Stunt Woman Angela Meryl is Today’s Honoree

AngelaMerylFor stuntwoman, actor–Angela Meryl, the answer to the question as to where you go and what do you do after appearing live on the Oprah Winfrey Show, was quite obvious: “You do your best to put out a book that inspires others do what you do and better.”

In November 2012, months after spending the spring season in Turkey, where she worked on the blockbuster smash, Skyfall, author became a new and official title for Meryl, with the release of STUNTSTHE HOW TO HANDBOOK…Secrets From An Award Winning Hollywood Stuntwoman.

Well received by Hollywood trade publications and other lifestyle media outlets in television, radio, print and online, Meryl’s book chronicles her experiences over the past decade-PLUS in Part I, which follows a step by step accounting of the Oprah Winfrey Show experience as the book’s introduction. Part II continues with 10 chapters of tried and proven techniques for aspiring stuntwomen and stuntmen Meryl is qualified to offer based on a “yes“ response to the two essential questions anyone offering advice should affirm: 1. Have you tried it? 2. Did it work for you?

Beyonce, Halle Berry, Rihanna, Vanessa L. Williams is the short list of Hollywood’s A-list of African American women frequently doubled by the former model and make-up artist from Willingboro, New Jersey. Her long standing career in the business of stunts took notoriety when she came crashing through a glass table in the opening scene of Kill Bill, while doubling for Vivica A. Fox—a performance that garnered industry wide recognition, applause and nominations.

“All of my early, tomboy life, I wanted to act,” says the career mother of an elementary aged daughter, who while residing on the east coast, got her big break alongside comedian, Sinbad in the movie, First Kid. “It was my first paid stunt, after growing up notoriously daring, alongside my siblings,” Meryl explains.

Since then, everyday life for the workout enthusiast and martial artist has been about crashing cars, vans and trucks, jumping off rooftops and repelling from helicopters, swimming in the murky water of bays and kicking butt behind the faces of Hollywood’s finest to appear on the big screen and silver screens.

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25A Magazine Owner Chase Backer is Today’s Honoree

ChaseBackerChase Backer is the Publisher and CEO of 25A Magazine and is also the TV host of his own show called The Chase Backer Show.

25A is the 73-mile long roadway that extends across Long Island’s North Shore that also helped define the famed Gold Coast.

25A magazine caters to those who have a fine-tuned taste for luxurious treasures and takes you inside the world’s most affluent area. From interest stories and profiles about celebrities and prominent business people to the latest in high-fashion, exotic automobiles, restaurants, glamorous travel destinations, beauty must-haves, and Gold Coast mansions. 25A is the ultimate guide to the sweet life.

With an informative editorial, beautiful design and captive photography it’s no wonder why it is the premier luxury magazine for the Gold Coast.

Long Island. The most beautiful place on earth to live! Now has its own Celebrity talk Show featuring lifestyles on the Gold Coast, the Hampton’s, North fork, Wine Country and New York’s Who’s Who.

The Chase Backer Show:

The show is currently filming, taking the basis of the magazine and creating a television talk show with a celebrity line up, fashion, restaurants, and exotic autos. Same as the Tonight Show, David Letterman, and Jimmy Kimmel live.

We will feature up and coming talent that Long Island has been known to produce in the past.

On location shooting and wrap around live filming in the studio. We will show America our life style on the /gold Coast. The products and services here are second to none. The restaurants and shopping, the beaches of the shores, is part of who we are and can be part of who you are.


The premiere show will include guests from the CBS hit TV series, Blue Bloods, including actor Len Carlou and actresses Amy Carlson and Bridget Moynihan.  Other guests include Vicky Jeudy from the Netflix comedy/drama, Orange is the new black.  And from the hit HBO series, Boardwalk Empire, Samantha Mathis, Ryan Eggold and Vincent Piazza.  As well as Actresses Erin Gerasimovich and Julianne Michelle.

Please watch the Sizzle Reel below by clicking “Watch on Vimeo” and using the password: backer

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The Grammy’s Award Winner Devine Evans is Today’s Honoree

  “As a Musician the hardest instrument I have learned to play is life. I’m honored for my Grammy’s but more grateful for my family.” – Devine Evans.

The Senate Music Group, LLC, is a collective alliance of incredibly talented and diverse music professionals, specializing in Songwriting, Production, Publishing and Artist Development.

Established in 2007 by Grammy award-winning Producer/Engineer, Devine Evans, The Senate Music Group has quickly achieved accolades in the fast lane as a well-respected and successful global brand.

Forming lasting relationships with the industry’s top elite, The Senate Music Group’s mission is to develop dynamic artists and to provide the essential foundation to create unique, freshly-conceptualized records.

From the studio to the stage, The Senate Music Group has worked with Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Aaron Camper, JoJo, Britney Spears, Natasha Bedingfield, Robin Thicke, Keri Hilson, Mary J. Blige, Keisha Cole, Mario, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Cassie, Akon, Lloyd, Jamie Foxx, Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars and many up and coming recording artists.

Recent songwriting and production placements include Boyz II Men’s 2011 debut single ‘One Up For Love’, ‘Let’s Go Higher’ by Jordan Knight, Keri Hilson’s ‘Alienated’ and vocal production featured on Lady Gaga’s Grammy award-winning album, ‘The Fame Monster’. The Senate has also had songs featured in Nickelodeon’s hit TV shows, ‘Victorious’ and ‘iCarly’ and online web series, ‘Venice The Series.’

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New York Life Insurance Agent Charles M. Harris, Jr. is Today’s Honoree

CharlesHarrisCharles M. Harris Jr. is a native of Philadelphia, PA and a product of John Bartram High School. Despite having very few positive influences and role models, Charles would go on to attend college at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. After two years as an Accounting major at Kutztown, Charles transferred to Temple University to pursue his dream of playing Division I collegiate football.

After suffering a serious knee injury Charles turned his full attention to his education and changed his course of study to Actuarial Science and Finance. He would go on to graduate from Temple University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance. Upon graduation Charles took a position with Ford Motor Credit Corporation and began furthering his education by enrolling in a Master’s Degree program at Temple University.

In November of 1997 Charles was called upon by his former college teammate to oversee his investment portfolio. Charles discontinued his studies and took a position with then Smith Barney as a Financial Consultant. After achieving immediate success and recognition councils, Charles was recruited away to join then Paine Webber in early 2000. By the time Charles joined his new firm he had built a well-recognized and sizable clientele in the sports and entertainment realm.

In 2001, in an effort to better serve the needs of his client base, Charles left the corporate wire house structure to form his own financial services firm Athletic Business Management, Inc. (ABM). In 2005 ABM merged with Gee Financial Group to form The Sports and Entertainment Financial Group, LLC (SEFG). SEFG remains one of the most recognizable business management firms in the world today. Charles sold his interest in 2011 and returned to his financial roots when he joined New York Life Insurance Company.

Charles is a member of the Temple University General Alumni and Black Alumni Associations, as well as the Temple Owl Club. Charles has served as an advisor to the Andre Iguodala Youth Foundation and the Channing Frye Foundation. In addition, he is a much sought after guest speaker at schools and universities throughout the country as well as at NFL & NBA symposiums and programs.

In his spare time, Charles is an avid golfer and top flight Scrabble and Spades player. He resides in the Atlanta area with his lovely wife Dana and their six wonderful children.

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Mary Elko Comfort of Move Yoga & Fitness is Today’s Honoree

MECMary brings to the fitness and wellness industry extensive training and experience in health club and studio management and older adult wellness programming, as well as over ten years of experience in nationally training yoga teachers and presenting at fitness conferences country-wide. As one of the founders of centered being, Mary enjoys empowering children, adults, and couples to live more centered lives and to take moments each day “to move!.”

As a Senior master Trainer for YogaFit® systems Worldwide, Mary has trained over a thousand yoga instructors throughout the United States in the Vinyasa (flow-based) style of yoga. Her current passion is the warrior program through YogaFit®, focusing on helping our military, their families and others effected by PTSD.

She has also developed her own workshops over the years including a popular Partner Yoga Workshop on the OM of Yoga and Wine. Holding Yoga Alliance and ACE credentials, she is currently a teacher trainer (CEC provider) for the Yoga Alliance, and the American Council on Exercise.

She also instructs Pilates Reformer and Indo board Yoga. When Mary isn’t teaching or inspiring others to be centered beings — on and off of their mats — she enjoys spending time with her two fabulous children, Camille and Trent; taking yoga classes anywhere and everywhere; travel and the study and enjoyment of wine.  She believes that taking yoga realistically off the mat and into the home and the community is where every person can make a sincere difference in the world.

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NBC Sports Radio Personality Anita Marks is Today’s Honoree

AnitaMarksAnita Marks joined NBC Sports Radio in 2012 and serves as the host of The Anita Marks Showweekends from Noon – 3 p.m. ET  on NBC Sports Radio.

A 12 year veteran of sports talk radio, Marks began her career in Miami, Fla.  In 2006 Marks made her way to Baltimore, MD where her afternoon drive show was simulcast for four years on Comcast Mid Atlantic Sports Network. Marks joined WFAN in New York in 2010 and served as a host and reporter for shows on WFAN and Sirius XM.

In addition to her radio job, Marks also played women’s professional football.  Marks quarterbacked for The Miami Fury for four years and The Florida Stingrays for one year. Known for her incredible arm strength and pin point accuracy. Marks developed a reputation for being one of the best QB’s to ever play women’s pro football.

In her free time, Anita enjoys playing flag football, basketball, and golf. She also enjoys travel, jazz music, and fine wines.

Marks attended the University of South Florida and graduated with a Communications degree in 1992.

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Tetrachromat Artist Concetta Antico is Today’s Honoree

ConcettaAs one of the world’s only discovered Tetrachromat artists, Concetta Antico lives in a world of color as nearly no one else in the world can experience. Processing over *100 million colors* – 100 times more than the average human, Concetta is a woman of interest who not only is excited to share her newly discovered medical backing, but also her gift of color through art. As a painter, her art allows collectors and viewers to experience the world as she does.

In 2013, it was uncovered through scientific study that this brilliant artist was able to process colors differently and more deftly than the average human brain, due to having an additional color receptor in her eyes, which then sends extra color information to her brain. An additional study on Antico has been going on since early 2014, and the ground-breaking
results of this new exploration have recently been announced.

Currently, Concetta resides in San Diego where she sells her work to private collectors and prepares for her solo exhibition at the Woman’s museum. Aside from her art and tetrachromacy, Concetta is a person that once you meet, you will never forget— she truly lives life in vivid color. With this new discovery, she will show the world that there is more than what meets the eye.

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