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Episode 103 Vaneese Thomas, singer, songwriter, producer

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

Release Date: 02/10/2020

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

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

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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Episode 122 Julia Adamy Pederson, musician/equal justice advocate show art Episode 122 Julia Adamy Pederson, musician/equal justice advocate

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

My guest today is Julia Adamy Pederson. Although Julia is an outstanding professional bass player, today’s conversation is not about what a marvelous bass player she is, or her vibrant music career. Julia, my wholehearted, yet humble daughter, is uncomfortable talking about herself. True to the instrument she plays, her personality matches the function of the bass player: to be a supportive role, or as she describes it “I’d rather be felt, than heard”. She agreed to be my guest, stretching herself beyond her comfort zone, only because she feels compelled to speak about what she is...

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Episode 121 Kimberly Jones, author, filmmaker, activist show art Episode 121 Kimberly Jones, author, filmmaker, activist

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

My guest today is Kimberly Latrice Jones. Kimberly is an activist, writer, and director. It was Kimberly’s recent impassioned video that powerfully moved me and inspired me to reach out to her. Both Trevor Noah and John Oliver highlighted Kim’s video, where she provides a poignant history lesson, outlines the broken social contracts between whites and blacks in this country, and pleads for people to not superficially focus on the WHAT (looting and rioting), but dig into the WHY.

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Episode 120, Siri Carr and Kirsti Carr, Discussion On White Privilege show art Episode 120, Siri Carr and Kirsti Carr, Discussion On White Privilege

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

My guests today are 2 of my nieces, Siri Carr and Kirsti Carr. Siri is a teacher of 8th grade writing in a Boston charter school. She cares deeply about making the world a better place, trusting that with love, we are capable of so much more. Kirsti is an environmental biologist, who has studied raptors in California and Nevada and is currently working on a red-headed woodpecker project in Minnesota. Siri and Kirsti help challenge me to think about how we can openly practice anti-racism in our lives.

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Episode 119 Jamie Surya, yoga studio owner and teacher show art Episode 119 Jamie Surya, yoga studio owner and teacher

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

My guest today is Jamie Surya. Jamie is a yoga instructor, owner of her own yoga studio and a revered community builder. Jamie was drawn to yoga at a very vulnerable time in her life, when she was struggling with anxiety and depression. Yoga shifted and profoundly transformed Jamie’s life so she is devoted to sharing the practice with others. Rooted in a reverence for the ancient philosophy and practice of yoga, Jamie adds her modern twist.

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Episode 118 Dr. Deborah Adamy Talks About Raw Emotions  show art Episode 118 Dr. Deborah Adamy Talks About Raw Emotions

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

I didn’t plan for, nor expect the flood of tears that came over me, and in between my sobs, I realized it took a pandemic for me to feel the raw emotions of our country’s intensified racism. It took a pandemic for me to weep in a new way for all the people of color who have been terrorized by police brutality and white supremacy.

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Episode 117 Suzanne, TV Producer, Videographer, and Film Director show art Episode 117 Suzanne, TV Producer, Videographer, and Film Director

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

My guest today is Suzanne. Suzanne had been a TV Producer, Videographer and Film Director, before her near fatal injury 3 1/2 years ago that created an opportunity for Suzanne to reset everything in her life. Suzanne has slowed down tremendously and is now living a more natural life, more in touch with the earth, animals, and people. She even says that her long road to recovery served as a warm up, preparing her well to face the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Episode 116 Jason Tomlinson, career skills advocate, community builder show art Episode 116 Jason Tomlinson, career skills advocate, community builder

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

My guest today is Jason Tomlinson. Jason is a career skills advocate, community builder, and master barber. Jason’s official title at Rockland Community College (RCC) is “Confidential Assistant to the President”, which entails (other than being able to keep a good secret), coordinating scheduling and logistics for the president and representing the college in the community by building/collaborating/maintaining purposeful community relationships.

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Episode 115 Puzzling Through The Pandemic show art Episode 115 Puzzling Through The Pandemic

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

In the past 2 months, during our shelter-at-home precautions for the coronavirus, I’ve done three separate 1,000 piece puzzles. So it won’t come as a surprise that I’ve been reflecting on puzzles, the metaphors they hold, and what it means to me to be puzzling through this pandemic. So instead of a guest today, I want to share with you some of my puzzle thoughts and the insights they have provided me.

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Episode 114 Dr. Lauren Dulberg, Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Acupuncturist show art Episode 114 Dr. Lauren Dulberg, Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Acupuncturist

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My guest today is Dr. Lauren Dulberg. Lauren is a doctor of Chinese Medicine, an acupuncturist and devotee of ancient traditions. Having studied anthropology and ethno-botany, Lauren developed a reverence for southwest plant medicine. She then studied and personally experienced the ancient wisdom and effectiveness of Chinese medicine, with its healing powers in herbal formulas. She became motivated to teach others that they have the power and ability to advocate for their health.

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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. In addition to concerts and recordings, Vaneese has worked in film and television: she was the voice for Grace the Bass for PBS’ Shining Time Station, Clio the Muse in Disney’s Hercules and for nearly 20 years, sang on countless jingles.

Vaneese feels blessed to have a rich career as both solo performer of her own music and the amazing opportunities to be a background vocalist for legends like: Luciano Pavarotti, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, and Eric Clapton as well as to be one of Aretha Franklin’s background vocalists for ten years. You can see Vaneese singing background vocals in Bruce Springsteen’s recent movie “Western Stars”.

Vaneese shares memories from her time at Swarthmore College, what prompted her to move to New York, the people and bands that welcomed her and the gracious doors that have opened for her. I am so grateful for our 38 year friendship; our spiritual explorations; and how we have shown up for each other along this journey of life. Check out the show notes for links to Vaneese’s website - purchase her music and come hear her live!  Enjoy the podcast!


Links:
Vaneese's web site
Peaceful Waters Music
"Down Yonder" on Spotify
"Ebony Man" - YouTube video