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

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

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

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May 23, 2024 Show

Apryl "Dymond" Campbell

The captivating, gifted, and sensational - Apryl "Dymond" Campbell's presence has been felt on-stage, several churches, and events over the years. Dymond has performed from a young age in school plays, churches, and community theatre Celery Soup. Dymond has since actively pursued her notable career goals, presented Women of Unity Conference 2015/2016 and as an actress in several stage plays: I Got a Man (2016), Dreamgirls (2017); former member of Florida Black Women's Roundtable (2019). In 2020 Dymond created Kamari Entertainment. She Performed, Wrote, Produced and Co-Directed- Mr. Right (2019) her first stage play. In addition, she was a returning host of Three Masks poetic nights, in Orlando, FL. Dymond received her B.S. in Criminal Justice 2006 and a Master of Business Degree in 2017 both from Everest University.  Dymond has now gained national attention on OWN' Reality Show: "Never Ever Mets" 2024 and other national programs and projects to be released soon, including her own documentary-Stained Souls and her book(s) Surrender and Bishop Lies and Wives.  Look out for Ms. Dymond the Real Deal cause she's keep's it Real!  Dymond and her beautiful daughter A'Mari currently reside in Orlando, FL.



April 25, 2024 Show

Donna M. Butler

a native of Seattle, WA, embarked on a life journey that led her to Louisiana, where she married and raised seven children. In 2019, she penned the captivating novel "Divine Intervention," a testament to her rich storytelling skills and deep understanding of human characters. Inspired by her visual and character-driven narrative style, Donna has now ventured into the realm of filmmaking, transforming her novel into an upcoming series currently in pre-production. Her creative vision promises to bring her compelling storytelling to life on screen, captivating audiences with tales that blend the mystical and the human experience.




March 28, 2024 Show

Nisha Catron

It's rare for an artist to find success in their field, let alone across several, but then Nisha Catron is a rare artist. Actress, musician, composer, producer, Nisha is a multifaceted talent whose gifts combine into projects that inspire. She is driven to create. Born on June 2, 1958 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Nisha's vision of music and film started early. "My mother was a singer, my great-grandmother was an opera singer. When asked as a child what I wanted to be, I always said "a movie star," she remarked. Music provided an outlet for Nisha's creativity. "My mother bought a guitar and I went into my bedroom with it at eleven and never came out. I started writing songs to Edgar Allen Poe, Emily Dickinson, and Shakespeare." Having decided on California as the place to pursue music, Catron joined the Navy to do so, ending up stationed in Coronado, CA, in San Diego County. Gifted at guitar, harmonica, piano and tin whistle, post Navy, she enrolled at San Diego State University, studying drama and musical theatre. A veteran of the live music scene since the 1980's, Nisha's focus has been on San Diego, but a short stint in Los Angeles would go on to have a lifelong impact on her career. After graduating from the Musicians Institute, she was part of an all-girl band alongside Tane McClure then eventually formed Hollywood based band, Out of Nowhere, with drummer Irene Liberatore of legendary punk band, The Dinettes. Returning to San Diego, Nisha joined up with several musical combos, including Patrons of the Moon, which saw her work with a second member of The Dinettes, keyboardist Sue Delguidice. She also worked with Darlin and Rose with husband Sylvester Bowen , and most recently, Americana influenced group, Calamity. Nisha Catron has released numerous albums, including a pair with Darlin and Rose, s/t (2001) and Tomorrow Yesterday (2002), an album in collaboration with Brooke Mackintosh and Sven Eric Seaholm, STLA (2014) and a pair of solo releases; Step Into My World (2002) and Further South (2012). Meanwhile, following on a nomination for "Best Pop Band" in 2015, Calamity scored a 2020 San Diego Music Award nomination for their album, Pleasure Plug. Adding to her stagecraft skills, Nisha is also part of acclaimed comedy troupe, Pretty Funny Women. Alongside her music, Nisha has led a parallel life in film. "I love being in the recording studio, but my passion is film making," she said. She's released more than a dozen music videos, for both solo projects and with Calamity, while also appearing in films such as Witchcraft IV: The Virgin Heart (1992), Cat a Dog's Tale (2018) and most recently, The Voyager 2150 (2021), which finds her working once again with, now producer, Tane McClure and Sandra Stenzel. It's a collaboration that has yielded multiple short films to impressive results. Accepted at numerous film festivals, The Voyager 2150 has scored several wins, including The New York Movie Awards (2022 / Best Sci-Fi), The Global Shorts Festival (2021 / Best Music) and the LA Independent Women Film Awards (2022 / Best Si-Fi) It's all a build up to Nisha's Catron's forthcoming EP with producer / musician Josquin Des Pres (Bernie Taupin etc), Same Star. There are no current plans to tour, but a new Calamity album is in the works and more solo recordings and videos are on the way soon, giving Nisha's fans a virtual way to keep up with this gifted artist and her music.


February 22, 2024 Show

Shelia M. Goss

Shelia M. Goss is a Shreveport, Louisiana native and a graduate of Southern University and A&M College in Baton, Rouge, LA. Although Shelia has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, she's always had a passion for writing. She is a screenwriter and national bestselling author of over twenty-one novels, including the Essence Magazine bestselling novel, My Invisible Husband and critically acclaimed novels The Joneses and Delilah. Her young adult series, The Lip Gloss Chronicles was a hit with librarians across the country. Shelia has written several screenplays and is one of the writers, producers and directors of the short film, Black Butterfly. She has received many accolades and awards over the years for her writing. USA Today says, "Goss has an easy, flowing style with her prose..." For more information, visit her website at



January 25, 2024 Show

Tané McClure

is a lifelong film, television and music professional with over 50-plus Film Festival Awards and 20 nominations as well as earning the coveted LA Press Club - National Journalism Award. She has worked on both sides of the camera and microphone as an actress, producer, writer, director, editor, VFX artist, film sound designer, and a professional singer under the name Tané Cain. Her current feature film is "Séance Games - Metaxu" which she co-wrote, directed, produced, and edited. The film has already won over 36 Film Festival Awards and has been acquired by Gravitas Ventures Distribution (Domestic), and Adler and Associates Entertainment Distribution (Foreign). Domestic VOD Release Date: 2-13-24 Amazon, Apple TV, VUDU and more.  Tané has acted in over 70 films most notably playing Reese Witherspoon's mom in "Legally Blonde" as well as the cult classic "Crawlspace", "Cruel Intentions 2", "Shadow Hours", "Go"; A Woman Scorned II", regular co-starring role on the hit Showtime series "Sherman Oaks", guest spots on "Days of Our Lives", "BayWatch Nights", and many more. As a singer, under the name Tané Cain, she was a RCA Recording artist with the top 40 single "Holding On" and with her band "Tahnee Cain and Tryanglz", she wrote and performed three songs for the original "Terminator" motion picture soundtrack.  As a producer/director/editor, some of Tané's winning and nominated productions include: "Love Betty White: The Betty White Story" (National Journalism Award), "Just Call Me Hef: The Hugh Hefner Story", "Big Shots", "Inside Autism", "Rockstar", "Voyager 2150". These film and television shows have been honored with awards that include Best Film, Best Short Film, Best Director, Best Music, Best Editor, Best Sound Design, Best Women's Short Film, Best Visual FX and more.  Tané McClure is the daughter of actor Doug McClure, who is best known as "Trampas" from the western series "The Virginian" Tané became an actress at an early age playing the part of an orphan in "The Virginian" episode "Small Parades".  She is a believer in being "limitless" and is excited to be developing new and exciting film projects with other like-minded talented producers and professionals.



December 28, 2023 Show

Nikesha Toussaint

Mississippi Native, Nikesha Toussaint, currently resides in the United States Virgin Islands with her husband and daughter.

Nikesha attended Jackson State University where she graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree with an emphasis on Kinesiology.

Nikesha's healthy living philosophy is built on 3 principles: Fitness, Recovery, and Wellness. On the beautiful island of St. John, her business, Point Wellness, offers: stretch therapy, strength and cardio training, antigravity/ariel yoga, and muscle simulation and cupping.

November 23, 2023 Show

Ashley Jackson, DMA

An avid soloist, chamber musician, and curator, harpist Ashley Jackson is establishing herself as a vital musical voice. A professor at Hunter College, she has performed with the New York Philharmonic, The Knights, and is a regular member of the Harlem Chamber Players. As a producer, she teamed up with curator Roya Sachs and composer Danielle Eva Schwob to present Infoxication (2018) and wrote her first film In Song and Spirit (2020). Ashley has also curated major recording projects featuring Black American composers, including Margaret Bonds: The Ballad of the Brown King and Selected Songs, and her "gemlike" debut album titled Ennanga (Nate Chinen).

Look, learn, and listen at

Ashley Jackson, DMA
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Assistant Professor of Music, Hunter College



October 26, 2023 Show

Shantrice Hurst

Southern, she had the honor of being voted Miss Freshman 97-98 and Miss Southern 00-01. She became a member of the Alpha Tau chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc in the Spring of 2000. As a member of the SGA, she served and volunteered in many capacities of campus life and community events, sharing her time with others. Post graduate, she has given of her time in many organizations, and has made a tremendous impact on the Greater Baton Rouge Community through both her philanthropic efforts, and being a leading woman in business. She was the co-creator of Geaux Health & Fitness Magazine from 2013- 2016, she was the managing partner of Hilton & Company Dress Shop until 2019, which her mother, Shelia Hilton established in 1988 , and is the co-founder of HD Communications of Louisiana, Inc., which is the Top Solution Provider Agency for AT&T focusing on Commercials Sales, the co-founder of Elite Sports of Baton Rouge, Inc., where they focus on Sports, Education, and Community Service touching thousands of kids in our community on an annual basis and currently, the Director of Sound Minds Counseling and Wellness Center, Inc, where the service those who struggle with Substance misuse and offer Addiction Counseling. Through her selfless commitment, she has mentored young kids and helped to shape our community, so that it is a better place to work, live, and play.  While managing the hustle and bustle of day-to-day business, she as many women do, still holds-down the fort. She is the loving wife of Darryl Hurst, who is a Metro Councilman, serving District 5, and is the mother of Darryl Hurst, II, and Hailey Hurst. They are her inspiration to ensure that our community and our economy thrive. Making sure that her kids grow-up in a well-rounded environment, as well as understanding the importance of giving-back and being around other like-minded women, she joined the Baton Rouge Chapter of Jack & Jill of America , and has been a member for the past 13 years, where she has served as Chaplin for two of those years, a member of Junior League of Baton Rouge, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  She and her family are members of Union City Chapel, where they seek to serve those in and out of the walls of the church. As Jesus has called-us to minister to the nations. She understands her calling and will continue to do God's work.



September 28, 2023 Show

Kinda Andrews Saunders

Kinda Andrews Saunders hails from Baton Rouge, LA, and is the middle of her parents three children. In classic middle child fashion Kinda has always been an extrovert, drawn to the light. She attended Southern University where she was a cast member of BET's College Hill, the first ever all black reality show; making television history. Kinda married her college sweetheart and U.S. Navy veteran, Charles and they now have six children. Her family has appeared in national commercials, advertisements and they occasionally "Go viral." Now a full time content creator and social media specialist, Kinda's work garnered attention from a major cable network as she landed a pilot for her own television docu-series. Now, her ThatKindaLuv, LLC and social channels @ThatKindaLuv feature positive, family content. 



August 24, 2023 Show

Donna Foster Zahid

was a young mother looking forward to a bright future with her husband and young son. One day, that bright future turned into a dark nightmare when her husband whisked their son off to his native country, Pakistan, and announced that the young boy would remain there. Effectively kidnapped, the boy had no idea where his parents were nor the anguish his mother was going through. We are all led to believe that our government is there for us. Donna immediately went through "the system" of government help and found stone wall after stone wall. With no other choice, she took matters into her own hands. Donna tells a stirring and compelling story of clandestine meetings, tense moments with gun-toting Pakistani officials, and a lot of prayer. The happy ending reunites Donna with her son. Seeing my God part the sea, knowing faith opened every door along the way!

Donna Foster Zahid released "I'm Coming Back" which is a powerful story of a mother's determination to reclaim her beloved son.



July 27, 2023 Show

Dr. Angelica Imani Celestin-Brumfield

is a true woman of science She is passionate at what she does and believes in. Many who know her say she walks and beats to her own drum. She is a newly seasoned practicing dentist in the state of Louisiana. She loves being a dentist and playing a critical role in the field of science. She loves her patients and loves helping them achieve their beautiful smiles. Dr. Celestin is following in the footsteps of her great uncle Dr. Karl Douglas, DDS. He was a practicing black dentist in the 1940's during a times where it was unheard of to be a black doctor especially in the south. Dr. Celestin- Brumfield knows that her passion for being a dentist runs deep and in her bloodline.  Dr. Angelica Celestin-Brumfield was born in Kansas City, Missouri in1988 and moved to Louisiana at age nine. Her parents moved to Kansas in pursuit of advancing their careers once they graduated college. She graduated from Xavier Prep High School in New Orleans in 2006. She lived through hurricane Katrina her senior year in high school. When she was able to return to school to finish out the last leg of her senior year the high school merged into what was once called the MAX. It stood for Xavier Prep, St Mary's, and St. Augustine high school. The schools merged to become one. She vividly remembers how much fun she had performing in the Mardi Gras parades as a cheerleader. She then went on to start college at Xavier University her freshman year and transferred to Southern University A&M her sophomore year. She went on to receive a Bachelor and Master of Science in Biology from Southern University A&M. While at Southern she was a member of the Black 100 National Collegiate Women Association. This is also the time where she met her future husband, Bobby. After she graduated with her masters she moved to New Jersey with her fiance now husband in pursuit of her dreams. She always dreamed of becoming a dentist and she knew the road and journey wouldn't be easy. During her time in New Jersey she attended Rutgers Graduate program where she obtained another masters in biomedical sciences with a concentration in oral biology. During her graduation, President Barack Obama was the Honorary speaker. She gained knowledge, motivation, and determination from his speech. She knew that in order to get into dental school she had to prove she could handle the rigorous content by taking some dental school classes while in her graduate program.  She indeed succeeded and after completion of the program she got accepted into Howard University Dental School. She describes Howard as being the best thing that could have happened to her. Howard is known as the Black Harvard. So many distinguished, highly educated, and well known people have graduated from the university. Dr. Celestin- Brumfield was walking into her dreams. There she learned the craft and skills to be an excellent dentist, while also built a strong bond and sisterhood with her classmates, faculty and staff. Still to this day she remains in contact with her classmates. During her time at Howard she participated in the African American Women Dental Association. She has been involved in numerous community outreach programs with the NDA sponsored by Colgate and RAM in Lynchburg, Virginia. Not to mention, she had her first son named Legend in dental school. He's often referred to as the "Howard baby" in her class. After completion of dental school Dr. Celestin- Brumfield attended residency at LSU for general dentistry. Here she had another life changing event and experienced Covid-19 her senior year in dental school. She learned and adapted to the new normal in the field of dentistry. She is a wife and mother of three beautiful children, Legend, Noah, and Alivia. She enjoys traveling, reading, cooking and spending time with loved ones and family. Dr. Celestin-Brumfield is a member of the American Dental Association, Louisiana Dental Association, New Orleans Dental Association, and the National Dental Association.



June 22, 2023 Show

Dr. Nia Jenkins

is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgeon (FPMRS) at University Health in Kansas City, Missouri. She was born and raised in Overland Park, Kansas. She attended the University Missouri–Columbia for undergrad. She then attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine to obtain a Master in Public Health with an emphasis in epidemiology and health disparities. During her master’s program she spent a significant amount of time with underserved populations. She then went on to obtain her medical degree from the University of Kansas. During her medical school tenure, she was heavily involved in the volunteer medical clinic, mentoring, and President of the SNMA student organization. At graduation she was presented with the distinguished Edward V. Williams award which recognizes outstanding community service, academic achievement, and commitment to enhance diversity in the field of medicine. She completed her residency in OB/GYN and fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery at Louisiana State University Health Science Center in New Orleans. She completed residency with numerous teaching and surgical skill awards. Nia and her husband, Edward, relocated back to the Kansas City area in 2021 to be closer to family. She also has strong family ties in Louisiana. She has authored numerous academic book chapters and most recently contributed to ‘Taking Care of You - the empowered woman’s guide to better health.’ Nia remains heavily involved in both mentoring and teaching. Above all, she takes pride in her role as a wife, mother to her two young children, sister, and friend. On the weekends, you can find her working in her yard, shopping, traveling, planning a get-together, or trying a new restaurant.



May 25, 2023 Show

Krystal Minor

A native of Liberty, Mississippi and a proud graduate of University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism. She was privileged to earn the title Miss Southern Miss and was named Who’s Who Among Colleges and Universities during her tenure.  Minor is now the Chief Operations Officer at the number one app development company in the Southeast, BFAC.COM. Krystal joined in early 2012 after a successful career with 16 WAPT NEWS, where she served as senior producer for the primetime newscast. She received numerous awards for her work and contributions to Hearst Television. In 2014, Minor was named Chief of Operations after boosting the company’s revenue by 200%. She was selected as Top in Tech by the Mississippi Business Journal. Minor believes in servant leadership. Outside of the workplace she is the Philanthropy Chair of the Madison County Young Professionals. She is also a member of the Madison County Business League where she is a Steering Committee Leader, serves on the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Executive Leadership Committee, and the Youth Leadership Committee. She is a proud mentor for Women Lead Leadership Organization at Georgia State University. She enjoys volunteer work with MS Alzheimer's Association and the Salvation Army. She is also an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.  Minor is a motivational speaker, youth leader, and life coach who has spoken on many stages across the southeast. She has great passion to ignite others to follow their dreams and to live on purpose. God called her to create a space where girls can be transparent and feel confident about who they are in Christ. In 2022, she founded Girls Ignited. Minor was listed in the Amite County High School’s Distinguished Individual Publication in 2021, named BFAC Employee of the Year in 2017, received Madison County Business League's Exceptional Leadership Award in 2022 and named a 2022 W.I.S.H. Society Honoree. Most recently she was selected as one of Mississippi Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40. Most importantly, Minor is a dedicated wife and mother. She and her husband of eleven years have three beautiful children, Kaylie, Kassidy and Jeremy Jr. Together they serve as youth ministry leaders at Faith Tabernacle of Jesus Christ Church in Woodville, MS. Minor strongly believes we must glorify God in everything we do. Through Christ ALL things are possible.



April 27, 2023 Show

Le Angela Richards-Pike

likes to say she is a child of the world as she was born into a military family and spent most of her formative years in Europe. She has been married to her husband, Ryan for seven years and they have two beautiful sons (ages 16 and 5). She is the founder of the start-up non-profit Covered Women’s Empowerment and Outreach which strives to empower women and families through education, community events and resources. She is also a six year Air Force veteran, serving her enlistment at Kessler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi.

In 2017 LeAngela was diagnosed with a mental health disorder. This has shaped who she is as a wife, mother, and professional. LeAngela wants her mental health journey to be one of inspiration and hope to others who suffer silently.



March 23, 2023 Show

Tamekia Hayes

is a highly accomplished professional and entrepreneur from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She graduated from Southern University with a degree in Computer Science and later went on to obtain her MBA. Tamekia has been employed at Direct Auto for over 7 years, where she currently serves as the call center manager. She is highly dedicated to her team, customers, and agents, and takes great pride in her work. Tamekia is known for her strong leadership skills and ability to drive positive results. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role, and is well-respected by her colleagues and peers. Tamekia is also a dedicated wife, mother, and entrepreneur, having been married for 18 years and raising 3 children, ages 18, 15, and 10. In addition, she runs two successful businesses, Kidz-N-Play and Hayes 360 Photobooth. When she is not working, Tamekia enjoys traveling, taking cruises, reading and spending time with her family and friends. With her unique combination of technical, business, and entrepreneurial skills, Tamekia is well-equipped to navigate the ever-changing landscape of the industry, while also balancing her role as a wife, mother, and active member of her community.



February 23, 2023 Show

Robin Randle

is an impactful member of her community as the owner of First Minds Chicago Home Daycare, a board member of Chicago's North Beverly Civic Association, and an active member of the North Beverly Block Club Association. Robin Randle was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago as the youngest and only girl of four children. Her upbringing is where she developed her perspective on the significance of family, community and economics. As a teenage mother she balanced working various jobs and graduating from the prestigious Whitney M. Young Magnet High School with the support of her family and community. She remained steadfast in her faith as an active church member and her passion for seniors grew with her desire to learn from their wisdom and faith.  Determined not to be handicapped by the challenges of urban life, Robin continued to make the best of every opportunity. As an adult, she began work as a clerk at the United States Postal Service. She soon began an administrative assistant position in the telecommunication industry and eventually applied the employee educational benefits to obtain an Associate of Applied Science, Mortuary Science from Malcolm X College while simultaneously obtaining her Bachelors in Business Administration from Jones International University. She accomplished these milestones while parenting two children, remaining active in community organizations and working full time on the overnight shift. During her tenure she worked as a Dispatcher, Plant Troubleshooting Technician, and Level 1 Network Engineer. These positions allowed her to provide service to a diverse customer base, develop a variety of technical problem-solving skills and interface with multi-levels of management. Her desire to listen to understand and her ability to proactively network while establishing effective team relationships enhanced her internal gifts that garnered the seeds of First Minds Chicago. In 2013 she transitioned from her career in Corporate America and followed her passion to officially open First Minds Chicago Home Daycare. It is in this position she has been able to express her commitment to embracing the uniqueness of every child with her customized curriculum and family community engagement programs. First Minds Chicago created a program that engages the parents also, First Minds Read -which fosters healthy relationships between parents and children through reading. The effectiveness of her programs is validated by her constantly increasing client base with a 98 percent client referral record. This required her to go beyond the childcare sector and add curriculum support to her services. Responding to the needs of the community, she continues to adjust programming to support her clients and is solidifying a system to recreate her platform for other childcare facilities.  Her experience as a young parent helped her to understand the plight of young women to discover the esteem, love, and value of self at any age. In 2016 she founded Committed Chosen Women to create an intimate space to connect women with resources and create a blueprint that allows them to “help themselves” by focusing on entrepreneurship, self-care, family and community building. She partners with other organizations by being an active volunteer with Chicago Public Schools for 22 years, Chicago Park District, Chicago Food Depository, Chicago Girl’s Rehabilitation Group Home and Operation Jesus.  She is passionate about maintaining mental and physical health and recently obtained a Child Nutrition Professional Certification which will empower her to continue teaching the families that she serves how to maintain healthy dietary lifestyles. Robin is an avid traveler, she loves hosting events, provides social entertainment for events and is the annual speaker on Entrepreneurship at Women in Silhouette.



January 26, 2023 Show

Agnes Smith Andrews

was raised in a large family in rural South Louisiana. The third child of six, she experienced many life lessons early. The Pointe Coupee parish native loss her father before she reached her teens and started high school at the beginning of desegregation. Her mother was left alone to raise and educate 6 young children. The death of her father spawned Andrews' interest in insurance and preparedness. Agnes Andrews entered college at Southern University A&M as an optimistic seventeen-year-old and graduated with a degree in Home Economics and Education. Andrews worked as a Home Economist and taught nutrition and also thought budget and home management skills with the Agriculture Extension Services in Lafayette, La.  She married Dr. Donald R. Andrews in 1975 and moved to Texas while he pursued his doctorate degree at Texas A&M. While living in College Station, Texas she worked as an Interior Decorator. At that time, Mrs. Andrews was the primary bread winner. During the time that her husband studied, Agnes introduced herself to the insurance industry. She found her niche selling insurance at an Allstate Kiosk at Sears. After working with Allstate for 12 months she was offered the opportunity to open her own agency. Filled with drive and ambition to serve her customers, Andrews founded an agency that is now 30 years old.  Agnes Andrews Allstate Agency has been recognized as a premier service agency as well as one of the top agencies in the state of Louisiana. Andrews is licensed to sell personal lines and financial products. She serves her customers by providing Home, Auto, Life, Flood, Renters and Commercial Insurance. She is a certified member of the national association of life underwriters (LUTCF), personal estate and retirement planning, and holds a series 6 and 63 license for selling and servicing financial products. She is also a governor appointed member of the advisory committee on equal opportunity. Along with serving on the Southern University College of Business Advisory Council and the board of the Southern University Laboratory School, Andrews volunteer her time in many areas. Some of the volunteer work that she enjoys is to teach with the Mid City Redevelopment Alliance, and also to volunteer with Urban Restoration. She taught a Principles of Insurance course at Southern University College of Business in 2014.



December 22, 2022 Show

Adam Crappel

is the founder of AE Touch Technologies, a forty-five year- old company with innovative energy star rated products. He has spent over forty-five years providing exceptional services and partnering with organizations to help combat the effects of poverty in our country.  A&E's mission is to provide customers with the most technologically advanced products and first-class service at cost-effective prices. A&E was ahead of its time in 1977 and continues to be an innovator in its field. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, A&E added square and PI keys to the calculators it sold to engineering firms. In doing so, A&E transformed basic calculators into high level mathematics tools. Today, A&E is a leader in interactive board technology. The A&E Touch—A&E’s own interactive board—is faster, clearer, more responsive, and more user-friendly than any other interactive board on the market. The A&E Touch, as well as other interactive boards, can be enhanced by the A&E App Box, which enables interactive boards to operate with even greater speed and efficiency.



November 24, 2022 Show

George Bell

George Bell joined Capital Area United Way as president and CEO in August of 2016 after working 30 years as a health care executive in Columbus, Ohio and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Under Bell’s leadership, CAUW has become one of the most recognized and respected nonprofit organizations in the Greater Baton Rouge region, having received the 2017 Force For Good Leadership Award from Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, named one of the area’s Best Places to Work in 2021, and selected as one of 384 recipients of a multi-million dollar grant from MacKenzie Scott in 2020. As a funder, CAUW grants over $4 million in competitive impact and project grant funding annually to local nonprofit organizations. In addition, in 2020 CAUW launched and hosted 225 Gives, a community-wide day of giving event that has raised over $5 million in two years, providing much needed support for over 200 nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining CAUW, Bell worked for General Health System from 1999 until December 2015, where he served in a number of executive level positions, including Administrator, Baton Rouge General – Mid City,  Sr. Vice-President, Physician and Community Relations, which included BRG’s Arts in Medicine Program; Vice-President of Physician Relations; and President of Baton Rouge General Physicians, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of General Health System which he increased from 14 physicians to 85+ physicians over 12 years. Mr. Bell is a native of Thibodaux, LA, and is a 1981 Hall of Fame graduate of Nicholls State University with a B.A. degree in Political Science. He also attended The Ohio State University, where he pursued graduate level courses in Public Policy and Management, and completed the highly acclaimed Wharton School of Business, Health Care CEO Talent Development Course. He also received Certification as a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma in December 2015 and completed the United Way Worldwide Executive Leadership Development Program in 2021. Mr. Bell has been active in the Baton Rouge community, having been presented the Camelot College Community Award of Excellence in 2015, and the 2016 Medical Professional of the Year Award by Mu Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. In addition to his professional calling, Mr. Bell has maintained a lifelong passion for music. Prior to the pandemic in 2020, he served regularly as a member of the music ministry band at his church, Word of Life Christian Center. He also occasionally performs for patients in health facilities and nursing homes, and volunteers in local schools to promote and support music education. Lastly, he has produced and performed over 24 concerts since 2011 at the Manship Theatre in Baton Rouge with his George Bell and Friends ensemble. Mr. Bell resides in Baton Rouge, LA, with his wife, Terri. Together, they have one son, Gordon (Dana), and four grandchildren, Talia, Seyan, Grant, and Gianna.



October 27, 2022 Show

Minister Chevalor Banks aka The Winners Coach

is a passionate transformative speaker, author, entrepreneur, business/life coach, and prayer warrior. She is known for her ability to motivate and capture her audience into action. She empowers you to take up your bed and walk into a winning lifestyle impacting people with practical, God-given principles and strategies that yield a greater harvest. Minister Chevalor is a voice that penetrates the fabric of the one who has been counted out. She is the founder of The Tribe of Wise Women Empowerment Group and The Morning Prayer and Power Call.  She is a graduate of Light Bible Institute and Lift Leadership Institute with degrees in Biblical Theology and Christian Leadership.  She also studied business management and marketing at Southern University and Spencer College.




September 22, 2022 Show

Simone O. Higginbotham

is a 51 year mother of one daughter, grandmother of Harper Florida-Marie, community activist, AmeriCorps Alumni, Domestic Violence Survivor, Entrepreneur, Speaker, Mentor, Network Connector, Social Cultivation Ambassador and an awesome woman with much ambition to make it to the top! Raised by a single mother in one of Baton Rouge's oldest African American neighborhoods, the Zion City Community. Simone is a pillar in the community andhas volunteered over 2500+ hours to date with organizations across Baton Rouge. Simone is a self-starter, very determined, hard -working, and diligent. A woman who wears a hat of many colors, Simone is the Executive Director of the Scotlandville Community Development Corporation, CEO of Rebirth Magazine and The Weekend of Legends, LLC. She developed the Rebirth Brand and has made many strides and developed great relationships with other companies, a rapport with her community and now has established colleagues that she has partnered with to not only put her company on the map but unselfishly help others also. Simone is definitely moving in the right direction as she presses toward the mark. She has her eye on the prize. She feels giving up is not an option and will not let anything stop her. In 2015 she released her long awaited memoir Caged By Words-Something Like A Memoir about her journey during her abusive marriage. Simone’s greatest accomplishment is the success of Rebirth Brand and the pending launch of her non-profit Rebirth Inc. "Change your thoughts and you change your world" - Norman Vincent Peale



August 25, 2022 Show

Special Guest: Mando Allen

Mando Allen is a film director, producer, and actor from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mando and his brother Dewey Allen own and operate Scotlawood Motion Pictures, a film production company based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mando is most notably known for producing and directing the film My Side Piece and My Side Piece Hit the Lotto. His production company has produced feature films such as King of the Game, Twisted Ambitions, Mississippi Shakedown, Blues for Life, I Love Southern Soul, Telephone Book, Studio Gangster and Mississippi Turn’t Up; he has acted in all of his feature films.  Mando’s production company has featured such entertainers as Hawthorne James who is best known for the film The Five Heartbeats, Tommy Ford from the The Martin Show, Mama Dee from Atlanta Love and Hip Hop, Messier Cee, Mystikal, Funny Mike, Just Brittany, and LaTanga Sherman radio personality on Max 94.1 FM, Karlie Redd of Atlanta Love and Hip Hop and none other than Southern Soul Singer Big Poky. The Allen brothers are the Cinematographer Recipients of the 2022 ZBT Award. Scotlawood Motion Pictures has several projects that are currently in post productions.



July 27, 2022 Show

Robyn Simpson is a Christian counselor, mentor, and visionary. She has counseled women in various areas for over 20 years. As a pastor, she currently oversees the Outreach/Care Ministry at Bethel Family Worship Center, Durham, NC.  Robyn is the founder of Love, Forgiveness and Restoration Ministries which provides Christian based workshops for women and men to help guide them through the healing process after a relationship has ended. Robyn is very passionate about helping women navigate through their relationship challenges. She focuses on being a good listener and allows biblical principles and wisdom to provide the answers to these challenges. Prominent areas of discussion include dating, marriage, divorce, remarriage, marital conflict, being in a toxic relationship, communication, sex, finances, balancing home life and career. Robyn has been married and divorced twice. She believes her own personal journey makes her very relatable. She especially loves to counsel with younger women before and during the dating stage. Robyn plans to expand her ministry work globally as founder of Daughters of Sarah Women's Ministries.

G.L. Henderson is an award-winning author and in his acclaimed work, "The Fantasy Master" he asks the question, "At what price are you willing to pay to have a Fantasy? Are you willing to give up the love in your life for a temporary moment of pleasure?"

G.L. covers a wide range of situations dealing with the human experience. From the mentality of an emotionally battered woman to the sensuous depths she experiences in her imagination and physical being.

G.L. was nominated for top new non-fiction author by the Charlotte’s Literary and Arts Awards. G.L. is coming off a self-titled national book tour, sponsored by the Oakley Corp. He was a finalist for the Ebony Magazine’s Top-Rated Eligible Bachelor. G.L. has a lot to say on the topic of romance and relationships. Covering both the divorced and bachelor standpoint, and the feminine perspective, he gives us the privilege of others' experiences... who dare to share. The emotional depth in his work personifies the accuracy and mystery required of such themes. The experiences of the human spirit are explained so eloquently and tastefully through his mind.



June 23, 2022 Show

Antoinette Bell-Kareem is a Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Doctoral Candidate at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA. Her research in Dr. Robert Garry’s lab focuses on cross-reactivity among Arenaviruses, mainly Lassa virus and related viruses, with utilization of techniques for gene cloning and protein expression. This work addresses interference or false reporting seen in viral diagnostics when seeking to detect Lassa virus. She has worked on SARS-CoV-2 research at the height of the pandemic to increase our knowledge base of the COVID-19 disease and its implications on various communities. Currently, she also has focused her research on discovering the mechanistic links between pregnancy loss and Lassa virus infection. This will aid in understanding the intersectionality of infection and pregnancy to better help our most at-risk population of those infected with Lassa virus.

Beyond her laboratory commitments, Antoinette collaborates with Xavier University of Louisiana to recruit under-represented monitories to her program, and facilitates students interested in STEM careers to work in biomedical labs during the summer. Her summer shadowing program has been conducted for four years and has placed over 40 students in labs across multiple Tulane campuses since its inception.

Antoinette is originally from Lake Charles, LA, and her love for Louisiana led her to attend Xavier University for a B.S. in Biology. Afterward, she enrolled in Drexel University College of Medicine for a Master of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Health. After teaching an Anatomy class in the medical school’s morgue, Antoinette was affirmed in her pursuit of a doctoral degree at Tulane School of Medicine. She is currently finishing up her last year of her doctoral degree and will be defending her thesis in the fall.

She has accepted a job at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia to become a Lecturer and student advisor of undergraduate and graduate students in the Institute of Biomedical Sciences. She is excited to teach the future scientists and STEM-centered students and hopes to support students in their path to STEM terminal degree programs and careers.



May 26, 2022-05-26 Show

Brandi Boyd

was Born in Chicago, and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She comes from a pretty big family and is youngest of five.  She is a first generation two time graduate who holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Communication. Brandi currently work for Disney Media Entertainment Division and residing in Atlanta. She is involved in the entertainment industry where she attends celebrity events, casting calls, acts in Youtube skits, promo modeling, and podcast directing. She like to call herself the “ Jill of all trades”.  She is the founder of Salacious by B. Nicole

Jasmine Turner

is a native of Baton Rouge, La. She has a degree in Rehabilitation Services and a minor in Marketing. After graduating the Summer of 2020 she decided to start her own small business. As an entrepreneur, she developed Whipped Shea Butter and Essentials and has been in business two years.  The business was innovated to give the community the alternatives to heal their skin. The business is 100 percent holistic and handmade by Ms. Turner herself. Whipped Shea Butter and Essentials is a holistic business that consists of 100% natural Shea butter imported from Ghana, Africa. The essentials of the business are made up of the face, hair, and skin. Products such as “Lipped” is a 3 ingredient lip scrub that exfoliates and moisturizes your lips. This one example and other products from Whipped Shea Butter and Essentials can be found on her website on Etsy at  . In partnership with Blank Canvas Studios, located on Perkins Road in Baton Rouge, Whipped Shea Butter can be found locally for purchase at this location. Jasmine Turner plans to expand her business by stationing products in local stores and having her own local storefront by the end of 2023.



April 28, 2022 Show

Bridgett Johnson

She is a counselor and motivational speaker that embrace restoration for the mind, body, and soul.  BJ is an effective communicator known for her practical and animated style of speaking.  She encourages listeners to apply timeless truths with everyday application. BJ has always had a love for the medical field. Studied Certified Nursing Assistant in 1987 and this was only the beginning of her medical career. With her determination, in 2017, she finished her studies and has become a (CPT) Certified Phlebotomy Technician.  Through her love for people, BJ founded "United Women Ministries," an outreach for the community. Her passion for change led her to host a community radio broadcast, "Heart 2 Heart” and went on to host a TV talk show FOX44, "4M.A.D", 4 Making a Difference, changing and informing lives through innovative discussions and creating a platform for change. In 2015, BJ & Company produced her first CD single and official music video, "The King of Glory”. Currently available on YouTube, CD Baby and all social media platforms.  BJ is the author of the Book "The King of Uz" released in January (2019). Later to become the writer, producer, and director of the inspiring stage play "The King of Uz", which toured and released May (2019).  Pastor Bj recently created and released her first family/youth board game, King of Uz (The Game), November 2020.  Bj (Acting4HopeProduction) along with Rosalind Allen (R.A. Production) Collaborated in writing, producing and directing a phenomenal stage play "Can't Breathe" released October 23, 2021 Follow us on Fb, Instagram! Touring/Booking 225-287-4369.  Laughter is like medicine; it creates a Merry Heart. In 2020 Bj & Rosalind put their humorous side to the test, wrote, produced and directed their first comedy sitcom "2SUSTA'S PRODUCTIONS /w Mildred & Melvenia Comedy Show. Currently airing on YouTube and their website.  Bj is always reminded that God gets the Glory in every and all things. And that we all were created to help bring change and make a difference. Bridgette Johnson (BJ) resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with her husband, Jerome Johnson and three miracle daughters, Jalivia, Jaelyn, and Jahmyia. The two presently pastors, Praise Temple, R.R.M., 6263 Plank Rd. for over twenty years.

Rosalind Allen

Rosalind Allen was raised in Baton Rouge La. After high school she enrolled in Southeastern University majoring in Elementary Education completing 2 years of studies. Soon after, she attended DJ Beauty college which she completed and obtained her license. Rosalind successfully owned and operated a hair salon for many years. Later became a student at Camelot Career College, graduating with high honors as a Nursing Assistant.  At an early age she knew she had a strong passion for writing, singing and creative drama. Church nurtured those gifts inside of her. Singing and directing the church choir for the past 35 years gave her the opportunity to spread her wings with writing plays for the youth department and skits for the puppet Ministry.  The best part of writing is to imagine a story and bring it to fruition. After several years of trying to find her path in life she decided to follow her dreams. In 2018 she wrote and produced a Stage Play entitled LORD WE GOT ISSUES and in 2020 Rosaline and her partner in crime wrote and collaborated on a PHENOMENAL stage play CAN’T BREATHE still in production mood today.  But writing isn’t her only beloved passion. For many years she has owned and operated an in home daycare- Kids Land Learning Center. She has helped to shape and mold countless children futures. Watching them grow from infants to adolescents. This work has inspired her to write children’s books. She launched her first book A Bedtime Story For Jack in 2020 and will release her 2nd inspirational book DREAM BLACK CHILD June 2022. Pouring into children’s future and encouraging them to use their imagination has become one of my greatest accomplishment. Rosalind is a proud new member of Stand for Children; she is there to ensure every child’s educational needs are met. My journey as a Writer, Author, Producer, Director, Educator, Activist is awesome. To God be the glory for all the things he has done and all the things he’s going to do on purpose. Rosaline is married to Charles Allen Jr and between the two have 5 adult children and 4 amazing grandchildren.



March 24, 2022 Show

Chesley Heymsfield

founded & has served as Executive Director of the Louisiana International Film Festival & Mentorship Program (LIFF) since its inception in 2011. LIFF made its mark as one of the fastest growing young festivals in the country and garnered an international reputation as a place for Louisiana talent to gain direct access to the entertainment industry through an annual festival, year-round industry events, a film society and educational seminars. Prior to LIFF, Chesley worked as a Producer in development, production, post and visual effects - working on projects from indie films to music videos and commercials to box office movies. She also worked as a screenwriter in the United States and Europe. Now, she is currently Co-Directing a documentary called ‘movie about ME’.

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February 24, 2022 Show

Ivory Payne

is a graphic designer with 20+ years of professional experience. He has a vast knowledge of diverse design skills and graphics art. His knowledge base spans as a professional expert in Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Payne’s experience covers an expanded number of positions, such as Architectural Consultant, Architectural and Civil Drafter (Columbus, OH), a Print Production Manager for The Communicator News and The Columbus Post Newspapers, Urban Trendsetter News Magazine, Purpose Magazine, This Week Newspapers (Columbus, Ohio) and Senior Graphic Designer for Who’s Who in Black Publishing Company (Columbus, Ohio). Payne has accomplished numerous milestones during his career. These accomplishments include Publisher/Founder of the faith-based news magazine the Praise Reporter in tri-cities: Columbus, Ohio, Jacksonville, Florida, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Among various accolades he has received during his career, he is the owner of the four-time nominated Stellar Award internet gospel radio station of the year, 24/, with a growing listenership of thousands daily. Presently, he is Publisher/CEO of the Baton Rouge Weekly Press, LLC, Baton Rouge oldest African American owned weekly newspaper; now celebrating 45 years of service, and Leaders Publications, a company dedicated to publishing coffee table style directories that celebrates the achievements of African Americans past and present. As a CEO and graphic artist, he serves non-profit organizations, small businesses, and churches. Payne is also the current President of the Louisiana Black Publishers and Media Association.  Mr. Payne is an ordained pastor; and Assistant Pastor of Greater New Birth Full Gospel Fellowship under his remarkable father/mentor, Bishop Ivory J. Payne. Payne is a humble, noteworthy champion for the Black News Media in Louisiana. He is a proud father, an outstanding role model, and an advocate for the preservation of the Black Press.

Caleb J. Holmes

was Born in Dallas, and raised in Shreveport Louisiana. He has been described as having energy of action and progress. That comes out in the work he has always been engaged in. Working for the betterment of regular working people. People like his mother and father.

Labor, meaningful, socially important work is reflected in what he does today. That is being an organizer. His moto as an organizer or organizing is made up of one simple principle. It is the act of bringing people together around similar beliefs, ideals or actions, and turning that into raw power to meet our challenges in pursuit of true freedom.

Working with Step Up, and just meeting people all over this state is really a pleasure and brings him so much joy. To work alongside working people, to gain power and togetherness. For a better Louisiana and better community is what his life mission is.

Ricardo Malbrew

is a film producer, writer, researcher, U.S. African-American Reconstruction historian, and Educator. He's received his education at Grambling State University, Louisiana State University, and Baylor University.



January 27, 2022 Show

Special Guest: Tyressa Ty

Tyressa Ty is an alum of Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA, with her MA (Mass Communication) and MBA (Marketing), including her corporate experience as a trainer, sales and marketing consultant, and work in Diversity and Inclusion for some of the top companies (Fortune 500) in the country.  She is an award-winning author via her books Follow the Fiyah along with her self-care journal, Matters of the Mind, both of which provide motivation, education, inspiration, and empowerment for all readers. As the CEO and Founder of Fiyah Entertainment, she works with some of the top artists, covering brand management and more. Working with the likes of (but not limited to) Hip-hop icon Doug E Fresh, legendary producer Teddy Riley, and other artists including Kelly Price, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, and Sheryl Underwood (among others), her command and expertise in artist booking, coaching, negotiations, concerts (in-person and virtual), influencer campaigns, and other areas make her a highly respected presence in arts and entertainment.  With a track record of projects including (but not limited to) the Essence Music Festival, Trumpet Awards, Tyler Perry Studios 2-day launch series, and Verzuz, her business acumen positions her as one of the more sought-after figures in the industry. As a featured guest on The Breakfast Club, CNN, and Sheen Magazine (among other outlets), her media presence exudes positive energy and the innate ability to bring people together from all walks of life.  In serving as host of her virtual interview series “The Mind Behind the Music” (including artists such as David Banner, Trina, and the legendary Doug E Fresh) and co-host of the All About the Authors roundtable series, combined with being named as one of the “People to Watch” by Rouge Collections Magazine as well as one of its “Leading Lady Honorees” (in 2019), she is a more than outstanding media presence.  Her speaking engagements at events including (but not limited to) the wellness training at Baton Rouge (LA) Community College with Councilwoman Chauna Banks, TedX (Ted Talk/Motivational Speaking), and the upcoming (September 13-14, 2021) Mildred Harvey Foundation series, her presence goes beyond arts and entertainment.  Likewise, as the founder of Divas and Dolls Worldwide, for the past 7 years (working under the mantra of “Every little girl around the world deserves a doll”), she and her team of “divas” provide holiday cheer in multiple cities across the country, as well as globally. Tyressa is an avid fan of the New Orleans Saints and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  She is an arts and entertainment professional, corporate presence, and community advocate.  She is also someone who is challenged by life’s trials and tribulations, yet she comes through the “fiyah” with a presence, persistence, fortitude, and faith in realizing her larger purpose, and helps others do the same.

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2021-12-23 Show

Alfred W. Evans Jr.

is a graduate of Columbia University College of Pharmaceutical Sciences class of 1973. AL also has a Bachelor of Science degree in labor studies from Indiana University Northwest, class of 2002. AL completed his formal education at Seton Hall School of Law with a Masters of Science in Jurisprudence degree (MSJ), class of 2007. The MSJ concentrated in Health Law and Intellectual Property.  AL used his formal education and over 35 years of experience practicing pharmacy to serve others in roles such as President of the Chicago Pharmacist Association (2003-2005), a member of the Illinois Pharmacist Association Board of Directors (2000-2005). AL was Vice-President of the National Pharmacist Association, a labor union in Naperville, IL (1998-2005). AL was one of the founding members and founding Vice-President of the MSJ student Organization at Seton Hall Law School.  Most notably AL's testimony before the Illinois legislature's committee on healthcare in April 2003 was instrumental in pharmacists in that state being recognized as healthcare professionals and providers in the pharmacy practice Act. AL is a licensed pharmacist in five states (Mississippi, Illinois, Texas, New Jersey and New York).





November 25, 2021 Show

Dr. Gregory Ward

is board certified by the American Academy of Pain Management and board certified by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Ward also has the pleasure of serving as a Fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  As a licensed physician in Louisiana, Georgia and Florida, he has enjoyed practicing medicine in Baton Rouge since 1990 where he is the founder of the Louisiana Institute of Physical Medicine. Most recently, he completed CBD Marijuana Physician certification for the state of Florida and Platelet Rich Plasma and Stem Cell certification. Currently, he serves as Medical Director of Rehabilitation at Lane Regional Medical Center, Nottingham Regional Rehab Center, Carrington Place of Baton Rouge, and a rural health clinic in Plaquemine, Accord Rehab Center. Previously, Dr. Ward served as a Medical Director of Rehabilitation at Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Mid City campus, Medical Director of Rehabilitation at Baton Rouge General Medical Systems, Interim Medical Director of Rehabilitation at Teche Regional Medical Center, Rehabilitation Medical Director at the Baton Rouge Rehab Hospital, and Medical Director of Physical Medicine at River West Medical Center.  He was appointed by Louisiana governors, Buddy Roemer and Edwin Edwards, to serve on the Louisiana State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners during the years of 1992 to 2000.



October 28, 2021 Show

Ava Johnson 

Ava “The Aviator” Johnson, CEO of Her Records, is proving every day that she is no ordinary girl. The talented sensation is a singer, songwriter, and a producer.  Ava is the founder of HER? Records, a production company that they started in 2002. Ava says they named the company HER? With emphasis on the question mark because people would hear Ava’s projects and see her at a mixing board and immediately say, “Her?…She did that!!?” Ava has been in the studio working with L Roc (Usher, Lil Jon, Jennifer Lopez) and No I.D. (Kanye West, Common, Jay-Z, and Nas). She was recently featured in the movie “The Lottery Ticket” starring Ice Cube and Bow Wow, Bet hit series “The Game”, and Big Momma’s: Like Father Like Son starring Martin Lawrence, and Oprah Winfrey new TV Series “Queen Sugar”. Ava also filmed a fantasy football tv show with Jimmy Farris (NFL player and Patriot Super Bowl Winner). Ava “The Aviator” is a revolutionary keynote speaker and author who recently released a new book “The Psychological Effects of Music” teaching students how music affects their behavior and how music affects their money spending habits, drinking habits, etc. Ava recently authored a book entitled “The Psychological Effects of Music” With this ground-breaking knowledge, students can make better choices. With every track she produces and every keynote, the wondrous Ava continues to astonish her audiences.

Carolyn Vanessa Williams

born and raised in Baton Rouge, La. Graduate of Istrouma Sr. High School. Inspirational Speaker, Licensed Practical Nurse, Spiritual Grief Advisor, Certified Mentor, Founder and Executive Director of Healing Hearts Grief Support Group Non-Profit Organization, Author of "It Was Me".  Mother of two children, the late Chad V. Williams Sr. and Andrea N. Zeno. Proud Grandmother of four grandchildren by Chad V. Williams Sr. In 2007, an unexpected tragedy impacted my family. March 24, 2007 took on a different meaning for me as a mother. My only son at the age of 21 years old, Chad V. Williams Sr., , was killed to senseless violence on the streets of Baton Rouge. He was a loving son and father that loved his family dearly. After 4 years of battling depression and grieving for my son, God led me to Deuteronomy 6:1, where God spoke to the children of Israel saying, “Ye have dwelt long enough in the mountains”. It was then that I felt God was telling me to rise up and make a difference, not only for me, but for other mothers and families that have loss love ones to violence or through an unexpected death.  November 2011 Healing Hearts Grief Support Group was formed. Healing Hearts Motto is “I’ve Been There”. Healing Hearts Grief Support Group provides grief sessions, workshops, seminars to individuals and family members all over the world by sharing spiritual knowledge on the importance of making the “CHOICE to LIVE” while going through the grief process. We also educate on the negative effects grief can have on your mental and physical health. Resources are offered in a safe, spiritual and confidential environment where individuals are encouraged to acknowledge they are grieving ,processing to release.  February of 2015 Healing Hearts became a Non-profit 501c3 organization. Feeding and clothing the community is another way we give back. All projects are funded by donations and sponsors. We welcome volunteers, donations and sponsors that have the same love and ambitions as Healing Hearts. Your donations and time assist us in bringing awareness to the senseless violence that is targeting our youth of today.  For speaking engagements, to donate or volunteer, contact Carolyn Williams at:  hhghs90@,    Cash app: $hhgsg  FB and IG under Healing Hearts Grief Support Group (black heart with turquoise baby feet in the middle)



September 23, 2021 Show

Andrea "Mona" Bowman is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana. She is a 20+ year hairstylist and year Film Hair Designer for Motion Pictures and Television. She now resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

She started doing hair in a Salon called Beauties, for years then relocated to another Salon own by her cousin called BLESSED HANDS SALON, in Shreveport, La.

She started her film career in her hometown Shreveport, La where she met Mr. Ken Walker an icon in the film industry and was a department head; at a church family dinner.  After having a 15-minute conversation she was offered a chance to work on a film.

The first film she worked on as a day player was WELCOME HOME ROSCOE JENKINS, starring Martin Lawrence, Cedric the Entertainer, and Mike Epps.

Being a hard worker allowed her to be hired on the film full time. The first full show was THE GREAT DEBATERS starring and directed by Denzel Washington, as well as Forrest Whittaker, Journee Bell, and Nate Parker. This film was the show that allowed her to earn her days to get into the Makeup and Hairstylist Union in New York (2008).

She has a Resume that's full of fan favorites and amazing television series.

She is a 2018 Makeup and Hairstylist GUILD NOMINATED HAIRSTYLIST  for the film PITCH PERFECT 3, starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Ester Dean.  Songland, Hailey Steinfeld and had the honor to have done hair on all 3 movie of Pitch Perfect.

She is also a 2019 EMMY NOMINATED HAIRSTYLIST for the HBO TV SHOW TRUE DETECTIVES SEASON 3 starring Mahershala Ali. Her list of credits for film and TV shows are FENCES starring and directed by Denzel Washington, JUST MERCY, starring Micheal B Jordan, Jamie Foxx, and Brie Larson which came out Dec 2019, (they shot a day on the campus of Moorehouse.)    A new HBO TV SERIES...WATCHMEN, starring  Regina King it aired OCT 2019,  NIGHT SCHOOL (starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish), and she did both Season of the WGN TV SHOW UNDERGROUND starring Journee Smollett Bell, Aldis Hodge, Amiriah Vann, Allano Miller and Dewonda Wise), just to name a few.

She is now working on another HBO TV SERIES called LOVECRAFT COUNTRY, starring Journee Smollett Bell, Johnathan Majors, and Micheal K. Williams.

Andrea is and Hairstylist that shares her craft and gives it back to the local community thru different children's shelters and she volunteers to help motivate, educate and inspire for excellence.




August 26, 2021 Show

Dionne Character

Dionne Character was raised in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans. She has been holding a microphone since the tender age of 3, as her talents seem to saturate the Entertainment Industry, declaring her the Goddess of Entertainment, as there is nothing this Diva doesn’t have her hands involved in. She played French horn, flute, and trumpet. She marched in bands throughout her school years, while learning how to read music at an early age. She toured Europe performing at the Umbria Jazz Festival and New York City as an opening act for Harry Connick, Jr., and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festivals, as a background singer, which led to her Theatre performances in Smokey Joe’s Café, Songs In The Key Of Life, Your Arm Too Short To Box With God and a host of other musical productions as a singer. She has taken her dreams of becoming an Author to hosting Celebrity Red Carpet Events, becoming an On-Air Personality with 102.9 alongside Big Herc, producing her own Entertainment TV Shows, Hosting Poetry Nights, all, while giving back to the children with her “Writing With Character” Creative Writing Program.

Taking her brand to The Music Capitol of the World in Hollywood, Character is the Hollywood Correspondent for HOTTVSTATION. She has interviewed celebrities like Dennis Quaid, Billy Bob Thorton, Grammy Award Lifetime Achievement Recipients, The New Orleans Meters, Dumpstafunk, George Porter, Jr., and a host of local artists. She is currently a Female Empowerment Columnist, Queens on Thrones in The Louisiana Data News Weekly and has her own blog on her website called Funkin Red Lipstick, empowering woman to live creative lives.

Character has released her fifth book entitled “You Better Got Your Dreams,” for Women Creatives interested in tapping into their creative powers. She has been featured in SHOUTOUT LA, Voyage LA Magazine, RareMaven Podcast, The New Orleans Tribune and Data News Weekly.

Dionne Character can be reached at: .

Dionne Character is the Author of You Better Got Your Dream, 7 Pairs of Black Shoes, Twisted Straps and A Sapphire Moon, Street Diva and WildFlower: Growing From The Muck.



July 22, 2021 Show

Marcia Groff

is the founder of Entertainment Enterprises- is a boutique public relations and production company. Established in 1992, the firm specializes in developing publicity campaigns for musical artists, celebrities, film, television and stage productions. It also produces special events and is intrinsically involved with television and music production.  She has worked in many areas of the entertainment industry. Prior affiliations include EMI America Records, as National Coordinator of Artist Development, working with recording industry luminaries such as Kenny Rogers, Kim Carnes, David Bowie and Sir Cliff Richard, among others. Entertainment public relation firms include working with Ward Grant at Hope Enterprises and at other firms on accounts that included Julie Andrews, Eartha Kitt and Barbara Eden, to name a few. While at CCR Video Corporation/Facets Entertainment she worked on Discovery Channel's award-winning television series “Hollywood Chronicles,” hosted by Jackie Cooper and A&E's Cable Ace nominated series “The Edge and Beyond,” narrated by James Coburn. PBS productions include the “Feather Awards,” a ballroom dancing awards show and “Dave Koz: Off the Beaten Path, Live from Trinidad and Tobago.” Additional production credits include the reality based pilot “Rock and Roll Chop Shop” and the documentaries “Emphasis on Art” and “The Real Reel West.” Most recently she associate produced “Music Dreams…An American Story,” about blues musician Henry Turner, Jr.  Janice-Marie (A Taste of Honey), Rosie Flores, Charley Harrison, Flogging Molly and Bill Spoke and are just a few of the award-winning musical artists represented over the years by Entertainment Enterprises. Additional PR clients include Robbie Robertson’s PBS Special “Making A Noise: A Native American Journey,” Star Trek’s original Uhura, Nichelle Nichols and character actor Alan Rich.  Currently the firms’ musical acts include Henry Turner, Jr. & Flavor, as well as Lilli Lewis and Noisewater, on an as needed basis. It has also worked with Bon Bon Vivant. Festivals include the Baton Rouge Mardi Gras and Soul Food Festivals, Henry Turner, Jr. Day and the Ultimate Louisiana Party.  Over the years, Entertainment Enterprises has represented numerous special events and film premieres, some of them include Penton Media's ME Festival (one of the first on-line film festivals); SPIFF (3rd & 4th Annual Short Pictures International Film Festival); Elizabeth Mcdonald's 2002 Tribeca Film Festival entry “As We Sleep”; New York Independent International Film Festival’s ‘Best Fantasy Film Winner’ “Trance,” starring Tane McClure and Martin Kove; “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Rock ’N’ Roll Musical,” a multiple award-winner at national and international festivals; Larry Hankin’s 10 Funny Fables Film Festival; the first, second and third Backlot Film Festivals honoring Daniel Selznick, Budd Schulberg and Carl Reiner, as well as the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s audience favorite “Burial Society.” In addition to debuting the horror film “Neowolf,” other award winning film debuts include “Desperately Seeking Paul McCartney” at the 2008 Mockfest Film Festival and the multiple award winning “One Note At a Time,” a feature documentary about musicians returning to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Other festivals include the 49th to 53rd Annual Lions’ Club Watermelon Festival and the 6th Annual Sri Lanka Day Expo, in Los Angeles.  World premiere stage productions have included “MERMAIDS-the musical comedy,” “Shadow Hour,” Kathleen Freeman's “Are You Somebody?,” “Houdini,” “Fences” and “Wild Mushrooms.” Additional stage production public relations credits include “The Sicilian Bachelor,” “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged,” “Floating Rhoda and the Glue Man,” “Savage In Limbo,” “Closer” and “A Few Good Men.” As corporate publicist for The Stella Adler Theatre, Hollywood (1997-2003), on-going events were Hollywood Speaks At The Adler, The Adler Honors... and the 2002 Stella Adler Awards honoring James Coburn, Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas. Additionally, Ms. Groff has produced “Keep On Singing,” a musical based on the life of jazz legend Myra Taylor. Stage debuts include the West Coast Premiere of musical comedian Stephen Sorrentino’s “Voices in My Head,” at the El Portal in North Hollywood and comedienne Grace Fraga’s “Sleeping Booty: A Modern Fairy Tale.”



June 24, 2021 Show

Danita Tate

Danita Tate is the Owner of Chiquita’s Miracle Hands, Chiquita’s Miracle Works and Chiquita Blessed Scents. Danita is a 53 year old mother and grandmother that lives to keep her sister the late Attorney Chiquita Tate's legacy alive. She is one of seven children of a drug addicted mother, even though she was the second oldest; Danita took on the role of mothering her siblings. She admits that she has done things for her family that were not within the perimeters of the law and may not be what others want her to be, but she is all that she can be and embraces her past by sharing with others today. In February of 2009 her life was forever changed by the brutal murder of her sister Attorney Chiquita Tate.

As a determined, hardworking self-starter and obviously a woman who wears many hats, she could not stop and knew what she had to do to succeed in creating her sister’s legacy so she began to write her vision and made it plain. She immediately began developing the Chiquita Tate brand, with Chiquita’s Blessed Hands a janitorial service. She has made many strides and developed great relationships with other companies, a rapport with her community, and now has established colleagues that she has partnered with to not only put her company on the map, but unselfishly help theirs also.

Danita is definitely moving in the right direction and has her eye on the prize. She feels giving up is not an option and will not let anything stop her. By stepping out on faith, Danita created a line of cleaning products Chiquita’s Miracle Works, a bathroom cleaner and a deodorizer that can be purchased in a 23 ounce spray bottle or by the gallon. The tenth Anniversary of Attorney Chiquita Tate’s death was celebrated this past February with a balloon release at Danita’s Snack Shack. In October of 2020, she launched Blessed Scents a line of candles. As of March of 2021; Chiquitas Miracle Works can be purchased via Amazon. Her latest accomplishment is the release of her memoir Life of a Survivor. She still struggles with the murder of her sister. But the legacy she is building keeps her memory alive.



Malinda Logan
Malinda Logan is a philanthropic actor and recently turned “actorpreneur” - forming her new company, Coached By MLo. She’s spent more than a decade working in the philanthropic sector leading departments and teams as a fundraiser at several non-profits. During that same time, Malinda excelled as an actor and producer in theater, tv and film.

Malinda’s most recent fundraising position was as the Director of Corporate Engagement at United Way of NYC where she was responsible for maintaining and growing a multi-million-dollar portfolio of corporate partner relationships; and designing, implementing and leading leadership volunteer committees. Prior to United Way, Malinda led development departments for organizations focused on arts & culture, special needs and elementary education.

Malinda also worked as an Associate Instructor at Columbia University in fundraising fundamentals.

From her time providing faculty practice and gaining experience at smaller and larger non-profits in building infrastructure; implementing strategic fundraising plans; providing board and volunteer management, grant-writing and management, and overall event management, Malinda began to be approached by various professionals seeking her guidance. What began as a “by request” support system for colleagues and acquaintances, turned into a consultative and direct service business. She saw a gap with individuals and organizations that served under-resourced communities who had the passion but not the means. Thus, Coached By MLo was formed.

Malinda is always continuing to pursue her dreams as an actor and artist. Over the years, she produced a festival run short film Open House, produced and starred in a sold out off Broadway play My Sister My Sister, and performed in several theater plays, tv shows, films, commercials and industrials – even garnering her a Best Actress prize at New York City’s 2017 Strawberry One Act Festival. Some credits include FBI, Dispatches from Elsewhere, and Timon of Athens.

Malinda has a BFA Acting degree from Ithaca College and MS Fundraising Management for Non-Profits degree from Columbia University. She is a native to NOLA and 10th generation descendant of Marie Laveau, and is incredibly proud of her roots. Malinda has a passion for traveling, cooking, the arts, and raising awareness to all of humanity’s needs. 



April 22, 2021 Show

Dr. Sheyla Bhatt

is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She has been working with individuals with disabilities over the past 15 years within the public-school setting in various rolls. She currently helps facilitate the implementation of educational programs for students with autism and works with teachers and staff to increase evidence-based practices in classrooms that include students with autism. She has a passion for inclusive practices, increasing social interaction and solving challenging behavior issues. She has served on the “Educational Opportunities” task force for the Capital Area Autism Network (CAAN) and presented at the Louisiana Autism Spectrum and Related Disabilities (LASARD) Project Conference on increasing positive educational outcomes for students with autism through building the capacity of teachers and school staff. It is her work mission to help teachers succeed in providing students with autism the opportunities they deserve to thrive in the classroom.

Chrisdyana Morgan

is a native of Baton Rouge, LA. She is the mother of Brooke K. Williams who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in May 2018. She also serves as an ESS Autism Teacher for East Baton Rouge Parish School System. She often serves on panel discussions and mentor's parents to help cope with accepting the Autism Spectrum Disorder. She promotes observing children as they grow so they may be detected early and receive the services needed. Chrisdyana believes that with the right help and resources, children with Autism can grow up to live a productive life. Chrisdyana has been teaching for 11 years. She received her bachelor's and Master's Degree from Southern University & A&M College. She recently received her certification in Early Interventionist (Birth-5 Years old), Mild/Moderate (Grades 1-5), and Educational Diagnostician in the Special Education area. She enjoys teaching her Autism students and love every minute of this new adventure. She is also committed to creating and maintaining an environment where her students can grow and thrive while exploring the world around them.



March 25, 2021 Show

Brooke Hoover

is a Louisiana native and a New York based actor, writer and artist who has appeared on television (Law and Order: SVU, Blue Bloods, High Maintenance & ABC’s What Would You Do?), film (The Runner, The Girl Who Invented Kissing) and globally in the theater world from the United Solo and New York International Fringe Festivals, Hollywood Fringe (virtual) and Le Festival d’Avignon in France. The work Brooke is most passionate about is the work she has written and performed including Shyft, an award winning indie comedy short, a webseries (Pageant Pom Mom) which raised awareness for rescue pets, two solo stage shows (Phat Girl Costumes and Wayward Souls) as well as her YouTube videos ranging from home design to animals to telling tales with her dad down in Baton Rouge via video chat. As a comedienne, Brooke has written for and performed with various sketch and improv troupes and most currently performs (virtually) with Lunatic Fringe of New Jersey. Brooke is the narrator of a fun cozy mystery series Killer Chardonay and A Pairing to Die For by Kate Lansing which you can listen to now on Audible. Perhaps one of her biggest claims to fame is that she unexpectedly had to perform stand up comedy after Sarah Silverman and Brooke got more laughs (if we’re being technical.)  / Instagram @Br00keH00ver  /



February 25, 2021 Show

Java Harrell Weathersby

is the Owner/ Editor in Chief and Publisher of Beautiful Black Magazine - A Positive Magazine for a Positive People. Enjoying her life passed 50, Java has been gifted to be a daughter, sister, friend, mentor, graphic designer and a "pusher" for Christ. She was educated at McDonogh #35 High School, Southern University at New Orleans and graduated from Louisiana State University Medical Center with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 1994. For over 20 years, Ms. Weathersby has worked in a variety of hospitals and healthcare settings in New Orleans and Baton Rouge as an Occupational Therapist. She rehabilitates those with physical and emotional disabilities with a holistic approach.  She is most honored to be the mother of 2 amazing children. She was married for 15 years to a wonderful and faithful man; the late Byron Weathersby, Sr. (Founder of Beautiful Black Magazine).  After surviving Hurricane Katrina; in March of 2006, Java wrote and Byron provided the graphic design for her autobiography "Crazy Men Can Make You Do Crazy Things." It was initially written to share Java and Byron's miraculous love story, but it was overtaken by her high school and college experiences with Crazy Men. The Weathersby family toured New Orleans, Washington DC, and New York City to promote her book.  Java worked side by side with Byron on his "baby" Beautiful Black Magazine. He taught her many aspects of the business. After Byron went to heaven in 2011, God gave her divine knowledge and strength to continue the magazine and get Beautiful Black trademarked and registered with the United States patent and trademark office.  Java Weathersby realizes that Jesus is her help and lives by Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths! (Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV).  Java's mission in life is to educate, enlighten and empower others to know that God always causes us to triumph through Christ! (2 Corinthians 2:14)  She pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated in Spring of 1990 while attending Southern University.



January 28, 2021 Show

G.L. Henderson

G.L. Henderson is an award-winning author and in his acclaimed work, "The Fantasy Master" he asks the question, "At what price are you willing to pay to have a Fantasy? Are you willing to give up the love in your life for a temporary moment of pleasure?"

G.L. covers a wide range of situations dealing with the human experience. From the mentality of an emotionally battered woman to the sensuous depths she experiences in her imagination and physical being.

G.L. was nominated for top new non-fiction author by the Charlotte’s Literary and Arts Awards. G.L. is coming off a self-titled national book tour, sponsored by the Oakley Corp. He was a finalist for Ebony Magazine’s Top-Rated Eligible Bachelor. G.L. has a lot to say on the topic of romance and relationships. Covering both the bachelor standpoint and the feminine perspective, he gives us the privilege of others' experiences... who dare to share. The emotional depth in his work personifies the accuracy and mystery required of such themes. The experiences of the human spirit are explained so eloquently and tastefully through his mind. He is the host of a long-standing worldwide radio show the G.L. Henderson Radio Hour.



December 24, 2020 Show

Trameka McNeal

is a graduate of Alcorn State University and Our Lady of the Lake College. She is the owner and operator of Radiant Beauty Bar. It offers cosmetic teeth whitening and tooth gems services.  Radiant Beauty Bar is about making people feel good about themselves all while looking amazing. We love enhancing and accenting smiles through our cosmetic teeth whitening, tooth gems services and our teeth whitening products. We are all about beauty, fashion and self-care/health. Their motto is “radiance starts with you.” At RBB, they value client care, customer service and superior experience.  Trameka is also a nurse by trade and is the owner of Freedom Keepers LLC which provides nonmedical care giving to the elderly and disable children. Their purpose is to give families an opportunity to provide care for their love ones in their homes, hospitals and living facilities.  Some of the services that they offer are assisting with personal care: bathing and grooming, dressing, toileting, and exercise. Basic food preparation: preparing meals, shopping, housekeeping, laundry, and other errands. Back-up care (or respite) services: providing other caregivers a break.  She is the wife of Harvey McNeal, Jr. She is the mother of 2 and stepmother of 3 children.



Henry Tuner Jr 

Musician, vocalist, guitar player, composer, producer and promoter Henry Turner Jr., and his band, & Flavor, are an integral part of the Louisiana Music scene. They are well known for developing an intricate and syncopated style of music that is referred to as – Louisiana Blues, Soul, Funk and Reggae.  As lead singer his rich baritone voice adds warmth and depth to touching and soulful ballads, as well as intense power for upbeat dance songs. Turner’s guitar techniques incorporate blues, soul and funk styles, along with jazz chording to create mesmerizing and toe-tapping melodies. As founder of Hit City Digital records the band has released twenty singles and eleven CD’s. The most current are the singles “I’m Going Down to the Mardi Gras!,” “That’s My Saints” and the long awaited album “Now.” Their songs have also been featured in numerous compilation projects, independent feature films, commercials and top rated television shows.  Henry estimates that he has written more than a hundred songs. With his quick wit and sense of humor radio stations and live audiences gravitate toward his tongue-in-cheek and double entendre lyrics, as well as the unique twists he incorporates into his love songs. For his company he takes the production helm, signing and producing Louisiana artists in the Hit City Digital records’ recording studio. The small, yet diverse roster focuses on local roots music that include Country, Reggae, Neo Soul, Blues and Pop. All the company’s releases are funneled through international digital distribution networks.  In 2011, Henry Turner Jr. came up with the Ultimate Louisiana Party concept to introduce mass audiences to the culture of his home state. On tour these events, at select stops, feature local musicians, spoken word performers, artists and artisans. They also include ‘Taste of Louisiana’ meals featuring jambalaya and red beans and rice. An instant hit with audiences they have expanded into two and three day festivals. Additional local events include the annual Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Festival, the Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival and Henry Turner, Jr. Day.   Henry Turner Jr’s. Listening Room and Heritage Museum opened Baton Rouge in 2014. The purpose of the venue is to introduce, encourage and support local and regional talent, as well as provide national touring acts an intimate and inviting place to perform. The newly formed Museum Foundation focus is on arts and entertainment business education. Recently it produced a Virtual Blues Camp. The six week series was funded by the Greater Baton Rouge Arts Council and the East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President and Metro Council.  Accomplishments and accolades include being named an official Music Ambassador by the Louisiana Office of Tourism in 2014, for his performance at the 53rd Annual Lions Club Watermelon Festival in Southern California. In 2015, October 28 was proclaimed Henry Turner Jr. Day in Baton Rouge. In 2016, Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor did a month long, weekly music series for the Louisiana State Museums’ Music at the Mint program in New Orleans. October 28, 2017 was once again proclaimed Henry Turner, Jr. Day. In 2018 the Slim Harpo Music Awards honored him with an Ambassador Award and in 2019 the Lieutenant Governor’s Office named him an Honorary Louisiana Ambassador in part for writing “The Baton Rouge Theme Song.”  Last year “Music Dreams…An American Story” debuted at several films festivals and conferences. The half hour documentary focuses on the evolution of his music and band, from funk to Top 40, to reggae and blues. It was screened at various museums and libraries throughout Louisiana and is scheduled to be aired Louisiana Public Broadcasting channels. “We’re Going Down the Mardi Gras,” another documentary about the founding of his festival about to celebrate its eight year, will be screened at festivals and shown on television in 2021.  Henry firmly believes that one of his missions is it to introduce and mentor new talent into the ever changing music industry. As a show business veteran and entrepreneur his vision is and always will be to share the love he has for his home state of Louisiana, his hometown of Baton Rouge and to introduce the cultural diversity of his world to the world in general  For additional information please visit:



November 24, 2020 Show

Beth Townsend

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




October 22, 2020 Show

Aretha Veal

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



September 24, 2020 Show

Tyra Banks

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



August 28, 2020 Show

Maria Harmon

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



July 23, 2020 Show

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

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



 June 25, 2020 Show 

Keith A. Beauchamp

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



May 28, 2020 Show

Dr. K. Renee Horton

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



April 23, 2020 Show

Virginia Battles

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



March 26, 2020 Show

Peggy Sweeney-McDonald

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



February 27, 2020 Show

Blaine Grimes

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



January 23, 2020 Show

Lucas Fry

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



December 26, 2019 Show

Willie Samuel King Jr.

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



November 28, 2019 Show

Sebastian Fort

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



Derrick "DMic Forbes 

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



September 26, 2019 Show

Lorenzo Neff Jr.

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



August  22, 2019 Show

Benjamin Zucker

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

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


July 25, 2019 Show


Shameka Gray

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


June 27, 2019 Show

Jerome Ringo

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

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

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


May 23, 2019 Show

Katherine Michele Sanders

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


April 25, 2019 Show

Angela Tucker 

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


March 28, 2019 Show

Mada McDonald

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


February 2019 Show

Sonia Eté

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


January 2019 Show

Matthew Dorsett

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



Tyrone Hughes

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


November 22, 2018 Show

Dr. Raynando L. Banks, MD

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

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




October 25, 2018 Show

Matthew Dorsett

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


Clarence Verdin

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


September 27, 2018 Show

Dr. Cordel Parris

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

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

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


August 23, 2018 Show

Eugene Radcliff

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

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


July 26, 2018 Show

Andie Saizan

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


June 28, 2018 Show

Norvel Joseph Lasserre

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

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

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


May 24, 2018 Show

Carol Bidault de l’Isle

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

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


April 26, 2018 Show

Darian O. Clark

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

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


March 22, 2018 Show

Tammy Kling

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

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


February 22, 2018 Show

Bishop Dr. Alice Pendleton

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

Kathy Andre-Eames

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



January 25, 2018 Show

Victoria Greene

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

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

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

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