The-Dream was born in North Carolina and lived there until moving to Atlanta with his mother when he was 2. After his mother died when Dream was still a child, he was raised by his grandfather. His grandfather, an avid music fan, introduced Dream to the music of many legendary R&B and Soul singers, including Sam Cooke and Al Green. In the third grade he enrolled in his first music class, where he learned to play the trumpet. By the time he finished high school, he'd also learned to play the drums and guitar. At the same time, his taste in music expanded and he became influenced by hip-hop artists like Timbaland.
In the early 2000s, when he was still developing his singing talents, Dream was signed to a deal with Redzone Entertainment. With Redzone, Dream began to write songs for the R&B boy band B2K. He continued writing and producing through the 2000s, including on the second album by R&B singer Nivea from 2003-2005. He married Nivea in 2004 after dating for a year. Eventually he and Nivea had three children together, while he continued writing and producing for others. In 2007, he and partner Tricky Stewart had their biggest success up to that point via Rihanna's hit song "Umbrella," which they co-wrote.
The Topic: The Political Process and People of Color
There is a great disparity between the haves and the have nots. The 47 percent as Mit Romney put it. People of color are proving that they carry weight in a major election such as the Presidency, but where are people of color in their local community political process? Why does it seem that only a few turn out for local elections? What will it take to for more residents to come out and take part in their local government?
Tonight on Live in the Vocal Booth we are getting Political and calling you our listeners out on where they stand in their local community political process. Jump in the live chat www.bks1radio.com or call in 646 233 1302.
Special Guests: Len Gibson and James Brown of Peachtree Village Film Festival
PVIFF is hosted by The African American Cinema Gallery (AACG) & Gipp. Museums, Inc. PVIFF attracts 5,000+ people each year from around the world. PVIFF was created in 2006 under the previous name (Sweet Auburn International Film Festival) and have served as the launching pad for many successful filmmakers and other artists alike in the film & entertainment industry. This dynamic international film festival showcasses feature length films, shorts, music videos, documentaries, and screenplays from around the globe. PVIFF aslo feature celevrity attractions, innovative workshops, panels, parties, and much more. PVIFF is poised to become one of the most celebrated film events through dynamic programming and a dedication to helping filmmakers excel in their careers. PVIFF's brand is entrenched in the old saying "It Takes A Village."
Our vision allows us to create a village atmosphere that provide opportunities not only for filmmakers but for business owners and film enthusiasts. Artists such as Director/Writer Rob Hardy of Rain Forest Films, Producer Roger Bobb of Bobb Cat Films, Director Leslie Small, Casting Director Alpha Tyler of Tyler Perry Studios, Best Selling Author Omar Tyree, Actor Bill Nunn, Director Kenny Leon, Humanitarian Afeni Shakur and more have all participated in various aspects of PVIFF over the years. In 2006 during PVIFF's first year the winning short film "Binta &The Great Idea" was nominated for an Acadamy Award and numerous other projects have received phenomenal acclaim throughout the years as well. With increased exposure, the assistance from the film and business community PVIFF will continue to help ignite opportunities and make dreams to come true for decades to come.
Special Guest: Plainfield, NJ Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs
Sharon Robinson-Briggs has the distinct honor of being the first female Mayor of the City of Plainfield. Sharon is a graduate of Seton Hall University, majoring in Political Science/Criminal Justice. She is past president of the Plainfield Board of Education, and past president of the Plainfield Branch of the NAACP. Working with the Union County Prosecutor's Office and the State Police, Plainfield has seen a significant reduction in crime. Following her vision of unity, Sharon has established a Welcome Desk at City Hall, created a "Community Garden" for all the residents and a "Feed the Children" program that has provided groceries to approximately 500 families.
A true ambassador of the city, Sharon stays in touch with the residents working well beyond the required hours; often well into the weekend, fulfilling her promises through dedication, compassion and commitment. While meeting with block associations, religious groups, fraternal organizations, unions, youth groups, business groups, senior organizations, and elected officials, Sharon presented her vision of economic growth for Plainfield. Taking the oath of office as Mayor in 2006; Sharon began to realize her vision of ‘Growth by Unity'! Her sensitivity, compassion, leadership, and confidence have united the city in a variety of ways. She supports the citizenry in their projects, programs, and functions. Having been past president of the Plainfield Board of Education, Sharon understands the importance of education, and can often be found in the schools, encouraging youngsters, being a role model for them, frequently reading to kindergarten and elementary school children.
As Mayor of Plainfield, she has participated in NJ Sharing Network’s $1.67 million grant to research the most effective methods to promote organ and tissue donation in the workplace. Funded by the Division of Transplantation of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the project aims to significantly increase the rate of organ and tissue donor registration as well as the number of family discussions about organ donation among employees in New Jersey. The project is a collaborative endeavor with NJ Sharing Network and leading researchers from Purdue University. The former NJ Sharing Network Community Relations Manager began her relationship with the organ and tissue recovery agency as a volunteer community partner and liaison to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The Seton Hall University graduate is always passionate about her pursuits.
Special Guest: Plainfield, NJ Mayoral Candidate Mustapha Muhammad
Mustapha Muhammad, known to many in the community as Chunny, has been a resident of Plainfield, NJ for over forty-five years. He married his childhood sweetheart and they have enjoyed thirty-eight years of abundant marriage. He and his wife, Jeannetta Billups-Muhammad, have three daughters and three grandchildren.
Mr. Muhammad attended Plainfield Public Schools and studied at Union County Technical Institute. He has spent many years working in construction in Union and Middlesex counties. He graduated from the New York School of Hubbard Dianetics Therapy. He is a professional Dianetics Auditor.
In 1996, Mr. Muhammad was a seated grass root community representative and participant in the National African American Leadership Summit in St Louis and in 1996 served as Chairman of the Plainfield Local Organizing Committee (LOC), which became the first certified L.O.C in the United States.
Like President Barack Obama, Mr. Muhammad is a community organizer with superb team building skills. His knowledge and experience working with people in all walks of life; the worker and C.E.O, local neighbors and national figures, has given him the know-how to build teams that get the job done.
He served on the National Board of the Million Family March in Washington, D.C. and co-chaired the State Organizing Committee with Mr. Lawrence Hamm of People Organized for Progress (POP). Mr. Muhammad has organized marches, rallies, events, and spoken at numerous events throughout the metropolitan communities, providing analyses of issues relating to community, public policy, strategic and action planning, and more.
Mustapha Muhammad was also the assistant to Reverend Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, National Chairman for the Million Man March and the Million Family March. As a spokesperson, Mustapha represented the National Agenda in Camden, Trenton, Plainfield and Newark, New Jersey. He participated in the National Organizing Meeting in Chicago, IL and appeared on CN8 News Makers three times. Mr. Muhammad spoke at events and press conferences in conjunction with the former Mayor of Trenton NJ, the Honorable Doug Palmer, in a Stop the Violence series. He was a panelist at The American Leadership Conference and a featured guest speaker at The Unification Church.
Mustapha Muhammad has served as an employee in corrections working as a counselor at The Bo-Robinson Community Educational Center. He has served on Community Watch Boards and worked with former Chief of Police, Edward G. Santiago, of the Plainfield Police Department and former Public Safety Director Michael Lattimore. He has participated and spoken at Plainfield’s National Night-Out Against Crime.
The list of projects Mr. Muhammad has worked on is extensive and the list of people he has collaborated with is significant, and includes Plainfield’s former Superintendent of Schools Dr. Levert, Vice Principal Sheila Thorpe, Reverend Laverne Ball of the Rose of Sharon Church, Flor Gonzalez, President of the Latino Coalition, and former Councilman the Honorable Malcolm Dunn.
Last, and certainly not least, he worked in the service of and was named Mustapha Muhammad by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan on August 12, 1997 at Muhammad’s Mosque No. 80, in the presence of the Plainfield community and the national media.
He began ministering in praise and worship for the New Hope Campus Ministry at Rutgers University under Reverend Leo Sherard. While he ministered at New Hope, this opened the door for him to become a praise and worship leader at the Abundant Life Family Worship Church (New Brunswick, NJ). At Abundant Life, he ministered weekly to a congregation of over 3,000 members under the leadership of Bishop George C. Searight.
Under Bishop Searight Along with the ALFWC worship team, he has sung at the Six Flags Gospel Day in Jackson, NJ. Noé has recorded with George Searight & Royal Priesthood on their CDs entitled, "Amazing Grace", "Designed for praise" and "Make your presence known".
Along with the ALFWC worship team, God has opened doors for Noé to minister in praise and worship at a weekly bible study for an NFL team. He has also touched the lives of many people as the featured artist at various local churches in the Tri-state area.
Currently, Noe is a praise & worship leader at Light of the World Family Worship Church in Hamilton, NJ under the leadership of Rev. Leo Sherard. Lastly, his most important ministry is his loving family. His wife Deon of 10 years and his son Jonathan are the most cherished gifts God has given him.
Plainfield Meet The Mayoral Candidates Live Tonight, Sat. Nov. 2 @10:30 pm EDT on BKS1RADIO.COM. Tune in from your Phones, I pads, Tablets or PC's. The Residents of the City Of Plainfield have a big decision to make Tuesday, November 5th on who will be the next Mayor.
Plainfield is at a pivotal time in the City's future with hot button issues on the table like the staggering property taxes, PMUA Fees, attracting big business, the fight against crime and what will happen to the land where Muhlenberg Hospital sits. Tonight is your chance to see up close and personal who is vying for the job.
Tune in and ask your questions in our live chat. Be informed and make your vote count. BKS1RADIO.COM Where Your Voice Matters.
National HIV Testing Day is June 27th. Tonight Sat. 6/14 @11pm EST The Live In the Vocal Booth Team discusses the HIV epidemic and how we all have the power to “Take the Test and Take Control”. There are over 1.1 million people living with HIV and static’s show that one in five don’t know they are infected. Taking the Test is the first step to stay healthy and lower the chance of passing it to others.
We will have Live in the Studio Lakisha Ford of the Neighborhood Health Services Corporation (NHSC), Lakisha has organized The 2014 Annual Plainfield National HIV Testing Day Health Fair taking place on Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 10am – 3pm at NHSC in Plainfield 1700-58 Myrtle Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07063. There will be a huge turnout and they will be offering free health screenings (diabetes, blood pressure, vision, dental, etc), live entertainment, food, games, prizes and other attractions. Don’t miss our Live In the Vocal Booth Artist Spotlight Authentik.
Special Guest: Authentik
It is safe to say that the singer known as Authentik lives up his name sake in the realms of passion and talent for music. Born in NJ, Authentik has been blessing audiences with his miraculous vocals since he was 5 years old starting out in church. A young Authentik was eager to exercise his God given talent in front of any and everyone who would give the time a day to listen; and none were disappointed. As he grew, so did his passion for music and mastering his skills every step of the way.
Fueled by his love and fascination for R&B and Hip Hop, he challenged himself to learn the art behind singing, song structure, acapella, writing, basic piano skills, and harmonizing. He even pushed himself further to learn other genres such as Classical, Musical Theatre, Jazz, etc. In high school, he and a few close peers sung together in a group collectively known as "Harmoniously Speaking". He would further pursue his passion by going to major in Music at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, NJ. This is where he mastered his craft and learned all aspects of music performance, business, composing and teaching only to have his plans cut short by leaving to take care of his father who had fallen ill and would unfortunately pass away in 2003.
These personal tragedies with family and friends only help build him up even more as he would bounce back to work as a waiter only to move up the corporate ladder to become a Director in a retirement community for Culinary Services. He always believes that hard work, responsibility and dedication will get you far in life and be successful. Authentik has never given up on his dream and neither should you! You may ask... Why is his name Authentik? Well... people always referred his voice and character as being Authentik.
Authentik means one of a kind, not false or copied, genuine, real and priceless. His voice is definitely authentik and can’t be duplicated. He was born a star, went through obstacles in his life and is back to show the world exactly who he is and why he should be in the music industry. So sit back and listen to his story.
Tonight 10/25 @ 11 pm EST. on “Live in the Vocal Booth” the team will speak with Candidates running for the Plainfield District School Board. This will be an opportunity for people everywhere to tune in and have a full discussion about Education and what is needed to strengthen education in urban communities.
School districts nationwide face challenges from violence, budget cuts, and low student performance, but schools in urban or should we say inner city schools face additional issues from gangs, teen age pregnancy, and students dropping out of school. What can School Districts do combat these challenges.
The LIVB team will bring you up close and personal with the Candidates asking the questions you would ask if given the opportunity. Tonight we welcome Candidates Norman Ortega, Tania Center and Michael Horn. Call in or jump in the live chat.
Special Guest: Tania Center
Tania Center started her college career at Howard University and later finished her BS degree in Liberal Studies at California State University Dominguez Hills. Shortly thereafter, she began teaching 2nd grade in South Central Los Angeles. This teaching experience is what motivated Tania to pursue an advanced education degree in Special Education. Shortly thereafter, she began working on a Master’s Degree in Special Education and teaching credentials in K-5 General Education, Mild-Moderate Disabilities and Moderate to Severe Disabilities. While finishing her MA degree in Special Education, Tania began working for Los Angeles County Office of Education teaching in various educational settings such as Metro State Hospital for children and adults, special schools for children with extreme behavior disorders, and a special school for children on the severe spectrum of Autism and other severe cognitive and learning disorders.
Working with children with Autism became a passion for Tania after teaching at Carousel School for severe behavioral and learning disorders in Los Angeles. While teaching and continuing her Masters Studies, Tania began to work with Autistic individuals and families 1:1 as a behavior interventionist and behaviorist therapist. What began as a part-time experience later led into a full-time position; servicing students in their homes, at school and in a clinic setting. After conferring her MS degree in Special Education and triple teaching credentials, supervising 15-20 therapists became Tania’s new position with Looking Glass Children’s' Services.
After moving to New Jersey in 2006, Tania was granted New Jersey Teaching Certification, which enabled her to return to the classroom to teach special education. She has been teaching in New Jersey since then.
In 2011, Tania became a New Jersey Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). Expanding her repertoire of experience with supervising and managing staff, she directed Agape Summer Day Camp in summer of 2014. This was a new and rewarding experience.
Currently, she is pursuing an Administrative Certification and working on building a client based agency in New Jersey.
Special Guest: Norman Ortega
Norman Ortega is career social worker and passionate community activist for various causes in Plainfield. A co-author of The Plainfield Advisory Commission on Hispanic Affairs with the former late Councilman Ray Blanco, Norman is also the former Director of Centro Hispano Americano.
He is the founder and former chair of Angels in Action Foundation - a non-profit committed on bringing progressive reforms to our educational system to ensure equal access and opportunity to all students in Plainfield.
Special Guest: Michael A. Horn
Michael A. Horn attended Montclair State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Commercial Recreation and Leisure Studies. He is currently a Recreation Leader for Union County Division of Parks and Recreation and has held a variety of other recreational positions since graduation from college. Those positions required that he develop engaging programs while supervising staff and children and working within a specific budget.
In addition, Michael worked as a Union Carpenter for many years. Youth involvement and recreation have always been at the forefront of his volunteer service. Since 2002, Michael has coached for a variety of Plainfield athletic programs including baseball coach for P.A.L. and Queen City, and football coach for the Plainfield Pop Warner Cardinals. In addition, he was a football coach for the Plainfield High School varsity football team in 1988. He has also been a trustee at Fountain Baptist Church in Summit, New Jersey since 1995. Michael and his wife Raquel have been married for 18 years and they have two children.