What's New with Cyrus Webb
- Living History Program @ Pearl Public Library (Pearl, MS) a Success
- LIVING HISTORY Project @ Cheerful Assistance in Ridgeland, MS a success
- Mississippi native Cyrus Webb Prepares for the release of his first book
- Conversation Pieces: "What Is Your Why?" (vlog)
- Cyrus Webb Presents Branden Nicholson's 31 Days of Inspiration
- Cyrus Webb Presents Book Club Picks for Dec. 2013 and Jan. 2014
- Cyrus Webb Presents.. Top Books of 2013
- Cyrus Webb Says "Thank You" for 10 Great Years of Conversations
- (Tues. May 21, 2013) Cyrus Webb Interviewed on Blogtalkradio University
About Cyrus Webb
Cyrus Webb, is the President of Conversations Media Group (home of Conversations LIVE Radio, Conversations Magazine and Conversations Book Club) and Shadow Play Entertainment. Since 1999 he has used his love of the arts and books to create a brand that has not only showcased his own work but that of others around the United States. To date he has hosted hundreds of art shows and poetry readings around the South, garnering thousands of attendees and a devoted following.
In 2003 he began host and producing the radio show Conversations LIVE (www.conversationsliveradio.com) on WMPR 90.1 FM in Jackson, MS. Today it is heard not only in the South but online through www.blogtalkradio.com and www.dcnowradio.com. Millions tune in to the program which features authors, recording artists, community leaders and ordinary individuals during extraordinary things.
Because of the hundreds of interviews he conducts each year Webb began Conversations Magazine (www.conversationsmag.com) in April 2006 as another platform to showcase some of the stories he was sharing over the air. Since then the print magazine has grown to include over 10k yearly subscribers the United States, New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, South Africa, Greece and Canada.
Conversations Book Club joined the Conversations family in November 2006 (www.conversationsbookclub.com). Featuring both in-person and online meetings, it has grown into one of the largest co-ed reading groups in the United States, hosting over 100 author events and gaining national attention from outlets such as the Chicago Tribune.
In 2013 Webb revamped his television show Conversations with Cyrus Webb, co-producing it with D. C. White of History Records and Entertainment. It began in 2013 and can be found at www.conversationswithcyruswebb.
Outside of his work with Conversations Webb is preparing for the release of his first inspirational book WORDS I CHOOSE TO LIVE BY, being published by Bonita and Hodge Publishing.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
C. A. Webb Presents...Shadow Play Shorts: C. A. Webb's BLESSED (In the Beginning) released b...: Shadow Play Entertainment (home of Shadow Play Shorts) is excited to announce that author C. A. Webb's novella BLESSED: Book 1 (In...
Friday, February 28, 2014
Collier shared not just what it was like to grow up in segregated Mississippi as well as contrasted it from where we are as a state and nation today. She also discussed how she was able to endure an abusive marriage and found the courage to forgive and move on.
Her book MARRIED TO SIN was the basis for the discussion, and those in attendance were able to ask questions afterwards.
A special thanks to Ms. Shirley Dennis and Eleanor Jones of the Pearl Public Library for their unwavering support of projects encouraging literacy and discussion.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
"It was great to work with the kids in sharing their own words with the world," says Webb,38. He worked with the various ages in creating poetry and art that reflected who they were and compiled it in a special edition of Conversations Magazine that he then gave to each student. "Now they will have something to show others," he adds.
Webb was invited to Cheerful Assistance by Michael Bouldin who has been a part of the facility since it began. "What Mr. Webb did with the kids this week will stay with them forever," he says. "We're glad he came out to work with us."
Stay in touch with upcoming projects by going to www.cyruswebbpresents.com.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Through the show The Haves and the Have Nots Tyler Perry has created a cast of characters that know what it's like to be one thing in the public and another in their everyday lives---and we can't seem to get enough of it! Since May 28th Tuesday nights have not been the same, and actor Gavin Houston who is bringing to life Jeffrey Harrington couldn't agree more. From episode one millions have been captivated by the show, and Jeffrey's seemingly perfect house of cards as been shaken. Season One ended with his speaking his truth to his parents and himself. Now in Season Two he is walking in that truth and seeing where it takes him.
Gavin talked about the show's success, it's cast and the experience in this conversation.
GAVIN HOUSTON ON THE SHOW'S APPEAL:
"There really is something that everyone can relate to. The things that the individual characters are going through are so much like the issues of our fans. I couldn't have imagined all the things we covered: politics, things going on with the family, sexuality...this whole season is so packed with so many story-lines going on that anybody can find something for them. We all have stories to tell. The show really explores who truly has and who truly have not. It's been really interesting to watch it unfold and get more in-depth. It really shows that all that glitters is not gold."
GAVIN ON ACTING:
"In my childhood I created story-lines for my toys. I used to love performing and putting on a show when I was little. I come from a family where my mom and sister used to model, so I kind of fell into it. My first job was on the Cosby Show. Since then I knew this is what I wanted to do. "
GAVIN ON WHAT KEEPS HIM GOING:
"Persistence overcomes resistance. I feel like you have to realize and remember it's a craft. The business side can muddy up the arts side. You have to have a love for it. There's down-times when you're not working and you have to hold on to the belief. I don't hope it works out. It has to work out. You can't leave it. There's no time limit. You have to keep growing."
GAVIN ON BRINGING JEFFREY TO LIFE:
"I think one of the main things I had to do is keep making discoveries about this character. He comes with a lot of pressure, pressure that parents can put on you. So much of who we are can be related back to what we got in our childhood growing up. I try to identify with the soul of the character. Jeffrey has so many different things and layers to play.
"I love this responsibility to bring the character to life. Alot of it is about promoting acceptance. One of the biggest things is acceptance from your own parents. Jeffrey shows the extremes that people will go to in order to find love is what makes it a great story. What he's going to do and how it ends is going to blow people away."
GAVIN ON TIKA SUMPTER'S CHARACTER CANDACE:
"First Tika is such a talented actress. Her character Candace sees through people. She's that straight line where all of us are kind of looping around and putting on this little facade of who we want others to think we are. She is the truth and calls people out on what's real. She's blunt. She's honest. She's fearless."
Regardless of whether or not Jeffrey finds the courage to walk in his own truth or not it's obvious that Gavin Houston is moving full steam ahead in doing what he loves. As he says "Persistence overcome resistance and as long as we push forward success is sure to be ours.
Stay in touch with Gavin Houston at www.twitter.com/gavinhouston and use the hashtag #HavesandHaveNots.
When Tyler Perry's THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS debuted on the Oprah Winfrey Network on Tues. May 28th with over 1 million viewers tuning in I wasn't surprised. Not only is he an amazing storyteller, but I think we all knew that OWN's first scripted series was going to have something that audiences of all backgrounds could appreciate---and we haven't been disappointed yet.
My first interview with the cast of the show was with actress Jaclyn Betham who plays Amanda Cryer. Though I have never talked with her before I was familiar with her work from the film QUIET with actress Susan Graham. I knew that she was someone to watch, and in her new role she is definitely not disappointing.
The first question I asked her was about the show's response. "I was really excited," she told me. "When you shoot a pilot of a brand new series you're kind of scared. You don't know how it's going to do. When we found out it the response it felt good. You want people to watch your work. When they do you're super excited."
When I brought up the appeal of the cast and the show, Jaclyn agreed with the universal message. "I think that everyone sees themselves in one of the characters," she explained. "With Mr. Perry there is always a message, something you can relate to. I think that was a great process to be a part of, too. With each episode there 's a greater message at the end of the day. What more can an actor want!"
Jaclyn told me that this is exactly the path she wanted for herself. "I had this dream that I was working so hard for. Once all of that pays off you sit back and say 'This is happening.' For me I had to embrace it. It's so clear to me that your dreams can come true if you have the dedication and the drive to push for your dreams. You just have to make it work."
Part of what has made this journey an amazing on is the cast on the new series. "I've heard horror stories about working with casts on show," Jaclyn told me. "I'm so happy that is not the case with us. We are all very close. It's like a second family. I think that's why we can be so nasty to each other on camera, because we are so close. I couldn't be luckier to be a part of this cast."
Bringing Amanda Cryer to life was a lot of fun for Jaclyn because of her complexities in life. "I think for her she's never made a decision in her life. Amanda has been crying out for attention and wanting to be her own person for so long that finally she's like 'Listen to me.'" Ironically the character that many have grown to love to hate to love Candace (played by Tika Sumpter) gives her the strength to try to stand up for herself.
In Season One of The Haves and the Have Nots we have gotten a glimpse into Amanda Cryer's life, and through her portrayal of that character more of the world has gotten to know Jaclyn Betham.
When I asked her what was it like to interact with her fans since the show began Jaclyn says at first it was "kind of a weird process," especially adding the world of Twitter to her routine. "I was really into Instagram before the show," she explained. "Now I'm kind of getting used to responding to the fans. People are interested in what I'm passionate about, and I'm happy to talk about it."
At the close of Season One we saw Jaclyn not only deal with being assaulted but (thanks to help from Candace) also finding her voice and courage to stand up to our mother.
Jaclyn's advice those who see themselves in Amanda is this: Realize your truth. "I think that honesty is so important. Living in your truth is essential. You'll never be happy if you don't."
Stay in touch with Jaclyn Betham at www.twitter.com/jaclynbetham and make sure to use the hashtag #havesandhavenots.
She may have become known to many through her work on stage, but 2013 has solidified actress Renee Lawless as one of the unforgettable stars of the runaway hit The Haves and the Have Nots.
In the first 10 minutes of the first episode we saw her character Katheryn Cryer as the strong matriarch of her family, however, the show has also revealed another side of the woman whose cutting retorts and strength masks a world of hurt and pain. Millions have made the show must-see television and Renee couldn't be happier.
I asked about her thoughts of the first episode. Her answer? "This is going to be a hit, and I'm a part of it." Renee went on to tell me that they expected high numbers on the first one and as we have continued to grow that's what has really been more overwhelming. The drama is groundbreaking as the Oprah Winfrey Network's first scripted drama and the first of three projects created by Tyler Perry that appear on the channel. The importance of the moment is not lost. "Not too many people get to be at the start of something great," Renee said to me.
Renee Lawless' place in the spotlight is something that has been in the works for quite some time. "Even as a young child I was singing the loudest in church plays," she told me. "I always dreamed of being a movie star." When she began in theater, it just felt right to her. "This is my home," she said of the experience. "This is where I want to be." She knew in high school that no matter where she went that performing would be a part of her life. "I've been on stage many years, but my ultimate goal was always TV and eventually film." The Haves and the Have Nots has made that dream come true. She said that to not only have achieved her ultimate goal of being a series regular and a star of a series is an experience she is loving.
It was really intriguing to talk with Renee about how she has brought Katheryn to life. "I knew all these layers before you all did," she told me. "With any new television drama everyone is brought in in the middle. It's up to the characters to bring you in. The one thing that I love about Katheryn is that she's a very multi-layered person, it's like peeling back layers of an onion. She's like a hollow oak tree: outside she's a strong pillar of strength but on the inside she's rotting and hollow. What her husband and children and life have given her has made her a very lonely person. It's basically what it means to have and to have not."
Renee then gave an example that I think resonates with everyone. "Even though she's worth 50 million dollars she's a woman who's over a certain age, who doesn't like getting old, who is dealing with cancer and problems with her kids. Not many can relate to being worth 50 million dollars, but 50 million people can relate to what she's going through. She in many ways is one of the most relatable characters because she has all of these layers. She's just like me."
Though things are going well for Renee and she is doing what she loves, it hasn't happened without a real commitment to her craft. "I worked very hard and long and got many more rejections than I've had successes," she told me. "I do this because I love it, not for the award or the paycheck that it affords me." Speaking of the world that actors live in she adds: "Our career is very unsure. If you're just doing it for the fame and glory you're not going to go very far or last." Her next words are great reminders for all of us with a dream. "You have to love what you do in order to truly be successful at it."
May those words resonate with us as we identify our passion in life and vow to pursue it.
Renee's website is www.reneelawless.com and you can follow her online at www.twitter.com/msreneelawless.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
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