FORGOTTEN BAYOU, a documentary and Victoria’s first feature film, premiered at the New Orleans Film Festival in October 2016, and since has screened throughout the United States receiving a few awards and accolades along the way. "Monster in the Bayou" a short documentary film on the same subject has screened all over the world and won best documentary during Women in Film & Television International Short Film Short-Case.
These film puts a face on an industrial disaster, the Bayou Corne sinkhole by humanizing the event and sharing the stories and experiences from the very people who lived through it.

Victoria also gives back to the community. She is an advisory board member for The Cool Cooperative, an after school film program for underprivileged youth in addition to working as a volunteer for film organizations, and festivals. Plus she spent over twenty years as an on-air anchor and host during PBS pledge drives. It was during the interviews with filmmakers that Victoria fell in love with this type of storytelling.

Associations include WIFT-Louisiana, (Women in Film and Television) in which she sat on the board for several years, New Orleans Film Society and NOVAC (New Orleans Video & Access Center). Again working in marketing along with producing films, Victoria is a graduate of Louisiana State University and a passionate sports fan. She resides in New Orleans with her two pups, Reggie and Lena.

www.forgottenbayou.com

 

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