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Written by Patricia Turnier   
Thursday, 28 April 2022 00:00

Patrick Riley’s family is originally from historical Savannah, Georgia. In 1779 during the Battle of Savannah some 3, 500 French soldiers, 800 volunteer troops (outnumbering the American troops) from the island Saint-Domingue, Hispaniola (the former name of Haiti) together with men from other French Caribbean colonies (like Guadeloupe and Martinique) allied with the American Revolutionary forces to fight the British1 —the first American colonist (considered a martyr) killed on March 5th 1770 in this war was the Black man, Crispus Attucks who escaped slavery (this event became known as the Boston Massacre). In 2007 a memorial statue was erected in Savannah in honor of Haitians’ contribution.

Exclusive Interview With The Talented Author Shawn Rochester PDF Print E-mail
Written by Patricia Turnier, LL.M (Master's degree in Law) and Former LL.D (PhD in Law) Candidate   
Sunday, 13 February 2022 00:00

Shawn D. Rochester was born in Barbados, the same Caribbean island which birth the billionaire , the wealthiest pop female artist of all time (her nation, a republic officially severed its ties with Queen Elizabeth II and named Rihanna their national heroine) and Mother of Shirley Anita Chisholm (who spoke English and Spanish) the first Black woman elected to the United States Congress (1969 to 1983) and the first African-American to seek the Democratic nomination for president of the United States (1972) for a major party.  Rochester earned his bachelor degree in chemical engineering from the University of Rochester and an MBA in 2002 from the University of Chicago with a specialization in accounting, finance and entrepreneurship.

Written by Patricia Turnier, LL.M (Master's degree in Law) and Former LL.D (PhD in Law) Candidate   
Sunday, 31 May 2020 00:00

Joseph "Jody" Boyce Plauché was born in 1972 from a family of four children. Amusingly, Plauché admits that his father loved him the most.  It is funny because children usually deny being their parents’ favourite.  We rarely hear this kind of revelation.  Jody Plauché’s late father was Leon Gary Plauché and his mother is June Plauché.  Jody Plauché was named after his maternal grandfather, a highly educated photographer.  He grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the state’s second city.  Plauché was very athletic during his youth and he played several sports in which his father was a trainer.

Exclusive Interview with Author/Sports Tycoon and Co-Founder of the Orlando Magic: Dr. Pat Williams Ph.D. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Patricia Turnier   
Sunday, 29 March 2020 00:00

Patrick Livingston Murphy Williams (named after an American psychiatrist of the 19th century) was born in Philadelphia on May 3rd, 1940. The name Patrick has a special etymology. It is Roman and the patricians were aristocrats, in other words they had privileges. Williams’ parents were Jim and Ellen Williams. He grew up as the only boy in a family of 4 children. His love for sports started when he was about 3 years old. His father, Jim Williams, gave him his first baseball glove at that age. He saw his first major league game in 1947 with his sister and father. This was one of the happiest days of his life. Pat Williams managed to ignore everybody else’s opinions, follow his heart and pursue his passion for sports. While growing up, Williams became a friend of Ruly Carpenter, son of Philadelphia Phillies owner Bob Carpenter, who would bring Williams to the team's Spring training in Clearwater, Florida.

Interview with Cheryl Cooley from one of the greatest female groups of the 80s Klymaxx PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lexi Lewis   
Monday, 09 December 2019 00:00

“Never Underestimate the Power of a Woman”
"Meeting in The Ladies Room", "I Miss You" and "The Men All Pause" are just a few of the popular songs from the all-girl band KLYMAXX. But, what’s in a name? You’ll soon find out! Cheryl Cooley is the original guitarist who still carries on the KLYMAXX sound performing all over! KLYMAXX formed in 1979 in Los Angeles, California. Wait until you read what you possibly didn’t know about this hot all-girl band who is still in demand today.
[The interview below was conducted in 2015]

Exclusive Interview with the Talented Author/Teacher/Reporter: Pascal Archimède PDF Print E-mail
Written by Patricia Turnier   
Sunday, 15 September 2019 00:00
Pascal Archimède was born in Guadeloupe in 1976.  He considers that he grew up in a French-English environment even if he was born in the French-speaking island Guadeloupe, because at the age of 3, his parents enrolled him in a language institute to learn English.  His interests for languages began at this moment in his life.  In his formative years, Pascal Archimède studied and played piano.

The author is a very open-minded man who can easily adapt to different cultures.  He is trilingual:  he speaks French, Creole and English. Incidentally, because of the controversy regarding the etymology of the word ‘Creole’. Mr.  Archimède considers that he speaks Guadeloupean.  He grew up in Guadeloupe.  Later, he lived in Paris for around 16 years.  Before that, he was in London and he lived in Barbados at some point in his life too. More precisely, circa 1994, he went to the Academy of Commerce and Technical Studies in Barbados.  In 1997, he got a license in English.  In 1999, he obtained a Master’s degree in Martinique in foreign languages, literature and American civilization. In 2006, he earned a professional Master’s degree in educational sciences with a specialty in Skills Development in Adult Training.  For almost 15 years, he has been working in language training.  Therefore, Pascal Archimède is a translator/interpreter (French-English) and a self-employed ESL (English as a Second Language) trainer. He merged his passion for music and language by creating a unique language teaching method based on music. As a result, Pascal Archimède released his first book ‘Music in Professional Language Training.
One on One With the Oscar Winning Actress: Regina King PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kam Williams   
Sunday, 31 March 2019 00:00

Regina King was born on January 15, 1971 in Los Angeles. “Regina” is from the Latin word meaning “queen” while her surname has its own obvious regal significance. So, her aristocratic airs should come as no surprise. This classy lady got her start in show-biz after studying acting with Betty Bridges, mom of Todd Bridges of “Different Strokes” fame.

After 10 years of classes, Regina landed a recurring role as “Brenda” on the TV-sitcom “227.” Next, she appeared in blaxploits like Boyz N the Hood, Poetic Justice, How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Friday.

She found a break-out role as Cuba Gooding Jr.’s wife in Jerry Maguire. Since then, she has often been cast as the romantic lead, whether as Will Smith’s spouse in Enemy of the State, as Eddie Murphy’s in Daddy Day Care, or as the object of Chris Rock’s affection in Down to Earth.

A Tête-à-Tête With The Great Actress Nia Long PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kam Williams   
Monday, 31 December 2018 00:00

Nia Long Expounds on Everything from Movies to Motherhood

Stunningly-attractive leading lady Nia Long returned to the big screen last fall in the highly-anticipated sequel The Best Man Holiday where she reunited with original cast mates Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Morris Chestnut and Harold Perrineau. Early last year, she joined the all-star cast of Showtime’s “House of Lies” alongside Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell.

Nia Long made her film debut in Boyz n The Hood, a poignant picture portraying social problems in inner-city Los Angeles. She subsequently starred in Friday opposite Ice Cube and Chris Tucker, as well as Love Jones, which won the prestigious Audience Award at Sundance. Nia’s notable film roles also include Soul Food, Alfie, The Best Man, Are We There Yet?, Big Momma’s House 1 and 2, Stigmata, The Broken Hearts Club and Made In America.

Exclusive Interview with International Recording Artist/Composer Johnny Britt PDF Print E-mail
Written by Patricia Turnier   
Tuesday, 02 October 2018 00:00


Johnny Britt wears myriad hats; he is a singer, songwriter, producer, trumpeter, arranger, pianist, educator and composer. Britt was born in the U.S. specifically in Louisville, Kentucky. Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, he lived near Eddie Levert (of the O’Jays). So, he was surrounded by great talent and he was immersed very early in music especially in his uncle’s church The House Of God where he commenced to sing at the age of 4 in the choir. Thus, his musical abilities were practically innate. 

In the 7th grade, Johnny Britt was part of the high school orchestra which Arsenio Hall also became a member of. The latter played the drums. After, Britt went to Cathedral Latin, a Catholic school in Ohio where he learned important skills such as discipline. Britt’s professional journey began with a group called The Courageous Young Men. The group performed all over Cleveland and was well-received. Later, Johnny Britt studied in France where trumpet professor Roger Delmette was his mentor. 

Exclusive Interview with the Oscar and Grammy Winning Afro-Latina Entertainer Irene Cara PDF Print E-mail
Written by Patricia Turnier LL.M and LL.D Candidate in 2016   
Friday, 30 March 2018 00:00


Albeit Irene Cara does not need any introduction, permit us to refresh your memory by presenting a summary of her professional accomplishments. Irene T. Escalera was born and raised in New York, more specifically in the South Bronx to a family of five children (two brothers and two sisters). Mrs. Cara is the youngest of the siblings. She was nicknamed ‘Carrot’ because she came to this earth with red hair. Her mother, Louise Cara, is Cuban-American and her late father, Gaspar Cara (who died in 1994), was Puerto-Rican. He was part of a big merengue band in the 50s. According to Mrs. Cara, he brought merengue to the U.S. The band had the first hit on the top 40 Latin chart at the time. Cara’s mother is a retired cashier and her deceased father was a professional saxophone player.

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