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Join Fred Willis as he chats with newsmakers in the faith, business, health, literary and political communities. His in depth interviews will bring you right into room with people you need to know and want to know about!

Join Fred Willis as he chats with newsmakers in the faith, business, health, literary and political communities. His in depth interviews will bring you right into room with people you need to know and want to know about!


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Join Fred Willis as he chats with newsmakers in the faith, business, health, literary and political communities. His in depth interviews will bring you right into room with people you need to know and want to know about!








Episode 13: ShaVonne Banks-Davis

Recipient of a $10K Grant from BeyGOOD and the NAACP Small Business Impact Fund, Acting With Mrs. Davis uses Theatre Arts education and youth programs to inspire youth, grow educators, build positive culture, and support creative arts in the community. In this episode, I catch up with my real good friend to celebrate this momentous occasion for her company. We talk about her dream of acting, pursuing the dream and perseverance when opportunities seemed lost, her journey to the classroom and...


Episode 12: Dr. Sybil Sloan & Dr. Frederick Acklin

In this episode, I interviewed Drs. Sybil Sloan and Fred Acklin. Sybil Sloan's book "Put Your Mouth On Him" inspired Dr. Acklin's forthcoming book "I Always Put My Mouth on Her" and you can imagine the depth of conversation we had. The books seem to project counter viewpoints, but they're actually quite complementary. We're talking relationships and oh, so much more in this episode. Listen in and share with a friend! Music in this episode: "Johnny and Donna"- Mali Music "Speak to Me"- Koryn...


Episode 11: Brave Williams Talking Points

It's in her name...BRAVE...she's bursting on the scene in the entertainment industry as an actress and singer and has braved all the challenges faced to now star on the small screen in a number of projects large and small. She's making her mark on the Christmas season with a cover of Eartha Kitt's iconic "Santa Baby" and stars in BET's "The Christmas Lottery" alongside Reginald Vel Johnson. Her singles "Don't Tell Me No" and "Options" are also available for your enjoyment. Brave Williams was...


TL Holmes Talking Points

Nationally respected marketing strategist and social media expert, TL Holmes is pouring his twenty plus years of professional experience and a rare passion for pulling the best out of people into his new book, “Un-Identified” – Unlocking the Power of Your Brand. “Everybody can’t be my client…but everyone can be my customer,” Holmes explained. In our interview we learn more about Mr. Holmes and what has helped shape his most recent journey into life as an author. He shares great information...


Tonya Edwards Talking Points

What is grief? Tonya Edwards of "Beyond Grieving" answers the question and really explains the grief process and how we can better process grief. The Coronavirus pandemic has also changed the way we memorialize those lost to the virus. Tonya Edwards shows us how to process those losses with what she calls a significant emotional statement. She freely shared so much in this interview that we feel honored to pass on to you! Share this with everyone you know processing grief. We believe that...


Dr. Hari P. Close

Death care professionals are often not considered when people think of “front line” workers, but in fact their job starts when the medical professionals’ ends. Funeral Advocates of America LLC (FAA) and #GetUsPPE have joined forces to launch the ‘Last Responders Awareness Initiative’, Co-Founded by Ashley Jackson and Dr. Hari P. Close. The initiative's goal is to draw attention to combat the issue of the severe lack of protective equipment and the growing crisis of COVID-19 casualties among...


"It Happens After Prayer"

Want to see a change in your life or situation...are you willing to pray about it? In this episode, Fred shares a recent story about a decision he made to pray about a dire situation and the awe inspiring results that followed. Music in this episode: When You Pray- Bebe Winans It Happens After Prayer- HB Charles and the Shiloh Church Choir I Will Put My Trust In You- Eric Waddell and the Abundant Life Singers Prayed Up- Karen Clark-Sheard


Bishop Vashti McKenzie Talking Points

On November 21-23, 2019, McKenzie will bring the Selah Leadership Encounter for Women to Dallas. Named one of the top conferences for women in 2019 by Essence Magazine, Selah Leadership Encounter for Women will feature leading experts from around the country including Dallas' own, internationally acclaimed actress and bestselling author, Priscilla Shirer; health guru and serial entrepreneur Pinky Cole, owner of the acclaimed plant-based restaurant and food truck, Slutty Vegan; Hollywood...


Cora Jakes Coleman Talks 'Ferocious Warrior'

In “Ferocious Warrior,” Cora teaches readers how to win like a warrior as she details how she faced and overcame difficult obstacles common to women, including infertility. Music in this episode: Cheryl Thomas Fortune- Fighters Clareta Haddon-Jackson- Help Me Donald Lawrence ft. Le'Andria Johnson- Deliver Me Jasmine Murray- Fearless Koryn Hawthorne- Warriors


Saying Thank You While You Can

Recently, Bro. Reliford Jones passed away. As I reflected on his life, I realized that I was short a few thank you's. While I had thanked Bro. Jones and had always been appreciative of his kindness in my life, I feel like I regret that the last time I saw him was short. Such is life and though we don't control time, we can control our expressions! Who do you owe a thank you, to? In this episode, I discuss the very real need to show gratitude as we have the opportunity. Music in this episode:...


Meagan Good and Stumbling Blocks at Church

Meagan Good recently revealed that she doesn't attend church as much as she used to because of the way people at church handle her. While this is problematic, it's indicative of baby steps for a new believer. In Luke 17:2 Jesus cautions us to do nothing to cause "one of these little ones" to fall. In this episode we tackle both sides of this debate encouraging believers to step up their love walk at church and for those who are staying away to come back! Music in this episode: Help Us to...


Ayesha Curry and Emotional Security

Everyone has an opinion about what Ayesha Curry said during her Red Table Talk. What I heard was something that I want to share with both men and women and how we as husbands and wives can provide emotional security for our spouses. Music in this episode by: Trin-I-Tee 5:7- Beautiful Girl Prince- She Loves Me 4 Me Stevie Wonder- From the Bottom of My Heart Gregory Porter ft. Lalah Hathaway- Insanity


Worship Unleashed

Pastor Ted Cannon and Lady Michelle Cannon of Worship Unleashed were our special guest. We love their transparency and heart for God and His people. Join the Cannons for a dynamic concert this year, the day after the Stellar Awards, the latest installment of their concert series.