Sunday, August 23, 2015

Bert Johnson Unchained - Where Politics and Real Life Intersect


"People have forgotten that there’s no position in the country like citizen activism. I don’t have the power, you do. " - Senator Bert Johnson 

Senator Bert Johnson shares his story about how he went from being convicted of a crime and doing time, to being convicted to contribute to his community.

Additional topics that Senator Johnson addresses include: the school to prison pipeline, how to support young men of color, his journey to manhood and how he found his purpose. 

Bert Johnson is a progressive State Senator from Michigan’s 2nd District which includes Detroit, Highland Park, Hamtramck, Harper Woods and the five Grosse Pointe communities.

This is the recording of the live and candid conversation with Senator Johnson that took place on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at The Jungle Juice Bar in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. 

For More information about Senator Bert Johnson visit www.Facebook.com/SenBertJohnson 


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Monday, August 17, 2015

Numbers Never Lie


Feelings and emotions might be fuzzy, but numbers are cut and dry. We often let our feelings and emotions lead us. We react to life even when times are great. But what if we took a moment to measure our true well-being by the numbers in our lives? 


Last week, I took my own advice and practiced self-care by slowing down and making space. While there, I finally had the room, time and clarity to make a shocking discovery. My weight was at an all-time high and my credit score was at an all-time low. Based on that data, I realized that it was due time to get back to ME. 

What do your numbers look like? For you, it might not be weight or credit score, but it might be your blood pressure, cholesterol level, blood sugar, hours reading, hours watching television, hours of work versus hours of play, hours of sleep, or time spent with family and your loved ones that matter to you most. One thing that I’ve learned in the business world is that when in doubt, check the numbers, because numbers never lie. Now I’ve come to learn that numbers also matter in your personal life as well, particularly when it comes to health, personal finances and even your relationships. 

This week I challenge you to identify which numbers in your life are out of balance. Once you do that, make the necessary adjustments to get back on track and back to you. Here are a few of the things that I did to give you some ideas… 

  • Joined Curves for Women (again) with my Mom as my workout buddy for fitness and quality family time. 
  • Today I’m going to buy a bicycle so I can go riding regularly with my best friend.
  • I unsubscribed from several of the email lists that were filling up my inbox that I never had time to read. 
  • I paid off some small debts that I had no other reason not to pay off other than just being too darn busy to sit down and do it. 
  • I went on a grocery shopping spree and purchased enough fresh and healthy items to last me all week.
  • I could go on and on, but those are just a few ideas to get you started. 


What will you do? 

Even when you are lying to yourself about the quality of your life, your numbers will tell you the truth.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Cornell Batie on The Detroit Jazz Festival


"For anything that you're going after, anything that you want to be part of your circle, take a look at yourself and say, 'Have I deposited these things into who I am?', because if you have not, then how can you expect for it to come back to you?" - Cornell Batie

In addition to being the Executive Vice President and Chief Operation Officer of the Detroit Jazz Festival Cornell Batie is also a Lifestyle Coach, Ballroom Instructor and Fitness Trainer

The Detroit Jazz Festival is a major cultural institution, providing year-round concerts and educational programming that culminates in one of the world’s premier jazz festivals on Labor Day Weekend.

Now in its 34th year, the festival takes place over several city blocks in downtown Detroit – from Hart Plaza to Campus Martius – with five stages and 100 acts over four days. It also offers educational activities for adults and children, fireworks, late-night jam sessions, rare opportunities to meet the artists and much more. And it’s all FREE.

The Detroit Jazz Fest's mission is to:

Foster the history and nurture the development of jazz

Perpetuate Detroit’s significant jazz legacy through educational and collaborative opportunities accessible to all and to present a world-class signature event that makes Detroit a tourist destination

For more information about the Detroit Jazz Festival visit www.DetroitJazzFest.com

For more information about Cornell Batie visit www.CornellBatie.com


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Friday, July 24, 2015

Legendary Jazz Bassist Marion Hayden on Jazz in Paradise


"Go for your dreams. The best thing that you can do for yourself is to believe in your own ideas and support the things that you do unequivocally. Don't be the critic for yourself." - Marion Hayden

Marion Hayden is one of very few female jazz bassists, in her case deciding to stay close to home while becoming one of the more enduring instrumentalists in the Midwestern United States. Born in Detroit, MI, in 1952, she is the daughter of Marion and Herbert Hayden, her father an avid record collector and jazz pianist himself. Growing up on the industrial west side of the Motor City, she took up piano at the age of nine, followed by the upright acoustic bass at 12. In the summer Metro Arts program she met Wendell Harrison and Marcus Belgrave, who would become teachers, and in time lifelong collaborators. Hayden attended Cass Tech High School and graduated from Henry Ford High School, took classes at Michigan State University and then the University of Michigan, gaining a liberal arts degree with a minor in entomology. She took a position with the Michigan Department of Agriculture while working the nightclub circuit playing jazz with Belgrave, pianist Charles Boles, Teddy Harris, Jr., the Jimmy Wilkins Orchestra, Buddy Budson, LaMonte Hamilton, saxophonist George Benson, Marvin "Doc" Holladay, Randy Gelispie, Donald Walden, Kenn Cox, and Stan Booker.

Briefly disillusioned with the jazz scene in the early '80s, she took a two-year hiatus before her career was revived through playing again with Cox, and most notably master percussionist Roy Brooks in his combo the Artistic Truth. For a time while married to guitarist Bill Banfield, she worked on joint projects with him including symphonic and cinematic music reflecting her classical training. From there her career took off as one of the founding members of the all-female ensemble Venus, followed by the band Straight Ahead in collaboration with Regina Carter. As the band was signed to Atlantic Records, the personnel of Straight Ahead changed; as Carter began a solo career, vocalist Michelle Braden was replaced by Cynthia Dewberry and Hayden, pianist Eileen Orr, and drummer Gayelynn McKinney carried on. As the commercial landscape for jazz changed, so too did Hayden's focus, playing in both R&B and mainstream contexts.

This versatility led her to a wide variety of engagements, but also gave her the opportunity to become a high-level educator. She became a professor of bass instruction in the jazz department of Tri-C College in Cleveland, OH, and was installed in the faculty at the University of Michigan School of Music. She has performed or recorded with such jazz veterans as Kirk Lightsey, Ralph Peterson, Jr., Terry Callier, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Fortune, Kenny Burrell, Steve Turre, Cecil Bridgewater, fellow Detroiter James Carter, and countless other professionals passing through. Straight Ahead has maintained a local presence beyond their recordings, while Hayden is also heard with the band of saxophonist Allen Barnes, and is a member of the Modern Jazz Messengers led by drummer Sean Dobbins. Her solo CD Visions was released in 2008, and she has composed a suite based on the writings of poet Phyllis Wheatley.

Marion Hayden is currently celebrating 20 years of marriage to Artist, M. Saffell Gardner www.saffellart.com

For more information about Marion visit her website at MarionHayden.com (Coming Soon)

About Jazz in Paradise...

Saturday, July 25, 2015

30394 Glenmuer St.

Farmington Hills, MI 48334

6:30pm - 10:30pm

$30 Minimum Fundraising Donation

Entertainment, Food and Beverages

Hosted by Maxine Michaels

Featured Vocalists: Shahida Nurullah and Robert McCarther

Featuring Marion Hayden on Bass, Larry Smith on Saxophone and Sean Dobbins on Percussion

For More information visit www.facebook.com/maxine.michaels.1


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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Business, Love and Jazz in Paradise with Renee Jamerson


"Live life in its moments, because it's not guaranteed. Enjoy the people that you are around and make sure you keep good company. Show the exit to the bad company really quickly because this life is short."- Renee Jamerson 

On this episode I had the pleasure of sitting down with Renee Jamerson, who along with her husband, Robert Jamerson will be opening up their home to make the Jazz in Paradise event possible. She not only shares the details of the event, but also give us a few valuable lessons in business and love. 

About Jazz in Paradise...

Saturday, July 25, 2015

30394 Glenmuer St.

Farmington Hills, MI 48334

6:30pm - 10:30pm

$30 Minimum Fundraising Donation

Entertainment, Food and Beverages

Hosted by Maxine Michaels

Featured Vocalists: Shahida Nurullah and Robert McCarther

Featuring Marion Hayden on Bass, Larry Smith on Saxophone and Sean Dobbins on Percussion

For More information visit www.facebook.com/maxine.michaels.1

 


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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Music to the MAX with Maxine Michaels


"When one becomes successful, send the elevator back down for someone else." - Ramsey Lewis

About Maxine Michaels...

On Air Talent, News & Traffic Reporting, Radio Programming Consultant, Voice-Overs, Narration, Freelance - Published Entertainment Writer, Producer, Promotions, Researcher, Publicity, Public Relations and more...

Native Detroiter, Graduate Cass Technical High School,

Deeply passionate about The Art of Jazz - Made In America. Enjoyed Worldwide.

About The Mayflower Music Series...

Every first Friday at Mayflower Congregational UCC Detroit, MI, 7301 Curtis Street, Detroit

About Jazz in Paradise...

Saturday, July 25, 2015

30394 Glenmuer St.

Farmington HIlls, MI 48334

6:30pm - 10:30pm

$30 Minimum Fundraising Donation

Entertainment, Food and Beverages

 

Hosted by Maxine Michaels

Featured Vocalists: Shahida Nurullah and Robert McCarther

Featuring Marion Hayden on Bass, Larry Smith on Saxophone and Sean Dobbins on Percussion

 

For More information visit www.facebook.com/mazine.michaels.1


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Friday, July 17, 2015

Break the Silence with Dr. Renee Hornbuckle


"There is no fear in love but perfect loves drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment. For the one who fears is not made perfect in love. God is love and God's love for us is unconditional." -  1 John 4:18

"If you stay in the mindset of being a victim, then you're really powerless to what you need to do to make the necessary change so that you can indeed get back to life." - Dr. Renee Hornbuckle

Dr. Renee is the founder of Women Of Influence Inc., an organization committed to the personal development of women worldwide.  As, Chief emPOWERment Officer of the LIFE EMPOWERMENT INSTITUTE, Renee is dedicated to training men, women, boys and girls by using practical and biblical principles empowering them to live a fulfilled and enriched life. She is also a Crisis Coach and Life Coach to both men and women of all ages, overcoming personal struggle of her own in 2005, when her fairy tale life turned into a nightmare. Prior to the break of the scandal, Dr. Renee and her now ex-husband had what many perceived as a perfect marriage and were living the American Dream. Now, after several years of silence, Dr. Renee Hornbuckle has penned this ordeal in her new book, “Suffering In Silence:  Break The Silence – Let the Suffering End – Let Healing Begin.” She also has now stepped forward and broken the silence on her own personal experience with domestic violence.  

For more information visit her website at http://www.reneehornbucklemin.com


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