The Ambassador Of Joy Barry Shore is Today’s Honoree

Barry Shore (known in the media as the “Ambassador of JOY”) is a Philanthropist, Serial Entrepreneur (with 2 multi-million dollar exits and 3 issued patents), Former Quadriplegic, Swimmer, Speaker, Author, and Podcaster.   

In 2004 Barry became a quadriplegic overnight from a rare disease but his journey to regain mobility pushed him to go “M.A.D” (aka to Make A Difference). To that end, he created the JOY of LIVING Institute™ (a platform that teaches people to live in joy, no matter the situation); and Keep Smiling a movement that has reached multiple celebrities and distributed millions of “Keep Smiling” cards worldwide. In addition, Shore has built several philanthropic foundations including Changebowl (which was written about in Oprah Magazine.)  

Shore’s nationally syndicated radio show and his podcast, The JOY of LIVING, is heard globally by hundreds of thousands and has had over TWO MILLION downloads in just 19 months. His forthcoming book “The JOY of LIVING: How to Slay Stress and Be Happy” will be released in 2021 and it reveals 11 strategies for living in joy, daily.  

Visit www.BarryShore.com for more information. 

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Saxophone Sensation Adrian Crutchfield is Today’s Honoree

Adrian Crutchfield is known around the world for his neo-soul sound – creating music in a variety of genres such as jazz, R&B, pop, funk, soul, hip hop, and fusion.

His high energy show brings a diversity to jazz never seen before with music for every generation! Adrian takes pride in bringing a new and powerful sound, merging jazz with today’s pop and hip hop.

Adrian Crutchfield has taken the world by storm in recent years, not only as the last sax player to perform and record with Prince, touring the world and being featured on Prince’s last three albums, but also touring domestically and internationally with acts such as Lionel Ritchie, Bette Midler, and Cee Lo Green — all the while writing and building his 2017 release titled ‘Leap’.

Adrian’s star began shining at the age of four when he received his first saxophone during a concert in Roanoke, Virginia, from acclaimed jazz artist Kenny G; who noticed Adrian’s interest
from the audience, stopped the show, and invited him to the stage, playing a childish melody, and finally bestowing the sax to young Adrian.

Known as the last horn-man to perform and record with Prince (2012-2016); Adrian is featured on many of Prince’s final masterpieces including the 2017 Grammy-Nominated Hit-N-Run Phase 2, and the unreleased but highly anticipated “Black Is The New Black” Album.

Adrian has also had the privilege of performing with many of today’s brightest stars such as Lionel Richie, Bette Midler, Ceelo Green, R&B icon Anthony Hamllton, Fantasia Barrlno, KC and JoJo, and hip hop superstar Young Jeezy.

In jazz, Mr. Crutchfield has been featured by names such as Kim Waters, Mike Phillps, Alex Bugnon, Jeff Lorber, and Branford Marsalis; and with legendary groups such as Fourplay and The Gap Band featuring Charlie Wilson.

Adrian is a 2008 graduate of Florida State University (B.A. in Music with a concentration in jazz, contemporary media, and commercial music).

Although young, this saxophone aficionado is one of his generation’s most prolific and successful professional musicians.

Visit http://adriancrutchfield.com/ for more information. 

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Luxury Strike Bowling CEO Terrance Jackson, Jr. is Today’s Honoree

Terence Jackson Jr., an African American entrepreneur from Southfield, Detroit, has converted a 53-foot semi-trailer truck into a bowling alley-on-wheels. It’s called Luxury Strike Bowling and it’s the world’s first ever mobile bowling alley.

Jackson, who is 34-years old, has reinvented the idea of physical entertainment after realizing how companies such as Amazon, Grub Hub, and Uber provide convenience and ease in the shopping, eating, and traveling industry. He thought of making a bowling alley accessible by making it mobile and that’s when Luxury Strike Bowling was born.

“These companies made life easier for people and created economic growth worldwide, and I wanted in,” Jackson told The Detroit News.

Luxury Strike Bowling’s design, which has been years in the making, has a few differences from the traditional bowling alley. Its two automatic bowling lanes are shorter and the bowling balls are smaller, weighing only 3 pounds. The bowling alley also features a scoring system, temperature control, neon lighting, an 80-inch theater screen, a sky lounge, and a state-of-the-art sound system that guests can connect to through Bluetooth.

Building the bowling alley was not without obstacles as it was often slowed by the unavailability of materials due to the pandemic. But Jackson was finally able to launch it last Juneteenth. The alley, which includes a loft that can accommodate 10 to 15 people, is now available for parties, corporate gatherings, church gatherings, and other events in Southfield and other nearby areas.

Learn more at LuxuryStrikeBowling.com or follow the brand on Instagram @LuxuryStrikeBowling

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Philanthropists Jrue Holiday and Lauren Holiday are Today’s Honorees

The year 2020 has affected thousands of lives and local businesses across the nation in unfathomable ways, due to the uprisings of the global pandemic and the epidemic of racial and social injustices.

In July, New Orleans Pelicans player, Jrue Holiday, and his wife Lauren boldly pledged the remainder of Jrue’s 2020 NBA salary as a progressive step toward combating systemic racism as well as social and economic inequality that continues to prevent Black communities from upward mobility.

Jrue and Lauren Holiday will support local Black-led non-profit organizations, city-wide initiatives that seek to bring about equitable outcomes for Black and Brown communities, and historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) of higher education in New Orleans, the Los Angeles area, and Indianapolis.

Additionally, across over 10 U.S. cities, a portion of the funds will go to local Black-owned small businesses that have been devastated by the impact of COVID-19 but are now known to have received less than 2% of the Paycheck Protection Program loans provided.

The total commitment of the fund amounts up to $5M over a 3-year commitment and will be dedicated to non-profit organizations in New Orleans, Indianapolis, L.A. and Compton, among other cities. Additionally, grants will be awarded to Black-owned small business owners and Historically Black Institutions of Education.

Visit https://www.jlhfund.org/ for more information.

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Mentor and Influencer Matthew Sanchez is Today’s Honoree

Matthew Sanchez is the founder and CEO of Matthew Sanchez Enterprises in association with Matthew Sanchez Williams (MSW) Productions. He is executive producer of The Matthew Sanchez Show on CTV Beam Network dedicated to creating inspirational programing that empower worldwide audiences to life-changing experience.

His visionary perspective and passion is bringing knowledge and information that enhance lives. He serves in the community as a mentor to younger people and is a dynamic public speaker.

The odds were stacked against him as a child with his dad being absent from his life. His school grades were affected but special ed for children with disabilities became a blessing in disguise. He fought through a destructive addiction as he got older. His abnormal became normal.

His success and survival rate to overcome the extreme challenges of his life is attributed, first and foremost, to belief in God and God’s astounding truth. From that point, Matthew continues to admit the truth and he confront his issues head on in his remarkable recovery. He strives to become a responsible adult, has advanced his education with college courses and moves on a slow but steady course of reclaiming his life. He has a host of beloved family members that impacted his life in a tremendous way to include his paternal grandmother, his mother, auntie and a few phenomenal men. These amazing women influenced him in a life-saving way.

Matthew is a teacher at heart but embraces being a student by ever learning with a teachable spirit. Matthew enjoys long bike rides and can be found taking pleasure in the beautiful scenery along the Chattahoochee River.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/iammatthewsanchez for more information.

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Radio Host and Podcaster Candy O’Terry is Today’s Honoree

You may know me as the voice you heard coming out of your radio for 25 years on Magic 106.7. It was a long journey from secretary to co-hosting morning drive, but I learned so much along the way. There were so many highlights, but the two that mattered most to me were hearing my own songs on the radio and the creation of the weekly Exceptional Women show. Interviewing women is what I love to do and I’ve continued that with the launch of the weekly podcast series: The Story Behind Her Success. So far, more  than 700 women have shared their stories with me and I’m not stopping!  Women around the world are downloading these inspiring stories and now, I’m bringing them back to local radio with the creation of the Candy O Radio Network

Mothers, daughters, sisters and friends all benefit from positive messages: shared wisdom, rooted in hope, love and perseverance.  My goal is to create a place where inspiration is just a click away.  Take a look around and be sure to join my Think Pink Club so that we can stay connected. 

Visit https://www.candyoterry.com/about for more information.

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Author Gary F. Bengier is Today’s Honoree

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Unfettered Journey is the story of an AI scientist who seeks to create robot consciousness and discovers the resilience of the human spirit. He travels to a small college to progress his quest, but instead finds love, a secret plot by unjust forces, and the answers to his fundamental questions – the nature of the conscious mind and free will. 

This book is a profound, many-layered journey that traces struggle and resilience in an imperfect world. Travel on a spiritual quest with these endearing characters to glimpse our hopeful, possible future.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Gary F. Bengier is a writer, philosopher, and technologist. After a career in Silicon Valley, Gary pursued passion projects, studying astrophysics and philosophy. He’s spent the last two decades thinking about how to live a balanced, meaningful life in a rapidly evolving technological world. This self-reflective journey infuses his novel with insights about our future and the challenges we will face in finding purpose. Before turning to writing speculative fiction, Gary worked in a variety of Silicon Valley tech companies. He was eBay’s Chief Financial Officer, and led the company’s initial and secondary public offerings. Gary has an MBA from Harvard Business School, and an MA in philosophy from San Francisco State University. Today, he and his family live in San Francisco.

Visit https://garyfbengier.com/ for more information.

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(FaB) Fitzsimon and Bogan the #1 iTunes Pop/Rock Duo are Today’s Honoree

Fitzsimon and Brogan were both members of the band, Pretty Blue Gun, who were signed to an indie label licensed to Sony.  They released two albums which were critically acclaimed. Some of the guest musicians included members of The Art of Noise, Dave Bronze (Eric Clapton’s bass player), Tobias Boshell (Moody Blues) and Pip Williams who played guitar on the Walker Brothers’ track, ‘No Regrets’.  The albums were produced by Pat Collier, who produced Katrina and the Waves’ international hit, ‘Walking on Sunshine’.  The band went on national tours across the UK until disbanding.

Neil Fitzsimon, the songwriter, and Bee Brogan, the vocalist, then went on to form a song writing/production partnership that led to placement of their songs in Film and TV.  They also wrote a musical, Jack Dagger, which was showcased at the Greenwich Theatre, London for the Musical Futures Award.  It was also showcased at the Bridewell and the Royal College of Music in London.  They have also just had a song placed in a USA Sci Fi Feature film. They recently had a track reach number 3 in a French national download chart. Their single, Girl in a Gilded Cage, reached number one on the iTunes chart in Belgium for all genres.

All songs are written by Neil Fitzsimon.  Vocals, keyboards, drums and engineering by Bee Brogan.  All guitars played by Neil Fitzsimon. All mixed by Pat Collier at Perryvale Studios, London.

Fitzsimon and Brogan see themselves as a studio act much in the vein of Tin Tin Out and Talk Talk.  Their influences range from The Beatles, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Webb, Jacques Brel, The Smiths and David Bowie. Their aim is to produce pure pop for now people.

They are honoured now to be working with one of their heroes, David Bowie’s drummer from The Spiders from Mars, Woody Woodmansey. Previous to this they worked with Elvis Costello’s drummer, Pete Thomas. These new tracks are on their newest album, This Wicked Pantomime which is to be released soon.

Visit https://fitzsimonandbrogan.com/ for more information.

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Kerv Interactive CEO Marika Roque is Today’s Honoree

Marika Roque is the Chief Operating Officer of KERV Interactive, the multi-award-winning interactive content and data company revolutionizing the performance of digital advertising with its patented technology. Marika is a top expert in digital media, recognized by her peers for her knowledge and advancement of the advertising industry where she has been a leader and innovator for over a decade.

Prior to KERV, Marika worked as the Vice President of digital operations for Mass2, a division of multi-billion-dollar corporation Nexstar Digital LLC. Marika also spent three years and served as Vice President of digital media activation at LIN Digital, an online advertising and media services company that is now part of Nexstar Media Group. Marika has held senior-level positions for leading advertising agencies including Sizmek, GSD&M, FCB Global, and Starcom MediaVest Group. Marika holds a Bachelor’s in Advertising from The University of Texas at Austin, which she achieved while also participating as a D1 collegiate athlete.

Susan G. Komen®, the world’s leading breast cancer organization, partnered with KERV Interactive to drive donations and education through a series of online video ads during this years National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. By utilizing the interactive video activations, Komen was able to significantly lower its cost per donation, generating more than three times the donations compared to its
non-interactive video campaigns.

Visit https://kervit.com/about/ for more information.

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Sewing Influencer Mimi G is Today’s Honoree

At the height of the COVID pandemic, Mimi G released a tutorial on how to sew a face mask, and in a day that video got more than 2 million views. Mimi G’s life is a truly inspirational rags-to-riches story. She is known by her  for making sewing hip and accessible through her online sewing school SewItAcademy.com, the only online sewing and design school focused on teaching anyone to sew at their pace at an affordable price. Her videos on DIY sewing, self-empowerment, and lifestyle have propelled Mimi G from blogger to internet sensation.

The Mother of four is a champion of women, but before that she was the victim of  sexual abuse as a child, a teen runaway, a homeless teenage mother, and a domestic violence survivor. However, the story of Mimi is not in her challenges, it is in her triumphs. She had a knack for seeing a design on the runway and being able to recreate it herself, for someone that was struggling financially, this was something that helped set her apart – career wise and in important meetings.

As her blog took off, her viewers were drawn to her hip and cool approach to sewing. In a field where sewing could seem archaic, she was   making it fun and exciting. What started off as a hobby in her Los Angeles home in 2012, blossomed into an international brand with daily engagement of more than 2.1 million followers across her social  media platforms, 12 million-page views annually, and 1 million unique visitors per month on her blog.

Please visit www.MimiGStyle.com for more information.

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