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Programming Highlights; June 30, 2010

Tune in to some great content from today on BlogTalkRadio.
*Please note that all show times are listed in EST time.
Today’s Programming Highlights:

btr_atwc_todaypic_43_june23_10At 11:30 AM Around the Water Cooler host Jonathan Hall talks with Maureen Mcavey, executive vice president of the Urban Land Institute, about what needs to be done to fix America’s water infrastructure.

tim-donaghy11At 8 PM The Final Word’s JayReelz and J.D. kick it with Tim Donaghy, the former NBA referee who was booted from pro ball—and spent 15 months in prison—for betting on games. Tim, whose new book is titled Personal Foul, will offer his take on where free agent LeBron James might land.

isaac-hayesAlso at 8 PM The Hatchetman sits down with Rev. Isaac Hayes, who’s running for Illinois’ 2nd district seat in Congress—against incumbent Jesse Jackson Jr. “We need a clean break from the politics of the past,” says Hayes. “That starts by electing a Representative with honesty and integrity.”

eclipse-poster2At 9 PM The VRO’s Amy McCracken and her coven of co-hosts, who are certifiably insane when it comes to the smash-hit Twilight series, host an “Eclipse Blowout” during which fans weigh in on the latest sequel—opening today—while swooning over Rob Pattinson and Taylor Lautner.

art-smith-1At 10 PM Olivia Wilder welcomes Art Smith, who spent a decade as personal chef for Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham—and remains in their employ for big events. The restaurant owner will chat about Common Threads, his nonprofit that educates kids through cooking and the arts.

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Help Us Tell Oprah: We Want Chenese! We Want Chenese!

If anyone deserves her own show on Oprah Winfrey‘s new cable net, it’s BlogTalkRadio’s own Chenese Lewis.

And if you agree, read onthough be sure to cast your vote by July 3, when the polls close.

"Someone, somewhere, will get the big break of their lives," say Oprah (above).

"Someone, somewhere, will get the big break of their lives," says Oprah (above).

“We’re looking for people who have ‘It,'”says Oprah of her nationwide search for a new OWN host.

“Infectious energy, unique sense of humor, personality galore. Pair that with a fun and creative idea, and you could end up with your own show.”

“I’m a full-figured and confident diva who was born to be on TV,” says Chenese in response to Oprah’s call to action. “I’m a Continue reading

Stedman’s Formula for Suriving the Oprah Rumor Mill (Including that Nasty Lesbian Talk): ‘You Gotta Have Strength’

If you’ve ever wondered how Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham keep their relationship going strong after 23 years together, wonder no more.

Interviewed on BlogTalkRadio, the educator, author and businessman reveals the forumla that has allowed his love for America’s most powerful woman to flourish – despite incessant rumors of golddigging, breakups and, yes, even homosexuality.

CAPTION: "It's not that easy being in the limelight," Stedman (above with Oprah) tells us. "The Michael Jackson situation will tell you that."

"It's not easy being in the limelight," says Stedman (above, with Oprah). "The Michael Jackson situation will tell you that."

“Both of us have our own identity. We’re able to operate autonomously and we’re able to operate together sometimes. We’re able to share things together,” Stedman, who will be speaking at the University of Phoenix Cleveland Campus on July 23 about his Nine-Step Success Process, tells World Talk Live! host Brett Cohen.

“But also, we have our own space. I do what I do… I speak about 100 times a year around the world. I’ve written a number of books. I have clients I work with,” continues Stedman, 58, who’s currently chairman and CEO of S. Graham & Associates, a management and marketing consulting company specializing in corporate and educational markets.

“And she has her show. She has her magazine. She has all the things she’s involved in,” he adds of Oprah, 55.

“That’s what she does and that’s what I do. So there’s no conflict. In fact… it’s very complementary.”

CAPTION: When you love yourself and have your own identity and are passionate," says Stedman, "you really don't care about...how the outside world defines you."

"When you love yourself and have your own identity and are passionate," Stedman tells us, "you really don't care about...how the outside world defines you."

Later in the show, Brett asks Stedman how he stands the pressure of the Oprah rumor mill.

“For so many years, you’ve been in the limelight – being in a relationship with Oprah – and there have been a lot of rumors flying around… That Oprah dumped you or you guys aren’t together anymore or people suggest you’re only with her for her money or people have suggested that Oprah’s a lesbian – and that she’s only with you in public to cover it up,” says our host. “How are you able to put up with all that nonsense?”

“People…understand what I have to go through and what she has to go through,” says Stedman.

“It doesn’t make any difference whether you’re a politician, a celebrity an athlete – or whether you’re in your own small town.

“People gossip and they send all kinds of rumors out and everything else. So you gotta have strength… And secondly, you gotta believe in yourself.

“You’re not really going anywhere doin’ the same thing over and over every single day stuck in the box. You’re not goin’ anywhere if you don’t educate yourself.

“You’re just another person, running your mouth, gossiping, talking about somebody else because you don’t have a life for yourself.”

Stedman also tells us how, in the past, his vision of himself held him back.

CAPTION: "They're doing a great job," Stedman says of the First Couple (above).

"They're doing a great job," Stedman says of our nation's First Couple (above).

“I used to have a race-space consciousness,” he says. “You know, everything was about the white man, everything was about the government, everything was about the external world, as opposed to my own development.

“So you get programmed to believe you’re a second-class citizen. So you’re not able to take control of your own life. You become a victim as opposed to a victor.”

Finally, he weighs in on America’s 44th president.

“I think he understands vision; he understands who he is – so he can’t be rocked; he understands how to develop a plan for himself; he understands how to create a value system for himself; he understands how to build a team for himself,” Stedman says of Barack Obama.

“He’s been a community organizer, which people used to laugh at and talk about and make fun of,” continues Stedman.

“Now they realize that the same process for organizing the community is the same process for running the world.”

To hear Stedman’s full interview, click here.

To learn more about Stedman’s University of Phoeniz seminar, click here.

To read more about S. Graham & Associates, click here.

‘The Secret’ Teacher Joe Vitale: ‘Turn Off the Mainstream Media!’

It’s no secret that millions of people the world over – including Oprah Winfrey – have raved about the 2006 self-help flick The Secret.

Personally, we’ve been too busy to watch it – or read its companion best- selling book, Law of Attraction – so we’re not recommending it one way or the other.

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"The mainstream media's job is to report worst-case scenarios," Joe (above) tells us. "If you're not a master of your own mentality, it'll go into your head."

But we can tell you that some we know swear by its belief, which holds that people’s thoughts dictate the reality of their lives.

That in turn means, as so-called New Thought writers will tell you, if you really want some- thing and truly believe getting it is possible, you will get it.

Today on The Masters Gathering Teleseminar, five such “personal-transformation” authors – include Joe Vitale and Hale Dwoskin, both of whom are featured in The Secret – come together to expound on their beliefs, particularly in light of the global economic crisis.

“We’re in this recession where five million people recently lost their jobs – so fighting stress is a challenge. There’s never been more disease or diabetes or detachment or depression.  How do you help people to break out of that state?” host Jim Kwik asks Joe.

“I tell them that the number-one thing to do – and if they do it, they will resolve just about every issue you mentioned – is to turn off the mainstream media,” says Joe, whose latest book is titled Expect Miracles.

“I just did a workshop and a realtor friend of mine came up to me and she said she was prosperous. She was closing these huge deals in a month when everybody was saying it was the blackest month – the worst time in history since the Great Depression,” he continues.

“I looked at her and I said, ‘What’s your secret? How are you doing so well when all the other brokers are saying, ‘I can’t sell anything.’?

“She said, ‘I’ve turned off the news.’ She quit feeding her mind all of the things that cause stress.

“If you’re listening to the mainstream news, its job is to go find or create and then report on the worst-case conditions possible. And if your mind isn’t prepared to block that, it’ll go into your head and the next thing you know, you are stressed out.”

To tune into The Masters Gathering, click here

“The mainstream media’s job is to report on the worst-case conditions,” Joe (above) tells us. “If you’re not a master of your own mentality, it’ll go into your head.”

SoundBits: Hip Hop Entrepreneur’s Tiffany Janay

Tiffany Janay

Tiffany: Nevada native? (Yep.)

Welcome to another edition of SoundBits, the weekly series in which we intro- duce you to BlogTalkRadio talent – and show you a side of them you may not know. Today we profile Tiffany Janay, host of Hip-Hop Entrepreneur, who hails from the Los Angeles area.

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

Each week, we feature successful hip-hop-culture entrepreneurs who mentor by sharing stories of how they obtained their success. We also educate, inspire and motivate all the hustlers on the grind who are serious about creating a positive reality for their lives. Tune into the show so you can be up on what hip-hop movers and shakers are doing to secure their positions as legends with the culture.

Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?

First, I’m a vegan. Second, I grew up in Reno, Nevada!

Who’s your broadcasting hero?

Oprah, of course – because of all the obstacles she has been able to overcome and the success she has obtained in the process. Other than her, people who naturally have a passion for being nosey and are good at getting unique information out of their interviewees – all while making them feel 100-percent comfortable.

If you could book any person on earth as a guest on your show, who would it be and why?

Jay-Z! He’s the big brother of hip-hop and for my generation. He’s someone who has achieved great levels of success. And he’s so finessed with it!

As we speak, what are you wearing?

Something that only my husband should know about.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while in the middle of hosting your show?

I do a million things while hosting! I’m active in the chat room, I visit other sites to promote the show, I cook dinner, organize my kids, lead the conversation, ask questions, quiet my environment, and watch the switchboard to see who is calling in!

To read all our SoundBits profiles, click here.

Our ‘Top 12 Curvy Entertainers’ List Unveiled!

As we told you this morning, Mo’Nique took top honors on the first annual BlogTalkRadio/PLUS Model Magazine “Top 12 Curvy Entertainers” list.

The ranking honors dynamic divas who have made significant strides in the entertainment industry by celebrating the skin they’re in and empowering curvy women around the world to do the same.

And tonight, Chenese Lewis, host of BlogTalkRadio’s PLUS Model Radio, unveiled the full list. But in case you missed the just-wrapped show, here are all the fabulous full-figured females who stand proudly in our Pantheon of Panache:

1. Mo’Nique: From standup comedian to movie actress to host of the highly popular Mo’Nique’s F.A.T. Chance on the Oxygen Network, Mo’Nique has built a winning career, all while maintaining her belief that women with curves deserve to be successful – and to have it all!

Ravishing in the No. 2 spot.

Raven Simone: Ravishing - as always - in the No. 2 spot.

2. Raven Simone: She has come a long way from the adorable, pint-size favorite on The Cosby Show to singer and star of That’s So Raven on the Disney Channel – and may be worth almost half a billion dollars – but Raven remains one child star who is still comfortable in her skin.

3. Oprah Winfrey: Where to start with this woman who has bared her soul to the public concerning her life and struggles with body image?  How about a confident, successful philanthropist and icon, who stands as a shining example of the adage “Anything is possible.”

4. America Ferrera: We love America! This amazing actress continues to make us root for the quirky Betty Suarez, the lead character on ABC’s Ugly Betty. Betty is smart, funny, soulful, practical and she gets the guy(s)!  What’s more, we adored her in the ever-popular chick-flick series, The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants.

5. Queen Latifah: All hail the Queen. The poised, confidant and glamorous Cover Girl, actress and humanitarian (check out The CurvationSM Project ConfidenceSM Awards) is also the first hip-hop artist to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! She now touts ”better health” as one of her campaigns. Yes, we can dig that. Look for her in the upcoming movie, The Secret Life of Bees.

6. Jordin Sparks: The winner of American Idol Season 6, Jordin, was the youngest contestant ever to take top honors. We cheered this curvy beauty all the way!  And a little-known fact: She was also a plus model for Torrid!

7. Sara Ramirez: This Tony Award-winning actress is unafraid to flaunt her curves, even if it means dancing in her undies on the top-rated ABC show, Grey’s Anatomy. And did you catch her in the red dress in the Got Milk? ads? Va-va-voom curves!

Broadway babe breaks in at No. 10.

Marissa Jaret-Winokur: Broadway babe breaks in at No. 10.

8. Jill Scott: A soulful triple Grammy Award-winning songstress, Jill has a new CD hitting the charts, a tour in the works  and a new Ashley Stewart bra line. She’s also an actress and published poet. This multi-talented diva has it all going on!

9. Jennifer Hudson: She may have been booted off American Idol, but this diva defied the odds in the movie Dreamgirls by tackling a larger-than-life role and going on to win an Oscar for Best Actress!  There’s also her latest role in the Sex and the City movie and in the upcoming Secret Life of Bees. Jennifer may have made a hit of And I Am Telling You, but she is going – all the way to the top!

10. Marissa Jaret-Winokur: You just have to love this vivacious, bubbly actress who began her career on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning Hairspray. She most recently cha-cha’d her way into our hearts on this past season’s Dancing with the Stars.

11. Camyrn Manheim: A current favorite on NBC’s Ghost Whisper, this activist, poker player, actress, Emmy Award winner and role model continues to be a champion for smart, talented, curvy women everywhere.

12. Whitney Thompson: And a final shout-out to the first plus-size lady to win America’s Next Top Model! Who would have thought?!