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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 

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

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Jon Bon Jovi & his wife Dorothea

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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

 

“Florence Carmela’s interview w/Rosanna Arquette about the Alexis Arquette Family Foundation”

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Alexis & Rosanna Arquette

1-21-19 IN THE SPOTLIGHT WITH ACTRESS ROSANNA ARQUETTE✨

I love nothing more than talking to talented and creative artists with a story to tell or a cause they feel passionate about. Recently on a quiet Sunday morning, I had the pleasure of speaking with the Actress, Rosanna Arquette.

She is not only talented, creative and beautiful, but the actress; along with the entire Arquette Family; has found a way to keep the spirit of their beloved sister Alexis alive. Rosanna, along with her siblings David, Patricia, and Richmond created The Alexis Arquette Family Foundation in memory of their sister Alexis Arquette and is committed to the care and support of the LGBTQ+ community.

Alexis, who was transgendered, passed away on September 11, 2016 and was a bright light with a beautiful heart and an artistic soul. While speaking with Rosanna I realized how much she and her entire family deeply miss Alexis and want to keep her memory alive.

Rather than remembering her on the anniversary of her death with sadness, Rosanna explained “we have a big dance party every year on September 11th to celebrate her life” in just the way Alexis would want it with a lot of laughter, music and memories.

The actress also shared with me that they are trying to raise money for the Foundation explaining “Patricia was working on that (raising funds) last week, and that’s what we’ve all been trying to do and its not been easy.”  This is something they are currently working on for the Foundation, so it will continue to provide counseling, medical intervention and services for those in need.

The Alexis Project is a true partnership between The Alexis Arquette Family Foundation and the Violence Intervention Program, also known as VIP,  at the LAC+USC Medical Center. For more information on how you can support The Alexis Arquette Family Foundation & The Alexis Project visit AlexisArquette.com

For more information on Rosanna Arquette go to RosannaArquette.com to see interviews, videos, photos and the many projects she is currently working on.

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Article by:  Florence Carmela

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