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Latest Episodes

Topically Yours - Desmond Richardson. Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Host Deardra Shuler talks withDesmond Richardson, one of the Artistic Directors of the Complexion Contemporary Ballet. Complexionswill feature its upcoming season at the Joyce Theater in NYC fromJanuary 21 – February 2nd. Program Awill feature the world premiere of“Love Rocks”a full company ballet set to works by the iconic GRAMMY Award winning singer and songwriter,Lenny Kravitz. Photo credit for Love Rocks goes to Chad Wagner andSteven Trumon Gray,@THEGINGERB3ARDMEN; Sharen Bradford for Bach 25 Dance company photo and Woke photo byJoseph Franciosa. In the second week (Program B), the company will reprise “WOKE,”a physical reaction to the daily news. A bold and dynamic socially conscious one act ballet featuring the full company that examines our humanity in conjunction with today’s political climate. Also featured“BACH 25.”Set to the music of Johann Sebastian and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach will be presented as part of Programs A*and B.

31 MIN5 d ago
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Topically Yours - Desmond Richardson. Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Topically Yours - Dawn Marie Driver of Ain't Misbehavin

Host Deardra Shuler talks with Dawn Marie Driver (member of the Irving Street Repertory) aboutthe show "Ain't Misbehavin" beingfeatured at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 8:00 pm, A strong soprano, Ms Driver tutored under Bishop Nathanial Townsley Jr and has traveled extensively across the US and overseas. Shehas collaborated with Gospel Great-Edwin Hawkins, Director -Dwight R.B. Cook, B’way and Film Choreographer Louis Johnson, as well as with the legendary Woodie King, Bway, Movie & Television Stars Carol Woods, Ben Vereenand Ruby Dee to name a few. She is the Executive Producer and co-writer of four On-Stage Musicals:“NightSongz-The New Musical”, “Follow The Star-The Musical”, “LoveSongs” and “Brooklyn To Bethlehem.”.Dawn is a cast member of Smokey Joe’s Café and a2015 Audelco Award Winner for Best Revival in Ain’tMisbehavin’ with Irving Street Repertory Company. She appears in Ain't Misbehaven the musical featuring the songs of...

33 MIN2 w ago
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Topically Yours - Dawn Marie Driver of Ain't Misbehavin

Topically Yours with guest Dread Scott (slave revolt)

Host Deardra Shuler talks with artist Dread Scott regarding his 6 year project in collaboration with John Akomfrah, Ghanaian-British artist, filmmaker, and writer on the Slave Rebellion Reenactment. Jointly they createdthe film documentation of aperformance that includes hundreds of local community members in New Orleans who startin the River Parishes of New Orleans on Nov. 8, and for 2 days November 8-9, reenact a26-mile Slave Rebellion that will end in Congo Square at an event featuring music and dance from community artists including trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, rapper Truth Universal and the Kumbuka African Drum & Dance Collective.In 1811, those who hoped to abolish slavery took part in theuprising. Individuals such asCharles Deslondes, Gilbert, Marie Rose, Jessamine, Quamana, Jupiter and others will be celebrated. TheGerman Coast 1811 uprising its said,claimed a total of 200 to 500 slaves participating in a 2-day, twenty six-mile march, wherein slavesburned five plantation hou...

41 MIN2019 NOV 21
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Topically Yours with guest Dread Scott (slave revolt)

Topically Yours - African Voices/Reel Sisters Films founder, Carolyn A Butts

Host Deardra Shuler interviews publisher/founder of African Voices, Carolyn A.Butts. African Voices isa leading non-profit arts magazine devoted to presenting fine art and literature by artists of color. Carolyn is also the founder of the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series (www.reelsisters.org), an annual Brooklyn-based festival for women of color in the film industry. A Brooklynnative, Ms Butts served as an assistant press secretary to former New York State Comptroller H. Carl McCall and a press aide to former Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger. Films featured:Skin, And Nothing Happened,Ballet After Dark, Wash Day, Plant the Seed etc. Reel Sisters22nd Anniversary event will take place fromOct. 19 & 20th, 2019 at Alamo Draft House in Brooklyn.Their awards ceremony took place October 11th where the honored Pioneering Activist/Author Nana Camille Yarbrough,Filmmakers Sandra Guzmán and Leslie Harris (Just Another Girl on the IRT). Actress Rosie Perezpr...

39 MIN2019 OCT 16
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Topically Yours - African Voices/Reel Sisters Films founder, Carolyn A Butts

Topically Yours - Rev. Herbert Daughtry

Deardra Shuler has as her guest nationally acclaimed minister, Rev. Herbert Daughtry, who is the National Presiding Minister ofthe House of the Lord Churches. Rev. Daughtry has been involved in protest actions in cooperation with Brooklyn CORE and Operation Breadbasket, the economic arm of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) as part of the struggle for equality and community control of schools in the 1950s-'60.In addition to serving as co-chairman of Ministers Against Narcotics, he also served as vice chairperson of the board of directors of Bedford Stuyvesant Youth in Action and executive vice chair of Operation Breadbasket’s Metropolitan New York Chapter. Having authored several books, he includes among them“No Monopoly on Suffering: Blacks and Jews in Crown Heights and Elsewhere,”“My Beloved Community,” “Effectual Prayer and Dear 2pac: Letters to a Son.” He is a founding member of the Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, founder of the...

57 MIN2019 JUN 12
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Topically Yours - Rev. Herbert Daughtry

Topically Yours - Singer, musician, producer Jonathan Butler

Host Deardra Shuler talks with singer Jonathan Butler who was born and raised in Cape Town during Apartheid.Jonathan Butler started singing and playing acoustic guitar as a child. Racial segregation and poverty during Apartheid has been the subject of many of his records. His first singleearned a Sarie Award, South Africa's equivalent to the Grammy Awards. Butler has achievedchart-topping success, Grammy nominations and other accolades for his recordings. His self-titled debut album put him on the map internationally and garnered two Grammy nominations, which include the R&B-pop vocal statement "Lies" and the poignant instrumental, "Going Home." Butler, a multi-talented musician, produces, arranges, and plays guitar, bass and keyboards. He has released several best-selling Gospel CDs, most notably "Gospel Goes Classical" and "Brand New Day. Hehas come full circle and back to his love of Bacharach with the music of his new album,Close To You. The 11-song project features 10 Bacharach...

47 MIN2019 MAY 17
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Topically Yours - Singer, musician, producer Jonathan Butler

Topically Yours - Darrin Ross of Invincible

Host Deardra Shuler talks withcreator, producer and director, Darrin Ross, who will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of his spectacular show in tribute to Michael Jackson 10 years after his passing. The Tribute show will be at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx, Saturday, May 25 at 8pm. Darrin Ross has been producing and engineering songs since 1984. He worked with Jam On Productions,producinghit songs “Jam On It,” “Push the Button,” “Destination Earth” etc. He later createdhis own record company with Keith Davis wherein they started a group called The Roots. He workedwith Rennie Harris Pure Movement as the Executive Director and co-collaborator, creating music and lighting. He worked on Rome and Jewels, a hip hop version of Romeo and Juliet resulting in Ross winning a Bessie Award for Sound Design and Composition.Darrin created his current show Invincible: A Glorious Tribute to Michael Jackson in 2009, right after Jackson died. Rosssearched all over the wor...

44 MIN2019 MAY 11
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Topically Yours - Darrin Ross of Invincible

Topically Yours - Original Supremes Singer Mary Wilson

Host Deardra Shuler interviews singer, author, motivational speaker and former Supremes member, Mary Wilson, who will be appearingat the Café Carlyle in NYC from, May 28-June 8. Ms Wilson will also be releasing her latest book“Supreme Glamour” which will be released in the UK on May 23, 2019 and the US on September 17, 2019. The highly anticipated coffee-table book will showcase the gowns The Supremes were known for over the decades and delve into additional history of the most successful female recording group of all time. Supreme Glamour is now available for pre-order on Amazon.In 2019, she will also be celebrating the 60th anniversary of The Supremes. Wilson was named as a spokesperson for the Humpty Dumpty Institute's initiative to raise public awareness about the worldwide scourge of landmines. After helping to detonate 58 bombs and declaring safe zones, she held a charity concert in Colombo, Sri Lanka. She is active innon-profit organizations, including the Susan G. Komen B...

45 MIN2019 APR 13
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Topically Yours - Original Supremes Singer Mary Wilson

Topically Yours - Actress Malaika Uwamahoro

Host Deardra Shuler talks with Malaika Uwamahoro (pronounced Mah-Like-ah Ooh-wam-ah-har-oh) who is a young actor, spoken word poet-performer, singer, and social justice artist. She will be performing the central character plus 9 others in the critically acclaimed play “Miracle in Rwanda,” at the Lion Theater on Theater Row off-Broadway beginning April 4, 2019. The run of the play coincides with this 25thanniversary of the historic massacre in Rwanda where 800,000 lives were lost. “I am so happy to pass on this role to a woman of Rwandan heritage. Malaika is a brilliant actress, and she brings a sensibility that will move and inspire the audience. I can’t wait for the world to see her work,” said Leslie Lewis. MIRACLE IN RWANDA chronicles the dramatic events of Rwandan Genocide Survivor Immaculée Ilibagiza. The message is one of personal empowerment, of overcoming all obstacles through the power of faith, forgiveness and ultimately finding peace of mind amidst unbelievable hard...

34 MIN2019 MAR 21
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Topically Yours - Actress Malaika Uwamahoro

Topically Yours - American Idol winner Ruben Studdard

Deardra Shuler interviews Ruben Studdard, the Grammy nominated R&B, pop and gospel singer. Born in Frankfurt, Germany while is father was stationed in the US Army. Later moved to Birmingham, Ala., where he grew up singing in the church. He attended Alabama A&M University on a football scholarship graduating with a degree in music. Studdard’s big break came in 2003, when he was accepted as a contestant onAmerican Idol. In a nod to Luther Vandross, he performed a cover of thesong “Superstar”, anR&Bhit for Vandross. Ruben’s 2003 debut album, the hip-hop flavored R&B recordSoulful,hit #1 on theBillboardcharts, has been certified Platinum, sold over 1.8 million copies, and won theNAACPImage AwardforOutstanding New Artist. He is appearing at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts onSaturday,March 30th, 2019at8pm. For tickets call718-960-8833.

24 MIN2019 MAR 20
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Topically Yours - American Idol winner Ruben Studdard

Latest Episodes

Topically Yours - Desmond Richardson. Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Host Deardra Shuler talks withDesmond Richardson, one of the Artistic Directors of the Complexion Contemporary Ballet. Complexionswill feature its upcoming season at the Joyce Theater in NYC fromJanuary 21 – February 2nd. Program Awill feature the world premiere of“Love Rocks”a full company ballet set to works by the iconic GRAMMY Award winning singer and songwriter,Lenny Kravitz. Photo credit for Love Rocks goes to Chad Wagner andSteven Trumon Gray,@THEGINGERB3ARDMEN; Sharen Bradford for Bach 25 Dance company photo and Woke photo byJoseph Franciosa. In the second week (Program B), the company will reprise “WOKE,”a physical reaction to the daily news. A bold and dynamic socially conscious one act ballet featuring the full company that examines our humanity in conjunction with today’s political climate. Also featured“BACH 25.”Set to the music of Johann Sebastian and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach will be presented as part of Programs A*and B.

31 MIN5 d ago
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Topically Yours - Desmond Richardson. Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Topically Yours - Dawn Marie Driver of Ain't Misbehavin

Host Deardra Shuler talks with Dawn Marie Driver (member of the Irving Street Repertory) aboutthe show "Ain't Misbehavin" beingfeatured at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 8:00 pm, A strong soprano, Ms Driver tutored under Bishop Nathanial Townsley Jr and has traveled extensively across the US and overseas. Shehas collaborated with Gospel Great-Edwin Hawkins, Director -Dwight R.B. Cook, B’way and Film Choreographer Louis Johnson, as well as with the legendary Woodie King, Bway, Movie & Television Stars Carol Woods, Ben Vereenand Ruby Dee to name a few. She is the Executive Producer and co-writer of four On-Stage Musicals:“NightSongz-The New Musical”, “Follow The Star-The Musical”, “LoveSongs” and “Brooklyn To Bethlehem.”.Dawn is a cast member of Smokey Joe’s Café and a2015 Audelco Award Winner for Best Revival in Ain’tMisbehavin’ with Irving Street Repertory Company. She appears in Ain't Misbehaven the musical featuring the songs of...

33 MIN2 w ago
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Topically Yours - Dawn Marie Driver of Ain't Misbehavin

Topically Yours with guest Dread Scott (slave revolt)

Host Deardra Shuler talks with artist Dread Scott regarding his 6 year project in collaboration with John Akomfrah, Ghanaian-British artist, filmmaker, and writer on the Slave Rebellion Reenactment. Jointly they createdthe film documentation of aperformance that includes hundreds of local community members in New Orleans who startin the River Parishes of New Orleans on Nov. 8, and for 2 days November 8-9, reenact a26-mile Slave Rebellion that will end in Congo Square at an event featuring music and dance from community artists including trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, rapper Truth Universal and the Kumbuka African Drum & Dance Collective.In 1811, those who hoped to abolish slavery took part in theuprising. Individuals such asCharles Deslondes, Gilbert, Marie Rose, Jessamine, Quamana, Jupiter and others will be celebrated. TheGerman Coast 1811 uprising its said,claimed a total of 200 to 500 slaves participating in a 2-day, twenty six-mile march, wherein slavesburned five plantation hou...

41 MIN2019 NOV 21
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Topically Yours with guest Dread Scott (slave revolt)

Topically Yours - African Voices/Reel Sisters Films founder, Carolyn A Butts

Host Deardra Shuler interviews publisher/founder of African Voices, Carolyn A.Butts. African Voices isa leading non-profit arts magazine devoted to presenting fine art and literature by artists of color. Carolyn is also the founder of the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series (www.reelsisters.org), an annual Brooklyn-based festival for women of color in the film industry. A Brooklynnative, Ms Butts served as an assistant press secretary to former New York State Comptroller H. Carl McCall and a press aide to former Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger. Films featured:Skin, And Nothing Happened,Ballet After Dark, Wash Day, Plant the Seed etc. Reel Sisters22nd Anniversary event will take place fromOct. 19 & 20th, 2019 at Alamo Draft House in Brooklyn.Their awards ceremony took place October 11th where the honored Pioneering Activist/Author Nana Camille Yarbrough,Filmmakers Sandra Guzmán and Leslie Harris (Just Another Girl on the IRT). Actress Rosie Perezpr...

39 MIN2019 OCT 16
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Topically Yours - African Voices/Reel Sisters Films founder, Carolyn A Butts

Topically Yours - Rev. Herbert Daughtry

Deardra Shuler has as her guest nationally acclaimed minister, Rev. Herbert Daughtry, who is the National Presiding Minister ofthe House of the Lord Churches. Rev. Daughtry has been involved in protest actions in cooperation with Brooklyn CORE and Operation Breadbasket, the economic arm of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) as part of the struggle for equality and community control of schools in the 1950s-'60.In addition to serving as co-chairman of Ministers Against Narcotics, he also served as vice chairperson of the board of directors of Bedford Stuyvesant Youth in Action and executive vice chair of Operation Breadbasket’s Metropolitan New York Chapter. Having authored several books, he includes among them“No Monopoly on Suffering: Blacks and Jews in Crown Heights and Elsewhere,”“My Beloved Community,” “Effectual Prayer and Dear 2pac: Letters to a Son.” He is a founding member of the Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, founder of the...

57 MIN2019 JUN 12
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Topically Yours - Rev. Herbert Daughtry

Topically Yours - Singer, musician, producer Jonathan Butler

Host Deardra Shuler talks with singer Jonathan Butler who was born and raised in Cape Town during Apartheid.Jonathan Butler started singing and playing acoustic guitar as a child. Racial segregation and poverty during Apartheid has been the subject of many of his records. His first singleearned a Sarie Award, South Africa's equivalent to the Grammy Awards. Butler has achievedchart-topping success, Grammy nominations and other accolades for his recordings. His self-titled debut album put him on the map internationally and garnered two Grammy nominations, which include the R&B-pop vocal statement "Lies" and the poignant instrumental, "Going Home." Butler, a multi-talented musician, produces, arranges, and plays guitar, bass and keyboards. He has released several best-selling Gospel CDs, most notably "Gospel Goes Classical" and "Brand New Day. Hehas come full circle and back to his love of Bacharach with the music of his new album,Close To You. The 11-song project features 10 Bacharach...

47 MIN2019 MAY 17
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Topically Yours - Singer, musician, producer Jonathan Butler

Topically Yours - Darrin Ross of Invincible

Host Deardra Shuler talks withcreator, producer and director, Darrin Ross, who will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of his spectacular show in tribute to Michael Jackson 10 years after his passing. The Tribute show will be at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx, Saturday, May 25 at 8pm. Darrin Ross has been producing and engineering songs since 1984. He worked with Jam On Productions,producinghit songs “Jam On It,” “Push the Button,” “Destination Earth” etc. He later createdhis own record company with Keith Davis wherein they started a group called The Roots. He workedwith Rennie Harris Pure Movement as the Executive Director and co-collaborator, creating music and lighting. He worked on Rome and Jewels, a hip hop version of Romeo and Juliet resulting in Ross winning a Bessie Award for Sound Design and Composition.Darrin created his current show Invincible: A Glorious Tribute to Michael Jackson in 2009, right after Jackson died. Rosssearched all over the wor...

44 MIN2019 MAY 11
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Topically Yours - Darrin Ross of Invincible

Topically Yours - Original Supremes Singer Mary Wilson

Host Deardra Shuler interviews singer, author, motivational speaker and former Supremes member, Mary Wilson, who will be appearingat the Café Carlyle in NYC from, May 28-June 8. Ms Wilson will also be releasing her latest book“Supreme Glamour” which will be released in the UK on May 23, 2019 and the US on September 17, 2019. The highly anticipated coffee-table book will showcase the gowns The Supremes were known for over the decades and delve into additional history of the most successful female recording group of all time. Supreme Glamour is now available for pre-order on Amazon.In 2019, she will also be celebrating the 60th anniversary of The Supremes. Wilson was named as a spokesperson for the Humpty Dumpty Institute's initiative to raise public awareness about the worldwide scourge of landmines. After helping to detonate 58 bombs and declaring safe zones, she held a charity concert in Colombo, Sri Lanka. She is active innon-profit organizations, including the Susan G. Komen B...

45 MIN2019 APR 13
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Topically Yours - Original Supremes Singer Mary Wilson

Topically Yours - Actress Malaika Uwamahoro

Host Deardra Shuler talks with Malaika Uwamahoro (pronounced Mah-Like-ah Ooh-wam-ah-har-oh) who is a young actor, spoken word poet-performer, singer, and social justice artist. She will be performing the central character plus 9 others in the critically acclaimed play “Miracle in Rwanda,” at the Lion Theater on Theater Row off-Broadway beginning April 4, 2019. The run of the play coincides with this 25thanniversary of the historic massacre in Rwanda where 800,000 lives were lost. “I am so happy to pass on this role to a woman of Rwandan heritage. Malaika is a brilliant actress, and she brings a sensibility that will move and inspire the audience. I can’t wait for the world to see her work,” said Leslie Lewis. MIRACLE IN RWANDA chronicles the dramatic events of Rwandan Genocide Survivor Immaculée Ilibagiza. The message is one of personal empowerment, of overcoming all obstacles through the power of faith, forgiveness and ultimately finding peace of mind amidst unbelievable hard...

34 MIN2019 MAR 21
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Topically Yours - Actress Malaika Uwamahoro

Topically Yours - American Idol winner Ruben Studdard

Deardra Shuler interviews Ruben Studdard, the Grammy nominated R&B, pop and gospel singer. Born in Frankfurt, Germany while is father was stationed in the US Army. Later moved to Birmingham, Ala., where he grew up singing in the church. He attended Alabama A&M University on a football scholarship graduating with a degree in music. Studdard’s big break came in 2003, when he was accepted as a contestant onAmerican Idol. In a nod to Luther Vandross, he performed a cover of thesong “Superstar”, anR&Bhit for Vandross. Ruben’s 2003 debut album, the hip-hop flavored R&B recordSoulful,hit #1 on theBillboardcharts, has been certified Platinum, sold over 1.8 million copies, and won theNAACPImage AwardforOutstanding New Artist. He is appearing at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts onSaturday,March 30th, 2019at8pm. For tickets call718-960-8833.

24 MIN2019 MAR 20
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Topically Yours - American Idol winner Ruben Studdard
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