Category Archives: Family

Bill Cosby Reboots Hip-Hop’s Social Conscience with Live Town Hall Special

Bill Cosby has long been instrumental in instilling pride, self-respect and peace in America’s young people.

So it comes as no surprise that he’s now helping rekindle hip-hop’s socially-conscious flame.

The Cos: Comin' back for a great cause.

The Cos: Comin' back for a great cause.

Today at 7pm ET, the legendary comedian takes to the Internet with a virtual town-hall meeting that tackles such issues as peer pressure, abuse, education and, last but not least, sexism and violence in rap music.

During the 90-minute special, presented live from NYC and simulcast on BlogTalkRadio, concerned citizens will be invited to voice their opinions and share proposed solutions to the crisis that Bill says “We need to confront now, collectively and individually.”

He’ll also introduce the Cosnarati Band, Continue reading

Sandra Newton: Mild-Mannered School Counselor by Day, International Talk-Show Host by Night

And the hits just keep on coming—for BlogTalkRadio’s fabulous hosts, that is.

Our latest talkmeister to hit the media is Sandra Denice Newton, who six months ago launched After Thoughts with S. Denice Newton to “foster change in a changing world.”

That, by encouraging “minority youth to seek higher education as a deterrent and/or counter to the drug and gang culture plaguing the black community.”

"The Internet gives us a whole new way to be entertained and to exchange ideas," says Sandra (above). (Photo: The Wilson Times)

"The Internet gives us a whole new way to be entertained and to exchange ideas," says Sandra (above). (Photo: The Wilson Times)

This week, The Wilson Daily Times in Sandra’s hometown of Wilson, N.C., profiles the fledgling radio personality.

“If what you hear on the radio dial is boring, blog radio might just pique your interest. With blog radio, all a host needs is a computer and a phone,” writes the the paper’s Janet Conner-Knox.

“Any person who believes they are up to the challenge in hosting a show can Continue reading

SoundBits: FlyLady Marla Cilley is ‘Angling’ to Help You Cut Through the Clutter

If Marla “The FlyLady” Cilley isn’t the world’s greatest home-organization guru, we dare you to find someone more deserving of the title. But good luck with that, because she’s not only co-author of the 2007 bestseller Body Clutter: Love Your Body, Love Yourself and author of 2002′s ever-popular Sink Reflections: FlyLady’s Babystep Guide to Overcoming Chaos, she holds the record for world’s largest Yahoo! user group. Last year, Marla’s online community (aka “FlyBabies”) surged past the 500,000-member mark, and currently attracts fans from all 50 U.S. states, as well as 78 nations. And each week on her top-rated FlyLady and Friends show, the Ashville, N.C., resident offers loyal listeners her trademark tough-love tips on organizing, economizing and streamlining daily domestic tasks, while keeping the kids happy, healthy and immersed in their studies. But enough promotional clutter. Time to get to the woman we here at the network often refer to as BlogTalkRadio’s very own Oprah

Marla:

Marla: Organization chops galore.

Give us a 15-second pitch for your show—why should listeners tune in?

Are you living in CHAOS—afflicted by Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome? Need help cleaning your home? Come join FlyLady and get your wings to fly!

Tell us something listeners would be surprised to learn about you?

I used to teach Continue reading

Billionaire George Soros to the Empire State: Don’t Thank Me, Thank the Quakers

George Soros may be the 29th richest person on the planet – with an estimated worth of $11 billion – but things weren’t always so rosy for the illustrious investor.

Interviewed on Harlem Talk Radio, the Hungarian native, whose family was forced underground to evade the Nazis during World War II – and who later worked as a railway porter – recounts what prompted his most recent act of munificence.

CAPTION: "I hope that some of the kids who got the money will prosper," George (above) tells us. "When they grow up, maybe they can do the same thing.

"I hope that some of the kids who got the money will prosper," George (above) tells us. "When they grow up, maybe they can do the same thing.

This week, George announced that his Open Society Institute made a $35 million donation to Back To School New York, a joint effort with the State of New York and U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services that provides grants of $200 per child to more than 850,000 families receiving public assistance or food stamps. The money is to be used to buy clothes and supplies for the new academic year. Continue reading

Raffi: Advertising to Young Children is ‘Morally and Spiritually Repugnant’

Raffi Cavoukian didn’t get to be (as The Washington Post dubbed him) “the most popular children’s singer in the English-speaking world” by exploiting his key demo.

And now he wants to make sure corporate America follows suit.

 CAPTION: "It wasn't about how much money we were being offered or anything," Raffi (above) tells us of going sponsor-free. "We just said no all the way down the line.

"It wasn't about how much money we were being offered," Raffi (above) tells us of going sponsor-free. "We just said no all the way down the line.

Interviewed on Inside Out, the Bananaphone singer, who has sold more than eight million albums and 14 million DVDs during his 35-year career, discusses the need to protect kids from the perils of Madison Avenue.

“In a respectful, child-honoring culture… there would be legislation banning Continue reading

Blurb! Book of the Week: Bettina Restrepo’s ‘Moose and Magpie’

We like to think of Bettina Restrepo‘s Moose and Magpie – the latest title to win Blurb! Book of the Week honors – as an Abbott and Costello adventure for the kiddie set.

For here’s how the author pitches her 32-page picture book:

 CAPTION: Bettina: "This is what I look like when I'm not wearing pajamas (and I'm almost always wearing PJ's)," says the kid-lit scribe.

"This is what I look like when I'm not wearing pajamas (and I'm almost always wearing PJ's)," says kid-lit scribe Bettina.

“Young Moose is lucky to find a friend and guide in the wisecracking Magpie. ‘What do the Liberty Bell and Moose have in common?’ the Magpie asks as the seasons begin to change. Then, when fall comes: ‘Why did the moose cross the road?”

To find out the punch lines from those and other gags, you’ll have to Continue reading

Kathy Kinney: People Are Nice to Me (but Only Because I Was on TV)

Kathy Kinney may have packed up her tub o’ blue eye shadow when The Drew Carey Show wrapped five years ago, but her alter ego is still lurking behind those famous peepers.

Interviewed on Mommy Brain Reports, the actress who played Mimi Bobeck to the delight of millions recounts how – and why – those same fans greet her nowadays.

CAPTION: Kathy (above): Can't catch a break in civilian life.

Kathy (above): Can't catch a break in civilian life.

When host Monica Brady asks “if people recognize you without the Mimi makeup on,” Kathy replies:

“They do. I’m always shocked, but they do.

“Some people say it’s my voice. All of a sudden they’ll turn and they’ll say, ‘Ah! Are you Mimi?’

“It’s not like I walk around going ‘Bite me!’ all the time. But I do have a certain Midwestern mist to my voice that they recognize,” she continues.

“Sometimes I think people are just being nice to me because they like me.

“But then I find out that they realized I was on TV!”

Kathy recently burst onto the cyberscene with a kinder, gentler character named Mrs. P, who brings classic children’s books to life. To visit her website, MrsP.com, click here.

To hear Kathy’s full interview, click here.

‘Mommy, You Look Like You’re Pregnant!’ Kathy Ireland’s Daughter Tells (Briefly) Tubby Supermodel

Fortysomething be damned, Kathy Ireland is still a stunner by any measure.

CAPTION: "I really saw that I wasn't taking care of myself," Kathy tells us of laying eyes upon this pic.

"I really saw that I wasn't taking care of myself," Kathy tells us of laying eyes upon this pic.

But like many of us struggling to balance the demands of work and family – to say nothing of navigating this Great Recession – the former Sports Illustrated cover girl recently neglected her wellness regimen and packed on a few extra pounds.

Twenty-five pounds, to be exact.

And this week on RadioWD’s Living Well Every Day, Kathy explains how her re- grettable scenario arose.

“As moms, we feel that responsibility of caring for our families. And frequently we just ignore our own needs.  We just feel selfish or guilty if we address them,” Kathy, 46, and a mother of three – who runs kathy ireland World Wide, a $1.4 billion design and marketing firm – tells host Jane Chesnutt.

“And this is something I’ve learned the hard way. One of my business partners called me out.

The mogul in 1996, at the height of her super model fame.

The mogul in 1996, at the height of her supermodel fame.

“He saw me guzzling coffee and scarfing down cookies at a business meeting and said, ‘Do you think you’re making the healthiest choices?’” she continues.

“And my attitude was a little bit defensive.

“But you know what? He was absolutely right.

“Our son was running around taking some photographs. He got a picture of me and kind of was chuckling a little bit.

“And our daughter, who is five, said, ‘Mommy, you look like you’re pregnant!’” adds Kathy, whose new book is titled Real Solutions for Busy Moms: Your Guide to Success and Sanity.

“And I said, ‘What are you talking about?’ And I took a look and when I looked at the photo, I had to take a good look in the mirror.kathy-irelands-real-solutions2

“Because I saw someone who was just overstressed.”

To hear Kathy’s full interview – and learn how she shed her excess flab – click here.

To log onto Kathy’s website, click here.