Tea Time Mar 28th: Tommy Nichols – Two Thumbs Up for The Charlotte Black Film Festival

Tommy NicholsMovies, we all like them, but there are some among us who love them and Tommy Nichols is a lover of cinema. Nichols is the founder of the Charlotte Black Film Festival (CBFF), which is back in the spotlight beginning March 30th and running through April 2, 2017 at the Charlotte Convention Center. The festival is in its 7th year with this year’s theme being, “United To Create”. The Mission of the Charlotte Black Film Festival is to heighten the awareness, promote the significance and need of African American cinema as an art form and to be a voice for independent filmmakers of color.

Tommy is not new to the film industry, his interest was peaked while attending Wilberforce University  where he gained a strong appreciation for film making. Through continued education, Nichols subsequently graduated from The National Federation of Entrepreneurship, The American Guild of Court Videographers, and The Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute. He later completed extensive and specialized training at the Hollywood Film Institute in New York, which boasts Quentin Tarantino and Spike Lee as graduates. Tommy has also served as the Director of Photography for the movie, “Johnny, Mattie and Smooth White Stone, II and III”.

Join us March 28th on the next Tea Time With Tenya as I chat with Tommy about going to the movies and what it takes to make them, LIVE on Charlotte Community Radio at 6:30pm.

Tea Time is hosted by jazz musician, Tenya Colemon, airs every other Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm on CharlotteCommunityRadio.org, CLTCRadio.org or Mixlr.com/CLTCRadio where you can chat with our hosts and guests alike.

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Tea Time Mar 14th: Jason Jet, Indie Soul Rocker and Music Community Maker

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If you know Jason Jet or if you just see him walk in a room, one can see the glow of creativity surrounding him. Who could have foreseen that this Iceland native, now Charlotte, North Carolina resident would become a musical force whose unique talent would breathe fresh air into the regional and national music scene.

Pick a category in the music world and Jason can check them all: musician, producer, songwriter, vocal and performance coach. But Charlotte is not the only place that Jet has and/or is making a mark. From his college days at Full Sail University,  where he honed his producing skills, to performing with the Florida band Bop Gun band, Jason knows what it takes to be successful on stage and in the production studio.

After a stint on the New York music scene and working with major labels, Jason is back in the Queen City. His sophomore project debuted in 2016. According to Jet, “The Great Escape” is a project centered around the concept of self-realization. Jason is also finding his passion around helping other artists and creating a music community here in Charlotte. Every Monday night from 8:00pm to 10:00pm, Jet can be found leading his Vocal Power class where he teaches performers how to incorporate vocal and performance techniques into their creative tool belts.

Join us March 14th on the next  Tea Time with Tenya as I chat with Jason about all things music and maybe get an on air Vocal Power session LIVE on Charlotte Community Radio.  You can catch Jason in action at UNCC for a free noon concert at the After Hours Lounge (3.14.2017) and then listen to his LIVE chat on Tea Time from 6:30pm to 7:30pm (est).

Image for Tea Teme with TenyaTea Time, hosted by jazz musician Tenya Colemon, airs every other Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm via CharlotteCommunityRadio.org, CLTCRadi.org or use the Mixlr app where you can chat with our hosts and guests alike.

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Tea Time Feb 28th: Donna Murrell, Finding Beauty Inside And Out

Photo of Donna Murrell, Fashion MavenDonna Murrell is a Fashion Maven, one can tell that as soon as she walks into a room. Donna has been at the forefront of fashion in Charlotte, North Carolina for the last 35 years. Being a former professional model and running her own modeling agency has given Murrell an insight into what it takes to make it on and off the runway. From modeling to being a judge for the National American Miss Organization, this Charlotte native knows what is takes to be a success on the runway and the on a pageant stage.

It may seem that the outside package is her focus but, Murrell has built a reputation through her Carolina Girls Rock Pageant (CGRP) that celebrates inner beauty and develops confidence, poise and self-esteem in each young lady she coaches. CGRP is centered around helping girls between the ages of 4 – 19, grow and expand their ideas about who they are and what they would like to achieve; and yes, letting each girl know that she ROCKS!

From runway coaching to pageant prop or just to get a bit of advice on ‘what to wear’, Donna has it covered. Join us February 28th on the next Tea Time with Tenya show as we chat with Donna Murrell about fashion, pageants, walking the runway, and on how we can all ROCK. LIVE on Charlotte Community Radio at 6:30pm (est).

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Tea Time Jan 31st: Carmella Jarvi, Artist – Entrepreneur

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When you first meet Carmella Jarvi, fire and water may not be the first things that come to mind. But once you get to know her and the passion she has for her artwork, fire and water will seem a very normal but very interesting conversation to have with her. I first met Carmella at an artist session sponsored by the Arts and Science Council and was captivated by her engaging manner and excitement about all things creative.

Carmella, an alumni of the McColl Center for Arts + Innovation in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, her artwork has evolved from women in water paintings to abstract explorations of water through warm glass – her primary focus since a trip in 2011 to Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Artist is not the only title Carmella wears, since 2006 this artist – entrepreneur has perfected her “business of art” work by offering lectures, training, and business assessments to artists who are interested in learning how to sustain themselves. From gallery curator to arts blogger, Carmella is completely immersed as an artist. You can see her artwork currently on display at The Gallery at Clearwater Artist Studios in Concord, North Carolina.

Join us LIVE on Charlotte Community Radio at 6:30pm, January 31st for another Tea Time with Tenya, as we chat with Carmella about her artwork and how she has blended the ‘business of art’, into her creative life.

Image for Tea Teme with TenyaTea Time, hosted by jazz musician Tenya Colemon, airs every other Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm via CharlotteCommunityRadio.org, CLTCRadi.org or use the Mixlr app where you can chat with our hosts and guests alike.

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