The Dr. Vibe Show™

Blacks love social media!! In this episode, we speak and share with Gina McCauley, the executive director of Blogging While Brown and The Black Weblog Awards. This year's ceremony is being held in Los Angeles on July 9, 2011. It is part of The Black Social Media Weekend that is being held from July 8, 2011 to July 10, 2011. For more information, please go to Gina started her blog, What About Our Daugthers (, on August 18, 2007. During our conversation, Gina talks about various subjects including attending her first Blogging While Brown conference in 2007, some game changing moments in her social media journey, the history of The Black Weblog Awards and Blogging While Brown, why she founded Blogging While Brown, why she purchased The Black Weblog Awards in March 2011, the history of Blacks and social media, what are Black bloggers good at, where the opportunities are for Black Bloggers, state of the Black blogosphere, what are the hot trends in social media, the work necessary to put on this year's awards and the future of the awards. If you would like to find about more information about this year's awards, please go to: If you would like to find out more information about Blogging While Brown, please go to: Please feel free to email us at 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 God bless, peace, be well and keep the faith, Vibe and Vegas 2011 Black Weblog Awards Finalist (Best International Blog and Best Podcast Series) - Black Blog Of The Day - Black Bloggers Network - Twitter - "The Vibe and Vegas Show" Facebook Fan Page -!/pages/The-Vibe-and-Vegas-Show/155099174532923 iTunes -

There is no questioning of Oprah Winfrey's popularity with women. But, what do Black men think about Oprah? In this episode, David Blackman, Colin Jobe ( and Mike Ramey ( chat about Oprah. We have a spirited discussion about Oprah that ranges from Oprah's opinion in the eyes of Black men, Is she any different in any way from other Black entertainers?, Should we hold Black entertainers to a higher standards?, Has Oprah been negative towards Black men?, Has she and other Black entertainers been "playing it safe"? Please feel free to email us at 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 God bless, peace, be well and keep the faith, Vibe and Vegas 2011 Black Weblog Awards Finalists ( Black Blog Of The Day - Black Bloggers Network - June 23, 2011 ( Twitter ( "The Vibe and Vegas Show" Facebook Fan Page (!/pages/The-Vibe-and-Vegas-Show/155099174532923) iTunes (

On June 18th, I had the opportunity to talk and share about podcasting at the annual general meeting of the Canadian Association Of Black Journalists (CABJ). Even though I have spoken to groups about podcasting before, this was the first time that I recorded one of my podcasting "how to" sessions. In this episode, you get to hear some of my story including how the show started and how it has grown. I also provide the steps that I go through in doing a podcast from getting people to interview to the equipment that I use to podcast. One thing that I forgot to mention that I do podcasting via Skype to Skype calls on top of doing interviews Skype to a cell phone and Skype to landline. Please note that I recorded this presentation via a portable MP3 recorder so the sound is not 100%. I tried my best to make the recording the best that I could for you. I also encountered a challenge with the power point presentation (I lost some slides!!) but we worked in out. We were able to video record most of my presentation and will be posting it in the near future. I would like to thank the CABJ for allowing me to share with them. For more information about the CABJ, please go to their website at
Category:Citizen Journalism -- posted at: 6:32am EDT

Katherine Parris is the owner of The Toronto Wedding Chapel and has been a event planner for twelve years. The Toronto Wedding Chapel Chapel opened on August 11, 2007. During our interview Katherine discusses various subjects including why did she leave the job world to become a event planner, her first event as a wedding planner and the first wedding at The Toronto Wedding Chapel on August 11, 2007, how The Toronto Wedding Chapel came into existence, why people choose The Toronto Wedding Chapel, her clientele and find they find out about her, when the busy season is for weddings, what has made her successful as a event planner, how men are active in the planning in a wedding at her chapel, how great the timelines are to get married at The Toronto Wedding Chapel, the importance of vendors to the success of the business and why people choose The Toronto Wedding Chapel. Katherine also shares some wedding planning tips and what to look for in a event/wedding planner. The Toronto Wedding Chapel contact info: (website) (blog) E-mail: Phone: (416) 487-9800 Fax: (416) 483-5161 Toll Free: 1-888-418-1188 2 Lola Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5P 1E4 (Yonge and Eglinton)

Another first!! Steve Byfield is the only Black head winemaker with his own label in Canada. Steve is the head winemaker of the award winning Nayarai Cellars in Jordan, Ontario (Niagara region of Ontario). During our interview, Steve shares his story on how he got into the vine business including on how Nyarai Cellars started in 2008 including the business model and operations, where the name "Nyarai" came from, the details of the process of wine making from start to finish, overcoming the negative perception that some people have of Ontario wines, the process of getting his product on shelf. Steve also shares some wine tips and success stories. Here is how you can contact Steve (Nyarai Cellars): (Web) 3100 Glen Road Jordan, ON L0R 1S0 (905) 562-5214 (Phone) (905) 562-3999 (Fax) (Facebook Group Page)!/NyaraiCellars (Twitter Page)

James Causey is a editorial writer, columnist and blogger for The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper. He has only had two jobs in his life a bus boy at a restaurant and working at The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ; newspaper. He started working at the largest African American newspaper in Milwaukee at 14 years old. At 15 years old, he started working at the Milwaukee Sentinel Journal and has been there ever since. During our conversation, James talks and share about various issues that impact Black men and people of color including Blacks and AIDS, the Black church, the need for Black Americans to read more, what needs to improve the state of Black men in Milwaukee and in America, his thoughts on the job that President Obama has done so far and the "Black Mancession". James also provides his thoughts on other issues such as where did his love of journalism come from, his first column on teen pregnancy when he was 14 years old, his change of focus from being a boxer to a newspaper columnist, how he went from writing a community newspaper to writing for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel at 15 years old and has been there since, he studied at Marquette University and working at the Sentinel at the same time, the time that he spent at Harvard University studying and writing a paper on hip hop and words of encouragement for Black men.

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Category:Citizen Journalism -- posted at: 11:20pm EDT

Belinda is Owner & CEO of "Kamshuka", an Award winning International Photographer & Artist who has taken her Art to Dubai, the Island of Bahrain, the Bahamas, & recently to South Africa for 14 amazing days. Covering Fashion Week locally to overseas in Bahrain, Belinda continues to express her thoughts and interpret her heart through her creative Images. Making her mark in Toronto, appearing in Sway Magazine & recently being recognized as one of 12 Phenomenal Women changing our world in the Spring Issue of the Planet Africa Magazine. You may have also seen her as one of the faces of companies & products such as Chiggy's Touch Canada, Coconuts Chocolate, & Sans Facon. On July 14, 2011, Belinda will exhibit her works on Thursday in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. The predominately Exotic Art captures various images of landscapes, foreign lands and emotional expressions of people, this year being the beautiful South Africa.

Keisha Monique is a spoken word artist, musician, poet , writer and sculptor who was born and lives in Toronto. She studied Economics at Dalhousie University. Poetry and spoken word became her life at nine years old when she experienced her parents separating and of her brothers passed away (both of these events happened in one month). Writing poetry became her way of expressing her feeling during this challenging time. During our interview Keisha recalls her growing up days, her first live performance and her first major performance at "When Sisters Speak" in 2008, her experience in the East Coast of Canada and the racism that exists there, some of her influences, how she is taking advantage of social media and future plans. Keisha was king enough to end the interview with a poem, "Sundays @ Six (a poem for her father)".
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Category:Citizen Journalism -- posted at: 3:45pm EDT

In this interview, Anthony Makkas of Breakaway Relief Care speaks about "The Peace Without Borders - 6th Annual Peace Walk" which is organized by Breakaway Relief Care and Family In Action on Friday, June 10, 2011 and Saturday, June 11, 2011 (1 p.m. - 5 p.m.). The walk will commence from the Jane-Sheppard to Jane Finch Mall. The march addresses young Black men and gun violence. Anthony talks about talks about some of the issues and solutions that need to be addressed in the area of violence and why "Peace Without Borders" is running for two day for the first time.

Sheree Williams publisher of Cuisine Noir Magazine. She was born in Chicago and has a degree in advertising and a love for writing since she was very young. ; From food and wine to travel, Cuisine Noir magazine delivers what readers are looking for which is more than where to find the next great meal.

Ever since the age of 14, rapping has been the tool and the passion for Jerome "Sci-Young" Charity. Born in the Toronto neighbourhood of Rexdale, Ontario to parents Stanley Charity and Michelle Thomas, he grew up in Brampton, Ontario, with his mother, step-father and younger sister and brother. Sci was first given the name Science due to the fact that he wore glasses and used a lot of scientific terminology in his raps. Sci Young began making a name for himself as a local emcee at the age of 16, battle rapping at his high school and engaging in basement cipher's. Music is something that comes very easily for this young rapper but the business is always something he's had to learn and understand. As a former student of the Harris Institute and intern at Koch Entertainment Canada Sci Young has developed the knowledge to succeed within the music industry, while enrolled at Harris he learned the ins and outs of management and how to assist other artist's in development, as part of a school project he formed the management company CIP with two other students. As for Koch this was the hands on experience that allowed Sci to learn what kinds of marketing and promotion labels use to sell records. Sci Young's first body of work, "The Black Leather Prequel" is currently available. His follow up, "Dead Prime Prime Ministers" will be released this summer. During our interview Sci talks and shares about growing up in a challenging neighbourhood and how he overcame it, growing up with parents who were not married, his first musical performance, going to school to learn the business of music and what he learned from that experience and how he has focused on the internet at a young age to make his mark in the music industry. He also talks about how the internet changed the music industry, how his music style has changed, the current state of rap music, why he gives out product for free, details of his current mixtape and details of his next release, "Dead Prime Ministers", some of his favorite artists including The Beatles and country music, what rap music needs to get better and his message to young Black men. To find out more about Sci, go to: Sci Young YouTube Channel Link: Sci Young And Mayne Ishu - "We Got This Video" Twitter - @sysciyoung Sci Young Bandcamp Page: Official Blog: Please feel free to email us at 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 God bless, peace, be well and keep the faith, Vibe and Vegas info@blackcanadianman.comPodcast2011 Black Weblog Awards Finalist (Best International Blog and Best Podcast Series)Twitter"The Vibe and Vegas Show" Facebook Fan PageiTunes