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July 18, 2018 08:22 AM PDT

The Simmons Kids Are All Grown Up!
Viewers First Met Angela, Vanessa and JoJo Simmons – the
Children of Legendary Hip Hop Star Joseph “Rev Run”
Simmons of RUN DMC – on the Hit Series “Run’s House”

Now the Simmons Take Their Place Alongside the
Next Generation of Hip Hop Royalty in
WE tv’s GROWING UP HIP HOP! Thursdays 9pm ET/PT and Ric is Talking To Them

In the fourth season of WE tv’s popular series Growing Up Hip Hop, the next generation of hip hop royalty sets out to do whatever it takes to rise above their legendary parents’ shadow. Season four picks up on the lives of Angela, Vanessa and JoJo Simmons, the offspring of rap pioneer Rev Run. After settling into motherhood, Angela opens up for the first time about a devastating breakup and facing public scrutiny. Vanessa, meanwhile, yearns to be closer to her sister, Angela, but new business opportunities lead to a dramatic sibling rivalry.

Twelve years after we first met Angela, Vanessa and JoJo on MTV’s hit series Run’s House, the Simmons kids are all grown and they discuss their lives, their projects and their experiences with the rest of the Growing Up Hip Hop castmates.

Angela Simmons is a hip hop socialite, model and fashion designer of her own line, Foofi. Angela is a social media powerhouse who’s hoping to translate her fashion success into dollars away from the comfort of her father’s fortunes. Vanessa Simmons is a fashionista in her own right, and with her fashion business blowing up, she’s ready to take her career to new heights, but not without Angela.
To learn more about Growing Up Hip Hop visit: http://www.wetv.com/shows/growing-up-hip-hop
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/hiphop.mp3

July 11, 2018 08:51 AM PDT

Lumps and Bumps on the Face and Body,
Cysts and Other Skin Conditions
Can Be Embarrassing and Stressful.

Ric Catches Up with Popular Dermatologist
and YouTube Sensation Dr. Sandra Lee.
Her Oozingly Addictive Series, Dr. Pimple Popper,
Takes You Inside the World of Her Dermatology Practice and Introduces You to Patients Whose Lives are Devastated by Eye-Catching Skin Conditions. Premieres Wednesday July 11th at 10pm ET/PT on TLC

The series will include six, one-hour episodes as viewers follow Dr. Lee as she treats various eye-catching dermatological problems in hopes of allowing her patients to reclaim their lives, free of disguise and embarrassment. Some of the cases featured this season include a mobility-inducing elephant-like skin condition, a discouraging lump and, protruding veins, tumors and cysts that hinder their daily lives and confidence. Follow Dr. Lee as she helps transform the lives of her patients.

Dr. Sandra Lee, aka Dr. Pimple Popper, is a board-certified dermatologist based in Southern California. Realizing that her field of medicine is very visual, she felt that it would be interesting to show people what she sees on a daily basis — during consults, surgeries and in-office procedures. And though she had a hunch that people would find it interesting, she soon discovered there was a massive subculture online of people who watched “popping” videos and shared them with each other across the internet. She has 2.7 million followers on Instagram, Facebook posts reaching upwards of 5-6 Million users, 400-500K views per Snapchat story and nearly 4 Million subscribers on YouTube where the Dr. Pimple Popper videos have been watched 2.5 BILLION times.
For more information, visit:
https://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/dr-pimple-popper/
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/drpp.mp3

July 11, 2018 07:27 AM PDT

The Wildly Fun Improv Comedy Show with
Musical Performances Returns for an 11th Season on MTV,
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ’N Out! Thursday July 12th 11/10c

Ric Chats with DC Young Fly and Justina Valentine

Wild ‘N Out has curated one of the most impressive arsenals of comedians and entertainers in the game over the years. Mike Epps, Kevin Hart, Kat Williams, Mikey Day, Pete Davidson, and DeRay Davis are among those who started as Wild ‘N Out castmembers. Each episode pits two teams, comprised mostly of seasoned vets, against each other in some of the most hilarious, entertaining and sometimes outlandish games seen on TV. Creator and host Nick Cannon will lead his team against a celebrity-led squad and the two teams will try to best each other in ridiculous comic throw downs. These throw downs escalate with each act, all gearing up toward the main event: the “Wildstyle battle” to decide who takes home the coveted WNO battle belt. Each show ends with a featured artist performance.

DC Young Fly has channeled his passion to entertain into over 4 million followers on social media outlets that include Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Vevo. He's even been co-signed by comic legends like Kevin Hart. Along with his comedic endeavors, his most recent musical project "Supplying Pressure" was featured on LiveMixtapes.com. DC's work ethic in music has earned him spots working alongside artists like Kevin Gates, B.O.B, TraetheTruth, and super producer Mike Will.

Justina Valentine, MTV’s quick witted fan favorite from Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘N Out and The Challenge, is a clever lyricist with a distinctive voice and a knack for irresistible hooks. From her bright red locks to her infectious personality, the MTVstar is an all around entertainer who sings, writes, and is widely known for her freestyling ability. Her newest release, FEMINEM, has garnered much attention for the lyricist as she remixed a number of Eminem’s classics. She also released the Scarlet Letter album which landed on the Itunes top 30 R&B charts, including a feature from her fellow jersey native, Fetty Wap. Their single Candyland played on national radio throughout 2016. Justina has also been seen as a guest host on the relaunch of TRL & her original music has been featured on NBC, VH1, MTV, Oxygen, CW and national TV commercials for brands such as Maybelline.
For more information, visit:
http://www.mtv.com/shows/nick-cannon-presents-wild-n-out
http://ww.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/wildmtv.mp3

July 10, 2018 07:11 AM PDT

Explore America Through the Culture of Food in
NO PASSPORT REQUIRED

Take a Trip Across the U.S. with Renowned
Chef Marcus Samuelsson as He Explores and Celebrates
Diversity and Immigrant Traditions and Cuisines in
American Food and Culture in His New Series…

No Passport Required Premiering Tuesday July 10th at 9pm ET/PT on PBS

Ric talks with celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson

Each week Marcus visits a new city to discover the dynamic and creative ways a particular immigrant community has made its mark. A vibrant portrait of America today, No Passport Required features musicians, poets, chefs, business owners, artists, community leaders and home cooks who have enhanced the nation’s culture and cuisine.

An immigrant himself — born in Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, now a celebrated chef, restaurateur, author and resident of Harlem — Samuelsson’s personal story brings a particular resonance to his observations as he travels across the country.

From Detroit, where Marcus meets Middle Eastern immigrants who call the city home, to the Ethiopian community in Washington, D.C., No Passport Required showcases how food can bring Americans — old and new — together around the table. In New Orleans, Marcus learns how Vietnamese culinary traditions have fully integrated into the fabric of the city, taking center stage with long-established French and African influences. In New York, he’s shown how the Indo-Guyanese culture thrives in a small enclave of Queens, and in Chicago, Marcus heads to the city’s Mexican neighborhoods and discovers their impact on the area’s food and cultural landscape. In Miami, he meets with members of the proud local Haitian community.
For more information, visit:
https://www.pbs.org/show/no-passport-required/
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/nopassport.mp3

July 06, 2018 09:51 AM PDT

Johnny's First Drum written by Curtis Cooper
This illustrated children’s book will take its readers on a musical adventure of learning and discovery. We will learn about the drum and other percussion instruments. We will also learn about musical concepts such as the beat, the conductor, the roll and the double bounce.

Our hero, Johnny, receives a drum for his 7th birthday, and quickly discovers that playing the drum, or any other musical instrument, is not as easy as it looks. So Johnny sets out to learn more about how to play the drum. He follows the band, when the circus comes to town. Soon after that he buys a book, then finds a drum teacher.

The story is meant to share one young mans adventure of discovering the world of playing drums, with the hope of inspiring the reader to also want to learn how to play a musical instrument. The reader will already be aware that playing music is not as easy as it seems, and that it will take time to practice and study.

Curtis has been playing drums since age 10. A year later he was marching in parades and soon touring with Drum & Bugle Corps. When he was 15 he left Drum Corp to join a working rock’n roll band. He began composing award winning percussion ensembles at age 16, and began teaching that same year. While teaching private music lessons Curtis wrote 6 different music books for drum students, including Chops Busters, and Solo Music for the Snare Drum. He is a prolific songwriter, and composed the Rock Opera “ The Ballad of Johnny Rose” in 2008.

In 2001 Curtis graduated from the seminary of The Church of Divine Man. He continued graduate work, and joined the staff as a meditation teacher, choir director and minister. In 2005 he received a Bachelor Degree in Music Education, and a California Teaching Credential in 2007. While teaching music to young children Curtis became interested in writing Picture Books. As he developed his style of writing he used his students to help work out the bugs. In 2016 Johnny’s First Drum was published, and received the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.

After 10 years of teaching grade school music, Curtis found a new calling, using all of his many talents to work as a Life Enrichment Director. He has been working for people living with Alzheimer’s Disease since 2013. He has become an avid advocate, and volunteer fund raiser for The Alzheimer’s Association of Oregon. He still entertains and leads “Drum Circles” at senior living communities.
www.CurtisCooper.net
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/firstdrum.mp3

July 06, 2018 09:47 AM PDT

Lessons of Nature, from a Modern-Day Shepherd by Don F. Pickett
We live in an environment that is comprised of both natural and artificial objects. The former is comprised of Gods creations, which manifest themselves in all their varieties in a state of perfection, order, and beauty, while the latter consists of creations of man, which exhibit the frailties and imperfections common to humankind.

No occupation brings a person closer to nature than that of a shepherd. It was these humble, earthbound workers who, according to the Gospel of St. Luke, heard good tidings of great joy and saw this thing which is come to pass when called upon to witness the birth of our Creator. Shepherds live amid nature, entirely removed from the artificial world that unfortunately tends to occupy our attention. Shepherds place themselves in a position to clearly see what we might call the first law of nature, which is obedience, followed by a second law, which is that everything in nature has a purpose, including our own mortal existence.

This simple book sets forth some of the great lessons of nature with each lesson beginning with a poem, symbolic of the harmony and rhythm of nature itself, as witnessed by a modern-day herdsman.

Don F. Pickett is a fourth-generation sheep rancher from the small town of Oakley, Idaho. He served a two-year mission in South Africa and Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and on his return he obtained a bachelors degree in agricultural economics from Brigham Young University and a juris doctor degree at the University of Idaho.

As an actively licensed attorney, he manages the day-to-day operations of the sheep ranch while also working with his two brothers in various farming and ranching endeavors. At the time of this writing, he serves within the Idaho Department of Agriculture as chairman of the Idaho Sheep and Goat Health Board and also as chairman of the Idaho State Animal Damage Control Board. He and his wife, Patty, are the parents of four children.
www.donfpickett.com
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/shepherd.mp3

July 06, 2018 09:43 AM PDT

The Decisions We Make: How Our Decisions Produce Success in Our Lives by Travis Towns

Most people don't realize that how you think determine what happens in your life. For the most part people just go with the flow. Everyone has the ability to make quality choices with the right tools. Your goals and dreams can take you from an average life to an inspiring life. Others will look at you, admire your accomplishments, and try to make good decisions as well.

In the decisions we make you will learn a new mindset that will help make your dreams and goals a reality.

About the Author
Travis Towns is the founder and president of Feel Good Poems. He is a God fearing man who believes that each person deserves to live the life that he or she desires. He lives in Philadelphia, and he is maximizing his decision making potential so that he can teach others how to effectively make quality decisions that will take their lives to the next level.
travistowns.wordpress.com
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/ttdecisions.mp3

July 06, 2018 09:35 AM PDT

ADVANCED INNOVATIVE INTEGRATED PRENATAL CARE MANUAL FOR MIDWIVES" by Irene Chain Kalinowski and Meng Xue

Irene Chain Kalinowski

Midwife: Always with Woman and her family; Homeopath; Nurse; Author; Lecturer; Foreign Expert Maternity Service and Midwifery advisor to Modern Maternity Service Systems MMSS (China); Director of operations My Body My Baby Enhanced Prenatal global education project. Homeopathic Midwifery Advisor to the Academy of Homeopathic Education (AHE) New York and mother to the AHE homeopathic online course for midwives. ….and much more….

About Irene Chain Kalinowski. I’ve practiced midwifery for 38 years. I was medically trained in the 1970’s. My midwifery training was not what I expected it to be. Mothers and babies were separated. Birth was not calm or peaceful. It was not the stories from my grandmother who was a baby catcher in the villages of Poland and who birthed 13 children at home. Nor was it anything like the home birth stories of my mothers or my sisters. I’ve spent my entire life passionate about midwifery, observing systems and learning more wonderful ways to deliver care and be connected with women.

“Why can’t we lower interventions, why can’t we see less post-partum depression, why can’t we be more human?”

“I have lowered intervention rates. I have hardly seen a woman depressed after birth under my care and I am definitely human”.

Most of my knowledge and expertise came from observing and being with the women and families that I’ve cared for. I’ve taken more than 1000 women through the continuity of care program as a New Zealand Midwife. My homeopathic knowledge and mindset are my greatest assets in providing holistic integrated care.

Irene now lives in and travels across China with the MMSS team supporting the implementation of integrated holistic maternity care and midwifery. There is no” black and white” here in China, but an openness to the many wonderful and integrated ways that deliver effective and safe care. Care that puts the psychological and physical health of women, their babies and their families first.

Meng Xue Born in 1968, Midwifery profession, Founder of China Midwifery Alliance; China Midwifery website; President of Qingdao Huikang Nurse Training School; Cochairman of China Maternal and Child Health Care Action Coalition; Director of China Medical Council for Promotion of Modern Maternity Science and Technology Development; Founder and director of the holistic and enhanced Modern Maternity Service System (MMSS) in China.

Meng has more than 30 years of experience she has an unquestionable passion for Midwifery and the woman and families who put their trust in maternity services. In 2010 she organized the Midwifery annual conference which is the National Grade learning and communicating platform for midwives. It represents a model of midwife learning and communication platforms across the country and brings international and Chinese experts to the stage.

Meng Xue made outstanding efforts in her contribution to supporting the normal physiological process of pregnancy, labor and birth, the postpartum period and in the newborn infant. Her contributions have led to and continues to upgrade and develop of midwifery services in China.

“I am passionate about childbirth and about integrating traditional Chinese medicine and Chinese philosophy and culture into maternity services. I believe that the integrated model is the future of China’s Healthy and thriving nation. Healthy Mothers and Babies make a very healthy China”
www.wordfp.com
www.cnzcs.com.cn
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/ick2018.mp3

July 06, 2018 08:35 AM PDT

Let The July Fireworks Continue:

Motorsports Superstar Travis Pastrana Will Attempt Three of
Daredevil Evel Knievel’s Most Daring Motorcycle Stunts,
Including the Ill-Fated Caesars Palace Fountain Jump from
50 Years Ago…
And Every Nerve-Wracking Moment Will be Captured in a
Special 3-Hour LIVE EVENT on HISTORY!

Ric Talks with Travis Pastrana On Location at the
Caesars Palace Fountain, Live from Las Vegas,
About His Upcoming Death-Defying Stunts and
Paying Homage to an Iconic Daredevil.

Evel Live is an unprecedented three-hour live event happening Sunday, July 8, at 8PM ET (5PM PT) and is part of HISTORY'S second annual car week. American professional motorsports star Travis Pastrana will honor legendary daredevil Evel Knievel by attempting three of his most dangerous feats in Las Vegas, Nevada, all while riding a modern day recreation inspired by the motorcycle Knievel used. These stunts include: breaking Knievel’s record jump over the length of 52 cars, another record-breaking jump over 16 full size buses, and aiming to make history as the first person to successfully jump the Caesars Palace fountain on a bike similar to the one Knievel used 50 years ago – an attempt that ended with a crash that left Knievel grasping for life. If Pastrana rides away from all three, he will be the only person to successfully beat two of Knievel’s distance records and land a jump over the fountain on a v-twin motorcycle. All of this will happen in the span of just three hours, and HISTORY will capture every exhilarating, nerve-wracking moment live.

Alongside the three epic jumps will be live interviews with Knievel and Pastrana family members, archival footage of the history behind Knievel’s many daring jumps, and expert analysis. Evel Knievel was the world’s first iconic daredevil and created a legacy that inspired generations and left audiences in awe of his audacious feats. Pastrana has stepped into Knievel’s shoes as America’s modern-day daredevil. Inspired by his predecessor, Pastrana was the first person ever to land a double backflip on a motorcycle.
For more information, visit:
https://www.history.com/specials/evel-live/about
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/pastrana.mp3

July 02, 2018 08:46 AM PDT

MTV Floribama Shore

From the producers of the legendary "Jersey Shore",
"MTV Floribama Shore" returns for a Season 2, bringing our favorite southerners to Panama City Beach for Spring Break! Premiering Tuesday July 9th at 10pm ET/PT

“MTV Floribama Shore” was the #1 original cable series in its time period and the #2 new original unscripted cable series in 2017.

Ric Catches up with cast members Candace Rice & Jeremiah Buoni!

Set in the Florida Panhandle along the beach that stretches all the way to Alabama, MTV Floribama Shore is the story of eight young adults who come to spend spring break in the hottest beach town on the Gulf Coast, Panama City Beach, to party it up and put the real world on hold for just a little bit longer. This coming-of-age story captures the very real thrill and angst of being young and trying to figure out the future.

Jeremiah Buoni originally hails from Amelia Island, FL, where he worked as a bartender. Fitness is his forte and he is a gym-rat obsessed with body and workout. This spring break he’s looking to have a good time in the house with his roommates, but are the relationships he built last season going to last?

Memphis-native Candace Rice brings the southern belle to Panama City Beach with her big hair, perfectly applied make-up and Instagram-ready outfits. This spring break, she wants to be care-free. Her quick wit and no-nonsense demeanor make her a voice of reason in the house, and she happily takes wild child Kortni under her wing.
For more information, visit:
http://www.mtv.com/shows/floribama
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/floribama.mp3

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