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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Cyrus Webb Presents... Conversations' 25 Summer Reads for 2017

It is one of Conversations' favorite list to reveal each year: Editor-In-Chief Cyrus Webb's 25 Summer Reads for Adults!

"This year's lists was one of my favorites to do, because it was so challenging," says Webb. "There are so many great books out there that it was hard to narrow it down. These 25 that made the list are probably some of my favorites to read this year, and are definitely early contenders for our Top 100 Books of 2017 that will be released in November."

Below you will find the titles along with the publisher to make them easier for you to search online. Enjoy this year's Summer Reading list, and make sure to comment on which books you have read or will be enjoying yourself this year!

CONVERSATIONS' 25 SUMMER READS for 2017 (for adults)

NON-FICTION TITLES (Listed in no particular order)

  1. This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare by Gabourey Sidibe (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  2. Have A Thing For You by Greatest Poet Alive (GPA Media)
  3. Love Thy Neighbor by Linda Bello-Ruiz (Mariah Publishing)
  4. Before Empire by Andria Mayberry (The TMG Firm)
  5. Inspiration for Teachers by Chicken Soup for the Soul (Chicken Soup for the Soul)
  6. Off The Cliff by Becky Aikman (Penguin Press)
  7. Find Your Soul's Purpose by Janet Conner (Conari Press)
  8. Live. Love. Explore. by Leon Logothetis (Reader's Digest)
  9. Reading with Patrick by Michelle Kuo (Random House)
FICTION TITLES (Listed in no particular order)

  1. The Night She Won Miss America by Michael Callahan (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  2. Copycat by Kimberla Lawson Roby (Grand Central Publishing)
  3. The Burial Hour by Jeffery Deaver (Grand Central Publishing)
  4. Don't Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon (Ballantine Books)
  5. Idol by Keri D. Singleton (Inkscriptions Publishing)
  6. Dead Certain by Adam Mitzner (Thomas & Mercer)
  7. A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti (Abingdon Press)
  8. Ashes by Steven Manchester (The Story Plant)
  9. Her Secret Life by Tiffany L. Warren (Dafina)
  10. The Fix by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)
  11. All By Myself, Alone by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon & Schuster)
  12. Legacy by Jacquelin Thomas (Sapphire Books)
  13. Yesterday Was a Long Time Ago by Selena Haskins (Calidream Publishing)
  14. Mothers and Other Strangers by Gina Sorell (Prospect Park Books)
  15. And The There Was Me by Sadeqa Johnson (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press)
  16. I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi (St. Martin's Press)


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Interviews with the cast of Tyler Perry's THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS

Since the debut of Tyler Perry's THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS on the Oprah Winfrey Network media personality Cyrus Webb has been gathering interviews with the cast for Conversations LIVE, even having his tweets featured during the actual airing of the show.

With the new season here now is the time to catch up with some great moments that Webb had with the cast. Here you will find conversations with those that have made the show our must-watch program on Tuesday nights...

Actor John Schneider



Actress Renee Lawless



Actress Jaclyn Betham



Actress Angela Robinson



Actor Gavin Houston



Actor Tyler Lepley



Actor Patrick Faucette

Actor Jerome Ro Brooks


Actor Jon Chaffin





Actor Philip Boyd








Friday, June 16, 2017

ALL EYEZ ON ME Stars Dominic Santana and Rayven Symone Ferrell on #ConversationsLIVE

It is one of the most anticipated movies of the year, and #ConversationsLIVE is bringing you the casts!

Host Cyrus Webb welcomed ALL EYEZ ON ME's actor and recording artist Dominic Santana and actress Rayven Symone Ferrell to #ConversationsLIVE to share their journey to doing what they love and what it was like to be a part of this history-making film. 

Hear their interviews below:




Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Entrepreneur Darren Burk Launches Southern Backdoor Products in Mississippi

It's one thing to talk about a need. It's a totally different thing to go about filling that need.

This year Mississippi native and entrepreneur Darren Burk took the steps to do just that. Frustrated with the lack of quality information about products available online he launched Southern Backdoor Products (SBP) in January 2017 with the mission of not just providing products of quality but that were affordable as well.

"I felt that there was a need to enlighten consumers and give the confidence to purchase products that had been tested and did exactly what was expected," Burk said in an exclusive interview with Conversations' Cyrus Webb.

To kick off his new business he decided to launch a product that was not just attractive but had many benefits: the Himalayan Salt Lamp---and that is just the beginning. "I can see great potential in the production of a diverse range of products," he told Webb, "and to continue our innovations through manufacturing and product improvements that would be beneficial to the consumer market as well."

Though based in Mississippi, Burk says that SBP will be a national and even international force thanks to the internet. "There should be no stopping us when it comes to the potential to grow and expand," he says. The company is committed to keeping their products affordable across the board, ranging between $24.95-$34.95.

To make sure that the company is best utilizing social media and out-of-the-box methods of spreading the word, Burk has brought in Webb as the Director of Marketing and Digital Content. "I'm excited to help share the brand with the world," says Webb, whose social media campaigns have caught the attention of national brands and networks like TV One, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, ABC Network and FOX.

What advice does Burk have for others looking to start their own online business today? "Remain focused," he says. "You have to be persistent in your determination to succeed and surround yourself with like-minded people who will push you, encourage you and make sure you never give up."

The Facebook page for Southern Backdoor Products has just launched! Join SBP at www.facebook.com/southernbackdoorproducts. Listen to Webb talk with Burk on Conversations LIVE the radio show in an exclusive interview below:


Sunday, June 4, 2017

ODD BIRDS by Ian Harding (Book Review)

by Cyrus Webb, Top 300 Amazon Reviewer


Before reading ODD BIRDS I only knew Ian Harding as an actor. Now I have a better appreciation of not just him but what inspires him as a human being.


The book takes us down some interesting roads: one being his love of enjoying nature and doing what he can to help those in need when and the road to doing what he loves in his career and those who have been with him along the way. I love how his experiences with birds show us also how he has been able to deal with his experiences in life. There is no "one way" to handle a situation when it comes to doing things that can help others or even benefit ourselves. What Ian shares is the importance of DOING, trying to help those who can't help themselves: be it birds or people.

He is also an example of why it is important not to lose yourself in the work that you do---or take yourself too seriously. We get a snapshot into his family and how they have helped him stay grounded and focused on what matters. We as readers are also challenged to take his lessons and apply them when it comes to our own situations in life.

A book that is inspiring, funny and just run to read, ODD BIRDS reminds us to embrace our own unique ability to impact the world.

Get your own copy of ODD BIRDS on Amazon here

Stay connected with Ian on Twitter and Instagram

Monday, May 29, 2017

(May 29-June 2, 2017) Conversations' Artist of the Week: Frank Wade

Conversations' Artist of the Week is recording artist and music industry veteran Frank Wade.

Join Conversations Daily News host and Conversations Magazine's Editor-In-Chief Cyrus Webb May 29th through June 2nd on Blogtalkradio at www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationsdailynews for your news, entertainment spotlight and Frank Wade's new single LIKE YOU.

Stay connected with Frank Wade at his website www.frankwade23.com and social media using the handle FrankWade23. 


Monday, May 15, 2017

(May 15-19, 2017) Conversations' Artist of the Week: Ricky Jarman!

During Monday's edition of Conversations Daily News on Blogtalkradio host Cyrus Webb announced that this week's Artist of the Week is singer/songwriter/dancer/actor/model Ricky Jarman!

Jarman, who has been a repeat guest on Conversations LIVE the radio show, has released some amazing music over the years and in his announcement Webb said that the show will be sharing a different song every day on the program from the artist, beginning with the new SWEAT REMIX.

Listen to Conversations Daily News all this week for your news, entertainment spotlight and music from our Artist of the Week Ricky Jarman at www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationsdailynews.

Stay connected with the artist on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rickyjarman1 and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/officialrickyjarman.