Voices From The Community Mar 8th: Gender Parity

Photo of Johnelle Causwell, Citizen Diplomacy Program Director, International House CharlotteTuesday, March 8th is International Women’s Day and I’m celebrating the occasion by talking about gender parity with Johnelle M. Causwell, Citizen Diplomacy Program Director for the International House.

Johnelle has been working with International House since 2012. Hailing from Kingston, Jamaica, she graduated from Warren Wilson College with a major in Economics and a minor in Political Science. After almost a decade in advertising, Johnelle transitioned her career as an agency Creative Director to her other passion, International Relations. She currently works on the local level to administer the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program along with other international professional and youth exchange programs. Johnelle has been instrumental in the founding of the Young Professionals at International House and she currently acts as Staff Liaison. She has been selected as one of Charlotte’s Top 40 Under 40 Professionals by the Charlotte Business Journal for 2016 and is the 2013 recipient of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professional Newcomer of the Year Award. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Charlotte Chamber Young Professionals and the Johnson C. Smith University Multicultural Diversity Board.

During this year’s International Women’s Day, you can “pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly – whether to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity.” #PledgeForParity

Johnelle and I will talk promptly at 2:45pm and you can listen to my show, Voices From The Community on Charlotte Community Radio starting at 2pm. Join us, and take the pledge.

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Voices From The Community, hosted by Bridget B., airs Monday through Friday from 2pm to 5pm via CharlotteCommunityRadio.org or CLTCRadio.org. Feel free to ask a question of our hosts and/or guests while you listen via Mixlr.com/CLTCRadio.

Bridget B.

Oral Fixation Mar 7th: PFLAG Gaston

PFLAG LogoAs Charlotte grows in size, it also expands its offerings for lesbian and gay citizens. There are numerous opportunities in the metro region to socialize, to gather for support, to rally for causes, and to find a faith community. Smaller outlying cities, however, do not provide even a fraction of the options that larger cities can offer. As a result, LGBT individuals, especially youth, struggle to find acceptance and support.

PFLAG Gaston, formed in 2009, is a national organization that focuses on supporting the parents, families, and friends of those who identify as LGBT, as well as raising awareness in their communities. The Gaston chapter meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7pm at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Gastonia. They have become a visible presence in the area by attending local events, inviting speakers to their meetings, gathering in local restaurants, putting on plays, and supporting GSAs (Gay-Straight Alliances) in several Gaston County high schools. They recently partnered with Time Out Youth of Charlotte to offer a monthly program specifically for young people.

Photo of Ginger Feimster Fortune (left) atop the PFLAG Gaston float in the 2014 Charlotte Pride ParadeThe current president of PFLAG Gaston is Ginger Feimster, a lifelong resident of Belmont, NC and former educator for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. She is the mother of Fortune Feimster, an “out” L.A. based comic/writer/actor who has appeared on Last Comic Standing, Chelsea Lately, Glee, 2 Broke Girls, and is currently a regular on The Mindy Project.

Ginger will be my guest on Oral Fixation March 7th to discuss the unique ways in which small towns struggle to support LGBT families. We’ll also highlight the upcoming PFLAG State Conference on Saturday, March 12th at Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte. The conference is for both North and South Carolina, and you do not need to be a member of a PFLAG chapter to attend. More information can be found on the PFLAG Gaston Facebook page.

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Oral Fixation with sexologist Becky Knight airs every other Monday from 9:00pm to 10:00pm on CharlotteCommunityRadio.org, CLTCRadio.org. You can also listen via Mixlr.com/CLTCRadio where you can chat with hosts and guests as well. We enjoy hearing from you!

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Not Your Boyfriend’s Radio Hour Mar 7th: Actress Tania Kelly

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**February 29th interview postponed until March 7th.**

Tania Kelly is originally from Louisburg, North Carolina. She moved to Charlotte after studying theater at North Carolina Central University.  In recent years, Tania Kelly was voted Best Local Actress by Creative LoafingCharlotte Magazine named her the Best Up and Coming Actress in 2013 and Best Actress in 2015. Awards aside, Tania’s charisma and talent are undeniable upon meeting her. She has performed in several productions with Three Bone Theatre, Stephen Seay Productions and Donna Scott Productions.

Tania is also part of a sketch comedy group called Robot Johnson, a show that runs about an hour and consists of comedy skits, songs, and parodies (think Saturday Night Live in real life). All content is written by members who get together regularly to bounce around ideas and rehearse. The troop performs locally but has traveled to venues and comedy festivals around the Southeast. Robot Johnson most recently performed at the NC Comedy Arts Festival in Chapel Hill and was Charlotte Magazine’s Best Sketch Comedy Group in 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Their next performance is scheduled for March 4th at the Rabbit Hole, a new live music spot that opened up in the Plaza Midwood area.

Charlotte is in an era of development and as a result there have been several closings of local music and art venues. It’s encouraging to see new places like the Rabbit Hole emerging and having success, and hopefully reassuring locals that they will have a place to showcase their creative talents.  If you like to laugh, I think you will enjoy my chat with Tania Kelly this Monday, February 29th during my show Not Your boyfriend’s Radio Hour on Charlotte Community Radio.

Show Image - Not Your Boyfriend's Radio HourNot Your Boyfriend’s Radio Hour, with Amelia Coughlin, airs every other Monday from 7:00pm to 8:00pm via CharlotteCommunity Radio.org, CLTCRadio.org OR Mixlr.com/CLTCRadio where you can chat with our hosts.

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