The Dr. Vibe Show

Al St. Louis is a Toronto based actor, poet, spoken artist and motivational educator. Using the art of poetry, Al composes thoughts and words that penetrate deep within the psyche, opening portals into other realms of thought, inviting listeners to participate in an inspirational awakening. He is the CEO and founder of When Words Are Spoken. He coordinates a number of theme-based spoken events each year featuring established and up and coming poets and musicians. Al has worked with various entertainers such as John Singleton, Spike Lee, Andre 3000, Tyrese, Dwayne Morgan, Jemini, 50 Cent, Toya Alexis and Maestro Fresh Wes. He also uses his voice for singing with instruments or accompanied by his band "The SoulMates". Al is a motivational educational and brings his spoken word to high school, facilities, workshops and presentations to uplift, inspire and educate the younger generation. He is also the owner of Loc 'N' Twist Natural and Hair Studio. During the interview, Al goes back to his birtnplace in Guyana, to a promising basketball career that was ended due to a serious knee injury and having nothing to fall back on, to the start of his poetry journey, how and why he became a hair studio owner (Loc 'N' Twist Natural and Hair Studio) and his thoughts and hopes for Black Canadian men. You can find out more about Al at:http://www.whenwordsarespoken.com/ (When Words Are Spoken) Feel free to email us at info@blackcanadianman.com. If you live in North America, you can leave us a voice mail at 1-866-280-9385 ; (toll free). God bless, peace, be well and keep the faith, Vibe and Vegas info@blackcanadianman.comhttp://thevibeandvegasshow.wordpress.com/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/vibeandvegas


Roland "Wickida" Young was born in Westmoreland on the south side of Jamaica in the West Indies. When he was twelve years old, his family migrated to Canada. He grew up listening to Peter Tosh, Bob Marley and The Whalers and Jacob Miller. He shares what is what like growing up listening to music and his career in music from being under contract with Cooke Management for one year to now starting his own label, Blaqscope Records. He has produced acts such as Al Beeno, Jr., Flex, Pachino and Rob di the brinx. "Wickida" comments on why he is happy being an independent artist for the last six years and why he wants to stay an as independent artist. He also gives us his take on what needs to be done to improve the situation for young Black men in Toronto and the current Canadian Reggae Music scene. He is completing his first cd which scheduled to be released in the summer of 2011. You can find out more information about "Wickida" at:http://www.myspace.com/wickidacarlitohttp://www.reverbnation.com/wickidahttp://www.facebook.com/people/Wickida-Carlito/100000611921613http://www.numubu.com/profile.php?id=95036http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/WickidStylzhttp://twitter.com/WICKIDA Feel free to email us at info@blackcanadianman.com. If you live in North America, you can leave us a voice mail at 1-866-280-9385 ; (toll free). God bless, peace, be well and keep the faith, Vibe and Vegas info@blackcanadianman.comhttp://thevibeandvegasshow.wordpress.com/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/vibeandvegas
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Category:Citizen Journalism -- posted at: 3:54am EST

With 2010 coming to an end, we thought that we talk and share about some of the stories that we thought were of interest to Black men in 2010. This episode not only was the start of our year in review but it was the start of a new feature for the show. For a while, we had a vision of doing regular podcasts with Black Canadian and Black American men discuss various issues that they feel are important. Well, this episode is the start of this journey. In this episode, we have Colin Jobe of "Colin's Edge" (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/colinsedge ) and "The Cutting Edge" on CHRY FM (http://www.chry.fm/ ) and Brandon Frame "The Black Man Can"at http://theblackmancan.org/ In this episode, we start off discussing about LeBron James leaving Cleveland and "taking his talents to Miami". Everyone had a take on this story. We then move onto talking about about Blacks in sports. If you would like to read a good book about Blacks and athletics, please check out: "40 Million Dollar Slaves: ; The Rise, The Fall and Redemption Of The Fall Of The Black Athlete" by William C. Roden Renowned "New York Times" columnist Rhoden deconstructs the black athlete in this explosive and absorbing discussion of race, politics, and the history of American sports. He argues that for all their money and fame, black athletes are no better off than slaves whose masters forced them to race and fight. Feel free to email us at info@blackcanadianman.com. If you live in North America, you can leave us a voice mail at 1-866-280-9385


Jason "Blockz" Allard knows the meaning of dusting off and trying again. ; Growing up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, "Blockz" was interested in two things as a child - basketball and music. Blockz struggled in school and often felt bored and uninterested in what he was doing. Blockz only began to excel once he was given the opportunity to perform at his annual school talent shows, and started to fall in love with what music had to offer him. He began to record music at his friend's house - the only place he had access to turntables and a mic - and shortly afterward formed a group by the name of Black Soldiers in 2000. The rest is musical history. "Blockz" shares about his growing up years, his relationship with his parents, how his musical journey started and where it is taking him and his thoughts about the challenges that young Black men are facing. Blockz released his first hit single "YEAH" the summer of 2010 which will be followed by an EP in the near future. Blockz is paving a new path for the international hip hop and r and b scene with his powerful lyrics and rhyming style. For more information on the multi-talented mc and producer, please go to: Blockz on Reverbnation http://www.reverbnation.com/blockz Blockz on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Blockz-Allard/154847507884738 Feel free to email us at info@blackcanadianman.com. If you live in North America, you can leave us a voice mail at 1-866-280-9385 (toll free). God bless, peace, be well and keep the faith, Vibe and Vegas info@blackcanadianman.com http://thevibeandvegasshow.wordpress.com/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/vibeandvegas
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Category:Citizen Journalism -- posted at: 3:35am EST

Natasha Waterman is more than a great singer. She is a great writer and a ; single mother of two wonderful children. Her love of music started when she was eleven years old and it has been growing since. During this interview, Natasha goes back to her youth when she wanted to become a figure skater to having a poem put in a book, growing up as a biracial child when everyone else in the family was white, growing up with a father, to becoming a rapper to being on her at sixteen years old, to having two kids by the time she was twenty-one years old and being on her own. We also talk and share about her music career and experiences to date. Natasha has just released her first album, "The Long Road", which is a personal achievement for her. If you would like to find out more about Natasha, please go to: Natasha Waterman websitehttp://www.natashawaterman.com/ Natasha Waterman on Facebookfacebook.com/natasha.waterman Natasha Waterman on Twitterhttp://twitter.com/natashawaterman Natasha Waterman on Myspacehttp://www.myspace.com/natashawaterman2005 Feel free to email us at info@blackcanadianman.com. If you live in North America, you can leave us a voice mail at 1-866-280-9385


One of the true friends of "The Vibe and Vegas Show" is Nikki Clarke. What can you say about about Nikki? Read on ... She holds a Diploma in Social Sciences from John Abbott College. At McGill University, Nikki earned a degree in Film and Communications where she received formal media training for print, television, radio. Nikki also earned an Honours Diploma from Sheridan College in Early Childhood Education. Gifted with acquiring languages, Nikki is fluent in English, French , and Spanish. Nikki has been an instructor at Sheridan College, in the Faculty of Early Childhood Education, Community Development and the School of Business since 1999. ; In 2006, Nikki started Bead 4 Health , a company for which she designs and handcrafts organic jewelry for men and women and distributes them online at http://www.bead4healthboutique.com/ ,stores , and various community festivals. Self-taught, Nikki began her creating designs for fun. Her pieces quickly got the attention of friends and coworkers who began placing custom orders for her work. Nikki experiments with wood, semi-precious stones, magnets, and freshwater pearls. Nikki was introduced to magnetic therapy after purchasing a magnetic necklace for a neck injury she sustained in an accident. Nikki's designs have been featured in Planet Africa, Rogers Television, the Ethnic Umbrella ,Bless, Shimmer Teen Fashion Magazine, Kurves Modelling and Talent 2009 Calendar and the 2010, Mr. International Caribbean Calendar.Nikki's pieces can be purchased at Big it Up, http://bigitup.com/home.php and Bead 4 Health Boutique at http://www.bead4healthboutique.com/ In 2007, Nikki joined the team of the Ethnic Umbrella, Canada's most diverse community newspaper, as a columnist and public relations manager. Nikki is also a freelance writer for Planet Africa Magazine , Elite Events Magazine, and City Parent . In August 2008, Nikki was the recipient of the African Canadian Women's Achievement Award for her work in the community and excellence in teaching. In 2008, Nikki founded


The year 2010 is coming to the end. One of the most troubling trends for Black men in the city of Toronto is the increase in the number of young Black men being murdered by gun and an increase in gun violence involving Black men. We along with Colin Jobe of "Colin's Edge" at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/colinsedge and David Blackman discuss this issue, it's causes and what needs to be done to stop the violence. Enjoy!! Feel free to email us at info@blackcanadianman.com. If you live in North America, you can leave us a voice mail at 1-866-280-9385 ; (toll free). God bless, peace, be well and keep the faith, Vibe and Vegas info@blackcanadianman.comhttp://thevibeandvegasshow.wordpress.com/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/vibeandvegas


In this episode we speak and share with Karen Fleming, Nurse Director of Camp Jumoke. Karen shares with us about why she became a hematology nurse and how and why she is involved with Camp Jumoke. The mandate of the Camp Jumoke Organization is to better serve the needs of hundreds of children across Canada afflicted with Sickle Cell Disease. She also provides us with the details on Camp Jumoke upcoming event:Camp Jumoke's Annual Scholarship Brunch and 100th Sickle Cell Anniversary CelebrationHonorees and Special Guests include:Tonya Lee Williams (Young and The Restless), Nathan Downer (CP 24), John Tory (Newstalk Radio 1010) and Melanie and Devo Brown (Flow 93.5)Date: December 12, 2010Cost: $50.00Location: Capitol Banquet Hall, 6435 Dixie Road, Mississauga, Ontario. L5T 1X4Time: 12:00 p.m. To 4:00 p.m.Dress Code: FormalFor more information or if you are interested in sponsorship or vending at the event, please contact (416) 520-4277 or (416) 410-2995 or events@campjumoke.com (email) or http://cjbrunch.com/ (website).Feel free to email us at info@blackcanadianman.com. If you live in North America, you can leave us a voice mail at 1-866-280-9385 (toll free).God bless, peace, be well and keep the faith,Vibe and Vegasinfo@blackcanadianman.comhttp://thevibeandvegasshow.wordpress.com/Twitter: http://twitter.com/vibeandvegas

Deon Silvera and Nadia Khan are two of the stars of the play "Ecstasy". We had the opportunity to spend a few quick and crazy minutes just after they arrived from Jamaica last night. This is one of the funniest and craziest interviews we have done. We would like to thank Deon and Nadia for taking the time to share and have some with fun with us. We would also like to thank David Heron (the writer of "Ecstasy") and Roger Dundas of Kingston 6 Productions."Ecstasy" is being performed on December 5, 2010 at Chinguacousy Secondary School (1370 Williams Parkway in Brampton, Ontario) at 4:30 p.m. And 8:00 p.m. Here is the ticket information:For the 4:30 p.m. show: $20 in advance and $25 at the doorFor the 8:00 p.m. Show: $25 in advance and $30 at the doorFor more ticket information, please go to http://www.k6e.ca/ ; or call (416) 918-9045 or 20875670 (Blackberry Messenger).If you would like to find out more information about the play, please go to http://www.ecstasy-theplay.com/Feel free to email us at info@blackcanadianman.com. If you live in North America, you can leave us a voice mail at 1-866-280-9385.


The Heritage Singers is a Non-profit organization, which was founded in January, 1977 by its Musical Director, Grace Carter-Henry Lyons. The 30-member group is a reflection of the Canadian mosaic to be found in Toronto, with members hailing from many parts of the world including Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, Pakistan, Guyana, The Congo and Jamaica. The Heritage Singers have developed a rich repertoire of music, from sacred to secular, work song to lullaby, seasonal ditty to perennial ballad. The languages of these songs range from discernible Standard English Creole with an English-Lexical base, to French patois, informal Spanish and African dialect. The Singers have participated in international events ; in countries such as Russia, China, Senegal, Croatia, Holland, Taiwan in October, Germany, Mexico and Venezuela. They have also performed in many cities across Canada.We had the opportunity to spend some time with some of the member while they were rehearsing for the next performance which is on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 3:30 p.m. And 7:30 p.m. At the P.C. Ho Theatre for the Performing Arts (Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto - 5183 Sheppard Avenue East - East of Markham Road - Free Parking). Tickets are $30. For more information, please got to their website at http://heritagesingerscanada.com/.Here is a promo for the upcoming performance on December 11, 2010 in Toronto.Feel free to email us at info@blackcanadianman.com. If you live in North America, you can leave us a voice mail at 1-866-280-9385.God bless, peace, be well and keep the faith,Vibe and Vegasinfo@blackcanadianman.comhttp://thevibeandvegasshow.wordpress.com/Twitter: http://twitter.com/vibeandvegas