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Interview: Author, Voice-Over Actor and Entrepreneur Kareem Taylor

Click here to head to Kareem's site and learn more about him.

Click here to head to Kareem's site and learn more about him.

Every once in a while we need someone to encourage us to get ourselves together and stop wasting precious time. As the New Year approaches people are getting ready to create new goals, overcome new challenges, and get inspired.


I was able to interview author, voice over actor, entrepreneur, and multi-faceted leader Mr. Kareem Taylor. His new book “get your life” will not only make your holiday shopping for others a bit easier but the content will also help you find the motivation to pursue your passion.

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Interview: Teacher, Blogger and Activist Zellie Imani

Click Zellie's photo to head to his Twitter and learn more about him. 

Click Zellie's photo to head to his Twitter and learn more about him. 

Student activism has become a topic on everyone's radar due to university students coming out and making demands for changes at their institutions. Students at the University of have sparked a new wave of student action and although it may seem as though it came out of no where, that is far from true. Zellie Imani (teacher, blogger, activist and so much more) spoke to me about the structural organization that has gone behind movements taking place on campuses across the nation by students of color and how he and others have been helping to guide them along the way. 

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Interview: NewsOne and Global Grind Editor Christina Coleman

Click here to listen more about Christina Coleman and her professional endeavors. 

Click here to listen more about Christina Coleman and her professional endeavors. 

By this week I think everyone has heard about the unrest at the University of Missouri in one way or another. If not, to provide a summation of events, after several incidents happened on the campus surrounding racial discrimination and injustice, students of color on the campus protested, held a hunger strike and wrote a list of demands to their administration. This led to the resignation of their former University President Tim Wolfe and a change in several administration/faculty positions at the campus. We wanted to examine the way in which the media handles circumstances such as these and to help us do so we have Christina Coleman. Christina is the managing editor of NewsOne and a contributing editor for Global Grind. 

 

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Interview: Cosmetic Surgeon and Snapchat King Dr. Michael Salzhauer (Dr.Miami)

To learn more about Dr. Miami, click his photo. 

To learn more about Dr. Miami, click his photo. 

Dr. Michael Salzhauer, also known as Dr. Miami, is a well renown cosmetic and plastic surgeon unlike any other doctor you may know. Dr. Miami utilizes social media to take his supporters into the operating room with him, literally. Daily Dr. Miami and his team upload snapchat videos that are uncensored and explain every step of the various surgeries they perform within the span of a work day at his private practice. Dr. Salzhauer joined me to talk more about his practice and unique usage of social media. 

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Interview: Hofstra Alum and Blogger Ashley Freeman

Click here to head to Ashley's blog. 

Click here to head to Ashley's blog. 


Mental health a subject that is rarely touched upon as a topic of open discussion and exploration. One woman and Hofstra alum is looking to stop the negative connotations usually linked to those with mental illness, especially those in communities of color. Ashley Freeman, founder of the blog Don’t Die Afraid, has recently created a social media campaign entitled Black Health Mental Makeover. With the hashtag Black M-H-M she has encouraged others to join in the conversation and this morning she spoke about the reasoning behind campaign.

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Interview: Student Activist and Hofstra NAACP Public Relations Chair Bianca Pickering

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In light of #RiseUpOctober and the Mass Incarceration Resistance Rally taking place in NYC on October 24th, Eric Dehm and I sat down with student activist Bianca Pickering to speck on the issue of mass incarceration and why it is important for the youth to come together and actively use their voice to implement changes.

Also, I will be interviewing one of the organizers for the rally soon so be sure to stay tuned for that as well!

To learn more about the rally on Saturday and the #RiseUpOctoberMovement click this screenshot.

To learn more about the rally on Saturday and the #RiseUpOctoberMovement click this screenshot.


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Interview: Actor and Disability Activist Joe Genera

Click Joe's head-shot to learn more about him and his acting career. 

Click Joe's head-shot to learn more about him and his acting career. 

Monday morning Eric Dehm and I had the inspiring and refreshing Joe Genera in studio with us. About 30 years ago Joe was paralyzed by a car falling off of a car lift and landing on him. Luckily he survived, but his life was forever changed; however, Joe did not allow that to kill his dreams of becoming an actor. Click the play button above to listen to the full interview and prepare to be motivated! 

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Interview: Director and Producer Stanley Nelson Jr.

Click here to learn more about Mr. Nelson.

Click here to learn more about Mr. Nelson.

My co-host Eric Dehm and I had the extreme pleasure of speaking to Director and Producer Stanley Nelson Jr. about the Black Panthers documentary entitled, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.  Personally, I have been obsessed with the Black Panthers since I was a little girl and being about to talk to Mr. Nelson about this amazing documentary was the highlight of my Monday morning. You can learn more about the documentary here: 

Click here to go to TheBlackPanthers.com

Click here to go to TheBlackPanthers.com

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Interview: Washington Post's N-Word Project

Click the photo to view the N-Word Project on the Washington Post's website

Click the photo to view the N-Word Project on the Washington Post's website

In November 2014, I had the pleasure of speaking to Gabe SIlverman and Krissah Thompson of the Washington Post to talk more about the N-Word Project. This project, which was worked on by more than 20 Washington Post journalist in different departments, goes in depth to discover the various perceptions of the N-Words. In the interview, I was able to ask them what went into making the project a success, their main goal and much more. 

Click this photo to read the conjoining article

Click this photo to read the conjoining article

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Interview: Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci on Education

Click the photo to visit Chad Lupinacci's site and learn more about him

Click the photo to visit Chad Lupinacci's site and learn more about him

Natalia Orozco and I were able to assemblyman and adjunct professor here at Hofstra, Chad Lupinacci for the WRHU Hofstra Morning Wake-Up Call. Lupinacci gave us his insight on the current conditions of our local schools and some factors that should be consider by the public. 

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Feature: "Marvel in the Making" with Tarah C. Dove

Click here to listen to interview on SoundCloud.

Click here to listen to interview on SoundCloud.

As an interviewer it is always an interesting experience when you are being interviewed and an honor :) The beautiful and down-to-Earth Tarah C. Dove sat down and spoke to me about the Journalism/Media field. When she emailed me about interviewing me I was excited and ready to  chat (like always). Tarah definitely made me feel like a star and inspired me to keep on my path to excellence! Thank you so much for the opportunity <3 

P.S. Click on Tarah's highlighted name above to check out her site and learn more about her pursuits! 

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Interview: Barbara Davila-Dowling of Ethan's Little Piece

This morning Elisa and I had the pleasure of speaking with the founder of Ethan's Little Piece, Barbara Davila-Dowling. She is not only the founder of this up-and-coming advocacy network but the mom of Ethan, her almost 9-year-old son. who has been the motivation behind all of her efforts. After realizing there are several flaws in the systems parents depend on for their children with special needs, Barbara felt the need to speak-up and speak out! Click the play button above to listen to our interview and learn more about her mission.

 

P.S. Ethan's birthday is on mother's day and he told his mom all he wants for his birthday this year is cards. If you are interested in sending Ethan a birthday message, send your cards/messages to:

Ethan's Little Piece

P.O. Box 753029

Bronx, N.Y. 10475

 

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Interview: Kameron Corvet

Kameron Corvet "Darker Than Gray" album cover,

Kameron Corvet "Darker Than Gray" album cover,

Intro song: "Did It For You" by Kameron Corvet

Kameron Corvet has recently put out his EP entitled "Darker Than Gray" and was willing to let Elisa and myself into the background info relating to the overall message of this album. In addition to talking about his album, we spoke about relationships, his parents whirlwind marriage and different issues relating to our "instant" focused society. Click that play button above to hear the interview and learn more about the man behind the music. 

Thank you Kameron for coming on with us! To hear more of Kameron's music be sure to head to KameronCorvet.com 

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Interview: Debbie Stone of Pop.Earth

 "These people deserve to live rewarding and enriching lives. It's our mission to help them accomplish that.  They deserve love and understanding and it is our goal to provide that.  Help us become ONE." - Pop.Earth

 "These people deserve to live rewarding and enriching lives. It's our mission to help them accomplish that.  They deserve love and understanding and it is our goal to provide that.  Help us become ONE." Pop.Earth

Elisa Tang and I were able to interview Debbie Stone, founder of the non-profit organization Pop.Earth for the Hofstra Morning Wake Up Call on 88.7FM. Ms. Stone explained to us the importance of her organization, their holistic approach to helping children with autism and overall, bringing awareness to these children who are like any other kids on the planet. Pop.Earth wants all people to live life with the understanding that no matter what we are all one. 

 

Produced by Zach Galasso, thanks Zach!

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Interview: La'China Barnes of The College Girl

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La'China B. is the founder and CEO of  "The College Girl" brand, but her company is about a lot more than cosmetics. After having to leave college, due to financial constraints, La'China did not allow her circumstance to keep her down. She has worked extremely hard to build up her business and has big plans to expand it into something that is more than just a means of making money. 

La'China plans to use the funding she generates to help other young women attend college through a scholarship she will be creating. Also, coming soon she will be introducing "The College Girl Internship," as another method to reaching back into the community and propelling young women forward! 

But you do not have to take my word for it, click that link above to listen to the interview and hear it from this lovely lady herself :) 

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Feature: Social Media Chat with Tarah Dove of UrabnDialogz.com

Earlier today I had the pleasure to be a guest on the lovely Tarah Dove's web radio podcast for UrbanDialogz.com. Before I jump into what we discussed, I want to tell you all a little about UrbanDialogz.com. This site was created by Tarah Dove, a sophomore at York University in Toronto, who wanted an outlet for students to reach out to other students and talk about important societal and personal issues. Also, one of the main goals of the site is to relate these topics in a laid-back, informal fashion to ensure the comfortability of the contributors and listeners. When I first found out about her site through a YouTube video she posted, I was instantly intrigued by her mission and decided to check out the site! Once there I suggested she do a discussion on Social Media and it's positive and negative effects on the youth and our generation. After suggesting the topic, she contact me and asked if I would like to be a guest on the show to discuss it more and of course I accepted :) 

The overall message of our discussion was to advise the youth (and people using social media in general) to be conscious of what you post. Although social sites are used as an outlet to express one's thoughts and beliefs, it is important to keep a sense of professionalism in mind because you never know who may be looking at your sites. Also, sometimes the content we post may not be an appropriate representation of ourselves, so be mindful of what you post before sending it out into the world.  

Of course I would love to go deeper into what we discussed, but you can click the screenshot above to hear for yourself! Make sure you drop by Tarah's site and tell her I sent ya! Also, let us know what your take on this discussion is!  

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