Express Yourself!™ TEEN Radio Guests

Meet  our Guests: 2016-9/13/2020

Every week, our Express Yourself!™ Star Teens bring you a stimulating, mind-bending, original  program based on a chapter from our award winning books, Be the Star You Are!® for Teens, Simple Gifts for Living, Loving, Laughing, Learning, and Leading and Be the Star You Are Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World

"Oh my gosh, thank you Cynthia Brian for having me on your Express Yourself Teen Radio! Siri and Jack are excellent interviews and I was SO impressed with their talent as young people in their teens. If this is a glimpse into the future #workplace, you will find yourself #fulfilled and #inspired!" Alise Cortez, Radio Host, Working on Purpose

 

“I love your show. I REALLY enjoy talking with your teen hosts as much as ANY hosts with whom I have ever spoken. I find their questions so much more challenging, provocative, and interesting. The questions they ask are real and not jaded by formula. There are ZERO podcasts that even come close to hanging with your STAR Team.” Shawn Anderson, Author, Go the Extra Mile Expert

Listen to all shows at Voice America Kids Network

Be the star You Are! for Teens, Simple Gifts for Living, Loving, Laughing, Learning, and Leading

Well Being: GAIN without Pain

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A variety of wellness tips is the theme for this hour with hosts Siri Phaneendra and Andrea Smith. Trends without Ends reporter Jack Pawlakos jumpstarts the broadcast with a riveting report on the healing trends for year, especially during Covid-19 including music therapy and timing of light and biology of the human body. In the face of spiraling rates of burnout amongst physicians and other health care professionals, Dr. Greg Hammer created GAIN, a four-step, proven path to personal resilience and happiness.  He describes the GAIN method (an acronym for Gratitude, Acceptance, Intention, and Nonjudgment) and offers remedial therapies for burnout in his new book, GAIN without Pain: The Happiness Handbook for Health Care Professionals. Dr. Hammer emphasizes the importance of choosing optimism and positivity during these challenging days. The newest reporter to join the Express Yourself! team is Jay Jackson, a thirteen-year old athlete with his segment titled Jay’s Sports World. He discusses how professional basketball has returned in a bubble. Make sure to wear your masks, keep a 6-foot distance from others, wash your hands often, and shelter-in-place whenever possible. We want you to be safe, strong, and healthy. Be the Star You Are! is celebrating 21 years of outreach service. Together we will survive!

 

 

 

Bio: Greg Hammer, MD

Greg Hammer, MD  is a pediatric intensive care physician, pediatric anesthesiologist, and professor at Stanford University Medical Center. A member of the Stanford WellMD initiative and the Wellness Committee for the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Dr Hammer is currently the Chair of the Physician Wellness Task Force for the California Society of Anesthesiologists. He has been a visiting professor and lecturer on wellness at institutions worldwide and teaches GAIN to medical students, residents and fellows at Stanford. 

Dr. Hammer’s clinical focus is in pediatric cardiac anesthesia and pediatric critical care medicine. His research is in developmental pharmacology and immunology, and he has an active laboratory with multiple ongoing studies in these areas. He has published widely on topics related to pharmacology and perioperative care of children undergoing cardiac and thoracic procedures as well as organ transplantation. Dr. Hammer is a health enthusiast and meditator, utilizing a non-duality and mindfulness-based approach, including the GAIN method.  Dr. Hammer is the author of GAIN without Pain: The Happiness Handbook for Health Care Professionals. www.GregHammerMD.com

 

Bio: Jay Jackson

 

Jay Jackson is the newest and youngest member of the Express Yourself! Teen Radio Team. He is thirteen and lives in California. Jay enjoys playing sports and spending quality time with friends and family. Basketball has always had a special place in his life. As a student athlete with a 4.0 GPA, his dream is to attend UCLA, join their journalism program, and become a sports journalist. He promises that his segments of Jay’s Sports World will be informative and entertaining. Tune in. Http://www.Expressyourselfteenradio.com

 

 

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/125707/well-being-gain-without-pain

Cast of Mighty Oak, the Movie

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Teen hosts Andrea Smith and Siri Phaneendra are joined by ebullient and talented cast members from the new Sean McNamara (Soul Surfer) directed film, Mighty Oak: Tommy Ragen, Gianna Harris, Rodney Hicks, and Ben Milliken. Mighty Oak is the story of Gina (Janel Parrish, Pretty Little Liars, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before), a band manager who struggles after losing her brother/lead singer (Levi Dylan) in a fatal car accident while traveling to a gig.  A decade later, Gina meets a 10-year-old music prodigy named Oak, played by Tommy, a real-life prodigy whose music inspired the screenplay. Oak possesses the same qualities as Gina’s late brother, inspiring her to reunite the band with Oak as its new front man. The cast talks about the deep chemistry between the actors that evolved during shooting that was transformative and magical. The discussion includes views on reincarnation, music, high school experiences, and the business of acting. Andrea and Siri were thrilled to take candid SKYPE pics with some of the players and recommend the film to everyone. It’s a hopeful, healing, and touching movie for the entire family to enjoy…especially enchanting during this time of sheltering-at-home. Enjoy Tommy’s songs on this episode of Express Yourself!™

Blue Crush  www.mightyoakthemovie.com

Official Trailer: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ba40pACGBZ0

Listen to the cast interviewed on StarStyle: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/124732/cast-of-paramount-film-mighty-oak-and-author-jo-giese

 

Bio: Tommy Ragen

Tommy Ragen is a 12-year-old musician, songwriter, producer, and actor. He has released three albums “9, Rocket, and Heart Emoji”. He played the lead role of “Oak” in the Paramount Pictures movie Mighty Oak. Mighty Oak features eight original songs co-written by Tommy and Caroline Corn. He was, also, a cast member on the First National Broadway Tour of The School Of Rock the Musical.

  www.mightyoakthemovie.com

Bio: Rodney Hicks

Rodney is a longtime New Yorker, originally from Philly who now resides in Colorado. He is an Award winning Black Gay

Male Artist. His play FLAME BROiLED had its World Premiere at Local Theater Company in Boulder, CO in the Fall of 2019.

The play was awarded the 2019 Eulipions Fund on behalf of The Denver Foundation. Previous versions of his plays MS.

PEARL’S CABARET and JUST PRESS SAVE were a 2019 and 2018 Semi-Finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Conference.,

respectively. Rodney was last seen on Broadway as Bob & Others in Come From Away; Clarence Norris in The Scottsboro

Boys, Peter in Jesus Christ Superstar (2000 Revival) and the Original Cast of RENT. He currently has a supporting role in

the newly released Paramount Studios film ‘Mighty Oak’ at Drive in’s and movie theaters. Rodney is a peace and love

practitioner/meditator as well as a playwright and actor. www.rodneyhicks.net/ Follow on instagram: @rodneyhickshere Facebook: Rodney Hicks     

 

 

 

Bio: Gianna Harris

Gianna Harris is a 15 year-old singer, musician, actor and dancer. She plays the guitar, piano, bass and ukulele. Gianna discovered her love for performing in 2015 and as an amateur she performed at MSG during the Knicks half-time show and Apollo Theater. Gianna's professional career started in March of 2016 when she got her first big role in Andrew Lloyd Weber's School of Rock on Broadway. In 2017 she graduated from Broadway and joined the touring company of School of Rock. Her most recent role is Emma Biggs in Mighty Oak. When Gianna is not acting she is either writing and recording music, reading or riding her skateboard. Her favorite color is lavender and her favorite dessert is choc chip cookies. Gianna is a huge advocate and voice for Mental Health Awareness and LQBTQ+ Equality. Insta: @thegiannaharris

Bio: Ben Milliken

Born in Manchester, England, Ben was raised in Bilgola Beach located on Sydney's Northern Beaches. Ben, then moved to Los Angeles where we quickly began landing roles in multiple film and television projects, including Universal's "Blue Crush 2". Most recently, Ben landed a role in season 5 of Amazon's hit show “Bosch”.   www.mightyoakthemovie.com

 

Bio: Sean McNamara

Sean Patrick McNamara is an Irish-American writer, director and producer of the break out hit “Soul Surfer” (Tri-Star Pictures). “Spare Parts” from the Wired Magazine article “La Vida Robot” (Lionsgate), “The Moon and the Sun” (Paramount Pictures), “Raise Your Voice” (New Line Cinema), “Hoovey,” “Field Of Lost Shoes” and many more Feature Films and Television shows have been Helmed and produced by Sean. He is the director of Mighty Oak. www.mightyoakthemovie.com

 

Official Website: www.mightyoakthemovie.comParamount

 

Official Trailer: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ba40pACGBZ0

 

Instagram Official Trailer: https://www.instagram.com/p/CAisIDODtla/

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: 

https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/125587/cast-of-mighty-oak-the-movie

Financial Literacy and Money Ed

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Most decisions we make are in fact centered on our finances. Katelyn Darrow and Andrea Smith host a program focused on financial literacy. Katelkyn shares her experience with getting her first credit card and student loans. She advocates to talk to elders to learn more about financial resources. Whitman Ochiai is the producer of the Money Ed Podcast, a financial literacy podcast aimed at young people that strives to impart valuable financial management skills. Whitman explains to Andrea and Katelyn that strong financial literacy can drastically improve one’s success in life and it is important to gain these financial skills at a young age. As a teen, one’s financial priorities should be establishing a Roth IRA, getting a job, and saving as much money as possible so that they can best take advantage of the power of compounding interest. The hosts read the chapter, The Gift of Financial Literacy by Heather Brittany from the book, Be the Star You Are!® for Teens by Cynthia Brian. Learn as much as possible about investing in your future.  It’s never too early or too late to start saving. You’ll have the satisfaction of independence and develop a work ethic that will take you far in life.

 

 

Bio:

Whitman Ochiai is the creator of Money Ed, a podcast series for young people aimed at promoting financial literacy, that is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and SoundCloud. Whitman is a rising senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ), where he is the Editor-in-Chief for TJ’s Podcast Network and President of TJ’s Financial Literacy Club. Whitman resides in Northern Virginia with his parents and younger sister Sophie. In his free time, Whitman enjoys tutoring unrepresented middle school students via the program LIFT, singing Italian opera, and hiking. Whitman plans to pursue economics and computer science in college. Money Ed Podcast on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-711067274

Money Ed Podcast on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/money-ed-podcast-series/id1492016348

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/125425/financial-literacy-and-money-ed

The Power of Ecology and Firefighter Zen

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Katelyn Darrow and Andrea Smith address climate change, Coviid-19, and the ecology effects of what’s happening in our world. Katelyn shares that a positive result of Covid-19 has been that nature is beginning to heal itself. Firefighter, storyteller, and author Hersch Wilson talks about how to stay safe during these horrendous fires and other disasters in the USA. His book Firefighter Zen tackles the value of life. Life is short, grab it, and live for today. He advises rising above the calamities to find joy in daily living because everyone suffers. Learn to be brave, asking oneself “what is the bravest thing we can do?” Hersch encourages us to stop the negative self-talk about failing. His mantra is to help people through the confusion and suffering. It is in service to others that we find fulfillment and inner peace.

 

Andrea, a competitive swimmer and water baby, talks about how climate change is altering patterns of weather and water around the world, causing shortages and droughts in some areas and floods in others. Saving our oceans must be a priority.

Both hosts advocate reducing our carbon footprint and nurturing Mother Nature.

For info on how to prepare for an emergency and put together a Go Bag, visit https://www.bethestaryouare.org/copy-of-operation-hurricane-disaste

 

 

Bio: Hersch Wilson and his wife, Laurie, became volunteer firefighters in 1986. In his “real job” he is a writer, speaker, and consultant. He has worked as an organizational consultant, pilot, outdoor adventure trainer, professional dancer, and author. He writes for Backdraft magazine and other publications. Hersch Wilson is also a storyteller committed to explaining how First Responding can change how we see and experience our own lives. In the past twenty-five years, Hersch has worked extensively with leadership teams from a variety of organizations including Kodak, IBM Japan, Altria, The United States Postal Service, the CIA, Kraft Foods and Baxter Healthcare to name a few. He has co-written three national business best sellers with Larry Wilson, including the award winning, “Playing to Win!: Choosing Growth Over Fear in Work and in Life.”

In his book Firefighter Zen: A Field Guide to Thriving in Tough Times. he shares hard-won lessons on coping with life’s inevitable difficulties with composure, courage, and compassion. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. More information at http://www.herschwilson.com

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/125312/the-power-of-ecology-and-firefighter-zen

Wilderness and Survival

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Survival can be highly dramatic, worthy of the front pages. It can also be ordinary, something we do daily almost without taking notice. Hosts Katelyn Darrow and Siri Phaneendra tackle the topic of survival and wilderness training. Katelyn shares her experiences as a solo female backpacker. She advocates the importance of preparedness whether hiking, camping, or backpacking to thrive survive in the wilderness. Siri and Katelyn interview author Carren Strock about her middle grade chapter book, Secret Survivors, a gripping story about children trapped and struggling to stay alive when a blizzard hits the mountains of Colorado. This powerful story, showcases kids using their ingenuity and working together to survive during a treacherous storm. Carren also discusses writing, turning setbacks into comebacks, and explains how she developed her other fascinating books. The hour ends with the hosts reading, The Gift of Survival, from Cynthia Brian’s awarding winning book, Be the Star You Are! 99 Gifts for Living, Loving, Laughing, and Learning to Make a Difference, about surviving the second-worst firestorm in United States history. Each time you remain positive in the face of adversity brings you one step closer to being the star you are.

 

“Wilderness is a necessity…there must be places for human beings to satisfy their souls.” John Muir

 

Bio:

Carren Strock believes that creativity has no boundaries and that it is only desire and determination that separate those who succeed from those who don't. She is equally at home with a paintbrush and canvas, a needle and thread, a hammer and nails, or a pen and paper, and is as eclectic in her writing as she is in her other interests. While best known for her definitive sociological study, Married Women Who Love Women, now in its third edition, she is also the author of an autobiographical how-to book A Writer’s Journey: What to Know Before, During, and After Writing a Book, an exciting mystery, In the Shadow of the Wonder Wheel, a paranormal romance, Tangled Ribbons, a rhyming picture book in which she has combined both her writing and her painting skills, Grandpa and Me and the Park in the City, a cook book, Potatoes With Appeal: 105 Mouth-Watering Recipes, and a middle grade chapter book, Secret Survivors. http://www.carrenstrock.com 

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/125176/wilderness-and-survival

The Power of Community: RISE

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The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word “rise” more than 20 different ways, both as a verb and a noun. Hosts Andrea Smith and Siri Phaneendra interview 16-year-old singer-songwriter-musician, Isolde Fair with her poignant new song nominated for Hollywood Music in Media Award, “Rise.” A collaboration between Isolde and her multi-talented parents: her mother, the esteemed pianist and composer Starr Parodi, who co-wrote “Rise” with Isolde; and Jeff Eden Fair, Isolde’s father, who co-produced it with Starr. Andrea and Siri read The Gift of Community from Cynthia Brian’s award winning book, Be the Star You Are!® 99 Gifts for Living, Loving, Laughing, and Learning to Make a Difference. To be served, we must first serve others. To belong, we must first accept.

In the segment, In the Spotlight, Andrea highlights the courage and activism of John Lewis rising to build community. Look at the communities of your life. Are you adding to the brotherhood and sisterhood of society? From Isolde’s chorus, “We rise until we’re standing. We rise until we’re strong. Our dreams are never ending. We rise until we’re standing.”

What have you done to speak up and speak out?

Bio: Isolde Fair

Isolde Fair first gained recognition at age 13 with her composition and recording “To All The Little Girls.” The lyrics focused on a portion of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 concession speech dedicated to young women: “Never doubt that you are valuable…” The song reached Clinton herself, who wrote online of her appreciation of the sentiments expressed by Isolde. Subsequently, Isolde was courted by numerous media outlets eager to know how such a young girl created such a profound piece of art.  “Rise” focuses on using one’s voice for positive change, and the power that each person possesses to allow our voices to be heard against injustice—the unstoppable drive to never give up. It’s a message for people of all ages, but especially speaks to youth. Isolde has performed as an artist, singing in front of a full orchestra at Lincoln Center in New York City, as well as soloing on violin with members of Cirque du Soleil and in other high-profile situations. With so much raw, innate talent, and a bottomless well of visions and inspirations to draw from, Isolde Fair can only continue to rise.

 

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAEM2YlFMfA&feature=emb_title

Website: https://isoldefair.com

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/125043/power-of-community-rise

Let it Go, Let it Flow Leadership

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The root of conflict and distress starts with failed leadership. Recent high school graduate and host Siri Phaneedra was awarded UC Berkeley’s Leadership Award and became an Alumni Scholar at the Cal Alumni Association. She talks about her leadership roles as a teen and then interviews Joan Ramirez, author of Let it Go, Let if Flow Leadership. Joan states that the most important virtue for a leader is humility. Learn from mistakes. Her book will give those in search of leadership positions an insight into people who’ve earned their stripes. It will also teach them the most important step in moving forward: Letting go of past mistakes–at any age. In the Spotlight reporter Andrea Smith offers an inspiring segment focused on our inner leadership powers to increase love and kindness in our world. The key to being an effective leader starts deep within yourself. There are no limits to being human when we express our best and truest versions of ourselves. Be a fearless and transformational leader.

 

BIO: Joan Ramirez

Joan Ramirez holds a Master of Science in Business, Medical, and Technical Journalism as well as two others in ESL and Education. She has published on a variety of topics from cochlear implants to the economy and has conducted workshops –domestic and foreign–on the nuances of business communications for managers and start-up companies. She is the leader of her own enterprise with training programs (twenty five years of expertise) for entrepreneurs–all levels and also published two other books–Jamie is Autistic: Learning in a Special Way (JLRegen Enterprises) and Go for It Leadership Handbook for All Students (Audible.com). Her autism book is based on her experience as a freelance Autism/ESL elementary school teacher. She also teaches ESL at the college level.

She can be reached at writerjr1044@gmail.com 

For more on Joan’s diverse background, please go to www.joansbookshelf.com

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/124907/let-it-go-let-it-flow-leadership

Music with Liverpool Rap Artist, Royzy Rothschild

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As part of our Disaster Relief Outreach program, Be the Star You Are!® and StarStyle ®Productions, LLC showcase authors, artists, actors, musicians, and other creatives who have had their performances canceled by Covid-19.

On Super Smart Sundays, Express Yourself!® ventures to the music mecca of Liverpool, England as Siri Phaneendra interviews actor and rap artist, Royzy Rothschild. His two new singles, Falling featuring Ettie Jayne and House of Cards featuring Lotty are played during the broadcast and available on all the streaming platforms. Royzy writes inspirational lyrics that were born from personal life experiences.  He believes in helping people and shares his insights on what it takes to be a successful musician in a very difficult. He watches a motivational video before beginning each which is a lesson in discipline, passion, and purpose. A favorite memory is playing a concert where he forgot his lyrics, yet the entire audience remembered and sang to him. Also on the program, Siri discusses the various Indian musical modalities and reads The Gift of Music by Jack Pawlakos from Cynthia Brian’s book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World. Tune in for great music and authentic advice from a musical artist who works hard and cares.

 

Bio:Royzy Rothschild

Royzy Rothschild is a rap artist hailing from Liverpool, England, the home of John Lennon and the Beatles. Royzy doesn't play the guitar.  Royzy raps over the beats with sheer lyricism. Royzy started rapping in 1998 at house parties with friends and over the years developed to be the artist he is today with 15 mix tapes and 3 released albums. Royzy's break out album An Only Child LP enjoyed national and international coverage with magazines and radio.  He was signed to Las Vegas record label Brawla with an EP deal. Royzy continued to make great music with a massive concept album called Celeb Name Drop album which gives back to the culture. Royzy has been on 9 UK Tours, he's supported artists like Wu Tang Clan, Devlin, Bugzy Malone, Ms Banks, Furiour 5, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Lunar C, Black The Ripper and more. Royzy has two new singles out Falling featuring Ellie Jayne and House of Cards featuring Lotty from Big Condo Records, available wherever everywhere. A fan favorite for authentic lyricism and truthful lyrics and technique, Royzy never disappoints. www.bigcondo.co.uk

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/RoyzyRothschild

YOUTUBE: https://twitter.com/RoyzyRothschild

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/RoyzyRothschild/

YouTube: Tags @RoyzyRothschild @reallottymusic 

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/124777/music-with-liverpool-rap-artist-royzy-rothschild

Storytelling and Poetry

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The history of the world is a result of storytelling over the ages. Long before the written word, oral histories were passed down through the generations. His story. Her story. Arjin Claire and Andrea Smith host this episode as part of Super Smart Sundays. They interview poet/speaker Traci Neal who shares her journey from bullying at school to discovering her abilities to inspire and motivate youth through her poetry and speaking. They also read the chapter, The Gift of Storytelling by Cynthia Brian from the book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World. In her segment, In the Spotlight, Andrea focuses on the positive aspects of this pandemic in the creativity it has evoked with writing, musical endeavors, and art. Both she and Arjin are discovering the time to be artists and storytellers. Every day offers opportunities to discover a new story. We are all the writers, producers, directors, and stars of our own lives. It’s time to launch your production.

 

 

Bio: Traci Neal discovers her gift of poetry at age 14, when her middle school teacher wants the class to write a poetry book. She shares her poetry now, at 31, as a way for others to see her heart and her faith. She loves speaking to youth through sharing her life experiences to motivate them. She encourages young people to stand up for what they believe in. Traci Neal is a servant and she chooses to commit her life to helping others. Traci Neal is ready to share her gift of poetry with you. Her gift is where her heart is. Traci Neal uses life experiences, positive techniques, and spiritual guidance to inspire youth to

an impactful journey. Book Traci Neal for all positive, religious, or spiritual events! Listen to her poetry at YouTube: 

www.youtube.com/channel/UCUZfz9W3bxYodkAa5-QWuoQ

https://www.tracinealspeakerpoet.com

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/124659/storytelling-and-poetry

Time Travel and the Visitor from 4-D

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Andrea Smith takes the helm of hosting Express Yourself! Teen Radio and begins by reading the chapter about Time from the book Be the Star You Are! For Teens. She then interviews author Deborah Dolan Hunt as part of our Super Smart Sundays program to give authors an opportunity to discuss their books during Covid-19. Deborah’s book, The Visitor from 4-D by Deborah Dolan-Hunt is a light-hearted science fiction novel geared for middle-graders that is based on the time travel experiments some people believe occurred at the former Montauk Air Force Station. Deborah also discusses her work as a nurse, professor, and the writing life since she is the author of several different books. Andrea finishes the show with her segment of In the Spotlight focusing on climate change. She recently was on a boat in the Channel Islands where a pod of 1000 dolphins were playing. World biodiversity is declining. It is estimated that one-third of corals, freshwater molluscs, sharks, and rays, one-fourth of all mammals, one-fifth of all reptiles, and one-sixth of all birds are heading towards extinction. This doesn’t just affect global ecosystems, but it also affects our food security. The future of our planet greatly depends on us. Once we destroy our planet, we won’t be able to time travel backwards.

 

Bio: Deborah Hunt

Deborah Hunt is a nursing professor and writer who lives in New York with her family and the incorrigible Chewy.  She loves painting, hiking, gardening, and cooking and often gets her story ideas while walking on the beach at Montauk.  She has completed several online classes on writing for children and is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She has published 3 nursing books and several award-winning children’s books. Her most recent book “The Visitor from 4-D” received the Gold Award from Literary Titan and her picture book “Same Inside Different Outside” won First Place in the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards and the Gold Award from Literary Titan. Deborah’s forthcoming books include “Dale Earnhardt: Destined to Race”, “No Dinosaurs Allowed”, “Booch the Pooch”, and “Hannah and the Hobgoblins”. http://drhuntsrndigest.com

 

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/124551/time-travel-and-the-visitor-from-4-d

Women of Color in Tech and Social Media

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As part of our Operation Disaster Relief Outreach Program, Express Yourself! continues to feature Super Smart Sundays celebrating new authors who have had their personal appearances canceled because of Covid-19.

 

 

Tech industry jobs are growing fast, offering great pay, career growth, and learning opportunities. Women of color, sadly, have not been able to fully participate in this boom. While there are barriers to overcome, Women of Color in Tech is an indispensable resource for building a rewarding future in tech. Packed with inspiring stories and practical advice, this book shows you how to uncover the resources you need to succeed.  Host Siri Phaneendra interviews author Susanne Tedrick about her practical guide that will help women develop the blend of knowledge and skills needed for getting into tech--and staying there. Siri discusses her start-up, drawmylove.com, a company that allows people to create physical, short-form books. The platform is user-friendly and as simplistic as choosing a template for your specific occasion, customizing a character, and adding personal content. After designing the book from cover to cover, your very own personalized book will be professionally printed, bounded, and shipped right to your doorstep. In segment three, a new reporter, Andrea Smith, joins the STAR Team with her segment, In the Spotlight. Today she discusses the big role social media plays on teen’s mental health in modern times. She contends that even though we are technically more connected than ever, we have never been further apart. Andrea advocates for using social media to make the world a happier place.


 

 

Bio: Susanne Tedrick is a technical specialist for a Fortune 50 technology firm. In her work, Susanne helps organizations understand the benefits of creating cloud-native software applications and modernizing their existing IT infrastructure through cloud computing and tackling the complexities that come with the process. Prior to her transition into the tech field, Susanne worked in administrative and operations roles with various companies within the financial services industry. Fiercely committed to community service and increasing participation of women and people of color in STEM educational and professional opportunities, she performs volunteer work for P-TECH and Black Girls Code.S usanne was the winner of CompTIA Association of Information Technology Professional’s 2018 Rising Star of the Year Award and a 2019 nominee for CompTIA Advancing Women in Technology Mentorship Guide Spotlight Award for her dedication in advancing the careers of future technologists. Susanne graduated with a degree in communication systems from Northwestern University and currently resides in New York City with her husband, Paul. webelongintech.com

 

Bio: Andrea Smith is the newest Express Yourself! Teen Radio Reporter.  Her segment is titled, In the Spotlight. Andrea is a senior at Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Southern CA. She loves swimming and participating in everything ocean related. She is also extremely passionate about Model United Nations and knows the ins and outs of living a happy and healthy lifestyle! www.ExpressYourselfTeenRadio.com

Health Heroes with Dr. Mary Choy and Dr. Michele Kaufman

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Have you thought about your future career? What line of work will be most fulfilling to you? And most importantly – how and what do you need to do to get there? The American public and the world has seen healthcare heroes in action, saving lives in the wake of COVID-19. There are many heroes amongst us, those who go above and beyond to make this world a better place for others. Besides expressing appreciation for the health heroes on the front lines, radio host Siri Phaneendra interviews pharmacists, authors, and educators Drs. Mary Choy and Michele Kaufman from New York City to discuss the power of reading, networking, and careers. Their love of teaching, writing, and helping others led them to publish their first book, a healthcare career guide for youth, aptly titled, “Healthcare Heroes: The Medical Careers Guide.” The duo tells us what it’s like to work in the healthcare profession and offer insights for youth to set personal goals that will benefit them for their future and to empower our youth for success.

The Medical Careers Guide provides expert insights and strategies to help readers find their best career path in healthcare...it's like having a personal career panel of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, emergency medical technician, biomedical engineer, art/music therapists, and many more. They advise taking advantage for the free virtual camps online to get more information about a career in the medical professions.

 

Mary Choy Bio:

Mary Choy is a doctor of pharmacy, educator, and author who lives in New York City. For over 15 years, Dr. Choy has trained countless healthcare professionals and shared her personal strategies for success at different venues throughout the United States. She is the Director of Pharmacy Practice for the New York State Council of Health-System Pharmacists. She has been recognized with some of the most prestigious national awards for achieving excellence and exemplary service in healthcare. She has authored numerous articles and her first book, Healthcare Heroes: The Medical Careers Guide, features inspiring stories from 28 healthcare professionals and has been called “a young adult’s personal career fair.” She loves visiting schools and presenting to kids of all ages. Learn more about her at www.healthcareheroesbook.com; Twitter/Instagram @DrMaryChoy; www.facebook.com/healthcareheroesbook

 

 

Michele B. Kaufman Bio:

Michele B. Kaufman is a doctor of pharmacy and medical writer who lives in New York City. She is a Pharmacist at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital Lower Manhattan, where she evaluates ordered medications to ensure patients have the best outcomes. Dr. Kaufman has authored over 300 articles and was a contributing editor for P&T and Formulary Journal for many years. She is also a patent-holder for pineapple-flavored Colyte. She is the recipient of prestigious awards for her significant contribution to clinical pharmacy practice and the medical literature. She co-authored Healthcare Heroes: The Medical Careers Guide, to demystify the diverse group of healthcare professionals who comprise the modern healthcare team. She plays the saxophone and has played at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Learn more about her at www.healthcareheroesbook.com; Twitter @PharmDGuru; www.facebook.com/healthcareheroesbook

 

Strength and Resilience

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When you are resilient, you’ll laugh more, play more, and enjoy a higher quality of significance.  Host Siri Phaneendra brilliantly shares how she bounced backed from adversity to develop strength through love and support of family. She orchestrates a fascinating interview with author of Everything is Not Fine, Sarah Carlson who advises to give oneself time to grieve, space to mourn when times are shattering. A short preview of her novel: High school senior Rose is a pro at using art to ignore her mom’s heroin addiction . . . until Mom almost dies of an overdose, leaving her family in ruin. In the aftermath, Rose no longer has the strength to pick up a paintbrush. But then she discovers the power of admitting everything’s not fine. Siri believes that loving oneself and sharing your love with others helps us build up inner strength that cannot be disturbed by any external circumstances.

To be resilient means to bounce back quickly. Throughout life we will all encounter difficulties and circumstances requiring us to be flexible. The faster we can recover from our mishaps and turn negatives into positives, the quicker we’ll be able to move forward. It is not what happens to us that matters, it is how we react to the event.

 

“Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again” Nelson Mandela

BIO: Sarah J. Carlson writes contemporary young adult books that delve into complex, real-world problems. Professionally, she is a school psychologist supporting the success of children with behavioral and mental health needs and helping to promote resilience in children who have been exposed to trauma and adverse childhood experiences. Sarah lives outside Madison, Wisconsin with her husband, two young children, and an energetic terrier. Her works include All the Walls of Belfast and Everything’s Not Fine.  sjcarlsonauthor.com

Teen Challenges with Addicted Parents

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“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” Franklin Roosevelt

 

Rachel Glass hosts a show focusing on teen challenges. She begins by reading then resonating with the chapter, The Gift of Youth by Victoria Whitebread from the book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World. Rachel also reads the chapter she wrote for the same book titled, The Gift of Self-Love and provides an update on how she has grown and changed since writing the chapter. Her chapter’s purpose is a call to action for people to individually look inward and be thankful. People across the country are facing real issues like hunger, poverty, and racism, and it’s not as simple as just staying positive and being thankful. We must help and love others.

Author of For Teenagers Living with a Parent Who Abuses Alcohol/Drugs, Edith Lynn Hornik-Beer, is interviewed. Edith was inspired to write her book after she was approached by teens after they read her newspaper column, The Young World.  The book answers many questions including: What causes alcoholism? What can I as a teenager do to protect myself from abuse? Where can I get help? Should I stay at home? How can anyone expect me to concentrate in school? Why do I fight with my parents even when they are sober? Where can I go for help?

 

Edith wants everyone to remember:  You are not alone.  You can do so much with your life. You do NOT have to be a prisoner of your circumstances. Establish a healthy lifestyle. There is help.

 

Bio: Edith Lynn Hornik-Beer

Edith Lynn Hornik-Beer is an author/journalist/lecturer whose articles have been published both here and abroad including in The Sunday New York Times, Elle, Denver Post, Toronto Star, Neue Zuercher Zeitung (Switzerland), Berlin Tagesblatt (Germany). Her books have been published by Simon&Schuster,  Follett, Hazelden Educational Material, Association Press and others. She has been invited to talk on local TV talk shows in Michigan, Colorado, New York, and on national TV shows such as Good Morning America, and such radio shows as Health Line, Harvard School Of Public Health. She has lectured at various colleges and institutes including Chautauqua Institute, Touro College, Long Island University, Colorado Mountain College.  Her writings are collected by Simmons College Archive of Women Writers. She was a Selected Judge for Colorado Independent Publishers Association Book Awards 2012 and selected in 2017 as Winner-Matt-Kramer-Award-Excellence-Journalism. Edith lives in Colorado where she likes to hike, snowshoe, and teach at Colorado Mountain College. She travels frequently to New York, Boston and when possible abroad.  To write her books she sequesters herself in such writer colonies as Dorland Mountain Arts Colony and The Atlantic Center for The Arts. She loves to connect with her readers via her web sites and by talking at libraries and on radio and TV shows. www.answersforteens.com  www.thedrinkingwomanrevisited.com 

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/124072/teen-challenges

Adventure and Experiences

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What does adventure mean to you? Veteran radio host and BTSYA volunteer, Rachel Glass spearheads this exciting program about experiences and adventures. As part of our Super Smart Sundays, Rachel interviews author C.R. Kahme about her Libbie Lyndton series. The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island has always been a retreat from the modern-day world.  For C.R.’s main character, Libbie Lyndton, the Grand Hotel is far more than that - it was both a paradise for a horse-loving girl and a mystery that begged to be solved. C.R. is a great storyteller and fills us in on the joys and beauty of Mackinac Island. They also discuss dyslexia and how anyone with any disability can still do what she/he loves. Rachel also reads Cynthia Brian’s chapter, the Gift of Adventure from the book Be the Star You Are! 99 gifts for Living, Loving, Laughing, and Learning to Make a Difference.  (www.StarStyleStore.net) To expand who you are, look for the adventure in all things. Life is an involuntary bungee jump. Open yourself to the experience, savoring every sensation and crying out with joy and exhilaration. Rachel shares tips about how to stay safe and have an adventure at home during Covid-19. Celebrate your aliveness and your health. Make every day an adventure.

 

Bio: C.R. Kahme

Being an author carries heavy responsibilities and ecstatic joys. A lifetime of careers all centered on my visual acuity and deficits in my ability to grasp the meaning of the written word, now known to be called Dyslexia.  Being a strong "Left-Brained' artist with a talent for finding color in every aspect of life, I found that words have become my color palette. Beginning my professional life as an interior designer, I began writing a "Dear Decorator" column for a New York newspaper and went on to become a reporter, and then a freelancer for Cape Cod Home magazine.  The love of horses and a lifetime of memories generated from joyful moments spent on Mackinac Island, Michigan where all transportation is horse "driven". created the raw material for the rich sharing of history and fantasy through the pages of the Libbie Lyndton Adventure series. Her current books include Libbie Lyndton and the Looking Glass

Libbie Lyndton and the Lost Room

Libbie Lyndton and the Midewiwin

And more books to come.

crkahmeauthor.com 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/123957/adventure-and-experiences

Climate Revolution with Author Mary DeMocker

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The climate revolution is the global transition to a clean energy, low-carbon future, saying “yes” to life. What’s good for our planet is also good for human beings—especially the smallest and most vulnerable ones. Host Arjin Claire interviews author Mary DeMocker about climate change and discusses her book, The Parents Guide to Climate Revolution. Mary advocates for blocking a new fracking operation which helps the climate, and also protects our kids’ drinking water from hundreds of chemicals that fracking injects into groundwater. Cultivating awe in nature makes children more likely to protect it, but it also makes them happier people. Reducing materialism is good for the planet and family budgets and closet-space, but it’s also good for our souls. Planting trees captures carbon.  Arjin reads the chapter, The Gift of Nature by Cynthia Brian from the book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World, which offers ways we can save our planet and our population. Listen to the scientists. We don’t have much time.

 

BIO: Mary De Mocker

Mary DeMocker’s book, The Parents’ Guide to Climate Revolution: 100 Ways to Build a Fossil-Free Future, Raise Empowered Kids, and Still Get a Good Night’s Sleep (foreword by Bill McKibben) is a 2019 Oregon Book Award finalist and has been recommended on NPR and in The New York Times. DeMocker is co-founder and former creative director of 350 Eugene, with whom she designed and co-led youth-centered climate protests featured on PBS NewsHour, ArtCOP21, and in an Avaaz video shown to world leaders at Paris climate talks. She has written for The Sun, Spirituality & Health, EcoWatch, Sierra, The Oregonian, and Common Dreams. For book reviews, interviews, articles, or photos of the author’s block-long art installation protesting Oregon’s proposed gas pipeline, please visit www.MaryDeMocker.com.

 

Listen at voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/123824/climate-revolution

Plan Your Future with Blogger, Nadalie Bardo

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“The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.” -unknown

Host Siri Phaneendra interviews Nadalie Bardo, Founder of It's All You Boo, a personal development blog, that helps you plan your goals and become a more positive, productive person. The duo discusses how to create colorful, imaginative vision boards to help you manifest your destiny and how to visualize your reality. Productivity is doing something in a timely manner. Contrary to popular belief, humans were not meant to multi-task but single-task. During Covid-19, set personal goals that will benefit you in the future. Read a book, journal, paint, cook, garden, clean, learn a language. Do things that will help you feel empowered. Focus on what is going to create growth and gives you a positive thought for the future. Siri shares her thoughts about the future and reads, The Gift of the Present, by Cynthia Brian from the book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World (www.StarStyleStore.net), to remind us to plan for the future, but LIVE for today!

 

 

“"The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. (or woman) Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery.  Today is a gift. That’s why we call it “the present.” Alice Morse Earle

 

 

 

Bio: Nadalie Bardo is here to help you slay your goals, so you can pursue your boss life with confidence + action. As the Founder of It's All You Boo, a personal development blog, she curates the very best content to keep you motivated and inspired to slay your goals in life and business. Nadalie is the creator of the Slay Your Goals Planner, the only planner dedicated to helping you actually achieve your goals. Take her FREE Goals Quiz here and discover what area of your life you should focus on. 

It’s All You Boo: https://itsallyouboo.com/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/itsallyouboo/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nadaliebardo 

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/nadaliebardo/ 

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/itsallyouboo/ 

Immigration: Why We Are Coming with Yasin Kakande

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From veteran journalist, Yasin Kakande, expelled from two Middle East countries because of his daunting investigative reporting, comes the real story of why Africans flee their beloved homelands for unfamiliar and uncertain surroundings with his book, Why We Are Coming. Host Siri Phaneendra talks with Yasin about his amazing journey to combat corporate greed, exploitation, political greed, and the plight of migrants worldwide. Economic, social, and political conditions in his own country of Uganda made living there impossible. Yasin provides glimpse of the migrant crisis and asks us to acknowledge that migrants need to be allowed to live and work legally in a country to be productive citizens. Siri also offers a method to meditation and shares her family’s exodus from India and their struggle to become US citizens. Why We Are Coming is a book that sheds a light on a very vulnerable population. Immigrants have always added value to the economy and culture of a country. America was built by immigrants.

 

BIO: Yasin Kakande is an International journalist, migrant activist TED Fellow and author of a new book on the historical and contemporary reasons for African immigration, Why We Are Coming. As a migrant from Uganda, first in the Middle East and now in the U.S., Kakande strives to fill in a migrant’s voice in the ongoing global debate over refugees and migrants. His previous two books The Ambitious Struggle (2013) and Slave States (2015) chronicled the abuses and exploitation of migrants, who work in the Middle East. He works as a freelance international journalist, including assignments for Thomson Reuters and Al Jazeera, and is a frequent contributor to many digital publications and websites. https://yasinkakande.com/

Read his article in the Boston Globe on Immigrant Caregivers on the frontlines to fight Covid 19. https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/05/01/opinion/immigrant-caregivers-front-lines-protecting-seniors-contracting-coronavirus/

 

Read about Yasin in the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/18/opinion/coronavirus-essential-workers-immigrants.html?referringSource=articleShare

Vegetarian Lifestyle

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Host Siri Phaneendra was born into a very strict vegetarian family.  With that mindset instilled from a young age, she found solace in gardening and nature. In a raised bed, she planted tomatoes, chilis, zucchini, broccoli, and more. She talks about the nutritional value of eating a rainbow of vegetables and fruits. She interviews Lucia Rivera, an intern with The Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG), a leading non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public on vegetarianism and veganism and the interrelated issues of health, nutrition, ecology, ethics, and world hunger. Lucia talks about being a vegetarian Latina, the challenges for teens, and instructs us on the differences between being vegan, pescatarian, and vegetarian. Many people choose to be vegetarian to protest the abuse of animals, others choose this lifestyle for health reasons, or because they can’t afford meat or fish.  Reporter Katelyn Darrow wraps up the show by focusing on being a vegetarian to save the environment. She states that she prefers to say that her food choices are mostly plant based. Living a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle is a deeply personal choice. Whatever the reason, people are choosing to exclude meat from their diet.



 

-VRG Bio: Lucia Rivera is a teenager from Southern California. She has been vegetarian for 9 years and is a long distance intern for the Vegetarian Resource Group. Lucia is part of several student organizations at her school and spends time volunteering in her community.

 

The Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG) is a leading non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public on vegetarianism and veganism and the interrelated issues of health, nutrition, ecology, ethics, and world hunger. In addition to publishing the Vegetarian Journal, VRG produces and sells cookbooks, other books, pamphlets, and article reprints. Our health professionals, activists, and educators work with businesses and individuals to bring about healthy changes in your school, workplace, and community. Registered dietitians and physicians aid in the development of nutrition-related publications and answer member or media questions about the vegetarian and vegan diet. Since 1982, VRG has made it easier to be vegetarian and vegan by working with individuals, consumer groups, food companies, health professionals, government agencies, academic institutions, food services, professional organizations, and other relevant constituencies.
 

Integrative Medicine with Dr. Bonnie McLean

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The healthier we are the more we can enjoy our elder years and the more we can pass down the wisdom that each one of us has gained over our lifetimes. How can an integrative approach to medicine help us age gracefully? Hosts Siri Phaneendra and Brigitte Jia join Dr. Bonnie McLean O.M.D., A.P., M.A., B.S.N, an award winning Doctor of Oriental Medicine and author of Integrative Medicine: The Return of the Soul to Healthcare, to find out how we can stay healthy through this Covid-19 crisis and beyond. Brigitte is studying to be a physician and shares her thoughts on the medical field. Siri talks about how virtual reality is playing a growing role in the healthcare industry. Virtual reality is a technology that creates a stimulated, artificial environment as it helps to diagnose diseases and treat illnesses.

 

A salute to all healthcare workers as heroes for their selflessness and dedication. Thank you.

 

“Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, there is also a love of Humanity.”  Hippocrates

 

Bio: A graduate of Duke University School of Nursing in 1967, Dr. McLean practiced nursing for 20 years.  She received her MA in Counseling from Pepperdine University in 1976 and her Doctorate in Oriental Medicine in California in 1986.  She has been in the healthcare field for over 50 years.  She was awarded Top Doctor of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture in 2019 and Top Holistic Healer of the Decade 2020 by the International Association of Top Professionals, Wall Street, N.Y. Author of Integrative Medicine:  The Return of the Soul to Healthcare. Bonnie conducts her acupuncture practice with a holistic approach (body, mind, and spirit.)  Using acupuncture as her primary tool, she also incorporates hypnosis, guided imagery, energy medicine (Reiki, Pranic Healing, essential oils, flower essences, and homeopathy), energy psychology (EFT), and shamanic healing. Her specialties include stress-related disorders (anxiety, depression, insomnia, trauma ), pain issues, women's health, immunity, rejuvenation, and longevity.

http://www.spiritgatemedicine.com and Integrativemedicine:thereturnofthesoultohealthcare.com

 

 

Mentorship and Enchanted Sacred Garden-Dragon

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"Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction."  John Crosby

 

Host Arjin Claire reads Karen Kitchel’s chapter on mentorship from the book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World which asks us what we can offer someone who needs guidance. Be the Star You Are!® 501c3 has invited Authors Guild members with new books to be interviewed on our programs with Arjin interviewing Angie Rooker for her novel, Enchanted Sacred Garden: Dragon, a powerful story about being true to ourselves, self-acceptance, and illustrating how the choices we make impact the magic we wield. Angie discusses the power of art and writing to mentor others and discourage bullying behaviors. Katelyn Darrow chronicles her personal experiences indicating that mentors are incredibly important as they can help set you down a life path. She relates how mentors have assisted her with every aspect of her life including her career in journalism. Katelyn is giving back by being a mentor to others.

We all have talents to share. Be a Mentor!

 

Bio: Angie Rooker is an author, poet, and mixed media artist who lives in Kansas with her husband, daughter, and two fur babies. Having worked in the field of youth advocacy for over thirteen years prior to becoming a published author, Angie dedicates her energy toward encouraging others to build their connection to their voice, personal strengths, and potential to make a positive difference in the world.

Angie loves sharing her magical imagination with her family and continuously enjoys playing in and exploring the world of creativity.

 

Connect more with her magic at www.adreamercreations.comhttps://www.instagram.com/adreamercreations/, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AdreamRcreations

 

The Brain and The Best Week that Never Happened

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After watching a series of brain-related TED Talks for her neuroscience class, host Brigitte Jia extracted fascinating facts about the brain and this new, exciting field of study. She shares her own experiences with neuroscience research and discusses the surprising science of happiness. Dallas Woodburn guests with her debut novel, The Best Week That Never Happened, a love story set in Hawaii, with a dash of mystery and magic, about living each day to the fullest. Kirkus Reviews raved, "… captivating and moving. A dazzling, emotional story of love, loss, and living in the moment.” Dallas talks about writing as a form of self-car, a way to connect with oneself in a nurturing way in our chaotic lives. For those who want to write, she encourages writing for 30 minutes every day. And during this covid-19 lock-down, her respite is to go in nature because even if you can’t be with humans, you will be with living entities. Siri Phaneendra rounds out the hour with the best herbs and spices for increased brain health. Get your turmeric on! What’s the best week you’ve ever experienced?

 

BIO: Dallas Woodburn is an author, writing coach, and "book doula" who is passionate about spreading the joys of reading and writing. Her debut YA novel, The Best Week That Never Happened, is being published by Month 9 Books this month. She has also written extensively for newspapers and magazines, hosts the popular book-lovers podcast “Overflowing Bookshelves” and leads the organization Write On! Books. Dallas lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband Allyn and their one-year-old daughter Maya. She developed a Book Club Kit that is available for free on her website, www.dallaswoodburnauthor.com for anyone who is interested in reading the book with a group! www.dallaswoodburnauthor.com

www.yourbookbreakthrough.com

 

Quarantine Communication and Contemplation with Brigitte Jia

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Brigitte Jia hosts a meditative hour that includes research on the neuroscience behind staying connected during the lockdown of the corona virus. Forced isolation studies conducted on animal species that have definitive social orders have returned results that evidence a hugely negative impact on subjects’ brains, cognition and physiological conditions that is replicable in human cohorts. Brigitte discusses long distance planning using Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, etc.  If you’re looking for activities to engage in with long-distance friends and family during the quarantine period, you can try some of the following:

  • Watching movies together via Netflix Party

  • Hosting weekly remote “book clubs” as you both read from the same novel

  • Holding weekly art sessions via Zoom

  • Cooking or baking together in a video call

  • Group Zoom study sessions for high school and college students

  • “Ordering” dinner together - getting the same items from restaurants with similar offerings - and eating over video call

  • If you’re a musician, playing duets and ensemble pieces over video

Excerpts from Richard Wagamese's Embers, a collection of calming prose meditations, is read to help ease stress during these trying times.  Connect, communicate, celebrate.

Stay calm. Stay home. Stay safe.

“Life isn’t something you leave home to do. It’s what you accomplish within the walls of your haven. That’s what allows you to greet the world with an open heart and reach out and embrace living in all its richness, variety and staggering wonder.” - Richard Wagamese, Embers

 

 

BIO: Brigitte Jia is a second-year undergraduate student at Vanderbilt University, majoring in neuroscience on the pre-medical track. Under the guidance of Dr. Sheila Collins at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, she is investigating the interaction between the mTORC1 complex and the protein kinase-activated pathway mediated by cardiac natriuretic peptide-binding and cyclic GMP in skeletal muscle. Brigitte is also interested in the link between the rate of nonshivering thermogenesis and circadian rhythms of the peripheral adipose tissue clock system. She continues to learn more about science and medicine as she pursues her Bachelor's degree! She has been a dedicated volunteer with Be the Star You Are!® since her freshman year of high school. www.ExpressYourselfTeenRadio.com

 

Altruism and Pop Star Goddesses

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“Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.” Brian Tracy

 

 

  • Times of chaos and uncertainty bring out the best and worst in people. We believe in effective altruism and our hosts, Joven Hundal and Siri Phaneendra explain how scattering kindness and being altruistic is bringing people together during this Covid-19 pandemic. To bring a bit of light-heartedness and fun to the show, they interview author Jennifer Keishin Armstrong about her newest book, Pop Star Goddesses, a compendium of 35 incredible female popstars, whose energies, virtues, and vices make them our role models, whether we’re getting ready to walk onstage or into a meeting. With her energetic flair, Jennifer highlights Beyonce, Pink, Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez and more and matches them to revered mythic goddesses. Pop Star Goddesses explores the significance of 35 of music’s biggest goddesses and examines what they have represented through their lives and careers, as well as what they have meant to critics and fans. The human spirit is resilient. Tune in to bounce back and be a goddess.

 

 

  • Bio: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong grew up in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, where she spent most of her time putting on shows in her parents’ garage, studying TV Guide, devouring Sweet Valley High books, lip-synching to Debbie Gibson, and memorizing every note of every George Michael song. This finally came in handy when she got a job at Entertainment Weekly, where she worked for a decade. She now writes for several publications, including Billboard, New York, Refinery29, and Dame. She is the author of Sex and the City and Us: How Four Single Women Changed the Way We Think, Live, and Love, the New York Times bestseller Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything, and Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And All the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic. jenniferkarmstrong.com, @jmkarmstrong on Twitter and Insta

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Outreach with Guest Priya Florence Shah

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How do you connect with your friends, family, and colleagues during this time when we are sheltering at home? Veteran reporter and host, Rachel Glass, shares tips on the importance of staying in touch through text, phone, chat, video, and writing letters with hosts Arjin Claire and Siri Phaneendra. Author, speaker, podcaster, blogger, and branding expert, Priya Florence Shah, joins the conversation from India to discuss happiness, women’s empowerment, climate change, journalism, and careers. Priya addresses fear and how to overcome it while imparting wisdom that people of all ages can utilize today. Arjin wraps up the hour with an installment of Innovation Nation discussing the role of non-profits and charities providing services to any population or people that might not have access to those services otherwise…the ultimate outreach.

 

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

-Winston Churchill

 

 

BIO Priya Florence Shah is the award-winning publisher of Naaree.com, an author, podcaster, and one of the top Digital Marketing Experts in India, helping clients go from Unknown to Well-Known through her Online Branding Agency at BlogBrandz.com. Her vision is to inspire and empower Indian women to become financially and emotionally independent. Priya is the author of Devi2Diva, an emotional self-care book for women.

She won the REX Karmaveer Global Fellowship and Karmaveer Chakra Silver Award - the global civilian honours given by the international confederation of NGO (iCONGO) in partnership with the United Nations to people across the globe for relentless courage.

She publishes blogs, podcasts, creates online courses, and offers coaching and consulting to help her audience overcome their limitations, reclaim their power, achieve the freedom they deserve and live their best lives. https://www.naaree.com, https://www.priyashah.com, BlogBrandz.com

Listen at Voice America, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/122676/outreach-with-guest-priya-florence-shah

Entrepreneur

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“With any new medium, the full power is only unearthed with experimentation.” Entrepreneur/computer scientist Sebastian Thrun

 

Siri and Kenneth lead an informative and lively episode focusing on being an entrepreneur, experimenting, and start-ups. Siri shares her start-up of a digital build-a-book platform where a person designs a personalized, customized book for a special someone for a special occasion, Draw My Love. www.DrawMyLove.com .

The teens interview Trevor Blake about his newest book, Secrets to a Successful Startup: A Recession-Proof Guide to Starting, Surviving, and Thriving in Your Own Venture. Trevor Blake built five successful startups and sold them for more than $300 million. He’s written a complete instruction manual that covers everything the budding entrepreneur or existing business owner needs to know to build the career or business of their dreams. Start with a winning idea. The idea has to be that no one has thought of it before. Technology has changed so much in the last twenty years that it can be overwhelming to contemplate starting an adventure. We have access to so much information that it is important to stand out from the crowd. 82% of businesses fail because of lack of cash flow. Founders of ventures who start with the WHY,, win the HEARTS of the people. The ability to make optimal decisions is the key attribute in the beginning. His book is a step-by-step guide for getting from an idea to a surviving company…and then onward to a multi-million-dollar success and financial independence.

Kenneth piggy backs on the information that Trevor spoke about. He talks about balance and putting more focus on your work. He was fascinated to learn that social media is not so helpful because there is so much noise out there. Plus, with social media, the individual is competing against giants with deep pockets. It’s difficult to get your voice heard. Both Siri and Kenneth like the idea of a fluid environment allows for more personal time. There is no failure, only lessons to be learned. Keep on going.

 

Bio: Trevor G. Blake is the author Secrets to a Successful Startup and Three Simple Steps. He founded and served as CEO of three different medical technology companies, which went on to sell for nine-figure sums. He’s written a complete instruction manual that covers everything the budding entrepreneur or existing business owner needs to know to build the career or business of their dreams. Unlike the many theoretical guides out there, this is a practical handbook based on Blake’s wildly successful in-the-trenches experience. It incorporates leading-edge strategies that cover every aspect of running a business — including funding, developing systems, and marketing. Blake presents in-depth insight into managing effectively, maintaining cash flow, and adapting to the changing needs of customers in volatile economic times. His proven methods will give you the confidence to take the entrepreneurial leap and turn your winning idea into an efficient, profitable company.

He lives near Seattle, Washington. www.trevorgblake.com

Listen at Voice America, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/122490/encore-experimentation-and-start-ups

Dr. Bernie Siegel and the Value of Pride

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“-No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

~Eleanor Roosevelt

The mega best-selling author and role model to millions, Dr. Bernie Siegel joins radio hosts Katelyn Darrow and Siri Phaneendra to discuss feeling proud of accomplishments and being the best “you” possible. Katelyn shares her struggle with “imposter syndrome” despite numerous awards and accolades offering tips on how to re-wire our thinking. Siri encourages us to walk in the woods, exercise, journal, and meditate to overcome self-doubt and become more centered. Dr. Bernie Siegel offers stories from his years as a medical professional as well as personal tales of trials and tribulations. Two new books will be published soon, No Endings, No Beginnings about mystery of life and a novel, Three Men, Six Lives focusing on past lives. Tune in to see why you’ll want Bernie to be your CD: Chosen Dad. Be proud of yourself. You are enough. You are a STAR!

 

Bio: Dr. Siegel, who prefers to be called Bernie, retired from practice as an assistant clinical professor of surgery at Yale of general and pediatric surgery in 1989 to speak to patients and their caregivers. In 1978 he originated Exceptional Cancer Patients, a specific form of individual and group therapy utilizing patients’ drawings, dreams, images and feelings.  In 1986 his first book, Love. Medicine & Miracles was published. This event redirected his life. In 1989 Peace, Love & Healing and in 1993 How to Live Between Office Visits followed with his fourth book in 1998 Prescriptions for Living. He wants to help people fix their lives before they are broken, and thus not have to become strong at the broken places. He has penned other books since and maintains his home, a cross between a family art gallery, museum, zoo and automobile repair shop, where he and his wife and co-author, Bobbi, raised five children. www.BernieSiegelMD.com.

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/122410/dr-bernie-siegel-and-pride

Experimentation and Start-Ups with Trevor Blake

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“With any new medium, the full power is only unearthed with experimentation.” Entrepreneur/computer scientist Sebastian Thrun

 

Siri and Kenneth lead an informative and lively episode focusing on being an entrepreneur, experimenting, and start-ups. Siri shares her start-up of a digital build-a-book platform where a person designs a personalized, customized book for a special someone for a special occasion, Draw My Love. www.DrawMyLove.com .

The teens interview Trevor Blake about his newest book, Secrets to a Successful Startup: A Recession-Proof Guide to Starting, Surviving, and Thriving in Your Own Venture. Trevor Blake built five successful startups and sold them for more than $300 million. He’s written a complete instruction manual that covers everything the budding entrepreneur or existing business owner needs to know to build the career or business of their dreams. Start with a winning idea. The idea has to be that no one has thought of it before. Technology has changed so much in the last twenty years that it can be overwhelming to contemplate starting an adventure. We have access to so much information that it is important to stand out from the crowd. 82% of businesses fail because of lack of cash flow. Founders of ventures who start with the WHY,, win the HEARTS of the people. The ability to make optimal decisions is the key attribute in the beginning. His book is a step-by-step guide for getting from an idea to a surviving company…and then onward to a multi-million-dollar success and financial independence.

Kenneth piggy backs on the information that Trevor spoke about. He talks about balance and putting more focus on your work. He was fascinated to learn that social media is not so helpful because there is so much noise out there. Plus, with social media, the individual is competing against giants with deep pockets. It’s difficult to get your voice heard. Both Siri and Kenneth like the idea of a fluid environment allows for more personal time. There is no failure, only lessons to be learned. Keep on going.

 

Bio: Trevor G. Blake is the author Secrets to a Successful Startup and Three Simple Steps. He founded and served as CEO of three different medical technology companies, which went on to sell for nine-figure sums. He’s written a complete instruction manual that covers everything the budding entrepreneur or existing business owner needs to know to build the career or business of their dreams. Unlike the many theoretical guides out there, this is a practical handbook based on Blake’s wildly successful in-the-trenches experience. It incorporates leading-edge strategies that cover every aspect of running a business — including funding, developing systems, and marketing. Blake presents in-depth insight into managing effectively, maintaining cash flow, and adapting to the changing needs of customers in volatile economic times. His proven methods will give you the confidence to take the entrepreneurial leap and turn your winning idea into an efficient, profitable company.

He lives near Seattle, Washington. www.trevorgblake.com

 

Listen at Voice America, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/122214/experimentation-and-start-ups

Science and the Earth

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The word science derives from the Latin word scientia, meaning "knowledge”.  Host Kenneth Jeon opens this installment about science with an article written by Be the Star You Are!® volunteer and radio personality, Brigitte Jia where she describes neuroscience with the joint roles of depth and breadth in understanding how the brain creates the individual.  He then interviews former attorney and current author of Earth Speaks Up, Mary McNerney, about to earth’s vibrations and energies that enable us each to re-awaken our skill and ability to listen to Earth and work together with her in a fundamental new way. We learn how each one of us can engage with Earth and work collaboratively to benefit not only our planet but ourselves. During the segment of 20/20 Vision, Kenneth discusses his perspective on science with the changes in science fiction since the “Golden Age” of Sci-Fi of the 1950s and 60s.

 

“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” Isaac Asimov

 

Bio: Mary McNerney earned her law degree from Georgetown University, had a fellowship with the UN Commission on International Trade Law, and then worked for many years as a corporate and international lawyer in Boston and Prague. It was not her plan to write this book. She never imagined that the Spirit of the Earth would one day unmistakably, clearly, and shockingly speak to her. Mary says that the experience has put her on an entirely different trajectory than she ever envisioned as a corporate lawyer. She shares “In a wild and wonderful way I instead became a messenger on behalf of our planet Earth.”  Mary now lives in Massachusetts together with her husband and horses. She enjoys riding her horse through the woods and fields and being more deeply with the many dimensions of nature. www.marymcnerney.com

 

Listen at Voice America, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/122073/science-and-the-earth

Healthy Eating/Healthy Living/DeCluttering

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“A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings.” Hippocrates

 

Brigitte Jia recounts her teenage angst with body image and eating as she found a way to be healthy. She interviews author of The Clutter Remedy, Marla Stone, and asks her about ways we can organize our life to be happier, healthier, and clutter-free. There are many valid approaches to getting rid of stuff and creating neat and tidy spaces. But like many diets, most of these approaches fail long-term. That’s because lots of us like our stuff. Marla makes it clear that we should always keep the items we use and love and not worry about becoming a minimalist. She advocates organizing and de-cluttering that reflects and suits the individual, and not some “expert’s” ideal. In Innovation Nation segment, Arjin Claire challenges us to think about how innovation relates to healthy eating and healthy living. It is not just the food that has changed, but the concepts behind the food.

 

“He who has health has hope. He who has hope has everything.” Arabian proverb

Listen at the Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/121907/heathy-eating-healthy-living

 

BIO: Marla Stone, MSW, is the owner of I-Deal-Lifestyle Inc., which provides decluttering, design, corporate training, and lifestyle coaching services. She is a former social worker and psychotherapist turned professional organizer who helps people live an ideal lifestyle by getting to the root of their mental, emotional, spiritual, and environmental challenges. She lives in Orange County, California. www.i-deal-lifestyle.com

Angels Amongst Us

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While some people think of angels as being sweet, loving, heavenly beings who sit around singing and playing the harp, author of  The Angel Experiment, Corin Grillo (http://www.CorinGrillo.com) assures listeners that angels are powerful allies who are always available to help them manifest the health, wealth, and life of their dreams. Hosts Katelyn Darrow and Siri Phaneendra talk to Corin about how to communicate with angels, and how to have angels help with our everyday lives. Katelyn shares the chapter she wrote, The Gift of Kindness, from the book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World, (https://www.CynthiaBrian.com/books)

and provided insight into the charity she founded when she was just eleven, Angels Community Outreach (https://angelsoutreach.org/). Siri reported on archangels and guardian angels and told a true story of a human angel coming into her life. Whether you believe or not in these heavenly beings doesn’t matter. Invite the divine to help you in your life daily. Seize the opportunity to receive loving support, deep healing, and expedited manifestations of pure goodness.

 

 

Bio:

Corin Grillo is the author of The Angel Experiment and founder of the Angel Alchemy Academy. A trained psychotherapist, angel channel, healer, and teacher, Corin has helped thousands of people all over the world go from angel-curious to angel-powered. She lives in Northern California. Visit her online at http://www.CorinGrillo.com. Listen to her interview on StarStyle® Radio: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/119291/the-angel-experiment-mind-training-noise-pollution

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/121738/angels-amongst-us

Meditation and Mindfulness

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“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” -Mother Theresa

 

Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present in the moment. 

Host Katelyn Darrow shares how to get clarity and peace of mind to ride oneself of anxiety, stress, and to help with connecting with others. An in-depth interview with Tom Voss and his sister, Rebecca Nguyen, authors of the book, Where War Ends, provides insight into moral injury and how mindfulness and meditation can alleviate the pain. Tom served as an infantry scout in the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment’s scout-sniper platoon. While deployed in Mosul, Iraq, he participated in hundreds of combat and humanitarian missions. Through a newfound interest in meditation, he gained understanding that eases the pain of the past and offers real hope for healing in the present. Simple breathing exercises gave Tom what medication, therapy, alcohol, and drugs couldn’t: the chance to heal a soul he didn’t even think he had anymore. He pursued meditation training and discovered sacred breathing techniques that shattered his understanding of war and himself — and moved him from despair to hope. Voss’s story will give inspiration to veterans, their friends and family, and survivors of all kinds.

He now teaches meditation to help veterans everywhere.

 

 

BIOS:

 

TOM VOSS served as an infantry scout in the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment’s scout-sniper platoon. While deployed in Iraq, he participated in hundreds of combat and humanitarian missions. Voss’s journey across America was captured on film by Emmy®-nominated documentary filmmaker Michael Collins. The film, which has enjoyed theatrical releases in New York and Los Angeles and been screened at dozens of film festivals nationwide, is called Almost Sunrise. In November 2017 Almost Sunrise was broadcast nationally as part of the P.O.V. documentary series on PBS, resulting in an Emmy nomination. Voss is the co-author with his sister, Rebecca Anne Nguyen of Where War Ends. He lives in Ventura, California. More information at www.themeditatingvet.com

 

REBECCA ANNE NGUYEN, Voss’s co-author of Where War Ends, and sister, is an author, travel writer, award-winning screenwriter, and digital content strategist. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. https://www.rebeccaannenguyen.com/  

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/121624/meditation-and-mindfulness

Productivity and Hindsight

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Hosts Katelyn Darrow and Kenneth Jeon discuss productivity and hindsight and how to get a clear vision in 2020. Katelyn shares her top tips to increase productivity which include starting with the most challenging tasks firsts, making lists, unplug, and taking breaks. The hosts interview author of Letters to Freedom, Dr. Patti Ashley who ascertains the best way to know what we want is to use a little hindsight to determine what it is that we don’t want. Patti talks about her familial relationships, how journaling helped her to write her book through her sorrow, healing shame, expressing grief, authenticity architecture, and creating vision boards for the future. Kenneth’s Hindsight 2020 takes us to the movies with the newfound recognition and status of foreign films, including Korean film Parasite that is sweeping the awards seasons.

 

BIO: Dr. Patti Ashley International workshop presenter, author, speaker, psychotherapist and Authenticity Architect brings unique insight into the identification and treatment of trauma, shame, grief and dysfunctional family patterns. Her signature model of Authenticity Architecture creates long-term changes in the brain and central nervous system, breaking through barriers to personal freedom and authentic growth, and excavating the truth of self-love, belonging and connection.

Her thirty-five-plus years of experience includes developing and teaching continuing education courses for physicians, hospital wellness programs, universities and other private organizations; and counseling individuals, couples, families and groups in mental health agencies, psychiatric hospitals, and private practice settings.

Patti holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in psychology from the Union Institute and University.  She is the author of Living in the Shadow of the Too-Good Mother Archetype (2014) and Letters to Freedom (2019) and the upcoming Shame-Informed Therapy: The Art and Architecture of Reconstructing the Authentic Self (scheduled for release Fall, 2019.)

Dr. Ashley offers in-person and on-line counseling, educational seminars, and international retreats. For more information, or to contact Dr. Ashley please visit www.pattiashley.com.

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/121441/productivity-and-hindsight

Overcoming Overwhelm

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“Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once.” ― Paulo Coelho

 

Teens have more distractions and responsibilities than ever before. Overwhelm has become a word that is foremost in every teen’s vocabulary. Katelyn Darrow hosts a critical program that will help all listeners to overcome feelings of overwhelm. Reporter Brigitte Jia launches this episode with personal stories and common obstacles of daily life. Finding support is essential. Resilience doesn’t mean putting on a strong front. Depression and mental illness don’t discriminate. Even in the most picture-perfect life, confusion and turmoil are often lurking beneath the surface. For a teenager in a world where anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses are commonplace, life can sometimes feel impossible. Katelyn interviews author of Beneath the Surface, Kristi Hugstad, who  provides information, encouragement, and tactical guidance Whether or not you or someone you love is suffering from any of these issues, it’s important to be able to recognize the warning signs of mental illness and know where to turn for help. Katelyn closes the show with prompts for her favorite stress relief method, journaling.

 

 

Kristi Hugstad is the author of Beneath the Surface: A Teen’s Guide to Reaching Out when You or Your Friend Is in Crisis. Ever since her husband completed suicide in 2012, after years of struggling with clinical depression, by running in front of a train, she has dedicated her life to helping to abolish the stigma of mental illness and suicide. A certified grief recovery specialist and a grief and loss facilitator for recovering addicts at South Coast Behavioral Health, Kristi frequently speaks at high schools. She is also the host of The Grief Girl podcast and lives in Orange County, California. Visit her online at https://www.thegriefgirl.com

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/121295/overcoming-overwhelm

Success with Olympian Kim Vandenburg

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“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” ― Winston S. Churchill

Hosts Kenneth Jeon and Brigitte Jia interview Olympic Bronze Medalist, Kim Vandenburg focusing on the theme of success. Kim says that one has to fail to succeed and explains what she learned from her failures. Having fun is critical to success and she makes sure the students she teaches are happy, enjoying the process, and empowered. Giving 100% effort and learning from mistakes is the meaning of success for Kim. With swimming, she has made life-long friends from around the world. A chapter is read from Be the Star You Are!® for Teens by Dr. Bernie Siegel where he encourages readers to do what will make you happy and success will follow. Arjin Claire offers a segment of Innovation Nation where he explains why wars have helped nations overcome obstacles to survive including the telegraph, longer-range weapons, ironclad warships, naval mines, the Gatling gun, the first ambulance, the Space Age, Velcro, and vaccines. Innovations lead to success in a multitude of different ways, and more are constantly on the horizon. Failure is the best teacher to success.

“Happiness is success. A successful life is your choice.” Cynthia Brian

 

Bio: A California native, Olympic bronze medalist Kim Vandenberg specializes in both the butterfly and freestyle. Kim swam for Campolindo High School in Moraga, Orinda Aquatics, and UCLA Bruins. She is a two-time gold medalist from the 2011 Pan American games in the 200 butterfly and the 4x200 freestyle relay, a silver medalist from the 2007 world championships in the 200 fly and a three-time national champion in the 200 fly. Vandenberg saw the benefits of training abroad and viewing the world’s different training methods.[6]Vandenberg has also taken time to inspire and teach aspiring swimmers from around the world. Since competing in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, she has traveled the world giving motivational talks and teaching swim clinics and private lessons to international schools throughout the United States, Asia, Australia, Europe and South America. She continues to swim for the New York Athletic Club and is based in Brooklyn, New York.  https://www.kimswimstudios.com

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/121111/success-with-olympian-kim-vandenburg

THE POWER OF AFFIRMATION

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Affirmation is a fundamental need of all humans. Brigitte Jia launches 2020 with an episode centered on affirmation. Affirmation is a doorway to the heart and the soul. Brigitte reads the chapter, the Gift of Affirmation, from Be the Star You Are! 99 Gifts for Living, Loving, Laughing, and Learning to Make a Difference. (https://www.CynthiaBrian.com/online-store) She then talks about when to affirm and when to offer emotional support in another form to others and offers stories from her own life about her struggles with self-esteem and being kind to herself. It is especially important to affirm those you love with a voice of truth, including yourself. The secret is to notice what is positive about others and then tell them about it. Become a cheerleader and cheer them on. 

It’s important to let people know that you appreciate them and care about them. Cherish them and praise them often. And praise yourself…you are worth it! Be your authentic self, always.

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/120964/the-power-of-affirmation

The Importance of Mentoring

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Henna Hundal reads The Gift of Mentoring by BTSYA volunteer Karen Kitchel from the book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World. De La Salle High School junior varsity water polo coach and Founder of Green Air, an energy solutions company, Nicholas Donzelli, converses with Henna about his philosophy about the importance of mentoring. Henna interviews her personal mentor, Founder of Be the Star You Are!® and producer of Express Yourself!®, Cynthia Brian, to find out why mentors are necessary to success and how to establish a beneficial mutual relationship. Cynthia finds out more about Henna’s radio show where Henna is currently interviewing 2020 Presidential candidates. (www.thehennahundalshow.com) Both guests agree that to achieve your dreams and goals, it is essential to have a mentor to guide and ground you, holding you accountable, focused, and on the right path. Mentorship empowers us to accept the struggles.

Listen at the Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/118595/mentoring-with-henna-hundal-nick-donzelli-and-cynthia-brian

Volunteering, Autism, Camel Crazy

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“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.”

Erma Bombeck

 

Those who do not volunteer believe that those who do are driven by warm-hearted intentions and pure purposes. However, people volunteer for hundreds of different reasons. Host Brigitte Jia reads The Gift of Volunteering by Katie Choo from the book Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World,and offers her insights on personal volunteering experiences. She then engages in a riveting conversation with journalist Christina Adams about her book, Camel Crazy, and the effects of camel’s milk on autism. Adam’s excellent book makes the case for camel milk’s medicinal value and for treating camels with the respect, compassion, and even reverence that they deserve from humans. In the final segment, Arjin Claire talks about how innovation and volunteering work well together. Social media can be used as an outlet for volunteering in so many different ways—to document the progress that you’ve already made as well as the progress you are making. 

 

Bio:

Christina Adams, award-winning author of the memoir A Real Boy, is a journalist and speaks on autism, writing, culture, and camels. Her work has been featured by National Public Radio, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Gulf News, Dubai One, OZY, WebMD, Tata SKY TV, Global Advances in Health and Medicine, and more. She lives in Orange County, California. www.christinaadamsauthor.com. Christina Adams was also interview by Cynthia Brian on StarStyle: Listen https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/118836/camel-crazy-skin-savvy-aging-in-place

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/119520/volunteering-autism-camel-crazy

Play and Musician, Zaya

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“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” George Bernard Shaw

 

Being earnest and being playful are not antonyms. To be successful, we need both traits. Host Kenneth Jeon interviews a former Express Yourself! Reporter, Isaiah Rankin, who is now the hip-hop musician known as Zaya. Zaya blends new school modern rap with his own San Francisco Bay Area local taste, delivering a sound that aims to immerse the audience through his lyrics. Drawing comparisons to West coast artist Lil Mosey from his hyper upbeat melody, Zaya even some echoes of Juice Wrld. Zaya is dedicated to his craft and strives to make the best music possible. Although he is in the infancy of his career, he advises others to follow their passion, work hard, and be dedicated so that life can be a play day. Kenneth reads Cynthia Brian’s chapter, The Gift of Play, from the book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World,  then discusses the evolution of entertainment with livestreaming which originally gained popularity with gaming but grew into numerous lifestyle channels and programs including art, politics, cooking, and more. No matter how old you are, incorporate play as an integral part of your daily life, both at home and at work, and you’ll find yourself happier, healthier, and a beacon of positivity.

 

Take a break. It’s recess time.

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BIO: Born in 2000, Isaiah Rankin always had a desire for making melodies that he and his friends could sing and dance to. It started as making beats and freestyling in high school and even writing raps for his girlfriend. The recording name for Isaiah is “Zaya” given to him at a young age by his family members. Isaiah is influenced by artists like Drake, Juice Wrld, and local Bay Area rappers such as SOB. Music wasn't always in his plans. After playing multiple years of high school football, Isaiah went on to play at Washington St. University. He chose to pursue music and found it to be his true calling. In the early stage of his career creating official music, he hopes to touch people with his own personal story. Instagram: 9ninezaya

 

SoundCloud Profile: Zaya

SoundCloud Profile link: https://soundcloud.com/user-409028589

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/119379/play-and-music

Nature and Holidays with Your Pet

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  • For most of us, the holidays are a time to eat, drink and be merry with good friends and family. Holistic veterinarian and author, Dr. Carol Osborne, DVM., joins host Kenneth Jeon to offer pet lovers tips to refresh your pet IQ and offers some helpful hints so the Yuletide traditions are as merry for you as they are for your pets. Dr. Carol wrote the book, Naturally Healthy Dogs and Naturally Healthy Cats. Dr. Carol has the information on everything from homemade treats to making sure your pet is comfortable in inclement weather. (Info visit  http://ChagrinFallsPetClinic.com)Kenneth reads Cynthia Brian’s chapter on The Gift of Nature from the book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World. (Shop books at https://www.cynthiabrian.com/online-store) Kenneth also discusses environmentalism in political landscape and his dog shares a bark to wish everyone a happy holiday.

 

Bio:

Dr. Carol Osborne is a world-renowned integrative veterinarian, author and entrepreneur. A pioneer in anti-aging medicine and longevity research for pets, she created and patented PAAWS: Pet Anti-Aging Wellness System for dogs and cats. Dr. Carol holds both the dog and cat scientific patents. She authored international best sellers, Naturally Healthy Dogs and Naturally Healthy Cats. Currently, Dr. Osborne offers traditional veterinary care integrated with natural holistic therapies, diets and remedies for dogs and cats at the Chagrin Falls Veterinary Center & Pet Clinic located in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Dr. Carol is also a popular media personality and has been a frequent guest on FOX & Friends, The Today Show, Good Day L.A., and Discovery’s Animal Planet. She’s also been featured in USA Today, The L.A. Times, Ladies Home Journal, Woman’s World, InStyle, and the New York Daily News.

For more about Dr. Carol, visit her online at http://ChagrinFallsPetClinic.com

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/119162/nature-and-holidays-with-your-pet

Making Music with Youth Musicians

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Brigitte Jia, musician and show host, brings an hour of music appreciation and learning to Express Yourself!™  From the book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World, Brigitte reads The Gift of Music by Jack Pawlakos followed by interviews with four guests. Kia Portekas is the music teacher who introduces her young students, Ethan Dohrmann, Easha Ashraf, and Helena Häber. Kia’s book, Making Music with Your Child is designed for music and elementary teachers, parents, and children, and highlights simple, effective activities to build musical skills and awareness, while providing ways to encourage freedom, self-expression, and individuality. The teaching method helps cultivate in the whole child, unique forms of expression and communication. promotes the processes of thinking, creating, and reinforces self-esteem and the joy of learning. You’ll hear musical arrangements performed by each individual during the break. Whether it is just one person, or thousands, the gift of music has the ability to bring people together and make their lives better as a whole. Music truly is a gift to be shared. A gift, that keeps on giving.

 

 

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” 

― Victor hugo

 

 

  • BIO.- Kia Portafekas

Kia Portafekas, musician, composer, teacher, and author inspired children from Shanghai to Lincoln Center to create and play their own compositions. Graduate of Queens College (Aaron Copland School of Music), Mannes Conservatory, and New York's famous Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art. Kia takes music instruction to a creative level, combining color, sound, movement, improvisation, and imagination to heighten children's self-expression and encourage individuality. She teaches children, leads experiential group workshops, trains teachers and parents in dynamic ways of integrating music and creativity into their lives. Kia wrote Making Music With Your Child, published by MMB Music, Inc. and funded in part by a grant from National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. https://www.musickia.com/

 

  • BIO: Ethan Dohrmann

Ethan Dohrmann is 13 years old and has been playing piano for 6 years.  He started in first grade with Kia in an afterschool music program and has developed a gift for composing his own pieces.   Has a passion for classic composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, and Bach.  He has a fondness for Jazz, Contemporary and classics pop and rock.  Ethan performs songs at local retirement centers in the North County San Diego area during his summer breaks.  Ethan’s other performance pieces include songs by Queen, Elton John, and Frank Sinatra. Ethan attends Double Peek School. Piano has become an outlet for Ethan which allows him to find his happiness and peace when he plays the piano or composing.  Ethan hopes to develop his gift further by learning how to produce and record his own songs. 

 

  • BIO: Easha Ashraf

Easha Ashraf, age 14-year-old, attends High Tech High Mesa in San Diego. She has an immense passion for music. She has been singing since she was 8 years old.  She has been the lead singer for the past 3 years for Music Pillars Rock Band. She performed the national anthem at the Poway Parade in 2016 and the Cinco de Mayo Trail Run since 2017. She listens to all kinds of genres, but her favorite playlist includes Twenty-One Pilots, Panic! At the Disco, blink182, and her favorite musical composer is Lin- Manuel Miranda. Easha is fluent in English, Spanish, and Urdu. She is also interested in science and literature, and her favorite Marvel characters are Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel. She recently started composing her own music and hopes to inspire young people like her to follow their dreams.

 

  • BIO: Helena Häber

Helena Häber (@helenafromphx) is a 19-year-old musician,

filmmaker, and tea enthusiast from Phoenix, Arizona. She is a

recent graduate from Arizona School for the Arts, where she

played flute and piano. Helena is now studying Filmmaking at

Columbia College Chicago. You will frequently find her dancing to

Diane Coffee and making eggs for breakfast. She is perpetually

seeking joy. helenafromphx.strikingly.com, https://song.link/album/s/4isPJzEHYlrFLTGWILQqHy

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/119047/express-yourself-112919

The Gift of Optimism: I am Me

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“One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.” Lucille Ball

Kenneth Jeon and Brigitte Jia welcome the ebullient Dr. Tom Worthen, editor of the empowering book. I Am Me: Teen Artists and Writers Speak Out on Being Yourself . Award winning art is paired with poem, both created by teens, to help shake off negative influences and realize it is okay to be themselves. Each piece of art is skillfully matched with writing to reflect the attitude of a generation of teens who want to fit in, yet, feel inadequate due to societal pressures. The book is an optimistic look at the struggles that youth face and a creative way to express what they are feeling. The Gift of Optimism by Cynthia Brian from the book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World is read and discussed  as Kenneth and Brigitte share their views on how being more optimistic has impacted their lives. You don’t have to achieve “perfection” tp be “perfect!”

 

Bio: Tom Worthen has a Ph.D. in Interpersonal Communication and has been the editor at Creative Communication since 1993. Aside from the yearly anthologies published by Creative Communication and Celebrating Art, Tom was also editor of Broken Hearts Healing: Young Poets Speak Out on Divorce. Broken Hearts Healing received national recognition from Voices of Youth Advocacy (VOYA) and was a Book Sense pick by the independent bookstores of America. It has been used by hundreds of school counselors to help youth cope with the feelings created by experiencing a divorce. Tom, known as “Dr. Tom” to his students, teaches at Utah State University where his Speech and Debate teams have won several national championships. He lives with his wife and family in Smithfield, UT. Website: https://www.i-am-me-teen.com/

Social Media:  https://www.facebook.com/IAmMeTeen/   https://twitter.com/IAmMeTeen   https://www.instagram.com/IAmMeTeen/

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/118745/optimism-with-i-am-me

Mentoring with Henna Hundal, Nicholas Donzelli, and Cynthia Brian

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"Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction."  John Crosby

Henna Hundal returns to Express Yourself!® to host this important episode focused on mentoring. She reads The Gift of Mentoring by BTSYA volunteer Karen Kitchel from the book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World. Henna interviews her personal mentor, Founder of Be the Star You Are!® and producer of Express Yourself!®, Cynthia Brian, to find out why mentors are necessary to success and how to establish a beneficial mutual relationship. Cynthia finds out more about Henna’s radio show where Henna is currently interviewing 2020 Presidential candidates. (www.thehennahundalshow.com) De La Salle high school junior varsity water polo coach and Founder of Green Air, an energy solutions company, Nicholas Donzelli, converses with Henna about his philosophy about the importance of mentoring. Both guests agree that to achieve your dreams and goals, it is essential to have a mentor to guide and ground you, holding you accountable, focused, and on the right path.  Mentorship empowers us to accept the struggles that are inherent to achieving greatness.  There’s no progress without struggle.   

 

Guests: Nicholas Donzelli

Nick Donzelli graduated from the United States Naval Academy as a systems engineer with a minor in nuclear engineering. He is an entrepreneur, founder, and CEO of an energy solutions company in Northern California called Green Air. It is time to Go Green! As head coach of the De La Salle junior varsity water polo team, Nick strives to mentor and empower his players with integrity, truth, confidence, and a can-do attitude. Nick is happily married and the father of four children who inspire him daily to make a difference on the planet. In fact, Nick’s son Isaiah who is now 19, was the youngest reporter ever on Express Yourself at age 12 with a segment called Nature Calls. Be the Star You Are! 501 c3 charity is grateful to Nick for being a supporter of outreach programs. Nicks definition of Proverbs 12:15 is:  “A man who counsels with himself, counsels with a fool.” Don’t be a fool and think you can achieve your goals and dreams on your own; seek guidance, be willing to sacrifice, and never quit working towards your dreams! Find a mentor! www.gogreenair.com

 

Guest: Cynthia Brian

Cynthia Brian is a New York Times best selling author of several books, TV/Radio personality/producer, lecturer, and enrichment coach specializing in acting, media, writing, speaking, and life success. Cynthia is the Founder and Executive Director of Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 empowering women, families, and youth through increased literacy and improved positive media messages. (www.BTSYA.org) Since 1998, she has produced and hosted the radio broadcast, StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® heard LIVE Wednesdays from 4-5pm PT on the Voice America Network. (www.voiceamerica.com/show/2206/be-the-star-you-are) She is the creator and producer of Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio broadcasting Sundays at 3pm PT. (www.voiceamerica.com/show/2014/express-yourself) She is honored to have mentored thousands of teens and adults, including her own two children. In her spare time, Cynthia can be found working in her garden or playing with her barnyard of adopted animals. www.CynthiaBrian.com

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/118595/mentoring-with-henna-hundal-nick-donzelli-and-cynthia-brian

Longevity and Earth Frequency

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“Let not the seasons, nor the sun nor the stars nor the moon, or planets make a timetable for your life.” Frank A. Carlyle

 

Life expectancy has changed dramatically since the time of the Roman Empire when the average lifespan was twenty-two to twenty-five years.  In 1900, the world average was 30. Fast-forward a hundred years where the average man is expected to live to 75 and woman to 80.  Siri reads Cynthia Brian’s chapter from Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World. Brigitte and Siri introduce author of Earth Frequency Melissa Alvarez who explores unique locations that are overflowing with the positivity of the planet's energy. In her book you will discover visualizations and exercises designed to increase intuition and the dynamic power of a place. The hosts end this episode with personal expectations for longevity. 

 

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that counts. It’s the life in your years.” Abraham Lincoln

 

 

BIO: 

Melissa Alvarez is a bestselling, award-winning author who has written ten books and nearly five hundred articles on self-help, spirituality and wellness. As a professional intuitive coach, energy worker, spiritual advisor, medium, and animal communicator with over twenty-five years of experience, Melissa has helped thousands of people bring clarity, joy, and balance into their lives. Melissa teaches others how to connect with their own intuitive nature and how to work with frequency for spiritual growth. Melissa is the author of 365 Ways to Raise Your Frequency, Your Psychic Self, and Animal Frequency. Melissa's books have been translated into Romanian, Russian, Chinese, French, and Czech. She lives in South Florida with her family, dogs, and horses. 

 http://www.MelissaA.com

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/melissaalvarezauthor

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/118378/longevity-and-earth-frequency

Literacy and Music with Kyle CA.

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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”Dr. Seuss

 

An historic event transpired for this broadcast when our guest, Kyle C. A. came into the studio for this interview with host Siri Phaneendra. Siri began the show by reading The Gift of Literacy by Kimberly Morgan from the book Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World available at www.StarStyleStore.net. Studies show that children who are read to during the first few years of their life have a larger vocabulary, score high on standard tests and have advanced mathematical skills. We listen to alternative pop artist, Kyle C. A.’s single, “Save Yourself”, a soulful, choral, alternative feeling composition relating to the tragedy of 9/11, an event that happened before Kyle was born. Siri asks Kyle questions about his rise in the music world. In Innovation Nation, Arjin Claire sheds light on literacy while taking us back to 1440, the Dark Ages, when few people could read or write then catapults us into the techno age of today where global literacy hovers at 86% of the population. Read, lead, succeed! To be a leader, you must be a reader! 

 

BIO: An alternative pop musician who advanced from his YouTube vlogs and comedy skits, Kyle CA gains more attention with every heart-tugging ballad released. Born in Lehi, Utah, and currently settled in Mesa Arizona, he teaches himself piano and music  production, through his time spent watching YouTube tutorials and practice through musical covers. With little to no formal musical training he manages to throw down contemporary masterpieces and steal the mood of every listener. He recently participated in a competition hosted by Radio.com to be the opening act for the Hollywood Bowl in California. He was 2nd place in his semi-finals group and now Is in the running for a chance to be the opening act for Alice Cooper in December. 

https://www.YouTube.com/kyleca

https://www.instagram.com/kyleausti.n/?hl=en

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: 

https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/118226/literacy-and-pop-artist-kyle-ca

Human Trafficking and Suicide Prevention

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Asya, Siri, and Brigitte co-host a somber show that provides preventive awareness and critical information about human trafficking and suicide. Asya provides listeners with an in depth look at the horrors of modern day slavery. Human trafficking is a global crime worth about $150 billion dollars per year that is happening in our own communities.  Because human trafficking is not talked about as often as all the other atrocious events on the news, many people don’t understand what it is along with the physical, psychological and social impacts on the trafficked individual. Brigitte and Siri interview LeAnn Hull discussing LeAnn’s journey to create Andy Hull’s Sunshine Foundation after the suicide of her son with the goal of sparing others of the pain and anguish of suicide. Her book is How to Live when You want to Die. LeAnn advocates active listening to those around us as they may be crying our for help. Impacting many children, teens and adults, the Foundation talks about coping skills, triggers, and tools to use during difficult times, all with a “You Matter” approach. This interview is an informative, heart-felt conversation that will save lives. Tune in.

 

Bio: LeAnn Hull

LeAnn Hull was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and has been married for 39 years, raising four children. Never at a loss for words, the opportunity for her to run for Congress provided a platform to voice her desires for a greater business community and better fiscal responsibility in our country. After many campaign speeches and debates, it became evident that speaking was one of

LeAnn’s gifts and passions. Having the ability to make a difference in people’s lives through inspiration and motivation was extremely satisfying.

 

Andy Hull’s Sunshine Foundation was created in 2013 to raise awareness of suicide prevention while providing coping skills to deal with life’s challenges. Within months of her son Andy’s transition, LeAnn Hull established Andy Hull’s Sunshine Foundation,

inspired by her son’s nickname. The Foundation has sparked a worldwide movement with their yellow “YOU MATTER” wristbands. To date, over 200,000 wristbands have been distributed, at no cost. With suicide rates rising, the wristbands

are a tangible reminder of the foundation’s important message. https://andyssunshine.com

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/118096/human-trafficking-and-suicide-prevention

Language and Culture

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“Because without our language, we have lost ourselves. Who are we without our words?” ― Melina Marchetta, Finnikin of the Rock

 

Katelyn Darrow and Brigitte Jia spend time discussing the topic of language with Katelyn’s recent experience living in Japan. She was able to learn the basic phrases while struggling with pronunciation, grammar, sentence structure, because Japanese is vastly different from English! Despite her lack of verbal and written communication, Katelyn was struck by the ability to communicate in other ways and the eagerness that Japanese people had when corresponding with her. Brigitte reads The Gift of Language by Vann Ackerman in the book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World whereby Vann attempts to learn Russian so she can read Tolstoy’s War and Peace in its original language! As a neuroscience major, Brigitte gives us a glimpse into our brains and language from a neuroscience point of view. Language is a higher order function that requires multiple associations across various neocortical regions. The human brain is the size of an average primate’s, however, language is unique to human beings, perhaps due to the way certain synaptic connections are structured in our brains. Speak up, speak out, express yourself!

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Network: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/117795/language-and-culture

Kindness, Poetry, and Host Reunion

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“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.” Dali Lama XIV

 

With two of our former longtime hosts, Henna Hundal and Katelyn Darrow back on this program to discuss kindness with Kenneth Jeon, a fun family reunion atmosphere permeates. Henna has recently graduated from Harvard, Katelyn is beginning her senior year at UCLA, and Kenneth is in the process of writing college applications in his final high school year.  Katelyn reads her very moving chapter, The Gift of Kindness from the book Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World and gives us a glimpse of her time working empowering teen girls in Japan this past summer. Kenneth and Henna then interview twenty-one year old poet, Katherine A. Martinez, who wants to awaken others to their own inner power to accomplish their dreams through her book of poetry, The Awakening of the Subtle Flower. She stated, “the ability to be transparent allows us to bloom.” Katherine reads one of her intimate poems from her book. Kindness is about the small moments of listening, stopping, caring, and being in the moment.

“The best portion of a good man’s life is the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness.”  William Wordsworth

 

Bio on Katherine A. Martinez:

Born in El Salvador yet raised in California, her family moved to the United States when she was about 2-years-old. Now at 21, Katherine A. Martinez, is bringing her light and passion to people’s lives through her personal book, poetry and be being her authentic self. She began performing live poetry to audiences in 2017. Her brand, A Flower Bloomed, is a metaphor for seeing her life as a flower. This idea gave her life a new meaning and shifted her perspective to welcoming all obstacles as great lessons. From this realization, she began writing her first book, The Awakening of the Subtle Flower. She believes if the world will do what they love, it will bring more love, peace and understanding to the world. She wants to change human beings into realizing their full potential by awakening their own inner power. From Katherine’s book and merchandise, she hopes to instill her brand’s message as a cry for self-love for people to be authentic, raw, open, and vulnerable to ultimately believe in their worth and potential. As she has stated, “the ability to be transparent allows us to bloom.” She hopes to continue to inspire people with her light to help make others light shine brighter. Katherine will soon be releasing her podcast series around her idea of “A Flower Bloomed” titled, Fuel + Bloom, where she will be partaking in raw, authentic conversations to fuel your mind so you may bloom for the rest of your life. 

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Network: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/117646/kindness-poetry-and-host-reunion

Joyfulness & Psychic Healer, Vincent Genna

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“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” Joseph Campbell

 

Are you joyful? Were you bullied as a child? It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. Kenneth interviews ebullient and empowering world-renowned Vincent Genna, a  triple powered psychic, medium, and spiritual teacher to learn how he guides people not only to recognize what is preventing them from healing or attaining their dreams, but the necessary steps to get there. Vincent combines his early background as a professional actor and singer, a Masters in Clinical Social Work and his Hospice experience helping more than 500 patients through the dying process, with his uncanny skills as a metaphysician to enlighten and assist. Kenneth also reads the chapter, The Gift of Joyfulness, by Cynthia Brian from the book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World and shares his personal experiences. Arjin Claire joins the conversation with Innovation Nation focusing on video games. Who would have thought that video games are no longer a simple pastime played only by teenagers but rather one of the largest e-sports in the world with purses in the millions. New technologies emerge and innovators continue to push the envelope and find creative ways to utilize it to help those that can benefit from it. And as a result… innovation is bringing joy.


Spread the joy!

 

BIO: Vincent Genna

Vincent Genna, MSW is known as the “tell-it-like-it-is” and “truly authentic” Spiritual Teacher and Psychic Therapist. He combines his extraordinary psychic abilities, academic credentials, and genuine all-loving approach to provide healing for body, mind and spirit. As a Psychic Therapist, Vincent uses his more than 36 years of training, research, and experience in the Metaphysical, Psychology, and Spiritual fields to dive deep into your psyche to release blockages, resistances, and self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors so you can fulfill the life of your dreams. Thousands of followers around the world have been inspired by Vincent’s warm and genuine keynote presentations on self-love and self-mastery for notable international organizations, as well as his numerous interviews on major radio and television networks. Currently, Vincent can be heard hosting his own weekly radio show called Stop Stopping Yourself! on the renowned Unity Online Radio.  

Website: www.VincentGenna.com           

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/VincentGennaMSW/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/vgbelieve   

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/vinnygenna

 

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/117496/joyfulness-and-psychic-healer-vincent-genna

Integrity and Bulletproof

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Writer Douglas Adams wrote “To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity”. Although first responders would never say they are heroes, for those of us who experience their bravery and selflessness, we know they are filled with integrity. It’s little surprise that soldiers, firefighters, police officers, EMTs, emergency room nurses, and other first responders suffer immeasurably as a result of what they see and experience. Our hosts Kenneth and Siri interview Captain Dan Willis with his book of BULLETPROOF SPIRIT: The First Responder's Essential Resource for Protecting and Healing Mind and Hear, the first book to offer assistance and support from a nondenominational spiritual perspective to first responders and their family and friends with a chapter on PTSD . “Trends without Ends” reporter, Jack Pawlakos talks about current trends affecting and influencing integrity. He repeats the clever quote “If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.” Finally Kenneth and Siri read Cynthia Brian’s chapter, The Gift of Integrity, from the book,  Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World. Walk your talk and respect first responders. Your life depends on them.

 

Bio:

Dan Willis served as a police captain, homicide detective, wellness unit coordinator, and SWAT commander. He is a graduate of San Diego State University and the FBI National Academy. He currently instructs nationwide on trauma, PTSD, and the process of healing. Captain Dan Willis is author of BULLETPROOF SPIRIT: The First Responder's Essential Resource for Protecting and Healing Mind and Heart - Revised Edition. He lives in San Diego, CA, and his website is www.FirstResponderWellness.com.

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/117352/integrity-and-bulletproof

Canadian Pop Singer Valdii, 20th Anniversary of BTSYA, & Hindsight

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It’s not often that you meet a pop star potential who is genuine, authentic, and looks at life with a positive viewpoint. Enter Canadian musical artist, Valdii with his international radio debut of two new songs, “Toxic” and “Comfortable”, both based on personal experiences. Host Kenneth Jeon finds out how Valdii got started and how his music has evolved. When he was asked about what he would have done differently in hindsight, Valdii responded, “Nothing. I have no regrets. Everyone has a destiny to live.” Nicely uttered!

 

Kenneth reads Courtney Cheng’s chapter, The Gift of Hindsight, from the book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World, and also Brigitte Jia’s newspaper article about the 20th anniversary of Be the Star You Are!® happening on September 9th. Jack Pawlakos closes out the hour with his closing segment “Trends without Ends” talking about what is going on now and what we can look forward to in the future of music! Music sales have surpassed $19 billion with paid subscriptions to platforms such as Spotify or Apple music in 2019. Global music is more accessible than ever before, as well as the ability to connect with local artists. It’s an exciting time to listen to music!

 

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Be the Star You Are!®  Donate to help our outreach programs, including Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio: https://www.BetheStarYouAre.org

Make a DONATION through PAYPAL GIVING FUND with 100% going to BTSYA with NO FEES: 

https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504

 

“Hindsight is always 20/20.” Billy Wilder

 

 

 

Bio: Valdii

One of Canada’s most promising pop prospects, Valdii has made a name for himself as a skillful songwriter capable of turning out radio-ready chart hits. After studying music in his native city of Toronto, Valdii was swiftly spotted by Warner Music, who signed him up to a major-label deal. His debut release with his pop band called Eleven Past One, ‘The World is Ours’, became a gold-certified smash hit that announced the arrival of a major talent on the global music scene. Since then, he’s gone from strength to strength, working with high-profile producers while honing his skills as a live performer. Despite its dark subject matter, Valdii’s ‘Toxic’ remains a bouncy and uplifting anthem that deals with real-life issues through a pop-focused context. Listen to the international radio debuts of “Toxic” and his newest single, “Comfortable“ on Express Yourself!™.  

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Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/117219/pop-singer-valdii-20th-anniversary-of-btsya-and-hindsight

Health and Crystal Healing

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“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”-Buddha

It may be possible to be happy without robust health, but why not enrich your body, mind, and spirit? Hosts Kenneth Jeon and Siri Phaneendra interview crystal junkie and author, Jolie DeMarco about her book High Vibe Crystal Healing. Jolie shares 11 crystals that bring optimum wellness. She explains how to harmonize our energy fields for whatever we need on a particular day. Kenneth’s 20/20 segment highlights the effects that various TV shows and movies have on our well-being. The hosts read The Gift of Health by Cynthia Brian from the book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World. The take aways: watch your diet, eat more fruits and vegetables, drink water, exercise regularly, sleep and rest, reduce stress, shun fast foods, wear sunscreen, laugh a lot, and love more And buy a few special crystals to enhance your frequencies and project positive, loving energy.

You will only have one body in this lifetime. No replacements, no refunds. Rock it!

 

 

BIO: Jolie DeMarco is a spiritual lifestyle expert- in all things Metaphysical. She’s an inspirational speaker, author, professional grounded intuitive and renowned Crystal Healer. Some call her a “Crystal Junkie.” She is an extraordinarily gifted Clairvoyant channel, Medium, Reiki Master, and Master Meditation teacher.  Jolie also owns two crystal shops in Florida where you can buy healing stones and gems. Her book is High Vibe Crystal Healing:  Crystal Frequencies and Body Layouts that will Rock Your World! http://crystaljunkie.com/

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/117096/health-and-crystal-healing

Freedom and Peace

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“Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.” Albert Camus

 

In the former USSR, personal freedom was not evident. As Americans, we often take our numerous freedoms for granted. Host Brigitte Jia reads The Gift of Freedom by Cynthia Brian from the book, Be the Star You Are!® 99 Gifts for Living, Loving, Laughing, and Learning to Make a Difference. She expands on what freedom means to her as a college student. After reading Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking in college,guest, Dr. Dravon James became a lifelong student of the power we all have to create the life we want and author of the book, Freedom is Your Birthright. She talks about personal freedom and inner peace, as defined as: Wholeness. Completeness. Nothing missing. Nothing broken. Totality. In World Watch, Joven explores the role of parenting in allowing children the freedom to explore passions and experiences while being aware of the outcomes. Believe you are free, and your chains will be broken.

 

 

“Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.” Toni Morrison, Beloved

 

BIO: Dr. Dravon James is an inspirational speaker, radio host, and author of Freedom is Your Birthright. She is the founder of Everyday Peace, a platform for her to help and inspire others to build the life of their dreams. Using her successful pharmacist skills, she brings light into other’s lives by sharing her Everyday Peace message. She also hosts her own weekly radio show “Everyday Peace” on Unity Radio. Besides authoring the book, Dravon is the happy mother of two teenagers, a wife of 23 years, and an actress whose career credits include a recurring role on HBO’s acclaimed “The Wire”, many stage plays, and independent films. She continues to inspire and teach what she knows to be the most effective tool for transforming, creating and building a spectacular life—tapping into Everyday Peace. http://www.drdravonjames.com/

Instagram- @everydaypeace

https://www.facebook.com/everydaypeacewithdrdravonjames/

Twitter- @drdravonjames

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/116967/freedom-and-peace

Grace and Empathy

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“By grace I live. By grace I am released. By grace I give. By grace I will release.”

A Course in Miracles

 

Hosts Siri and Kenneth read and discuss The Gift of Grace from Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World. Interviewed author, Priest, and empath .Raven Digitalis enriches our understanding of empathy with his new captivating guide, The Everyday Empath. Raven talks about what it means to experience high levels of empathy in daily life. He shares stories from his teen years, travels to India as well as information about working with Tarot cards. He believes in using our healing gifts with friends and family and serving others while maintaining a strong personal balance. Arjin joins the conversation with an enlightening glimpse on how grace and empathy are utilized by big companies like Ford, Amazon, and Disney for innovation. Empathizing with the end-users allows a company to comprehend what people really want and need, instead of what they think consumers want or need. 

“The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances” - Aristotle

 

Raven Digitalis (Missoula, MT) is the author of The Everyday Empath, Esoteric Empathy, Shadow Magick Compendium, Planetary Spells & Rituals and Goth Craft (Llewellyn Worldwide). He is the co-founder of a nonprofit multicultural temple called Opus Aima Obscuræ (OAO), which primarily observes NeoPagan and Hindu traditions. Raven has been an earth-based practitioner since 1999, a Priest since 2003, a Freemason since 2012, and an empath all of his life. He holds a degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Montana and is also a professional Tarot reader, DJ, card-carrying magician, small-scale farmer and animal rights advocate. www.ravendigitalis.com, www.opusaimaobscurae.org

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Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/116849/grace-and-empathy

Giving and Singing

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Do you know what “Giver’s Glow” is? It is the feeling of happiness that you experience after performing an act of generosity. This program will give you that glow when you hear the discussion between Billboards’ top dance club artist Inaya Day and host Kenneth Jeon. Her song One World debuts and she even sings a few bars from various hits. As a musician, her instrument of choice is her vocal chords and she directs a choir in Brooklyn, too.  Kenneth Jeon reads Kateyln Darrow’s touching chapter, The Gift of Giving, from the book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World that focuses on a magical holiday. Start giving to allow your brain to release dopamine and endorphins providing a sense of euphoria, tranquility, serenity, and inner peace. Let others know you truly appreciate even the smallest things about them. Make a donation to Be the Star You Are!®. https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504 . Feel the glow!

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  • “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”

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  • ·         Bio (Max 800 characters) Inaya Day is an icon of the dance industry, having worked with Frankie Knuckles, Crystal Waters, Louie Vega, Queen Latifah and P Diddy. Named as one of Billboard’s Greatest Top Dance Club Artists, she is best known for her instantly recognisable vocal appearances on tracks such as ‘Horny ‘98’ by Mousse T, and her explosive rendition of ‘Nasty Girl’ by Prince. A multi-talented house vocalist with a flourishing career continues to go from strength to strength, Inaya Day is one of dance music’s most beloved voices.  Inaya Day’s latest single is a celebration of love and freedom. Recorded to celebrate Pride Month and to recognize the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising – a series of demonstrations that were instrumental in advancing the gay liberation movement and laying the foundations for the contemporary battle for LGBT rights – the track is an uplifting, joyous carnival of sound. https://www.facebook.com/inayaday

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Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel:https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/116700/giving-and-singing-with-inaya-day

Gentleness with Dallas Woodburn

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Are you hard yourself? Does that little voice inside your head scream at you? It’s time to take a breath and be gentle with yourself. Host Brigitte Jia reads the chapter, The Gift of Genetlenss by Dallas Woodburn from the book Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World followed by an interview with the author, writing coach, and new mom herself, Dallas Woodburn. As a "Book Doula" and founder of the 90-Day Book Breakthrough Program, Dallas offers many concrete suggestions for young writers on how to put pen to paper while being kind to oneself, even when juggling many responsibilities. Brigitte shares personal tips and tricks on how to stay calm and collected while learning to be gentle. How do you define self-love and self-care?  Are you being compassionate and gentle with yourself? Let go of self-deprecating behavior and treat yourself with acceptance and kindness.

 

“There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness.” —Han Suyin

BIO: 

Dallas Woodburn is a renowned author, editor, speaker, and in-demand writing teacher. She is the recipient of the national Congressional Award Gold Medal, the national Jefferson Award for Community Service, and the international Glass Woman Prize. A passionate champion of young writers, she founded Write On! Books in 2011. Dallas wrote The Gift of Gentleness for Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World. She is the author of the award winning book Woman, Running Late, in a Dress and the forthcoming The Best Week That Never Happened  as well as being a devoted new mom and book doula, helping people write the books that are burning inside them. Find out more about Dallas and her work at http://writeonbooks.org

www.yourbookbreakthrough.com

Facebook: @writerdallas 

Twitter: @dallaswoodburn 

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/116567/gentleness-with-dallas-woodburn

​ Farming and Animal Connections

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Brigitte Jia and Katie Choo know first hand about animal shelters, wildlife rescue centers, medical labs, and veterinary clinics. Brigitte worked at animal shelters both in Berkeley,California and Nashville, Tennessee and is able to compare the differences in how animals are treated. She also works with mice in a hospital training laboratory where she has gained a deep respect for the value that lab animals provide for human health and medical breakthroughs. And she believes in the humane and kind treatment for all creatures. Katie is studying animal behavior, evolution, and science in Texas and is working in veterinary hospitals, a wildlife rescue center, as well as animal shelters. She explains the difference between the human interactions in each of the settings. In wildlife rehabilitation, for the protection and safe release of these creatures the #1 rules of engagement are: 1.do not let the animal imprint on you. 2. do not fall in love with the animal. 3. do not let the animal fall in love with you.  In shelters and vet clinics, more bonds are created between people and their charges. Brigitte reads Cynthia Brian’s chapter, The Gift of Farming, from the book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World, providing more insight into the world of farming and caring for all creatures great and small. 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/116441/farming-and-animal-connections

Family with the Windy City Nanny

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The ebullient The Windy City Nanny, Florence Ann Romano, joins host Siri Phaneendra in a lively discussion about caring for children, what it takes to be a nanny, and the importance of family relationships. Florence is the author of Nanny and Me, a sweet, educational story that helps families introduce a new caregiver to their home. Siri reads the The Gift of Family by Asya Gonzalez from the book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World and shares personal stories about her supportive family. Brigitte Jia and Kenneth Jeon shine in the 3rd segment talking about family movies, otherwise known as four-quadrant movies. Four-quadrant movies are called four quadrant movies because they appeal to all four general movie-going audiences: men, women, under-25-year-olds, and over-25-year-olds. The duo appreciate the universal appeal of these movies while sharing some of their favorites. 

 

Bio: Florence Ann Romano, The Windy City Nanny™ (www.WindyCityNanny.com), is a dedicated philanthropist and former nanny who has always had a special place in her heart for children. Romano worked for over 15 years as a nanny, beginning as a ‘Mommy’s helper’ at the age of 11. She shares her experiences in Nanny and Me (Mascot Books, May 2015), her beautifully illustrated debut book for children making the transition from being cared for solely by their parents to having a nanny in their home.

 

Born and raised just outside of Chicago, Romano earned a degree in performance theatre at Bradley University in Peoria, IL. She is the CEO and Owner of Kindred Content - a full service video production company based in Chicago. She has served as President and Founder of a nonprofit board dedicated to autism awareness and now serves on the Executive Board of the Children's Research Fund at Lurie's Children's Hospital.

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/116300/celebrating-family-with-the-windy-city-nanny

Escape with Rapper ExXxoticc

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“Yet there are moments when the walls of the mind grow thin; when nothing is unabsorbed, and I could fancy that we might blow so vast a bubble that the sun might set and rise in it and we might take the blue of midday and the black of midnight and be cast off and escape from here and now.” ― Virginia Woolf, The Waves

 

With a name like “ExXxoticc” one would expect an unpredictable interview. You are in for a marvelous surprise when Brigitte and Siri interview this young rising rapper. ExXxoticc may be exotic but she is down-to-earth, approachable, and authentic. The conversation flows about how she began her career, identified her stage name, and what “escape” means to her.  Opening her latest single with a plea to God, ExXxoticc captures her struggles in sound with a dark and dirty banger that stands out as one of 2019’s heaviest releases. Built on a snarling trap beat and a menacing piano riff that backs up her potent lyricism, ‘Die’ is living proof that ExXxoticc smacks harder than anyone else in the rap game.The chapter on Escape from Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World is read and discussed while Brigitte explains how she escaped anxiety and the pressures of a first year at university. This is an evocative, thrilling hour of young expression.

 

BIO: ExXxoticc

Hailing from the Bronx but based in LA, ExXxoticc writes and records music that she describes as “the killer of the elephant in the room” – big, bold and boundary-breaking, her tracks brim with vitality and aggression. It’s not something she often shares, but there’s one fact about ExXxoticc that speaks volumes about her inspiration: her godfather is none other than Tupac Shakur. Friends with her mother, the legendary rapper died on the same day she was born. She’s since been deeply influenced by his music, seeing him as not just an inspirational figure but a creative idol, honoring his legacy with her music. You can hear Tupac’s honest, authenticity and devotion to his craft in every one of her tracks, as she releases her deepest feelings and emotions with every rhyme.

“My music-making process is always fun: that’s where me and the beat collide and become one. When I write I unleash myself in the rawest way possible.”

Twitter - https://twitter.com/thementalshawty

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/TheMentalShawty/

Snapchat – Krysebeautiful

Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/TheMentalShawty

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/116170/escape-with-rapper-exxxoticc

DIVERSITY plus Marc Cashman and Voice Acting

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“The beauty of the world lies in the diversity of its people”

Anonymous

Do you celebrate diversity? Hosts Kenneth Jeon and Brigitte Jia sparked a lively conversation reading Maria Wong’s chapter on diversity from Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World as Maria described growing up Chinese Mexican. Award winning voice actor and radio/TV producer, Marc Cashman, spark excitement as he discusses the numerous roles and opportunities for voice talent. When a spot needs a Thai speaker, unlike 20 years ago when casting would have to find someone that could hopefully fit the part here in America, because of technology today, talent can be booked and work directly from Thailand. When asked what his favorite jobs are, Marc immediately retorted that the jobs he is passionate about are the ones where he makes no money and instead is voicing a public service announcement for a worthy cause. Marc also provides insight on what it takes to become a voice talent, no matter your ethnicity, age, or gender. Kenneth and Brigitte remind us not to forget ecological diversity as species on our planet are disappearing.  

 

 

BIO: MARC CASHMAN is one of the few people in the commercial production business on “both sides of the glass”—as an award-winning Radio and TV commercial producer, as well as a working voice actor.  

 

Voice President of Cashman Commercials, Marc creates and produces music and copy advertising for Radio, TV and Internet, and has won over 150 advertising awards, including the prestigious CLIO, on behalf of hundreds of ad agencies and clients across the country. 

 

Voted one of the “Best Voices of the Year” by AudioFile Magazine three times—and an Audie winner—Marc is a veteran voice actor with 40 years of studio experience in Radio, TV and Internet commercials, foreign film dubbing, animated series, video games, and over 150 audiobooks. Author of one of the best-selling books on voice acting, “V-Oh!  Tips, Tricks, Tools and Techniques to Start and Sustain Your Voiceover Career,” Marc is currently represented by numerous talent agencies around the country. 

www.cashmancommercials.com

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel:  https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/116054/diversity-plus-voice-actorproducer-marc-cashman

Equality with Singer/Songwriter Dylan Lloyd

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“Any instance of inequality is worth writing about, sighing about, crying about, even laughing about.” So writes teen Zahra Hasanain in her chapter on equality in the new book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World, which is read and discussed by hosts Brigitte and Siri. Singer/songwriter Dylan Lloyd joins the conversation to talk about the back story of his new single, “If I can’t have you”. Dylan is contemplative, caring, and passionate about his work with influences that range from Michael Jackson to Elton John to Sting and many others. He is making an album that will feature his work solely on the piano. Dylan is a musical artist you’ll want to follow and support. Kenneth rounds out the hour with his 20/20 Vision segment focused on equality in films with the hot-button issue of minority representation in the entertainment industry. This is an hour that you won’t want to miss. 

 

“When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression”- Unknown

 

Bio: Dylan LLoyd

For internationally recognized singer-songwriter Dylan Lloyd, the journey started with a music publishing deal in 2009 with BMG Rights Management. Since that point in time, Lloyd’s career has been an exemplary product of consistency and longevity. With hundreds of new Monthly Listeners on Spotify a day, and 10 consecutive charting records on the iTunes Charts to his name, Dylan Lloyd is steadily becoming one of the best up-and-coming pop artists of this generation. His new single, “If I Can’t Have You” is soulful and heartfelt. Spotify: Dylan Lloyd

Instagram: @dylanlloyd1

Twitter: @dylanlloyd1

 

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel:  https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/115940/equality-with-singersongwriter-dylan-lloyd

Community

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“The greatness of a community is most accurately measure by the compassionate actions of its members.” Coretta Scott King

 

How do we define community? Is it a group of people coming together? Is it a place? Host Kenneth Jeon reads Joven Hundal’s chapter from the book Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World that illustrates the value of being part of a community where we can learn, socialize, and grow. In 20/20 Vision, Kenneth dissects the Hulu comedic sitcom, Community, where community college students come from a variety of lifestyles and backgrounds, each with their own distinct personality and create characters with a strong sense of kinship. Producer Cynthia Brian joins the conversation focusing on artists around the country who have flourished by establishing independent art organizations in downtrodden areas. By bringing artistic talent and opportunities to a neighborhood, the locals thrive and the investment in the community becomes a social and economic asset.

 

Bio: Cynthia Brian

Cynthia Brian is the producer and host of the award winning live weekly radio broadcast StarStyle® heard on the Voice America Network Empowerment Channel. She also created and produces the young adult program, Express Yourself!™ where teens talk and the world listens. (www.BetheStarYouAreRadio.com) She is Founder and Executive Director of Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 literacy and positive media charity (www.BTSYA.org), New York Times bestselling author of eight books, is an internationally acclaimed keynote speaker, personal growth consultant, actor, producer and host of radio and tv shows, columnist, designer, gardener, and lifestyle coach. Cynthia believes that we have the ability and the responsibility to bless this planet with our talents and gifts. When she is not writing, producing, performing, hosting, speaking, traveling, or coaching, you’ll find her in the garden with her adopted menagerie of barnyard animals.

(www.CynthiaBrian.com)

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel:  https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/115801/community

Courage and Meditation

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“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear––not absence of fear.” 
Mark Twain

 

Do you meditate? Would you like to? What about bringing meditation into the classroom? Hosts Kenneth Jeon and Siri Phaneendra interview William P Meyer about his transformative book, Three Breaths and Begin.  Get a deeper awareness and move through feelings with meditation.  A teacher can use meditation every day in the classroom, on field trips, for sports assemblies, and more to help students connect with themselves and their world. A small circle that starts with 8 people can grow to include an entire student body when youth recognize their power, express curiosity, and reflect through meditation in nature, journaling, creative writing, art, and music. The hosts read chapters on courage from two books in the Be the Star You Are!® series and Siri shares her personal experiences with daily meditations, including the fact that meditating has helped her be more successful on exams. If you enjoy traveling, there are many places in the world where the energy is powerful. Be intentional when creating your meditation space and enjoy the results. Slow down, take three breaths, and begin. 

 

 

Bio: WILLIAM MEYER has long taught history, economics, and humanities in urban and suburban high schools, where he has also taught meditation in a variety of forms. He has worked with fellow educators in workshops and professional development courses, is the author of two published middle-reader novels, and is currently working to augment his MA in education from Harvard with a PhD from NYU. More information at BillPMeyer.com.

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/115668/courage-and-meditation

Copy Of -Courage and Meditation

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“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear––not absence of fear.” 
Mark Twain

 

Do you meditate? Would you like to? What about bringing meditation into the classroom? Hosts Kenneth Jeon and Siri Phaneendra interview William P Meyer about his transformative book, Three Breaths and Begin.  Get a deeper awareness and move through feelings with meditation.  A teacher can use meditation every day in the classroom, on field trips, for sports assemblies, and more to help students connect with themselves and their world. A small circle that starts with 8 people can grow to include an entire student body when youth recognize their power, express curiosity, and reflect through meditation in nature, journaling, creative writing, art, and music. The hosts read chapters on courage from two books in the Be the Star You Are!® series and Siri shares her personal experiences with daily meditations, including the fact that meditating has helped her be more successful on exams. If you enjoy traveling, there are many places in the world where the energy is powerful. Be intentional when creating your meditation space and enjoy the results. Slow down, take three breaths, and begin. 

 

 

Bio: WILLIAM MEYER has long taught history, economics, and humanities in urban and suburban high schools, where he has also taught meditation in a variety of forms. He has worked with fellow educators in workshops and professional development courses, is the author of two published middle-reader novels, and is currently working to augment his MA in education from Harvard with a PhD from NYU. More information at BillPMeyer.com.

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/115668/courage-and-meditation

The Appreciation of Conveniences

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“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in

moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands at

times of challenge.” Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Conveniences of the past are not the conveniences we rely on today. Joven Hundal hosts with readings from Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World plus a riveting exploration of global conveniences in his segment of World Watch. Surprisingly one of his most prized conveniences is keeping a journal, either on paper or digitally. Joining Joven is his cousin, Arjin Claire, reporter for Innovation Nation, where he chronicles innovations such as roller suitcases, metal water bottles, dishwashers, appliances, mobile phones, the internet, and the focus of his segment…food packaging. A fascinating portrayal of how far we have come with comfort and convenience!

“Each one writes history according to his convenience.” - Jose Rival

 

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/115517/gifts-of-convenience-and-appreciation

Communication, Movies, & College

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“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” - George Bernard Shaw

It’s no surprise that art being created today often heavily revolves around exploring the intricacies of communication. What does the film The Shape of Water by Guillermo Del Toro have to do with communication? Host Kenneth Jeon brings us a 20/20 Vision discussion of societal exploration and relationship-building while host Katie Choo shares the different communication challenges that living in Texas for her first year of college brought versus the four years of high school. A humorous dorm event at Rice is called “Screw Your Roommate” whereby dates are set-up by roommates for one another and a positive experience depends on the level of roommate connectivity and communication.

The Gift of Communication by Courtney Cheng from the book Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World is read and discussed with the takeaway that communication favors openness and honesty. Perhaps it is time to put less weight on digital mediums and savor the value of face-to-face conversations and interactions.

 

“Communication is a skill that you can learn. If you’re willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life.” Brian Tracy

 

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/115286/express-yourself-052619

Clarity and Innovation with guest Shawn Anderson

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“The more of me I be, the clearer I can see.” - Rachel Andrews

Young people are under a lot of pressure to choose their careers and determine what they want to do with their lives early on. Brigitte Jia and Kenneth Jeon tackle the subject of clarity with Brigitte expressing her struggles with her first year of college choices. Even if things seem clear, they aren’t always right - don’t be afraid to change if you feel you need it. Shawn Anderson, Author, Speaker, and founder of The Extra Mile is the special guest who encourages us to not accept mediocrity and to not give up. How do you determine when you are going in the right direction? he asks. Clarity comes in the moment when you are honest with yourself. Open your eyes, ears, and heart.  Be an ordinary extraordinary. Debuting today is reporter Arjin Claire with his segment Innovation Nation. Innovation is something that is all around us all the time, but most of the time, we don’t even notice it unless it’s changing our experience. Innovation is an essential part of our lives - from the simple toothpick to the technically amazing computer.  Be clear and innovate!

 

BIO: Shawn Anderson: Author, Speaker, founder of The Extra Mile

As a motivator, Shawn Anderson is the guy that walks the talk. A business success, a 7-time best selling, "Motivational" and "Self-help" author, a world traveled adventurer who has pedaled the U.S. on a bike twice, run a 100-mile race, created adventures in close to 50 countries (including having walked across England, Ireland, Japan, Spain, Portugal and Italy), Shawn has inspired, motivated and empowered tens and tens of thousands of people.  No one delivers the “go the extra mile” message more powerfully than the guy who has inspired world record holders, big city mayors, media outlets around the world, and everyone in between. Shawn offers three Program Ideas to boost, inspire. and motivate your team towards SUCCESS! These are the: Flip the Switch (a 1-day program for organizations seeking a boost); Soar Mastery (a 6-week program for organizations seeking results); And, Ultimate Transformation (a 21-week program for organizations seeking change). WWW.ShawnAnderson.com, www.extramileamerica.org

 

Bio:  Arjin Claire

 

Arjin Claire, an Express Yourself! reporter of Innovation Nation, is a curious and enthusiastic 9th grader in the Sacramento area. He’s a competitive soccer player, loves the drums, is an avid esports gamer, competes on his high school Mock Trial team and is always up for a healthy debate! He’s also a reporter and Business Manager for his high school’s award-winning newspaper, The Octagon. His motto to school (and life) is...never shy away from asking why.http://www.ExpressYourselfTeenRadio.com 

 

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/115165/clarity-and-innovation

Awareness with Bill and Gayle Gladstone of Waterside Productions

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“The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.” Lao Tzu

 

Rachel Glass, one of the five original reporters that launched Express Yourself!™ in 2011 sits behind the microphone to host this inspirational and intuitive hour focusing on awareness. She interviews literary agents, publishers, producers, and authors Bill and Gayle Gladstone discussing how books lead to increased awareness. A critical take-away from the conversation is the importance of following one’s calling. If a person wants to write a book, they need to be disciplined, focused, want to do it for the right reasons. The desire to make money does not top the list whereas helping others and making a positive difference in the world is the priority. Rachel reads the chapter penned by Tristan Boardway titled The Gift of Awareness from the book published by Waterside and authored by Cynthia Brian with young contributors, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World. When we are present, being in the moment, we will begin to be more consciously and instinctively aware. Awareness is trusting ourselves with our innate intuition. She also reads the insightful chapter she wrote on Self-Love. Accept and love yourself and you’ll have enough to share with others. 

 

Bio: Bill Gladstone: 

Bill Gladstone founded Waterside Productions, Inc. in 1982 and has personally placed more than 5000 titles with dozens of publishers. He has represented stars of the technical world ranging from Peter Norton to Linus Torvalds and was responsible for selling the first “For Dummies” book, Dos for Dummies by Dan Gookin, which led to the phenomenal series selling over 200 million copies. Mr. Gladstone is also the author of DR. AND MASTER SHA: MIRACLE SOUL HEALER, the best-selling novels THE TWELVE and THE POWER OF TWELVE, co-author with Jack Canfield of THE GOLDEN MOTORCYCLE GANG as well as producer of the film TAPPING THE SOURCE and co-author of the book TAPPING THE SOURCE (released in paperback as THE COMPLETE MASTER KEY SYSTEM). Mr. Gladstone is the host for the public television series Inside Wellness and also the series Soul Healing Miracles with Dr. and Master Sha. www.waterside.com

 

Bio: Gayle Gladstone

 

Gayle Gladstone is publisher of Waterside Productions Inc.. Gayle was manager for Hoyt Axton the musician, actor, and songwriter. Gayle is also a television and film producer. Her award winning film TAPPING THE SOURCE has been an international success. Gayle is active as a mother and grandmother and devotes her time to many philanthropic causes. Gayle is especially interested in raising awareness and helping people connect and find happiness so they can live lives of purpose and meaning helping others. www.waterside.com

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/115042/awareness-with-bill-and-gayle-gladstone

 

 

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ART

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“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”  Edgar Degas

 

Brigitte is Back! Resident BTSYA artist, Brigitte Jia co-hosts with Kenneth Jeon with lively discussions and in depth analysis on the meaning of art. Brigitte wrote the chapter, The Gift of Art in the new book by Cynthia Brian, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World which both hosts read aloud. Kenneth offers his 20/20 Vision segment relating his favorite films on how to see art as a way of tapping into the core of human existence. The hosts believe that art is a way to examine human emotions and thoughts without being bound by physical or even conceptual restrictions. Brigitte shares the inside scoop of her first year of college living in “the Art Dorm” and how the expression of art differs from her high school days. Both Brigitte and Kenneth are also musicians lending another nod to artistic endeavors and the value to individual joy. Brigitte and Kenneth are a dynamic duo of creative prowess! Live your art!

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/114911/the-gift-of-art

Appreciation

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“There is more hunger in the world for love and appreciation than for bread.”

Mother Teresa

The more we appreciate the little things in life, the more big things will appear that enhance and empower us. All three books in the Be the Star You Are! series boast a chapter on Appreciation. Kenneth Jeon kicks off this episode by reading Joven Hundal’s chapter on Appreciation from the book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World. He chronicles his grandparents immigrant story and how appreciative he is of their sacrifices. Kenneth then reads from the first book, Be the Star You Are! 99 Gifts and interviews author and producer, Cynthia Brian who reads a heartwarming appreciation chapter from book 2, Be the Star You Are! for Teens. The take-away from this uplifting show is how powerful gratitude and appreciation are. Try it out. Give a compliment, smile more, write a letter, show your appreciation. 

Buy the trilogy of books with autographs at http://www.CynthiaBrian.com/online-store

 

 

BIO: Cynthia Brian

 

Cynthia Brian, Founder and Executive Director of Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 literacy and positive media charity, New York Times bestselling co-author of Chicken Soup for the Gardener’s Soul, author of Be the Star You Are!®, 99 Gifts for Living, Loving, Laughing, and Learning to Make a Difference, Be the Star You Are!® for TEENS,  Be the Star You Are!® Millennials to Boomers, Growing with The Goddess Gardener, The Business of Show Business, The Blessing of Love and Relationships, and Miracle Moments®, is an internationally acclaimed keynote speaker, personal growth consultant, actor, producer and host of radio and tv shows, columnist, designer, gardener, and lifestyle coach. She is the producer and host of live weekly radio broadcast StarStyle® heard on the Voice America Network Empowerment Channel and produces the young adult program, Express Yourself!™ where teens talk and the world listens. 

When she is not writing, producing, performing, hosting, speaking, traveling, or coaching, you’ll find her in the garden with her adopted menagerie of barnyard animals. Cynthia Brian GROWS people.

 

(www.BetheStarYouAreRadio.com)

(www.CynthiaBrian.com

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/114761/the-gift-of-appreciation

It’s a Dog’s World: The Gift of Animals

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“Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.” Groucho Marx

 

Dogs. Companion dogs. The best non judgmental, good listeners after a tough day at the office, great motivators to humans to get up off the couch and go to the park! Kenneth Jeon interviews Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce about their newest collaborative book, Unleashing your Dog. Unleashing Your Dog builds on the latest research in canine science and provides many practical ways that allow dogs to exercise their senses, in addition to exercising their brains and their muscles.They bust the myths, provide the science, and most of all share the happiness and joy that a dog brings. Kenneth reads the chapter, The Gift of Animals by Heather Brittany from the book Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World to bring awareness about the importance of including animals in our lives. If you are an animal lover, you will love this broadcast! Tune in to walk your paws!

Bios:

Marc Bekoff is professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado. He is a former Guggenheim Fellow and has received the Exemplar Award for long-term contributions to the field of animal behavior from the Animal Behavior Society. Marc writes regularly for Psychology Today and has published 31 books including The Emotional Lives of Animals. He lives in Boulder, Colorado. More info at www.MarcBekoff.com 

 

Jessica Pierce is an Affiliate Faculty at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical School. She is the author of nine books, including The Last Walk: Reflections on Our Pets at the End of Their Lives and Run, Spot, Run: The Ethics of Keeping Pets, has published essays in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Guardian, and is a regular contributor to Psychology Today. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and an M.T.S. from Harvard University and now lives in Colorado. More information at www.JessicaPierce.net 

 

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: 

https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/114651/its-a-dogs-world-the-gift-of-animals

Activism with R & B Singer Songwriter, Pris-K

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“You can't always measure the effects of activist work; you just have to wish and pray that the message gets through.” - Yoko Ono

 

Joven Hundal and Kenneth Jeon spearhead an episode of Express Yourself! dedicated to activism. Besides discussing personal experiences, they read Brigitte Jia’s chapter from the book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World, then introduce Pris-K, the French R & B singer songwriter with the release of her single, Know My Name. This song is inspired by female empowerment, and Pris-K’s observations on being a woman in today’s modern society. While she wants men to have agency, Know My Name explores, in Pris-K’s words,“how easily women can be judged or put in categories, because of the way they look.” The powerful anthem explores what it means to be beautiful and sends out a call to women everywhere to stand up and believe in themselves no matter what they’re up against!

 

 Bio: Pris-K is a 28-year-old Ghanaian music artist raised in Strasbourg, France. Growing up she listened to a diverse mix of music including: Aretha Franklin, Aaliyah, and Yemi Alade. Inspired by Janelle Monae and Stefflon Don, PRIS-K is one of the next generation’s most talented R&B artists, writing contemporary pop that draws from the spirit of soul and urban music. Currently living in England, Pris-K is working on singles for a forthcoming EP Release . https://www.instagram.com/prisk_officialmusic/  

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Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/114525/activism-and-r-and-b-singer-pris-k

Musician SZABO on Youth and Mentoring

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“We can not always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” Franklin Roosevelt

 

“Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.” John Crosby

 

Youth and mentoring…the two go together like bread and butter. Kenneth Jeon showcases these two chapters from the new anthology,  Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World, before interviewing the internationally renowned electric dance music writer, producer, and artist SZABO. You’ll hear the new single he wrote and produced for the Russian singer Dila “Go Do You”, about a woman rising through adversity and doing what she wants and needs to do - while at the same time telling everyone else to quit judging her and to go and take care of themselves. "So go do you.. I'll do me too".  Szabo bridges the gap between dynamic club-ready sounds and chart-topping musicality. He has valuable advice for young people just starting out and is a mentor to artists. Check out his tracks and start dancing!

 

BIO: SZABO is an EDM Pop Artist/Songwirter/Producer originally from Australia and based in London, United Kingdom. He can be found in studios and on stages around the world with chart-topping tracks from Starley, Volt &State, Instereo, Tom Staar and Sweet California, achieving in excess of 700 million total streams. His name is attached to numerous certified platinum releases including Starley’s Billboard Hot 100 top 10 ‘Call On Me’, which he vocal produced, as well as Spain’s Sweet California’s No.1 double platinum selling album Head To The Stars, on which he co-wrote 2 songs. His song writing credits can be found on releases by prominent dance labels including Protocol (Nicky Romero), Revealed (Hardwell), Axtone Records, Ultra Records and Armada Music. SZABO has recently released 3 singles with TMRW music (formerly Ministry Of Sound Australia). Each of his 3 singles have had over 1.7 million streams on Spotify along with multiple playlist features and a peak at #2 on the Australian Viral Top 50, this includes the track HEAVEN which has now broken 2 million streams. On his latest single GO DO YOU, SZABO teams up with performing and recording artist DILA to deliver a dark EDM/Pop record.

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www.szaboofficial.com

Instagram: www.instagram/szabomusic

Twitter: www.twitter.com/officialszabo

Facebook: facebook.com/szabomusicofficial

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/artist/1Sfa6q3hJQmNsaLi9DozYi?si=NI9QrfX8SrCn7Ny-B7gXaw

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/szaboofficial

 

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/114219/szabo-on-youth-and-mentoring

The Gift of Writing with Cassandra Sage Briskman

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Have you always dreamed about writing a book? Meet a teen, Cassandra Sage Briskman who was published at age 16 and won numerous awards for her first book, “If you Wish” a frothy contemporary update on a Cinderella storyline. Hosts Joven Hundal and Kenneth Jeon read the chapter on writing by author of Swearing off Stars, Dani Wong from the anthology, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World, and interview Cassandra about her journey in becoming a published author. Her main character, Ella is an ordinary teenage girl whose father just happens to be a rich and famous film director. Ella is miserable and life sucks. There are struggles and challenges along the way combined with surprises, rewards, and self-awareness. If You Wish confronts bullying, drug abuse, and LGBTG rights in a story that is anything but a fairy tale. 

Kenneth winds up this episode with a segment about screenwriting. Joven is also published and Kenneth is investigating the movie industry. These teens have bright futures! Write on!

 

“Writing is its own reward.” Henry Miller

 

 

Bio: Cassandra Sage Briskman

Cassandra Briskman is a teenage Young Adult Author who splits her time between Los Angeles and New York City. She has loved fairy tales ever since she was a little girl. With the help of her publishers Bill and Gayle Gladstone her dreams of becoming a published