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Love is Contagious with Taja Sevelle is an uplifting hour of introspective conversations with celebrities and remarkable personalities, as well as music, and more.
Love is Contagious, with Taja Sevelle
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27 September, 2022
Segment: Words of Wisdom
Denise Rich: Grammy nominated songwriter, Denise Rich, has written with icons Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, Mary J. Blige, Tremaine Hawkins, Jessica Simpson, Sister Sledge, Miley Cyrus, and Natalie Cole, among numerous others. Denise Rich is also internationally known as an ardent philanthropist and entrepreneur. She founded Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for cancer research, after the heartbreaking loss of her beautiful daughter, Gabrielle, to AML leukemia. Gabrielle’s angel Foundation has awarded over $35 million in Medical Research Awards, making it one of the largest non-governmental sources of grant support to blood cancer research. Some of the innovative therapeutic approaches funded include alternative or complementary medicine.
Segment: Healing Our World From the Root
Pamela Wirth: Pamela Wirth is an author and the Founder of Hello-Health. When Pamela Wirth’s six-year-old son Ryan began to developmentally regress, several doctors could not explain or treat his tics, anxiety, lethargy, or unusual vocalizations. Refusing to accept that her son was forever altered, Pamela went on a search for answers and she found a different approach to determining and addressing the roots of her son’s health problems. Ryan now lives a happy and healthy life. This courageous mother has written a book that details her journey and includes key contributions from pediatric neurologist Melanie Alarcio, M.D., Immunologist Ryan Casper, M.D., and Jeremy Appleton, N.D. Pamela also founded Hello Health to positively affect the lives of those needing brain, gut, and immune support.
And…Taja’s “Pop-Up Interviews: Shining a bright light on rising talent, Taja’s “Pop-Up Interviews” feature short, comprehensive interviews with intriguing talented individuals who are making a meaningful mark in the world, writing their own legacies as they live their passion!
Today’s Pop-Up Interviews feature:
Sebastian “Bash” Johnson: Bash Johnson is a rapidly becoming known as the dancing Chef! Sebastian “Bash” Johnson is a globally-known choreographer, dancer, and chef. He has worked with Kanye West, Chance the Rapper, Daddy Yankee, Mariah Carey, and Lil Kim, among others. He danced on the Ellen Degeneres Show in 2022, and has produced over 40 shows in the US, China, and the Bahamas. He has worked with several international brands including L’Oréal Paris, Aston Martin, and Lee Jeans, and regularly appears in Superbowl commercials! He is also a personal chef, curating menus for restaurants in Chicago and LA, and cooking for select private celebrity clients. Standing ovation to Bash Johnson in this informative Pop-Up Interview
October 1, 2022:
Judge Allie Greenleaf Maldonado was chosen by Harvard Law School as an honoree for International Women’s Day. Judge Maldonado’s Wellness Court uses an approach of tribal healing that has had profound and lasting success, and there are now efforts to make it the Gold Standard within courtrooms. This legal forum focuses on strengthening tribal child and family systems and services in order to nurture the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families. She is currently the Chief Judge of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and a tribe member. Our conversation is riveting and eye-opening.
Corey Tyler has practiced Nonviolent Communication for the last 10 years. He has taught highly successful workshops on Healthy Communication and Healthy Finances at Urban Farming events in Los Angeles. Corey Tyler is also the Founder of Champion Finances, a financial empowerment and education platform that teaches people how to raise both their credit scores and money skills to become home buyers, business owners and investors. We learn more tools for healthy communication in this episode! www.
25 October, 2022 Show Guests:
Segment: Words of Wisdom
Max Tucci: Max Tucci is a multi-award winning Producer and Radio show Host of Max and Friends on LA Talk Radio. He is also a motivational speaker and an author. Max’s epicurean family saved, reopened, and operated the famous Delmonico’s Restaurant in New York from the 1920s-1980s, hosting iconic celebrities, Lana Turner, Lena Horne, Rock Hudson, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, President John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Max has now written a book to celebrate that legacy, titled, The Delmonico Way; Sublime Entertaining and Legendary Recipes from the Restaurant that Made New York, -Rizzoli. A true renaissance man, Max Tucci has studied and found success in photography and fashion, he has curated for film festivals, studied cooking and art history throughout Italy, restored an Italian Villa, is a television personality, has contributed pieces to several books, and is a born philanthropist. And… he recently purchased an antique dairy farm!
Segment: Healing Our World From the Root
John Ubaldo: John Ubaldo lives on the forefront of regenerative and small farming—the way of the future! Our enlightening conversation covers critical topics for the future of farming. John Ubaldo’s award winning documentary, “The Bullish Farmer” has won several notable awards, including Best Documentary at The Golden Door Film Festival and awards at The IndieFest World Film Festival, and over 15 other awards and official selections. John Ubaldo was a successful Wall Street investor. After 911, John left the city and bought a farm. He works passionately to teach farmers about regenerative, sustainable farming. John Ubaldo also founded the August West Foundation, helping farmers transition to regenerative farming for higher yields and cleaner food. www.augustwestfoundation.org
November 5, 2022:
Craig Kallman is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Records. This is an interview you don’t want to miss!
In addition to Craig’s thoughts about wisdom in the music business, we learn about his fascinating career path—including how he first met the Notorious B.I.G. and then signed Junior M.A.F.I.A., Aaliyah, and Lil’ Kim! He went on of course to sign other iconic artists including Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Zak Brown Band, and he was the visionary behind the Atlantic Record’s extension into musical theater with the groundbreaking musical, Hamilton! Craig Kallman and Atlantic Records have also been tremendous supporters of Urban Farming, connecting rapper, TI to the mission as well as several other artists. The support from Atlantic Records and Craig continues to this day, demonstrating their commitment to helping our world!
John Ubaldo lives on the forefront of regenerative and small farming—the way of the future! Our enlightening conversation covers critical topics for the future of farming. John Ubaldo’s award winning documentary, “The Bullish Farmer” has won several notable awards, including Best Documentary at The Golden Door Film Festival and awards at The IndieFest World Film Festival, and over 15 other awards and official selections. John Ubaldo was a successful Wall Street investor who spent 12 years on Wall Street, until 911 hit. After 911, John left the city and bought a farm. He works passionately to teach farmers about regenerative, sustainable farming. John Ubaldo founded the August West Foundation, and he demonstrates that regenerative farming creates higher yields and cleaner food! www.
December 3, 2022:
Rabbi Simon Jacobson, Reverend Nicholas Hood III, and Dr. Khalid el Hakim: How can faith-based organizations join hands to bring more wisdom and healing into our world?
Rabbi Simon Jacobson is known for reaching across borders and generations to bring wisdom into our world. He is an internationally-known, bestselling author and the founder of the Meaningful Life Center, which has been hailed by the New York Times as a “Spiritual Starbucks,” a spiritual health center that empowers people to discover their personal mission in life and find meaning in everything they do.
Reverend Nicholas Hood III graduated from Yale and is also an author and is known for reaching across faith-based lines to join people together. He seeks to make the world a better place and he generates good will and hope. His style of preaching is inspirational and real, with an artistic flavor of music—he plays the harmonica and at times, utilizes it in his sermons, bringing an extra layer of spiritual depth. www.
Dr. Khalid el Hakim, We continue our discussion about how faith-based organizations can bring more wisdom and healing into our world, with Dr. Khalid el Hakim! An insightful scholar who is devoted to the Islamic Faith, Khalid is also the Founder and Professional Curator of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum, a collection of over 10,000 original artifacts of Black memorabilia dating from the trans-Atlantic slave trade era to hip-hop culture. He managed famed rapper, Proof, of D12 who worked closely with rapper, Eminem, and Khalid manages Proof’s record label, Iron Fist.
Dr. Khalid el Hakim was named one of the Change Makers for NBC Universal’s “Erase the Hate” campaign and one of the “100 Men of Distinction” for 2017 in Black Enterprise Magazine.
January 7, 2023 (Taja’s Birthday!):
Dennis Matkosky is a Grammy Award winning producer and songwriter responsible for many of the hit songs we have enjoyed over the past three decades in practically every genre of music and film including pop, R&B, country and Christian. His production and songwriting credits are included in over 50 million records sold, and have been a part of our lives for many years. Songs like Michael Sembello’s ‘Maniac’, Diana Ross’ ‘Mirror Mirror,’ LeAnn Rimes’s ‘I Need You,’ are just a few. A happy and informative interview you will not want to miss!
Joyce Lapinsky is an Entrepreneur, a humanitarian, a former song publisher, and the wife of Comedian/Actor, Richard Lewis. This is a fun-filled interview that recounts Joyce’s extraordinary journey through the music business, beginning in the Disco days when she worked with Lipps, Inc, of the famed song, Funkytown which was a #1 charted single in 28 countries. She has held executive creative positions with music publishing companies Warner/Chappel, EMI, and Zomba/Jive Records, among others. Joyce also shares about her work with Urban Farming and her humanitarian activities that help to Heal Our World From The Root!
February 4, 2023
Jimmy Locust: Jimmy Locust has worked with top entertainment industry stars such as Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul, Quincy Jones and Debbie Allen. He has been featured in iconic music videos and films including Rhythm Nation 1814 and the wedding dance sequence of Coming to America. He has performed at the Grammy Awards, Academy Awards and MTV Video Music Awards. He is the founder and Artistic Director/Owner of Locust Performing Arts Center in Stamford, Connecticut and Locust Dance Academy in Miramar, Florida. Locust is also Founder The Locust Foundation to mitigate bullying and provide educational resources for students and families. Jimmy is an icon in the dance world, and this interview will inspire and entertain you!
Maureen Kaiser: Maureen is a self-published singer and songwriter with 5 albums and several singles under her belt. She founded Mayham Lane and she co-wrote two songs Taja Sevelle’s upcoming CD. A kind-hearted philanthropist, she has served on the board of Forgotten Harvest, which delivers 144,000 pounds of surplus food per day to families in need with fresh, nutritious food. A successful entrepreneur, Maureen also donates to several important causes, including Urban Farming! She is thoughtful and brilliant- this is a very special interview!