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Episode 92 Ryan Fielding Garrett, music director, composer

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

Release Date: 11/18/2019

Episode 132 Sharon Charde, poet, teacher, author show art Episode 132 Sharon Charde, poet, teacher, author

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

My guest today is Sharon Charde. Sharon is a poet, teacher and author, who recently published a heartfelt, beautifully written book “I Am Not A Juvenile Delinquent: How Poetry Changed a Group of At Risk Young Women”. For over a decade Sharon volunteered as a poetry teacher at a residential treatment facility for delinquent girls. Her initial intention was to reach out to these young women and have them tell their stories, but what happened was that Sharon fell in love with the girls, and as we know about true love… love takes us places we don’t expect to go! This book is a testament...

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Episode 131 Douglass DeCandia, agricultural abolitionist, poet show art Episode 131 Douglass DeCandia, agricultural abolitionist, poet

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Oh what an emotional week this has been! How my heart aches for Jacob Blake, the black man who was brutally shot 7 times in the back by police officers, with his young children witnessing such racial violence as they sat in their car. The outpouring outcry in the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, pleading for justice. The appalling, intentional hatred by a 17 year old white supremacist who illegally crossed state lines with an AR-15 to terrorize and murder protesters. The racist policies that allow such terrorism to exist, with people and policies not being held accountable. Then as if the...

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Episode 130 Vonetta Taylor, mystic, spiritual guide show art Episode 130 Vonetta Taylor, mystic, spiritual guide

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

My guest today is Vonetta Taylor. Vonetta is a mystic, spiritual guide, entrepreneur, and Emmy award winning designer. Initially excelling in math and physics, Vonetta went to Cornell University, majoring in engineering, but then switched to Cultural Anthropology, which spoke more to her heart. Post-graduate research of magic, myth and education, brought Vonetta to Africa, but it was the people in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda, not the academic world, that burst open a feeling in Vonetta of what is means to be truly human. After a 15 year career as a creative director and designer, Vonetta was...

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Episode 129, A Revolutionary Response show art Episode 129, A Revolutionary Response

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I am happy to announce that my recent guided chakra meditation is now available on my website. . As we continue to delve into important layers of racial oppression, white supremacy, racial justice and what it truly means to dismantle racism, I am grateful to have this platform to share some of what I have been processing. Black people have acknowledged how difficult it is to give honest feedback to a white person about an interchange where they felt hurt, insulted or offended by a racist remark. Black people admit it rarely goes well. In fact when a black person dares to point out...

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Episode 128 Stormy White Guilt show art Episode 128 Stormy White Guilt

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This past week, the strong winds and heavy rains of Hurricane Isaias moved up through the east coast, uprooting thousands of trees. Mother Nature is reflecting what many of us are experiencing personally and collectively, the aftermath of not just the physical storm, but of the pandemic and racial injustices that continue to challenge and shake us. The force of the storm captured in the verbs: uprooting, toppling, crushing, crashing, knocking out, blocking, snapped, dangling and scattered are not so foreign to our own state of mental health these days. In this episode I focus on the concept...

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Episode 127 Guided Meditation show art Episode 127 Guided Meditation

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I lead a 20-30 minute meditation with a small group of friends every Friday morning and this past week, one of my friends asked if I could record the meditation. I was moved that she would like to hear my meditation again, that she found my free-form guidance helpful in giving her a centering peace. So here it is for my friends and all my podcast listeners: a 20 minute spontaneous, organic guided meditation. May it help ground you in the midst of all the uncertainty, heartache, racial oppression and political turmoil going on in our country right now. I know my daily spiritual practices...

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Episode 126 Kitty Hatcher, astrologer show art Episode 126 Kitty Hatcher, astrologer

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My guest today is Kitty Hatcher. Kitty is a gifted astrologist and tarot reader, who reads astrological charts and teaches beginning, intermediate and advanced classes on astrology. I first met Kitty in 1993 and every reading from her since has helped me distinguish and live more confidently into, what Kitty describes as, who I truly am, as opposed to who I am programmed to be. With what has been exposed and unleashed with the pandemic and racial oppression, we also have the opportunity to think about who we truly are as a country, as opposed to who we’ve been programmed to be. I'm...

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Episode 125 Honoring John Lewis show art Episode 125 Honoring John Lewis

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Instead of a guest today, I’d like to humbly do my part in honoring the life and legacy of John Lewis. Representative John Lewis died on Friday July 17 at the age of 80 from pancreatic cancer. You will find beautiful tributes to Mr. Lewis, in the recent New York Times article, on a NPR special and throughout social media platforms. Please take the time to learn more about this courageous, devoted man of integrity. I look forward to watching the documentary “John Lewis: Good Trouble”. In addition to John Lewis’ life, which embodied his values and steadfast fight for equality and...

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Episode 124 Horace Turnbull, Community Builder & Residential Treatment Center COO show art Episode 124 Horace Turnbull, Community Builder & Residential Treatment Center COO

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My guest today is Horace Turnbull. Horace has spent his life devoted to positively shaping kids lives and uplifting community, through the value and power of the arts. Horace grew up in segregated Greenville, MS, in high school he helped farm families find housing, formed recreational activity program for young people, majored in sociology and psychology at Tougaloo College, before moving to New York. He began his career in a child welfare agency as a child care worker, and for the last 3 years of his career, before retiring 4 years ago, was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for St....

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Episode 123 Frances Pratt, President NAACP Nyack show art Episode 123 Frances Pratt, President NAACP Nyack

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My guest today is Frances Pratt. In my Nyack, NY community, Frances, at age 86, is a beloved, living legend. Frances is a registered nurse, who had a 53 year career at Nyack Hospital, which included being head nurse of ER and later a health administrator. The hospital named a waiting room after Frances, a scholarship in her name, as well as a positive-image rose garden. Frances is also a “licensed family care” provider and for 48 years housed up to 6 mentally challenged women in her home, at a time. The National Association for the Advanced of Colored People (NAACP) was formed in 1909 and...

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My guest today is Ryan Fielding Garrett. Ryan is a respected musical director, conductor, arranger and musician. Ryan grew up in San Antonio, Texas, went to Baldwin Wallace University, in Berea, Ohio, and the the day after graduation, moved to NYC, where he quickly broke into the Broadway scene. With the production of Kinky Boots, Ryan began subbing on keyboard on Broadway, was promoted to musical director with the touring company, lived in Japan for 2 months to conduct the show there, and returned to Broadway as associate musical director for the last 14 months of the show. Ryan was proud to be a part of Kinky Boots’ message of acceptance and transformation, which moved audiences around the world. Ryan has worked on the development of a new show called Becoming Nancy, that captures a similar message of acceptance.

In addition to his success at a young age as a musician, Ryan is warm, wise, open-hearted, and dedicated to finding common ground, even in people who have different values and beliefs. Ryan has a reverence for nature and exploration. He asks thoughtful questions about his own learning and growth, trusting that his curiosities lead him to living more fully. Check out the show notes for links to find out more about Ryan. Enjoy the podcast!

Links:

Ryan's web site
IG: @ryanfieldinggarrett

YouTube - Ryan Sings!