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136: Author B.A. Crisp and her genre-defying stories of redemption

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Release Date: 01/27/2022

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After winning Miss USA, Ali Landry was featured in the Doritos commercial which is still to this day the most memorable Super Bowl commercial of all time. This commercial launched her into a successful career as an actress, model, television host and brand ambassador being touted as one of People’s, ‘Most Beautiful’! With great business success, Ali is most proud, however, of her 16-year marriage and 3 beautiful children. Not long ago, Ali was experiencing exhaustion, brain fog, hair thinning, slow digestion and sleep issues, so she decided to take back her health and figure it...

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Linda Spellman grew up in the north suburbs of Chicago. She earned her MBA and spent years as a successful marketing executive for high-profile national retailers from Southern California to Atlanta. She was known throughout the Direct Marketing Industry, as a well-respected industry event speaker, and was on the advisory board for several industry conferences. She was enjoying a thriving career when a sexual assault changed everything.  A silent survivor of sexual abuse since childhood, Linda’s life began to take a series of unexpected, sometimes devastating, other times remarkable...

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Frank Anthony Polito is an award-winning author and playwright. He holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon and a BFA in Theatre from Wayne State. Published novels include BAND FAGS! (2008 "Best Fiction" - InsightOut Book Club), DRAMA QUEERS! (2009 Lambda Literary Award), REMEMBERING CHRISTMAS (featuring the sequel to BAND FAGS!), LOST IN THE '90s, and THE SPIRIT OF DETROIT. His plays ANOTHER DAY ON WILLOW ST and BFs! (based on his novel BAND FAGS!) have been produced in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, Omaha, and Annapolis. His other writing has been featured...

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Highly decorated Air Force veteran Wayne O. Smith was born in 1943 in Richmond, Kentucky. He entered the U.S. Air Force Academy on June 26, 1961, and graduated with a commission as a 2d Lt. on June 9, 1965.  Lt. Smith next attended Undergraduate Pilot Training at Moody AFB, Georgia, where he was awarded his pilot wings in September 1966. He served with the 4th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the 33rd Tactical Fighter Wing at Eglin AFB, Florida, from October 1966 to July 1967, when he deployed with his unit to Southeast Asia. He then flew with the 435th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Ubon Royal...

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Erin Brockovich is an environmental activist, consumer advocate, renowned crusader, and champion fighter whose courageous case against Pacific Gas and Electric was dramatized in an Oscar-winning film that earned Julia Roberts an Oscar in 2001.  Julia's Brockovich may be frozen in time in the late 20th century, but Erin's Brockovich is fixated on the issues of today. She is older and wiser, yet wickedly funny and refreshing. Nonetheless, like her cinematic Ghost of Brockovich Past, she is still a force of nature and FOR nature. Erin is the president of Brockovich Research & Consulting and...

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Since the 1980’s, Brian Edwards — multi-award-winning celebrity talent executive, producer, writer and occasional performer — has worked with many of the biggest names in the history of show business.  A brief sampling includes:  Donna Summer, Joan Rivers, Cindy Crawford, Susan Sarandon, Melissa Rivers, Whoopi Goldberg, Farrah Fawcett, Shirley Jones, Naomi Judd and Vanessa Williams. In 2013, with the publication of his debut book, “Enter Miss Thang,” another title attached to Edwards is “gay icon.” His unabashedly honest and side-splitting memoir became a national best...

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The proud mother of Vanessa Williams and Christopher Williams, Helen Tinch Williams retired after thirty-seven years in the Ossining, New York public schools as a vocal music educator and an adjunct professor at Manhattanville College School of Education in Purchase New York.   Mrs. Williams is a graduate of Suny Fredonia with a B.S. in Music Education, a Master’s Degree from Manhattanville College. Purchase N.Y. and additional studies at New York University.   Mrs. Williams is a charter member of The Links Incorporated Greater Hudson Valley Chapter, African American Advisory Board...

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On the cusp of her big break as Paula Pokrifki—the Debra Winger role—in the National Tour of “An Officer and a Gentleman, The Musical,” 24-year-old New York theater actress Mia Massaro received a devastating diagnosis. But the show must go on—and it did. Mia Massaro is a New York City based actor but grew up in Vineland, New Jersey (basically the South) with her parents Andrea and Dominic Massaro and two older brothers, Andrew and Patrick. She studied musical theatre performance at Marymount Manhattan College and graduated in 2019.  Since then she’s been killing the survival...

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Rich Specht and his wife, Samantha, are the co-founders of the ReesSpecht Life Foundation. The foundation formed in the wake of the drowning death of their only son, Richard Edwin-Ehmer (Rees) Specht, at 22 months old. The acts of kindness that his family received after Rees’ passing inspired them to “pay it forward” with the worldwide distribution of over 750,000 ReesSpecht Life “pay it forward” cards and counting. The foundation also provides school assemblies called “Cultivate Kindness” and “ReesSpecht the Water,” which have reached over 350,000 students nationwide in the...

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Jennifer Love is a wealth philosopher, money therapist, and the founding CEO of The Living Wealthy Institute. She is a sought-after advisor to world leaders and an international speaker, author, and educator, weaving the aspects of our humanity into her garden conversation about the nature of wealth. Award-winning, 5x career entrepreneur with 20+ years under her comfy Keds, Jennifer Love is a thought leader whose heart matches her name. For almost two decades, Jennifer has studied human and organizational behavior and the relationship leaders have with their wealth and money. Metamorphosis and...

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B.A. Crisp is the author of “Red Bird,” an Amazon #1 bestseller, and a second Amazon bestseller, “X Point.” Her book genres include science fiction, fantasy,  and adventure. 

Crisp has acted as a strategic-intelligence consultant for private contractors and government on national security—providing research, advice, and analysis on security matters. 

The CEO of Empowerment Enterprises, Inc. a Washington, D.C. based consulting company. Ms. Crisp’s portfolio includes advising with the Dept. of Homeland Security’s Science & Technology Directorate on federal anti-human trafficking foundational efforts; applying models to develop risk analysis and support risk management decisions around the topic of human trafficking; mediating with special federal agents at the Dept. of Homeland Security, the FBI, and state and local law enforcement agencies on anti-human trafficking efforts; and co-founder of COAST (Club Operators Against Sex Trafficking). 

Crisp was a 2015 Homeland Security Director’s Service Award Nominee, meeting the mandates of the White House and Congress, in the battle against human trafficking. 

She was a Psychiatric Assessment Specialist at a major metropolitan hospital for the Chair of Psychiatry, helping test and implement mental health based software. She is a past Vice Chair on the board of directors for the PACE Center for Girls. Crisp earned her B.A. in psychology from Ursuline College, graduating Summa cum Laude, and her M.S. from George Washington University’ Graduate School of Political Management, receiving the Henry D. Paley Award for outstanding academic achievement with a valedictorian distinction. 

She attended Exeter College, University of Oxford, U.K. and the London School of Journalism. During her childhood, she was a ward of the court and foster child. She is a human trafficking survivor. (Although she prefers the term ‘thriver’.)

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