Melissa D. Jarboe

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Founder of Military Veteran Project

Melissa D. Jarboe is a Kansas native, former corporate executive turned philanthropist. 


In August 2012,  Melissa founded the Military Veteran Project a volunteer-driven charity committed to the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury and suicide prevention for PRE & POST 9/11 Veterans.


Melissa is only 1 of nearly 2100 volunteers worldwide that donate their time to carry on the dying wish of SSG Jamie Jarboe to care for his fellow service members.  She has served as board advisor for the Christopher Reeve Foundation, Department of Defense Civilian Relations Council, Senator Moran's Service advisory council, Author of Sacrificed Memoirs of SSG Jamie & Melissa Jarboe, Founder of the Topeka Veterans Parade and mother of four beautiful children & doggy mommy to two.


IG: militaryveteranproject

IG: melissajarboemvp

Bo Talley Williams

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Entrepreneur, Philanthropist & Fitness Enthusiast

Bo Talley-Williams is the CEO Blaq Pearl Entertainment, LLC and the Creator/Founder of 2 nonprofit organization called Take The Time Foundation and Balling for Lupus Luvs Foundation. She is Wife and mother of five, anEntrepreneur, Philanthropist, Actress, Event Host and Fitness enthusiast. In addition to these many hats, BoTalley-Williams serves as a huge motivation and inspiration to many people, in 2013 her age-defying photo went viral and today continues make national and international headlines that encourages people of all ages to live healthy lives. 


Bo Talley-Williams is an honorary member of Sigma Gama Rho Sorority Inc. She has been awarded and recognizedwith several accolades for Women Empowerment, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Philanthropy and Fitness. She has graced magazine covers and been featured on and in some of the worlds top news publications and blog sites.

Her company Blaq Pearl Entertainment serves as 1 of the South Eastern regions top event planning companies withcelebrity clientele. Her company was awarded in 2016 bythe R.I.C.E. Raising In Community Excellence Awards for being the top entertainment company in Atlanta Ga. Amajor pillar in her community, Shellie “Bo” Talley-Williams has been inducted into the prestigious Atlanta’sBlack Who’s Who class in 2014, 2015 and 2016.


Bo Talley's life experiences have made her the woman she is today. Defining the odds of BEING who SHE chooses to be, and the continuous quest to service and to inspire the world.  She is definitely a woman of self- determination, strength, and willpower. A woman of greatness that does what it takes to get the job done in LIFE, LOVE, HAPPINESS, and WORK.


IG: iammsbotalley

Tiffany Addison

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Actress, Writer & Producer

Tiffany Addison discovered how expressing herself through artistic form came very naturally. For years she has been successful as a professional on-camera and theater actress as well as voiceover artist. Tiffany is now embarking on writing & producing. She wrote, directed,  produced and starred in her first project, a short-film "Road to Freedom". The film has been recognized in many festivals in the U.S. and Cape Town, South Africa. She also wrote the feature-film "Nothing Like Thanksgiving" and the executive producer of  short film "Seven's Law".


IG: iamtiffanyaddison

Rafael “Scheme” Navarro JR

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Artist, Youth Mentor & Founder of Beats & Bars & Loop Theory

Navarro is a vivid writer with a story to tell and an uncanny talent to point out with precision the realities of life as a Latino in the United States. A first generation Mexican-American, his exposure to different cultures, languages and walks of life have helped create a voice for the generation of kids who were the first to grow up in the U.S., all the while unsure of where they really belonged. Through his music, he tells the story of how Hip Hop changed his feeling of not belonging and the way music accepts every race, every color and every class. With topics ranging from identity to gang violence, being a Chicano to immigration, Navarro’s music resonates’ the voice of the people. He’s determined to get his messages of life to all who will listen. 


IG: schemenavarro

       beatsandbars_

       Looptheory_inc


www.beatsandbars.org

Barry Brewer

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Comedian & Actor

Barry Brewer is a native of South Side Chicago who collided into the world of comedy in 2001. 


Barry’s innate ability to bring humor to high profile discussion topics and usually uncomfortable subject matter humanizes him. Barry’s approach of blending jokes with substance has landed him access to perform at high profile comedy clubs and colleges across the globe.


In June of 2017 Barry wrote, produced and starred in his very own hour long, comedy special “I Don’t Know the Rules”; where he traveled back to his hometown to garner the support of his community. Since then, Barry has continued to hone in on his craft by creating more meaningful content. He also continues to inspire those around him, most recently with the inception of his production company “Only Believe Entertainment.”

Chi-Rock Nation

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Chicago’s Real Hip-Hop Organization

Established in 1985, the Chi R.O.C.K Nation (CRN) has a long-standing history built on the fundamentals of Hip Hop, education and fun.   Chi-ROCK Nation is one of the oldest & largest Hip Hop organization on the planet. 


CRN has recently released their book on Chicago Hip-Hop History & culture dating back to 1974 to today. 


www.chirocknation.com

IG: chi.rock.nation

Twitter: ChiRockNation



Sandy Redd

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Singer, Songwriter, Actress & Entrepreneur

SANDYREDD, a powerhouse singer, songwriter, actress and entrepreneur is a Chicago native performer taking the industry by storm.  She recently left the entire world in shock and awe after wowing the celebrity judge panel on the newest Season 15 of NBC's hit show "The Voice".  Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and Blake Shelton were all left fighting for a chance to coach this seasoned artist.  However, SandyRedd's story begins long before her journey to "The Voice". 


As she commands the stage with her captivating "Rock Soul" energy, her impeccable delivery, her soulful voice and her chameleon style passion-filled performances that soften even the hardest of hearts, its no wonder why she was recently nominated as the "R&B Entertainer of the Year" for the 37th Annual Chicago Music Awards in March 2018.  Her talents have taken her all over the world, from her hometown of Chicago to Atlanta, New York, L.A, France and beyond.  Opening for rap icons such as 50 Cent, MC Lyte, Souljah Boy and Twista, as well as R&B Legends like Miguel, R. Kelly, Monica, Syleena Johnson, Chaka Khan, Kem, Angie Stone, Musiq Soulchild and more, has allowed her to win over audiences of many genres with ease.  So, there is no secret as to why she was dubbed a "Leading Lady of Success" at the 2017 Ford Motor Company "Born to Roll" brunch by Chicago's biggest radio station 107.5 WGCI & IHeart Radio, where she received an honorary award for her hard work and dedication in the field of music.

Her passion for music was first introduced by her late Mother, Evangelist Margaret Owens Bussie.  She has worked tirelessly, not only to see that her mother’s selfless dedication and hard work is showcased through her, but that her mothers legacy is never forgotten.



IG: sandyreddmusic

www.sandyredd.com

Shae-Lee Shackleford

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Director & Writer

Shae-Lee is most well known for her work with the female comedy trio 'SketchShe'. Their online videos have amassed over half a billion views world wide with viral sensations such as ‘Mime Through Time' and ‘InstaFaker'. They have performed on shows such as Ellen Degeneres and Good Morning America and her work has been featured on Mashable, BuzzFeed, Time Magazine, CBS News, CNN, Forbes and The Huffington Post. Shae-Lee's fan base and audience reaches over 3.6 million people across YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.


She's written and directed a TV sizzle for a female driven musical series entitled POSSE; the result of receiving the highly prestigious Gender Matters Grant from Screen Australia. This is the second grant she has received after writing and directing the web series ‘Traffic Jam The Musical' with previous funding and a successful Kickstarter campaign. Shae-Lee has also directed a number of successful short films as well as pieces of comedic branded content and commercials for Hewlett Packard, Viacom, Universal, Pitch Perfect 2, Benefit Cosmetics, Logitech, Sonic, Twix, Kotex, Google and McDonalds. With a background as a professional producer in Australia she has also produced numerous TV commercials and music videos and is set to direct a feature film entitled "Bottom's Up”.


IG: @shaeleeshack

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6072817/

Modi

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Author, Some Women Prefer Hell

Modi is a 25 year old author and passionate writer. Modi attended Fisk University where she obtained a Bachelors degree in English. Modi loves writing and has created her own style. At this very young age of 25, Modi is also the CEO to the Premier Child Care Centers in Chicago, IL. Modi uses her skills to help mold the young writers of tomorrow. 


www.somewomenpreferhell.com

IG: justmodi_

Damon Williams

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Comedian & Actor

A Chicago Native, Damon Williams began his career at All Jokes Aside Comedy club. You've seen him on BET Comic View, BET Live, Comedy Central's Premium Blend, HBO's P Diddy's Bad Boys of Comedy, and he's opened up for the Kings of Comedy- just to name a few. Williams has worked with the late Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle & Luther Vandross.


Damon can be heard weekly on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show doing the hilariously funny SERIOUSLY IGNORANT NEWS. Damon can be seen in independent film projects Past Due, I Used to Love Her and more...


The Ladies now have the privilage to interview Mr. Damon Williams, discuss his upcoming projects, books, and his plans on moving forward with his acting career. 


https://www.facebook.com/Damon-Williams-96418871070/

https://www.instagram.com/damonwilliamscomedy/?hl=en



 


Hazelmarie Anderson

Hazelmarie Anderson joined WTWO as a Multimedia Journalist in September 2015 and is currently co-hos

NBC, Good Day Live Host/Reporter

Hazelmarie Anderson joined WTWO as a Multimedia Journalist in September 2015 and is currently co-hosting Good Day Live.


She received both a Bachelor’s in Communication and Media, and a Master’s in Broadcast Journalism from DePaul University.


Hazelmarie also interned at WGN-TV for the Morning Show in Chicago.

When Hazelmarie isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, singing, and catching up on all her favorite shows.


Twitter @: Hazelmarie_WTWO

Instagram @: hazelmarie3

Chrishon Lampley

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CEO, Love Cork Screw

 

As seen on CNBC’s “The Job Interview,” Chrishon Lampley is a negociant, wine enthusiast and founder of LCS Entertainment, LLC that features Love Cork Screw wines. Love Cork Screw is a lifestyle brand that launched six varietals in the fourth quarter of 2013. Since its inception, the LCS brand has acquired over 50 locations including, Mariano's, Whole Foods, Target and other Chicago land area stores, restaurants and bars. This rapid expansion is attributed to Lampley’s 14 years’ of experience in the industry, which has given her leverage to develop a keen awareness of what people enjoy and what the market is missing. 


As a holistic brand, three wine-scented candles were added to the portfolio in 2014 available now at Target locations, including three bonus scented candles.   Lampley leverages her platform to mentor young women and budding entrepreneurs who can benefit from her lessons and her success. She gives her time and resources greatly to nonprofit organizations through sponsorship and speaking engagements. 


Lampley has mentored youth through Urban Broadcast Media, Chicago Sky and Polished Pebbles to encourage Chicago’s youth. She is a member and supporter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  LCS Entertainment, LLC is a licensed wholesaler and importer, a certified Minority Business Enterprise and a Women Business Enterprise. 


www.lovecorkscrew.com

Lauren Scott

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One of Chicago's Best!

 

Lauren Scott was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. She's a big city girl through and through and has a special place in her heart for the White Sox and deep dish pizza.


Lauren is currently the co-host of Chicago's Best Food show! Yes, with a figure like that, who would have ever known that this beautiful and talented soul is able to consume thousands of calories and still fit into her pre-show shorts! How does she do it? It's more than a super power- tune into our podcast to learn more about Chicago's very own, Lauren Scott!


www.laurenscotttv.com

Ja'Mal Green

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Green for Mayor

This week The Ladies sit down with Chicago Activist, Jamal Green. Green announced his candidacy for mayor last month.  Green, only 22, is the youngest candidate to run for mayor.


Tune into our podcast or Comcast Public Access show for full interview.


 https://greenforchicago.com/

DaleLynn Settle

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Featured in PEOPLE magazine's Half Their Size

DaleLynn is the lead worship pastor at The Fellowship of the Southwest in Houston, TX! Her gift and talent have take her all over the globe impacting the lives of millions with her authentic voice and inspiring story of grace and perseverance!


She is a mother of four beautiful children including twin boys, wife of over 10 years, and motivator to many!


Her battle with depression, anxiety, and obesity consumed over a decade of her life and left her 300lbs and miserable. She tried EVERY diet and exercise plan imaginable and ran into brick walls, and dead-ends on every turn. It appeared as if all hope was lost.


DaleLynn was determined to get her life back, lose the weight and restore her joy!


Today she has lost over 146lbs and in the BEST shape of her life physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually!


IG: queendalez

Rutina Wesley

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Actress

Rutina Wesley is known for the character Tara Thorton, on the gritty Southern vampire drama, True Blood and the character of Nova Bordelon on Queen Sugar. 


She was born in the city most renowned for glitz and glamour, Las Vegas, Nevada and was exposed to the arts at a very early age; in fact entertainment runs through her veins. Her father, Ivery Wheeler, is a noted tap dancer while her mother, Cassandra Wesley, performed on the Vegas strip as a showgirl. Rutina studied dance for years then earned an undergraduate degree in Theatre Performance from the University of Evansville in Indiana. She had the good fortune to be accepted by the acclaimed Julliard School. During Rutina's stint at Julliard, she was fortunate enough to spend a summer at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Fortune was with Rutina again when one of her Julliard classmates, Nelsan Ellis, reconnected with her when he became her co-star on True Blood (2008).
 

Listen in and learn more on this amazingly talented woman on our podcast!


Short bio obtained from IMDB