Get your subscription to #ConversationsMag today!

Need help promoting? Contact us!

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 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 for your news, entertainment spotlight and Frank Wade's new single LIKE YOU.

Stay connected with Frank Wade at his website 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

Stay connected with the artist on Twitter at and on Instagram at

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Singer Antoine Dunn Readies New Musical Chapter with BY DESIGN

Recording Artist Antoine Dunn has been enjoying success in his musical career, seeing his music feature fans around the world. His newest single BY DESIGN debuts Tuesday, May 2nd, but during his recent visit to #ConversationsLIVE he not only discussed the single but allowed host Cyrus Webb to introduce it.

Talking about what it's been like to see the success and growth he's experienced in his music career, Antoine told Webb: "As I always say it's one of those things when you're a kid you have all these goals and aspirations and you believe they can happen, so when it does it's nothing short of amazing and incredibly humbling." For him he says it shows that "Even in the world that we live in there's still a great appreciation for good music that's honest true and pure in nature."

As he has been out meeting the fans and allowing them to experience his music through online retailers, Antoine has also taking advantage of social media, but not just in the traditional sense. "Social media is an amazing tool," he says. "It's one of those tools where you can use it for different applications. For me it's been more of a resource for business development." He told Webb he is able to keep his audience engaged through it as well as show potential advertisers and collaborators what he has to offer without having to go through a lot of red tape. With social media Antoine says "The playing field has been leveled."

When asked if he get butterflies when it's time for a new release, Antoine told Webb: "I can't say I have butterflies. I'm really excited and feel empowered." He added: "When you commit to doing something you almost don't have time to be scared." Talking about the new single BY DESIGN he says "The song is a new time for me. It's a new chapter in my career. I think the fans can see the growth."

Stay connected with Antoine at Listen to the full interview below:

Saturday, April 15, 2017


Conversations is excited to feature model and actor Ben Khatt*. The 27-year old calls Sioux Falls, SD home, and has known since he was a teenager that he wanted to pursue the arts.

Ben, Conversations is glad to feature you. Tell us: When did you first realize that model or acting was something you were interested in?
During college there were a lot of event/theatre plays and photoshoot opportunities which led me into the interests in modeling/acting. Many student organizations that I joined offered a lot of activities that refers to advertising promotions, auditorium speeches and stage performances. There was also a scouting agency who selected me as a model and performer for prints and music production at the River Hills Mall. I’m blessed to finally have the capability of discovering my own talents at the same time being discovered.

 What is it that keeps you inspired towards pursuing your goals and dreams?
What keeps me inspired to pursue my goals and dreams is the momentum of wanting to become well-known. Since I was 13 I was creative in the music field; sang Thai Karaoke, performed at formals and danced at talent shows. Seeing how celebrities lived on television - I told my father I will make a name for myself to supply for our family. I established a passion for arts, music and promotional modeling which includes screenplay and cosplaying. The level of networking done at concerts, night clubs and outdoor festivals led me in the direction of becoming more successful.

What are some of the goals you have for yourself in 2017?
Some of the goals I have for 2017 is to produce new music, cast in a few films and have a feature in magazine prints.

 How has social media helped you in sharing your gifts and talents with the world?
Social media has been a great source of networking to reach people and companies all over the world! Plus the mobility of mobile friendly sites and apps made advertising a lot more easier and convenient. Nowadays every social media site connects with one another which makes posts more versatile to attract different audiences.

 What advice would have you have for anyone—regardless of their profession—when it comes to pursuing their own goals?
It will be hard to accept people’s negative input but think of each of them as a critique.
Take their opinions and create an opening to a bigger and better path.
No matter what your goals are, the only person that can stop you is yourself.
Those who doubt themselves are the ones who stay in the same place.

Stay connected with Ben on the following sites:

*     Photo Credit: Stryz

Thursday, March 30, 2017

MODEL CITIZEN: Oren Freeman, Jr.

Conversations was introduced to 20 year old model Oren Freeman, Jr. through the popular site, and it was obvious he was on his way to achieving all his goals and being an example for others as to what was possible.

Hailing from Frederick, Maryland, he shared his thoughts about his beginnings, what keeps him inspired and his advice for others.

When did you first realize that model or acting was something you were interested in?
In 10th grade I told myself 'Wow I could really be doing what all the other models are doing.' I always pictured myself in a magazine, or on a billboard and even in commercials.

Oren, what is it that keeps you inspired towards pursuing your goals and dreams?
I keep telling myself that I can be a model and look the way I look. I stand out and I want to show people that being different is okay.

What are some of the goals you have for yourself in 2017?
Inspire myself and others, become more independent, and travel the world.

How has social media helped you in sharing your gifts and talents with the world?
Its shown me how we as people believe a certain image is a way to live, however, it’s not. Being creative and being yourself is what really matters.

What advice would have you have for anyone—regardless of their profession—when it comes to pursuing their own goals?
I would say actually doing the goal, and focusing on what you want in life.

Stay connected with Oren at the links below:

Friday, March 24, 2017

ALL NEW: The Ladies of Blush Return to Conversations

2017 has already been a busy year for the ladies of BLUSH, the latest group founded by music veteran Mathew Knowles.

Thanks to their social media they have been able to chronicle the journey for their fans around the world, touring with their music, meeting their supporters and preparing for the release of their video for the new single WORK.

Sunni, Bunni Ray and Tali stopped by #ConversationsLIVE radio just days after this year's SXSW events and talked about the year they have had, what it's been like to share who they are as artists and what they hope others realize is possible when it comes to pursuing their goals and dreams.

 Listen to the full interview below:

Friday, March 17, 2017

Literary Advocate and host of Reading Rainbow LeVar Burton stops by Conversations

He is known as an actor, director, host of Reading Rainbow and literary advocate. LeVar Burton has been a part of our lives for decades and continues to be a source of inspiration for individuals for all ages.
He stopped by #ConversationsLIVE recently to talk with host Cyrus Webb about his remarkable journey in the public and why it has been so important for him to share the joy of reading with the world.

Listen to the full interview below:    

MODEL CITIZEN: Monique Navratil

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, 21 year old Monique Navratil is off to a great start in 2017 pursuing her modeling dreams---and nothing is going to stop her.

Conversations was able to catch up with the driven young woman and discuss her goals and dreams and what it's been like for her to do work that she loves. Monique even shares advice for others out there about the importance of pursuing your passion,.

What is it that keeps you inspired towards pursuing your goals and dreams?
My inspiration and motivation derives my creative passion and my want to make my family proud and to soak up all of the opportunities that my parents and grandparents fought so hard for me to have.

When did you first realize that model or acting was something you were interested in?
I began dancing in my early childhood, but as I slowly grew older my interest into acting and modelling soon begun to sprout. I began acting classes at the age of 10. However, I did not begin modelling until the age of 18/19.

What are some of the goals you have for yourself in 2017?
I want to set new standards for myself with my modelling career. I want to refine my skill set, re-freshen my portfolio and make more time for my modelling. The past few years I have been busy with my studies and charity work I was not able to make sufficient time for my modelling. 2017 is going to be the year that I make time and pursue every avenue that I can.

How as social media helped you in sharing your gifts and talents with the world?
Social media is a great outlet for sharing and following others journeys with their passions. It definitely keeps me motivated and allows me to aim higher than I ever thought I could.

What advice would have you have for anyone—regardless of their profession—when it comes to pursuing their own goals?
Never give up on your dreams. Not matter how unachievable they may seem. As a young girl I was quite shy and would have never dreamed of achieving all that I have so far. Nothing is unachievable. All you need to do is put a little bit of faith into yourself, tell yourself that you can do it and watch what the universe brings to you.

Stay connected with Monique at and

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Celebrity Stylist Eboni J shares her journey to success on #ConversationsLIVE

Host Cyrus Webb welcomes celebrity stylist Eboni J to #ConversationsLIVE to discuss her journey to doing work that she loves, what it has been like to see her work recognized and how she is able to take risks and see them pay off.

"It's been an amazing journey," she said during the interview. "It comes with a lot of responsibility. In the public eye you see the final look, but a lot of people don't understand there are days...months that go into creating that perfect look for your client. It's not something that is done in one day."

Follow her journey on Instagram at Listen to the full interview below:     

Lauren Drummond of the Putnam Co. Wine & Food Fest stops by #ConversationsLIVE

Lauren Drummond, founder of the Putnam County Wine & Food Fest stops by #ConversationsLIVE to discuss this year's event which will be hosted by actor/recording artist Antonio Fargas and what it's been like to see the growth over the past 7 years.

 Listen to the interview below and find out more information about the festival at

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Actor Yohance Myles Shares His Acting Journey on Conversations

Actor Yohance Myles stops by #ConversationsLIVE the radio show to talk with host Cyrus Webb about his career and what it's been like to do what he loves.

"It's a tedious journey to find a balance," Yohance said during the interview, discussing the balance of work and family life. "It's awesome...but has its challenges."

Yohance says his mother realized early on that he was creative, and later he was able to harness that creativity in many ways, including acting. He says that one of the great opportunities as an actor is telling stories, and he has been able to do that in a variety of projects.

Stay connected with Yohance on Twitter and Instagram. You can listen to his interview on #ConversationsLIVE below:

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Fitness Trainer/Model & Entrepreneur Mustang stops by #ConversationsLIVE

Fitness Trainer turned model and entrepreneur Mustang is living the life of his dreams---and he is just getting started.

"I have always been goal-driven," Mustang said to #ConversationsLIVE's Cyrus Webb. "When I set a goal I focus on it and go from there."

Being around leaders all of his life has helped him to lead, and that leadership is how he has been able to build on his brand as a model and entrepreneur. How has he not allowed fear to stop him? Mustang says it is his faith that keeps him going, and he says the sky's the limit to how far he can go.

You can stay connected with him on Instagram at He also has a calendar available for purchase at

Listen to Mustang's interview on #ConversationsLIVE below.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Conversations' 25 Women Changing the World, 2017

designed by Talamieka Brice of Brice Media
There is no doubt about it: Women around the world are changing the way we look at what is possible, and they are doing it in ways that may have seemed impossible even a decade or so ago.

Over the past decade Conversations Magazine has worked to not just spotlight women who are making a difference but also those who are showing by example what others can do if they are willing to put forth the worth and not give up.

It is with great pleasure that we introduce this years 25 Women Changing the World (listed in alphabetical order):

...through Music

  1. Adele
  2. Beyonce
  3. V. Bozeman
  4. Andra Day
  5. Taylor Swift
... through Books
  1. Melissa de la Cruz
  2. Ellen Hopkins
  3. Amy Newmark
  4. Victoria Christopher Murray
  5. Kimberla Lawson Roby
... through Media/Television/Branding
  1. Cynthia Bailey
  2. Lola Ogunnaike
  3. Katina Rankin
  4. Martha Stewart
  5. Oprah Winfrey
...through the Arts
  1. Gina Prince Bythewood
  2. Viola Davis
  3. Ashley Graham
  4. Dale Noelle
  5. Shonda Rhimes
...through their Missions
  1. Brene' Brown
  2. Sara van Gelder
  3. Khloe Kardashian 
  4. Sue Klebold
  5. Patrice Tanaka

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Conversations Reveals Its WOMEN WHO ROCK Issue Cover

Conversations is excited to introduce it's cover for the March/April issue of its magazine, featuring the WOMEN WHO ROCK.

"I'm always excited about this issue of the magazine," says Cyrus Webb, Editor-In-Chief of Conversations Magazine and the host of Conversations LIVE radio show. "We have an amazing roster of features and articles that I think readers will find entertaining and inspiring.

Gracing the cover of the issue is singer/actress V. Bozeman and author Mary Ellen Ciganovich. The issue also features interviews with singer/actress Danielle Mone' Truitt (BET's Rebel), author Sue Klebold, Cancer Survivor Vetra Howard, media personality/author Katina Rankin, the Joyful Planet's Patrice Tanaka, author Sarah van Gelder, media personalities Lissha Sadler and Toni Franklin, True Model Management CEO Dale Noelle, Dr. Corey Cameron and more.

The issue also includes Conversations' 25 Women Changing the World.

Reserve your copy of this issue for only $6.99, shipping included here. The issue will be available online and in print on March 15th at

Monday, February 27, 2017

Model/Actor/Fitness Trainer Derrick Foreman shares his path to success

Taking a true leap of faith Derrick Foreman left his home state and traveled to Los Angeles to pursue his goals and dreams---and it has paid off for him in a big way. In an exclusive first interview he talked with Conversations' Cyrus Webb about how he was able to identify what he wanted out of life, and the steps he has taken to get where he is and where he wants to go.

In a wide-ranging interview the two discussed when Derrick developed his comfort level in his own skin and how by embracing his imperfections he has been able to walk in confidence and his own personal power.  Along the way he has been able to garner fans from around the world thanks to social media and inspire people around him.

What has kept him from giving up when the challenges come? "That definitely came from my father and my mother," Derrick said during the interview. "They had faith in everything that they wanted to do. They worked for it, continued to push for it. I took that, and I looked at my life and I was like 'I am an entertainer. I can be an entertainer, so I'm going to be an entertainer. I'm going to be an actor. I'm going to be a model. I'm going to be a fitness trainer, and I just kept going.

"People talk down about what you want to do," he added, "and I didn't let that stop me."

Listen to the full interview below:

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Model Citizen: Model/Actor Talen Marshall

by Cyrus Webb

It is so easy for people to talk about what they want out of life, but it is another thing entirely to actually do the work necessary to see the results. Just ask Talen Marshall.

At the age of 22 this model and actor in Wisconsin is not just recognizing what he loves to do, but is taking the steps necessary to see his goals and dreams become a reality. And he is only just getting started.

Talen, what is it that keeps you inspired towards pursuing your goals and dreams?
The chance to give back to my Mother 10 times the amount she has given me and also the look on anybody's face who said I couldn't do it.

When did you first realize that model and acting were things you were interested in?
Ever since  I got my chance to do improv in front of a audience at the age of 10 in Detroit, MI. I was always a class clown and would entertain the class from 3rd grade to college. There was nothing I wanted more to do than just this.

(Listen to model/actor Talen Marshall on #ConversationsLIVE radio show below)
How has social media helped you in sharing your gifts and talents with the world?
It's shown the people I grew up with what I have been doing with my life, and they have seen how far I've gotten----and hushed up the haters. Also I would add it's an amazing network and marketing tool. With Facebook alone I got the chance to be in 5 Short Films and 2 features films with a SAG eligibility.

With all you have been able to do, Talen, what are some of the goals you have for yourself in 2017?
To actually get my foot in the door with a project I'm in but if I had to look smaller be in 3 feature films with a lead role, which actually looks promising for me. (smiles)

Congratulations on all you have been able to achieve so far. Last question: What advice would have you have for anyone regardless of their profession when it comes to pursuing their own goals?
Be patient and passionate. If you bombed 500 auditions or you always mess up the order in that drive thru window and get cussed out 500 times a week but at the end of the day still love your job, you will go far!

Follow Talen on Instagram at and stay connected with him on Facebook at

*     Photo: John Casablanca

BACKSTREET BOYS debut #LargerThanLife show March 1st in Vegas

With countless #1s, record-setting tours, numerous awards and worldwide sales in excess of 130 million, the Backstreet Boys have earned the distinction of being the best-selling boy band in history. The guys can now add their exclusive headlining residency at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood – one of the top theaters in the world – to their list of accomplishments, as “Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life” has become one of the fastest-selling residencies in Las Vegas history.

“Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life” kicks off Wednesday, March 1st with the first of 26 shows continuing through July 1st at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

“With Larger Than Life, we’re setting the bar higher than ever before,” says Howie Dorough. “We’ve been in rehearsals for weeks, working alongside our creative designer Raj Kapoor, making sure this is a show that our fans never forget.”

“It’s important for all five of us to make sure we create a once in a lifetime experience for our fans,” adds Nick Carter. “We plan to take them on a journey of our 20+ years of making music with all of the bells and whistles Vegas has to offer. Night after night, we’ll definitely be having just as much fun as our fans.”

“It’s amazing that after 24 years together, circling the globe countless times to play for the greatest fans ever, this residency is going to be one of the most exciting shows we’ve ever put on. I can’t wait!” says AJ McLean.

For more information and to stay connected with the boys visit

*   Top photo courtesy of Caravan PR

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Catch some of the Men from TV One's MEDIA on #ConversationsLIVE

On Saturday, February 25th TV One debuts it's fantastic new movie and soon to be television show MEDIA. Before the show airs #ConversationsLIVE host Cyrus Webb welcomed actors Stephen C. Bishop, Stan Houston and Stelio Savante of the soon-to-be blockbuster to the radio airwaves in Mississippi on WYAD 94. 1 FM and online through his online affiliates to talk about their careers, the movie MEDIA and what's to come from each them.

Listen to the interviews below:

Actor Stephen C. Bishop

Actor Stan Houston

Actor Stelio Savante

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sue Klebold shares life after the Columbine tragedy on #ConversationsLIVE

In a special edition of #ConversationsLIVE host Cyrus Webb welcomes Sue Klebold---mother of Dylan Klebold---to the show to discuss life almost 18 years after the Columbine tragedy, and what she hopes readers of her book A MOTHER'S RECKONING: Living In the Aftermath of Tragedy take away from the journey she has been on.

Visit the book's official website at    

Actor/Poet/Artist John Paul discusses his artistic path on #ConversationsLIVE

Host Cyrus Webb welcomes actor/poet/artist John Paul to #ConversationsLIVE to discuss what it's been like to share his artistic path with the world, what inspires him and what he has coming up next.

 The two also discuss what it's been like to believe in himself, and what he hopes his example does to inspire others. Listen to the full interview below:

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Model Victor Adeniran shares his creative path on #ConversationsLIVE

Photo Credit: Tom Bianchi
Host Cyrus Webb welcomes model Victor Adeniran to #ConversationsLIVE to discuss what it's been like to being his modeling career and see the response to it and his artwork.

"I enjoy modeling," Victor said during the interview. "I enjoy showcasing my product and my work." Realizing that he is the product, he added: "Being able to portray yourself as an art is fulfilling."

During the interview Victor also shared how he began modeling and what it's been like to use the internet to promote and share his work.

Stay connected with Victor on Instagram at

 Listen to the full interview below: 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Celebrated Journalist and Author Rolonda Watts returns to #ConversationsLIVE

She is a celebrated journalist, media personality and now author. Rolonda Watts returned to #ConversationsLIVE to talk with host Cyrus Webb about the response to her debut novel DESTINY LINGERS, and what it's been like for her to share the messages of the book with others.

The two also discuss her own path to pursuing her goals and living fearlessly, and what she hopes readers of the book are able to take away from it. Autographed copies of the book can be gotten from

Read Webb's review of DESTINY LINGERS on Amazon here.

Listen to their latest conversation below:

Friday, February 10, 2017

Actor Stephen Bishop talks career, his fans and what's to come with Conversations

Photo Credit: Benjo Arwas
For over a decade actor Stephen Bishop has had the pleasure of doing work that he loves and giving his fans around the world characters that they either love or love to hate. Through it all he has remained grounded, confident in his abilities but humbled by the success that has come his way.

He recently stopped by #ConversationsLIVE radio show to talk with host Cyrus Webb about his career, what it's been like to share the experience with his fans and how he uses the platform he has to bring attention to causes and what that matters to him. He can currently be seen on Bravo's newest scripted comedy called IMPOSTERS, and on February 25th he will be seen as part of the talented cast that is MEDIA on TV One.

Listen to actor Stephen Bishop's complete interview with #ConversationsLIVE below. 

"This Is It." The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin Announces Retirement in 2017

On Thursday, February 9th the Associated Press confirmed an announcement made by the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin on a Detroit TV station that she will be retiring in 2017.

The 74 year old who is known for such infectious songs like "Respect" and Think" told Detroit's WDIV Local 4 that she plans to make one more album, with several tracks produced by Stevie Wonder. ''This will be my last year," she told them during the interview. "I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it."

But she said that she is otherwise "very satisfied" with her career and is ready to step back. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Morton, Mississippi's Shay Hodge Shares Journey of Family, Football & Faith in Upcoming Book

At 29 year old Vareion Deshay "Shay" Hodge of Morton, MS has accomplished things that many would see as impossible both on and off the football field. Now as a new year begins he is excited to announce that he is writing a book about his experiences and how he made it to where he is and how others can do the same.

“I’m still young and able to see my dreams continue to come true,” says Hodge. “I’ve done a lot in my life already, and though it hasn’t been easy, I want others to know that they can achieve great things regardless of where they are from or what others may think about them.”

Hodge is working with media personality and fellow Mississippian Cyrus Webb (author of WORDS I CHOOSE TO LIVE BY and co-author of 6 children's books) on the project. Webb, host of the radio show Conversations LIVE, has interviewed him in the past on the air and encouraged him to write his story. “What Shay has done is a reminder for all of us regardless of our profession or interest what it takes to be successful,” Webb says. “I’m glad he will be able to share that message in this book.”

Along with covering his career in football that led to Ole Miss University, Hodge will also talk about the challenges he faced growing up, what it was like to overcome obstacles and even how some of his professional ambitions were sidelined due to physical challenges. Ultimately he hopes that by sharing his story people will release that with faith, hard work and dedication you can make it through any circumstances.

“Things might not always turn out the way you want them to,” Hodge says, “but the important thing to realize is that if you keep moving forward you can continue to achieve great things and encourage others to do the same.”

The book is scheduled to be released later this year. Before the release Hodge will be discussing the topics of the book and his life through speaking engagements and interviews. Those looking to book Hodge can reach him at or at 601.842.6790.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Actor Jessie T. Usher Celebrates the Beginning of Another Great Year

Actor Jessie T. Usher is starting 2017 on a big high. Not only is he preparing the new season of his hit show SURVIVOR'S REMORSE on Starz, but ALMOST CHRISTMAS, the movie that was the #1 Comedy in 2016 gets released on DVD and Blue-Ray on Tues. Feb. 7th.

"It's been amazing," he told Conversations' Cyrus Webb about the experience of seeing how everything is unfolding for him. "It's fun to do the work, and to get the response is even better." Looking at how the year is already shaping up he added: "It's a great thing to enjoy the project you're working on, but to have people enjoy it as well is a bonus." 

Jessie has had the pleasure of being a part of some amazing projects over his career, and he says he looks forward to doing even more. "I feel like I'd like to change it up some more," he told Webb when discussing the variety of roles he has been able to play. "That's the beauty of the art. It's like an escape route to just release whatever is inside of you in an artistic way."

His work is definitely getting him noticed, but Jessie says that is still taking some getting used to. "It's really cool, but it's different," he says when discussing having his fans reach out to him. "I'm still not 100% used to it yet," he added, but he appreciates the fact that they are enjoying his work.

One of the perks of doing what he loves is that he is also able to work with so many talented people. "It takes my passion to the next level," he says. To go from being just fans of individuals to working with them is for Jessie "exciting and mind-blowing."

Stay connected with Jessie on Instagram and Twitter. Listen to the entire conversation with host Cyrus Webb below. 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Singer/Author Chante' Moore Celebrates the REAL ONE w/new single

by Cyrus Webb

For years recording artist Chante' Moore has been the go-to artist for songs of empowerment and love. Whether it was the global hit CHANTE'S GOT A MAN or songs like GIVING YOU MY ALWAYS, she seems to be able to put into words what so many wish they could say about what they are feeling.

Now as she is gearing up for her next album release she teases fans with the new single REAL ONE. Almost an extension of CHANTE'S GOT A MAN, the single talks about the leery feeling some feel about trusting someone again but realizing that the one they now have is the real deal and should be appreciated.

During my conversation with Ms. Moore we talked about her love of music and how she has extended her outreach to her fans with the book "Will I Marry Me?". Talking about her relationship she has with her loyal listeners she told me "That's the best part of all of it. I do love making music, but they (the fans) make the difference from day to day."

Ms. Moore also uses her public appearances and online presence to encourage her fans to rise and thrive as well. That inspiration is something she got honestly. "My mother instilled that point of view, to always be positive no matter what," she told me. Though she is in a competitive industry and it has its challenges, she says she can't give it up---and the fans keep her going. Ms. Moore says the comments and support from her fans are her "Grammys". "Those people, the lives that I touch, make it worth it. I can't let it go. They touch my heart in such a way that I get encouraged."

Get Chante' Moore's new single REAL ONE on Amazon here.  Stay connected with her at

Listen to our full interview below.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Recording Artist Alexis Nicole Talks Branding, #Daybreak & More on #ConversationsLIVE

Recording Artist Alexis Nicole is beginning the new year with a new project called DAYBREAK, and already it is garnering a buzz from her fans and outlets around the world. "It has been unbelievable," she told #ConversationsLIVE host Cyrus Webb during their recent interview together. "So far I am getting nothing but great reviews. It's just been awesome."

The musical journey, even though it has its challenges, is the place Alexis knows she is supposed to be. "I've never been so comfortable doing anything else," she says. "It's definitely a lot of work..It's what I was put here to do."

As she is going through the experience she is able to keep her fans updated on what is going on through social media. Webb asked her about how the saying "A picture is worth a thousand words" has fit into the way she has marketed herself. "I'm a strong believer that branding creates longevity," she told him. "You have to give people something that makes them gravitate towards you as a person." She also says that though the life might appear glamourous her upbringing has helped her to "stay grounded and stay focused". Her remaining that way is a big part of her continued success. "The biggest part of being an artist is being able to connect to people that you're singing to," she says. "They can't connect to you if you don't give them a piece of you to connect with."

Stay connected with Alexis online at Listen to the full interview below.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

MODEL CITIZEN: Model/Actress/Author Johanna Thea

by Cyrus Webb

Over the past 10 years Conversations Magazine has profiled some of the biggest names in the arts and entertainment industries, sharing their stories and introducing them to new audiences.  In 2017 I decided to make sure that we were ourselves finding new talent to share with our readers, so I put out a casting call asking for individuals to share their stories with us so we could in turn share them with you.

The first in our 2017 special series called "Model Citizens" is Johanna Thea*. She is a millennial living between London and Los Angeles, CA.

Johanna, glad we could share part of your story through our "Model Citizens" feature. First of all tell us what is it that keeps you inspired towards pursuing your goals and dreams?

Love. Love of self and my family and friends. Love from them, and in times when I am utterly alone, or at least feel it, I look to those who have lived and persevered in their high spirits no matter what. So, for example Victor Frankl, Anne Frank, my Uncle as regards business and my Grandma relative to integrity of being and spirit, she totally holds herself with such elegance, grace and style, which at 82 is no small feat. Celebrity-wise I adore Rachel Weisz having met and worked with her recently, and Diana Ross whom my mother introduced me to at her concert for my 13th birthday.

When did you first realize that model or acting was something you were interested in?
Initially I was scouted for high fashion modeling which I did in Limerick City for Celia Holmann Lee’s Agency (Assets affiliated), then afterwards I realized onstage in New York's Bowery Poetry Club Monologue Slam, how much passion I had for acting. My initial dilemma was whether to write my book first or pursue acting. In 2008 I went with acting, but my book was released on Amazon in January 2015, and I’ve been a full-time professional actress and part time high fashion and commercial model since June 2015. I’m loving it! Every step of the way is absolutely wonderful, and I’ve honestly never been so happy, and grateful, to not only get to be living my dream, but for so much international interest and support. It’s been absolutely wonderful.

How has social media helped you in sharing your gifts and talents with the world?
Facebook allows you to connect with a great many people in very authentic ways, which is truly beneficial to any artist who’s busy. We may well want to connect and share what we’ve done/written/created and without these mediums we really have to rely on the Press to do that work for us! Also Twitter which I’m just getting the hang of truly is fabulous as it allows you to express your desires, interests and personality so easily! Instagram I’m using to post images alongside my poetry, which is eventually going to become my actual first poetry book later this year.

You've already accomplished so much, Johanna. What are some of the goals you have for yourself in 2017?
I’m going to publish my second book “The Light Within” in mid 2017. I would love to secure an Irish agency’s representation, building my network internationally and ideally work in Los Angeles on a high quality, successful tv series as one of the main characters. Also securing an agent in LA, I already have management, and being on a tv show in the UK also would be wonderful. My amazing agent Freya at Simon and How is currently looking into securing that for me. Naturally having already worked with Steven Spielberg in the capacity of a body double, I would be so ecstatic to be booked by him for one of his features. He is a master, and I truly want to work with the best the industry has to offer; the Wachowskis, Tarantino, Tina Fey, Rachel Weisz. The list goes on. This brings me to my final goal for this year: working as hard yet effortlessly as possible on my craft. I’m dedicating lots of space and time this year to refining my skills and honing in on the best possible forms of emotional expression I can.

Thank you so much for your time, Johanna. Wishing you nothing but continued success. Finally, what advice would you have for anyone—regardless of their profession—when it comes to pursuing their own goals?
Be relentless, fearless and unapologetic. It’s one life we have now, so taking full responsibility for that means powering on in your own way, regardless of others’ opinions, beliefs and support or lack thereof. You are always only responsible for achieving your own goals and not actually answerable to anyone, except you! Also, enjoy the journey, in the end this is the real prize, the beautiful journey.

Stay connected with Johanna at the links below:

*     Photo Credit: Simon Annand

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Susan Violante, author and Owner of Reader Views, returns to #ConversationsLIVE

Author Susan Violante first appeared on #ConversationsLIVE the radio show with host Cyrus Webb in October 2009 discussing her book INNOCENT WAR based on the experiences of her father.

Since then she has been a regular guest on the program, discussing not just the response to the book but even serving a guest during an interview with living legend Dionne Warwick!

 She returned to the show in 2017 to discuss what it's been like to see how her words have continued to touch the lives of others but also as the owner of Reader Views how she has been able to encourage other authors to share their work with the world. At the end of the discussion Susan revealed some news: her next book EMERGING FROM THE RUBLE will be released this year!

 Listen to the conversation below:

Monday, January 30, 2017

Actress Jeryl Prescott: Enjoying the 'Small Miracle' of Living Out Her Dreams

by Cyrus Webb

On January 10th of this year one of the most talked-about movies of 2016 made it's way to stores and and digital outlets: The Birth of a Nation. Based on the based true story of Nat Turner, the enslaved man who inspired many and led a rebellion against those who held sway over them, the film's talented cast included actress Jeryl Prescott who has brought to life so many amazing characters over the years including on the popular television show The Walking Dead.

I had a chance to sit down with Jeryl and discuss not just The Birth of a Nation but what it's been like for her to slip into the skin of various characters, sharing some amazing stories along the way. "Every time I get a job as an actress I consider it a small miracle," she told me. Her desire to act came from her roots in the church.  "The church is where I learned to play the piano and find the confidence to speak in front of a crowd and take a bigger leadership role," she says. "That gave me the confidence and the interest in being on stage and having something to say. That's how I began to see myself as an actress."

She went to college and did theater, but even though she saw herself doing more, Jeryl experienced what so many do when it comes to pursuing their goals and dreams: the individuals who told her what wasn't going to be possible for her.  "Nonetheless I've been able to find a variety of roles to play," she says. "It's suggestive of the need for diversity and a appreciation of diversity." Realizing the conversations taking place about the roles of women---and especially women of color---Jeryl added. "It's suggestive of we are everything. We have always met challenges and create spaces for ourselves. Every profession will offer certain challenges. You have to go into it with a positive attitude and the belief that God put you there for something and move forward."

Talking about The Birth of a Nation, Jeryl says "It is a powerful project, and I am so grateful to Nate Parker. Nate Parker is an amazingly generous and bold director/producer/writer. I have an amazing amount of anticipation about the journey of this film." (At the time of this article it is in the top 50 Dramas on

Jeryl's journey continues with not just exciting projects but the relationships she is forging along the way. Whether discussing the talented cast of The Birth of a Nation or The Walking Dead, she says "There's an immortality that comes with all acting. The fans hold on to you and never let you go. The friendships that I developed have been real." Speaking of The Walking Dead in particular she says this: "The show will never die, because it constantly asks us to search inside of ourselves. It's a constant universal questioning."

As she prepares for what's next, Jeryl continues to enjoy the 'small miracle' that is her career and invites you to stay connected with her on Twitter and Instagram at /therealjeryl.

Anthony C. Johns: Walking In Confidence Towards His Goals & Dreams

by Cyrus Webb

At the age of 33 model and actor Anthony C. Johns* is all about challenging himself to set goals, move past obstacles and showing others what is possible. He has traveled the world, worked with some of the best photographers in the industry, walked runways and amassed fans from around the world---and he is only just getting started.

When I caught up with him he was in the States taking a break from his whirlwind career and able to reflect a bit on the life he has been able to live. "I would say that my progress has been based on a spiritual foundation," he told me. On of the things that has helped him was the book THE PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE. "It really changed my aspect on what I can do, when I can do it and believing in myself."

The road has not always been easy though, but Anthony is no stranger to overcoming difficult situations. "I've been able to accomplish my goals through hard work and patience and going through rejection," he says. "It has made me a better person."

Anthony became interested in modeling and acting when he was just a kid. He says he has always seen the two as "a reflection of life." The emotional reaction that was generated appealed to him and seeing what you can create became a motivator. With the reward, however, has come the obvious challenge of just being thought of by how you look. "That's when it becomes pretty difficult for me," he admits, "when the titles come, and you have to live up to it." Though he says the compliments about his body can fuel the ego, he says he works hard to stay humble at the same time realizing how soon it can all be gone.

As with any art Anthony has come to see his body as his canvas, and that means he has to take care of it in order to be the best he can be in his industry. That also means being comfortable in his own skin and realize what he has to offer. "That was a major obstacle when I first wanted to do the business of modeling," he told me. "I was at a point in my life when I was comparing myself to other models. I learned to create my own self-representation by working on my mind, body and soul. "

Today he says he believes in confidence that begins within, and that confidence is what comes across in the work that he does. "My progress came through seeing myself improving in the way I lived, eat and balance life.  I saw myself grow by getting out of the box, doing jobs that are challenging, pretty much confronting what was an obstacle for me."

What Anthony has achieved is not just noticed by those who admire his work. He has become an inspiration for others, too. "I am a role model," he declared. "I am a person who has power," and he realizes that power is not just for him. "I wanted to use my gifts to help others. Those people have become my recipe to keep it going. I am making a difference. It's really not about me. It's a calling I must fulfill. If I'm doing this and I'm not helping other people then I am doing something wrong."

Stay connected with Anthony and his career on Facebook at and on Instagram at

* Photography by Ricky Day

Poet/Author Joy Elan: Sharing Her Words and Inspiration with the World

Award-winning poet/author Joy Elan is a force to be reckoned with.

In 2016 alone she was able to showcase her skills as an award-winning poet by winning national awards and even released her first novel LIFE IS A CANVAS.

"It was amazing, and some of it I couldn't believe that I accomplished," she said to host Cyrus Webb during their conversation together on Conversations LIVE.

Part of what made 2016 such a great year for her was that she was able to introduce her poetry to a younger audience by making some slight adjustments. "I knew I needed to clean up the language and the content to reach another audience," she said. "That helped me propel and take off even more." Realizing that she could still deliver powerful messages, Joy said that she realized she was limiting her audience before. It all began by speaking honestly to herself. "I'm supposed to be an educator. Why do I have all this foul language in my writing? Time for me to grow up a little. I wanted something that everyone could read." The big lesson that this changed revealed? "It made me realize that in order to be marketable you have to be accessible."

During the conversation Webb shifted the attention to how Joy has been able to do what she has and not allowed the fear of failure or the outcome stop her. "I'm my own determining factor," she told him. Life is a very interesting thing. You either believe you can do it or you can't. I don't wait for other people to tell me. I go based on when I'm ready. It's all based on my inspiration and motivation. I've always been like this as a person," she said. "Once I put my mind to something I do it. I have to believe in myself. I can't wait on anybody else."

Another motivation for Joy is her daughter. "She's part of the reason why I do what I do," she said during her interview. "I don't want to just tell her to go after her dreams. I want her to see me doing it. She sees me working around the clock. This is hard work and takes dedication. Things come when you put time and energy to it."

That is the message she wants everyone to get. "I want to be an example of someone who can have a goal or dream and see it come true. When I leave this earth my words will live on forever. I don't care where you're from or what kind of situation you are in, you have the power to make things happen for yourself. It might be hard, but if you really believe in something you will pursue it."

Stay connected with Joy Elan at her website at

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Brian Cooks: Enjoying the Benefits of Hard Work, Dedication and Faith

by Cyrus Webb

At the age of 26 model/actor/fitness trainer Brian Cooks is not just living his own dreams but showing others by example what is possible with hard work, dedication and faith.

"Seeing how everything is unfolding is mind-blowing," says Cooks. "I spoke out on my dreams, had the faith and did the work." And that work is definitely paying off in a big way.

When asked how he has been able to stay focused, he says "I always had the mentality not to stop until I get what I wanted. Perseverance is what has kept me going." That perseverance and confidence has helped him not just in his own life but as he has been able to help others as well.

At the end of 2016 he took to social media to announce the latest accomplishment in what's been an amazing year for him: being featured as part of the Weight 2 Wear apparel campaign. Cooks told Conversations Magazine that he entered a competition by Krave Magazine which led to the honor. “It feels very good," he said. "I'm now a published model. I know this is going to open up so many opportunities for me. I'm excited to see what is going to happen next.”

Photo Credit: Nathan Paul Photography
The Hartsville, SC native now calls Shreveport, LA home.  His advice for anyone out there looking to see their dreams come true? "Put God first will open so many doors for you," he says, and adds: "Patience is key."

Stay connected with Brian on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

After 30 Years In the Business Singer Johnny Gill Continues to be a GAME CHANGER

by Cyrus Webb

Timeless. That is just one way to describe Grammy nominated recording artist Johnny Gill.

With the recent BET mini-series on the group New Edition there has been renewed appreciation for what artists like him bring to the table. Many have gotten to know him for his hit singles like "My, My, My","Rub You the Right Way" and "Where Do We Go from Here" (with Stacy Lattisaw) as well as his involvement with the popular groups New Edition and LSG, however, there seems to be no substitute for the man himself.

With his last full length album GAME CHANGER, Johnny Gill fed his fans insatiable appetite for new music, and on January 27th he re-released the single 5000 Miles featuring another R&B crooner Jaheim.

"I have been blessed with a gift from God that is magical. You can't design it," Johnny told me in our conversation together. "I think about my career and how my music has touched people. It is beyond a miracle and a blessing. To have people to connect with you is a gift."

Like many other soulful singers before him Johnny Gill began singing in the church and blossomed from there. He believes the main reason he is still able to do what he loves is because he understands the importance of staying consistent. "I stay true to me and my music," he says. "If you look at my body of work you'll see that I'm open to trying new things. At the end of the day my biggest goal is to always stay focused and be careful that I don't lose who I am. I set out to make great music, songs I can identify with and connect with and do it justice." Remaining true has given him the confidence to say that in spite of it all, he has put his heart and soul into each and every project. "I have something to hold my head up about and be proud," he says. That comes from walking in his musical truth. 

His beginnings were not so full of pride. Johnny relayed to me how when he first started in the business at the age of 15 he was not always the best of himself. "There was no blueprint about how you are supposed to be and act," he told me. "All the things you have to learn growing up in this business---the ups and downs that come with it---now make me blessed that I have my fans there for support." He understands that it is all a process, a machine that brings it all to life. The process that gets his music to the masses is something he feels more connected with, and he knows it's important not to take any of it lightly. 

To his fans, Johnny says this: "Thank you. Know that I don't take you or my success for granted. I couldn't have done this without you. "

Johnny Gill's GAME CHANGER is available on Amazon here. Stay in contact with him on Twitter at His website is