Poetry

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.~Robert Frost

How’s That Working For You

Hunched in a corner

absent of ones honor.

What should I do

in order to stay true

of what comes naturally

for ME?

My hands are tied,

and the welts these ropes leave

are permanent,

but I’m hell bent

on getting past this nightmare.

Life’s just not fair.

We’re not suppose to compare

our accomplishments or failures,

but work together,

pray together,

and be on our way

together,

unless otherwise directed

by the Father.

No one man is an island,

but sometimes it gets to the point

to where,

like a prisoner,

I feel like busting out

of this joint.

Being on your own

not because you’re grown…

grown folks have responsibilities.

They don’t hide in the shadows,

trading todays for tomorrows,

throwing rocks and hiding their hands

making unrealistic demands

taking break after break

can’t hit a lick at a snake

having someone else’s cake

and eating it too

in order to receive what

you think is due.

Why is that so hard for you?

~~Dorothy Sells Clover

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 The Art of Marriage Happiness

in marriage is not something that just happens.

A good marriage must be created.

In the art of marriage the little things don’t just matter they are the big things….

it’s never being too old to hold hands.It is remembering to say “I love you”

at least once a day

It’s never going to sleep angry

Making the effort to figure things out.

It is at no time taking the other for granted.

The courtship should never end with the honeymoon

Your life together is the greatest trip you will take together

It is having a mutual sense of value and common objectives.

It is standing together united.

It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.

It is doing things for each other, not in the mindset of having to but loving to

It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.

It is not looking for perfection in each other but knowing that

with your faults you are perfect for each other.

It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor is a MUST.

It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.

It is giving each other the atmosphere in which each can grow.

It is finding room for individual love to grow in unison.

It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.

It is establishing a relationship in which independence is equal,

dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.

It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner

It is discovering what marriage can be, at its best

Marriage is love from two becoming one 

Lady D

Entertainment

What is the name of the event and what is it for?

Miss. Shantell: The I’m a Survivor seminar is an artistic counseling event where I gather with the artist in the city of Houston and counsel to the community through different forms of Art


How long has the event been running for?

Miss Shantell: The I’m Survivor Seminar has been going on since 2015


What should people expect if they are coming for the first time?

Miss Shantell: This event is and emotional roller coaster ride. It would take you on a journey that you have never been on before. It will make you laugh is going to make you cry hell you might even want to take a leap around the room, but most of all is healing


How does someone go about joining in on the event?

Miss Shantell: By either contacting I.A.G. Productions or poACTryProductions, or by just attending the event and sharing their story with us


What has been your best memory so far?

Miss. Shantell: Back in 2018 we was congressionally recognized by congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee for the work we was doing with the I’m a Survivor seminar for the children in the community. That’s a memory that I would never forget because it let me know that what we are doing is helping somebody. It let us know that we’re doing something that means something to somebody


If you could have anyone perform who and why?

Miss. Shantell: Well since I am usually the person that makes the executive decision behind who perform; I would say the people the on the event this year like Nissi Hamilton, She So Cold, Socra Teez the poet, Rosie Bush and so many more,  but the one person I really want to share her story, that doesn’t want to, is my mother because she is the reason why we are even much is doing this event. I feel like it’s time for her to tell her story she wants me to tell it. 
OMG, I feel like crying, one day I’ma get her to finally tell her story, I Promise


You have a number of Houston’s Best poets and performers continue to support your event. What’s your secret?

Miss. Shantell: Because I allow them to tell their testimony and only a way that they can. Without it being censored allow them to be free I allow them to be outspoken and raw. No one can tell you how your story needs to be told but you, and nobody knows your story but you. So why not, but that’s not a secret it’s public information, LOL.


How does someone get tickets for the upcoming event?

Miss. Shantell: By either contacting anyone that’s actually on the event or by clicking on the linkiag-productions.ticketleap.com/iass2k21/


What can people do to help support throughout the year to help support for the next event?

Miss. Shantell: By staying in contact with IAG Productions and poACTry Productions and it’s events that they put on throughout the year,  there are always sponsorship packages available, or they can support the different organizations that we all are apart of and trust me there are a lot


If you could let the world know anything about what you do, what would you say?

Miss. Shantell: I am just an artist The Love supporting other artists, I am a person that just loves helping other people I am very modest, I am very caring, I would give the shirt off my very back to make sure that you have one. That’s just me and it can’t get any more real than that

Entertainment

What is the name of your show?

Nite Talks with Sasha: From a Plus -size woman’s point of view

   Shalanda:  I am also co-owner of a production company called S and M Radio Productions, LLC where my husband and I host a show titled S and M Radio.

How did you decide the format for the show?

Shalanda: The format came about because I did not see many women, especially plus size women talk about all issues. They mainly talked about women issues in dating and relationships. I wanted to be more than that. I wanted to talk about everything like I did with my friends. 

How would you describe your first show?

Shalanda: Oh wow, I am going to be honest and say I do not remember! LOL!

I am sure it was a controlled mess! 

Why did you decide to do radio?

Shalanda: I did not really! It chose me! I was asked to guest host a show in 2011 and was asked to stay there and 

   became apart of the show permanently. There I learned a lot and in 2012 decided that I wanted to start my own show. I found a voice that I never knew I had or needed and wanted to share my thoughts with the world.

What’s your favorite topic?

Shalanda: Oh wow, So many!  But the one that still sticks with me is a show I did on Sex Trafficking. It was when sex trafficking was on people’s radar and a show on A&E led me to thinking how can I make this known to others to hopefully help someone and teach others: myself included of what to look for. I was very proud of the information that got out because of that show! 

  The other show that was my favorite and the show that made me viral was Does Size Matter. People still search and listen to that show!

What would you tell fellow Black females who want to enter into this industry?

Shalanda: do not take it personal if others do not believe or see your vision or support you.

  B) Have something to say! I mean do not be afraid to discuss any topic that comes your way. Tackle politics! Tackle voting and the Racial divide. Do not be afraid to push the needle and be a little Shock jock! We have enough fluff.

  C) Surround yourself with folks that love what you do! Collab together with people.

   D) Most important! Promote the hell out of yourself! Tell people in the streets and not just on your   Facebook pages. Treat your show like a second job. You can’t put in only 2 hours and expect it to pick up because it won’t! And stay consistent! You will have to do what I’m doing now and starting back over. Which is okay because now I have the history to do better this time! Learning from my own mistakes!

  E). Do not get discouraged if folks aren’t listening because, they are! Just keep going and you will gain and audience.

Who would be your dream guest?

Shalanda: Jill Scott simply because I love her!

Secondly, I would say Amanda Seals. I feel that we have similar traits and love how she does not dumb herself down for others. I would love to pick her brain!

 Have you ever felt like you ever went too far with a discussion and regretted it OR wished you had continued?!

Shalanda: Let me say that again! NEVER!

I love pushing the envelope and people to see past their one-sided thinking about certain topics.

For me NOTHING is TABOO on my show. I’ve had people come out on the show, even a couple that has an open marriage. I inform guest that I am going to ask HARD questions. If people come into my playpen, they know that we are going to have a hard and HONEST discussion!  So far..lol no one has stormed off!

How do you prepare to be a host?

Shalanda:I try to prepare my guests by getting them set up and give them a quick pep talk and try to reassure them. I also try to get everything done 30 minutes before the show to try to get ahead of technical difficulties. I also get myself in a good head space by lowering the lights. I play a little Jill Scott but honestly it never helps! I still get the butterflies before EVER show! Which to me is a good thing. It means for ME that I am still enjoying myself.

What would you say is a financial benefit of doing radio?

    Shalanda: I am a talker and love honest and open dialogue. So, my shows are setup the same way. Nothing is taboo for me except the sexually abuse of children and/or animals. 

There is a great benefit if you can get paid by getting on platforms like Iheart radio and Sirrus XM radio and other streaming platforms. Being on these streams can be good and bad especially one where  you may have to change  your format to fit their programming, one such platform is Youtube. When a show is Just getting started you can use your platform to allow other people to advertise on your show by doing ads or even promos where that cash can be put back into your show to help supplement equipment and upkeep.

How can people check out your show?

Shalanda: People can catch my show Nite Talks with Sasha on www.spreaker.com/sandmradioproductions every other Thursday at 9pm. People can also check out S and M Radio on Monday’s and Friday’s at 9pm to 11pm also on http://www.spreaker.com/sandmradioproductions

Mental Health in a Pandemic

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Before this get’s started NO there isn’t surveys or doctor’s feedback in this article but one persons view on their thoughts and mindset on how they are dealing with the topic at hand. So if you find any insight or understanding then it has found its purpose but if not then I hope it brings some insight to how other’s think.

Enjoy!

Working in the medical field you would think you would have a numb side to death and most of the time you do. But when this Pandemic hit you could feel that this was different. Preventive care wasn’t explained properly at first then for it not being fully understood what the illness actually was. I felt like we were headed into deadly territory and sad to say I saw first hand how deadly it would become. Seeing families in fear and then seeing your own family starting to feel the effects of it and your helpless to guide them because no one has the right answers just guesses. The fear is a level you see in movies where everyone panics and stopple over each other to escape the danger. But no screen could cover the amount of damage the world would feel let alone one person in the medical field.

I think I started wondering about my life when I had to constantly reassure my family that I was okay. Sometimes wondering am I really? It wasn’t a secrete that I wasn’t happy where I was and the precautions that was being offered but I also knew it was basically the same everywhere so there was no way of getting away from that feeling of uncertainty. So to have a higher anxiety than normal was very present. I think with every tempt reading anxiety would go up a decimal. As the death count started rising in Houston the realization that I was going to be dealing with it soon in some fashion was coming to the light. I don’t think I was fully prepared for how fast nor how in depth I would feel it though.

I first started to deal with it when I started getting the symptoms of the virus but I was A symptomatic which means I had the symptoms but not the virus itself. But when my patients started dying from the virus it got real. Then when friends started passing and coworkers that’s when it was time to make a decision to either run or stand ground and to be honest I was too scared to run from something I couldn’t run from. I used my limited protective gear for no other reason but for reassuring my patient’s wouldn’t pass feeling alone. But being in the medical field you don’t just deal with one type of virus. You deal with multiple and that’s when I met my biggest challenge. Every virus does not always get along with other viruses. Now add in limited protective gear and with that you have a week’s stay in a hospital filled to the brim with covid cases and your stuck there.

How do you cope?

How do you maintain your sanity?

Your family sanity since they can’t see you?

for me it’s part comedy relief and meditation. From making nurses who were treating me laugh when my arm was the size of a flintstone character to constantly reminding myself that it could be worse and it’s not so chill out. Plus not wanting to add fear into your friends and family because they KNOW YOU. Your that person who doesn’t duck when gun fire is in the building or stand down to bulling towards you or others. Nothing scares you. Until now.

Until now your confidence is shook. Your livelihood isn’t the same. Nothing around you is the same. You are not the same. Your mid life crisis has been bumped up to your early 40’s instead of 50’s and your clueless to what to do. You can’t visit anyone because your in a pandemic so that means no doctor, pastor or even friends to visit. Everything is televised and everything on the TV is barely factual or positive, so how do you cope?

Dig deep into your faith. Whatever it is breath into it. Become one and deposit love into it.

Remember your core self. Know who you wanted to be as a person and continue to strive to be that person.

Love what you have become. That means accepting the bad improving your weakness but taking mental note of your progress and being proud of what you improved on and know it’s okay to pat yourself on your back. its not being stuck up its self love.

And most of all don’t ever feel likes its not okay to talk to someone. That’s what friends and family is for including Doctor’s and Pastor’s and counselors.

If this pandemic has taught us anything is that life is short and you can live it with sadness or you can live.

Let’s try living in the life.

LadyD

Poets

Yolan Young

One man shows that you can live your dream even when life says….Not so fast

What was your motivation behind your book?


Yolan: I always wanted to write a book, but I just never could stick to a
certain topic. I had so many concepts in my head, and being a
poet, you write on a variety of things, so formulating a book
was more daunting than I could ever imagine. It was not until I
had to sit down due to a medical condition that gave me
nothing but time to think; and so many family members and
poetic friends encouraging me to pick back up the pen. But, the
biggest motivation of them all was knowing that I have an
earlier expiration date than expected, and it lead me to leave
something that my girls could go to anytime they missed me.
Letting them know they can do anything they put their hearts. I
also had the desire to write about what was going on in these
times.

What motivated you to go into acting?


Yolan: Truthfully, I fell into acting. It was never a goal of mine to act,
at all. It was because of my presence and delivery while doing
my spoken word which caught the attention of directors,
writers, and actors that came out to shows and events that I
was a part of. Again, it was also the encouragement of my co-
workers and close friends that saw in me what I didn’t see in
myself. I believe it wasn’t until my 4 th film project that I was
like, ‘well hell maybe I am an actor lol.’ Truly, it was the circle
around me that motivated me to pursue a career in acting. I
thank them for that because now my love for the art has
opened up so many other opportunities for me.

In what ways have you gotten your creativity out since the
pandemic started?

Yolan: It has mostly been writing about what was going on during the
pandemic, but I already had the experience of being stuck in
the house for long extended periods of time because of my
illness. In a way, my creativity started exploding like a volcano
because so much was happening in such a short period of time.
The #45 president; the true characters and colors of human
beings over a mask mandate; black lives not mattering until 9
minutes and 46 seconds made the world wake up; and then the
riot inside of the Capitol and congressional halls by Americas’
home- grown domestic terrorists. The pandemic brought
mother nature back in ways I hadn’t noticed since a child.
Sitting out on my balcony and smelling the air, seeing wildlife
walking down streets that once was busy with traffic, and the
sky so clear you can see stars during daylight, gave me a whole
new energy and inspiration to write.

How did you meet your wife who is also a pet?

Yolan:
Now, that’s a funny story. We actually had no idea that either
one of us was a poet lol. We would run into each other here
and there, but both times, we never saw each other spit. In
2013, I was nominated for a spoken word award, so she
messaged me through Facebook letting me know she had
voted for me. I was like, ‘is that who I think it is?’ Remember, I
still didn’t know she was a poet so I messaged her back, letting
her know I had a crush on her…I really did. I just said, ‘if it’s
meant to see her again, then I will let her know.’ She messaged
me back saying that she had a crush on me too lol..4 days later,
she was my girl.

Why did you make this book so personal?


Yolan: I’m 42 and I have lived a life that so many, yet so few, have
been through. I made it personal because I truly wanted
something archived during the time that I was here; to let my
future generations see that this is what their ancestor
experienced during his time on earth. Nothing makes you
appreciate life more than coming so close to death. You now
have nothing to lose. Also, I wanted the readers to understand
that they are not alone. That we all have the same hurts,
habits, hang ups, and all the things life brings.
When I started putting the concept together for the book, this
nagging thought kept popping in my head. It was my first
name. I’ve had so many people ask me, “what does your name
mean?” or say, “wow, your name is so different.” That is the
reason I named the book, The Unknown Child Named Yolan.

Which do you prefer to do the most…Poetry, Acting, or Family
man?


Yolan: Definitely, Family man. That will always be my first love. I
guess to simply put it…poetry is in my heart, acting is in my
soul, but my Family is my love, heart, and soul.

How do you explain why your achievements are so important
when considering your health as a factor?

Yolan: Having been diagnosed with
Congestive Heart Failure, then placed on the heart transplant list at
such an early stage in my life, changed my way of living dramatically.
When I say dramatically, I mean this in every sense of the word. Just
imagine waking up one day and your whole world is flipped upside
down. I went from working my dream job in Medical labs, working out

4 times a week, rocking poetry shows, acting in stage plays, doing radio
and magazine interviews on a constant basis, receiving awards, being
an activist for our community, being an active role in my children’s
lives, and taking trips with my new found love- – to time just standing
still. Surgery after surgery, confined to the hospital for weeks upon
months at a time; everyday more bad news, taking a plethora of pills
every day for the rest of my life, devices implanted in my chest and
heart. It was a very dark period in my life that I just knew I wasn’t going
to come out of. I was hearing the words, “your heart can’t take this
anymore, and you will no longer be able to do that anymore.” I began
to get pissed off. One night when I was laying in the hospital bed (at
this point, I can’t even count how many times I was in and out the
hospital), I just remember looking at the stars outside of my window,
and I began tearing up. All of a sudden, I could hear my grandmother’s
voice, and my father and mother’s voice saying…”so you just going to
lay there? you just gon’ let people tell you what you can and can’t do?”
That night, I made up in my mind, that before I leave this Earth, I am
going to make sure my wife and kids won’t have to want for anything;
that no matter if I’m in pain, tired, or not feeling good, I will complete
one goal a day. Instead of just looking at my long-term goals, I focused
on my day-to-day goals. To be where I am now compared to 5 years
ago when the doctors told my wife and I that I only had a 5-year life
span if I did not receive a new heart, makes every achievement I do
even greater. For me, every day is a fight. You have no days off when
dealing with a terminal illness. I just happen to make it look good lol. All
jokes aside, I just want my girls, generations of my family to come, the
world, and those who are also dealing with disabilities to know you can
live your dreams; live your life. So what if our life span may be cut
short; all that means is you get the opportunity to smile more, play
often, and look at everyday as a gift. It’s your priority to shine your light

to help others out of the dark. The words you should never tell me is,
“you can’t” or “won’t be able to do,” because I wasn’t raised to believe
that way. All I could do was show them better than I could tell them.
My Health being a factor was just another hurdle to jump over and I
love track.

What is it like working with your wife in films?

Yolan: Honestly, it’s easier
than people tend to believe. Being that we had already been casted in
stage plays together when we first started dating, transitioning to film
was a piece of cake. We help each other on our lines and auditions. If I
have to play a character a certain way, she makes sure its believable
and vice versa. Now I will tell you this though…we have gotten into
major debates about characters in a script that we might be reading at
the time..yeah, it gets that serious in the Youngs’ house lol. All jokes
aside, watching her work motivates me because she is so dope at
bringing life to the roles she plays. We love the art. Because of that, we
know how to push each other to help bring the best out of our
characters. When we did our first film, we actually played a couple and
it was so weird. Before then, we always played a friend of the other’s
character and that’s how we would interact. Well, except for the time
when we acted in a rendition of the stage play,‘For Colored Girls,’ and
we had to do a sex scene in front of her parents before they became
my in-laws. Lol

What are your thoughts for the Black culture in a world that is
finally opening their eyes to Black issues in the world?

Yolan: My
thoughts…had it not been for Covid-19, the world would have
continued on like normal. But because the entire planet was made to
take a nap, people had no choice but to become woke to the issues of
Black America that has been plaguing our community for generations.
Not decades, but generations. Now, even though the government is
just now passing bills on police reform, they are also passing bills to
suppress voters’ rights. My thoughts are pretty much the same as
before: Soon, that old, racist, stereotypical, and bigoted views will still
stay the same in the hearts of some, but for the majority, that will no
longer be the case. This was proven by the amount of white people and
other ethnic groups walking hand-in-hand with our Brothas and Sistahs
in protest and unity over the horrific murders of George Floyd, Breonna
Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery in 2020. Every country around the world
paid attention while giving their support. To see full streets, from here

in the States to around the globe, with the words ‘Black Lives Matter’
painted on them, gave me even more hope. Not to mention, to have
the first Black woman as the Vice President of the United States.

How do you think your poetry has grown as your life has
changed through the years?

Yolan: Oh wow; it’s grown by leaps and
bounds. I often go back to read what I had written years ago, just
to get some type of self-reflection; see if I’ve evolved, not just as a
writer but as a human being. One thing about my poetry, it often
gives a clear view of what is currently going on in the world or my
personal life. I feel like a lot of my early writing was surface;
almost like something was holding me back to go deeper. But the
more I lived and went through all the trails and tribulations, good
times and even better times, I found myself exploring and taking
more risks in this art form.

How can people find your book?

Yolan:
They can find The Unknown Child Named Yolan on my website
http://www.yolanyoung.com or they can contact me on any of my
social media pages: Facebook @Yolan Young, Yolan Apoets

Poet fan page, or IG @apoetspoet. There, you will be able to
purchase an autographed copy of the book.

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Sean Johnson

Sean JohnsonArtistSeanJohnsonArts.NetAll My Heroes Were Assassinated

How would you say this book is different from your past creations?

Sean: It’s my first full length book of poetry and it’s definitely more raw than my previous work.  Not to mention, I move away from the lovey dovey 2 Die 4 and into the more grown up and aware Sean Johnson. 

What was the inspiration behind this book?

Sean: All My Heroes Were Assassinated was inspired by my experiences of Blackness and Racism in American as a grown up.  It’s sort of a coming of age story told through poetry. 

 How has this Pandemic changed your life?

Sean: It didn’t change it much as I continued to work and create.  I think the biggest change probably came with starting a career in health care for the first time and then being hit by a pandemic two months in.  I have definitely watched a lot of people die and I think I understand now more than ever that your gifts must be used wherever you are in whatever capacity as long as God allows breath in your lungs. 

What made you start the homeless project?

Sean: My nephew, at the age of 12, said, “This is a problem and we should help.”  It started more so as a way to help him serve and then it became my passion. 

How long has the project been running?

Sean: Whew! I have lost track.  It started over a decade with 5 people in my living room making 25 bags a month and is now MUCH bigger!  We partner with 3 churches and 5 organizations throughout the city.  I hope to see it grow even more!

Explain your travels to Africa?

Sean: Mission work. Mission work!  Mission Work!  My favorite thing!

Your stage name is 2die4 but your name in your books is different…why?

Sean: I actually don’t go by 2 Die 4 anymore even though I don’t mind that people call me that.  Sean Johnson encompasses all my gifts. I am more than a poet.

What inspires your writing? Sean People. Stories. Points of view.

 When did you start painting? Sean In Undergrad but only because I needed art credits. 

How did it feel when you sold your first piece of art?

Sean: I thought it was a fluke to be honest. LOL.  Like I could not believe someone wanted to BUY some random art I had made.

 What is it like to have a partner in crime when you’re taking this journey in the arts with a close friend? Sean:  It can be very fun and sometimes very stressful.  We get on one another’s nerves. LOL

What’s your dream project? Sean I don’t really have a dream project per say.  I mostly dream of using my gifts in service to the Kingdom. 

Entertainment

Issacc Mouton

Host of Ike’s Big Bites talks to us about traveling and tasting what Texas has to offer.

What made you decide to do a show on food?

Issacc: I’m a foodie.  I love food and I love South East Texas food and I am always trying out new restaurants and off the beaten path places and I really wanted to share and also highlight these special places.  Especially so many great places have been closing there doors lately its important we bring attention so we don’t lose them. 

Would you say that you look for Black Owned locations to also add to your spotlight when you do an episode?

Issacc: For this show I try to highlight everyone but I do want to make sure I showcase black owned. Black owned restaurants have a larger failure rate then any restaurant and its not because of the flavors. It’s usually due to location and other reasons out of their control.  So its important to let everyone know what they have to offer. 3) How did Ike’s Big Bite come about?
I wanted to find another way to showcase local spots other then my South East Black Owned Restaurants page. DJ Mann approached me and he had the same idea so we got together to create it.


What would you say is the hardest thing about doing this but yet is the most rewarding?

Issacc: Contacting the owners has been tough but I have been enjoying it. 


What are things viewers should look forward to from you?


Issacc: We are creating a fun show and we want to try not only some of the best food but some of the different and strange stuff also.  Looking passed the food we want to know the back stories of the owners and chefs. It’s going to be a great show and the best part is all the places we go to are places that locals can go to at any time.

How long have you been working on this project? Issacc: We’ve been working planning the show out for about 3 months now.

What’s one thing that has surprised you so far when you film an episode?


Issacc: Cracklin Kings smoked Pig Leg.  This was a 1st I have ever seen of a whole pig leg being smoked and cooked. But it tastes great. 

What advice would you give someone looking to do what you’re doing?


Issacc: Be open minded and willing to try anything once even if it you may not like it. 


Have you ever faked it in font of the camera just because someone was in front of you?


Issacc: No I may over exaggerate sometimes but I want to be honest with everyone but I want the audience to know just because I don’t like it doesn’t mean you won’t like it. 

 
What is the end goal for Big Bites? What’s your dream turnout for the show?


Issacc: My goal is just to bring some positive attention to local spots and remind people South East Texas has some great flavors.


How do you think your show can help the community while in the climate of the world today?


Issacc: I think this is the kind of show that can help pull people together.  Nothing brings people close like food. Whether is a healthy debate on who has the best BBQ the hottest wings; the show could be a conversation starter with each other. 


Who would be your dream guest host?


Issacc: I would love to get Guy Fieri, Chef Tiffany Derry, or any of the local foodies Hetty Brown or Lauren Bebeau.  It would be a fun show with any of them. 

How can anyone watch your show?

Issacc: DJ MANN TV

A filmmaker on a quest to make sure there’s a vast selection of independent films to watch.

from putting his footprint into…..

Creating his newest film written by Willie Wunka

Fireproof films, Ace Management, Deep Pocket Entertainment and Catv Productions….

doing their casting calls in Vegas August 15,2021

And adding to his collection of Post Production films he has personally overseen such as……Kings of Credits, Bad Boxer and…….

The Kings Table talk show was taped in front of a live audience and will be aired soon so be on the lookout!

How was CatTv created?

Colin: CATv was created because I felt that everybody got a story to tell and it’s my job to

tell their story.  

What type of films do you like to create?

Colin:  My first movie that I made for myself is Black Cowboy!  Most of the films I make are comedy! 

You love to post weather reports from your home…why?

Colin:   Because I live close to the beach and I’m bless you see some beautiful sunrises and beautiful sunsets. 

There’s a team that you work with. How do you balance everything to reach your common goal in your films, especially in a pandemic?

Colin: We don’t take no for an answer.  We trust each other and we believe in the process

What has been your biggest challenge vs your biggest accomplishment when creating?

Colin:   One of my biggest challenge was not getting the support I thought I would from family and friends.  My biggest challenge is making movies without having a budget to make them.

 let’s start talking about you and radio. When did you start this?

Colin: I did radio about 11 years ago.  It was original and it was on fire.. I had a Facebook group called Ask Dr. CAT and People would call into my radio show and get things off their chest we would talk about it.  Some people used a Cat-Identity to speak on things they wouldn’t tell anyone.

What was it like being on a red carpet?

Colin: I worked the Red Carpet at the Stella Awards about 3 years in a row..

Who have you had the pleasure of working with?

Colin: Worked with Joan Montreuil of BWIF on several movies !! Award winning Beyond The Vows.  Worked with Annette Eberly on Through Raging Storms;  worked with Kurvie Kapone on several different movies.  Teamed up with Chimere Bacon of Boss Up Houston on several projects…

I worked the Stella Awards with Chimere Bacon and teamed up with her on Kings Table Talk. CEO of Boss Up Houston. I Teaming up with Moe McCoy as my business partner and I have to say its one of the best business decisions I’ve made.

How would you describe your team?

Colin: My team was sent to me from GOD.  They are the best and we all believe in each other..

Cooking Broke Special Edition

Kizzy Ware of Kizzy’s Creations gives some insight into her creativity in the kitchen.

When did you start cake decorating?
Kizzy: November of 2008

What’s your favorite flavor combination?
Kizzy: Cookies and cream with chocolate 

When did you know you wanted to do this as a professional?
Kizzy: When I exceeded my salary in corporate America

Your creativity goes beyond cakes, What else are you popular for?
Kizzy: Cooking/catering 

As a Black Woman, how important is it for you to show other females that you can reach your goals in a world where it can be extra difficult because you are a female let alone a Black female?
Kizzy: It’s very important that I let other Black women know that they too can do it! That’s honestly part of the reason I go as hard as I do. 

How would you compare who inspired you to start baking to the present and future inspirations in your field?
Kizzy: I watched cake Boss a lot before my baking endeavor. I honestly don’t have any inspirations…my challenge; daily is to do something better this week than I did last week.

Who would be your dream client?
Kizzy: Tyler Perry

 How would you compare who inspired you to start baking to the present and future inspirations in your field?
Kizzy: I watched cake Boss a lot before my baking endeavor. I honestly don’t have any inspirations…my challenge; daily is to do something better this week than I did last week.

What has been your funniest request vs the most memorable one?
Kizzy: A female torso with an exposed vagina with a penis (keeping it real) vs most memorable – one created for a baby girl who didn’t make it into this world 

 

 You also do catering. What are the challenges in doing that?
Kizzy: Other than having the manpower to meet every catering requests…I do it blind folded 🤪

 What’s one question you wish someone would ask you and what would your answer be?
Kizzy: How did I do it! / By Gods grace!

Kizzy’s Creations
Facebook: Kizzy’s Creations
IG: MizzCreations
Phone: 254-334-1089

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