The Dr. Vibe Show
After her great participation as a panelist at The Media Huddle's "Follow Me" event this past Wednesday evening, we realized that we have a great interview with Cher Jones of Socially Active that we had not posted yet. So, here is our interview with Cher that we did back in August. Cher is involved in many things. Some of these are: running her own company (Socially Active), senior communications coordinator for the city of Toronto, host of a tech show, a regular contributor for the last four years for the "Steve & Chris Show" on CBC, writing her first book, "Procrastepreneur". She specializes in communications planning and social media training strategies. During our interview, we chat about a number of subjects including her wanting to in front of the camera since she was four years old, some of her background and involvement in journalism, being involved in social media before it was called social media, current state of Black bloggers in Toronto, the need for more Blacks in social media, communications and PR positions and what can be done to change it, why did she start "Socially Active", some of the best social media platforms for business and where did she find time to do everything she does. You can connect with Cher via: http://sociallyactive.ca/ (web) @itscherjones (Twitter) http://ca.linkedin.com/in/itscherjones (Linkedin) https://plus.google.com/104247244277846042314/posts (Google Plus)
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Category:Citizen Journalism -- posted at: 11:03am EDT

Jonathan Sprinkles was voted "The National Speaker Of The Year (United States) and is the author of ten books. His mission is to inspire outstanding performance in each person he meets. He grew up very shy, stuttered and had stage fright. He became a leader while attending the University of Texas at Austin. After graduation, Jonathan worked at Dell Computers for 2 ½ years as a sales rep. went to Toastmasters. In May 2002, he quit his job and been speaking around the world ever since. During our chat Jonathan tells us where did he got his drive from, how his parents taught him education and street smarts, his struggles as a student until his junior year in college, some important books that he read when he was younger, how he appeared with Magic Johnson on a billboard, how he met Dennis Kimbro, what working in the corporate world taught him, the day he left the corporate world, how did he start writing books, how "Get Off Your But and Make It Happen!" happened. Jonathan also answers some questions, talks about various parts of "Get Off Your But and Make It Happen" and provides suggestions on how to thrive in a challenging economy www.jsprinkles.com www.getandstaymotivated.com @jsprinkles (Twitter) http://www.facebook.com/JonathanSprinkles?ref=ts (Facebook) http://www.youtube.com/user/JonathanSprinkles (You Tube)

Music industry veteran, Stan Sheppard, recently wrote an article titled, 'Is Black Radio Helping To Destroy Young Black Men And Women? We had the opportunity to interview with Stan in which he talks about his father"s (Bucky Sheppard) career in music which included working at the first Black record company in America, Vee Jay Records, developing the careers the carreers of great R&B artists such as Chaka Chan, Barry White, Stephanie Mills, Lionel Ritchie to his own career where he has worked with R&B artists such as By All Means, The Temptations, Gerald Alston, The Pointer Sisters and The Jackson Family to rap artists such as DJ Quik, Snoop Dogg, Musiq Soulchild. Stan held the position of A&R Director at Motown Records for five years. He is currently on projects by the artist Kokane and DJ Battlecat's debut album. He continues to educate young people about the music business. Stan's email address: stansheppard2011@hotmail.com

New Jersey entrepreneur Larry "Lak" (pronounced LOCK) Henderson is the co-founder, CEO, recording artist and co-producer of Smart Music Entertainment. Since 2007, Smart Music has created high-quality educational hip-hop music.Their blend of educational lyrics and underground hip-hop beats makes learning fun, accessible and more modern for a new generation of young people who are drawn to hip-hop music. Their new CD, Lesson One: Hip-Hop and Education, uses rap lyrics and today's hip-hop beats to teach students U.S. history, geography, health, politics and African and African-American history. Larry has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a specialization in Africana Studies and Labor Studies from Rutgers University. During our interview Larry talks about various subjects including his hip-hop journey which started in the third grade, the importance of knowing the business side of the music industry, why did he decide to combine education and hip-hop, his thoughts on the effects that hip-hop has on young people, his he thinks about the current American education system, messages for Black men and the future of hip-hop.

Victory Unlimited is the codename of the man who hosts the Victory Unlimited Show. The fans of the show call it the Greatest Dating, Relationship, and Life Strategy Show for men in the World. It's the headquarters for nice guys, good guys, and gutsy guys who want to better their lives. We go through his article, "The Top Twelve Reasons Why So Many Good Black Men Are Still Single!", what kind of responses he is getting from men and women about the article and he gives some words of advice for single Black men and women. Victory Unlimited can be reached at: http://victoryunlimitedshow.com/ (Website) http://www.facebook.com/victoryunlimitedshow (Facebook) @VictoryUnlimitd

Yesterday, we had the opportunity and pleasure to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony and the official opening of the brand new studio of Toronto's newest radio station, G98.7 FM "The Way We Groove" (CKFG) at 34 Kern Road in the Don Mills and York Mills area in Toronto. During the event, G98.7 Founder, President, CEO & Station Manager Fitzroy Gordon and Program Director Wayne Williams also revealed the on-air team that will be heard on Canada's first and only Urban Adult Contemporary (AC)-formatted radio station starting on Monday, November 14, 2011. We were able to sit and chat with G98.7 Founder, President, CEO & Station Manager Fitzroy Gordon. Fitzroy takes along the journey from the time when he thought about the idea of this station back in 1998 to the day that it became a reality on June 9, 2011 to the opening of the station's doors. Fitzroy also talks about the importance of relationships in the lives of Black men and he talks about some programming that G98.7 will have some programming directed in help, the importance of Black men looking after their own health, what he is excited about and how we can help the station grow in a positive direction. @G987FM (Twitter) https://www.facebook.com/G987FM (Facebook) http://g987fm.com/ (Website will be live as of November 14, 2011 but you can listen to pre-recorded music via the site until the station and the site go live on November 14, 2011)

Nichola Lawrence, David Lopez and Desmond Lopez are starring in a brand new production of the Dora Award-Winning Musical "Seussical" which will be presented on the Mainstage at the Young's People Theatre in Toronto from November 7 to November 20. "Seussical" is based on the work of the famous child writer Dr. Seuss. During our chat, they share with us some of their journey on how they got to where they are today, each of their moment when they found that the performing arts was their calling, what is "Seussical" is all about and how they got involved with "Seussical".

Vivek Wadhwa is a Visiting Scholar, School of Information, UC-Berkeley; Director of Research, Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization, and Exec in Residence, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University; Senior Research Associate, Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School; Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Halle Institute of Global Learning, Emory University; and faculty member and advisor at Singularity University. He helps students prepare for the real world; lectures in class; and leads groundbreaking research projects. He is also an advisor to several startup companies, a columnist for The Washington Post and Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and writes occasionally for several international publications. Prior to joining academia in 2005, Wadhwa founded two software companies. During our conversation, Vivek the reason why there is a lack of Blacks in position of power in the tech industry, what Blacks need to do to crack Silicon Valley, the pushback that he has received from a number of people for his views, African American feedback to his views and that there is hope for Black to make it and how to succeed in Silicon Valley. Click on the following link to read Vivek's article "We need a black Mark Zuckerburg": http://wadhwa.com/2011/06/24/washington-post-we-need-a-black-mark-zuckerberg/ You can connect with Vivek via: http://wadhwa.com/ (Website) @wadhwa Wadhwa@duke.edu (email)

On October 20, 2011, we attended the Dr. Roz's Healing Place 3rd Annual Gala, "Victory Over Violence - Be Their Light" at This Is London in Toronto. Before the evening started, we spoke with Kendra Francis who is in charge of Community Outreach for Dr. Roz's Healing Place. Dr. Roz's Healing Place is a centre for empowerment and healing that works towards the eradication of violence against women and their children locally, nationally and globally. Kendra tells us how she became involved with Dr. Roz's Healing Place and what Dr. Roz's Healing place does and what areas are there are looking for help. For more information about Dr. Roz's Healing Place, go to: http://www.drrozshealingplace.com/ (Website) (416) 264-0823 (Phone)

This episode features the rebroadcast of our live interview with Noel Waldron, president of My Dreams Work. During our conversation, Noel discusses various subjects including sharing some of his background, how he turned his gifts into his passion, how Bob Proctor of "The Secret" has impacted him, how he has made sacrifices along his journey to get where he is today, some coaching and instruction on making your dreams work, the difference between wishful thinking and a dream, the importance of mentorship, some recommended books and ways to improve your thinking. Noel's contact information: http://www.mydreamswork.com/ (Website) noel@mydreamswork.com (Email) @NoelWalrond (Twitter) Noel Walrond (Facebook)
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Category:Citizen Journalism -- posted at: 5:54pm EDT