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Monica Davis | Jimmy Castor | Avis Harrell | Gail Devers | Alabama Mike | Kathryn D. Leary | 3 Mo' Divas | Thelma Houston
Jacqueline Wales | Nikki Stone | Elder Wheeler Parker | Mel Carter| Sakai
Terence Blanchard | Dr. Fran Harris | Mo Pleasure | Tsufit |

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Monica Davis
Magazine Publisher



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www.exceptionalmag.com

Monica Davis is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Exceptional People Magazine, a publication that takes an innovative approach to showcasing some of the world’s most extraordinary people and their accomplishments; revealing why they are successful at what they do and the motivating factors that make them excel. The publication promotes among people of all socio-economic backgrounds a renewed vision, unity and better living through various media.

Monica also successfully published The Exceptional Woman, a quarterly newsletter which presented a powerhouse of ideas and knowledge to help women succeed in various areas of life before merging it with Exceptional People Magazine..

Monica has over 20 years of stellar and award-winning performance serving the federal government and private sector. She has provided technology expertise internationally as part of support teams for two Secretaries of State, traveling to countries such as Kuwait, Denmark, Iceland, and also working at the United Nations and other diplomatic conferences.

Monica has used her technical savvy, business expertise and signature personal touch to help initiate and establish partnerships between federal and corporate clients, leading to successful ventures. She has also assisted high level officials in the federal government in making technological decisions that affected policy worldwide. She has presented business process development and improvement analyses on various levels for government clients.

Her success extends well beyond the federal and corporate world. Monica is the creator, former executive producer and host of the award-winning Extraordinary Everyday People television talk show produced in Washington, D.C. Her television background also includes directing, videography, lighting and post-production.

As a community leader Monica served two terms on the Board of Directors of Arlington Independent Media, ending her tenure as Vice President in 2004. During her tenure she also served as Chairperson of the Facilities Committee and a member of the Finance, Facilities and Administrative Committees.


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Jimmy Castor
The Everything Man





www.jimmycastor.com

Jimmy Castor…songwriter, singer, saxophonist, percussionist. Producer, arranger, humorist …alias The E-Man, has earned his well deserved reputation as “THE EVERYTHING MAN.”

Before even finishing junior high school, Jimmy Castor had written his first million seller for Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers called, “I Promise To Remember.” While furthering his education at New York City’s prestigious High School of Music & Art and later attending City College, Jimmy pursued his musical career by assembling a band of his own playing an assortment of major New York nightspots. He then wrote his second million seller, “Hey Leroy Your Mama’s Calling You,” on Mercury Records, through which a new flashy and spirited performer was introduced to the public – JIMMY CASTOR. Still early into his career, Castor befriended such music greats as Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone, Tito Puente and King Curtis to name only a handful.

And to add to his credit, much of Jimmy Castor’s music (“It’s Just Begun,” “The Bertha Butt Boogie” and “King Kong,” to name a few) has been sampled innumerable times in movies and by a myriad of today’s most popular artists. His statement of “What we’re gonna do right here is go back...way back....back into time.” is LEGENDARY

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Avis Harrell
Entertainer/Producer



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www.avisharrell.com

A truly unique vocalist, Avis has paid her dues in the music industry and is willing to pay more...it is completely unacceptable for the world not to know what a magnificent comet is passing through this Universe!

 AVIS has done back up work, tours, and recordings with Ray Charles and Wayne Newton. She has been seen on KCET television in concert with Ray Charles and The Raelettes that was filmed a few years ago in Canada with "The Edmondson Symphony Orchestra" during her stint with him.

While keeping busy and being the opportunist she is, AVIS then joined Wayne Newton's organization when offered the job from Mr. Newton, where she was his lead singer for two and a half years. The high point of her stint with Wayne Newton was a soul stirring beautifully stylized rendition of "Endless Love" on Jerry Lewis' Telethon filmed at Caesars' Palace. Having performed in the background long enough, AVIS emerged to the forefront with the polish of any seasoned performer. With high-energy choreography and showmanship that pleases audiences of all ages. AVIS has a voice that's like a finely tuned instrument and delivers song after song in her own powerful way.

AVIS can now add another feather to her cap. Along with being the complete entertainer, she has written, played, programmed and produced her entire album/CD project, "SELF CONTAINED". She made it a point to cover as many genres of music as possible, while doing them all extremely well. The buzz has already started about this great CD and artist. For AVIS, "SELF CONTAINED" is a personal statement that there is no limit to the multiple talents God has blessed her with. This is a CD that you will want to play again and again.


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Gail Devers
Three Time Olympic Gold Medalist

The Gail Devers story is truly one of overcoming the odds. While training for the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, She found out that she had Graves' disease, a debilitating chronic thyroid disorder. During this time, her feet became so blistered and swollen, her skin cracked and bled. The excruciating pain forced her to stop running. The doctors were sure that they'd have to amputate both of her feet. However, with hard work determination and perseverance and faith in God, she regained her health and won her first gold medal in the 100-meter dash at the Olympics in Barcelona Spain.

During 1993, Gail continued her winning streak, earning seven championship titles. At the world championships in Stuttgart, Germany, she accomplished a feat that hadn't been achieved in 45 years - She won both the 100-meter dash and 100-meter hurdles. Then in 1995, she secured the No. 1 U.S. ranking for the 100-meter hurdles after winning the National Champion and World Champion titles.

During the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta, she repeated her 1992 performance by winning the gold medal in the 100-meter dash, becoming only the second woman to win the prestigious event at two consecutive Olympics. She was also on the gold medal-winning 4x100 meter relay team.

In addition to her accomplishments in track and field, she has also launched "The Gail Devers Foundation", which is a compelling force of energy that inspires positive change within communities. As part of the Foundation, Gail Force Enhancement Programs will provide assistance to families and individuals, in need, which will empower them to develop and become well-rounded individuals. The Foundation will supply the necessary tools to help communities realize their inner forces which will enable them to control their own destiny and make positive contributions to society.

 

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Alabama Mike
Blues Vocalist



www.eastbayblues.net/profile/AlabamaMike3rdDegree

Alabama Mike is a hard-driving Chicago style blues singer with the ability to make you feel as if you’ve revisited the early CHESS RECORDS days. Many things come to mind upon hearing Alabama Mike sing for the first time, but mostly it’s where has this guy been? With a soulful voice that brings such greats as Elmore James, Buddy Guy, Little Johnny Taylor and yes, even BB King to mind, you will be asking yourself, “Why haven’t I seen or heard of him before.”

Alabama Mike is a very unique talent, not only a gifted singer but also a very talented song writer, having penned over half of the tunes on this impressive debut.

Born in Talladega, Alabama, in 1964, “Alabama” was influenced by the Gospel singing of his father at an early age, as well as his love for Chicago Blues. Alabama Mike is embarking upon a bright future. He is an artist that anybody that has any interest in the Blues will soon notice.

The CD features the talents of Steve Freund; RJ Misho, John Nemeth; Charles Wheal, Chris Burns as well as members of his band, Third Degree.



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Kathryn Leary
Consultant Strategist
Thought Leader




www.kathrynleary.com

Kathryn D. Leary is a writer, marketing and public relations consultant and former President & CEO of the Leary Group Inc., which specialized in international marketing and communications, trade development and executive training programs for global success.

As a strategic market entry specialist, she successfully guided numerous companies into the markets of Japan and South Africa, ranging from Estee Lauder to Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream. Kathryn recently served as special projects and communications coordinator for ESSENCE Magazine Editorial Director, Susan L. Taylor. There, she directed the launch of the first national African American Women's Political Action Committee, coordinated a fundraiser and New York outreach event for California Congresswoman Barbara Lee and interfaced with numerous civic and political leaders.

Kathryn frequently served as a lecturer on the topics of developing a global perspective, creating competitive business and communications strategies in the international marketplace, and preparing executives for success in global business. Internationally, Kathryn has presented lectures extensively for the United States Information Service, the Keidanren in Tokyo, International Women in Communications and the Japan Stanford Association, among others. Her success in the international marketplace has been documented in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, The Associated Press, Crain's New York Business, Selling Power Magazine, The Japan Times, Black Enterprise, Essence and JET. In August 1999, Kathryn appeared on the cover of Black Enterprise magazine, which featured her work in global markets. She was a guest of President Clinton at his 1993 inauguration and his dedication of the Ronald H. Brown Commercial Center in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1998.


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Thelma Houston
Grammy Legend



www.thelmahouston.com

Thelma Houston continues to celebrate her outstanding career and shows no signs of slowing down. This August 14th, Shout Factory Records, (distributed by Sony/BMG), released Thelma Houston's latest musical gift, "A Woman's Touch, Classics & More".

This spectacular CD features Thelma's rich interpretations of many classic R&B and pop recordings, originally made famous by such male vocalists as Luther Vandross, Rev. Al Green, Sting and Marvin Gaye.

A Mississippi native, Thelma started out in the 60's performing in gospel music with the Art Reynolds Singers. She then signed to Capitol Records (home of the Beatles, Nat King Cole and Nancy Wilson) in 1967 and had her first hit song called "Baby Mine" and then went on to sign with Motown Records where she released her first solo album called "Sunshower" which was written, arranged and produced by the legendary Jimmy Webb.

With Motown Records, Thelma claimed the top of the Pop, R&B and Dance charts with her high-powered rendition of "Don't Leave Me This Way". That Gold Record classic gave Thelma the distinction of being the first solo female artist at Motown to win the Grammy Award for "Best R&B Female Vocal Performance".

Recently Thelma has rocked Rockefeller Center on NBC's Today Show's and the summer music special "Hit Me Baby, One More Time" She dazzled ABC- TV's "Motown 45" and glittered at ABC- TV's "The Disco Ball". Along with Aretha Franklin & Mary Wilson, she raised the roof on "Love, Rhythm and Blues" for PBS. The legendary Nile Rogers called upon Thelma to be his "special guest" for a sold out concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Thelma also toured with CHER on her "Living Proof" concert tour and recently headlined at Harrah's in Las Vegas.

Known as a humanitarian for her charitable causes and her tireless efforts in the battle against AIDS, the City of West Hollywood proclaimed a special day as "Thelma Houston Day".

She has donated her talents to numerous charities including a recent performance at "Devine Design" for Project Angel Food, AIDS Project Los Angeles & the Minority AIDS Project, for which she donated her $20,000 winnings from the TV show "Hit Me Baby" to.

She has also been inducted into the "Dance Music Hall of Fame" in New York City and honored as an "Apollo Legend" on the syndicated hit TV show, "Showtime at the Apollo".

Thelma has appeared with Phoebe Snow, Chaka Khan, Mavis Staples and CeCe Peniston as the "Sisters of Glory" in New York City. This rousing performance received a special request to perform at The Vatican for The Pope.

With appearances from Tokyo, Las Vegas and London, Thelma continues to bring audiences to their feet with her dynamic, energetic show. This Diva logs over 200 performances annually and the singer/songwriter is enjoying every moment of her success, "I still feel a tremendous excitement about performing", states the upbeat songstress, "and I have so many more things I want to do".

Thelma lives in Los Angeles, Ca.




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3 Mo' Divas
Three of the Most Versatile Voices on the Planet



www.3modivas.com

3 Mo' Divas: A New Concert Smashing Musical Barriers is a thrilling evening of entertainment wrapped around a unique and proven concept! Seeing 3 Mo' Divas for the first time is an exhilarating experience! The three women are all classically trained vocalists and all possessing Class, Sass & Style. The discovery of their phenomenal vocal versatility is nothing short of astonishing! The concert delivers some stupefying, genre jumping feats that continue to amaze audiences: Including OPERA, BROADWAY, MOVIES, JAZZ, BLUES, SOUL, R&B, ROCK & ROLL, SPIRITUALS & GOSPEL. Like mysterious sweet surprises, you never know which divine Diva or which style of music might come next. It could be the extraordinarily gifted, Jamet "Smooth and Sexy" Pittman opting for an aria or crooning soul at the piano. Maybe you'll get Laurice "Take No Prisoners" Lanier shaking the rafters with blues or gospel or awe- inspiring "Super-Nova" Payton orbiting celestial Broadway notes or rockin' and rollin' like Tina Turner! Sometimes you get all three together in a heavenly musical combination that you won't soon forget! We know that audiences love discovering tomorrow's stars and they love witnessing amazing talent, so we invite you to DISCOVER A DIVA!

These classically trained ladies smash musical barriers by delivering 10 styles spanning 200 years of music in one concert! This amazing musical feat is accomplished by the same three women, all the while maintaining the integrity of each musical style. In other words, Opera sounds like Opera but Jazz sounds like Jazz and it all sounds like fun! VERSATILITY is the strength of these women and the strength of this concert! This time you can believe the hype! As the critics say, "This is truth in labeling: These three are the real thing!" The show's extraordinary musical range makes it attractive to an incredibly diverse audience not bound by age, gender or race. From Puccini to Proud Mary, no one is left out! The production is presented in a professionally staged, concert format. It opens with the singers showing off their critically acclaimed, classical skills; then they soon launch into the vocal versatility that makes them so unique. The entire evening takes the audience on a fantastic, memorable clap along, musical journey.

3 Mo' Divas is guaranteed to have audiences standing and cheering! The broad range of music allows the concert to deliver some all time musical favorites! An excellent concert for the entire family! Go ahead and wrap your musical taste around the divine 3 Mo' Divas: A New Concert Smashing Musical Barriers! - YOU DESERVE IT!
 


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Jacqueline Wales
Author/Life Coach


www.thefearlessfactor.com

What can you learn from a Black Belt Millionaire, mother of four and global nomad who earned her black belt in karate at age 49; has written five books, performed in front of thousands of people, and developed a system to help people go beyond the fears, doubts and anxieties that hold their lives in limitation instead of abundance? - Plenty!

Jacqueline Wales is an author, speaker and coach of The Fearless Factor, a motivational company for people who are ready to turn off the fear, self-doubt and anxiety and turn on the confidence so you can live your best life now. Her unique programs have helped women around the globe develop strong personal success, confident communication and clear visions of their goals.

She learned her motivational speaking skills on the steps of her tenement building in Scotland at the tender age of 9 advising neighborhood children how to stay out of fights, and eventually took up martial arts at 43. After earning a red belt in Tae Kwon Do, she switched disciplines and earned a black belt in karate at the age of 49.

Jacqueline is also the author of a semi-autobiographical novel When The Crow Sings, and recorded a CD of original songs written and produced by her called Secrets of the Sun. For five years she was lay-cantor for synagogues in Paris and Amsterdam during High Holiday services.

As host of her weekly radio show Fearlessly Speaking on Achieve Radio, and soon Women’s Radio, she enjoys meeting and having conversations with fabulous women.

By applying the skills she learned in over thirty years of making change in her own life, Jacqueline has gone on to achieve remarkable success after a lifetime of overcoming the odds.

She has appeared on many radio and television shows including PBS Night Business Report, ABC Business Week Weekend, Sirius Radio’s Be Happy Dammit with Karen Salmonson and Broad Minded on XM radio, Martha Stewart Living Radio, Dr. Pat Show, Louie Jones and Women Power Talk Radio among others.

Jacqueline presently spends her time between her home in Bali and New York City.



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Nikki Stone
Olympic Champion
Motivational Speaker


www.nikkistone.com

At the Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, Nikki Stone became America's first-ever Olympic Champion in the sport of inverted aerial skiing. What made this performance so unbelievable, was the fact that less than two years earlier, a chronic injury prevented her from standing, much less walking or skiing down a slope at almost 40 miles per hour. Nikki came dangerously close to being sidelined from aerial skiing indefinitely.

Her tenacity and refusal to step down from a challenge brought Nikki Stone back to the top of the freestyle skiing podium. This top spot was far from foreign to Nikki, as throughout her career she earned 35 World Cup medals, eleven World Cup titles, four national titles, two yearlong Aerial World Cup titles, and a World Championship title. She also became the first pure aerialist ever (male or female) to become the yearlong Overall Freestyle World Cup Champion.

Nikki now travels around the world working as a sought-after inspirational speaker sharing her secrets to success. She encourages and inspires her audiences to find their Turtle Effect by realizing their passions, triumphing over obstacles and take life- enhancing risks, like she did, to reach extraordinary goals that may initially seem unattainable. Nikki takes her audiences through a roller coaster of emotions where they are in tears one moment, rolls of laughter the next, and ready to stand up and cheer the very next. Nikki applies universal principals common to all Olympic champions and successful businessmen and women. All her speeches are customized to incorporate any personal themes, messages and issues that companies are looking to communicate to their employees.

Nikki's contributions span far beyond her professional careers, as she devotes time to charities such as "Right To Play", "The Make-A-Wish Foundation" & "Cancer Research", hosts group skiing adventures, and participates in numerous sponsor promotions for major national and international companies. She has also remained very involved philanthropically by sitting on eight different Olympic, sport, and charitable committee .

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Elder Wheeler Parker
Minister
Cousin of Emmett Till


A highly respected minister and community activist in Summit, IL, Elder Wheeler Parker is a living witness to one of the most sensational cases in the American Civil Rights movement.

In 1955 Parker, with his cousin, fourteen year old Emmett Till, traveled from Chicago to Mississippi for a summer vacation to visit their grandfather, Moses Wright. While in Mississippi, Emmett Till was murdered after speaking to a white woman in a store, an event that changed Wheeler Parker's life forever.

For Till, the trouble started at Bryant's meat market and grocery store in Money, Miss. Back then, most of the customers at this store were black workers from nearby cotton plantations. A white couple, Roy Bryant and his 21-year-old wife, Carolyn, owned the store. She was behind the counter the afternoon that Till , Parker and his cousins came in to buy some candy. As he was leaving the store, Till whistled at Carolyn, and she went to get a gun.

Till and his cousins raced home that day and hoped nothing would come of what Emmett had done. However, on the fourth day, early Sunday morning, Roy Bryant, Carolyn's husband, and J.W. Milam, Roy's half- brother, knocked on the door of Wright's home. They found Till in one of the bedrooms. As they were leaving, they threatened Wright that if he told anyone they would kill him. Three days later, Till's body was discovered in the Tallahatchie River. It was weighted down by a seventy-five pound cotton gin fan that was tied around Till's neck with barbed wire. His face was so mutilated that when Wright identified the body, he could only do so based on the ring that Till had been wearing. Soon Till's murder became an international story.

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Dr. Fran Harris
America's InPowerment Coach
Motivational Speaker/WNBA Champion



www.franharris.com

Energetic. Authentic. Funny. Smart. Caring. Those are just some of the recent adjectives used to describe Dr. Fran Harris. Few understand how to inspire, teach and transform people in a way that honors where they are yet challenges them to move in the direction of their wildest dreams. A recent seminar attendee had this to say about Dr. Fran: "She's just real. Powerful but so real. I sat there wishing I could hang out with her -- that's the kind of effect Fran has on people. I watched her be completely present with every person she spoke with, and that's rare."

Fran knew at an early age that her calling was to touch the lives of millions of people through her spiritually- centered ministry that focuses on inpowerment, entrepreneurship and service. She's traveled to over 30 countries, played professional basketball in Italy and Switzerland, and has endured her own share of highlights and lowlights including being on NCAA (University of Texas at Austin) and WNBA Championship (Houston Comets) teams to losing her mother at age 16 -- experiences for which she is profoundly grateful. These experiences and others give Fran a powerful and unique perspective on human potential.

 

 

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TSUFIT
Marketing Strategist/Author



www.stepintothespotlight.com

Described by Publisher's Weekly as a "coaching dynamo" and by the Toronto Star as "a starburst of energy - bright bubbly and upbeat", TSUFIT is a lawyer turned performer turned marketing strategist and coach.

She's the author of the hot new book, Step Into The Spotlight! --'Cause ALL Business is Show Business! , a provocative manifesto on how to get seen, how to get heard and how to catapult your brand or yourself into a starring role on the business stage.

A Dean's List Law School graduate who was once named a Super-achiever" by Canadian Lawyer Magazine, TSUFIT has appeared doing stand- up comedy in night clubs and on national TV. She's been a regular in a national TV show and has appeared in TV and film commercials, her music CD has made radio top album lists internationally and her unique story was the subject of a national TV documentary.

Step Into the Spotlight! is her first book and its been endorsed by Tom Peters, Al Ries, Jack Trout, Jay Conrad Levinson, Robert Cialdini and many other best selling authors and experts. Step Into The Spotlight! was recently named Award-Winning Finalist in The National Best Books 2008 Awards (Business: General & Business: Marketing categories) Sponsored by USA Book News TSUFIT is now a marketing consultant who coaches entrepreneurs, business owners, keynote speakers and CEOs to be stars! TSUFIT is in demand as a keynote speaker, TV show guest, seminar leader and mom (although she is not currently taking on any new clients in the last category!)


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Mel Carter
Legendary Vocalist



www.mel-carter.com

Mel Carter, the man responsible for giving the song "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me," a place in pop history, began his career in Cincinnati at the age of four when his grandmother held him up to the microphone in a penny arcade recording booth. As it turned out, it was 25 cents well-spent; the unpolished performance had an unmistakable element of raw talent etched into those crude grooves. From that point on, music proved to be Mel's destiny, as his career produced one hit single after another. Even to this day, Mel's version of "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me" has lost only 2% of it's playing ability since it's release 30 years ago and you can still hear this timeless classic played on the radio at least once a day somewhere around the world.

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Terence Blanchard
Grammy Award Winner
Humanitarian




www.terenceblanchard.com


Grammy Award winner, Terence Blanchard is one of the most important musician/composer/band leaders of his generation. His emotionally moving and technically refined playing is considered by many jazz aficionados to recall earlier jazz trumpet styles. We will be discussing his latest project, A Tale of God's Will(a requiem for katrina).

Since 2003, Blanchard has released two critically acclaimed albums, Bounce and Flow, the latter of which was nominated for two Grammys in 2006. An important jumpstart for A Tale of God's Will was director Spike Lee's decision to document the aftermath of Katrina on film,in what turned out to be the four-hour HBO documentary,

When The Levees Broke, which aired last year. Lee, who has enlisted Blanchard on numerous occasions to score his films, such as Mo' Better Blues, MalcolmX, The 25th Hour and Inside Man, tapped him once again for his documentary. Born March 13, 1962, in New Orleans, the young Blanchard was encouraged by his father, Joseph Oliver, to learn to play the piano. In the third grade he discovered jazz trumpet when a big band, featuring Alvin Alcorn on trumpet, played at a school assembly. In his teens Blanchard attended the New Orleans Center of Creative Arts, where he studied and played with saxophonist Donald Harrison. While performing with Lionel Hampton's bib band, he studied for two years at Rutgers University.

Harrison and Blanchard replaced Wynton and Branford Marsalis in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (1982) and the next years, as leaders, recorded New York Second Line. The recording won the French Grand prix du disque. The compositions and solo talents of Blanchard and Harrison on the disc New York Scene (1984) helped bring a Grammy to the Jazz Messengers. In 1984 the team formed their own quintet and made several recordings, including Discernment (1985) and Black Pearl (1988). Since 1991 Mr. Blanchard has made several recordings as bandleader, including The Heart Speaks (1996, Columbia/Sony). In recognition of his exemplary work as a trumpeter, bandleader, and composer, Terence Blanchard received three top awards from Down Beat Magazine for the year 2000: "Jazz Artist of the Year," "Jazz Album of the Year" for Wandering Moon, and "Jazz Trumpeter of the Year."

 

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Morris Pleasure
Multi-Instrumentalist/Songwriter/Producer


www.morrispleasure.com
 

Known affectionately as "Mo Pleasure", Mo began playing acoustic piano by ear at the age of four for family and friends, and by his early teens, had mastered several instruments, including bass, trumpet, guitar, drums and violin. While a music student at the University of Connecticut, Mo's mastery of the electric bass excelled to exceptional heights, ultimately catching the attention of the legendary Ray Charles, who, during a live performance, hired him for his 1984-1986 international tour.

Upon receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in music composition and arranging from UCONN in 1986, Mo graduated to pleasing a variety of audiences worldwide, has earned a multitude of accolades, the respect of his peers, and has performed continuously on various domestic and international artist tours, featuring George Duke, Natalie Cole, James Ingram, Dianne Reeves, Jonathan Butler, Rachelle Ferrell, Marion Meadows, Paula Abdul, Angela Bofill, Everette Harp and Marcus Miller, to name a few.

From 1989 through 1992, Mo has been both featured keyboardist and musical director with saxophonist Najee, pianist, Alex Bugnon, vocalists Philip Bailey, Patti Austin, Phil Perry, Miki Howard, Jon Lucien, and in 1993, became a member of Earth, Wind & Fire and the group's musical director in 1994. Currently touring with Janet Jackson's "All For You Tour", Mo is featured performing on keyboards, trumpet and guitar.

In addition to performing annually at various jazz festivals including Montreaux, North Sea, Aruba, St. Lucia, Cancun, Acapulco and Montreal, Mo's diverse and charismatic abilities shine as a featured pianist on Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and have been documented in numerous television and video appearances, including the BBC, Mad TV, BET, The Tonight Show, VIBE, ABC, American Music Awards, The Today Show, VH1, FOX and Rosie O'Donnell.

For the last decade, Mo's extensive discography of musical compositions have been memorialized through his publishing company "Moplay Music", which includes recording studio/CD credits with Gerald Albright, Maurice White, Sonny Emory, Marion Meadows, the "Brazilian Rain" single featured on "Urban Knights II", "Midnight Mood", the title cut on George Howard's final project, "Tokyo Blue" Najee's Gold/Best Jazz Album - 1991 Soul Train Music Awards" in addition to five songs on the most recent Earth, Wind & Fire CD "In TheName of Love." His movie soundtrack debut includes, the "Cruisin" single, featured in Spike Lee's "Get On The Bus" and "Talkin", co-written by Mo, featured in the Disney Movie, "Three Men And A Little Lady."

Mo's first offering as a solo artist is, Elements of Pleasure, which demonstrates his versatility as a multi-instrumentalist. The lyrical movement of the piano, the soulful sounds of the trumpet and flugelhorn and the funky rhythm of the bass are the elements that touch the heart, mind and soul. The music is a combined collaboration of instrumental funk and soulful vocals, reminiscent of his many musical influences. The CD features Philip Bailey on "Lover's Groove" and Michael McDonald, Oleta Adams and Peabo Bryson on "We Are One".  

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Janis F Kearney
Presidential Diarist (Pres. Clinton)
Author


www.writingourworldpress.com


Janis F. Kearney, writer, lecturer and literacy advocate, is one of 19 children born to Arkansas Delta Sharecroppers. She served as Personal Diarist to President William Jefferson Clinton for five years and as Director of the communications office of the U.S. Small Business Administration for two years. Before working for the Clinton-Gore Campaign in 1992, she published the award-winning Arkansas State Press Newspaper - founded by Arkansas civil rights legends, Daisy and L.C. Bates.

In 2001, she began a two-year W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship at Harvard University's Center for African and African American Studies. In 2004, she began a two-year Humanities Fellowship at Chicago's DePaul University Center for the Humanities. Kearney founded Writing our World Press in 2004, and published her first book, Cotton Field of Dreams: A Memoir, in January, 2005. Her second book, Conversations: William Jefferson Clinton from Hope to Harlem was recently released. Conversations, is an oral biography centered around conversations with black Americans throughout the country about President Clinton's legacy.

Her speaking tour has taken her across the country, and to the UK, where she lectures and discusses her memoir, and her life journey. She has appeared on national and local television, radio and print media outlets - including NPR, BBC, C-Span Book-TV, the Tavis Smiley Show, and local and regional ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox affiliates. Cotton Field of Dreams was listed on Jet, Essence, Ebony and Crisis Magazines' Best Seller and Books of Note lists.

Janis was one of the first recipients of the Silas Hunt Legacy Award from her alma mater, the University of Arkansas, in 2006. She was selected in 2003 as a History Maker and her life story is now included in the Chicago-based national African American archives. That same year, she received a PUSH for Excellence award for communications from Operation PUSH, headed by the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr.

 

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Sakai
Vocalist

You've heard her before, you just didn't know. Though her name might not sound familiar, Sakai's voice has probably already touched you. From being the first voice you hear on Celine Dion's "A New Day", to vocals on records with Oleta Adams, Curtis Mayfield and Tower of Power to live performances with Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, and Chaka Khan, Sakai is called on by the best.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Sakai has traveled the world sharing her gift of song and beauty. Her sophomore album expresses life, love and pain from a soul who has been touched by others and is now giving back through her music.

Known for her powerful voice and soaring ballads, her latest CD, "Dream Big" does not disappoint with the inspirational "Leap of Faith" and the ever optimistic title track "Dream Big." This album also dances with urban up-tempo jams and infectious mid tempo grooves, including "I Like" which is graced by the touch of D'wayne Wiggins of Tony!, Toni!,Tone´! on guitar.

Sakai is not just a studio artist. From opening for Goapele to opening for Frankie Beverly and Maze, to singing the National Anthem for the San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants, and the Oakland A's, to headlining SOLD-OUT shows at the prestigious Yoshi's, and with a LIVE album in the works, it is no wonder why Sakai was nominated for "BEST Neo- Soul LIVE performance!"


"Dream Big" - Best Neo Soul Recorded Performance
- Los Angeles Black Music Awards

Dream Big is a MUST for any Soul/R&B collection, "...Worthy of pressing the repeat button more than once."
-Billboard Magazine

"She's a gifted songwriter with the voice of an angel. One of the industry's hidden treasures."
-Michael Walden (Grammy Winning Producer)

You may not have heard of Sakai before, but that is about to change.

 www.sakaiworld.com
  www.myspace.com/sakaiworld

 

 



Lenora Billings-Harris
President of the National Speakers Association, Lecturer, Entrepreneur

Lenora Billings-Harris, is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), diversity consultant and author of The Diversity Advantage: A Guide to Making Diversity Work. With more than twenty five years of experience in the public and private sectors, Lenora has developed a unique way of presenting sensitive topics in a fun, thought-provoking and non- judgmental way. Her interactive style, and immediately applicable "how to's" have caused clients to invite her back again and again. She designs and delivers presentations and helps facilitate diversity initiatives for Fortune 500 companies as well as professional associations and educational institutions. Lenora is the 2006-2007 president of the National Speakers Association. She served as an adjunct professor for Arizona State University, and is currently on the adjunct faculty of the Bryan School of Business and Economics, University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Lenora has presented to audiences in South Africa, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Russia, Ukraine, Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, Canada and the South Pacific as well as all across the United States. Before founding Excel Development Systems, Inc. a full service diversity consulting firm, in 1986, Lenora held several key positions CIGNA, General Motors and the University of Michigan. ichigan.

www.lenoraspeaks.com


 
Mr. George C. Fraser

George C. Fraser is the author of two books, including the critically acclaimed bestseller, Success Runs In Our Race; The Complete Guide to Effective Networking in the African American Community. He is also the creator and publisher of the award winning Success Guide Worldwide: The Networking Guide to Black Resources. A 13th edition (250,000 copies) will be published next year.y acclaimed bestseller, Success Runs In Our Race; The Complete Guide to Effective Networking in the African American Community. He is also the creator and publisher of the award winning Success Guide Worldwide: The Networking Guide to Black Resources. A 13th edition (250,000 copies) will be published next year. year.

Many have called George a new voice for African Americans. He is considered by many to be one of the foremost authorities on networking and building effective relationships.

George Fraser is a frequent contributor to scholarly journals on a wide range of topics to include networking, business ethics, valuing diversity and economic development. He was recently featured in the New York Times bestseller; Masters of Networking along with Colin Powell. His 2nd book Race For Success; The Ten Best Business Opportunities for Blacks In America was published by the William Morrow Company, and selected as one of the ten best business books of the year by the Booklist.

Mr. Fraser is leading a national initiative to build an African American Business Hall of Fame and Museum and a university-based Center for the Advancement of African American Entrepreneurship. Currently 14 renowned leaders sit on the Board of Directors. Four thousand people recently attended its first annual Induction Ceremony/Dinner held in June 2002 in Cleveland, Ohio. Robert Johnson of BET, Oprah Winfrey, Cathy Hughes of Radio One, Clarence Smith and Edward Lewis of Essence Magazine and Berry Gordy of Motown were inducted into the Business Hall of Fame in a nationally televised (The Word Network) program and ceremony.

Mr. Fraser is the founder and executive producer of an annual Power Networking Conference, one of Black America’s largest gathering (17,000) of professionals, business owners and community leaders. The Conference features numerous workshops on networking and relationship skills building, top motivational speakers and a Business Opportunity Exposition. It is extensively covered by the national media to include; C-Span, The Word Network, New York Times, Ebony, Jet, and Black Enterprise Magazine.

His words and ideas have been taped and televised. Over the last decade the prestigious publication Vital Speeches of the Day has selected five of Mr. Fraser’s speeches to be reprinted and distributed worldwide, a first for any professional speaker in America. UPSCALE magazine name him one of the top 50 power brokers in Black America.

Black Enterprise Magazine called him Black America’s #1 networker and featured him on its cover.
 



Melba Moore
Entertainer 

 

Melba Moore, continues on her remarkable journey with the release of Jesus..., the brand new CD from the Tony Award winning and inspiring vocalist. Her second recording in 12 years contains the encouraging title track "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" and also contains moving songs such as "Call Me," and "Praise Yah".

This is the follow-up to her first gospel recording, I'm Still Here, which was written and produced by Shirley Murdock and her husband Dale Degrot, in addition to several top notch songwriters.

This awesome musical testimony of her trials and triumphant solidified her return to the elite inner circle of the artistic elements of this universe.

"Sweet Songs of the Soul," her two act one-woman play with music has been touted by critics as "Brilliant," "Authentic," "Inspiring," "Poignant," as well as proof that not only can she sing anything from "Gospel" to "Opera," but that she is absolutely gifted as a storyteller; literally mesmerizing her audiences!

She began her career in the ground breaking musical "Hair," where she originated the role of Dionne. During her 18 months in the show, she eventually replaced Dianne Keaton; becoming the first black actress to replace a white actress is a lead role on Broadway. Tony Award winner Melba Moore, who is currently co-starring in the national tour of Brooklyn, the Musical.

Her credits include "The Melba Moore / Clifton Davis Show," the mini-series "Ellis Island," R & B and Pop hits "This Is It," "You Stepped Into My Life," and her Grammy nominated signature song, "Lean On Me." Her 1990 recording of "Lift Every Voice and Sing," was instrumental in having the song entered into the Congressional Record as the official African American National Anthem.

Directly on the heels of "Hair," came the role of Lutiebelle Gussiemae Jenkins, the innocent southern domestic who falls in love with a fast-talking preacher, in the long running musical, "Purlie," the role which launched her successful TV and recording career. Her show-stopping performance in "Purlie", won Melba the Tony Award for Best Supporting Actress In A Musical, again making her the first black actress to do so. In 1996 history repeated itself the third time when Melba took over the role of "Fantine" in the Broadway musical "Les Miserables." She was the first Black actress to step into the leading role in that milestone Broadway musical.  Ms. Moore is deeply spiritual, seeking daily wisdom from the Bible. She is an ardent advocate for the rights of children resulting in her "Melba Moore Foundation for Abused & Neglected Children."

This multifaceted artist / philanthropist is always reaching deeper, pressing harder, ever challenging herself; keeping her audience on the edge of their seats, knowing that whatever happens next will be at least, as exciting as what happened before.

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www.melbamoore.com



 





Simone G. Parker
Author, Acronologist
KRS-ONE
"The Teacha", Hip Hop Legend

In 1999, Simone G. Parker, wife and mother of four, had a startling revelation! While traveling, reading, and attending various church services seeking spiritual enrichment, she began to hear unexplainable thought provoking messages that would come to her in the form of acronyms. "My first acronym came to me while traveling cross country with my husband on a business trip. It was S.P.I.R.I.T. Something Pressing Inside Revealing Its Truth. From that moment on, I saw a hidden message within almost every word."align="left">After sharing this gift and inspiring family and friends, Parker then learned that her first name, "Simone," when translated into Hebrew means one who hears. At that pivotal moment, she realized that the hidden values revealed to her in the form of acronyms were a gift from God and that they could be used as a vehicle to shower the spirit by leading others to spiritual peace, clarity and enlightenment.tenment.
Acronologist/Prophetess Parker (as those who are inspired by her words affectionately call her) has recorded over 1000 original spiritual acronyms. In addition to spiritual acronyms, Parker has developed practical inspirational strategies for daily living.

Krist Parker aka KRS-ONE (Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone), is the embodiment of the philosophical, sociological and political worldview espoused originally by those that participate in Hip Hop's culture.

KRS-ONE is presently one of the most outspoken leaders of Hip Hop's culture and politics. Having lectured at over 500 universities and colleges over a 15-year period, KRS-ONE has been honored by the United Nations, VH-1, Billboard Magazine, the Source magazine, the Riverside Church in New York, Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University and Oxford University students and professors in England. His integration of Hip Hop and metaphysical knowledge resonates throughout his music, lectures, and writings and the Hip Hop community can't get enough of it. Not only is KRS-ONE widely considered the best live Hip Hop Emcee of all time, respectfully Ja Rule, P Diddy, Snoop Dogg, Nas, Jennifer Lopez, Jay-Z, Sublime, Mos Def, Dr. Dre are among those that have either sampled or covered KRS-ONE's classic rap material.

www.simonegparker.com

www.templeofhiphop.org



 


 




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