The Dr. Vibe Show (citizen journalism)

Walter Fields is the Executive Editor of NorthStarNews.com (http://www.northstarnews.com/). The site was founded by Walter and two other gentlemen in 2002. It is dedicated to providing an online service for African Americans and being a source of credible information in order to motivate African Americans to become more engaged. Over the last few weeks, the major news story coming out of America was the debt ceiling issue. Walter provides us some background on the debt ceiling debate and what the parties agreed to and the long term effects especially on African Americans. He also shares with on various subjects such as the unfairness of the current American tax system and why tax increases for the "have gots" were not approved, how divided America is, Americans abandonment to the commitment to equality, the challenges that Barack Obama is facing for his re-election campaign in 2012, what can African Americans and African American men in particular can to improve the economic challenge that many of them currently face. He asks us to not take what is said in the media as the true sentiment of African Americans. Many African Americans are working hard to make things better. Walter feels that "giving back" is a cultural imperative and that African American need to reinvest into their community. To check out NorthStarNews.com, please go to http://www.northstarnews.com/ Please feel free to email us at info@blackcanadianman.com. If you live in North America, you can leave us a message at 1-866-280-9385 (toll free). Please feel free to "Like" the "The Vibe and Vegas Show" Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Vibe-and-Vegas-Show/155099174532923 God bless, peace, be well and keep the faith, Vibe and Vegas info@blackcanadianman.com Podcast: http://thevibeandvegasshow.wordpress.com/ 2011 Black Weblog Awards Finalist (Best International Blog and Best Podcast Series): http://www.blackweblogawards.com/bwa2011finalists.pdf Black Blog Of The Day - Black Bloggers Network - June 23, 2011: http://www.blackbloggernetwork.com/category/black-blog-of-the-day/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/vibeandvegas "The Vibe and Vegas Show" Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/The-Vibe-and-Vegas-Show/155099174532923 iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-vibe-and-vegas-show/id434781229


Charles Major is currently the thirty-one year old CEO of several business ventures, mentor and a consultant. He was born in Hartford, Connecticut. He is the youngest of four children. His main job is to motivate people. In seventh grade, he knew that he was going to be somebody and was signing autographs and told people to save the autograph. Growing up, his mother told him to go to school but he realized that school was not for him and that no job could or would pay him what he is worth. So, he quit college at nineteen years old and has been an entrepreneur ever since. During our interview, Charles talks and shares about the challenge of growing up with the support of his father, the challenge of having a Black male role model and that all of his male role models are white, his first business that he started at nineteen years old (selling women's clothes), the importance of teamwork and relationships, the story behind his book "Become A Mogul", some of his favorite books, what services he offers, some of the challenges that Black men face, the disconnect between older and younger Black men, thoughts on hip hop and it's effect on young Black men, that entrepreneurship is the only way that Black men can move forward, two common errors of entrepreneurs and three key elements that entrepreneurs need to succeed, messages to Black women and Black men and what would he like his legacy to be. You can contact Charles via: http://becomeamogul.com/ (web) @iamamogul (Twitter) http://www.linkedin.com/in/becomeamogul (LinkedIn) http://www.youtube.com/user/Iamamogul (You Tube)


Clifton Powell is one of the stars of the play "Church Girl" which is being performed on August 12, 2011 ( 8:00 p.m.) and August 13, 2011 (3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.) at the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East in Toronto. Clifton was born in Washington, D.C. His mother died when he was very young. He went to college in Boston then spent ten years performing on stage in New York and working with various production companies until he went to Los Angeles in 1989. He joined the Screen Actors Guild in 1979. He is the father of two boys and one girl. During our interview Clifton talks and shares about his 35 years career in acting as a dark skinned, strong Black man, his concerns about Spike Lee, the importance of family, friends and mentorship, his role in "Church Girl", what keeps him going, his thoughts on Black men, his future, some the challenges Black Americans are facing and his words of wisdom for Black who want to get in the world of acting. For more information on Clifton, please click on the follow link: http://www.profileent.ca/clifton-powell/ For a list of Clifton's movie appearances, please click on the following link: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0694066/ For ticket and other information for "Church Girl" which is being presented on August 12, 2011 and August 13, 2011 in Toronto, please click on the following link: http://www.profileent.ca/ Please feel free to email us at info@blackcanadianman.com. If you live in North America, you can leave us a message at 1-866-280-9385 (toll free). Please feel free to "Like" the "The Vibe and Vegas Show" Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Vibe-and-Vegas-Show/155099174532923 God bless, peace, be well and keep the faith, Vibe and Vegas info@blackcanadianman.com Podcast: http://thevibeandvegasshow.wordpress.com/ 2011 Black Weblog Awards Finalist (Best International Blog and Best Podcast Series): http://www.blackweblogawards.com/bwa2011finalists.pdf Black Blog Of The Day - Black Bloggers Network - June 23, 2011: http://www.blackbloggernetwork.com/category/black-blog-of-the-day/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/vibeandvegas "The Vibe and Vegas Show" Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/The-Vibe-and-Vegas-Show/155099174532923 iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-vibe-and-vegas-show/id434781229

Michael Charles is the production coordinator and director of the play "Church Girl" which is being performed in Toronto on August 12 and August 13. Michael has been involved in producing events for over 15 years. He shares with us a variety of things including how did he get involved in producing events, how has the entertainment marketplace has changed and how and when started getting involved with the production of plays, why he became an entrepreneur and how has that journey been. He talks about Church Girl, the writer of Church Girl - Angela Barrow-Dunlap, the cast including Robin Givens, Angela Winbush, Demetria McKinney and Clifton Powell. Church Girl is being performed on Friday, August 12 (8:00 p.m.) and Saturday, August 13 (3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.) at the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East in Toronto. For ticket information, please call (416) 872-2262, (416) 250-8500 ext. 4 or you can purchase tickets online at www.sonycentre.ca or www.ticketmaster.ca For more information, including inforamtion about the play, information about the cast and directions to the venue, please go to http://www.profileent.ca/


We have another first for you!! Our first interview with a Black Canadian female chef, La-toya Fagon. Chef La-toya is Canadian born of Jamaican parents and loves her Jamaican heritage. She has a love of Northern Italian, Mediterranean and West Indians cuisine. Her favorite food is Italian but she makes sure that West Indian cooking is part of everything she makes. When she was growing up, her mother was her major influence when it came to cooking. Her mother's cooking specialties were pizza and lasagne. She started her formal cooking journey when she enrolled at the renowned George Brown College cooking school which was against her parents wishes. After leaving George Brown College before she was supposed to graduate, she acquired a position as Assistant and Coordinator for the Loblaws cooking schools for six years where she helped open 14 schools. She left that position in September 2009 and has had her own company, Twist Catering, ever since. During our chat, Chef La-toya shares about various subjects including her respect and love of Black people, the difference between a chef and a cook, how failure is part of her everyday life, if the Black community supports her, her pet peeves when it comes to cooking, her thoughts on The Food Network, her work with young offenders, why May 27, 2011 is a special day for her, how she wants everyone to eat one day in Africa and the future of Twist Catering.
Category:Citizen Journalism -- posted at: 10:50am EDT

Morris (Mo) Kelly is the author of The Mo' Kelly Report (http://mrmokelly.com/). Mo grew up in Torrence, California which is just south of Los Angeles in a conservative neighbourhood. He was one of the first Black males to go to school in the Torrence school district (early days of school integration). Mo grew up in a multicultural neighbourhood but went to an all white school. After graduating from high school, Mo went to Georgetown University in Washington and took business so that he could work in the business side of the music industry. After graduating from Georgetown, Mo worked in the music industry for 12 years where got an understanding of the world of music, messages and the media and their affects on the Black community. Mo wrote his first article in 1996 for the Los AngelesTimes on the passing of Tupac and how it effected minority communities. At at a young age, he realized that he had a responsibility to reach and touch someboy and needed to learn how to be a journalist. In his writing, Mo bridges the gap between people of different cultures for a greater good Based on one of Mo's recent articles, "Lets Mourn The Death Of Black Brotherhood and move on" (http://thyblackman.com/2011/07/05/morris-o%E2%80%99kelly-lets-mourn-the-death-of-black-brotherhood-then-move-on/), Mo talks and shares about various subject including why he wrote the article, how Black men relate to each other currently vs. historically, why he feels that Black brotherhood has disappeared, what Black need to change and his message to Black men around the world. To catch Mo Kelly, go to: http://mrmokelly.com/ (The Mo Kelly Report) mrmokelly@gmail.com (email) Please feel free to email us at info@blackcanadianman.com. If you live in North America, you can leave us a message at 1-866-280-9385 (toll free). Please feel free to "Like" the "The Vibe and Vegas Show" Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Vibe-and-Vegas-Show/155099174532923 God bless, peace, be well and keep the faith, Vibe and Vegas info@blackcanadianman.com Podcast: http://thevibeandvegasshow.wordpress.com/ 2011 Black Weblog Awards Finalist (Best International Blog and Best Podcast Series): http://www.blackweblogawards.com/bwa2011finalists.pdf Black Blog Of The Day - Black Bloggers Network - June 23, 2011: http://www.blackbloggernetwork.com/category/black-blog-of-the-day/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/vibeandvegas "The Vibe and Vegas Show" Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/The-Vibe-and-Vegas-Show/155099174532923 iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-vibe-and-vegas-show/id434781229

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Category:Citizen Journalism -- posted at: 5:22pm EDT

Trey Anthony is the producer and writer of the highly successful play and television series, Da Kink In My Hair. She is one of the members of The Media Huddle's (http://www.themediahuddle.com/) "Divesity In The New Media Era" which is being held in Toronto on July 16, 2011. Trey was born in London, England of Jamaican parents. She came to Canada at 12 years old and has lived in Toronto ever since. She started acting and performing in high school. She began doingstand up comedy in her twenty's. After some time she decided to do some more serious work and has been on that journey ever since. During our interview, Trey talks and shares about various subjects such as her experience with diversity and how she has dealt with it professionally and personally, her insights on social media, how performees can take advantage of social media, the current barriers with social media and the downside of social media it is not used properly and the importance of connecting with people face to face For more information on The Media Huddle's (http://www.themediahuddle.com/) July 16th event, "Diversity In The New Media Era", please go to http://tmhtavissmiley.eventbrite.com/ For more information on Trey, go to: http://treyanthonystudios.com/ (Web) @treyanthony (Twitter) https://www.facebook.com/pages/trey-anthony/47959063718 (Facebook) http://thetruthaccordingtotrey.blogspot.com/ (Blogger) Please feel free to email us at info@blackcanadianman.com. If you live in North America, you can leave us a message at 1-866-280-9385 (toll free). Please feel free to "Like" the "The Vibe and Vegas Show" Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Vibe-and-Vegas-Show/155099174532923 God bless, peace, be well and keep the faith, Vibe and Vegas info@blackcanadianman.com Podcast: http://thevibeandvegasshow.wordpress.com/ 2011 Black Weblog Awards Finalist (Best International Blog and Best Podcast Series): http://www.blackweblogawards.com/bwa2011finalists.pdf Black Blog Of The Day - Black Bloggers Network - June 23, 2011: http://www.blackbloggernetwork.com/category/black-blog-of-the-day/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/vibeandvegas "The Vibe and Vegas Show" Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/The-Vibe-and-Vegas-Show/155099174532923 iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-vibe-and-vegas-show/id434781229

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Category:Citizen Journalism -- posted at: 8:59am EDT

Nneka Elliot is the president of The Media Huddle (http://www.themediahuddle.com/). The Media Huddle is a skills development company located in Toronto that assists media professionals in the development of timely and essential skills that will help them navigate an ever-changing media industry. Before starting The Media Huddle, Nneka had various broadcast roles at CFRB (http://www.newstalk1010.com/), The Weather Network (http://www.theweathernetwork.com/) and CP 24 (http://www.cp24.com/). She is Canadian born but spent most of younger days growing up in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. During our interview, Nneka speaks and shares about various subjects including how performing became a part of her life at a young age, how she got her start in the media industry, her journey working for various media outlets, the story behind The Media Huddle and how things are going since it's launch on May 26, 2011 and the story and the reason for the July 16, 2011 event: Diversity In A New Media Era which will feature a keynote from Tavis Smiley (http://www.tavistalks.com/tavis/mediakit) and a stellar line up for the event's panel discussion. The panel producer, actor and creator of Da' Kink in my hair Trey Anthony, diversity and culture expert Dalton Higgins, TV/Radio personality and host of The Mike Chalut show on Proud FM, Mike Chalut and University of Toronto Professor Megan Boler who specializes in digital media and democracy. For more information on July 16th event, please go to http://tmhtavissmiley.eventbrite.com/ For more information on The Media Huddle, please go to: http://www.themediahuddle.com/ (website) @mediahuddle (Twitter) http://www.facebook.com/themediahuddle (Facebook) Please feel free to email us at info@blackcanadianman.com. If you live in North America, you can leave us a message at 1-866-280-9385 (toll free). Please feel free to "Like" the "The Vibe and Vegas Show" Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Vibe-and-Vegas-Show/155099174532923 God bless, peace, be well and keep the faith, Vibe and Vegas info@blackcanadianman.com Podcast: http://thevibeandvegasshow.wordpress.com/ 2011 Black Weblog Awards Finalist (Best International Blog and Best Podcast Series): http://www.blackweblogawards.com/bwa2011finalists.pdf Black Blog Of The Day - Black Blogger Network - June 23, 2011: http://www.blackbloggernetwork.com/category/black-blog-of-the-day/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/vibeandvegas "The Vibe and Vegas Show" Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/The-Vibe-and-Vegas-Show/155099174532923 iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-vibe-and-vegas-show/id434781229

Cheryl Nembhard is the co-founder and president of the Exousia Media Group (http://www.exousiamedia.com/) and the writer and music writer of the play, "My Brother's Keeper" (http://www.mybrotherskeeperplay.com/), which is being performed in Toronto from July 15 - July 17. She is a playright specializing in inspirational theatre. Exousia Media has been in existence for three years. "My Brother's Keeper" is the Exousia Media Group's fifth production. She grew up with a single mother household in a housing project in Toronto. She was sexually molested between the ages 5 and 11 years old by her Sunday school teacher. For many years, this caused a lot of resentment with Cheryl towards faith and God. It lead to life of drugs, crime, anger and life on the streets. During this interview, Cheryl talks about her challenging childhood and how she overcame it, how she turned her pain into purpose, providing advice on how those who being subjected to sexual abuse can overcome it, where her love of theatre came from, her first performance, the history and growth of Exousia media and it's future and it's challenges Cheryl ends the interview with a message for Black men, Black women and Black families. For more information including ticket information, location of the performances and times, please click on the following link: www.mybrotherskeeperplay.com Please feel free to email us at info@blackcanadianman.com. If you live in North America, you can leave us a message at 1-866-280-9385 (toll free). Please feel free to "Like" the "The Vibe and Vegas Show" Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Vibe-and-Vegas-Show/155099174532923 God bless, peace, be well and keep the faith, Vibe and Vegas info@blackcanadianman.com Podcast: http://thevibeandvegasshow.wordpress.com/ 2011 Black Weblog Awards Finalist (Best International Blog and Best Podcast Series): http://www.blackweblogawards.com/bwa2011finalists.pdf Black Blog Of The Day - Black Blogger Network - June 23, 2011: http://www.blackbloggernetwork.com/category/black-blog-of-the-day/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/vibeandvegas "The Vibe and Vegas Show" Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/The-Vibe-and-Vegas-Show/155099174532923 iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-vibe-and-vegas-show/id434781229


Evita (Evie) Robinson is in charge of Nomad*ness TV (http://nomadnesstv.com/). Nomad*ness TV has been nominated in the "Best Travel Blog" at this year's Black Weblog Awards. She was born in Albany, NewYork but spent most of her youth growing up in Poughkeepsie, New York. She now lives in New York City. During our conversation, Evie shares on various subjects ranging from having the biggest house parties in her youth, being excited to go to New York, her first travel journey which was to Paris after she graduated from college, her love of old school photography and books, going to Japan and experiencing culture shock then turning it into a great experience, how she was cast on the webshow on "Jet She Zero" (http://www.jetsetzero.tv/) which was filmed in Thailand then she went by herself to Cambodia. She also talks about the story behind Nomad*ness TV and the first episode which she was in Japan on February 7, 2010, her game changing moment, how she has the last eleven years of her life written in journals, when she realized she needed a team, her travel bag line DRT*RG, her thoughts on Blacks and social media, the future of social media, her most challenging with and the future of Nomad*ness TV. She even gives us her take on Black relationships, Black men and Black men. Please feel free to email us at info@blackcanadianman.com. If you live in North America, you can leave us a message at 1-866-280-9385 (toll free). Please feel free to "Like" the "The Vibe and Vegas Show" Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Vibe-and-Vegas-Show/155099174532923 God bless, peace, be well and keep the faith, Vibe and Vegas info@blackcanadianman.com Podcast: http://thevibeandvegasshow.wordpress.com/ 2011 Black Weblog Awards Finalist (Best International Blog and Best Podcast Series): http://www.blackweblogawards.com/bwa2011finalists.pdf Black Block Of The Day - June 23, 2011: http://www.blackbloggernetwork.com/category/black-blog-of-the-day/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/vibeandvegas "The Vibe and Vegas Show" Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/The-Vibe-and-Vegas-Show/155099174532923 iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-vibe-and-vegas-show/id434781229