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Local civic leader Omarey Williams and his weekly guests examine various issues of concern to the African American Community. Airs Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

Teaching Kids How to Use their Minds with Orrin "Checkmate" Hudson
(Aug 08, 2012) Play Dowanload

Orrin "Checkmate" Hudson joined host Omarey Williams to talk about his his goal to help kids how to use their minds to think positively and make positive moves--all while using chess to teach these lessons. Nicknamed "Checkmate," by Jane Fonda, Hudson spoke about four simple concepts to help children succeed: think it out, don't shoot it out; look inside yourself; education; knowledge, attitude, skills and habit--KASH. For more information on Hudson and his work, log onto

The Tourist Area of Baltimore, Maryland with Dion Weaves and Tom Saunders
(Jul 04, 2012) Play Dowanload

Dion Weaves, advertising promotions director for Visit Baltimore and Tom Saunders, president of Renaissance Productions and Tours joined host Omarey Williams to discuss various tourist attractions in Baltimore, Maryland. Saunders talked about different attractions dedicated to historic African Americans. Weaves also mentioned the Legends and Legacies Heros pass, where visitors get to experience three different museums in Baltimore.

Transitioning from Basketball to an Office with Former NBA Player Earl "The Pearl" Monroe
(Jun 20, 2012) Play Dowanload

Host Omarey Williams sat down with former basketball player Earl "The Pearl" Monroe to discuss his career and his work as an advocate for diabetes. A Philadelphia native, Monroe played for the Baltimore Bullets and the New York Knicks. Monroe detailed the details and accolades of his basketball career and the transition from the court to the office. Later, he discussed his struggles with diabetes and his involvement with restaurants enforcing diabetes-friendly menu items.

Growing Up in Trenton with Tracey Syphax
(Jun 06, 2012) Play Dowanload

Tracey Syphax, entrepreneur, community activist, motivational speaker, president and CEO Capitol City Contracting Inc. and Phax Group, LLC and author joined host Omarey Williams to discuss his life--from growing up in Trenton, New Jersey to a period in prison to opening a million dollar business. He discussed his ever-present entrepreneurial desire that he possessed throughout his life. Later, Sphax discusses his autobiography "From The Block To The Boardroom," detailing his journey to success.

Leonard Pitts Jr. on His Writing Career
(May 30, 2012) Play Dowanload

Host Omarey Williams spoke with Leonard Pitts Jr., author and columnist to speak about his new book "Freeman." Writing professionally for 36 years, Pitts has just published his second book. Though he's written both fiction and nonfiction works, Pitts admits he enjoys writing fiction more. His other novels include "Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood" and "Before I Forget." For more information, log onto

Will Foskey Discusses New Book "The Relationship Guidebook"
(May 23, 2012) Play Dowanload

Host Omarey Williams spoke with Will Foskey, author, about his new book "The Relationship Guidebook." Foskey, who also sends out a "Monday Morning Motivation" email and text blast, is a self-proclaimed "man of many hats" who's interests range from volunteerism to poetry. After years of consoling friends with their relationship woes, Foskey decided to team up with a longtime friend to pen "The Relationship Guide" to voice the trends and solutions he'd come across.

LaShonda DeVaughn on "If All Men Cheat, All Women Should Too"
(May 09, 2012) Play Dowanload

Host Omarey Williams sat down with LaShonda DeVaughn, author of "If All Men Cheat, All Women Should Too." A self-published author since 2007, DeVaughn now has five novels to her name. She also mentioned how she hoped street literature and urban fiction would help people read who typically wouldn't. For more information, log onto

Lee Plumber on Successful Business Franchise
(May 02, 2012) Play Dowanload

Entrepreneur Lee Plumber joined host Omarey Williams to discuss his business franchise. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Plumber came to New Jersey to work for Campbell's Soup and eventually started a CertaPro Painters franchise. Plumber discussed what drove him to open a franchise and what difficulties he faced.

Angela Medearis The Kitchen Diva
(Apr 18, 2012) Play Dowanload

Host Omarey Williams spoke with Angela Medearis, the Kitchen Diva. After being a legal secretary for years, Medearis decided she wanted to try her hand in writing. Initially writing children's stories--and self-promoting them until her first book was picked up by Scholastic Publishing--Medearis eventually transitioned to writing cookbooks documenting her mother's recipes.

Performing Poetry with David Barnes
(Apr 04, 2012) Play Dowanload

Host Omarey Williams spoke with David Barnes, informally known as Poetic Prodigy, to talk about spoken word. Barnes, who's been writing poetry since middle school, gave a rundown of what spoken word is: poetry that's meant to be performed. Also, he explained why he prefers poetry over other written media. Finally, Barnes noted Voices of Power, a poetic group that he is a part of and an upcoming performance.

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