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Sunday, December 27, 2009
Those who were chosen to be recognized are no stranger to the book club or the radio show, and are both respected by readers and those in the literary community as well.
It is with great pleasure that we announce Bestselling author Wahida Clark as "Author of the Year 2009-2010" by Conversations Book Club.
Conversations' "Author of the Decade 1999-2009" is Bestselling author John Saul.
Both Clark and Saul have been guests on Conversations the radio show several times, have been featured by The Write Stuff Online Reality Show and were chosen as part of Conversations' "Literary Legends, Class of 2009-2010".
We congratulate both authors on their accomplishments and look forward to their next literary contributions. To find out more about this year's honorees, visit www.literarylegends2009.com.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
In November 2008,The Write Stuff Literacy Campaign (www.thewritestufftv.com) announced it was taking a place on the world scene to vigorously promote literacy and bring individuals as well as organizations to the battlefield, combining forces against the worldwide problem of illiteracy and apathy.
In December 2009, Founder/Mississippi native Cyrus Webb is pleased to announce that the first year of the project has been a tremendous success.
"We have worked with our literary partners across the country and reached out to others across the globe to show we are willing to do whatever we can to highlight the importance of reading," says Webb, 34. Coming from a state known for its problems with school drop-outs and illiteracy, Webb considers it an honor to be on the frontline of this important war.
Using the national platform of his radio show Conversations LIVE! (www.conversationsliveradio.com), the influence of his co-ed book club Conversations (www.thebestbookclub.info) and his webisodes created by The Write Stuff, Webb has seen tremendous support from literally every state in the country and individuals in the United Kingdom, Africa, Australia and Canada.This was evident when The Write Stuff hosted its 1st National Day of Reading that was held on Sat. November 21, 2009. The goal was to host events in all 50 states during the same time as a way to show unity on the cause of promoting reading. 40 states were able to participate, bringing together people of all backgrounds, walks of life and interests. (see http://thewritestufftv.webs.com/supportersofreading.htm )
During the final months of 2009, Webb created Do The Write Thang (www.dothewritethang.com) to combine his literary efforsts under one roof. Through it, he has reached out to and garnered support from many well-known celebrities and up-and-coming forces who want to use their influence to promote reading as well. Sponsors and supporters also included For The People Productions, Crunk Magazine, Hype Magazine, NuSouth Magazine, Industry Standard Magazine, Poetic Monthly, AG Press, HHH Magazine, HunidRacks Energy Drinks, Vitaminwater (Louisville, KY) and others.
As 2009 comes to an end, Webb is already looking forward to the events scheduled for 2010. Through his new website www.themaleoprah.com, he hopes to show that the influence and example of a person like Oprah---also from Mississippi---can be seen and felt in men as well. He will also continue his outreach to literary supporters across the globe, showcasing what can be done when people work together to achieve a common good.
For more information about The Write Stuff Literacy Campaign, contact Cyrus Webb at email@example.com or 601.896.5616.
Saturday, November 07, 2009
It is a six-part conversation that you will want to watch and share with anyone who finds themselves struggling with those very issues. This show is dedicated to the memory of Izear Roberts, Jr.---the father of producer Stanley Clark---who passed away unexpectantly this week, those who passed away in the horrible incidents in both Texas and Florida as well as their families. It is our hope that all will find something to encourage themselves as we go through our own challenges in life as well...
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
PART ONE: Bestselling authors Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes talk success
PART TWO: Bestselling author Wahida Clark talks about her amazing career
PART THREE: Cyrus Webb talks about the book club designed for sports lovers and introduces books designed with them in mind. He also begins his conversation with author Gary Myers about the events that inspired the book THE CATCH
PART FOUR: The continuation of Webb's discussion with author Gary Myers
PART FIVE: Our literary profile features CBS National Correspondent Byron Pitts
PART SIX: Find out what is coming up next for The Write Stuff and how you can become more involved in our literacy campaign.
Monday, October 19, 2009
The book was an instant success, both with fans of the rapper's music and book lovers who were being introduced to her for the first time. Now almost one year later, Jacki-O is bringing the message of her book to her homecity of Miami in order put a spotlight on the importance of reading.
On Friday, October 23, 2009, she will host a booksiging/meet and greet at the Martini Bar (5701 Sunset Dr. Ste. 124a * Sunset Place) in Miami beginning at 6p.m.
"The book is an urban version of the show Friends," says Cyrus Webb,34. He is the lead publicist of the author/recording artist and his organization, Shadow Play Entertainment, is co-sponsoring the event. Webb took the lead on Jacki-O's tour in 2008 and has worked with the publishing company since 2007. His book club, Conversations, has also highlighted the book in the past. "GROWN AND GANGSTA chronicles the journey of six friends as they deal with their past, try to live through the challenges of the present and search for the hope offered by the future."
Admission to the event is free,however, the book is $15.00. Joining Jacki-O at the event will be up-and-coming author Mr. Mean Mug, whose book TATTOO TEARS will also be available for only $10 and Mississippi rapper C. Watts aka Playa Connected (both seen below).
Jacki-O, Mr. Mean Mug and C. Watts are hoping that their involvement in this literary event will show that you can be cool and still educated. They are all joining with Webb in participating in National Day of Reading on Sat. Nov. 21, 2009, again showcasing the importance of reading.
To find out more about the upcoming literary event in Miami or to schedule interviews, contact Cyrus Webb at firstname.lastname@example.org or Herschel Dixon at 502.291.4201.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
In the debut episode of The Write Stuff, host Cyrus Webb makes a trip to his literary partner Wal-Mart to talk about the importance of reading and introduce this week's guests. Bestselling authors John Saul, Erica Spindler and Emanuel Rosen talk about their incredible journey to literary success. Webb also talks about how watching Oprah inspired author Stacey Kannenberg to begin her publishing career. Author Jeff Rivera talks about the importance of an Author Platform, and finally Webb tells authors why they want to get to know author/book reviewer Joey Pinkney. (Note: Due to the high traffic in the Wal-Mart store we were unable to use the boom mic so there is background noise.)
Music for this episode was provided by Dj Down South (The Write Stuff theme song, "I Will Still Shine" and "Get Your Read On"), Tray Chaney ("Watch, Learn and Listen), K. D. Brosia ("Love A Woman Right") and Herschel Dixon (wrote "Get Your Read On").
Creator/Executive Producer/Host Cyrus Webb wishes to thank our literary sponsors and supporters for a successful launch. We also thank Asst. Producers Stanley Clark, Herschel Dixon, Mark Eller and Jeff Rivera.
Monday, October 12, 2009
THE WRITE STUFF PREPARES FOR ONLINE DEBUT SAT. OCT. 17, 2009
It has been one busy year for Mississippi native Cyrus Webb. The 34 year old has been hosting 10 live radio shows a week, moderating 8 monthly chapters of the book club he created in 2006, taking care of the clients of his publicity department, writing book reviews and still finding time to work on his own novel. However, with all that he has on his plate in 2009, nothing has been the focus of his attention like The Write Stuff Literacy Campaign.
"The Write Stuff Literacy Campaign has already made a big difference when it comes to talking about the importance of reading," says Webb. He along with many of his literary supporters spent the summer holding events across the country explaining how reading is a privilege that we have to take seriously. A major part of the campaign is the creation of America's first literary reality show, The Write Stuff, that will debut online at www.thewritestufftv.com on Sat. Oct. 17, 2009.
Part conversation and part competition, The Write Stuff gives advice and encouragement from those who have made it in the literary world and showcases how others can do the same. Below you will find additional information about the project:
The online edition of The Write Stuff debuts Sat. Oct. 17, 2009,
Cyrus Webb introduces you to The Write Stuff,
The Write Stuff Creator Cyrus Webb answers questions about The Write Stuff, http://www.youtube.com/thewritestufftv#p/a/u/1/Xbu1vndKX-Q
To keep posted on the events taking place with The Write Stuff, visit www.thewritestufftv.com and the official blog at http://thewritestufftvofficialblog.blogspot.com. Cyrus Webb can be contacted at email@example.com or 601.896.5616.
Thursday, October 01, 2009
The Literary Community Unites To Promote A National Day of Reading In Each State
Contact: Cyrus A. Webb, Founder of The Write Stuff Literacy Campaign
firstname.lastname@example.org / 601.896.5616
Earlier this year, ABC News reported that over 30 million Americans ages 16 and up were unable to read or write well. This proves what many have said for some time: Illiteracy is an epidemic that is spreading daily, claiming victims of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds.
Shadow Play Entertainment, Conversations Book Club, The Write Stuff Literacy Campaign and their literary partners are excited to announce a historic event geared towards sharing the gift of reading and books across the United States under a show of united support in each state. On Saturday, November 21, 2009 between the hours of 10-6p.m., The Write Stuff founder and host Cyrus A. Webb is working with others in scheduling Reading Parties (see http://tinyurl.com/readingparties ) throughout the country geared towards 1) speaking in one voice in support of encouraging reading, 2) supporting local authors and their books and 3) providing a positive outlet that is sometimes overlooked with all the chaos going on in the world around us.
Each Reading Party will be designed for that particular area by that particular area. Webb and his supporters will only act as a means to promote the event and help strategize where their is a need for assistance. During the time frame selected by each Reading Party, there will be booksignings, book discussions or whatever seems appropriate to that host. The events are part of the Art, Books & Beats movement (www.artbooksandbeats.com) which combines the power of visual/literary art, books and music. Those participating will be listed online at www.thewritestufftv.com identified by their state along with what type of event they are hosting as well as the time of their event. All Reading Parties are free to the public.
If you are in a position to do so, The Write Stuff Literacy Campaign is asking that you bring a new or used book to the event you attend. Book donations will benefit CityKids Foundation, Common Ground Foundation, Everybody Wins, Reading Tree, Adele's Literacy Library and NEA's "Read Across America".
Have questions about this National Day of Reading? Are you an author, book lover, book club or entertainer that would like to coordinate an event in connection with our historic literary event? Contact Cyrus A. Webb at email@example.com or 601.896.5616.
Monday, September 14, 2009
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2009 @ 5p.m. CST (6p.m. EST/3p.m. PT) --- Bestselling author Stuart Woods (Literary Legend 2009)
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2009 @ 7p.m. CST (8p.m. EST/5p.m. PT) --- Author S. Dodson
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2009 @ 7:45p.m. CST (8:45p.m. EST/5:45p.m. PT) --- Debut of our new weekly segment "Quick & Easy Cooking with Bruce Tretter"!
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2009 @ 12p.m. CST (1p.m. EST/10a.m. PT) --- A Conversations Flashback: Five years ago Cyrus Webb interviewed his friend Patrick Smith of the Patrick Smith Band. You will hear that interview and more from group.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2009 @ 7p.m. CST (8p.m. EST/5p.m.PT) --- A CONVERSATIONS LIVE! RADIO EXCLUSIVE: Author/Educator Anthony Pedriana joins Cyrus Webb in discussing education in America and his book LEAVING JOHNNY BEHIND
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2009 @ 12p.m. CST (1p.m. EST/10a.m. PT) --- A CONVERSATIONS LIVE! EXCLUSIVE: Author Jermnine Demouchette discusses his live and the gut-wrenching true story that inspired his book JAMES DEMOUCHETTE VS. THE STATE OF TEXAS
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2009 @ 7p.m. CST (8p.m. EST/5p.m. PT) --- Author Marcia Woodruff
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009 @ 12p.m. CST (1p.m. EST/10a.m. PT) --- Author Carolyn Rubenstein
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2009 @ 7p.m. CST (8p.m. EST/5p.m. PT) --- C. A. Webb Presents..."Raising Good Kids and Saving The World" with special guest author Nesta Aharoni (MY GOODNESS: MY KIDS)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2009 @ 12p.m. CST (1p.m. EST/10a.m.PT) --- Bestselling author Roy Glenn (Literary Legend 2009)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2009 @ 6p.m. CST (7p.m. EST/4p.m. PT) --- A CONVERSATIONS LIVE! RADIO EXCLUSIVE: In his first live radio interview Author Mr. Mean Mug talks about his life and what led to the book TATTOO TEARS.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2009 @ 6:45p.m. CST (7:45p.m. EST/4:45p.m. PT)--- Debut of our new weekly segment "Herschel D's Weekly Sports Wrap-Up"
Missed any of our exclusive interviews? Visit www.conversationsliveradio.com to hear any of the podcast for free! Are you advertising with us? Get a feature on our website for only $25.00 a month or sponsor 5 shows a week for only $5 each! Contact Cyrus A. Webb for details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Recently Hallowell talked to Conversations's own Cyrus A. Webb about the direction he thinks the United States is going in, his thoughts on universal healthcare, if either political party is completely blameless when it comes to how we got to where we are now and how it's not always possible to keep religion and politics away from each other. (NOTE: Billy Hallowell will be a guest on Conversations LIVE! Radio on Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 7p.m. CST (8p.m. EST/5p.m. PT. You can listen to the interview live or the podcast afterwards by clicking here.)
Here is our conversation...
Billy, thank you for taking out time to talk with us. Can you tell me when you became aware of your ability to articulate your opinions?
No problem! Thanks for having me. In terms of my ability to articulate and discuss my opinions -- well that came with learning and time. I'd be doing a disservice to everyone around me who nurtured me if I said it was natural! I do believe that God gave me the gift of communicating, but it took the hard work and nurturing spirit of a number of key adults in my like to guide me along.
In 1999, following the Columbine shooting, I decided to get involved in the anti-violence movement. At the time, I was 15. I'd say this is where it all began (wow, a decade ago)! I started a web site called Teen Web Online, devoted to championing antiviolence, antidiscrimination and a number of other issues my peers faced. Then, as time went on I began public speaking and started my own subcontracting firm, Pathufind Media (www.pathufindmedia.com), with the goal of spreading positive messages to audiences around America. But, to backtrack -- following Teen Web, I was offered a column on SHiNE.com (no longer around). At the time they were working with MTV, so it was pretty exciting. I was able to voice my opinion on a number of issues, as the editor would nurture me through the process. This was really the beginning of the process through which I found my "voice."
From some of your writings it would seem that you have a deep interest in what's going on in the world now. Has that always been the case?
Yes, in some for, it has. It wasn't until 2003 that I really jumped into political issues. Before, it was strictly social. But, as a child I dreamed of being a journalist. Media and current events have always been my passion.
Politics and religion are not always easy topics to discuss, yet you tackle both. I'm curious as to when you realized what your convictions were and felt you had to stand behind them.
During my last year of undergraduate studies in journalism and communications, this really resonaned with me in a more concrete form. Sure, I was always defending my beliefs throughout my college years (it's not easy being a conservative in New York City...or in college for that matter), but it was the end of college that brought it all to a head for me. I am a Christian and a political conservative. While religion and politics should be separated (not every Christian has to be a conservative), there are many interconnections between the two. Tackling issues of faith is immensely important. Without context, we can't properly understand terrorism, or many of the issues America and the international community face, for the matter. Because my faith is so important to me and because Christianity, Islam and other faiths are so misunderstood, tackling both is only natural for me. For all of the separation that should exist between politics and religion, there are overarching and overlapping pieces we just can't ignore. And I don't intend to. When I graduated college, my analysis of media and politics led be to believe that people of faith are rare in the newsroom and that journalists continue to misrepresent and miscalculate. I'd like to change that.
The world has changed alot in our generation. Since young people were such a big part of our last Presidential election, do you think that shows that they are paying more attention to what's going on around them?
Unfortunately, no, I don't. I wish this could be counted as an indicator, but for them to be paying attention they'd need to understand the issues at hand. Let's face it, neither party is 100% innocent. Both played roles in our current crisis and both sides are completely unwilling to compromise. But, what we see from young people is a total rejection of Republican ideals -- many of which were the basis for the founding of this nation. To me, paying attention to what's going on would mean a more healthy distribution of party support. Furthermore, if they were paying attention, they would be concerned about fiscal issues. I can't tell you how many young people -- my own friends -- have said "We need universal health care." Yes, I agree -- we should all have access to health care, but what they aren't concerned about is how it will be payed for. Social Security and Medicare are in peril and they don't even realize it. The reason? They were so excited about Obama that they missed the beat. The media didn't do a good job of questioning, etc. And now, here we are, two trillion dollars more in debt than we were twelve months ago. Voting for Obama because he's "cool" just shows that this generation needs a wake-up call. We're going to bare the brunt of this spending, so we need to be more issue-based.
What about you? How do you feel about the direction that the country is going right now?
I'm very disappointed by President Obama's actions. He's taking on too much, making impossible promises and making a bad fiscal situation even worse. I didn't vote for him because I heard what he said he'd do and I simply don't think his plans will prosper America. And if they do for the short term, it will be the long term financial future that's at stake. I think he's a wonderfully nice guy based on what we've seen, but his philosophy is far-left. Again, the Republicans made plenty of errors and spent well beyond our means, but to increase this spending with major programs quickly facing extinction -- and to do so with every move so calculated and partisan -- the Obama movement isn't right for America.
That brings us to how you share your own thoughts and those of others of others as well. Tell us about the platforms you use?
Sure, thing. I have a web site -- www.billyhallowell.com -- as well as an online TV show that aims to get the GOP back on track. It's called RENEWtv and it airs on Mondays. I also write for a number of other publications -- Family Security Matters, Urban Conservative, Front Page Magazine...to name a few. In terms of actual tools, I use WordPress! I absolutely love the platform. I've used Drupal and a number of others as well.
At the end of the day, Billy, what do you hope you add to the conversation going on around how this world can be a better place?
I want to ignite discussion. I can't tell you how irritated my friends get. I have literally no conservative friends in New York. I'm the only one. And since I'm passionate about politics, you can imagine how much fun it is for my friends to chat with me about current events! That said, I hope to keep conversations going, to expose wrong-doing when it occurs and to work hard as a commentator and journalist at getting the truth out in the open. I simply hope to add my voice. And I hope to encourage my generation to look outside of the liberal "autopilot" it has set itself on, to a more diverse set of potential ideals.
What advice would you give to those who are not taking advantage of the opportunities they in front of them?
Take action! Use every resource around you. We need people to make their voices heard. Just be respectful in the process. It's not even about what side you're on. If you have a message and you want to make an impact, use your voice to peacefully do so. Don't sit idle. This nation needs its young people -- and old alike -- to get involved. While I'm not a big Tea Partier, I get the movement and I support the basic tenants. Contrary to popular belief, the movement isn't all Republicans. Many Democrats and moderates are taking part too. Not making a difference when you know you can is lame and it puts your nation at a disadvantage. We need everyone to be involved!
What's next for you?
I will be freelancing, hosting RENEWtv and starting up as editor of UrbanConservative.com. Additionally, I am writing a book for young Christians called REACTION Time. And no, it's not political! I made myself promise not to write anything overtly political in it, as I want young people to read it and use the book as a tool to incease their Christian faith. Additionally, I am working in development with a Christian ministry in the NYC area. This keeps me grounded and is a blessing, as I am able to really work in both areas of interest -- politics and my faith.
Thanks again for your time. How can our readers find out more about you online?
Please visit www.billyhallowell.com and www.ournationrenewed.com!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
"Supporters of Literacy" Word Search
Who says you have to be an author in order to support literacy. The Write Stuff Literacy Campaign is pleased to have the suport of businesses, influential magazines, recording artists as well as tv and movie stars. Here are just a few that want you to do the "write" thang and read.
Saturday, August 08, 2009
Authors You Should Know 2009, Part 2