On the phone w/ CEO & President of Rhianna's Treasured Gifts, a nonprofit organization that advocates for domestic violence. Risa Jenkins talks to us about Breakthrough, a fundraiser for domestic violence prevention and intervention that will be held Saturday, October 24th, in Chicago. Tune in to get all the details!
New episode is up! On the phone with Actor, Writer & Director, Scott Pryor. Scott joins The Media Lounge Podcast to talk about his latest faith based & inspiring film, Tulsa. Inspired by true events from Scott Pryor's client as a trial lawyer, TULSA is a funny and heartwarming story of redemption, family, and forgiveness!
On the phone w/ talented rapper Yung Pooda. Yung Pooda shares his background story on how he went from the streets to focusing solely on music after making a promise to God. We talk his latest single, Repeat Dat, his upcoming EP, Vivid Pictures produced by Grammy Award winning duo, Cool & Dre, and visuals to follow said project.
Fat Joe loves him, and hitmaking legends Cool & Dre approved of his genius when they signed Leon to their label, Epidemic Music. Since then, Eric has written for stars like Remy Ma, A-Boogie, Wit Da Hoodie and his mixtape was hosted by DJ Khaled. As a talented songwriter and hip-hop artist, Now at 23-years-old, Eric is pioneering the new-age hip-hop sound with his latest single “Lemme See.”
Joined by Grammy Award winning Producer & Songwriter from Cool & Dre, Dre talks about his latest single release, "Captured on a Iphone". The single is a response to the recent killing of George Floyd. Dre also touches on systemic racism and the looting and rioting that involves other white supremacy groups.
Author & Therapist Faust Ruggiero joins the podcast to discuss his new book, The Fix Yourself Handbook, Using the Process Way of Life to Transform Your Life into a Happy, Healthy Journey.
If you're looking to transform your life and do not know where to start, this handbook is for you! Learn more about what steps you need to take to make the changes you so desire, all while enjoying and appreciating every step in the process.
Read more on Faust Ruggiero at: www.medialoungechicago.com
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On the phone with Hemky Madera. Hemky talks about his start in the industry, making the transition from living in the Dominican Republic to the US, what the industry is like for Latinos, & what we can expect to see in season 5 of the hit tv show, Queen of the South.
Selene chats w/ Actor, Model & Executive Producer of Land Ahoy Films, Anis Maknojia. Anis talks about diversity in Hollywood, his production company and his upcoming projects in 2020.
Read more on Anis at: medialoungechicago.com
Carol Deeley, Founder of Gabriel's Light, joins the podcast to discuss suicide awareness and prevention. After losing her precious boy to suicide in November of 2018, Carol has made it her mission to strengthen protocols in schools for device monitoring, supporting suicide education, and offer healing to those impacted by suicide.
Please help support this mission by sharing this episode & visiting www.gabrielslight.org to give a donation.
Dr. Levinson stops by The Media Lounge to talk to us about his latest book, Getting Smarter & Smarter. Dr. Levinson discusses the many symptoms of dyslexia and its related disorders, as well as treatment for said disorders. Tune in!
Joined by Radio Personality Weekend Gabe, Selene & Gabe touch on some of the Hip Hop albums of 2019, including The Lost Tapes (Nas), One of the Best Yet (Gang Starr) & Jesus is King (Kanye West). We also discuss some of the films of 2019, and briefly touch on Trump's impeachment inquiry and up and coming Chicago Hip Hop artists.
Hollywood actress Jamie Bernadette joins The Media Lounge podcast to talk about her latest film, "The Furnace". Jamie shares why this film has been her most emotionally and physically challenging project yet! This inspiring and film by Oscar-nominated Director Darrell Roodt is now on Amazon & in Epic Theaters in South Africa.
Inspiring, Motivating & Highly recommended, Shawn Harper chats with Selene about his new book, The Winning Edge, 8 Principles that will bring out the winner in you!
For a limited time, download the free e-book at www.shawnharper.org
From Scarface, The Goonies, Licence to Kill and over a hundred more films, Selene chats w/ Movie Icon Robert Davi about his start in the industry, his friendship w/ the late and great legend Frank Sinatra, Robert Davi sings Sinatra- On the Road to Romance, his thoughts on Trump' s impeachment and his upcoming films.
As an added bonus, we are blessing your ears w/ Robert Davi's version of All The Way, a Frank Sinatra original.
Selene chats w/ the very talented actress Nicole Dambro about her latest project, Groupers. Fun Fact: Nicole was a championship Miami Heat Dancer! She also shares why she went from being a dancer/performer to an actress.
Better days are here!!
Selene chats with the cast of the new YouTube original, Better Days! This podcast episode features Pat Smith (actress, author & wife to NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith), Yancey Arias (actor- Queen of the South, Kingpin), 1K Phew (actor and rapper), Rhyan Lamarr (Writer, Director & Producer), Bishop Eric Garnes (Bishop & Producer). The cast shares the storyline for their latest faith driven project, Better Days- but emphasize that the YouTube original is not only meant to entertain, but like their last project Canal Street- Better Days provides light in a world of darkness. A MUST WATCH!! (Will be available 8/16 @5pm central)
Jesse Lynn Madera chats with Selene about her latest EP, "Come Visit Soon", what it was like being mentored by renowned father of Rock "n" Roll Johnnie ("B. Goode") Johnson, her next project, and even shares that her son was featured in the latest episode of Queen of The South, the Netflix drama that features her husband, Hemky Madera.
*This episode features a snippet of the song "Amsterdam" with permission granted by the artist. A full version of the song can be streamed on music streaming platforms.
Joined by the lovely Host of the Pillow Talk podcast, Robin E, - Selene & Robin talk about the Emmy Nominations, women entrepreneurs, Madonna and her cultural insensitive picture, #IceBae and real bodies!!
Selene chats with Motivational Speaker and Host of the newly launched podcast, Food for Thought w/ Marcell Fitzgerald. Marcell talks about how his upbringing on the West-Side of Chicago and his humble beginnings have made him into the person that he is today, and how that experience has inspired him to give back to others by inspiring, collaborating and sharing good energy!
I miss talking to you guys! And yesss, I met Jimmy Garoppolo, starting QB for the San Francisco 49ers, & I looked cray!! However, he confirmed that he is ready for the new season!!
JCOLE, COMMON & NAS NEW MUSIC!!
Sex trafficking is the modern day slavery and is more common than we know! Suzanne Baker Brown, Executive Director of Stepping Stones Network talks to us about the reality of sexual trafficking. Suzanne shares statistics, provides insight on the industry, and shares with us who is at risk and what tactics are used by traffickers. A MUST LISTEN!
Known for his roles in The Incredible Hulk, Wall Street, The Falcon & the Snowman, Mr. Kill & his latest HBO tv show “Barry”, Selene chats with tv and film star Sam Ingraffia. The Chicago native talks about his latest YouTube series, Amazing Return of Sal & Junior.
Having worked alongside many of the greats such as Sean Penn, Danny DeVito & Alicia Silverstone, this tv/film star is currently working on 2 additional films slated to be released later this year!
Dr. & Author JL Ruiz talks about his real life experience and that of others that has inspired him to write his novel, Irreversible Damage, the story of a U.S. born Mexican-American living in a wealthy neighborhood who goes through an unfortunate series of events that not only tear apart her family, but also leave her at standing at a crumbling precipice.
Roll Red Roll is a true-crime thriller that goes behind the headlines to uncover the deep- seated and social media-fueled “boys will be boys” culture at the root of high school sexual assault in America.
Director & Producer Nancy expands on the true story of the 2012 rape case of Jane Doe, how social media played a role in the case, and what she wishes her audience to take away from this "bone chilling" documentary.
Interview w/ Executive Director of the Universal Hip Hop Museum, Rocky Bucano. Rocky Bucano shares all about the ongoing project for the museum that is slated to open in the Bronx, NY in 2023, on 50th year anniversary of Hip Hop. He touches on Nas’ & Mary J Blige’s involvement in the project, what exhibits we should expect to see as it relates to the 4 elements of Hip Hop, & how you can get involved. *Music by Fatel Flows
Instagram Health & Wellness influencer Amber Rochelle shares her story on how she lost 180lbs! Amber further shares her experience w/ depression and anxiety, and her feature in Women’s Health Magazine online.
Listen in as Selene chats w/ the talented Broadway Actor, Jawan M. Jackson. Jawan talks about how he almost didn't get the role of The Temptations singer Melvin Franklin, life on Broadway, and his experience working with the late-great Whitney Houston.
Interview w/ NBC-The Voice contestant & Neo Soul artist, Oliv Blu. Oliv shares with us a little bit about her upbringing and how she developed a love for music, her experience on the latest season of The Voice, and her passion for natural hair and beauty,
Tune in and find out what is next for this young, talented and soulful beauty!
Music by: Oliv Blu
Emmy nominated and NAACP Award-winning actress Victoria Rowell, chats with Selene on this episode of The Media Lounge Podcast. Victoria discusses her UMC's Daytime Emmy nominated Original Series, The Rich and the Ruthless season three that premiered on 5/23, and Lifetime's Pride & Prejudice premiering Saturday, 6/1. Victoria also shares with us on how it was to work with the late Kristoff St. John.
To some people she is known as 'the girl who got her lip bit off", but at only 20 years old, Kayla Hayes is a domestic abuse survivor. She is now using her voice to raise awareness on domestic abuse. Visit her Facebook page, Rise Above, to learn more on her movement. You may also read more on her at: www.medialoungechicago.com
Joined by guest co-host Gabe Ramirez from Chicago's B96, Selene & Heather talk about Jamal Knox and the rappers trying to appeal his sentence. Was he wrong for recording the song F**** the Police? Why wasn't anyone talking about the murder of Police Officer Jacob Keltner, and why do people eavesdrop on their partner? Music by: Cryptic Kairos
After learning about the beautiful author & business owner, Jazmine Duke- Ms. Duke joins the ladies to discuss the latest on R. Kelly news, Kardashian cheating scandal. Momo & internet dangers to children, Chicago Mayoral Race and Virginia 1st lady hands cotton to black children.
Think being a homeowner isn't possible? Think again. Carmen Luna educates us on how simple it can be to becoming a homeowner. She provides insights on the loan process, how to get started and what to expect as a first time home buyer, or even as someone who has underwent foreclosure previously.
Selene & Heather talk to Writer, Producer & Director of Carlos Torres Films. Carlos provides insight of his experience as a Chicago Filmmaker, his recent award for one of his films, "The Warrant", and his upcoming projects. *WE DO NOT OWN ANY RIGHTS TO THE MUSIC PLAYED HEREIN.
Selene and Heather chat with Melissa Jarboe, founder of the Military Veteran Project. Since the loss of her husband, SSG Jamie Jarboe, Melissa has mad it her mission to bring recognition to the needs of men and women post-service.
Interview w/ Artist & Youth Mentor Rafael "Scheme" Navarro JR . Navarro shares on how being a first generation Mexican-American has influenced his involvement and creativity as an artist. Navarro speaks on his organizations and how he is mentoring the youth in Chicago through music. Unedited.
The Ladies chat with one of the Founders of Chi Rock Nation, Darryl Speedy Henderson. Speedy shares the history of Chicago's Hip Hop scene, the Nation's History and shares a teaser on the newly released book about Chicago's Hip Hop history and culture.
You’ve seen her on NBC The Voice, she was recently nominated as the "R&B Entertainer of the Year" for the 37th Annual Chicago Music Awards in March 2018, she’s opened up for 50 cent, MC Lyte, Miguel, R Kelly & Angie Stone to name a few. Selene & Heather Chat with the Powerhouse and talented beauty, Sandy Redd.
Let's talk about it! Joanna & Selene bring you the scoop on Winter Fashion! They discuss Kanye's past and recent controversies, Rihanna turned down halftime show in support of Colin Kap, Van Dyke sentencing and more!
Selene and Heather chat with 25 years young author of the novel, "Some Women Prefer Hell, and CEO to the Premier Child Care Centers of Chicago.
Mod talks about her real life experiences that drover her to write this book, her love for writing and her future plans of making this novel into an independent film.
Heather & Selene get the opportunity to interview Comedian & Actor Damon Williams. We discuss his startup, his achievements, his ongoing projects and his acting career. Williams gives us his perspective on Kanye’s slavery comment & apology that has stirred up so much controversy!
The Ladies discuss Women in Media and how society and social media has placed new demands and expectations on women in the industry.
The Ladies have the honor to interview industry professional, NBC's, Good Day Live, Hazel Marie Anderson.
The Saturday Morning Team, the Ladies are back at it again! We are discussing Aretha Franklin, new music, Predatory Priests & our weekly segment, Talk Time w/ the Ladies! Are couples always on the same level look wise!? Do they need to be or are we making looks to be a bigger deal than it is? Tune in!
SADE is Queen and she is working on a new album! Michelle William checks herself into a facility for depression & Meghan Markle is terrified with Royal life? Of course we didn’t forget our TTL- tune in!!
The Ladies talk about the successful rescue mission of the Thailand Soccer Team. #GodisGood
We spice it up with some entertainment news of course! Cardi B has her baby- Justin Bieber proposes to Hailey Baldwin & Kylie makes the cover of Forbes Magazine as the youngest self-made woman! However, not everyone is happy for Ms. Kylie, some saying that "she used cultural appropriation to acquire money and fame."
Ladies- if you are dating- should you expect your man to pay your bills? I mean- should he have to prove himself with his money? Tune into our TTL to find out!
The Saturday Morning team is back and bringing you the latest on Entertainment News, Social Issues, Trending news & TTL!
The Curry's welcome baby #3! Yep, Drake has confirmed he has a baby w/ pornstar Sophie! Hmmm.. is Nicki poppin pills? And what's up w/ Kris & Steve Harvey?!
We also talk about the separation of migrant children and what these families are enduring.
Rachel Dolezal is once again trending on the news- find out why!
Yes, you heard right- 50cent may be removed from Power for his distasteful comments regarding Terry Crews!
Ieshia Champs, single mother of 5 graduates law school! Iesha Champs shares her story with The Ladies on how her faith in God and with the support of her children, she will now be graduating law school.
Selene and Heather Interview Dominque Robinson, Founder and Executive Director of Pretty Me Inc. Dominique tells us about her organization, and how she is making a positive impact in the lives of young girls.
We all know that being a mom means juggling many things, wearing many hats, and sometimes we have to do it without a bra! It’s certainly not an easy job, and that’s why like Lucy Riles, all moms need Wine O’clock Wednesdays!