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.

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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Southern Wonder Mar 22nd: Philosophy of Pop with Dr. Robin James

Photo of UNCC, Professor, Dr. Robin James, guest on Southern WonderWhat does the music of pop singers like Beyonce, Rihanna, Meghan Trainor, and Lana del Rey have to say about our modern conception of the self? What does it have to say about our relationship to power in society? To explore this, UNCC professor Dr. Robin James looks in part at the sonic structure of the music. It turns out, pop music today has more to say than we thought.

“In general,” she says on her website. “I use the compositional structure and critical (well, and sometimes, uncritical) reception of songs as a lens to focus my philosophical research in gender, race, and politics. Because songs are much smaller and easily comprehendible than social relations, understanding how these songs work helps us better understand how society works.”

Dr. James’s latest book, Resilience and Melancholy, explores how contemporary sonic structure can be used to reinforce and strengthen existing societal power systems despite a surface message to the contrary (resilience) or subvert those power systems by challenging our expectations (melancholy).

…wait, what?

Don’t worry. Wednesday, March 22nd, at 6:00pm on Charlotte Community Radio, my Southern Wonder guest is Dr. James who will walk us through these ideas using examples from songs you’ve probably heard on Top 40 radio. She’ll hold our hands as we wade into a theoretical wonderland, and hopefully we’ll all come away with a new way to look at the kind of music we hear every day.

Until then, check out Dr. James’s Twitter feed and blog. Plus, you can read an interview with her about the ideas she explores in Resilience and Melancholy.

Bring your questions to Mixlr and tune in for another engaging LIVE conversation on Southern Wonder.

Image for Southern Wonder ShowSouthern Wonder, hosted by Allison Braden airs LIVE every Wednesday from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, celebrating open-mindedness and the spirit of asking why via CharlotteCommunityRadio.org, CLTCRadio.org or Mixlr.com/CLTCRadio where you can chat with our hosts and guests alike. Keep up with all things Southern Wonder on Twitter and Facebook.

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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.

Tenya Colemon ~ Tea Time

Southern Wonder Mar 8th: The New South with Levine Museum Historian, Dr. Brenda Tindal

In his seminal work on the South, The Mind of the South, W.J. Cash summarized the vices and virtues of the region we call home: “Proud, brave, honorable by its lights, courteous, personally generous, loyal, swift to act, often too swift, but signally effective, sometimes terrible, in its action — such was the South at its best. And such at its best it remains today, despite the great falling away in some of its virtues. Violence, intolerance, aversion and suspicion toward new ideas, an incapacity for analysis, an inclination to act from feeling rather than from thought, an exaggerated individualism and too narrow concept of social responsibility, attachment to fictions and false values, above all too great attachment to racial values and a tendency to justify cruelty and injustice in the name of those values, sentimentality and a lack of realism — these have been its characteristic vices in the past. And, despite changes for the better, they remain its characteristic vices today.”Photo of Historian Dr. Brenda Tindal, Courtesy of Charlotte Post

Where did these characteristics come from? Why is the South such a unique region in the American landscape? Is the Southern identity in danger as America and the world globalize and homogenize? How do we preserve a sense of Southern pride and identity while also grappling with the legacy of profound suffering this region has wrought?

On March 8th, during another LIVE Southern Wonder show airing at 6:00pm on Charlotte Community Radio, Allison Braden tackles these topics with Dr. Brenda Tindal, staff historian at the Levine Museum of the New South. With Dr. Tindal, we’ll explore the history and future of the South and what it means to exist at the intersection of those two today.

In her research, Dr. Tindal has focused on 19th and 20th century U.S. and South African history, visual and material culture, and global social reform movements. She’s also worked on a number of research, archival, and exhibit projects that bring history to a wider audience. Learn more about her in the Charlotte Observer, WFAE, and the Charlotte Post. Follow her on Twitter.

Image for Southern Wonder ShowSouthern Wonder, hosted by Allison Braden airs LIVE every Wednesday from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, celebrating open-mindedness and the spirit of asking why via CharlotteCommunityRadio.org, CLTCRadio.org or Mixlr.com/CLTCRadio where you can chat with our hosts and guests alike. Keep up with all things Southern Wonder on Twitter and Facebook.

Allison Braden ~ Southern Wonder