Sehreen Noor Ali is the Co-Founder of Sleuth, a venture backed startup which helps parents access pediatric health information from parents like them, for children like theirs. She is an award-winning growth strategist who started her career at the U.S. Department of State as a public servant and diplomat, helping execute President Obama’s initiatives in entrepreneurship, education, and innovation in the Middle East and South Asia. She is a startup advisor, founder of EdTechWomen, on the Advisory Board for SXSWedu, and not least, a mom to two little girls. Follow her on Facebook by her name or on IG @sehreennoorali and @hellosleuth #mondaymotivation #thebmtshow #bemoretoday #sleuth #edtech #innovator #brownuniversity #diplomat #startup #pediatrichealth
As a visionary, Darren Palmer founded the #1 Self Publishing Company in the world, Self Publish -N- 30 Days. He is currently a 7X author, and host of multiple podcasts: Self Publish -N- 30 Days Podcast, The Power of Story Podcast, award-winning, Author Spotlight and Market Leader Live which airs live weekdays at 4:00 p.m. CST.
He has created a platform which includes This Is The Year For Your New Book Conference that helps authors and aspiring authors with writing, marketing and publishing.
Darren’s speaking is a representation of the merits of personal improvement, coupled with his perseverance and transparency of rising above hardships in life inspires everyone of all walks of life that they can change their lives.
Darren Palmer is also a small business consultant where he incorporates simple concepts and practical tools to help entrepreneurs create a successful business.
Darren’s mission is to empower millions to share their story with the world and help entrepreneurs take their business and life to the next level.
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Irvin is an entrepreneur, You Tuber and fitness enthusiast with over 100,000 followers across various social platforms. Irvin’s company Business Body Elite designs wellness programs for corporate teams in the New York City area. His innovative plans create plans that allow people to get fit. From the office. During work. (No joke.) Above all his goal is to help improve the lives of everyone he’s fortunate to come in contact with. He was born in America but raised on the island of Guam in Micronesia and found a passion for fitness early in life. From martial arts to scuba diving, finding creative ways to get fit became an obsession. He has traveled the globe teaching others how to achieve exceptional levels of fitness with the use of their body weight. He’s an advocate for holistic wellness and believes in order to truly experience ultimate wellness, the focus must go beyond solely physical fitness. For more information visit www.businessbodyelite.com.
Parag Y. Shah is a mediator, arbitrator and special master for Miles Mediation & Arbitration. Parag specializes in mediating personal injury cases, arbitrating hospitality matters, and serving as a special master in international disputes. Parag also serves as the Professional Development Coordinator for Miles Mediation & Arbitration. Parag's unique qualifications come from his diverse personal and professional background. Parag is of Indian descent and grew up in a small town in Arkansas where his family was involved in the hotel industry. Parag eventually left the small town and moved down to Atlanta where he started his own law firm, The Shah Law Firm, specializing in personal injury and criminal defense. As an attorney, Parag has been acknowledged as Georgia’s Top 40 Under 40 by the Daily Report, a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers Magazine, Georgia Trend Magazine, & the Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association; "AV" rated by Martindale Hubbell; and rated 10 out of 10 by Avvo.com. Parag has also found success wearing a number of hats. In 2016, Parag was appointed as a Pro Hac Judge to the City of Atlanta Municipal Court. He was also elected to represent the 5th District for the Council of Municipal Court Judges. Parag is currently an adjunct professor at Ohio Northern University Law School where he teaches negotiations, jury selection, depositions and cross-examination. Parag speaks at seminars across the state and country on personal injury and mediation. He is also a former faculty member for the Georgia Trial Skills Clinic, GACDL's Bill Daniel Trial Program and AAJ's Deposition College. In addition, Parag has run a criminal defense externship program through John Marshall Law School in Atlanta. Parag regularly provides legal commentary on CNN and HLN. He has been featured on "Nancy Grace", "Crime and Justice", "Weekend Express", and NPR's "This American Life." Parag is the author of three Georgia pocketbooks: The Code Criminal, The Code Civil and The Code Evidence. He is also the author of the Municipal Benchbook which are all currently published by MyCLE. Parag is a member of a number of local and national associations and charities, including Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse and Nicholas House.
Sabryia is a Brooklyn bred Mompreneur of a 6 yr old daughter, ready to take on the world. In the winter of 2016, sabryia faced homelessness and quickly realized living life according to what other people felt she should, couldn’t continue. Having to apply for government assistance, she saw there weren’t any outlets for people who had bigger dreams but couldn’t figure out how to start, so her business Image Matters was born. After battling the shelter placement process in NYC, in under 7 months, sabryia obtained her certificate in business, landed a job and moved to New Jersey on her own. Now in 2020, after being in business for over 3 years and branding hundreds of businesses, she is really walking in her true calling as what people like to call her “The Fairy Brandmother.” Sabryia assists entrepreneurs as well as start-ups and established businesses to enhance their effectiveness and online presence by providing strategic marketing solutions at affordable prices with fast turn-around time. Whether you’re in need of a logo, a website, flyers and more, she has the innovative eye, the creative edge and long term vision every business owner needs to keep you above the competition and set apart. You can check out her website www.makeyourimagematter.com for more details.
Episode 23 features my friend and former Major League Soccer player Khari Stephenson! Khari hails from Kingston, Jamaica and played for the Reggae Boyz U-20 Jamaican national team, played at Choate Rosemary Hall, and went on to matriculate and play at Williams College. He later went on to play Major League Soccer for the San Jose Earthquakes, Real Salt Lake, and other teams over a 12 year period. For more on his amazing story, follow him on Facebook @ Khari Stephenson and on IG @kharilasana. #jamaica #reggaeboyz #choate #williamscollege #majorleaguesoccer #sanjoseearthquakes #realsaltlake
Ever since she was 11, Alissa Mayers has had a passion for baking. Her first creation was Sweet Potato Pie and she’s been perfecting it ever since. After creating more and more desserts over the years, she founded Alissa’s Cakes in 2012 and transformed that into Born & Bread in 2015, where as Head Baker she has created over 1,000 desserts for cafés, restaurants, weddings, private events, and individual customers.
Born & Bread specializes in premium homestyle desserts, including sweet breads and muffins, brownies, cakes and cupcakes, cookies, and pies. Every dessert is created fresh to order by Alissa using recipes perfected over years of baking. Born & Bread desserts are perfect for birthdays, brunches, showers, or any occasion best celebrated with something sweet. For more information about Born & Bread follow Alissa on Facebook and IG @bornandbreakbk or visit her website http://bornandbread.mystrikingly.com/
Licensed Practical Nurse Claudette M. Jackson was born in Manchester, England, Claudette immigrated to Brooklyn, NY in 1968 with her parents and 4 siblings. She assimilated to the new culture but felt like an outsider. She was exposed to nursing by her mom and fell in love with the caring, helping, encouraging, and healing aspects. She became a nurse and currently enjoys working with Hematology/Oncology patients. Claudette loves sharing quotes that encourage others to think, do better, and be better. Follow her journey on Facebook or on IG @intentional_eagle
Gospel music lovers know Reggie from his years of touring and recording with such notables as the Reverend Hezekiah Walker, James Hall. R&B and hip-hop fans have heard his distinctive bass lines accompanying Will Smith and Coolio, among others. He has proven himself as an in-demand sideman many times over – now he’s finally stepping into the spotlight on his own.
Reggie calls his musical abilities a God-given gift rather than a talent. Growing up in Brooklyn, he took inspiration from the music he heard in the church of his father, the late Reverend Joe L. Parker. He also absorbed the classic R&B/pop sounds of everyone from Stevie Wonder and the Jackson Five to Donny Hathaway and Luther Vandross. At age 12, he convinced his parents to buy him an electric bass guitar; though he confesses it took him awhile to master the instrument: “People thought there was no hope. “But I kept practicing and practicing and one day it seemed like I literally woke up and knew how to play.”
Studying the styles of such master bassists as Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke and Jaco Pastorius, Reggie developed his own unique sound. He honed his skills while gigging at such venues as Wilson’s in Manhattan, where he sat in with various guest players and vocalists. His stint at the club led to live dates with rapper Coolio, Aaron Hall, The Winans and studio sessions with Will Smith (he appears on the hit track “Freakin’ It”). Which is on Will’s Greatest hits CD.
By the late ‘90s, Reggie had also secured a reputation as an in-demand bassist with contemporary gospel artists. He toured extensively with the Reverend Hezekiah Walker & the Love Fellowship Crusade Choir and appeared on seven albums with the group. Including the Grammy award winning “Live in Atlanta”. His bass intro to “How Much We Can Bear” has inspired many bassists worldwide. He also contributed to live and studio projects by James Hall, Reverend George Searight, Maurette Brown Clark and B.B. Jay. Reggie’s melodic lines and commitment to the groove made him an asset whether the music was sacred, secular or somewhere in between.
Reggie’s blend of old school substance and 21st Century style makes his music unpredictable, ear-catching and appealing to a wide variety of music fans. His music paints melodic pictures inside the listener's mind. It’s all there in the grooves. Download and enjoy his music. You can find “Snapshots” and “The Renaissance Man” on iTunes. His new CD “Black n Beautiful” is his latest project and is available on all digital outlets. Visit https://www.reggieparker.com for more details.
Greg Peters is the co-founder and chief executive officer of BetterPT, a fast growing healthcare technology platform, which provides end-to-end digital connectivity between physical therapists (PT), patients, and physicians. A seasoned digital entrepreneur with a background in health and wellness, Peters saw the need to integrate physical therapy services into the established healthcare landscape in a way that gives patients quick access to find and book PT appointments and, at the same time, gives PT clinics the ability to streamline care and office services, including insurance. The innovative BetterPT model paved the way for a strategic partnership with the Hospital for Special Surgery, enabling a greater expansion of services. Year over year, BetterPT subscriptions have increased more than 400% and the company plans for nationwide expansion in 2020. Prior to BetterPT, Peters founded TRN Technologies, a company focused on building disruptive platforms in fitness and hospitality, which grew to 10 cities and more than 500 providers. The company’s first mobile app, TRN On-demand health and fitness, provided a convenient way for members to locate, book and pay for individual training sessions in multiple fitness disciplines and served as an archetype for BetterPT. Peters continues to volunteer with New York-based organizations, such as Girls on the Run and La Palestra Kids, promoting overall well-being through exercise and nutrition. For information about BetterPT visit www.betterpt.com or email Greg directly at email@example.com. For more information about Jag-One Physical Therapy, visit www.jagonept.com.
Dr. Sheetal Pai-Wechsung works as a Principal Scientist in the Formulation and Process Development Department at Pfizer in Andover, MA. She received her BS in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University and then went on to work as a Project Engineer at The International Paper Company where she traveled to various paper mills across the country providing technical support. A year and a half later, she joined Merck as a Biochemical Engineer doing cell culture work to develop vaccines. This work sparked her interest to return to graduate school to complete her PhD in Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Her focus was on the delivery of protein drugs through sustained-release devices. Following graduation, she moved outside of Boston and joined Pfizer as a Senior Scientist doing protein formulation and process development work to create antibodies against various forms of cancer. A few years later, she moved to Mannhiem, Germany with her husband Achim to work for Abbvie on developing an Alzheimer’s drug. In October of 2019, she returned to the US and is back at her old department at Pfizer. She currently resides just outside of Boston with her husband Achim and her kids Konrad and Myra. For more information about her work at Pfizer or her road to become a Chemical Engineer, contact her at https://www.linkedin.com/in/sheetal-pai-wechsung-7b6a9a17
Born in Nigeria, raised in Canada, Aisha Alfa is a stand up comedian, actor, writer and host. Alfa has appeared on Criminal Minds, Sorry For Your Loss and Good Trouble. She has performed comedy at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival, was a finalist on the STAND up NBC competition and performed at clubs around the world. Her recently released comedy special “All The Parts” is about the journey from being an independent, single, mixed race woman to marriage and motherhood! Follow her story at www.aishaalfa.com.
Vanessa Blake is a filmmaker and a visual artist. Vanessa has been capturing still images of all kind since 2013. In 2017, Vanessa was awarded a video residency at Express Newark in Newark New Jersey. That residency afforded Vanessa the opportunity to connect with other like-minded creatives. In 2018, Vanessa wrote and produced her first stage play, The Race Before, A story of liberty and justice for some. In 2019 she also wrote, directed and produced her first short film, In My Solitude. In My Solitude is currently in the editing phase and is scheduled to be released later this year. Also, in 2019, the feature length documentary Being Gladys, which Vanessa worked on in several capacities won best documentary at the Newark International Film Festival. Vanessa is currently in the beginning stages of her next film project, The Waiting Room. She also is scheduled to work on two documentaries in 2020, Gone Too Soon and The Story of Dr. John A. Kenney. Vanessa is a proud board member of Women in Media – Newark.
A lifelong New York Knicks fan and a Brooklyn/Queens native, Vanessa currently resides in New Jersey with her husband. To follow Vanessa Blake check out her website
www.summershowerproductions.com. You can also follow her on IG @mbele_life, @summershowerpro, and @Vanessablake.
Ricky is recognized as an Engineer of Impact. Defying the odds, completed his Bachelor's and Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and has achieved his Professional Engineering License. During his tenure in STEM related fields, Ricky recognized the increasing competitiveness in the industry and sought to become a source of inspiration and mentor to students and young professionals in STEM related fields.
Ricky has provided business development resources and vendor management systems for Johns Hopkins University Facilities and Real Estate department. Where he managed an annual construction portfolio of 150 million dollars, ensuring disadvantaged minority and women owned businesses were provided with opportunities.
He currently works with Johns Hopkins to provide educational programming and mentoring opportunities for startups in the Baltimore area to help build the commercialization ecosystem.
Ricky is the Author of two books, one best seller, and host a podcast “The Success Journey Show” which has been heard in 60+ Countries and 40 States.
In his latest venture, Ricky has partnered with a team of baseball and softball hitting experts to create Hit Doctor MD. An online platform which provides baseball and softball hitting coaching as well as invent and develop hitting training products.
He is recognized as a STEM specialist helping students and professionals across the globe identify what success means and identify the paths they need to take in life to achieve their dreams.
Follow Ricky on Facebook and on Instagram @rickey_venters_pe. Also, follow the Success Journey Show at www.thesuccessjourneyshow.com.
Pastor Paul Graham is a native of Brooklyn, New York where he was raised by God-fearing parents. He attended Oakwood College where he graduated with a B.A.
in Theology and subsequently attended Andrews University where he received his Masters in Divinity.
After Divinity school he spent 13 years doing ministry in the New York area where he has been engaged in youth and young adult ministries. He presents each message with the intention of motivating his listeners to prepare themselves for the soon coming of Christ and to work in His vineyard.
In 2002, Full Circle Ministries was developed to empower youth and young adults to participate in evangelism and wholesome activities reaching both churched and unchurched people. This ministry has reached across the country and abroad with God's leading.
Ordained to the gospel ministry, he has worked as a pastor for five congregations in the Northeastern Conference of Seventh-day Adventists serving there as youth pastor and as a counselor and chaplain to the schools assigned to the Youth Advisory Committee. He also served on the ministerial board. He has developed a Singles’ ministry called Advent Mingle. A website designed to bring single individuals together for fellowship and ministry.
Pastor Paul believes in living a highly devotional life. Every other month, he has developed a morning devotion called “Bible Boot Camp”. An online devotional 500am -5:30am on PastorPaulGaham.com. Pastor Graham loves teaching the Word of God and helping as many as possible gain a better understanding of the Gospel and stronger walk with the Master. Through much prayer, he and his family were led to The Bowie Project by way of the Holy Spirit and he endeavors to lead as God requires. He believes he can do all things through Christ. He is married to Windy Spence-Graham and has two beautiful children, Zenovia and Spencer who take up all of his spare time. Check out www.fullcircleministries.com for all information regarding Advent Mingle and Bible Bootcamp.
Charles Jazz Vassallo is a 46 year-old South Brooklyn Native. He has have been a competitive athlete for most of his life including his current status as a nationally ranked endurance and OCR athlete, however, the road to this success did not come without considerable challenges. In 2009, He lost all motivation towards healthy living and a better life after a long series of tragic and stressful events, including the murder of his sister in 2009, where soon after, his health started to deplete, adopting new ailments like pre diabetes type-2 aka insulin resistance, leaky gut, hypothyroidism, psoriasis and depression.
This may have been the most emotionally draining, scary and hard-hitting time of his life; right up there with 2004, where He was left to raise his daughter as a single dad and ended up homeless, living in his car for 4 months. Battling adversity was just a daily occurrence, only this time, He stumbled upon his calling in the health, wellness, fitness and nutrition industry and with no doubt or uncertainty, became his lifeline.
The inspiration came after He found OCR (Obstacle Course Racing) in 2011, thus the birth of becoming an extreme endurance athlete. It was not long after He began competing, before He became relevant in the sport, making frequent podium appearances, was nationally ranked and was winning his way into every race. In the interim of his achievements, He developed and built a winning formula for true health and wellness, optimal athletic performance and overall increased quality of life, which he defines as the synchronization of mind, body and spirit, taking consideration all things exercise, nutrition and mental clarity.
It was not until He became a Nutrition Coach, Nutritionist and Fitness Nutrition Specialist, that He was able to make sense of it all. He studied how food can be used as medicine and how proper nutrition can heal the body of almost any sickness. Today, He does not suffer from any of the ailments that once controlled his life.
He has been a personal trainer for 6 years, ranging from a bodyweight exercise specialist, HIIT training, boot camps and now a strength and conditioning coach and corrective exercise specialist with an emphasis on 1-on-1 functional movement and conditioning. His greatest achievements are when He can help change a life, one at a time, even in a small way and guide people to be the absolute best versions of themselves, inside and out. Follow Charles on YouTube at Nutrition 101 with Charles, on Facebook, and on IG @jazzocrathlete
Episode 12 of The Be More Today Show features Najah Lewis, a full time musician from NYC. She was a semi-finalist on season 14 of American Idol. Najah's music has been featured by Timeout Mag, JetBlue AD, Nytimes & more. She's performed at the James NY Nomad Hotel, Moxy Hotel, the W Hotel and countless weddings & private events. Her talent has taken her from the Hamptons in NY to Beirut, Lebanon. She has a single out titled "Fly Away" and is featured on other songs like Be More Today's "24", Levite Music's "I Wanna Love You More" and Reggie Parker's "Lifetime" just to name a few. She recently started her company A Musical Message where she creates personalized songs for any occasion. Her main goal is to touch as many people as possible through her music. Follow her @najahlewisofficial. For more information, visit @bemore2day and subscribe to our pages!
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Todd Kapostasy is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning director, producer, and editor. In 2016 he wrote and directed a documentary on the Chicago Cubs, “Confessions of a Cubs Fan” for Fox, and a year later, “Making Tar Wars,” a documentary on the story of George Brett’s pin tarred bat. In 2018, Kapostasy premiered his short film “Run” at the Tribeca Film Festival, the story of Robert Young, an ultra-marathon runner attempting to set a record by running across the United States amid allegations of fraud. Most recently he wrote and directed the EPSN 30 for 30 Dennis Rodman: For Better for Worse. Todd began his career at ESPN where he produced for several shows including SportCenter, NBC Countdown and College Football GameDay.
A Cleveland native and graduate of Brown University, he currently resides in Los Angeles. Follow him on Facebook and @toddkap on Instagram.
The Kevin Crown Brand, bred and fed in New York City, brings you an entertaining DJ dripping in talent and offers the ultimate music experience. The “Natural Born Club Killa” is distinct in engaging his audience and keeping them mesmerized while he delivers a genuine, yet evocative, performance that captivates a crowd even days later. Kevin Crown has natural skill and flair and prides himself on his aspiration to simply be the best. This allows him to be 100% in sync with any club or event setting as well as any genre of music.
Born on October 27, and at the unseasoned age of 12, Kevin followed in his more seasoned father’s footsteps and began learning the basics. By the age of 16, he had his first gig booked which would lead him to become a world-renowned, highly anticipated, and sought-after international DJ providing an experience like no other in places like Japan, Anguilla, Barbados, Guyana, Mexico, Trinidad, Grenada, Saint Vincent, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Haiti, Bermuda, Canada, and all across the USA. Clubs, parties, and events didn’t suffice the hunger of his huge personality and soon radio station 93.5FM took notice, making Kevin a regular on live radio with his popular show, Saturday Night Madness. The Kevin Crown Brand aggrandized when Kevin became an official brand ambassador for Fiction Fantasy Nightclub in Kingston, Jamaica. It was there where he entertained many artists and actors, both local and international, as well as sports figures like Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt. Kevin Crown also entertained celebrities like Jamie Foxx when they made things “Unpredictable” and when he set the “vibe” for the Wayans brothers.
In 2014, the 8th Annual Young Gifted & Black Entrepreneurial Awards crowned Kevin Crown DJ of the year and in 2015, the former DJ of the year landed a role in the film Jamaican Mafia and joined the largest DJ crew in New York, “Da Union Cub Killas”. Kevin Crown has made guest appearances on other radio shows such as Shade 45, NY’s Power105, PIX11 Morning Show, Jamaica’s HOT102 FM, and NYC HOT97.
More recent accolades include a nomination for the Reggae DJ of the year by Global Spin Awards hosted in February of 2017, a proclamation from each, Senator Kevin Parker and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, certificates of recognition from congressman Hakeem Jeffries and congresswoman Yvette Clarke, a citation from Councilman Jumane Williams for work as a DJ, and was awarded culture ambassador status of New York for the summer of 2018.
Obviously, a man of many talents, Mr. Crown, AKA the Energy-Godson, had his #EnergyGodsonTour this year, is a fitness enthusiast, and a third degree blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do. He has also performed on stage moves for some of Dancehall’s top reggae artists like Elephant Man, Bogle, Bruk Up, ad Ding Dong. Your audience will not get just a DJ that plays music, The Kevin Crown experience brings you a brilliant entertainer that exudes energy into the crowd. He’s a trendsetter and showstopper with a rock star image that dares to be exclusive by offering high energy, unique fashion and style, and a comical positive attitude to anything he does. And the Kevin Crown Brand ALWAYS does it big!
Booking Kevin Crown to host, DJ, or entertain your next event is booking someone that has the success of your event on their mind. You are booking someone with knowledge of marketing, promotions, sales, and branding. You are booking experience. Experience that includes both traditional and new media promotional along with access to his social media following that exceeds 27,000+. For booking inquiries or to learn more about Kevin Crown, including accessing mix tapes, high quality photos, and/or videos of his performance, please visit www.kevincrownmusic.com and follow him at @kevincrownmusic on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Episode 9 of the Mother's Day edition of The Be More Today Show features Attorney Lauren Linder. Lauren Linder is Deputy General Counsel at Parallel (formerly Surterra Wellness). Previously, Lauren was Vice President and Associate General Counsel for The Weather Channel television network, where she advised all aspects of the business on a range of transactional, compliance, regulatory, and litigation matters. Prior to that, Lauren represented truTV and Turner Studios as counsel at Turner Broadcasting. Lauren started her career as an associate in the trademark and copyright practice at Kilpatrick Townsend. An Atlanta native, Lauren graduated from Pace Academy. She received her bachelor’s degree from Brown University and her juris doctor from Duke University. As a former educator, athlete, and dancer, Lauren’s volunteerism reflects her passion for education and the arts. Lauren recently completed a term on the Advisory Board for the Alliance Theater. Lauren also recently served as a volunteer debate coach for KIPP WAYS Academy. Her educational volunteer efforts in Atlanta also include extensive work with the Atlanta Urban Debate League, and she has also participated in the Freedom Writers program at Booker T. Washington High School and Everybody Wins! at Hope-Hill Elementary. Lauren also served on the board of Central CSI, the non-profit arm of her childhood church in Vine City. She has also participated as a student, teacher, coach, and administrator in urban debate leagues around the country, including Atlanta, Baltimore, New York, and Providence. Lauren has been an active participant with LEAD Atlanta as an alumni volunteer since she was a participant in the 2015 class. She has also held several leadership roles with the Atlanta Black-Jewish Coalition subsequent to being a member of the 2013 Project Understanding class. Lauren lives on the Westside of Atlanta with her husband Jonathan, their 2 year old twins, and their dog Shiva. Follow Lauren’s story on Facebook at Lauren Linder Grunberg and Instagram @laurenlala.
New York native Craig Butta is an actor, director and producer. He has been a fixture in the independent film scene in New York for the last decade. Born and raised in Staten Island, he has spent most of his adult life banging around the borough of Brooklyn, in the neighborhoods his family emigrated to earlier in the 20th century. An Italian American with one foot stuck in the old neighborhood and one foot stuck in the bohemian art world of New York City, his life and work have examined this struggle. Originally intent on a life in the theatre, Craig learned to hustle down in Coney Island during the turn of the century. A college graduate undercover as a carny hustler, he spent his summers working the microphone on games at the decaying amusement park. He saved that money to study acting under the great, and recently deceased, Bill Esper at The William Esper Studios, where the methodologies of Stanford Meisner became a backbone his his life’s philosophy of “being in the moment” and “listening and then responding.” Craig molded his experiences down in Coney Island into a one man play that never saw the light of day. He was in the midst of a decade long run as a high school math teacher in a now defunct Brooklyn Catholic High school and felt like he was burning the candle at both ends, teaching high school during the day and working theatre at night. He felt that not enough people were seeing his work, so he transferred his stage show to a short film which later premiered at the SXSW film festival and helped him forge a lifetime of friendships with like minded young artists. Since his initial short film, he has gone on to act, direct, and produce numerous regarded feature films and documentaries that have taken him around the world. He currently lives in Ft Greene with his partner and daughter.
Episode 7 of The Be More Today Show features Dr. Tanzy Chandler, a Physical Therapist, Group Fitness Instructor, and Founder of REVAMP Fitness. Once when she was just four years old, Tanzy was taken to a music studio and given a choice. She could either learn to play the piano or, she could learn to play the drums. She remembers the excit ement she felt when it came to playing the drums but she also remembers that when faced with a choice to be true to herself or play it safe, she chose her safety over herself. She still thinks about playing the drums to this day but more than that, she thinks about all the other people who choose their safety over their truth. Now she shares her truth, being transparent about her struggles with depression, obesity and balancing life’s responsibilities. She committed to encouraging and empowering others to make their mental and physical health a priority. In short, Tanzy has dedicated her life to helping people really live. Originally from Toronto, CA, Tanzy is married to Pastor Damian Chandler and together they have three children. She’s received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Puget Sound and is also a certified group fitness instructor. Tanzy is also the CEO of Revamp Fitness where she shares her passion of health and wellness with her community. As she serves, she draws strength from Jeremiah 1:5 which says “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” Tanzy believes that God entrusts us with who we are and expects us to use that for His glory. She now wants more than anything to be her truest self… for Him.
Follow Dr. Cjandler at @revamp_fitness on IG and Revamp Fitness on Facebook.
Episode 6 features Edna Urgilez. At the age of 25 she graduated with a masters degree, was able to get out of the welfare system, and now owns BVOM (Better Version Of Myself) a brand designed to inspire you to always follow your passions. She is also an adolescent home therapist and a counselor for adults that have dropped out of school. Tune in to hear her amazing story of resilience, what inspired her to become a counselor, and how working out at 5 am has changed her life forever. Be sure to follow her on IG and Facebook @BVOMFITNESS and @BVOMMINDSET. Visit https://bvom.shop and use the code “BEMORE” for 10% off anything in the store.
Pastor Donald Rolle, Jr. was born and raised in Harlem, New York City. He is a graduate of Northeastern Academy, Oakwood University, and Andrews University Theological Seminary. It was when he enrolled at Oakwood University to study communications that he gave his life to the Lord and was called by Christ to ministry in a dream during his sophomore year. Also, while at Oakwood, he met his wife, Tamika. While in seminary, Pastor Rolle first interned at the Chicago Heights SDA Church, then moved on to become the Administrative Pastor at the New Life SDA church on Andrews University's Campus. Being involved in young adult ministry he was chosen to be the Black Student Christian Forum Religious Leader, Coordinating their Friday worship services. He wrote and toured a multicultural drama production called “Slave Salvation Story. In June of 2006, he received a call from the Central States Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists to serve as the Associate/Youth Pastor of the Park Hill SDA Church in Denver, Colorado. In January 2010, he was chosen to serve as the Associate Youth Director for Central States Conference. In June 2012 he became the Youth Director of the Central States Conference, while Pastoring the Tabernacle of Praise SDA Church in St. Louis, MO. In March of 2014 Pastor Rolle was voted into ACM (Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries) where he serves as a Chaplain. Currently, Pastor Rolle works in the estimating department in Construction Contract Managment His passion in life is to find new ways of introducing people Christ. His ministry philosophy is to “edify, evangelize, and equip everyone, especially youth.” He and his wife, Tamika, are the proud parents of Mojave, Mekhi, and a little girl named My'et. To follow Donald Rolle’s story you can find him on Facebook and on Instagram @harlemade. Check out a sneak peak of Words 4 Life Volume 3 at the end of the podcast.
James Brown III was born on November 3rd, 1980 in Baltimore, MD. and raised in Orange County, CA. Growing up, his parents allowed him to explore any and every passion he had including: Psychology, Track & Field, Drama, Football, Gymnastics, Dance, Music, TV/Film, Religious Studies, and of course Fashion. James went to Dana Hills High School and Phillips Andover Academy for his secondary education, Brown University and The Fashion Institute of Technology for his undergraduate education. While at Dana Hills he graduated Valedictorian, a 4 year 2 spot varsity letterman athlete (Track & Field and Football), National Honor Society Member, International Thespian Society Member, Homecoming King and Prom King, and a member of the Student Government. Brown went on to study psychology at Brown University while competing nationally in Track & Field and studying dance. Psychology research on male dancers brought James to New York City and presented him with the opportunity to dance with Michael Jackson at Madison Square Gardens. His career as a performer began that summer in 2001. James Brown III has had a successful career in the last 18 years as an Actor, Model and Fashion Editor. He's performed in 10 Broadway shows including: Original Broadway Company of Disney’s Frozen (King Agnarr), Original Broadway Company of Rocky on Broadway ("Sugar Jackson" Understudy Apollo, Dance/Assist Fight Captain), Original Broadway Company of Ghost (Dance/Fight Captain, Understudy Willie Lopez & Subway Ghost), Original Broadway Company of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Jimmy, Understudy Miss Understanding), Memphis, The 2010 Tony Award Winning Best New Musical, Original Broadway Company of The Little Mermaid (Dance/Fight Captain, Understudy Jetsam), Original Broadway Company of The Color Purple (Bobby, Understudy Harpo), Wicked (The Lover), The Producers (O'Houlihan), The Frogs (Dance Captain), and The Lion King (Dance/Fight Captain, Understudy Simba). Other notable credits: Michael Jackson's 30th Anniversary Concert (CBS), The Producers Movie, Enchanted, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. James will also be seen this season on Mr. Robot on USA Network, Forever on ABC, The Mysteries of Laura on NBC, Peter Pan Live! on NBC, The Wiz Live! on NBC, The Get Down on Netflix. He also starred in his first independent film Love For Passion, playing the role of Jeffrey Love and Ori Inu as "The Reverend".
James has modeled for such brands as Ralph Lauren, Michael Wesetly, and Rockport. All of these professional artistic experiences have infused themselves in the design of James George III. It is because of these varied artistic, academic, and physical genres of study that James Brown III, as a designer, has drawn inspiration to build James George III. Like many other fashion designers, Brown III draws inspiration from nature, architecture, interior design, classic movies, theater, and cultural anthropology. But having studied psychology at Brown University, Brown III can also use his knowledge of the human condition and self image to design clothes that will allow his consumer to manifest a positive self-image with the aide of beautifully made clothing. He also helped start a web based tailor made clothing line called ALFA (www.worldofalfa.com). James received his industry fashion knowledge from The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. James is currently in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway and Co-Founder of Tríonóide Entertainment Production Company. www.trionoideentertainment.com
Monica Herrera Damashek is the US Latin Music Lead at Spotify, the world's largest music streaming subscription service. In this role, she oversees partnerships and drives marketing campaigns with Latin music artists, labels and distributors in the US. She has worked at Spotify for nearly six years and previously held the role of Global Director of Strategic Marketing.
Prior to joining Spotify, Monica spent eight years in journalism, with expertise across content formats and music genres and always finding ways to connect Latin culture to her work. At Rolling Stone, she led the website's newsroom team and helped launch the magazine's first Latin music package featuring bilingual content. As News Editor at Billboard, she interviewed hundreds of artists on and off-camera, wrote business and general features for the magazine and edited single reviews. She has also held editorial roles at Latina Magazine and Myspace and began her career as a publicist at Susan Blond, Inc.
Originally from New Jersey with Cuban and Costa Rican roots, Monica lives in Brooklyn with her family and is passionate about raising her son bilingual.
Follow Monica on Instagram at @lapuravida and check out Spotify for all of the latest Latin music.
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In this second episode of the Be More Today Show, we meet our special guest Marquis Ellison. Self-starter Marquis Ellison is the owner and designer of Marquis Rashoid LLC, a company that provides high fashion with a higher purpose. The Marquis Rashoid (pronounced "Rashad") collection offers exclusively handmade bow ties and pocket squares with trendsetting and distinctive designs, while donating a portion of all proceeds to charitable causes that have personal significance to Marquis: breast cancer and Crohn's Disease research. Marquis received his B.S. in Fashion Merchandising from The Florida State University. Upon graduating, he spent nearly a decade in retail management, an experience for which he is grateful to have had although he longed for a chance to make his mark in a bigger way. That opportunity came when Marquis moved to New York City in 2013. This fresh start in the fashion capital of the world inspired Marquis to pursue his dream of introducing his fashion sense to the world. Although Marquis holds a degree in Fashion Merchandising, he lacked sewing skills so he started taking classes. Early mornings and long nights paid off as Marquis mastered the sewing techniques that now contribute to the craftsmanship of Marquis Rashoid designs. With Marquis' dedication, keen sense of fashion, and attention to detail, Marquis Rashoid LLC was born. Marquis always knew he wanted his company to provide more than just high fashion - he wanted to serve a higher purpose. Inspired by the loss of his aunt to breast cancer and his personal battle with Crohn's Disease, Marquis donates a portion of the company's proceeds to support breast cancer and Crohn's Disease research. Marquis is humbled to do what he loves while supporting causes that are dear to his heart. Follow him on IG @marquisrashoid and @mr_crohnsfighter83, FB @marquisellison, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org . For more information, visit his website www.marquisrashoid.com.
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Welcome to the first episode of the Be More Today Show. Today's special guest is VP of BMT Tarence Farrell. Listen as he shares his passion for music production, his thoughts about Kanye West, and why he believes that compassion kills. Follow Tarence on IG @bmtmusic, FB @bemore2daymusic and @tfarrelltoday, or email him at Tfarrell@bemoretoday.com
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