Tea Time May 23rd: Bree Stallings, Using Art As A Vehicle For Social Change

Photo of Bree StallingsArtist, Poet, Model, Art/Social Activist are all words that describe Bree Stallings. Armed with her BA degree from Queens University, Charlotte, NC, in Studio Art and Creative Writing, Bree is well on her way to raising awareness in the areas that she regards as a high priority. I first met Bree in 2012 or 2013 at a Project Art Aid event that she helped coordinate with the program’s founder, Rosalia Torres Weiner and we have been friends ever since.

Stallings’ works of art, poetry, and mixed-media collage have been covered and published in various print and online magazines including Creative Loafing, Charlotte Viewpoint, Indigo Rising, My City Magazine, MAYO, The Borgen Project, Society Charlotte, Charlotte Magazine etc. Recently Brees’ partnership with the Mecklenburg County Health Department and students at Behailu Academy have provided the opportunity for 3 large-scale public art murals in designated “food deserts” to highlight the pressing issue of food insecurity in our communities.

Currently, Bree teaches adults and children drawing, painting, comic book illustration and animation at Community School of the Arts, and is the lead teaching artist at Behailu Academy, a free non-profit after school program for students in low socio-economic scoring neighborhoods. Through programs, curated art shows and fundraisers she has helped organize, Bree, alongside her creative team and partnerships with Project Art Aid, Behailu Academy, the Mecklenburg County Health Department, the Disappearing Frog Project, Pearls for Creative Healing and many more, Stallings has helped to raise over $50,000 for furthering development in Charlotte’s art and humanities scene.

I think we will have quite a bit to discuss, so please tune into my last, LIVE Tea Time with Tenya talk show on Charlotte Community Radio,Tuesday, May 23rd, as I chat with Bree about art and activism. Show starts at 6:30pmEst.

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Tea Time May 9th: Sam Wazan, Building Bridges in Business and Basketball

Photo of Sam WazanSam Wazan wears many hats; he is a successful author, business consultant, a sought after speaker, and you should see his moves on a basketball court. Though Sam juggles many balls, his passion for peaceful and harmonious co-existence is where he excels.

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Wazan attended a Saudi Arabia-funded Islamic school until he finished tenth grade. In 1975, the Lebanese civil war broke out forcing Sam and his family to live in the combat zone for fifteen years. Sam was surrounded by snipers, indiscriminate rockets, and religious massacres, one of which was only a half a mile from his home. In spite of the elements, Sam earned a Bachelor of Science and immigrated to the United States where he earned an MBA and founded an ‘information technology services company’.

Before becoming an author, before his MBA, before his success in the business world, Sam made his mark on the Basketball Courts in Lebanon. The first time Wazan laid eyes on a basketball was during the war in Lebanon. He was fifteen-years-old, six-feet tall, absence of skill (his words not mine) and coaching. As chance would have it, he found a training program in an American sports magazine and threw himself into the game. In 1985, during his first year in college, he was selected to represent Lebanon in Japan, where he played on the Lebanese Universities National Team. He was selected again in 1987 and 1988 to play in the Former Soviet Union in regional championships.

Join us May 9th on the next Tea Time with Tenya as we chat with Sam about creating harmony in the middle of conflict, business, and basketball (find out about Monster Vertical Power), LIVE on Charlotte Community Radio at 6:30pmEST.

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Tea Time April 25th: Martha Cooper-Hudson, Helping Women Rediscover Themselves

Ladies, have you ever felt like you needed or wanted to reboot your life? I certainly have; if I let the truth be told, I am constantly in some phase of rediscovery. Martha Cooper-Hudson is on a mission to help others realize their greatness and rediscover themselves. Cooper-Hudson has been called on to equip, inspire, motivate and empower women to live a life of health and wealth while they stand up, suit up and walk in their purpose. For over 10 years, Martha’s message has been and will continue to be: “When you have a dream, goal, purpose and a will to succeed no matter the cost, time doesn’t matter.”

To help women achieve their purpose Martha has developed RediscovHer, a national women’s organization based in Charlotte that equips, motivates and inspires women to live a life of great health and wealth while living and walking in their purpose. The goal through RediscovHer, is to create an atmosphere that is non-competitive, where women can come together to support each other. Through empowerment conferences, workshops, luncheons, and weekend getaways, entrepreneurial-minded women come together to connect and share strategies to uplift each other. We are not only partners; we advocate for and promote one another.

Let’s all of us find out more about ourselves, as I chat with Martha about rediscovery and living out our purpose on the next Tea Time with Tenya, April 25, 2017, LIVE on Charlotte Community Radio at 6:30pmEst.

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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.

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