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Conversations With Kai Mann S2:E11

Graced with an abundance of gifts, Dr. De’ Andrea Matthews, without reservation, selflessly pours her heart into her work and into the lives of many in various capacities.

Commonly known as Dr. Dee, Dr. Matthews is an author, educator, national conference speaker and ordained minister. Passionate and accomplished, Dr. Dee’s gifts, exercised through voice and pen, have aspired many to embark upon their own road to success.
Dr. Dee is the president and book strategist for Claire Aldin Publications, LLC. She has written and published several books, including: Their Darkest Hour, Reboot Global Breakout Bible Study Guide, Almost Doesn’t Count, and Letters to my Angry Self. She is currently working on her first full-length non-fiction book entitled, The Surrendered Soul: Aligning the Five Parts of Your Soul with the Will of God.

With 20 years of experience under her belt, Dr. Dee has been an educator at both public and private institutions. Currently, Dr. Dee is director of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at Wayne State University School of Medicine where she oversees the outreach, recruitment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who are underrepresented in medicine. As director, she also provides leadership and strategic direction of the department’s initiatives, programs and courses. Dr. Matthews specializes in helping first-generation and/or low-income students realize and chase their dreams relentlessly. The scope of services offers outreach and recruitment from K-12 through application to medical school. Her goal is to support students in becoming competitive medical school applicants and, ultimately, licensed physicians.

Dr. Matthews is a member of the Diversity Advisory Council to the dean for the WSU School of Medicine, which leads the design and implementation of the diversity plan for faculty, staff and students. She serves as a member of the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Diversity & Inclusion, as well as the National Post Baccalaureate Collaborative. Dr. Matthews is a co-author with other diversity professionals on A National Long-term Outcomes Evaluation of U.S. Premedical Postbaccalaureate Programs Designed to Promote Health Care Access and Workforce Diversity published in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.

To complement her writing and teaching expertise, Dr. Dee, a gifted speaker, has presented at national conferences, as well as universities across the country on a wide range of topics: becoming a competitive medical school applicant, the impact of poverty on education, the retention of the first-generation, low-income student, and other topics surrounding diversity and inclusion. She holds a doctorate in Religious Education, Masters in Theology, and Bachelor of Science in African-American Studies.

As the Pastor of Leadership Development at Impact Church, Dr. Dee created the Ministerial Training Academy, designed to develop ministers and those seeking theological training.
Dr. Dee is happily married to her wonderful husband and friend, Brian Matthews. She is inspired and committed to paving the way for many to grow spiritually and professionally. Because of this, many lives will unquestionably be impacted in the most positive way, by and through Dr. Matthews.

Conversations With Kai Mann S2:E10

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Jay Mack has always had a passion for helping others achieve their goals. Not only licensed through the International Sports Science Association as a Certified Fitness Trainer and a Nutrition Specialist, Jay holds two degrees in the paralegal and business administration fields and has been recognized nationally for operating a nonprofit organization for four years. In result of his community outreach commitments, his work garnered four special achievement awards.


In 2015, Jamar started “ A New You Fitness Camp” which focused on living a healthier lifestyle with exercise and a consistent diet regime.  Clients are referred to as “Warriors” due to overcoming everyday battles to maintain focus on becoming a healthier version of themselves, mentally and physically.


In addition to working fourteen years for Corporate America, his passion geared him toward another direction in a field he holds very dear to his heart, the physical/health fitness field. He strives to help individuals meet and exceed their personal health/fitness goals. When working with individuals, Jamar believes the challenge is not only for them, but also for himself. Former clients who have worked to reach their goals understood that they work together with Jamar to meet and exceed their expectations.

From YungHood To MannHood Teaser 2

Join us for a weekly show with 28-year-old Charles Mann, an African American male and rapper “YungHood” whose life demanded that he grow and change into a responsible adult to become a better version of Mann. We see the struggle of being away from his children, and his attempts at working out life as he goes. This show is one of struggle, growth, sacrifice, and transformation. At its best, it is a series of one coming from life in the streets, while trying to be a good father and letting go of the dream to become a rapper. This young man makes the best decision of his life by going to welding school so that he could make a better life for he and his children. Watch weekly on The Live Network at 7pm EST by visiting www.watchthelivenetwork.com.


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Conversations With Kai Mann S2:E9

Conversations With Kai Mann S2:E8

Vanessa Lynn
Writer, Producer, Visionary, Motivator

If at first you don’t succeed, give up. Right? Wrong! When founder, visionary and playwright Vanessa Lynn shared her first script for a play in 1995 with her mentor, she found everything but
encouraging words. Crushed by criticism, she continued to pursue her career in corporate America with a Fortune 500 company. Even though she fell in love with theater at a very young age after witnessing Broadway hits such as “Annie” and “The Wiz,” she tried her best to ease her yearning for the pursuit of a career in theater.

In 2004, unforeseen tragedy struck her life and things began to take a downward spiral, both personally and financially. When her world came crumbling down, she found herself without a home, without a business and she even lost the desire to live. While many would have given up and complained, it was only after a layoff from her corporate job that she revisited the untitled play she had written in 1995. No longer having the script and only her memory to go by, Lynn typed non-stop for two days to complete the rough draft of what has today become known as the famous stage play, “Unequally Yoked.” After suffering through many trials, setbacks, careless mistakes, lack of funds and lack of transportation, “Unequally Yoked” opened in August of 2006 at the Dearborn Ford Performing Arts Center to a sold-out house. Since then, Vanessa has remained steadfast on accomplishing her childhood theatrical dreams and has obtained unimaginable successes.

Since “Unequally Yoked,” which is now a national bestselling DVD (garnering a Top 20 Amazon African American Cinema spot for over a year), there have been several ground-breaking shows she has birthed, including: “Affairs,” a murder mystery set in the south that was ultimately labeled a “game changer” for including elements such as police work and forensics released nationally on DVD; “Deranged,” a comedy suspense thriller about a nanny with ulterior motives that was performed in Toronto, Canada; and Angela Barrow-Dunlap’s “Church Girl,” (contributing writer) the hit national touring stage play now seen on BET. “Boss Lady,” the life-changing powerful saga, has the country buzzing and was released nationally on DVD in 2013 and recently a string of “Murder Mystery” shows that have been produced at her venues. Lynn has had the honored experience to work with celebrities such as Robin Givens, Angela Winbush, Ginuwine, Keith Washington, Carl Payne, Karen Clark-Sheard, Kel Mitchell, Demetria McKinney, Tony Terry, Tony Grant and has appeared on the syndicated morning show “News One Now” with Roland Martin.

Her debut book, Beyond the Chitlin’ Circuit: The Ultimate Urban Playwright’s Guide, is the first book of its kind and speaks to the myths, the challenges and the successes of the urban playwright industry. Girl, Get Your Date Life Right, the second book, is a dating guide for women over 35. Lynn currently serves as the CEO of Parables Entertainment, a comprehensive professional writing and consulting firm. Lynn is also the founder and CEO of Urban Playwrights United (UPU), where she helps playwrights nationwide perfect their craft and the owner of The Crystal Room, all occasion hall. She also serves as a board member of Avengers Mentoring 501c3, a local Detroit mentoring program. Picking up beauty from the ashes, which she was given, Lynn continues to serve as a public speaker, script and content writer, mentor and theater consultant.





Conversations With Kai Mann S2:E7

JoVonna Williams, a mother of three children whose life took a drastic turn at the early age of 29 years old when she was diagnosed with a Rare Auto Immune Condition “Eosinophilic Myenteric Ganglionitis” after undergoing surgery at Cleveland Clinic. She is the Fourth Person in the world to be diagnosed with this condition. Due to the severity of her chronic disease her work career was cut short and she is now on full disability.

JoVonna learned a long time ago that everything that looks bad isn’t always the case. She is currently working on her first book where she will tell her story and share a Testimony that many people won’t understand.

Inspite of JoVonna’s condition she tries to focus her passion on encouraging and helping others. She believes that it is important to give others a since of hope especially when they feel that no one cares about them. Sometimes a kind word and a listening ear can go a long way so she shares and give light along the way to those who need it. She says that God has given her a Gift of Compassion and she uses it to change lives one smile at a time.

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