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Conversations With Kai Mann S2:E6

Keith is a kind and patient educator, his gift is in helping people to understand historical, esoteric and metaphysical concepts in basic terms.

Keith uses interactive presentations, multimedia, the power of African history, mythology, legend and folklore to assist in healing the hearts and minds of those who are seeking mental and spiritual transformation.

It’s Keith’s mission to share information and resources that will enlighten and empower people that are ready for change and have a sincere desire to “know”.

This information is for all who wish to understand not only where we come from, but also where we are going, and will help facilitate transformation from the inside, out.

Conversations With Kai Mann S2:E5

MAHOGANY JONES

Recording and performance artist, educator, and activist Mahogany Jones’s career is distinguished by titles. Mahogany Jones harnesses the true power of music to uplift the spirit, body, and soul and educate the masses. A sensational performer and lyrical powerhouse, Mahogany embodies Hip Hop, femininity, spirituality, and passion in each commanding performance. The 4x Undefeated BET’s 106 & Park “Freestyle Fridays” champion has gone on to headline in over 13 countries on four continents as an official U.S. music ambassador. As a Hip-Hop activist, she launched A PURE Movement to empower women and girls and confront violence against women. Most recently Mahogany was named a 2016 Kresge Arts Fellow.

In her career, Mahogany has now released 3 full-length albums and has been featured on over 30 compilations, Mixtapes and CDs. She was able to achieve all of the feats listed above, while still taking the time to give back to the future leaders in music, as facilitator for one of Detroit’s largest literary arts non- profits, Inside Out, an adjunct instructor at the Detroit Institute of Music, as well as a lead facilitator for Detroit non profit, the Yuinon, and is a proud member of the Foundation- a women in Hip-Hop collective based in Detroit.

Mahogany has graced stages with such greats as Gil Scott Heron, Talib Kweli, KEM, Rah Digga, India.Arie, The Roots, and Jessica Care Moore. Most recently, she was billed alongside Grammy Award-winning rapper, Rapsody, at the much publicized and successful, Foundation Women in Hip Hop Concert, which was apart of Detroit’s first Women in Hip Hop Conference.

Mahogany’s next album, “Sugar Water,” is set to release Summer 2016 and will be an ode to the art forms of Hip Hop and Soul Music that inform her musical style.

website:Mahogany Jones

YouTube: MahoganyJonztv

Conversations With Kai Mann S2:E4

Cassandra  (Cassy) Jones-McBryde is a social entrepreneur who has a long-standing commitment to the empowerment and positive development of women and girls of every size, internationally and specifically in Detroit. Her passion for helping women, specifically plus-size women, see their beauty from the inside out, led to Cassandra becoming the founder and C.E.O. of LaFaye Consulting that specialized in event planning, plus fashion show production and plus wardrobe styling.

In 2008, she became the Executive Producer of the International Fuller Women Expo in the US and recently expanded the expo to Nigeria. She is responsible for bringing together a number of outstanding local and international speakers, celebrities and fashion designers while providing empowerment seminars and workshops. This event is hosted annually in Detroit and attracts attendees, sponsors, vendors and exhibitors throughout the world.   The Expo is dedicated to empowering women to believe in their self worth, to bring to light issues that effect them and introduce them to a broader community that embraces and values them.   The concept of community support was the impetus for the formation of International Fuller Woman Network, of which Cassandra is the Founder. Every woman who joins is welcomed “with arms that support each member“, especially with the Network’s online presence via its Facebook fan page.

The Fuller Woman Network is truly connecting curves around the world. It has been an honor for her to be able to share with global readers her perspective as it relates to the many facets of the plus community. To that end, Cassandra serves as the Features Editor for Daily Venus Diva. She is tasked with creating content that provides news and information that affects all women.  Cassandra’s dedication to making sure that the next generation of Detroit-area women feel loved and valued was part of the driving force behind the creation of the nonprofit organization, Pretty Girl Project where she is the co-founder and C.E.O.  It aims to help girls realize their inner and outer beauty during their critical stages of development. This is achieved through initiatives like the Pretty Prom Princess Event that gifts prom dresses, accessories,career counseling, etiquette training and age-appropriate make up classes to Detroit-area teens in need.Cassandra has assisted numerous organizations centered on women’s issues and rights.

She is currently an Executive Board Member of Sisters Acquiring Financial Empowerment (SAFE), a non-profit organization that helps women achieve financial stability while transitioning from lives affected by domestic violence.  Additionally, she is a Steering Committee Member of Transformation Detroit. which is a project comprised of multi-disciplinary agencies designed to be a catalyst to enhancing the ability of community partners in providing battered women in Detroit, who have mental health and trauma challenges, culturally relevant and appropriate services, support and resources that increase their resiliency and empower them to overcome the impact of the violence.

Cassandra has dedicated her life to helping women overcome adversity, improve their self image and build community of positive support. Although her reach has expanded beyond Detroit, she had an ever-present focus on the needs of the women of her beloved city.

Website: Fuller Woman

Conversations With Kai Mann S2:E3

Chris Lee inspires others to find their true purpose in life – and arms them with the courage to live that purpose.  He’s written 2 books, hosts a talk radio show on 910AM and is a keynote speaker. Chris uses a unique mix of emotional healing and the philosophy of Universal Synchronicity to help his listeners and readers  achieve success.

Chris Lee is the author of “From Frustration to Fulfillment”, a book written to help anyone that has ever faced a seemingly hopeless situation. Chris uses writing to help others to re-discover and reconnect with their true selves, because a person armed with “knowledge of self” can accomplish anything.

Chris is a Specs Howard School of Media Arts graduate who enjoys baseball, live music and is fun at parties.

Conversations With Kai Mann S2:E2

Dr. Shawn the LPC, is a licensed professional counselor, a psychologist and co-founder of Ambassador Counseling and Resource Group. She is also a college administrator at one of the leading private colleges in Michigan. Dr. Shawn specializes in working with families, and has over 20 years experience in counseling. Dr “Shawn” is a trained expert in mending broken families, she is a facilitator in Survival Skills for Youth, Parenting Education Trainer, and she volunteers as program evaluation chair for Just Speak, Inc. She knows mental health matters, as she has mentored many new counselors and has a heart for healing as her personal mantra is”Build, Believe and Go Beyond the Ordinary”. 

 

 

Conversations With Kai Mann S2:E1

Angela T. Jones is Chief Executive Officer of Super Woman Productions and Publishing in Detroit, Michigan. She’s a published author, a gifted motivational speaker, movie producer, blogger, radio show host and contributing writer. Angela’s written works have been published by Global Grind, Essence, Yahoo!, Detroit CEO Magazine, LinkedIn, Thrive Detroit Street Newspaper, BLAC Magazine and others.

Angela was raised in a middle class neighborhood, on the west side of Detroit, Michigan by her maternal grandparents. Angela studied dance and music as a young child and was considered a child prodigy, being able to read and write before kindergarten. In elementary school, Angela’s grandparents were offered the opportunity to have Angela promoted to a higher grade level, but declined. Angela’s teachers encouraged her creativity and writing abilities throughout her formative years. Angela’s grandfather died of cancer when she was twelve years old. The relationship she had with her grandfather was a strong bond that couldn’t be replaced.

Angela graduated from Cass Technical High School in Detroit. At the age of eighteen years old, Angela gave birth to her son, one month before her high school graduation. Angela had been accepted to Clark Atlanta University and in an attempt to continue to have the support of the father of her son, she decided to remain in Michigan and attended Lawrence Technological University. When things with her son’s father didn’t materialize as agreed, Angela found herself raising her son as a single parent. Angela didn’t allow that set back to deter her. Angela dropped out of Lawrence Tech after a year and entered the workforce. By the age of nineteen, Angela was working full-time and was a homeowner and she did so without receiving government assistance. Her only support system was her grandmother.

Angela won a modeling contest at the age of 22. Not wanting to leave her son without both of his biological parents to raise him, Angela turned down the offer and continued working in corporate America. A few years later Angela got married. The marriage ended in divorce after three years. During the marriage Angela suffered emotional and physical abuse at the hands of her husband and his infidelity that resulted in her losing a pregnancy with twins. Angela prayed for God to help her rid herself of the damaging and unhealthy relationship.

On September 13, 2001, Angela filed for divorce after being separated from her abuser. Once her divorce was final, she went back to her maiden name of Jones. At the age of 27 Angela was diagnosed with a chronic illness and told that she wouldn’t live to the age of 30. That news inspired Angela to rid as much stress and drama from her life as possible. Angela recovered from the illness and is proud to have celebrated her 40th birthday as of December 2014. In spite of the many personal obstacles Angela faced and overcame in her life, she still has faith, is blessed and has always been looked upon by her peers as someone with strength, knowledge and who is reliable. As a result people began to call her “Super Woman”.

When Angela decided to start her company in 2008, after being offered publishing deals with other companies that wouldn’t afford her the creative control she desired, Angela opted to use the name “Super Woman” to identify her brand and the strength, knowledge and reliability behind it. Super Woman Productions and Publishing was born.

Angela has been featured in articles in Rolling Out Magazine, Salon World USA Magazine, Detroit CEO Magazine, Front Page Detroit, Newsvine, Houston Business Examiner, The Network Journal, MadameNoire.com, Blog Her and BLAC Magazine along with several others. Angela was listed in Who’s Who In Black Detroit for her accomplishments in 2012, 2013 and 2015, was nominated for the Michigan Chronicle’s 40 Under 40, and was the recipient of the first Confident Woman Award.

Angela hosts a weekly radio show called The FabLife Radio Show and is Managing Editor for Detroit CEO Magazine, founded by Lacretia Rogers. Angela has had the privilege of interviewing hundreds of notable athletes, celebrities and subject matter experts for The FabLife Radio Show and Detroit CEO Magazine, and she is constantly involved in compelling and unique opportunities and events.

Super Woman Productions and Publishing is responsible for signature events such as I Feel Good! Mind, Body and Soul Women’s Conference, held annually at Wayne State University, and the only official International Women’s Day event in the entire state of Michigan, held on March 8 for the last three years, called Women’s Day Tea. In 2014, Angela included Detroit Women In the Arts Wikipedia Edit-Athon as a signature event, and has since become an Ambassador for Wikipedia Edit-Athons.

As a writer, Angela has successfully published books, short stories, blogs, guides and articles on various platforms and in print. Angela is sought after as a motivational speaker and host for events, ranging from youth initiatives to women’s empowerment events. For Angela, popularity is not the measure of success. One of her professional goals is to build the Super Woman Brand into a successful and sustainable brand in both media and entertainment, while offering opportunities for others to realize their dreams of becoming published authors.

Angela’s book “Breaking Through the Black Ceiling”, was published in 2014, and is dedicated to the memory of Mark England, with a portion of book sales being donated to Karmanos Cancer Institute for cancer research and support. The book is available on Google Books, Kobo, Kindle, NOOK and in paperback and has sold several copies. Angela is currently being asked to speak at different events regarding the book’s subject matter.

Angela’s mentors include Grammy nominated hip hop producer and award winning DJ, DJ Scratch, local businessman and philanthropist Bob McPherson and the late Mark England, whom she credits for cultivating her fashion style. Angela has received the support of numerous organizations for her community involvement, including but not limited to Disney Dreamers Academy, American Red Cross of Southeast Michigan, The Sister Accord, and most recently Karmanos Cancer Institute.

Angela sits on the board of two nonprofit organizations in Detroit, and is a member of several professional and community based organizations and has several projects in development under the Super Woman Brand. In 2014, Angela was selected for a role in the college tour of “The Black Social Network”, written by Zondra Hughes and produced by Six Brown Chicks. Shortly after, Angela was selected by Zondra Hughes to represent Detroit as a Correspondent Blogger for Six Brown Chicks. Angela has since been a guest on the Cliff Kelley Show on WVON Chicago, moderated a relationship panel discussion for the 2015 Michigan Chronicle’s Women of Excellence Award Ceremony and written numerous blogs for Six Brown Chicks based on her own unique experiences.

 

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