Friday, July 3, 2015

Philly Weeden on Giving Back and Supporting Our Boys

"The best is yet to inspired, be ready..." - Philly Weeden

Philipé Winston Weeden is a Designer, Model, Semi-Professional Football Player, Public Speaker, Author, Playwright and now Screen Writer. He has two published books titled REALationship Breakdown Philly Style: Based on Real Life Experiences and The Black Man's Guide: If You Knew Better You'd Do Better, under his belt and is currently working on his third book.

At a young age Philipé loved to write fictional stories. As he aged and matured his writings were about his own life situations. Throughout Philipe's life he has experienced good times and bad times. From being married, divorced, and father at a young age. But it doesn’t end there, he was also a member of a famous dance/rap group, the creator of his own clothing line, an off & on football career, a life threatening car accident and even being homeless. Throughout this, Philipé always remained humbled. How he survived? He lifted himself above all his hardships through his walk with God.

Philipé is an avid believer that with God all things are possible! He took a leap of faith and pursued writing. With the encouragement of his Facebook friends, Philipé set out to release all he had pinned up inside of him. He realized that by helping others through words he was in turn helping himself to heal.

His first book REALationship Breakdown Philly Style: Based on Real Life Experiences released October 30, 2011 and pre-sold over 1,500 copies. The focus of this book was to breakdown relationships and help people to retain or gain one. The success of this book, along with the rave reviews from readers, gave Philipé the motivation to release his second book The Black Man's Guide: If You Knew Better You'd Do Better on January 1, 2012. This book focused on breaking down the male partner of the relationship.

After releasing his second book, Philipé decided to take his writing to another level, birthing the hit stage play If You Knew Better You'd Do Better. The first showing on April 22, 2012 at Cleveland State University was a sold out show. Many of Philipe's supporters and fans demanded a second show that he delivered on June 3, 2012 which was filmed by TV 20 and aired June 2012. His cast, which he hand-picked himself, consisted of all local Clevelanders with no acting experience.

With all the suspense from the first play many people were left to wonder what happened to the characters and their situations. Since Philipé loves challenges, he embarked on the sequel immediately after the plays sold out show. The sequel titled "If I Knew Then, What I Know" played September 22, 2012 with another sold out performance. Part 3 "If Only You Knew... The TRUTH!" played May 4, 2013 and was the biggest production he has done thus far adding 4 sold out performances. Philipé went back in the lab to bring forth another 3 Part series from a Romantic- Dramedy perspective. First up was "BRUTHA's... We All We Got!" being performed in front of a sold out audience. He is now looking forward to "God's Gift to Women!" April 26, 2014. And soon after Philipé will start filming his first movie "If You Knew Better; You'd Do Better!" which premiered November 8, 2014 at Solon Cinemas selling o 4 theaters and over 1,000 people in attendance. Showing a second time at Cedar- Lee Theaters selling out with over 175 people in attendance.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Holistic Healing with Christy Lynn Abram

"Ignite conversation. We need to talk about it so we can heal it." - Christy Lynn Abram 

After enduring years of childhood abuse and struggling with depression and PTSD for fifteen years, Christy Lynn Abram embarked on a journey to self-healing using holistic wellness as her guide. Now, as a Wholistic Muse, she is an established author and founder of Love Yourself Healthy. Christy has studied as a Reiki master, EFT practitioner, reflexologist, massage therapist, and a crystal healer, all of which aided in her discovery of how to heal herself naturally.

These life-changing skills also served as the foundation to enhancing her gift as an intuitive healer. She has been recognized by Patricia Mercier, bestselling author of the Chakra Bible, for her knowledge of the chakra system, gemstone healing, and energy medicine. She also contributes to several online publications on the subject of holistic healing and offers individual coaching, e-courses, and workshops all designed to assist and encourage others on their journey toward a better, fuller life.

Christy also loves to use her gift of writing to help others. In her book Chakra Wellness: 7 Ways to Renew the Total she dives into the seven chakra centers from a mind-body-soul perspective. Readers learn how to discern key issues, heal imbalances, and maintain energetic barriers to eliminate stress and increase their overall well-being.

In her novel, Little Miss Somebody, Christy wears her heart on her sleeve and delivers an emotional tale of love and sacrifice. Based on a true story, Little Miss Somebody was released this week. To learn more about Christy, her mission, and her books, please visit

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Love, Wine and Empowerment with Jana Brockwell, Owner of Love Wines

“Don’t be a victim, be a survivor.” – Jana Brockwell

Jana Brockwell is the owner and wine maker at Love Wines. She is a second generation vintner who has a passion for lively and exciting  wines.  

She is very attracted to the simplicity of wine as a beverage. You don't have to follow a recipe to make wine. You take the fruit of the earth (any fruit at all will really do) and figure out the qualities of the fruit. You add a few ingredients, make sure the fruit is clean and stored away from the air, and voila, you have wine.

She has always liked to mix her art with a little science and wine making is just that. There are few rules to making wine. She feels that she can take what the Earth has given her and go with it.

You will find interesting flavors at Love Wines like Razzelberry, Cranberry, and Strawberry Peach Lemonade which comes right from local fruit.

The inspiration for Love Wines came from her parents who built a small vineyard and winery at the site of her childhood home with the help of their family. They put a lot of hard work into the construction and invested all of their retirement.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A Neo-Jazz Experience with NuEra at The Idlewild Music Fest

NuEra is a Neo-Jazz Band that will be one of the headlining acts at the Idlewild Music Festival July 10th - 12th on Williams Island in Idlewild, Michigan. 


Historic African American Resort

Live music  *  Historic awareness presentations  *  Golf

Empowerment luncheon  *  Youth shoe distribution

Sib and Dab  *  Praisercize  *  Girl Talk  *  Boys to Men

Nightly jam sessions and lots of family fun!

The Fest is held to commemorate and celebrate the history of well known African-American entertainers and professionals who owned property and performed at the

Historic Resort prior to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Known as the "Black Eden", this location was one of the few resorts in the United States where African-Americans could vacation and purchase property.  The National Resource Team applauds the Idlewild community for holding on to the land; approximately 3,000 acres.  It is historically, the largest land based African American resort ever assembled in the USA. Idlewild is a rare and valuable national resource with physical and cultural significance. 

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Grow Your Money with Gail Perry-Mason

"The world is your oyster, and sometimes we are wounded, but that is how an oyster becomes a pearl." - Gail Perry-Mason

Detroiter Gail Perry-Mason has come a long way, from foster care to caring for others. Gail is a respected authority in the financial industry. And now she can add bestselling author to her list of accomplishments. And it’s her years of experience, coupled with her down to earth but also down to business style that has made her a sought after speaker and presenter. 

Gail maintains a packed schedule of media and speaking engagements. She regularly addresses capacity crowds educating people on financial literacy and has conducted financial training sessions and workshops for companies such as DaimlerChrysler, IBM and Wells Fargo. Gail’s wisdom also hits the airwaves and she co-hosted an award-winning talk show entitled “Building Wealth,” via radio broadcast on MIX 92.3 and a television broadcast on Comcast Cable and currently has MIX Money Minute on Clear Channel every Sunday. She has appeared on all the local Detroit television networks, and on national outlets such as BET, Fox News, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, and NPR Radio. 

Gail is a prolific published writer and has written articles for local and national print media. She has been featured in many publications including: Ebony, Black Enterprise, On Wall Street, Research Magazine, Quick and Simple-Good Housekeeping Magazine, Essence, Jet, Free Press and Detroit News, Signature Magazine, Corp!, Washington Post and Associated Press. 

While juggling her demanding career in the financial industry and public appearances, Gail found the time to write and publish her first book Money Matters for Families, which served as a manual for the employees at DaimlerChrysler to teach them how to get their financial household in order. The book is geared towards families and focuses on the critical elements for building a strong financial foundation. It sold out of it’s original printing in the first year and is currently out of print. Gail’s second book, Girl, Make Your Money Grow, written with co-author Glinda Bridgforth was a national best seller. Glinda and the book were featured on Oprah’s Debt Diet.

Gail recognizes the necessity of teaching youth the importance of money management and she founded and directed the original Money Camp for Teens and the first youth investment club. Each year Gail hosts a Money Camp for Youth, which has instructed over 6,000 young people in the Detroit-Metro area and mentored over 25 young women who are now professionals in the financial industry. Currently she is conducting a program in the Detroit Public Schools that teaches financial literacy and outlines the steps to entrepreneurship. 

Gail is extremely visible and active in her community. She served as Chairperson for the Tavis Smiley Youth to Leaders Program since its inception and was honored for her work with Mr. Smiley at a benefit held at the home of Arianna Huffington. Gail was Honorary Chairperson for COTS Homeless Shelter Annual Fundraiser, Mariners Inn River Rhythm Annual Fundraiser, and Celebrity Chef for Spaulding for Children. She is also an honorary member of Elliottorian Business and Professional Women’s Club, and a proud member of Jack & Jill of America. In 2010, Gail was honored by the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity for Economic Empowerment and Education.

In addition, Gail has received numerous awards. Ford Motor Company, Michigan Women’s Foundation, and New Detroit Inc., and AKA National Sorority recently honored Gail because of her investment in our youth.

Gail was honored as Michigan’s Local Hero Award by Bank of America and Community Role Model Award from Alternatives for Girls, and the Economic Empowerment Award from 100 Black Men for her work in the community in 2009. 

She was also named as one of Michigan’s Top 10 Business Women by the National Association of Business Women Owner’s in 2007 and received the Community Service Award from the Michigan Women’s Foundation. 

She was named Phenomenal Business Woman of the Year, and was given an award from the Governor of Michigan for fundraising for Non-Profit Organizations, where she is now a Community Ambassador for the Governor of Michigan.

Dynamo Gail is also a mother of three terrific sons. Her mottos are “Success Benefits Others First” and “Opportunity Doesn’t Happen Without Sharing.” 

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

T. Rose on Keeping The Idlewild Michigan Legacy Alive

"Idlewild is not just a movie. It's a nationally, historically registered landmark and it is the largest African-American owned lot of property in the US. We need to help the legacy move forward." - T. Rose 

Since its inception in 1999, through the vision of Founder and CEO, Theresa Randleman; T. ROSE Entertainments' growth has soared to become an internationally known entertainment firm. Our clients include some of the most entertaining artists on the Jazz scene; highly sought after playwrights and producers; as well as the utmost premiere entertainment venues across the Country.

The beginning years of business involved contracts with national touring plays, productions and the UniverSoul Circus.  Securing groups sales, travels and promotions per each event.  Also, assisting with touring stage plays providing tour management and routing, artist and venue contracting, public relation/media promotions.

Early in 2008, T. ROSE secured her first jazz artist for management, after producing and promoting numerous jazz shows.  February 2010, and invitation was received to attend an Entertainment Summit in Washington, D.C.  The Army's Entertainment Division sought industry Pros to come together for a brainstorming session. This Summit embarked international success for T. ROSE; with the production of her first international jazz tour.... Europe!

October 2012, T. ROSE brought forth years of experience with live stage plays and became the Producer of "ColorBlind"; securing cast members: Wess Morgan (Gospel Artist), Andrea Helms (BET Sunday's Best), Tasha Lockhart (BETs Sunday Best winner 2013) Hope Flood (Comedian) and Pastor Brian Hurst.

The start of 2013 brought more recognition for T. ROSE!  She was nominated for a Slantress Inspire Award in the Business Woman category by Slantress Magazine. The award ceremony was held in Maryland.  April 2013, T. ROSE booked over 20 musicians for the Seabreeze Jazz Festival - ranked one of the top 10 jazz festivals in the nation. Also the birth of Motown Jazz Xperience, a musicial vision of T. ROSE.  June 2013, T. ROSE co-produced Detroit Riverwalk Jazz Series; hosting national and international artists and capturing the attention of jazz media around the globe. 

Ms. Randleman, Founder and CEO of T. ROSE Foundation - Daughters of Divine Purpose (nonprofit) and serves other youth non profit organizations; she's also Producing the 2015 Idlewild Music Fest. 

T. ROSE Entertainment has surely made its mark on the entertainment industry as a Premier Entertainment Firm and is uniquely positioned to collaborate in numerous areas of entertainment business.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

#GetHealthy with Dr. Farid Zarif

"We have to do things that are revolutionary because we are evolutionary." - Dr. Farid Zarif

Human nutrition can be easily negated in a society over-flowing with non-functional comfort foods. Your awareness to become healthier is the first step to do something about it. I can help you plan the healthiest personal regimen possible that will reflect your personal daily life experiences and goals. Empowering yourself with the latest knowledge will change your life forever. All people live according to a specific rhythm that correlates with heart, brain, elimination, and respiratory rhythms, learn yours.

Specializing in Bariatric Medicine, which means my focus is on over-weight and obese individual children and adults. My approach to treatment is extraordinary and unique to any human nutrition approach. Seek new knowledge and treatment for an effective and favorable outcome.

Initially, discovering what works and does not work serves for the basis of a custom designed eating, physical activity, and rest plan. We determine the rhythm of your natural body clock called the circadian rhythm, then construct a regimen that compliments your style of living for everyday of your life.

Book: Slaves of The Toungue by Dr. Farid Zarif

A clarification on sustained ignorance about the science of the food we eat, and retaining self-control to lower the risks of illness and disease. It is not that we do not know any better, as much as we just will not do any better. We have become slaves to taste, texture, tradition, and masterful deceit. 

Harriet Tubman was noted as saying, “I could have save many more of my people, if only they knew they were slaves.” You have the privilege and opportunity to save your life and set the example to all that you come in contact. 

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