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Friday, January 30, 2009

Recording artists AJC and Blacdadi Strahberries talk to you on Conversations LIVE!

Did you miss Conversations LIVE! Radio's exclusive interviews with recording artists AJC and Blacdadi Strahberries? If so, listen to the complete podcast here:
Recording artists Blacdadi Strahberries (http://www.myspace.com/bds777)
In interviews you won't hear anywhere else, host Cyrus A. Webb talks with the individuals about their beginnings, their sound and what mark they expect to make on the music industry. And what would an interview be with out music? Both AJC and Blacdadi Strahberries introduced new music to Conversations LIVE! listeners that you have to hear to believe!
Find more exclusive interviews at http://www.conversationsliveradio.com

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

WED. JAN. 28, 2009: Composer/Producer Malik Williams on Conversations LIVE!

Platinum selling Producer/Composer Malik Williams (http://www.malikwilliams.com) will make his first appearance on Conversations LIVE! Radio on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 7p.m. CST (8p.m. EST/5p.m. PT). Having worked with some of the biggest names in the business, Williams will take us on the journey of his life, how he got is first big break in the industry and give his advice for those who believe they haev what it takes to make it in music. As the Musical Supervisor for the upcoming reality show The Write Stuff he will also tell listeners what he hopes to bring to the project.
To listen to the interview live visit http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive or call the switchboard at 1.347.426.3645.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tues. Jan. 27, 2009: Consultant Jeff Gulko on Conversations LIVE!


Conversations LIVE! Radio is pleased to announce that nationally sought-after consultant Jeff Gulko (http://www.jeffgulko.com) will make his first appearance on the show on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 12p.m. CST (1p.m. EST/10a.m. PT). Gulko will talk about his beginnings, how he found and has followed his own road to success and what is next for him in 2009. To listen to the interview live simply visit http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive or call the switchboard at 1.347.426.3645.


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

POEM: History 2009 by C. A. Webb

History 2009


I woke up this morning with history on my mind.

Though it's only January 20, 2009 this year has already proven to be like no other.

The country in which I live fulfilled another aspect of its greatness today with the swearing in of its 44th President, our first black President.

But there is more.

It comes only one day after the nation celebrated the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

and the message of his life along with his famous dream.

That's part of why I woke up this morning with history on my mind.

The election of President Barack Obama to the White House is just another facet of the dream held by not just Dr. King but so many

others who believed in this country's ability to learn, to lead and to love.

But there is still much more to do.

Dreams come true when you not only believe but work in harmony with those beliefs.

It's fine to put hope in other's ability, but that hope must be planted in the work that other's see that we are willing to do ourselves.

There has been much talk of change, and that change can come if we are willing to rearrange the way we live our lives

so that it is seen in not just one man but us as one nation.

Real change will lead us to treat our fellow man in a way that shows we believe that no life is greater than another

—we will treat each other as sisters and brothers.

Real change will inspire us to seek ways we can encourage others to be their best instead of standing by and

letting our fellow citizens in the world fail like the rest.

If we want real change we won't accept just anything. Just getting by will not do. Not now. Not anymore. Not for anyone.

History is on my mind because we are all part of it, creating it, learning from it and living it.

Though not all our history has been the best of us, I know that what we leave behind beginning with this day will outlive the rest of us.

Others will look back on this day and marvel at the hope created

and through our actions we will be able to say that we appreciate our part in history.

We welcome it, because in the chapters we will add there will be pride that we are now being the people we want others to think we are.

And our best is yet to come.



©     2009                        C. A. Webb


Monday, January 19, 2009

New Poetic Monthly Magazine Features The Write Stuff Contestants, More!

The publishers of Poetic Monthly* are pleased to announce that the free downloadable issue of their magazine is now available and features several mentions of The Write Stuff reality show and those involved.
A Platinum Sponsor of The Write Stuff, the Poetic Monthly Magazine is not only keeping its national readership informed about the events surrounding the historic literary program. The winner of the competition will get a column in the publication as well as a year subscription.

To get your free pdf of the current issue or to order your hard copy, visit http://www.poeticmonthly.com.

Want to stay abreast as to what is going on with The Write Stuff? Visit http://www.thewritestufftv.com or http://www.myspace.com/thewritestufftv.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Write Stuff Auditions in Atlanta, GA: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

On Friday, January 16, 2009 supporters of The Write Stuff reality show converged on Atlanta, GA for the beginning of the weekends events. First was the meet and greet that allowed those interested in the project to meet the judges as well as get to know more about what the show hoped to accomplish.
Many of the judges met for the first time and were able to get to know each other better.
(Seen above: Authors Deshaun "Jiwe" Morris, Diane Dorce', Kia Stokes, Alicia Ash, Joseph Henderson and Roishina Clay Henderson along with D. Perkins, publisher of Crunk Magazine)
(Seen above: New York Times Bestselling author J. L. King with Kia Stokes and Alicia Ash)
(See above: Authors Dashaun "Jiwe" Morris, Diane Dorce', Kia Stokes, Alicia Ash, Joseph Henderson and Roishina Clay Henderson)
On Saturday, January 17, 2009 the auditions for The Write Stuff were held in Atlanta, GA.
(Seen above: Judges/Authors Dwan Abrams, Roishina Clay Henderson and Joseph Henderson)
Out of the pack came the following contenders:
CONFIRMED FOR SEASON ONE: David Dickson (Newton, NC)
CONFIRMED FOR SEASON ONE: Carla Strozier (College Park, GA)

CONFIRMED FOR SEASON ONE: Darrell Bruner (Atlanta, GA)

Two contestants showed great promise and much go through another challenge to see if they will be eligible for Season One of The Write Stuff (see below):
Lauretta Ali (Stone Mountain, GA)

Monique Williams (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

Aside from the auditions, The Write Stuff also collected over $200 in books that will be donated to a local library or organization in the Atlanta area. The presentation will be done on behalf of The Write Stuff by author/judge Diane Dorce'.
(Seen above with the book donation are Roderick Tate of Brothas Well Read Book Club and authors Diane Dorce', Alicia Ash
and J. L. King.) To date, over $600 in books have been donated by supporters of The Write Stuff. Our goal is $5,000 in book donations by the end of the season.
For the full Photo Gallery of the Atlanta auditions visit http://thewritestufftv.webs.com/apps/photos/
To stay abreast of events going on with The Write Stuff, visit http://www.thewritestufftv.com.

THIS WEEK'S REVIEW: "The Happiness Factor" by Kirk Wilkinson

Conversations Book Club is pleased to announce that this week's review that appears in the Clarion Ledger Newspaper
(Rankin Ledger insert) is of "The Happiness Factor (How To Be Happy No Matter What!)" by author Kirk Wilkinson.
To read the article visit this link:
Wilkinson was recently a guest on Conversations LIVE! Radio as well. To listen to the thought-provoking discsusion, visit this link:
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Author/Hiphop Activist Kris Ex talks to Conversations LIVE! Radio

Did you miss Conversations LIVE! Radio's interview with author/activist Kris Ex? If so, listen to the entire podcast here:
He talks about the two pivotal moments in his life when he discovered the power he had with words as well as how he views his own success. Want to know what he thought about writing FROM PIECES TO WEIGHT with 50 Cent and his views on the election of President Obama? Kris Ex discusses these things and more.

To find out more about Conversations LIVE! Radio, visit http://www.conversationsliveradio.com.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Author Michele Sudler talks to Conversations LIVE! Radio

Did you miss author Michele Sudler's interview with Conversations LIVE! Radio? Listen to the podcast here:
In her first interview with the show, Sudler talked about what it has been like to author four books and continue working on others as well as how it feels to be a published author. She even gave advice to those who are contemplating writing and just haven't taken those first steps. To find out more about the author visit http://www.myspace.com/micheleasudler.
To find out more about Conversations LIVE! Radio, visit http://www.conversationsliveradio.com.

The Write Stuff Report: Houston, TX Meet & Greet/Auditions 2009

The historic nature of The Write Stuff reached a new level on Friday, January 9 2009 when some of the principals with the project converged on Houston, Texas for the first meet and greet and audition. No one knew exactly what to expect, but at the end of the day it was agreed that the events were a success!
(Seen above: Authors Joseph Henderson, Elaine Flowers, Sylvia Dickey Smith, P. Elaine Archie, Kia Stokes and Bruce Williams)
During the meet and greet dozens attended to find out more about the project, meet the judges and other participants and just to show their support. Among the judges present were (seen below) authors Sylvia Dickey Smith, Kia Stokes, Brian W. Smith, P. Elaine Archie, Elaine Flowers and Joseph Henderson. It was the first time many of them had actually met in person, but you wouldn't have been able to tell by the conversations and the instant connections that were made.
The day of the auditions (Saturday, January 10, 2009) the lines weren't long, however, contestants came from Lake Charles, Louisiana to Orange County, Texas ready to show why they had The Write Stuff.

At the end of the day three contestants were confirmed for the show:

Tommie Townsley
Shanedria Ridley
Geremy Howard
Another contestant, Lakeisha Young-Sanders (seen below), showed great promise and will be involved in another activity to see if she will be chosen to be a part of season one.
Aside from the actual activites of the weekend, The Write Stuff supporters were able to give back to others as well. Dozens of books were brought in as donations, totally over $450! These will be presented by author Sylvia Dickey Smith to the Georgetown Public Library in Georgetown, Texas.
Houston, TX has begun a new chapter for this groundbreaking project. The countdown is now on! Next will be Atlanta, GA. To see the full photo gallery for the Houston, TX trip, visit this link: http://thewritestufftv.webs.com/apps/photos/album.jsp?albumID=3722507 .To keep up with other events and those associated with The Write Stuff, visit http://www.thewritestufftv.com.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

CBC Report: This week's feature: Author Roishina Clay Henderson

After dreaming about being an author since she was nine years old, Mississippi native Roishina Clay Henderson is now living that dream to the fullest. Her first novel Make Me Whole debuted in December 2008 and is already getting rave reviews. A former journalist with The Clarion-Ledger, she now lives in Atlanta, Ga., with her husband and son. Henderson talked with Conversations Book Club President Cyrus A. Webb about her book, the experience of being published and her advice for others who wish to do the same.
To read the article that appeared in the Clarion Ledger Newspaper (Rankin Ledger Insert), visit here:
To read the full "Take Ten" interview with the author, visit this link:  http://authorstaketen.blogspot.com/2009/01/take-ten-author-roishina-clay-henderson.html
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Monday, January 5, 2009

Listen to author Patricia Neely-Dorsey's interview with Conversations LIVE! here.

Did you miss author Patricia Neely-Dorsey in her first visit to Conversations LIVE! Radio? If so, listen to the entire podcast here:
A proud wife, mother and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Dorsey talks about how her amazing career actually began just two years ago and how hundreds of poems later she is making her mark as a author. Why does she feel as though her poems about rural life can resonate with others across the country? Listen to the interview and find out! Among her other endeavors she is also a judge for the upcoming reality show "The Write Stuff". To find out more about the author visit http://www.patricianeelydorsey.webs.com.
Want to know who else is talking to Conversations LIVE! Radio? Visit http://www.conversationsliveradio.com.

Mon. Jan. 5th: Author Patricia Neely-Dorsey talks with Conversations LIVE! Radio

Monday, January 5, 2009 @ 7p.m. CST (8p.m. EST/5p.m. PT)
Author Patricia Neely-Dorsey* makes her first visit to Conversations LIVE! Radio today, discussing her writing career and the book Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia.
To listen live, simply visit http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive or listen through the switchboard by calling 1.347.426.3645.
*     Dorsey was featured in the Clarion Ledger (Rankin Ledger insert) recently. To see the review, visit http://www.rankinledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090103/LIFE/901030305/1003 . She also took part in an interview with Conversations Book Club's "Take Ten". You can read it here: http://authorstaketen.blogspot.com/2009/01/take-ten-author-patricia-neely-dorsey.html

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Author Joseph Henderson speaks at Koinonia Coffee (Thurs. Jan. 8)

THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009 @ 6:30p.m.
Koinonia Coffee
welcomes author Joseph Henderson during its regular TAPESTRY session. (Click on the flyer below to enlarge)
The public is invited to come out and meet the author as we discusses the metamorphosis that has taken place in his life and why he is now using his experiences to encourage others. Admission is free. For details or directions, call 601.960.3008.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Conversations recognizes author Patricia Neely-Dorsey

Conversations Book Club President Cyrus A. Webb is pleased to announce that this week's review that appears in the Clarion Ledger Newspaper (Rankin Ledger Insert) is of author Patricia Neely-Dorsey's book Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia.
Author Patricia Neely-Dorsey also sat down for a "Take Ten" Interview with Conversations about herself and her book. Read an excerpt below:
In 2009 many new literary voices will be joining the growing coalition of published authors. One such individual is Patricia Neely-Dorsey. Her book Refections of a Mississippi Magnolia was released in 2008 to glowing reviews, and she will be spending her time getting it out to the world in the coming months while writing on her next project. Patricia took out time recently to talk with Conversations about her beginnings as a writer, the book and what keeps her going. Here is our conversation.
Happy New Year to you, Patricia, and thank you for taking out time to participate in Conversations' "Take Ten". Before we talk about your book Reflections of A Mississippi Magnolia I want you to talk about you. How would you describe yourself and your evolution over the years?
Happy New Year to you, Cyrus, and Thank You for this wonderful opportunity to share with you about my book. In answer to your question, I would say that I have always thought of myself as very interesting and unique. On all of the questionnaires that I ever filled out since I was in grade school, I always described myself as that. Everyone also tells me that I am very funny.. so I guess I am that , too. People are always commenting on how funny some of my poems are. Evolution? Although ,I felt that I really knew myself inside and out and that everything was pretty much set with me, I think a real evolution began in me and with me when I turned 40. All of a sudden, it seemed that I just had all of these new revelations about myself and the world around me. It was like a new lease on life. The forties have truly been fabulous. and very eye-opening thus far. I feel that I know myself so much better and that I am so much more comfortable in the skin I'm in.

Growing up, I believe everyone has a dream about what they see themselves doing. For you how would were you answering the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?"
As far as what I dreamed of and wanted to be when I grew up , I never really had a realistic, concrete idea of that. In grade school, my idol was Beverly Johnson, one of the first black "supermodels", so naturally I wanted to be a supermodel …but being 5'6 (not quite tall enough) and living in Tupelo, MS. I started to realize that probably wouldn't happen ...But, then again, Elvis Presley came from Tupelo…so anything is possible (LOL). Obama validated that for all of us.
To read the entire interview with the author click here: http://authorstaketen.blogspot.com/2009/01/take-ten-author-patricia-neely-dorsey.html

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Friday, January 2, 2009

Bestselling author Terra LIttle talks to Conversations LIVE! Radio

Did you miss Conversations LIVE! Radio's interview with Bestselling author Terra Little? Listen to the entire podcast here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive/va/2009/01/03/author-terra-little-talks-to-conversations-live-radio .  
In this interview she talks about what it has been like for her to be recognized as a published author, the reaction of her family and friends to her accomplishments and what readers can expect from her new book WHERE THERE'S SMOKE. To find out more about Little visit http://www.terralittle.com. To find out more about Conversations LIVE! Radio, visit http://www.conversationsliveradio.com.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Fri. Jan. 2, 2009: Bestselling author Terra LIttle talks to Conversations LIVE! Radio

Conversations LIVE! Radio returns in 2009 with its first guest of the New Year: Bestselling author Terra Little.  Join us live on Friday, January 2, 2009 at 7p.m. CST (8p.m. EST/5p.m. PT) as we talk about the authors beginnings, what living in the public eye has been like for her and discuss the new book WHERE THERE'S SMOKE.
To listen to the show live, simply visit http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive or listen through the switchboard by calling 1.347.426.3645. To find out more about Conversations LIVE! Radio, visit http://www.conversationsliveradio.com.

Conversations/Crunk Book Club Begins 2009 with "A Secret". Read here!

Nina's Got A Secret Book

Continuing a literary partnership began in 2008, Conversations Book Club and Crunk Magazine are pleased to announce that the first book review to be featured by CRUNK BOOK CLUB in 2009 is of Bestselling author Brian W. Smith's NINA'S GOT A SECRET.

Read more here: http://magazinecrunk.powweb.com//january/crunk_weekly_january.html