SOME OF OUR DISTINGUISHED GUESTS
Trae Ireland is an actor with theater, TV, and Movie credits. He was a recurring actor on the TV show Family Time. Trae also played a role in an episode of the show SMILF. He has produced and starred in the hit seasonal BET Christmas movie For The Love of Christmas. Trae also has a leading role in the smash runaway NETFLIX Movie hit Pierre Jackson for which he won the HAPAWARDS “Best Actor” for his role as leading male.
Kirk and Joni Bovill
After successful careers in high tech marketing, the Bovills transitioned to the entertainment industry as actors, writers and singers in 2008. Currently, they have over 150 credits between the two of them. Joni, a Mississippi native, quickly became a successful commercial actress and has a growing number of television credits. In September, she’s slated to begin the seventh season of Amazon’s “Bosch” in her recurring role of Ida. Kirk is an in-demand character actor. Kirk is tapped to play Donald Sterling in the upcoming HBO series about the 1980s Lakers. An avid writer, he is developing multiple TV and film scripts. In addition, they’ve released two critically acclaimed CDs under their indie record label, Elmo Records.
A Registered Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor/Certified Addiction Specialist (CADC-CAS), specialize in the treatment of dual diagnosed clients who have substance abuse, as well as psychiatric concerns. Associated with Cedar House for fifteen years and currently a Case Manager.
Dr. Gloria A. Chance
Dr. Gloria is a Holistic and Peak Performance Psychologist, multi-industry senior executive, award winning former CIO, Author, Speaker and award-winning Talk Show Host with over 20 years of experience as an intrapreneur, disruptor and innovator in large enterprises in fortune 100 and 500 companies. Dr. Gloria is the founder and CEO of the Mousai Group working with organizations, start-ups and communities and executives to fuel their imaginations.
Dr. Cynthia Clarke
Dr. Cynthia Clarke is a Sport and Performance Psychology Consultant. She is the owner of Clarke Pure Performance which specialized in working with athletes andperforming artists at all levels and has over 20 years of experience. Cynthia is a Professor at AMDA College of the Performing Artist in Hollywood, California
where she teaches Performance Psychology, Psychology and Health and Wellness.
Tensie Taylor is the Associate Director of the USC Black Alumni Association, where she directs the Legacy through Leadership
Mentoring Program and career development. Tensie is a former red-carpet correspondent in Hollywood. In January 2016, she published her first book entitled BULLIED From Terror to Triumph, My Survival Story, where she recounts the bullying she experienced.
Dr. Karen Crozer
Dr. Crozer, a Ph.D. in English and has three master’s degrees, including an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. She served as the Director of Education and Director of Development and STAR Education. Karen Crozer is a full-time, tenured Associate Professor of English at L.A. Mission College who has been teaching English at the college level for over ten years. Besides L.A. Mission College, she has also taught English at Moorpark College, College of the Canyons, and Woodbury University.
Jonathan Richards is a 3rd-year undergraduate student in the University of Southern California. An active student on campus, Vice President of Internal Relations for the Black Business Student Association and the Director of Professional Development for an organization, Brothers Breaking Bread. Jonathan is also a poet and aims to start a podcast named “CouchTalk” where he blends his own passion within sports, music, and advocacy. Furthermore, he aims to break into the entertainment or financial industry after graduation.
Known for his quick wit and impersonations, comedian Sherwin Arae delivers gut-wrenching material. He can perform for any audience – White, Black, Middle-Eastern, Churches, Synagogues – no audience is out of hiss range. Sherwin has won the Hollywood Laugh Factory’s Fresh Faces competition. He has opened for Maz Jobrani, Russell Peters, and Lavell Crawford. Sherwin has performed in theatre for Director Donald Welch, featured in films such as Another Time, and As Evil Does.
Dr. Bernice King
Dr. Bernice A. King is a global thought leader, orator, peace advocate, and CEO of the King Center. Dr. King continues to advance her parents’ legacy of Kingian Nonviolence, which she re-branded Nonviolence365™️. Through her work at the Center, she educates youth and adults around the world about the nonviolent principles modeled by her parents. She holds a BA in Psychology a Masters of Divinity and Doctorate of Law.
Lou Beatty Jr.
Lou Beatty Jr. is an actor of stage, television and film, as well as a writer and producer in theater. He is a recipient of the Golden Nugget Award for Actors, and Theater Excellence Award Detroit Free Press for the play I Am A Man. Lou is a recurring actor on the ABC series A Million Little Things and was a series regular on the NBC show Off Their Rockers. His TV credits include: 2 Broke Girls CBS, Modern Family ABC, NCIS CBS, Welcome to the Family TV1, and The Messengers CW Network.
Charné M. Tunson
Charné M. Tunson has been an advocate for youth mentorship, the founder of the “Tunson Leadership Foundation”, a leadership based non-profit organization. Over the past year as founder, Charné has been able to continue her personal mission of touching the lives of youth and helping them grow and achieve their life dreams, as well as teaching them the importance of coaching and mentoring others. Charné is a tremendous role model.
Raquel Watts was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, and has served under represented and under served students since she was a freshman at USC. As an undergraduate, she was the Executive Director of Troy Camp, a week-long camp for underprivileged elementary school-aged students held every summer in Idyllwild, CA. The camp featured a role-modeling experience that introduced students to new educational and social interactions that expanded their knowledge and understanding of available opportunities to broaden possibilities for their futures.
Dr. Nichet James Gray
As a teacher I have worked to inform, inspire and empower young adults. As an
administrator I have worked to implement policy and procedures to ensure academic
success for students while also supporting and creating incentive for faculty to ensure
positive outcomes for students.
I understand and believe in the importance and power of education, as I believe
education is the great equalizer.
Sylvia Brooks Griffin was born and raised on the East Coast and has lived in Los
Angeles for over 25 years. She attended public school K-12, in the New York
City Public School system. She graduated from Georgetown University, with a
dual degree in Psychology and Fine Arts. Sylvia is a first-generation college
student, so she understands the kind of supports necessary for first generation
college students to be supported and successful.
Lindsay just crossed a threshold in her life. This threshold is the boundary between her familiar, comfortable life and the new and unknown. It is almost always depicted physically as boundary or chasm. The physical boundary must be crossed and always, the way back is destroyed, further self-isolating someone from all they know. “It is about trusting and showing up for the life that Life is giving me! It’s where the path to my higher consciousness begins, as I walk in Faith.”
Dr. Anita Hadpawat
An Associate Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology at the University of California, Riverside and Director of Women’s Health at Unicare Community Health Centers in the Inland Empire, California. In addition to routine Obstetrics/Gynecology she is focused on patient safety and quality improvement, preconception health, managing high-risk pregnancies and improving adolescent gynecology services. She lives in Claremont, California with her husband and two children.
A former television and film executive. Now, as a certified health coach and personal fitness trainer, Charlie shares her passion for faith, food and fitness to help women live healthier and happier lives. Through her company, Fit Thru Faith, Charlie empowers women to regain their energy, ignite their purpose, release excess weight and enjoy good health. Charlie shares her powerful message of greater service through greater health on stages and screens nationwide. She also authored the devotional, “Faith, Food & Fitness: 40 Days to Renew Your Mind and
Transform Your Body.”
Trina Jeffrie is known as a Celebrity Clean Comedian throughout the world. For the past 30 years Trina, along with her true fictional character, aka Sister Cantaloupe is known as the Queen of Gospel Comedy in the Christian community. Trina is a native of, Dallas TX and resides between her two homes in Dallas, TX and Los Angeles, CA. Trina is not just limited to the Christian community but she also has over 30 years ‘experience of performing comedy at Corporate events, Casinos, Cruises Lines, Award Shows, Conventions, Trade Shows, Holiday Parties, Celebrity Birthday Parties, City Community Functions, Theatrical Plays, Movie appearances and more.
Etta Mae Mumphries, “altar” ego of veteran actress Karen Bankhead, has charmed audiences everywhere, with her hysterical recollections and witty words of wisdom, leaving fans “tickled pink.” She is part of the award winning one-woman show “The VO-5 Experience,” of HBO Workspace, San Francisco Fringe¸ Comedy Central Showcase, and United International Solo Fest, NYC. Acting credits include Grey’s Anatomy, Kidding, Curb Your Enthusiasm, I Am Sam, Gilmore Girls, Will & Grace, Reno 911, The Parkers, Bernie Mac Show, The Jamie Foxx Show, Franklin & Bash, Groundlings Sunday Company, Comedy Store and Improv.
An industry favorite, Nationally Syndicated Radio Host Darlene McCoy is host of The Nightly Spirit with the nations number one urban media specialists Urban One Media on the roster with National Brands of the like Rickey Smiley, Erica Campbell, and D.L Hughley to name a few. Upon arriving to the radio scene she quickly rose as a very respected voice on the inspirational platform contributing to her base stations
4 Stellar Award wins.
Brély Evans is a multi-talented native from Oakland, California. She is an Actress, Author, Content Creator, Director, Vocalist, and Voice Over Talent. Whether Brély is making you cry in a drama, laugh in a comedy, or challenging you intellectually through her thought-provoking discussions as a talk show host and podcast personality, she finds time for virtual keynote speaking and serves as ambassador for several national brands even during this pandemic.
Ann Whitt is a 42-year-old single mother of four children ages 14, 19, 22 and 24. Living on the central coast of California. Before COVID-19 she worked at two different health clubs as a personal trainer and a group exercise instructor. She teaches cycling, yoga, silver sneakers (senior fitness) and high intensity interval training classes.
Cheryl Dorsey is a Los Angeles native and joined the LAPD in 1980. During her career, she worked exclusively in patrol and specialized units in all four Bureaus within the City of Los Angeles; South, Central, West and Valley. In addition to various patrol division assignments, Sgt. Dorsey was assigned to the infamous gang unit in Operations South Bureau; known as Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums (C.R.A.S.H.) under the command of Police Chief Daryl F. Gates. Sgt. Cheryl Dorsey has also written an autobiography, Black and Blue, The Creation Of A Social Advocate
Tasha Biltmore is a playwright, screenwriter, theatrical and film director, producer, and also an advocate for victims of domestic violence. She is also an educated ally for the transgender community, being close to Hazel J. Prejean. In 2014, Biltmore was honored with a SPIRIT AWARD from the Multicultural Motion Picture Association at the Pre-Emmy Party. Through her writing, Biltmore has a firm mission for bringing awareness to domestic violence and child sexual abuse, having been a victim of both. Having been the writer and producer of one of the most successful domestic violence awareness stage-plays of Los Angeles, The Conversation, Tasha continues to inspire fellow victims to have a voice in their own story.
Tonya Banks has worked as an actress in TV, Film and Theatre for over 30 years and is letting viewers get a glimpse into her world as a little person on Lifetime’s, Little Women:LA, currently in its 9th season. Tonya has appeared in several films, including Bad Santa and Death to Smoochy and has made world history as the first little person, female lead in The Internship Games. She has also appeared on several TV shows including Ricky Smiley, Martin, and The Hughleys.
Angela Alexander was born and raised in St. Louis, Mo., and resides in Southern California. God allowed Angela to transform what could have easily devastated her, and her family’s lives forever into a ministry that blesses all who hear this incredible testimony. Angela retired from the Air Force Reserves in 2005, as God transitioned her from military to ministry. She’s currently a sought-out Author & Inspirational Speaker of her autobiography titled, Miracles in Action ~ Turning Pain into Power and Grief into Peace. In addition, she has a workbook, new children’s book, and the Executive Producer of her documentary film.
Dorien Wilson (born July 5, 1963) is an American actor who is best known for his role as Professor Stanley Oglevee on the UPN sitcom The Parkers, the spin-off series of Moesha, which first ran from 1999 to 2004, and for his recurring role as Terrence Winningham on the sitcom Sister, Sister from 1994 to 1996.
Actor, writer, producer, and Grammy-nominated musician Tony Grant has become one of the most sought-after, multi-faceted talents in the entertainment industry today. In 2014, Grant can be seen starring as “Phillip” on the OWN Network and Tyler Perry’s original comedy series “Love Thy Neighbor.” The show follows a middle class family and their daily joys, struggles, triumphs, and fumbles. On the film front, Grant recently wrapped production on the independent drama THE LAST PUNCH opposite Keith David, David Banner, and Karon Joseph.
Born in Peoria, Illinois, Arron Barber-Stephens can be described as “The younger brother of Jamie Foxx and Will Smith”. Moving to Los Angeles from Hot Springs, Arkansas, Arron set out to pursue a life as an entertainer Booking 6 National Commercials and a handful of film and TV credits in only his 2nd year, as well as preforming comedy shows all over LA and winning his first ever comedy competition, Arron is slowly becoming a must watch in the industry.
Director Dino Shorté is also an exceptionally talented, Emmy-Nominated Writer, a highly-capable Actor and a hilarious Stand-up Comedian. Some of his work includes Netflix’s The Upshaws, Greatest Super Bowl Commercials, Lip Sync To The Rescue and The Greatest At Home Videos.
Dianne Shortéholds a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in Psychology from Antioch University, and is the author of “Ladies Operating Very Effectively (“L.O.V.E.”): Finding the Power to Change Your World”. She is also creator/producer of the L.O.V.E. awards. Dianne is also a professional dancer and has performed with the WNBA Los Angeles Sparks’ dance team. In addition, Dianne has been a legal professional for over 25 years and is a leadership development coach.
Greg and Rachel Von Stein
Greg and Rachel have been married since 2006 and reside in Madison, Alabama. They are the parents of two boys, and one girl, and enjoy outdoor activities, road trips and spending time with extended family and friends. Greg works for an aeronautical research and development company and Rachel works part-time as a correctional nurse.
Considering the current statistics on divorce, Greg and Rachel are committed to protecting and growing their marriage. Although it’s not always easy and like most marriages there have been challenges, they believe that when a couple has a strong, healthy relationship, you can create a healthy family. Their hope is to help other individuals realize God’s purpose for their union.