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Jim Jax has traveled abroad and is a jack of all trades with experience in many aspects of life. He's worked in the medical field and owned his own small corporation, he's played and coached in many sports, and has a vast love of news of the world, social media and technology. A lover of fun and practical jokes who loves making others laugh. If it's in politics, sports or world news, Jim will have a point of view. He comes from a family that has been politically and socially involved with many social outreaches to help others. A techy jock who loves technology. The facts are always > than opinions.

In The Spotlight with Florence Carmela; Sports Broadcaster & Galvanize Founder Laura Okmin

In The Spotlight with Florence Carmela; Sports Broadcaster & Galvanize Founder Laura Okmin🎙


EMPOWER    TEACH    CREATE
(Written by Florence Carmela 7/25/19)

You know I am always looking for good causes, companies & foundations that support and nurture women to write about on my website and share with all of you. Well on Monday, July 22nd I had the pleasure of interviewing TV Sports Broadcaster Laura Okmin about her wonderful company GALvanize that she founded over 10 years ago, and I find to be one of the most amazing companies out there that fully support women and their future endeavours. 

Through her company Laura offers coaching, bootcamps & workshops for women to elevate them to the next level both personally and professionally. GALvanize offers women (of all ages) 2 day bootcamps that prepare them for an exciting career in Broadcasting, either in front of the camera or behind the scenes.
 
Day 1 is all about the woman, as an individual…knowing her own story. As Laura shared with me “Its all about learning your own story before you can tell anyone else’s!” Which is an integral part of this bootcamp. Self discovery, confidence building and team work are the main focus on Day 1 of the bootcamp. These women, also create intimate bonds with one another, some that continue to be mentoring relationships and true friendships that last way beyond these bootcamps.

Day 2 is all about the NFL teams they partner with. On the second day, the ladies get to work with NFL players, some in front of the camera exercising their interview skills and learning the tools that they will need to succeed in this very competitive business Laura has been a part of, successfully, for over 25 years. She explains it as “the women getting to work in front of the camera, after we have worked with them and prepared them for this, rather than just throwing them out there.”

I think its truly wonderful that someone like Laura Okmin, who knows this business and has experienced the hurdles, knows how much hard work and persistence it takes to succeed can offer this to women and assist them in making their dreams a reality!!

If you would like more information on Laura Okmin and GALvanize please visit:

You can also follow her on Twitter @LauraOkmin and @GALvanizeLife and on Instagram at lauraokmin.

Florence Carmela Is in the Spotlight with Entertainer Howie Mandel!

8-27-19  IN THE SPOTLIGHT WITH WORLD ENTERTAINER HOWIE MANDEL!!


Okay all you FANdels this was a loooooong time coming (at the moment I’m trying to do my best “Bobby’s voice” a true fan knows who that is 🙂

Well, he’s one of my all time favorite Entertainers with an impressive resume that spans over 40 years…St. Elsewhere…Deal or No Deal…Bobby’s World and my all time favorite…America’s Got Talent just to name a few!! He is also hands down the hardest working man in Show Business and an extreeeemely funny man, Comedian Howie Mandel!

I don’t think there is anything this Canadian born Entertainer has done that I haven’t been a major fan of. He’s an incredible Stand-up Comic and has sold out major arenas all over the world! 

He is currently holding the title for having the longest tenure as a judge on Americas Got Talent, replacing The Knight Rider David Hasselhoff. He has been a judge now for ten consecutive seasons, in which he has made mention of that major milestone on social media. When asked why NBC keeps him on the hit TV Show his answer is simple “I’m affordable!” In my humble opinion, i feel the popular Comedian is asked back year after year for one simple reason…he makes the show!! I honestly can’t imagine America’s Got Talent without Howie Mandel.

The thing I love most about Howie Mandel is that he is hands down the most down to earth Entertainer in Show Business. Along with his amazing talent and work ethic he is a wonderful family man and philanthropist.

 

Check out Howie on America’s Got Talent Tuesday Nights on NBC!

If you would like to connect with Howie Mandel on Twitter please follow him at @howiemandel or you can follow him on Facebook..you wont be disappointed

In the Spotlight with Stevie Nicks; Written by Florence Carmela

In the Spotlight with Stevie Nicks; Written by Florence Carmela

Stand Back 1981 – 2017


(Written 10-10-2019)

What can you say about this Legendary Singer, Songwriter & Poet Stevie Nicks (born Stephanie Nicks) or this tempting treasure trove of rock, rhythm and poetry other thank you for this gift of music Stevie. Her music like this quentesential gypsy herself…is truly timeless.

On Songwriting…..
You light candles, put music on..it can all happen right here and be captured.

It’s the music from all eight of Stevie’s studio albums are included in the set, from Top 10 hits like “Stand Back” and “Talk To Me” to “The Dealer” from her latest, 2014’s 24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault. 

These amazing solo tracks are joined by her memorable collaborations with other artists, including some of my all time favorites “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” with the late Tom Petty and his band The Heartbreakers, “Leather And Lace” with Eagles drummer & vocalist Don Henley. There is also  “You’re Not The One” with Sheryl Crow, and “Beautiful People Beautiful Problems” with Lana Del Rey. 

On the Music….
I grew up on this poetry, with these melodies and so many intricate bars and beats.

This collection of Stevie Nick’s music is decades of cheerished music I grew up on with so many joyful memories to boot. I can not say enough about this Iconic Songstress or her enchanting, yet prolific career!

Please go to Amazon.com for all of Stevie’s music.  You can also follow her on Twitter & Instagram @StevieNicks 

“How Emme Lentino Pursued her Dreams On the World Stage”

“How Emme Lentino Pursued Her Dreams On the World Stage”

Emme Lentino has stamps on her passport and a big heart for people. The singer-songwriter, actress and model has made a lifetime of hitting the road and taking big leaps of faith.

You might say she has “road trip magic,” to borrow a line from “Drive All Night,” a track from her latest, available on iTunes and Amazon Music. The release of “summer this, summer that” is a triumph – a mix of upbeat and soulful tunes for your next adventure. The pursuit of her artistic dreams has taken her across the United States, and even overseas to New Zealand.

She was born to an artistic and supportive family in Salem, Oregon. She started performing at the age of six and composing songs when she was only 10 years old.

The artist is always looking for a stage to inspire others.

Setting the Stage: The Early Years

As a performer, Lentino has many influences, from classic rock to modern pop. The Beatles, Norah Jones and Ed Sheeran all shaped her taste in music. She writes and sings straight from the heart. However, more than other artistic influences, her time spent in the theatre formed her artistic style. She performed across 30 states for the Missoula Children’s Theatre. Her first big leap of faith came with a move to New York City, where she played Lucille Ball in an off-Broadway production.

“I learned early on to use my imagination, says Lentino. “My mind was opened to another world through these stories and plays and characters I portrayed. My songwriting style I believe is partly inspired by my theatre background.”

Her creative talent flourished under the bright lights of New York. She collaborated with talented individuals across music and TV, going back and forth between New York and California. In addition to playing Lucille Ball, her songs were used on ABC’s One Life to Live and All My Children.

However, it hasn’t always been an easy road.

The artist spent time living out of her car in San Diego. She is grateful for the experience, looking back on it.

“I met many kind and generous people,” says Lentino. “I also met many who were struggling much more than I who didn’t have the comfort of a car to stay in… that really humbled me.”

A Leap of Faith: New Zealand

After the move to New York, Lentino was no stranger to leaps of faith. She would make another after meeting her late husband Tony – moving to New Zealand with him. The move to New Zealand is an important marker for the artist.


The cultures of New York and New Zealand could not be more different. She went from taking the subway to being surrounded by beautiful scenery.

She adjusted by being of service and teaching music to young children. Lentino has been working with youth since she was a teenager herself, and her lyrics show a passion for making a difference in the lives of young people.

Lentino’s story is one of loss, inspiration and finding yourself again. She tragically lost her husband to cancer in 2016. Her single “Seasons of Life,” written after her husband’s passing, is an anthem for anyone going through difficult times.

She credits her faith with helping her heal after tragedy.

“My faith and my music in combination have gotten me through many tough times,” says Lentino. “It is also because I have always believed that things get better.”

The singer-songwriter is currently signed with the Robert Bruce Agency and a featured artist for the Heart of Indie Radio, which celebrates unsigned artists. The music education platform provides opportunities for aspiring musicians with the help of partners such as Stax Music Academy in Memphis, TN.

The project is a subsidiary of Hands of Grace – Rae of Light, and supports Texas Children’s Hospital, Shriner’s Hospital for Children and suicide prevention programs.

As the co-host of the Eddie and Emme Show, Lentino interviews talented musicians eager to share their message with the world. She is excited about the opportunity to help young artists promote their music.

Global Family

The artist likes to refer to her TwitterFacebook & Instagram followers as a global family. Always on the move, she spends her time traveling from London to New Zealand, and back again.

What is next for Lentino? She expects new music to be released in 2020 and is collaborating with people all over the world.

The global traveler offered words of encouragement to young artists looking to follow in her footsteps.

“My advice is to know your core values,” says Lentino. “Write them down. Make a dream board, write down your goals. Surround yourself with friends and family who can nourish your soul. Be adventurous! If the opportunity to move for a job or project comes up – be open. Ask the right questions; and listen to your heart. You just never know what tomorrow may bring –
that in itself is truly exciting!”

This article was written by Ryan Wilcox.

You can find Ryan at his website or on Twitter.

Ryan Wilcox

“Pancho Billa Mourned by Fans & Players Alike, Bringing The NFL Together Like Few Could”

 

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Pancho Billa reminded us all.

With the passing of Buffalo Bills superfan Ezra Castro AKA Pancho Billa, the NFL fandom was reminded just how fragile life can be. Fans and players of all teams came together to mourn a man that loved his team, family, & everyone that came in contact with him.

Thirty nine years is not enough for most people, but in those years Ezra gave a lifetime worth of kindness and love. After every kind act shown to him, Ezra was shocked & often humbled at the kindness that people gave him. He never got that people thought he was a big deal and downplayed his importance. In a social media world where the need for attention and self importance is the norm, Ezra was a regular guy and a breath of fresh air.

When Greg Dresko and I did our podcast with Ezra, it was obvious he did not feel good but he rarely cancelled anything. Even on his bad days he would do interviews with a smile. After our podcast I created a prayer night for him that Greg & I promoted. Literally thousands of people got involved praying for Pancho and all of those battling cancer. We did a second one not too long ago that was also greatly supported. People really cared and it was inspiring.

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A Special Family Called Buffalo:

Buffalo was the perfect team for Ezra. It is a team that is set back in the time of the old AFL. A team that has not yet been ruined by the greed of NFL owners who’s only loyalty is to the money they can make.  They have an old stadium, the second lowest ticket prices in the NFL, and a raucous loyal fan base.   While everyone else changed, Buffalo didn’t.  It is a special place.

With fancy, expensive stadiums pricing out many fans, the Bills are stuck in a wonderful time warp that allows for a foundation that continues to come to the games year after year. A loyal following that braves bitter cold and wind to support their Bills. From Jack Kemp to Joe Ferguson, to Jim Kelly to Andre Reed, the Bills rich tradition is steeped in a blue collar us against the world mentality. What an amazing place.

I don’t think any fan base or team other than Buffalo could have survived losing 4 Super Bowls while still coming back with dignity and grace.   Through all of the jokes and taunting, winning 4 conference championships is still among one of the greatest achievements in NFL history & they are very proud of it.

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Ezra Castro with girlfriend Veronica Borjon & their kids Lourdes & Ginoboli

Ezra & the Spirit of Buffalo:

In true Buffalo Bill spirit, Pancho Billa battled until the end.   Just like Steve Tasker making an amazing play in a Super Bowl that had long been lost, Ezra never gave up.   Adversity was what Ezra faced each day after being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Even in his darkest days he would show a positive, caring spirit that inspired so many. We DM’d each other on Twitter and his last message to me was a smiling emoji with a halo over his head. He knew. He also though remained positive asking people to never quit praying for a miracle. Giving up was never an option.

In reality the biggest gift Pancho Billa gave to people was the way he handled his illness. Even with social media bringing out the worst in people, he showed a spirit of pride and kindness that touched so many. He remained positive at the worst of times inspiring us all to not take ourselves too seriously. In a world where many get angry at the drop of a hat, he showed a calm passion and compassion for others during his fight.

The Power of NFL Fans:

Ezra reminded NFL fans everywhere that we are not gang members or part of a football militia that should hate anything not affiliated with our teams. He showed that in reality we are all on the same team of life and that football is a fun outlet & family to belong to. Happiness, health & supporting each other during the best and worst of times is what life is about. We all saw how our hearts are more powerful than any owners money or new stadium.   It’s about the fans and the amazing relationships that we create from being fans. The simplest of things.

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How I’ll Remember Ezra & You:

What I’ll remember most about Ezra, was how he brought everyone together. For a moment in time fans in New England and Oakland were on the same team. Dallas and Philly fans prayed for a miracle together and people began to realize all of the petty arguments and hate was not what being a fan was about.   It’s a willingness to help when hope is hard to find, and being there to support and love someone during great times as well as their darkest hour.

Many of you have really touched me with your sincerity and compassion and I’m very proud of everyone. Your kindness touched Ezra and helped him and his family get through such an unspeakable tragedy. As much of a gift people felt Pancho was, he felt the same about you. He brought out the best in all of us and it sure felt good.

How to Keep His Legacy Alive:

If you really want to keep his legacy alive, lets be like him. Give as much as you can to others and show kindness with a calm spirit. As Ezra once said, “don’t bring flowers to my funeral. I hate flowers. Bring backpacks full of school supplies for kids”. Think of others first, and show love and appreciation and support to one another. Most of all do it without judgement or opinion. Love completely without complete understanding. What an amazing legacy that would be. And nothing would be more pleasing to the great Pancho Billa.

Florence Carmela is “In The Spotlight” With Jon Bon Jovi’s Soul Foundation

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Jon Bon Jovi & his wife Dorothea

Please visit my website:  http://www.florencecarmela.com

Please visit my podcast:  https://www.spreaker.com/show/3272667

 

Florence Carmela is “In The Spotlight”✨ with Jon Bon Jovi’s Soul Kitchen

“Together, WE can make a difference…. One SOUL At A Time.”

                               JBJ Soul Foundation

What can you say about a man who not only creates music that millions of people enjoy and spent the better part of their lives swooning over.  That Musician, Songwriter, and Philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi; along with his wife of almost 30 years Dorothea; have created an amazing Foundation that helps thousands of people through out The United States. The organization is The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation and it is hands down one of the best Foundations out there!

The JBJ Soul Foundation assists and supports the efforts to shed light on the issues of hunger and homelessness in our country and to produce community awareness as well. It is a non profit organization that does all this and much, much more. The Foundation has helped provide assistance and support in several states across the country for so many people who are struggling, including our veterans. Jon says that his wife Dorothea should get the credit since she is the one that has been doing most of the work to make their Foundation a success.  

Their overall mission is to help those who are in need of food & shelter. They currently have two JBJ Soul Kitchens that provide nutritional, hot meals to people in need in his home state of New Jersey. The meals are paid for by a small donation (whatever can be provided by the customer) or by volunteering in the Community Restaurant, to pay it forward in a positive, productive way. Recently, both Soul Kitchens locations in New Jersey, in partnership with The Murphy Family Foundation has provided free meals to furloughed Federal Workers who were in need of a hot meal. 

This is truly an amazing organization! If you are looking for a cause to get behind, lend your support or donate your time and money to I suggest you look towards the JBJ Soul Foundation, their partnerships and all the incredible projects they are currently working on.

If you would like more information on the JBJ Soul Foundation and Soul Kitchens go to 

You can also follow them on Twitter @JBJSoulFound