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Amanda Gorman Adds 1st Poet to Grace the Cover of ‘Vogue’ to her Receipts

Los Angeles resident Amanda Gorman, whose acclaimed poetry reading at President Joe Biden’s inauguration thrust her into the national spotlight, said Wednesday she was thrilled to be the first poet to grace the cover of Vogue magazine. (CBS Los Angeles)

Gorman tweeted she is, “Honored to be the first poet EVER on the cover of @voguemagazine,” and it was a “joy to do so while wearing a Black designer, @virgilabloh.” Amanda continued by writing, “this is called the Rise of Amanda Gorman, but it’s truly for all of you, both named & unseen, who lift me up.”

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Women’s History Month: Saluting McDonald’s Franchise Owner Marla Thrower

James and Marla Thrower opened their first McDonald’s on Nov. 21, 1989 after participating in a program that allowed participants to get in touch with franchises. Soon the Thrower’s left the corporate world to do their own thing. To date the Thrower “Family” own 30 McDonald’s restaurants in Michigan and Louisiana.

I talked to Marla about how she and her husband became franchise owners, the challenges she’s faced as a women entrepreneur and advice for up and coming women seeking entrepreneurship; then we talked about another of my favorite subjects… food!

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Posted in Artist Interviews, Black History, Podcast

Black History Spotlight: Richard Hartley on Music, Family & Being “The Rev”

Richard “The Rev” Hartley is the founder, pastor and choir master of Haven International Ministries in Queens, NY. For years he traveled the world building and coaching choirs, and working with an “A-List” of artists like Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Diddy, Mary J. Blige, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, and more; but now he is home with his family and congregation. Now that may sound normal… but it’s far from it as Reverend Hartley is dealing with his high-spirited yet loving family, pastor his church and using his musical skills to make his church’s choir top notch.

This is how the USA Network show “The Rev” came about. So, our conversation was about his amazing musical journey, an uplifting song done by one of his choirs in Japan and trying to get his grown children out of the house… something many of us can relate to.

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Today In Black History: Bishop J. Drew Sheard & How Churches Have Had To Pivot In This Season

Today I talked to Bishop J. Drew Sheard, Senior Pastor of Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of Church of God in Christ right here in Detroit. Bishop Sheard and his family have been personally impacted by COVID-19 but in the midst of it all have been a tremendous help to people and churches by offering additional COVID relief money to local communities, providing monthly food donations, raising $100k for churches around the country that have been adversely affected by COVID-19 and more.

A devoted husband, father and grandfather, Bishop Sheard is the co-founder (along with his Wife Karen Clark Sheard) of Karew Records, a record label focusing on Gospel, Christian and inspirational music. As a prominent leader in COGIC, he is currently running for Board as he hopes to elevate and impact the ministry for the modern day church.

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