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The Spotlight: Dr. Fasi Khurram Producer/ Director #254

Episode 254 we talk to Producer/ Director Dr. Fasi Khurram @Dr_Fasi ‏CEO of AWAAZ Productions Inc.. Fasi created World Film Festival & WFF Signature Awards. This festival and awards ceremony is a national non-profit composed of a number of voting writers, directors, actors and cinematographers, that acknowledges the strides made in the industry towards diversity. 9/3/18

Hosts
Kinte @KinteF https://twitter.com/KinteF
J Corina Francis @FollowingBliss1 https://twitter.com/FollowingBliss1

Guest: Dr. Fasi Khurram @dr_fasi https://twitter.com/dr_fasi http://www.awaazproduction.com/

Dr. Fasi Khurram-

First, accept the fact that no press release can do the tremendous accomplishments of Dr. Fasi Khurram justice. Fasi is a noted producer, line producer and upcoming director for a diverse array of low budget movies. Fasi isn’t just a personality; he’s a force of nature.

As CEO of AWAAZ Productions Inc. USA and to further the cause of diversity, Fasi created World Film Festival & WFF Signature Awards. This festival and awards ceremony is a national non-profit composed of a number of voting writers, directors, actors and cinematographers, that acknowledges the strides made in the industry towards diversity. Fasi has been invited by & proposed by Dame Munni Irone to merge her Art 4 Peace Awards with the World Film Festival & WFF Signature Awards to make a complete package with more diversified categories for the participants from the world and from different diversified talents or skills which he will give a World Platform to. This includes placing Hollywood, Bollywood, Chinawood, Latinwood and Nollywood communities under one roof or one platform. Fasi has been working closely with Hollywood, Bollywood, Tollywood, and Kaliwood celebrities as well as as celebs from Nepal, but not limited to the international ones such as Chinese, Russian, Afghani, Vietnamanese, and Mexican celebs. Fasi believe that a good team always bring success and he developed the relationships with his consultants as his team who have more than from 10 to 30 years of experience in production and distribution nationally and internationally who constantly advise and support him on every step he takes. Yet throughout his illustrious career in a very challenging and competitive field, Fasi has always retained his heart of gold. Even when growing up in India, the young man was known for his caring heart. and He excelled at soccer and started playing since his childhood and later played in college and in major tournaments at the national level in India by representing Andhra Pradesh in 1994.

Also Fasi has earned an MD from the Russian State Medical University (Moscow- Russia), was Executive Director of Marketing for Clegg and Credico Marketing Company, founded a telecommunications company in Canada, and even hosted radio shows in Silicon Valley and launched his own AWAAZ Radio Station APP which has multiple diverse communities 24/7 radio channels to promote there culture and tradition. AWAAZ Productions represents the culmination of his dream to create eco- system in the entertainment industry and also create an opportunity platform to give all cultures a voice, which, translated into Hindi/Urdu, is “AWAAZ”- means (VOICE – Inner – Voice). Because he became convinced early on that the entertainment industry needed more positive role models, positive messages and esteem-building organizations, Fasi has always been a man with a mission by the grace of god and he always say thank you to his family, friends and community-at-large who support him indefinitely. More about Dr. Fasi at http://wffest.com/home and http://www.awaazproduction.com/

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The Spotlight: Linda Marks Singer/Songwriter #253

Episode 253 we talk to Singer/Songwriter Linda Marks of Women In Music Gathering and Artists for the Environment. 8/28/18

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Kinte @KinteF https://twitter.com/KinteF
J Corina Francis @FollowingBliss1 https://twitter.com/FollowingBliss1

Guest: Linda Marks Singer/Songwriter www.lindamarksmusic.com

ABOUT LINDA MARKS: http://www.lindamarksmusic.com/page10/index.html

As a small child, Linda Marks, was passionate about music and felt a magnetic pull to pianos and all things musical. Her first word was piano, and she was placed in a Longy School of Music experimental program for gifted and talented kids at age 3. She started writing music in grammar school, and wrote the 8th grade graduation song. Linda holds a degree in Music with honors and distinction from Yale University, where she co-founded Something Extra, Yale’s 3rd women’s a capella singing group, as a 17 year old freshman. She ran Café Calhoun at Yale, and both sang and produced musical shows. In the 1980’s, Linda performed in the Boston acoustic music scene and sang and co-wrote songs with Lisa Wexler. She appeared on “Music America” with Ron Della Chiesa, and released a tape of original music, “Dreams and Themes” in 1983. She founded and ran the Boston Arts Roundtable, a group of musicians and other artists who gathered for camaraderie and produced multimedia concerts.

The Women In Music Gathering

The Women In Music Gathering is an intergenerational artist-alliance of women in music: singer/songwriters and performing musicians, with the primary goals of collaboration and support, extending to both personal and professional aspects of being a woman in music.

Artists for the Environment.

Diane Cameron Elam founded this project, and I hope you get to talk with her too! A song I wrote for my 2019 In Grace album, called Enough, which was written in response to the teardown epidemic happening in my neighborhoods (both where and I live and work) was selected to be part of this project. I was also interviewed for the Boston Globe for an article on teardown, and my song will be referenced on an article that will be published in October.

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The Spotlight: Actor Phil Burke

Episode 251 we talk to Actor Phil Burke best known for his role as Irish immigrant Mickey McGinnes on the AMC television series, Hell on Wheels about what he has been up to after the show 7/2/18

Hosts
Kinte @KinteF https://twitter.com/KinteF
J Corina Francis @FollowingBliss1 https://twitter.com/FollowingBliss1
Yardley @militant_marker https://twitter.com/militant_marker

Guest: Phil Burke @philburkeninja https://twitter.com/philburkeninja

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2007230/?ref_=nmbio_bio_nm

Phil Burke attended the American Academy Of Dramatic Arts in New York, on a Board of Trustees Scholarship. He graduated with an Associates Degree in Fine Arts in 2003. Burke continued his acting training at various performing workshops and studios throughout New York. On stage, Phil Burke holds a noticeable list of leading-roles to his credit while holding mixed work in leading and supporting roles on the screen. Burke’s screen debut was in 2005 and since that year, he has performed in various films and on numerous television series. Notable television series of the latter 2000s include The Good Wife (2009) and Hell on Wheels (2011) on which he held a recurring role. Burke’s film work includes the direct-to-video, horror film Zombie Town (2007), then, direct-to-video Sci-Fi adventure thriller 100 Million BC (2008) and then a romantic comedy film short Mike and Lucy (2008).

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The Spotlight: Actor Sean Cameron Michael

Episode 250 we talk to Actor Sean Cameron Michael who played Richard Guthrie on the Starz Pirate drama “Black Sails” about what he has been up to after the show 6/22/18

Hosts
Kinte @KinteF https://twitter.com/KinteF
J Corina Francis @FollowingBliss1 https://twitter.com/FollowingBliss1
Yardley @militant_marker https://twitter.com/militant_marker

Guest: Sean Cameron Michael @seancmichael https://twitter.com/seancmichael

Sean Cameron Michael is a South African actor, writer and singer. A native English speaker, he is also fluent in Afrikaans. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0584206/

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The Spotlight: Meosha Bean “Real Life” & “Solo”

Episode 249 we talk to Actress/film maker Meosha Bean about her new project Real Life” 6/5/18

Hosts
Kinte @KinteF https://twitter.com/KinteF
J Corina Francis @FollowingBliss1 https://twitter.com/FollowingBliss1

Guest Meosha Bean @MVB_films https://twitter.com/MVB_films

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3345660/?ref_=nmbio_bio_nm

Meosha Bean is a award winning actress, filmmaker. Voted best upcoming director in 2012 at the New Jersey film festival.Started filming and acting since age of 7 years old. After attending acting and modeling school She then went to do feature films, music videos and promotional work.

Owner of M.V.B Films which was established in 2003. Her projects includes Dark Rises (2013) that has all star cast. Miss Pepper short film (2013), that has gained almost 30,000 views in 1 week upon release. She has a great presence on youtube since 2006. She has a youtube channel views of 3,367,865 views.15,000 subscribers.

Too Close To Home her (2013) documentary project. That is based on true events, which is available on amazon. Has worked with many people in the business and indie talents. Among them she worked with the legendary pro boxer Roy Jones Jr, legend in the game singer Keyshia Cole, Designer and artist Ron Bass who has made clothes worn by Beyonce and Jay Z. Music sensation Chris Brown. The king of rock Billy Idol and many more.

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Spotlight: Damien D. Smith returns “Daddy’s Big Girl” Episode 248

 

 

 

 

Episode 248 we talk to Actor/film maker Damien D. Smith about his new project “Daddy’s Big Girl” 5/18/18

“Daddy’s Big Girl” Synopsis: A father prepares his daughter for him not to be around like she is used to having him in her life.

Make sure you vote for his film www.jackdaniels.com/en-us/GJ-R2R-Voting

Hosts
Kinte @KinteF twitter.com/KinteF
J Corina Francis @FollowingBliss1 twitter.com/FollowingBliss1

Guest Damien D. Smith @DamienDSmith https://twitter.com/DamienDSmith
www.imdb.com/name/nm1902520/

Damien D. Smith is an actor and writer, known for Vital Signs (2016), About That (2015) and Brides of Satan (2017).

Make sure you vote for his film “Daddy’s Big Girl “www.jackdaniels.com/en-us/GJ-R2R-Voting

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Spotlight: The Top 5 Date Films of All Time Episode 244

Episode 244 we talk about The Top 5 Date Films of All Time plus National Pizza and Bagel day. 2/9/18

Hosts
Kinte @KinteF twitter.com/KinteF
J Corina Francis @FollowingBliss1 twitter.com/FollowingBliss1

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The Spotlight: 2017 Best TV Shows 243

Episode 243 we talk about 2017’s best TV programs 2/2/18

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Kinte @KinteF https://twitter.com/KinteF
J Corina Francis @FollowingBliss1 https://twitter.com/FollowingBliss1

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The Spotlight: William X Lee “6 Feet Bellow Hell” & The Last Jedi Fall Out 242

On the Season 14 premiere of The Spotlight we welcome back to the show film maker William X Lee to talk about his new film “6 Feet Bellow Hell” 1/26/18 Episode 242

Hosts
Kinte @KinteF https://twitter.com/KinteF
J Corina Francis @FollowingBliss1 https://twitter.com/FollowingBliss1
Jacqueline Michelle Riviere

Guest
William X Lee @WILLIAMXLEE https://twitter.com/WILLIAMXLEE

Six Feet Below Hell https://www.redbox.com/movies/six-feet-below-hell

Plot: When dirty bombs are ignited globally, a virus changes most of the population into zombies.
Not Rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.

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