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Conversations Magazine Nov./Dec 2016

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Poet and Recording Artist MoonChylde stops by #ConversationsLIVE

Poet and recording artist MoonChylde has been able to realize her purpose and passion and has been sharing it with the world this year---and there is more to come.


"Blessed is the word that comes to me," MoonChylde said to host Cyrus Webb during her recent visit to Conversations LIVE when she was describing the year that has been 2016. "It's been a lot of hard work in the studio and being creative and writing. I call this year my year of preparation for what is to come."


Her love of words has shown itself in poetry and in music, but MoonChylde says it's not just about her. She believes what she has is something given from her Creator. "I do believe that everything comes in His time and His purpose," she told Webb. "Each of us is given a gift and talent."


Part of what MoonChylde is gearing up for today is the "Teena Marie Review" that is coming up in 2017. She says she was born for this, and all of her hard work, dedication and faith have prepared her for this moment.

Listen to the entire interview below:








Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Entrepreneur and Author Evan Carmichael discusses YOUR ONE WORD on #ConversationsLIVE

His mission is to reach 1 billion business owners and inspire them to reach their full potential, and through his new book YOUR ONE WORD entrepreneur and author Evan Carmichael has the tool to do just that.

He discusses with #ConversationsLIVE host Cyrus Webb how he is using his one word ("Believe") to achieve his goals and dreams and inspire others to do the same.

Listen to the conversation below and get your copy of Evans book and more at http://www.evancarmichael.com.    Read Webb's review of YOUR ONE WORD on Amazon here

Germaine Brooks: Balancing Love of the Art, Enjoying the Fun of the Journey

2016 has been good to actor and recording artist Germaine Brooks. He has been able to release not just new music, but is celebrating the release of his new film THE TURNAROUND.

"It's been a whirlwind year," Brooks told #ConversationsLIVE host Cyrus Webb during a recent interview, "but it's been an awesome year." Talking about being able to do what he loves musically as well as on screen he says "We've expanded a lot this year. I'm always excited to share everything with the people...That's what I do it for: the love of the art. That's the fun of the journey."

When asked how he is able to manage the two careers Brooks says "It is kind of a balance. Everything in life is a balance." Comparing it to athletes who play different sports, he says he goes through "different seasons", and he tries to let it unfold naturally. "Everything comes out better when you are in that mode and in that zone. "

Listen to the entire conversation below:





Sunday, December 4, 2016

REVIEW: In 'Becoming Unfamous' Montell Jordan shares how he found the real life

by Cyrus Webb

In the world that we live in today so much is put on how many likes, shares and clicks we get instead of doing and being something of substance. No where is this more evident than in the celebrity culture where everyone wants to be famous, without any regard for what it takes, what you have to do and most importantly what you have to become.

In his deeply personal new book BECOMING UNFAMOUS (The Journey From How We Do It To How He Do It), singer/songwriter Montell Jordan shares with us his journey to music* what it was like to live the life so many dreamed about, and how he came to realize that the real life had nothing to do with what we had but who he belonged to.

Music was always something that drew Montell in, but he was told early on that there was another type of calling on his life. It was seen by others before he truly embraced it. Reflecting on his life, though, he shares this in the bok: "Talents can be taken away, gifts cannot. They come without repentance and cannot be revoked, even from the Lord himself...God gives us all gifts. The challenge is not only to identify what our gifts are but also to know what they are for."

When people say or hear the name Montell Jordan the song that automatically comes to mind is "This Is How We Do It", but that song was not all fun for the artist as he reveals in the book. As fame and success came his way so did the troubles that such a life bring with it. He writes: "I was soon served with a lawsuit claiming that I had stolen "This is How We Do It" and someone else was claiming to be the creator of the song. These people desired payment from the sales of my albums that they believed to be somewhere in the ballpark of $500,000 and they might be willing to settle for less money with the admission that I stole their song. Many might say, “If you’re right, why don’t you just fight it?” Well, that's absolutely the same thing we said. If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything. I knew there was no way possible to lose in a situation like this, and still somehow they managed to begin plotting and building a case against me. This was personal. My writer credibility and character was being challenged. I decided to fight."

People taking credit for his talent and trying to discredit him were not the only challenges that Jordan faced. His own actions caused him to do things that were the norm for those in his position in life but were against the vows he had made and what he knew to be right. In BECOMING FAMOUS we are able to see how it was through the darkest moments in his life that the man truly realized that he was meant for more than being known. He was set apart for another purpose, and he had to stop running from that and embrace it. That led to him not just confessing to his Creator but to the one he has promised to love, cherish and be faithful to.

"It was one thing to tell my deepest darkest secrets to God but to have to tell everything to the woman I loved was, in my mind, a fate worse than death," Jordan writes. "But in order for God to restore our marriage, our trust, and our family, she would have to know everything. Every single detail, fling, affair, close call, near miss, person, place and thing. Confessing my sin to God would result in forgiveness; confessing our sin to one another would result in healing." (REVIEW CONTINUES BELOW)


(NOTE: Listen to Jordan discuss his journey with Cyrus Webb below)



Today Jordan is showing others what it really means to live, and it has nothing to do with the spotlight. It has everything to do with realizing the calling on your life and to walk in that. Reflecting on the journey he says this: "I woke up January 1, 2011 and remember it as being the first time I had ever been truly free. I believe I experienced spiritual schizophrenia for so long that I lost my identity in the roles as husband, father, artist, songwriter, producer, businessman, sex symbol, and a bunch of other titles I don’t care to name. The sights and smells of that morning are so vivid to me, even to this day. Of all the different Montells I had to be, that day I woke up as only one person. I was the Montell that God loved the most. I cannot describe the peace that come along with that realization, but I assure you it is a feeling that you can’t pay for and you won’t experience outside of Christ. He provides a peace that passes all understanding. Only He can do that. I am living that peace, even today."

A book that is sure to inspire you towards your own personal greatness, BECOMING UNFAMOUS reminds us that being the person you were created to be is the way to truly shine.


Get your copy of BECOMING UNFAMOUS by Montell Jordan at http://www.montell-jordan.com.  Stay connected with Montell on Twitter at www.twitter.com/montelljordan and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/mrjordan1911






Thursday, December 1, 2016

PROFILE: Model/Actress/Recording Artist Arita stops by #ConversationsLIVE

Host Cyrus Webb welcomes model/actress/recording artist Arita to #ConversationsLIVE to discuss her journey to doing what she loves and what it's been like to see the response from around the world.

She also helps to introduce her single SUGAR FOR MY HONEY and shares a bit of what's to come in the New Year. Stay connected with Arita at http://www.aritaworldwide.com.

Listen to the full interview below:




Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Author Mike Pizzi discusses #AdaptandOvercome on #ConversationsLIVE

Host Cyrus Webb welcomes author Mike Pizzi to #ConversationsLIVE to discuss his time in law enforcement and what it was like to reflect on it and share his story in the new book ADAPT AND OVERCOME.





Read Webb's review of ADAPT AND OVERCOME on Amazon.com here: https://www.amazon.com/review/RIBZEK4HQZTAQ/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm




Tuesday, November 29, 2016

REVIEW: THE FIGHT by Taboo reminds us to stay strong in the game of life

by Cyrus Webb

There are so many things going on in the world that it is easy to feel as though there is no way we can win against the challenges we face. Thankfully there are examples all around us to remind us that giving up is not an option. If we want to enjoy better days and see things turn around we have to fight. That is just one of the messages that Grammy Award-winning artist Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas shares in his new single THE FIGHT.

We know Taboo for the music, but this year he let the world into his very personal fight with cancer and his partnership with the American Cancer Society. A true survivor, the single THE FIGHT is all about moving forward and being a fighter, no matter what we face.

"I'm a warrior. I'm a champion. I'm a fighter," the song proclaims. "I'm not giving in, so bring it on I'm ready for the fight." The single reminds us that we are all in this thing called life together and if we don't give up and keep the faith---and don't forget to love one another--- "Everything's gonna be alright."

Taboo's passion for making a difference goes way beyond just music. By teaming up with the American Cancer Society he is also promoting healthy living and raising funds for their work. In fact for every download of the song THE FIGHT through Amazon.com and other online retailers through December 2017, the American Cancer Society will receive approximately 70% of the purchase price.

By sharing of his time and resources Taboo is doing his part to make a difference, so the questions are then put to us in THE FIGHT: "What if you were told that today was the last day of your life? Did you live it right?" We are then given this reminder that should serve us well: "Love is a gift you give away, and it re-ignites. Don't wait," the song urges. "Don't let it pass you by."

May we all be inspired to do our part to make a difference, and it all begins today.

Stay connected with Taboo's journey on Twitter here.