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Episode 94 Dwayne Cooper, actor, singer

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

Release Date: 12/02/2019

Episode 104 Everett Bradley, musician, vocalist, actor show art Episode 104 Everett Bradley, musician, vocalist, actor

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

My guest today is Everett Bradley. Everett is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, and actor, who honors his mother’s courage and tenacity to have advocated for her son’s musical passion. He describes the turning point in his career from performing in the production STOMP!, to the Broadway show “Swing”, to singing and playing percussion with Hall & Oates, Bruce Springsteen, and Jon Bon Jovi.

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Episode 103 Vaneese Thomas, singer, songwriter, producer show art Episode 103 Vaneese Thomas, singer, songwriter, producer

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

My guest today is Vaneese Thomas. Born in Memphis, TN and immersed into the music royalty family of Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas and Marvell Thomas, Vaneese is an incredible soul/blues/R&B singer/songwriter and producer. She has produced recordings and written songs for Patti Austin, Freddie Jackson, Bob James, Larry Coryell, Melba Moore and Diana Ross.

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Episode 102 Dr. Deborah Adamy, A Story For Black History Month show art Episode 102 Dr. Deborah Adamy, A Story For Black History Month

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

In honor of Black History Month, I am excited to announce our 3 fabulous guests starting next week: Vaneese Thomas, Everett Bradley and Gail Blache-Gill. But for today, I want to start off Black History Month by reading a children’s story. This story resonates with my longing to do what I can to dismantle white supremacy. The book is called “Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness”, written and illustrated by Anastasia Higginbotham.

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Episode 101 Wayne Warnecke, recording engineer/producer show art Episode 101 Wayne Warnecke, recording engineer/producer

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

My guest today is Wayne Warnecke. Wayne is an accomplished audio engineer, producer and co-owner of Peaceful Waters Recording. As a young child, Wayne loved the drums and owned his first snare drum and hi-hat at age 9. He played guitar with his high school band, “Friction”, but primarily played drums and percussion for the rest of his performing gigs. Wayne was about 14 years old when we stepped inside his first recording studio and knew immediately that he had to do this with his life.

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Episode 100 Dr. Deborah Adamy Gets Interviewed! show art Episode 100 Dr. Deborah Adamy Gets Interviewed!

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

Today marks the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. He was born in Atlanta, GA on January 15th, 1929 - if still alive, he would now be 91 years old. Also today, our podcast Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire is celebrating an anniversary: our 100th episode! My guest today is me! Seriously, my dear friend, Karen Siff-Exkorn had the idea of interviewing me for this milestone.

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Episode 99 Sammy Merendino, drummer, producer show art Episode 99 Sammy Merendino, drummer, producer

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

My guest today is Sammy Merendino. Sammy is a drummer, percussionist, and producer. In fact, Sammy is one of NYC’s top drummers, having recorded and/or performed with Cameo, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Foreigner, Lou Reed, Aretha Franklin, Ziggy Marley, Hall & Oats, The Beach Boys, and Pat Metheny, to name a few. Raised in Ohio, one of 11 children, Sammy appreciated the loving support of his parents, particularly his father’s ability to find the good in every situation.

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Episode 98 Happy New Year 2020 show art Episode 98 Happy New Year 2020

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

Happy 2020! I’d like to welcome you to the new year and share a personal story. Despite the ongoing appalling behavior of our president, that intensified in this first week of this new year, I am inspired by the wisdom, dedication, and impactful activism of Shaun King & Michael Moore. I also share a personal story about how things don’t always turn out the way I plan, regardless of how great my goal appears to be!

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Episode 97 Dr. Deborah Adamy, PhD., LMSW, LMT, 2019 Reflections show art Episode 97 Dr. Deborah Adamy, PhD., LMSW, LMT, 2019 Reflections

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

Instead of having a guest today, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on 2019. My beloved husband, Paul and I launched this podcast nearly 2 years ago, on January 8th, 2018. Since then, we released every Monday, a new conversation with a guest, totaling 93 guests, plus a couple of reflections from me and a guided chakra meditation! It has been a joy to shine light on everyday people, who inspire me.

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Episode 96 Tim Young, singer, actor show art Episode 96 Tim Young, singer, actor

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

My guest today is Tim Young. Tim is a singer/songwriter, actor, musical director and dancer. I met Tim last month at Tahira Clayton and Addison Frei’s wedding (both former guests on my podcast - episode #58 and #43) and was immediately drawn to his enthusiasm, humor and authenticity. Tim grew up in Long Island, NY, immersed in a 2,500-member evangelical, fundamentalist Christian church, whose beliefs were reinforced at home and in his Christian school.

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Episode 95 Nicki Denner, musician, composer show art Episode 95 Nicki Denner, musician, composer

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

My guest today is Nicki Denner. Nicki is a passionate pianist, composer, educator and musical director, oh and lest I forget, a tap dancer! Raised in Wisconsin, without examples of what a professional musician looked like, Nicki attended college at University of Minnesota, negating her passion for music and initially majoring in French and Political Science; majors she thought would lead to practical careers.

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My guest today is Dwayne Cooper. Dwayne is an outstanding singer, songwriter, actor, dancer - and in my opinion, one of the most generous performers I’ve ever witnessed! From his childhood dream of being a TV game show host, Dwayne has found creative avenues to thoroughly entertain his audiences, from choreography and performances in drag clubs, to being a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race, to creating his own edgy band, to national tours of Broadway shows, as well as performing numerous roles on Broadway.

Dwayne is one of the co-founders of The Doo Wop Project, where his powers as a shapeshifter enthusiastically spring into action! Being a shapeshifter on stage is often in direct contrast to how dis-empowered Dwayne can feel off stage, particularly as a gay, black male. Recognizing the daunting impact of racism, sexism and classism, Dwayne strives to be the bigger person and finds healing in speaking his truth. He speaks passionately about the profound, transformative practice of re-emergence/re-evaluation counseling that has helped him acknowledge and face past traumas, deepen his compassion and integrate the practices of forgiveness.

Check out the links below for Dwayne’s performances and projects, as well as his  social media contact. I hope you get a chance to see Dwayne perform live - it will thoroughly uplift you!!  Enjoy the podcast!

Links:
IG:
@itsdwaynecooper 
IG:
@thedoowopproject
The Doo Wop Project (Web Site)