Ready4Air: (Brands and Bloggers)|Carnival’s Fathom: Sun, Fun And Travel With A Purpose

Fathom Adonia
Photo Courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

May 26, 2016 | Posted in Brands and Bloggers Connect, Social TV, Travel | By

On Fathom Adonia at Amber Cove, Puerto Plata Dominican Republic Photo Courtesy/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

On Fathom Adonia at Amber Cove, Puerto Plata Dominican Republic
Photo Courtesy/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Land, ho! The Fathom Adonia pulled into Amber Cover, Puerto Plata after departing the Port of Miami two days before. It was the third sail for Fathom, the newest cruise ship in the Carnival line, that offers passengers the opportunity to not only relax and have fun on vacation but to also “travel with a purpose” by providing community service in the Dominican Republic. Traveling with a purpose was a first for me. Since I made a promise to myself to be more socially impactful in 2016, this trip was a perfect a perfect fit.

Fathom Travel, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic Impact Activity Chariot Photo Courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Fathom Travel, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic Impact Activity Chariot
Photo Courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Fathom Travel has partnered with two established nonprofits, IDDI and Entrena, in the Dominican Republic, to assist rural and urban community projects. During two days of sailing and training sessions, Fathom Impact guides talked us through the impact activities and enlightened us on the best ways to work alongside people in the community. Read more about the impact activities and our sail  here. Now, that we’ve arrived, it’s time to get to work!

Fathom Travel, Puerto Plata, DR Reforestation and Nursery Group Photo Courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Fathom Travel, Puerto Plata, DR Reforestation and Nursery Group
Photo Courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

However, the question remained; how much of a difference could I make in three days, spending only a few hours working?  After docking, we boarded our activity bus and met our on the ground guides. I signed up for the Reforestation & Nursery, Cacao and Women’s Chocolate Cooperative and Student English and Conversation & Learning activities. Our first stop was getting dirty planting trees in the Reforestation & Nursery impact activity, our chance to make a difference in the rainforest, one tree at a time!

Reforestation & Nursery

Fathom Travel Puerto Plata Reforestation & Nursery Social Impact Activity Photo courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Fathom Travel Puerto Plata Reforestation & Nursery Social Impact Activity
Photo courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

On Tuesday afternoon, after docking in Puerto Plata, our group met up with our IDDI guide Ezequiel and headed to Mount Isabel de Torres, a national monument. The mountain known for its enormous statue of Christ rises 2,600 above sea level. At the base of the mountain, a representative from the Department of Environmental Ministry greeted and gave us a brief history of how erosion is claiming the Dominican Republic’s environment and rainforest. When it comes to reforestation, our help was greatly needed. This city girl does not have a much of a green thumb, but I was ready to give it a try. We broke up into three groups of twelve, and each team was tasked with either digging up seedlings, putting soil in small plastic bags and transporting them to the nursery.  The team in the nursery took the plastic bags of soil to plant, oak, mahogany and cedar seedlings and seeds. We rotated each assignment during three hours. Before long, we had a quick moving assembly line working in the garden.

Ready4Air: (Brands and Bloggers) |Fathom Travel: Cruising With A Social Conscience

Fathom Adonia, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic Photo Courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Fathom Adonia, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Photo Courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Another group of Fathom Travelers will plant the seeds in a forest region. Three hours later, our guide told us we had planted 1005 seedlings and seeds.  He told us that three weeks into the program, 6,000 seeds had already been planted. With Fathom sailing to the island twice a month, that is quite a social impact. In forty years, a tree that I helped plant will stand in the Dominican Republic’s rainforest. Cool! I was impressed!

Cacao and Women’s Chocolate Cooperative

Fathom Travel Puerto Plata Cacao and Women’s ChocolateCooperative Social Impact Activity Photo courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Fathom Travel Puerto Plata Cacao and Cacao and Women’s Chocolate Cooperative
Photo courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

After a day to rest and explore, where fellow blogger Lora Wiley-Lennartz and I visited Brugal rum factory, we were off to the another social impact activity at Chocal, a  Cacao and Women’s Chocolate Cooperative.  The cooperative in, Altamira, was started in 2007  by 30 women in search of a way to earn a living while making time for their families. Before the cooperative, work if any, meant traveling long distances, leaving little time for family life.  When our group arrived, several of the original founders of the cooperative were on hand to welcome us. The room smelled of delicious chocolate and the ladies presented us with a cup of creamy, sweet hot chocolate to get our day started. I believe it’s the best hot chocolate I have ever tasted!

Fathom Travel, Cacao and Women’s Chocolate Cooperative Photo courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Fathom Travel, Cacao and Women’s Chocolate Cooperative
Photo courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

A tour of the cooperative included an explanation of the chocolate production process from cacao tree bark to chocolate bar.  The cacao is grown on trees, dried in the sun and sorted before being grounded. While the ladies use machines for grounding the cacao, much of the work is still done by hand, and that’s where we were helpful. In 20-30 minute intervals, we separated good beans from bad ones and sifted through the chocolate nibs to make sure they were free of shells. It took a while for our novice eyes to get the hang of spotting the good from the bad ones, but our guide was a pro and helped us out.  Once the chocolate was ready, we learned the proper way to pour into a mold. After a few minutes of refrigeration, the chocolate was ready for packing and sale.

Fathom Travel, Cacao and Women’s Chocolate Cooperative Photo courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Fathom Travel, Cacao and Women’s Chocolate Cooperative
Photo courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Later we learned that we impacted the cooperative’s productivity by doing the menial work, freeing up the skilled workers to do other things. The group was delighted to have us around and thanked us with a home cooked Dominican lunch of rice and pork, seasoned eggplant, stirred fried vegetables and black beans. Yum! This was a wonderful way to spend my morning  in the Dominican Republic. Thanks, ladies!

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Student English and Conversation & Learning

Fathom Travel Puerto Plata Community English Conversation and Learning Photo courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Fathom Travel Puerto Plata Student English and Conversation and Learning
Photo courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

On Friday morning, hours before we sailed, bloggers  Lora, Vicki, Michele and I joined the social impact activity group for Student English and Conversation & Learning  where we met with 5th grade students to assist them in learning and practicing their English. The class of  10 year old boys and girls greeted us with a lively song and high fives as we entered the classroom. Once we introduced ourselves, we broke up into small groups and began working with the kids on the English alphabet and numbers.  In our first group, Heidi and Leticia, were superstars. They quickly picked up from where they left off from past English lessons to pronounce and identify letters and numbers almost perfectly. For Spanish speakers, the English sounds that are hard to pronounce include the letter  V/B sound, G sound and the Th sound. The number five, thirteen, and thirty can be challenging. With each correct answer, Lora, Michelle and I were there to give both girls positive reinforcement with a smile or high five.

Fathom Travel- Community English Conversation and Learning Photos courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Fathom Travel- Student English Conversation & Learning
Photos courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

After 45 minutes, it was time to switch it up. This time Lora, Michele and I each had a student. I partnered up with Jeremy (left in the photo) who has quite a personality; smart, inquisitive and full of energy. It turns out he wanted to be a teacher as well as a student. Midway through our session Jeremy told me in Spanish, via the Entrena guide, he wanted to learn English but also teach me Spanish words. So, that’s exactly what we did. He practiced his numbers and coached me through a few Spanish words. By the end, I had a new buddy, and Jeremy had learned to take a selfie.

Fathom Travel- Community Vicki Winters in English Conversation and Learning Activity Photos courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Fathom Travel- Vicki Winters in Student English Conversation & Learning Activity
Photos courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

The time went by quickly, and I wanted more time to teach. At the close of both sessions, we were asked to write progress notes in kid’s school binders. This way, the next Fathom Traveler can pick up where we left off. Although our time together was brief, I hope I made an impact. I know for sure, they made an impact on me. By the way, I have been home for two weeks, and I still smile when I think about the kids.
Disclosure: I was invited to cruise for a purpose. Thanks, Fathom Travel for providing this impact + travel opportunity. As always, opinions are my own. If you would like to travel with Fathom, click here and use the insider code 1530 to save on your next booking.

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell – Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air: (Brands and Bloggers) |Fathom Travel: Cruising With A Social Conscience

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May 22, 2016 | Posted in Brands and Bloggers Connect, Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books) | By

Fathom Adonia Photo Courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Fathom Adonia
Photo Courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

I was invited to cruise for a purpose. Thanks, Fathom Travel for providing this impact + travel opportunity. As always, opinions are my own.

Fathom Adonia, Port of Miami - #TravelDeep (i) Lora Wiley-Lennartz, Vicki Winters and Deborah Mitchell Photo Courtesy: Deborah Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Fathom Adonia, Port of Miami – #TravelDeep
(l) Lora Wiley-Lennartz, Vicki Winters and Deborah Mitchell
Photo Courtesy: Deborah Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

It turns out the second time was the charm when it came to a few blogger friends and I sailing on Fathom, Carnival Corporation’s newest ship. Yes, we were disappointed when our first scheduled cruise was suddenly canceled a month earlier but we rebooked as soon as the next sail became available. On May 8, Lora Wiley-Lennartz of Diary of a Mad HausFrau, Vicki Winters of The Vicki Winters Show , her husband Dan and I joined a group of almost 300 passengers to depart the Port of Miami on Fathom’s Adonia, heading to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. WHOOT!

Fathom Adonia, Port of Miami - #TravelDeep Photo Courtesy: Deborah Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Fathom Adonia, Port of Miami – #TravelDeep
Photo Courtesy: Deborah Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Our cruise was the third sailing for Fathom. Just a week earlier, May 1, the intimate 700 passenger liner made global historical news as the first ship to sail from the United States to Cuba in 50 years. Fathom Travel, the brainchild of social entrepreneur Tara Vargas Russell, is a cruise vacation that offers more than just traditional cruising sun and fun. Instead, interested travelers have a chance to make a social impact at their destination. Fathom Travelers, sail to Cuba or the Dominican Republic and engage in a cultural exchange or some cases give back.

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Fathom Adonia to Dominican Republic, - #TravelDeep Photo Courtesy: Deborah Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Fathom Adonia to Dominican Republic, – Impact + Travel Training sessions #TravelDeep
Photo Courtesy: Deborah Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

In the Dominican Republic, the goal is to give back and make a difference in the community’s economy or assist in their education. Once passengers book a cruise they can review the Fathom Travel Impact + Travel  activities which include:

Reforestation & Nursery

Recycled Paper & Crafts Entrepreneurship

Cacao and Women’s Chocolate Cooperative

Community English Conversation and Learning

Student English and Conversation & Learning

Water Filter Production

Concrete Floors in Community Homes

I wanted leave my social impact footprint but also wanted time to relax. Since I didn’t know what to expect I registered for three activities, Cacao and Women’s Chocolate Cooperative, Student English and Conversation & Learning  and Reforestation & Nursery. Now, I was ready to become a Fathom Traveler.

Vicki Winters on Fathom Adonia Photo courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Vicki Winters on Fathom Adonia
Photo courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

So, what’s being a Fathom Traveler?  Well, for Vicki, it meant being sick to her stomach and confined to bed for the first day of the trip. The ship’s medical staff, on the lookout for possible cases of Norovirus, did not want to take any chances when Vicki told them she was nauseous had diarrhea and couldn’t get out of bed. Ms. Big Fat Mouth was tested and quarantined to her room for two days until the results were in. Only Vicki! (lol!) Read about her crappy sick days here.

Fathom-Impact-Travel-Training-with Impact Leader Gil-Lang Photo Courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Fathom-Impact-Travel-Training-with Impact Leader Gil-Lang
Photo Courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

For the rest of us, our days on the high seas were spent learning how to be good Fathom Travelers. We were divided into cohort groups, a Fathom family of sorts,  to attend a variety of Impact + Travel Training sessions. The 45-60 minute sessions take place throughout the day and are a chance for passengers to meet fellow travelers, learn about the destination and impact activities. We learned how to work alongside and interact with the locals in sessions like “Spanish Phrases,” “Empowering English Tutoring,” and “Social Innovation In Action.” The leader of our group was the cute and knowledgeable Impact Guide Leader Gil Lang, a seasoned traveler with a history of  social impact work.  Speaking of work, even while on vacation,TV producers are always digging for information which meant Gil had his hands full answering Lora and my long list of questions.

Fathom Adonia pulling into Amber Cove, Puerto Plata Dominican Republic Photo courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Fathom Adonia pulling into Amber Cove, Puerto Plata Dominican Republic
Photo courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

By the time, the ship pulled into Amber Cove two and a half days later; we were ready to get to work. In the past, I have always enjoyed the Dominican Republic from the beach of an all-inclusive luxury resort. But this time, I saw another view of the isle. Puerto Plata, named by Christopher Columbus, means silver port. Mountainous and on the northern side of the island it was beautiful; reminded me of  Jamaica. Turns out the Dominican Republic is the second largest island in the Caribbean (Cuba is one and Jamaica is three). Amber Cove, the 30-acre waterfront property docking station, built for Carnival was going to be our home for the next few days.

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Fathom Travel, Puerto Plata, DR Reforestation and Nursery Group Photo Courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Fathom Travel, Puerto Plata, DR
Reforestation and Nursery Impact Activity
Photo Courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

When we arrived and boarded our activity bus, the question remained for me; how much of a difference could we make in three days, spending only a few hours working? We would soon find out. Our first stop was the Reforestation & Nursery impact activity, our chance to make a difference in the rainforest-one tree at a time!

If you are interested in taking a Fathom cruise, they are offering a discount link. Click here  and use the insider code 1530 to save on your next booking.

Coming Up:  Fathom Travelers: Making An Impact One Activity At A Time

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell – Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Film) |Hollywood Struggles To Find A Comedy : Lights-Camera-Jackson Says “I’m Not Laughing”

Photo courtesy: 20th Century Fox

December 14, 2015 | Posted in Film, Social TV | By

 

Photo courtesy: 20th Century Fox

Photo courtesy: 20th Century Fox

By definition, a comedy is “intended to make an audience laugh”. “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig goes by a very similar standard, tweeting, “A comedy’s a film whose #1 goal is to make people laugh. If that wasn’t the filmmakers’ top goal, it’s not a comedy.”

2015 didn’t supply many pure movie comedies. The video game adventure “Pixels” and Feig’s own “Spy”, starring the Queen of the Modern Comedy, Melissa McCarthy, are essentially Action Comedies. Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck” also contained romantic, and even some dramatic, elements. “Pitch Perfect 2” and “Ricki and the Flash” benefited from music throughout to keep their light tones. “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” had a positive, light-hearted energy for the first two-thirds but an emotional final act. Technically, it’s a “dramedy”.

The smartest “Comedy” of the year was “The Intern”, starring an excellent Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway at her career best. Similar in story and execution to “The Devil Wears Prada” ten years ago, “The Intern” didn’t have a lot of laughs but the premise, situations, and likable leads kept me smiling nearly the entire time. It’s good-hearted and quite moving. But, if “The Best Comedy of the Year” Award needs to go to the film that provided the most laughs, it’s clearly “Ted 2”, which greatly exceeded my expectations. Runners-up include the updated remake of “Vacation” and Jack Black’s “Goosebumps”.

A film that certainly IS NOT a comedy is “The Martian”. But because star Matt Damon makes a handful of wisecracks to the camera while he’s stuck on Mars, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has accepted Ridley Scott’s big-budget, blockbuster, all-star, sci-fi, space, action/adventure into the Best Comedy category for the Golden Globes. Traditionally it’s not unusual for a touch of humor to be infused into more serious films to ease the dramatic tension. A few recent examples of this include “The Descendants”, “Philomena” and “Saving Mr. Banks”. “American Hustle” and “Silver Linings Playbook” are two other examples, and you may recall, the Golden Globes qualified them as comedies as well. And they’re allowing “Joy,” director David O. Russell’s third collaboration with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, also to be considered a comedy, even though many who’ve already seen the late December release say it’s clearly a drama.

And J-Law’s a lock for a nomination. Lily Tomlin’s character in the 78-minute “Grandma” is a bit wacky though the movie mostly doesn’t try to make you laugh. Nonetheless, she and Lawrence will likely fill two of the five Lead Actress in a Comedy or Musical slots – taking positions away from the much more deserving Hathaway, McCarthy, Schumer and/or Streep.

One of the worst mistakes the Hollywood Foreign Press Association ever made was with 2011’s “My Week with Marilyn”. While I’m glad Michelle Williams was recognized with a statue for her performance, watching the Marilyn Monroe character physically and psychologically suffer was NOT FUNNY. That movie was NOT a comedy in any possible way.

Deciding which category films should be submitted into has become a major game for studios and PR agencies, as they try to push their films and stars into the categories where they think they have the best chance of winning, not where they truly belong. You also see a lot of category abuse between the Best Actor/Supporting Actor categories. No one is playing along with this charade more than the Globes though the Critics Choice Movie Awards fell into the trap last year. When they named “The Grand Budapest Hotel” the year’s Best Comedy, over real members of the genre – “Birdman” (a legit dark comedy) and the highly entertaining “22 Jump Street”.
One thing’s for sure: when I fill out my Critics Choice ballot next week, “The Martian” won’t be anywhere on it, whether it’s considered to be a Comedy, Drama, Action, Sci-Fi/Horror, Foreign-Language, Documentary or Animated film.

Thanks, Jackson!

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson
Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell – Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Film) | Lights-Camera-Jackson With Your Ultimate 2016 Animated Movie Guide

"The Angry Birds Movie" - Courtesy Sony/Columbia

November 22, 2015 | Posted in Film, Social TV | By

 

"The Angry Birds Movie" - Courtesy Sony/Columbia

“The Angry Birds Movie” – Courtesy Sony/Columbia

By Jackson Murphy

I seem to make this statement every year, but it does seem like we’re about to enter one of the biggest, and potentially best years in the history of Animated Movies. The crowded 2016 line-up already includes more than a dozen features with a variety of appealing storylines. Headlining the group are a trio of highly-anticipated sequels. DreamWorks Animation has chosen a rather interesting, January 29th release date for “Kung Fu Panda 3”. This threequel picks-up right where 2011’s “KFP 2″ left off, as Po reunites with his actual father and meets an entire colony of pandas who he must now train for battle. Disney/Pixar’s”Finding Dory” will be released a whopping 13 years after “Finding Nemo”, on June 17th. I’m staying cautiously optimistic. Pixar could certainly knock this one out of the park, but the script has to be superb, with a tremendous emotional punch, to match expectations.

And just a month later, on July 22nd, is “Ice Age: Collision Course”. Based on the teaser screened before “The Peanuts Movie”, this fifth installment is taking things to a new “frontier”, as Scrat has, somehow, ventured into the future. Disney Animation took a break in 2015 (following the Oscar-winning “Big Hero 6”) to focus on two ’16 projects. “Zootopia” (Mar. 4) is an “animals with human characteristics” comedy. And “Moana” (Nov. 23) is set in beautiful Hawaii and stars, Dwayne Johnson. Will Lilo & Stitch be making cameo appearances?

Illumination Entertainment’s “The Secret Life of Pets” (July 8) has had its humorous teaser trailer play in front of every family film since “Minions” in July. The studio has also just announced “Sing” for Dec. 21. The story centers around an animal music competition and features the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, and Seth MacFarlane. The concept sounds fun, and Universal, the film’s distributor, is reporting that 85 songs will be used in the film. Yes, that’s not a typo. McConaughey also leads Focus Features and Laika’s latest, “Kubo and the Two Strings”, a stop-motion adventure out Aug. 19.

While Sony Pictures Animation hasn’t confirmed a 2016 film as of yet, Sony/Columbia is distributing two releases. “The Angry Birds Movie” (May 20) is based on the online game series that, I guess, is still popular. And Seth Rogen and his pals star in a raunchy animated comedy called “Sausage Party” (Aug. 12).

And finally, three others that could be hit or miss: “Norm of the North” from Lionsgate looks less than promising (and a Jan. 15 open doesn’t help). “Storks,” from Warner Bros., is currently scheduled for a prime Sept. 23 release. And “Trolls”, starring those iconic toys (and the voices of Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick) is DreamWorks’ second ’16 film, due out Nov. 4.

Thanks, Jackson!

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson
Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell – Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Film) | Lights-Camera-Jackson asks Double Trouble for Awards Contenders?

Cate Blanchett in "Truth" (l) and "Carol"(r)
Photo courtesy: Sony Pictures/The Weinstein Co.

November 15, 2015 | Posted in Film | By

 

Cate Blanchett in "Truth" (l) and "Carol"(r) Photo courtesy: Sony Pictures/The Weinstein Co.

Cate Blanchett in “Truth” (l) and “Carol”(r)
Photo courtesy: Sony Pictures/The Weinstein Co.

By Jackson Murphy

Could having two spotlight movies backfire for some actors and studios as we approach Awards Season?

Cate Blanchett is currently experiencing this problem, as the praise she’s receiving for her lead actress performance in “Carol” (Opening in Limited Release Nov. 20) is overshadowing her work in “Truth”. The CBS News biopic with Blanchett as producer Mary Mapes and Robert Redford as anchor Dan Rather has received mixed reviews from critics and is being largely ignored by audiences who simply aren’t interested in this story.

Seth Rogen does the best acting job of his career as Steve Wozniak in “Steve Jobs”. Rogen doesn’t have a lot of screen time, but he’s part of a couple of fiery debates with Michael Fassbender’s Jobs, and it’s impressive to watch his commanding presence in a rare, dramatic role. And it’s a much-needed comeback for Rogen, nearly a year after “The Interview” debacle. But Supporting Actor nomination buzz for Rogen could completely go away with the release of the raunchy holiday comedy “The Night Before” in two weeks. If the film is as bad as the trailer, the awful reviews will bury Rogen’s awards season chances. Meantime, Fassbender is receiving high praise for his “Steve Jobs” performance, but that likely means his other late-year Lead Actor role, in “Macbeth” (limited open on Dec. 4), will not be in the awards conversation. Folks at the always (extremely) competitive Weinstein Co., which is distributing “Macbeth”, won’t be pleased about that, and could campaign Fassbender against himself.

And then there’s Pixar. The studio didn’t release a film last year, but it has two 2015 efforts. “Inside Out” was a critical and box office darling when it opened in June, and it’s considered to be a lock in all the Animated Feature competitions. If “The Good Dinosaur” (opening Nov. 25) is as good as it appears, it should make it on everyone’s ballots as well.

However, two Pixar movies in the same category may simply be too much for some voters to handle. The competition for slots is strong, with “The Peanuts Movie” and “Shaun the Sheep Movie” both worthy and the R-rated, stop-motion drama “Anomalisa” also considered to be a lock. Indies such as “Kahil Gibran’s The Prophet” and Studio Ghibli’s final feature “When Marnie Was There” will also get strong consideration. And finally, “The LEGO Movie” was thought to be a guaranteed Oscar nominee (and winner) last year, and we all remember what happened. This category is completely unpredictable.

Thanks, Jackson!

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson
Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell – Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Brands and Bloggers) | 4 Ways to Stay Confident as a First-Time Entrepreneur

Photo Credit: Steve Wilson via Creative Commons

November 11, 2015 | Posted in Brands and Bloggers Connect, Entrepreneur | By

 

Photo Credit: Steve Wilson via Creative Commons

Photo Credit: Steve Wilson via Creative Commons

By Deborah Mitchell

First published in Entrepreneur.com on October 5, 2015

When you are the boss, there is usually no one to pat you on the back for doing a good job or guide you through the daily obstacles of running a business. For the first-time entrepreneur, having no support can be daunting. A slow patch in business, a difficult client or losing out to a competitor may have you questioning your decision to be in business at all.

One of the biggest challenges is staying motivated and confident as you build a new business. So for those days when you are overwhelmed and frustrated by the daily grind, here are a few ways to keep your confidence up when you’re just starting out.

1. Seek out successful people in your field.
If you know of established individuals who are in the same business as you, reach out to them. Your startup is not a threat. Pick their brains for advice. If the leader of the company is on the speaking circuit or writes and shares information through social media, there is a good chance he or she will be available to meet or get on a phone call.

Reach out with an introductory email asking for a specific amount of time and outlining the top three points you would like to discuss. It is important for you to have a flexible schedule and work around their available time since you are asking them for help.
2. Never let them see you sweat.
Each day will not be perfect. Just know that getting discouraged from time to time is part of the business-building process. The key is to avoid letting your customers or employees see you sweat!

If a specific situation or client or employee relationship isn’t working, then take a day or so off to clear your head and regroup. Use the time to brainstorm with a trusted business associate, mentor or friend to figure out the best way to move forward. Once you come up with a plan, it’s time to get back to work.

3. Join a like minded group.
Support from friends, family or strangers can go a long way. Nowadays, social media contacts can quickly become very useful “friends.” Seek out and join Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Reddit and Google+ groups related to your industry to find virtual friends. Local meetups are also a good way to meet people in person. These are the places to ask questions and exchange information.

4. Focus on one business step at a time.
A good friend of mine loves to use the expression, “Don’t compare your business beginning to another’s middle.” As a new entrepreneur, it is easy to look at the competition and think that is where you need to be. But if your competition has been at it for several years longer than there is no way you should expect to be at the same place. Your competitor has spent years making their mistakes and growing. Run your own race and focus on taking one business step at a time.

When it comes to being a business owner we all need a cheerleader, especially when just getting started. Having periods of doubt is par for the course for any new entrepreneur. I am sure successful business owners still have moments of doubt.

If you don’t have a cheerleader on hand, go out and find one. While you are searching for that cheerleader, use this time to dig deep, trust your gut instincts and believe in your abilities to get the job done. Working for yourself is one of the hardest things you will ever do, but the rewards when you succeed make it so worth it.

How do you stay confident while building your business? Let us know in the comments section below.

Deborah J. Mitchell

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Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4ir (Film) |Lights-Camera-Jackson on The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) Hits A Milestone: (EXCLUSIVE)

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November 7, 2015 | Posted in Film, Social TV | By

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By Jackson Murphy

If you are like me (and, if so, we’re in the minority), you stay to the end of the credits of every movie you see. Not only does this practice mean you occasionally get rewarded with a bonus scene (aka “Easter Egg”) that the moviegoers who leave early miss, but there are also traditional features in the closing credits that all diehard film fans should want to check out. One of those is the seal from the Motion Picture Association of America, with a corresponding number that goes with it, signifying that this film has been submitted to the MPAA for an official rating. But, if you’re part of the millions of movie fans who don’t stick around and haven’t been paying attention, you’ve missed an exciting milestone: the MPAA’s 50,000th movie.

I first started going to movie theaters 12 and a half years ago. My first film was “The Lizzie McGuire Movie” in May 2003. After doing a little research, I’ve learned that it was MPAA #39,825. Since that day I’ve been watching that number steadily increase, heading toward the 50,000 mark. As 2015 began, we were in the early/mid-49,000 range. Over the last few months the final countdown began: “Bridge of Spies” (No. 49967), “Our Brand Is Crisis” (No. 49992) and “Steve Jobs” (No. 49998). [Note: those three films were not released theatrically in that order.]

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And now it’s official! The MPAA has reviewed and handed-out seal #50,000, to the indie “Chloe & Theo”, starring Dakota Johnson (“Fifty Shades of Grey”- No. 49529, “Black Mass”- No. 49620) and Oscar-winner Mira Sorvino. The dramedy was just released on DVD.

The association hasn’t made a big deal about this publicly (in fact, the MPAA declined a request for an interview for this story). But after years of rating controversies (including a few recent ones from Weinstein Co. releases), this should be deemed one of their prouder achievements. The organization has served the movie industry and the public for 93 years as the official and (mostly) reliable source for film ratings, so (to me) this milestone is worth celebrating.

Do yourself a favor – the next time you go to a movie stay until the end of the credits and check-out the MPAA seal number. Sometimes, after a really bad film, it’s the most interesting part of the night.
Thanks, Jackson!

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson
Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell – Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Brands and Bloggers) |The Real Breast Cancer Awareness Message in The Month Of October

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November 4, 2015 | Posted in Brands and Bloggers Connect, Social TV | By

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Rhonda M. Smith, Founder of Breast Cancer Partner
Photo Credit: Melanie Acevedo

By Rhonda M. Smith

As another Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to an end, I reflect back on all the events, activities, and media coverage that have brought attention to the cause and what October represents. This year, in particular, I have heightened sensitivity and awareness of what has been covered and promoted in the media. That is because I currently work as the consultant/ Project Director for a statewide breast cancer disparities initiative in California. Over the past 15 months, I have been engrossed in breast cancer disparities work, specifically addressing this issue among African American women.

There have been all sorts of articles published in the media during October about black women and breast cancer, along with the latest news, research, opinions, etc. about breast cancer in general. It’s enough confusion and information to make my head explode!

For example, now the new American Cancer Society breast cancer guidelines recommend that we screen later than age 40, and instead start at 45 and do so less often instead of annually. Six years ago, the federal government’s Preventive Services Task Force caused an uproar and confusion when it recommended that women in their 40s didn’t need to get routine mammograms; rather they should start at age 50. Someone get them a reality check, please!! I see on daily basis women in their 20s, 30s, and early 40s diagnosed with breast cancer – Black, White, Latina, you name it. These women might be dead by now if they’d followed that guideline.

So, while it’s great to get updated information on the protocol for breast cancer screenings and guidelines and how to manage your breast health, a woman, as well as the general public, can become fraught with the confusion that can often create the wrong perception and belief about how to manage her breast health.

A mobile mammography event in Los Angeles, CA.  October 2015  Photo Courtesy: Jackie Coco

A mobile mammography event in Los Angeles, CA. October 2015
Photo Courtesy: Jackie Coco

The notion of breast cancer disparities is not new news among African American women. However, despite the fact this health issue has been studied for many years, the media will lead us to believe the situation is not getting any better for black women when they are diagnosed with breast cancer.

There continue to be articles published in October about the plight of African-American women diagnosed with breast cancer. In the October issue of O Magazine, there was an article entitled “Why Are So Many Black Women Dying of Breast Cancer? Another popular article with a similar title written by the infamous Dr. Harold P. Freeman, “Why Black Women Die of Cancer” appeared in the NY Times in March 2014. It is a great article that provides insight as to why this is happening. There were two additional articles, entitled “A Grim Breast Cancer Milestone for Black Women”, and “Black Women More Likely to Get Wrong Breast Cancer Care, Study Confirms”. I’m sure there may be even more articles on this topic published during October, but I’ve seen and read enough already.

After reading all of these articles, I started to get a little pissed off because it made it appear as though all black women experience this dilemma when they are diagnosis with breast cancer. Here again, another stereotype to contend with and to paint us in a not so positive light when it comes to our health and behavior. Now, I’m not saying that there are no merits to the contents of these articles, but what I am saying is that it paints a very grim picture and perception of African-American women diagnosed with breast cancer. The message breeds more fear among African American women that they have associated with knowing the outcome of mammograms. It also fuels the fatalistic attitude that exists within the community that “when you get cancer you die”. The messages in the media only make the individual mindset, myths, beliefs, and barriers that exist in the community much harder to dismantle. I deal with this every day in trying to educate, motivate and empower Black women to be more proactive about their breast health. It’s hard enough already without an extra “noise” around this issue.

While the statistics do hold true, and I believe that there are too many of our women dying unnecessarily of breast cancer, we have the power to change that and reverse this trend. To do so we have to start talking about African American women surviving breast cancer and shed the spotlight on how many of our women are “thriving” after breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Myself being one of them.

Let’s start talking and writing about what we can do to survive this disease and be more proactive about our breast health so that we can rewrite the story of African American women and breast cancer. If we are diagnosed with breast cancer or any other chronic disease or health issue, we all need to become more proactive healthcare consumers and learn how to advocate better for ourselves and our loved ones.

Let us help ourselves and prevent the women in our lives who we love and honor from becoming a statistic. So, be vigilant and get your mammograms annually. Talk to your doctor about what’s right for you given your family history and situation. And remember, early detection saves lives!!

Rhonda M. Smith, Founder of Breast Cancer Partner Photo Credit: Melanie Acevedo

Rhonda M. Smith, Founder of Breast Cancer Partner
Photo Credit: Melanie Acevedo

Rhonda M. Smith is the Founder of Breast Cancer Partner, a for-profit organization that works to empower women diagnosed with breast cancer to become their own health and wellness advocate so that they don’t just survive the disease but “thrive” during treatment, in recovery, and in their life beyond breast cancer. Breast Cancer Partner provides the tools, resources, knowledge, and information to help breast cancer survivors recover from treatment, restore their lives back to “normal”, and re-energize after treatment ends. Breast Cancer Partner also creates and delivers health and wellness education experiences to help survivors optimize their quality of life and well-being during and after treatment, improve outcomes, and enhance their long-term survivorship.

You can find Rhonda anywhere below at  www.breastcancerpartner.com, Twitter:  @BrstCancerPrtnr, Facebook: Breast Cancer Partner or Recover Restore Reenergize Your Life and LinkedIn: Rhonda Smith  

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Film) |Lights-Camera-Jackson on A24 Leading the Independent Pack

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October 31, 2015 | Posted in Film, Social TV | By

 

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By Jackson Murphy

When movie studios are evaluated at the end of 2015, Universal (“Jurassic World”, “Furious 7”, “Minions”) and Disney (“Avengers”, “Inside Out”, “Star Wars”) will clearly receive top honors for having the biggest box office success. But, when it comes to Quality Films over the course of the year, the award will likely go small, independent A24.

You may not have heard of the name, and you may not have seen many of their films, but this studio has broken through in 2015 and is about to break through in a major way this Awards Season and into 2016. Prior to this year, A24 was best known as the distributor of “Spring Breakers” (starring James Franco and Vanessa Hudgens), the Shailene Woodley high school drama “The Spectacular Now”, the outstanding Tom Hardy indie “Locke” and the solid crime drama “A Most Violent Year”, which earned Jessica Chastain a Golden Globe nomination in 2014.

The studio’s 2015 roster is very impressive: “While We’re Young”, a mid-life crisis comedy with Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts, was not widely seen this spring, but it received mostly positive reviews. “Ex Machina”, from writer/director Alex Garland (“28 Days Later”), is a bold sci-fi thriller starring Oscar Isaac, Domnhall Gleeson and one of this year’s “it-girls”, Alicia Vikander. Critical praise and theater expansion helped it become the studio’s highest-grossing release to date in the US ($25.4 million). “Amy” is a frontrunner for Best Documentary Feature honors. This powerful look at late singer Amy Winehouse is genuinely sad and consistently fascinating. “Mississippi Grind”, a low-budget gambling drama that debuted on DirecTV Cinema before heading to theaters, features two top-notch performances from stars Ben Mendohlson and Ryan Reynolds.

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And A24 is also behind two of the absolute best films of the year: “The End of the Tour” is a pitch-perfect, two-man drama with Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel at their finest. Segel’s Supporting Actor buzz is well-deserved. And then there’s “Room”, the heart-pounding and heartbreaking story of a woman held captive in a backyard shed for seven years, the last five with her young son. Brie Larson is a lock for multiple Best Actress nominations, and nine-year-old Jacob Tremblay deserves to be included in Supporting Actor discussions as well.

Included on the A24’s early 2016 lineup is the horror film “The Witch”, that’s already generating buzz. Hollywood is filled with a lot of independent studios – some make it, while most struggle to survive. In just four years, A24 has proven, that not only do they belong, but that they’re an important player in the industry.

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Thanks Jackson!

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson
Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell – Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Social) |#TBT How One Entrepreneur Grew a Global Business From Her Facebook Friends

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October 29, 2015 | Posted in Entrepreneur, Social TV | By

 

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First published in Entrepreneur.com

By Deborah Mitchell

When Evita Turquoise Robinson first shared her passion for travel on Facebook with 100 like-minded travelers four years ago, she couldn’t have imagined what it would become. The group, Nomadness Travel Tribe, now has over 10,000 members from all over the globe. What makes the group unique is that  while it is open to travelers of all ethnicities, it is primarily African American, age 25 to 40, with 80 percent women. Members live in cities around the world. The economic demographic runs the gamut from the underemployed to professionals who earn six figures. The global trips are so affordable that it allows the diverse groups to connect no matter your income bracket.

Robinson, an artist and filmmaker, was bit by the travel bug right out of college when she took her first trip to Paris. A stop in Tokyo to teach English and then a trip to Thailand as part of a travel web series rounded out her global travels by the age of 25. She founded Nomadness Travel Tribe in September 2011 to connect with urbanites who travel as part of their lifestyle, not just as vacation.

Robinson wanted an intimate group, so she invited people from her Facebook friends list with the prerequisite that the potential members had traveled at least once and had one passport stamp. Today, through word of mouth and social media, Nomadness Travel Tribe has grown to a little more than 10,000 members worldwide.

“There is no place that I can go in the world today where I don’t know someone there,” Robinson said.

Social media was the key to the group’s growth. “There are so many social media outlets: Twitter, Periscope, Instagram. Instagram and Periscope- — the live-streaming app — allow anyone to follow along on our trips,” she said. “If the Internet was a geographic location, Facebook would be the capital. It is where everyone is. If you can start someplace where everyone is and then push out from that point, you have the opportunity to do something special.”

Robinson was able to bring strangers and friends on her urban travel adventures, something new. “Nomadness Travel Tribe was the first group to spearhead targeting diverse millennial travel,” she said.

This year alone, Nomadness Travel Tribe has appeared in the New York Times, The Daily Beast and on several national television programs, all without the help of a public relations agent. The press has approached them. “We have not used outside media outreach to grow the membership,” Robins. “People within the group have shared their amazing stories because they want the group’s authentic story to be told.”

Robinson said Nomadness Travel Tribe became a business by accident, but it was born from a place of passion. “This group could not have existed without social media. Social media is this generation’s megaphone and our way to communicate. I don’t think we could have had the same impact in that time span without social media.”

Robinson always knew she was going to be an entrepreneur, but she did not know what it was going to look like. While she is an artist first, Evita Turquoise Robinson is still figuring out the world of being an entrepreneur and knows it is important to trust the process. If you have a passion and want to build it into a business, Robinson has a few tips.

Just do it.
Break out of analysis paralysis. Nothing starts in perfection–it does not matter who you are or how much money you have. At some point, you have to jump and build the parachute on the way down. Just do it.

Learn as much as you can.
Robins said when she launched the business she was “a little bit of a lone wolf where I tried to learn everything. I never want to create a business where if one person leaves, they can derail the entire system, so I try to learn as much as I can. You should know how to do as much as possible.”

Ask for help.
“You feel like you can be an island, but learn to open up and ask for help,” Robins said. “Once you see your idea has promise, put the proper people in place. I picked my team from my members, so I did not have to sell people on the idea, they were as passionate about it as I am. I know they will get the job done.”

On Saturday, September 26, the Nomadness Travel Tribe will have their first travel conference that caters to the urban traveler. The sold-out event in New York City will have about 150 attendees. Hopefully, I will see you there!

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Ready4Air (Film) | Lights-Camera-Jackson on Locking-In One Oscar Category Now

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October 24, 2015 | Posted in Film, Social TV | By

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Jennifer Lopez
Photo courtesy: Sony

By Jackson Murphy

This year’s Oscar voters, particularly the nominating committee, will have a more difficult time than ever evaluating the many performances in the four acting categories and narrowing them down to just five. The same amount of frustration will surely go into Best Director, Best Animated Feature, Best Picture and several others. But I’ve got a slam-dunk idea that would take the pressure off of determining one category.

Over the past few years, the Oscars have been so gung-ho about star-power, especially with the musical performances, that live versions of these nominees for Best Original Song would certainly create interest and attract viewers. So here is my “Dream Playlist” for Oscar Night. (Members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and Hollywood Foreign Press Association should also take note for their respective Original Song categories):

“Feel the Light” is an emotional tune from the DreamWorks Animation comedy alien space “Home”. Sung by superstar Jennifer Lopez, she (and all the visuals) would absolutely light-up the stage.

Similarly, there’s “Flashlight”, a hit finale from “Pitch Perfect 2”. It’s performed by 18-year-old Hailee Steinfeld, an Oscar nominee for 2010’s “True Grit”, so she’s already well-established with The Academy. Young people would tune-in for this.

Spotify has already unveiled the latest James Bond theme, for “Spectre”, titled “Writing’s on the Wall”. While it doesn’t have anywhere near the power-punch of Adele’s “Skyfall”, Sam Smith has millions of fans, and he’d deliver live on Oscar night.

“See You Again” is, surprisingly and yet not surprisingly, the early frontrunner for the trophy. This tribute number to “Furious 7” ‘s Paul Walker from Wiz Kahlifa and Charlie Puth has been on the radio (and stuck in our heads) for months. It’s moving and perfectly fits with the film’s final scenes.

And finally – the voting members simply have to answer this question: “Wouldn’t you love to see three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep and music legend Rick Springfield rock-out on the Oscars stage?” If so then “Cold One”, from the music dramedy “Ricki and the Flash” (they perform the uptempo version during the closing credits), needs to get a nomination. It’s unlikely Streep will be up for Best Actress for “Ricki”, and her Supporting Actress chances for a small role in “Suffragette” are, at this point, pretty slim. A year without Meryl as part of the Academy Awards just wouldn’t feel right. Put her on live with a guitar in her hands? Now, that’s an Oscars-worthy moment.

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Thanks Jackson!

 

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson
Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell – Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Film) | Happy National Boss’s Day: Americans Choose Their Favorite Bosses on Film

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October 16, 2015 | Posted in Film, Social TV | By

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October 16 is National Boss’s Day, so if you have a boss, who you love or hate, today is the day to honor them.  Americans chimed in to honor their favorite and not so favorite bosses of film in a recent  nationwide survey of 1,000 adults conducted by OnePoll for 1-800-Flowers.com in honor of National Boss’s Day.

Memorable film bosses include George Clooney as Danny Ocean, the leader of a gang of casino thieves in Ocean’s 11; Darth Vader, the Jedi gone bad as voiced by James Earl Jones in the first Star Wars trilogy; and Tony Stark, the billionaire businessman turned superhero played by Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man. Love Downey as Tony Stark!

While we all love and want a good boss there is just something so special about a bad boss. One of my favorite bad bosses on film is Meryl Streep as fashion maven and nasty boss Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada. Whenever the movie is on television I watch it for not only for the fun clothes but Streep’s efficient but nasty glares and one liners including this one she utters to an underling as she tells an underling: “By all means move at a glacial pace. You know how that thrills me.” Love it!!  In the survey, Streep’s performance ranked second in the category of bad bosses on film.

Another one of my favorite films, Elf starring Will Farrell and featuring  bad boss Ed Asner as Santa Claus came in at No. 5.  Among dramatic film bosses, Marlon Brando as Don Corleone in The Godfather is No. 1 with Al Pacino as son Michael Corleone in The Godfather: Part II as — what else? — No. 2.

When we go back to famous bad boss one liners Streep’s Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada line I mentioned earlier  was No.1  ad in third is Sigourney Weaver as Katherine Parker, Melanie Griffith’s conniving boss, in Working Girl: “Never burn bridges. Today’s junior prick, tomorrow’s senior partner.”

“We always remember bosses who have inspired us throughout our career,” says Chris McCann, president of 1-800-Flowers.com. Whether mischievous like Willy Wonka or coercive like Don Corleone, the most memorable bosses are often colorful people who leave a lasting impression,” says McCann. “They might not always be so easy to deal with, but they do make life more interesting.”

Happy National Boss’s Day!

Courtesy: Nationwide survey of 1,000 adults conducted by OnePoll for 1-800-Flowers.com 

Top funny TV bosses

1. Sam Malone (Ted Danson), Cheers
2. Lou Grant (Ed Asner), The Mary Tyler Moore Show
3. Angela Bower (Judith Light), Who’s the Boss
4. Philip Banks (James Avery), The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
5. Monica Geller (Courteney Cox), Friends
6. Michael Scott (Steve Carell), The Office
7. Larry Tate (David White), Bewitched
8. Jay Pritchett (Ed O’Neill), Modern Family
9. J. Peterman (John O’Hurley), Seinfeld
10. Liz Lemon (Tina Fey), 30 Rock

Top funny movie bosses

1. Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
2. Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), The Devil Wears Prada
3. Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
4. Felonious Gru (Steve Carell), Despicable Me
5. Santa Claus (Ed Asner), Elf
6. Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock), The Proposal
7. Dr. Julia Harris (Jennifer Aniston), Horrible Bosses
8. Dr. Evil (Mike Myers), Austin Powers
9. Franklin Hart Jr. (Dabney Coleman), 9 to 5
10. Cruella De Vil (Glenn Close), 101 Dalmatians

Top dramatic movie bosses

1. Don Corleone (Marlon Brando), The Godfather
2. Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), The Godfather: Part II
3. Danny Ocean (George Clooney), Ocean’s 11
4. Darth Vader (James Earl Jones), Star Wars
5. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Iron Man
6. Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), Schindler’s List
7. John Milton (Al Pacino), The Devil’s Advocate
8. Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), Wall Street
9. Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), X-Men
10. Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington), American Gangster

Top movie bosses we would most like to work for

1. Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
2. Santa Claus (Ed Asner), Elf
3. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Iron Man
4. Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock), The Proposal
5. Dr. Julia Harris (Jennifer Aniston), Horrible Bosses
6. Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
7. Danny Ocean (George Clooney), Ocean’s 11
8. Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), The Devil Wears Prada
9. Walter Burns (Cary Grant), His Girl Friday
10. Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), The Wolf of Wall Street

Scariest movie bosses

1. Don Corleone (Marlon Brando), The Godfather
2. Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), The Godfather: Part II
3. Darth Vader (James Earl Jones), Star Wars
4. Cruella De Vil (Glenn Close), 101 Dalmatians
5. Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), The Devil Wears Prada
6. John Milton (Al Pacino), The Devil’s Advocate
7. Ebenezer Scrooge (Alastair Sim) in A Christmas Carol
8. Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), Wall Street
9. David Harken (Kevin Spacey), Horrible Bosses
10. Dr. Evil (Mike Myers), Austin Powers

 

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell – Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air(Film) | Lights-Camera-Jackson on Why “Star Wars” Will Ruin the Holidays

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October 16, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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By Jackson Murphy

On December 18, 2009, James Cameron’s Avatar opened. The Oscar-winning adventure about the tall and noisy blue people on Pandora became the highest-grossing domestic release of all-time and single-handedly forced every studio to either make or convert every upcoming big-budget action movie in or to 3D. This December 18, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will begin its quest to top Avatar’s box office records.

There’s no doubt that diehard fans of the legendary franchise will come out in droves (and in costumes, if theater chains will still allow it) to see if this seventh installment lives up to the years of hype. Hopefully, The Force Awakens is an exciting introduction into Disney and LucasFilm’s revamping of the series that will include two more regular “Episodes” as well as several spin-offs currently in development.

Here’s the bad news: Star Wars: The Force Awakens is going to overpower every movie theater in its path and become every movie studio’s worst holiday nightmare. It comes down to basic math. Cinemas only have a certain number of screens. The demand for The Force Awakens will be so high opening weekend that theater owners across the country will be forced to devote the vast majority of their screens to Hans Solo and company, squeezing the rest of the current releases onto either a very limited number of remaining screens or pushing them out altogether. I wouldn’t be surprised if The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (opening November 20) is gone from the majority of multiplexes on December 17.

Five days after The Force Awakens opens, the Christmas blockbusters begin rolling out, starting with Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked on Wednesday December 23. The Big Short, an all-star financial drama from Paramount, will also be expanding that day. Christmas Day itself brings the action remake Point Break from WB (which I honestly believe will get pushed to 2016) and the Paramount comedy Daddy’s Home starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.

And let’s not forget that Santa will be leaving other presents in the form of awards season hopefuls Concussion (the NFL drama with Will Smith) and legitimate Best Picture, Director, and Actress contender Joy, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, and Bradley Cooper. Audiences are going to want to spend their movie gift cards on these films. However, it’s likely they’ll only be available for limited showings on limited screens, so sell-outs will be a problem. Those predicting how these movies will do at the box office would be smart to keep their expectations low.

Finally there’s this: The Force Awakens comes out right in the middle of nomination season, with every studio–large and small–trying to get their movies seen by critics and audiences to drum-up buzz and sway voters. It’s going to be much tougher for publicists and marketing departments to do their jobs when practically every website and magazine will be devoted to endless Star Wars news, analysis, and box office breakdowns.

To sum it up: I’ve got a bad feeling about this.

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Thanks Jackson!

 

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Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson
Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell – Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (TV) | Lights-Camera-Jackson on Star Power Lights-up FOX Tuesdays

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October 9, 2015 | Posted in Social TV, TV Production | By

 

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By Jackson Murphy

ABC has the prestige of Kermit and Miss Piggy kicking-off their Tuesday night lineup. But with mixed reviews of the first few episodes of “The Muppets” (the “Pilot” was loaded with celebrity cameos, adult references and a quirky, off-putting tone) and a 35% viewership drop from Week 1 to Week 2, things aren’t looking so good. And you can’t discount the competition. The two new sitcoms on FOX will definitely give The Muppets a run for their money.

“Grandfathered” marks the TV return of John Stamos, who plays Jimmy, a 50-year-old bachelor and restaurant owner who suddenly finds-out that he is not only a father to Gerald (“Drake & Josh”‘s Josh Peck) but also a grandfather to little Edie. Watching Stamos’ scenes with the baby girl in the “Pilot” did bring me back to his “Full House” Uncle Jesse days, and there’s nothing wrong with that (and having Bob Saget as a restaurant patron at the end of the “Pilot” was also a nice touch.) But beyond this obvious, yet appropriate comparison, the inaugural episode of “Grandfathered” was consistently funny with a high number of great one-liners and some clever moments, including a decent homage to “Kramer vs. Kramer”.

And then there’s “The Grinder”, which features Rob Lowe playing Dean, the star of a fictional TV courtroom drama called “The Grinder”, which just ended its eight-season run. Dean returns to his small-town home to watch the series finale with his family, including brother Stewart (Fred Savage from “The Wonder Years”), who is a real-life lawyer. But Stewart isn’t exactly the most polished attorney and Dean thinks he can use his knowledge from the show to help Stewart help his clients.

“The Grinder” relies heavily on Lowe to carry everything else along, and he absolutely delivers. Lowe is terrific playing a Hollywood actor – charming, confident and playfully over-dramatic in everyday situations and conversations. He’s the reason to watch this show. My one concern going forward is that the weekly storylines may be more of the same: Stewart struggling and Dean assisting by smooth-talking his way through the case.
Hopefully both “Grandfathered” and “The Grinder” provide for breezy, good-hearted entertainment over the course of their seasons (how ever long they will be). And if they both become hits, they may just dims the lights on Kermit & Co.

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Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson
Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell – Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Film) | Lights-Camera-Jackson on Space: The “Finest” Frontier?

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October 2, 2015 | Posted in Film | By

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“The Martian” starring Matt Damon
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By Jackson Murphy

In 2013’s “Gravity”, Sandra Bullock played a rookie astronaut who, in less than 90 minutes, alone and against all odds, did everything she possibly could to get back home. In 2014, Bullock’s haircut was then styled for Anne Hathaway, who joined space explorer Matthew McConaughey on a groundbreaking “Interstellar” adventure from the mind of Christopher Nolan. Midway through Matt Damon showed-up and nearly killed McConaughey. But he survived (alright, alright, alright!) However, he still had to face his biggest test: getting back home. And I still don’t understand that film’s final few moments.

This year’s blockbuster space movie (because, apparently, it’s become an annual thing) is “The Martian”, starring Mr. Damon. And here’s the tagline on the film’s poster: “Bring Him Home.” That’s right, after a Mars mission goes wrong and all the other astronauts leave the planet thinking that Damon’s character is dead, he wakes-up. And so the others decide, again all odds, to go back and try to rescue him. Jimmy Kimmel is sure to either love or hate “The Martian” depending on how it ends.

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It’s clear that Hollywood is more in love with exploring space than anyone currently working at NASA. And the connection between the Cinema and celestial exploration has been around since movies began. Among the highlights – “2001: A Space Odyssey”, which is still considered one of the (if not the) greatest sci-fi movie ever made, “E.T.”, one of my all-time favorites, and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”.

But this triple-header of similar Awards Season go-getting, astronaut-saving movies is a bit unique. I’m not sure if “The Martian” will earn Visual Effects Oscar honors, as “Gravity” and “Interstellar” did (it could end-up battling the latest in another space saga – “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” – for that statue). But maybe we’ve seen the last “astronaut in peril” film for a while. Next time, he/she can just “phone home.”

Thanks Jackson!

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson
Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell – Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (The Week Ahead) | 67th Primetime Emmy Awards | Why A TV Producer Is A Good Hire | #NursesUnite Controversy And ‘The View’

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September 21, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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Taraji P. Henson and Viola Davis were both nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category. Davis ultimately won the award for her work in How to Get Away with Murder.
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Happy Monday, All!

The television awards season is in full swing now that this year’s 67th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony is over and television is slowly changing. Cable television was the big winner last night, with HBO’s Veep beating out ABC’s Modern Family for Best Comedy Series to HBO’s Game of Thrones with a total of 12 Emmy wins for 2015, beating out longtime fan favorite AMC’s Mad Men for the drama prize. But Mad Men was a winner for Jon Hamm. After seven nominations, Hamm scored Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for the final Mad Men season. After the show, a producer friend called to tell me that she didn’t know many of the shows since she hadn’t been watching cable. I told her cable is where it’s happening and even the big-name celebrities are following.

As with every contest, there are winners and losers. This year, I tuned in hoping to see history be made. An African-American woman has never won in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category. Both Taraji P. Henson of Fox’s Empire and Viola Davis of How to Get Away with Murder were up for Emmy nominations in the category, marking the first time two African-American actresses have made the list in the same year. Juilliard-educated Viola Davis walked away with the Emmy last night, her first Emmy nomination, and the first time in 67 years of Emmy history that an African-American woman has won it. Fellow nominee Taraji P. Henson gave 50-year-old Davis a big hug as she ran up to the stage where in her speech, Davis talked about having more roles for African-American women and thanked many women of color who are working in Hollywood today. Davis said “Let me tell you something–the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”

For the first time in Emmy history, four actresses of color walked away with Emmy wins in one night. A few Emmy award-winning surprises included actress Regina King for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie for her role in American Crime. It was King’s first Emmy win ever, and Nigerian actress Uzo Aduba of Orange Is the New Black won her second Emmy for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Both Aduba and King seemed genuinely surprised by their wins. Like them, I was genuinely surprised and happy to see their win and history being made.

Congratulations to all of this year’s Primetime Emmy award winners!

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The co-hosts for the current season of The View are (clockwise from top left): Whoopi Goldberg, Candace Cameron Bure, Michelle Collins, Paula Faris, and Raven-Symone.
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Well, I’m sure the producers of ABC’s The View weren’t expecting this kind of publicity when they came back for the new season. When they brought back former co-host Joy Behar to the panel–I am sure for big bucks–I was pretty excited. Joy was always my favorite, and I had stopped watching after her departure. But her highly-anticipated return to the show for its latest season has been derailed after the daytime talker received a firestorm of social media criticism for jokes made mocking Miss Colorado’s Kelly Johnson in this year’s Miss America pageant.

Turns out, America’s nurses didn’t find the comedian’s comments funny. Now, show advertisers, a total of five, are pushing the pause button and pulling out their sponsorship.

This week on Ready4Air (TV), can The View recover from this latest controversy, or is this the last year for fans to take a little time to enjoy “The View”?

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And finally, a few weeks ago, I wrote a post for enterpreneur.com outlining the multifaceted skills of a good television producer. The idea was born after I found myself continuously explaining to people how a producer’s skills can be valuable to any team in a variety of businesses. I posted a query to my television associates and friends in a variety of Facebook groups, asking them to list a producer’s transferable skills, which became the foundation of the story.

Well, the finished post turned out to be a very popular read and went viral on social media, with a total of 5,000 Facebook shares, 646 retweets on Twitter, and 876 likes on LinkedIn.

In this week’s #TBT, we will feature my most popular entrepreneur.com post to date “10 Skills That Make a TV Producer a Great Hire or Partner for Businesses.”

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned.

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell – Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (TV) | (VIDEO) Actress Taraji P. Henson Turns 45, Talks About #Fashion Week In The Caribbean, And Cookie Lyon’s Style

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September 16, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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Fox’s Empire star Taraji P. Henson at the 2015 Summer Sizzle BVI
Photo Credit: Paul Thomas/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Well, Happy Birthday to Taraji P. Henson a.k.a Cookie Lyon. The Academy and Emmy-nominated actress is having a banner year, having just celebrated her 45th birthday on September 11, and gearing up to possibly make history at this year’s Emmy Awards ceremony. Henson–nominated for her over-the-top, edgy character Cookie Lyon from the Fox series Empire–could take home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series, making her the first African-American to win it.

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Fox’s Empire star Taraji P. Henson stars as Cookie Lyon

As ghetto fabulous Cookie Lyon, Henson has taken her career to the next level, with viewers quoting her famous, sassy one-liners. The much-anticipated sophomore season of Fox’s Empire will bring more family feuding, with patriarch Lucious Lyon–played by Terrence Howard–fighting to keep his family power from behind bars. His ex-wife, ex-con Cookie Lyon, is on the outside with their three sons, Andre, Jamal, and Hakeem scheming on how to get control of the family’s music business, Empire Entertainment. Reports have the new season featuring a few big celebrity guest stars, including actress Vivica A. Fox, who will play Cookie’s sister. The two of them should cause major fashion fireworks on the small screen.

Speaking of fashion, as New York’s Fashion Week wraps up this week, Henson revealed to the New York Post that she will be wearing Alexander Wang to the 67th Emmy Awards which, airs on Sunday, September 20 at 8:00 p.m. EST/7:00 p.m. CST on Fox. When it comes to fashion, Taraji P. Henson is not one to shy away from shaking things up and neither is Cookie.

During my conversation with Taraji at the fashion and lifestyle event Summer Sizzle BVI over the summer, a soft-spoken Henson talked about having a Fashion Week in the British Virgin Islands, Cookie Lyon’s style for season 2 of Empire, and Henson’s desire to live in the BVI.

Click below to watch our full exclusive interview.

And check out this trailer for season 2 of Empire, which premieres on September 23 at 9:00 p.m. EST/8:00 p.m. CST.

With the Emmy Awards and her show’s season premiere only days apart, the next week is going to be a busy one for Taraji P. Henson.

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell – Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air(TV) | A Summer Moment: Shooting TV On The Streets Of New York City

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September 15, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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CBS show Madam Secretary shooting on Riverside Drive and 89th in NYC
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

As we get ready to wrap up summer, I am thinking about a few of the things I will miss seeing on the streets of New York City. During the warm weather, it’s not unusual for the Upper West Side of Manhattan to be cordoned off for film and television shoots. Actors and stagehands become a part of the neighborhood as they shoot for days or weeks at a time.

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CBS show Madam Secretary shooting on Riverside Drive and 89th in NYC
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

The few blocks around my apartment have been regular shooting locations for television shows like Law and Order and movies like You’ve Got Mail, which was actually filmed on my block. It’s the scene at the end of the movie when Tom Hanks walks Meg Ryan home right before her big date with her mystery online guy. We then see Meg Ryan leave her brownstone and race-walk down the block to meet her date in Riverside Park. It’s actually a little surreal to see your block or neighborhood on the big and small screen. On this particular morning during my bike ride, I spotted the huge trucks and crew on Riverside Drive setting up to shoot a scene for CBS’s Madam Secretary starring Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, and Patina Miller.

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CBS show Madam Secretary shooting on Riverside Drive and 89th in NYC
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The show stars, Leoni and Daly, weren’t around, but the crew had arrived at 4:00 p.m. and were planning on a long shoot day. Just so you know, when I owned a car these shoot days were a pain in the butt since these big trucks took up already scarce parking spots. If you park in their designated shoot zones, your car is towed and moved to another location. I learned that lesson the hard way. Lol!

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CBS show Madam Secretary shooting on Riverside Drive and 89th in NYC
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

It was 7:00 a.m., and they were already working at full steam ahead. I’ve lived on the same street on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for 25 years. It’s been 25 years of television and moviemaking in this New York neighborhood. And for this veteran producer, watching the behind-the-scenes of a location shoot come to life never gets old. I will definitely miss this about summer!

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CBS show Madam Secretary shooting on Riverside Drive and 89th in NYC
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

What shows or movies have you seen taking place in the streets where you live?

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell – Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (The Week Ahead) | (VIDEO) Taraji P. Henson Talks About #Fashion Week’s New Destination | Shooting TV In The Streets Of NYC

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September 14, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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Happy Monday, All!

Hope you had a beautiful weekend. Speaking of beauty, if you are in New York City, then there is a good chance you are already on your way to today’s shows for New York Fashion Week. As you may already know, the week-long celebration of all things fashion began last week and runs through September 17. Unique highlights of this year’s show include a collection called “Ground Zero” by Hong Kong-based designers Eric and Philip Chu. These young designers want “Ground Zero” to be seen as a sign of hope. Eric and Phillip told the New York Daily News that their designs were inspired “by Chinese street style and include striped sweaters, bright orange pleather pants, funky fishnet tops and cargo pants.” A bright light as New York City observed the 14th anniversary of  the September 11 tragedy this year.

Since I sprained my foot during Labor Day weekend, I am lying low and sitting this Fashion Week’s festivities out, but I will live vicariously through you.

Also, the television fall premiere season is in full swing with many shows premiering last week. I will have my sprained foot propped up with ice as I watch the premieres continue to roll out. Which shows will make the cut and which ones will be canceled? Stay tuned…

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As New York Fashion Week wraps up on Thursday, we gear up for 67th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony, which is set to air on September 20. The Primetime Emmy Awards will honor the best in primetime programming over the past year. The Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series category includes Academy Award-nominee and star of Fox’s Empire Taraji P. Henson. She is up for her role as the edgy ex-con and ex-wife Cookie Lyon.

This week on Ready4Air (TV), watch my full video interview with Henson in the British Virgin Islands, where she talks about Cookie Lyon’s new style for season two of Empire and the BVI as a new destination for Fashion Week.

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CBS Show Madam Secretary shooting on Riverside Drive and 89th in NYC
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

There are a few things that I enjoy about New York City summers, and that includes shooting productions and watching them being taped in the streets. The actors and crew become one with the viewers of their shows when they set up taping or filming on location. If you are lucky, you might see your favorite celebrity and get a selfie. As a television producer, seeing the production crew out in the streets never gets old.

This week on Ready4Air (TV), on my morning bike ride I spot the big television trucks and crew on Riverside Drive setting up to shoot a scene for CBS’s Madam Secretary starring Téa Leoni and Tim Daly. Of course, I had to stop and take a few pictures, which I will share in the post “A Summer Moment: Shooting TV On The Streets Of New York.” 

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And finally, do you find yourself wasting time when it comes to social media? Social-media management can be a big time suck. Just think about how quickly hours go by when you read through Facebook posts. And that’s just one social-media platform. As entrepreneurs, we don’t have time to waste.

This week on Ready4Air (Brands and Bloggers), read our tips on having a plan and being organized so that you can save time, money, and even your happiness.

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned.

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell – Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Lifestyle) | The British Virgin Islands: Creating A New Fashion Week Destination (VIDEO)

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September 8, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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British Virgin Islands, July 2015
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Over the years, New York, Paris, and Milan have been the go-to destinations for Fashion Week fashionistas. As we gear up for this week’s shows in New York (September 10-September 17), British Virgin Islands native Terry Donovan has a dream to make his homeland the Caribbean destination for Fashion Week. Known and loved for its beautiful nature and waters, the BVI has been a longtime destination for divers and sailors.

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Donovan plans to change that with Summer Sizzle BVI. The the four-day weekend of lifestyle and fashion celebrated it’s seventh year in July, and Donovan, who is from Tortola, had Hollywood power behind him with actress Taraji P. Henson as host of the annual event. Henson, an Academy and Emmy award-winning actress from Fox’s series Empire, joined a group of international and local designers to bring attention to the talented and many times unnoticed talents in the fashion industry.

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Fox’s Empire star Taraji P. Henson in the British Virgin Islands at 2015 Summer Sizzle BVI
Photo Credit: Paul Thomas/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Donovan told me by phone four weeks after the event, “Taraji P. Henson added a lot of exposure to the event. A lot of people who came this year were first time visitors, and Taraji’s followers added to the interest. The BVI was a perfect backdrop for the event, and the festival opens up a whole new opportunity for the island.”

2015 Summer Sizzle BVI in the British Virgin Islands, July 23-26

Scenes from the Summer Sizzle BVI White Gala, July 2015
Photo Credit: Top left photo by Ricki Richardson/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates. All others by Debbie Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

According to Donovan, the intimate event drew around 200 visitors with events like the welcoming cocktail party, the White Gala, and a day at The Baths taking place on the East End of Tortola, Beef Island, and Virgin Gorda. I’ve been a longtime fan of the island, over the years visiting my friends Joan and Mario Soncini, who are part-time residents on Virgin Gorda. Joan is the author of the 2007 book An Intimate Portrait Virgin Gorda. But this was my first time to Summer Sizzle BVI.

2015 Summer Sizzle BVI in the British Virgin Islands, July 23-26

2015 Summer Sizzle BVI
in the British Virgin Islands, July 23-26

It was my first time spending time on Beef Island and East End Tortola where several of the Summer Sizzle events took place. Both islands have more people and activity and are very different from Virgin Gorda, which is filled with more nature and secluded beaches. Tortola was the perfect place to have the festivities. Next year, Terry plans to expand the weekend. “Summer Sizzle is about fashion and lifestyle, and next year we want to include health and fitness. We are going to have seminars and workshops. We will be announcing our plan for 2016 by October. The event has a lot of potential to be the St. Tropez of the Caribbean. We have a lot of work to do, but it is possible.”

Have you ever been to the British Virgin Islands and would you travel to the BVI to attend Fashion Week?

Click below to hear Taraji P. Henson tell us why she is ready to move to the British Virgin Islands.

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Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (The Week Ahead) | Happy Labor Day | Taraji P. Henson On Fashion Week Caribbean Style | The BVI: A New Home For Fashion Week?

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September 7, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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Debbie Mitchell celebrated Labor Day at a barbecue with friends in Milford, Pennsylvania.
Photo Credits: Debbie Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Happy Labor Day, Everybody!

The weekend was beautiful over here on the East Coast, and I celebrated the unofficial end of summer at a magnificent BBQ with friends on Sunday. About 80 old and new friends gathered to eat, drink, and soak up the last few days of summer sunshine in Milford, Pennsylvania. Fellow producer and blogger Lora Wiley-Lennartz opened up her home to us and we had a blast. After three days of prepping, Singing Chef Jackie Gordon, Lora, and I were up to our elbows in food. With a sprained foot on Saturday, I was relegated to chopping duties as I sat, elevated, and iced my injury. Party day not only included delicious food, but also a karaoke singing station, a tequila-tasting bar, and a liquid nitro ice cream station. As I mentioned earlier, the weekend was beautiful and yes, the leaves are beginning to fall from the trees and there is already a nip in the air, but we didn’t care since we ended the season with the perfect end-of-summer cookout.

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Scenes from 2015 Summer Sizzle BVI. Clockwise from top left: DMMA producer Debbie Mitchell with Steven, a model featured at the Summer Sizzle BVI Global Glamour Runway Fashion Show: Terry Donovan, CEO and Executive Producer Signature by Terry Donovan Events; a boat on the BVI; and Fox’s Empire star Taraji P. Henson
Photos by Paul Thomas and Debbie Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Another sure sign of the end of summer is the start of New York Fashion Week. The week-long festivities roll into town later this week starting on September 10 and run through September 17. While I love the excitement of Fashion Week being in the nippy weather of New York, I had just as good a time watching new designers showcase their creations on the catwalk in the hot Caribbean sun.

This week on Ready4Air (Lifestyle), Terry Donovan, the brains behind the fashion and lifestyle event Summer Sizzle BVI, talks about his dream of making the British Virgin Islands the Caribbean destination for Fashion Week.

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Producer Debbie Mitchell with Fox’s Empire actress Taraji P. Henson in the British Virgin Islands at 2015 Summer Sizzle BVI
Photo Credit: Paul Thomas/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Also, this week on Ready4Air (Lifetstyle), we hear from Academy- and Emmy-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson. Henson hosted the 2015 Summer Sizzle BVI Global Glamour Runway Fashion Show for the first time this year. Taraji talks exclusively to DMMA about falling in love with the British Virgin Islands and putting her name behind the Caribbean’s fashion and lifestyle weekend.

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A few basic SEO principles can make a difference and increase any business’s website traffic. Photo Credit: Johnny Blaze via Creative Commons

And finally, blogger conferences have been a great resource for me as an entrepreneur. In July, New York City was host to two huge blogger events, BlogHer and Blogger Bash, where more than 5,000 bloggers gathered to meet with brand representatives and attend sessions to hone their online skills. Sheryl Simonitis, vice president of marketing at Noodle, a destination education website, shared a few SEO tips that any entrepreneur can use.

This week on Ready4Air (Brands and Bloggers), we’ll discuss some basic principles that can increase your website traffic.

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned.

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell – Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (TV) | Talking Program Development With Co-Creator And Executive Producer Samson Styles

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September 1, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

Squashing Beef Co-Creator and Host Samson Styles on set. Photo Credit: Saint Laz.

Squashing Beef Co-Creator and Host Samson Styles on set.
Photo Credit: Saint Laz

The program development process has never been easy, and it takes a lot more than a good idea to get a show on air these days. But a good idea is definitely the first place to start. Over the years, I’ve tried to develop and sell a television show–as a matter of fact, I am still at it–and nothing has gotten the green light. Yet. Today, we get to hear from television veteran Samson Styles, who closed the deal when he co-created and sold the show Squashing Beef. We’ll start with his interview, but definitely check out the trailer at the end of the post and tune in to the show in mid-September.

Samson, your new show is Squashing Beef and it premieres in mid-September on BET.com. What is the premise of the show and how did you come up with the idea?

My new show, Squashing Beef, is a reality show that deals with real street conflicts and resolutions. We find people with real beef, mostly from communities where calling the police is never an option. These people usually handle conflicts on their own, which in most cases ends in violence. I came up with the concept along with Todd Tucker (the husband of Kandi Burruss from The Real Housewives of Atlanta) more than five years ago. What inspired the idea for the show was a real beef that I squashed between me and one of the guys that almost fatally shot me back in the day. We squashed the beef and started speaking at youth detention centers together to help curb the violence with the youth. Todd and I figured we should take my journey on the road and do a show that helps people resolve their street beefs. My street credibility made for the perfect mediator.

You are the co-creator and the star of the show. How challenging is it to wear both hats?

Being the co-creator, executive producer, writer, cameraman at times, and the editor can be a bit challenging, but I’m kind of used to it. Since 2010, I’ve adapted the skills of being what the industry calls a turn-key. That means that I’m a one-man band. I shoot, edit, produce, write scripts, and put the camera on a tripod and shoot my own stand-ups.

Is this the first show you have developed and taken to air? What was the development process like?

Throughout my career, I have developed and produced many documentaries for TV, so I know about making deadlines and staying on budget. But this is the first reality type of web series that I’ve ever done. The development process for this show has many elements. It’s a mixture of the technical savvy that comes with TV production mixed with the street smarts and credibility that’s needed to pull it off.

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Squashing Beef, a new web series on BET.com premiering in mid September. Co-created by Samson Styles

Squashing Beef, a new web series on BET.com premiering in mid September. Co-created by Samson Styles

How important is it to get sponsors for a program? Explain the role of sponsors for a show.

Well, sponsors are extremely important because without sponsors you can’t pay the bills. But sponsors can also dictate the direction of your art, which can dilute the authenticity. In some cases, it’s best to create the content you feel in your heart and if the public loves it and it generates good traffic, then the sponsors would come anyway because the numbers are there. That’s the beauty of the web. You can test content without worrying about sponsors at first.

Years ago, producers could sell a show idea on paper. Is that still possible or is having video of the idea key?

I got my first deal on a documentary I did almost 10 years ago called Brooklyn Girls Fight Club–which is now airing on Pivot TV and is available for purchase on Hulu and Amazon–by having a good, visible trailer. If I had only had the idea on paper, I don’t think it would have been as effective. Scripted features and series still have the ability to get picked up without visuals, but if they can see a pilot or trailer along with the script, your battle for funding becomes less challenging.

For anyone reading who might want to develop a television show, what three tips would you give them?

1. Don’t do what everyone else is doing. Think outside the box. Develop content that has never been done, or do it in a way that is extremely unique.
2. Make sure you copyright and register your show before taking any meetings or even discussing your show. Some people in this industry will steal your ideas if your paperwork isn’t on point.
3. Keep your passion, don’t get discouraged, and get used to hearing the word no. All you need is that ONE yes that will change your life.

Thanks, Samson!

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Samson Styles: TV personality, executive producer, co-creator, writer
Photo Credit: Cameron Dennis

Samson Styles is a writer, producer, and correspondent for news specials and documentaries at BET. Currently, he is the executive producer and co-creator of Squashing Beef, which will air in mid-September on BET.com.

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell – Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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August 31, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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Saratoga Race Course, Saratoga Springs, New York
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Happy Monday, All!

Hope you had a great weekend. Today is the last day of August, and I have mixed feelings, good and bad, about it. First, the good. It is my mom’s 86th birthday, so I am wishing her a very happy birthday. If you know my mom or have seen my postings about her, then you know Rita is as lively and spry as ever! I am thankful and I hope to have that kind of spunk when I am her age. So Happy Birthday, Mom!

Now, the bad. The last day of August brings us closer to the end of summer. We are already having longer days with cooler nights and mornings. I like summer way too much to say goodbye to it and that’s why I am making the best of every day, including this weekend.

This weekend was made extra special when I had the chance to attend my first horse race: the 146th Travers Stakes in Saratoga Springs, New York. For horse race lovers, the sold-out event was a big deal because American Pharoah–Triple Crown winner and only the 12th in history and the first in 37 years–was racing and picked to win. The day had become #PharoahtogaDay. Pharoah was going into the race with eight wins in a row, including the Triple Crown series under his belt. Historically, it has been 74 years since a Triple Crown series winner had won the Travers with the last horse to win, Whirlaway, in 1941.

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The 146th Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, Saratoga Springs, New York
Photo Credits: Debbie Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Including American Pharoah, there have only been four Triple Crown winners to run in the Travers Stakes. My friend, Linda; her sports photographer husband, Bob; and their friend, Nick, and I joined the super-excited crowd of 50,000 people to watch American Pharoah hopefully make history again. Camera crews were everywhere. For a while, the TV producer side of me missed the excitement of being behind the scenes covering the event, but I quickly adjusted to being a spectator.  

I’m not a big gambler, however, my first bet was on a horse named Born In Brooklyn. What can I say; the name spoke to this baby who was born in Brooklyn. The 10-dollar bet on show, which meant I would win if Born In Brooklyn came in first, second, or third. The horse came in third, and I won $16.40! Just enough to buy two cocktails.

The day flew by, and finally it was 5:45 p.m. and American Pharoah’s turn to race. American Pharoah had a huge job ahead of him. The crowd was yelling, “Let’s go, Pharoah, let’s go, Pharaoh!” and he was faced with the task of becoming the first Triple Crown winner to win at the Saratoga Race Course–also named the “Graveyard of Favorites.” Even I felt the pressure.  

Once the horses were loaded, they were out of the gate in a flash. American Pharoah had the lead, but another horse, Frosted, was riding his tail all the way. In the end, yet another horse, Keen Ice, came up from behind for the win. American Pharoah came in second. It was a stunning shock and disappointment for everyone involved. It’s two days after, and I’m still wondering what happened to American Pharoah. But I must admit, the adrenaline rush in just watching those two minutes live was amazing. I can only imagine the feeling if I had bet and actually won!  

Squashing Beef, a new web series on BET.com premiering in mid September. Co-created by Samson Styles

Squashing Beef is a new web series on BET.com, premiering in mid-September. It is co-created by Samson Styles.

We go from betting on horses to betting on creating a hit show. Every show that airs on television or the web has been through a development process, starting with an idea for the show. And while we all have ideas, not all ideas makes it to the screen for anyone to see. Developing a show is a process. It can be lengthy and creatively frustrating, yet ultimately rewarding if you get a project green-lighted for broadcast.

Well, Squashing Beef got the green light. I love the show title, which in the streets means settling differences. The web series is created by producers Samson Styles and Todd Tucker (the husband of Kandi Burruss from The Real Housewives of Atlanta) and we’ll be able to watch it on BET.com in mid-September.

This week on Ready4Air (TV), we talk with TV personality, co-creator, executive producer, and writer Samson Styles about the five-year journey to bring Squashing Beef to life.

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The control room of Our Take on Arise TV
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

And finally, there is no denying that the world of television is a fascinating one–sometimes glamorous, always interesting, and never boring. For the outsider looking in, a TV producer’s job and work skills may be a mystery. While producers, like myself, work in television, our skills are extraordinarily transferable to other businesses. As I look for a new project, I find myself repeatedly explaining this to business owners and knew I had to do more. Along with insights from a few television professionals, I wrote my weekly post for enterpreneur.com entitled 10 Skills That Make a TV Producer a Great Hire or Partner for Businesses,” which breaks down the skills of a good television producer.

Turns out, readers enjoyed the piece. They liked the post so much that they shared it multiple times on social media with 4,000 shares on Facebook, 578 retweets on Twitter, and 725 shares on LinkedIn as of Sunday. I’m happy you liked it and thanks so much for sharing! I hope producers can use the post as a resource when looking for their next project and that business owners keep it mind when looking to add a new member to their team.

In the meantime, stay tuned and thanks for stopping by.

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell – Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (TV) | 5 Minutes With Fox’s ‘Empire’ Star Taraji P. Henson: What Would You Ask Her?

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August 25, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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Fox’s Empire star Taraji P. Henson at the 2015 Summer Sizzle BVI
Photo Credit: Paul Thomas/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

If you’ve ever been to a press junket, then you know that your celebrity talent is at your disposal for a limited amount of time–anywhere from four-to-five minutes on a good day. As the interviewer, your goal is to get the most interesting content in that time. In some cases, the interviewer is told the maximum number of questions allowed to ask in that time frame. When I sat down with Fox’s Empire star Taraji P. Henson in the British Virgin Islands for our exclusive interview in July, I was told three questions was the maximum. Henson was hosting and putting her support behind this year’s 2015 Summer Sizzle BVI fashion lifestyle event.

So what three questions did I ask? Better yet, what three questions would you have asked?

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Debbie Mitchell with Fox’s Empire star Taraji P. Henson at the 2015 Summer Sizzle BVI
Photo Credit: Paul Thomas/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

The Academy Award and Emmy nominated actress has a lot going on these days. She was just nominated for her role as Cookie Lyon on the hit Fox show Empire. If she wins, it will be the first time an African American actress wins an Emmy for lead actress in a drama. Cookie Lyon is outrageously over the top in both her fashion sense and storyline. Dressed in her island chic, Henson was wearing a fabulous maxi dress and yellow fringe shoes. Definitely more Taraji than Cookie. Speaking of Cookie’s style, it was recently announced that Saks will be launching an Empire collection in a couple of weeks, featuring the wardrobe of several of the ghetto-fabulous characters. Now we can all channel a little bit of Cookie Lyon. Right now, Henson is devoting her time to the small screen as she gets ready for the second season of Empire, which premieres on September 23.

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Producer Debbie Mitchell with Fox’s Empire actress Taraji P. Henson in the British Virgin Islands at 2015 Summer Sizzle BVI
Photo Credit: Paul Thomas/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

 

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Darryl Harrison and producer Jacqueline Farmer with Fox’s Empire star Taraji P. Henson at the 2015 Summer Sizzle BVI
Photo Credit: Paul Thomas/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Well, as you can see, Henson had a good time with the questions and answered more than three. Then she stuck around to take photos with the DMMA crew. We are still editing the interview, so stay tuned. It will be ready soon.

Tell us, what three questions would you ask Taraji P. Henson if you had a chance to sit down with her?

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Deborah J. Mitchell

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Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (The Week Ahead) | #AFROPUNK: A Fashion Feast For The Eyes | What Questions Would You Ask Taraji P. Henson? | America’s Top Fantasy Bands

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August 24, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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2015 AFROPUNK at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, NYC
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Happy Monday, All!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! The weather was beautiful and all the colorful people–including artists, designers, musicians, and folks ready to celebrate–were at this year’s AFROPUNK Festival. It was only my second time attending the festival; the first one was in 2013. In its eleventh year, the lineup was major, including Lauryn Hill, Grace Jones, and Lenny Kravitz performing into the night. This year, the once-free event cost anywhere from $45 to $75 for both Saturday and Sunday. I was disappointed when I first read that there was a cost, but once I got there and saw the crowds, I was happy to see folks spending money to support the growing community event. Reports today say there were over 30,000 people in attendance each day.

2015 AFROPUNK attendees at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, NYC  Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

2015 AFROPUNK attendees at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, NYC
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

My personal posse this year was three strong, with newbie blogger Marian Rivman, creator of the site Countdown to 70 and New York Times reporter Ruth LaFerla. Ruth covers fashion for the paper, and extraordinary fashion was everywhere we looked. Yes, we were listening to music, but we couldn’t take our eyes off of the fashion. We were photographing and shopping, and I was periscoping a fashion feast for the eyes. Brooklyn was representing and folks let their creativity lead them. Look out for Ruth’s write up in the New York Times.

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2013 AFROPUNK featuring Vernon Reid and Living Colour
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell/ Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

AFROPUNK continues to expand it’s music lineup each year. When I was there in 2013, rock guitarist Vernon Reid and the Grammy Award-winning band Living Colour brought the house down with their performance. It was a classic night for the Brooklyn group.

Keeping with the theme of rock music, this week’s Ready4Air (Music) will reveal the results of a survey listing America’s top fantasy bands. The survey has this to say about the most critically-acclaimed musicians: “Guitar legend Jimi Hendrix edged out three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Eric Clapton and Latin American guitar frontman Carlos Santana.”

Stay tuned to see if your favorite musician or rock band made the list.

Debbie Mitchell with Fox's Empire star Taraji P. Henson at the 2015 Summer Sizzle BVI Photo Credit: Paul Thomas/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Debbie Mitchell with Fox’s Empire star Taraji P. Henson at the 2015 Summer Sizzle BVI
Photo Credit: Paul Thomas/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

And finally, if you’ve ever been to a press junket, then you know that your celebrity talent is at your disposal for a limited amount of time–anywhere from four-to-five minutes on a good day. As the interviewer, your goal is to get the most interesting content in that time. In some cases, the interviewer is told the maximum number of questions allowed to ask in that time frame. When I sat down with Fox Empire star Taraji P. Henson in the British Virgin Islands for our exclusive interview in July, I was told that three questions was the maximum. So what three questions did I ask? Better yet, what three questions would you have asked?

This week on Ready4Air (TV), with only a few minutes or just three questions to ask, how does an interviewer decide what questions to ask the celebrity?

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell – Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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