Ancel Pratt III, is one of South Florida's brightest community leaders and author. He served the community for 8 years working for the Miami HEAT. He was recently acquired by Wade's World Foundation to serve as the Project Manager for their Miami office. Ancel has over 12 years of event production, marketing and project management experience.
Besides his professional career in sports, Ancel is highly involved in volunteerism and giving back to the community. He has worked with non-profit organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, His House Children's Home, and the Make a Wish Foundation. He lives by and promotes his personal life motto of striving to leave this world a better place than it was when he inherited it.
"I believe success is more than just your own achievement. It is when you also empower others to succeed that you truly realize your full potential." His new book is titled Jewels of the Game. How to Get a Job Working in Sports.
Danielle Ubpin released her first CD in 2012, entitled, "Reveal the Light," an eclectic collection of spiritually oriented songs and chants in Hebrew and English. Affectionately known by her congregation as Rabbi Dani, she was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. She is a prayer leader, teacher, inspirational preacher and singer-songwriter. Originally from New York City, she currently resides in Clearwater, FL, where she and her husband serve as the spiritual leaders of Congregation Beth Shalom. Chanting Hebrew prayer in a joyous and soulful manner is Rabbi Danielle’s passion. She has studied meditation, Jewish mysticism, and yoga and strives to interweave uplifting teachings from Judaism into her presentation of chant. She is actively involved in a local interfaith coalition, and is a regular presenter in the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Clearwater’s monthly gathering called “Festival Ruah: A Multicultural Spirit Experience” along with musicians, dancers, artists and spiritual leaders from around the globe. Read More
Founder/CEO of Women's Breast Health Initiative, Florida Affiliate, a 2009 CNN Hero, and Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leader. Ms. Ivory has been honored with several awards for her innovative health strategies. In 2005 Ivory founded the Women's Breast Health Initiative, Florida Affiliate (WBHI) a non-profit 501(c)(3), grassroots, voluntary organization dedicated to educating women about the importance of breast and heart health by providing them with the resources to beat the disease through mammograms, education, screenings, and nutrition. Read More
Currently on the World Broadway Tour in Bill T.Jones' FELA!, playing the role of JK (rhythm tapper)/ Ogungun; described by Ben Brantley of the New York Times as "the brilliant, tap dance artist sui generis."
Originally from Miami, FL of Haitian descent. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School with a BFA in dance. He also trained at The Ailey School, Broadway Theater Project, The Joffrey Ballet School and School of American Ballet. His professional credits include The Martha Graham Dance Company, Sean Curran Company, Fosse (1st National Tour), A Christmas Carol (Madison Square Garden Theater), Encores Golden Boy, NYCOpera's Alcina/Turandot, and a featured performer for Jacob's Pillow Katherine Dunham Tribute conceived and directed by Reginald Yates. He has presented solo concerts at Jacob's Pillow, Stella Adler Studio (Resident Artist), Florida International Univ., City Center Studio, Long Island University and George Faison Firehouse Theater.
His awards and honors are: Martha Hill Prize from The Juilliard School, National Foundation for Advancement of Arts-1st Place, Presidential Scholar for the Arts, National Society of Arts and Letters-1st Place and a Jerome Foundation Fellow to Ghana, West Africa. A principal artist and assistant to Reginald Yates. He has danced the works of Alvin Ailey, Hinton Battle, Margie Gillis, Jiri Kylian, Jose Limon, Donald McKayle, Mia Michaels, Reginald Yates and others. Ayo!
In May 2013 Gelan received the Key To The City from North Miami Mayor Andre Pierre. Read More.
Stevie Anderson played in the National Football League as a wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals and the New York Jets. Upon retiring in 1995 he decided to pursue a career as a pro golfer. He currently has a 2.5 handicap. Stevie is also a motivational speaker and spends a lot of his free time mentoring youth. Visit his Fan Page Stevie Anderson Golfs on Facebook and follow him on Twitter @StevieSpeaksOut. If you'd like to book Stevie as a speaker for your next event email email@example.com. Visit his speaker profile at http://speakermix.com/stevie-anderson.
The National Society of Arts and Letters' objective is to encourage and assist promising young artists through arts competitions, scholarships and other career opportunities. Some of the dance titans who have served or do serve on our advisory board are Rudolf Nureyev, Placido Domingo, Patricia McBride, Peter Martins, Maria Tallchief, Tommy Tune and Edward Villella. Since the first competition in 1941 NSAL has presented over 4,000 awards to talented young artists. An intregal part of the National Competition is the Master Class conducted by renowned judges in Dance. Opportunities for one-on-one sessions and encouraging critiques of each contestant are offered.
Producer/Director Shari has been a theatre professional since the age of 13 when she became a member of Actors Equity. Her father was a writer for Jack Benny and she was raised in a house of 'one-liners'. She is a former professional tap dancer and choreographer and is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.
Shari has produced and directed over 50 productions in New York and around the country. Directing credits include VINCENT THE PASSIONS OF THE ARTIST VAN GOGH, the original DANNY AND SYLVIA at the Forum Theatre in New Jersey, LIFE WITH FATHER, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, CABARET, THE ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT, JACQUES BREL, and won best director for her production of SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM. Shari Upbin and Sandi Durell have been long time partners in HOLLYWOOD LIVE and BROADWAY LIVE and the Mac Award Nominated TIMELESS DIVAS! Series, with hosts Tony Randall, Kathie Lee Gifford and Ben Vereen, among other luminaries. In Florida, she has directed CONFESSIONS OF A JEWISH SHIKSA, DANCING ON HITLERS GRAVE at the Kravis Center of Performing Arts, The Colony in South Beach and Area Stage in Coral Gables. She has directed DAMES IN DIVALAND at the Biefield Theatre. She was one of the Directors of the prestigious Florida Naked Stage 24 hour Theatre Project. Shari was the Director of the South Florida Dance Competition for the National Society of Arts and Letters www.nsalbocaraton.org She will be directing THE WOMEN'S MINYAN by Naomi Regan in Boca Raton Florida in December 2012. .One Circle Productions holds exclusive production rights to future productions of Women's Minyan.
Inquiries welcome www.onecircleproductions.com.
Craig N. Stafford was born in Broward County, Florida, to a mother born in a country home under the grace of a Midwife and a father of Bahamian descent. He was reared in the ways of charismatic spirituality since a baby boy. Intercession, instantaneous healing and Biblical teachings about having the right mind-set were a nightly occurence in the house he grew up in.
Craig, is honored to be a fifth generation Spiritual Teacher, Ordained Minister, Motivational Speaker, Master Life Coach, Aroma therapist, healer and Reiki practitioner.
ThinkHappy: Nine Thought Paths to Happiness is his first book. It is a self- help and personal growth tool designed to manifest happiness as a way of life. His thought system is super easy to understand and super effective when utilized.
Craig loves to spend quality time with family and friends. His latest obsession is spinning as he has become quite the spinner.Visit Craig at www.morelifelab.com to learn more. "Like" his page Think Happy Guru on Facebook.
Musician David Hadley Ray is a "one-man funk storm" with skills that will "blow you away." From Bluegrass and Zydeco to jazz, funk, pop, rock and hip hop his bass guitar and piano skills have made him a hit with producers and artists like Chuck Berry and the late Bo Diddley.
The Philadelphia native's talent has landed him live gigs in Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Spain and Seoul, Korea's Olympic Stadium before a crowd of 40,000 people.
A gifted writer, Ray pens his own music and lyrics while playing bass and piano for his production company.
Rudy Jackman is a UK-based singer, songwriter and self taught musician. He has performed at various well known London clubs including Blues West 14, The Chelsea Jazz Venue, the 606 club and the world famous London Theatre "The Talk of London" Drury Lane. His debut album "Breaking Chains" (The Journey) was produced by the Grammy award-winning producer Jack Kreisberg and recorded at Showplace Studios in New Jersey. The album was completed in June 2012 and will be released in 2013.
"Much like Aaron Neville, rising star Rudy Jackman's vocals are "soulful ear candy." He's a true original and the UK's next big thing." Tandaleya Wilder President She Got Game Media
Rudy will be touring the U.S. in the spring of 2013.
Wilmer J. Leon III, Ph.D. hosts the nationally broadcast call-in talk radio program “Inside The Issues With Wilmer Leon" and is a lecturer in the department of political science at Howard University in Washington, DC. "Inside The Issues,” a three hour, call-in, program airs live on Saturday's from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM ET on XM/Sirius Satellite Radio Channel 128. Ask the good Dr. about his 60-second prescription for "political ignoritus." Dr. Leon is also the Host of Epilogue, an international book discussion program on Press TV and a regular contributor to Russia TV. Visit his website at www.wilmerleon.com.
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Proverbs 23:7
Writer, poet, and singer/songerwriter, Maria Cristina Necula is fluent in six languages: English, French, German, Italian, Romanian and Spanish. She was a regular contributor to "Classical Singer" Magazine for seven years and has performed frequently in the New York City area including at Carnegie Hall Merkin Hall, florence Gould Hall, the Westchester Broadway Theater, among others.
Cristina's passion for opera and experience as a performer and student of classical singing led her to write: "Life in Opera: Truth, Tempo and Soul," an enlightening account of life and work in opera today.
Cristina'ls love of words and rhythm has been the catalyst behind her transformation from classical singer to songwriter, and in 2006 she released a first CD of her own music, lyrics, and arrangements: One Millenium Before Sunrise." She is currently working on her second album due out in 2011.
South Beach Resident Al Lojack is a boundless, alternative pop singer and song writing guitarist. His music is a mix of wicked, creative guitar riffs, feel good lyrics and musical themes most listeners can identify with.
But musical themes come easy for Al. He grew up along the beaches of Miami, surrounded by beach balls, beautiful women and the good life.
His inspiration comes from the chaos that lives within. ,” Lojack says of his fast life. “I’m a volcano. When I’m in my guitar room and I’m looking at the wall, everything is a fantasy.”
Lojack's early guitar influences were the Allman Brothers, Jeff Beck, and Jimi Hendrix. "Their music reached me in a spiritual and emotional level which I refer to as the "feel good effect.”
This experience creeps up on me with many other musicians and groups. It seems to be my spirit's response to the diverse creativity of many musicians since my early days."
Lojack has assembled a production team that’s ready to take his Miami-based rhythms to the Grammy’s. It's time, says Lojack.
Author Alex Daoud is a former three-time mayor of Miami Beach and the author of Sins of South Beach: The True Story of Corruption, Violence, Murder, and the Making of Miami Beach.Cinepro Pictures/Philippe Martinez Productions has acquired the rights to film a feature length production based on Mr. Daoud's book. Martinez, the internationally renowned producer of over 30 films including "Modigliani," starring Andy Garcia, "I Could Never Be Your Woman," starring Michelle Pfieffer, and "The Flock," starring Richard Gere, acquired the rights from Lionshark Media Group, which will also serve as Executive Producers on the project. Filming will take place during the summer of 2011 in Miami Beach.
Performer Frannie Sheridan's life’s work has been to turn her story into a one-person show, a novel, and a multi-cast feature film screenplay, and to help others in the writing of their stories.
Her parents had narrowly escaped the Nazis during WW2 and wed in Canada, where they lived as Orthodox Jews and her father established his first medical practice. But a brutal beating that he experienced in his office in small town Morse, Saskatchewan in 1951, given by a jealous anti-Semitic doctor and his wife, awakened his post-traumatic stress. The assailants were fined a paltry fifteen dollars, for “assault.” Terrified that another holocaust was imminent, her father forced the family to convert to Catholicism, anglicize their family name from Sigal to Sheridan, relocate, and cut off ties with all their relatives. He repeatedly warned them to never, ever, tell anyone the truth of their heritage, for he guaranteed, it would cause them certain harm, if not death.
In 1995, Frannie was entombed in writing and performing Stand-up Comedy. All she cared about was being funny. But an opportunity to write a dramatic play about her life, entirely altered her direction.
This is just a snippet of her powerful rich and darkly humorous story."
Review of Confessions of a Jewish Shiksa
By Mario Betto Examiner.com
"Frannie Sheridan goes from standup to stand out performer in Confessions of a Jewish Shiksa...Dancing on Hitler's Grave!
I say Amen and L'chaim to that sister.!"
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Chris Fraley Yolanda Jackson
Chris Fraley took his first acting class in 1995 but he's been acting (a fool) all his life. He has worked behind the scene with many actors. In 1998 after a two year hiatus from acting he was in the studio with Danny Glover who told him he needed to return to his calling, "because you only live once." Knowing he had the ability to make people laugh he tried stand up comedy. His first gig was in Stamford, Connecticut where he was unceremoniously booed off the stage by a church group-yes (A Church Group). That's when he really knew he was funny!
Chris has since performed in many comedy clubs and has turned to comedic acting for more exposure on the Internet. One of his most rewarding comedic experiences was when he made Whoopi Goldberg belly laugh in the studio.
Chris has just discovered his alter ego Yolanda Jackson and has welcomed her into his act because She Got Game.
Judy Gray Johnson was four when the pain first struck. As mysterious as it was excruciating, Judy’s anguish confounded the local doctor, who advised her mother to apply liniment. It was not until Judy was a teenager that another doctor informed her aunt of the real cause of Judy’s agony – something called sickle cell anemia. The social mores of that time, however, dictated that adults discussed nothing of substance with children.
So Judy learned little about her ailment other than it could cause her to die. A frightened Judy simply put sickle cell disease out of her mind and suffered in silence as she went on with her life.
Readers will follow Judy’s journey through college, a teaching career, a short-lived marriage, and the raising of a daughter while enduring severe pain episodes. All the while, exhaustion was her constant companion. Living with Sickle Cell Disease: The Struggle to Survive is a story of Judy Gray Johnson’s perseverance in the face of living with a little-understood chronic illness. This powerful story is available on www.judygrayjohnson.com.
Jay West is a Miami-based American author, publisher, actress and student. Her literary career started by happenstance.
An unintentional endeavor provoked by life experiences. Struggling through difficult relationships and single parenthood, she needed an outlet to release the frustration associated with both.
For Jay West writing is a form of catharsis. Allowing her to gain the inner strength necessary to end the abusive relationships and focus on being the best mother she could be for her three children.
West doesn’t write theories or fictitious events for the sake of writing but she writes when she has a message.
It becomes a message only when she has lived it out in her own life. Unselfish in her struggles as well as success, Jay West is willing to expose her innermost secrets so that men and women can receive valuable information that will assist in improving their lives and changing their mindset. Jay West is a realist who does not hesitate to tell it like it is. Visit her website and get empowered!
Owned by three lovely, stylish ladies- Cheryl Pearson Gay, Teri Pearson, & Laura Stafford, Unique Bags and Bling with locations in Middletown, Delaware, Blackwood, NJ and Valley Stream, NY offers beautiful custom handbags and wallets. Check them out on the web at UniqueBagsAndBling.com and on Facebook.
Marquita C. Williams is an experienced psychologist, life coach. She has had over 18 years working comprehensively in the field of psychology. Currently, she is the CEO of Germantown Psychological Associates (GPA), a private practice group of professional
psychologists and clinicians offering a vastarray of mental health services including: Outpatient Psychotherapy Services, Assessment and Evaluation Services, School Based Mental Health Services and Clinical Consultation and Technical Assistance Services. She is also the Chief Consultant for MWilliams Consulting, LLC, which provides: Organizational Development and Professional Grant Writing Services.
Ms. Williams holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Temple University, an MA in Counseling Psychology and an Ed. M. with a specialization in Cross-Cultural Psychology, both from Columbia University. She is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology at Temple University. Professionally, she holds memberships with the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association, and the Delaware Valley Association of Black Psychologists. Dr. Marquita is a sought after media expert who co-hosts an internet radio talk show with a team of Psychologists called Psych Talk which airs on Philadelphia's Renaissance Station WNJC 1360 am.
BADAZZ Foundation, led by South Florida Business Executive Carol Storms, is a new, community advocacy organization based in Miami, Florida. The acronym stands for Brilliant, Academics, & Dynamic, Altruistic,= Zealous, Zeniths. The Non Profit engages in various volunteer and neighborhood beautification projects through creative community partnerships.
"We want to help prepare a whole generation of BADAZZ Americans-up and coming youth who understand that through only making a difference can they make a living and a long-term sustainable future for themselves, their families, their nation, and their world, says Storms." Her motto: "Help us change the world one BADAZZ at a time!" Wanna be a BADAZZ? Visit the BADAZZ Foundation website.
Author Dr. Daniel Lee is a licensed Psychologist and certified Life Coach, whose interest in self-development, motivation, disappointment and change led to the creation of a self-coaching model that challenges people to move past their struggles and issues in order to make a decision to be successful. The principles of the model are outlined in the critically acclaimed book he co-authored with Fred Anderson titled Do What You're Built For.
Dr. Lee believes people have to clear out the barriers to their decision making process, as these inhibit their ability to be successful. As a result, he has developed coaching strategies which he has personally used successfully, challenging him to make a decision to be successful. He also believes that once you make the decision to be successful, YOU ARE SUCCESSFUL! Dr. Lee resides in Philadelphia with his wife Nicole and their three wonderful children, Christain, Daniel Jr. and Hope.
Willy Latzo-The Champ of the Hearts, born and raised in Germany, is the unbeaten 4 times World Champion in Heavyweight Kyokushinkai Full Contact Karate. He is European Champion in Muay Thai Boxing and a German Champion in Boxing.
Ten years past his high tide of unbeaten success, he is ready to go back to the mattress into the boxing ring. The Champ of the Hearts will once again show the world who's the real deal at the K-1 World Grand Prix Finals in Japan in March 2012. Follow his workout, training, and special events leading to his world title quest on Facebook and learn how you can support The Champ Of the Hearts!
Author James Merritt creates and delivers stories that captivate children in an engaging and energetic manner. Spencer and Jordan (above) are his nephews and the lessons in Spencer’s First Dollar are lessons inspired by his time with his nephews. Spencer’s first dollar is the initial book project of LivLarge, LLC.The Spencer’s First series was created with the goal of teaching children and families to see money as a tool and not a toy. If you are interested in scheduling a reading or meeting Spencer and Jordan, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author G. Scott McGregor is a former international correspondent with Middle East Television.
His new book, Eyewitness to Evil, follows this American reporter’s Middle East adventures as he finds himself in the midst of a jihad and comes face-to-face with Islamic terrorists planning to attack the U.S.A. Today, as a public speaker, McGregor gives a sobering eyewitness account of why Islamic terrorists attacked America and also tells his audience in plain words what to expect in the coming days.