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While attending Azusa Pacific University studying psychology, dancing is all that Derrek "Doc" Clarke could think about. After a chance meeting with singer and world renowned dancer/choreographer Toni Basil ("Hey Mickey") in a Hollywood night club, Azusa Pacific University was now in the past. Toni Basil was so impressed by Doc's grace, and unique style on the dance floor that she asked him to appear in her video "Street Life". From there she enlisted him to help her choreograph the R&B group Troop's video "Spread my wings". Doc continued to work with Troop and countless other entertainers including Young MC, Herb Alpert, Fatima Robinson, Tony Danza and more.
Doc has been featured in a number of commercials including those for Pepsi and Sega. His feet eventually led him to Japan where he lived and performed for three years. This eventually took a toll on the young dancer and he relocated back to Southern California. Wanting more of a challenge and possessing a thirst for how the music business worked, he began interning at Motown Records in the A&R dept. After becoming a full time employee at Motown, Doc began to help artists with their image and how they looked on videos, album covers, and live appearances. Doc has styled such artist as Queen Latifah, Michael Bivins, BBD, Lloyd, Sammie, Something for the People, Jesse Powell, and countless others. You can now find Doc managing artist, song writers, and producers.
Saturdays 10am PST
Miyume McKinley, LCSW the founder of Epiphany Counselling, Consulting & Treatment Services LLC located in San Pedro, CA. Here she provides quality psychotherapy to individuals, couples, families, and groups. She has over 10 years’ experience in the social services and mental health field. Counselling is not only what she does, but what she loves.
Miyume McKinley, LCSW received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Xavier University of Louisiana and a Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in Community Mental Health from California State University Dominguez Hills. She has worked in a variety of settings including but not limited to: A psychiatric facility for children and adolescents, private psychotherapy practices, an emergency shelter, afterschool programs, a maternity home, dialysis clinics, a hospital, and community based therapy programs. She has also had the opportunity to train employees and organizations on various mental health topics and helped develop programs that promote emotional/behavioural health.
Miyume works with individuals from all walks of life, from children to seniors. She has a passion for helping others learn skills that improve their quality of life and work through the obstacles life can sometimes throw your way. There is no challenge too big or too small; she works with individuals to build on their strengths and aid them in overcoming what may appear to be a hopeless situation. Her goal is to guide individuals on their journey to healing, hope, and peace of mind today. Webster Dictionary defines an Epiphany as a moment in which you suddenly see or understand something in a new or very clear way. Miyume is here to support others on the journey to this moment.
From old school funk to blueeyed soul, you'll love the blend of classic hits from the 60's to early 2000s. Every song will take you on a trip down memory lane.
Listen on Accelerated Radio from:
Monday - Friday
8:00AM to 11:00AM PST
Was born and raised in Fresno, CA, where she excelled in academics and athletics from grammar school throughout high school. In 2005, while attending Fresno State University she interned at Clear Channel Radio and was eventually hired as an On Air Radio Personality for B95 FM in Fresno, CA hosting nights and weekends. She was dubbed the name “Cookie Monster” and eventually evolved to “Cookee.” Erica left B95 in 2008 when she decided to pursue her education and accomplish a long time goal of living in Los Angeles, CA and working in the Music/Entertainment Industry.
While attending Cal State University, Northridge in Los Angeles, she landed an internship with Island Def Jam Music Group in the Promotions/A&R/Soundtracks department. Her time at Def Jam fuelled her passion for music and she began working toward achieving personal goals of her own.
In 2012, she began to do interviews with Up and Coming music artists to begin to work toward her goals of being a television host. She was blessed in early 2013 with an opportunity to follow her passion of doing interviews with celebrities through LA Sports Entertainment interviewing big names like Tori Spelling, Tamar Braxton, Charlie Wilson, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Chris Brown and more. All work can be found on her website LoveAndGoodMusic.com.
She joined the Accelerated Radio Network in May 2013 teaching inner city youth radio broadcasting with the Accelerated Radio School of Broadcasting program run by radio veteran Kevin Nash. In September 2013, she launched the birth of “Urban Hollywood Radio" which airs Tuesday night from 810pm PST on AcceleratedRadio.net. In May 2014 she launched her webisode "Courtesy of the Dj," a tribute to DJs making moves in the music industry on her Youtube channel. If you build it, they will come. Ask and you shall receive. Life is what you make it! “Spread Love & Good Music" #ToTheTop.
Twitter @QueenCookee - IG @QueenCookee - Facebook.com/QueenCookee - Youtube.com/QueenCookee - Website: LoveAndGoodMusic.com
Funny, witty and smart, Rhea Bea got her start in radio while studying broadcast journalism at Hampton University in Virginia. As a student, she worked as a disc jockey at the institutions Radio station, WHOV 88.1 FM. Post-graduation, Rhea returned to her hometown of Los Angeles, CA where she landed a job assisting the Director of Marketing of Emmis Communication's 93.9 KZLA and Power 106 FM. While at Emmis, Rhea recorded a number of on-air commercials and voice overs, which eventually led her to an on-air gig at Stevie Wonder's 102.3 KJLH.
For three years, Rhea brought heat to the airwaves on L.A.'s #1 Saturday night show, "The Mixdown" with her segment entitled "Word Has It" based on celebrity gossip. Don't be fooled by her cool, laidback demeanour.
She's just as sassy as she is sweet. Aside from radio, Rhea is a talented journalist and is the Los Angeles Urban Entertainment Examiner for AEG's examiner.com. Her bubbly and fun personality will leave you craving for more.
“The Reality Show” is a talk show that has conversations about reality as it actually is, and not what it is presumed to be. To explore the illustrious world that we call “The Real world”, we have discussions on such topics like “Why do People Cheat”, “The sexual bias of the attractive woman”, and “The attention Whore syndrome”.
Our main objective is to enlighten the conscious mind into thinking in ways that their minds have never thought before, and considering different perspectives as they become apparent in their everyday lives.
In The HOUSE Thursdays 10:00PM Pacific Standard Time
From radio engineering and event hosting to commercial and print modelling, Ladyrednails is a multi-media host born and breed for the field she chose. A native of Los Angeles, CA, Tiana Ward aka Lady Red Nails grew up in a music loving family, studying dance, and grabbing the attention of anybody that would watch and listen. Currently studying Broadcast Journalism, LRN is working to build an empire of her own, in the scene and behind the scenes within radio and television production.
Inspired by the likes of LaLa Anthony, Wendy Williams, and Oprah Winfrey, she admires their ability to create a name and a dominant presence in the field of both radio and television, and eventually building of their own brands and companies.
InTheHOUSE with Lady RedNails Radio Show launched May 10th 2014 on the Accelerated Radio Network. The show is engineered, DJ'd and hosted by Lady RedNails. Bringing the World 60 minutes of my favourite House, Techno, and Electro tracks.
Dawn Dai Show Saturdays 11:00 AM PST
"D.estined to A.spire to I.nspire”
Noted as “A Voice for Radio, With Oprah’s Ambition,” by the New York Times in 2010, Dawn Dai has leveraged her blossoming career in communications to include motivational speaker, life coach and voiceover talent. Coining the moniker as the “Life Bank Account” expert, Dawn educates the masses on the ideology that ‘you are your greatest asset’ and the importance of balancing your most valuable account which is your life. After losing her mother Janice Hill to Stage 4 breast cancer, and successfully losing 50lbs.
Dawn Dai is a living proof that with hard work and dedication, anyone can speak life and choose to overcome the challenges in their own lives. Destined to aspire to inspire, Dawn is taking inspiration to the next level by launching, Vitamin D with Dawn Dai. Along with co-host Jade Bridget, the radio show discusses relationships, business, fashion and all things fabulous with a twist of motivation. Dawn also entices her listeners to get excited about life by publishing a weekly newsletter called Vitamin D, which blends the lyrics of today’s most popular songs with a weekly motivational message.
For more information on Dawn Dai, visit www.DawnDaiSpeaks.com. For inquiries and bookings email booking@DawnDaiSpeaks.com.
Twitter: @DawnDaiSpeaks - Instagram: @DawnDaiSpeaks - Facebook: Dawn Dai Speaks Soundcloud: Dawn Dai Speaks - YouTube: Dawn Dai Speaks
Jazz At Midnight is a jazz appreciation, music show that strives to entertain, educate, and to pay tribute to the art form of classical music that was created by African Americans and adopted internationally.
It’s a musicians-musicians show that is new-jazz-listener friendly. Demographically, internationally and categorically Jazz At Midnight promises relaxation, smiles, and emotional arousal as it plays a plethora of album cuts and chart busters.
The line-ups or playlists are truly emotionally and spiritually chosen which enables me to become one (though music and mood) with listeners. The show begins with an inspirational selection that gives praise to God, and that encourages one to choose to live better, think better, to treat one another and themselves better.
Three hours of great music! Jazz At Midnight will tuck you in and help you start your morning.
Anthony ‘Shep’ Crawford. Producer, Songwriter, Composer, Arranger, Innovative, Dynamic, Ingenious. In short, Brilliance! Over a relatively short span of time, Shep is well respected with credits that include work with Luther Vandross, Kelly Price, Faith Evans, Deborah Cox, Yolanda Adams, Boys II Men, Gladys Knight, Whitney Houston, Karen Clark, Tamia, and Wynona Judd to name a few.
With riveting lyrics, infectious harmonies and hypnotic rhythms, Shep. Shep Crawford surfaced into the music industry in 1995 as the man behind multiplatinum Def Jam recording artist, Montell Jordan, Earning producer and songwriter’s credit on ten songs on the artist’s first album. That run initiated a sharp turning point for Crawford. And the number ones and top ten hits came pouring in.
“Stranger in My House” & “Me” (Tamia); “I’d Rather” (Luther Vandross); “Incomplete” (Sisqo); “We Can’t Be Friends” (Deborah Cox featuring R.L.); As We Lay, and “It’s My Time (Kelly Price). Shep has been acknowledged for many awards including the Lady of Soul, Dove, Billboard, American Music, ASCAP and subsequently along came the Grammy’s for albums including, “At Last” (Gladys Knight); “The Experience” (Yolanda Adams) and “Dance with My Father” (Luther Vandross). With songwriter and producer credits sound, Shep embarked on his own empire.
Founding 45 Live Records in 2001. In 2010 Shep Crawford acknowledged his call to pastor ship and formally organized The Experience Christian Ministries (E.C.M.). Pastor Shep is committed to preaching the Word, sharing the Gospel, spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ, seeking the ‘unchurched’ and restoring weary saints who have become exhausted and grown tired of traditional church. Whether it is producing/writing or preaching/teaching, God will always get the glory through the talents he has blessed Shep Crawford with!
Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Shalonda Crawford has always been a ‘go-getter’. After becoming a young mother at 15, she managed to remain in school, work and raise her son. Discontent and wanting more out of life for herand her son, as a young adult she moved to Los Angeles to find and realize her dreams.
Pursuing success in L.A., she began travelling the world with artists like Kelly Clarkson, Heather Headley, Mya, Clay Aiken and Ziggy Marley to name a few. It was during that time that she met Grammy Award winning, music producer, Anthony “Shep” Crawford through a mutual friend. It was love at first sight. 6 months later they were married. Adding First Lady to her ensemble of feats, in 2010, Shep and Shalonda organized a church, dedicated to spreading the Good News of Christ, reaching the unchurched and bringing a new perspective to those who have grown tired of traditional approaches to delivering, receiving and applying the Word.
After earning 5 degrees, including a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, a Master’s in Theology and a Master’s in Psychology, Shalonda is currently pursuing her Doctorate’s in Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology to further her professional quest. Shalonda lives out her motto that, “every experience is preparation for an experience to come!”
Urban Hollywood Tuesdays 8pm to 10pm PST
Urban Hollywood Radio consists of 4 hosts, Cookee, Dame Owens, Lady Red Nails, & fashionista K. Marie. Each host is unique and brings a different energy to the show which makes for a beautiful blend of the real! The show's primary focus is to play current hip hop along with R&B music with a dab of indie and old school, while highlighting the urban community in a positive light!
Urban Hollywood mixes in a little comedy, games, relatable topics, fashion tips, and Entertainment news to make the show extra special. Past guests include but definitely not limited to R&B singers Eric Bellinger, Ravaughn, Rayven, Justice, Singer/Actress V Bozeman, Actor Kel Mitchell, Hip Hop Artist the Luniz, Former NBA Player Booby Gibson, Director/Photographer Mike Ho, Comedian Alex Thomas, Beyoncé Tour Dancer Ashley Everett, Female Rappers Siya & ill Camille, Celebrity Stylists Norris x Thrash and Singer/Songwriters Jackie Boyz, Damani Nkosi, KenYon Dixon, Jake and Papa, to show our attempt to cover all of "Urban Hollywood."
We've expanded our network in Los Angeles by working with some of the Hottest DJ’s in Hollywood including but not limited to: DJ Hed, DJ B.A.D, Jason Derulo, DJ Jae Murphy, DJ Tendaji Lathan, DJ Grade A, DJ Nosaj, and DJ Kid Fresh.
Angela Jollivette also known as DJ Moonbaby; a member of The Recording Academy was invited to serve on the Awards Screening committees for the Urban Alternative & R&B categories for the 48th & 49th GRAMMY Awards. Little did she know the following years she would be conducting her own Awards committees for the 50th thru this year’s 58th GRAMMY Awards. Now esteemed with the position of Gospel/CCM Music & Visual Media (TV/Film Soundtracks) GRAMMY Awards Project Manager for the Awards department at The Recording Academy, 8 years later all of her hard work is paying off.
DJ Moonbaby is actively focused on developing and providing cutting edge, quality content on various platforms. Currently, a Radio personality on The Accelerated Radio Network (owned by KJLH 102.3 FM’s own Kevin Nash) hosting & producing “UnRestricted” every Thursday 810 PM PST http://www.acceleratedradio.net via TuneIn Radio and iHeartRadio platforms.
Moonbaby previously hosted Worry-Free Wednesday on Church Beat Radio. Ever evolving, in addition to Radio hosting DJ Moonbaby is currently curating & hosting a weekly on camera music series called Buzzin’ for GRAMMYPro.com http://GRAMMYPro.com & YouTube. GRAMMY Pro is an exclusive website for members of The Recording Academy where she interviews the next "big thing” in music before they surface mainstream. Also sitting down with current successful & recognizable talent in the music business, GRAMMY Nominees, Winners and beyond. Angela is making her mark in the Music/Entertainment industry as planned and continues to follow the path God illuminates for her.
While working at a top radio station in Los Angeles (owned by Stevie Wonder) Doc, Rhea Bea & Smooth Dee wanted to have more creative freedom with the topics they talked about on air as well as the music they played. Collectively they decided to create a show originally called "No U Ain’t Radio," which eventually became "The AM Caffeine Morning Show."
The AM Caffeine Morning Show has been described as Entertainment Tonight on steroids, with live DJ mixes by resident DJ's: DJ Smooth MellowDee (St. Louis) an DJ Ron C (Los Angeles). Doc Clarke is the voice of major criticism and the main person out of the crew that will say anything no matter who it may affect. He's known for always speaking the truth with sincerity.
Rhea Bea is usually the voice of reason while approaching all topics from a female perspective and representing the ladies in a positive light while always keeping it real....in a nice way. The AM Caffeine Morning Show is the perfect blend of entertainment news, hot topics and gossip mixed with all the best music from the past and the present.
Be sure to take check out the The AM Caffeine Morning Show every Wednesday & Friday at 11am (PST) and amcaffeine.com for daily entertainment updates.
DJ/Host: DJ Fresh 2 Def, Isis Velazquez
Talk 2 Much Radio is an edgy Internet talk radio show broadcasting live conversations between hosts DJ Fresh 2 Def, Isis Velazquez and listeners who call in. Talk 2 Much Radio is committed to providing the listeners interesting topics and quality programming each week in the areas of Entertainment News, Sports, Music, Television, Film, Reality Shows, Comedy, Fashion, National News, Politics and Personal Interests.
Special guest appearances will include celebrities and upcoming entertainers such as Rappers, Pop Singers, Fashion Stylist, Comedians, and Actors & DJ’s spinning the latest mix. Our targeted audience will range from eighteen and up, all ethnicity, male and female. Talk 2 Much Radio strives to bring our audience real talk, real topics, and a new outlook on Radio.
Our goals are to relate to our viewers as well as bring joy and satisfaction to our listeners.
Spinning everything from Hip-Hop to Rock, Gospel to Pop; Smooth MellowDee is one of the world’s most premiere and versatile DJ’s. With humble beginnings in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, Smooth Dee has established international acclaim over the past 15 years. DJ Smooth MellowDee has performed for crowds as small as 20 people to huge events as large as 20,000 or more people.
DJ Smooth’s most recent corporate client events include NBC, Universal, Adidas, Southwest, Spirit Airlines, Home Depot, Golden Key International Honor Society and BET Networks. DJ Smooth has been an official preferred vendor for high profile hot spots and world renowned venues such as the Viceroy Hotel, The Playboy Mansion, The Gibson Amphitheater, Bermuda’s Naval Dockyard, The Legendary Century Club, and The Great Western Forum.
Sicola Elliott is a Wife, Mother of three, Realtor, Motivational Speaker, Author, and Life Coach. After high school Sicola attended Long Beach City College to pursue a degree as well as a career in Early Childhood Education. Sicola has successfully owned and operated “Sicola’s Family Childcare” in Long Beach, CA. from April 2001 to August 2013. Sicola specializes in infant/toddler care, administration, and relationship team building.
Sicola is currently in school finishing her degree in Early Childhood Education/ Family Studies. In 2012 she became a licensed Realtor and currently works for Nationwide Real Estate Executives.
Although she enjoys each new opportunity as a young entrepreneur, Sicola is passionate about mentoring and empowering women through her self-esteem workshops entitled, ‘You Can’t Fly with Heavy Wings’. Sicola wears many hats but her primary goal in life is to be a positive force that seeks out the best in people and empowers them to live fully and love fully.
Since 1994, Shawond Nicole has pretty much dedicated her entire career to helping people in every aspect of their lives. Being a Healthcare Professional for over 15 years she has always been committed, caring, and extremely helpful to those people who are in need of assistance. Shawond Nicole has always believed that living a quality life should always be the epitome of a healthy lifestyle.
Shawond has more than 10 years of experience as a Licensed Vocational Nurse, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration with a minor in Project Management. In February of 2014 pursuant to her commitment to a high quality lifestyle, Shawond has furthered her knowledge and education by recently receiving a certificate in the field of Nutrition to soon become one of Los Angeles top leading Health & Wealth Fitness coaches.
Lady Michelle is an Exciting and Highly Motivating Motivational Speaker, Identity Expert, Life Coach and a person that you will want to stop what you’re doing, and take the time to sit down and listen too. Lady Michelle is the Host of a New highly anticipated and Upcoming Show called Discovering YOU!
Born and raised in Texas and now currently residing in Los Angeles, California Lady Michelle is a firm believer that when someone can understand "Why" they were created, that they can then be Effective and Significant in their Life as well as others.
Lady Michelle first began her career in Radio back in the Year of 2011, when she had the Honor of learning and Interning under the Professional Tutelage of Mr. Kevin Nash who has been the driving force, and Inspiration for her Radio career ever since.
After almost 5 years later in the industry of Radio along with so many new and different changes, Lady Michelle is now looking forward to riding one of the most AMAZING, EXHILARATING, HEART POUNDING WAVES EVER with ACCELERATED RADIO!
In Her Own Words: "To Me This Is NOT A Race... It's A Marathon, And I'm Just Getting Started... TO THE TOP! “
Love & Blessings!
Eunique Hakeem was born, and raised in the urban city of Cleveland Ohio, where he was raised by his parents that where both gospel singers. Following in his parent’s footsteps, and his Love for Music, Eunique began singing, and playing the piano at the young age of 7 years old.
When Eunique was 11 years old, he began acting and performing on stage in plays such as The Unforgettable Adventures of The Count of Monte Cristo, The Terrifying and Funny tale of An American Werewolf in London, and the Rock Musical Rent.
After high school Eunique got accepted to the University of Berkeley California for the Performing Arts, he then moved to Los Angeles, California in the summer of 2004 and has been featured in such television shows as “Breaking up with Shannon Daugherty”, and “Dance 360”. Eunique is a very Charismatic individual, mixed with a hint of Mystic, Flamboyance, and Sophistication. He possesses the Star qualities that Hollywood needs, and should be featuring in any new and upcoming leading men roles of the new era. Not only is he Handsome and Talented, But he is also just as Authentic as his name.
DJ Fresh 2 Def was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. The music that Fresh 2 Def grew up listening to was Hip Hop, R&B and Reggae. At a young age he had the opportunity to break into the DJ scene because of his Uncle who was a very well-known DJ back in Brooklyn. DJ Fresh 2 Def would tag along whenever his Uncle had a gig and he would be the one that set-up all of his Uncles equipment for him.
DJ Fresh 2 Def would watch his Uncle DJ at many clubs and block parties and would be amazed and impressed with how much fun his Uncle had rocking the crowd. Those incredible experiences inspired and helped mold DJ Fresh 2 Def into the mesmerizing, and crowd captivating DJ that he is today.
Also inspired by the great New York DJ’s that Fresh 2 Def listened too on the radio as he was growing up, he made a conscious decision to also become a Radio DJ Host himself. Listening to the Hip Hop radio stations had really motivated him into getting into the field and majoring in Communication and Broadcasting.
Currently DJ Fresh 2 Def resides in the Los Angeles, Hollywood area where he DJ’s Clubs, Special Events, Weddings and Private Parties. His Music Genres cover the following: Old School, Hip Hop, Reggae, R&B, Dance, House and the latest Top 40 Hits of today.
Monique Webber always dreamt of becoming a star. As a child she would entertain her family by performing Michael Jackson songs. Her first passion was music. Throughout her childhood and into her twenties she pursued a career as a singer. When she entered high school she became interested in fashion and decided she wanted to become a fashion model. Her thin 5’10 frame and freckled face landed her a contract with Elite Models at age 17. She soon learned that the modeling industry was harsh and unapologetic and she was dropped by Elite. Not allowing their opinions to dissuade her she sought representation with another agency and was picked up by LA Models. She was with LA Models for 5 years then left and joined the Q Model Management family which still represents her today. She’s worked on campaigns and ads for Prada, Adidas, Karl Kani, PacSun, Target, Robinson’s May, Foot Action, etc.
In 2001 she became the fit model for BCBGMAXAZRIA Group. Working very closely with the owners on a daily basis not only showed her the behind the scenes of creating a multimillion dollar fashion line but also opened the door for her into the world of public relations. Owner Lubov Azria offered her an amazing opportunity to do public relations for BCBGMAXAZRIA. She took the job and aided in dressing Hollywood’s elite in BCBGMAXAZRIA for 11 years. She forged strong relationships with stylists, managers, and publicists and has dressed Alist celebrities like Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Victoria Beckham, Jessica Biel, Sharon Stone, Fergie, etc. She was essential in re-launching Herve Leger and her celebrity placements can still be seen in weekly magazines today
Monique is now the Vice President of Entertainment Relations for a boutique public relations firm. She’s a single mother of two beautiful children and a health enthusiast. Her hectic schedule required balance which lead her to yoga. She fell in love with the practice and acquired her certification through Core Power Yoga. She teaches a fun, fast paced vinyasa flow yoga class called Hip Hop yoga. If that isn’t enough, she is also studying acting and will soon be on a television or big screen. She is definitely a renaissance woman: passionate, determined, inspirational and ever changing.
Follow her journey on IG @molynweb or twitter @mmolynweb.
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”
-Henry David Thoreau-
Growing up in a home echoing sounds of jazz at three years old she and her sister used to ask their father to “play the song with the man going ‘round and round” which was King Pleasure’s, “Moody’s Mood for Love”. In elementary school her Christmas lists consisted of record and cassette players, so that she could dismantle and reassemble them, or augment their audio output. By 9th Grade she was helping the campus DJ choose records to play during lunch. She was the expected DJ at most family and friend’s events and soon coordinated music for fashion shows, grand openings and wedding
She’s the “go to girl” for music trivia, and for having rare and the latest albums. She also sang and played keyboards for top 40, rock and jazz bands. She was one of the singers chosen in a special choir that was formed to record the back-up tracks for Super Bowl XXX’s half-time show starring Diana Ross and sang background at John Cougar Mellencamp’s private, invita-tional New Year’s Eve concert.
Her father was road manager for jazz fusion group, “Weather Report” and for Willie Bobo, Puer-to Rican singer, percussionist, songwriter, producer and her godfather both whose rehearsals in her home often turned into jam sessions that may have included Ndugu Chancellor, Freddy Hubbard, Bob Brae, Roy Ayres, and more. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communica-tions/Public Relations/Sociology, an Associate Arts degree in music composition and a Certifi-cate of Completion in Acoustic Audio Synthesis and Recording Engineering.
While interning at K-A-C-E Radio for the “Sunday Morning Live Show” she was mentored by host and radio personality, Isidra Person-Lynn where she produced her first on-air interview. She was an elementary and middle school language arts and science teacher and was the director of summer school where she implemented summer school and after school piano and music theo-ry programs at Compton’s Redeemer Christian Academy and UCLA’s University Elementary School. A car accident forced her into early retirement and became the catalyst which created a full-circle that returned her to her love of music and radio.
She was a team member of Stevie Wonder’s 102.3 Radio FREE KJLH’s “Front Page” a variety talk show, hosted and produced by Dominique DiPrima. She created and continues to produce a biographical segment entitled, “Radio Free Jazz” which she says is her mission to pay tribute to her father (still with her), to educate and to keep the names and the music of iconic jazz musi-cians and their music alive.
As the host for “Jazz at Midnight” at veteran, radio personality’s Kevin Nash’s station, acceleratedradio.net she extends her mission and encourages listeners to give gratitude first to God, and to remind them that “Happiness Is A Choice” .
Shonnese C.L. Coleman, Actor, Writer and Performance Artist was born in Pontiac, Michigan
As a writer, her written, narrated and performed works have been commissioned by numerous organizations including, Deeply Chicago Dance Theatre, Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theatre, JUBILATION! Dance Co., Opus Dance Theatre, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Harlem School of the Arts and Mind-Builder's Creative Arts Center.
Her books, "Revelation Art" Poems and "The Stride of Our Walk...The Root of Our Stand" A Collection of Performance Poetry, both offer a glimpse into the world this Storyteller has experienced.
As a performer, her stage credits are extensive, including Calpurnia in "To Kill A Mocking Bird" and Nurse Evers in "Miss Evers' Boys". She has appeared in several independent films, TV and over 30 National Commercials and Print Advertising.
Ms. Coleman is a graduate of New York University's, Tisch School of the Arts and The American Musical & Dramatic Academy (NYC Campus).
Currently residing in Los Angeles, she affectionately refers equally to New York City and Pontiac, MI as home.