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The Many Phases of Cancer

The Many Phases of Cancer.

 

We have the audacity to think that when people have cancer, they should begin to look a certain way. Especially when they have stage 4 cancer. We have a lot of nerve.

 

Nickole Justice and Deborah Huddleston don’t look sick at all. They are two beautiful women, they are mothers and they are dealing with stage 4 cancer.

 

Neither one of the women knew that they had cancer. They weren’t feeling well and went to the doctor. For Nickole, they told her that she was too young to have cancer. Therefore, the opportunity to diagnose her cancer early and catch it was missed. Deborah had been running her own business, took care of many and carried on her day to day routine. She too wasn’t feeling well one day and decided to go and get checked out.

 

You can only imagine that this was life changing for both women. Their jobs. Their careers. Their families impacted. These ladies don’t have time to be scared because they are in a fight for their lives every day.

 

Healthcare that’s afforded to them is not enough and it’s a constant battle to acquire and maintain coverage.  Their families have stepped in to help provide the support they need. And yet they still fight. They won’t quit. They want to live. 

 

Despite everything that was thrown at them, they were winning until we lost one of them.  On Sunday, June 10, 2018, we lost Nickole Justice to stage 4 cancer. She leaves behind her 10-year daughter nicknamed Nurse Peaches, her parents, family, and friends. It was my honor to meet her and have her and Deborah on RCR! Presents Real Discussions on Sunday, May 20th.   We extend our prayer and condolences to her family and we’re so thankful to have met her.

Thank you Nickole for sharing your battle with us, it will be used to help others.

 

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A Conversation with Stacey DJHotWaxx Hale

The Waxx, The Waxx, And Nothing But The Waxx...

In my recent years, I've come across a few DJs and some leave their mark.  This one is no exception.  DJ Stacey Hotwaxx Hale is a bad girl because she plays as if her life depends on it. This talented DJ and Producer has been involved with music since she was a little girl.  One of the 1st woman to mix and spin on reel to reel in Detroit.  

This woman had many 1st and remains just as humble about it all.  Her life story has always involved music.  Detroit is her home and will always be.  In my conversation with Stacey, she shared a lot of stories, experiences, her love for buying vinyl and shouted a lot of people out.

Stacey is not only passionate about music, but she’s also passionate about passing on all that she knows to others.  She’s a teacher, a motivator, a giver and a passionate person.  This lady is one of the kind and will be remembered for all that she's done.

What a night! We’d like to thank everyone that came out to support The Connection- Behind The Groove Event where proceeds went to MS. Every little bit will help to make a big difference.

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The Art of Photography

 

Topic: The Art of Photography


Gotta Give Thanks For What They See...

What better way to bring in the holidays than to talk with creative beings, that look through their lenses to see everyone’s beauty.  RCR! Presents Real Discussions, our guests were Melissa Alexander, Maurice Thompson and Demetrius Williams – Topic: The Art of Photography.

It was insightful, filled with laughs and infused with next level goals. It was an opportunity to give those who are hardly in front of the camera, to have a voice and talk about the ART of it all.  Their span of work has touched music festivals, events, galas, documentaries, videos, still portraits and action shots.  They have captured people, places and things that resonates with their lenses as a piece of art.  Their visuals contributions have been appreciated as it targets people of color and the beauty that they carry.

We want thank our guests for what they do and their contributions to our communities. Thanks to everyone who listened in, liked, commented and shared the show. Thanks to Instinct Radio for letting us come through for the afternoon. 

If you missed the discussion, feel free to check out on the Real Chicks Rock YouTube Channel.

Remember to...

~ Embrace your beauty.
~ Capture more moments.
~ Support the Arts and the people who are passionate about it.

Until next time, continue to...#ROCKon

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A Day For Women Entrepreneurs

A Day For Women Entrepreneurs

When women from all walks of life come together to support each other in the area of their business, it becomes a day that will stay with you for quite some time. 

Let's Hear It One Time for Da' Funk...

A Conversation with Jason Orr was the topic for this past Sunday on RCR! Presents Real Discussions. Jason has always claimed Atlanta as his home and has seen it continue to grow over the years. Born in Savannah, GA and raised in the A. He was always a creative being and loved it when he was sent to his room so he could continue to create. 

In the early years, he was a dancer in group winning talent shows, he learned about lighting, production and the list goes on and on.  His love of music was always there. However, when his mom took him to legendary concerts and shows, that's when his mind was blown. 

You'll have to check out the interview to hear how FunkJazz Kafe® was birthed, all the people that Jason gives credit to and where his inspiration came from.  His film FunkJazz Kafe® ~ Diary of a Decade is a critically acclaimed must see so, when it comes to your city, don't miss it. It captures 10 out of the 23 years of the FunkJazz Kafe® era. 

Thank you, Jason Orr, for sharing and spending time with us. Thanks to Instinct Radio for letting us break this bread on air.  And thanks to you, you and YOU for listening, liking, sharing and showing support. 

Feel free to view all 3 parts of this conversation on my timeline or on the Real Chicks Rock!™ YouTube Channel.

Remember to...

~ Keep forms of inspiration close to your soul.
~ Either get your mind blown or blow minds.
~ Work on things that could leave a legacy.

Until next time, continue to...#ROCKon 

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A Conversation with Ken Rye - The Strategy Guy

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Topic: A Conversation with Ken Rye. Aired on September 17, 2017.

Ladies and Gentlemen, please meet Ken Rye ~ The Strategy Guy! 

I was fortunate that our schedules aligned and I was able to have A Conversation With Ken Rye on RCR! Presents Real Discussions. This one put me in a humble position because not only was I a fan of his when he was WCLK 91.9 FM here in Atlanta, but he also became my mentor.  His early days at the radio station taught him well as he met some of the most influential artists in the business.  His radio and business partner Ken Beatty also played a significant part in Ken's life. This year reflects 10 years since Ken Beatty has passed, however, his presence and words of wisdom live with Ken today. 

Ken has the ability to constantly see talented, skilled individuals and provide strategic suggestions that take their brand to the next level.  He gets it and understands what drives markets, global presence, and brand recognition. 

Working for major corporations was his focal point as well as bringing live shows to the Atlanta area.  Ken believes that the connections between an audience, the artist, and the music make it all magical. 

Now, Ken Rye and I work together in producing live shows and entertainment under his brand Hot Ice Live. 


There's so much to say about this guy from his early days in Detroit, growing up in Chicago and then his Morehouse years in Atlanta. Marketing, Strategic Planning and his love for music all make up the man we know and see working with so many today. He's got history, stories and loads experience to paint the picture of Atlanta, various artists and the world of entertainment. 

Go check out the full interview on the Real Chicks Rock!™ YouTube Channel.

Special thanks to Ken Rye for coming by and spending some time with me. Thanks to Instinct Radio for giving us the space and time to have the interview. 

Remember to... 

~Take every opportunity to build relationships.
~ Leave people with a good experience. 
~ Make every step lead you towards becoming legendary. 

Until next time, continue to... #ROCKon 

A Conversation with Lil' Louis

RCR! Presents Real Discussions Special Edition Show

Special Edition of Real Chicks Rock - RCR! Presents Real Discussions Radio Show

Show Air Date: 08/29/2017

Compromising is NOT an option...

It was an insightful, informative and inspiring conversation with what he considers himself as The Founding Father of House, Lil Louis. He's was in Atlanta for his album review and afterparty and came by to talk with me on the Special Edition of RCR! Presents Real Discussions.

The stories, the parties, the music and his love and respect for the his mom and dad were felt throughout the conversation. He started deejaying at an early age and fell in love with how the room came under a place of authority once they heard Kool and The Gang's Jungle Boogie. From that point, he knew that he and music would be connected.

He was an athlete, a straight 'A' student and musician. He was doing a lot at a young age but he felt that's what he needed to do in order to use all the gifts he has. He lives and moves in a space where using all his gifts has a sense of urgency. He will not compromise who he is as an artist and advised the listeners to do the same.

Take a moment to listen to the full interview on Real Chicks Rock! You Tube channel.

Thanks to Lil Louis for taking time out of his busy schedule to come by and share. Shoutout to Instinct Radio for giving me the time and space. Special shoutouts go to WildPitch for making this happen.

Remember...

There is no box so, work on who you are, stay creative, stay unique and continue to... #ROCKon

 

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A Conversation with Kathleen Bertrand

Some people have the ability to make things look easy, classy and appear seamless with effort. Fortunately, Kathleen Bertrand is one of those people.

As a child, Kathleen knew early on that she loved music and was even more intrigued with all the 'behind the scene' details that are needed to do things right.

Kathleen has had a beautiful career as a singer and songwriter. This didn't happen overnight but has spanned over 30 years as an artist. She has worked with and performed with so many from Roy Ayers to Chaka Khan and more.

When you have someone that has been singing for over 30 years, you must know that travel comes with it. Her beautiful voice and professionalism have taken around the world. Even with that, Atlanta has will continue to be her home.  This talented mother of 4, has no signs of slowing down. In her mind, there's lots of good music the perform, share and give. 

 

“Music is the healing force of the universe.”
— Albert Ayler

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A Conversation with N'Dea Davenport

Music is The Key to...LIFE! 


I always start off my show by saying "How super excited I am" and this show was no different.


My first guest was so soulfully funky, sassy and intelligent. Her name is N'Dea Davenport. N'Dea was a triple threat early on...singer, dancer, and actress. She never wanted to compromise what her goals and objectives were. She had several opportunities to sing background vocals from Al Jarreau to Madonna. ...singer, dancer, and actress. She never wanted to compromise what her goals and objectives were. She had several opportunities to sing background vocals from Al Jarreau to Madonna. 


N'Dea knew what she needed to do and was willing to take the risks. She stuck with her goals and dreams from Atlanta to California to Europe. Been signed on a record label early on, she met this amazing group of guys that formed The Brand New Heavies. Their chemistry mixed well where N'Dea brought the right type of vocals that worked extremely well with the band's sound. 
Being a singer/songwriter opened different doors and opportunities for N'Dea as she's worked with several people from Natalie Merchant to Louie Vega. Now, noticing the changes in the industry, she's working on a project that will introduce a vibrant way to listen, dance and interact with music. 

 

 

 

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The Importance of Self Care

RCR! Presents Episode 50

The Importance of Self Care…

It sounds so simple, but yet overlooked.  Often times, we get up and go without taking enough time to ensure that we’re applying the proper self-care for ourselves.  We need to be able to ensure that the necessary steps are taken in order to keep ourselves strengthen on a daily basis.

As people of color, our day to day struggles, opportunities and/or challenges can tend to be different than what other races and cultures might be faced with.  It’s unfortunate, however, very real.  Our thoughts consist of dealing with micro aggression in the workplace, chronic stress and climate changes and challenges within the current society.  We are a resilient people, however, we still need to provide self-care.  It could be as small as eating more vegetables, taking breaks throughout the day to stretch more or going to be early.  These are just a few small, simple and yet significant ones that can be incorporated.  

The SisterCARE Alliance is designed to give people (both men and women) the tools needed to begin a self-care regimen and lifestyle.  The majority of the recipients are women, however, men have been on board and supportive as well.  Anana Harris Parris, Founder of Sister Alliance spoke of this vision as she was going through her own discovery in need of self-care.  The self-care guide titled 'Self-Care Matters – A Revolutionary’s Approach' helps individuals address and undercover all areas that are needed.  By taking one step at a time, having someone hold you accountable and seeing your growth from one week to the next is what it’s all about.  The goal is for individuals to adapt to a self-care revolution; owning what they need and being able to identify those critical needs on a daily basis.  

 

For more information about obtaining a self-care revolutionary life, go to www.sisterCareAlliance.org or send an email to sistercarealliance@gmail.com. 

 

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Topic: The Importance of Self Care Show Air Date: 7/6/17 Show Guests: Anana Harris Parris, Attorney Candice D. Mckinley, and Sharon Goddard Be Aware Of Your Own Self Care... We may not think it's important or we may not know where to begin but incorporating self-care steps for your life helps improve the quality of your life.

 

 

The Life of A Visual Artist

The Life of A Visual Artist

The life of a visual artist.

Being an artist is one thing, however, being a very talented and forward thinking artist is something else. To know that you have a gift and present it to the right audience, can also become a challenge.

A visual artist wants the ability not to be boxed in doing what people think they should be or what they should do. They merely have a creative thought and want to express it on anything they can put their hands on canvas, paper, walls and as well as clothing.

Phyllis Robinson knew she was an artist since she was 3 years old. Being a shy person, she looked to art to be an outlet to help in expressing herself. Her work is more reflective of the contemporary side, the revolutionary size, the political side.  Phyllis has since realized that her art has a voice and it must be seen and heard.

Lisa Lee had recently discovered her visual talent side about 8 months ago. She was drawing previously and stopped due to becoming a wife and mother at the time. Now, that her home landscape has changed, she feels that the rediscovery of her skills and love for visual art has come directly from GOD as a second chance at it.


These ladies brought their passion and their sense of humor to RCR! Presents Real Discussions to our show a few weeks back. They shared with us what it's like to have this gift and not necessarily know what to do with it at first. Then, over time and experience, they've learned to accept it and not compromise it.

Attending art shows and gallery's, they've found that they often times are the only females there and/or Black as well. It hasn't stopped them in continuing to pursue what gives them joy. Being a visual artist has not only blessed their souls but also those that have their art on the walls.

Be sure to get some art in your life. Check out PAR.Art LLC and Lisa Lee Artistry and get an original piece of art today.  Art LLC and Lisa Lee Artistry and get an original piece of art today.

We wish them both continued success and remember to...

~ Never let people stop you from doing what you love and what gives you life.
~ Art is a form of expression and when done right, it touches someone's heart and soul.
~ It doesn't matter when or where you start, just start.

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One year Anniversary Episode #46

Topic:  The Ladies Who Sing House - Miranda Nicole


Show Air Date - 4/16/17


How does someone who lives in both California and Atlanta know about house music at a young age?  They typically don't unless they have music around them all the time.  Having a dad that owned a record store that had access to all types of music was ideal.  Miranda started singing when she was young, but being a songwriter was the lane she wanted to reside in.  

After a few successfully talent shows, she realized that being a singer felt right.  She listened to various different artists and all types of music.  She really enjoyed listening to CeCe Peniston as one of her favorites but had no idea that she was listening to House Music. Singing this type of genre felt right for her, however, she didn't want to box herself in and limit her style.  

Enters in Glamsoul which is a feeling, a sound and a look that Miranda has developed years ago.  When she sings, she wants you to feel it, hear it and see it. 


Miranda has a soulful sound that sounds great over the music and becomes even more delicious when remixed.  The world is hers as she continues to write and sing her own music. Keep a close eye on her as she continues to bring you the world the way she sees it through song.

 

And until next time, always continue to #ROCKon

The Regina Sunshine Show

Today's discussion on The Regina Sunshine Show will be Loving The Skin I'm In on Instinct Radio. Tune in 12 noon to 2 pm as the guest will include cohost and founder of Teen Mentoring Organization Loving The Skin I'm In Regardless, Angie Lomax-Lee, Desiree Germaine Glover of Twin of a Kind, Kristen Culbreath Web & Graphic Designer from Sheen Magazine and myself. Download the Instinct Radio App or watch and listen live atwww.InstinctRadio.net.