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Exclusive Interview with the talented American documentarist Crystal Emery PDF Print E-mail
Written by Patricia Turnier   
Monday, 10 October 2016 18:29



Crystal Renée Emery grew up in the Brookside Housing Projects in New Haven, Connecticut. Philanthropy is part of Ms. Emery’s family tradition. Thus, her grandmother is a minister, likewise for her mother who is a Yale Divinity School minister. Her family members take care of their community.

During her childhood, Ms. Emery enjoyed directing her brothers and sisters in plays and imaginery television shows. She is an artist, authoress, documentarist, activist and playwright among other things. The lady is known for creating socially-conscious works and stories that highlight the triumph of the human spirit. Emery is also the CEO & founder of her nonprofit organization URU, The Right to Be, Inc., a content production company that tackles social issues via film, theatre, publishing, and other arts-based initiatives.

Written by Patricia Turnier   
Tuesday, 19 July 2016 00:00

Karyn Layvonne White was born in Los Angeles and is the youngest of a family of five children.  She sang for her church choir during her formative years.  Later, at sixteen she performed for the group Legacy as one of the lead singers. This experience represented her first professional gig.  She was also a background vocalist on albums for artists such as O’Bryan in which she opened for Cameo.  In addition, she became a featured vocalist for Jeff Lober before she signed with the label Warner Bros.  Karyn White performed her debut on Lorber's 1986 album Private Passion where she appeared on the song "Facts of Love" and collaborated for the single “Back in Love” with Michael Jeffries.  The song turned into a success on pop and R&B radio, which won her a deal with Lorber's then-label Warner Bros. Records in 1986.

AN IN-DEPTH Exclusive Interview with the Yale alumnus Dr. George Glass, M.D. PSYCHIATRIST PDF Print E-mail
Written by Patricia Turnier   
Monday, 23 May 2016 17:37

Dr. Glass, M.D., P.A. was born in America and grew up in New Jersey during the 1940s. He is a physician and forensic psychiatrist expert based in Houston, Texas. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Swarthmore College and later graduated from Northwestern University’s the Feinberg School of Medicine in 1967. He has over 48 years of clinical experience. He did his residency at Yale New Haven Hospital and presently works at George S Glass MD. In addition, he is associated with Houston Methodist Hospital. He received a Board Certification by the American Board of Psychiatry in 1976 as an addictionologist. Furthermore, he has been certified in Alcoholism and other Drugs of Dependence by the American Medical Society since 1986. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, and the Cornell Weill Medical Program at The Methodist Hospital in Houston. He has been a professor for medical students and psychiatric residents.

A Tête-à-Tête With the former Miss World Linor Abargil PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kam Williams   
Sunday, 28 February 2016 19:03

Beauty Pageant-Winner Talks about Traumatic Rape and Dedicating Her Life to Helping Other Survivors


A national heroine in Israel, Linor Abargil was crowned Miss World in November of 1998. A month and a half before the Miss World competition, she had suffered a brutal rape while modeling in Italy. After the subsequent trial, which resulted in a 16-year prison sentence for her rapist, young Linor Abargil  made a public statement before the entire nation of Israel, counseling other women to not be afraid of reporting their rapes, and to seek punishment for the perpetrators.

She then returned to a private process of healing but resolved to one day do something about the crime of rape.

Abargil immersed herself in drama studies and was soon cast in leading roles on the Tel Aviv stage. In 2008, she launched a website, www.bravemissworld.com, and embarked on a speaking tour to encourage other victims of rape to speak out, to not blame themselves, and to not stay silent. She subsequently enrolled in law school, graduating with an honors degree in 2013 before beginning an internship at the Tel Aviv District Attorney's office.

One on One with the talented actor: Stephan James PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kam Williams   
Sunday, 21 February 2016 20:34

Stephan James, a Canadian actor with Jamaican origins, was named a Rising Star at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival on the strength of his impressive performance in the TV mini-series The Book of Negroes as well as his portrayal of John Lewis in the civil rights saga, Selma. Mr. Lewis, the son of sharecroppers and an activist with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), later became a U.S. Congressman.

Here, James talks about his latest outing in Race as another African-American icon, namely, Jesse Owens, who won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics staged in Berlin.

[Mega Diversities is the first Canadian media to post this interview].

Kam Williams: Hi Stephan [James], thanks for the interview.

Stephan James: Of course, Kam [Williams]. Thank you.

KW: I really enjoyed the film. I learned so much that I hadn't known about Jesse Owens, and I even cried at the end.

SJ: Really? Wow! I'm glad that you learned so much and that it touched you. That's what we'd hope to accomplish with this.

A Tête-à-Tête with the talented actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kam Williams   
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 00:00

Born in Oxford in the United Kingdom, Gugu Mbatha-Raw trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Her first professional role was in an Open Air production of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” as Celia. Following this, she landed roles at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, where she performed in “Antony and Cleopatra” and the title role of Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet,” opposite Andrew Garfield, for which she was nominated for the Manchester Evening News Award for Best Actress in 2005.

Gugu Mabatha-Raw's other stage credits include the critically-acclaimed “Big White Fog” at the Almeida Theatre and David Hare’s “Gethsemane,” a production at the National Theatre that later toured the UK. She made her West End debut as Ophelia in “Hamlet” opposite Jude Law.

Her British television credits include “M15/Spooks,” “Dr. Who,” “Marple – Ordeal by Innocence,” “Bonekickers,” and “Fallout.” She subsequently starred as Samantha Bloom in the JJ Abrams NBC series “Undercovers,” for which she was nominated for an NAACP award for best actress in a television series.

A Tête-à-tête with the Oscar winner actress Jennifer Connelly PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kam Williams   
Friday, 13 November 2015 18:55


Academy Award-winner Jennifer Connelly continues to prove her versatility as an actress with each new project she undertakes. She made her big screen debut in 1984 in Sergio Leone’s Once Upon A Time in America, although her big break arrived a couple years later when she landed the role of Sarah in Labyrinth opposite David Bowie.

Jennifer subsequently earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her critically-acclaimed portrayal of a drug addict in Requiem for a Dream before winning an Academy Award for A Beautiful Mind where she co-starred with Russell Crowe.

Here, she talks about her latest outing in Shelter, a picture directed by her husband, Paul Bettany. In the film, she plays a homeless heroin-addict who falls in love with an African immigrant [Anthony Mackie] also surviving by his wits on the streets of New York City.

Kam Williams: Hi Jennifer [Connelly], thanks for the interview.

Jennifer Connelly: Thank you, Kam [Williams.

A Tête-à-Tête with the Emmy Nominee Actress: Rhonda Ross PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kam Williams   
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 23:25

Singer-songwriter Rhonda Ross is an African Diasporic Woman of the World who studied at Brown University and who got an Emmy nomination for the soap opera Another World. Bilingual in French and English, and raising her son to be fluent in 4 languages, Rhonda Ross often connects with her audiences through their native tongues.

Her original music lives in the gap between Jazz, Neo-Soul, Funk and Gospel. Her lyrics live in the pause between life’s most important questions and answers.

Mrs.  Ross-Kendrick has the entire package -- as an entertainer, as a poet, and as a human being. She has great power on stage and her refreshingly personal and moving performances set her apart from other vocalists of her era.

One on One with the Oscar Winner filmmaker Davis Guggenheim PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kam Williams   
Saturday, 10 October 2015 18:06

Philip Davis Guggenheim is an Academy Award-winning director and producer whose work includes Waiting for Superman, It Might Get Loud, and An Inconvenient Truth, which won the Oscar for Best Documentary in 2007. The following year, Davis Guggenheim produced and directed President Barack Obama's biographical film, A Mother's Promise, and he also made The Road We've Traveled for the Obama 2012 presidential campaign.

In 2013, he directed Teach, a two-hour television special about what's working in America’s public schools, namely, that at the heart of every great education is great teaching. Besides documentaries, Davis Guggenheim has directed episodes of many television series including Deadwood, NYPD Blue and 24.

He is married to actress Elisabeth Shue who landed an Oscar-nomination for her stellar performance in Leaving Las Vegas. Nevertheless, she might still be best known for her breakout role as Ali in The Karate Kid. The couple have three children: Miles William, 17, Stella Street, 14, and Agnes Charles, 9.

One on One with the Tony Award Nominee Actress Sanaa Lathan PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kam Williams   
Saturday, 05 September 2015 15:44

Tony-Award nominee Sanaa Lathan delivers a striking presence and undeniable energy to each project she takes on and continues to build on an already impressive career. She recently completed production on two films.

In the independent feature, Ad Inexplorata, she plays Emily Maddox, a captain on one of four spaceships making a one-way trip to Mars. The film, which was developed in the Sundance Lab, also stars Mark Strong and Luke Wilson. In the highly anticipated sequel, Now You See Me 2, Lathan plays FBI Agent Natalie Austin in an ensemble cast that includes Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Daniel Radcliffe, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman.

It was recently announced that she will star in and executive produce the screen adaptation of Omar Tyree’s Flyy Girl trilogy. Most recently, she was seen in the smash hit, The Best Man Holiday with Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Regina Hall and Morris Chestnut.

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