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Dr. Ashandra Batiste

 

Dr. Ashandra Batiste is a feisty and fun dentist who thoroughly loves her career. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin before attending Howard University College of Dentistry, and today owns her own dental practice, Elite Dental Wellness.
 
Married to a medical device sales representative, Richard and Ashandra lead very busy lives. The two are parents to three-year-old Logan, and  Ashandra's adorable daughter Avery, eleven, from her previous marriage.
 
Ashandra is also a member of the Houston Area Urban League for Young Professionals, the Richard E. Wainerdi Wellness Institute, the American Dental Association and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 
 
When she's not serving on the PTO at her daughter's school or sitting on dental committees, this vivacious dentist enjoys working out, reading and painting the town red. Whether it's traveling , or upgrading her office decor, nothing Ashandra does is average; she knows how to enjoy life's luxuries and look fabulous while doing it.

 

Social Media:

Instagram: @HotDocDotCom

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Garry Lee

 

Garry Lee is a native Houstonian that has always had the passion for the latest in technology, a desire to educate, and to travel abroad and experience new sites, sounds, and wonders. Over the last decade, Garry has spent time focusing his talents in technology with work at Vortex Computer Systems, LLC while gaining insightful knowledge in the realm of finance. Along the way, he has continued to learn more about the world around him through education of the past and present along with stops in Amsterdam, Costa Rica, Paris, Jamaica, London, Mexico, Belize, Turks & Caicos, and countless other destinations. Stay tuned as you never know where air and opportunity may carry this guy!

 

Social Media:

Facebook: /GHawkinz

Twitter: @GHawkinz 

Instragram: @GHawkinz

Google+: GHawkinz

 

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Howard Jerome

 

One of the earliest movies that shaped Jerome's tastes in film would have to be Fight Club. The psychological game that the movie plays on the viewer- a main character with no name & quick flashes of Tyler Durden foreshadowing the narrator's transition to his alter ego- caused him to break away from mold of main stream summer action flicks. Movies such as Clockwork Orange and Donnie Darko suddenly became more appealing with greater appreciation for character and plot development. Content rich movies took Jerome from a glazed eyed, barely-there-viewer, to an actively engaged analyst and critic. This love for character development and plot spilled over to television mysteries and drama, and even to books.

 

Social Media:

Instagram: @Howard_Jerome

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Jarvis Newsom

 

The first movie that really made Jarvis pay attention to the the art of film was The Usual Suspects. Once he reached the credits of the movie, the rewind button was pressed and it was viewed two more times consecutively. Aspects and values were analyzed; such as the script, camera angles, and cuts. He realized that these are the things that made a good story great. The show The Wire did much of the same for him that The Usual Suspects did.  Those two entries of visual storytelling inspired a love and passion for the art. Films such as Silence of the Lambs, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Inception, and more added to the passion. Even lighter fare such as RocknRolla (the boom of the comic book movie industry) and Office Space help show the escape possible with film. Now we're in the age where the tv drama is the top value of the small screen. Quality shows like Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Power, Sons of Anarchy, Dexter, and more push what we've known to come from the television drama. It can be a great and sometimes frustrating time to be a fan.

Social Media:

Twitter: @ZiggyNumbNuts

Instagram: @ZiggyNumbNuts

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Kalan Laws

 

Kalan Laws, also known as Señor Guapo, is setting both coasts on fire as a noted lecturer, public speaker, entrepreneur, and one of the foremost developmental minds of our generation. By day he is a political science professor who has earned the endorsement of his colleagues and is beloved by his students. But it is doesn’t stop there! Kalan has expanded his ever-evolving portfolio to extend into the reaches of fashion. He is an aspiring designer, burgeoning stylist, and manages his own men’s style and fashion blog. As a successful model who has commanded the runways of New York Fashion Week, and now designer, Kalan has been a guest featured content contributor to various online fashion and style publications and has been the men’s style editor for an online magazine. Kalan has also built a strong book of clients of singers, filmmakers, & professional athletes, that he styles. Although Kalan holds a distinguished spot in the elite world of men’s fashion, along the way, he has merged his love for arts and education with a unique flare. As an academician, Kalan is a man with passion for international development and educational philanthropy. Kalan is a founding member of The Houston Village Foundation (a mentoring organization for under-served youth) and, he is a co-host for the public affairs radio show "Impact Houston Live" on KTSU FM 90.9 FM providing a platform for differing perspectives and a refreshing outlook on metropolitan development, safety and engagement, financial management, etc. With his mixture of social commentary in the political sciences, as well as his pulse on pop culture, Kalan has been able to provide value in integrating community leadership with a voice that motivates the minds of millennials. With such a huge piece of the pie, now Kalan Laws (Señor Guapo), is bringing his unique fashion sense, world-class style savvy, and educational prowess to Sphere TV. It is his desire to provide you with relevant content that will artistically inspire and stimulate social consciousness. Kalan believes in balance, as is shown by his love for fashion, fitness, and fine arts! Moreover, he is inextricably connected to his faith. Kalan’s greatest accomplishments began in 2009, the day that his best-friend became his wife and, in 2015, when they began growing their family. They are his reasons...

 

Social Media:

Instagram: @SenorGuapo713

Twitter: @SenorGuapo713

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Kareem Shon

 

Kareem Shon

Raised on Long Island in New York

First fell in love with Hip Hop while listening to DJ Red Alert on 98.7 Kiss FM late on the radio.

He would soon discover Video Music Box with VJ Ralph McDaniels where the songs he heard would come to life through music videos

"I would hear Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, KRS-1, LL Cool J, Salt & Pepa, Master Ace, and Public Enemy on the radio, and then I would get to see them on tv........that was exciting to me. And with every new song, we got a new video and it seemed like they were always fly and strong. I wanted to be that! I still want that four finger LL ring lol"

Yo MTV Raps would change his life because of the hosts Dr. Dre and Ed Lover.

"That show had everything I needed in one shot! A DJ from Long Island, a dope co host, not only videos, but rappers would come through too"

One night he would accidentally find The Strentch & Bobbito underground radio show.

"That was the third strike right there! They were different and had more freedom to be and say what they wanted. Plus they would bring dope emcees up to freestyle all the time.... their show was just pure Hip Hop"

By day Kareem Shon is the Co Founder of True Digital Media Consulting a full service digital marketing agency in Houston, TX.

"We help small businesses to market their company and grow their online presence through website development, SEO, social media, video and other services. With clients ranging from podcasts to attorneys, as well as partnerships with public relations firms, we maintain relationships locally and nationally."

While on vacation with his wife, he would get a call from Garry Lee Hawkinz offering him the opportunity to achieve his childhood dream. As a 1/3rd of That BoomBAP, Kareem Shon brings years of his experience of living the culture. Growing up students in his school would freestyle and make beats by banging on the lunch tables and beat boxing. Today he sits behind a microphone, lights, and cameras every week, while informing the world of today's greatest musical talents and achievements.

Kareem Shon is a loving husband, father, business owner, traveler, and hip hop head to his core.

Influencers

- God

- DJ Red Alert

- VJ Ralph McDaniels

- Ed Lover / Dr. Dre

- Marley Marl / Pete Rock

- DJ Kid Capri

- Russell Simons / Rick Rubin

- Sean Combs

- Christopher Wallace

- Sean Carter

- Damon Dash

- Kareem Burke

- Andre Young / Suge Knight

- Andre Young / Jimmy Ivine

- Percy Miller

- James Prince

- Peanut Butter Wolf

- Albert Johnson

- Angie Martinez

- Madd Hatta

- DJ Funk Master Flex

- DJ Clue

- DJ Ron G

- DJ Tony Touch

- DJ Jazzy Jeff

- Rock Steady Crew

- Barry Gordy

- Quincy Jones

- Queen Latifah

- Will Smith

- Nasir Jones

- Karl Kani

- Robert Diggs

- Dennis Cole

Social Media:

Twitter: @ReemBoomBap

Instagram: @kareem.shon

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Kenvi

 

Meet Kenvi, she received a degree in Exercise Science and works in the finance industry in Houston, TX. In addition to her full time job, Kenvi is a social media influencer and freelance makeup artist. She is also the curator of naturallykenvi.com, her website is an extension of her growing social media presence, as well as an outlet to express herself. The goal of Kenvi’s platform is to uplift and inspire women.  

Social media:

Instagram: @naturallykenvi

 

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Khaliah Guillory

 

Khaliah’s daily motivation is to “Inspire one person to be BIG in the world.”  She is on a quest to ultimately ignite a global transformation.  Imagine a world filled with people who operate outside of having fear and have the gall to take steps towards pursuing purpose and passion in their life.  Don’t you get goose bumps just thinking about how powerful a world like that could be?

The journey to Entrepreneurship started with a whisper following one of her talks from a senior executive at the Fortune 500 company that Khaliah works for.  The executive leaned in and said, “I have no idea why we pay motivational speakers thousands of dollars to keynote when we have you on payroll.”  When Khaliah leaned back she thought, “You shole right, lady!” and in that moment KOG & Company was born.  KOG & Company’s platform enables Khaliah to share her journey through transformational talks that include story-telling.  As Khaliah navigated small business start-up, she quickly identified a grave need to create a support community for professionals with a passion for their side hustle AKA Corpreneurs.  Hence, Mogul in Training was formed to provide an online franchise-in-a-box blueprint that will provide accountability, mastermind sessions and revolutionize the way we network and embrace "networthing".

 

Social Media:

Facebook: /KOGSpeaks

Instagram: @KOGSpeaks

Webwww.KOGpassion.com

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Kira Laws

 

Kira Laws, is a native New Yorker, born in the ‘Big Apple,’ but raised primarily in the “H” – H-town, Texas to be exact. Kira, pronounced “kee +ra” (translated means ‘The Light or Sun’) had an adventurous upbringing being reared between both the east and third coast. Gathering life lessons, and varying perspectives between the two, she was known by most as a smart and wise young woman with a bright future. Very ambitious and a goal seeker, Kira pursued education with excellence and fast tracked her way through her studies to becoming one of the youngest attorney’s in the state of Texas at the time of her swearing-in. Deciding to take a hiatus from law, this former model & musician returned to her roots, retracing her steps to find a niche that was specifically designed for her. Because of her love for others, she converged into a new but familiar arena, Life Imaging. Kira’s primary focus is to not only build people and businesses, but redefine images, refine ideas, and refocus perspectives. Together with her gifts of creativity, ingenuity, and her desire to build a legacy, Kira began consulting which birthed and gave life to her epithet and brand The Modern Day Cindi. The Modern Day Cindi highlights Kira’s passion in becoming a global advocate for women’s affairs and giving a voice to women of all generations. Notably, Kira is recognized by her peers and colleagues as a coach, a counselor, a mediator, and a friend. Kira is also celebrated as a culture savant who is well-versed in style, has a keen editor’s eye, exhibits a knack for fashion, and an accomplished business maven whose intellect and creativity has helped to launch efforts and promote projects in arts, entertainment, and media, Kira’s innovative genius has also helped businesses develop and implement strategies to streamline their messaging and strengthen their marketing. It is this business acumen that has pushed her into the arena of higher education where she is a MMBA Professor. Kira is now expanding her portfolio by bringing her book of business and outlook on urban affairs to Sphere TV as an anchor and co-host. Kira currently is a partner in Status K, a conglomerate founded with her husband which focuses on Arts, Entertainment, Media and Urban Development. When not pursuing her many business ventures, she spends her spare time enjoying her family, embarking on new adventures through travel, life coaching, mentoring and partaking in the fine arts. Kira is contributing to building her family’s legacy by making her mark as a committed wife, mother, scholar, and humanitarian.

 

Social Media:

Instagram: @TheModernDayCindi

Twitter: @TheMDCOfficial

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LaShonda Johnson

 

LaShonda Johnson's passion is to educate and empower individuals, families and business owners with the knowledge necessary to confidently manage their finances. In doing so, LaShonda's clients can proactively partner with her to plan for their future. She understands from personal experiences what it’s like to work hard for money, spend it and not understand how to make the money work for her. LaShonda too has saved for years in savings accounts and watched nothing happen. She understands the fears of not knowing how you are going to retire and how to plan for it! Eight years ago LaShonda made a decision to change. She's grateful for her good friends Regina & Jairo Jaramillo for introducing her to Transamerica/WFG. It was here that LaShonda learned how money works and how to properly plan for her future. LaShonda's desire to help others in this pursuit is why she decided to launch a new career as a Certified Financial Educator. She's combined her financial expertise with over 25 years of Corporate and Business experience to help people create a powerful relationship with their finances. Let LaShonda help you save your future.

 

Social Media:

Email: lashondaj@houstonhousewivesoffinance.com

Web: www.hhofinance.com

Facebook: LaShonda Johnson

Linked In: LaShonda Johnson

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Leah K. Egwuatu

 

Leah K. Egwuatu is a fitness trainer, instructor, social media influencer, and busy mom of 3.  In the on set of 2012 Leah fused her two passions of food & fitness by launching Fit Foodie Le, LLC.

Through various mediums this online inspiration is always eager to share her food recipes, fit mom tips, time saving workout routines, all while shedding a realistic yet funny and positve light on balancing fitness and motherhood. 

Worldwide, Leah is currently living out her passion by captivating and inspiring over 70,000 active women & men through www.fitfoodiele.com and @fitfoodiele on Instagram to become healthier versions of themselves

 

Social Media:

Instagram: @fitfoodiele

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MistaGoodBar

 

MistaGoodBar is an emcee/radio host who proudly hails from Newark, NJ. His passion for music at an early age has continued to fuel his desire to share and discuss all facets of the artistry. 

He has been hosting hip hop and neosoul/r&B events for over 13 years,
appearing on stages alongside the likes of Rakim, Sy Smith, The Foreign Exchange,Pharoahe Monch, and many others.He also is the host of the longest running monthly hip hop event in Houston, PAID IN FULL, along with DJ Nimbus & DJ Burb.

Additionally, he is the host of THE REMEDY, a radio program that highlights the best of neosoul and r&b music on KPFT 90.1FM, and is the primary destination for those seek elite soul sounds! 
 

Social media:

Instagram: @MistaGoodBar
Twitter: @TheGoodRemedy

 

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Rickey Getwood Jr.

 

While Rickey’s first passion is playing and teaching drums, he put his high energy to dual use as an active athlete throughout his adolescent years. Through his childhood and adult experiences with fitness and music, he fused his passions into a company called Fitness and Music Inc. Now residing in Houston Texas Rickey Getwood Jr. continues to motivate others through the two concepts he caught wind of at a young age. His mission is to be a light and spread that light by motivating lives through fitness and music around the world, starting with his local surrounding communities.

Life hasn’t always been blue skies and rainbows for Rickey and he sheds light on his life story in his published book, “How to be Happy Coming from a Non-College Graduate”. Present day, Rickey Getwood Jr. is a musician and certified personal trainer who also specializes in group training. In 2017, he joined as a Partner Trainer with the fastest growing outdoor fitness program called Camp Gladiator. Outside of spending time with his beloved family and friends, you will find him leading a group boot camp, playing drums with local cover bands – The Mockingbids + FalSkye or speaking at a public/private engagement.

 

Social Media:

Instagram: @rickey_paul_getwood 

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Ms. Sirrah

 

Ms. Sirrah is new to the podcast industry, but her love for music started at a very young age.  Being a Chicago native and growing up in a lively, musical family that consists of DJ’s, singers and instrument players, she was exposed to all types of genres of music on a daily basis.

Her passion for music and meaningful lyrics grew as she discovered that she too had a singing talent, which she showcased in talent shows and at private events upon request.  Some of her early musical influences consist of Anita Baker, Stevie Wonder, Denise Williams, Minnie Ripperton, Donnie Hathaway, The Isley Brothers, Gap Band, EWF, S.O.S. Band, Michael Jackson, Prince, Whitney Houston, but she also has a great appreciation for newer artists such as her favorite entertainer, Mary J. Blige, Anthony Hamilton, Musiq Soulchild, India Arie, Dwele, The Internet, H.E.R., Jill Scott, Tamia, Daniel Caesar, Faith Evans, Kelly Price, Dave Hollister, Blackstreet, Mint Condition and a host of others.  

Ms. Sirrah was one-third of a girl group in the early 90s that she formed with two friends from her neighborhood.  Although she ultimately chose to pursue a career in real estate (RE/MAX Premier Properties), her love for music never left.  She attends various concerts, live music sets, music festivals, musicals and even travels to witness her favorite artists live. Her preferred music of choice is R&B, but she loves “anything that sounds and feels good”, and her goal is to leave her listeners with the same feeling after every show.

Social Media:

Instagram: @Ms_Sirrah

Twitter: @Ms_Sirrah

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Toni Sanders

 

Toni Sanders's mission is to teach others how to properly manage money and achieve financial freedom and independence. It is her privilege and honor to show clients the proper steps in building a solid financial house including growth, protection, safety and tax advantages.

Personally, Toni has learned how easy this process can be. As a successful hairstylist and entrepreneur, she knew how to make money and spend it! After being introduced to Transamerica/WFG in October 2014, Toni was intrigued with the idea of having a great retirement plan and ultimately leaving a legacy for her daughter. Having a second chance to build a proper financial foundation was also very exciting. Moreover, Toni realized that she knew people who also needed to learn about money and how to build wealth. In that moment, Toni knew she needed to share the powerful financial education that she learned with individuals, families, and small business owners.

 

Social Media:

Email: tonis@houstonhousewivesoffinance.com

Web: www.houstonhousewivesoffinance.com

Facebook: Toni Sanders

Linked In: Toni Sanders

 

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Jesse Fezia

 

In late 2017, Jesse was approached with the idea of becoming a podcaster. As an avid music-lover and collector, he couldn’t have been more ecstatic, and jumped at the grand opportunity to share music on such a platform.

Music has always played an instrumental role in Jesse’s life, as he grew up singing in church as youth and young adult. It served as his outlet and escape from the “real world”. Growing up in various parts of the melting pot that is Houston, TX, Jesse was exposed to a myriad of music genres and acquired an appreciation for the majority of them, which has honed his musical ear to be what it is today.  Among the genres in his catalogue of music, you’ll discover Neo-Soul, Alternative, R&B, Gospel, Country, Blue, Old Soul, Modern and Contemporary Jazz, etc.

As one-third of the Soul Food podcast, Jesse’s feels that it’s his personal mission and responsibility to share his passion for music, highlighting the latest and greatest in R&B, Neo-Soul, and Jazz music, that will nourish your soul. It is his wish that the followers will be introduced to music of artists they’ve never heard of and/or renewing interests in artists know and love of the past.

Social media:

Instagram: @jfeziaartist2

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jesse.feziaiii

 

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