Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Play It Forward Episode 83



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Hey it’s Arroe.  This is Play It Forward.  A look at the unexpected changes endured by entertainers, writers, camera people and all others affected but not infected by the global invasion of the Coronavirus. 
Real people.  Real stories.  The struggle to Play It Forward.  
Episode 83:  The World Looks Different Now…
Which happens to be the latest book from Margaret Riley Thomas.  What you need to know from the beginning is that this is only part of our conversation.  She shared some of the most compelling information about our present place in Covid-19 history.  Content that can and should be used during our time of healing.  
Social Distancing is having an impact on everybody.  How we’re personally dealing with it puts us in places of decisions that create enormous holes in our hearts.  While I bring up the Aids pandemic and compare it to Covid-19. Through experience and having a compassionate eye on real people she was able to put strings together than many people haven’t talked about.  
Margaret’s book is The World Looks Different Now.  You can listen to the entire conversation on my podcast Like It’s Live.  Plus it’ll be heavily featured on Unplugged and Totally Uncut and View from the Writing Instrument.   
But this was one of those moments where an already great conversation into something that will reach beyond the moments that most know about but won’t talk about. 
Margaret Riley Thomas…
That’s Play It Forward.  You can listen to the full conversations with these artists on three different podcasts. Like Its Live, Unplugged and Totally Uncut and View from the Writing Instrument found on all digital platforms.

Sinqua Walls And Jason Dirden

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Inspired by the personal trials and professional successes of a young, ambitious and troubled impresario Don Cornelius, season two of BET’s period drama American Soul picks up two years later in 1975. As Don becomes a rising star, he continues to manage an assortment of spectacular talent that comes to his show, a complicated family life, failing personal health, and perhaps most importantly, his ego.

The eight-episode season of American Soul features a cast of multi-talented actors including Sinqua Walls who plays a young Don Cornelius. Series regulars also include Kelly Price, Jason Dirden, Iantha Richardson, Katlyn Nichol, and Christopher Jefferson. The new season features dynamic guest stars portraying some of the most prolific musicians and visionaries of the era.

Sinqua Walls portrays a formidable, flawed and fascinating Don Cornelius. A man who has failed at every job he’s ever had until the birth of “Soul Train,” the creation he loves but which threatens to tear him away from his family. Walls is a former college basketball player who is best know for his acting roles in MTV’s Teen Wolf, the horror feature Shark Night 3D, the ABC series Once Upon a Time, and the Clint Eastwood biopic The 15:17 to Paris, among others.

Jason Dirden plays Gerald Aims, an established gangster and club owner who hasn’t lost the hustle. He’s an alpha dog who’d rather scare you than kill you, but he isn’t afraid to do the latter, either. Dirden is best known for his work in Greenleaf, Elementary and The Start of Dreams.

Adrienne Bankert


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Apple Books has named "Your Hidden Superpower" audiobook as a "Must Listen" for June 2020. Narrated and written by ABC News and Good Morning America correspondent Adrienne Bankert, the debut title offers optimism and hope through the message of kindness as a superpower that can be honed.

Now, more than ever, people are actively seeking out more positivity. A recent poll shows that 81% of the population say they are 'eager to hear some good news' (CANVAS8). The demand for happiness and positivity-oriented content to inspire optimism and hope is at an all-time high.

"Kindness is more than just a nice idea; it's a fail proof anchor to hope - even in the first half of 2020," says Bankert. "Many are grieving over how unfair life has been; plenty are heartbroken over the divisiveness and pain of a year that looks nothing like we expected. Add to that the relationship and family issues, uncertainty of our economy and violence we see everywhere, and it adds overwhelming pressure."

In "Your Hidden Superpower," Bankert, an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award-winning reporter, shares her professional and personal insight about how the simple act of kindness can have a profound impact and create positive change.

As a television correspondent, presenter, mentor, speaker, and reporter who has covered Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding, and who has interviewed top celebs from Harrison Ford to Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, and more, Bankert taps into her personal life experiences to help readers uncover their own superpower through kindness.

In her unique and creative fashion, Bankert weaves in real-life illustrations and powerful lessons throughout the book. Featuring conversations and connections confirming the phenomenal power of being kind, Bankert also reveals ways others can learn to adopt kindness as a lifestyle and how kindness develops a sixth sense, provides a compass for your identity, and acts as a personal GPS for new opportunities.

"Showing kindness is a reminder that you are here to make a difference, and that you were born to be someone else's answer," says Bankert. "It is so much more than just making someone feel better. By being kind, you are the remedy."

"Your Hidden Superpower: The Kindness That Makes You Unbeatable at Work and Connects You With Anyone" (HarperCollins Leadership) is available now wherever books are sold.

Creed Bratton


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SAG award winning actor and folk-rock musician Creed Bratton ("The Office") is slated to release his highly anticipated, ninth full-length album "Slightly Altered" later this summer. Produced by Grammy award-winning producer Dave Way (Sheryl Crow, Christina Aguilera, Fiona Apple) and Dillion O'Brian, "Slightly Altered" is a 10-track journey across a mystical and sublime musical soundscape. The first single, "Chan Chu Toad," dropped on June 12, 2020 and the second single, "The Ride," is slated for release on July 10, 2020.

You can check out "Chan Chu Toad" here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdRQWdsfEYw

Also on the new album: a re-recording of "Temptation Eyes" - originally released by Bratton's 1970s band, The Grass Roots - which reimagines the punchy hit as a soulful ballad. And the closing track, "Right Where I Belong," is a sweet, easy-paced reflection on contentment.

"Creed's a man who's done things, seen things," Dave Way said. "The scars make for some pretty tough skin.but under (Bratton's) steely eyed, leathered exterior is a big and grateful heart. I've seen it, and that's what you'll hear on this album."

"This is my most personal album to date," Bratton said. "It took me over a year to record it and I am so proud of what has emerged. Our country and world are in a dark place, but we have to go through this catharsis to come into the light. I truly believe that healing and music are intertwined, and my humble hope is that this record can play some part in that."

"Slightly Altered" will be available wherever digital downloads are sold, you can visit Bratton's artist pages here:

SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2hLcUCdtqgnTaPA0lZJ1oZ

APPLE MUSIC: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/creed-bratton/213798368

The Lyrics From Billy's Forest Chapter 209

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July 14, 2020
I’m not an expert on animal behavior but I’ve studied the spiritual energy of Animal Speak for several decades.  Oh no!  The Jesus loving freak reaches toward other avenues of communication!  Yeah, well what if that man that once walked the planet actually speaks through animals to reach us? The energy of the universe uses them as an attraction.  Once your wild out of control Covid-19 fear filled mind locks in on the presence of something far greater than this mess then boom let the message begin to download.  On this podcast episode we bring the squirrel into the picture.  We’re always trying to out squirrel the squirrel.  The pesky little fuzzy butts endlessly steal food from the birds and other living creations.  For many people the average everyday squirrel creates anger.  Hmmm back it down Darth Vader.  There’s a huge lesson to be learned while putting focus on their daily performance.  A squirrel knows when change is coming.  We take note as humans of how much it seems to always store things when in reality the squirrel is brilliant at lightening up the load.  Squirrels know the best way to deal with situations.  It prepares for the future by making room to gather the right things.  As people are we preparing for the next surge of negative entering our present place?  Are you cleaning out your closets?  Are you only storing extra food, water, clothing, candles and money for later use?  That pain in the butt creature teaches us to be fully aware of what’s in our Now.  To be ready to avoid and escape a threatening situation. Show me someone who isn’t trying to survive right now.  Uncertainty is out of control.  Your inner peace isn’t in your past nor is it waiting for you in the future.  Millions are still unemployed.  Eviction notices are being sent out.  As much as we want to run out and aggressively pursue our personal goals, we’re forgetting about the extreme importance of balance.  How does a squirrel jump eight feet to a different tree?  Is it play, protection or a new age of socializing?  In order to out squirrel the squirrel you need to know how the squirrel lives and thinks.  Then look at your own life, challenges, daily victories and defeats.  If the squirrel brings you to a boiling point I have to ask how many people feel the same way about your presence.  This isn’t a Debbie Downer or Buzz Kill.  Survival and the struggle to succeed through it are being challenged.  Balance must be your daily diet.  Taking walks to watch the squirrels is a great way to bring you back into the animal circle.  While there you’ll see hawks, owls, giant beetles, huge ass pinecones, unique trees, flowers proudly bragging about their blossoms and a light breeze that’s waited all day to help cool you off.  It’s extremely easy to create dreams and get totally frail in the mind and spirit when you aren’t anywhere close to achieving a greater day.  Both are extremely strong in the presence of whatever decision you’re about to make.  Or you can listen to the squirrel and let your awareness be your better tool.  Assumption will land your squirrel butt on the ground and not in the other tree.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Play It Forward Episode 82



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Hey it’s Arroe.  This is Play It Forward.  A look at the unexpected changes endured by entertainers, writers, camera people and all others affected but not infected by the global invasion of the Coronavirus. 
Real people.  Real stories.  The struggle to Play It Forward.  
Episode 82: 
Clive Standen stars as Anthony Lavelle on the new NBC drama "Council of Dads." Outside of that role he plays a real father during a global pandemic
Keegan Bost comes from a small town in Alabama called Gadsden.  Although he was just recently featured on NBC’s Songland, the hometown stomping ground didn’t provide too much of a music scene.  He gained access to his vibe through his participation with the church.  We all know that scene today is just as silent as a music stage.
Joe Gatto and James Murray from Misery Index on TBS are stoked about being the moment because they’re helping to bring comic relief to a Covid silent world.
That’s Play It Forward.  You can listen to the full conversations with these artists on three different podcasts. Like Its Live, Unplugged and Totally Uncut and View from the Writing Instrument found on all digital platforms.

Pod Crashing Episode 64


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Pod-Crashing Episode 64

In Modern Ruhles, NBC News correspondent and MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle brings her characteristic curiosity, empathy and insight to some of today's thorniest, most complex conversations.

 

Whether it's a discussion about privilege, political correctness, the limitations of feminism or the possibilities for a non-toxic masculinity, Stephanie brings to the table intelligence, unflinching honesty, and a genuine willingness to listen, probe and reflect.

 

In Modern Ruhles, these topics aren't always comfortable, but they are always compelling.

 

Each episode invites a small handful of carefully chosen guests to Stephanie candid, authentic conversations. She approaches each of them one on one, and it's the unguarded moments they share that make this show unique.