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Saturday Mornings with Joy Keys

“Saturday Mornings with Joy Keys” is an interactive, live Internet talk-radio show that focuses on providing people with tools to enrich and advance their lives
Saturday Mornings with Joy Keys


“Saturday Mornings with Joy Keys” is an interactive, live Internet talk-radio show that focuses on providing people with tools to enrich and advance their lives mentally, physically, monetarily and emotionally. Callers are encouraged to call (646) 929-0368 to listen or ask questions.The show is live on Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. Eastern.She is a mother, trainer, speaker, mentor, actress, writer, producer and director. Ms. Keys holds a Bachelors in Social Work. She is a Leeway Art and Change grantee. She is passionate about making a difference in her local and global communities.***Follow on Become a fan on FACEBOOK. Follow on Instagram: saturdayswithjoykeys. Email me at saturdayswithjoykeys (at) hotmail (dot) com



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Joy Keys chats with Singer Sia Tolno

May 15, 2016 00:44:00


Special guest: Singer Sia Tolno. Sia Tolno was born1975 in Gueckedou in Guinea, Geopolitical this ravaged area had eleven years of civil war, from 1991 to 2002, because of the"blood diamonds", which were taken by warlords.  Sia Tolno has long wanted to "seize the Afrobeat, an expression of anger music, which is at the height of what I mean."  For her previous two albums, Eh Sanga and My Life (RFI Award 2011), she worked with Guinean guitarist Kante Manfila (a former Ambassadors Salif Keita) first, then Mamadou Camara, guitarist veteran of orchestra Kaloum Star. Sia Tolno advocate for women. "They have a place in Africa today," she said, using the example of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Nobel Peace Prize, which governs Liberia since 2006. "For us, family, husband, children, a belief, it is important. You have to respect it to better denounce the scourge of female circumcision. So I say without aggression, "it must cut anything." Or I talk to women so they no longer tolerate humiliating marriage, but respecting their values. " The album African Woman denounces the machismo (Manu), the imbecility of the warlords (Rebel Leader) and police corruption (African Police). It promotes education of women, inevitably powerful (Waka Waka Woman), against excision (Kekeleh). She also tells the tragic story of Koita and Fode Tounkara Yaguine, two teenagers prospective migrants found dead in the landing gear of the flight 520 of Sabena in 1999. Idjo Weh is devoted to youth "which is locked in Africa, wedged between parental influence and social structures. You can not be master of yourself, because there is always someone better equipped than you, and this generates violence, rebellion, and all sortesde traffic. " 

Joy Keys chats with Comedian Lil Rel Howery from NBC's The Carmichael Show

May 8, 2016 00:30:00


Lil Rel Howery stars as Jerrod's ever-hustling brother, Bobby Carmichael, in the NBC comedy "The Carmichael Show." Hailing from Chicago, Howery has been seen on his own Comedy Central special, "Last Comic Standing," "Russell Simmons Presents Stand-Up at the El Rey," "Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Stand Up" and "Diddy's Bad Boys of Comedy." He has also made appearances on "The Arsenio Hall Show," "Shaq's All Star Comedy Jam" and "Chelsea Lately." In 2009, Lil Rel began his first business, The Lil Rel Company. Initially launched as the holding company for his stand-up comedy material, The Lil Rel Company now houses the entire Lil Rel brand. His new CD, "I Know You Hear Me, But Are You Listening," is available on iTunes. Last year, Howery appeared on BET's "Comic View," Fox's animated series "Lucas Bros Moving Co," Comedy Central's "Comedy Underground with Dave Attell" and the recently renewed TruTV sketch show "Friends of the People," for which he also writes and executive produces.

Joy Keys chats with Nigerian Author Noo Saro Wiwa

May 8, 2016 00:34:00


Noo Saro-Wiwa was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and raised in England. She attended King's College London and Columbia University in New York. Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria (Granta, 2012) is her first book. It was selected as BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week in 2012, and was named The Sunday Times Travel Book of the Year, 2012. Shortlisted for the Author’s Club Dolman Travel Book of the Year Award in 2013, Looking for Transwonderland was also nominated by The Financial Times as one of the best travel books of 2012. The Guardian newspaper included it among its 10 Best Contemporary Books on Africa in 2012. It has been translated into French and Italian. She has contributed book reviews, travel, opinion and analysis articles for The Guardian newspaper, The Independent, The Financial Times, The Times Literary Supplement and Prospect magazine, among others.   Noo has also written travel guides for Lonely Planet and Rough Guides. Website:

Joy Keys chats with Nigerian Author Chioma Okereke

May 1, 2016 00:32:00


Chioma Okereke was born in Benin City, Nigeria. She started her writing career as a poet and performed throughout Europe and the United States before turning her hand to fiction. Her work has been shortlisted in the Undiscovered Authors Competition 2006,run by Bookforce UK, and in the Daily Telegraph's 'Write a Novel in a Year' Competition in 2007. Bitter Leaf is a richly textured and intricate novel set in Mannobe, a world that is African in nature but never geographically placed. At the heart of the novel is the village itself and its colourful cast of inhabitants: Babylon, a gifted musician who falls under the spell of the beautiful Jericho who has recently returned from the city; Mabel and M'elle Codon, twin sisters whose lives have taken very different paths, Magdalena, daughter of Mabel, who nurses an unrequited love for Babylon and Allegory, the wise old man who adheres to tradition.

2016 Autism and African Americans

Apr 24, 2016 00:33:00


Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Special Guest: Angela Norris -Hawkins, Angela, along with her mother, are co- founders of the African American Autism Center, one of a handful of African American focused community based organization helping families with children along the autism spectrum and Elevated Thinking for Success, which is the philanthropic arm for the AAAC, supporting various community initiatives and activities through monetary and voluntary efforts. Special Guest: The Color of Autism Foundation was founded to fill a void of providing aid to children and their families coping with autism. About the founder: Camille Proctora mother of an autistic son founded the organization after her son was diagnosed.  After witnessing a great divide in the level of care for African American Families affected by ASD The Color of Autism Foundation was born.  

Joy Keys chats with Nigerian Author Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

Apr 24, 2016 00:30:00


Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani is a novelist, essayist, journalist and humorist. She was born in Enugu, Nigeria. As a teenager, she secretly dreamed of becoming a CIA or KGB agent. She studied Psychology at the University of Ibadan.  Her first income was from winning a writing competition at the age of 13. In her first year at university, she was a member of the Idia Hall Chess Team, and also a member of the university's (classical music) choir.    I Do Not Come to You by Chance:A deeply moving debut novel set amid the perilous world of Nigerian email scams, I Do Not Come to You by Chance tells the story of one young man and the family who loves him. Being the opera of the family, Kingsley Ibe is entitled to certain privileges--a piece of meat in his egusisoup, a party to celebrate his graduation from university. As first son, he has responsibilities, too. But times are bad in Nigeria, and life is hard. Unable to find work, Kingsley cannot take on the duty of training his younger siblings, nor can he provide his parents with financial peace in their retirement. And then there is Ola. Dear, sweet Ola, the sugar in Kingsley's tea. It does not seem to matter that he loves her deeply; he cannot afford her bride price. Winner of Commonwealth Writers Prize Best First Book (Africa) 2010,  Betty Trask Award for Best First Book 2010,Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa 2010 finalist and Washington Post Best Books of 2009.

Joy Keys chats with Award winning South African Singer Lira

Apr 17, 2016 00:32:00


Songstress LIRA, whose music career spans 13 years and includes 6 Studio albums, 3 live DVD’s, an autobiography and a movie; has established herself as the foremost female artist in South Africa and a formidable presence on the global music scene. When asked to elaborate on the significance of the title; “I grew up in a world where I faced so many limitations. I realised defining freedom for myself and subsequently living it was what I needed to do. In exploring this, the concept of “Born Free” became clearer. I want people to realise how powerful they are and that they can own their freedom. This album has become more than a body of musical work, it seeks to inspire and create change – physically and most importantly, mentally “says LIRA. Born Free masterfully blends a new sound with the smooth urban direction synonymous with the LIRA brand. “This is my best record yet, adds LIRA, and listeners should expect to hear the definitive growth and boldness which that brings.” Born Free marks a new direction for LIRA and promises to set an exciting tone for great things to come.

Joy Keys chats with Poet Yolanda Wisher

Apr 17, 2016 00:31:00


Yolanda Wisher is the 2016-2017 Poet Laureate of the City of Philadelphia. Wisher is the author of Monk Eats an Afro and the co-editor of Peace is a Haiku Song.  Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, Fence, Chain, MELUS, and GOOD Magazine and the anthologies Gathering Ground and The Ringing Ear.  Wisher is a 2016 Hedgebrook Writer-in-Residence, 2015 Pew Fellow, Center for Performance and Civic Practice Catalyst Initiative grantee (2015), Leeway Art & Change Award recipient (2008), and the inaugural Montgomery County Pennsylvania Poet Laureate (1999).  She holds an M.A in English/Creative Writing-Poetry from Temple University and a B.A. in English/Black Studies from Lafayette College. Wisher founded and directed the Germantown Poetry Festival (2006-2010) and served as Director of Art Education for the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program (2010-2015).  She currently works as Chief Rhapsodist of Wherewithal for the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture. 

Joy Keys chats with Actress Keesha Sharp

Mar 13, 2016 00:36:00


Actress, writer and director Keesha Sharp shines in her current role as Dale Cochran, the wife of defense attorney Johnnie Cochran (Courtney B. Vance), in FX’s “The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”  She’s also well known for series regular roles as Gigi on the TBS (and Syndicated) comedy “Are We There Yet?” in which she also made her directorial debut, and as Monica Charles Brooks on the hit CW series “Girlfriends,” for which she was nominated for a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.   Keesha is also recognized for her recurring television roles on The CW’s “ Significant Mother,” CBS’s “Bad Teacher,” ABC Family’s “Melissa & Joey,” UPN’s “Everybody Hates Chris,” and guest starring appearances on NBC’s “The Player,” TV Land’s “The Exes,” CBS’s “Elementary,” CBS’s “Cold Case,” and more.   She can also be seen in Tyler Perry’s hit film, Why Did I Get Married? alongside Perry and Janet Jackson, as well as the upcoming indie films Frozen Peas and Born Guilty.  

Joy Keys chats with Author Kali Nicole Gross

Mar 6, 2016 00:32:00


Kali Nicole Gross is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and affiliate faculty in the History Department and the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies.  Her research concentrates on black women’s experiences in the United States criminal justice system between the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She is author of the award-winning book, Colored Amazons: Crime, Violence and Black Women in the City of Brotherly Love, 1880-1910, and the newly released, Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso: A Tale of Race, Sex, and Violence in America.   A native New Yorker with Guyanese ancestry, Dr. Gross received her B.A. from Cornell University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. In Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso, historian Kali Nicole Gross uses detectives' notes, trial and prison records, local newspapers, and other archival documents to reconstruct this ghastly whodunit crime in all its scandalous detail. In doing so, she gives the crime context by analyzing it against broader evidence of police treatment of black suspects and violence within the black community.

Joy Keys chats with Author Kimberla Lawson Roby about Best Friends Forever

Dec 13, 2015 00:33:00


  Special Guest: Author  Kimberla Lawson Roby chats about her new book Best Friends Forever. BEST FRIENDS FOREVER tells the story of Celine Richardson, her husband, Keith, and their 10-year-old daughter, Kassie.  But this once loving marriage and happy family unit turn devastating when, only days apart, Celine is diagnosed with breast cancer and learns that Keith is having an affair.  Worse, Keith still leaves her for the other woman.  Celine then wonders how she’ll navigate the difficult process of surgery and additional cancer treatment, but comfort and support come in the form of Celine's best friend, Lauren.  They've been attached at the hip since they were children, and it is Lauren who's there for Celine in her darkest moments.  Of course, Keith may want to come back home, forcing Celine to consider some tough decisions relating to the marriage and otherwise—and for the very first time in her life, she wants to give up.  Lauren vows to help her best friend in any way she can, but will it be too late? KimberlaLawson Roby is the author of the bestselling works The Ultimate Betrayal, A Christmas Prayer, The Prodigal Son, A House Divided, The Perfect Marriage, The Reverend’s Wife, Secret Obsession, Love, Honor, and Betray, Be Careful What You Pray For, A Deep Dark Secret, The Best of Everything, Sin No More, One in a Million, Love and Lies, Changing Faces, The Best-Kept Secret, Too Much of a Good Thing, A Taste of Reality, It’s a Thin Line, Casting the First Stone, Here and Now and Behind Closed Doors. She lives with her husband in Illinois. 

Joy Keys chats with Author Tananarive Due about her book Ghost Summer: Stories

Dec 6, 2015 00:35:00


Special guest: Author Tananarive Due Whether weaving family life and history into dark fiction or writing speculative Afrofuturism, American Book Award winner and Essence bestselling author Tananarive Due’s work is both riveting and enlightening. In her debut collection of short fiction, Due takes us to Gracetown, a small Florida town that has both literal and figurative ghost; into future scenarios that seem all too real; and provides empathetic portraits of those whose lives are touched by Otherness. Featuring an award-winning novella and fifteen stories—one of which has never been published before—GHOST SUMMER: STORIES, is sure to both haunt and delight. - See more at:

Joy Keys chats with Astrologer Samuel F. Reynolds about 2015

Dec 6, 2015 00:34:00


Special guest : Astrologer Samuel F. Reynolds. Samuel F. Reynolds, a former skeptic, had a life-changing visit to an astrologer and has since spent 23 years doing charts and studying astrology. Now Samuel consults, writes, and teaches astrology full-time. He currently is the resident astrologer for New York Magazine and Pride Magazine in the UK. He serves on the boards of directors for the International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR) and the Astrology News Service, and he’s a co-founder of the International Society of Black Astrologers.  His home website is  

Joy Keys chats with Soul Singer Amana Melomé

Nov 22, 2015 00:34:00


Special Guest:  Amana Melomé: Born in Germany, raised around the world, Amana Melome' is a Euro-Caribbean-American singer-songwriter.Both Amana’s mother and grandmother were professional singers and her father hailing from the Caribbean island of Aruba is still an active musician in the European scene. Amana recorded her debut album INDIGO RED as well as her sophmoric LP PHOENIX RISING with producer Saverio ‘Sage’ Principini in LA. After a US release with indie label Savana Records and a distribution deal thru the Whole Foods Markets her album was licensed in Europe with IRMA records. While promoting her CD in Italy she landed a lead role, playing herself, on the most popular sitcom on national TV: Un Medico In Famiglia.  Amana's new EP 'Lock and Key' brings exciting new collaborations with the production duo Itai Shapira and Adam Berg of the Decoders, also recorded in Los Angeles. Her music is a blend of styles ranging from Soul to World with a strong Reggae influence.

2015 Diabetes Awareness Month with Joy Keys

Nov 22, 2015 00:29:00


November is Diabetes Awareness Mionth. 29 million Americans have Diabetes.(CDC) The mission of the American Diabetes Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. - Special Guest: Theresa Sims-Cardiothoracic Registered Nurse. BSN from Drexel University. She is a volunteer with the American Diabetes Association. 

Joy Keys chats with Dr. Shane Perrault about The Black MANual

Nov 15, 2015 00:35:00


Whether you are single, divorced or widowed -- Dr. Shane Perrault, PhD., has learned first hand that "It is never too late to live happily ever after." As founder of, he has provided relationship and marital counseling to hundreds of couples since 2004. Throughout his work as a marital psychologist, he as found one of the key factors in relationship or marital success is choosing the right partner. Dr. Shane received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the Ohio State University, and received his BS from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA. He also completed Level I, II and III training at the world-renowned Gottman Marital Therapy Institute. He is regularly invited to speak at church retreats, has spoken at the Congressional Caucus on the topic of "What has happened to Marriage in Black America", blogs for Psychology Today; and has been featured in Ebony and Essence Magazines, the Washington Post": XM Radio, BET and TV One. He has also appeared as a guest expert in "You Saved Me", a film about marriage in the black community.

2015 Alzheimer's Awareness Month with Joy Keys

Nov 15, 2015 00:30:00


It is estimated that as many as 5.1 million Americans may have Alzheimer's disease. The mission of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) is "to provide optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families-through our member organizations dedicated to improving quality of life..” Special guest: Charles J. Fuschillo was appointed chief executive officer of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America in January 2014. Prior to that, he served eight terms as a New York state senator representing the 8th Senate District. Special Guest:  Amy McVeigh.worked with the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging for about 10 years. Currently working with the Caregiver Support Program as a Supervisor. She has a Masters of Gerontology and she has worked in the field of Aging for 16 years.

Joy Keys chats with MS Activist Kristen Henry King about her song Impervious

Nov 1, 2015 00:33:00


Special Guest: Singer, Model, and Actress Kristen Henry King  ( - Kristen battles with Multiple Sclerosis. She was inspired to write the song IMPERVIOUS chronicling her experience with MS.. listen to the song here on YouTube: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system). In MS, the immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body.  Signs and symptoms of MS vary widely and depend on the amount of nerve damage and which nerves are affected. Some people with severe MS may lose the ability to walk independently or at all, while others may experience long periods of remission without any new symptoms. There's no cure for multiple sclerosis. However, treatments can help speed recovery from attacks, modify the course of the disease and manage symptoms.

Joy Keys chats with Author Cynthia Bond about her book RUBY

Oct 18, 2015 00:32:00


Special Guest: CYNTHIA BOND is a New York Times Best-Selling Author. Her novel RUBY was chosen to be an Oprah Book Club 2.0 selection. RUBY was also a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and an Indie Next Pick. A PEN Rosenthal Fellow, Bond attended Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, then moved to New York and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She founded the Blackbird Writing Collective in 2011. Cynthia has taught writing to at-risk and homeless youth for over fifteen years, and is on staff at Paradigm Malibu Adolescent Treatment Center.

2015 Down Syndrome Awareness Month with Joy Keys

Oct 18, 2015 00:28:00


Special Guest: David Charmatz, SVP of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.Charmatz oversees marketing, public relations, research and analysis for Global, and his top priorities will be growing the personnel and revenue in order to better serve the needs of people with Down syndrome nationally and internationally. Before joining Global full-time, Charmatz was a consultant assisting with the launch of Down Syndrome World magazine and Global’smonthly electronic newsletter, and with the planning of a second edition of the Down Syndrome Prenatal Testing Pamphlet. The Global Down Syndrome Foundation is a public non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to significantly improving the lives of people with Down syndrome through Research, Medical Care, Education and Advocacy.  

2015 Domestic Violence Awareness Month with Joy Keys

Oct 11, 2015 00:34:00


On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States--more than 12 million women and men over the course of a year.( Special Guest: Jeannine Lisitski, Executive Director and President for Women Against Abuse.the mission of women against abuse  is to provide quality, compassionate and nonjudgmental services in a manner that fosters self-respect and independence in persons experiencing intimate partner violence and to lead the struggle to end domestic violence through advocacy and community education. Special Guest: Vashti Bledsoe, Director of Lutheran Settlement House’s Bilingual Domestic Violence Program.Established in 1902, Lutheran Settlement House (LSH) is a non-profit, community-based organization committed to serving vulnerable children, adults, and families living in Philadelphia. Over the past century, the programs and services offered by LSH have changed in response to the evolving needs of the community. However, the core mission of Lutheran Settlement House — “to empower individuals, families, and communities to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency through an integrated program of social, educational, and advocacy services” — has remained constant.  

Joy Keys chats with Musician Toshi Reagon

Sep 29, 2015 00:38:00


Special Guest: Toshi Reagon has been described as “a talented, versatile singer, songwriter and musician with a profound ear for sonic Americana—from folk to funk, from blues to rock” by critic/blogger Eva Yaa Asantewaa (InfiniteBody). “She masters each of these genres with vocal strategies that easily spiral and swoop from the expressively sinuous to the hard-charging, a combination of warmth and mischief.” While her expansive career has landed her comfortably in residence at Carnegie Hall, the Paris Opera House and Madison Square Garden, you can just as easily find Toshi turning out a music festival, intimate venue or local club. Toshi finds home on any musical stage. Toshi has had the pleasure of working with Lenny Kravitz, Lizz Wright, Ani DiFranco, Carl Hancock Rux, Nona Hendryx, Pete Seeger, Chocolate Genius and many other amazing artists, including her favorite collaborator, her mom, Bernice Johnson Reagon. Toshi has been the recipient of a NYFA award for Music Composition, The Black Lily Music and Film Festival Award for Outstanding Performance. She is a National Women’s History Month Honoree, and is the 2010 recipient of OutMusic’s Heritage Award.

Joy Keys chats with Author Jeffrey Renard Allen about Song of the Shank

Sep 27, 2015 00:34:00


Special Guest: Jeffrey Renard Allen. Born in Chicago, Allen holds a Ph.D. in English (Creative Writing) from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is currently a faculty member in the writing program at the New School. Allen is the author of two collections of poetry, Stellar Places (Moyer Bell, 2007) andHarbors and Spirits (Moyer Bell, 1999), and two works of fiction, the widely celebrated novel, Rails Under My Back (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2000), which won The Chicago Tribune's Heartland Prize for Fiction, and the story collection Holding Pattern (Graywolf Press, 2008), which won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. He is presently at work on a memoir-travelogue-meditation that uses his travels about the African continent to frame an exploration of subjects such as place, race, religion, music and culture, identity, and family. In May 2014, Graywolf Press published his novel Song of the Shank, which is based on the life of Thomas Greene Wiggins, a nineteenth-century African-American piano virtuoso and composer who performed under the stage name Blind Tom.

Joy Keys chats with Actress Margaret Avery from Being Mary Jane about Lupus

Sep 20, 2015 00:33:00


Special Guest:  Margaret Avery moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career in 1968. In 1973 her Los Angeles Drama Circle Award-winning performance in the play “Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?” caught the attention of Clint Eastwood and he quickly cast her in his film “Magnum Force”, serving as an entree for guest starring roles in numerous episodic T.V. shows and Blaxploitation films including “Scott Joplin”, “The Lathe of Heaven”, “The Return of Superfly” and “Heatwave”. She eventually got cast in her most widely recognized Academy-Award nominated role as Shug Avery in Steven Spielberg’s “The Color Purple”. She is a new public advocate for continued Lupus research and education through the Lupus Foundation of America; a cause preempted by personally knowing individuals living with Lupus as well as playing a character who suffers from the disease on BET's Being Mary Jane. Special Guest: Annette Myarick is the CEO for the Lupus Foundation of America’s (LFA) Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter. Prior to joining the LFA in 1991, she was with the Arthritis Foundation’s Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter for 14 years, most recently as the Vice President for Public Health Strategies. Annette has a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education from Temple University.   

Joy Keys chats with Actor JR Lemon from NBC's The Night Shift

Sep 20, 2015 00:32:00


JR Lemon was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. A Stanford University graduate with a BS degree in Management Science and Engineering, JR was signed as a running back to the Oakland Raiders subsequent to finishing school.  After being released from the Raiders, JR relocated to southern California with the intention of continuing his football training.  Little did he know at the time, but the move would expose JR to possibilities of a life he had never imagined in the entertainment industry. While appearing in numerous national commercial and print campaigns JR honed his craft with the intention of pursuing an acting career.  The hard work paid off when he booked a series regular role in NBC’s medical drama The Night Shift, which was recently renewed for a third season. He recently also made his big screen debut as one of the male leads in Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas – the next installment in Lionsgate’s successful franchise. In order to satisfy his football interest, JR still performs much of the Motion Capture for Electronics Artists on their extremely popular football video game, Madden. 

Joy Keys chats with Actress Amber Stevens West from NBC’s The Carmichael Show

Sep 13, 2015 00:33:00


Special Guest:  Amber Stevens West can be seen starring opposite Jerrod Carmichael, David Alan Grier, and Loretta DeVine on NBC’s The Carmichael Show.  Previously Amber starred opposite Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in Sony’s 22 JUMP STREET, which Chris Lord and Phil Miller directed. For four years, Amber starred on ABC Family’s hit series GREEK and recently recurred on 90210 for the CW.  Last year, she filmed JESSABELLE for Lionsgate and co-starred opposite Laura Prepon and Bryan Greenberg in the independent film THE KITCHEN.

Joy Keys chats with Ugandan Author Dilman Dila about A Killing In The Sun

Jan 18, 2015 00:34:00


Dilman Dila is a writer, filmmaker and a social activist who believes that stories are an important tool in creating a better world. Dilman was shortlisted for the prestigious Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2013, long listed for the Short Story Day Africa prize, 2013, and nominated for the 2008 Million Writers Awards for his short story, Homecoming. Dilman’s first works appeared in print in The Sunday Vision in 2001, and have since featured in several e-zines and book anthologies, including the African Roar 2013, Storymoja, and Gowanus Books. His first novella, a romance, Cranes Crest at Sunset, was released in 2013 during the Hay Festival in Nairobi. ‘A Killing in the Sun’ is a collection of speculative fiction from Africa. It draws from the rich oral culture of the author’s childhood, to tell a wide variety of stories. Some of the stories are set in a futuristic Africa, where technology has transformed everyday life and a dark force rules. Others are set in the present day, with refugee aliens from outer space, ghosts haunting brides and grooms, evil scientists stalking villages, and greedy corporations creating apocalypses. There are murder mysteries, tales of reincarnation and of the walking dead, and alternative worlds whose themes any reader will identify with. This collection is deftly crafted, running along the thin boundary of speculative and literary genres.

Joy Keys chats with Actor Arlen Escarpeta from Lifetime's Whitney Houston biopic

Jan 11, 2015 00:32:00


Actor Arlen Alexander Escarpeta. He is best known for his roles in the films Friday the 13th,Brotherhood,Final Destination 5, and Into the Storm (2014). Escarpeta will be playing the role of Bobby Brown in the new Whitney Houston Biopic, Whitney (film), airing on Lifetime (TV Network) January 17, 2015. Golden Globe® Award winner and Academy Award® nominee Angela Bassett makes her directorial debut with the Lifetime Original Movie "Whitney," featuring Yaya DaCosta (Lee Daniels’ "The Butler") in the lead role with Arlen Escarpeta ("Final Destination 5") alongside her as Bobby Brown.  "Whitney" chronicles the headline-making relationship between the iconic singer, actress, producer and model Whitney Houston and singer and songwriter Bobby Brown from the time they first met at the very height of their celebrity to their courtship and tumultuous marriage. Throughout it all, difficulties followed the superstar couple while they dealt with the overwhelming rewards and consequences of the fame and fortune created by Houston’s meteoric rise that would soon overshadow them both. Movie Trailer:

Joy Keys chats with Author Bridgett M. Davis about her book Into the Go-Slow

Dec 21, 2014 00:34:00


INTO THE GO-SLOW is a novel about sisters, the legacy of the Black Power Movement, and the troubled bond between African Americans and Africans.  It’s 1986, and twenty-one-year-old Angie is adrift in her hometown of Detroit. Her older sister, Ella, had disappeared in Lagos a decade earlier, and Angie decides to retrace her steps. Against a backdrop of Nigeria’s infamous go-slow—traffic as wild and surprising as a Fela lyric—Angie begins to unravel the mysteries of the past, and opens herself up to love and life after Ella. BRIDGETT M. DAVIS’s debut novel, Shifting Through Neutral (Amistad 2004), was a finalist for the 2005 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Davis is the books editor at Bold As Love Magazine, a black-culture website, and her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Essence, O, The Oprah Magazine, and The, among other publications. She is a professor at Baruch College, City University of New York, where she is the director of the Sidney Harman Writer-in Residence Program, and she is the curator of the popular monthly Brooklyn reading series, Sundays @ . . .

Joy Keys chats with Actor Stephen Hill

Dec 7, 2014 00:35:00


Special Guest: Actor Stephen Hill.Stephen Hill is an award winning actor (Best Male Actor, ABFF Star Project 2010) and is known for solid work in a variety of roles in film, TV, theater, web series, etc. As an accomplished actor, he can be seen on Law & Order SVU, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Louie, Political Animals, and Do No Harm. Hill can also be seen in the award winning documentary, Jackie Robinson: My Story, as he embodies the role of Jackie Robinson. Known for his versatility by seamlessly delivering compelling performances in both comedic and dramatic roles, Hill gives stellar performances as the lead in the feature films Christmas Wedding Baby, and Stay Cold, Stay Hungry. On the small screen, he stars opposite Jane Curtain in an episode of the CBS series Unforgettable, and plays the role of Clarence, right hand man to Jeffrey Wright's Dr. Narcisse on the final season of HBO's hit series Boardwalk Empire. Hill recently enjoyed the opportunity to display his "leading man" charisma in the short film/video Runaway by Grammy nominated vocalist Carolyn Malachi.

Joy Keys wraps up 2015 with Astrologer Samuel F. Reynolds

Dec 7, 2014 00:33:00


Samuel F. Reynolds, a former skeptic, had a life-changing visit to an astrologer and has since spent 23 years doing charts and studying astrology. Now Samuel consults and teaches astrology full-time. He also serves on a few astrology organizational boards and writes horoscopes for,, andPride, a British Black women’s magazine. His site is 

Joy Keys chats with Social Justice Advocate Bryan Stevenson

Nov 9, 2014 00:27:00


Bryan Stevenson is a public-interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. He's a professor of law at New York University Law School and the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, an Alabama-based group that has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent prisoners on death row, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aiding children prosecuted as adults. EJI won an historic ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court holding that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger are unconstitutional. He has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued six times before the Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color. He has received numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant. He is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government, and has been awarded 14 honorary doctorate degrees. Among the first cases Bryan took on was that of Walter McMillan, a black man from Harper Lee's hometown of Monroeville who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn't commit. The case would change Bryan's life and transform his understanding of justice and mercy forever. JUST MERCY (Spiegel and Grau Hardcover) follows the suspenseful battle to free Walter before the state executes him, while also stepping back to tell the profoundly moving stories of men, women, and even children, who found themselves at the mercy of a system often incapable of showing it.   

Joy Keys chats with French Soul Singer Imany

Nov 2, 2014 00:35:00


Imany wa born Nadia Mladjao in Martigues, France. She was a model for European FORD modeling agency for several years. She began signing in 2008. Imany opened shows for artists such as N’Dambi at the New Morning, Wasis Diop at the Cigale, and Anthony Hamilton and Angie Stone at Elysee Montmartre. Imany’s first album, Shape of a Broken Heart, which was named after a drawing she made with closed eyes, contains twelve songs written in English. Imany recorded the album at the studio Question de Son, where she collaborated with some of the most well-known musicians in Paris.  Imany produced the soundtrack for the 2014 film Sous les jupes des filles by Audrey Dana and on 26 May 2014 released her second album of the same name.

Joy Keys chats with Actor Nate Parker

Oct 29, 2014 00:22:00


Nate Parker is an American actor and musical performer who has appeared in Red Tails, The Secret Life of Bees, The Great Debaters, and Pride.He was an All-American wrestler in both at Great Bridge High School and at the University of Oklahoma.Parker has been active in charitable work, donating his time both as a volunteer wrestling coach. He is currently developing a feature script to direct and star, THE BIRTH OF A NATION, about slave-turned-revolutionary Nat Turner, through a fellowship with the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program. A Norfolk, Virginia native, Beyond the Lights is a 2014 American romantic drama film directed and written by Gina Prince-Bythewood. The film stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Minnie Driver, Nate Parker and Danny Glover. The film had its premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2014. and is set for a theatrical release in the United States November 14, 2014. trailer :

Joy Keys chats with Actress April Parker Jones

Oct 26, 2014 00:32:00


April Parker Jones stars on the Tyler Perry hit primetime drama If Loving You is Wrong, on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. With a diverse cast and storylines ranging from heartfelt to scandalous, April portrays a single mother, trying to get by with a son in prison and an absentee fathers on this  sexy sleek drama that looks into the lives of a group of husbands, wives and friends that live and love in the same middle class neighborhood.  Tyler Perry's "If Loving You is Wrong" airs on Tuesday nights a 9 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.  The mid-season finale is Tuesday, November 4.   April originated the role of Christina in the Off Broadway World Premiere of Plenty of Time at Primary Stages in New York.  For her portrayal she earned two Audelco Award Theatre nominations for Best Actress. Her theatre work has paved her way to numerous and exciting recurring roles on the hit CBS series Jericho, The Young and the Restless, The Unit and The Fosters. Other television credits include: guest star roles on CSI Miami, ER, Lost, NCIS, Lie To Me, NCIS: L.A., Prime Suspect, The Chicago Code, Scandal and several others.  Film credits include Spider-Man 3, Sleeping, Have A Little Faith and Heaven, to name a few. 

Joy Keys chats with Author Alexis De Veaux

Oct 5, 2014 00:24:00


Alexis De Veaux’s work is defined by two critical concerns: making the racial and sexual experiences of black female characters central, and disrupting boundaries between forms. She is the author of two award-winning biographies: Don’t Explain: A Song of Billie Holiday andWarrior Poet: A Biography of Audre Lorde. A celebrated writer of poetry, children’s literature, plays, essays and journalism, De Veaux is also an activist recognized for her lifelong contributions to a number of women’s and literary organizations, and a recently retired professor of women's studies at University of Buffalo. With her new work, Yabo, Alexis has returned to her first love: writing fiction.  

Joy Keys chats with Author & Playwright Pearl Cleage about her memoir

Oct 5, 2014 00:31:00


Pearl Cleage is an Atlanta based writer, currently Mellon Playwright in Residence at The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta where her play, “What I Learned in Paris,” opened the 2012-2013 Season. Her works include award winning plays, bestselling novels and numerous columns, articles and essays for a wide variety of publications including Essence, Ebony, Rap Pages, Vibe, The Atlanta Tribune, and The Atlanta Journal Constitution. Her first novel, What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day, was an Oprah Book Club pick and spent nine weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. She is the author of thirteen plays, including Flyin’ West, the most produced new American play in the country in 1994. Her Blues for An Alabama Sky was included in Her the 1996 Olympic Arts Festival in Atlanta and will receive a 20th anniversary revival at the Alliance in 2015. other plays include Chain; Late Bus to Mecca; Bourbon at the Border; A Song for Coretta and The Nacirema Society Requests the Honor of Your Presence at a Celebration of Their First One Hundred Year. She is the author of eight novels, including Baby Brother’s Blues, which received an NAACP Image Award for Literature. She is also the co-author with her husband, writer Zaron W. Burnett, Jr., of We Speak Your Names, a praise poem commissioned by Oprah Winfrey for her 2005 Legends Weekend. Cleage and Burnett are frequent collaborators, including their award winning ten year performance series, “Live at Club Zebra!” featuring their work as writers and performance artists. Her new book of non-fiction entitled Things I Should Have Told My Daughter: Lies, Lessons and Love Affairs, was published by Simon and Schuster/ATRIA Books in April, 2014. 

Joy Keys chats with Actress Essence Atkins

Sep 21, 2014 00:30:00


In My Other Mother, Candace “Candy” Meyers (Essence Atkins) is a successful anchor on a top-rated national magazine show.  Fiercely independent and committed to her job, Candy doesn’t make many friends with her demanding, gruff nature.  In fact, her only true friend might be her long-time manager Lewis (Kendrick Cross).  Candy discovers that an anonymous fan she’s had for years has passed way – and he was her biological father Freddy Nelson!  Content with the love and support of her adoptive family, Candy has never been curious about her biological parents.  That all changes when she travels back for her father’s funeral, meets the Nelson family – including biological uncle Abner (GregAlan Williams), Freddy’s wife Delores (Angie Stone) and her two step-brothers – and discovers that her reclusive, angry and stubborn birth mother, Mary Jo (Lynn Whitfield) is going to be a challenge.  The journey these two surprisingly similar women take getting to know each other will break down walls and open them up to a life they never knew was possible.   

Joy Keys chats with Author C.J. Farley about Gameworld

Sep 21, 2014 00:26:00


Gameworld book: Dylan Rudee's life is an epic fail. He's bullied at school and the aunt who has raised him since he was orphaned as a child just lost her job and their apartment. Dylan's one chance to help his family is the only thing he's good at: video games. The multibillion-dollar company Mee Corp. has announced a televised tournament to find the Game-Changers: the forty-four kids who are the best in the world at playing Xamaica, a role-playing fantasy game that's sweeping the planet. If Dylan can win the top prize, he just might be able to change his life. Author C.J. FARLEY was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and grew up in Brockport, NY, with stops in Middle-earth, Xanth, Earthsea, and Narnia. Farley’s biography Aaliyah: More Than a Woman was a national best seller. A former editor of the Harvard Lampoon and a former music critic for Time, Farley is a blogger, columnist and senior editor at the Wall Street Journal. Game World is Farley’s first novel for young readers.

Joy Keys chats with Clarinetist Anthony McGill

Sep 14, 2014 00:35:00


Anthony McGill, just named Principal Clarinet of the New York Philharmonic beginning in September 2014, held the same position with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 2004. He was chosen to perform with Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and Gabriela Montero at President Obama’s inauguration in January of 2009. Performances throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South Africa in recital, chamber music and as a soloist with orchestras consistently receiving rave reviews. As an educator, McGill is on the faculties of The Juilliard School, Peabody Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music and Bard College Conservatory. From Chicago, McGill attended The Curtis Institute of Music and is a recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, as well as the first Sphinx Medal of Excellence. See

Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month with Joy Keys

Sep 7, 2014 00:33:00


September is Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month. An estimated 6 million people in the United States have an unruptured brain aneurysm, or 1 in 50 people. Special Guest: Survivor Theresa Robinson: She suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) known as a brain aneurysm, however she is a survivor. In March 2012,she suffered a brain aneurysm that caused her to need surgery and extensive rehabilitation. During her recovery period, she experienced more time in the ICU due to seizures and other health issues as a result of (SAH). Although rehab was drilling and painful both physical and emotional she had outstanding therapists and psychologists to help her get back on her feet, literally. Special Guest: Stavropoula I. Tjoumakaris MD is an Assistant Professor at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. She is also the  Neurovascular Fellowship Director, Associate Residency Program Director & Clerkship Director in the Cerebrovascular Surgery & Endovascular Neurosurgery department at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Dr. Tjoumakaris graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA where she was inducted into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She is an avid researcher and lectures both nationally and internationally on her division’s research accomplishments.   The Brain Aneurysm Foundation :

Joy Keys chats with Author Morowa Yejide about Time of the Locust book

Aug 31, 2014 00:36:00


Time of the Locust: Travel into the heart and mind of an extraordinary autistic boy in this deeply imaginative debut novel of a mother’s devotion, a father’s punishment, and the power of love. Sephiri is an autistic boy who lives in a world of his own making, where he dwells among imagined sea creatures that help him process information in the “real world” in which he is forced to live. But lately he has been having dreams of a mysterious place, and he starts creating fantastical sketches of this strange, inner world. Brenda, Sephiri’s mother, struggles with raising her challenged child alone. Her only wish is to connect with him—a smile on his face would be a triumph. Meanwhile, Sephiri’s father, Horus, is sentenced to life in prison, making life even lonelier for Brenda and Sephiri. Yet prison is still not enough to separate father and son. In the seventh year of his imprisonment and the height of his isolation, Horus develops supernatural mental abilities that allow him to reach his son.  Morowa Yejidé’s (pronounced: Moe-roe-wah Yay-gee-day) ?short stories have appeared in the Istanbul Review, Ascent Aspirations Magazine, Underground Voices, the Adirondack Review, and others.  Her story "Tokyo Chocolate" was nominated in 2009 for the Pushcart Prize, anthologized in the best of the Willesden Herald Stories, and reviewed in the Japan Times.Time of the Locust was a 2012 finalist for the national PEN/Bellwether Prize. She is also the recipient of the Norris Church Mailer Scholarship from Wilkes University. Website:

Joy Keys chats with Actress Amanda Warren from HBO's The Leftovers

Aug 20, 2014 00:31:00


Amanda Warren plays Lucy Warburton who is the mayor of Mapletonon the show HBO show The Leftovers. Born and raised in New York, Amanda Warren received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, and her Master of Fine Arts from Yale School of Drama. Most recently, Warren appeared in USA Network's 'Royal Pains.' In 2012, she had a recurring role on the final season of 'The Closer.' On the small screen, Warren has also appeared in 'Detroit 1-8-7,' 'Gossip Girl,' 'Rubicon,' 'Law & Order,' 'The Good Wife,' and 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” Warren's film credits include 'The Adjustment Bureau,' 'Deep Powder,' 'All Is Bright' and 'Seven Psychopaths.' Warren began her professional career on stage receiving rave reviews for her work in The Classical Theatre of Harlem's production of 'Three Sisters,' Terrence McNally's 'Golden Age' and Lincoln Center Theatre's 'When I Come to Die,' for which she received an AUDELCO nomination for her portrayal of 'Chantel Robinson.'    

Breastfeeding Awareness Month with Joy Keys

Aug 10, 2014 00:30:00


Special Guest: Susan Vierczhalek, MD, FAAP, FABM, IBCLC is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics New York University School of Medicine and is the medical director of the Bellevue newborn nursery, and of the Bellevue Breastfeeding Program and co-director of the high-risk newborn follow-up program.  She serves as the American Academy of Pediatrics New York Chapter 3 Breastfeeding Coordinator, Chair of the New York State Breastfeeding Coalition and Vice-chair of the New York City Breastfeeding Leadership Council.  She is a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Special Guest: Karen Hylton-McGuire has been a Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) nurse for over 35 years.  She received her BSN from Carlow University in Pittsburgh and her MS in nursing education from Adelphi University on Long Island.  She is currently pursuing her PhD at Molloy College on Long Island.  Ms. Hylton-McGuire is certified in Neonatal Nursing and is an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant.  She initiated the lactation program at the Brooklyn Hospital Center, and is currently the Lactation Educator at Winthrop University Hospital. Ms. Hylton-McGuire is the recipients of the 2010 Nurse of Excellence Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council, Healthcare Heroes Nurse Educator. Both women are on the board of the NY State Breast Feeding Coalition.  

What is Psoriasis? with Joy Keys

Aug 3, 2014 00:29:00


August is Psoriasis Awareness Month-Psoriasis is a common skin condition that causes skin redness and irritation. Most people with psoriasis have thick, red skin with flaky, silver-white patches called scales. Special Guest: Jerry Bagel, M.D.: He is a member of the National Psoriasis Foundation Medical Board.  Dr. Bagel is the Director of the Psoriasis Treatment Center of Central New Jersey. Dr. Bagel has been named a Top Doctor in the Castle Connolly Medical Top Doctors of the New York Metro Area every year from 2001-2013. He was named a 2005 New Jersey Top Doctor by New Jersey Life; a Best Doctor in New Jersey by New Jersey Monthly in 2001 and 2003; and received a Patients’ Choice award in 2008 as well as in Inside Jersey in 2013.  He has published extensively on the topic of psoriasis in such journals as The Journal of theAmerican Academy of Dermatology and The Journal of Drugs & Dermatology.   

Joy Keys chats with Actor McKinley Freeman from VH1's Hit The Floor

Jul 22, 2014 00:32:00


McKinley Freeman stars as the handsome, sexy, and mischievous LA Devils professional basketball player Derek Roman on VH1’s Hit The Floor series.  Hit the floor airs Monday nights at 9pm ET on VH1. Freeman was born David Freeman in Champaign, Illinois. He played NCAA Division I basketball for the University of Illinois. After graduation Freeman decided to trade his NBA dreams for an MBA in Marketing and MIS from his alma mater. IBM recruited Freeman out of the Masters program to become part of their international marketing and business development team. While In Atlanta a friend coaxed Freeman into auditioning for All My Children’s Sexiest Man in America. Freeman made the final five. From there Freeman moved to LA and landed roles in All of My Children, Days of our Lives, General Hospital and Samantha Who. He also guest starred on television in CSI, NCIS, ER, In Justice. Freeman co-starred in the feature film End of Watch with Jake Gyllenhaal, Delta Force, and Green Card Warriors. 

Joy Keys chats with Actor Charles S. Dutton

Jul 13, 2014 00:39:00


In Comeback Dad, Nima Babineaux (Tatyana Ali) looks like a woman who has it all – she is an accomplished pianist who runs her own music school and is engaged to Spence (Brad James), a successful engineer who adores her.  But, in truth, she has never recovered from her alcoholic father, Othell (Charles Dutton), walking out on their family and it has made it hard for her to truly trust anyone.  When Othell decides it is time to make amends and tries to reenter her life, Nima begins an emotional and eye-opening journey she could have never expected.  Loretta Devine stars as Malinda, Othell’s sister. The ensemble cast also includes Donna Brisco, Elizabeth Omilami, Ja’El Robertson, Takara Clark, E. Roger Mitchell, Todd Anthony and Palmer Williams, Jr. A graduate of The Yale School of Drama, Charles S. Dutton has a career spanning theater, television and film, and is one of the few actors to earn Tony, Emmy® and Golden Globe nominations for the same role. He received multiple award nominations, including the Tony for Best Actor for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and “The Piano Lesson.”  He was also nominated for an Emmy® Award and a Golden Globe for The Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of The Piano Lesson. Charles starred in and executive produced the Fox comedy/drama “Roc,” produced by HBO, for which he received several NAACP Image Award nominations. He won Emmy’s® for his guest starring roles in “Without a Trace” and “The Practice.” He is a veteran of numerous feature films such as Aliens3, Menace II Society, A Low Down Dirty Shame, Cry, Beloved Country, A Time to Kill, Get on the Bus, Cookie’s Fortune, Gothika and the 2008 John Sayles feature Honeydripper.  Charles can be seen opposite Kevin Bacon in the FOX show “The Following” as FBI Director Franklin.  

Joy Keys chats with Author Kimberla Lawson Roby about The Prodigal Son

Jul 13, 2014 00:29:00


New York Times Bestselling Author Kimberla Lawson Roby has published 20 novels which include  THE PRODIGAL SON, A HOUSE DIVIDED,THE PERFECT MARRIAGE, THE REVEREND’S WIFE,SECRET OBSESSION, LOVE, HONOR, and BETRAY, and BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PRAY FOR. She has sold more than 2,000,000 copies of her novels, and they have frequented numerous bestseller lists, including The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, and Essence Magazine, just to name a few.  Kimberla is a recipient of numerous awards including: 2013 NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction, the recipient of  the 2013 Author of the Year – Female award presented by the African-American Literary Award Show in New York, and the recipient of the 2014 AAMBC Award for Female Author of the Year. The Prodigal Son: The Reverend Curtis Black hasn't spoken to his son, Matthew, in over a year-not since Matthew dropped out of Harvard to marry his girlfriend, Racquel, and be a full-time father to their infant son. Curtis knows that it was he and his wife, Charlotte, who drove Matthew away, but he prays that one day his son will forgive them and come home. Then, there's Dillon Whitfield-Curtis's long-lost-son-who has settled in as a member of the Black family. Yet the transition has been anything but easy. Charlotte, convinced he's only after Curtis's money, wishes he would move back to where he came from. Dillon, however, has no intention of going anywhere. After a lifetime in the shadows, he's determined to take his rightful place as Curtis's first-born son and heir, and he'll do whatever it takes to win his father's affection-even if it means playing dirty...

Joy Keys chats with Film Director Biyi Bandele about Half of a Yellow Sun

Jul 6, 2014 00:23:00


A prolific Nigerian playwright, novelist and screenwriter now based in London, HALF OF A YELLOW SUN is Biyi Bandele’s feature film directorial debut. This first feature follows his distinguished career writing and directing plays for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court, and writing screenplays for the BBC and British and international film productions. Bandele has previously written and directed a short, THE KISS (2009), a psychological thriller. For television, Bandele wrote Not Even God is Wise Enough directed by Danny Boyle for BBC2 in 1994. His prolific writing for theatre includes his adaptation of Aphra Benn’s Oroonoko, which was a huge hit for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2000, and was successfully revived by New York’s Theatre for a New Audience in 2007. Bandele’s fiction writing includes Burma Boy published by Jonathan Cape in 2007 (published as The King’s Rifle, Harper Collins in the US in 2009). Film Synopsis: Olanna (Thandie Newton) and Kainene (Anika Noni Rose) are glamorous twins from a wealthy Nigerian family. Upon returning to a privileged city life in newly independent 1960s Nigeria after their expensive English education, the two women make very different choices. Olanna shocks her family by going to live with her lover, the “revolutionary professor” Odenigbo (Chiwetel Ejiofor)  in the dusty university town of Nsukka; Kainene turns out to be a fiercely successful businesswoman when she takes over the family interests, and surprises even herself when she falls in love with Richard (Joseph Mawle), an English writer. They become caught up in the events of the Nigerian civil war, in which the lgbo people fought an impassioned struggle to establish Biafra as an independent republic. Website:  Trailer:

Joy Keys chats with Filmmaker Byron Hurt about Hazing: How Badly Do You Want In?

Jul 6, 2014 00:33:00


Byron Hurt is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, writer, and anti-sexist activist. Hurt is also the former host of the Emmy-nominated series, "REEL WORKS with BYRON HURT."  His documentary, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and broadcast nationally on PBS’ Emmy-award winning series Independent Lens. Byron's latest film, Soul Food Junkies, won the CNN Best Documentary Award at the American Black Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Urbanworld Film Festival in New York City.  Soul Food Junkies aired nationally on PBS’ Emmy-Award winning series Independent Lens in January and April 2013. A member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, Hurt’s next film is called Hazing:  How Badly Do You Want In?  Teaser video: website:

Joy Keys chats with Actor David Ajala

Jun 15, 2014 00:26:00


David Ajala is becoming a force of nature on the entertainment landscape. He was most recently seen in Fast & Furious 6 alongside the late Paul Walker and Vin Diesel. Ajala also completed work on the Wachowski feature Jupiter Ascending, and the indie film Kill Command. Additional notable credits include, One Day, The Dark Knight, and Payback Season. Appearing in A wide range of television roles, Ajala was a rapper in the television series Trexx and Flipside, in addition to major guest roles in award winning shows including Law & Order: UK, Death in Paradise, Silent Witness, and the wildly popularDr. Who. Ajala began his career performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Courtyard Theater in Stratford-upon-Avon. He's performed in productions of The Witness, Hamlet, and A Midsummer Night's Dream, among others. Ajala was awarded Best Acting Performance by the Royal Television Society in 2009. David currently plays Will Van Renseller on ABC's tv show Black Box.

Joy Keys chats with Dr. Carl Hart about his book High Price

Jun 15, 2014 00:30:00


Dr. Carl Hart, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at Columbia University. He is also a Research Scientist in the Division of Substance Abuse at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Hart is a member of the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse and on the board of directors of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence and the Drug Policy Alliance. A native of Miami, Florida, Dr. Hart received his B.S. in psychology at the University of Maryland, and received his M.S. and Ph.D. in experimental psychology and neuroscience at the University of Wyoming.  He lives in New York City.  For more on Dr. Hart, visit: His book HIGH PRICE: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society (Harper Perennial, paperback on sale 6/10/2014), is based on 22 years of research as a groundbreaking neuropsychopharmacologist about the study and science of drug addiction, but it is also a provocative and eye-opening memoir where he recalls his journey of self-discovery, how he avoided a life of crime and drugs and avoided becoming one of the crack addicts he now studies.  Carefully culling through past studies and his own research, Hart goes beyond the hype as he examines the relationship between drugs and pleasure, choice, and motivation, both in the brain and in society. 

Joy Keys chats with Author Mitchell S. Jackson about his book The Residue Years

Jun 8, 2014 00:35:00


Mitchell S. Jackson is a Portland, Oregon native who lives in Brooklyn, New York.  He received an M.A. in writing from Portland State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University.  He has been the recipient of fellowships from Urban Artist Initiative and The Center For Fiction. A former winner of the Hurston Wright Foundation’s award for college writers, he teaches writing at New York University and is the literary editor of Dossier Journal. Jackson published the eBook collection Oversoul Stories and Essays in the summer of 2012. Bloomsbury USA will publish his novel The Residue Years in August of 2013. The Residue Years switches between the perspectives of a young man, Champ, and his mother, Grace. Grace is just out of a drug treatment program, trying to stay clean and get her kids back. Champ is trying to do right by his mom and younger brothers, and dreams of reclaiming the only home he and his family have ever shared. But selling crack is the only sure way he knows to achieve his dream. In this world of few options and little opportunity, where love is your strength and your weakness, this family fights for family and against what tears one apart.

Joy Keys learns What is a Midwife?

Jun 8, 2014 00:27:00


Special Guest: Marinah Farrell: President of the Midwives Alliance of North America. Politics and traditional medicine are what led Marinah to midwifery, and she has a firm commitment to both political activism and birth work. Marinah has been the president of various non-profit boards, has worked in waterbirth centers and medical facilities for international NGOs, in free-standing birth centers in the U.S, and has been the owner of a long standing homebirth practice. Special Guest: Ynanna Djehuty is an Afro-Dominicana born and raised in the Bronx. She is a midwife in training at Maternidad La Luz, a writer and certified birth doula. The focus of her work is the empowerment of women and people of the African Diaspora, specifically discussing the Afro-Latina Identity. Website:

Joy Keys chats with Soul Singer Bettye LaVette

Jun 1, 2014 00:34:00


Betty Jo Haskins was born in Muskegon, Michigan. The family moved to Detroit when she was six years old.  Bettye did not get her start in the church, but in that very same living room, where there was a jukebox, filled with the blues, country & western, and R&B records of the time. The "5" Royales, Dinah Washington, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Red Foley, ...these were her roots. At 16 years old Betty Jo changed her name to Bettye LaVette. Bettye's first single was "My Man - He’s a Loving Man.", in the fall of 1962. The record charted #7 R&B and put her on her first national tour, with Ben E. King, Clyde McPhatter, and another newcomer, Otis Redding. Some of Bettye’s albums include: “Let Me Down Easy”, “Tell Me a Lie”, “A Woman Like Me”, “ I’ve Got My Own Hell To Raise”, "The Scene of the Crime", and “Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook.” Bettye has won many awards including: W.C. Handy Award in 2004 and the “Pioneer Award” from The Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 2006. “The Scene of the Crime” album was nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best Contemporary Blues Album” and “CD, Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook” was nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best Contemporary Blues Album.” Late 2012 saw the release of her album, "Thankful N' Thoughtful", and her autobiography, variously described as 'engrosing', 'riviting', 'hair-raising' and only suitable for the over 18s, "A Woman Like Me", co-written with David Ritz. Website:

Joy Keys chats with Dr. Norman H. Edelman about how to manage your Asthma.

Jun 1, 2014 00:26:00


Special Guest: Norman H. Edelman, M.D., is the American Lung Association’s leading medical authority. Having served as the Association’s Chief Medical Officer for 25 years, he is a highly sought after expert on all matters pertaining to lung health and is a seasoned media veteran. Dr. Edelman also provides patient care as a teaching clinic supervisor and is a Professor of Preventive Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Physiology and Biophysics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. From 1996 – 2006, he served in a dual capacity as Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine at Stony Brook.  website:  

Joy Keys chats with Singer LiV Warfield about her new album The Unexpected

May 29, 2014 00:34:00


LiV Warfield, a native to Peoria, IL, has one of the most distinct and promising voices in R&B/soul today. Her singing career can be traced back to her college years in Portland, OR, where she’s known as their “most soulful singer” (Portland Monthly). LiV’s performed alongside a host of legendary artists such as Al Green, B.B. King, Dave Matthews Band, The Roots, and most notably, Prince. As a current member of his live vocal group New Power Generation, LiV aspires to preserve the experience of live music. Her 2014 breakout full-length ‘The Unexpected’ was executively produced by Prince who helped cultivate her alternative R&B/Rock ‘n’ Roll sound.   Vh1 Soul reintroduced its popular “You Oughta Know” promo campaign with LiV as their first featured artist of 2014.  Website: Why do you lie? video:

2014 Lupus Awareness Month podcast

May 25, 2014 00:38:00


Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). An estimated, 1.5 million Americans have lupus. Special Guest: Annette Myarick is the CEO for the Lupus Foundation of America’s (LFA) Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter. Prior to joining the LFA in 1991, she was with the Arthritis Foundation’s Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter for 14 years, most recently as the Vice President for Public Health Strategies. Annette has a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education from Temple University. Special Guest: Leyla Moreno is a native of Panama. Leyla was recognized in 2008 and 2009 by Impacto Latin Newspaper and the Philadelphia Multicultural Congress as one of the ten Most Influential Latino Leaders under 40. She graduated (cum laude) with a degree in Political Science and Latin American Studies from Temple University. Leyla is a board member of the Lupus Foundation of America’s (LFA) Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter. Special Guest: Tabitha Borrero is 35 years old, lives in New Jersey and was diagnosed with lupus in 2002. Since her diagnosis, Tabitha has been a warrior and champion for the cause. Her candid approach at living with lupus, exemplifies the daily struggles and emotional distress the disease can cause. But, more importantly, she shares the joy and daily accomplishments of living life with lupus. The energy Tabitha brings to being a lupus warrior, reminds us that the battle is never over. She reminds us that we are warriors and warriors don’t quit.

Joy Keys gets interviewed by Kevin Stone & Tamika Morris of ISTA Entertainment

May 4, 2014 00:40:00


Joy Keys gets interviewed by Kevin Stone & Tamika Morris of ISTA Entertainment. This is a pre-recorded interview. Joy Keys is a mother, trainer, speaker, mentor, actress, writer, producer and director. She is a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG). Keys is a Leeway Art and Change grantee. Joy Keys is the host of "Saturday Mornings with Joy Keys" on She has interviewed Pulitzer Prize winning Authors ( Isabel Wilkerson and Charles Fuller), National News stars, ( Soledad O'Brien and Marc McEwen), Grammy winners (Esperanza Spalding and Tyrese), World Renowned Activist (Ayaan Hirsi Ali) and Movie Stars (Pam Grier and Blair Underwood), just to name a few. Joy Keys is passionate about making a difference in her local and global communites.

Joy Keys chats with Actress Kimberly Elise

Apr 18, 2014 00:28:00


Special Guest: Actress Kimberly Elise. Four Time NAACP Image Award winner. She currently plays Sloan Hayes on VH1's Hit The Floor show. Elise has been seen in films, such as, Beloved, The Diary of a Mad Black Woman, & For Colored Girls. She has been seen on TV in Close To Home, Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, Soul Food, & Grey's Anatomy. Elise will be playing the lead role of Angela Logan in UP TV's Original movie Apple Mortgage Cake. Directed by Michael Scott. Produced by Entertainment One.  Apple Mortgage Cake: This is the true story of a Angela Logan who decides to bake 100 apple cakes and sell them at $40 each in order to save her home – and how this idea completely changes her and her family.  As word of her “bake sale” ripples out through neighbors, friends, her church and even old flames, the story soon spreads to the news, locally, nationally and internationally.  Orders fly in from all over the world.  Angela is taken off guard by the overwhelming support.

Joy Keys learns about Living On A Dollar A Day

Apr 13, 2014 00:35:00


Special Guest: Author, Activist , PRofesor, & Lawyer Thomas Nazario-. Tom is a California attorney, child advocate and law professor. His expertise in children's legal issues has led him all over the world documenting human rights violations involving women and children, as well as working with inner-city kids in the Bay Area for over 30 years.  Special Guest: Pulitzer Prize winning Photographer Renee C.Byer-senior photojournalist at The Sacramento Bee. She won a Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for her "A Mother's Journey" feature photo. "A Mother's Journey" was a series of photos, over the course of a year, about a boy at the age of 10 who was battling cancer. Byer was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2013. Living on a Dollar a Day shares the personal stories of some these poorest of the poor, honoring their lives, their struggles, and encouraging action in those who can help. In making this beautiful and moving book a team traveled to four continents, took thousands of photographs, conducted numerous interviews, and researched information on the agencies around the world that strive to help the destitute. The resulting stories and photographs offer a heartrending glimpse into the everyday realities of individuals and families facing extreme poverty.

Joy Keys chats with African American Ballet Dancer Misty Copeland

Mar 23, 2014 00:18:00


Misty Copeland joined ABT's Studio Company in September 2000 and then joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in April 2001. In 2007, Misty Copeland made history by becoming the third African American female soloist and first in two decades, at American Ballet Theatre. Her roles with American Ballet Theatre include: Muse-Duo Concertant, Gulnare-Le Corsaire, Flower Girl-Don Quixote, The Peasant Pas de Deux-Giselle, Lead Harlot-Romeo and Juliet, Fairy of Valor-The Sleeping Beauty, Princess Florine-The Sleeping Beauty, Pas de Trois and a Cygnet-Swan Lake, The Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Sinatra Suite-Twyla Tharpe, workwithinwork-William Forsythe, Overgrown Path-Jiri Kylian, Gong-Mark Morris, Company B, Airs-Paul Taylor, Milkmaid-The Bright Stream, a Principal role created on her in Alexei Ratmansky’s Dumbarton and Misty premiered the title role of The Firebird in the Spring of 2012, featuring new choreography by world renowned in house American Ballet Theatre choreographer Alexi Ratmanski. In 2008, Misty was honored with the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts. This two year fellowship is awarded to young artists who exhibit extraordinary talent, providing them additional resources in order to attain their full potential. Misty was honored with induction into the Boys and Girls Club National Hall of Fame in the Spring of 2012. website:  

Joy Keys chats with Actor Aaron D. Spears from BET's Being Mary Jane

Mar 23, 2014 00:30:00


Special Guest: Aaron D. Spears His stars as "Mark Bradley" in BET's Being Mary Jane, the drama series produced by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil (The Game, Jumping the Broom). Aaron’s co-stars are Gabrielle Union, Richard Roundtree, Margaret Avery and Omari Hardwick. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- At the insistence of one of his college professors, Aaron tried out for a part in the school play. One small part turned into six and the acting bug had taken effect. After graduating from Delaware State University and turning down an opportunity to make the New York Jets roster, Aaron moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue his acting career. Aaron has appeared in guest starring roles on television shows NCIS, Castle, Boston Legal, Lincoln Heights, Bones and Criminal Minds. His film credits include the Academy Award nominee Babel; blockbuster hit I Love You, Man and independent films 35 and Ticking, Disrupt/Dismantle. In 2007’s The Mannsfield 12, he not only starred in the film, but donned the Executive Producer hat as well. He portrayed “Justin Barber” on the cast of CBS' Emmy Award winning, The Bold and the Beautiful, which reaches 35 million + viewers worldwide. He is a 2010 and 2011 NAACP Image Award nominee for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama.

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month podcast with Joy Keys

Mar 16, 2014 00:31:00


Special Guest: Dr. Nicholas LaRocca is a clinical psychologist who has worked in the field of MS for over 30 years.  He was an associate professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and New York Medical College before joining the National MS Society in 1997.  He currently serves as Vice President of Health Care Delivery and Policy Research in the Research Programs Department of the National MS Society.  In this role he has responsibility for Society funding of research to address the symptoms of MS, rehabilitation, epidemiology, psychosocial aspects of MS as well as health policy studies.  He has a longstanding interest in cognition and rehabilitation and co-authored a book on cognitive changes in MS that was published in 2006.   National Multiple Sclerosis Society    

Endometriosis Awareness Month podcast with Joy Keys

Mar 16, 2014 00:30:00


Special Guest: Dr. La Tanya Hines is a board certified obstetrician-gynecologist currently practicing in Los Angeles, California .She is the former CEO of Girlfriends Medical Group,Inc. (, a private practice catering to the needs of women throughout Southern California. She received her doctorate of Medicine from the University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine. She completed her surgical internship at the University of Southern California. Her extensive training and experience in obstetrics and gynecology was obtained from the well-known King-Drew Medical Center in Wilmington, California. Dr. Hines currently practices at the Kaiser West Los Angeles Medical Center   where she has exclusive admitting privileges. She sees many High-Risk obstetrical patients in this capacity as well as routine OB and Gyn patients.  Special Guest: Heather C. Guidone, Surgical Program Director, Center for Endometriosis Care (CEC).Heather Guidone is a women's health educator and clinical writer with a dedicated focus on reproductive gynepathologies - specifically endometriosis and pelvic pain - who has served the clinical and consumer health industries for nearly 25 years in various capacities.  Heather joined the CEC nearly a decade ago, wherein she is responsible for management of the Center's disease education and advanced Laparoscopic Surgical Excision (LAPEX) treatment programs.

Joy Keys chats with Actress Tasha Smith

Feb 25, 2014 00:17:00


Tasha Smith is a multifaceted actress whose work brings style and intensity to the subjects she plays on the big and small screens. Smith can currently be seen in Tyler Perry’s television series “FOR BETTER OR WORSE” (OWN). Smith’s memorable portrayal of “Angela,” in Perry’s box office hits, “WHY DID I GET MARRIED?” and its sequel, “WHY DID I GET MARRIED, TOO?”, alongside Janet Jackson and Jill Scott, sparked the creation of the spin-off series which is focused around her relationship with onscreen husband, “Marcus”, played by Michael Jai White. Smith’s other film credits include Tyler Perry’s “DADDY’S LITTLE GIRLS” (Lionsgate), as “Jennifer” opposite Idris Elba and Gabrielle Union. Smith went on to co-star in the #1 box office film,“JUMPING THE BROOM” (Columbia), starring Paula Patton, Laz Alonso and Angela Bassett. She also appeared in the romantic comedy, “COUPLES RETREAT” (Universal), starring opposite Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Jason Bateman and Faizon Love. This year she received an NAACP Image Awards nomination for “Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series” Tasha is a Planned Parenthood Celebrity Ambassador. Website:

Joy Keys chats with Artist Mickalene Thomas about her HBO documentary

Feb 23, 2014 00:25:00


Runway model Sandra Bush dreamed of becoming the first African-American supermodel, only to struggle with addiction and despair. But she later achieved celebrity as Mama Bush, the model for some of the best-known and widely admired paintings by her daughter, acclaimed artist Mickalene Thomas. In her film directing debut, Thomas paints a poignant portrait of her mother and artistic muse, presenting a tender look back at a lifetime’s worth of hopes, regrets and redemption. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN debuts MONDAY, FEB. 24 (9:00-9:30 p.m. ET/PT), on HBO during Black History Month. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN was conceived and directed by Mickalene Thomas; produced by Tanya Selvaratnam; executive producers, the Lehmann Maupin Gallery, Mickalene Thomas and Lisa Cortés; distribution consultant, Sarah Lash; cinematographers, Shane Sigler and Omar Mullick; editor, Alex Meillier; music by Thomas M. Lauderdale. Check out the film trailer: Known primarily for elaborate paintings composed of rhinestones, acrylic and enamel, Mickalene Thomas holds an MFA degree in painting from Yale University. Centering on womanhood and the expanded definition of beauty in today’s society, her work is exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally, and can be found in several significant collections, including those of the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

Joy Keys chats with the Authors of Salaam, Love

Feb 23, 2014 00:28:00


In  Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex & Intimacy,Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi provide a space for American Muslim men to speak openly about their romantic lives, offering frank, funny, and insightful glimpses into their hearts—and bedrooms. The twenty-two writers come from a broad spectrum of ethnic, racial, and religious perspectives—including orthodox, cultural, and secular Muslims—reflecting the strength and diversity of their faith community and of America.   By raising their voices to share stories of love and heartbreak, loyalty and betrayal, intimacy and insecurity, these Muslim men are leading the way for all men to recognize that being open and honest about their feelings is not only okay—it’s intimately connected to their lives and critical to their happiness and well-being. Check out the book trailer:  

Joy Keys chats with Actress Denise Vasi from VH1's Single Ladies

Feb 18, 2014 00:27:00


Denise Vasi has made a name for herself as one of the top actresses to watch in Hollywood. Vasi currently stars as smart, savvy businesswoman Raquel Lancaster in VH1's hit, one-hour scripted series, "Single Ladies." The upcoming third season from Queen Latifah's Flavor Unit Entertainment, which chronicles three friends and their take on love, dating and female friendship, is slated to return on January 6, 2014.  Gaining recognition in Hollywood for her breakout role in ABC's longstanding daytime soap opera "All My Children," Vasi starred as Randi Morgan, former prostitute and wife of series veteran Frankie Hubbard from 2008-2011. Vasi relocated with production from New York to Los Angeles to further pursue her budding career. She was most recently seen as Ruby in the critically acclaimed Steven Soderbergh-directed feature film Magic Mike, opposite Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey, and in Charles Murray's debut indie drama Things Never Said.  A Brooklyn native of Puerto Rican, Dominican and Greek descent, Vasi signed to Ford Models at the age of 12. She went on to grace the pages of international campaigns for ELLE, Marie Claire, GQ Italy and more. She appeared in numerous on-camera and print campaigns for leading cosmetic, hair care and fashion brands including Olay, Bobbi Brown, Dove, Urban Decay, M·A·C, L'Oreal, Target, Doll House, American Eagle, Republic and more.  Vasi's helped raise over $500,000 for addiction recovery as co-chairman of Caron Renaissance's "Save A Life Event." 

Joy Keys chats with Actor Harold House Moore from VH1's Single Ladies

Feb 11, 2014 00:32:00


An actor and model known as much for his on-screen charisma as he is for his strong athletic build, Harold House Moore is a promising talent most widely recognized for his series regular role on VH1’s Single Ladies. His additional portrayal of Jackpot, a rookie cop on Robert De Niro and CBS’s NYC 22, does not let us forget about other past work like a starring role as boxer Robert Brown on The Hammer. This breakthrough performance has been recognized by critics as a performance lead by one of Hollywood’s hottest new stars.  His face can also be seen on numerous television ads and major national campaigns for brands including but not limited to Expedia, Payless, Dunkin’ Donuts, Time Warner, Subway, Bally Total Fitness, Lincoln, Budlight, as well as national print ads for DiamondBack, Sketchers, Lincoln, Boost Mobile, K Swiss, Bacardi, and an editorial spread for XXL Magazine.  Outside of his entertainment career, House can be seen off the screen working as a strong advocate for youth development, exposure, and education, providing hands-on mentorship and coaching programs in connection with YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, and AAU Sports. 

Joy Keys chats with Dr. Rani G. Whitfield and Gospel Singer Latice Crawford

Feb 9, 2014 00:32:00


Gospel singer Latice Crawford and Dr. Rani Whitfield will share information about Most Powerful Voices gospel singing competition and stroke, the nation’s fourth leading cause of death and No. 1 preventable cause of disability. The gospel singing competition is part of the American Stroke Association’s Power to End Stroke cause campaign aimed at African-Americans, who are disproportionately affected by stroke. For more information please visit  A storefront preacher's daughter, Latice Crawford got her start singing in her cousin's choir. The New York landscape, where she often times gathered inspiration, allowed her to explore her creative capacities - writing, designing fashion and perfecting her signature sound.  Latice is gearing up for her highly anticipated debut release with RCA Inspiration which was released on January 28, 2014. Dr. Rani G. Whitfield, is a Board Certified Family Physician with a Certificate of added qualification (CAQ) in Sports medicine, and a national volunteer spokesperson for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. He currently owns a private practice in his native Baton Rouge, LA. 

Joy Keys chats with Award winning Actress Yolonda Ross

Feb 2, 2014 00:31:00


Yolonda Ross is currently starring in the John Sayles film “Go For Sisters” for which she has just been nominated for an Independent Spirit Award in the category of Best Supporting Actress. She also stars in the short film “Afronauts,” a film based on true events, which was just accepted into Sundance 2014. Yolonda made her feature film debut in the Award winning independent film “Stranger Inside” in 2001. She went on to win an IFP Gotham Award for Best Breakthrough Performance for the role as well as receiving her first independent Spirit Award nomination in the category of Best Debut Performance.  Yolonda also appeared in “Antwone Fisher,” “Yelling To the Sky,” “Whatever Works,” and “FOUR.” In television, Yolonda is best known for her role as documentarian Dana Lyndsey on Treme, and appeared in the HBO/David Mamet, Phil Spector biopic. She just completed a pilot for Showtime entitled, “Trending Down” with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Kathryn Hahn, directed by John Cameron Mitchell. In 2008 Yolonda became a member of the prestigious Labyrinth Theater Company in New York after making her stage debut in the play UNCONDITIONAL at The Public Theater. 

Joy Keys chats with the Authors of Hair Story

Feb 2, 2014 00:29:00


Hair Story  is a chronological exploration of the tremendous influence Black hair has had on American popular culture from the 15th century until the beginning of the 21st century. The book covers the history, politics, culture and business of Black hair.  Ayana D. Byrd graduated from Barnard College and is the co-editor of the anthology Naked: Black Women Bare All About Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips and Other Parts. Her work has also appeared in numerous anthologies.  Lori L. Tharps is an assistant professor of journalism at Temple University. A graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, she is also the author of the memoir Kinky Gazpacho. 

Joy Keys chats with Award Winning Author Yvonne Adhiambo Owour

Jan 28, 2014 00:37:00


Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor was born in Nairobi, Kenya, and educated at Jomo Kenyatta University and the University of Reading.  She received the 2003 Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story, “Weight of Whispers,” described by the BBC as a “subtle and suggestive work of fiction that dramatises the condition of refugees.” She has worked as a screenwriter and was the Executive Director of the Zanzibar International Film Festival from 2003 to 2005.  Her writing has appeared in numerous publications worldwide including Kwani? and McSweeney’s, and her story “The Knife Grinder’s Tale” was made into a short film in 2005.  She lives in Nairobi. DUST is a novel about a splintered family in Kenya—a story of power and deceit, unrequited love, survival and sacrifice. Odidi Oganda, running for his life, is gunned down in the streets of Nairobi. His grief-stricken sister, Ajany, just returned from Brazil, and their father bring his body back to their crumbling home in the Kenyan drylands, seeking some comfort and peace. But the murder has stirred memories long left untouched and unleashed a series of unexpected events: Odidi and Ajany’s mercurial mother flees in a fit of rage; a young Englishman arrives at the Ogandas’ house, seeking his missing father; a hardened policeman who has borne witness to unspeakable acts reopens a cold case; and an all-seeing Trader with a murky identity plots an overdue revenge. In scenes stretching from the violent upheaval of contemporary Kenya back through a shocking political assassination in 1969 and the Mau Mau uprisings against British colonial rule in the 1950s, we come to learn the secrets held by this parched landscape, buried deep within the shared past of the family and of a conflicted nation.   

Joy Keys chats with Young Actress Yara Shahidi

Jan 26, 2014 00:25:00


Yara Shahidi began her acting career at just six weeks old, working alongside her mother in commercial and print ads, for brands such as Ralph Lauren, Gap Kids, Guess Kids and Disney, to name a few. In the summer of 2009, Yara made her big screen theatrical debut, starring opposite Eddie Murphy in Paramount Pictures “Imagine That” playing Eddie’s scene stealing, precocious daughter ‘Olivia.’ Yara next appeared in the feature film “Unthinkable” where she and her real life brother Sayeed played the children of Samuel L. Jackson’s character.  The siblings reunited again in 2012 as Tyler Perry’s children in the international hit, “Alex Cross,” for Summit/Lionsgate.  Yara has shared the screen with some of Hollywood’s finest leading ladies including Angelina Jolie in the feature film “Salt,” and most notably, opposite Jennifer Garner in the break-out role of ‘Destiny’ in the Weinstein Company’s “Butter” which premiered at TIFF 2011 and was released in theatres in 2012. On the small screen, Shahidi can currently be seen on the hit ABC series “Scandal,” playing the younger version of Kerry Washington’s character, ‘Olivia Pope.’

Joy Keys chats with Ethiopian American Singer Wayna

Jan 19, 2014 00:35:00


Wayna (known by the real name Woyneab Miraf Wondwossen) is an Ethiopian-born American R&B singer. It has been said that Grammy-nominated, Ethiopian-born, singer/songwriter, Wayna has a voice as pure as it is passionate. Stevie Wonder says "she's incredible." Essence Magazine says she is “one to watch," and Billboard Magazine calls her "a stand out on the indie front." With two Billboard chart-topping singles from her sophomore LP, Higher Ground, and a coveted Grammy nomination in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance Category for her remake, “Lovin You (Music)" featuring Kokayi, Wayna's star is on the rise.  "The Expats" is the third and latest LP from this innovative artist and represents a new and daring departure from her previous work. The project is named after its Toronto-based backing band and production team hailing from various parts of the world -- Ethiopia to Japan, Isreal to India, Germany to Jamaica. Drawing from diverse musical influences, Wayna and the Expats create a unique blend of African and Reggae-inspired soul, fused with classic and alternative rock -- Sade and the Police meets Lauryn Hill and Radiohead. This new sound, which Wayna calls “world soul” was the result of a creative journey, jamming, writing and recording with “the Expats” in Toronto over the past 2 years.  The Expats is available on ITunes and Amazon now. Wayna on Facebook:

Joy Keys chats about eminent domain with Artist James Dupree

Jan 12, 2014 00:32:00


In December 2012, the City of Philadelphia seized the deed of Dupree Studios and granted acquisition to the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority in accordance with the Pennsylvania Eminent Domain Code. City Hall has teamed up with private developers to transform the Mantua section, including the project and development of "The Plaza", a suburban-style supermarket encompassing four full city blocks, regretfully reducing Dupree Studios to a parking lot. Sign the petition to stop this action: James Dupree is an accomplished artist, educator, and business owner.  Among the first black graduates of the University of Pennsylvania MFA program, and a recent recipient of the UPenn Black Alumni Society's Living Legend Award, he is in many ways an example of the success of Philadelphia’s art institutions in addressing the city’s underprivileged communities.  Melinda Haring is the activism manager at the Institute for Justice (IJ), a non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to defending private property rights.  IJ represented Susette Kelo and her neighbors before the U.S. Supreme Court in Kelo v. City of New London,as well as many others across the country.  Since the Kelo case, IJ has helped saved more than 16,000 properties through grassroots activism and played a role in reforming eminent domain laws in 44 states.  IJ has been working with James Dupree since late November.  

Joy Keys chats with Astrologer Samuel Reynolds

Dec 15, 2013 00:41:00


Special Guest: Samuel F. Reynolds, a Brooklyn, NY-based astrologer, has written astrology articles for online and print publications, including, Ebony magazine and the British Black women’s magazine, Pride. Sam believes in making astrology and metaphysics accessible for everyday people with tangible ideas and practices, including his two entrepreneurial ventures: The Astrology Career Institute and The Zodiac Lounge. Sam has a master’s degree in African American Studies from Temple University and a bachelor’s degree in African American Studies and public relations from Syracuse University.  He has been studying astrology for 23 years. 

Joy Keys chats with the Authors of Weight Broke The Wagon

Dec 8, 2013 00:35:00


Weight Broke the Wagon is a captivating and incredibly honest story chronicling the lives of three African American women in not only their quest to lose weight but they uncover the past hurt which got them there.  Gina Glenn, Natosha Lewis and Rayanne McNeill each decided it was time to lose the unwanted weight.   Natosha, aka Tosh, is a popular online talk show host of Table Talk with Tosh, Sunday night, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., EST. Tosh is also a best-selling author of several books to include her newly released e-book titles:  Men Cheat Women Experiment and Only Fools Gamble Twice and Reaching the Unreachable.  She is also the author of a children’s book, entitled, The Adventures of Squally the Squirrel.  Tosh has an M.A. in Media/Communications Management.   Eugenia, aka, Gina has her Bachelors of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems and Homeland Security and is currently pursuing her MBA in Management.  Gina and Tosh are currently in the process of launching her new venture which is a shoe line designed to provide women with comfortable, yet fashionable footwear. Check out her shoe line at: Rayanne Mcneill is an entrepreneur in the Direct Sales Market with a brokerage license with 5Linx.  Check out her site at: In addition to 5Linx, she is an Independent Consultant with Traci Lynn Jewelry (  Rayanne has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice. website:

Joy Keys chats with Actress Malinda Williams

Dec 6, 2013 00:36:00


Malinda Williams is starring in and the executive producer of an UP Original Movie  Marry Me For Christmas (#MarryMeForChristmas), a romantic home-for-the-holidays drama.  Marry Me For Christmas will premiere exclusively on UP on Saturday, December 14 at 7 p.m. EST, with encores at 9 and 11 p.m. EST.  Produced by Eric Tomosunas' Swirl Films and Malinda Williams, Roger Melvin (UP's Sugar Mommas, Love Will Keep Us Together) directs from a script by Rhonda Freeman-Baraka (UP's Saving Westbrook High, Trinity Goodheart). Smart, stylish Marci Jewel (Malinda Williams) is the owner and creative director of an up-and-coming ad agency and thrilled with her single life in New York - except during the holidays.  All of her cousins are married and having babies, Marci remains the lone holdout in the large Chandler family clan. She has put marriage and motherhood on hold for the sake of her career. Malinda was twice nominated for an NAACP image award for “outstanding actress in a drama series. Malinda starred in The Wood, High School High, Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls and First Sunday. In 2011, Malinda starred in Percentage with Ving Rhames, Russ Parr’s The Undershephard and GMC’s A Cross to Bear. In 2012 Malinda appeared alongside Chris Rock, in Julie Delpy’s 2 Days in New York. Best known for her role as “Bird” on the hit television series SoulFood, This busy mom always finds time to mentor young women and work with non-profit organizations such as Black Girls Rock!, Take Wings and Chrysalis Foundations. Website: Video link for Marry Me for Christmas:

Joy Keys chats with British Actor Nonso Anozie

Nov 25, 2013 00:30:00


Nonso Anozie, the north-west London raised actor has already built up an enviable CV as a thespian, having appeared in respected projects across TV (Stolen, Occupation, Prime Suspect), film (Cass, RocknRolla, Atonement), and theatre (King Lear, Othello, Death and the King’s Horseman).  He is currently in the new NBC drama, Dracula, brought to us by the makers of Downtown Abbey. Here, viewers can catch Nonso’s brilliant turn as R.M Renfield Alan Grayson’s/Dracula’s (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) fiercely loyal confidante. Nonso can be seen on cinema screens, across the country appearing in mega-budget sci-fi thriller Ender’s Game. Based on the popular Orson Scott Card novel, Nonso stars as Sergeant Dap, co-starring alongside Harrison Ford, Viola Davis, and Sir Ben Kingsley. Nono appeared in the second season of mega hit US HBO show Game of Thrones, in 2012, where he played Qartheen merchant prince Xaro Xhoan Daxos. And as if that wasn’t enough, Nonso, who is currently busy filming a role in a live Disney-produced version of Cinderella (directed by Kenneth Branagh.

COPD Awareness Month with Joy Keys

Nov 17, 2013 00:24:00


COPD, also known as emphysema and chronic bronchitis, is the third leading cause of death in the United States Special Guest: Norman H. Edelman, M.D., is the American Lung Association’s leading medical authority. Having served as the Association’s Chief Medical Officer for 25 years, he is a highly sought after expert on all matters pertaining to lung health and is a seasoned media veteran. Dr. Edelman also provides patient care as a teaching clinic supervisor and is a Professor of Preventive Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Physiology and Biophysics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. From 1996 – 2006, he served in a dual capacity as Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine at Stony Brook.  website:

Joy Keys chats with Author David Henry about Richard Pryor

Nov 3, 2013 00:33:00


Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him Richard Pryor attracted admiration and anger in equal parts. He was a comedian who many consider the greatest ever, yet his triumphant stand-up work has been largely eclipsed by his mediocre movie output. His personal life was likewise something of a contradiction, because Pryor was a man of deep intelligence and sensitivity yet was also someone who could never seem to make the pieces of his life come together to create a whole. His was a fascinating, larger-than-life personality; he was as pivotal and essential a figure. Pryor the solo artist brought to a pop-obsessed generation the news that they had a past with deep roots that spoke to our shared humanity. David Henry is a screenwriter and his brother, Joe Henry is a singer/songwriter as well as a music producer. This is their first book, and they are working on a screenplay based on Pryor's life and career.

Joy Keys chats with Author Jesmyn Ward about Men We Reaped

Oct 20, 2013 00:35:00


Men We Reaped: In five years, Jesmyn Ward lost five young men in her life—to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the bad luck that can follow people who live in poverty, particularly black men. Dealing with these losses, one after another, made Jesmyn ask the question: Why? And as she began to write about the experience of living through all the dying, she realized the truth—and it took her breath away. Special Guest: Jesmyn Ward grew up in DeLisle, Mississippi. She received her MFA from the University of Michigan. A Stegner Fellow at Stanford, from 2008-2010, she has been named the 2010-11 Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi. Her debut novel, Where the Line Bleeds, was an Essence Magazine Book Club selection and a Black Caucus of the ALA Honor Award recipient. Ward's second novel, Salvage the Bones, won the 2011 National Book Award.

Lupus Awareness Month with Joy Keys

Oct 13, 2013 00:33:00


Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). An estimated, 1.5 million Americans have lupus. Special Guest: Annette Myarick is the Chief Executive Officer for the Lupus Foundation of America’s (LFA) Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter. Prior to joining the LFA in 1991, she was with the Arthritis Foundation’s Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter for 14 years, most recently as the Vice President for Public Health Strategies. Annette has a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education from Temple University.  Special Guest: Lupus advocate. Leyla Moreno, Manager of Community Relations at Health Partners. Leyla is a native of Panama. Leyla was recognized in 2008 and 2009 by Impacto Latin Newspaper and the Philadelphia Multicultural Congress as one of the ten Most Influential Latino Leaders under 40. She graduated (cum laude) with a degree in Political Science and Latin American Studies from Temple University. Leyla is a board member of the Lupus Foundation

Domestic Violence Awareness Month with Joy Keys

Oct 6, 2013 00:28:00


Special Guest:Jeannine L. Lisitski, Executive Director of Women Against Abuse, has worked for more than 21 years in the public benefit sector, focusing on issues of poverty, violence and homelessness. Ms. Lisitski holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology and is a Ph.D Candidate (ABD), in Social Work and Social Research with a focus on homelessness.  Women Against Abuse, a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency, provides comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence in Philadelphia. Our services include emergency safe haven, transitional housing, legal services, behavioral healthcare, hotline counseling, community education and advocacy.,

Joy Keys chats with Author Oonya Kempadoo

Sep 29, 2013 00:32:00


Oonya Kempadoo’s moving third novel, All Decent Animals, looks at the personal and aesthetic choices of a multifaceted cast of characters on the Caribbean island of Trinidad—a country still developing economically but rich culturally, aiming at “world-class” status amid its poor island cousins. It is a novel about relationships, examined through the distinct rhythms of the city of Port of Spain. Loyalties, love, conflicting cultures, and creativity come into play as Ata, a young woman working in carnival design but curious about writing, and her European boyfriend, Pierre, negotiate the care of their friend Fraser, a closeted gay man dying from AIDS. The contradictory Trinidadian setting becomes a parallel character to Fraser’s Cambridge-derived artistic sensibility and an antagonist to Ata’s creative journey. Oonya Kempadoo was born in England to Guyanese parents. She has lived in Europe and on various islands in the Caribbean. Her first novel, Buxton Spice, was published in 1998 to great acclaim. Her second novel, Tide Running, won the prestigious Casa de las Americas Literary Prize for best English or Creole novel. Kempadoo lives in St. George’s, Grenada.

Joy Keys chats with Author Kiese Laymon

Sep 15, 2013 00:34:00


How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America (August 2013) is a stirring, powerful collection of essays that explore the effects of racism, violence, and class, among other things, on American culture and society. Kiese Laymon’s writing is deeply personal yet unsentimental. He tells personal family stories that reveal the myriad influences that have shaped his life, from his formidable grandmother and rascally uncle to the hip-hop stars of the 1980s and 1990s who became role models for an entire generation of young black men across the country. Kiese Laymon was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. He graduated from Oberlin College and earned an MFA from Indiana University. Laymon is a contributing editor at and has written for numerous publications, including Esquire and He is an associate professor of English and Africana Studies at Vassar College. Agate Bolden published his debut novel, Long Division, came out in June 2013.    

Haitian Author Edwidge Danticat chats about Claire of the Sea Light

Sep 8, 2013 00:33:00


Edwidge Danticat is the author of numerous books, including Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work, Brother, I’m Dying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a National Book Award finalist; Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection; Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist; The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner; and The Dew Breaker, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and winner of the inaugural Story Prize.  Claire of the Sea Light is her latest book. Claire Limyè Lanmè--Claire of the Sea Light--is an enchanting child born into love and tragedy in a seaside town in Haiti. Claire's mother died in childbirth, and on each of her birthdays Claire is taken by her father, Nozias, to visit her mother's grave. Nozias wonders if he should give away his young daughter to a local shopkeeper who lost a child of her own, so he can give her a better life. 

Joy Keys chats about Divorce w/ Attorney Lester Barclay

Sep 8, 2013 00:26:00


The African-American Guide to Divorce & Drama: Breaking Up Without Breaking Down helps parties navigate the process of separation and divorce, while seeking to minimize the “drama” and trauma for them and their children–the innocent victims. It is the first comprehensive book on divorce for African-Americans.  Lester L. Barclay is the managing partner of The Barclay Law Group in Chicago, Illinois. A graduate of Oberlin College and Case Western Reserve University School of Law, he has practiced matrimonial law since 1985. In that time, he has earned a sterling reputation as a skilled litigator who seeks to maintain the family’s integrity during and after divorce.

Joy Keys chats with Poet & Author Musa Okwonga

Sep 1, 2013 00:25:00


Musa Okwonga is a poet, sportswriter, broadcaster, musician, PR consultant and commentator on current affairs. He studied law at Oxford University and then trained as a solicitor in the City before leaving the legal profession to pursue a career as a poet. He is the author of two books on football, has written for The Independent, The Guardian and This Is Africa, and is the vocalist for electronica outfit The King’s Will, who have been praised by Q Magazine as “a brilliant 21st century culture clash…like a globe-straddling Mike Skinner”. You can find out more about his work at A Love Letter to London"Heavyweight": The King's Will - Love, Against Homophobia: To men who threaten women online, “Invisible Men”.

2013 Praise Is The Cure with Joy Keys and Anita T. Conner

Aug 18, 2013 00:25:00


Anita T. Conner, 15 year breast cancer survivor and The George E. Thorne Development Center (GETDC) present the 8Annual Praise Is The Cure® Week of Hope, Health, and Healing, September 29 – October 5, 2013, to recognize the plight of African-American Breast Cancer patients, survivors, and their families and to spread awareness about the disease in hopes that it will help save lives. This is a FREE community event. Registration is required for certain activities. For more information, call 215-635-1025 or visit This City wide event will begin with Praise Sunday, September 29, 2013 at over 100 churches and worship centers in the Delaware Valley area.   Monday, September 30, 2013 with the Maddie Movement, Children’s Festival at the Abington YMCA, 1073 Old York Road, Abington, PA. The Maddie Movement is a statewide effort to make champions out of children in the fight against breast cancer.Saturday, October 5, 2013 at the Mount Airy Church of God in Christ, 6401 Ogontz Avenue in Philadelphia.   Praise Is The Cure® (PITC) is a movement that cares about the breast health of our current and future generations of African American women and men. Their mission is to motivate, educate and encourage African Americans to get breast cancer screenings and treatment.   

Joy Keys chats with South African Singer Nothende

Aug 18, 2013 00:27:00


South African Singer Nothende has been said to have her ‘soul’ house in order and its no wonder because in just a matter of years, she has worked with many SA artists, recorded NO.1 hit singles and even scored herself nominations for SAMA & Metro FM awards. She recorded a song titled OOH, for the Gazlam Soundtrack (2), produced by one of South Africa’s veteran producer’s, Kaybee. The song gained Nothende her first SAMA nomination (Best Team Composition) in 2004. Nothende was part of a hip hop group, The Playoffs. They became the ambassadors of an HIV/AIDS Campaign, LIV-LIVE, funded by the US Embassy. Nothende was a backup vocalist for one of SA’s popular musicians, Lira. She also performed as part of opening acts for international artists such as Tamia, Kanye West, India Arie, Goapele, Bilal, to name a few. Nothende’s music is a fresh blend of urban/soul sounds enriched with great, smooth melodies and catchy lyrics.

Joy Keys chats w/ Actors Kali Hawk & Darrin Dewitt Henson

Aug 17, 2013 00:25:00


In The Meantime, an UP Original Movie, airing on 8/17/13 and  8/18/13 at 7, 9 and 11 p.m. EDT In the Meantime Video clip: Special Guest: KALI HAWK (“JAZZ”) -One of Glamour Magazine’s “12 Funny Women to Watch,” Kali Hawk’s film credits include a starring role in Couples Retreat with Vince Vaughn; and supporting roles in the hit comedy Bridesmaids from producer Judd Apatow, and Get Him To The Greek  In addition to In The Meantime, Kali Hawk can be seen co-starring in Peeples from producer Tyler Perry. Special Guest: DARRIN DEWITT HENSON (“KWAME”) -Darrin Dewitt Henson grew to fame when playing “Lem Van Adams” on the Showtime series “Soul Food.”  Henson’s additional credits include The Express, Stomp the Yard, Blood Done Sign My Name, Salon, The Inheritance, After, Tekken (based off the successful video game) and the HBO film, Life Support. As a choreographer, Henson has worked with such artists as Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears and ‘N Sync.  Henson is a two-time nominated Image Award actor.

Learn about Drug Addiction with Joy Keys

Aug 11, 2013 00:34:00


Drug Addiction affects 23.2 million Americans — of whom only about 10 percent are receiving the treatment they need. Drug addiction is a dependence on an illegal drug or a medication. When you're addicted, you may not be able to control your drug use and you may continue using the drug despite the harm it causes. Drug addiction is a disease, but a treatable disease. Special guest: Suzan Swanton currently serves as the Grants Project Officer for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Addiction Technology Transfer Center grants. Prior to joining SAMHSA, Suzan was the Executive Director of the Governor’s State Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council in Maryland and the State Opioid Treatment Authority for Maryland.  Suzan has 38 years of experience in the field of substance abuse treatment, policy development and training. In 2001, she received the Nyswander-Dole Award, which recognizes extraordinary work and service in the opioid treatment field.

Joy Keys chats w/ Bill Powers about the Natural Gas Myth

Aug 11, 2013 00:29:00


Conventional wisdom has North America entering a new era of energy abundance thanks to shale gas. But has industry been honest? Cold, Hungry and in the Dark argues that declining productivity combined with increasing demand will trigger a crisis that will cause prices to skyrocket, damage the economy and have a profound impact on the lives of nearly every North American. Exhaustively researched and rigorously documented, Cold, Hungry and in the Dark: · Puts supply-and-demand trends under a microscope · Provides overwhelming evidence of the absurdity of the 100-year supply myth · Suggests numerous ways to mitigate the upcoming natural gas price spike. Bill Powers is the editor of Powers Energy Investor and previously the editor of the Canadian Energy Viewpoint and US Energy Investor. He has been publishing investment research on the oil and gas industry since 2002 and sits on the Board of Directors of Calgary-based Arsenal Energy. Powers has devoted the last 15 years to studying and analyzing the energy sector, driven by his desire to uncover unrecognized trends in the industry and identify outstanding opportunities for retail and institutional investors.

Joy Keys chats with Author Rojé Augustin

Aug 4, 2013 00:32:00


When Desiree Washington ventures into the darkly glittering world of legendary singer Bebe Jones, she gets more than just a job.  She gets a family in crisis, a diva meltdown, and a head full of stitches... The Unraveling of Bebe Jones revolves around the rich and famous Jones family and the people who work for them as they cope through an array of personal dramas.  The Joneses refers not only to the family at the heart of the story but also to the insanity of keeping up—to illusions of perfection, prosperity and even happiness­—inherit in modern Western culture. Rojé Augustin is a native New Yorker, currently based in Sydney.  She is a graduate of Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in literature and writing.  She has had a number of articles published in B.E.T. Weekend Magazine, a former weekly insert in the New York Daily News.  For more than a decade, she has worked as a television journalist, writer and producer for Good Morning America Weekend Edition with Diane Sawyer, 20/20 with Barbara Walters and John Stossel, CBS News Productions, The Tyra Banks Show and E!  The Unraveling of Bebe Jones is her first novel.

Joy Keys chats with Alexes Johnson about Junkie Witness

Jul 28, 2013 00:34:00


Alexes Johnson is an experienced painter working and living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Born in New York to a mother battling a heroin addiction, he grew up fast on the artsy but tough streets of the East Village.  Shortly before his ninth birthday, his mother would lose her battle to addiction leaving Alexes in the care of the State. Adopted by a family living in Philadelphia, his passion for music and love of the Arts would be cultivated in The City of Brotherly Love. As part of the city’s underground artistic community, Alexes honed his poetry writing skills and was was in demand to share his extensive knowledge of music as a DJ. For years, Alexes battled depression and multitudes of disfunction from memories of an abusive childhood he wanted to forget. Finally coming to terms with his life while acknowledging and facing his past, Alexes was free to  come out of the darkness and into light. Alexes has just completed his first novel, “Junkie Witness”, a poetic memoir of his chaotic early childhood. He continues to reside in Philadelphia where he owns and operates Renaissance Painting. 

Joy Keys chats with Singer Cody ChestnuTT

Jul 28, 2013 00:31:00


Universally hailed as a thrilling new figure in music for his edgy, lo-fi debut, The Headphone Masterpiece, back in 2002,Cody ChesnuTT is a soul troubadour whose frank, socially conscious ruminations on life continue to challenge popular notions of what modern soul music can look and sound like. The Atlanta native has always stood his own creative ground, ever since he first holed himself up in his bedroom to record The Headphone Masterpiece. Cody sang "To Be Young, Gifted and Black" on Meshell Ndegeocello's album Pour Une Âme Souveraine (or "For a Sovereign Soul"). Check it out on Sound Cloud: Landing On A Hundred, Cody’s second full-length LP, marks his return to the music game after a period of family-man retreat and reflection that did a world of good for him after his meteoric rise to near fame. The title is a reference to the slang saying, “Keeping It One Hundred,” or telling the whole truth, and for lovers of true blue Southern soul this new album is a must-have. That's Still Mama video: Love Is More Than a Wedding Day video:

Joy Keys chats with Former NBA player Johnathan Bender

Jul 21, 2013 00:29:00


Johnathan Bender played in the NBA for eight years. He was in the top-5 of the 1999 draft pick. he was drafted by the Pacers into a $7 million dollar contract. Pulling down 10 rebounds and scoring 31 points, Jonathan broke Michael Jordan’s scoring record set in 1981 and continues to reign as the game’s all-time leading scorer.  Unfortunately, Johnathan had to leave the league after seven years of dealing with debilitating knee pain. He took four years retirement and worked on his health. While using his own product prototype—now coined the “JB Intensive Trainer”—Bender became fit enough to re-enter the NBA, where he played for another  year with the New York Knicks.  Amazingly, when the team doctors did strengthening tests on Bender, they discovered he had the strongest lower extremities on the team!   Also wanting to give back to the community, Bender also established a non-profit organization, The Jonathan Bender Foundation, which strives to empower children in his community by providing them with the tools to obtain life skills that address their educational, health and social needs.

Urban Gardening with Joy Keys

Jul 14, 2013 00:34:00


Special Guest: Lauren Mandel, author of EAT UP. Lauren Mandel’s new guide, Eat Up, explains this most local of food movements to help readers learn how to use their own private and corporate rooftops to bring fresh, organic produce to their tables. Lauren holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Environmental Science. Special Guest: Adam Hill, City Harvest Coordinator. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s (PHS) City Harvest program taps the skills and energy of urban gardeners to make fresh, nutritious produce more widely available in under-resourced neighborhoods. PHS City Harvest gardeners grow and donate more than 20,000 pounds of produce each year, helping to feed about 1,000 families per week during the growing season. Special Guest: Mike Hill works for USDA Forest Service on landscape architecture projects and youth programs. Previously, Mike worked for 10 years at the National Building Museum in DC. Mike is a graduate of the Virginia Tech landscape architecture program. Mike received the Community Outreach Person of the Year Award from the DC Chapter of the National Organization for Minority Architects in 2011.  Children's Forest Program:

Joy Keys chats with Moroccan Singer Ahmed Soultan

May 26, 2013 00:34:00


Ahmed Soultan is a Moroccan singer, considered as one of the leaders of the "Nayda".(new urban Moroccan scene). Ahmed considers his singing style as Afrobian (Afro-Arabian).  He sings in four languages ( Amazigh, Arabic, English and French). Ahmed  sang with Talib Kweli, Angelique Kidjo and Zap Mama on the “People Power” song. He sung with Ne-Yo on the song Amazing You. Ahmed opened the Tiken Jah Fakoli concert in Dakar. He sung on the original soundtrack of Rhimou, a popular sitcom broadcast in Morocco. Ahmed’s first album came out in 2005 called TOLERANCE. The hit single from  the album “Ya Salam” is sung in Arabic and English. “Ya Salam” accompanied the opening of MTV Arabia. Second album CODE came out in 2009. The single “Achkide” from the album is sung in Berber and French. In 2011, his song “Jokko” was nominated as best North African song and best African reggae song of the year. Ahmed’s latest single is called “My Jailer”. Check out the video: Ahmed recently won the MTV EMA for Best Africa/Middle East/India & Worldwide act Nominee. Website: Twitter: @soultanahmed  

Joy Keys chats with Ghanaian Singer Kae Sun about Afriyie

May 24, 2013 00:22:00


Kae Sun or Kwaku Darko-Mensah Jr. is a Ghanaian-Canadian singer-songwriter. Kae Sun's music has hints of soul, folk and hip-hop creating a sound that is sometimes described as urban folk. Kae Sun's debut album Lion On A Leash came out in 2009.The mostly self produced Lion on a Leash is a collection of heartfelt, well written songs that successfully combine elements of hip-hop, roots reggae and soul. He also adds elements of afro-funk, influenced by his Ghanaian upbringing. Kae Sun turned to his native Ghana for inspiration for his EP Outside the Barcode which came out in 2011. Outside the Barcode, is an authentic and reflective collection of songs that showcase Kae’s growth as a songwriter, storyteller and guitarist.  Kae Sun's newest album Afriyie, comes out May 28th.It incorporates influences like Sam Cooke, Lauryn Hill, Dennis Brown, Ben Harper, Bob Marley and Bob Dylan. Website: Burden of Love video:

Arming Sisters with Joy Keys and Patricia Stein

May 19, 2013 00:20:00


Patricia E. Stein is a veterinary nurse, artist, and taekwondo junkie. She is Lakota. Patricia holds a black belt in Hapkido and she has competed in Taekwondo competitions for nine years. Patricia has held numerous women’s self defense courses throughout the East Coast of the United States and Cairo, Egypt. She worked with the Tahrir Body Guard (a group dedicated to ending sexual harassment in Egypt).  The Arming Sisters project hopes to hold 2 day compact women’s self defense course talking on awareness and mentality as well the physical application of 10 moves that could save a woman’s life. The courses will be held at the top 20 most populated reservations and 10 stops in Canada spanning the late Summer months / early Fall. The Arming Sisters project hopes to reach at least 2000 women.

Celiac Awareness Month with Joy Keys

May 19, 2013 00:26:00


Special Guest: Jennifer North, Vice President of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA). Jennifer joined the staff of NFCA in 2009 as the organization’s first full-time development officer. She formerly served as the Vice-President of Development for JCCs of Greater Philadelphia. For the last three years, she has been contracted by the federal Department of Health and Human Services as a grant reviewer for the Compassion Capital Fund’s Targeted Capacity-Building and Demonstration Programs. NFCA drives diagnoses of celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders and improves the quality of life for those on a lifelong gluten-free diet. Special Guest: Cheryl Harris, MPH RD has been teaching clients how to live and love a gluten-free diet for the past 9 years. She was recently selected as the “Emerging Dietetics Leader of the Year” for 2012 for Virginia. She has presented widely on Celiac Disease and a gluten-free diet for an FDA Panel, at the Virginia Dietetics Association Annual Meeting. She is currently the Nutrition Advisor for the DC Metro Area Celiac Sprue Support Group and is on the advisory board for Simply Gluten-Free Magazine.

Living w/ Lupus with Joy Keys & the Lupus Foundation

May 12, 2013 00:33:00


Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). An estimated, 1.5 million Americans have lupus. Special Guest: Annette Myarick: CEO, Lupus Foundation of America, Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter.The Lupus Foundation of America is the only national force devoted to solving the mystery of lupus, one of the world’s cruelest, most unpredictable, and devastating diseases, while giving caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact. Special Guest: Lupus advocate. Leyla Moreno, supervisor, community relations, Health Partners, is a bilingual (Spanish and English) community outreach professional. Leyla is a native of Panama. Leyla was recognized in 2008 and 2009 by Impacto Latin Newspaper and the Philadelphia Multicultural Congress as one of the ten Most Influential Latino Leaders under 40.

The Philadelphia Chromosome w/ Joy Keys & Jessica Wapner

May 12, 2013 00:31:00


Now, for the first time, The Philadelphia Chromosome: A Mutant Gene and the Quest to Cure Cancer at the Genetic Level by Jessica Wapner tells in full the origin story of treating cancer at the genetic level, and unfolds the history behind many of those headlines, to help us understand exactly how targeting cancer at its root came to save so many lives. In her debut book, science journalist Jessica Wapner brings this story vividly to life. The Philadelphia Chromosome opens in 1959 with the discovery in a University of Pennsylvania lab of a chromosomal mutation (christened the Philadelphia chromosome) in which a piece of chromosome 22 breaks off and attaches itself to chromosome 9. Wapner has been a contributor to The New York Times, Scientific American, Slate, and many other outlets, she has been writing about cancer research for the past 13 years.

Joy Keys chats with Singer Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.

May 9, 2013 00:28:00


As a native of Logan WV, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. had humble beginnings before scoring the top slot on America’s Got Talent in front of a record 14 million weekly viewers. The former small town auto detailer went from washing cars to Hollywood stars, winning the hearts of judges Sharon Osbourne, Piers Morgan, Howie Mandel and TV viewers everywhere as he made his way to the top with his smooth jazz vocals and humble, gracious character. After being crowned the winner of AGT’s sixth season in September 2011, Landau released his first album “That’s Life,” which went on to debut at #1 on the Billboard jazz charts and the top 40 overall. Website: That's Life video:

Joy Keys chats w/ Single Fathers Due to Cancer

May 5, 2013 00:26:00


Justin Yopp, PhD is a clinical psychologist at the University of North Carolina and is a member of the UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program. His clinical practice focuses on providing therapeutic services to both pediatric and adult patients with or affected by cancer.   In 2010, Dr. Yopp and his colleague, Dr. Don Rosenstein, developed a support program for widowed fathers who lost their wives to cancer. They currently run a support group for widowed fathers, are conducting research in the field, and have created an online resource of this population of widowers:  The Single Fathers Due to Cancer Program at UNC is dedicated to helping the tens of thousands of fathers who have lost their wives/partners to cancer and who are figuring out how to be an “only” parent to a grieving child. The program is first-of-its-kind in the United States and has a website offering resources, information and support to widowed fathers: The site includes a series of short videos of widowed fathers discussing their experiences.

Joy Keys chats with Actress & Playwright Regina Taylor

May 2, 2013 00:31:00


  Regina Taylor: Writer, Director, Actor and Artistic Associate at Goodman Theatre With an impressive body of work that encompasses film, television, theater and writing, Regina Taylor is best known to TV audiences for her role as Lilly Harper in the series “I'll Fly Away.”  She has received many accolades throughout her career, including a Golden Globe Award and a NAACP Image Award. Her critically acclaimed “Crowns” continues to be one of the most performed musicals in the country. Ms. Taylor’s  “The Trinity River Plays,” received the 2010 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award.  Taylor was the first black woman to play Juliet in Romeo and Juliet on Broadway. She was a cast member for all four seasons of the CBS drama The Unit as Molly Blane. Taylor was named one of six 2012 Chicagoans of the Year by Chicago Magazine and was awarded the 2013 Oscar Micheaux Award from the Chicago Film Critics Association.  

Joy Keys chats with Roslyn Y. Rogers Collins, CEO of PPMNJ

Apr 29, 2013 00:28:00


  Special Guest: Roslyn Y. Rogers Collins is President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey (PPMNJ) in Newark.  The centers serve nearly 20,000 men, women, and adolescents and the education department, called the Family Life Institute, presents workshops to almost 9,000 individuals. Currently the only African American CEO of a Planned Parenthood affiliate in the country, Rogers-Collins is keenly aware of the need to be culturally competent in delivering services. PPMNJ is a leading non-profit provider of quality healthcare services and education for Essex, Passaic and Hudson Counties. PPMNJ is hosting an Open House,Thursday, May 2, 2013 at The Chubb Center-PPMNJ, 151 Washington Street, Newark, NJ as the kickoff to its 85 Anniversary.  

Mindfulness with Joy Keys and Augusta Hopkins

Apr 21, 2013 00:31:00


Augusta Hopkins has been teaching mindful movement since 1989 and is an experienced, colorful, creative instructor who is passionate about mindfulness practice.  In addition to training in the United States, she has practiced mindfulness and movement in France, Japan, Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. Augusta began facilitating meditation groups in the San Francisco Bay Area In 2006, after returning from a soul searching odyssey that brought her from Thailand's Wat Suan Mokkh to Plum Village, France where she studied under Thich Nhat Hanh. Her MBSR training was with leading instructor and author Dr. Bob Stahl.  She was mentored by and co-taught with Renee Burgard LCSW, senior MBSR instructor for Apple, Google and Stanford. Augusta received lay ordination from Thich Nhat Hanh, her primary teacher, and is a member of the core community of the Order of Interbeing  She is a third degree black belt and has been a martial artsinstructor since 1989.  Her work is informed by a BA from Haverford College and an MBA from Presidio Graduate School in Sustainable Business Management.  

Joy Keys chats with Haitian Author Edwidge Danticat

Apr 18, 2013 00:34:00


  Edwidge Danticat is the author of numerous books, including Brother, I’m Dying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a National Book Award finalist; Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection; Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist; The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner; and The Dew Breaker, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and winner of the inaugural Story Prize. Danticat’s last book, Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work, was inspired by Albert Camus and adapted from her own lectures for Princeton University’s Toni Morrison Lecture Series, here Danticat tells stories of artists who create despite (or because of) the horrors that drove them from their homelands. Combining memoir and essay, these moving and eloquent pieces examine what it means to be an artist from a country in crisis. Claire of the Sea Light is her latest book scheduled to come out in August 2013. Claire Limyè Lanmè--Claire of the Sea Light--is an enchanting child born into love and tragedy in a seaside town in Haiti. Claire's mother died in childbirth, and on each of her birthdays Claire is taken by her father, Nozias, to visit her mother's grave. Nozias wonders if he should give away his young daughter to a local shopkeeper who lost a child of her own, so he can give her a better life. 

When Someone Dies with Joy Keys and Scott Smith

Apr 14, 2013 00:19:00


In the midst of grieving his mother’s death Scott Smith made agonizing, costly, and time-consuming mistakes regarding the execution of her will and division of her assets.  If he, a lawyer, was ill-equipped to handle the hundreds of unanticipated and inescapable details, how was the average person to manage?   WHEN SOMEONE DIES provides a useful framework for everything from making funeral arrangements to handling organ donation to closing Facebook accounts..It answers many of the practical financial questions that pop up in the midst of grieving. Scott Smith is a partner in Viant Capital, a San Francisco-based boutique investment bank and tech business incubator. When Someone Dies is his first book.  

Joy Keys chats with Author Yejide Kilanko

Apr 7, 2013 00:31:00


  Yejide Kilanko was born in Ibadan, Nigeria, the daughter of a university professor and his wife. She married a computer programmer, and immigrated to Laurel, Maryland. Kilanko is now a social worker in children’s mental health and lives in Canada. Daughters Who Walk This Path is her first novel. Daughters Who Walk This Path: Spirited and intelligent, Morayo grows up surrounded by school friends and family in busy, modern-day Ibadan. An adoring little sister, their traditional parents, and a host of aunties and cousins make Morayo’s home their own. So there’s nothing unusual about her charming but troubled cousin Bros T moving in with the family. At first Morayo and her sister are delighted, but in her innocence, nothing prepares Morayo for the shameful secret Bros T forces upon her. **Daughters nominated as a top-ten pick for the Giller Prize's Readers Choice Award. **Nine straight weeks on the Globe and Mail Canadian Fiction Bestseller List  

Child Abuse Prevention Month with Joy Keys

Apr 7, 2013 00:26:00


Chris Kirchner, MSW, has worked in the field of child welfare for the past twenty-eight years. For twenty of those years she has been the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance. In her leadership role at the Children’s Alliance, an accredited children’s advocacy center, Chris oversees collaborative investigations of child sexual abuse cases in Philadelphia, an average of 100 cases per month. Located in Center City Philadelphia, the Children’s Alliance offers a child friendly facility where child welfare and law enforcement professionals collaborate with the specialized forensic interviewers and victim advocates on the staff of the Children’s Alliance, to ensure that abused children receive a coordinated and compassionate response. Rhett Hackett is a male survivor of child sexual abuse from age 12-17.  He has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show - "200 Men Episode", and has been featured on Radio, television, and newspapers.  He has worked with the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance and corporate initiatives to promote awareness. In addition to mentoring children, he has also presented and reaches out to adult victims of child sexual abuse to promote healing along with providing testimony to change laws in the State of New Jersey.

Joy Keys chats with Genius Educator Dr. Chris Imafidon

Mar 31, 2013 00:42:00


  Dr. Chris Imafidon is a multi-award winning researcher and scientific pioneer. Father of the “Britian’s brainiest family.”  He is a member of the Information Age Executive Round-table forum - which is made up of the top 15 IT experts, decision-makers, CIOs, and executives in the UK. He also has been a guest lecturer at the University of Oxford (Keble College) and a visiting Professor to various American Universities, including Harvard, Cornell, Columbia, SUNY, Georgetown, Miami, LSU, and has collaborated with scientists at Yale University.  He has served as head of the Management of Technology Unit at Queen Mary University of London.  He is currently an honorary member of the board of Excellence in Education programme (\ His eldest child Anne-Marie passed GCSEs in both ICT (Information Communication Technology) and Mathematics aged ten. The second eldest of the children, Christiana shot to fame when she passed her Maths GCSE aged nine. The twins Peter and Paula took their Maths GCSEs aged just six.  His daughter Samantha passed her Maths and Statistics GCSEs aged 6. She has written a book with her siblings called 'Maths Manual' to help her friends and other girls her age to succeed in Maths like she has. Website:  

Joy Keys chats with Actress Angela Bassett

Mar 21, 2013 00:37:00


Actress Angela Bassett is perhaps best known for her intense portrayal of Tina Turner in the biopic WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT opposite Laurence Fishburne, Angela earned the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama, an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture, and an Academy Award nomination for her powerful performance.  Bassett is also a nine time Image award winning actress. In addition, she received Emmy nomination for her work in “THE ROSA PARKS STORY” and in “UNCLE JED’S BARBERSHOP”- episode of PBS’ Storytime. Bassett received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for her performance in RUBY’S BUCKET OF BLOOD. Bassett was recently seen as Coretta Scott King in the Lifetime movie BETTY AND CORETTA following the lives as single mothers Betty Shabazz and Coretta Scott King face after the assassination of their husbands. Bassett starred opposite Samuel L. Jackson in the Broadway premiere of Katori Hall’s Olivier Award winning play Mountaintop. Some of Bassett’s films credits include: Jumping The Broom, Waiting To Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove, Malcolm X, Boseman and Lena and more. Bassett can next be seen as Lynne Jacobs, the head of the secret service in OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN for FilmDistrict opposite Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler, and Aaron Eckhart. In this Antoine Fuqua directed film, Banning (Butler), a former Presidential Secret Service agent, must work with the national security team to save the President (Eckhart) from his kidnappers and the terrorist attack on the White House. Olympus Has Fallen is set to hit theaters March 22. Bassett is a Yale School of Drama graduate.  

Joy Keys chats with Filmmaker Byron Hurt

Mar 17, 2013 00:32:00


Byron Hurt is the New York-based producer of the award-winning documentary and underground classic I Am A Man: Black Masculinity in America and Moving Memories: The Black Senior Video Yearbook. Hurt is a former Northeastern University football star and long-time gender violence prevention educator. For more than five years, he was the associate director and founding member of the Mentors in Violence Prevention program, the leading college-based rape and domestic violence prevention initiative for professional athletics. He is also the former associate director of the first gender violence prevention program in the United States Marine Corps. Byron has lectured at more than 100 college campuses and trained thousands of young men and women on issues related to gender, race, sex, violence, music, and visual media. Byron Hurt’s recent film, Soul Food Junkies explores the history and social significance of soul food to black cultural identity and its effect on African American health, good and bad. Soul Food Junkies premiered on the Independent Lens in January 2013. Byron is currently working on Hazing: How Badly Do You Want In? documentary film. Hazing is the practice of rituals and other activities involving harassment, abuse or humiliation used as a way of initiating a person into a group.   

Colorectal Cancer Awareness with Joy Keys

Mar 17, 2013 00:30:00


Special Guest: Djenaba A. Joseph, MD, MPH, is board certified in internal medicine and is a Commander in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service. She is the Medical Director of CDC's Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP). The CRCCP provides funding to 25 states and 4 tribes across the United States for five years with a goal to increase colorectal (colon) cancer screening rates among men and women aged 50 years and older from about 64 percent to 80 percent in the funded states by 2014. An increase in screening rates will reduce illness and death from colorectal cancer. Dr. Joseph completed her undergraduate education at the University of Michigan, earned her medical degree from the University of Michigan's Medical School, and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan, School of Public Health. She completed her residency in general internal medicine at St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

Joy Keys chats with Actor Barry Floyd from BET The Game

Mar 10, 2013 00:23:00


A Philadelphia native and Temple University Alum, Barry Floyd portrays “Tee Tee,” the fan- favorite and lovable cousin/sidekick to Quarterback Superstar “Malik Wright” on BET’s hit show, “The Game.” The comedy-drama, television series premiered on the network January 2011 with record ratings of 7.7 million viewers and was recently announced that it will be returning for a sixth season! Barry was originally set to appear in only a few episodes, but due to his popularity amongst viewers he was added on as a regular character. Tee Tee has truly transitioned over the course of the seasons, and fans are eagerly waiting to see what he will do next. The actor behind “Tee Tee” is also head-writer, director, and actor on the online sketch comedy series, “Purple-Stuff TV” which is a blend of “Saturday Night Live” and “The Chappelle Show.”

Joy Keys chats with Performer Adesola Osakalumi about FELA!

Mar 10, 2013 00:30:00


Adesola Osakalumi (pronounced ah-day-SHOW-la • O-sa-ka-LU-mee) is an award-winning actor, choreographer, singer, and dancer who is currently starring in the title role of the Broadway hit musical FELA!, which won three Tony Awards in 2010. His other theatre work includes: Equus (Broadway),Ngwino Ubeho (Sundance Theater Lab),Eyewitness Blues (NYTW), Jam on the Groove(Drama Desk nominee). Adesola’s film work includes: Sex and the City 2, Crazy Beats Strong Every Time, The Accidental Husband, Across the Universe, Enchanted, Idlewild. He has been a choreographer for : Broadway Bares, ESPN, Old Navy, PBS Kids, Halifax Bank, Advil, the films School of Rock  and Marci X. Adesola is a NEA Grant and Bessie Award Recipient. Website:  Link to Ade’s video reel: FELA! is based on the life of Fela Kuti, who created Afrobeat—a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies—and mixed these sensual eclectic rhythms with simple but powerful lyrics that openly assailed Nigeria’s corrupt and oppressive dictatorships. Video trailer for FELA!:

Joy Keys chats with Actor Jay R. Ellis from BET's The Game

Mar 8, 2013 00:29:00


Jay Ellis is the new series regular for the 6 season of the BET hit series, The Game, premiering March  2013.  Ellis stars as the wide-eyed Bryce “Blueprint” Westbrook, a brilliant Stanford grad and recipient of the Heisman Trophy. The highly educated “Blueprint” is often the smartest guy in the room, which rubs his new teammates the wrong way.   Jay can also be seen sharing the screen with Terrence Howard in the Farrelly Brothers film Movie 43. The film boasts an ensemble cast with some of the most remarkable actors working today.  His other credits include guest-starring roles on Hart of Dixie, How I Met Your Mother, NCIS, and Grey’s Anatomy. Twitter: @jayrellis

Joy Keys chats w/ Penny Marshall, The Harriet Tubman Journey

Mar 3, 2013 00:22:00


SPECIAL GUEST: Penny Marshall, chairperson for the Harriet Tubman Journey. The Harriet Tubman Journey Committee is presenting the Inaugural Delaware Harriet Tubman Commemorative two mile walk, ride, run and race event for the family on Sunday, March 10, 2013 (Harriet Tubman Day), to recognize the 100th Anniversary of  Conductor Araminta “Harriet” Tubman's death. Often called Moses, Tubman is known for her daring resistance against the institution of slavery.  Her life story is amongst the uppermost profiles of courage and bravery in American history. The Inaugural events are part of the “Ten for the Tenth” days of activities from March 1 to March 10 to honor Ms. Tubman’s contributions and legacy.  The events include a two mile walk/run in northern Delaware at Dravo Plaza on the Wilmington Riverfront, a motorcycle caravan riding from the PA border to the Riverfront and a14 mile relay from Sandtown at the Maryland/DE border to Camden, Delaware. The latter two events track the Delaware Harriet Tubman Byway.  The Harriet Tubman Journey is a volunteer organization whose members have come together to honor the legacy of Harriet Tubman. For more information, contact the Harriet Tubman Journey at (302) 514-7785 or visit the website at  or ShopRite Riverfront Customer Service to register for the two mile walk/run.

Joy Keys chats with Shoe Designer & Philanthropist Etu Evans

Mar 3, 2013 00:30:00


Etu Evans, shoe designer to the stars, is a creator of bespoke footwear that seemingly makes clothes optional. Evans has been hailed by Footwear News as the prince of luxe footwear and the new media darling by  Evans is 4.0 graduate of Columbia University with a degree in Applied Behavioral Science and a Cum Laude graduate of South Carolina State University. He pursued his creative studies in continuing education at The Parsons School of Design, as well as in footwear and accessories with an associate degree from The Fashion Institute of Technology; both located in NYC.  In 1993, Etu Evans established his LLC, designing millinery and jewelry and has since expanded to included footwear and accessories. The beguiling creations of Etu Evans have captured the attention of Ducatti, Parisian fashionistas and publications such as German Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Spanish Marie Claire, Essence, GQ, In Style (UK), Women’s Wear Daily, Ebony (30 Leaders of the Future), and Black Enterprise. In 1998, the gifted and enigmatic intellectual founded the Solesville Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people get on their feet through shoe and toy drive distributions, and pediatric AIDS prevention and awareness. Solesville is committed to its motto, “ Saving soles one step at a time.” Solesville donates shoes to Africa, South America, the Caribbean and The United States to prevent infectious diseases acquired through foot lesions. Mr. Evans also founded the Etu The Purple Boot initiative, a scientifically CABAS based mentoring, fatherhood initiative, and leadership case study for boys’ ages 7-11 in Harlem and Westchester, NY, Maryland, Atlanta and South Carolina.

Joy Keys chats with Mike Dennis about Black Film Now docu

Feb 24, 2013 00:30:00


  Reelblack, the film production and promotions company based in Philadelphia, has begun a crowd-funding campaign in support of BLACK FILM NOW, the first feature-length documentary on African-American film in a decade.  The company hopes to raise $25,000 at before March 10 to cover editing and additional production. A pitch video for the project can be viewed at Founder Michael Dennis (aka Mike D) is the driving force behind Reelblack TV.  Aided by producer/cameraman Craig Carpenter, the online archive of over  400 artist interviews and music performances has amassed nearly 10 million views and over 9,000 subscribers  on YouTube since 2006.

Joy Keys chats with Hip Hop Artist Blitz The Ambassador

Feb 19, 2013 00:33:00


Samuel Bazawule AKA Blitz the Ambassador Hip-hop was the soundtrack for Samuel Bazawule growing up in Accra, Ghana; later, it gave him his own voice; today, performing as Blitz the Ambassador, he is using hip-hop to “give others a voice.” Blitz began his music theory “training” by memorizing raps and studying the masters Chuck D. (front man for Public Enemy), Rakim, and KRS-One. He immigrated, in 2001, and earned degrees, in business management and marketing. Blitz has released two full-length albums, Stereotype(2009) and Native Sun (2011); as visual accompaniment to the latter, he wrote and co-directed a short film of the same name, which he calls “a true representation of who I am.” Filmed in Ghana and scored with music from the album, it follows the wanderings of an orphan boy as he learns to be the master of his fate.  His musical collaborations include those with Grammy Award-nominated duo Les Nubians, JUNO Award-winning Shad, and Chuck D.. His proudest achievement, though, was the homecoming concert he performed with his full band in Accra in 2011, ten years after he left. Blitz has been hailed by Rolling Stone as “the future of African music.” WEBSITE: He is the recipient of a 2013 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Contemporary Music The Vilcek Foundation aims to raise public awareness of the contributions of immigrants to the sciences, arts, and culture in the United States. The Foundation was established in 2000 by Jan and Marica Vilcek, immigrants from the former Czechoslovakia.

Heart Disease Awareness Month with Joy Keys

Feb 17, 2013 00:32:00


Heart disease, including stroke, is the leading cause of death for men and women in theUnited States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths is caused by heart disease. Special Guest:: Special Guest: Dr. Rani Whitfield (Tha Hip Hop Doc).Rani G. Whitfield, M.D., a board certified family physician with a Certificate of Added Qualification in sports medicine, has become known as "Tha Hip Hop Doc" or "H2D" to many of the young adults in his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he practices medicine. Representative of the American Heart Association. Special Guest: Kimberly Montgomery, Heart Attack SurvivorAmerican Heart Association:

Joy Keys chats with Dutch Jazz Singer Ntjam Rosie

Feb 17, 2013 00:26:00


On March 15, Ntjam Rosie’s new album ‘At the back of beyond’ will be released. She has taught herself to play the guitar and developed a bright new uplifting, style. With ‘At the back of beyond’ Ntjam Rosie has created an amazing and unforgettable new album that will be released on her own label Gentle Daze Records. The first single ‘Love is Calling’ will be out on Valentine’s Day, February 14.Ntjam Rosie just loved the saying ‘At the back of beyond’ used in the movie Black Narcissus and named her album after it. ‘A place difficult to get to,’ it means. But it is not difficult at all to love ‘At the back of beyond’: it is uplifting, bright and authentic. Her first album ‘Elle’ brought her to several countries, among them Thailand, Turkey, Estonia and China and earned her a prestigious Edison nomination. Ntjam Rosie is regularly invited to perform for DWDD on Dutch TV and has been on BBC 1 radio; she has been on an extensive Club Tour and has played at the North Sea Jazz Festival... Ntjam Rosie won the Music Matters Award gaining her the title of music ambassador in Rotterdam during 2010. She graduated from the Codarts Conservatory as a bachelor of music. ‘At the back of beyond’ is an extrovert and new addition to Ntjam Rosie’s beautiful and adventurous repertoire.

Joy Keys chats with the creators of Black Girls Workout, Too

Feb 15, 2013 00:23:00


This is a pre-recorded interview. This interview took place Jan. 26th on 900amWURD. --------------------------------------------------------------- Mother and daughter fitness duo Ellen Ector has been a fitness expert for over 20 years. Always loving and participating in sports since the age of 10, Ellen participated in over 400 competitive road races and has competed in numerous triathlons. Among her many accolades are over 300 trophies. One of her proudest moments is being honored from the State of Georgia for creating a walking program for adults with disabilities that resulted in a overall group weight loss.  Ellen is currently working on her continued efforts to end Child Obesity and also training children in track and cross country. Lana Ector is a Certified Personal Trainer and Nutritionist who specializes in Weight Loss and Group Training. She has competed in over 30 road races, and is currently training to compete in her first marathon. Dubbed the "Fitness Vixen", she believes every woman should have nice abs and glutes. As Gymnetics Fitness' very own Nutritionist, she has created diet plans customized to metabolism and weight loss goals. With their continued success of Gymnetics Fitness along they guarantee RESULTS and believe that fitness should be a part of your DNA. and

Joy Keys chats with Author Tanya Biank about UNDAUNTED

Feb 10, 2013 00:32:00


Special Guest: Tanya Biank is an author and journalist. Her latest book, UNDAUNTED: The Real Story of America’s Servicewomen in Today’s Military gives the inside story of military women’s professional and personal challenges from the combat zone to the home front. Tanya’s book, ARMY WIVES: The Unwritten Code of Military Marriage is the basis for Lifetime TV’s hit series, ARMY WIVES. Tanya serves as a consultant for the show, which is cable’s No.1- rated drama series among women. A portion of the proceeds from many of Tanya’s book signings support the military community. During Tanya’s days as a newspaper reporter she traveled around the world with troops. Her coverage of the Fort Bragg Army wife murders in 2002 led to congressional inquiries and changes in Army policy. Her work has appeared in a number of publications, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. She has been a guest on national television and radio, including Good Morning America, CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, ABC News and NPR.Tanya is an Army brat and Army wife. She comes from a family of combat veterans and active-duty service members and is a proud member of the Society of Daughters of the United States Army. Tanya is a Fulbright scholar and graduate of Penn State, where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

Joy Keys chats with Filmmaker Stacey Muhammad

Feb 10, 2013 00:30:00


Stacey Muhammad is an award winning filmmaker and music video director who has written, directed and produced a series of award winning short films of both the narrative and documentary genres. She has lectured and participated in panel discussions in both the academic and non academic setting on a broad range of topics including filmmaking, media, hip hop / pop culture and social issues.Ms. Muhammad served on the national staff for the planning of the Million Man March which served as inspiration for her first documentary film, “A Glimpse of Heaven, the Legacy of the Million Man March”, released in 2005 to rave reviews.Her work includes multi-media projects, music videos and short form films including, the award winning “I AM SEAN BELL, black boys speak”, which made its film festival premier at the PATOIS, New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival. An official selection to the HBO/Media that Matters Film Festival, where it was awarded the “Speaking Out Award”, this film has received national acclaim and toured internationally, screening before audiences worldwide as part of the HBO / Media that Matters one year film festival tour.Her documentary film, “Out of our Right Minds, Trauma, Depression and the Black Woman” was released in March 2010 to rave reviews. As co-founder of Intelligent Seedz with activist / artist, Wise Intelligent, Stacey is committed to teaching youth the art of filmmaking and equipping them with the necessary tools to tell their stories. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY and is penning her first feature script. Her latest project, (short narrative film / web series) “REDEMPTION For Colored Boys, starring Julito McCullum (The Wire) and Rob Morgan (Pariah) is currently on the festival circuit. Episode one of this web series recently premiered online.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month with Joy Keys

Feb 3, 2013 00:30:00


Jasmine Ceja graduated from California State University, Los Angeles in 2010 with a Bachelors degree in Child Development and a Certificate in Youth Agency Administration. A strong advocate for healthy relationships and the well-being of children and adolescents, Jasmine engages diverse youth populations in public and private schools, juvenile justice and teen parenting programs and afterschool groups. In addition, she provides direct training to school districts and educators to improve their response to incidents of abuse. Jasmine joined Break the Cycle in 2010 as Youth Programs Coordinator and also serves as the Supervisor of the Loveisrespect National Youth Advisory Board. Break the Cycle is a leading national voice for the prevention of dating violence among teens and young adults. With partners ranging from MTV to the White House, Break the Cycle creates innovative programming to educate and engage youth to take a direct role in ending violence while simultaneously building the tools and resources for adults to lead youth on that journey. LaNesha Baldwin is a Girl/Friends Coordinator as well as A Long Walk Home youth board member. Founded in 2003, A Long Walk Home, Inc. (ALWH) is a 501 (c) non-profit that uses art therapy and the visual and performing arts to end violence against girls and women. ALWH features the testimonies and art by survivors and their allies in order to provide safe and entertaining forums through which the public can learn about healing from and preventing gender violence.

Joy Keys chats with Actor Michael Rainey Jr. about LUV

Jan 21, 2013 00:24:00


Michael Rainey, Jr. has been featured in Sesame Street, has done commercials, music videos, and print work. Michael Rainey, Jr. was featured in Regalo Pui Grande Video, by Tizziano Ferro where he was seen on MTV by Silvio Muccino and Carla Vangelista while writing the screen play for the movie "Un Altro Mondo" directed by Silvio Muccino which landed him a lead role for the movie playing the character "Charlie." Michael who is American lived in Italy for some time to prepare for this film went from speaking only English to speaking Italian for his role. Michael's film career started in 2009. Michael's first film in America is LUV which he starred in along side Common and directed by Sheldon Candis. Michael has been cast in the film The Butler coming out in 2013 directed by Lee Daniels. LUV movie trailer:

Joy Keys chats with French Singer FM Laeti

Jan 20, 2013 00:22:00


FM Laeti was born in Gaudeloupe. Her father was a drummer with Zouk music pioneers Kassav and her mother co-founded and ran a music school. Raised in a travelling musical family, through Guadeloupe, Vancouver, Chicago and Paris,. Laeti has found her own path from this rich, deep vein of soul music that she has inherited. As a child she listened to such luminaries as Nina Simone, Curtis Mayfield and particularly Otis Redding. Her approach, though steeped in the tradition of Stax and Motown, is modern and optimistic. There are also reminders of Eartha Kitt and Etta James in her repertoire. Her debut album is entitled, It Will All Come Around (Wagram Records). Laeti delivers brilliantly on first single “Rise In The Sun” a gorgeous bouncing slice of pop heaven. Also on the album, FM Laeti collaborates with Malawi vocalist Fatoumata Diawara  on the song "Coco." Rise In The Sun video: Coco video:

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month w/ Joy Keys &Tamika Felder

Jan 20, 2013 00:25:00


Cervical cancer is the second leading cause of cancer in women worldwide, yet it is almost always preventable – with the Pap test, the HPV test and the HPV vaccine. That’s what the Pearl of Wisdom Campaign to Prevent Cervical Cancer wants women to know – and share with their mothers, daughters, sisters and friends. Tamika Felder, Founder and CEO, Tamika & Friends. After a diagnosis of advanced cervical cancer in 2001 at the age of 25, Tamika Felder triumphed in her fight against this deadly disease, and now uses her experience to help educate other women about ways to prevent it. She is the founder and CEO of Tamika & Friends, Inc., a national non-profit organization dedicated to cervical cancer awareness through a network of survivors and their friends. Her inspiring story and message have been featured in numerous media outlets. Tamika & Friends has served since 2009 as the lead U.S. partner of the global Pearl of Wisdom Campaign to Prevent Cervical Cancer. Tamika and Friends (,

Joy Keys chats with Black Girls Hack

Jan 13, 2013 00:25:00


#BlackGirlsHack (#BGH) is the first non-profit hackathon series specifically targeting the African American tech community. Our mission is to bring the black tech community around the country, to help black founded startups and non-profits develop the mobile and web apps that they need to take their businesses to the next step, and to benefit a local non-profit with the proceeds from our events. Kat Calvin is an entrepreneur, a lawyer, a traveler, and an avid TV watcher. She is the CEO and co-founder of Character’s Closet, and the founder of Michelle in Training and DC Young Entrepreneurs. kat is a geek who was thrilled to discover that there are a lot of other #blackgirl geeks out there. So she started #blackgirlshack as a way to bring the black geeks of the world together, builds some awesome apps to help other black founders, and raise money for amazing charities. For more about her, see

Joy Keys chats with Brown Betty Dessert Boutique

Jan 13, 2013 00:25:00


Norrinda's love for her grandmother and mother's baking and desire to bring a modern bakery to Philadelphia's pastry scene that focused on taste as much as design (in the way old school bakeries used to) is what compelled her to "convince" her mother to open Brown Betty Dessert Boutique. Brown Betty Dessert Boutique is named after mother/grandmother, Elizabeth Ruth Hinton (friends and family call her either Betty or Liz). It is a good for us (and now you) that Betty's natural gift for baking rubbed off on her only daughter, Linda. Today, Linda and a team of meticulous bakers and creative decorators produce each delicious cake that Brown Betty makes. A lawyer by day and round-the-clock entrepreneur, Norrinda Brown Hayat splits her time between Washington D.C. where she is an attorney with the federal government, and her hometown of Philadelphia where she runs the city’s most beloved bakery, Brown Betty Dessert Boutique. Norrinda has been recognized as both an attorney and an entrepreneur.  Just recently she was featured in the Philadelphia Business Journal.  Brown Betty, which has been featured in local and national publications such as Philadelphia Magazine and O Magazine, was named the ‘#2 Bakery in the Country’ by TLC on their show, ‘Bodacious Bakeries’.  Norrinda can now add “author” to her list of professions that details the family’s history, photos, and recipes that, when mixed together, are the ingredients for her growing cupcake empire with The Brown Betty Cookbook

Joy Keys chats with Actor Charlie Barnett about Chicago Fire

Jan 9, 2013 00:25:00


Charlie Barnett stars as Peter Mills, a young new academy graduate who follows a long line of multi-generational firefighters, in NBC's drama "Chicago Fire."   A graduate of The Juilliard School, he began performing in his hometown of Sarasota, Florida, at the age of seven in opera and musical theatre productions.   On the big screen, Barnett has a supporting role in "Men in Black 3" with Will Smith and Josh Brolin.  Other features include "Gayby," which premiered this year at the South by Southwest Film Festival, "The Happy Sad," a tangled love story, and "Private Romeo," a modern take on Romeo and Juliet.   On television, he has guest-starred on NBC's "Law and Order:SVU" and "Law and Order: CI."

Joy Keys chats with Actor Laz Alonso about Deception tv show

Jan 8, 2013 00:22:00


SPECIAL GUEST: Actor Laz Alonso Deception is an upcoming American television primetime soap opera that will air on NBC. The series, created by Liz Heldens, premiers Monday, January 7, 2013 on NBC at 10pm ET. Description: When Vivian Bowers, a famous socialite, is found dead from what appears to be an overdose, her best friend, Detective Joanna Locasto, is re-embraced by the wealthy Bowers family and in time she begins to uncover the truth of what really happened with her friend's death. Alonso was born in Washington, D.C.. He is of Afro-Cuban descent. He is an alumnus of Howard University. After graduating from Howard University with a BBA in Marketing, he had a lucrative career as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch on Wall Street. In 2008, Laz starred in Miracle at St. Anna for director Spike Lee, in which he played one of four main leads opposite Derek Luke, Michael Ealy and Omar BensonLaz had the supporting role of “Sheriff John Burke” in Rod Lurie’s remake of the Sam Peckinpah classic Straw Dogs (2011) for Sony Screen Gems. In 2009, Laz played the lead villain role of “Fenix” in the fourth installment of Fast and the Furious franchise and the role of “Tsu’Tey” in the highest grossing film of all time, Avatar! In 2011, Laz played lead character Jason Taylor in Jumping the Broom film (2011). From 2011-2012 Laz played Charlie Duchamps in A&E's Breakout Kings TV show. Laz Alonso was chosen as one of Variety’s “Top Ten Actors to Watch in 2009.” Laz plays the role of Will Moreno in Deception.

2012 wrap up with Joy Keys and Astrologer Samuel Reynolds

Dec 16, 2012 00:32:00


Special Guest: Samuel F. Reynolds is a practicing astrologer in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. He has trained with some of the most notable minds in the astrological world, like Alan Oken, Robert Zoller, and Christopher Warnock, all of whom have helped him obtain his Level III certificate from NCGR in 2004. He writes for numerous online and print publications, including and He’s also been a speaker at national astrology conferences, like Moses Siregar’s Blast conference, the International Society for Astrological Research’s National Conference and the State of the Art astrology conference in Buffalo, NY in the fall 2009. Samuel provides astrological counseling for Robert Currey's Astro*Live*Link, a British-based dial-in service dedicated to astrological counseling for people throughout the English speaking world, and on weekends, he has hosted the “Zodiac Lounge”, a NYC-based spiritual bazaar, where he brings together various healers and seers to serve in economically challenged communities. Additionally, he is a co-founder of the Astrology Career Institute (, which provides students with the resources and marketing tools to become practicing astrologers themselves.   Samuel has a MA from Temple University.  

Joy Keys chats with Author Naomi Benaron, Running The Rift

Dec 9, 2012 00:34:00


Running the Rift follows Jean Patrick Nkuba, a gifted Rwandan boy, from the day he knows that running will be his life to the moment he must run to save his life, a ten-year span in which his country is undone by the Hutu-Tutsi tensions. When the killing begins, Jean Patrick is forced to flee, leaving behind the woman, the family, and the country he loves. Finding them again is the race of his life. Winner of the Bellwether Prize for Fiction. Naomi Benaron is a fiction writer and a poet. Her short story collection, Love Letters from a Fat Man, won the 2006 Sharat Chandra Prize for Fiction. She has an MFA in fiction from Antioch University Los Angeles. She teaches through the UCLA Extension Writers' Program and is a mentor Afghan women through AWWP, the Afghan Women's Writing Project—an online group where Afghan women can express themselves in safety and in freedom. Benaron is a marathon runner and an Ironman triathlete. In her first career she worked as a seismologist and geophysicist for companies including Mobil Oil and a consulting company for JPL. Benaron has degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Joy Keys & Wade Davis, Former NFL Player & LGBT Activist

Dec 7, 2012 00:34:00


Wade Davis is a nationally-recognized speaker, activist, writer and educator. Davis is a former NFL football player who played for the Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks, as well as two different teams within the NFL Europe league. Since retiring, he's owned a media business through a partnership with the New York Times called InMotion Media, but currently he works at the Hetrick Martin Institute (HMI) as the Assistant Director of Job Readiness. At HMI, he teaches at-promise youth how to define success for themselves and thrive in society.  His writings and interviews have appeared on Huffington Post, The NY Times, Out Sports,, and other media outlets, like President Obama's Whitehouse blog. He has appeared on NPR, CNN, and BET. He is also an LGBT Surrogate for President Obama. In the role of surrogate he speaks at events on behalf of the President. Also he's a member of the GLSEN sports advisory board - where he advocates to create safe spaces for LGBT youth.

Fighting Obesity with Joy Keys and Dr. Ed James

Dec 2, 2012 00:33:00


Special Guest: Several years ago, Dr. James struggled with obesity and prediabetes, and his LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) was elevated. He started to eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and to include exercise, as well as yoga/meditation in his daily routine. He was soon “cured”. Dr. James drew inspiration from his personal experiences, and in 2011 founded Heal2BFree, LLC  where he serves as President. Heal2BFree focuses on helping individuals and organizations, including churches, to develop and implement action plans for healthy lifestyles.. Dr. Ed James is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and has a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University.  His Radio Show, Funerals and Fried Chicken™, provides practical information on making healthy lifestyle changes to prevent and reverse many chronic diseases. He received his BS in Biology from Bucknell University and earned his MD and MBA from the University of Pennsylvania.

Joy Keys chats with French Singer Laëtitia Dana

Dec 2, 2012 00:27:00


Special Guest:  Twenty Eight year old French Singer and Songwriter Laetitia Dana. Born of a Tunisian mother and an Ivorian father. Growing up, Laëtitia Dana was influenced by Soul, Hip-Hop and Jazz. She has opened for Michael Mc Donald, Ryan Leslie, The Pharcyde, Wu Block ( GhostFace Killah x Sheek Louch), Féfé and many others.   Check out her first single “Courant D’Air”  video: Check out her newest video “Meanness and Profit": FREE download of A.F.R.I.C..A song by Laetitia Dana Feat K. Sparks: Website:

From Employee to Employer w/ Joy Keys & Devin Robinson

Nov 18, 2012 00:31:00


  Professor Devin A. Robinson is a Pulitzer prize-winning newspaper columnist, social activist, author, and an Economics Professor at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia and the Founder of Going Against the Grain Group.   He was born and raised on St. Thomas, Virgin Islands and spent 6 years in the U.S. Army before completing his service as a decorated Airborne Non-Commissioned Officer.   He is a highly sought-after entrepreneurial trainer, consultant and speaker across the nation. His latest book, "Power M.O.V.E.: How to Transition From Employee to Employer"teaches individuals how to use their talents to secure personal economic control. He is a regular commentator and subject matter expert on multiple radio programs.   He has a Bachelor's in Business Management, a Masters in Business Administration and is completing a Doctorate in Business Marketing.

Joy Keys and Singer Khethi chat with The Muffinz

Nov 18, 2012 00:36:00


CO HOST: Khethukubonga ‘Khethi ‘ Ntshangase exemplifies African Evolution. She was aptly born on Africa Day, 25 May 1980 in the city of Pietermaritzburg, KZN; raised by Johannesburg’s lively underground poetry scene and came of age in quaint Tanzania. Khethi’s  album ‘Exemplify’ is a musical journal of a passionate and soulful African ambassador. A message of hope amplified by her own courage and patience. The 16-track album features an array of upbeat and sultry soulful grooves. Khethi on Special Guest: THE MUFFINZ: The group began in 2010 when Mthae, Simz and Atomza met while singing in the UJ (University of Johannesburg) choir. They entered a competition at Cool Runnings in Melville and their performance was so good, recalled Atomza, that they caused one of the judges to cry. By April 2011 Skabz and Keke had joined the band and they found a residency in the same suburb of Melville. In August 2011, the independent label, Just Music offered them a recording deal. This led to the boys recording their debut album at the famous Jazzworx studios where artists like HHP and LIRA call their recording home. The album was produced by the band themselves as well as the Jazzworx team of Robin Kohl, Tebogo Moloto and Leroy Croft. The result of this intensive recording experience is an eleven track aural adventure called ‘Have You Heard?’ released in late May 2012.

Joy Keys chats w/ Singer Laura Jane about Everything Changes

Nov 11, 2012 00:31:00


Laura Jane has performed and recorded with some of the biggest names in the business, such as Latin Superstar Enrique Iglesias, Dave Matthews Band, Kelly Clarkson, Anastacia, the late Teena Marie, Smash star Katharine McPhee, Kid Rock, Joe Walsh, Aaron Neville, and Florence and the Machine.  Laura Jane’s debut album TO MY PLANET BOO was released in 2005. Her first single off the album SUMMERTIME IN THE CITY was a drum n bass track, which pulsated and was woven with what now would be called her signature sweet vocal texture.  This song got international airplay and great reviews.  Laura Jane most recently released her second solo album, called EVERYTHING CHANGES.It features upright bass, acoustic piano, percussion and acoustic guitar.  The sound is a cross between Roberta Flack and Karen Carpenter or for a newer reference Norah Jones and Corrine Bailey Rae.  Laura Jane enlisted Jamiseson Trotter as the producer for the album to help achieve the sound and  their  two heads together created beautiful tracks like Everything Changes, a thoughtful and carefully produced song that is melancholy and yet hopeful.  She once again features Brazilian percussion on the song THE ANSWER – which is more of a mantra than a song – and definitely has that signature Laura Jane vocal texture on it, with vocal arrangements by Jason Paige.  Other stand out tracks are My Confession which is funky and soulful about a woman being scorned by a man but yet rising up to overcome it. And the beautiful duet called the VOW – featuring Jason Paige could surely be a classic love song.

Joy Keys chats with Micro Sculptor Willard Wigan

Nov 4, 2012 00:21:00


Special Guest: Willard Wigan is a sculptor from Birmingham, England, who makes microscopic art. Willard’s micro-sculptures are so minute that they are only visible through a microscope. Each piece commonly sits within the eye of a needle, or on a pin head. Willard’s artwork has been described by many as “the eighth wonder of the world”. Such accolade resulted in him being honoured by HM. Queen Elizabeth II with an MBE for his services to art, which was presented by HRH. Prince Charles in July 2007. Owners of Willard’s work now include:  HRH. Prince Charles, Sir Elton John, Sir Philip Green, Lord Bath, Mike Tyson and Simon Cowell to name but a few.  Willard’s latest piece, the Coronation Crown was requested by HRH Queen Elizabeth II in tribute to her celebration to her Diamond Jubilee.  Special Guest: Horologist Stephen Forsey partner in the Greubel Forsey watch making company. In 1999 Greubel and Forsey began working on a new generation of tourbillon specifically designed to improve the timekeeping of the mechanical watch. Four years later they unveiled "Greubel Forsey" and stunned horological aficionados with their innovative Double Tourbillon 30°, a timepiece clearly demonstrating their twin goals of innovation and excellence. Art Piece 1 is collaboration between Robert Greubel, Stephen Forsey and Willard Wigan, and features one of Wigan’s micro-sculptures, observable through special optics. 

Joy Keys finds out What is Dyslexia?

Nov 4, 2012 00:27:00


Special Guest: Susan Raymond---Academy Award-winning filmmakers Alan and Susan Raymond are among America’s most distinguished documentary filmmakers. The Raymonds have produced a feature length documentary on education entitled JOURNEY INTO DYSLEXIA that profiles students and adults who struggled in school and then succeeded in life. This program addresses the public’s misunderstanding of learning disabilities and demonstrates the great potential of each dyslexic individual. Included are entrepreneurs, inventors, Artist Micro Sculptor Willard Wigan and Nobel Laureate Dr. Carol Greider. Special Guest: Lee Grossman, Interim Executive Director of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA).  Grossman came to IDA from Advance Enterprises, a global consulting firm in Washington, D.C., where he served as President and CEO.  He also spent over 20 years at the Autism Society of America (ASA), where for over 10 years he served as Chair of the Board of Directors and later President and CEO. Special Guest: Larry B. Silver, MD; Dr. Silver is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, recently retired from private practice.  He is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C.  Prior to his current activities, he was Acting Director and Deputy Director of the National Institute of Mental Health. In 1996, he received the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the study and treatment of Learning Disabilities.

The State of Young Black Men with Joy Keys

Oct 21, 2012 00:35:00


Special Guest: Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Ph.D. is the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and a former associate professor of history at Indiana University. Dr. Muhammad's book The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, published by Harvard University Press, won the 2011 John Hope Franklin Best Book award in American Studies. He is now working on his second book, Disappearing Acts: The End of White Criminality in the Age of Jim Crow, which traces the historical roots of the changing demographics of crime and punishment so evident today. Special Guest: Marco Clark, Ph.D., is a well respected author, public speaker and veteran n the world of urban education. Dr. Marco Clark is Founder of the Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts. .He is also the founder of Broken Promise Schools, an organization that is designed to discuss critical issues in public school education. Dr. Clark is Co-Founder of PEACE through Urban Exchange, which focuses on "Preparing, Engaging, Achieving, and Creating Excellence". Teens 4 Good is a youth -led food production and nutrition business that transforms vacant lots into urban farms that grow fresh vegetables, herbs, fruit and flowers. Through hands-on entreprenuerial and educational activities, youth learn practical skills about how to create, build and sustain a socially responsible business.

Joy Keys & Musician Meshell Ndgeocello discuss Nina Simone

Oct 7, 2012 00:30:00


Meshell Nedegeocello's (Mee-shell N-deh-gay-o-chel-o.) records, nine to date, have offered lyrical ruminations on race, love, sex, betrayal, God, and power.  She has been nominated for 10 Grammys. Meshell was the first woman to be featured on the cover of Bass Player magazine. Her music has been featured in a number of film soundtracks including How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Lost & Delirious, Batman & Robin, Love Jones, Love & Basketball, Talk To Me, Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls,The Best Man, Higher Learning, Down in the Delta, The Hurricane, and Soul Men. Meshell Ndegeocello's new album Pour une âme Souveraine (For a Sovereign Soul), A Dedication to Nina Simone comes out on October 9th. After only ten days in the studios of guitarist Pete Min, this album was born, reflecting Meshell's admiration for the pioneering work of an artist who refused to be owned by genre, industry, or expectation. Guests on the album include Sinead O'Connor, Lizz Wright, Valerie June, Tracy Wannomae, Toshi Reagon and Cody ChesnuTT. Meshell turns over singing duties to soul singer Cody ChestnuTT in this pared down cover of Nina Simone's "Young, Gifted and Black." Check it out:

Joy Keys chats with Author Sharon G. Flake about Pinned

Oct 7, 2012 00:25:00


Author Sharon G. Flake writes stories about and for young adults/children.  She has eight published books. Pinned: Award-winning author, Sharon G. Flake, presents a powerful novel about a teen boy and girl, each tackling disabilities. Autumn and Adonis have nothing in common and everything in common. Autumn is outgoing and has lots of friends. Adonis is shy and not so eager to connect with people. But even with their differences, the two have one thing in common--they're each dealing with a handicap. For Autumn, who has a learning disability, reading is a painful struggle that makes it hard to focus in class. But as her school’s most aggressive team wrestler, Autumn can take down any problem. Adonis is confined to a wheelchair. He has no legs. He can't walk or dance. But he’s a strong reader who loves books. Even so, Adonis has a secret he knows someone like Autumn can heal. The Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh declared February 16, 2010 as Sharon G. Flake Day. Ranked #1 African American author under Disney/Hyperion Books and #13 out of more than 500.   She had received numerous awards and accolades including ALA Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award for her first novel The Skin I'm In.  .Sharon’s novels have been translated into French, Spanish and Italian. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and a resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Joy Keys chats with Singer and Rapper Ryan Leslie

Oct 3, 2012 00:26:00


Ryan Leslie: Born in Washington, DC and raised in 8 cities across 2 continents, I was a senior at Harvard by the age of 19. I’ve spent the last seven years producing records for a myriad of artists and releasing 2 award-winning albums of my own. I’m also passionate about technology, philanthropy and social media and I’ve been an invited speaker at schools ranging from the Thurgood Marshall Academy in Harlem to the NYU Stern School of Business. Albums 2009: Ryan Leslie 2009: Transition 2012: Les Is More   Awards 2011 / Grammy “Best Contemporary R&B Album” Nominee 2010 / Soul Train Music Award “Best New Artist” Nominee 2010 / Harvard AMBLE Vanguard Award 2009 / BET “Best Male R&B Artist” Nominee 2009 / BET “Best New Artist” Nominee New album "Les Is More" coming out this month Check out "5 Minute Freshen Up" video: Website:

Joy Keys chats with Author Matt Garcia about Cesar Chavez

Sep 23, 2012 00:32:00


Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the United Farm Workers on September 30, 2012, FROM THE JAWS OF VICTORY: The Triumph and Tragedy of Cesar Chavez and the Farm Worker Movement by Matt Garcia is the most comprehensive history ever written on the meteoric rise and precipitous decline of the United Farm Workers, the most successful farm labor union in United States history. Based on little-known sources and one-of-a-kind oral histories, author Matt Garcia revises much of what we know about the UFW. From the gripping account of the union’s grape boycott which became the defining feature of the movement, to the union’s expansion and ultimately it’s demise as the victim of its own success and Chavez’s growing instability, Garcia tells a tale of hope, triumph and disappointment.  Matt Garcia is Professor of Transborder Studies and History at Arizona State University, where he also directs the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, and the Program in Comparative Border Studies. He is the author of A World of Its Own.

Joy Keys chats with Musician Marcus Miller

Sep 21, 2012 00:25:00


Marcus Miller is a world renowned Grammy winning musician and producer. Marcus's M2 ("M-squared") album won the 2001 Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album and was selected by Jazziz as one of the 10 Best CDs of the Year.   Marcus has appeared as a bassist on over 400 records including recordings by artists as diverse as Joe Sample, McCoy Tyner, Mariah Carey, Bill Withers, Elton John, Bryan Ferry, Frank Sinatra, and LL Cool J. In 1986, Miller collaborated with Miles Davis, producing the landmark Tutu album, the first of three Davis albums he would produce. He has also produced Al Jarreau, the Crusaders, Wayne Shorter, Take 6, Chaka Khan, and Kenny Garrett among others, and Luther Vandross. Miller produced various top selling albums for David Sanborn, including Close Up, Upfront, and 2000 Grammy winner Inside. For more than twenty years, Miller has enjoyed a musical relationship with R&B legend, Luther Vandross. Miller also daabbled in film scoring, composing for House Party (Martin Lawrence), Boomerang (Eddie Murphy and Halle Berry), Siesta (Ellen Barkin), Ladies' Man (Tim Meadows), and The Brothers (Morris Chestnut and D.L. Hughley) and Deliver Us From Eva (LL Cool J). He wrote and produced the old school hit, "Da Butt" for Spike Lee's School Daze soundtrack. Miller further surprised people by composing and performing the score to E.B. White's The Trumpet of the Swan. His new album is called Renaissance. He is joined by RubenBlades, Gretchen Parlato, Dr. John and more.   Check out

Yoga Awareness Month with Joy Keys and Misia Denea

Sep 17, 2012 00:33:00


Misia Denéa has a B.F.A. from Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University in Philadelphia. Misia also is a graduate of New York’s Institute of Integrative Nutrition and Washington DC's Raw Food Institute. She is a 500 hour certified yoga teacher and is a graduate  of an advanced teacher training with Faith Hunter and received her 200 hour training form Dhyana yoga. Misia's yoga classes are a vigorous vinyasa style, with a focus on flow, prana, rhythm and mindfulness. She has taught yoga and holistic health classes and workshops throughout the US and Abroad, on Capitol Hill, at conferences, Universities, to homeless individuals, to HIV positive adults and has journeyed to Belize and India to teach/practice yoga. At present Misia is working on launching YOGA FROM THE INSIDE to offer yoga to those who are incarcerated and those in under-resourced communities.

South by Southeast w/ Joy Keys and Actor Blair Underwood

Sep 16, 2012 00:32:00


South by Southeast is the fourth installment in the Tennyson Hardwick mystery series draws actor-turned-super-sleuth Tennyson Hardwick into his most challenging case, compelling him to face the unthinkable: save his daughter or the woman he loves. Blair Underwood is an American television, film, and stage actor and director. He is perhaps best known as headstrong attorney Jonathan Rollins from the NBC legal drama L.A. Law.. He has received numerous Golden Globe Award nominations, three NAACP Image Awards and 1 Grammy Award. Blair just finished playing the lead role of Stanley in the Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire. Tananrive Due, Steven Barnes and Blair Underwood co-authored "South by Southeast" , "From Cape Town with Love" and  "Casanegra" all Tennyson Hardwick novels. Tananarive Due is the American Book Award-winning author of novels, screenplays and a civil rights memoir.Due won an NAACP Image Awards in the category of Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction for “In the Night of the Heat: A Tennyson Hardwick Novel" by Blair Underwood, Tananarive Due, and Steven Barnes. Her website is at Steven Barnes is an award-winning author of twenty-three novels, including the New York Times bestseller The Cestus Deception. He has been nominated for both the Hugo and CableACE awards for his work in television. Visit his website at

Joy Keys chats w/ Fitness Guru Carol Dunlop

Sep 9, 2012 00:31:00


Exercises for every age group. Carol Dunlop, founder of Optimum Body Sculpting and the Fitness Mattrz online fitness community, is a dynamic fitness professional whose talent and innovative style has inspired many individuals to lead a healthy, fit lifestyle. She offers: * Goal-oriented Fitness Programs * Free Weight Management Tools * Proven Weight Loss Strategies You can learn more about these innovative offerings at:

Joy Keys chats about VOTER ID laws

Sep 9, 2012 00:33:00


History of Voter ID laws Where can I get my ID? How much does it cost? What are acceptable forms of identification for voting? What are the deadlines? Are the laws the same in each state? ---------------------------------- Special Guests:  Linda L. Riley is Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs for Philadelphia Corporation for Aging,(PCA) the largest Area Agency on Aging in Pennsylvania and fourth largest in the country. She is also editor of PCA's Milestones Newspaper. Previous experience includes ten years as an award-winning journalist with daily newspapers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Anita Lewis is a Legislative Program Manager at a local health insurance company. Previously, she was the Communications/Public Relations Liaison for Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent J. Hughes. She is a past president of the Philadelphia Black Public Relations Society (BPRS). Anita Lewis  was acknowledged as a Philadelphia Leader in the Philadelphia Tribune Newspaper’s Most Influential Philadelphian in both 2004 and 2005 and as one of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2005. Jerry Mondesire: President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the NAACP

Joy Keys chats with Author Robert Proctor, Golden Holocaust

Aug 12, 2012 00:33:00


Robert N. Proctor is Professor of the History of Science at Stanford University and author of Cancer Wars, Racial Hygiene, and The Nazi War on Cancer. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In Golden Holocaust: Origins of the Cigarette Catastrophe and the Case for Abolition, Robert N. Proctor draws on reams of formerly-secret industry documents to explore how the cigarette came to be the most widely-used drug on the planet, with six trillion sticks sold per year. He paints a harrowing picture of tobacco manufacturers conspiring to block the recognition of tobacco-cancer hazards, even as they ensnare legions of scientists and politicians in a web of denial.

Live from Denmark: Joy Keys chats w/ Singer Nabiha Bensouda

Jul 29, 2012 00:33:00


Nabiha Bensouda is of Danish and North-West African Roots. Her first name Nabiha means ‘Noble’. Her album ‘More Cracks’ has received great support from as well as VH1 with already more than twelve syncs on shows such as “Basketball Wives of LA”, “Mob Wives” and SoapTv/Disney. Nabiha’s 5th top 10 Airplay hit ‘Never Played The Bass’ has turned out to be one of her strongest singles to date. Since its release, ‘Never Played the Bass’ has received heavy airplay and has peaked as #1 on the Domestic Airplay Chart in Denmark and #3 on the overall Airplay Chart (only topped by Madonna & Usher) and is now up for release in more than twelve countries. The single has been certified with Gold for sales as well as streaming in Denmark and has for more than 8 weeks been in the Top 20 on the Danish Airplay- & Dance Chart. In Denmark Nabiha has received nominations at the biggest award shows in categories such as ‘New Artist of The Year’, ‘New Talent of The Year’, ‘Female Artist Of The Year’, ‘Listeners Hit of The Year’ and ‘Urban Hit of The Year’ to mention a few. She won the award as ‘Artist Of The Year’ at The Best African Achievement Awards. Apart from award shows and nominations Nabiha has toured with James Morrison, Jason Derulo and Jamie Cullum. Nabiha had the honor of being picked to perform for HRM Queen of Denmark on her 40th anniversary celebration with all the European Royal families in attendance. WEBSITE: TWITTER: @nabihamusic

Joy Keys learns about Hepatitis

Jul 21, 2012 00:26:00


Thelma King Thiel’s crusade against liver disease began 41 years ago when she lost her young son Dean to a rare and fatal liver disease.  Since that time, she has been working to increase knowledge and support for liver disease research and education.  Known as “The Liver Lady,” she is a regular on Capitol Hill and in the advocacy world. Thiel has served as the administrator of three national voluntary agencies over the past four decades and is currently the Chair and CEO of Hepatitis Foundation International.  She has authored a series of 14 videos on Liver Wellness – Prevention of Hepatitis and Substance Abuse and “quick and easy” teaching tools. Her unique, motivational presentations were recognized by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation providing her with their Above and Beyond Citizens Award The Hepatitis Foundation International (HFI) addresses multiple healthcare concerns to help Americans stay healthy by further promoting Liver Wellness in our society.

Live from Belgium: Joy Keys w/ Nigerian Author Chika Unigwe

Jul 21, 2012 00:29:00


Chika Unigwe was born in Enugu, Nigeria, and now lives in Turnhout, Belgium. She holds a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and an MA from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. She also holds a PhD from the University of Leiden, The Netherlands, having completed a thesis entitled "In the shadow of Ala. Igbo women writing as an act of righting" in 2004. Chika Unigwe is the author of fiction, poetry, articles and educational material. She won the 2003 BBC Short Story Competition for her story "Borrowed Smile", a Commonwealth Short Story Award for "Weathered Smiles" and a Flemish literary prize for "De Smaak van Sneeuw", her first short story written in Dutch. "The Secret", another of her short pieces, was nominated for the 2004 Caine Prize. She was the recipient of a 2007 Unesco-Aschberg fellowship for creative writing, and of a 2009 Rockefeller Foundation fellowship for creative writing. Her first novel, De Feniks, was published in Dutch by Meulenhoff / Manteau in September 2005; it is the first book of fiction written by a Flemish author of African origin. Chika Unigwe published her second novel, On Black Sisters' Street(first released in Dutch under the title Fata Morgana), a tale of choices and displacement set against the backdrop of the Antwerp prostitution scene. Night Dancer, Chika Unigwe’s third novel, is based on the contrast that exists between tradition and modern life in present-day Nigeria. Mma is confronted by a concealed past when her mother, Ezi, dies unexpectedly. Ezi had left Mma’s father because he had made their servant girl pregnant.

Joy Keys chats w/ Author Rachel Swarns, AMERICAN TAPESTRY

Jul 15, 2012 00:31:00


Rachel L. Swarns has been a correspondent for the New York Times since 1995. She has written about domestic policy and national politics, reporting on immigration, the presidential campaigns of 2004 and 2008 and First Lady Michelle Obama. She has been a foreign correspondent for the Times, reporting from Russia, Cuba and Southern Africa, where she served as the Johannesburg bureau chief. She has also worked for the Miami Herald, where she covered the L.A. riots and the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew, and at the St. Petersburg Times. American Tapestry illuminates the lives of the first lady’s forbears who fought in the Civil War, escaped from bondage and often straddled the color line that divided blacks and whites. They survived slavery, endured Jim Crow and joined the Great Migration. It is an intimate family history, but it is also the collective chronicle of our changing nation, a nation in which racial intermingling lingers in the bloodlines of countless Americans and slavery was the crucible through which many family lines were forged.

Joy Keys chats w/ Author Susan Fales- Hill, IMPERFECT BLISS

Jul 15, 2012 00:29:00


SUSAN FALES was born in Rome, Italy in 1962, and raised in New York City. She graduated with honors from Harvard College with a degree in History and Literature. She began her writing career as an apprentice on the original "Cosby Show". Susan has worked on various TV shows: Co-Executive Producer/Head Writer for "A Different World"..; Executive Producer of the CBS sitcom "Can't Hurry Love"; Executive Producer for "Kirk"; and Consulting Producer for "Suddenly Susan”.  In 1998 Susan co-created with Tim Reid the Showtime original series "Linc's” and served for two seasons as its Executive Producer/Head Writer. In 2003, Susan published Always Wear Joy (HarperCollins), a critically acclaimed memoir about her mother, the late actress/singer/dancer, Josephine Premice.  In 2010 She wrote One Flight Up which is about four Manhattan friends simultaneously questioning their romantic choices. Susan's third novel is entitled, Imperfect Bliss. It  is a wickedly funny take on the ways that courtship and love have changed—even as they’ve stayed the same.    

Joy Keys chats with Actress Irma P. Hall

Jul 13, 2012 00:35:00


Actress Irma P. Hall: • Taught foreign languages and English for 27 years in Dallas, Texas, USA public schools.   • Became an actress rather late in life and completely by surprise. A teacher of languages for almost three decades in Dallas, she was seen reading poetry by actor/director Raymond St. Jacques, who was in town shooting a movie, and he offered her a role in his film on the spot.   • Co-founded a minor repertory theater in Dallas during her teaching years.    • Hit 'over-night' film stardom at age 36 in Book of Numbers (1973), starring Raymond St. Jacques. She played Mama Jo on Soul Food tv show. Irma was also in several episodes of Diary of a Single Mom, and Bernie Mac tv shows, just to name a few. Irma won Jury Prize in the Cannes Film Festival for her role in the film Ladykillers Recently, starred in the film Hiding In Plain Sight directed by M. Legend Brown.  

Joy Keys chats with Singer Brad Sharp

Jul 8, 2012 00:30:00


Special Guest: Brad Sharp-His talents have been showcased as a leading role on Broadway in Miss Saigon,  in the Broadway National Tours of  The Civil War  and The Full Monty,  the Oscar and Emmy Governor's Ball, and  Olympic Games. He starred in a T.V. soap pilot “87th & Broadway” and has performed in different aspects on national television. Although he has  been a studio singer for various projects in New York, Atlanta, California and Virginia, Brad now concentrates primarily on recording his own music. Brad's latest EP is entitled Old Man- The Luna Sessions. Check out TWITTER: @bradsharpmusic

Joy Keys chats with Poet Afaa M. Weaver

Jul 8, 2012 00:32:00


In 1951 in Baltimore, Maryland, Afaa Michael Weaver, formerly known as Michael S. Weaver, was born to working class parents. He attended public schools and graduated as a National Merit finalist at the age of sixteen. After two years at the University of Maryland, he entered the world of factory life alongside his father and uncles and remained a factory worker for fifteen years. These years were a literary apprenticeship during which he wrote and published poetry, short fiction, and freelance journalism. During that time he also started 7th Son Press and Blind Alleys, a literary journal. His first book of poetry, Water Song, was published in 1985 as part of the Callaloo series. He received a NEA fellowship for poetry six months after signing the contract for the collections and left factory life to accept admission into Brown University’s graduate writing program on a full university fellowship, where he completed the MA with a focus on theater and playwriting. Concurrently, he completed his BA in Literature in English through Excelsior College. Since Water Song, Weaver has published several more collections of poetry, including The Plum Flower Dance: Poems 1985 to 2005 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007); Multitudes; Sandy Point; and The Ten Lights of God, all of which appeared in 2000. His full length play Rosa was produced in 1993 at Venture Theater in Philadelphia under a small-Equity contract. His short fiction appears in Gloria Naylor’s Children of the Night and in Maria Gillan’s Identity Lessons. Weaver has been a Pew fellow in poetry and taught in National Taiwan University and Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan as a Fulbright Scholar. At Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, he is the Alumnae Professor of English and director of the Zora Neale Hurston Literary Center.

Joy Keys chats with Author Diane Brady about FRATERNITY

Jul 1, 2012 00:34:00


FRATERNITY: The inspiring true story of a group of young men whose lives were changed by a visionary mentor. On April 4, 1968, the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., shocked the nation. Later that month, the Reverend John Brooks, a professor of theology at the College of the Holy Cross who shared Dr. King’s dream of an integrated society, drove up and down the East Coast searching for African American high school students to recruit to the school, young men he felt had the potential to succeed if given an opportunity. Among the twenty students he had a hand in recruiting that year were Clarence Thomas, the future Supreme Court justice; Edward P. Jones, who would go on to win a Pulitzer Prize for literature; and Theodore Wells, who would become one of the nation’s most successful defense attorneys. Many of the others went on to become stars in their fields as well. Diane Bradyis a senior editor and columnist at Bloomberg Businessweek, where she covers corporate strategies, profiles, and global business issues. She has won several national and international awards for her coverage. Along with regular broadcast appearances, she speaks on business trends and interviews newsmakers worldwide. She’s also taken a leadership role in cross-platform initiatives and editorial events. Diane previously worked at the Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong and Manila, Maclean’s magazine in Toronto, and the United Nations Environment Programme in Nairobi. She is on the board of the Overseas Press Club, and holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto, as well as graduate degrees from the University of Nairobi and Columbia University

Joy Keys & the actors from Hiding In Plain Sight, the movie

Jul 1, 2012 00:26:00


“Hiding in Plain Sight” is the feature film debut of director M. Legend Brown. A Family light-hearted, faith-based film that stars Kelly O’Neil Jackson and Sharice Henry-Chasi as a 30-something couple struggling to keep their family safe after their fall from the middle-class forces them, and their two children, to live in their car.  Special Guest: Actress Irma P. Hall Special Guest: Actor Kelly O'Neil Jackson Special Guest: Actor Marty Ezelle-Kevin Allen!main-cast

Joy Keys chats with Singer Maimouna Youssef

Jun 25, 2012 00:32:00


Maimouna “Mumu Fresh” Youssef is a Grammy nominated seasoned singer, songwriter, producer and emcee. She received a Grammy nomination for her contribution on the Roots hit “Don’t Feel Right” in 2007 for best rap song. She has swapped musical licks with such artists as Angelique Kidjo, Brian Wilson’s band, Big Daddy Kane, Nas, Dead Prez, Wilco, Zap Mama, Cody Chestnut, Martin Luther, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Mos Def, and Talib Kweli. Maimouna has also rocked the stages of many renowned venues such as Denver Colorado ‘s Red Rocks Amphitheater, New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, Switzerland’s Moniteau Jazz Festival, and The Carter Baron Amphitheater in Washington, DC. Her musical endeavors were a springboard for Youssef to make her big screen debut in Dave Chapelle’s hip hop documentary “Block Party.” Maimouna released her first Solo EP entitled Black Magic Woman March 1, 2011 and her first full length album - The Blooming on September 20, 2011.

Joy Keys chats with Breast Cancer Survivor Anita T. Conner

Jun 21, 2012 00:20:00


Anita T. Conner, a prominent accountant and 13 year Breast Cancer survivor expanded GETDC in 2005 to incorporate Praise Is The CureÒ as a primary initiative. African American women die from this disease at higher rates than any other ethnic group, for this reason, Praise Is The CureÒ, targets primarily African American women. The George E. Thorne Development Center (GETDC) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit corporation, whose mission is to empower individuals to control their destiny by equipping them with the essential tools needed in the areas of education, healthcare, finance and related issues. “As a breast cancer survivor, I believe that if it weren’t for the divine intervention of God, I would not be here today to share my story. Through Praise Is The CureÒ, I am committed to saving lives by motivating, educating and encouraging African American women to get breast screenings and treatment,” said Conner. Praise is the Cure Kickoff Breakfast is Saturday June 30th at 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. ET 4200 Wissahickon Ave., Phila., PA

Joy Keys learns how to overcome Procrastination

Jun 17, 2012 00:26:00


Special Guest: Professional Organizer Geralin Thomas offers real solutions for real people, emphasizing simplicity and excellence in her approach to organizing challenges both large and small. Past President of the NC chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers as well as a chronic disorganization and ADHD specialist, Geralin founded Metropolitan Organizing® in 2002 to help transform the lives of her clients. Geralin has been published in an array of national magazines. She is often featured on well-recognized television and media outlets, including A&E’s Hoarders, The Nate Berkus Show, Today and South Africa’s The Home Channel.   Special Guest: Susan Orenstein, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and the Founder of Orenstein Solutions, a group private practice providing psychological services for the entire family. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Brown University, Master’s Degree from Georgia State University, and Doctoral Degree in Counseling Psychology at Temple University.

Joy Keys chats with Educator Dr. G.L. Reed

Jun 17, 2012 00:30:00


Fixing The Problem: Making changes in how you deal with challenges Author, Dr. G. L. Reed book provides step-by-step guidance for business leaders, organizations, and individuals on how to change an environment in order to gain control and live a better life in a constantly changing world. Her current work is with organizations and businesses to promote community building. Dr. G. L. Reed is an educator with 25 years of experience helping people from a variety of organizations to create a stronger community through the integration of spirit, culture, and ethics. Dr. Reed holds a Doctor of Ministry in Spirituality, Sustainability, and Inter-Religious Dialogue, a Master of Science in Communication Disorders, and a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences.

iPad program with The Color of Autism Foundation

Jun 3, 2012 00:27:00


The Color of Autism Foundation is a Non-Profit (501 c3) organization committed to educating and assisting African American families with Autistic children. Autism affects children of every race, ethnic group and socioeconomic status. African-American children frequently are confronted with late diagnosis or misdiagnosis. Our goal is to help families identify the warning signs of autism early on. We can start to overturn these disparities by helping African-Americans with autism reach their full potential. Empowering families with information on autism that they can use to advocate services for their child.

Strokes & Hip Hop w/ Cheryl 'Salt' James & Tha Hip Hop Doc

Jun 3, 2012 00:30:00


Special Guest: Cheryl 'Salt' James of the rap trio Salt-n- Pepa.They released five studio albums. They were the first female rap act to have gold, platinum, and multi-platinum albums, and the first female rap act to win a Grammy. Special Guest: Dr. Rani Whitfield (Tha Hip Hop Doc).Rani G. Whitfield, M.D., a board certified family physician with a Certificate of Added Qualification in sports medicine, has become known as "Tha Hip Hop Doc" or "H2D" to many of the young adults in his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he practices medicine. The American Stroke Association has teamed up with Cheryl “Salt” James of Salt-n-Pepa on a new youth music video project to increase awareness about stroke in America.  Salt and Dr. Whitfield are judges for the Hip Hop Stroke Video Competition (open to kids ages 10 to 15 and runs now through Sept. 21).  A free, educational hip hop stroke song, Enlighten the World on Stroke, was commissioned by the American Stroke Association specifically for the video competition.  Go here to download the song: The grand prize winner will get to meet Terrence J. of BET's 106 & Park TV show.

Joy Keys chats with the Black Girls RUN! founders

Jun 1, 2012 00:30:00


In 2009, Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks created Black Girls RUN! in an effort to tackle the growing obesity epidemic in the African-American community and provide encouragement and resources to both new and veteran runners. The mission of Black Girls RUN! is to encourage African-American women to make fitness and healthy living a priority.  In April 2010, Black Girls RUN! launched more than 60 Black Girls RUN! running groups across the nation. The groups range from the most novice, to the most experienced runner, in hopes to educate African-American women about health and fitness and provide a support system to help them reach their goals. Website: Facebook: Twitter:

Joy Keys chats with Fashionista Mikki Taylor

May 27, 2012 00:28:00


Veteran Essence magazine beauty director and fashion and lifestyle expert Mikki Taylor uses Michelle Obama as muse in, Commander-in-Chic: Every Woman’s Guide to Managing Her Style Like a First Lady (Atria Books/Simon & Schus­ter). The book is about developing personal style, good health, and acquiring the tools of self discovery, as a path to empowerment. Over her many years as beauty and cover director for Essence, Mikki Taylor became the woman Black women trusted most on the subjects of beauty and style, becoming highly recognizable around the country and in every market around the world where Essence is published.   Taylor understands that women everywhere are fascinated and inspired by the First Lady and aspire to her kind of confidence and effortless glamour. She uses Obama as inspiration to help readers put their personal stamp on everything they wear—no matter the price, the designer, or the occasion, proving that you can have fun with fashion, wear what you love, dress powerfully, and yet not be bogged down by old rules that have nothing to do with how you want to live your life.   Taylor has been featured on many television out­lets, including: The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, TODAY, Weekend Today, The Early Show, NBC Nightly News, EXTRA, Inside Edition, E! Entertainment Television, CNN, TV Guide Channel, VH1, Style Network, Life & Style, WE-TV, CBS 2 Morning News, the Style Network, Pure Oxygen, BET, Mo’Nique’s Fat Chance and TV One.  

Joy Keys chats with the Faces of Stroke Ambassadors

May 27, 2012 00:25:00


SPECIAL GUESTS: Faces of Stroke Ambassadors   National Stroke Association's Faces of Stroke public awareness campaign aims to change the public perceptions of stroke through education and personal stories of those impacted by the fourth leading cause of death.   The Faces of Stroke campaign features an online gallery of hundreds of stroke champions' stories and photos, an easy-to-use story submission tool, educational information about stroke and new ways to share stories online on Facebook, Twitter and via email. National Stroke Awareness Month has been recognized during May since 1989. Yet, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death, killing more than 133,000 people a year. The public is dangerously uninformed about stroke and few know that up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented by working with a healthcare professional to effectively manage risk.  

Joy Keys chats w/ Educator David Miller about "Khalil's Way"

May 20, 2012 00:30:00


One of the “soldiers” in the fight against bullying is David C. Miller, M.Ed.  Miller is the co-founder and Chief Visionary Officer of the Urban Leadership Institute, LLC, ( a social enterprise that focuses on developing positive youth development strategies. David Miller is also a former educator who spends a lot of time in the schools doing workshops/discussions with teachers, parents and children on the subject of bullying.  David Miller has written a book that shows children how to confront bullies and how to protect themselves in a world where adults cannot always protect them.  The name of the book is Khalil’s Way.  Khalil’s Way is a funny, yet serious story about an 11 year-old boy growing up in tough community.  Khalil’s challenges include being raised by his mom, growing up without a meaningful relationship with his dad and confronting the school bully – “land mines” many young boys must navigate.    Published by the Urban Leadership Institute, Khalil’s Way is written to help youth navigate the tough days they will face in school, on the playground and even sometimes at home.  The book also helps youth deal with many of the challenges present within the community and society at large. While Khalil is gifted in math and chess, he struggles with a variety of issues including ADHD, food allergies and asthma. The book engages young readers with a gritty urban storyline and practical solutions on confronting negative peers.  

Joy Keys finds out "What Black Men Think"

May 20, 2012 00:32:00


SPECIAL GUEST: JANKS MORTON is a groundbreaking international and award winning Documentarian. As founder of iYAGO ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, LLC, he states “the company came into existence to reflect both the conscious and unconscious soul of Black America. JANKS MORTON has been in the entertainment industry for more than 20 years and is a much sought-after teacher, lecturer, commentator and motivational speaker. He has convened workshops, seminars and served as panelist and keynote speaker at colleges, universities, prisons, conferences, churches and community centers around the world.   “What Black Men Think” explores how negative imagery in the media, the failed policy of the Great Society, and a modern black leadership that has abandoned many of its historically unifying tenets have all led to a new form of mental slavery in the black community. The film features commentary and insights from key black leaders, media personalities, activists and educators such as Dr. Steve Perry, actor Joseph C. Phillips, Former Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele, author Darryl James and more. In a time when questions of race and racially motivated violence still populate the headlines, “What Black Men Think” explores the issues from the inside, offering a unique glimpse into the minds of America’s black men to reveal a powerful, enlightening, empathetic portrait of African Americans, and suggests we all reconsider the many misconceptions still so prevalent today.   WHAT BLACK MEN THINK makes it's US Television premiere on Tuesday, May 29th at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Documentary Channel.  The film will also be available to view online at  

Joy Keys & Author Kimberla Lawson Roby, The Reverend's Wife

May 13, 2012 00:28:00


From New York Times bestselling author Kimberla Lawson Roby comes the ninth installment in her award-winning Reverend Curtis Black series, The Reverend's Wife. It's been months since Reverend Curtis learned that his wife, Charlotte, had affairs with two different men, and for now, he continues to be cordial and respectful to her. But he's also made it clear that once their son, Matthew, graduates high school, he will be filing for divorce. Charlotte, on the other hand, continues to do everything possible to make amends in hopes of saving their marriage.   Unfortunately, Curtis is ready to move on and is being propositioned by a woman who desperately wants to become the next Mrs. Curtis Black. When the situation heads down a path that is frighteningly shocking, could it be the final blow to this once blessed union?  Kimberla Lawson Roby’s novels have frequented numerous bestseller lists, including The New York Times and those in USA Today, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Essence Magazine, Upscale Magazine, Emerge Magazine, Barnes and Noble,, Wal-Mart, The Dallas Morning News, and The Austin Chronicle to name a few and both BEHIND CLOSED DOORS and CASTING THE FIRST STONE were #1 Blackboard bestsellers for four consecutive months in both 1997 and 2000. BEHIND CLOSED DOORS was the #1 Blackboard Best-selling book for paperback fiction in 1997.   Each of Kimberla’s novels has dealt with very real issues, including corruption within the church, social status, gambling addiction, infidelity, single motherhood, infertility, sibling rivalry and jealousy, domestic violence, sexual abuse,and  mental illness  to name a few.  

Live from the UK:Joy Keys chats w/ Saxophonist YolanDa Brown

May 13, 2012 00:29:00


YolanDa Brown is the UK's premier saxophonist. In 2008, YolanDa won a MOBO for Best Jazz, and then again in 2009. She played sax with everyone from Alexander O'Neal to Mica Paris, Soweto Kinch to The Temptations, and released two lovingly crafted EPs. For 18 months, YolanDa even hosted her own talk show on Sky.        YolanDa’s 1st album, April Showers, May Flowers, is a beautifully sculpted record that touches lightly on jazz and soul and R&B, each track bestowed with the kind of lyrical insight - on love, on life - that suggests its author is something of a poet, too.                                YolanDa works within the charity sector as ambassador for both the Prince's Trust and the Yamaha Class Band, an initiative that visits schools in underprivileged areas encouraging children to pick up an instrument. She is also currently backing Plan UK's Because I Am A Girl campaign, and is a patron of the Mayor of London's Fund for Young Musicians.   YolanDa Brown is endorsed by Yamaha, Guess Jeans, MAC cosmetics and adidas to name a few.   A well as being a musician she is a business woman. YolanDa holds two Masters Degrees in Operations Management. She is fluent in Spanish. Last year YolanDa was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by the University of East London.  

Joy Keys chats with Jane Hodges about Rent vs. Own

May 6, 2012 00:32:00


Finally, a real estate reality check that cuts through all the biased rhetoric to answer the conundrum on everyone’s mind: Should I buy now or keep renting? The magnitude of the housing crash and constantly conflicting reporting have left prospective buyers hungry for a well-researched reference guide. Enter Rent vs. Own, the first real estate advice book not to assume buying is always best. Expert finance and real estate reporter Jane Hodges explains how the housing market works and breaks down all the pros and cons of buying and renting. With dozens of success stories and cautionary tales from real-life renters and owners all over the country, this indispensable decision-making manual gives confused consumers the tools to make the best choice for their budget, market, emotional needs, and future. Jane Hodges is a longtime business and real estate writer based in Seattle. She’s interested in how and why we as individuals and as a culture look at our housing choices and the social, emotional, and financial values we assign to our homes. Her work on residential and commercial real estate has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal,, The Seattle Times, Seattle Magazine, Seattle Weekly, Real Estate Forum, CBS’s BNET, AOL HousingWatch, HouseLogic and USA Today. Her work on business has appeared in The New York Times, Business 2.0, Fortune, Success, and many other national and regional publications.  The National Association of Real Estate Editors has twice awarded her for her real estate coverage, and The Society of Professional Journalists Northwest Chapter awarded her first place for best consumer reporting in 2009. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College. .

Joy Keys chats with Author Julia Alvarez

Apr 29, 2012 00:29:00


A Wedding in Haiti, :Julia Alvarez has been called “a one-woman cultural collision” by the Los Angeles Times Book Review, and that has never been truer than in this new book, a story about three of Alvarez’s most personal relationships—with her parents, with her husband, and with a young Haitian boy known as Piti. A teenager when Julia first met him in 2001, Piti crossed the border into the Dominican Republic to find work. Julia, impressed by his courage and charmed by his smile, has over the years come to think of him as a son, even promising to be at his wedding someday. When Piti calls in 2009, Julia’s promise is tested. Julia Alvarez is the author of nineteen books, including How the García Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of the Butterflies.How The García Girls Lost Their Accents picked by NY Librarians as one of 21 classics for 21st century. In the Time of the Butterflies was selected a Notable Book was chosen as one of the Best Books for Young Adults, 1995, by the Young Adult Library Services Association and the American Library Association. Return to Sender won the 2010 Winner of:Pura Belpré & Americas Award. Once Upon A Quinceañera was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism.   Juia Alvarez is a writer-in-residence at Middlebury College, she and her husband, Bill Eichner, established Alta Gracia, an organic coffee farm–literacy arts center, in her homeland, the Dominican Republic. Photo Credit: Bill Eichner

Joy Keys chats with Opera Tenor Noah Stewart

Apr 29, 2012 00:31:00


Noah Stewart is the the first black singer to top the UK classical album chart in its 25-year history. Noah’s first album aptly named, NOAH, was released March 26th this year. It includes fine renditions of the operatic arias Recondita armonia, from Puccini's Tosca, and Pourquoi me reveiller, from Massenet's Werther, as well as the enduringly popular Bach/Gounod version of Ave Maria. But it casts its net much wider too. With inspirational input from producers and arrangers Steven Baker and Christian Seitz, the album also presents Noah's rich, resonant voice in the spiritual classic Deep River, and the traditional tunes Silent Night and Nearer My God To Thee.   The disc even contains a fresh reappraisal of that all-American favourite, The Star Spangled Banner, which – after dreaming about it for years – Noah sang at the NFL International Series game at Wembley Stadium in October last year.   Noah recently won the Mario Lanza Competition for Tenors. He toured with Opera Africa’s Carmen in South Africa. This year Noah made his Royal Opera House debut, starring in a new opera by the modern composer Judith Weir called Miss Fortune this past March.  Noah Stewart is a graduate of Julliard. School of music.

Joy Keys chats with Singer Kae Sun

Apr 22, 2012 00:31:00


Kae Sun or Kwaku Darko-Mensah Jr. is a Ghanaian-Canadian singer-songwriter. Kae Sun's music has hints of soul, folk and hip-hop creating a sound that is sometimes described as urban folk. Kae Sun's debut album Lion On A Leash, was released on October 5, 2009. Singer songwriter Kae Sun turned to his native Ghana for inspiration for his new EP, Outside the Barcode. The return to his homeland after nine years of living in Canada renewed his drive for creating the raw and non-commoditized artistic experiences that shaped his passion for music. Outside the Barcode, is an authentic and reflective collection of songs that showcase Kae’s growth as a songwriter, storyteller and guitarist. Recorded on 2-inch tape on a farm in Ontario the raw acoustic songs recall the sense of community and authenticity that inspired the tracks. Kae’s focus was to create a more shared listening experience rather than dictating his audience’s experiences.  

Joy Keys chats with Jazz Singer Catherine Russell

Apr 22, 2012 00:29:00


Vocalist Catherine Russell is a native New Yorker born to musical royalty. Her father, the late Luis Russell, was a pioneering pianist/composer/bandleader, and Louis Armstrong's long-time side-kick. Her mother, Carline Ray, is a bassist, guitarist, vocalist, who has performed with Mary Lou Williams and International Sweethearts of Rhythm. Catherine’s professional life began early. After graduating with honors from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she embarked upon a rich journey backing artists like Carrie Smith, Steely Dan, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Michael Feinstein, and Rosanne Cash. Her 2006 debut album Cat, (World Village/Harmonia Mundi), garnered rave reviews, paving the way for her 2008 sophomore release, Sentimental Streak. She has won a prestigious German Record Critics' Award and a Hot Club of France Discovery Award.   Catherine Russell's third album, Inside This Heart of Mine, reached #1 on JazzWeek, Roots Music Report, and I-Tunes Jazz Charts. The acclaim has enabled Catherine to join elite company on various compilations, including the Soundtrack Album for the award winning HBO-TV show "Boardwalk Empire", Strictly Romancin’, her fourth album,  establishes Catherine Russell as one of the greatest interpreters and performers of American Popular Song.  

Joy Keys chats with Autism Society's President Scott Badesch

Apr 19, 2012 00:19:00


The Autism Society, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. Founded in 1965 by Dr. Bernard Rimland, Dr. Ruth Sullivan and many other parents of children with autism, the Autism Society is the leading source of trusted and reliable information about autism. Scott Badesch is the President and Chief Operating Officer. A father of a young adult with autism, Badesch led his local Autism Society chapter before joining the national office in 2010 as Senior Vice President of Development and Operations. Badesch has more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit organizations, particularly in fundraising, chapter outreach, advocacy and public policy, and transformation of organizations.

Spring Cleaning with Professional Organizer Geralin Thomas

Apr 15, 2012 00:30:00


Professional Organizer Geralin Thomas offers real solutions for real people, emphasizing simplicity and excellence in her approach to organizing challenges both large and small. Past President of the NC chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers as well as a chronic disorganization and ADHD specialist, Geralin founded Metropolitan Organizing® in 2002 to help transform the lives of her clients. Geralin has been published in an array of national magazines. She is often featured on well-recognized television and media outlets, including A&E’s Hoarders, The Nate Berkus Show, Today and South Africa’s The Home Channel.   Geralin is based in Cary, North Carolina and works with clients around the world. She truly enjoys sharing her organizing tips, techniques and problem-solving skills with others – and has helped professional athletes, politicians, artists, small business owners and many others.

Autism Awareness Month with Joy Keys

Apr 15, 2012 00:31:00


SPECIAL GUEST: President and Founder Camille Proctor. The Color of Autism, is a Non-Profit (501 c3) organization committed to educating and assisting African American families with Autistic children. Autism affects children of every race, ethnic group and socioeconomic status. African-American children frequently are confronted with late diagnosis or misdiagnosis. Our goal is to help families identify the warning signs of autism early on. We can start to overturn these disparities by helping African-Americans with autism reach their full potential. Empowering families with information on autism that they can use to advocate services for their child. SPECIAL GUEST: Sonya Dunn is the producer and director of Screaming in Silence: Autism. Screaming in Silence: Autism is a documentary about the affects of Autism on African American families.  SPECIAL GUEST:  Dr. Juhi Pandey is a pediatric neuropsychologist and scientist at the Center for Autism Research (CAR) as well as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She came to CAR to complete her postdoctoral fellowship and remained on as one of the supervising clinicians for deep clinical characterization of participants coming through various research protocols. Dr. Pandey has a special interest in the early identification and diagnosis of ASD, clinical phenotyping, and brain-behavior relationships that impact diagnosis and treatment outcome and plays a clinical role on a number of infant and toddler as well as school-age studies at CAR.

Alcohol Awarenes Month with Joy Keys

Apr 8, 2012 00:31:00


Robert J. Lindsey is the President/CEO of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD). NCADD, founded in 1944 by Marty Mann, the first woman to get sober in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is dedicated to increasing public awareness and understanding of the disease of alcoholism and drug dependence. NCADD and it’s Network of state and local Affiliates provide education, prevention, information/referral, intervention and treatment services and have helped thousands of individuals and families into recovery.   Shirley Beckett Mikell, NCAC II, CAC II, SAP is the Director of Certification and Education NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals and has more than 37 years experience working with individuals with co-occurring disorders.  In addition to establishing a certification system in her home state of South Carolina, Beckett Mikell also played a significant role in establishing faith-based training initiatives and treatment centers in 7 churches throughout the state.

Joy Keys chats with Actress Regan Gomez-Preston

Apr 1, 2012 00:17:00


Reagan Gomez-Preston began her career in The Parent 'Hood, as Zaria Peterson. She guest starred on UPN's One on One as Flex's younger sister/Brianna's paternal aunt. She also played Francine opposite Holly Robinson Peete in the short-lived UPN sitcom, Love Inc.She has been featured in King magazine twice, first in the September 2003-October 2003 issue, and again in the December 2006-January 2007 issue.She is currently in the animated series The Cleveland Show as Roberta Tubbs, Cleveland Brown's stepdaughter. Coming out on April 3rd, 2012 on DVD Dysfunctional Friends, the movie.The death of a larger-than life friend has reunited a group of college friends who soon learn that their eccentric acquaintance has left behind an equally unconventional will.  From Producer Datari Turner and Writer/Director Corey Grant and featuring an all-star cast including Meagan Good (“Jumping The Broom,” Showtime’s “Californication”), Stacey Dash (VH-1’s “Single Ladies”), Terrell Owens (NFL star, Vh1’s “The T.O. Show”), Reagan Gomez-Preston (FOX’s “The Cleveland Show”), Jason Weaver (“Lottery Ticket”), Hosea Chanchez (BET’s “The Game”), Tatyana Ali (TV One’s “Love That Girl”), Essence Atkins (TBS’ “Are We There Yet?”), Christian Keyes (BET’s “Let’s Stay Together”), Stacy Keibler (USA’s “Psych”), Dysfunctional Friends is an incisive, humorous study of truth and affection.

Black History and Culture Showcase in Philadelphia

Mar 29, 2012 00:22:00


April 7th and 8th, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. @ the PA Convention Center. TheBlack History and Culture Showcase features a diverse mix of enlightening exhibits and activities that use “real people, real objects and real stories” to accurately present important eras and extraordinary achievements or events in African American history. This tribute to Black History utilizes interactive, educational, inspirational exhibits, living legend history makers, award winning documentary films and lectures by African American history educators. The Lest We Forget Exhibit features the most extensive collection of slavery artifacts and Jim Crow memorabilia ever assembled for public examination free-of-charge. This includes shackles, branding irons, documents and more. Attendees can meet “living legends” like Negro League Players, Tuskegee Airmen and Buffalo Soldiers.

Joy Keys chats with Film Illustrator David Russell

Mar 29, 2012 00:31:00


Exhibiting the sensitivity which guided him throughout the lengthy process of developing Red Tails, George Lucas invited illustrator David Russell in 2008 to design key action sequences in the film, including the powerful opening attack scene.  Russell, whose father James C. Russell was a decorated Tuskegee Airman, was understandably thrilled to work on the production.  In designing these sequences Russell wanted to make the viewers feel they were “in the cockpit”, and brought his considerable storytelling abilities to bear, enhanced by his father’s exciting wartime experiences.  And the Seattle Post Intelligencer critic Tim Hall writes: “What does work for Red Tails is the intense action sequences. Each dogfight puts you right in the cockpit with the pilots.”The Variety senior film critic Peter Debruge described these airborne scenes as “dazzling.”   Lucas gave David Russell his first industry break on Return of the Jedi.  Russell went on to become one of top Hollywood concept and storyboard illustrators.  A master of visual storytelling, his remarkable list of credits includes Paradise Lost, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Voyage of the Dawn Treader, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Moulin Rouge, Master and Commander, The Thin Red Line, Tombstone, Terminator2: Judgement Day, Batman and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.   In 1985, Russell became the first African-American to be admitted to the Illustrator’s and Matte Artist’s Union, courtesy of Lucas’ good friend Steven Spielberg, who hired the artist on The Color Purple, another groundbreaking film.

Joy Keys chats with Actress LisaRaye McCoy

Mar 28, 2012 00:35:00


The beautiful and charismatic actress and model, LisaRaye McCoy was born in Chicago, Illinois. LisaRaye is best known for her role as Diamond in the movie “Players Club”, as well as her role as Neesee in the comedy series, “All of Us”. She has also had feature roles in a number of popular movies and television series. Her biggest accomplishment to date is her number one rated reality show, “The Real McCoy”! The former first lady of the Turks and Caicos Islands is not only an accomplished actress but an entrepreneur in her right. She is the creator of the fashion lines Luxe and Romance and most recently her increasingly popular line of women’s jeans, PZI, jeans for the curvy woman!  LisaRaye is also the star of VH1’s first hour long series, “Single Ladies”. The show stars LisaRaye McCoy along with Stacy Dash and Charity Shea star as three best friends whose views on love and relationships vary. LisaRaye plays the role of Keisha, a former hip hop music video model turned semi-professional poker player who relies on her head instead of her heart when it comes to relationship decision making.  

Joy Keys chats with Actress Michelle Van Der Water

Mar 25, 2012 00:21:00


Michelle Van Der Water. She is recurring on the second season of VH1's "Single Ladies" which returns this May. She will play Taylor Tillman- a beautiful and sophisticated socialite. Her character is old money and truly glamorous. She has a great presence and there will be high drama. She is an old friend of Raquel's and Malcolm's new girlfriend.   Michelle was born in Cape Town, South Africa to a ?Dutch-African father and Indian-African mother.  Her ?family immigrated to Australia when she was one year old. She has a  Bachelor of Creative Arts in Graphic Design and New Media Degree from Wollongong University..   Michelle has previously been seen in ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’, ‘Castle’ and ‘Melrose Place.’ She was also the face of Sheva Alomar/the lead character in Resident Evil 5. 

National Colorectal Cancer Awarenes Month with Joy Keys

Mar 25, 2012 00:30:00


Dr. Durado Brooks has served as the director of prostate and colorectal cancers at the American Cancer Society’s National Home Office since 2000.  In this role he is involved in creating and implementing strategies to improve the prevention and early detection of prostate and colorectal cancer. Dr. Brooks practiced primary care internal medicine in community health centers,  in Ohio and later in Dallas, TX. Dr. Brooks earned his MPH degree at the Harvard School of Public Health. Carolyn R. Aldigé is president of the Prevent Cancer Foundation, a national non-profit organization she founded in 1985 in memory of her father, Edward P. Richardson, who died of cancer one year earlier. Prevent Cancer has provided more than $120 million in support of its mission: cancer prevention and early detection through research, education, community-based programs and advocacy, and has become nationally recognized as a leader in the fight against cancer through prevention.

Arthritis Awareness Month with Joy Keys

Mar 18, 2012 00:28:00


Special Guest:  Helene Belisle, Arthritis National Research Foundation Executive Director. Helene Belisle has been Executive Director of the Arthritis National Research Foundation since 1996, helping guide the organization to its current focus funding arthritis research grants nationwide. Ms. Belisle joined ANRF after four years in fundraising for a Long Beach, CA non-profit organization. For many years prior to entering the non-profit field, Ms. Belisle was a marketing executive for a real estate investment firm. Special Guest: Dr. Carl Ware has been a Member and Head of the Division of Molecular Immunology at the LaJolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology since 1996. He received his Ph.D. in 1979 from the University of California, Irvine, and conducted his postdoctoral work at the University of Texas and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School in Boston. He established his research laboratory in 1981 as an Assistant Professor of Immunology at the University of California, Riverside, advancing to full professor before joining the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology.

Joy Keys chats with Author Bernice McFadden

Mar 18, 2012 00:32:00


BERNICE MCFADDEN is the author of seven critically acclaimed novels including the classics Sugar and Glorious, which was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, selected as the debut title for the One Book, One Harlem program, and was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award. She is a three-time Hurston/Wright Legacy Award finalist, as well as the recipient of the 2011 Fiction Award  the BCALA. Her sophomore novel, The Warmest December, was praised by Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison as “searing and expertly imagined.” McFadden lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her latest novel is Gathering of Waters. Gathering of Waters is a deeply engrossing tale narrated by the town of Money, Mississippi--a site both significant and infamous in our collective story as a nation. Money is personified in this haunting story, which chronicles its troubled history following the arrival of the Hilson and Bryant families.   Tass Hilson and Emmett Till were young and in love when Emmett was brutally murdered in 1955. Anxious to escape the town, Tass marries Maximillian May and relocates to Detroit.   Forty years later, after the death of her husband, Tass returns to Money and fantasy takes flesh when Emmett Till's spirit is finally released from the dank, dark waters of the Tallahatchie River. The two lovers are reunited, bringing the story to an enchanting and profound conclusion.

Joy Keys chats with Musician Jason Marsalis

Mar 16, 2012 00:37:00


 Jason is the son of pianist and music educator Ellis Marsalis and his wife Dolores, and the youngest sibling of Wynton, Branford and Delfeayo. Together, the four brothers and Ellis comprise New Orleans’s venerable first family of jazz. Jason is well known for his prodigaldrumming. Working with the Ellis Marsalis trioas well as the Marcus Roberts trio, he hasfine tuned his playing in two of the mostdemanding settings in modern jazz. However,with the release of 2008’s “Music Update,” listeners are now recognizing Jason for hisunique sound on the vibraphones. Jason has appeared at many of the foremost jazz venues through the US and Canada, and has toured Europe on the summer festival scene.  His playing is unique; drawing from a wide range of influences, Jason performs original music as well as many hidden gems in the jazz literature and beyond As a drummer, Marsalis collaborates frequently with his brothers Delfeayo and Branford, in addition to Marcus Roberts and Ellis Marsalis. When he is not filling the drum chairs in these groups, Jason performs as a vibraphonist with his own quartet, and with musicians such as former Harry Connick drummer Shannon Powell, Irvin Mayfield, and others. Audio samples of Jason’s work on vibes are available at his website: WEBSITE:

National Nutrition Awareness Month with Joy Keys

Mar 11, 2012 00:33:00


Special Guest: Angela Ginn, RD, LDN, CDE, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spokesperson,  works as an education coordinator/nutrition diabetes educator at University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at Maryland General Hospital, where she counsels patients on treating and managing diabetes and other endocrine diseases.  She is the owner of Real Talk Real Food, a consulting practice for health care corporations and organizations, and develops nutrition education programs for disease prevention.  Ginn is a writer for medical industry and conducts webinars for consumers on diabetes and nutrition-related topics. Through cooking demonstrations, she works with local governments on promotion of healthy eating and physical activity.  Ginn is the founder of Mocha Foodies, a group of African-American nutrition professionals formed to educate members of minority groups on healthy eating, as well as to mentor students at historically black colleges and universities who are studying dietetics.  Ginn is a graduate of Morgan State University.  

The DivaGirl’s Guide with Fashionista Cheryl Wadlington

Mar 4, 2012 00:33:00


Girls need help. “The DivaGirl’s Guide to Style and Self-Respect” is the answer to her “help me” cry. This book isn’t full of random “shoulds” to memorize. It explains all the “whys,” so today’s girl can make wise decisions. Over many years of operating her urban charm school, Cheryl Ann Wadlington has talked to—and listened to— thousands of girls. She understands where they’re coming from and where they’re going. She’s that big sister who believes in them and says, “You can make it!” SPECIAL GUEST: Cheryl Ann Wadlington is one of the nation’s premiere fashion and beauty journalists and a leading consultant in the field of personal growth. An accomplished writer, television personality and sought-after motivational speaker, she has reached millions through publications such as Self, Essence, Life & Style, and The Philadelphia Daily News. She founded Evoluer Image Consultants, an award-winning full-service agency in Philadelphia that provides clients with extensive makeovers, personal shopping and wardrobe management. She also operates the nonprofit organization, The Evoluer House, which has graduated more than 700 socio-economically challenged girls from this highly successful personal development program. Cheryl majored in advertising and communications at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Fashion Merchandising at Bauder Fashion College. She also served on the faculty of the Temple University School of Communications and the advisory board of Cheyney University’s Fashion Merchandising program.

Women and Heart Disease with Joy Keys

Mar 4, 2012 00:27:00


Mary Ann McLaughlin, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.C. Dr. McLaughlin is serving her second term as President of the American Heart Association Board of Directors, New York City. The medical director of the cardiac health program at Mount Sinai, she is a cardiologist who specializes in protecting women’s heart health. Her research explores how hormonal differences between men and women affect heart disease. Dr. McLaughlin is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine, she trained in Internal Medicine at The New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center.  She completed her fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and received her Master’s in Public Health degree at Columbia University School of Public Health.   Dr. McLaughlin is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Health Evidence and Policy. She is the recipient of many awards and grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control/National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, the American Heart Association, the New York Academy of Medicine, the American College of Cardiology and the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research.  Website: Twitter: @american_heart

Joy Keys chats with Actress Asha Kamali

Mar 2, 2012 00:32:00


Ms. Kamali attended Howard University's School of Communications. A trained dancer and student of the theater, Asha  was crowned Miss Howard University. Asha has starred in national commercial for K-Swiss, Papa Johns, and national print ads for RocaWear and K-Swiss.  She has received rave reviews for her performances in independent films.  Ms. Kamali has performed and choreographed for NBA's Washington Wizards Dance Team, Eric Benet, Mya, Destiny’s child, and Madonna to name a few.   She has choroegraphed for Atlantic Recording star, Keke Palmer, for her debut album, "So Uncool."  Her choreography is featured in the music video, "All my Girlz," which is featured on the soundtrack of LionsGate breakout film, "Akeelah and the Bee." Asha also casted and starred in the video. She also choreographed Palmer's second music video, "Keep it Movin." Asha has choreographed national tours for Palmer and the WNBA as well as for Disney. Asha is also one-third of the production company, Brown Paper Dolls. She is co-creator, co-writer, producer and starring in Brown Paper Dolls debut series, Milk and Honey also being executive produced by Idris Elba.

Joy Keys is Shakin' it with Singer Steffen Morrison

Feb 29, 2012 00:27:00


Steffen Morrison started attracting audiences' attention upon winning the semi-finalist position in what is considered Holland's most popular non televised musical talent competition, De Grote Prijs van Nederland. Since then, Steffen Morrison has been on a steady path to success, leaving his mark wherever he performs. His rugged warm alluring and identifiable voice sets him apart from many entertainers and the fervor he puts in his live performances have caught the eye of world renowned performers such as Joss Stone and Raphael Saadiq for whom he was the opening act of their concerts in The Netherlands. Even the mighty sportswear Establishment Reebok has chosen Steffen Morrison's track "Shake it" which was propelled to immediate international recognition and is making the world take notice. Steffen Morrison's album "Revealed" has already met the good fortune of being nominated for an Edison Award, The Netherlands' most prestigious music award. Steffen Morrison collaborated on his album- which he also co-wrote and co-produced- with the likes of Los Angeles based Brian "Big Bass" Gardner, who has worked with emblematic musicians such as Prince, 2Pac, Blondie and Michael Jackson to name a few. WEBSITE: TWiTTER:

Power of a Positive Mindset with Joy Keys and Edith Namm

Feb 26, 2012 00:30:00


Change To A Positive Mindset And Extend Your Lifeline: A Journey To Miles Of Smiles, Positive Energy Power, Hope, Health And Happiness by Edith Namm & Rita Kaufman     Special Guest: EDITH NAMM has 25 years of experience as a Counselor and Educator, over 20 years of experience as a Certified Specialized Handwriting Analyst and is a thyroid, breast, colon and liver cancer survivor who has authored 6 books on stress management and is dedicated to sharing simple, safe, specific self-help strategies that can free your mind from fear, empower you to feel self-confident, set realistic achievable goals and increase your smile mileage. Regardless of your age, gender or economic background, your journey to Positive Energy Power, Hope, Health and Happiness can show you how to survive and thrive in a 24/7 stress-filled world.  

Joy Keys chats with Musician, Activist and Mom Taina Asili

Feb 26, 2012 00:32:00


Special Guest: Taína Asili carries on the tradition of her ancestors, fusing present and past struggles into one poetic voice. She is a puertorriqueña vocalist, poet, educator, and community organizer from Philadelphia, PA and Albany, NY. Her recent artistic work is with her live band, Taína Asili y La Banda Rebelde, soulful vocals laid over a unique fusion of Afro-Caribbean, reggae, rock, and hip hop sounds. Taína is a winner of the 2005 Transformation Award given by the Leeway Foundation. She has shared the stage with artists such as Ursula Rucker, Sonia Sanchez, Pamela Means, Dead Prez, Immortal Technique and Tyrone Hill of The Sun Ra Arkestra. Taína completed her debut album with La Banda Rebelde entitled War Cry. Check out   Video of Taina Asili and La Banda Rebelde:

Love, Inshallah with Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi

Feb 19, 2012 00:32:00


Romance, dating, sex and – Muslim women? In this groundbreaking collection, 25 writers sweep aside stereotypes to share their search for love and speak openly for the first time about love, relationships, sexuality, gender, identity, homophobia, and racism. The Editors Ayesha Mattu is a writer and international development consultant. Her writing has appeared in the International Museum of Women, Religion Dispatches, The Huffington Post and the award-winning blog, Rickshaw Diaries. She was selected a Muslim Leader of Tomorrow by the UN Alliance of Civilizations and the ASMA Society in 2009. Ayesha is working on a memoir about losing faith and finding love from which The Opening is excerpted inLove, InshAllah. She lives with her husband and son in Northern California. Nura Maznavi is a civil rights attorney, writer, and Fulbright Scholar. She has worked with migrant workers in Sri Lanka, on behalf of prisoners in California, and with a national legal advocacy organization leading a program to end racial and religious profiling. Nura is working on a screenplay and several short stories. Nura’s third love—after food and traveling—is California, where she was raised and lives currently.

Children's Dental Health with Joy Keys

Feb 19, 2012 00:26:00


February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Jonathan Shenkin, DDS, MPH, is an American Dental Association (ADA) expert spokesperson on pediatric dentistry. He has a full time pediatric dental practice in Augusta, Maine.   Dr. Shenkin earned his dental degree from Columbia University and a master’s of public health and a certificate in health care finance from Johns Hopkins University.  He completed his pediatric dentistry residency at the University of Iowa, and he completed a dental public health residency at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).   Dr. Shenkin is board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.  Dr. Shenkin is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and is a former president of the Maine Dental Association. He also serves on the board of directors of the New England section, of the American College of Dentists.  He is a clinical assistant professor of Health Policy, Health Services Research and Pediatric Dentistry at Boston University.

Joy Keys chats with Health Guru Glenn Ellis

Feb 13, 2012 00:49:00


This is a Pre-recorded interview GLENN ELLIS, SR.: The Birmingham, Alabama native has earned a well-deserved reputation as an internationally respected health educator and complementary medicine consultant. His second book, Information is the Best Medicine, was released in the winter of 2011. He maintains a busy lecture schedule in the U.S. and abroad, where he highlights health disparities and medical ethics. He has made scientific presentations in Belgium, Germany, Cuba, and The Netherlands. Ellis’ weekly radio broadcasts are now heard in 53 U.S. markets and 53 countries around the world. Ellis is a frequent contributor to Real Health Magazine, The Black AIDS Institute Newsletter, as well as The National Medical Association’s, Healthy Living magazine. He is a member of the Review Staff of the American Journal of Public Health, The Association of Healthcare Journalists, and was a Founding Editor-at-Large for Ellis is President of Strategies for Well-Being, LLC, a health education and consulting company headquartered in Philadelphia, where he consults with national corporate clients on promoting and providing health education for consumers and providers.  Ellis studied pre-med at the University of Pennsylvania. He then continued his studies at the International College of Bio-Dynamics and the Atlantic Academy of Classical Homeopathy.

Joy Keys chats with Author Rebecca Walker about Black Cool

Feb 12, 2012 00:36:00


Rebecca Walker is an award-winning author and lecturer. She is the author of the memoirs Black, White and Jewish, and Baby Love and editor of the anthologies To Be Real, What Makes a Man, and One Big Happy Family.Her writing has appeared Bookforum, Newsweek, Glamour, Marie Claire, The Washington Post, Vibe, and Interview, among many other publications and literary collections. Time magazine named her one of the most influential leaders of her generation. A recipient of the Alex Award from the American Library Association, she bas been featured on Oprah, and Good Morning America. Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness, edited by Rebecca Walker with a forward by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., explores the ineffable state and aesthetic of Black Cool. From the effortless reserve of Miles Davis in khakis on an early album cover, to the shock of resistance in black women’s fashion from Angela Davis to Rihanna, to the cadence of poets as diverse as Staceyann Chin and Audre Lorde, Black Cool looks at the roots of Black Cool and attempts to name elements of the phenomena that have emerged to shape the global expectation of cool itself Visit her at  

Joy Keys chats with Jamal Joseph about Panther Baby

Feb 12, 2012 00:34:00


Eddie Joseph was an intelligent honors student well on his way to starting college early. But growing up in the Bronx’s black ghetto in the ‘60s meant that in lieu of finding early college acceptance, Eddie instead found a warm welcome as one of the youngest members of the Black Panther Party. Incarcerated on Rikers Island by 16-years-old and charged as one of the Panther 21, Eddie was at the heart of one of the most important criminal cases of his time. Once exonerated, he began calling himself Jamal and took up the mantle as one of the youngest leaders of the Panther’s New York Chapter. In PANTHER BABY: A Life of Rebellion & Reinvention Jamal Joseph speaks out about his induction into Panther life and his transformation from street kid to influential member of an important national movement. He illuminates the rationale, practice, and emotional backdrop for soldiers of the Black Panther movement, and his story is also a comprehensive recollection of a time of rapid change in New York as well as national history; Joseph recalls the Vietnam protests, the Weathermen, police brutality, the War on Drugs, gang violence and more, even up until the murder of Joseph’s godson, Tupac Shakur.  

Developing Healthy Relationships: Dating to Marriage

Feb 10, 2012 00:35:00


Jennifer Jones, MSW, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker. She has a passion for working with individuals and couples in helping them increase their self awareness, their understanding of their family of origin as well as helping them enhance their connections and relationships with others. Jennifer specializes in communication enhancement, premarital counseling, blended family issues, parent/adult-child relationships, grief and loss, and infidelity. Jennifer received her Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy at Council for Relationships and her Masters of Social Work from the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Shane K. Perrault, PhD is a psychologist and coach with more than 16 years of experience. Dr. Shane received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Ohio State University and did his residency at Johns Hopkins Medical Center and the Baltimore Veterans Administration. In addition to maintaining a thriving practice in Silver Spring, MD, he has conducted workshops and training in the MD/DC/VA area on topics including effective communication and conflict resolution.

Joy Keys chats with Red Tails Movie Star Andre Royo

Feb 5, 2012 00:41:00


Andre Royo is a Bronx-born actor with an impressive list of television and film credits. Best known for his role as confidential informant Bubbles on HBO's acclaimed series The Wire, he's also appeared in a recurring role on Fringe, and guest starred on shows including Law & Order, CSI: NY, Heroes, Party Down, and How to Make it in America. Film credits include Shaft, August, and Super, as well as several more films in development and production. His performance as the father of a disease-afflicted teen in Spike Lee’s Jesus Children of America was met with universal praise. Outside of his acting work, Royo has also hosted prefight coverage for HBO sports. He can currently be seen in Red Tails, the George Lucas-produced story of a crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program. Andre lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter. Special Guest: Tuskegee Airman Major John Harrison, retired Air Force command pilot, one in a class of 41 airmen who received flight training in Tuskegee, Ala., in 1943. Harrison has flown more than 12 types of aircraft and logged more than 10,000 hours all over the world, but he never got to fly World War II missions due to racism.

Joy Keys chats with the stars of Exit Strategy, the movie

Feb 5, 2012 00:32:00


James (Jameel Saleem) gets evicted from his apartment and moves in with his girlfriend of three months Kim (Kimelia Weathers) and quickly discovers she's everything he never wanted in a woman. He enlist best friends Carville (Quincy "Qdeezy" Harris) and Leona (Noelle Balfour), plus high-schooler Scoop (Nick Sinise) and strangers Big Boy and Kevin Hart to find a relationship exit strategy, but for Kim, breaking up isn't an option. Jameel Saleem won the 2008 FirstGlance Film Festival's "Best Short Film Award" and was a 2010 Slamdance Writing Finalist. He wrote and directed in Indie feature Cream Soda (2009) and recently directed and co-produced the horror flick Fear Not (2010). Kimelia Weathers, born in Jamaica and raised in Washington, D.C.C., began acting in local theater and has appeared on HBO's The Wire and Mario Van Peebles' film Bring Your A Game. She has a B.A in Communications from the University of Maryland.  Website: Facebook:

Joy Keys chats with Red Tails movie star Marcus T. Paulk

Jan 29, 2012 00:20:00


Special Guest: Marcus T. Paulk  is an actor, rapper and dancer best known for his role as Myles Mitchell in the UPN sitcom Moesha, which aired from 1996 through 2001.   He has also appeared with Bow Wow in the 2005 film Roll Bounce, as 'The Funk' in Another Cinderella Story, and with Antonio Banderas in the 2006 film Take the Lead.   He stars in the movie Red Tails as David 'Deke' Watkins. Red Tails film is a fictional tale inspired by the true story of America’s first all black aerial combat unit.  

Joy Keys chats with Author Naturi Thomas

Jan 29, 2012 00:28:00


Naturi Thomas is the published author of a children’s book, Uh-Oh! It’s Mama’s Birthday! (Albert Whitman & Co., 1997) Booklist called it, “appealing…one of those stories with a universal premise.” She also sold first rights to her full-length comedic play, Hating Raymond.   She was a SAG actress, appearing on Nickelodeon, “As the World Turns,” and way, way off-Broadway. Her fiction, poetry and personal essays have been published in: Barrow St., The Subway Chronicles and Underground Voices and Children, Churches and Daddies, among others.   How To Die In Paris- An edgy, poetic, often darkly comic, memoir of a young middle-class black woman who escapes a tortured past in New York to pursue a new life in Europe—only to find herself broke, desperate, and contemplating suicide on the streets of Paris.

Radon Awareness Month with Joy Keys

Jan 22, 2012 00:27:00


Special Guest: Director of Engineering Extension at Kansas State University Bruce Snead has been a state extension specialist in residential energy, radon and indoor air quality at Kansas State University since 1982, and became Director in April 2011. In the 1980s much of his work involved energy efficiency in existing and new homes, and solar energy applications for homes and businesses.   He has conducted radon industry training in the mid west since 1989, as part of the Midwest Universities Radon Consortium in partnership with the University of Minnesota. Bruce has also led K-State’s role in the Kansas Radon Program for twenty one years, and is now leading the National Radon Program Services and projects for the US EPA, which provides technical assistance to the public through toll free phone lines and web based services.

Joy Keys chats with The Scottsboro Boys

Jan 22, 2012 00:30:00


Special Guest:Clinton Roane (Broadway- Scottsboro Boys, NY Theatre-The Sporting Life of Icarus Jones, Regional Theatre- Hello! My Baby.) BFA from Howard University.   Special Guest: Actor David Bazemore (Regional- Hairspray, Beauty an the Beast, West Side Story) BFA from Shenandoah University. Actor JC Montgomery was unable to make the interview. The two wonderful actors are currently starring in the Philadelphia Theatre Company's production of The Scottsboro Boys. The Scottsboro Boys is a stirring musical that explores the infamous 1930's 'Scottsboro Case' in which a group of African-American men are falsely accused of a terrible crime, ultimately provoking a national outrage that sparked the American Civil Rights movement.  Philadelphia Theatre Company''s website: PBS special about The Scottsboro Boys:

Joy Keys chats with Life Coach Simone Kelly

Jan 15, 2012 00:30:00


Simone graduated from Long Island University's C.W. Post Campus in 1996. She has a Bachelor's of Science degree with a concentration in Marketing and Advertising. Her career began in the music industry working for companies such as RCA Records and BMG Entertainment in the PR and online marketing divisions. In 2001, she branched out on her own as a coach full-time. As a certified Small Business Campcoach, she coaches entrepreneurs on building their businesses and creating a balanced life. In addition to business coaching, she's also added life coaching to her many skills. Simone is a certified Master Life Coach and Holistic Health Practitioner(Behavioral Healthcare Consulting, AADP Accredited), and a certified Compass Life Coachto help her clients live balanced and fulfilled lives. In her quest to find balance and show others how to live a holistic life, she developed the Own Your Power® Lifestyle Centerin November '08 in Hollywood and Pembroke Pines, Florida. The OYPLC will empower you with the tools to nourish your mind with educational workshops, feed and heal your body with yoga and natural remedies, and soothe your soul with energy-balancing and focused meditations. Simone grew to love the effects of energy balancing on her life and became certified as a Reiki-Master Teacher so that she could incorporate new wellness services at the lifestyle center. CIRCLE OF   8 WEEKS TO CEO-  

Joy Keys chats with Sudanese Singer Alsarah

Jan 15, 2012 00:33:00


Alsarah, is a Sudanese born singer, songwriter and ethnomusicologist. She studied Music with a concentration in Ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University. She worked with The Sounds of Taraab performing classical Taraab music from Zanzibar and Kenya ranging from the 1940s-today. Alsarah & The Nubatones came together out of a collective love for Nubian music and a genuine belief that Soul transcends all cultural and linguistic barriers. Inspired by the pentatonic scale they blend a selection of Nubian 'songs of return' from the 1970s-today with original material and traditional music of central Sudan. The Nubatones is comprised of Alsarah, Haig Manoukian, Karine Fleurima, Rami El Aasser, and Mawuena Kodjovi To hear more about Alsarah, please She is also featured on Sudan365 album: Hisham Haj Omar  is a filmmaker and youth activist with Girifna. Girifna (“We are fed up” in Arabic) was established two days before the voter registration process was to begin for the country's first multiparty vote in nearly a quarter-century. They use orange as their color and the V-for-victory sign as a logo.Part of Girifna's mission is to encourage Sudanese to learn about their rights and start demanding them through nonviolent protest. Hisham Haj Omar, helped build Girifna's multimedia Web site. Girifna members carry cellphone-size video cameras to their activities so they can post images of the excited crowds, and often of the police interrupting their activities.

Joy Keys chats with Poet, Author & Playwright Sonia Sanchez

Jan 8, 2012 00:56:00


Sonia Sanchez is the first Poet Laureate for the City of Philadelphia, PA. Poet. Mother. Professor. National and International lecturer on Black Culture and Literature, Women’s Liberation, Peace and Racial Justice. Sponsor of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Board Member of MADRE. Sonia Sanchez is the author of over 16 books includingHomecoming, We a BaddDDD People, Love Poems, I’ve Been a Woman, A Sound Investment and Other Stories, Homegirls and Handgrenades, Under a Soprano Sky, Wounded in the House of a Friend (Beacon Press, 1995), Does Your House Have Lions?(Beacon Press, 1997),and most recently, Morning Haiku(Beacon Press, 2010).  A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts, the Lucretia Mott Award for 1984, the Outstanding Arts Award from the Pennsylvania Coalition of 100 Black Women, she is a winner of the 1985 American Book Award for Homegirls and Handgrenades, the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Humanities for 1988, the Peace and Freedom Award from Women International League for Peace and Freedom (W.I.L.P.F.) for 1989, a PEW Fellowship in the Arts for 1992-1993 and the recipient of Langston Hughes Poetry Award for 1999. Does Your House Have Lions? was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is the Poetry Society of America’s 2001 Robert Frost Medalist and a Ford Freedom Scholar from the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. She is the recipient of the 2005 Leeway Foundation Transformational Award. She was the first Presidential Fellow at Temple University and she held the Laura Carnell Chair in English at Temple University.  TWITTER @poetsanchez  WEBSITE:

End of year wrap up with Astrologer Samuel F. Reynolds

Dec 11, 2011 00:51:00


Show will start at 11:45am ET. Special Guest: Samuel F. Reynolds is a practicing astrologer in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. He has trained with some of the most notable minds in the astrological world, like Alan Oken, Robert Zoller, and Christopher Warnock, all of whom have helped him obtain his Level III certificate from NCGR in 2004. He writes for numerous online and print publications, including and He’s also been a speaker at national astrology conferences, like Moses Siregar’s Blast conference, the International Society for Astrological Research’s National Conference and the State of the Art astrology conference in Buffalo, NY in the fall 2009. Samuel provides astrological counseling for Robert Currey's Astro*Live*Link, a British-based dial-in service dedicated to astrological counseling for people throughout the English speaking world, and on weekends, he has hosted the “Zodiac Lounge”, a NYC-based spiritual bazaar, where he brings together various healers and seers to serve in economically challenged communities. Additionally, he is a co-founder of the Astrology Career Institute (, which provides students with the resources and marketing tools to become practicing astrologers themselves. Samuel has a MA from Temple University.  

Joy Keys chats with POET Ursula Rucker

Dec 11, 2011 00:44:00


Ursula Rucker is a Philadelphia born poet, mother, activist and recording artist. She has been performing, recording and releasing works for over 17 years. She is dedicated to art as/for social change…and committed to freedom fighting, truth-telling and peace making through her chosen art form. To date, Ursula has released five solo albums (Supa Sista, Silver or Lead, ma’at mama, Ruckus Soundsysdom, She Said)…as well as collaborated on over 50 songs, in a wide array of musical genres, with producers/artists from around the world (such as King Britt, Bahamadia, The Roots, 4 Hero, Jazzanova, Louis Vega, Incognito).  Ursula was awarded both the Leeway Foundation’s Art for Change & Transformation Awards. She is the feature of a documentary short called POET. And currently, she has just completed her first book, Drown the Devil…a collaborative project of poems and photos dedicated to New Orleans with Pulitzer prize winning photojournalist, Clarence Williams. Ursula Rucker POET documentary trailer: Ursula Rucker 'She Said' Video at TEDxTalks: TWITTER: @urucker MYSPACE:

Eleone Dance Company and The Nehemiah Davis Foundation

Dec 9, 2011 00:32:00


SPECIAL GUEST:Eleone Dance Company Director Shaw Williams. Eleone Dance Theatre, a Philadelphia-based professional dance company, ushers in the new millennium with new resurrected cutting edge works that challenges traditional boundaries. The company embodies exceptional artistry and a profound sense of spirituality that evokes an aura of healing in the audiences whose souls they touch. The purpose of Eleone Connection is to provide a nurturing and professional environment for talented youth and young adult dancers who have an interest in having a professional career in dance. Eleobe dance company --------------------- SPECIAL GUEST: Nehemiah Davis is a 24 year old Entrepreneur from west Philadelphia, who has decided to make his mission helping others. Nehemiah has started a T-shirt line and more importantly a nonprofit The Nonprofit was created in 2008 by Nehemiah and his mother. Since the start they have fed 50 Homeless men & women every Monday at 18th Vine. The Organization also has several event s throughout the year which includes, Christmas Celebrations, Ski trips for the Youth, Book Bag Giveaways, Dinners for seniors, & several other events. Video about Foundation

Joy Keys chats with Journalist and Filmmaker Yvonne Latty

Dec 4, 2011 00:28:00


Yvonne Latty is a professor and the Director of the Reporting New York/Nation programs at NYU’s Carter Journalism Institut and the director of their Urban Journalism Workshop for high school students. Latty is the author of “In Conflict: Iraq War Veterans Speak Out on Duty, Loss and the Fight to Stay Alive” and “We Were There: Voices of African American Veterans from World War II to the War in Iraq.”

Joy Keys chats with Meshell Ndegeocello about WEATHER

Dec 4, 2011 00:34:00


Meshell 's records, nine to date, have offered lyrical ruminations on race, love, sex, betrayal, God, and power, and she has simultaneously embraced and challenged listeners with her refusal to be pigeon-holed musically or personally.She has been nominated for 10 Grammys. Meshell was the first woman to be featured on the cover of Bass Player magazine. Her new album, Weather, cloaks itself in the colours of autumn, full of in-between shades and hues and with a certain mildness to it. The singer has let her feelings carry her along. Meshell has never been scared of sharing her most intimate thoughts in explicit or colourful terms that always come from the heart. As ever, she is true to herself. But Weather’s folk sensibility and pregnant acoustic melodies make this a supremely accessible album. She is accompanied by Chris Bruce (guitar), Deantoni Parks (drums), Keefus Ciancia (keyboards), Gabe Noel (cello) and guests Jay Bellerose (drums) and Benji Hughes (backing vocals).

Diabetes Awareness Month with Joy Keys

Nov 27, 2011 00:25:00


The Mision of the American Diabetes Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Special Guest: Theresa Sims' passion has always been healthcare and motivating individuals to become active participants in their own wellbeing.  Theresa has spent the last 20 years volunteering with various health related organizations and programs including Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Association for Black Cardiologists, the National Kidney Foundation and the American Diabetes Association.  Her passion for education and healthcare was the impetus for her to quit her job in 2009 and to pursue her passion full-time.  In October of 2010, Theresa received her BSN.  She currently is employed as a nurse on a Cardiac Care Unit and will be transitioning to a new position as a Cardiac Thoracic Intensive Care Nurse within the next few months.  Theresa also holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from University of Delaware.

Joy Keys chats with Producer, Writer, & Actor Chike Nwabukwu

Nov 27, 2011 00:30:00


  Chike Nwabukwu serves as the Artistic Director for Afropolitan Legacy Theatre (ALT), a production company that shares the cosmopolitan African experience through theater, film and social media . As a writer, performer and producer, Chike uses his talents to entertain and uplift. Currently, Chike and ALT are producing a short film he wrote called "My Mother's Tongue", which finds a teenage boy experiencing a communication barrier with his grandmother because they do not speak the same language. Chike's stageplay "The Naming Ceremony", about the importance of names and cultural identity, will also be produced by Afropolitan Legacy Theatre in 2012.  As a performer, Chike has acted Off-Broadway and recently starred in the short “Sides of the Track”, which will be making its festival run soon. In addition, Chike is currently receiving his MFA in Dramatic Writing at Goddard College and produces talent shows for youth in New York City. Ezinne Adibe is the Managing Director of Afropolitan Legacy Theatre. She is a writer, filmmaker, and marketing maven.  The NYU Tisch School of the Arts graduate has written for such publications as AOL Black Voices, Jamati, & The Atlanta Post, just to name a few. In addition to her role at Afropolitan Legacy Theatre she serves as the Managing Editor for The Afropolitan Experience, an online magazine that reports about the latest happenings, developments and topics of interest in the Afropolitan world. Her interests include media, politics and anthropology.

Joy Keys chats with Singer, Actor, & Author Tyrese Gibson

Nov 24, 2011 00:19:00


Tyrese Gibson is an actor, singer, and author. Tyrese started his career singing in a Coca-Cola commercial in 1994. Since then he has appeared in several TV shows (Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, The Parent 'Hood, Moesha and more). Tyrese's films include Baby Boy with Actress Taraji P. Henson, Four Brothers, Fast Five with Actor Vin Diesel, Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers: Dark of The Moon with Shia LaBeouf, and more. Tyrese is the author of the New York Times Best Selling Book, How to Get Out of Your Own Way. Tyrese has recorded five albums Tyrese, 2000 Watts, I Wanna Go There, Alter Ego, and now, after five years away from the music industry, Open Invitation. Open Invitation is the # 1 R& B album on iTunes. The single , STAY, has been #1 on Billboard charts for two weeks. Website:  Twitter @tyrese  Facebook:

Joy Keys chats with Author Rachel Lloyd, human trafficking

Nov 20, 2011 00:44:00


At thirteen, Rachel Lloyd found herself caught up in a world of pain and abuse, struggling to survive as a child with no responsible adults to support her. Vulnerable yet tough, she eventually ended up a victim of commercial sexual exploitation. It took time and incredible resilience, but  with the help of a local church community, she broke free of her pimp and her past. Three years later, Lloyd arrived in the United States to work with adult women in the sex industry and soon founded her own nonprofit—GEMS, Girls Educational and Mentoring Services—to meet the needs of other girls with her history. She also earned her GED and won full scholarships to college and a graduate program. Today Lloyd is executive director of GEMS in New York City and has turned it into one of the nation's most groundbreaking nonprofit organizations. Rachel Lloyd is the Executive Director and Founder of GEMS and the author of Girls Like Us (HarperCollins). She earned her BA in psychology from Marymount Manhattan College, and an MA in applied urban anthropology from the City College of New York. She has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Reebok Human Rights Award. Lloyd is an Ashoka Fellow and a Prime Mover Fellow, and was a leading advocate for the Safe Harbor for Exploited Youth Act, which makes New York the first state to protect, not prosecute, sexually exploited children.

Joy Keys chats with Poet Rita Dove

Nov 17, 2011 00:32:00


Rita Dove served as Poet Laureate of the United States and Consultant to the Library of Congress from 1993 to 1995. She has received numerous literary and academic honors, among them the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and, more recently, in  2006 she received the coveted Common Wealth Award of Distinguished Service (together with Anderson Cooper, John Glenn, Mike Nicholsa and Queen Noor of Jordan, in 2007 she became a Chubb Fellow at Yale University, in 2008 she was honored with the Library of Virginia's Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2009 she received the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal and the Premio Capri (the international prize of the Italian "island of poetry"). She has published the poetry collections The Yellow House on the Corner (1980), Museum (1983), Thomas and Beulah (1986), Grace Notes (1989), Selected Poems (1993), Mother Love (1995), On the Bus with Rosa Parks (1999), American Smooth (2004), a book of short stories, Fifth Sunday (1985), the novel Through the Ivory Gate (1992), essays under the title The Poet's World (1995), and the play The Darker Face of the Earth, which had its world premiere in 1996 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and was subsequently produced at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Royal National Theatre in London, and other theatres. Her latest poetry collection, Sonata Mulattica, was published by W.W. Norton & Company in the spring of 2009. In addition Dove is the editor of the new Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry (2011). Rita Dove is Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Hip Hop and Philosophy

Nov 13, 2011 00:32:00


SPECIAL GUEST: Derrick Darby, Ph.D., graduated from Colgate University with a B.A. in Philosophy and received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh. He has taught at the University of Virginia, Northwestern University, Texas A&M University and is now teaching at the University of Kansas in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Law. Dr. Darby’s work has connected philosophy with issues and concerns that impact black America. RIGHTS, RACE, AND RECOGNITION—his most recent book—draws on the legacy of race and the denigration of black humanity to argue that all rights are products of social recognition. He is also the coeditor with Tommie Shelby of HIP HOP AND PHILOSOPHY: RHYME 2 REASON, which draws on hip hop to introduce students to philosophical problems. WEBSITE:

Alzheimer's Awareness Month with Joy Keys

Nov 6, 2011 00:22:00


November is Alzheimer's Awareness Month Special Guest: Carol Steinberg, EVP of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. Their mission is ”to provide optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families—through member organizations dedicated to improving quality of life.” Website: 

Joy Keys chats with Author Martha Southgate

Nov 6, 2011 00:32:00


Special Guest: Award-winning novelist Martha Southgate (who, in the words of Julia Glass, “can write fast and hot, then lush and tender, then just plain truthful and burning with heart”) tells the moving story of a family tested to the limits by an unending cycle of addiction over the course of two generations. In her new novel, The Taste of Salt, Southgate perfectly captures the struggles of living with alcoholic family members. Martha Southgate is the author of two acclaimed novels, The Fall of Rome and Third Girl from the Left and other works that have been widely anthologized. She has worked for numerous publications, including Essence, Premiere, the New York Daily News, and the New York Times. A graduate of Smith College, she has an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard, and has taught at Brooklyn College and The New School.

Joy Keys chats with Hip Hop artist Kuf Knotz

Oct 30, 2011 00:30:00


Known for his unique blend of progressive hip-hop, soul, blues, jazz and rock, Kuf Knotz is one of Philly’s fastest emerging alternative artists. No musical territory goes unexplored when it comes to Kuf, and it is this attitude that has led him to perform with top acts like Common, Old DB, New York Dolls, Steel Pulse, Amos Lee & The Roots to name a few. Kuf even battered down historical barriers by becoming the first ever hip hop act to open up for the legendary“Boss” — Mr. Bruce Springsteenhimself — at the internationally covered rally for then Presidential candidate, Barack Obama on Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Kuf’s career highlights did not end there. Going on to record “Unstoppable” the official song of World Series Champions, The Phillies, in 2008 with fellow notorious local artists, G. Love and Chuck Treece. In addition to being the front man in collaborative projects such as Burn Down All-Stars and The Hustle, Kuf recently set the tone for his solo career with his debut album Boombox Logic, a cohesive 14-track LP. The album, released under Drexel University’s Mad Dragon Records, features an impressive list of guest artists such as Sharon Little, G. Love, Doodlebug and more.  Boombox Logic exploded throughout the sound waves this past October earning great reviews and spots in 2010 top album categories.  Kuf also volunteers his time for WXPN’s Musicians On Call program, bringing live music to the bedsides of patients through weekly programs at six area hospitals. Find Kuf Knotz online at &

Joy Keys chats with Author and Filmmaker Nelson George

Oct 30, 2011 00:32:00


Nelson Georgeis one of the first writers to document hip hop culture and is the author of several award-winning books on the subject, including Hip Hop America and The Death of Rhythm & Blues; he also coauthored (with Simmons) Russell Simmons’s autobiography Life and Def. He directed Queen Latifah in the HBO film Life Support, and is an executive producer of VH1’s long-running Hip Hop Honors broadcast. Website: His latest book, The Plot Against Hip Hop, is a noir novel set in the world of hip hop culture. The stabbing murder of esteemed music critic Dwayne Robinson in a Soho office building is dismissed by the NYPD as a gang initiation. But his old friend, bodyguard/ security expert D Hunter, suspects there’s much more to his death. An old cassette tape, the theft of a manuscript Robinson was working on, and some veiled threats suggest there are larger forces at work.

Down Syndrome Awareness Month with Joy Keys

Oct 23, 2011 00:27:00


Special guest: Julie Cevallos, VP of Marketing for the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS).She is the new Vice President of Marketing, most recently from Brooks Brothers. Her background is in all aspects of marketing, including direct mail, social media, and online marketing. Julie is a parent of a 2-year old daughter, Nina, who has Down syndrome, and also has 6-year old son, Alec. Click here to read her story about Nina as featured in the NDSS My Great Story campaign. Special Guest: Dr. Brian Skotko, Medical Advisor to the NDSS. He is a clinical fellow in genetics at Children's Hospital Boston, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham & Women's Hospital, and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He is a graduate of Duke University, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard Kennedy School, He has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The L.A. Times, NPR’s "On Point," and ABC’s "Good Morning America." , The mission of the National Down Syndrome Society is to be the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

Joy Keys chats with Cuban Jazz Pianist Elio Villafranca

Oct 23, 2011 00:33:00


Born in the Pinar del Río province of Western Cuba, Steinway Artist pianist and composer Elio Villafranca was classically trained in percussion and composition at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Cuba. Since his arrival in the U.S. in late 1995, he has been involved in jazz and Latin jazz scenes on both the East and West Coasts. Based in New York City, he is resident professor at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. In the 2010 Grammy Awards he was nominated in Best Latin Jazz Album of the Year, for his performance, composition and coproduction in the album ThingsI Wanted To Do by Chembo Corniel. Villafranca was also pianist in the CD La Guerra No by John Santos Y El Coro Folklorico Kindembo, which was nominated in the 2010 Grammy Awards as Best Traditional World Music Album. As a bandleader, he has released three albums, 2 CDs and one Vinyl. His most recent recording and first LP with title “Dynamic Resolution, was released February 26th, 2011. The Source in Between, 2007, remained in the top 10 of the JazzWeek World Top 50 Chart for eleven weeks, and his first album, Incantations/Encantaciones, was ranked amongst the 50 best jazz albums of the year by JazzTimes magazine in 2003. This year, Villafranca is releasing a new recording called Dos y Mas. This album is a duo collaboration with master percussionist from Cuba Arturo Stable. AND In October, Villafranca will return to the studio to record his new quintet The Jass Syncopators, after it premier presentation at Dizzy’s Jazz Club Coca Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center. website:

Joy Keys chats with 4x Grammy nominated Singer Ledisi

Oct 13, 2011 00:29:00


Ledisi Young (her given name meaning "to bring forth" in Nigerian) was born in the Big Easy, where she sang with the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra when she was eight years old and spent many adolescent hours watching her mother perform with a local R&B band, often in a nearby park. After the family relocated to Oakland, CA, Ledisi followed her mother's lead and sang in a local band, but left to form her own group and identity. She became widely noted for her performances in Beach Blanket Babylon, a long-running San Francisco-based cabaret featuring song parodies, celebrity impersonations, and enormous hats; she got the gig after being nominated for a Shellie Award in 1990 for her role as Dorothy in a local version of The Wiz. She later formed Anibade (Ledisi's middle name), which depending on what you read means "to bring forth luck" or "my mother is great" in Yoruba. In 2000, Ledisi released her first album, entitled Soulsinger: The Revival. Ledisi and her group toured in 2001, performing various shows. In 2002, Ledisi released her second album, Feeling Orange but Sometimes Blue. The album won her an award for "Outstanding Jazz Album" at the California Music Awards. In 2007, Ledisi signed a major record deal with Verve Forecast and released her third album in August of that year, entitled Lost & Found, which sold almost 217,000 copies and earned her two Grammy nominations, including one for Best New Artist. In 2008, Ledisi released her Christmas album, It's Christmas. In 2009, Ledisi released her fourth album Turn Me Loose, which earned her 2 Grammy nominations. Her latest album is ‘Pieces of Me’. Check out

Joy Keys chats with Musician Esperanza Spalding

Oct 11, 2011 00:20:00


Spalding’s journey as a solo artist began with the May 2008 release of Esperanza, which went on to become the best selling album by a new jazz artist internationally in 2008 and was also critically acclaimed. During 2009, Esperanza toured extensively in the USA and Europe, was booked for a number of talk shows and the year was capped by an invitation from President Obama to perform at both the Nobel Prize Ceremony in Oslo, Norway and also at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert. If Esperanza marked a brilliant beginning for this gifted young artist, then Spalding’s latest release, Chamber Music Society, sets her on an upward trajectory to prominence. Inspired by the classical training of her younger years, Spalding has created a modern chamber music group that combines the spontaneity and intrigue of improvisation with sweet and angular string trio arrangements. The result is a sound that weaves the innovative elements of jazz, folk and world music into the enduring foundations of classical chamber music traditions. On Februrary 13th 2011 in Los Angeles, Esperanza received one of the music industry’s most prestigious prizes, the Grammy for Best New Artist.  After her Spring European tour, Esperanza will return to the studio where she will continue recording her next album, Radio Music Society. Little Fly music video:

Life as a Vegetarian and Vegan

Oct 9, 2011 00:29:00


Special Guest: Tracye Lynn McQuirter, MPH, is a speaker, author, and 20-year vegan who helps people achieve extraordinary health through better food choices. She directed the nation’s first federally funded began nutrition program and worked on legislation to improve federal nutrition guidelines. McQuirter has been featured in the Washington Post, Ebony and Essence and has been a guest on NPR, Fox 5 (Washington, D.C.) and NBC 4 (Washington, D.C.), among many others. She was a contributing writer for Heart & Soul magazine and a nutrition consultant for the Black Women’s Health Imperative. McQuirter is a graduate of Amherst College and New York University, where she received her master’s of public health nutrition. By Any Greens Necessary: A Revolutionary Guide for Black Women Who Want to Eat Great, Get Healthy, Lose Weight, and Look Phat , is an inspirational and honest guide that will change women’s perspectives on their food, bodies and lives. Special Guest: Len Torine, Executive Director of the American Vegetarian Association.Len created, and was consultant to many natural foods restaurants in the New York metro area, including: 'Veggies', 'The Celery Bunch', and 'The Slimmery'. His book, "Light Cuisine" sold almost 1 million copies.Len went on to open his own franchised chain of health-conscious restaurants, The Diet Gourmet Shoppes. The concept was featured on CNN and  the Regis Philbin Show. Len was chosen to be a participating member of Project Lean, funded by the Kaiser Foundation. In 1994 Len co-founded VeggieLand, a strictly vegetarian manufacturer in Parsippany, N.J.

Joy Keys chats with Singer Y'Akoto

Oct 9, 2011 00:31:00


Special guest: Ghanaian German Singer Jennifer Yaa Akoto chatting about her new album 'Baby Blues'. Her debut album, ‘Babyblues’ is a splendid collection of songs full of meaning and depth which Y’akoto wrote herself in the course of the past two years in close collaboration with Mocky, Haze and the Kahedi production team (Max Herre, Samon Kawamura and Roberto Di Gioia).“A number of songs on the album such as ‘Good Better Best’ or ‘Moving’ have a very strong Afro feel to them, but for me, they are, above all, folk music, because I want to address people at a very personal level. The songs deal primarily with real life, with the things that happen to each and every one of us every day of our lives; stories that everyone has experienced and can empathize with.”   With her songs, Y’akoto follows in the footsteps of such luminaries as Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Erykah Badu as she manages effortlessly to encapsulate grandly intense feeling in exquisite narrative vignettes, moving miniatures in which the concerns of a single individual become the concerns of many. And yet, Y’akoto is simply on a hegira of soul-searching.       Website:   FACEBOOK:   TAMBA video:

Joy Keys chats with Actor and Filmmaker Robert X. Golphin

Oct 2, 2011 00:36:00


ROBERT X. GOLPHIN  Often referred to as "The Renaissance Man", Robert X. Golphin has not even scratched the surface of his potential.  Robert holds a B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) in Theater and Film.. He is an award-nominated actor best known for his role as "Dunbar Reed" in Denzel Washington's "The Great Debaters" and as "Son" in the multiple award-winning "Punch Me".  As an over 21 time award-winning or nominated filmmaker/screenwriter, Robert has brought many projects to the screen including most recently, the award-winning short subjects, "Punch Me", "Inside of Me", "Un-Perfect" and "Beautiful Man In The Buff", just to name a few.  Robert launched his own production company, Brotherside Entertainment, LLC in 2010. He will sneak preview his latest directorial effort, "I AM MAN" on the internet for one day only in late September. He is also the author of the novel, "Abandoning Adam: Confessions of an HBCU Scholar", available through thousands of retailers nationwide.  Website:www.RobertXGolphin.Com  TBD

Joy Keys chats with Miss Universe Leila Lopes

Sep 30, 2011 00:22:00


Leila Lopes, 25 years old, was born to Cape Verdean immigrants in Angola's central Benguela province. Before being crowned Miss Universe 2011, Lopes attended school for business management in Great Britain. In her country’s national beauty pageant, Miss Angola, Lopes obtained the Photogenic Award as well as winner of the title, gaining the right to represent Angola in the 2011 Miss Universe pageant. In her new role, Lopes’s main focus is helping her native Angola further escape a history of war and impoverishment and combating HIV around the globe.

Joy Keys chats with Musician Frederic Yonnet

Sep 19, 2011 00:33:00


Born in Normandy, France, to a Parisian father and French Guyanese Creole mother, Yonnet lived in and around Paris most of his life. As a child, he and his dad performed comedy in theaters throughout France. After a short stint as a drummer, Yonnet revisited an instrument he’d received as a child: the harmonica. His impressive style has led to performances, tours and recordings with some of the heaviest hitters in the business including the legendary Stevie Wonder, music icon Prince, award-winning songwriter David Foster, game-changing instrumentalist Kenny G, American Idol’s Randy Jackson, and R&B artists Erykah Badu, the Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber, Indie.Arie, and John Legend. Rolling Stone magazine referred to Yonnet as “Prince’s killer harmonica player” and praise from comedian Dave Chappelle, contemporary jazzman Bob James, songstress Patti Austin and producer Pharrell Williams have affirmed his mission to change the way the music industry, musicians and enthusiasts regard the pocketsize reed instrument. These days, the U.S.-based Yonnet travels with pedal boards, mixers, amps, microphones and more than 50 diatonic harmonicas. “I’m pretty intense on the harmonica and I like to have the ‘sharpest ax’ at all times.” And he’s not afraid to wield it. There aren’t many musicians who would go tête-à-tête with Stevie Wonder on the harmonica, but Yonnet has proved himself more than capable.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month with Joy Keys

Sep 18, 2011 00:33:00


Special Guest: Award-winning personality, Sharon K. McGhee, born in St. Louis, is the news director for WVON Radio. McGhee decided to explore the topics of sexuality and responsibility in our community so she authored, The PocketBook Monologues. The term ‘pocketbook’ was used by many older African-American women when they described the triangle that separates their thighs. The Pocketbook Monologues, featured talented actresses: Kim Coles, Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, Essence Atkins and Ella Joyce, just to name a few. Sharon K. McGheehas battled ovarian cancer for nearly three years and has decided to turn her life-changing diagnosis into an educational stage production about universal themes that cancer patients face: chemo, radiation, depression, addiction to prescription drugs, body image, new intimacy, and putting God first. A funny thing happened on the way to chemo and through humor, McGhee shares her journey with ovarian cancer and the journey of other cancer patients in her new venture, The Cancer Monologues. SPECIAL GUEST:  Dr. Matthew Powell, a member of the Foundation for Women's Cancer Board of Directors and a gynecologic oncologist at Washington University, will be on the podcast. Check out their  National Race to End Women’s Cancer to be held in Washington, DC on November 6, 2011.  For more information about the race and registration go to.    

The State of Young Black Women with Joy Keys

Sep 18, 2011 00:48:00


SPECIAL GUEST: Author Sophia Nelson, Black Women Redefined, SPECIAL GUEST: Salamishah Tillet, A Long Walk Home organization. SPECIAL GUEST: Sherrell Dixson, youth leader for Start Strong Los Angeles chapter . SPECIAL GUEST:Josephine Bradley, P.D.,Clark Atlanta University.   ------------------------- Where are young black women? School? Jail? Pregnant? Careers? Relationships? How is their health?HIV, Diabetes, Obesity, Depression What are their dreams?

The State of Young Black Men with Joy Keys

Sep 11, 2011 00:45:00


SPECIAL GUESTS: Thabiti Lewis, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English at Washington State University Vancouver Andraé Brown, Ph.D., Assistant professor at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling Chad Dion Lassiter, MSW, President of the Black Men at Penn, will be on the podcast. Derrick Darby, Ph.D., Dept of Philosophy at University of Kansas. -------------------------------- Where are the Young Black Men? Jail? College? Employed or unemployed? What are their concerns? How is their Health? Their intimate relationships? Their Finances? Where are the Young Black Men?

Joy Keys chats with Author Lawrence Hill

Sep 11, 2011 00:33:00


Lawrence Hill's third novel was published as The Book of Negroes in Canada and the UK, and as Someone Knows My Name in the USA, Australiaand New Zealand. It won the overall Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, the Ontario Library Association's Evergreen Award and CBC Radio's Canada Reads. The book was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright LEGACY Award and longlisted for both the Giller Prize and the IMPAC Award. Hill is also the author of the novels Any Known Blood (William Morrow, New York, 1999 and HarperCollins Canada, 1997) and Some Great Thing (HarperCollins 2009, originally published by Turnstone Press, Winnipeg, 1992). Hill's most recently published fiction is the short story 'Meet You at the Door', which appeared in the January-February, 2011 issue of The Walrus magazine.   Hill's most recent non-fiction book The Deserter's Tale: the Story of an Ordinary Soldier Who Walked Away from the War in Iraq (written with Joshua Key) was released in the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and several European countries.   In 2010, Hill received honorary doctorates from the University of Toronto and Wilfrid Laurier University, the Bob Edwards Award from the Alberta Theatre Projects, and was named Author of the Year by Go On Girl, the largest African-American women's book club in the United States.  

Joy Keys chats with Moroccan Singer Oum

Sep 4, 2011 00:31:00


Oum EL Ghait is the first name that Morocco's Saharian nomads would want to give to girls born on a rainy day, thinking it's the luck of the new born that brings with it the water, the relief, or deliverance; where the meaning of the name, which literally means "Mother of relief " OUM, was born in Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco, and grew up in the city of Marrakech. She takes her name from her paternal grandmother: Lalla Oum el Ghait Bent Bella. OUM is an eclectic feminine vocalist who dare to play soul music mixed with her natural influences, as the Hassany poetry (culture of the Moroccan desert) and african rythmes that she consideres as the roots of soul, gospel and jazz music. Malouma Mint El Maidah, Ella Fitzgerald, Miriam Makeba, Billie Holliday, Dimi Mint Abba, Aretha Franklin and Eryka Badu are her vocalists of reference. Her first album LIK'OUM was presented in Casablanca in May 2009. She's considered one of the vocalists with most future on the feminin Moroccan scene. Since september 2010 she started working on her second album "SWEERTY". "WHOWA" first single of this second opus was released with a video clip in January 2010. A second single HARGUIN is released in july 2011, in collaboration with ghanéan-american artist BLITZ the AMBASSADOR, talking about illegal immigration in Africa. The new album SWEERTY is coming up in September 2011.   WEBSITE:

Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, FORBES' Young Power Women

Sep 4, 2011 00:26:00


Forbes Magazine, the largest and most influential business publication  in the world has named  soleRebels founder Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu to its recently published  list  20 Youngest Power Women In Africa List . Tilahun Alemu was recently named the ‘African Businesswoman of the Year’ by African Business Magazine, a leading pan African business magazine. She is the founder of soleRebels the footwear brand recently hailed as  “the Nike of Africa”  and Africa’s fastest growing footwear brand.    She was also named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum earlier this year.  CNN profiled soleRebels and its founder Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu in a 30 minute special  titled Ethiopian footwear fashionista starts a green shoe revolution !   And soleRebels was featured on BBC Worldwide until mid 2011 in An African Journey with Jonathan Dimbleby.   In May 2011 Bethlehem was invited by the World Bank Managing Director Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala  to address  the World Bank/UN LDC trade enhancement policy formulation sessions in Istanbul,  marking the first time an African woman entrepreneur was invited to assist in  formulating global trade policy in this global forum.  website:

Joy Keys chats with Author Tina McElroy Ansa

Aug 28, 2011 00:38:00


Tina McElroy Ansa is a novelist,  publisher, filmmaker, teacher and journalist. But above all, she is a storyteller. Her fifth novel, TAKING AFTER MUDEAR, a sequel to her bestselling second novel  UGLY WAYS and the lead title on DownSouth Press’s first list, was published in Spring 2008.   Tina McElroy Ansa grew up in Middle Georgia in the 1950's hearing her grandfather's stories on the porch of her family home and strangers' stories downtown in her father's juke joint, which have inspired Mulberry, Georgia, the mythical world which is the setting of her four earlier novels, BABY OF THE FAMILY, UGLY WAYS, THE HAND I FAN WITH and YOU KNOW BETTER.   In March 2007, Ms. Ansa launched the independent publishing company, DownSouth Press, with its focus on African-American literature -- fiction and nonfiction. DownSouth will publish established as well as emerging literary voices. In the fall of 2011, she will be publishing THE BOOK OF EPHESUS, a first novel by  Tarshia Stanley, a scholar and the chair of Spelman College’s English Department.   In April 2011, Ms. Ansa received an honorary Doctorate of Arts from her alma mater Spelman College.   Currently, Ms. Ansa and her filmmaker husband Jonee’ Ansa (AFI) who live on St. Simons Island, GA,  also are adapting BABY OF THE FAMILY as a feature film.  For more information and to reach Ms. Ansa, go to   the websites:  Photo credit: Jonee' Ansa  

What is Psoriasis? with Joy Keys

Aug 28, 2011 00:31:00


August is Psoriasis Awareness Month. The National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is a non-profit, voluntary health agency dedicated to finding a cure for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and eliminating their devastating effects through research, advocacy and education. Founded in 1966, the Psoriasis Foundation has evolved to become the leading patient advocacy group for the 7.5 million Americans living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.   Special Guest: Krista Kellogg. She is the chair-elect of the National Psoriasis Foundation Board of Trustees. Special Guest: Dr. Jenny Murase, Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of San Francisco.

Joy Keys chats with Journalist Soledad O'Brien

Aug 27, 2011 00:23:00


Soledad O'Brien and Brad Raymond Foundation The stated goal of the Soledad O'Brien & Brad Raymond Foundation is to provide young women with a bridge between obstacles and opportunity, giving them the experiences, education and resources to overcome unexpected barriers to success. WEBSITE: TWITTER: @soledadfdn Soledad O'Brien is an anchor and special correspondent for CNN/U.S. She also covers political news as part of CNN's "Best Political Team on Television." O'Brien's most recent documentaries include; the Battle for Blair Mountain: Working in America, looks at the battle to continue mountaintop removal coal mining in West Virginia. Don't Fail Me: Education in America, a look at the crisis in public education where American kids are not learning the skills necessary to compete; Almighty Debt, a Black in America special that explores the role of the black church in helping African Americans survive the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. In 2009, Soledad reported for Latino in America, a wide-ranging look at Latinos living in this country; how they're reshaping America and how America is reshaping them. Prior, O'Brien reported for Black in America 2, a four-hour documentary focusing on successful community leaders who are improving the lives of African-Americans. In 2010 the National Association of Black Journalists named O'Brien the Journalist of the Year and Edward R Murrow Awards lauded her with the RTDNA/UNITY award for Latino in America. O'Brien was part of the coverage teams that earned CNN a George Foster Peabody award for its BP oil spill and Katrina coverage.

Joy Keys chats with Author Tamara Beauboeuf-Lafontant

Aug 14, 2011 00:31:00


Tamara Beauboeuf-Lafontant, associate professor of education studies and sociology at DePauw and chair of the University's education studies department, has authored Behind the Mask of the Strong Black Woman: Voice and the Embodiment of a Costly Performance. Published by Temple University Press, the new book "foregrounds the intersection of race and gender with fresh and thought-provoking insight," according to Publishers Weekly. A synopsis states, "The defining quality of black womanhood is strength, states Tamara Beauboeuf-Lafontant in Behind the Mask of the Strong Black Woman. But, she argues, the idea of strength undermines its real function: to defend and maintain a stratified social order by obscuring black women's experiences of suffering, acts of desperation, and anger. Interviews with 58 black women explore the restrictive myth of the 'Strong Black Woman.' In particular, Beauboeuf-Lafontant highlights the physical and emotional toll of this performance of invulnerability, which leaves many black women suffering from eating disorders and depression.   Drawing on black feminist scholarship, cultural studies, and voice-centered research, Behind the Mask of the Strong Black Woman traces the historical and social influences on normative black femininity. This provocative book lays bare the common perception that strength is an exemplary quality of 'authentic' black womanhood, maintaining that the expectation of strength creates a distraction from broader forces of discrimination and imbalances of power."  

Joy Keys chats with Actor Brian White

Aug 12, 2011 00:32:00


Brian White stars in Tyler Perry’s upcoming new romantic drama “Good Deeds” for Lionsgate and 34th Street Films. White will take on the role of Tyler Perry’s(Glen Deeds) brother, Walter Deeds.Thandie Newton, Gabrielle Union and Phylicia Rashad also star in the film. White will also reprise the role of Marcus when the TNT hit Emmy-award nominated drama series “Men of A Certain Age” returns with all new episodes to complete it’s second season in Summer 2011.   In 2011, White stars opposite Academy-award nominee Richard Jenkins and Emmy-award winner Bradley Whitford in the Joss Whedon/Drew Goddard horror film “The Cabin in the Woods” (MGM).   Also, in 2011, White starred in David E. Talbert’s stage show “What My Husband Doesn’t Know” alongside Michelle Williams, Ann Nesby, Clifton Davis and Morris Chestnut in which he played Paul, a handsome man who tempts the beautiful Lena Summer (Williams).   In 2009, White starred in Tyler Perry's “I Can Do Bad All by Myself” (Lionsgate) opposite Taraji P. Henson. He also appeared opposite Channing Tatum and Terrance Howard in “Fighting” (Rogue Pictures) and alongside World Wrestling Entertainment superstar John Cena in the film “12 Rounds” (Fox Atomic ).    He also has a philanthropic side to him and has co-founded a multitude of different ventures including: Black Carpenter ( which is a multi-platform youth empowerment brand that includes a book, feature documentary and speaking tour designed to create a “tool box” that represents the essential life skills for building a successful next generation.

Joy Keys chats with Author Abdulrazak Gurnah

Aug 7, 2011 00:28:00


Novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah was born in 1948 on the island of Zanzibar off the coast of East Africa. He came to Britain as a student in 1968 and now teaches literature at the University of Kent. He is associate editor of the journal Wasafiri. His first three novels, Memory of Departure (1987), Pilgrims Way (1988) and Dottie (1990), document the immigrant experience in contemporary Britain from different perspectives. His fourth novel, Paradise (1994), is set in colonial East Africa during the First World War and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction. Admiring Silence (1996) tells the story of a young man who leaves Zanzibar and emigrates to England where he marries and becomes a teacher. A return visit to his native country 20 years later profoundly affects his attitude towards both himself and his marriage. By the Sea (2001), is narrated by Saleh Omar, an elderly asylum-seeker living in an English seaside town. In 2007 he edited The Cambridge Companion to Salman Rushdie. His novel Desertion (2005)was shortlisted for a 2006 Commonwealth Writers Prize. His latest novel is The Last Gift (2011).   The Last Gift: One day, long before the troubles, he slipped away without saying a word to anyone and never went back. And then another day, forty three years later, he collapsed just inside the front door of his house in a small English town. It was late in the day when it happened, on his way home after work, but it was also late in the day altogether. He had left things for too long and there was no one to blame for it but himself.

Joy Keys chats with Singer Tinashe

Aug 7, 2011 00:32:00


Born in Zimbabwe 25 years ago, Tinashé is a prodigious pop talent whose accessible guitar and keys driven future classics take gleeful inspiration from everyone from Arctic Monkeys and the Bloc Party to Jack Penate, Jamie T, Paul Simon and original afro-beat sounds.  Filtering his own life experience into supremely addictive chart-friendly tuneage, Tinashé exacts a lightness of touch that means the results are always euphoric and life-affirming. Take the strutting guitars and elegant strings on the delirious new single also called ‘Saved’, which was written after Tinashé was accosted by a particularly forthright tramp who thought he was an angel.   He wrote and produced his debut album, with assistance from engineer Cenzo Townshend (Bloc Party, Late Of The Pier, Florence and the Machine). Front and centre is Tinashé’s signature vocal, instantly recognisable and easily sliding from giddy and urgent, as on the yearning love song ‘If You Say So’, to lived-in and careworn, especially on the end-of-his-tether ballad ‘Decency’.  Tinashé has more than proved his talent as a live performer, with a host of thrillingly addictive shows, supporting the likes of Ellie Goulding, I Blame Coco, Marina & the Diamonds and Kate Nash and her new riot grrrl band The Receeders.  

Joy Keys chats with Actor and Deaf Advocate John Autry II

Jul 31, 2011 00:03:00


Joinme on TWITTER for a chat with John..Use @ joykeys and @johnautryii  or hashtag #SMJK To meet John today, you would never guess that he was once described as shy. His outgoing personality makes him a true people magnet, and his childhood dream of becoming an actor is coming true.  In the summer of 2007, John was filmed in a starring dramatic role for his first television pilot “Katrina”. His television pilot is still awaiting pickup from Nickelodeon. In mid 2009, John met casting director Robert Ulrich and team when he first went on an audition for “Glee”. He was so excited to be there. John had to learn how to sign the Beatles’ song “Imagine”. Robert encouraged him to try it different ways. Robert was kind, patient and supportive. It was two weeks later, John remembered sitting on the front porch, his father came out with a big smile on his face and said, “you got the part!” He was so happy when he got the part. When he went to the set of “Glee” and met all cast members, it was so cool. In the winter of 2009, John appeared on “Til Death” after Brad Garrett and his production team saw him on “Glee” and thought John was very talented. Brad wanted him to play the short part on his show. In January 2011, he went on an audition for the new TV show called “No Ordinary Family” and got the part. He portrayed Jasper Woods. John met James Bland, who is a co-president of Home Team Entertainment. James put him on his web show “FAIL”. John continues to be on the web show.   John’s acting reel:

Joy Keys chats with Singer/Poet/Activist Iyeoka

Jul 31, 2011 00:31:00


Iyeoka Ivie Okoawo is a Poet and Recording Artist, a 2010 TED Global Fellow, the 2nd place 2009 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion, and a spokesperson for the Amenawon Foundation. Daughter of Nigerian-born parents who both hold Doctorate degrees from Boston University, Iyeoka was a practicing pharmacist before launching her career as a poet, singer, activist and educator. In her native Esan language, Iyeoka means “I want to be respected.” By channeling her culture and ancestral influences, she delivers an authentic and inspiring message of healing through accessing the power of the moment. In November of 2010, Iyeoka released her new album, SAY YES, containing nine songs and two poems, through the Underground Sun artist development company. It is the first “Evolving Album(tm)” where purchasers will receive added content for free as the album evolves. Even before the album’s release, the first song “The Yellow Brick Road Song” was featured in an episode of the new hit HBO series “How To Make It In America” and is now the official theme song of the USA Network’s show “Fairly Legal.”

Joy Keys chats with Author/Journalist Ellis Cose

Jul 17, 2011 00:40:00


Ellis Cose has been a longtime columnist and contributing editor for Newsweek magazine, and is the former chairman of the editorial board of the New York Daily News. He began his journalism career as a weekly columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and has been a contributor and press critic for Time magazine, president and chief executive officer of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, and chief writer on management and workplace issues for USA Today. Cose has appeared on the Today show, Nightline, Dateline, ABC World News, Good Morning America, the PBS “Time to Choose” election special, Charlie Rose, CNN’s Talk Back Live, and a variety of other nationally televised and local programs.   He has received fellowships or individual grants from the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, among others, and has won numerous journalism awards including four National Association of Black Journalists first-place awards.  Cose is the author of Bone to Pick, The Envy of the World, the bestselling The Rage of a Privileged Class, and several other books.

Joy Keys chats with Boxer/Model Ngo Okafor

Jul 17, 2011 00:33:00


Ngo is the poster boy for the American success story. Born in Framingham, Massachusetts and raised in Nigeria, Africa, Ngo is on track to becoming one of the most sought after celebrities of our time. Ngo is a talented actor, model and successful businessman. Ngo began his studies at the University of Connecticut and then went on to study acting at the Lee Strassberg Theater Institute in New York City. His website WWW.GETINGO.COM offers everything from engaging photo spreads, video clips, health/fitness advice and helpful tips for young people looking to get started in the modeling and acting business. The fan base for GETINGO.COM continues to grow in leaps and bounds and is on track to becoming a phenomenon.  Ngo continues to blaze trails. One of his major campaigns was with none other than the Queen of Hip-Hop soul Mary J. Blige and rapper Lil' Kim for MAC cosmetics. Since then, Ngo's work has been featured in several magazines such as Vogue, W, Vibe, Men's Health, ESPN The Magazine, Fortune and many more. Ngo's work as an actor has been featured on HBO, CBS and NBC. He has also worked on several TV commercials, TV shows, Indie and feature films. While continuing to build the brand that is NGO, he has successfully produced two bestselling calendars. Audiences nationwide continue to be captivated with Ngo as he makes stops in several cities as part of his INTERNATIONAL CALENDAR TOUR

Joy Keys chats with Singer TashaTaylor

Jul 14, 2011 00:31:00


Tasha Taylor, the youngest daughter of pioneering R&B artist, Johnnie Taylor is having a breakout year with the release of her first solo CD, TAYLORMADE. And the magic will continue, when Tasha makes her Broadway debut, creating the role of Margie Hendrix in “Unchain My Heart,” the upcoming new musical based on the life and music of Ray Charles. An entertainment triple threat, Tasha is a multi-talented musician, actor and performer. As a musician she is the complete package, an accomplished singer, songwriter, musician and now, producer of TAYLORMADE. Tasha began traveling with her family on tour as a child and was constantly surrounded by music legends. She has been busy as a featured guest on acclaimed network fare such as “House,” and “Ugly Betty,” and in indie films, “Dimples” and the just released “Heaven Ain’t Hard to Find.” As a composer, her original music has been featured on “Men In Trees” and “Lipstick Jungle.” She has shared the bill with rhythm, blues and soul icons such as Aretha Franklin, Allen Toussaint, Taj Mahal, Carla Thomas, Susan Tedeschi and Buckwheat Zydeco, and Voice of the Wetlands—Tab Benoit and Donald Harrison. She also performs regularly with Jim Belushi and Dan Aykroyd in their Blues Brothers engagements and on the road with Jack Mack and The Heart Attack. This year Tasha hooked up with producers Stuart Benjamin ("Ray"), and Noisy Neighbors' Rob Arbittier and Gary Adante (Songs In The Key of Life), and headed for the recording studio to cut a new soul album in loving memory of her dad who passed away in 2000.

Joy Keys chats with Singer Avery Sunshine

Jul 10, 2011 00:32:00


Like the blazin’ ball of cosmic energy at the center of the universe, songstress/pianist/composer Avery*Sunshine bursts onto the scene with the release of her self-titled debut project (June, 2010). Avery*Sunshine got her start singing at church and playing piano in her hometown of Chester, PA. A graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, GA.   She has opened for noted jazz vocalist/pianist Rachelle Ferrell and sultry “Soulsinger” Ledisi; has done background work for gospel icon Karen Clark-Sheard; and has performed with popular industry figures Michael Bublé, David Forster and Anthony Hamilton.   Avery*Sunshine returns with the release of her 13-track debut CD. The project is an amalgamation of jazz, gospel and soul, and features legendary vibraphonist and funk-soul jazz composer Roy Ayers; Grammy Award-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride; and her talented lyricist/guitarist/producer and musical partner Dana Johnson.   Avery*Sunshine was chosen as iTunes 2010 BEST and featured among “What We’re Listening To” on the iTunes homepage. She’s been recognized as the SoulTracks 2010 Reader’s Choice Best New Artist and was featured as one of JET Magazine’s Top 5 Rising Indie Artists. The CD was listed as a 2010 Album of the Year in Atlanta’s Creative Loafing, and has received countless glowing reviews from such notable publications/media outlets as The Washington Post, USA Today, Heart&Soul magazine, and Rolling  

Hands on the Freedom Plow with Judy Richardson and Joy Keys

Jul 10, 2011 00:32:00


JUDY RICHARDSONwas on SNCC staff from 1963 to 1966: in Maryland; Mississippi, during 1964 Freedom Summer; and in Georgia and Alabama. She ran the office for Julian Bond’s successful first campaign for the Georgia legislature; co-founded Drum & Spear Bookstore in D.C., the country's largest African American bookstore; and was Director of Information for the United Church of Christ Commission for Racial Justice.   Her experiences in the Movement influenced the rest of her life. She worked on Blackside’s fourteen-hour PBS series Eyes on the Prize and was its education director. She also co-produced Blackside’s Malcolm X: Make It Plain.  As a Senior Producer with Northern Light Productionsshe produced African American historical documentaries for broadcast and museum, including all the videos for the National Park Service’s “Little Rock Nine” historic site and, most recently, PBS’s Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre, 1968. She has worked for numerous social justice organizations and writes, lectures, and conducts teacher workshops on the Civil Rights Movement.   She co-edited Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC, with 5 other female SNCC staffers.  Published by University of Illinois Press, the anthology includes the memoirs of 52 courageous women on the front lines of the 1960’s Southern Civil Rights Movement.

Joy Keys chats with Filmmaker Angela Webb and Radmilla Cody

Jul 4, 2011 00:34:00


Angela Webb is an independent filmmaker based in Los Angeles.  Webb was born in Washington DC and grew up in Atlanta, GA.  Her interest in documentary was sparked when she met the world while working in Europe, and traveling to Africa, Asia and South America during her college years.  She began making audio recordings during her travels and combining them with photographs and other collected media. Webb began her first documentary feature Hearing Radmilla without formal training,  while working as a producer and a youth media educator in New York City.  She then constructed the film while completing an MFA in Film/Video at California Institute of the Arts.Angela Webb is currently working, traveling with Hearing Radmilla and developing new project ideas. With an angelic voice of bluebirds singing, Radmilla Cody, traditional Navajo recording artist, Indie Award Winner, multiple Native American Award Nominee and international performer. Miss Cody is of the Tla’a’schi’i’(Red-Ochre-on-Cheek) clan and is born for the African-Americans. Radmilla is the 46th Miss Navajo Nation from 1997-98. A survivor of domestic violence, Radmilla uses her personal experiences to advocate strongly against the epidemic of violence. Hearing Radmilla: Miss Navajo Nation 1997-1998, the radiant Radmilla Cody tells her story. The film follows Radmilla through her controversial reign as the first biracial Miss Navajo and her burgeoning singing career.  Trailer for film:

Praise is the Cure -Breast Cancer Prevention

Jul 3, 2011 00:25:00


Special Guest: Anita T. Conner is the founder, President and CEO of Anita T. Conner & Associates, P.C. a full service Certified Public Accounting and Financial Services firm. Anita attended Drexel University, where she earned an accounting degree with honors.  She continued her education at the Philadelphia University, earning a Master’s Degree in Taxation, also with honors.She is the Founder and Chairman of the George E. Thorne Development Center, (GETDC) a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. In a documentary titled “Faith Based Entrepreneurship…The Anita T. Conner Story” released in 2005, Anita shares her life challenges, triumphs and the lessons she learned on teen parenting, the untimely death of her father, her advancement on the fast track in corporate America despite racism, entrepreneurship in a profession dominated by white men, and overcoming advanced stage breast cancer.   Special Guest: Kerri Conner Matchett, CPA is a partner at Anita T. Conner and Associates P.C., Certified Public Accountants and Financial Services / The Tax Divas.  She holds a B.A. in accounting from Howard University and has successfully completed all parts of the Uniform Certified Public Accounting Examination. She co-founded the program, Praise Is The Cure (PITC), an initiative of GETDC, whose mission is to motivate, educate and encourage African women to get breast health screenings and treatments and to celebrate breast cancer survivors. She received the Susan G. Komen – Philadelphia Affiliate, “Breast Cancer Survivor of the Year” award. Kerri authored her first book in 2010, titled “My Mommy Has Breast Cancer, But She Is Ok”.  Her hopes are that this book will inspire women with breast cancer and other adults to have conversations with young children about the journey to recovery.  

Joy Keys chats with Singer Justin Garner

Jul 3, 2011 00:29:00


Justin Garner’s album debuted at #29 on the iTunes Japan R&B/Soul charts. An accomplishment worth celebrating as this is Justin's first album released exclusively in Japan. With buzz growing overseas and an established fan base in the United States, this independent pop R&B artist is poised for greatness.   From the small town of Plaquemine, Louisiana, Justin is no stranger to hard work and adversity. At a very young age he dealt with the tragedy of losing his father, also a musician. Several years later, as if to follow in his father’s footsteps, Justin discovered that he too had the gift of music in the form of song.   This singer, songwriter and scholar (a graduate of Southern University with a degree in Marketing) began sharing his talents with the world through a series of covers, re-writes, and remixes of chart toppers  Rihanna, Britney Spears, and more. He has opened for musical acts Trey Songz, Monica, Fantasia, Keri Hilson, and more.   In April of 2010 the digital EP entitled “Sound of My Heart” was released, which featured 6 original tracks showcasing Justin's writing and vocal talents. This was followed by a MySpace feature in April of the same year for his record, "Criminal.".   On the heels of his May 2011 debut album release in Japan, Justin has already began working hard on his next international album, "Take It from Here" slated for release in July 2011. The soon to be released lead single "Paper Heart" will talk of being recklessly in love, despite dealing with heartbreak from a lover. "Drummer" will serve as the pop international single, a dance pop and R&B hybrid track that pairs Justin's vocals with pulsating kicks and synth.

Joy Keys chats with Author Tayari Jones

Jun 26, 2011 00:29:00


Her first novel, Leaving Atlanta, is a coming of age story set during the city’s infamous child murders of 1979-81. Jones herself was in the fifth grade when thirty African American children were murdered from the neighborhoods near her home and school.  Leaving Atlanta received many awards and accolades including the Hurston/Wright Award for Debut Fiction. It was named “Novel of the Year” by Atlanta Magazine, “Best Southern Novel of the Year,” by Creative Loafing Atlanta. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Washington Post both listed it as one of the best of 2002. She has received fellowships from organizations including Illinois Arts Council, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, The Corporation of Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, Arizona Commission on the Arts and Le Chateau de Lavigny.  Her second novel, The Untelling, published in 2005, is the story of a family struggling to overcome the aftermath of a fatal car accident.  Upon the publication of The Untelling, Essence magazine called Jones, "a writer to watch." In 2005, The Southern Regional council and the University of Georgia Libraries awarded The Untelling with the Lillian C. Smith Award for New Voices. Tayari Jones is a graduate of Spelman College, The University of Iowa, and Arizona State University. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in the MFA program at Rutgers-Newark University. Silver Sparrow is her third novel. Set in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s, the novel revolves around James Witherspoon’s two families—the public one and the secret one.

Men's Health Month

Jun 26, 2011 00:32:00


Dr. Leroi Hicks is an Associate Professor in Medicine in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a Lecturer in Health Care Policy at the Harvard Medical School.  His research has been related to three areas:  (1) The effects of patients’ racial and cultural background on the treatment and clinical outcomes of chronic disease; (2) the development and assessment of interventions aimed at improving quality of medical care and the reduction of disparities in care; and (3) community-based participatory research to identify and address healthcare disparities. In addition to his research roles, Dr. Hicks is co-Director of the Health Disparities Program and research faculty to the Community Health Innovation and Research Program for the Harvard Catalyst. Dr. Hicks received his M.D. from Indiana University and completed his M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health.   Theresa S. Morrow is the Director of Marketing and External Relations for Men’s Health Network (MHN) located in Washington, DC.  MHN is a nonprofit, educational health organization dedicated to improving the health and well being of men and their families.  Through her work at Men’s Health Network, Theresa has co-founded the newly formed, Women Against Prostate Cancer (WAPC), a national organization working to unite the voices and provide support for the millions of women affected by prostate cancer and their families. She has successfully organized concerned women advocates from across the country around the importance of prostate cancer efforts and lead efforts around the First Annual WAPC Advocacy Day in July 2010. 

Joy Keys chats with Actress and Filmmaker Tanya Wright

Jun 19, 2011 00:25:00


Wright's script, “A Turn to Grace,” was a semi-finalist in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' annual Nicholl's Screenwriting Competition. Likewise, the Mark Taper Forum's Blacksmyth's Playwriting Program accepted and performed her “Prelude to a Revolution.” Tanya recently wrote and produced a series of Shakespearean-themed AIDS Public Service Announcement starring several African-American actors, including Oscar- nominated Taraji P. Henson. Wright is the writer/creator of several screenplays, television pilots, a soap opera, a web- based series and a reality show. Butterfly Rising: When her brother dies, singer Lilah Belle sets out to escape her grief and embarks on a road trip, but not before coaxing the new-to-town, most scandalous woman in Artesia—Rose Johnson—to go with her. These two broken souls steal a vintage truck and head out on the open road to a fated encounter with the mythical, magical ‘Lazarus of the Butterflies.' What occurs with the strange Butterfly Man transforms their destinies and binds the women together—forever…

Joy Keys chats with Fitness Guru Carol Dunlop about Strokes

Jun 6, 2011 00:32:00


Carol Dunlop, founder of Optimum Body Sculpting, is a dynamic fitness professional whose talent and innovative style has inspired many individuals to lead a healthy, fit lifestyle.  Carol started her body sculpting business to help women create the body they yearned for by developing individualized training programs and encouraging good nutrition habits. Carol uses her passion for fitness to motivate her clients to accomplish their fitness goals and maintain a positive self image. She works with her clients to help them achieve and maintain the healthy lifestyle they always knew they could have.  She obtained her extensive knowledge of weight loss and weight management strategies while in management positions at The Weight Loss Clinics of America and Mademoiselle Fitness Centers. Carol is a passionate entrepreneur, speaker, motivator and consultant. She is also the founder of “Shape Up Bootcamp for Women” and has conducted numerous fitness classes and bootcamps throughout the Atlanta area.  Carol is also the creator and host of “Fit-4-Life” Internet Radio show. The program showcases women who were once unhealthy but have now committed to living the Fit Lifestyle. They explain the steps that they took to acheive health during the program. Carol is certified through FiTour as a Personal Trainer and through the American Red Cross as a CPR, AED and First Aid Instructor. She has competed and placed in several Fitness America and National Bodybuilding competitions.

Joy Keys chats with Greg Koutrouby about A Thousand Stories

Jun 5, 2011 00:31:00


Special Guest: Gregory Koutrouby, dcoumentarian of artists. A Thousand Stories is a continuously moving documentary through which writer Gregory Koutrouby shares his conversations with artists. Celebrating its four-year anniversary this month, A Thousand Stories features artists who, despite their brilliance, are often overlooked. A strong advocate of the arts as a source of inspiration and a native New Yorker, Gregory has shared conversations with artists of many disciplines, including the francophone R&B duo Les Nubians, pop-surrealist painter Martin Wittfooth, and Latin Grammy award-winning vocalist Susana Baca, and continues his search for the most brilliant artists whose voices must be heard.  

Joy Keys chats with Author Chika Unigwe about On Black Sisters Street book

Jun 5, 2011 00:29:00


Chika Unigwe was born in Enugu, Nigeria, and now lives in Turnhout, Belgium. She holds a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and an MA from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. She also holds a PhD from the University of Leiden, The Netherlands. Chika Unigwe is the author of fiction, poetry, articles and educational material. She won the 2003 BBC Short Story Competition for her story "Borrowed Smile", a Commonwealth Short Story Award for "Weathered Smiles" and a Flemish literary prize for "De Smaak van Sneeuw", her first short story written in Dutch. "The Secret", another of her short pieces, was nominated for the 2004 Caine Prize. She was the recipient of a 2007 Unesco-Aschberg fellowship for creative writing, and of a 2009 Rockefeller Foundation fellowship for creative writing. Chika Unigwe's stories have been broadcast on BBC World Service, Radio Nigeria, and other Commonwealth Radio Stations. Her first novel, De Feniks, was published in Dutch by Meulenhoff / Manteau in September 2005; it is the first book of fiction written by a Flemish author of African origin. Chika Unigwe has recently published her second novel, On Black Sisters Street (first released in Dutch under the title Fata Morgana), a tale of choices and displacement set against the backdrop of the Antwerp prostitution scene. Website:

Stroke Awareness Month

May 29, 2011 00:26:00


Special Guest: Dr. Rani G. Whitfield, is a board certified family physician. A native of Baton Rouge, LA, Whitfield earned his undergraduate degree while attending Southern University. He completed a sports medicine fellowship at Ohio State University. “Tha Hip Hop Doc” or “H2D” engaged in a twelve-month campaign, five days a week during the evening drive on WEMX Max 94.1 FM. His commercials were aptly titled the “Hip Hop Medical Moment”.natives. In 2004 Dr. Whitfield was selected by BET to appear on the critically acclaimed hit show “106 & Park.” In 2005 he agreed to become one of several noted professionals (Hill Harper, Patti Labelle, Mo’Nique, Al Sharpton,  Dr. Joycelyn Elders, etc.) to share his wisdom via a book entitled Not In My Family – a collection of essays that discusses AIDS in the African American community. He  was on the “Road to Health Tour” alongside nationally syndicated radio commentator and television talk show host Tavis Smiley.

Joy Keys learns how Chess can help in the Game of Life

May 29, 2011 00:31:00


Special Guest:  Bill Hll, Eecutive Director of the US Chess Federation. I was one of the chess kids we are talking about. I grew up in a small southern town. I benefitted tremendously academically due to my involvement with chess. This allowed me to build the resume I needed to get accepted to the college of my choice, and traveling a crossing the country playing in national events opened a whole new world to me, preparing me to move 1,000 miles from home at 18. I received my bachelor's degree in mathematics from MIT. I have been the Executive Director for the USCF for almost 6 years now and this has given me a platform to begin to pay it forward. I am very passionate about chess for all kids, but particularly for at-risk and disadvantaged youth. Special Guest: Bradley Crable has been teaching chess in the Philadelphia area for over ten years. As a member of the MasterMinds Chess Club and a certified tournament director through the United States Chess Federation, Bradley assists in organizing monthly chess tournaments and events in Philadelphia and surrounding counties.

Joy Keys chats with Ethiopian Filmmaker Yemane Demissie

May 22, 2011 00:29:00


Yemane I. Demissie is an independent filmmaker who has received numerous national and international grants and fellowships for his work including Best Picture nominee at M-NET’s All Africa Film Awards, the Walter Mosley award for Best Documentary, the Locarno Film Festival Production Grant, the Paulin Vieyra Merit Award for Outstanding Work in the Cinema, and the Fonds Sud Writing Grant.  Yemane recently completed Dead Weight, a narrative feature and Twilight Revelations: Episodes in the Life & Times of Emperor Haile Selassie, a one-hour documentary for MNET’s seven-part series entitledGreat Africans.  His first narrative feature, Tumultscreened at over 40 international film festivals. For the last four years, has been teaching writing and film production in the department of Film and Television at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  Prior to his move to New York City, Yemane taught filmmaking at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and UCLA Extension.

Joy Keys chats with Author Sonja Lewis

May 22, 2011 00:30:00


Sonja Lewis was born in a small town in the United States and now lives in London, England with her husband. A former journalist, she also has extended experience in public sector communications with the American Red Cross, The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, Habitat for Humanity International, The Royal National Institute for the Blind and others. The Barrenness is her first novel.She is a member of the Society of Authors and English Pen. The Barrenness: This debut novel intrigues with an element of surprise that keeps the reader captivated until the very last page-a story about whether you can truly be fulfilled as a woman without being a mother. When Georgia peach Lil (pronounced Lille, France) embarks upon a campaign to have a child, she expects her most formidable opponent to be her biological clock. After all she is 39, her childless aunt, Mamie Lee, reminds her. Nonetheless, when Aunt Mamie dies suddenly, Lil finds herself up against a cadre of obstacles, including a battle with her aunt's stepson over the family's land and a relationship with a congressman who doesn't want more children and possibly can't have them anyhow. She also faces a major crisis at her high-powered job. The most unsettling of all her adversaries, however, turns out to be her own mind, filled with conventional notions about this illusive tie in between motherhood and womanhood. An emotionally captivating story, told with skilful pacing that makes it hard to put down. Blog:

Joy Keys chats with Kids Speak Up! ambassadors about Epilepsy

May 8, 2011 00:29:00


The Epilepsy Foundationrecently held the 9 annual Kids Speak Up! conference for youth with epilepsy on Capitol Hill. The 45 selected ambassadors from across the country petitionedcongressional leaders for aid in assuring better access to care, improved public education and more research toward a cure for epilepsy. Kids Speak Up!  participants and other ambassadors were trained to become national and local advocates on behalf of the nearly 3 million people with epilepsy in the United States. Raise Your Voice, the theme of the event, underscores the importance of people with epilepsy sharing their personal stories with their lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Special Guests:     Kimberli Meadows, Senior Director, Media & Public Relations, Epilepsy Foundation  Kids Speak Up!  Participants: Quinn Allen, 18, Beaverton, OR  Ashley Irven, 12, Jacksonville, FL   Malina Richardson, 15, Ashland, VA About Epilepsy Epilepsy is characterized by recurrent seizures, which are brief disturbances in the electrical activity of the brain. When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures, they have epilepsy, which affects nearly 3 million people in the United States and 40 to 50 million people worldwide.   About the Epilepsy Foundation The Epilepsy Foundation, a national nonprofit with affiliated organizations throughout the United States, has led the fight against epilepsy since 1968. The Foundation’s mission is to stop seizures, find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy.

2011 Lupus Awareness Month with Joy Keys

May 8, 2011 00:31:00


Special Guest; Annette Myarick is the Chief Executive Officer for the Lupus Foundation of America’s (LFA) Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter. Annette has a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education from Temple University.  Special Guest:  Dawn Isherwood is a Health Educator for the Lupus Foundation of America. Dawn has a BS in Nursing from Pittsburg State University, Kansas and a MS in International Relations from Troy University, Alabama. Dawn started her nursing career in the Cardiothoracic Surgery ICU at the University of Kansas Medical Center before entering the US Air Force Nurse Corp. Special Guest: Lupus advocate. Leyla Moreno, supervisor, community relations, Health Partners, is a bilingual (Spanish and English) community outreach professional. .Leyla is a native of Panama. Leyla was recognized in 2008 and 2009 by Impacto Latin Newspaper and the Philadelphia Multicultural Congress as one of the ten Most Influential Latino Leaders under 40.

Joy Keys chats with Model/Activist Waris Dirie

May 1, 2011 00:38:00


Waris Dirie was born in 1965 into a nomad family living in the region of Gallcaio, in the Somali desert near the border to Ethiopia. At the tender age of five, she underwent the inhuman procedure of genital mutilation. This horrible tradition is still practiced worldwide today, both by Moslems and Christians. At the age of 13 Waris fled from a forced marriage to a man, who could have been her grandfather in age.  She was discovered by the British top photographer Terence Donovan as a model at the age of 18 and became an international celebrity. The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, appointed her as UN Special Ambassador for the elimination of Female Genital Mutilation. Desert Flower Foundation: Desert Flower Film trailer:

Child Abuse Prevention Month

Apr 17, 2011 00:30:00


Special Guest: Lauren Morley, MSW, LSW, As Manager of Training and Prevention for American Humane Association’s Child Welfare program, Ms. Morley manages work in the area of child maltreatment prevention. Her responsibilities include oversight of the Front Porch Project®, a primary prevention initiative that equips community members with the knowledge, tools and action steps to intervene appropriately, when necessary, to help protect children and assist a parent or family. She also serves as lead curricula developer, trainer and coach for several Child Welfare initiatives, including family engagement through differential response models to child protective services, supervision of staff in differential response systems, engagement of non-resident fathers in the child welfare system, and the prevention of child maltreatment. In addition, Ms. Morley has served as a case reviewer and program analyst for several public child welfare organizational-assessment projects, including those conducted by American Humane Association in South Carolina, Colorado and New York. WEBSITE:

Joy Keys chats with Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars

Apr 17, 2011 00:23:00


Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars started playing music together in West African refugee camps while their homeland was being racked by years of bloody warfare. Since then, audiences around the world have embraced the band and their utterly extraordinary story. On their forthcoming album, Rise & Shine, the All Stars’ sound, as well as their biography, evolves further; the music finds them “establishing an identity based as much on skill, imagination and charisma as on their undeniably touching story” (The Los Angeles Times). Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars' documentary trailer: WEBSITE:

Joy Keys chats with Actor Laz Alonso about Jumping the Broom

Apr 14, 2011 00:26:00


LAZ ALONSO starring in Jumping the Broom. Jumping the Broom (TriStar Pictures): A collision of worlds when two African-American families from divergent socioeconomic backgrounds get together one weekend in Martha's Vineyard for a wedding. Coming out May 6, 2011. Starring: ANGELA BASSETT, PAULA PATTON, LAZ ALONSO, LORETTA DEVINE, TASHA SMITH, JULIE BOWEN, VALARIE PETTIFORD, ROMEO MILLER, DeRAY DAVIS, with MEAGAN GOOD and MIKE EPPS Directed by:SALIM AKIL In 2008, Laz starred in Miracle at St. Anna for director Spike Lee, in which he played one of four main leads opposite Derek Luke, Michael Ealy and Omar Benson. Laz Alonso was chosen as one of Variety’s “Top Ten Actors to Watch in 2009.” A star on the rise, Laz can next be seen in the supporting role of “Sheriff John Burke” in Rod Lurie’s remake of the Sam Peckinpah classic Straw Dogs (February 25, 2011) for Sony Screen Gems. Laz can be seen in the lead role of “Tsu’Tey” in the highest grossing film of all time, Avatar! Earlier in 2009, Laz played the lead villain role of “Fenix” in the fourth installment of highly popular Fast and the Furious franchise Website

Kissed by the Devil with Actress Khadijah Karriem and Director M. Legend Brown

Apr 11, 2011 00:32:00


Special Guests: Actress Khadijah Karriem and Director M. Legend Brown. Kissed by the Devil is an emotional and riveting drama that tears at your heart-strings. Although Oakland Hill is a well known, late night radio personality, her life is far from storybook. She spends most of her time caring for her mentally ill brother Michael, who witnessed their father commit an unimaginable act.   Oakland searches for answers to what really happened. She turns to her brother, who dismisses her in fear of the truth. Unable to find the understanding she's looking for, Oakland decides to take matters in her own hands. She visits her father days before he is to be executed and what she learns will change her life forever. •   Starring Khadijah Karriem, Karen Malina White, Shaun Baker, Victor Williams and Grover Coulson •   Written and Directed by M. Legend Brown (PoorChild Films) Produced by Sharice Henry Chasi (Starving Actors Films), William Brown and Eric King •   Executive Producer Judith Ciancio •   Director of Photography Michael Ciancio (Electric Light and Power) FILM TRAILER: WEBSITE:

Joy Keys chats with David C. Miller about Raising Boys to Men

Apr 10, 2011 00:32:00


David C. Miller is the co-founder and Chief Visionary Officer of the Urban Leadership Institute, LLC, a unique social entrepreneurial firm that specializes in training of educators, social workers and youth development professionals for schools, non-profit & governmental entities that work with youth and families. Miller is the author of several books which include: Where’s Mommy & Daddy (2010), Raising Him Alone (2009), Mama Used To Say (2009), Daddy’s Girl (2006), Dare To Be Queen (2005), Rhyme & Reason (2005), Lessons I Learned From My Father (2004) and Dare To Be King (2003). Miller received a Master Degree in Education (specialization in conflict resolution and school- based mediation) from Goucher College (Baltimore, MD) and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Baltimore.

Joy Keys chats with Yale Professor Elijah Anderson about The Cosmopolitan Canopy

Apr 3, 2011 00:25:00


In THE COSMOPOLITAN CANOPY: Race and Civility in Everyday Life [W.W. Norton], Elijah Anderson illuminates the public life of an American city, offering a major reinterpretation of the racial dynamics in America. Anderson takes us back to Philadelphia, exploring pockets of civility he calls “cosmopolitan canopies” – the urban islands free of racial tensions that exist amidst the ghettos, suburbs and ethnic enclaves where segregation is the norm. Elijah Anderson is the William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Sociology at Yale University. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and The New York Times Book Review.

Joy Keys chats with Les Nubians

Apr 3, 2011 00:21:00


Les Nubians returns with Nü Revolution, their highly-anticipated third album to be released on April 19, 2011 by Shanachie Entertainment. It fully delivers on the promise of their breakthrough efforts with a relentlessly enchanting and energized mix of R & B, hip-hop, African music and other world elements.

Joy Keys chats with Author Carla L. Peterson about Black Gotham

Mar 27, 2011 00:33:00


Part detective tale, part social and cultural narrative, Black Gotham is Carla Peterson's riveting account of her quest to reconstruct the lives of her nineteenth-century ancestors. As she shares their stories and those of their friends, neighbors, and business associates, she illuminates the greater history of African-American elites in New York City. Told in a vivid, fast-paced style, Black Gotham is an important account of the rarely acknowledged achievements of nineteenth-century African Americans and brings to the forefront a vital yet forgotten part of American history and culture. Carla L. Peterson received her Ph.D. from Yale and is professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the author of "Doers of the Word": African-American Women Speakers and Writers in the North, 1830-1880.

Joy Keys chats with South African Singer Lira

Mar 23, 2011 00:33:00


To say that that Lira is South Africa’s most successful and high-profile young female solo artist just a handful of albums into her career is no puffery. From her first tentative steps with the 2003 album, “All My Love” to her 2006 record ‘Feel Good’ and 2008’s ‘Soul In Mind’, the girl from Daveyton township on Joburg’s East Rand (who wrote her first song when she was just 16) has pursued a career that has put her on top of her very considerable game.  ‘Feel Good’ album’s title track became an instant – and enduring radio hit – earning a place as one of the most-played songs ever on South African radio. Lira’s follow-up, 2008’s ‘Soul In Mind’, was as potent, earning Lira Album of the Year and Best Female Artist awards at the 2009 South African Music Awards. She was named Best Female Artist in 2010 for the live recording ‘Lira - Live in Concert: A Celebration’. In fact, the success of the latter DVD was proved when it became the fastest selling locally released live DVD in South Africa’s history – reaching double platinum status less than a year after its release. Early 2011 sees the release of Lira’s fourth studio record – ‘Return To Love’. It’s an album that again raises the bar for an artist who never ceases to push forward. And it’s likely to be Lira’s breakthrough record into a global market that is set to be as smitten by this genuinely warm, hugely gifted artist as her homegrown fans are. WEBSITE:

Joy Keys chats with Life Coach and Breast Cancer Survivor Rana Walker

Mar 20, 2011 00:31:00


SPECIAL GUEST: Rana Walker, President of Diamond Cutter, LLC, mobile wellness company. She is an experienced mental health therapist and wellness coach. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Howard University and later obtained a M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Temple University. Rana comes from a long line of healers and has 15 years experience creating wellness venues for others. She has lectured and facilitated workshops domestically and abroad. Her overseas travel to Europe, the UK, Asia, South America, Africa, the Caribbean and residence in Ghana, West Africa has laid the groundwork for her far reaching world view. She has completed coursework in alternative medicine ranging from nutrition to shamanic healing; coupled with certification as an American Kick Boxing instructor and training in Muay Thai. Rana has credits in television health segments, locally, nationally and internationally, including health coach for Discovery Health Channel’s six program mini series, entitled “Health Cops: Sentenced to Health”, which premiered in 2002. She starred as one of two life coaches on Season 1 of NBC’s groundbreaking, Emmy award winning program, “Starting Over” which aired daily. Rana is dedicated to total personal development – mind, body and spirit. Her coaching system provides holistic life changing guidance combined with challenging clients’ self-imposed limitations with innovative and intense mental, physical and spiritual activities. Most recently after four years of intense spiritual coursework Rana has become a licensed spiritual practitioner to further deepen her awareness.

Surviving and Thriving with Multiple Sclerosis

Mar 20, 2011 00:32:00


SPECIAL GUEST: Dr. Sondra M. De Antonio, Neurologist, on behalf of the National MS Society of America. What is Multiple Sclerosis?: Multiple sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another. Today, new treatments and advances in research are giving new hope to people affected by the disease. Tune in to learn more.

Joy Keys chats with Women for Women International

Mar 13, 2011 00:28:00


Judithe Registre, Outreach & Development Director for Women for Women International, is a passionate international development and gender expert with over 13 years experience, including eight years in the field, working tirelessly to help women overcome the trauma of rape and violence and achieve economic self sufficiency. Mission statement: Women for Women International provides women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, thereby promoting viable civil societies. We're changing the world one woman at a time. WEBSITE:

Joy Keys finds out What is Endometriosis?

Mar 13, 2011 00:30:00


SPECIAL GUEST: Heather Roppolo-Guidone is the Surgical Program Director of the acclaimed Center for Endometriosis Care and a recognized women’s health advocate who has served the clinical and consumer health industries for nearly two decades. SPECIAL GUEST: Dr. La Tanya Hines is a board certified obstetrician-gynecologist currently practicing in Pasadena, California .She is the CEO of Girlfriends Medical Group,Inc. (, a private practice catering to the needs of women throughout Southern California.

Joy Keys chats with Jazz Drummer Adam Cruz

Mar 8, 2011 00:28:00


For the past decade, Adam Cruz has been a member of pianist Danilo Perez’s trio, which also features bassist Ben Street. But, in a business known for brief, constantly changing partnerships, he has chosen to develop and maintain long-standing working relationships such as those with pianists Perez and Simon, saxophonists David Sanchez and Steve Wilson, and the Mingus Big Band. And even before that, Cruz had established his name working with artists such as trumpeters Charlie Sepúlveda and Tom Harrell, saxophonists Chris Potter, Pharaoh Sanders, and Paquito D’Rivera, guitarist Charlie Hunter and, perhaps most notably, touring and recording with pianist Chick Corea. Cruz has a new album coming out in April 2011 called MILESTONES. Comprising eight original compositions, and featuring a true all star band including Miguel Zenón, alto sax; Steve Wilson, soprano sax; Chris Potter, tenor sax; Steve Cárdenas, electric guitar; Edward Simon, piano, and Ben Street, bass, Milestone, which was made possible by a grant by the Aaron Copland Recording Fund, marks a before and after in Cruz’s development as an artist.

Joy Keys chats with Singer Laura Jane

Mar 7, 2011 00:32:00


Laura Jane is an indie soul artist based out of Los Angeles, California. She released her first indie album in 2005 called TO MY PLANET BOO. The album got international airplay and gained critical reviews. Her singles SUMMERTIME IN THE CITY and THE JOURNEY got the most attention with their catchy melodies, smooth harmonies and funky beats. Laura Jane released two videos with those songs independently as well. Laura Jane is working on a new album called HAVE YOU MET MISS JONES which will be released later this year. Her first single off the album LIFT ME UP is already hitting the airwaves here in the states and in Europe……it’s catchy house club beat , with jazz influenced chords is like a smooth ride on a rollercoaster featuring some of the best musicians in the business. The new single LIFT ME UP will be available on itunes soon….as well as the second single TEST OF TIME, produced by Jameson Trotter. Laura Jane is currently on a world tour with Enrique Iglesias as his main featured vocalist. She has worked as a vocalist with many others superstars such as Dave Matthews Band, the late Teena Marie, Taylor Dayne, Perry Farrell of Janes Addiction, Joe Walsh, Kelly Clarkson, Joss Stone, Michael Bolton an Anastacia, Howard Hewitt, and Jeffrey Osbourne. Laura Jane has a bachelors in fine arts …..she studied at the BOSTON CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC and then received her degree at the UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS in Philadelphia.

Joy Keys chats with Singer Steffen Morrison

Mar 6, 2011 00:31:00


Special Guest: Singer Steffen Morrrison: Being the leading voice in Reebok's Global Campaign for their highly successful Easytone sportswear, three music videos, a semi-final contestant with “The Grote prijs van Nederland” (one of Holland's most recognized music talent competitions) and opening act for Raul Midon (Singer-Songwriter from New Mexico). Steffen Morrison singing career has taken a steady soar. He also had airplay and several live sessions on 3FM with Giel Beelen, BNN Radio, Fun-X radio, Radio 6, Lijn5, Radio Rijnmond, BNR Radio & SlamFM.  His husky and raw vocals are his unique asset. They effortlessly bring a penetrating quality to the eclectic 13-track album. A combination of modern pop sound dipped with funk pitched flavor. The record contains SHAKE IT “The Easytone song” as a bonus track. The overall up & mid tempo recordings makes this long awaited debut one to pick of the shelf WEBSITE: FACEBOOK: YOUTUBE: