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The Village Drum

The Village Drum

By Karla Williams
This radio podcast will highlight the success of leaders in the community who are making the world a better place through their unique talents and gifts. Our goal is to inform, entertain, and through interesting conversations to engage the audience by way of creative music, poetry, spoken word and other unique methods of empowering the public by any means necessary.
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The Legendary Sir Deepy Frazier- Savannah Georgia's Ambassador to the City! And he wrote the song for the City

The Village Drum

The Legendary Sir Deepy Frazier- Savannah Georgia's Ambassador to the City! And he wrote the song for the City

The Village Drum

Mesmerized by a Cell Phone? We are under a technical spell!
We have a serious problem that is really a mental health and wellness issue.  Cell Phone use!  I wanted to share my experience with not having a cell phone all day during a normal daily two hour commute on the train.  Do you have the same problem?  What can be done about it?  Should it be a real medical issue which deserves attention in the medical community?  You be the judge!  Things to be aware of:  There are three main reasons why people are concerned that cell phones (also known as “mobile” or “wireless” telephones) might have the potential to cause certain types of cancer or other health problems: Cell phones emit radiofrequency radiation (radio waves), a form of non-ionizing radiation, from their antennas. Parts of the body nearest to the antenna can absorb this energy. The number of cell phone users has increased rapidly. There were over 400 million cell phone subscribers in the United States in 2017, according to the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association . Globally, there are more than 5 billion cell phone users. Over time, the number of cell phone calls per day, the length of each call, and the amount of time people use cell phones have increased. Because of changes in cell phone technology and increases in the number of base stations for transmitting wireless signals, the exposure from cell phone use—power output—has changed, mostly lowered, in many regions of the United States (1). Leave a voicemail comment with your experiences and thoughts. We can help each other combat and break this spell!
August 29, 2019
An Evening Interview with Nikki Giovanni
Please enjoy my interview with The Honorable Nikki Giovanni.  All comments welcome!  Please leave a voice message with your thoughts using this link to start discussion on this show  I created a mix of one of my favorite poems from here work "Ego Tripping" I like Chocolate" mixed with a song by the Roots.  I hope you enjoy it.  This interview was insightful and she discussed everything from sports to the current climate of political affairs in this country.  Ms. Giovanni is America’s favorite poet. Her distinguished career includes numerous collections of fantastic poetry, from her first self published work Black Feeling Black talk to her New York Time best seller Love Poems. She has written children’s literature, and made numerous recordings including the Emmy award nominated The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection in 2004. He most recent book, a good cry  –is phenomenal! A must read when you are relaxing and after meditation as I do! Just pick a poem, it will resonate with you. No only has she interviewed and graced the presence of Muhammad Ali among a long list of other spectacular personas, She has over 30 honorary degrees, she is frequently a lecturer and had taught at Rutgers University, Ohio State University and currently at Virginia Tech. as Distinguished Professor.  Ms. Giovanni has received numerous awards for her work including 7 NAACP image awards, the Langston Hughes award, The Rosa Parks Woman of Courage Award,. Oprah Winfrey named her one of her 25 living legends She also wrote a chant poem for the memorial service the day after the VA tech shooting which received rave reviews. Ms. Giovanni wrote this statement for the Contemporary Authors:   "Writing is what I do to justify the Air I breathe". I was so very blessed to have the opportunity to be in her presence, and to speak to such an intriguing, phenomenal woman who has graced us all with her moving, breathtaking poetry and words of wisdom the entire world can connect with and appreciate forever.  Please comment by leaving a voice message after hearing this broadcast!  Thanks for your support! 
August 29, 2019
Healing through Harp- battle of the Opioid Crisis- Baltimore Md
I wanted to share a community gathering I attended last week at Shiloh Baptist Church on August 16, 2019.  Jeff Majors, a fellow harpist gave a concert called Healing through Music, along with singers and Elijah Cummings and his supporters.  After Baltimore was headline news for weeks due to recent comments that were negative and spread bad vibes across the world, this was a time to reflect and forgive and heal through music, worship and praise.  Sponsored by New Shiloh Baptist Church - speakers included Dr. Harold A. Carter, Jr. Pastor and therapeutic practitioners and Endorsed By US House of Representatives Congressman Elijah Cummings MD 7th District.   This gathering was to bring light to the current Opioid Crisis--which now has not included the African American community at all.  There is a prevalent divide in the current overdose epidemic.  Many blacks challenge the way the media and government has previously and recently responded to  Opioid overdose deaths with a compassionate public campaign.  Many African Americans reasonably ask: Where was that compassion when black communities were dealing with crack cocaine in the 1980s and 90's?  The compassionate public campaign now is due to the increasing number of rural white communities having a problem with drugs.  As of 2017- 37,113 white americans have died from Opioid use.  5513 African americans and 3932 Latino Americans.    However, The Reagan administration responded worse than the media to the crack epidemic with the so-called “War on Drugs.” This was a institution of policies that criminalized crack use and possession with zero tolerance penalties. The purpose was to treat drug use, as “public enemy number one.” With $1.7 billion allocated to these efforts, the federal government was more than ready to imprison, and of course not to rehabilitate, drug users and people who had drugs or were found with them. As a result, incarceration rates increased 8x's. In 1980, the number of people in prison for nonviolent drug offenses was 50,000. By 1997, that number ballooned to 400,000. The overwhelming majority of those locked up were black as reportedly, 80% of crack users were African-American. But instead, the Reagan administration simply continued a set of policies from the Nixon era that were specifically designed to target and incarcerate black people.  See this article for more that puts this issue to light eloquently! Listen to it and leave your thoughts and comments.  What can we do?  What this gathering did.  Over and over again! Leave a message to let me know your thoughts! Eager to keep the conversation going!
August 24, 2019
The Legendary Sir Deepy Frazier- Savannah Georgia's Ambassador to the City! And he wrote the song for the City
This show highlights the success of leaders in the community who are making the world a better place through their unique talents and gifts.  Sir Deepy Frazier is a gifted musician who wrote a song about Savannah and became a local legend!  You can find him on local TV news stations in Savannah, special events or even on You tube  and on Southern Living Magazine among other places.  OR you can just simply visit Savannah and listen closely near Johnson Park and see the crowd of people watching and in awe!  Enjoy our conversation about this wonderful entertainer, philosopher and his views on the current state of the country and suggestions on what needs to be done other than to just simply vote in 2020.
August 18, 2019