Saturday, June 18, 2016

Chuck Beard Talks Fatherhood and More on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

Join Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes as we profile organizations, leaders, and volunteers who lead by example. With extraordinary acts of kindness and charitable giving that help countless lives daily, these organizations, leaders, and volunteers  embody, "Be the change you want to see in the world."

On Saturday, June 18, 2016, join me to hear a wonderful friend, Chuck Beard, owner of East Side Story, share his journey to fatherhood. (Emily Beard, wifey, shared her story in May.) Often times, the road to parenthood can be rocky and filled with ups and downs.

Chuck, like Emily, will be share his perspective about his hopes and dreams of starting a family after getting married and how he handled several years of trying. Chuck will give a rare glimpse of how men handle loss and the longing to become a parent. Tune in to hear how he balanced his emotions while staying supportive and encouraging to his wife.


On December 26, 2015, Chuck and Emily became the proud parents of baby bubbles, Avett Otis Beard, who has changed their world and the world of family, friends, and even customers of East Side Story! Avett Otis is so darn cute, he even has garnered a huge following on social media! Hear about the adventures of Chuck, now known as Super Dad, raising Avett Otis! Tune in to hear how he balances bouncing one of the happiest babies ever on his knee while managing East Side Story and how he stayed focused to finish graduate school this year. Whew! Hear his encouraging words to couples trying to become parents and life lessons he has learned along the way.




Avett Otis..some one hire this kid!


This show promises to bring you a few tears and tons of laughter this Father's Day weekend!


More about East Side Story! 
The Beards!
East Side Story is more than Nashville’s first, all-local bookstore.  East Side Story is more than a platform for Nashville-area writers to tell their best story while igniting, teaching, and encouraging the spirit of reading and writing in others.  East Side Story is an idea; a blank canvas for all local literary ideas to help make Music City more of a book town.

Like any good idea, East Side Story really started when more and more people besides the person who initially thought about it believed in its mission.  Chuck Beard, a freelance writer, editor, and author, realized that there was a lack of opportunities and spotlights for local aspiring writers and published authors not known on a national scale to hone their craft and share their stories.
In the Summer of 2012, Chuck entered his idea for what would become East Side Story into a nationwide idea contest titled Launch that was put together by Nashville’s own Proof Branding Solutions.  The contest asked anyone with a good idea to explain what it was about, what it would become if realized, and how it would positively affect the community that it is located inside and beyond into the future.  The winner of the contest would be rewarded with a number of services that Proof Branding Solutions provides to help small businesses get started.  Lo and behold, after receiving over a 100 solid ideas for the contest, East Side Story was chosen as the best one!

Chuck then met with the good people of Proof to begin things such as business and marketing plans on top of logo and website designs.  After meeting with Proof and defining the goals and essence of what East Side Story would become, the next step was to find a physical location.  Chuck met with good friends Bret and Meg MacFadyen of Art & Invention and The Idea Hatchery in East Nashville, and, as his running good fortune would have it, they had an opening at The Idea Hatchery for the perfect spot for East Side Story to officially begin and join the creative family of shops on “The Row” at 1108 Woodland Street.

On August 1st, less than a month after winning the idea contest, a lease was signed, keys were exchanged, and door at 1108 Woodland Street, Unit B, first opened … just in time to paint, design, and start loading the bookstore with local literature-based artwork and shelves of beautiful, locally written books.  Since idea inception, the snowball of positive feedback, more great ideas to make a good thing even better, and pure excitement for more original stories to be shared has grown more by the day.

East Side Story encourages, supports, cultivates, and provides a platform for local writers to tell their best story.  Our goal is to be a viable outlet to share these stories online through this website and at the bookstore.  East Side Story was first inspired by all of the creative talent that is evident in the Nashville area, and we hope to inspire and grow with this community for a long time going forward.
For more info about East Side Story click here:

Photo credits: East Side Story and the Beards

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Danielle N. Lee on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

Join Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes as we profile organizations, leaders, and volunteers who lead by example. With extraordinary acts of kindness and charitable giving that help countless lives daily, these organizations, leaders, and volunteers  embody, "Be the change you want to see in the world."

On Saturday, April 16, 2016, Hip Hop Scientist,  Danielle N. Lee, Ph.D, stops by to engage us on how she shares science to general audiences, particularly undeserved groups. Listen to us discuss the conversations that began at Meharry during the Inauguration Week activities. Dr. Lee was a panelist for Dr. Patricia Matthews-Juarez and for the Inaugural Falcon Fund Luncheon of the First Lady of Meharry, Phyllis Hildreth. Hildreth follows Dr. Lee on Twitter and wanted to include social media in weaving healthcare, social justice, and service in our stories.

Amanda Williams, Renata Soto, Danielle N. Lee, and Phyllis Hildreth at the Inaugural Falcon Fund Luncheon



Listen to Dr. Lee share about her humble background growing up in Memphis and how at the age of eight she was aware that a college education gave families of color an economic advantage. Dr. lee holds degrees from Tennessee Tech, University of Memphis, University of Missouri St.Louis and does research at the Cornell University. Hear how her field of study, ecology, is funded in part by the military to help in search of mines left behind after war. Also, tune in for a lively discussion about pest control and how it affect the health of infant and elderly.

This is one interview you do not want to miss!

Living Your Best Life is heard on 760AM The Gospel in the Middle-TN area, Tune In,  military bases and on Ustream.TV worldwide from 9:00-10:00am CST.

More About Dr. Danielle N. Lee, Ph. D




I am interested in how ecology and evolutionary components contribute to the behavior of animals. My research involves examining consistent individual variation of behavior, sometimes called Behavioral Syndromes. My post-doctoral research involves examining the African giant pouched rat (Cricetomys ansorgei) to determine the extent to which they demonstrate behavioral syndromes and if there is a genetic component to the behavioral differences.
My science outreach efforts emphasize sharing science to general audiences, particularly under-served groups, via outdoor programming and social media. My work includes The Urban Scientist a blog about urban ecology, evolutionary biology and diversity in the sciences, hosted by Scientific American Blog Network. I am also co-founder of the National Science & Technology News Service, a media advocacy organization.

To inquire about my speaking, presenting or consulting services, please email me. You can follow my updates about education, science, STEM outreach & diversity on Twitter at @DNLee5

Education:
PhD Biology, University of Missouri-St. Louis
MS Vertebrate Zoology, University of Memphis
BS Animal Science, Tennessee Technological University

Honors:
 2015 TED Fellow
EBONY Power 100 2014 – Social Media Influencer
White House Champions of Change – STEM Access & Diversity
The Grio 100's Class of 2014 - Science & Technology Leader
Huffington Post Science Scientists on Twitter: 30 Biologists and Chemists to Follow
Top Women in Science to Follow on Twitter – Under the Microscope
2011 Black Weblog Awards Blogging Heroine - Niche Blogging in Science
2011 Young Professional of the Year, Urban League Young Professionals of Metropolitan St. Louis
2009 Diversity Scholar, American Institute of Biological Sciences

www.about.me/DNLee

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Dr. Sheila R. Brown on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes


Join Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes as we profile organizations, leaders, and volunteers who lead by example. With extraordinary acts of kindness and charitable giving that help countless lives daily, these organizations, leaders, and volunteers  embody, "Be the change you want to see in the world."

On Saturday April 2, 2016, listeners will hear a phenomenal entrepreneur in the healthcare, Sheila R. Brown, D.D.S. Dr. Brown is a force in the field of dentistry with a thriving practice in the Chicago Area that expands over 28 years of service. Dr. Brown's philosophy for living life to the fullest  while giving back to her community has endured her to thousands of clients through the years and helped her climb to the highest levels of leadership in various non-profit organizations. Dr. Brown became the 87th President of the National Dental Association. She served for ten years as the organizations national treasurer.

Tune in the hear what drives and motivates her to give and be her best. Listen to Dr. Brown share about her parents who instilled in her the love of education and told her "where she was going to college not if she was going to college." Her parents' foundation and their investment in her early years has allowed Dr. Brown to teach around the world sharing her wisdom with our global community world wide. Teaching in other countries helped fueled Dr. Brown's love of international travel and makes her a highly sought after speaker on diversity and inclusion. Dr. Brown's work ethics and attention to details about life and living will inspire, empower, and motivate our listeners to live their best life.

Living Your Best Life is heard on 760AM The Gospel in the Middle-TN area, Tune In,  military bases and on Ustream.TV worldwide from 9:00-10:00am CST.

More About Dr. Sheila R. Brown



Dr. Sheila R. Brown graduated from Johnson C. Smith University with a B.S. in biology and received her Master of Education from Texas Southern University. She began her professional life as a teacher focusing in biological sciences. This profession took her across the United States as well as West Africa.
After four years of teaching and uplifting our youth, Dr. Brown began to pursue a Doctorate in Dentistry at the University of Michigan. After graduating, Dr. Brown worked as an associate dentist before beginning her own practice.

In 1987, Dr. Brown began her dental practice, focusing on general dentistry with an emphasis in cosmetics and comprehensive care. Today, with more than 1,200 active patients, S.R.B. Dental is a flourishing practice. Dr. Brown’s success emanates from her knowledge of dentistry and ability to make her patients feel comfortable.
 
Dr. Brown is a respected member of the community and the dental industry, and has received several awards and honors. She has been a proud member of the Seattle Study Club since 2004. As a member, she works with over 215 specialists across the U.S., Canada, and Australia to advance dentistry and further comprehensive care for the patient.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Judge David D. Watkins on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes


Join Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes as we profile organizations, leaders, and volunteers who lead by example. With extraordinary acts of kindness and charitable giving that help countless lives daily, these organizations, leaders, and volunteers  embody, "Be the change you want to see in the world."
 
On Saturday, March 26, 2016, we will continue to discuss the series on organ donations and transplants. We will be joined by the Honorable Judge David D. Watkins to hear him talk about making the decision, along with his wife, to donate his kidney to Clint Smith, Jr. in 2012. Clint Smith, Jr. was recently featured in the New York Times.

Clint Smith, Jr. Transplant Recipient
Judge Watkins will share how his faith was the catalyst to him waking up one morning and asking, "Why not? Why not me becoming Clint's donor?" Listen to Judge Watkins chronicle his journey to becoming an organ donor and how that journey made him intimately aware of the cultural notions in minority community that keeps more minorities, especially the Black community, on the wait list longer than other groups.

Judge Watkins and his wife, Angela, made the decision together to become donors. Both were tested and Judge Watkins decided to be go through the process first and if he was not a match then his wife would donate. Hear how two families who have known each for many years decided to make a life alternating gift that changed both families forever.

Tune in to hear all the amazing details. This show will empower, inspire, and motivate you to do more. Love more. Give more.  This show will also show you the power of faith in God and the belief in the mankind.

Living Your Best Life, a radio show that empowers, inspires, and motivates us to live our BEST life, is heard on 760AM The Gospel in the Middle-TN area, Tune In,  military bases and on Ustream.TV worldwide from 9:00-10:00am CST.

More About Judge David D. Watkins
 
Judge David D. Watkins, Kidney Donor


David D. Watkins is a Judge in the State Court of Augusta, Georgia and has served for 18 years.  Judge Watkins obtained his basic education in the public school of Glenn Hills High and graduated in 1977.  He attended Morehouse College in Atlanta and graduated with a B. A. degree in History.  He was accepted into Law School and received his law degree from the University of Georgia in 1986. Following Law School, Judge Watkins joined the United State Marine Corps where he served as an attorney from 1986-1990. After serving his country, Judge Watkins returned home and practiced law until 1997 when he was appointed a State Court Judge in Richmond County by then Governor Zell Miller.  The following year on July 21, 1998, voters, by an overwhelming majority, re-elected him to this position. Judge Watkins has been married for 34 years to Miss Angela Cumberlander-Watkins. They are the proud parents of two children, Daniel and Christina and the grandparents of twins (girl and boy), Mason Logan and Harper Elizabeth.


Saturday, March 19, 2016

Clint Smith, Jr. on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes


Join Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes as we profile organizations, leaders, and volunteers who lead by example. With extraordinary acts of kindness and charitable giving that help countless lives daily, these organizations, leaders, and volunteers  embody, "Be the change you want to see in the world."



On Saturday, March 19, 2016, we will continue our series on organ transplants and donations. This weekend, we will hear a powerful story from Clint Smith, Jr., an Attorney and Activist from New Orleans, Louisiana who was recently featured in the New York Times. 

Clint Smith, at home in New Orleans, had a procedure that altered his immune system to allow his body to accept a kidney from an incompatible donor. It “changed my life,” he said.
Photo Credit: William Widmer for The New York Times
Mr. Smith will share his journey about being a transplant recipient not once but twice. He will discuss how being a transplant recipient was life changing. He uses his story to help promote awareness about the importance of donor registries and addressing the stigma in the communities of color about organ donations.
The Smith Family
In 2012, Mr. Smith received his second transplant from a living donor who was a close friend. Hear the circumstances that led to his friend, Judge David Watkins, giving Mr. Smith a second chance at living life to the fullest. We will also hear about the love and support of his family and their belief that "to whom much is given, much is required." Mr. Smith's story will not only educate listeners but inspire you to become more engaged and aware.

This is one interview you will want to listen to again and again!

  Living Your Best Life, a radio show that empowers, inspires, and motivates us to live our BEST life, is heard on 760AM The Gospel in the Middle-TN area, Tune In,  military bases and on Ustream.TV worldwide from 9:00-10:00am CST.

More about Clint Smith, Jr.
 
Mr. Smith being presented an award by his brother, Chief Master Sergent, Jeffery Smith, USAF for his steadfast support of his 30 plus year military career!

Mr. Smith, a 1982 Cum Laude graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. While at Morehouse, Mr. Smith was the President of Morehouse History Club, a Student Council Representative and a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity. 

After graduating from Morehouse, Mr. Smith attended Tulane University School of Law and graduated in May 1987 with a J.D.. At Tulane, Mr. Smith was the 1987 Merit Award Recipient of the Law League of Louisiana Maurice Hirsch Award, an award that represents the most improved student for the three-year law school curriculum. He was also a member of the Black Law Students Association and President of the Public Interest Law Foundation.

Mr. Smith has had a luscious career in law beginning with an honored appointment as the Judicial Law Clerk for the now deceased civil rights pioneer and Chief Judge of the Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans, Revius Ortique, Jr. As a law clerk, Mr. Smith was responsible for researching and preparing recommendations to Judge Ortique on exceptions and contradictory motions set before the court for hearing.
 
After his appointment with Judge Ortique, Jr., Mr. Smith joined the Bryan & Jupiter Law Firm. As an attorney with Bryan & Jupiter, Mr. Smith  practiced litigation in the areas of education/school law, commercial law, worker compensation and tort defense. Mr. Smith achieved partnership while with the firm.
 
After Bryan & Jupiter, Mr. Smith formed the Roby & Smith Law Firm with his Tulane classmate. Roby & Smith enjoyed a successful and full-service legal practice in the areas of litigation and small business practice for three years.

In July 2002, Mr. Smith accepted an opportunity as General Counsel for an emerging publicly traded company. As general counsel, Mr. Smith was responsible for coordinating the legal and human resources needs of the emerging public company. He also assisted in drafting and reviewing contracts, leases, and other legal documents.

Mr. Smith underwent his initial kidney transplant in 2004. His transplant altered and refocused his legal practice in the area of Wills, Successions (Probate) and Estate Planning. After the second transplant in 2012, Mr. Smith has returned to his Estate practice.

Mr. Smith has served as an Administrative Law Judge for the Aviation Board at the New Orleans Airport, Judge Ad Hoc for Juvenile District Court and Judge Pro Tempore for the Orleans Parish Traffic Court.

Mr. Smith is a former Board Member of New Orleans Audubon Commission; New Orleans Soccer Academy (NOSA), Boy Scout of America, Adult Volunteer; Girl Scouts of America, Adult Volunteer and current Board Member of Legacy Foundation (Organ Donor Awareness) and Louisiana Kidney Foundation. Mr. Smith is an active member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Mr. Smith is also a mentor and speaker for the Silverback Society of New Orleans.

Mr. Smith is married to Sheryl Sutton Smith, MD, and has three adult children, Clint III, Jesse and Talmon. Mr. Smith and Sheryl live in New Orleans, LA. 

Photo Credits: Mr. Smith (Facebook) and NYTimes