Season 2! Listen and Watch!
June 24, 2021
with Ruben Garcia
Ruben Garcia is the very definition of a serial entrepreneur.
Ruben studied business and real estate while balancing family and work. But after college, and almost 12 years at UPS, he decided to make an impactful change in his life and jumped right into his dream career: real estate. Since making this major step, Ruben has had major accomplishments in his field since the beginning of his real estate career in 2014.
And there’s so much more to this visionary.
June 17, 2021
with Robert D. Collins, Sr.
In his book, Adult Conversations, my guest introduces a concept that he lives by which helps in communicating in any situation.
He writes, by learning more about the different egos and focusing on listening, he vastly improved his communication with others.
His book was based on something he read decades ago, “What do you say after you say hello?” by Eric Berne and it changed his life.
Well my guest today will break down this very simply technique to vastly improve any communication you have in any relationship. I’m so happy to introduce to you my guest this week, Robert Collins, Sr., - oh yeah, and he’s also my dad!
The Woman in the Big Chair
June 3, 2021
with Amanda Smerage
Amanda Smerage is the new Director Of Broadcast Production at Worcester Red Sox. She is a dynamic, multi-Emmy Award Winning Television Production Specialist with 20 years in the field. Adept at both Live- and Post-Production Broadcasts, Amanda primarily has worked as a Lead EVS Operator and Replay Specialist and is also a skilled Editor, Technical Director and Replay Producer.
Leveraging an impressive body of work and expansive knowledge base, Amanda has changed the game in TV production – standing out firmly on her technical expertise and command for authority in one of the most anxiety driven industries.
May 17, 2021
with Thomas Silcott
Thomas Silcott, originally from Boston Mass., is a graduate of Salem State University in theatre and got his Masters in acting from New York University Tisch School Of The Arts. From there he went on to two Broadway tours of Bring In Da Noise Bring In The Funk. Tom has also done many regional shows from Merrimack Rep in Boston to The Mark Taper in Los Angeles and Berkeley Rep in San Francisco to The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. He’s also made an Off Broadway appearance at the Signature Theatre. Tom has also guest starred on a number of television shows and commercials over the years. His recent commercial running is for AARP.
Our Voices on Police Shootings
April 29, 2021
with Brian Barber, Khyal Brown, Ashleigh Collins and Journey King
Another day, another tragic reminder of the dangers Black and brown citizens face for being born into a world of hate that has branded them as suspects from day one.
On this week’s episode of the PowerPLAY Show – we will hear from those young voices – all of whom have witnessed – in large part to social media – the unending narrative of black and brown lives being lost way too soon.
Our Voices and police killings this week on The PowerPLAY Show!
April 22, 2021
with Bishop Lawrence Ward, Pastor Kenneth M. Young, Attorney Joseph Feaster
We know the man, we know the story, we know the accused and now we know the verdict.
As the nation learns the fate of Former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin - we have a special presentation of The PowerPLAY Show!
The jury deliberated for less than 11 hours and returned a verdict of guilty on all charged in the death of George Floyd.
Chauvin faces up to 40 years in prison for second-degree murder, up to 25 years for third-degree murder and up to 10 years for second-degree manslaughter.
Joining me for tonight's discussion is Attorney Joseph Feaster, Bishop Lawrence Ward and Pastor Kenneth Young!
Interise with Darrell Byers
April 15, 2021
with Darrell Byers
Darrell Byers is the CEO of Interise – a company whose mission is to create an inclusive economy by supporting established small businesses that are located in low-income communities or are minority owned.
From this – Interise STRONG was established specifically to support the millions of entrepreneurs facing the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic by delivering online programs designed to meet small businesses challenges right now.
We’re going to get into all of this but first, let me tell you more about my guest. Darrell and I first met roaming the halls of WGBH. A Massachusetts native, Darrell has spent most of his career in non-profit, from Earth Justice to Easter seals to Habitat for Humanity before joining Interise. He said he joined Interise to help transform lives – a mission he has been doing his entire life.
Arts & Culture with Michael J. Bobbitt
April 8, 2021
with Michael J. Bobbitt
Michael J. Bobbitt has talked the talk because he’s walked the walk. He is a director, choreographer and playwright. Now Michael has cemented his dedication and contribution to the arts by being named the highest ranking cultural official when he took on the role as Executive Director of the Mass Cultural Council.
What does the Council do and how will his new role continue the development of arts and culture projects in the state? I sit down with Michael to discuss arts, culture and what we can hope for in the months to come!
"Wisdom From My Father's Porch" with Dr. Dorrance Kennedy
April 1, 2021
with Dr. Dorrance Kennedy
Dr. Dorrance Kennedy is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He is a graduate of Hampton University; received his Master of Social Work from Southern University, a Master of Theological Studies degree from Covenant Seminary, and a Doctorate of Education from Fayetteville State University.
He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who was employed for several years as a public school social worker in Louisiana, Illinois, and Missouri. Currently, Dr. Kennedy is an Assistant professor of social work at Fayetteville State University. He is also an ordained minister.
He is the founder and CEO of Empower Your Purpose, a personal development corporation dedicated to bringing communities together. Over the last twenty years, he has spoken to a wide variety of audiences including schools, colleges, community organizations, churches and now, The PowerPLAY Show.
EmPOWERing Women with Cynthia Johnson
March 26, 2021
with Cynthia Johnson
My guest today is an award-winning writer and producer who’s worked for PBS, NBC, CBS and the Smithsonian Institute. She has won 9 Emmy Awards, 2 gold World Medals from the International Film and Television Festival of New York, A CEBA Award from the National Association of Black Journalists, and a Massachusetts Psychological Award for her contributions in broadcast media. With such award winning productions: Journey of courage, Ellington’s Sentimental Mood, Surviving the Odds: Being Young, Black and Male in America and The making of Africans in America, her work has always explored a deeper understanding of the black experience in America. Storytelling IS her first love. In 2014, she graduated from Grub Street’s Novel Incubator, a year-long advanced degree program and now is working on several novels which range from exploring the history of her ancestors in Barbados, to an intimate look at her mother’s life. She wrote, “Stories hold the power to transform our lives and will remain an integral part of the humanity for as long as we gather around campfires, open books, and stare at movie screens.” It’s hard to put into words exactly what this woman has done to inspire me. As a young girl, I marveled in her presence as she stood firmly producing, directing and being the head woman in charge. She took my sister and I on an adventure that has defined us to this day. She was strong when I was weak. She loved me through my pain. She looks up to me with such pride and affection not realizing – and I tell her this all the time – YOU MADE ME!
EmPOWERing Women with Lynn Scornavacca
March 25, 2021
with Lynn Scornavacca
I first met Lynn Scornavacca when I was a production assistant. I didn’t know much about anything back then. But I marveled at her skills and the way she stood up to the boys in television. As I sit back and think about the women who impacted me in my professional career, there’s no way I could leave Lynn out.
Lynn began her professional career at Snow Sound in Hartford, Connecticut where she began honing her skills as an audio engineer. She moved to Boston in the early 80s where she began working in sports broadcasting. In 1981 – there were no other women mixing audio. She was the first A1 working in sports in the Northeast.
Fast forward to where we met at WGBH-TV. There, she shifted her focus to field audio, working with two wonderful people who also impacted my life: Kathy Gleason and Howard Powell.
From Say Brother to Antiques Roadshow, to Evening At The Pops, and so much more, Lynn stood out as a true professional and skilled production engineer.
Finally, in 2004 – Lynn took another bold step and launched her own company, Silver Lake Productions, Inc. where she and her staff specialize in stories for nonprofits.
Lynn is a woman I not only looked up to, but still call for advice to this day.
EmPOWERing Women with Medina Dixon and Friends
March 24, 2021
with Medina Dixon and Friends
If you haven’t heard the name Medina Dixon, well her story is the true definition of legendary. From the city of Cambridge to competing all around the world - Medina shattered records and earned dozens of honors including national championships and playing for the 1992 women’s basketball olympic team. But it’s her current fight which may be her biggest challenge. I sat down for a discussion with Medina Dixon with some of her closest friends and former teammates: Sharlene Blake, Katani Sumner, Rhonda Green and Ray Thomas of the Ray Thomas Variety Show Live.
EmPOWERing Women with Rachel Foster
March 23, 2021
with Rachel Foster
Rachel Foster has achieved what most women haven’t – a 303 pound squat, a 165 pound bench press, and a 374 pound deadlift – all just three weeks ago! AND almost reached a world record.
When she’s not performing her duties as Mayor of MetFit Training Facility in Natick Massachusetts – where she also trains to compete in powerlifting, Rachel is the Content Production Manager at PTC – where she leads a team through fast-paced pre & post-production editing to deliver high-quality content to their customers.
She’s a proud auntie of three and she does all of this while still going to bed by 8:30pm every night.
Oh, and one last thing, although she doesn’t use this as a way to define herself, Rachel is a cancer survivor.
EmPOWERing Women with Adrianne Gladden-Young
March 22, 2021
with Adrianne Gladden-Young
My guest has made her mark in helping to understand the world’s most deadly infectious diseases. Adrianne Gladden-Young is a senior research associate in Pardis Sabeti’s lab at the Broad Institute and Harvard University where she conducts genomic studies of the viruses responsible for some of the world’s most severe and deadly infectious disease outbreaks.
She is currently leading benchwork efforts to use COVID genomic epidemiology as a tool to understand the spread of COVID-19 during the pandemic.
EmPOWERing Women with Tania Blanco
March 18, 2021
with Tania Blanco
Tania Blanco had dreams. Big dreams. As a single mother – it would have been easy to put those dreams to the side. But she persevered, with the love and support of so many others in her life. And last year, March 5, 2020, she made ONE of those dreams come true when she opened her own Insurance Agency.
And in a field where men are more prominent, Tania never gave it a second thought, saying, I never cared about that and she tells us why.
EmPOWERing Women with Lisa Olivieri
March 11, 2021
with Lisa Olivieri
Lisa Olivieri worked in the television industry in a number of roles - including Associate Producer - for over 15 years. She has also worked with a number of independent filmmakers on various documentaries. Her work has aired on Discovery Channel, History Channel, Lifetime Network and PBS. She was named one of the “Men and Women Who Make A Difference,” by Boston Spirit Magazine, for her work on BLINDSIDED.
Blindsided is an hour-long documentary narrative of Patricia Livingstone, a deaf-blind lesbian artist facing a series of unimaginable losses and historic gains. The film weaves intimate, real time scenes, shot over the course of eight years, with home videos and photographs, to relay the story of a woman whose spark did not fade even in the face of great hardship and loss.
Lisa is now working on her latest project, Recovery City, an intimate, unflinching portrait of four bold women who refuse to let themselves or their community give in to the stigma and despair of addiction.
EmPOWERing Women with Sparkle Bass!
March 4, 2021
with Sparkle Bass
Sparkle W. Bass graduated North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, where she received a BS in Electronic, Computer and Information Technology. She then received her MBA from Kaplan University.
Sparkle launched her career in North Carolina, where she worked with industry leading technology companies in the field of project management. This eventually led to her desire to own and manage her own company.
In 2014, Sparkle & her husband Travis, launched XII Enterprise, a transportation company. While assisting her drivers and owner operators in setting up their trucking business, XII Companies was born. XII Companies is a consulting firm that specialize in business start-ups, business finances, business taxes and insurance. XII Companies works with established businesses to create business plans, policies and procedures, obtain certified minority and women owned status certifications, business trademarks and more.
As a philanthropist, Sparkle’s desire is to see progression of others, especially the youth. With the help of her husband, Travis Bass, Sparkle co-founded a non-profit organization called the Cynthia Patterson Foundation (CPF), in honor of her mother who taught in North Carolina for over 20 years and was a paralyzed in a drive by shooting in 2005. The foundation’s focus is to assist the youth in the communities of North Carolina through providing resources, education, and career opportunities.
"ShapeUP with Shaumba"
February 25, 2021
with Shaumba-Yandje Dibinga
Shaumba-Yandje Dibinga runs Shape Up with Shaumba dot com. ShapeUp with Shaumba works with school and programs throughout the year to get young people moving through dance and calisthenics. She also teaches children the importance of eating healthier and using their voice to relay how they are feeling. ShapeUp also runs smaller group programs which involve one on one and family involvement. Her background in training, teaching and performance experience includes all areas of dance: African, tap, hip-hop, swing, gospel, ballet, step, modern and jazz.
She says, "In working with young people, I have had the opportunity to hear their stories about being called names by their parents, siblings, and friends with respect to their weight. I have also had the chance to help them figure out how to make them feel great about themselves and voice how they are feeling to those who are making them feel small".
"Zara's Wash Day"
February 18, 2021
with Zenda Walker
Zenda Walker - licensed cosmetologist, beauty marketing executive, and now author. Originally from New York, Zenda has been honing her skills in hair care with a focus on maintaining healthy practices when it comes to healthy hair care. Her website, knowyourhairitage.com will soon offer consulting, books on products to help with your hair care, as well as valuable resources.
But Zenda is much more than the hair coach we all need. Her new, self-published book, Zara’s Wash Day, is a huge success! The book’s main character Zara, Zenda’s daughter, describes a day in which Zara must get her hair washed. Throughout the story, Zenda wonderfully describes the significance of our African American heritage. In it, Zenda writes, “Each strand tells our family’s story.” She also writes, our hair spirals, zigzags, and bends. It’s kinky, curvy and can sometimes coil. These are all characteristics of an ancestral link to people from African soil.”
February 11, 2021
with Joseph Reitman
Actor, Producer, Director, Writer and may I add, high school classmate.
To say my guest today is multi-talented, is quite the understatement. Joseph Reitman has appeared in major motion pictures including The Perfect Storm, Money Monster, and Lady in the Water, to name a few. He is also known for his roles on television series: Happy, 37 Problems, and Ray Donovan. But I remember Joe break dancing with some of our other classmates on the streets near Brookline High School.
What I didn’t know was the one major battle we both have fought and can talk about today.
Healthcare and Equity
February 4, 2021
with Michael Curry, Esq.
Michael Curry has recently taken on leading the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers – where he plans – among many other things – to manage the fears and inequities of communities of color when it comes to the access and dissemination of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Formerly, Mr. Curry worked as the Senior Policy Analyst at Blue Cross Blue Shield, where counseled on legislative and regulatory matters in the state.
He also served as president of the Boston Branch of the NAACP from 2011-2016 where Mr. Curry worked on revitalizing the chapter and recruiting new members.
Michael Curry has made it his career to advancing the lives of African American people – not just in Massachusetts, but throughout the country.
Understanding Social Justice
January 27, 2021
with Pastor Kenneth Young
From Breonna Taylor – a pandemic - to a new administration – this past year has been – well, challenging, to say the least.
We’ve seen protests, on both sides of the racial and political aisle – that has further divided us.
We’ve seen leaders use God for their idea of social justice, but not for the greater good of mankind or this country.
And with most churches closed – a pause in faith and purpose when it
comes to the body of Christ.
Pastor Kenneth Young - pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Haverhill, Massachusetts - says part of his mission is to carry his ministry to impoverished regions helping in the areas of education, employment and yes, understanding social justice.
An Inauguration Celebration
January 20, 2021
with Yvonne Spicer, Joseph Feaster, Darren Duarte
On January 20, 2021, history was made. President Joseph Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States along with his Vice President Kamala Harris, the first woman, African American, and woman of South Asian descent to be elected to the office. It was a different inauguration from those in the past, but even so - it was a signal of a new day; a new era; and a new administration vowed to unite a divisive nation.
Dr. Yvonne Spicer, Mayor of Framingham, Communications Director Darren Duarte, and Attorney and Chair of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts Joseph Feaster share their thoughts on this day in history.
A Money Class
January 14, 2021
with Jacqueline Cooper
Our returning guest on The PowerPLAY is founder, President and Executive Director of Financial Education Associates Jacqueline Cooper. Financial Education Associates provides high quality financial education seminars, and home buying and ownership courses. FEA offers home buyer education and financial education classes both online and in person for Massachusetts homebuyers and homeowners.
Jackie gives US a Money Class on the job market, the affect of a public health crisis, and why more and more people are looking to purchase homes in a pandemic!
Writing The Future
January 7, 2021
with Rob Stull
Our Season 2 premiere of the PowerPLAY kicks off exactly where we started last year with renown artist, Rob Stull. Rob has had an exciting year - as the first local artist to donned the Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibit, "Writing The Future: Basquiat and the Hip Hop Generation" illuminated the art, design, music and culture of Hip Hop.