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Stephen Baldwin and Ja Rule from new movie “I’m in Love with a Church Girl”

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Your15Minutes Radio talks to Stephen Baldwin, Ja Rule and the writer of new movie I’m in Love with a Church Girl.

Writer Galley Molina, who based the screenplay on his own life, discusses having written the film while incarcerated, using it as an escape. He based one scene “almost verbatim” on an experience he had praying, and praises star Ja Rule’s performance of that scene in two takes.

Actor Stephen Baldwin discusses the importance of attracting a faith-based audience by providing content that speaks to them. He admires Church Girl because it “was not afraid to take a risk” in its content. Star Ja Rule talks about how he believes that the film, with its messages of redemption and change, will inspire people.

Listen to the full episode here.

BlogTalkRadio Recent Show Highlights

Jennifer NettlesCatch a very special Where Is My Guru broadcast as they welcome rockstar yogini, Jennifer Nettles.  Nettles is the lead singer of Sugarland and will be joined by her yoga instructor Mary Bruce. Tune in here.

 

Susan HeinAuthor Susan Heim shares 101 newlywed stories of love, laughter, and family from her newly released Chicken Soup for the Soul, Here Comes the Bride, on FMMK Talk Radio. Tune in here.

Justin WilczynskiListen to an interview with Justin Wilczynski from Nick at Nite’s new primetime drama, Hollywood Heights.  Justin is also the lead singer of Bonnie Dune (with Cory Monteith “Finn” from Glee).  Their single, “The Lost EP” now out on iTunes. Tune in here.

FocusMusic has been the focal point of Grammy-award winning producer Focus since his childhood. Focus has produced artists such has Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Pink, Marsha Ambrosius, Busta Rhymes, Jennifer Lopez, The Game and more. Tune in here.

Alan RuckStar of the hit TV show Spin City and hit films such as Speed, Twister and maybe most famously known as Mathew Broderick’s best friend, Cameron Frye in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Alan Ruck is interviewed about what he’s up to these days.  Tune in here.

Russell SimmonsRussell Simmons philanthropist, business mogul and rap music pioneer, who is the Co-Founder of Def Jam Music, creator of Def Comedy and Def Poetry Jam and Founder/CEO of Phat Farm Apparel Line, discusses his global mission with “The Peace Keepers.”  Tune in here.

Denise BrosseauIt’s one thing to be an expert in your field; it’s even better, though, to be recognized as your sector’s undisputed thought leader. The White House has named Denise Brosseau a “Champion of Change”, and she has been a featured speaker at Intuit, Intel, and KPMG events. Tune in here.

Jim KellyFrom a Hall of Fame football career to battling Krabbe disease, a disorder killing children every year, Jim Kelly is still competing at Super Bowl levels. Jim & Jill Kelly join Scott McCausey on Christian Devotions Speak UP to discuss all this and more! Tune in here.

Gloria MayfieldCatch  multi-millionaire strategist, Dr. Gloria Mayfield Banks on air. Gloria has shared her secrets of success on CNN,CNBC, ABC-TV, and has appeared in Fortune, Black Enterprise, Glamour and Working Woman. She will share her advice live on air. Tune in here.

What squandered riches are in the whopping 102 tons of garbage each American produces in a lifetime? Find out with Pulitzer prize-winning author of Garbology, Our Dirty Love Affair With Trash, Edward Humes. Tune in here.

BlogTalkRadio Recent Show Highlights

Rashida Jones, star of Celeste and Jesse Forever, stops by to talk about the film, friendships and relationships. Jones and co-writer/star Will McCormack talk about their experiences in front of and behind the camera. Tune in here.

Snoop Dogg drops in on the Callywood Nation to speak about his summer football camp for inner city youth. Recently Snoop announced a new documentary alongside his upcoming studio album entitled Reincarnated and he is set to headline the Oshega Festival in Canada this summer. Tune in here.

Legendary singer/songwriter/comedian Weird Al will be dropping by Somewhere in Vegas to talk about his upcoming tour and his new album Alpocalypse. Tune in here.

Olympic gold medalist, Dominique Moceanu, joins Artists On Demand to talk about her new book Off Balance, growing up in gymnastics, and her thoughts on the 2012 U.S. gymnastics team. Tune in here.

Mike Michalowicz, Business Rescue segment host for MSNBC’s Your Business. The Wall Street Journal‘s small-business columnist, frequent contributor to Entrepreneur Magazine & best-selling author, shares his secrets to success! Tune in here.

Hear from actor Nelsan Ellis of the hit HBO show, True Blood as he talks about his experiences on the set and what being on the show has meant for his career. Tune in here.

Mary Ann Esposito, host of Ciao Italia, now in its 23rd season on PBS, and author of 12 cookbooks, including her newest, Ciao Italia Family Classics, visits with Olivia Wilder to talk about everyone’s favorite, Italian food. Tune in here.

Join NFOTUSA Soldiers Speak Radio this week as they welcome the award-winning pop music singer and songwriter, Shaun Canon. Tune in here.

HGTV’s Secrets from a Stylist, Emily Henderson talks about her collecting rules, her style diagnostic, and how her husband deals with her ‘fostering’ furnishings habit. Tune in here.

World Footprints discovers the wonderful world of Jack Hanna’s animals when the dynamic television host joins the show to talk about his work in Namibia, the Columbus Zoo and The Wilds. Tune in here.

How To Create A Sticky Angle For Your Next Radio Show/Podcast

Many new hosts on BlogTalkRadio come to us for advice on how to get great guests, but big name guests are not the only way to grow and develop your show as we learned on a recent BlogTalkRadio University interview with BTR host, Halli Casser-Jayne.  In the beginning, it may be difficult to land a famous guest, but what you can do is put some creativity into figuring out interesting angles to attract listeners and keep them tuning in.  Over time and after your show has built up credibility and an audience, getting those big guests will get easier.  You may even find yourself having to turn some away, as many of our more veteran hosts on the network have to do quite often.

Halli is new to BlogTalkRadio and the host of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds, which features guests from the world of politics, books, art, culture, and celebrity.  Although her show is new to BlogTalkRadio, Halli is actually a seasoned interviewer in her own right.  She started her career as a radio host on WNYW, served as a foreign correspondent in war-torn Central America and is the celebrated author of A Year In My Pajamas with President Obama.

In a short time on BlogTalkRadio, Halli has grown her audience of listeners very quickly, not only because of the caliber of guests she has on her show, but also because of the thought and creativity she puts into figuring out an angle for each episode.  During our interview, she shared some tips and insight into interviewing and figuring out a sticky angle.  That angle may not include a celebrity guest, but it could be about a topic that is trending or popular or just plain interesting.  For instance, Halli mentioned that one show she did all about ice cream was actually one of her most popular episodes.  In addition, she has hosted shows on topics such as film noir, street performers and more.  Tune in to Halli’s interview to get the lowdown from an expert host.  Listen now.

David Mills: 1961-2010. ‘I’ve Gotta Get Myself Healthy’ to Write, ‘Treme’ Scribe Told Us

David Mills, who penned scripts for such hit shows as ER, NYPD Blue and The Wire, died yesterday of a brain aneurysm at age 48.

Tragically, he did not live to see the debut of his most recent effort, HBO’s Treme, which kicks off Sunday, April 11 and “explores the lives of several struggling musicians and other New Orleans locals in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.”

 "The TV business is remarkable monochromatic," David (above) told us.

"The TV business is remarkable monochromatic," David (above) told us.

When David spoke to us in August 2009, he had just gotten word that Treme had been picked up by HBO.

“I will be one of the writers on that show. We’ll be back in New Orleans in November to continue filming. We filmed the pilot in March and April,” he told BlogTalkRadio host Kevin Ross during the 12-minute interview.

Ironically, when Kevin asked about David’s focus in the coming months, the Emmy-winning scribe, Continue reading

Grammy Award Winning Songwriter & Producer Harold Lilly

BlogTalkRadio welcomes Grammy Award Winning Songwriter & Producer Harold Lilly. Harold won his first Grammy for co-writing the Alicia Keys hit, “You Don’t Know My Name” and has worked with her extensively since then. Today at 6pm ET (click to listen), as Harold Lilly joins The Sharvette Mitchell Radio Show for an exclusive interview.

Lilly In just six short years, the 27 year old has gone from working in a hardware store to winning a Grammy. It was in 1999 that Lilly quit his day job to pursue music full time. Within the year, his talent had caught the ear of EMI Music Publishing’s Senior Vice President, Big Jon Platt and by January 2000 he was signed to a publishing deal without ever having a face to face meeting.

Though he’s consistently created hits for some of music’s hottest names, including Luther Vandross (“Take You Out”), Angie Stone (“Brother”), Brandy (“Talk About Our Love”), and Fantasia (“Baby Mama”), Lilly’s sound doesn’t stay the same; it varies from track to track, ensuring that he will only continue to hone his skills and grow as an artist. Tune in to hear more today.

Grammy Award Winning Songwriter & Producer Harold Lilly

BlogTalkRadio welcomes Grammy Award Winning Songwriter & Producer Harold Lilly. Harold won his first Grammy for co-writing the Alicia Keys hit, “You Don’t Know My Name” and has worked with her extensively since then. Today at 6pm ET (click to listen), as Harold Lilly joins The Sharvette Mitchell Radio Show for an exclusive interview.

Lilly In just six short years, the 27 year old has gone from working in a hardware store to winning a Grammy. It was in 1999 that Lilly quit his day job to pursue music full time. Within the year, his talent had caught the ear of EMI Music Publishing’s Senior Vice President, Big Jon Platt and by January 2000 he was signed to a publishing deal without ever having a face to face meeting.

Though he’s consistently created hits for some of music’s hottest names, including Luther Vandross (“Take You Out”), Angie Stone (“Brother”), Brandy (“Talk About Our Love”), and Fantasia (“Baby Mama”), Lilly’s sound doesn’t stay the same; it varies from track to track, ensuring that he will only continue to hone his skills and grow as an artist. Tune in to hear more today.

CBS's Big Bang Theory Executive Producer David Goetsch

BigBangTheory_logoThe sophisticated geeks at Geekerati welcome David Goetsch, the co-executive producer on the CBS comedy “BIG BANG THEORY” to BlogTalkRadio.

In addition to his work at Big Bang Theory, he has also written for “3rd ROCK from the SUN” and “GAME OVER.” Tonight at 10pm ET (click to listen) he joins the geeks to discuss the lingering effects of the WGA strike and what its like to write about geeks on television. Get your geek on.