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Empowering and Inspiring Women Globally- Open Your Heart 04/20 by DiannaBelleRose | Entertainment Podcasts

 Globally- Open Your Heart 04/20 by DiannaBelleRose | Entertainment Podcasts

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                                                       For Immediate Release
 
Multicultural European Singer-Songwriter EMILY JOHNSON Releases Her Debut EP OPEN YOUR HEARTProduced By NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN
 
“She has an extraordinary voice, superb.” – John Mclaughlin
 
San Rafael, CA – Sometimes known as “The Lady of Heart,” EMILY JOHNSON is a Bulgarian-born Nigerian singer, songwriter, and composer. Having performed around the world for many years, she is releasing OPEN YOUR HEART, her debut EP, on May 11, 2018, with the help of Tarpan Records in the United States. This EP was produced by NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN and features 4 original songs. 
 
EMILY JOHNSON was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, at a time when the country was still under the influence of the Soviet Union. Her mother is Bulgarian and her father Nigerian, a mix which made her quite different from the other children in her own neighborhood and even her own country. Different by color, but also different in her heightened sensitivity which is expressed so wonderfully in her music.
 
“Open your heart,” EMILY JOHNSON sings on her soon to be released debut EP of the same name. To her this statement is more than words; it is a way of life. On this release of original songs, she creates her art with something beyond passion, giving herself to her audience with a great generosity, energy, and sincerity. Emily brings others together to ignore prejudices, erase borders, and overcome difficulties. She shares with them a simple pleasure which is to SING!
 
Emily has been fortunate to work with some music industry greats, including the incredible guitarist John McLaughlin who invited her on stage for an emotional performance of “Redemption Song.” Another is the world famous, Grammy Award-winning American producer NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN (Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin), who graciously opened the doors of his Tarpan Studios to produce OPEN YOUR HEART.
 
Ever since John McLaughlin discovered EMILY JOHNSON on stage on the Côte d’Azur, the Mahavishnu Orchestrafounder has consistently praised her as an artist he already considers “a star.” Emily would certainly reply that she also owes much of her success to his friendship and support. John McLaughlin says, “If one day EMILY JOHNSON is on the top of the charts, it will be because of her talent. She has an extraordinary voice, superb. She has it all! An inner and outer beauty. She can sing everything.”
 
Emily appreciates this immense compliment coming from an artist with such a career. “He is more than a musician; John McLaughlin is a Legend and a great friend and I am so blessed to know him!” she says. They have performed together several times both live and in the studio. Their relationship is more than beautiful; it is strong, sincere and much more than words. 
 
Even better, John invited EMILY JOHNSON to cross the Atlantic to join NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN, the former Mahavishnu Orchestra drummer who became one of Billboard Magazine’s Top Ten Producers of all time. “John has opened up new horizons for me,” says Emily. “He is not only a friend but also my Light.” “The Light,” as she sings on the track from OPEN YOUR HEART that she wrote and dedicated to him.
 
OPEN YOUR HEART features some amazing performances, with NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN playing many instruments and featuring performances by Chris “Heist” Walden (Keyboards/Electronic Drums, “Open Your Heart”), Jim Reitzel (Guitar, “Open Your Heart”), and Cornell “CC” Carter and Deedee Simon (Back-up Vocals, “The Light” and “Open Your Heart”). The song “I’m Blessed” features Rapper G-Dub. OPEN YOUR HEART was recorded at Tarpan Studios by Jim Reitzel and mixed by Dave Frasier.
 
Today this beautiful story continues with new collaborations on both sides of the Atlantic and with the release of her first project, simply titled OPEN YOUR HEART. An obvious choice, isn’t it?
 
For more information about OPEN YOUR HEART or live EMILY JOHNSON performances please visit her website: www.emilyjohnsonofficial.com
 
To Pre-Order OPEN YOUR HEART on Digital Platforms worldwide please visit: http://radi.al/EmilyJohnsonOYH
 
To see the video for the title song “OPEN YOUR HEART” please visit: https://youtu.be/MlNusiSr-dI
 
For Press and Interview inquiries, please contact Billy James of Glass Onyon PR: glassonyonpr@gmail.com or (828) 350-8158

 

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Empowering and Inspiring Women Globally- Homeless Women Los Angeles 03/23 by DiannaBelleRose | Entertainment Podcasts

Empowering and Inspiring Women Globally- Homeless Women Los Angeles 03/23 by DiannaBelleRose | Entertainment Podcasts

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‘Simple, there are 6,700 women living unsheltered on our streets by official count. By unofficial count, including the women crashing on couches and sleeping in cars, we probably have over 30,000 women in the city of Los Angeles and over 50,000 in Los Angeles county. These women are continuously exposed to extreme violence,sex crimes, and the weather.’ Mel Tillekeratne

If you wish to help, visit:

http://www.shedoesmovement.org

 

 

 

SheDoes At The County Supervisor’s Hearing, Los Angeles – Voices of the Homeless​ Women

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I was so honored to be able to speak today and most importantly have these brave women next to me. It was an honor and privilege to be able to share my story and make an impact. This is just a beginning of our journey, WE are here to make the necessary change so no woman would ever suffer again. #SheDoes

 

These are our #SheDoes Warriors who spoke today at the Measure H fund allocation hearing. These #SheDoes Warriors not only spoke, but 5 shared their personal stories of surviving sexual assault, rape, homelessness and mental illness. They spoke as women who conquered insurmountable odds who are now advocating for those whose voices are being ignored. The panel started on a light note but after hearing these #SheDoes Warriors, the mood changed from happy to somber to an atmosphere of how do we help our homeless mothers, daughters, sisters, and grandmothers. Our speakers humanized a dehumanized population using their own experiences.

One of the moderators behind the panel kept wiping away tears & afterward many came up to our group and thanked us for the impact our speakers made. What #SheDoes will achieve beyond sheltering the first 1000 women is humanizing and changing the way people see homeless women.

That is the power of the hashtag #SheDoes. That is the difference you make every time you comment #SheDoes. If it hasn’t occurred to you yet, please know that what you are doing is changing the way Angelenos see homeless women from drug addicts & failures to showing them as our mothers, daughters, sisters, and grandmothers!

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Empowering and Inspiring Women Globally- Origins 03/16 by DiannaBelleRose | Entertainment Podcasts

Empowering and Inspiring Women Globally- Origins 03/16 by DiannaBelleRose | Entertainment Podcasts

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Lisa LaRue to Release New Retrospective Album “Origins” Featuring Gilli Smyth, John Payne, Michael Sadler and Others on Melodic Revolution Records
 
Recently signed to Melodic Revolution Records, keyboardist & composer Lisa LaRue is set to release her new album “Origins” in April 2018! A double album celebrating 25 years and 11 releases by LaRue, “Origins” features some of the best musicians in the business: John Payne Asia, GPS), Michael Sadler (Saga), Mitch Perry (Talas, Aerosmith), Gilli Smyth (Gong), Don Schiff (Rocket Scientist, Kracked Earth), Federico Fantacone (Orchestre Celesti) John Baker (Forever Twelve, Mars Hollow) as well as Steve Adams, Brenda K, Michael Wheeler, Merrill Hale, Svetlan Raket (Par Lindh Project), John “Yafke” Timothy, Michael Alvarez.
 
Says Lisa, “The title takes it back to where it all started. Finishing a career, where one started. The photo on the back of the CD was taken on Burnett’s Mound, an infamous site in Topeka, Kansas where I grew up, and where the photo of ‘Kansas’ was taken on the back of their first album. They were very influential and inspirational to me as a young keyboardist/musician growing up in Topeka. The Sunflower on the front represents my origins in Topeka, as well.”
 
Lisa LaRue became the first female artist signed to the Sound of America Records label (SOAR) a sub-label of Natural Visions, the first all-Native American record label founded by Grammy Winner and Motown producer Tom Bee. In 2008 Lisa was nominated for a Hollywood Music Award and was also awarded The Oklahoma Music Award for “Native American Artist of the Year.” Her band 2KX was Nominated as Instrumental Band of the Year in 2011 by the Los Angeles Music Awards.
 
Lisa has also appeared on recordings by others, including Head Transfer Process (Stargazer), Esquire with Nikki Squire (“Stay Low”), Don Schiff, Ryo Okumoto, Oliver Wakeman, Steve Gresswell, Quester and Beyond the Labyrinth.
 
The songs on “Origins” were written and recorded over 25 years. Some in a small recording studio in Tahlequah, OK over a year’s time with John “Yakfe” Timothy, and some in Los Angeles working extensively with John Payne as a co-producer, mixing engineer, bassist, and vocalist. Also, certain songs were known as some of the first prog projects done via internet transfer and finalize with “Sussuration” and “Lemniscate,” completely produced and mixed by LaRue.
 
Says Lisa, “This album is extremely important – it’s important to me, as it represents 25 years of my life and some of the best work I’ve done with some of the best friends in the world. It’s important because it represents the unity and bringing together of many musicians, big and small, through the universal language, music. Lastly, it’s important to fans, as it represents some of the obscure work of many top-notch artists that they may not have in their collection. Melodic Revolution and Nick Katona have always been known for bringing artists together, so there is no better label to showcase this 25-year effort.”
 
“Lisa has a unique perspective to her music. Her Prog rock style is highly influenced by her Native American roots. The listener is drawn in by the mystical and avant-garde approach. From my point of view, it has always been a pleasure and great experience working with her music.” – John Payne
 
“A very atmospheric composition, with a lovely tranquil finale. I hear a lot of my father’s influence in it, a beautiful arrangement.” – Aaron Emerson (son of Keith Emerson) regarding the song “Aspiration”
 
“Some incredible music with 2K9 and 2KX. 2K9 was the beginning….getting to know each other musically, hoping that what you submitted met the criterion, listening to each other’s output and certainly not wanting to overplay. In my opinion, though, this process came to fruition with 2KX’s ‘Fast & Blue’: an accord harmonically, rhythmically, and melodically. I would call a musical synchronicity. Plus I had a joyous yet challenging time contributing!” –  Steve Adams, guitarist for Lisa LaRue Project 2K9 and for 2KX
 
In conjunction with the release of “Origins,” Lisa would like to focus on licensing for soundtracks, television, etc., and being a guest orchestrator on other artist’s projects. In closing she has this to impart, “This album brings together all of the messages of all of my albums. Heritage and culture, bringing people together from around the world, giving each other creative outlets, and finding your spirit mean you’ve made peace with the world and yourself.”

Empowering and Inspiring Women Globally- No Mercy 03/02 by DiannaBelleRose | Entertainment Podcasts

 

Empowering and Inspiring Women Globally- No Mercy 03/02 by DiannaBelleRose | Entertainment Podcasts

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San Francisco – Anna Karney has been making great music for many years, performing across the US and collaborating with many talented and notable artists. She has put out several singles and EPs as a solo artist and together with her band, and will release the fifth full-length KARNEY album of original songs titled NO MERCY in stores and online March 9, 2018. Keeping her mind on social justice and positive messages, Anna Karney’s lyrical content offers a sardonic and sometimes straightforward approach to many of the issues facing people today, with a message of hope resonating throughout every song she writes.?

website

http://www.karney.org/

Empowering and Inspiring Women Globally- Recognize the Signs of Teen Abuse 02/23 by DiannaBelleRose | Entertainment Podcasts

Empowering and Inspiring Women Globally- Recognize the Signs of Teen Abuse 02/23 by DiannaBelleRose | Entertainment Podcasts

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 Award Winning Book “Fire and Ice” 
by Diana Bellerose
Link: https://www.buybooksontheweb.com/product.aspx?ISBN=0-7414-7035-7

When it comes to teen sexual abuse, the problem is more common than one might think. While not considered terribly common, the problem is not considered uncommon. And, because less than half of sexual abuse is reported, it could be more prevalent than most people are willing to admit. Therefore, it is important to carefully consider teen sexual abuse, and how to stop it. One way is education. It is important for teens and adults to understand that sexual abuse of teenagers is wrong, and that it can encompass a variety of sex acts, and that fear, impaired judgment (due to drugs, alcohol or mental state) and coercion can lead to sexual abuse, even though the victim may not actively resist. A victim whose compliance is due to factors other than a desire to engage in sexual activity has not actually consented. Source TeenHelp.com

What might be the reason for the mass shooting in Florida? Interview with Anti-Abuse Advocate Mandy Trouten

by Dianna Bellerose

 

 

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  1. What is your point of view on gun violence and gun laws?

I doubt any reasonable person would question that it’s wrong. The only good purpose for a gun is if you are defending yourself from a physical threat that you can’t reasonably resolve without a weapon; e.g. assault, threatened assault, or threatened murder, by someone who is bigger, stronger, holding/reaching for a weapon, and/or who exerts a sufficient enough power over you that you feel helpless to stop him/her otherwise, as is the case in many instances of abuse.
Within the boundaries of self-defense, I support having guns in schools. However, I believe those guns should only be in the hands of trained and approved individuals; e.g. teachers, administrators, and SROs who have passed background checks and don’t have any red flags against them. In an ideal world, I might also include responsible, mentally-balanced teens; but, in an ideal world, all of this would be moot because we wouldn’t have school shootings. Likewise, I support the notion of improved background checks; but, I believe that’s the limit to how effective gun laws can be.
The reason goes back to what motivates the shooter in any scenario. The problem of gun violence, in schools or anywhere else, doesn’t begin with guns. A gun, locked and in its holster, doesn’t fire itself. It takes a person, and that person has to have a motive. This motive may be self-defense/defense of someone else, desperation in the face of poverty, or participation in a gang. Then, there are those who use a gun for no other reason than because they want to. It’s a preferred and elevating part of exerting control over someone else. It serves the purpose of making the person less likely to fight back unless s/he also has a gun, in which case the first person is that much less likely to attack the second person to begin with. Then, of course, there is the matter of mental illness; there are those who should not pass a background check because they lack the capacity to fully establish and express when it is/isn’t appropriate to use a gun, or because they are otherwise violent to such a degree that a reasonable person would hesitate to give him/her a gun.
Take a stalker, for instance. S/he may be able to tell you the right answers; but, when it comes down to it, s/he has a higher likelihood of shooting his/her victim, to then rationalize that it was deserved, often for a completely irrational reason. Taking all of this into account, there is the concern of what eliminating guns would actually accomplish. “The majority of murders throughout the Americas are committed with guns…Gun restriction proponents point to the case in Brazil, where gun access was restricted and the murder rate dropped. Proponents of gun ownership point to the case in Venezuela, where gun access was denied, guns were taken away, and the murder rate increased.” 4 In two countries, access to guns is restricted/denied. In one, murder goes up. In the other, murder goes down. Therefore, the solution must be based on something other than the availability of guns, which is why we must look at other societal factors, i.e. motives.

 

2. What do you think triggered Nikolas Cruz’s rage? Do you feel that his pain has been accumulating for years because of constant bullying?

 

I don’t think it was triggered, in a recent sense, so much as that it’s been building since as early as a 3rd-4th grade. In 4th grade, he was killing and physically abusing small animals. Just about everyone in the area allegedly had issues with him–issues that included theft, harassment, vandalism, and peeping into bedroom windows. 1 There were at least 36 calls to 911 in 6 years–an average of 1 every other month, though, realistically, it was probably more than once per month, with quiet periods while he was getting psychological help. Yet, he was never arrested and was cleared as being “no threat to anyone or himself.” 2 Let that soak in for a moment–this young man had been abusing/killing small animals, had become a menace to his neighborhood, and had been involved in 36 calls to 911. Yet, he was deemed to not be a threat–and this is just the tip of the iceberg.
He was very clearly mentally ill. He had a history of violence/abuse. He was even suspended multiple times, then expelled from this same high school. ‘His therapist and the deputies on scene concluded that there were “no signs of mental illness or criminal activity.”‘ 2 Yet, at that time, he had been cutting his own arms, allegedly to get attention, and had mentioned wanting to buy a firearm. You don’t self-mutilate unless you’re suffering from a mental illness. Usually, that illness is depression, which he was believed to have had. He is also believed to have had brain development issues and trouble with impulse control. 5 The risk he posed was so well-known that other students “jokingly” referred to him as “the one who would shoot up the school.” 3 Meanwhile, the school had already disallowed him from having a backpack on campus due to the belief that he might bring a weapon to school.
I believe bullying was part of it. It certainly didn’t help. However, whether it was constant isn’t something that has yet been established. What has been established is that “often complained about bullying on campus.”

 

3. Why is it so important for families and school officials to pay closer attention to students, namely those who are being bullied and others who show signs of related mental illnesses?

There are many reasons–all of which boil down to the right of all students to a safe and equal education and the right of employees to a safe work environment. However, for the purposes of this interview, I’ll limit my response to school shootings. In approximately 3/4 of school shootings, the shooter was a victim of peer abuse. The remaining 1/4 of cases may also have involved abuse; but, it’s unrecognized and, thus, isn’t certain. However, in all cases, mental illness is involved. It may/may not have been a pre-existing condition; but, I believe it’s reasonable to say that a sufficiently high enough degree of mental illness had developed by the time of the shooting to keep the person from thinking as clearly as you and I are right now.
Peer abuse is a matter of life and death. In addition to the high percentage of victims among school shooters, it increases the chances of committing suicide by 500%. Likewise, there is the increased likelihood of developing eating disorders, developing other minor/major health conditions, dropping out of school, committing lesser crimes, later on, inability to maintain relationships after being abused, etc. However, it must also be acknowledged that peer abuse isn’t enough in itself to bring on a shooting. It must also involve a degree of mental illness. Sometimes, the person is born with that factor. Sometimes, it’s created, in large part, by the people in his/her life. Nikolas Cruz’ issues were noticed and acknowledged before the shooting. Yet, he was not stopped and, in fact, was mocked by other students, while, allegedly, his being bullied was ignored by teachers.
Jim Lewis, the family’s lawyer, was quoted as saying that the shooting “was the first indication they had of the depth of violence inside Nikolas Cruz.” This might be true for the family he was staying with at the time of the shooting; but, when he was younger, his mother knew. The neighbors and school knew/should have known. He didn’t come out of the blue–a straight-A student with no history of trouble–and bring a gun to school. Nikolas Cruz was deeply troubled and just about everyone knew it, and/or had sufficient reason that they should have known it.

4.  Do you think that if the school and others had been paying more attention to what is going on in his life this would have never happened? Is he the only person to be blamed for this tragic event?

Yes and no, respectively. However, it doesn’t appear to have been an issue of paying attention, so much as of taking it seriously. In and out of schools, I believe people have a long-standing habit of not taking teens seriously until one is holding a gun. Then, he’s “evil,” “psychotic,” “cowardly,” “the only one to blame,” etc. The district office was quoted as saying that they had received no warnings/threats of the shooting before it happened 5; yet, the evidence is clear that there were plenty of warnings/threats. He got suspended, further restricted, and then expelled. Then, he was transferred to another school in the county for unspecified issues that arose.7 For a while, he was receiving psychiatric treatment for those indicators–sessions which were paid for and arranged by his mother and which ended when she died this past November.6 It seems rather obvious that they were warned; but, they didn’t take it seriously, whether because he was a teenager or because they didn’t specifically receive a phone call, email, tacked-up flyer, etc., right before the shooting, saying what was was going to happen, where, and when. Undoubtedly, many will say I’m being unfair; but, I don’t know how many times a school has to hear that someone is a threat for them to believe it. Why do you have to hear the specific words “I’m going to bring a gun and kill as many people as possible, on Valentines Day at _____ time” to take the threat seriously?
To their credit, the school did expel him. However, I was under the apparently mistaken impression that you’re supposed to call the police and file a report when you expel someone for violence or threats of violence. Doing so would, I think, have gone on his criminal record, which would have kept him, at least, from purchasing the rifle legally. Between that and more mental health help along the way, this might have been avoided. Of course, I realize that it’s not a certainty, being a matter of severe mental illness; but, with his very long history of violence and mental illness, much more could/should have been done. Yet, people are saying that it came out of left field–that no one saw it coming. Whether in ignorance or intentionally, he was overlooked. Now, he’s in jail for 17 counts of murder and as many as 17 families will never see their loved ones again.
Sources

 

 

1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/fla-shooting-suspect-had-a-history-of-explosive-anger-depression-killing-animals/2018/02/15/06f05710-1291-11e8-9570-29c9830535e5_story.html?utm_term=.be07d603a95b
2. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/02/16/alleged-florida-school-shooter-nikolas-cruz-was-reported-to-fbi-cops-school-but-warning-signs-missed.html
3. https://www.buzzfeed.com/briannasacks/florida-school-shooting-suspect?utm_term=.rig11l7ND#.iqVEE9m2v
4. https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/murder-rates-by-country.html
5. http://time.com/5159134/who-is-the-florida-shooter-parkland-nicolas-cruz/
6. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/parkland-shooting-florida-stoneman-douglas-high-school-shooter-nikolas-cruz/
7. https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/14/us/nikolas-cruz-florida-shooting-suspect/index.html
8. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/15/us/florida-school-victims.html

Bio
Mandy Trouten has 13+ years of experience as an anti-abuse advocate on the subject of peer abuse in schools. She is also the author of two published books and a co-author on a school disciplinary procedure, centered on how to better address/end peer abuse.