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Groundbreaking New Public Television Series Features Afro-Latino Cultures Through the Lens of Travel

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Haas Media LLC announces Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas, a new travel series on public television, premiering with a two-part special featuring Costa Rica this September on Public Television Stations nationwide, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The series honors and celebrates the historical and cultural contributions of Latin America's African descendants, hosted by tri-lingual, Black female traveler and executive producer, Kim Haas.

"We are introducing Public Television viewers to Afro-Latinos and their profound legacy in the Americas through history, culture, cuisine, art, dance, music, environmental conservation, literature, sports, and festivals," says Haas. "Afro-Latino Travels is about Black joy, pride and resilience despite centuries of oppression and under-representation. The series features Afro-Latinos that will inspire viewers with hope and optimism."

No other travel TV series showcases solely the Afro-Latino communities throughout Latin America and their rich and diverse legacy of creating vibrant cultures in the Americas. Their imprint greatly influences mainstream Latino culture from Andean Peru to tropical Cuba, Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.

"Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast was strongly influenced by the Jamaican inhabitants who arrived in the country over 400 years ago," says Costa Rica Tourism Minister Gustavo Segura. "Costa Rica is an extraordinary country. We recognize ourselves as a multi-ethnic and multicultural nation and the province of Limón is the most authentic reflection of that melting pot of cultures and ethnic groups. Here at the ICT, we are very proud of this and view Afro-Latino Travels as an opportunity to share our history with those who seek to learn about and visit our country."

Beginning in the 1500s and throughout The Middle Passage, millions of enslaved Africans were brought to Latin America through the 18th century. Researchers estimate at least 1 in 3 Latin Americans have African ancestry, and Africans and their descendants were involved in every aspect of Latin American society: colonialism, the fight for independence, the building of transportation and infrastructure (forts, railroads, etc.), and more.

"I've wanted to produce a series featuring the impact that the five centuries of African presence in Latin America has had for so long, and this two-part special is just the start of that journey," shares Haas. "This project has been in the works for years, but with the lack of diversity in travel media and the growth of the Black Lives Matter movement more recently, now is the time to celebrate this heritage even more!"

Highlights from the two-part Afro-Latino Travels Costa Rica episodes include interviews with:
* Mr. Quince Duncan, celebrated Afro-Costa Rican author with 50 years of writing, credited with introducing Afro-Costa Rican in Costa Rican literature.
* Tarik Soto, gymnast and 2020 Olympic hopeful.
* Doris & Sasha Campbell, dancer and singer, respectively (sisters of Latin America's first black vice president, Ms. Epsy Campbell)

The Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas two-part special featuring Costa Rica will be available on Public Television Stations across the United States beginning Saturday, Sept. 12 through October. Check local listings for time and channel.

Underwriting for the television program has been provided in part by the Ford Foundation, and in-kind support provided by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute. Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas is presented by Northern California Public Media (KRCB) and distributed by NETA.

Further information available at: https://www.TravelsWithKimHaas.com/.

ABOUT KIM HAAS

Kim Haas, Executive Producer, Host & Creator of Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas, has been active in Afro-Latino issues for more than a decade and is founder of LosAfroLatinos.com, a blog celebrating Afro-Latino culture. Kim speaks fluent Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. Kim is passionate about her work with "Afro-Latino Travels," and is extremely proud to be one of the few upcoming Black female travel hosts on public television, leading the path for more to follow!

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Joan Lunden to Host Public Television’s Healthcare Series ‘Second Opinion’

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Award-winning journalist, bestselling author, and women's health & wellness advocate, Joan Lunden, has been named host of "Second Opinion," public television's Emmy-nominated national healthcare series. Produced by WXXI Public Media (Rochester, N.Y.), in partnership with the University of Rochester Medical Center, the weekly television program engages viewers across the country as they watch doctors and patients talk through a variety of health issues. With Lunden as the new host, the series will now be called "Second Opinion with Joan Lunden."

"As one of America's most recognized and trusted personalities, Joan exemplifies the mission of 'Second Opinion' in providing highly credible health information to our audience," said WXXI President Norm Silverstein.

"With Joan as the new host, and the heightened interest in healthcare, 'Second Opinion with Joan Lunden' is the right show at the right time for public television stations across the country," he added.

For nearly two decades, Lunden greeted viewers each morning on "Good Morning America," bringing insight to the day's top stories. As the longest-running female host ever on early morning television, Lunden reported from 26 countries, covered five presidents, five Olympics, and kept Americans up to date on how to care for their homes, their families, and their health.

As host of "Second Opinion with Joan Lunden," she will draw from her years of experience as she guides medical professionals and lay people in honest, in-depth discussions about life-changing medical decisions. Season 17 with 10 episodes is slated to release in February 2021, airing in 90% of the country.

"It is my absolute pleasure to be joining the team at 'Second Opinion' which has been enlightening viewers on health issues for sixteen years," said Lunden. "I'd always imagined I'd follow in my father's footsteps, a cancer surgeon who was dedicated to his patients' wellbeing. While I did not become a doctor, as a broadcaster and health advocate, I have had a lifetime opportunity to educate and empower others to better control their health and longevity. I look forward to becoming a part of the PBS family!"

One of the most visible women in America, Lunden has graced the covers of more than 60 magazines and books. Her newest book, "Why Did I Come into This Room: A Candid Conversation About Aging," released in March, is a New York Times Best Seller. Recently, Lunden has been named the ambassador to the Poynter Institute's MediaWise for Seniors program which aims to educate American's over 50 on media literacy. Lunden is also the host of the Washington Post Podcast series, "Caring for Tomorrow," premiering in September.

Lunden has served as national spokesperson for various organizations such as The American Heart Association, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, The American Lung Association, The American Red Cross, The American Academy of Pediatrics, and The Colon Cancer Alliance.

"Second Opinion" is a national multimedia health initiative that reaches an engaged audience through television, web, social media, and community and national outreach. Launched in 2004, its goal is to promote good health, improve doctor/patient communication and empower viewers to take charge of their own healthcare, and in turn, help them navigate the medical system for better health outcomes.

The series hosts a comprehensive web site, https://www.secondopinion-tv.org/ and a robust social media following.

"Second Opinion" is made possible with support from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), which has provided production funding for the health care series for more than 15 years. A national federation of 36 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies, BCBSA is dedicated to finding innovative ways of ensuring that Americans have the healthcare information and resources they need - and "Second Opinion" serves as part of that commitment.

"Second Opinion's" executive producer is Fiona Willis and the series is distributed by American Public Television (APT).

THE PRODUCERS

WXXI Public Media is an award-winning broadcast family of services dedicated to meeting the lifelong educational needs of its viewers. WXXI operates four digital TV channels, and an array of radio services which include an NPR station, a full-time classical music station, a Triple-A music station, and a radio-reading service for the visually impaired. WXXI's national productions include documentaries that explore arts, culture and history such as "Restoring a Masterpiece: The Renovation of the Eastman Theatre," "Dialogue in Metal," and "Wendell Castle: A Portrait."

The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) - One of the nation's leading academic medical centers, the University of Rochester Medical Center forms the centerpiece of the University of Rochester's health research, teaching and patient care missions. Over the last five years, URMC has garnered more than $1.3 billion in biomedical research, landing the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in the top one-quarter of U.S. medical centers in federal research funding. As upstate New York's premier health care delivery network, patients benefit from the Medical Center's robust teaching and biomedical research programs.

The University's health care delivery network is anchored by Strong Memorial Hospital, an 886-bed, University-owned teaching hospital designated by the New York State Department of Health as a Level One Regional Trauma and Burn Center and home to Western New York's only cardiac transplant program. With more than 26,000 part- and full-time employees, the Medical Center is the largest single component of the Rochester region's leading employer.

THE DISTRIBUTOR

American Public Television (APT) is the leading syndicator of high-quality, top-rated programming to the nation's public television stations. Founded in 1961, APT distributes 250 new program titles per year and more than one-third of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles in the U.S. APT's diverse catalog includes prominent documentaries, performance, dramas, how-to programs, classic movies, children's series and news and current affairs programs. "Doc Martin," "Midsomer Murders," "America's Test Kitchen From Cook's Illustrated," "AfroPoP," "Rick Steves' Europe," "Pacific Heartbeat," "Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Television," "Front and Center," "Lidia's Kitchen," "Kevin Belton's New Orleans Kitchen," "Simply Ming," "The Best of the Joy of Painting with Bob Ross," "James Patterson's Kid Stew" and "NHK Newsline" are a sampling of APT's programs, considered some of the most popular on public television.

APT also licenses programs internationally through its APT Worldwide service and distributes Create(R)TV - featuring the best of public television's lifestyle programming - and WORLD(TM), public television's premier news, science and documentary channel. To find out more about APT's programs and services, visit https://aptonline.org/.

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Crawford Entertainment Announces an All New Season of ‘Flip My Florida Yard’ and They’re Looking for Yards to Flip

LAKE MARY, Fla. -- Crawford Entertainment, producers of the television series "Flip My Florida Yard" are currently searching for Florida homeowners and their family members to be on the show and have a portion of their yard replaced with a Florida-Friendly landscape.

Emmy(R) award-winning director Chad Crawford has teamed up with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to show how homeowners can create a landscape that is more in tune with Florida's natural environment using the 9 Florida-Friendly Landscaping(tm) principles including Right Plant Right Place and techniques for protecting water quality and quantity.

"Most people want an environmentally-friendly yard, they just don't quite know how to go about doing it," says Crawford. "Well, this series is going to show you how to do it step-by-step."

"Flip My Florida Yard" will be filmed in ten different locations throughout Florida, including areas near Miami, Jacksonville, Tampa, Tallahassee, and Orlando. They want to showcase a wide variety of landscape settings, including small urban developments, waterfront residences, and neighborhoods with strict HOAs.

Are you a Florida resident and interested in having your yard flipped? Visit our website at https://www.FlipMyFloridaYard.com to apply today. There is no cost to participate. Also be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on upcoming air times in your area.

About Crawford Entertainment:

Crawford Entertainment produces nationally-syndicated television programs and Emmy(R) award-winning original television series, including "how to Do florida" and "The Outsiders Club." "Flip My Florida Yard" will air on television stations across Florida and will stream on Discover Florida Channel(R) in the spring of 2021.

More information: https://www.crawfordentertainment.tv/

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Six PBS Stations Join A National Initiative to Break The Stereotypes of Individuals with Disabilities

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- July 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of President Bush signing into law the Americans with Disabilities Act. In celebration of this civil rights law, WXXI Public Media (Rochester, New York) is leading a pilot project to expand its innovative "Move to Include" initiative into five additional communities. Funded through a grant from the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, this national initiative will use the power of public media to inform and transform attitudes and behavior about disabilities.

WXXI is partnering with PBS affiliates WFYI (Indianapolis), OPB (Oregon), WGCU (Southwest Florida), WCNY (Syracuse), and Iowa PBS to spotlight disability issues and people with differing abilities through television, radio, news, special events, and social media.

"We're proud to pilot Move to Include in five additional communities, using public media's many platforms to promote equity and inclusion," said WXXI President Norm Silverstein. "Through Move to Include, we hope to build more inclusive communities by inspiring and motivating people to embrace different abilities and include all people in every aspect of community life."

The six PBS stations will work to organize community partnerships, create content, and provide outreach specific to their own communities. They will also contribute content to the PBS LearningMedia collection used by teachers, families and students free of charge.

To learn more about this initiative, the work of all six stations, and more, visit: https://movetoinclude.us/.

Below are a few highlights of what stations will be doing in their communities:

WXXI (Rochester, New York)
* The WXXI News Inclusion Desk: WXXI's News team will produce a variety of stories, from the arts to transportation issues to how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected those with disabilities. The stories will broadcast on AM1370 and FM 88.5 and online at WXXINews.org throughout July.
* WXXI LIVE Forum: The Impact of COVID-19 on People with Disabilities / Premieres July 23 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV

WXXI hosts a virtual town hall style forum that looks at how COVID-19 has affected those with disabilities.

WFYI (Indianapolis)
* Veterans Coming Home: Healing Arts / Airs July 23 at 7:30 on WFYI-TV
This 30-minute WFYI documentary tells the inspiring stories of local veterans who are using art to help transform their war experiences into hope and healing.
* No Limits / Airs July 30 at 9 p.m. on WFYI-TV
o This half-hour documentary from 12 Star Media follows high school students from the Indiana School for the Blind and Vision Impaired as they work with an Indianapolis arts organizations to design more accessible experiences. The piece will air with audio descriptions.
OPB (Oregon)
* Fairview Resident Profile: The Fairview Training Center admitted nearly 10,000 Oregonians over the course of its 100-year existence, most of whom were people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. One longtime resident describes what it was like to live there as an "inmate" who wore a uniform, slept in barracks-style quarters and worked every day on the site's 700-acre farm. Air date TBA.|
* People First: Several residents of the Fairview Training Center helped launch the global People First movement in the 1970's. At its first meeting in Oregon in 1974, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities gathered to speak up for themselves to advocate for improvements in their own lives and for more opportunities for independent living and growth. Air date TBA.

WGCU (Southwest Florida)
* Digital Storytelling digital segments: WGCU teamed up with Best Buddies of Southwest Florida for a digital storytelling workshop that launched the initiative. The workshop provided an opportunity for buddy teams to become filmmakers and story tellers.
* Gulf Coast Life: WGCU's locally produced radio talk show, will feature local organizations that provide services/programs to the disable community, and will talk with people living with disabilities to discuss issues around accessibility.

WCNY (Syracuse)
* Connect NY: The ADA Today / Premieres July 27 at 9 p.m. on WCNY-TV
Three decades after the American with Disabilities Act was passed, nearly 70% of individuals with disabilities still cannot land a job. WCNY speaks with one Syracuse agency who is trying to break the stigmas attached to the word disabled, and introduces viewers to a grassroots advocate who shares what is lacking with the ADA in 2020.
* Capitol Pressroom, WCNY's live weekday radio broadcast from the Legislative Correspondents Association Pressroom at State Capitol in Albany, will present four themed Move to Include segments in July.

Iowa PBS
* The Life Autistic / Airs July 13 at 8 p.m. CT on Iowa PBS
This Iowa PBS produced documentary explores the challenges and successes of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), at different stages in life and range on the spectrum. Host Tyler Leech, a member of Iowa's community of people with autism, guides us through all twelve stories from the original Iowa PBS web series.
* Accessibility Now / Airs July 20 at 8 p.m. CT on Iowa PBS
Told firsthand by Iowans with disabilities, this half-hour documentary examines how the Americans with Disabilities Act has helped improve their lives and how they continue to face barriers to equality.
Nationally, the WORLD Channel will broadcast a collection of films from its America ReFramed series. WORLD is making this collection free-of-charge to public media stations across the country (check local listings). Selected films for Move to Include are:
* Vision Portraits: Acclaimed director Rodney Evans takes viewers on a personal journey as he ponders how the deterioration of his vision will impact his life. Airs: July 4 at 10 p.m. ET
* Enter the Faun: A choreographer and an actor with cerebral palsy collaborate to prove that everybody can transform. Airs: Tuesday, July 7 at 8 p.m. ET
* Deej: The story of DJ Savarese ("Deej"), a gifted, young writer and advocate for nonspeaking autistics. Airs: Tuesday, July 14 at 8 p.m. ET
* Intelligent Lives: Pioneering teens with intellectual disabilities work for increased inclusion and independence. Airs: Tuesday, July 21 at 8 p.m. ET
* Perfectly Normal for Me: An after-school dance program for kids with physical disabilities prepares for a spring recital. Airs: Tuesday, July 28 at 8 p.m. ET

WORLD will also showcase content created by the six stations in a special two-hour block of Move to Include documentaries and programs on Sunday, July 26 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Move to Include was launched in Rochester, New York in 2014 as a local partnership between WXXI and the Golisano Foundation, the nation's largest private foundation devoted to supporting programs for people with intellectual disabilities. The Foundation, which also donated $20 million to build Southwest Florida's Golisano Children's Hospital, has provided more than $1 million in funding to date for Move to Include in Rochester. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) awarded the initiative a $645,000 grant to help expand the multimedia initiative to these five public media organizations over 16 months.

"Public media's mission is to make high quality programming free and accessible to all, and Move to Include is an important part of ensuring inclusion for people with disabilities," said Pat Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. "CPB is proud to support this effort by local public media stations to strengthen our civil society by building more inclusive communities."

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,500 locally owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide. CPB is also the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television, and related online services.

For more information, visit https://www.cpb.org/ and follow us on Twitter @CPBmedia, Facebook, LinkedIn, and subscribe for other updates.

WXXI Public Media is the essential, life-long educational media resource for the Greater Rochester area in New York State. WXXI puts the community first with programming that stimulates and expands thought, inspires the spirit, opens cultural horizons and promotes understanding of diverse community issues. WXXI also has a long-term affiliation with Little Theatre, which helps enhance the cultural life of the community and strengthens two of Rochester's most vital arts institutions. Log on to https://www.wxxi.org/ for more information about our services and programs.

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‘Ultimate Tag’: A Spinal CSF Leak Survivor Chases His Limits

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spinal CSF Leak Foundation is pleased to announce that former patient and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania stuntman Zac Gordon will be featured in the recurring role of "Horse," a Professional Tagger on the new FOX show "Ultimate Tag," premiering May 20 at 9 p.m./8 central.

To celebrate his appearance, Spinal CSF Leak Foundation is featuring an interview with Zac Gordon about his seven-year battle with a painful spinal CSF leak that left him bedridden; his recovery process after the surgery that cured him; and what it was like filming the show.

READ THE INTERVIEW HERE: https://spinalcsfleak.org/ultimate-tag-spinal-csf-leak-survivor-chases-limits/

A spinal CSF leak occurs when there is a tear or hole in the dura mater-the tough membrane that covers the brain and spinal cord, which are bathed in cerebrospinal fluid-allowing cerebrospinal fluid to leak out. When this defect in the dura mater occurs along the spine, it is called a spinal CSF leak. The intracranial hypotension that can result from this - a condition in which the fluid pressure inside the skull is lower than normal - often causes debilitating pain, neurological difficulties, and renders patients bedridden, as their ability to be upright is severely limited.

Intracranial hypotension due to spinal CSF leak is an important and under-diagnosed cause of new onset headache that is treatable and curable in many cases - with the correct diagnosis.

In talking with the Spinal CSF Leak Foundation, Zac characterized his time on "Ultimate Tag" as a "dream job," and the most fun he's ever had, saying that pushing himself that hard physically was "the kind of thing I never thought I would have an opportunity to do again" after enduring seven years of pain due to his spinal CSF leak.

He did worry about reinjuring himself again, but says that "when it was all said and done, I came out with bumps, bruises, and even a broken hand-but not a single spinal CSF leak symptom."

Now he is back in the gym he runs, a parkour and "ninja warrior" training facility called Urban Playground in Harrisburg PA, and is grateful for the information and help he received from the Spinal CSF Leak Foundation during the years he was suffering. "Simply put, if it wasn't for the Spinal CSF Leak Foundation, I might be still looking for what was wrong with me, and ultimately still leaking."

Finally, his message to fellow spinal CSF leak sufferers who may be watching him on "Ultimate Tag" is a positive one: "Know your body, educate yourself, put in the work, and never stop believing. YOU GOT THIS!"

About the Spinal CSF Leak Foundation

Spinal CSF Leak Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to reduce the suffering of persons affected by intracranial hypotension or spinal cerebrospinal fluid leak. We strive to raise awareness, to educate medical professionals and laypersons, and to stimulate and fund research such that persons affected by intracranial hypotension or spinal CSF leak will experience shorter diagnostic delays, receive more timely and appropriate diagnostic testing and treatments, and have better long-term outcomes.

To learn more, please visit https://spinalcsfleak.org/.

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BU’s ‘Holmes Legacy’ Staged Reading Unveils Virtual TV Series

BOSTON, Mass. -- Sherlock Holmes fans! Boston University writers created a new TV series based on Stephen King's "The Doctor's Case" short story. "Holmes Legacy: The Doctor's Cases" is a six-episode drama about an older Dr. John Watson, who uses his memories of Sherlock Holmes to foil a new Moriarty and protect present-day London. Experience the live staged reading by professional actors at WBUR's CitySpace from 12-3 p.m. on April 27-28, 2019.

Get free tickets for the event at http://holmesdoctorscases.com/.

Adapted from a Stephen King short story and Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes novels and short stories, this virtual first season delivers deviously perplexing mysteries mixed with dark humor that's perfect for fans of Sherlock Holmes and modern crime dramas. Episodes 1-3 run Saturday with episodes 4-6 on Sunday.

The live staged reading will be the culmination of a BU Department of Film & Television course created and led by veteran writer/producer Kam Miller.

The vision? Help a writers room create a first-season TV show based on an existing property.

"I thought the students would enjoy working with Mr. King's take on the Sherlock Holmes characters and going back to the original works for context and inspiration," Miller said. "Our show's set in 2019 and 1975, so it's a different spin from the other Holmes adaptations we've seen since 1887."

Last spring, Miller shepherded another BU writers room for "Game of Thrones: The Virtual Final Season." The students' alternate season 8 "Game of Thrones" episodes have drawn more than two million views on YouTube. See all six episodes and read the annotated scripts at http://virtualfinalseason.com/GoT.

WBUR CitySpace is the new state-of-the-art multimedia venue located at 890 Commonwealth Avenue on Boston University's campus. CitySpace is the destination to be inspired, entertained, and educated.

The Hollywood Reporter ranks the Boston University College of Communication (COM) Film & Television Department among the Top 25 American Film Schools.

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Veteran Actor Stephen Rollins Heads Cast in New Sitcom Pilot

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Actor Stephen Rollins has been cast as the series lead in "Bob," a half-hour sitcom about a single dad loving the single life alone. That is, until one day, suddenly his daughter and her little girl show up unannounced at his door, homeless. Things go downhill for Bob from there, in a series of hilarious, life-altering events.

For Rollins, this is a return to a sitcom lead. Rollins has appeared alongside Matt Damon and Sandra Bullock to name a few, acting in over 30 film and television productions. In the 90's, Rollins was cast in a half hour sitcom that had just began production when their potential broadcast network, UPN, ended operations.

Rollins is excited for the opportunity. "This is such a clever and well written show. I couldn't stop laughing when I read the script and knew immediately, I had to be a part of it."

The show's producers are excited about Stephen's work and feel confident that the network will want to pick up the series after seeing his performance.

The show's creator Chris Taylor states: "Stephen was born to play Bob! I hope audiences get to experience his creative magic. So funny!"

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Publisher and Creative Strategist Launch Women’s Empowerment Show in Honor of International Women’s Day

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Just in time for International Women's Day, New York Times bestselling author Anna David and international lifestyle business coach Lauren Wallett are launching a talk show, "SHE-E-O," where they will get to the bottom of what makes a women-led business successful.

Both David and Wallett have built their respective businesses from the ground up (David's is Light Hustle Publishing, which recently released the #1 international bestseller "The Gorga Guide to Success" by Joe Gorga, and Wallett's company is Alchemist Academy, which coaches entrepreneurs in creative business strategy from start-up to sale.

Their shared passion for empowering women through sharing their stories about what it takes to "have it all" in life brought them to the idea of launching SHE-E-O, a talk show where they'll interview prominent businesswomen on their successes, sacrifices and secret sauce.

"Our personal and professional lives are inextricably linked, so I'm fascinated by how to thrive holistically in both, while maintaining space for creative expression," Wallett says.

Adds David, "Honestly, it's just a spectacular coincidence that we're launching this on International Women's Day. We've had the idea brewing for a while but just got the green light this week."

The show will debut on the Focus TV Network, America's first streaming video talk show network, which hosts other shows about female empowerment, fashion, food, health, spirituality and more. Learn more about Focus TV Network at: https://focustvnetwork.com/

About Anna David:

Anna David is the New York Times and #1 Amazon bestselling author of two novels and five non-fiction books about addiction, recovery and relationships. She's been published in The New York Times, Time, The LA Times, Vanity Fair, Playboy, Vice, Cosmo, People, Marie Claire, Redbook, Esquire, Self, Women's Health, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and Salon among many others, written about in numerous publications, including Forbes, Martha Stewart Living, Entrepreneur, Allure and Women's Health and has appeared repeatedly on The Today Show, Hannity, Attack of the Show, Dr. Drew, Red Eye, The Talk, The CBS Morning Show, The Insider and numerous other programs on Fox News, NBC, CBS, MTV, VH1 and E.

She speaks at colleges across the country about relationships, addiction and recovery and has been a featured speaker at three different TedX events. Through her company, Light Hustle Publishing, she helps entrepreneurs build their careers by publishing books. Learn more: https://lighthustlepublishing.com/

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* https://www.instagram.com/lighthustlepub

About Lauren Wallett:

South African serial entrepreneur Lauren Wallett sold her first two businesses before turning twenty-seven. A previous board member of Silicon Cape; mentor for Women Eng; global curator and spokesperson for Collaborative Consumption Africa; Associate and pitch coach for Tech Stars; contributor to Future Females and judge for Start-up Chile, she's passionate about helping women in business.

Her extensive list of clients include Desroches Island Seycelles, Machaba Camp Botswana, Bayete Game Reserve Kwa-Zulu Natal and Kraft Heinz Africa. She's an international speaker and coach, empowering entrepreneurs through creative strategies to take action so that they can turn their ideas into gold. Learn more: https://alchemist-academy.com/

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Protests to Hit CBS Friday Over Big Boi Super Bowl Fur Fiasco!

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- JaneUnChained News Network, a 501(c)(3) based in Los Angeles, announces that animal lovers across the nation are expressing their disappointment and disgust over the glorification of fur by CBS during its Super Bowl halftime show as rapper Big Boi appeared drenched in fur. In a tragic irony, the word LOVE then filled the screen.

The first grass roots protests immediately sprung up in N.Y., L.A. and Atlanta.

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https://janeunchained.com/2019/02/06/cbs-protests-across-the-us-how-many-animals-died-for-this-show/

VIDEO (Facebook): "Big Boi Fur Fiasco Sparks New Hashtag: #CrueltyBroadcastingSystem!" https://www.facebook.com/JaneVelezMitchell/videos/426972351374002/

Now, more protests will hit Friday!

NEW YORK:
Friday, February 8, from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m. Eastern, animal lovers will march outside CBS HQ at 51 West 52nd Street, NYC, 10019.

Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2011204002320338/

LOS ANGELES:
Friday, at 4-7 p.m. Pacific, demonstrators will protest outside CBS Television City at 7800 Beverly Boulevard, converging on the Fairfax entrance, just south of Beverly.

Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2318398498193778

Protesters will hand CBS staff a letter asking the network to:
* publicly apologize,
* investigate the decision-making process,
* adopt a network-wide fur-free policy.

The Los Angeles City Council recently voted unanimously to draft an ordinance that would ban the sale of fur, after testimony on the industry's extreme cruelty.

REFERENCE:
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/18/style/fur-ban-los-angeles.html

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-fur-ban-20180918-story.html

San Francisco, West Hollywood and Berkeley have already banned fur sales!

Armani, Michael Kors, Gucci, Versace, Burberry, Tom Ford, Givenchy - and other top designers - have renounced fur and gone cruelty-free, joining the ranks of Stella McCartney, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Vivienne Westwood, and Calvin Klein.

REFERENCE:
https://www.harpersbazaar.com/fashion/designers/a19435375/versace-to-stop-using-fur/

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-fur-ban-20180918-story.html

Trapping and anal electrocution are just two of the standard methods used to kill these innocent beings.

VIDEO (caution: shows animal cruelty): https://youtu.be/xaXZUJsC2W0

Critics say the network's decision to ignore an evolving culture is a slap in the face to those who have worked tirelessly to end this inhumane industry. They are calling it the ultimate wardrobe malfunction!

The network, Big Boi, and the fur industry, are invited at any time to respond.

Learn more about JaneUnchained:

JaneUnChained.com was founded by award winning TV journalist and bestselling author Jane Velez-Mitchell. JaneUnChained.com, and its associated social media platforms, is a digital news network for animal rights and the compassionate, cruelty-free lifestyle. Also known as #JaneUnChained, the outlet produces multiple daily videos on animals' rights and the vegan lifestyle.

Web: https://janeunchained.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JaneVelezMitchell

Instagram: @janeunchainednews

Twitter event hash tags: @jvm #CrueltyBroadcastingSystem #BigBoi #JaneUnchained

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*PHOTO Caption: These animal lovers converged to protest outside CBS Television City in Los Angeles and are coming Friday at 4 p.m. Pacific because they are devastated over CBS's glorification of fur!

*VIDEO (YouTube): https://youtu.be/OgsUPc26njs

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Steve Harvey’s ‘STEVE’ and Capital Ford of Rocky Mount surprise local woman with a new car

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. -- Steve Harvey's "STEVE" and Capital Ford of Rocky Mount give the surprise of a lifetime to local Rocky Mount woman, Jaylesya Corbett. Capital Ford of Rocky Mount teamed up with Steve Harvey's hit syndicated daytime show, "STEVE" to donate a New 2019 Ford Fiesta to help Corbett get to work easier.

Corbett's story received national attention after Nash County Sheriff's Officer, Scott Bass, noticed Corbett walking alone while he was on patrol.

"One morning, at this intersection, I saw a young female walking and it was really, really cold. It was wet, so I could see she had bags on her shoes to keep them dry. I could also see by her dress that she worked for Bojangles," said Sgt. Bass.

Curious by what he saw, he offered to give Corbett a ride and discovered that she walked over 12 miles a day to get to and from her job at Bojangles Chicken 'n' Biscuits. She would leave her home at 3 a.m. every morning to be at work by 5am. This work ethic struck Sgt. Bass and he soon began giving her rides as often as he could and also asked his co-workers to do the same.

Realizing that he could not always be around to help her, he contacted the Walmart in Nashville, N.C. and spoke to some of the managers. He showed them a bicycle that he saw in the store and Walmart generously donated the bike to Corbett.

After Corbett's story and the generosity of the local community made national news, Steve Harvey's "STEVE" knew that they had to help Corbett, so they reached out to Capital Ford of Rocky Mount.

"Upon hearing the story of Jaylesya, we were inspired to help in any way we could. When producers at 'STEVE' reached out to us with their idea about giving her a car, we knew that there was no one else more deserving! We were thrilled to be able to partner with the show and help present her with a New 2019 Ford Fiesta!" said General Manager, Will Pritchett.

The episode of "STEVE" featuring Jaylesya aired on Thursday, October 25, 2018. (Check local listings.)

For more information on the "STEVE" show, please visit https://www.stevetv.com.

For more information on Capital Ford of Rocky Mount, please visit https://capitalfordrockymount.com.

About Capital Ford of Rocky Mount:

Capital Ford of Rocky Mount is part of the Capital Automotive Group. With 18 stores and counting, The Capital Automotive Group has locations across North Carolina. Since inception, Capital Ford of Rocky Mount and Capital Automotive group has made it the core value to provide excellent customer service and remains committed to its customers, staff, and communities it serves.

Find Capital Ford of Rocky Mount on social media at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CapitalFordRockyMount/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/capitalfordrockymount/

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