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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Conversations' Cyrus Webb Hosts Project Recognizing Yazoo City Radio Legends

On Saturday, September 9th Yazoo City’s own WYAD Max 94.1 FM will celebrate its 3rd anniversary on the air with a special presentation recognizing Yazoo Legends in Radio that paved the way for the DJs of today.

The brainchild of Joseph C. Thomas, Sr. of Bountiful Blessings Broadcasting, Inc, (Elizabeth W. Thomas, President), the project “Celebrating the History of Black DJs in Yazoo City” honors the contributions of trailblazers in radio that influenced radio and music in Yazoo City and throughout the state.

The project “Celebrating the History of Black DJs in Yazoo City” is narrated and Executive-Produced by media personality and Mississippi native Cyrus Webb. It includes exclusive interviews with Eddie “Ace” Smith, Vanassa Conston, Bobby Little, Randy “Wild Man” Brown, George Winford, John “Mighty J” Meeks, Frank “Scrap Iron” Robinson, Leroy Davis and tributes to the late Kenzie Moore (with his brother Sidney Lloyd) as well as the late Sharron Johnson Reed (with her sister Addie Tart) who was a longtime female DJ in Yazoo City.  Eddie “Ace” Smith served as Project Manager for the project and assisted in setting up the interviews.

The honorees will be recognized on Saturday September 9th in Yazoo City when WYAD Max FM 94.1 FM celebrates its anniversary, but the interviews with these distinguished individuals can be heard here:

The “Celebrating the History of Black DJs in Yazoo City” project is sponsored by WYAD 94.1 FM, the Mississippi Humanities Council through a grant from the Mississippi Development Authority and the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as The Yazoo County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

For more information about the project and the upcoming anniversary celebration contact Mr. Joseph Thomas at 662.571.2987 or by email at Stay connected with Cyrus Webb at, 601.896.5616 and his website

Saturday, July 1, 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)