Men

A Conversation with DJ Jazzy Joyce

Often times when we think "Legend" in the music, artist and DJ realm, we typically focus on men. However, this individual is an exception to the rule. It was my honor to sit down and have a conversation with DJ Jazzy Joyce.

Hailing from The Bronx (my hometown), this phenomenal woman has been in the game of DJing since she was a little girl. So, young that her mom had to take her to parties/events.

Hip Hop is her steelo, but she has never limited herself to just that. She has allowed the music to take her and the audience wherever they want to go and thus a good time is had by all. Joyce shared her experiences with that has spanned over 40 years. Never tired of growing and staying relevant, she keeps her eyes and ears open as to how music has changed. She throws no shade as she understands it all.

She lets us know that it's all about expression and being able to be free to express yourself is essential. Not only a DJ, but an artist as well, she paints and designs her own clothing line. Pieces that need to be hung in a gallery and/or museum. Let's not take for granted this one as she's still here willing to ROCK the party & part some wisdom for those that want to hear it.

Real Chicks Rock!™ Salutes DJ Jazzy Joyce... A Living Legend!

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A Closer Look Into Fusicology...

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Asya Shein is a dynamo! She has been around the music industry for over 20 years and has met and/or worked with several different artists.

Starting out as a dancer and then managing different artists, let's us know how interesting her journey has been. Her key contribution has been Fusicology which has become a one stop shop for all information for concerts, shows, and events for Neo Soul, Soul, Hip Hop & House all over the country.

Providing a free online tool that can be used to share and promote information about events, concerts and shows have been an excellent alternative to online ticketing systems. Again, it's free and can you can't purchase any tickets through Fusicology but you'll be informed as to what's going on you in your city.

After celebrating its 15 year this year, there is no indication of it stopping or slowing down any time soon.

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The Gospel According to Jessica Care Moore

Some people are good at doing some things and then there are some that are great at doing almost everything they put their hands on. This dynamo lady that hails from Detroit, Michigan is no different. Jessica Care Moore can almost do it all. Well, whatever she puts her mind, heart and hands to do she does well.

What’s Life Like Living with Lupus?

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Often times we think about Cancer and Diabetes as diseases that impact us the most.  Well, we shouldn’t disregard the power that Lupus has on the individuals it tries to attack. 

RCR! Presents Real Discussions talked about What’s Life Like Living with Lupus with two women who refuse to lose.  They are not just survivors, but winners.  My guests Joelle May and Adrienne Allende have decided they would not lose in the daily battle with Lupus.  These ladies have decided to win each new day that they’re given. Yes, it’s like that! It’s a daily decision to want to beat it and not give in to how you might be feeling.


The interesting thing about this is that both of these women were diagnosed with Lupus at different times in their lives not knowing that they had anything wrong with them to begin with.


It has changed them both immensely where some of things that wanted to do and/or used to do can no longer be considered an option. Having children, relationships, careers, etc. are we’re tough decisions that had to made in order to focus on their health each and everyday.


Lupus is a complicated and unpredictable disease. You don’t know when symptoms will strike or how long a flare could last. The uncertainty of how you can be impacted will very from day to day and throughout the course of the day.  To make a donation to the local chapters, go Lupus.org.


Feel free to learn more about Lupus and the women who have decided to fight everyday on the Real Chicks Rock! YouTube channel.


Remember...

~ To connect with those that inspire you.

~ To continue to put in the work because quality is priceless. 

~ It’s never too late to learn especially from your own mistakes.

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Special Edition - A Conversation with Josh Milan

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What can you say about someone who can do it all?


RCR! Presents Real Discussions was honored to have A Conversation with Josh Milan.  He was transparent about his love, likes and some struggles with music.  His struggle: He wanted to become a musician...YES. However, wanting to be a singer...NO.


Born in Brooklyn, NY, Josh shared with us some key things that helped to mold him into the man we see and hear today.  From his influential cousin to a business turned friendship he still has to this day with a musical icon.


He’s very good at what he does and is committed to it. As he continues to love the power of writing music, we will continue to hear beautiful lyrics and melodies from this gentleman from his label HoneyComb music.


Remember...

~ To connect with those that inspire you.

~ To continue to put in the work because quality is priceless. 

~ It’s never too late to learn especially from your own mistakes.


Until next time, continue to...#ROCKon

Josh Milan Honeycomb Music - http://www.honeycombmusicstore.com/

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The Power of Small Business

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Running and managing anything is never a small feet so when you have to manage a business, you really have your hands full.  As a small business owner myself, I tend to feel the difficulties of managing every and yet still come out in the black. I haven’t mastered that yet but it’s a goal I’ve never lost sight of.


The Power of Small Businesses was the topic as we’ve had some creative, self motivated women entrepreneurs that are clear on how to stay successful in the market place. They both offer unique services and produces which keeps their customers coming back.


Nikki Porcher and Shannon Evans are two vibrant business owners who are making their way here in Atlanta.  Shannon owning an event space and restaurant and Nikki providing Black women an outlet to promote their own business and products. While other women look to buy from them. It’s collaborative economics at it’s best.


Their message to the masses is not to be discouraged about any obstacles but to keep going. They want people to think out of the box, know and believe that it’s possible. Write it down in a business plan and be comfortable in changing/updating it when needed.


For more about their stories, feel free to check the show out on the Real Chicks Rock! Channel on YouTube.

Check out the episode - The Power of Small Business on the Real Chicks Rock YouTube channel and stay connected to these ladies.

Nikki Porcher - Buy From a Black Woman

Shannon Evans - Shannon S. Evans - Studio 7

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Our Mental Health

People come in all different shells, templates and forms. None of which can help determine if mental illness is being challenged or at risk.  People have learned to how to cope, maneuver and get by with whatever state of mind they might be in.

Mental health is a serious topic, but yet still continues to be taken lightly.  RCR! Presents Real Discussions discussed this topic with two experienced therapists within the mental health industry.

Erica Strayhorn James of EJ Counseling and Nathalie Ellis of Esteem Counseling Services were very knowledgeable about the different types and forms of mental illness.  What I found to be interesting is that they have clients that are young as 3 years old. The ladies had several examples that they shared to help enlighten us about what mental health is really all about.

A few things that are helpful in dealing with mental illness is journaling daily. This will help in expressing what the person is feeling and dealing with. 
Equipping people with information and educating the person about their choices, outlets and strategies are a good practice. Lastly, just practicing self care routines everyday will also help combat in battling mental illness.

It’s also helpful to involve loved ones in the educational process. Like any other illness, getting love and support will help manage any situation better.  

Keep in mind that individuals can get to see a therapist just like seeing a primary care physician.  Don’t struggle to get mental wellness on your own.  

Check out the episode - Our Mental Wellness on the Real Chicks Rock YouTube channel and reach out to these ladies or other mental health professionals or therapists

Erica James Licensed Marriage & Family Counselor - https://www.ejcounselingatl.com/meet-erica

Nathalie D. Ellis, LPC - https://esteemcounselingservices.com/about-us/

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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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Health and Wellness

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Health and Wellness are 2 words, we like to see go hand and hand. Especially, when it’s the beginning of a new year.

We are becoming more and more aware of our food options and choices. The pesticides and steroids that are placed on and in our foods are unacceptable.

Chef Jamel Thompson and Jackie and Janae Madison were very passionate about what we eat, how it’s prepared, the portions and making sure we exercise.

Chef Jamel brings a vast amount of information to the discussion.  He studied and received his degree
His vegan food leaves your mouth wanting for more as the taste is incredible.

Jackie and Janae Madison is a mother and daughter combination that enjoys exercising and stay well together. The 6-year-old Janae holds her Mom accountable by making sure they exercise every day together. Jackie coaches people to eat appropriate portions. Both Jackie and Jamel would agree that if you’re going to eat meat, make sure it’s a good cut and the right portion. Don’t overdo it.

Both these professionals can now offer help on what and how to eat. Most people would agree that all the exercising will be without value without the proper diet and food portions to go with it. Everyone one is different, so govern yourselves accordingly.

Here’s to wishing you and yours nothing but health and wellness in 2018 and the years to come

#ROCKon

 

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Remember to...

- Make decisions about what and how you eat food that best suits you.

- You gotta keep moving, stay active and mobile.

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New Jack Jingle Jam and Toy Drive

Something happens when we take a moment to give especially to children.  

Real Chicks Rock!™ was honored to collaborate this past weekend with Shuffle and Repeat for their New Jack Swing Toy Drive.  It was rescheduled due to snow in Atlanta 2 weeks ago, which made it more exciting as the event was held with only 2 days before Christmas.  The room was filled with good music, good vibes and good times.  At the end of the event, several toys were collected and some sacrificed coming out when they were not feeling their best.  We appreciate that kind of dedication and support to help others, especially during this time of year. 

Thank you to everyone that came, gave toys, made a donation and had a good time with us. The box was filled with toys that will be donated to children of domestic violence survivors from the Powerful Beginnings organization. 

Remember...


No matter how small the gift is, if it comes from a good place it will make a BIG difference.
Enjoy the REASON for the season and continue to... #ROCKon

 


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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.

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#TheClickATLOn RCR! Presents Real Discussions, our guests were:

Melissa Meli-Mel Alexander: http://www.phyllisiller.com/

Maurice Thompson: ClickArtist Media

Demetrius Williams: http://www.usphotog.com/

 

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Hosting The Tambor Party...

Hosting The Tambor Party…

I’ve always been drawn to house music.  It’s a love of mine and I’ve been fortunate to find it here in Atlanta.  A few years ago, I found this underground house party called Tambor.  Just after the 1st visit, I became a member and attended the parties monthly.  After a few years, I had the opportunity to join the Tambor Party Team and it’s been a great experience.  But what takes it to another level for me is when the founder and curator of Tambor – Stan Zeff feels comfortable enough to have the party go on while being out of the country.  Now, that’s humbling and we had no other choice but to prove that he was right in keeping the party going.  A good time was had by all and we give thanks for having the opportunity to be the host.  

 

Takeaway – Operate with integrity and be professional and you’ll be amazed by how 'The Universe' will bless you.

The Power of Writing ~ An Author’s Perspective

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These Women Have Something To Say...

The topic: The Power of Writing ~ An Author’s Perspective on RCR! Presents Real Discussions on Sunday was filled with laughs, smiles, and eye-opening information. My guests Fonda Clayton Smith and Joyce Reed were very transparent in their process of being an author.

They identified the pros and cons as well as the process in getting your book published. Using writing and becoming an author has helped in being an extension of their voice.

We give many heartfelt thanks ...
For everyone who tuned in. 
For the likes, the shares and spreading the word. 
To my guests for taking time out of their busy schedules to come and share with the masses.
To Instinct Radio for allowing Real Discussions to have a home.

Remember...
~ Use writing to help write your truth.
~ Use writing to let your voice be heard.
~ Use writing to be extension of yourself, your brand and your product.

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A Night Filled with Purple Promises

A Night filled with Purple Promises...

Purple has always been my favorite color and sees it on a sea of empowered women always puts a smile on my face. The date was Saturday, October 14, 2017. The location Columbus, GA Trade and Convention Center. The Event is Purple Promises Domestic Violence Awareness Gala. 

Women and men gathered in one place for a night of celebration, newness, and life. Everyone looked beautiful as the pictures were being taken, compliments were given and hugs were exchanged. Twelve (12) women were honored for their commitment to change for themselves by saying no more to enduring a domestic violence situation. 

Founder of Powerful Beginnings ~ Monika Thornton was no exception to the rule. As a domestic violence survivor herself, when she made the decision to endure it any longer, she knew she wanted to help others once they made the transition not to go back. 

Powerful Beginnings have been doing some impactful things in the Columbus, GA area so when they asked me to be the Mistress of Ceremonies, I couldn't resist. It was a wonderful night and experience for me. Meeting wonderful people, both survivors and supporters made it a night to remember.

Empowering Our Young Girls

Our Young Girls Have The Power... 


This past Sunday, on RCR! Presents Real Discussions, we identified some of the challenges and opportunities in dealing with our young girls.

 

The Topic: Empowering Our Young Girls


My guests Lynda Lee Osbourne and Katina Cunningham were filled with ideas, solutions, and programs that could help our young girls navigate through this thing called life. 


Feel free to check out part 1 and 2 of the show on my Facebook timeline and/or the Real Chicks Rock!™ YouTube Channel.


Thanks to Instinct Radio letting us have the dialogue.

 

Thank you, Lynda and Katina, for being so passionate about what you do, developing programs that promote character building and technical skills. We look forward to hearing more about your upcoming programs and supporting it any way we can. 

Until next time...


Don’t give our children a lot of responsibility and take it back when it’s convenient for you. 


Have conversations with your children on a regular and/or daily basis.


Create the change you want to see not only for your own children but for others as well. 


And remember to continue to...#ROCKon