Somewhere in the Middle with Michele Barard
Author Sherry Hill, mother of late New England Patriots player Marquise Hill, shares her journey

Author Sherry Hill, mother of late New England Patriots player Marquise Hill, shares her journey

November 8, 2019

Sherry Hill, author and mother of late New England Patriot's player Marquise Hill, shares her journey through grief after her son's death

Sherry Hill is the proud mother of the Late Marquise Hill who played as #94 at LSU and #91 with the New England Patriots. Ms. Hill is a ’79 Alumna of Alabama A & M University where she earned a B.S. Degree and Pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha in ’77. She has ten years of experience in the public school system and 16 years of experience with the Federal Government. Ms. Hill’s proudest achievement is helping steer young people in the right direction while working as a Juvenile Counselor with the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD). Ms. Hill has a passion to help the youth and needy.

Sherry Hill’s first book, The Marquise Hill Story: From the Cradle to the Bowl, is five-star rated on Amazon. Hill shares the story of a little boy growing up in a cutthroat environment in South Louisiana from the perspective of a grieving mother who gave her all to guide and support her son while rearing him on her own. Sherry Hill started writing the book three days before Marquis died; she wanted it to serve as a tool to communicate the value of spending quality time with one's children to guide them on the right path and help them find themselves. After her son’s untimely death, it also became a focal point to move through grief into purpose.

True Talk: How African-American Characters Are Portrayed in Literature and Film in the United States

True Talk: How African-American Characters Are Portrayed in Literature and Film in the United States

November 5, 2019

Julia Black and I discuss how African-American Characters are portrayed in literature and film in the US

Julia Black and I are getting into the topic of how African-American Characters are portrayed in literature and film in the US a little bit deeper this time, and it's just because the topic is so big. It's it really warrants a lot more discussion, a little bit more thoughtfulness. So, we are doing a special True Talk. This is like a little bonus True Talk. It's a little bit longer than the other ones. And that's why we're making it a bonus. And the topic required a little bit more than 10 or 15 minutes, which is what most of our True Talks end up being.

For the full show notes, visit https://urbanbookeditor.com/blog/julia-black-and-i-discuss-how-african-american-characters-are-portrayed-in-literature-and-film-in-the-us.

 

Somewhere in the Middle welcomes Poet and Photographer Tammy Hopson, a.k.a. Sefa Noir

Somewhere in the Middle welcomes Poet and Photographer Tammy Hopson, a.k.a. Sefa Noir

October 25, 2019

Tammy Hopson shares her quest to see black romantic love captured in photographs and poetry

Tammy Hopson, also known as Sefa Noir, was reared in the suburbs of Northern NJ. She did all the right things and followed every societal rule, moving through life doing the expected: college, career, family. Today, she is a single mother, HR professional, and dedicated daughter. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and an MBA with a focus on organizational development. Hopson currently serves as Vice President of Human Resources for a $500 million dollar a year physician group. However, underneath her responsibilities beat the heart of a passionate poet and a student of Black Culture and eroticism.

After a trip to a local bookstore in 2010, left her feeling unrepresented when trying to find a gift book about black romantic love, she began the journey create to one. As a longtime lover of poetry, sonnets, and great photography she chose to use these elements to create her first collection of poetry. Sefa Noir uses written and photographic imagery to explore the depths of passion, dedication, dominance, submission, commitment, and unrequited black love.

Order Sefa Noir's book on Amazon: Drops in Black Sand 

Somewhere in the Middle welcomes Coach, Trainer, and Speaker La Toya Gadson

Somewhere in the Middle welcomes Coach, Trainer, and Speaker La Toya Gadson

October 11, 2019

Leadership Coach, Trainer, and Speaker La Toya Gadson shares how we can act as leaders in the lives of others and how role models shape lives for the better

La Toya Gadson is the Founder of La Toya Gadson Coaching L.L.C, leadership and personal development company based out of Charlotte, NC. She is also a proud certified John Maxwell coach, trainer, and speaker. La Toya coaches and trains leaders how to lead boldly and take audacious action to intentionally improve themselves, their teams, and their businesses. La Toya’s passion is to help organizations cultivate a result-driven environment while improving employee engagement to reduce turnover and increase the effectiveness of leaders to identify top talent to avoid external hiring.

Before devoting her work to La Toya Gadson Coaching LLC full-time, La Toya held various leadership roles within Corporate America for more than 10 years where she discovered her purpose and calling to coach and mentor others in the workplace. She has been recognized for her ability to quickly turn around low performing teams and equip internal talent for leadership roles.

Noticing a need for employee and leadership development within organizations, La Toya decided to take a leap of faith in 2018 and start her own business in coaching and training.

In addition to being a coach and trainer, La Toya is a woman of faith who loves to travel internationally and works out religiously to stay fit.

Hikes Heal! Creator Leslie Ann Roszyk Shares How Nature Helps Heal the Spirit

Hikes Heal! Creator Leslie Ann Roszyk Shares How Nature Helps Heal the Spirit

September 27, 2019

Somewhere in the Middle welcomes Hikes Heal! Creator Leslie Ann Roszyk as she explains how our best healing takes place when we release what no longer serves us

Leslie Ann moved to Las Vegas 20 years ago, with dreams of illuminating the neon lights beyond measure. With no decent plan of action, she studied many different areas of interest, then after nine years of studying, she finally graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. While attending college, Leslie Ann worked in three high profile resorts as a Security Manager on the infamous Las Vegas Strip. That unique hands-on experience was just what Leslie Ann needed to fulfill her illuminating leadership dreams, yet she didn’t know it at the time. With encouragement from senior leadership, Leslie Ann took a risk and entered the realm of loyalty marketing as a developer. Leslie Ann did not have any marketing experience, yet from her background in improv and speech performance, she stumbled upon her true passion for motivational speaking, since she was now responsible for engaging and advancing two casino properties to “sell” a dream of loyalty and value to their guests. After tremendous success, Leslie Ann felt it was time to spread her wings and empower her experiences beyond the casino realm. Leslie Ann became a Certified Professional Coach, then created and developed her coaching company, Leslie Ann Coaching. Leslie Ann has built her company out of her love of nature, leadership development and the art of healing your wounded inner child. Leslie Ann has developed a revolutionary training program, called HIKES HEAL! for individuals and corporate leaders to help heal the emotional injuries of the “Walking Wounded” so they can be truly powerful leaders. Leslie Ann has found the best way to teach and help heal is outside, in nature, beyond the walls of the boardroom. Leslie Ann looks forward to sharing more of this wisdom with you as we hike our way to being the true powerful leader in our lives, our communities, and beyond!

Inspirational Speaker Tawana Williams born with no arms overcame her limitations

Inspirational Speaker Tawana Williams born with no arms overcame her limitations

September 13, 2019

Author and Inspirational Speaker Tawana Williams shares how she overcame being born without arms to create an amazing life and business with her husband, Toby

Tawana Williams was born without arms and impaired use of her legs. She’s an award-winning Keynote Motivational Speaker, TV Personality, Author, Artist, Mentor, Executive Producer, Co-Producer, Businesswoman, Humanitarian & CEO. She’s a highly sought-after speaker with a powerful and uplifting message for all generations. Her compelling story is one of Triumph, Perseverance, and Determination. She’s overcome many obstacles and has never let her disability stop her. Tawana is the first black Tha-li-do-mide baby in the U.S. that became an Internationally acclaimed Les Brown Platinum Motivational Speaker!

She’s the author of six books including her classic book UNarmed but Dangerous. This book is her personal testimony and will be featured as her Debut Movie “Eagle Without Wings” coming soon to theaters. She became a professional speaker in 1996 and travels the country with her husband, Toby, speaking at schools, churches, daycares, youth programs, Boys & Girls Clubs, nursing homes, prisons, drug rehab centers, veterans’ associations, universities, colleges, fraternities, sororities, corporations & organizations. Tawana’s Mission is to give hope and inspiration to those facing adversities and challenges while teaching them how to cope in any situation.

Tawana has been featured on The Jerry Springer Show sharing her story of how she beat the odds, The Judge Hatchett Show to mentor a troubled teen, The WORD Network, Manna Express TV, TCT-TV, Atlanta Live, Lifetime TV, The 700 Club, “Your World” with Creflo Dollar and many other TV programs. She's been interviewed by Oprah's Producers twice by telephone. Her story has been told in numerous magazines. She’s the Former Spokesperson for The Agape Gospel Academy in Atlanta, Georgia from 2008-2011.

Tawana is “The Hope Coach” and she’s teaching others how to live a life with “No More Excuses.”

Author Lashone vs. Shaneek shares her journey to become an author

Author Lashone vs. Shaneek shares her journey to become an author

August 23, 2019

Lashone vs. Shaneek discusses pushing past the naysayers and haters as you pursue your goals on Somewhere in the Middle with Michele Barard

Lashone Vs. Shaneek, was born in Charleston. She is a mother of three and now resides in Charlotte, NC. Lashone writes action-packed mysteries filled with love and loss. Her characters are both feared and fearless, though ironically, in real life Lashone is afraid of looking in the rear-view mirror while driving at night and walking up the stairs in the dark.

Lashone is a hard-working dreamer, who started out writing a stage play but instead turned it into I, BEAUTY, her debut novel which is the first of a book series. She has an interest in everything from fantasy to forensic science. Her true passion lies within whatever she can create. In Lashone's world, everything is in balance, whether positive or negative.
Along with the graphic design skills that Lashone has picked up over the years, she has a great love for Blues & Jazz. Particularly, she developed a deep interest in writing lyrics, which led to a creative writing class in college. Lashone has written many things and is currently looking to publish her second book project. Equipped with her biggest daydream, Lashone intends to become a great author who will make her family proud.

TedX Speaker Rabbi Yonason Goldson shares his journey toward ethical affluence on Somewhere in the Middle

TedX Speaker Rabbi Yonason Goldson shares his journey toward ethical affluence on Somewhere in the Middle

August 9, 2019

Rabbi Yonason Goldson shares his search for ways we can communicate with honesty and integrity

Yonason Goldson is the director of Ethical Imperatives, LLC. After graduating from the University of California with a degree in English, he hitchhiked cross-country, backpacked across Europe, lived in Israel for nine years, received his rabbinic ordination, then taught high school for 23 years in Budapest, Hungary, and St. Louis, where he and his wife now live happily as empty-nesters.

He’s published five books, including "Proverbial Beauty: Secrets for Success and Happiness from the Wisdom of the Ages," and "Fix Your Broken Windows: a 12-step system for promoting ethical affluence." He’s also published hundreds of articles applying ancient wisdom to grapple with the challenges of the modern world and to find fulfillment in our personal and professional lives.

TEDx Speaker, Author, and Coach Andrew E. Guy Shares His Experience in Education on Somewhere in the Middle with Michele Barard

TEDx Speaker, Author, and Coach Andrew E. Guy Shares His Experience in Education on Somewhere in the Middle with Michele Barard

July 26, 2019

Andrew E. Guy is a phenomenal inspiration to millions, TEDx speaker, author, and thought-leader who challenges people to shift their mindset from limited-belief to Creating A Greater impact of influence and a life with meaning and purpose. Whether he's delivering conference keynotes, facilitating staff development seminars, advising municipal leaders, or empowering students to higher performance, Andrew Empowers "YOU" to Create Your Greatest Impact in the four most important areas of your life.™

With over 15 years of leadership and staff development coaching, Andrew helps organizations to implement effective strategies that create a culture of community which inspires leaders, and employees to thrive through productive action and effective employee collaboration. His disruptive, high impact and highly interactive approach to engaging his audience make him unforgettable. Organizations gladly request Andrew as their speaker because of his ability to connect with diverse audiences through seminars and insightful learning.

As a certified educational consultant, Andrew also partners with school districts to empower educators and students. When he's not on stage, leading seminars and workshops, he's busy working on his latest projects and spending quality time with his family.

Attorney Candace Jones Joins Us on Somewhere in the Middle with Michele Barard

Attorney Candace Jones Joins Us on Somewhere in the Middle with Michele Barard

July 12, 2019

Candace Jones, The Attorney Next Door, shares her experience advocating for families and children, tips for families in distress, and how we can help advocate for kids in our own communities

Candace Jones is an attorney at law in my new home state of California. But get those stuffy images and greedy stereotypes out of your head. Candace became an attorney to help people and she’s here to help you. Too many people don't know the little things that can make all the difference in their lives. Sometimes you just need a friendly neighbor with some helpful insight. That’s why she calls herself The Attorney Next Door!
Calling herself The Attorney Next Door has been a long time coming. Candace believes law school doesn't teach lawyers how to help people. It teaches them how to think from different perspectives, see issues from multiple vantage points and argue different positions. It teaches lawyers how to research the law and apply it to different fact patterns. But it doesn't teach how to make these skills and services affordable and accessible to the general population. That's what Candace is all about.