MCS Radio Show Recap – Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Hi and Happy Wednesday!  I hope that you’re having a wonderful week so far!  Before you know it the weekend will be here; and for those in the Chicagoland area I hear it’s going to be a scorcher with temps in the 90s.

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So, as I update the blog, I’m also watching the NBA finals, game 3.  Cleveland has home court advantage and unlike the previous games, this one is close!  Be sure to tune into the radio on Saturday for my commentary on this series!!

Okay.  If you missed this past Saturday’s show, here’s what you missed…

Cafe Talk:  What was the craziest, most jaw dropping thing that your child ever said or done?

1st Hour – This Day in History and Top News:

Soul, Brianna, and I each shared an interesting “this day in history” fact.  Listeners learned about the 1943 Zoot Suit riots that kicked off after a group of sailors reported being attacked by a group of Mexican Americans; the first American space walk by Gemini IV Astronaut, Ed White which lasted 23 minutes; and the Democratic party nomination of then, U.S. Senator, Barack Obama in 2008 on the last day of the party’s primary season.   Regrettably, we don’t have audio of this broadcast due to a technical snafu.  If it’s retrieved from the archives soon, we’ll get it posted to the website.

During Top News, we updated listeners on the latest news about the terrorist attack at the Arianna Grande concert in Manchester England where 22 people were killed. Another big story hitting the headlines was the Kathy Griffin debacle.  We chimed in and all agreed that she crossed the comedic line when she posted a picture of herself holding a picture of a beheaded Donald Trump who happens to be President of the United States of America.  Do we believe that she will bounce back after losing her New Year’s Eve gig with CNN, some endorsements, and comedy bookings?? Absolutely! Speaking of Donald Trump.  What was going on with him when he posted a tweet on Twitter referencing “…negative press covfefe…”?  Covfefe???  Is this a new word that will be added to Webster’s dictionary at the end of the year?  I personally believe that he or his social media person meant to say “coverage” but by the time they noticed the typo the number of retweets were so high that they just went with it!  Anyway, we had a good time speculating what a covfefe could be or what it means and how to pronounce it!  Does fries come with that covfefe?  Or  may I have coffee or tea with an order of covfefe?  Or, meet my new pet, Covfefe!  Ok, you get the picture.  Lastly, we talked about another business report that predicts that the future of brick and mortar retail stores doesn’t look good. Apparently, every year, the number of online shoppers increase.  I was the only person in-studio  who still prefers and enjoys going into the stores and malls to shop.

Cafe Talk closed out the hour.  We each shared our own personal responses and shared some responses from social media and the callers.

2nd Hour – Entertainment News

I shared highlights from the Billboard Awards that aired a couple of Sundays ago. Hosts Ludacris and Vanessa Hudgens did a pretty good job.  Loved the performance by John Legend and Florida Georgia Line.  Congratulations to Cher on receiving the Billboard Icon Award and congratulation to Drake for now holding the BBMA record with 13 awards.  Adele previously held it with 12 awards.  We briefly chatted about the winner of DWTS, Rashad Jennings, and how close Normani Kordei and David Ross got to winning.    I got into a little more pop culture by reporting how I actually watched weeks 1 and 2 of the Bachelorette.  Much like Rachel Lindsay, the Bachelorette, I was very entertained.   As I watched, I thought about the song called, “It’s Raining Men, Hallelujah!”  Here’s the link to the song recorded by the Weather Girls. https://dailymotion.com/video/x1hvge

I’m going to try my best to stay with the Bachelorette until the end.  Before closing the segment, Brianna and Soul talked about Game 1 of the NBA Finals and how Rihanna (who is a Cavaliers fan) made headlines by allegedly having a non-verbal run-in with Kevin Durant of the Warriors.  This discussion opened the door for me to verbally express that I’m torn this year between the East Coast and West Coast teams–mainly because Kevin Durant has become a Golden State Warrior.  I really want to see him get a ring!  Under normal circumstances, I always root for the East Coast Conference champions.  By the way, this Game 3 is a doozie!  Right now its 4th quarter and Cleveland is leading by 6 pts.

Brianna presented Passion for Fashion.  It was all about the history of the bikini or 2 piece.   Here’s a few samples…

 

I joked that in about six months I will post a picture from a beach somewhere wearing one.  Which style do you think I should rock?  Comment here.

Before closing the show, we chatted about the other comedian/political pundit “situation” that made news and was currently trending on social media during the broadcast.  Yes, Bill Maher!  He dropped the “N” word while talking to a senator from Nebraska during his Real Talk with Bill Maher television show that airs on HBO.  Here you go.  https://youtu.be/BZCFYD3Vs4I  Take a listen.  He issued an apology.  Some want him fired and others excuse him.  What to you think?

Oh goodness.  That’s it.  Soul closed the show with a beautiful Soulbalm Says.  Again, regrettably, we don’t have audio at this time so you’ll just have to take my word.  Or go to souliciouswe.wordpress.com.  She may have it posted there.

Remember to tune in this coming Saturday for another edition of Marilyn’s Cafe Society Radio Show.  And visit www.marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

 

 

MCS Radio Show – Saturday, May 20th, 2017

Hello and Happy Armed Forces Day!!!  I hope that you remembered to show love to those in the United States Armed Forces.

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Well, did you have a good day?  I did.  I think.  You know, I’ve been feeling a bit lost lately.  Oddly, being in the radio studio helps me pull myself together to some degree.  I always enjoy presenting an interesting and compelling show to you with Soul’s, and now, Brianna’s help.  Today’s show was another good one.  Check it out!

Cafe Talk:  In the high tech world/society, do you believe that young people need to be informed and older people reminded, about the rules of dating?  Or, on how to be in a relationship in general?

1st Hour – This Day in History and Top News

So, because I’ve gotten lots of positive feedback on the expanded version of “This Day in History”, I decided to present the expanded version of the segment again this week. For example, on this day in 1927 Charles Lindbergh made history by flying across the Atlantic ocean.  We all remember the significance of this.  Right?  However, did you know that his mother was a High School Chemistry teacher who opted to go to work that day!  But wait!  There’s more!  Take a listen here.

In Top News, I reported on the potential of President Barack Obama’s birthday, August 4th, becoming a “Honorary” state holiday; A T & T union workers who are on strike due to contract disagreements; and shared an update on the tragic story of Semaj Crosby.  Click here for more details.

During Cafe Talk, Soul, Brianna, and I, shared our perspectives and offered some reminders as well as what may be considered “new” information to young people about dating and being in a relationship.  For example, write letters to each other; when dating go to your love interest home to pick her/him up (with flowers in hand) rather than just meeting somewhere; and leave the tech gadgets alone while in his or her presence.  We all agreed that taking time to truly learn to enjoy each other’s company and being fully present is key.  Wait.  You have thoughts on this too?  Good. Chime-in in comments section.

2nd Hour –  Entertainment News

Were you aware that Simone Biles was voted off Dancing With the Stars?  Yes!  She was.  Everyone was shocked.  We talked about it during Entertainment Talk.  Also, American Idol producers recently announced that Katy Perry will be sitting at the Judge’s table; the Platinum selling R&B/Hip Hop singing group, Escape is reuniting in a special way; and many of your favorite television shows will be returning next season. For the audio, visit https://www.marilynscafesociety.com/mcs_radio_show.

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Marilyn and Soul dressed in styles reflecting today’s Passion for Fashion segment.

Today’s Passion for Fashion segment, again, reflected what’s hot for this spring/summer 2017.  The Power of the Flower trend is carrying over from last Fall. Flowers here.  Flowers there.  Flowers everywhere— Even in this beautiful floral print dress that Soul is modeling in the above picture.  Also, bright, bold colors like fuchsia, yellows, rich blues, neons, and others will dominate this season!  I’m modeling a beautiful blue athleisure/jogging suit which by the way is back as a fashion trend this spring too.  Go here for more audio.

Before signing off today, we chatted a bit about the upcoming Bachelorette TV Show that will be premiering Monday night on ABC 7.  Despite not being big fans of the Bachelor or Bachelorette television franchises, we all agreed that “I” should be the one to tune in to see the very first African-American Bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay, attempt to find love via a television show and report back next Saturday with my comments. We’ll see if that happens.  Also, at the risk of appearing stereotypical or playing into a stereotype, I shared some fascinating facts about the vegetable called Watermelon. Yes, I said vegetable!

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Lastly, Soulbalm Says closed the show with a beautiful poem.  You’ve got to take a listen.  Here’s the audio.

Well, have a super week.  Remember to follow me on Twitter at @marilynscafesoc and Marilyn’s Cafe Society on Facebook.  You can find Soul on Twitter @SoulbalmSays and souliciouswewordpresscom.wordpress.com.

Peace,

Marilyn

 

 

MCS Radio Show Recap – Saturday, February 25th, 2017

Hey there.  It’s been awhile.  Here’s what happened during this radio show…

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I opened the show with a very poignant quote from Muhammad Ali. “Hating people because of their color is wrong.  And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating.  It’s just plain wrong”.

Cafe Talk and Top News was scratched due to the dramatic reading that Soul and I performed.  It was a short story entitled, The War of the Wall, written by Toni Cade Bambara.  Check it out here.  Naturally, a brief discussion about setting, character motivation and relationships and community  followed.  I love doing that kind of thing. Thankfully, you all enjoy listening.

2nd hour – Entertainment News

Soul and I talked about the Superbowl game and how the ATL Falcons let the New England Patriots come back to steal the game after the half time show.  Speaking of the half-time show, Lady Gaga dished a fantastic performance!  We couldn’t talk sports without mentioning the NBA All-star game.  West coast won!  What?!!!   Anyway,  I chimed in on the highlights of the 59th Annual Grammy’s Award Show.  As Host, James Corden knocked it out the park.  Everyone was also reminded to catch the Oscars on Sunday with Jimmy Kimmel as Host.  The  Passion for Fashion segment was all about Red Carpet attire.  Soul closed the show with another thought provoking SoulBalm Says.  This hour went by fairly quickly.  You can take a listen here.

Peace,

Marilyn

 

 

MCS Radio Show – Saturday, December 17, 2016

Well, it’s officially here!  Yes. Although, we’ve been experiencing “winter” weather for some weeks now, today (12/21/2016) marks the Winter Solstice.

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I’ve actually been enjoying the warm up today.  Coming off the subzero wind chills,  the recent 30+ degree temperatures feel like a heatwave!!  So, are you ready for the Christmas holiday?  I am.  I’m really thankful for the gift that Christmas Day represents and can’t wait to share Love, Joy, Peace, Goodwill, good food, time, music, and my presence with others!!

Hey!  Did you catch the radio show this Saturday?  If not, here’s a recap…

Cafe Talk: What’s your favorite Christmas food dish and music?

First Hour – Top News

After, once again, sending out thank yous to all who supported the annual Christmas Celebration Broadcast, I chimed in on the recent announcement from the White House that “intelligence” operatives have confirmed that the November Presidential Election was, in fact,  meddled with to President Elect, Donald Trump’s favor by Russian hackers!   Soul offered good points too.  Take a listen here.

We also chatted about our favorite Christmas dishes during the Cafe Talk segment.  A listener, Rose, called in to share her favorites too that included ham and potato salad. She also requested her favorite Christmas song, “Holly Jolly Christmas”, and I played it.   We talked about a couple of ” old school” recipes that millenials should bring back. The website http://www.cheatsheet.com broke it all down with recipes and all.   Examples include, meatloaf, tuna casserole, cabbage role, etc.   Go to marilynscafesociety.com for audio.

Second Hour – Entertainment News

The Voice finale dominated the TV Talk segment.  Congratulations to Sundance Head of Team Blake on his win!!  All of the finalists were incredible–   Billy Gilman, We McDonald, and Josh Gallagher.  I’m looking forward to hearing from them all in a big way.

I shared Christmas Fashion Tips during  Passion for Fashion.  Check it out…

Tip 1- It’s cold so it’s okay to wear layers if you aren’t quite ready to wear the big winter coat.  Once inside, you can always take away some layers as things warm up!

Tip 2- Christmas and New Year’s Eve are wonderful occasions to go for some sparkle!  Wear satin, velvet, or something with sequins, beads, or rhinestones.  Ladies, you can also wear glitter or glittery makeup.

Tip 3- Speaking of makeup!  The cold weather tends to cause our skin color to dull.  Brighten your skin tone using makeup of warmer shades.  Your blush, eye makeup, and lip color should warm your look up as well complete it.

Tip 4- You can look to others for style and Fashion inspiration but ALWAYS be you!  You must be comfortable wearing your clothing choices so please tweak your look so that it reflects who YOU truly are.  Cause…

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Last week, we didn’t have time to play Joel Schick’s second song so we took a music break and played his light-hearted take on an alternative drink for Santa–“Leave A Bottle for Santa”.  We also received another favorite Christmas song request that was honored.  For Eileen, we played Stevie Wonder’s rendition of “Some Day at Christmas”.  Boy, did it sound good!!!   SoulBalm closed things out with an amazing SoulBalm Says.  Click here for audio.  By the way, Soul now has a separate Facebook space for her Life Coaching pieces. Visit www.Facebook.com/SoulbalmSays.

Also, congratulations to the winners of the 12 Saturdays til Christmas gift bag give away!  Be sure to tune in this Saturday, December 24th, Christmas Eve for your chance to win.

Peace…

Marilyn

MCS Radio Show – Friday, November 25, 2016

Hello.  Here we are. It’s actually the 5th day of December and we’ve experienced our first snowfall last night here in Chicagoland.  Well over six inches fell.  It’s beautiful. If I’d been thinking clearly, I would have taken a picture or two (2) to post.  I’ve had a lot on my mind. Our family had a funeral service for my young cousin Bre this past Saturday.  Thank you for your well wishes and prayers. And to Bre, we look forward to seeing you shine day and night…

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This month we celebrate the Birth of Jesus the Christ, Life, Love, and all the wonderful blessings that he and our Heavenly Father has given us!    Are you an Ambassador for Christ?  I strive to be.

So, the Christmas show is rescheduled to this coming Saturday, December 10, 2016 beginning at 1:05pm CST.  The VIP reception will start at 12:30pm.  You don’t want to miss this.  Check this out…

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Okay. So about the morning after Thanksgiving Day show.   Marilyn’s Cafe Society Radio Show took over for “Slocum in the Morning” which means that I arrived to the station super early.  I’m very happy that Soul joined me!  We started at 6am and quietly began to wake up the listeners with post Thanksgiving day banter.  I even had the distinct pleasure of playing the first Christmas song snippet of the season!  The song??  White Christmas!  Will we have one??  I also played a snippet of “Get Up, Get on Up” by James Brown!  No, I don’t have the recording of this first hour of the 3 hour morning show but I assure you that it was good!

Cafe Talk:  What was the best or worst situation that you experienced during Thanksgiving holiday week with your family?

2nd Hour – In Brief News and Information

Soul talked about her trip to Washington DC to tour the Smithsonian African-American Historical Museum.  Take a listen here and go to nmaahc.si.edu to educate yourself.   Unfortunately, I shared a couple of depressing news stories after playing a fun, uplifting James Brown song…”Get Up Offa that Thing”!   I hope that I didn’t send listeners back to bed!!!   Later in the hour, Soul and I shared tips on how to be happy and healthy during the holiday season.  Take a listen.  And, I shared my response to Cafe Talk…worst thing that happened…my mother wasn’t feeling well.  The best thing that happened…my mother was feeling much better by Thanksgiving Day!!  Soul passed on Cafe Talk this time.

3rd Hour – Entertainment News

We chatted about DWTS, American Music Awards Show, and Hair Spray during TV Talk. Soul reminded us to check out Love Jones the Musical in  a city near you.  Be sure to check out www.LoveJonesTheMusical.com for more information.   Passion for Fashion, more tips for being happy and healthy for holidays, more James Brown music and SoulBalm Says  wrapped up the hour and radio show.  Go to www.marilynscafesociety.com for a listen.

Oh!  We had a winner for a 12 Saturdays til Christmas Gift Bag.  You could be a winner too.  Just tune in and call in during the show each Saturday leading up to Christmas Day!  And, join us Saturday, December 10, 2016, 1:05pm CST for the Christmas Celebration Broadcast brought to you in part by the Will County Center for Community Concerns and the Quad County African-American Chamber of Commerce.

I pray that all is good with you!  Have a fantastic week!

Peace,

Marilyn

MCS Radio Show – Sat., October 22nd, 2016

Hi,

I hope that you are having a good week so far!  To all the Chicago Cubs fans, hang in there. It’s just one game!  I’ve got a feeling that Cubs fans and Chicagoans will have something huge to celebrate soon!!!

To my mother and extended family, my love and support is yours!  Aunt Mama Tee, Aunt Alvia, and all of our precious loved ones will be with you, us always!!!  To live to be almost 88 years and 90 years old is truly a blessing.  God has smiled on them and bestowed the gift of allowing them to meet, see and know their Grand and Great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc!!!  Let’s all cherish the sweet memories, draw closer to each other, and trust that they are resting well in the loving arms of our Heavenly Father.

As I shared on Facebook this past Sunday, while attempting to take our minds off the sad news of the passing of our dear loved one, we turned to V103FM Chicago to listen to Herb Kent only to learn of his passing away as well!  He was 88 years old.  We certainly send our deepest condolences to his family, friends, colleagues, and listeners.  I actually met and worked with Herb Kent (Radio Hall of Famer and Chicago media Icon) 15-16 years ago at a Chicago Association of Black Journalist Christmas party at the old Michael Jordan’s Restaurant.  He was the celebrity DeeJay;and one of my roles for the party was to segment Host for a game during one of the music breaks!  Herb stayed for the game (2 Truths and 1 Lie) and actually participated.  He was warm, kind, and yes, very cool!!!  The photographer for the event took pictures but I did not catch him before leaving to make sure that I received copies.  If anyone reading this remembers that event, please reach out to me so that I can maybe locate that person and the pictures.  *fingers crossed*

And now here’s what you missed…

Soul was off participating in a Breast Cancer Fundraiser Walk so Life Coach, Dedrea Benson (bevaryunique.com) and QCAACC, Chairperson and WBDC-Aurora, Executive Director, Terrie Simmons joined me in the studio.

1st Hour -Top News:

Top news was brief.  We basically chatted about the Chicago Cubs making it to the World Series and the last of the three presidential debates.  Again, reminding everyone to…

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October is National Bullying Prevention month and we were in the midst of National Character Counts Week so…

Cafe Talk:  Have you ever been bullied and if so, how did you handle it?

We all shared our experiences and then reminded everyone about the 6 Pillars of Character which if we all applied in our individual lives, the number of bullying incidents in schools, etc. would decrease.

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2nd Hour – Entertainment News

Dancing with the Stars dominated TV Talk.  I talked about some highlights of its Latin Night which for some reason didn’t excite me as much as some of the previous themed episodes.  As always, I was impressed with Ray Chew and the band as well as wardrobe but something just seemed off.  I don’t know–maybe it was just me having a “not so good” evening/night.  Well, anyway, Amber Rose was voted off and I predicted that Jana Kramer or Laurie Hernandez will walk away with the dance ball!!!

Afterwards, Terrie announced the winners of the Womens Business Development Center-Aurora Business Plan Pitch Competition that was presented by the Women’s Business Development Center-Aurora and supported by Marilyn’s Cafe Society Radio Show/WJOL. And the winners are…

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Congratulations to each winner and I look forward to meeting with the business that selected our package as a prize!

Umbre was the word of the day or segment.  The Passion for Fashion segment that is. We’ve experienced the umbre hair for several seasons now.  But umbre lips?!!!!  Yes! Umbre lips are what’s happening this season.  Go to marilynscafesociety.com for the audio.

More entertainment news commentary included Janet Jackson’s amazing pregnancy; Kim Kardashian’s slow return to public life after horrific ordeal in Paris; and films.  I also reminded everyone to tune in next Saturday for more information about the 9th Annual Christmas Broadcast special.  MarilyXmasShow2016.jpg

Oh!  Also, winners of the gift bags from the Will County Center for Community Concern’s Healthy Homes Healthy Families event will be announced on Saturday too!

Soul Balm Says will return next Saturday so be sure to tune in.  Remember to follow on Twitter @marilynscafesoc and Marilyn’s Cafe Society on Facebook.

Continue to have a super week!

Peace,

Marilyn

MCS Radio Show – Saturday, October 8th, 2016

Well, it’s taken me a week to get this blog to you and I’m sure that you’ll enjoy it.

Last Saturday’s show was a real treat because we had such short notice putting it together; and gosh darn it we did! Remember, we were supposed to be off due to the 2nd annual Cock-a-Doodle Brew Fest. Anyway, here’s a taste of what you missed…

1st Hour– Top News

During this segment, Soul and I discussed the looming Chicago Public Schools teachers’ strike and the detrimental effect that it would have had on the students and their parents.  We both shared our experiences as former CPS students and later educators, and how conflicts between the teachers’ union and CPS administrators has a long history.  By the way, by now you’ve probably heard that the strike did not happen!  We’re so proud that they were able to come to a partial agreement and hope that down the road a permanent agreement will be reached.

We very briefly touched on the drama surrounding the Presidential race and encouraged everyone to exercise their right to vote.  We also reminded everyone to vote early!  And one more thing… join me in voting for “her”!

Cafe Talk was not heavy at all.  In the spirit of the Brew Fest, we simply asked listeners to chime in on what is their favorite beer and what foods/snacks do they pair with it.  Scott Slocum (WJOL morning man) phoned in from the Brew Fest to let listeners know what was going on and shared his favorite brew and food pairing.  Soul and I along with our in-studio guest, author, Sherman L. Jenkins enjoyed root beer made by Goose Island Brewery.  We paired it with salted corn chips and experimented with chocolate with vanilla filling!  Talk about sweet and salty!!  Here’s one root beer pairing that we forgot to try in-studio…

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2nd Hour -Entertainment

TV Talk was very brief and mostly about Dancing With the Stars!  Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Vanilla Ice was voted off in a double elimination.  You know, every year, I get more and more impressed with the overall production of the show. The musicality of the musicians; the set production; and creativity of the professional dancers is impeccable!  Oh!  This week I watched Empire and my goodness the writers are taking viewers of the show on a jaw dropping, shocking, and humorous journey!  Queen Sugar is also providing drama that has you sitting on the edge of your seat not to mention the backdrop of the beautiful scenery!  

Passion for Fashion was short and sweet as well. Jeans, suade, and boots were the hot topic once again.

Last, but not least, author Sherman L. Jenkins stopped by to spend time and to talk about his new book, “The Untold Story of an Original Harlem Globetrotter, Ted Strong Jr. and Negro Leagues All-Star”.  Now available at most online bookstores or visit www.tedstrongjr.com.  Sherman was the right man to author such a book.  He has researched the Negro Leagues for more than 30 years, and is a member of the SABR Negro League Committee.  This book takes you on a historical journey while highlighting the life and athletic accomplishments of Ted Strong Jr.

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Sherman is also President of an online media company, SLJ Communications, which happens to be the parent company of “Tell Me Something Good”.  TMSG is a monthly publication that covers African-American life outside the City of Chicago.  For more, visit www.tellmesomethinggood.com.

We ended the show as usual with… SoulBalm Says.  Check her out at souliciouswe.wordpress.com.

Remember, we’re back on the air Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 and check www.marilynscafesociety.com for audio links.

Until next time,

Live. Laugh. Love.

Marilyn

 

MCS Radio Show – Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Okay!  I’m finally getting around to writing this radio show recap and blog post.  Today is Thursday and certainly by now the post would have been published.  The culprit?  Well, let’s just say that I have been “living out” what I say is important to me– spending quality time with and enjoying family and friends; exercise; reading; and tweaking plans for my future.  We made some good memories.  Okay.  Sometimes we say one thing but do another!  We say are families are important to us but we put work, business, and even play before them most times. However, I’ve noticed that some people have figured out a way to incorporate family in all aspects of their lives.  Let’s face it!  You must work or do business to sustain yourself and loved ones.  Also, to keep a semblance of sanity, we must have some recreation, hobby, and social activity.  Figuring out a way to include family and close friends to the mix makes a lot of sense.  Here’s a few ideas…

*Set meetings or appointments throughout the day, week, and month with family and friends.  Include them when possible on business trips.

*Don’t be a work-a-holic!  Your work will be there when you get back to it.

*Learn to delegate.

*Be spontaneous.

*Learn to love video calling.

Missed the last show?  Things got a little spiritually deep!  Here’s what happened…

Cafe Talk:  Who and/or how do you worship?

1st hour – Top News

I reported and chimed in on the continued negative press about the 2016 Summer Olympics.  The big story, of course being about Ryan Lochte, the 12 time U. S. Olympic medalist in swimming–his apology for his fabricated story of being robbed while in Rio de Janeiro.  Personally, I think that he was so intoxicated and possibly high that he and his fellow Olympian friends really thought that they were being robbed by fake security guards/police!!  Anyway, as we have all heard, this misstep has caused him to lose several endorsement deals starting with Speedo and Ralph Lauren.  Can he bounce back?  Well, as of today(8/25/16), it’s been reported that he has a new endorsement deal with Pine Brothers cough drops ( cough, cough); and he will be a contestant on the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars!  Stay tuned.

In political talk, I revealed that Jill Stein, the 2016 Green Party Presidential candidate currently has 5% of supporters compared to Hillar Clinton’s 45%; Donald Trump’s 35%; and Libertarian Party candidate, Gary Johnson’s 9%–that’s according to recent CNN poll. Checkout www.marilynscafesociety.com for the audio.

Moving on to the Café Talk segment and special in-studio guest, Pastor David G. Latimore who tackled the deep question..what exactly is worship from a spiritual perspective and what shoukd it look like in our lives as Christians?  Go here for audio of the segment.  He confirmed that worship is a lifestyle and requires more than just attending church on Sundays.  However, attending church is an expression of worship itself!   Pastor Latimore also shared exciting details about a worship experience that he and My. Zion Baptist Church is bringing back to the suburban Chicagoland area.  Check this out…

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We’re looking forward to seeing you all there!!!

2nd Hour – Entertainment News

During TV Talk, I took a look at an article from TV Guide that focused on actors that have been fired from television series/shows.  Some were fired for strange reasons like attacking show producers!  Some have gone on to other shows while others have not.

My inspiration for the Passion for Fashion segment came from Refinery 29.  Check it out at www.marilynscafesociety.com.

Soul attended a kick off in Chicago for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer organization’s 5k Walk that’s set for October 22, 2016.  Proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society.  For more infomation visit www.makingstridesagainstbreastcancer.org. Soul also presented another edition of Soulbalm Says.  Take a listen here.

That’s it.  Have a super weekend!  No show this  Saturday duento high-school football. We’ll talk again next Saturday, September 3, 2016.  Find me on Twitter @marilynscafesoc and Facebook at Marilyn’s Cafe Society.

Peace,

Marilyn

 

 

MCS Radio Show – Saturday, August 13th, 2016

After the show, Soul and I hung out!  In fact, we almost went out to eat!  However,  we paused and asked the big question…will this food improve my health and wellness?  No!.. but it sure would have satisfied our palette and foodie tendencies!  Hmmm.  Perhaps another time.  We settled for watermelon.  Yes…sweet and tasty!

The show was fantastic!  Did you miss it?  If so, here’s how things went down.

Cafe Talk:  What does the expression “don’t drink the Kool-aid mean to you”?

First Hour- Top News

Illinois Governor Bruce Rained vetoed automatic voter registration bill.   The Senate bill provided that anyone of voting age who is obtaining or renewing a driver’s license at a Secretary of State facility would automatically offered a voter registration form.  Rainer’s administration cites concerns that include potential for voter fraud.  Watch dog groups expressed their disappointment believing that the Governor missed an opportunity to be a trailblazer in modernizing voter registration nationally.

Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, released her 2015 tax returns which amplified the pressure for Donald Trump to do the same.   She and husband, former POTUS, Bill Clinton earned just under $11 million and paid a little more than 34% in federal income taxes.  Say what?!!!  Hillary also released her proposed economic plan that includes raising personal income and certain corporate taxes; a crack down on trade violations; increase infrastructure spending; raising the minimum wage; paid family and medical leave for workers; tax credit for childcare expenses; and reduction of educational costs.  I would love to see major economic development in the inner cities and economically/ socially depressed neighborhoods.  Let’s work on that you all!!

Congratulations to Simone Bikes, Simone Manuel, Michael Phelps, Michelle Carter, and the entire Team USA for breaking records, making history, and racking up some serious bling during the 2016 Summer Olympics. Since last week’s report of media bias, certain media has corrected the way they address or reference Olympic winners who are women. Women rock on their own!!  Speaking of women, join the American Association of University Women on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 from 2-3pm ET for a Twitter storm as the mark African American”s Equal Pay Day.  The day will symbolize the day when Black women’s earnings catches up to white mensy earnings.  Use the hashtag #BlackWomenEqualPay to join the conversation.

This sums up the Cafe Talk segment–

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Second Hour–Entertainment News

We were very excited to have actress, author, speaker, trainer and wellness expert, Tina Lifford join us this hour.  You may have seen her on ths big screen in Mandela and Declerk, Hostage, and others; also, on television in South Central, Scandal, and Parenthood.  You can look for her in the upcoming series, Queen Sugar on OWN starting Tuesday and Wednesday, September 6 & 7 at 10pm ET.  Tina will play Violet Bordelon, an aunt to the Bordelon siblings who inherit a sugar farm in Saint Josephine, Louisiana.  The series is Executive produced by Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay, and Melissa Carter. The series is loosely based on the book by Natalie Baszile.  All episodes in the series’ debut season are directed by WHAT??!!…yes WOMEN!!

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Tina’s humanitarian work focuses on the importance of Inner Fitness.  She helps people feel fabulous from the inside out. Check her out at tinalifford.com and listen to segment snippets at marilynscafesociety.com.  Fingers crossed, you may hear more segments with Tina on Marilyn’s Cafe Society in the coming months!

Soul and I enjoyed Tina so much that we went over time. Accordingly, Soulbalm Says will return next Saturday at 2:50pm CDT.

Have a great week and join us next Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 1:05pm CDT.  Follow me on Twitter @marilynscafesoc OR Marilyn’s Cafe Society on Facebook.

Peace.

Marilyn

MCS Radio Show – Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Hello there.  I hope this first week of August is good!!  Overall, I’m good and staying positive about my future.   Did you catch the radio broadcast on Saturday?  If not, here’s what you missed…

Cafe Talk:  What is your “basic instinct” type?  Don’t know?  Keep reading!

1st Hour- Top News

Soul and I commented on the Democratic National Committee convention that took place in Philadelphia the prior week.  We agreed that the stellar speaker and performance line-up did not disappoint.  I think anyone who watched all or some of it has to acknowledge that they felt hopeful and proud to be an American.  Women, especially, should feel incredibly proud to have a highly qualified woman on the verge of becoming the first woman President Of The United States (POTUS).  Congratulations to Hillary Rodham Clinton on winning and becoming the first woman to clinch the Democratic committee nomination for POTUS.  I really wish that we were truly the United States of America.  The division between the two dominate parties (Democrats vs. Republicans) seems to get worse with each presidential election cycle.  Is it because our president and presidential candidate are not the same as years past?  Yes, meaning they aren’t male and caucasian?

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After top news, Heidi Wachter, checked in to explain the concept of “basic instinct types or Enneagram.  According to Heidi, who is a health journalist and writer for Experience Life magazine, an Enneagram is a personality typing system that draws on several wisdom traditions.  There are three (3) basic instincts (self-preservation, sexual, social); and nine (9) Enneagram types.  Go to marilynscafesociety.com for audio.  Also, you may go to experience life.com for the full article entitled, Basic Instincts.  I’m still trying to figure out mine.  When you discover yours, please share in the comments section.

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2nd Hour:  Entertainment News

Since I was going to my class reunion after the show, we added a second Cafe Talk question…Do you attend your class reunions?  According to research, only 20-30% of most graduating classes actually attend their class reunions.  A number of reasons for this low turnout has been cited but one, in particular, stuck with me– lack of communication in between the reunions!  Every reunion planner must maintain some form of communication with the overall class via quarterly or semi-annual newsletters, etc.  Also, avoid the last quarter of the year for the reunion.  In fact, the best month to have a class reunion is July.  By the way, my reunion was great!  I arrived a bit late due to work but still was able to chat it up with classmates and friends.  I discovered that over the years, we lost quite a few to death.  Many others have moved to other states and a few travelled quite a distance to attend our reunion.  I”m working on a special show this coming Saturday in relation to my reunion.  Be sure to tune in.

TV Talk-

The new producers of Sesame Street announced recently that they were cutting the characters, Bob, Gordon, and Luis from the lineup, and boy was there a backlash!  Big kids everywhere took to social media to express their discontent with the producers decision. Now, according to Fox News Latino in New York, the producers are considering reversing their decision.  All parties are set to meet in September for more discussion.  Soul suggested a great idea for the show’s elders.  She said that they should be the go to “circle of elders” that the other Sesame Street characters go to  to solve problems.  It will teach the young how to solve problems as well as to respect and value their elders.  Let’s see if the producers were listening to the radio show!

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One person listening who is connected to the Muppets and Sesame Street is Joel Schick.  Joel is an illustrator who has illustrated books from middle-aged America’s childhood (The Jungle Book, Muppet Time, The Magic School Bus, etc.); and he was our guest this hour.  Soul and I were beyond thrilled to speak with him.  He was very warm, open, and easy to talk to.  In fact, he turned the table for a minute and interviewed me!!!  I was especially thrilled to learn that he will be participating in the annual Christmas Celebration show in December!  Talk about Christmas in July!!!  For a snippet of our talk, click here.  For more about Joel and free book downloads, visit familygorilla.com.

Our talk with Joel went a bit long so “Soulbalm Says” was abbreviated this week.  Take a listen here.  Also, I didn’t have time to announce the Christmas in July spotlight which is the second selected church that is making a difference in the lives of children.  The Living Word Christian Church in Forest Park, Illinois is hosting their “Back to School” celebration on August 5, 2016, 3-6pm.  Enjoy   food, fun, and backpacks loaded with school supplies!

Okay, that’s all I have everyone!  Be sure to tune in to next Saturday’s show and follow me on Twitter @marilynscafesoc and Marilyn’s Cafe Society on Facebook.  Until we talk again…

Live. Laugh. Love.

Marilyn