Recently on Hodge Podge Podcast, I had the pleasure of interviewing Sharifa Johnson, the brilliant mind behind Books N' Bops- an adorable children's literature program that incorporates dancing and books! Sharifa is a joy and masterfully creates a fun, inspirational environment for children to embrace the importance of learning in a super fun way.
Tommy Balaam is the founder of Captain Fantastic, voted the UK's no. 1 children's entertainment company. Tommy is trained as an actor, graduating in 2009 from the East 15 acting school. He has loved his career within the arts, including a range of different roles. As well as acting, Tommy has always had a love of music and performs regularly with his band, Dirty Mitts. Tommy's wealth of performance experience, combined with his creativity and flair, is at the heart and soul of the Captain Fantastic brand. His passion is in putting every effort into creating truly unforgettable experiences.
WOWPodcast.me is a podcast directory for authors, writers and illustrators worldwide– hosted by Darshaun McAway who helps creatives by allowing them to exchange ideas, share resources and network. WOWpodcast provides it’s listeners access to authors from around the world. Darshaun’s main focus is to instruct, inspire, and enlighten his listeners. In addition, Darshaun is a successful children’s book author. He coauthors (alongside his wife Stephanie McAway) the Anaiah’s Adventure Series inspired by their daughter whom the book series is named after.
National Recording Artist Gregory joined me recently on Hodge Podge Podcast to talk about his newly released single, Friday 👏! Gregory is helping to heal hearts and souls byway his smooth R&B, Latin influenced music. He possesses deep music roots which stem from his hometown in Cleveland, Ohio, as well as an extensive career in the medical field. We talked about his life experience writing and producing music and his radio/TV show Medical Jargon. He also provides some excellent advice on navigating life during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Landis Wade is a self-described recovering trial lawyer who followed in his late journalist grandfather's footsteps byway of writing to become an award-winning author as well as the creator and host of Charlotte Reader's Podcast. Charlotte Reader's Podcast encourages authors to read and talk about their award-winning, published and emerging works-- and was voted Charlotte's best podcast in 2019. His goal is to use the medium of podcasting to build a community of readers and writers where authors give voice to their written words.
In 1984, following her graduation from University of Virginia, Hilary Iker packed her suitcase 🧳 of dreams and moved to New York City where she landed her first professional job at Vogue Magazine. Iker recalls catching glimpses in the elevators at Vogue headquarters of Anna Wintour, longtime Vogue Editor-in-Chief and fashion icon. The details of Iker’s young professional beginnings in NYC were as if plucked straight from the pages of The Devil Wears Prada. Iker met her husband, an award-winning sports journalist, in NYC 🌃 and followed him to Los Angeles, California in the late 80s. The writers made their home in an area of Los Angeles that attracted young artists, musicians and writers of the time. Her neighbors were budding music legends— Mike D of the Beastie Boys and Beck. Following her pilgrimage to LA, she became interested in learning Ashtanga Yoga where she started her life-changing yoga practices in the very same studio where Madonna studied yoga. For the past 20 years she has practiced Ashtanga Yoga daily, and due to her experience and knowledge she has written health and fitness articles for magazines such as Fit Yoga, Self, Fit, Prevention, and Glamour.
Debra Williams (formerly Debra Clewer), is an Australian children’s author, with three independently published Middle-Grade novels, and is a seasoned puppeteer and puppet builder. Storytelling and puppeteering have been a part of her life since she was a young child. Debra recalls that when she was a 10-year-old child, she would perform puppet plays in the street for the other neighboring children, from a makeshift theatre made of wooden fruit crates, using Punch and Judy puppets her maternal grandmother bought for her.