Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Cyrus Webb returns to radio in Mississippi on Yazoo City's 94.1 FM WYAD

After an 8 year absence from the radio waves in his home state, Mississippi native Cyrus Webb will make his return weeknights beginning Monday January 5th on Yazoo City's 94.1 FM WYAD.

"I'm excited to be bringing my show to Yazoo City and back to my home state of Mississippi," says Webb, 39. Conversations LIVE was birthed on the airwaves of WMPR 90.1 FM in July 2003. Since then it has been picked up and carried by other radio stations and online, becoming a hit on Blogtalkradio where it has over 1 million listeners.

During the first week back on the air in Mississippi Webb will share interviews with celebrities like Devon Franklin, Erica Campbell, Dottie Peoples, Cheryl Pepsii Riley, Dionne Warwick and more. Throughout the course of the month he will be bringing not just his inspirational celebrity guests to 94.1 FM but his tips on health, family and fitness as well. Stay connected with the radio station on Facebook at

To contact Cyrus Webb email him at or call 601.896.5616. You can also find a full roster of his guests at

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

(Sat. Jan. 10, 2015) Authors Cyrus Webb and Glenda L. Hunter sign books in Pearl, MS

Join Mississippi authors Cyrus Webb and Glenda L. Hunter in their first book-signing of the New Year.

It will be Saturday, January 10, 2015 from 1-3p.m. at the Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road * Pearl, MS). Webb will be signing his inspirational book WORDS I CHOOSE TO LIVE BY and Hunter will have her children's book IT FINALLY HAPPENED and adult title AN UNSPEAKABLE SECRET and more.

Admission is free, however, books will be available for purchasing. Hunter lives in Clinton, MS and Webb resides in Rankin County.

For more information about the event contact Cyrus Webb at or 601.896.5616. You can also visit

Thursday, December 25, 2014

12 Books You Need to Read in 2015

by Cyrus Webb

Okay, I know what you are probably saying: "Cyrus, you are always saying we need to read this book or that book...", and you're right---but have I led you wrong before? :-)

In 2014 there were so many great books that were released and advance copies of books being released in 2015 that I knew I had to introduce you to titles that were great but didn't make my annual Top Books list. These 12 books are all reads I have enjoyed, and are just the right collection you need to start the New Year off right.

As is my custom I have included some great Fiction AND Non-Fiction titles. I've even separated them for you to make it easy for you to head over to Amazon and either purchase or pre-order. So, without any further ado, here are "12 Books You Need to Read in 2015":

  1. RISE by Daniel Rodriguez (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  2. The Work by Wes Moore (Spiegel & Grau)
  3. The Purpose Principles by Jake Ducey (Tarcher/Penguin)
  4. The Wholehearted Life by Susyn Reeve (Viva Editions)
  5. This Life Is Joy by Roger Teel (Tarcher/Penguin)
  1. Christopher's Diary: Echos of Dollanger by V. C. Andrews (Gallery Books/Pocket Books)
  2. A Killer Retreat by Tracy Weber (Midnight Ink)
  3. Tempest by Shakir Rashaan (Strebor Books)
  4. Murder at the Book Group by Maggie King (Gallery Books)
  5. Gooseberry Island by Steven Manchester (The Story Plant)
  6. Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman by Tessa Arlen (Minotaur Books)
  7. Woman with a Gun by Phillip Margolin (Harper)
Since I enjoyed the books so much look for many of the authors to be featured on Conversations LIVE in the near future. Bookmark for updates. You should also keep an eye on for other books I will be suggesting in the coming weeks. 

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Interviews the Cast of The Haves and the Have Nots

Since the debut of Tyler Perry's THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS on the Oprah Winfrey Network media personality Cyrus Webb has been gathering interviews with the cast, even having his tweets featured during the actual airing of the show.

Here you will find conversations with those that have made the show our must-watch program on Tuesday nights...

Actor John Schneider

Actress Renee Lawless

Actress Jaclyn Betham

Actress Angela Robinson

Actor Gavin Houston

Actor Tyler Lepley

Actor Jerome Ro Brooks

Actor Jon Chaffin

Friday, December 19, 2014

Leeza Gibbons: Changing the World by Embracing the Power of Now

by Cyrus Webb

Over the years one of the greatest blessings I have received in my life is receiving the gift of today. It allows me to remember that although yesterday wasn't perfect my life is not over as long as I have breath in my body. Though it poses a great opportunity, what a waste it would be to use it repeating the mistakes and choices that we have already made.

One of the books that I read last year that really brought this point home was TAKE 2 by pop-culture icon Leeza Gibbons. Known for her contagious optimism and skills as a media personality, the book takes you into the makings of the woman she is today and allows the reader to see how where they are right now doesn't have to determine where they go.

It was my pleasure to have a conversation with her not just about the book but her own lessons learned along her incredible journey.

What has been the secret to her success? "I think in life we get exactly what we are willing to put up with," she told me. "If you don't respect yourself, then you can't expect anyone else to honor who you want to be in the world. We teach people how to treat us. You have to value who you are."

To this point she says in Take 2, "Surviving and even thriving through change depends on your ability to search out the good and work with what you have. How well you do that depends on how you view shifts in your life. (p.23)"

This reminds us that anything worth having is going to require some work on our part. "Whether you are trying to recreate your life or invent a new product you have to drop the dread and you have to banish the blame," says Leeza. In the book she refers to it as a form of rebooting. "That's the biggest option we have," she told me. "It comes down to thinking." She gave examples of individuals who were all great at their professions. "The one thing they all have in common is they know how to think. When you change the way you think everything else in your life will adapt."

What Leeza shared reminded me of what she wrote in Take 2 in the chapter Ask Yourself: Are You Worth It? The section was called "Who Do You Think You Are?, and she began it with this profound statement: "How we see ourselves is exactly who we'll become." This has a great deal to do with the story we tell ourselves about ourselves.

"You do have to have a real sense of who you are and a real foundation," Leeza said to me. "You have to run your own race and don't worry about what others are doing." She then shared something that I hadn't thought about before, having a mission statement for your life. "Take some time to really write down what you want and who you are," she urged. "We do it in business, and we should do the same for ourselves." Our mission statement should include how you interact with the world and how you want the world to see you. By doing this Leeza says we will then know who you are and where your lines in the sand are."

It's obvious that someone like Leeza is setting an example for men and women alike when it comes to the course she is on. I asked her what it was like to know that she was an inspiration to others. "I think that when we are of service then we really do feel productive and proud," she answered. It was then that she shared that she went back and forth about writing Take 2 and if she really had something to say that others would be able to glean from. "I finally got to the place where I said how I am received is not my work. My work is to embrace it and put it out there." It is that realization that has not just made the book a reality but put its message out in the world for others to take in.

Writing Take 2 wasn't about saying everything for her was perfect. It was more about showing a path and focusing on a way to a better way of looking at life. "Where we put our intention and attention is where things go," Leeza says. "Where focus goes energy flows." This is important to keep in mind even when we make mistakes. "If you never fail then you're not taking enough risks in your life. All successes are built on failures." Leeza says we cheat ourselves by not starting anything simply because of the fear of failure. For her it is better to try and fail and then build on that failure moving forward.

A great deal of what has helped Leeza in moving forward is the realization that she is not the source of all the answers. In the chapter Let Your Spirit Soar she discusses prayer and it's role in her life. "Anytime I need to feel connection and to recognize that there a greater power at play in my life, I pray. Often I ask for strength and wisdom and to have an open mind to recognize God's messages to me. I think so often we pray for something, but we don't like the response, so we deny it. I pray that I will accept the reply and recognize that no is an answer, too. (p.174)"

"Perspective is a beautiful thing," Leeza said as we wrapped up our time together. "It's about learning to be in gracious acceptance. Real strength comes from knowing your limits.  Be quiet and allow answers to come in." This definitely requires a bit of faith on our part. "We can only know so much," she says. "People who are happy don't see the top of the staircase, but they keep climbing anyway."

As Leeza relays in the book "This is your moment... Don't wait for some far-off time when the alarm will ring and you'll suddenly know to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight." All of us can begin walking towards that spotlight right now. It all begins with the choice to do so.

TAKE 2 is available right now in print,electronic form and as a audiobook on Amazon. Make sure to look for Leeza on the new season of Celebrity Apprentice that will premiere on Sunday, Jan. 4 from 9-11p.m. ET/PT before settling in its regular time slot, Monday at 8-10

You can stay in touch with Leeza at her website and through social media at and

Friday, December 5, 2014


Since 2003, Cyrus Webb has been a driving force in the way things are talked about and discussed. As the Creator and Host of Conversations LIVE! Radio and the President of Conversations Book Club, Webb has talked to some of the biggest names in the world as well as emerging voices that are making their mark. At the end of the day, however, he realizes that his success is really because of those who talk with him and those who listen. Here is some of what is being said about the Conversations Brand...

"The service you do for authors and readers is remarkable. We appreciate you." --- John Saul, New York Times Bestselling author of FACES OF FEAR

"Thank you so much for having me on your show to talk about my book The Air Between Us. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Your questions were some of the most insightful that I have been asked." --- Deborah Johnson, author of THE AIR BETWEEN US

"You always give good interviews! Seriously you're one of the best out there!" --- Actor Deon Sams

"Hey Cyrus, Thanks for another great interview!!! You are always beyond prepared, thought provoking, and dig deeper than any other interviewer. I guess that' s why your such a success!!! Thanks again!!!" Richard Doetsch, bestselling author of Thieves of Darkness and Half Past Dawn

"Cyrus is incredible. I was in awe of his talents." --- Dale Garland, author of LETTERS FROM SWEETWATER

"We appreciated all your excellent questions and comments." --- Douglas Preston of bestselling writing duo Preston & Child

"Thanks so much for having me on the show and for such a great interview. You asked really great questions and it was a really fun interview. I’d love to stay in touch!" Margaret Floyd, author of EAT NAKED

"Thank you so much for inviting me to your show. I enjoyed my first radio interview and I think you made me feel comfortable. You do a great job with all your interviews. I hope I can come back again. All the best in all that you do." --- Miriam Shumba, author of THAT WHICH HAS HORNS

"So thoroughly impressed with him (Webb), his comments, his questions, his program. Cyrus was as well prepared and as incisive as any interview I’ve had in recent times". " Robert Haas, businessman and author of MIRACLE MAN

"I still don't see how you do what you do! You're an excellent interviewer..." Shirlita McFarland, author of Sunday Morning Secrets

"You are a terrific host." Ed Wiseman,Producer/Director of Reading Rainbow

"Please know that your support of my debut novel "Daughter Denied" in 2008 played a major role in my decision to write another novel. I can't tell you how much your encouragement inspired me." --- Alretha Thomas, author of Daughter Denied and Dancing Her Dreams Away

"Cyrus has taught me that there is no age limitation on growth, achievement, or influence for the good. The interview I did with him gave me the courage to continue writing and creating. I owe him a great deal." Helene Weinberger, author, Ageless Journey

"You had much greater knowledge about the book than most interviewers,
and your questions were very insightful." Robert Whitlow, bestselling author

"I appreciate you giving me the opportunity to serve as a panelist for your commemorative discussion on the "I Have a Dream" speech. It was an honor to share my thoughts and ideas with such esteemed group. I wish you continual and abundant success with your show!" Qiana Martin, International Athlete

"Thank you so much for having us back, we love your show and are honored to be a part of it. Also, we greatly appreciate your time and efforts on our behalf. It means a lot to us that there are people such as yourself out there who truly care and appreciate our work." The Lagos Brothers, authors of The Sons of Liberty series

"You are a professional and a gentleman. Thank you so much for the opportunity to share a little bit of my story with your listeners." ---- David A. Ross, author of THE VIRTUAL LIFE OF FIZZY OCEANS

"The great part of the interview was you. Your questions were very germane -- thanks for holding the interview together; I appreciate the opportunity." --- T. Lloyd Winetsky, author of Maria Juana's Gift

"You absolutely ask the best...most thought provoking questions...keep up the excellent work on your show!!!" --- Ish Major, M. D., author of LITTLE WHITE WHYS

"I just had to write to tell you what a pleasure it was speaking with you yesterday. Your questions about The Language of Secrets and its impact on readers were was an honor to be interviewed by you! With thanks and all best wishes for your continued success." --- Dianne Dixon, author of THE LANGUAGE OF SECRETS

"Thank you for the interview – it was terrific, and we appreciate being a part of your program. And thanks for the attention you put on books, the arts, and the creative process – you are doing wonderful things!" ---Joel Fotinos, author of THE PRAYER CHEST and the Vice President at Penguin Group and the founder/publisher of the Putnam Praise imprint.

"What a wonderful interview...I told my husband it might have been the best interview yet because of the wonderful, thoughtful questions you asked. Most times I'm interviewed, the host hasn't even picked up the book and it's up to me to try to convey meaning and depth to simple questions. Obviously, your approach
is very different and it made for a very comfortable, "conversational"
experience for me. Thank you!" --- author Janice Van Dyke

"I am deeply grateful for your time with me on the radio... I listened
to your previous shows and I love what an authentic place you come from." author Susanne Alexander-Heaton

"Dear Cyrus, Thank you for taking out the time to review my book on Most commentators offered one-dimensional readings of my travel memoir. Specifically, they looked at the "The Year of No Money in Tokyo" through the narrow prism of race or, worse, reduced the narrative to sex. But, you have identified the book`s larger themes and have placed the work in a more universal context. I now understand why yours is such a superb reputation." Wayne Aponte, author of The Year Of No Money In Tokyo

"I am quite inspired by what you are doing through your broadcasting effort... You are truly seeking to help others find the best in themselves. Thank you for your positive influence in a world that needs it." --- Kip Kreiling, author of THE IMPOSTER

"I wanted to thank you directly for your endless support of up and coming African American authors such as myself. I’m extremely proud of my Author Profile. And let me add, the impact that you are making on the publishing industry is immeasurable." Author Sheryl Mallory-Johnson

"Thank you Cyrus for the wonderful interview! Your skill in posing pertinent questions and moving the conversation forward with finesse was a joy to be a part of. The parts you read of my book were thought provoking and stimulating for myself and the audience. When I forgot the question you were a consummate pro and helped with grace to get me back on track. No doubt I'll see you hosting "Good Morning America" in the future and can say, "I knew him when..." Your the best! Dr. Richard Ragle, author

"It was great talking with you on the radio today. It's so nice to be able to connect with people with a passion for childhood literacy. Thank you again for the wonderful opportunity. I really enjoyed it and I hope that your listeners did, too! Best to you." Sheri Fink, author

"You were by far the most thorough with the best questions!" Author Robert Whitlow

"Thank you so much for inviting me to your show. I enjoyed my first radio interview; you made me feel very comfortable. I am so honored to be a part of it. I appreciate you letting me share my story with your audience and the book Passion = Success. You're an excellent interviewer... Please know that your support means the world to me. All the best to you!" Author April Pickering

"Thank you so much for the interview! Absolutely the best I've had." Author Lesley Kagen

"Thank you for having me on your show! You asked great questions, which helped me to focus on your audience." Author Eva Mara Mora

"Enjoyed the interview also. I felt as if we were old friends and that you knew me well enough to get me to talk about what was important to me. Your questions were very insightful and guided the interview into some interesting areas." artist Pablo Solomon

"The interview with Kathy Kinney (AKA Mrs. P) was great. It is nice that we have been able to create this new and inspiring character for her. She use to be 'Mimi' on the Drew Carey Show which was a very different character from Mrs. P. Your show is wonderful. I am going to become a regular listener. You have a great gift for interviewing." Dana Plautz, Mrs P Enterprises, LLC

"I want to compliment you on your amazing interviewing skills. I have to admit that I was nervous about the visit and you were able to put me at ease immediately. I forgot right away that we were on radio and web and simply enjoyed the visit. You communicated to me an interest about the book and beyond the book an interest in the spoken and written words. I will listen often to your interviews and look forward to our next visit." --- Mary Walker Baron, author of BUT THIS IS DIFFERENT.

"If you haven't been interviewed by Cyrus Webb your book hasn't been reviewed by the "BEST Reviewer"." Lynn Cawthorne, author of Let My People Go

"Ran into (NYT Bestselling author) Spencer Quinn in the hall here at the office and he had such great things to say about your interview with him. He’s not the first author I’ve heard that from. Thank you so much for the great work that you do!" David Brown, Atria Books Deputy Director of Publicity

"You're such a gifted communicator- made telling our stories so easy. The Lord is using you mightily." Beth Marshall, author A TIME TO HEAL

"You are doing a good work keeping the country informed and remembering the sacrifices." Brian O'Rear, 22 year Air Force Veteran

"As a radio listener, I seldom hear a host ask as many good questions as you did. I was deeply gratified that you enjoyed our book and very appreciative of the opportunity to share it with an audience of fellow southerners." --- Author Barton Cockey

" I'm much more accustomed to asking the questions than answering them, but you are a wonderful interviewer and I felt completely at ease. Thank you for making this a very memorable experience." --- Tom Walker, author of CONTRARY CREEK

"I appreciate an interviewer like you who gives the guest plenty of room to speak her mind! I rarely lack for something to say." --- Debbie Jordan, author of The World I Imagine

"Your questions were very refreshing and your show is really good!" --- recording artist Tanya Denise

"You touched on some of the deeper and more subtle themes in the book ; your perception is very astute." Nancy Dobson, author of DUSTING THE GLASS

"You were very well prepared, set a great tone, and went way beyond the call of duty in the promotion department--a real pro. I will sing your praises whenever I get the chance." --- K. D. Koratsky, author of LIVING WITH EVOLUTION OR DYING WITHOUT IT

"Thank you for the opportunity to be on your program. You are a scholar and a gentleman, (a vanishing entity) and provide a great service. Having been doing this for a few months now, interviewers fall two categories. The entertainers, and the educators. You are an educator, and that is a complement." --- Danielle Milano,M.D, author of SKINNY IS OVERRATED

"[Yours] was the most reflective interview I've had yet and it made me recall a little of things that I've done that were beneficial to the people I knew. Maybe I do have some good karma points stored up in the cosmic bank somewhere. I appreciate you picking up on the larger themes in the book." Jake Adelstein, author of TOKYO VICE

"You made it so easy for me to talk, and you ask great questions!" --- Michele Howe, author of BURDENS DO A BODY GOOD

"You are such a great host. Your voice is so powerful over the radio. Continue to share your talents and knowlege so others may be encouraged." --- Valerie Dodson, author of DON'T DELAY YOUR INCREASE

"Words are not adequate enough to extend a debt of gratitude to you for all you have done for me. A pen would run out of ink before I could write or say thank you over and over again. You have brought the book back to life or I could even say you have given it life. I have never been this motiviated to get this moving until now. Thanks for working with me."--- Joseph Henderson, author of I DON'T WANT TO DIE ALL ALONE

Cyrus,I just wanted to touch bases with you and offer a heartfelt thank you. It was great to meet the new authors and become reacquainted with familiar faces. You provide a wonderful avenue by which people can be motivated to read. As an educator, I applaud your work. As a writer, I offer much love and appreciation. I love the invitation to join the addiction -- get hooked on books. Keep up the good work.
--- V. L. Green, author of REFLECTIONS and WHEN DESTINIES MEET

"Cyrus - first of all let me tell you how touched I was when I read your
review of Beat on Amazon. Thank you so, so much. I also really enjoyed the interview. I think you've got a great thing going. I love how you emphasize human accomplishment over the difficult struggles we have in our lives. I'm really glad we met and that I got the chance to discover your site and your unique perspective. Thanks again for introducing me to your fans." --- Stephen Jay Schwartz, author of BEAT

"I truly think you are a wonderful host who asked great questions... I appreciate your giving me an opportunity to expose my book to the public and to your book club clientele." --- Rebecca Hayes, author of PRIVATE CATHAY'S SECRET

“Cyrus is truly – without a doubt – the way a host should be!" --- Fashion designer Jorge' Perez

"A big double thank you to you, first for the wonderful interview. You got done in ten minutes what other people do in half an hour, and BETTER, with focus and a distinct angle. I was just thrilled with it, and so was my husband, who was listening. He'll post it on my website etc. and I'll send it around. Thank you for that really perceptive prep, and thanks for picking up on my answers. I really felt it was a dialog AND an interview." --- Molly Peacock, author THE PAPER GARDEN

"Cyrus: Just wanted to say that I thoroughly enjoyed our chat this afternoon. I really appreciate your interest in my novel and the positive things you had to say about it during the interview. I also want to commend you on both the insight and professionalism you demonstrated during the interview. You made it very easy and comfortable for a rookie like me! Thanks again." --- Joseph Hayes, author of WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING

"Your review (of ABRAMO'S GIFT) was unique in that you distilled a life lesson from the story, something that no reviewer has done. You focused upon some essence from the characters that, frankly, I had never thought about consciously, but I'm very gratified that you saw it. By the way, yours is the mark of a fine writer/reviewer. I wish that they were all as perceptive as you are. Where I come from, when someone does something as well as you, and when a young person shows the potential that you do, we say he's doing 'the Lord's work.' I have listened to our interview several times now, and have also shared it with some family and friends. And each time I hear it, I marvel at your mastery of interviewing technique. It is certainly something that is a talent, because I’ve seen many veterans of broadcasting not able to accomplish what you do so naturally and easily. Part of the success you have comes from your gentlemanly behavior that puts interviewees at ease. So thanks again for your kind treatment. I wish you all the best in whatever you do in your career, be it hosting of a book club, interviewing on national TV, writing books yourself, or some dream you hold in your secret heart." --- Don Greco, author of ABRAMO'S GIFT

"What a gentle and lovely, thoughtful host you are. And you threaded through the questions in the most amazing way..." Liz Rosenberg, author of HOME REPAIR

"It was such a pleasure talking with you, such a pleasure being presented with such thoughtful questions. That doesn't happen terribly often and I was sorry when it drew to a close." --- Philip Shepherd, author of NEW SELF NEW WORLD

"You are by far the most prepared host I have interviewed with." --- Kirk Wilkinson, author of THE HAPPINESS FACTOR

"Thanks Cyrus for using your influence to better the lives of others." --- Patricia Singleton, blogger

"Cyrus Webb is the most incredible person I've ever done an interview with! He understood my topic completely, and asked very insightful and perceptive questions!" --- Dan L. Hays, author of FREEDOM'S JUST ANOTHER WORD

"It is really refreshing to encounter an interviewer with his
intelligence, insights and who has actually read the book. I knew
nothing of him before this interview but I am completely impressed and
will keep an eye out for his undoubted career progress." --- Frederick LaCroix, author of THE SKY RAINED HEROES

"Being self-published. credibility means everything. Having me on your show and supporting me as you have is all part of that." --- Gary D. Kaschak, author of LIFESTONE

"Thank you from the "Bottom Of My Heart" for taking time out of your busy schedule to write the most inspirational "Review" for "The Bridge" on, and thank you once again for enabling me to share our "Miracle". May God continue to Bless you Cyrus and the work that you are doing on His behalf." --- Jackie Carpenter, author of "The Bridge"

" Since our first interview, I've been following on your website all that you are doing for literacy to the point that I have been inspired to put in my little grain of rice towards literacy as well." --- Susan Violante, author of INNOCENT WAR

"Congratulations on your growing success! You certainly deserve it." --- Nesta Aharoni, author of MY GOODNESS: MY KIDS

"Cyrus is an inspirational hardworker who believes in the importance of literacy awareness. I was able to be one of Cyrus's coordinators for his National Day of Reading campaign in November 2009. It was a great experience and I am happy to be on board again for 2010. Cyrus uses his platform as an advocate and radio host to spread positive messages and to make a difference. I would suggest him to anyone serious about making a change through in the field of literacy development." --- Tara Michener, author of WHO I AM NOT WHAT I AM

"It’s a pleasure to work with a professional who’s nicely prepared, with thoughtful questions and a great personality." --- David Kelly, author of BABE RUTH AND THE BASEBALL CURSE

"There is something so amazing about standing on the edge of your dreams coming true. It's awe-inspiring, it's overwhelming and humbling. I want to thank you so much for taking part in my dream. I've listened to your other interviews and I think you are a special man." --- Kim Vazquez, author of LIVING IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR

"Thank you soooo much for allowing me to come on your show! It was an awesome
experience. I said I was nervous at first but you made me feel at ease. I can tell you got something from the book and read! I really hope that you were touched by it! Thanks for bringing out the part Mark 8:36!! Very impressive interview! May God Bless You and all your efforts!!" --- Cheryl Joyner Clark, author of NO MORE SUNDAY MORNINGS

"I have and will continue to sing your praises to all of my literary colleagues. Your book club is a model for others to emulate."
--- Reshonda Tate Billingsley, author of MY BROTHER'S KEEPER & EVERYBODY SAY AMEN.

"You were an excellent host. I'm more accustomed to interviewing than being interviewed but I did enjoy it. You're a very articulate and thorough interviewer..." Constantine Markides, host of Fourth Fiction

"You are an impressive young man. I am passing my baton to you, now. I know you'll carry it fast into the second decade of the 21st century. 'Webb's WEBISODES!' 'Do the WRITE Thang!' Man, I love it! SUPER CYRUS WEBB is a YOUNG CAPED CRUSADER who has absolutely blown this OLD caped crusader's MIND!" Dr. John Telford, author of A LIFE ON THE RUN

"You're always so cool, calm, collected and prepared..." Gail Kearns, To Press & Beyond

"You are a phenomenal host and I know you have a very promising future." --- Lessy'B, author of Sara's Song

"Thanks for the interview and review... You are a pro and not only did I enjoy the experience, I was very impressed at the effort you put into reading and understanding my stories. As you well, know, that is the salve that soothes the writer's worries! You earned a big fan today...I'll pass the word
far and wide! All the best." --- Gerry Boylan, author of GETTING THERE and GERRY TALES

"Cyrus, you are on the fast track to success!" --- Deborah Gary, author of TEENAGE MOTHER'S GUIDE TO SURVIVAL

"Enjoyed very much the questions you asked, which were quite thought-provoking and very different from the usual stuff that I get asked in interviews." --- Bestselling author William Kent Krueger

"Cyrus, I don't know how many ways I can say, "Thank you!" But, consider yourself thanked in every way that is possible. In addition to this interview which you presented so well the live interview I had with you,and your bookclub tonight was nothing short of amazing. The depths, and insights of tonight's conversation were just much more than I could have hoped or asked for. I ask a special blessing for you."
--- Evie Rhodes, author of OUT A ORDER & THE FORGOTTEN SPIRIT

"Hello Cyrus, I loved doing the interview and thoroughly enjoyed talking with you.
You're a wonderful host and the interview is only as good as the host who is directing it." --- Carrie J. Keaton, author of TWO LOVES, ONE HEART

"Real talk, Cyrus has the best author blog talk radio show out there." --- Rahman Muhammad, founder of Book Bullies

"I want to thank you so very much for giving me the opportunity to appear on your show. It was an honor to be part of Conversations Live, a show that consistently offers listeners meaningful content. You provide encouragement, contemplation and inspiration to your audiences. For me, your questions and the opportunity have allowed me to improve and grow. Thank you!" Cesca Janece Waterfield, author of BARTUB

"You're an awesome radio host." --- Ursula Hanks, author of IN MY HEART

"Cyrus, I want to thank you once again for featuring me on your radio show. I really enjoyed it. I do not take that moment lightly. I count it a privledge and an honor to be chosen in that capacity. You are making an awesome impact in many lives with your great works. It is my prayer that God richly bless you in all you are doing to bring about change and make a difference in this world." --- Charmaine Tucker, author of WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN

"First of all let me start out by saying how grateful I am for all that you and Conversations Book Club has done for me as a writer. You guys are the best!" --- C. J. Domino, author of SIDELINE HO

Monday, December 1, 2014

(Poem) "Dec. 1st: World AIDS Day" by Cyrus Webb

This day should be committed to memory,
A symbol dedicated to it for all to see
So that we never forget what it represents.
It's one of those issues that we all must face,
Ignoring its influence doesn't begin to erase
The number of lives that have been affected or lost in the years since this war began.

So now there is a day to recognize,
To get together not only to socialize but remember that every 30 seconds another name is added to the growing list of casualties.

Yet the war wages on, and we have been drafted to the front lines,
Helping others find a reason to join the cause.
And to do that, we must sound the alarm.

Alarm those around us and beyond how risky behavior can harm them--or worse.
We have to consider the role we play and
How to behave so respect can become just as important as our feelings of regret.

This day has been set so none of us forget that we could be among the number referred to in statistics.
The battle is real. AIDS is real, and I feel that though the message is being spread, it can be said how important repeating it is.

So this poem is my way of doing just that.
By stating the facts, I react to the pandemic with words put to the page.
And I hope that no matter what the age of the reader, it will help them begin to better respond to their role in the battle--fighting to win.

(c)       Cyrus Webb

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Cyrus Webb invites you to join the WORDS I CHOOSE TO LIVE BY campaign

Media personality Cyrus Webb is excited to announce the release of his inspirational book WORDS I CHOOSE TO LIVE BY. Want to help him in getting the word out about it? Watch this video to find 3 simple things you can do.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Veteran Actor William Shockley: Finding Success By Following His Passion

by Cyrus Webb

He's a man that for over twenty years has made his mark on the entertainment industry as an actor, writer and producer. William Shockley has allowed his passion for the craft to guide him, and the result has been not just personal satisfaction but a worldwide following of his work

Many got to know him through a variety of roles including the hit show DR. QUINN: Medicine Woman, but it's obvious that he is so much more than just a one-note. As he has shown in 2014 alone he is able to slip into the skin of a variety of characters on television and in movies---and loving every moment of it.

"It's a blessing," he told me during our recent conversation about his career and the year that has been 2014. "It's really great to be able to do what you love and make a couple of dollars along the way. You put your nose to the grindstone, work real hard and sometimes you get lucky."

It's obvious that what he has achieved is about more than just luck, and he admits as much when he adds: "A lot of hard work goes into being an independent producer of films. There's a little bit of glory and a lot of hard work. We've had a great run, and the run is going into 2015. I have a lot to be thankful for."

This year has seen William not just filming movies but being a part of an episode of the successful television show NCIS. No matter whether you go back to his appearances in RoboCop, Good & Evil or his Dr. Quinn days, he definitely has not been type-casted. "I don't think it hurts anybody that's an actor to be willing to 'act'," he told me. "I love character acting. I love assuming different identities, different people, different walks of life. That's part of the thrill for me. I equate it to going undercover. Perhaps that's part of the thing that keep myself interested and the people who are nice enough to watch the tv shows and the movies."

William told me that the courage to go after his dreams is something that has been with him since he can remember. "I grew up with the belief system that if you work real hard and stay dedicated and keep focused you have a shot at being successful," he says. "Nothing's easy or for free. You have to pick something and never waver."

The next project he is looking forward to releasing is the the movie BORN WILD, which is set to be released in mid. December. Part of the way he and others associated with the product have been promoting the film is through social media.

Asking him about the way that the power of social media has grown I wondered what it's been like to have that tool at his disposal. "Social media is here," he told me. "This is the world we live in. I think it's remarkable what social media provides and the people you can touch. It's something else to have people who care about you and what you do. I like to interact and appreciate it."

Talking about BORN WILD, William says "it's so near and dear to my heart." Why? "It's a story I've been wanting to tell for a long time. It's about family, lost love, lost time, heartache and then mending the wrongs that were done. It's a very heartfelt movie."

For those who pre-order an autographed copy of the BORN WILD DVD at they are entered into a sweepstakes with a chance to win some amazing prizes. The deadline to enter the contest is Mon. December 8th. The film will be released on DVD and VOD (Video on Demand) Tues. December 16th.

What advice does William share for those looking to break into acting or some other profession? "Have your dream and never lose your focus and your laser vision," he says. "Don't let anyone talk you out of your dream. It's not a part-time gig. It's a full-time pursuit."

Stay connected with William through his website at and on Twitter at

*Photo credit: Tiiu Loigu

Monday, November 17, 2014

Top 50 Fiction Titles of 2014

Media personality and Conversations Book Club President Cyrus Webb introduces his Top 50 Fiction Titles of 2014.

"I love a great book,"says Webb, "and this listing gives you some great titles that are not just entertaining but thoughtful."

Without further ado here are Webb's Top 50 Fiction Titles of 2014 (Listed in no particular order):

  1. Confessions of a Wild Child by Jackie Collins (St. Martin's Press)
  2. The Headmaster's Wife by Thomas Christopher Greene (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press)
  3. Revolutionary by Alex Myers (Simon and Schuster)
  4. Saint Monkey by Jacinda Townsend (W. W. Norton & Co.)
  5. Forty Acres by Dwayne Alexander Smith (Atria Books)
  6. Graveyard of Memories by Barry Eisler (Thomas & Mercer)
  7. What's Done in the Dark by Reshonda Tate Billingsley (Gallery Books)
  8. Death Logs In by E. J. Simon (Simon Zef Publishing)
  9. Magnolia Mud by Randy Pierce (Dogwood Press)
  10. Your Perfect Life by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke (Washington Square Press)
  11. Tap Rack Bang by Robert Blake Whitehill (Calaveras Media)
  12. The Lodger by Louisa Treger (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press)
  13. My Wife My Baby...And him by Sheila Bell (North Star/Bonita & Hodge Publishing)
  14. It Won't Always Be This Great by Peter Mehlman (Bancroft Press)
  15. Virtuous Deception by Leiann B. Wrytes (A Million Thoughts Publishing)
  16. The Tumble Inn by William Loizeaux (Syracuse University Press)
  17. Christopher's Diary Secrets of Foxworth by V. C. Andrews (Pocket Books)
  18. Pressed Pennies by Steven Manchester (The Story Plant)
  19. Family Values by Anderecco (Alphagraphics)
  20. The Flip by Michael Phillip Cash (unknown)
  21. When the Drum Major Died by Anjuelle Floyd (NOJ Publications)
  22. Russian Roulette by E. E. Smith (Phoenix Intl)
  23. A Flight to Romance by John Fishwick (CreateSpace)
  24. Aftershock by Joe Lane (Bancroft Press)
  25. Not My Will by Khara Campbell (Delphine Publications)
  26. Jack Icefloe Jackson's Romance For Men by Dean Lorey (Disobedient Dragon)
  27. The Love Letters by Bruce Davis (Grave Distractions Publications)
  28. Nowhere Out by Vincent J. Sachar (Divont Publishers)
  29. Death's Way by Christopher Valen (Conquill Press)
  30. The Promise by Beth Wiseman (Thomas Nelson)
  31. A Pinch of Ooh La La by Renee Swindle (New American Library)
  32. Paw and Order by Spencer Quinn (Atria Books)
  33. Her Heart's Desire by Lisa Watson (Kimani Romance)
  34. Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press)
  35. Murmurs of Insanity by Gerrie Ferris Finger (Gale Cengage Learning)
  36. Forever An Ex by Victoria Christopher Murray (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster)
  37. Skewed by Anne McAneny (Farrington Press)
  38. In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin (Revell)
  39. Let Me Just Say This by B. Swangin Webster (Intrigue Publishing)
  40. Quiet Dell by Jayne Anne Phillips (Scribner/Simon & Schuster)
  41. Arts and Crafts by J. T. Prescott (Two Harbors Press)
  42. Home to Chicory Lane by Deborah Raney (Abingdon Press)
  43. Thread of Life by David W. Huffstetler (Becher House Publishing)
  44. Unfaithful by Karyn Grice (Karen Hunter/Pocket Star Books)
  45. No Turning Back by Dan Burns (Chicago Arts Press)
  46. Four Ladies Only by Alretha Thomas (Diverse Arts Collective)
  47. Hidden in the Stars by Robin Caroll (Abingdon Fiction)
  48. Lost in the Ivy by Randy Richardson (Eckhartz Press)
  49. Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore by Walter Mosley (Doubleday)
  50. The Third Rule of Ten by Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay (Hay House)

Cyrus Webb Presents... Top 50 Non-Fiction Books of 2014

Media personality (and avid reader) Cyrus Webb is excited to announce his picks for the Top 50 Non-Fiction Books of 2014.

"After reading over 300 books this year I can honestly say this was not an easy list to compile," says Webb. He began his list in 2006 with the formation of Conversations Book Club, and each year it is seen as one of the most diverse because of the amount of independently published titles that appear alongside the larger publishing houses.

"It was important for me to highlight the best of the year, no matter how it was published," Webb explains. "I also think it is a great opportunity for readers to discover new books."

Here are his picks for... Top 50 Non-Fiction Books of 2014 (listed in no particular order):

  1. Connected to Goodness by David Meltzer (Balboa Press)
  2. This is Ridiculous. This is Amazing by Jason Good (Chronicle Books)
  3. All You Need Is Less by Madeleine Somerville (Viva Editions)
  4. Burning the Midnight Oil by Phil Cousineau (Viva Editions)
  5. Stop. Breathe. Believe. by Dianne Morris Jones (unknown)
  6. The Wisdom We're Born With by Daniel Gottlieb (Sterling Ethos)
  7. The World Is (Y)ours by Kurtis Lee Thomas (Brainyacts Publishing)
  8. Jazzchild: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan by Ellen Johnson (Rowman & Littlefield)
  9. Fire Shut Up In My Bones by Charles M. Blow (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  10. Elvis & Ginger by Ginger Alden (Berkley)
  11. 9,000 Miles of Fatherhood by Kirk Millson (Plain Sight Publishing)
  12. Burning Down the House by Nell Bernstein (The New Press)
  13. Rescuing Julia Twice by Tina Traster (Chicago Review Press)
  14. Built to Lead by David Long (Next Century)
  15. Never Ever Give Up by Erik Rees (Zondervan)
  16. Resister by Bruce Dancis (Cornell University Press)
  17. I'll Drink to That by Betty Halbreich (Penguin Press)
  18. One Less. One More. by Robbie Vorhaus (Storytelling, Inc.)
  19. The Harm In Asking by Sara Barron (Three Rivers Press)
  20. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin)
  21. Jerry Lee Lewis by Rick Bragg (Harper)
  22. Invincible by Brian F. Martin (Perigee/Penguin)
  23. Mojo For Sale by Katandra Jackson Nunnally (FreedomInk)
  24. Secrets to Surrender by Debby Akerman (New Hope Publishers)
  25. Reboot Your Life by Chicken Soup for the Soul (Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing)
  26. The Concrete Killing Fields by Pat Morgan (Mile High Press)
  27. Tomlinson Hill by Chris Tomlinson (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martins Press)
  28. Be An Icon by Kenneth Nkemnacho (Kenneth Vision Media)
  29. Fulfilled by Joey Lankford (B&H Publishing Group)
  30. The Budget-Friendly Fresh and Local Diabetes Cookbook by Charles Mattocks (American Diabetes Assoc.)
  31. Missing Class by Betsy Leondar-Wright (Cornell University Press)
  32. Both Sides Now by Nancy Sharp (Books & Books Press)
  33. The Grateful Life by Nina Lesowitz and Mary Beth Sammons (Viva Editions)
  34. Extraordinary People by Scott S. Smith (Motivational Press)
  35. Out of the Depths by Glenda L. Hunter (unknown)
  36. Where Excuses Go to Die by John Espinosa Nelson (Highrise Press)
  37. Raw by Fiona Finn (unknown)
  38. Too Loved to be Lost by Debora M. Coty (Shiloh Run Press)
  39. Having the Time of Your Life by Allen Klein (Viva Editions)
  40. Breaking the Chains by Dr. Catrina Pullum (Dart Consulting & Professional Services, LLC)
  41. Why Science Does Not Disprove God by Amir D. Aczel (William Morrow)
  42. The Coldest Season Ever by Vino Davis (Standing on the Word)
  43. Postcards from Cookie by Caroline Clarke (Harper Collins)
  44. Off My Rocker by Kenny Weissberg (Sandra Jonas Publishing House)
  45. The Gifted by Daphne Michaels (Daphne Michaels Books)
  46. Garden Blessings by June Cotner (Viva Editions)
  47. Stand Up Straight and Sing! by Jessye Norman (Hougton Mifflin)
  48. War Babies by Richard Pells (Cultural History Press)
  49. Find Your Inner Strength by Chicken Soup for the Soul ( Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing)
  50. Moms' Night Out (and other things I miss...) by Kerri Pomarolli (B&H Publishing Group)
Stay connected with Cyrus Webb and his upcoming projects at To stay abreast of what is going on with Conversations Book Club visit

Monday, November 10, 2014

Ex-Federal and State Inmate Yvette W. Jones Gets Her Second Wind

When Yvette W. Jones heard her name called over the loud speakers, she began to take her last walk across the yard at Fluvanna Correctional Facility in Troy, Virginia on August 9, 2002.  Dressed in burgundies with memoirs of what was home, she carried her faith and hope for better days to come.  It was a beautiful day and the smell of a freshly manicured yard greeted her every step.  As she took one last look back, she sighed with tears because it was there where the journey of freedom began.

Growing up in a small town in Virginia, Jones was dealt a losing hand at birth.  She was born with Blount’s disease, a rare bone deformity of the lower extremities and struggled with a gaited walk that is still present today.  With the weight of braces on her legs, childhood obesity, and absence of her biological father, Jones played her hand of hope with determination to win.  As a result, the amenities of life have favored her pathway to freedom.
Yvette W. Jones was cut from the cloth of wisdom and knowledge.  The threads of education were sown into Jones at an early age.  As pillars of higher learning, her mother and grandmother were educators in the community for over 40 years.  After high school, Jones continued her education at a small private college in Virginia.  It was during her sophomore year that she decided to explore the wiles of the
world.  As a result, Yvette W. Jones discovered herself in the wilderness for five long years.

Life experiences have become the foundation for Jones’ “second wind.”  In 2004, she received an associate degree in Administration of Criminal Justice.  The same year, her father (stepfather) was killed in a car accident.  In 2007, her mother was diagnosed and lost her battle to leukemia.  In 2012, she received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Christian Counseling from Liberty University.  In October 2014, Jones completed her Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling specializing in Marriage and Family Counseling from Liberty University.    

Today, Yvette W. Jones is a Christian counselor and founder of Freedom Chain Ministries.  She is also the Executive Producer/Host of The Yvette W. Jones Show and founder of My Career Path, Inc.  She is married to Wayne Jones, a Christian Life Coach, who has greatly influenced her spiritual growth.  She is also an active member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.  As part of her mission, Jones offers her platform to support others to get their “second wind”.    

Yvette W. Jones is committed to empowering others find the right path to success.  She provides career counseling and helps prospective students find schools and programs of interest.  Since 2010, Jones has helped thousands of prospective students find the right path for their academic growth.  Additionally, she works with at-risk youth to create an environment that encourages learning and social growth through character building and high expectations.  Jones also offers her counseling ministry to support ex-offenders, at-risk youth, and their families to break barriers with resilience.  In addition, Jones shares her weekly radio show to help her listening audience find a solution-focused approach to real challenges in a real world.  

Jones contributes her achievements to her faith and several other key factors.  In spite of her challenges, she has learned how to turn her wild card into a winning hand.  As a result, she discovered her partner had already won the battle.  All she had to do was accept the reward of Grace.  She contributes her success to the biblical teachings of Dr. Creflo Dollar and her husband, Wayne Jones.  In addition, she thanks God for her sister, who has encouraged her to spread her wings and soar beyond her limitations.  Jones also credits her stepfather for nurturing her with
sacrificial love that endures forever.  In spite of her physical challenges, Yvette W. Jones is a champion for Christ and delights in helping others break barriers to freedom.

Yvette W. Jones will release her first book entitled, My Second Wind on January 6, 2015.  This a true story about an ex-federal and state inmate who discovers the TRUTH that breaks the chain of bondage.  My Second Wind shares the access code to freedom and how a prisoner of darkness becomes a slave to righteousness. Learn how Yvette W. Jones unlocks the door of freedom in an imperfect world and gets her “second wind”.  Pre-order today,

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Cyrus Webb Presents... #IfLovingYouIsWrong Cast Conversations

Once again Tyler Perry has brought his creative genius to television, this time with the highly addictive show IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Conversations LIVE host Cyrus Webb is speaking with the cast, sharing their stories and letting you hear directly from them what it's been like to live their dreams.
Below you'll find Webb's conversations with actors Denzel Wells, Octavio Pizano, Eltony Williams and Dawan Owens. Enjoy!

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

#ThrowbackThursday: My Conversation with the Fearless Aubrey O'Day

by Cyrus Webb

This week's Throwback Thursday profiles an amazing individual who continues to push the boundaries, redefining herself again and again.

In spite of the difficulties and challenges they face some people just seemed destined for greatness. Aubrey O'Day is one of those people.

You have gotten to know her from the hit MTV show Making the Band and the chart-topping group Danity Kane, but she is also a star on Broadway and her own reality show (All About Aubrey) as well as a contestant on the hit show Celebrity Apprentice. No matter what she does it would appear that Ms. O'Day is living her life out loud and enjoying the benefits of doing so.

Last year she not only released her debut solo project Between Two Evils but confirmed the return of Danity Kane, both to the excitement of her fans. As we know this year the group decided to part ways once again, but not before completing the album DK3 that was released this week, taking over the charts shortly after doing so.

During my conversation with Aubrey shortly before her album was released last year we chatted about music, her fans and what inspired her. It was a motivational conversation that individuals of all walks of life can benefit from.

"I never underestimate my fans," Aubrey said to me when discussing her own #1 album BETWEEN TWO EVILS. "They're pretty amazing. I have a group called the Aubtourage who are always there at a moment's notice. They have become my lifeline. She added. "It's been great to see how much they reward everything that I'm a part of. I've been on tv and on stage but I've been gone from music for so long... To have the album go number one is a feeling I can't explain."

The project BETWEEN TWO EVILS is a personal reflection of the artist and her journey through hurt. "It came from a painful breakup that left me in a low place," Aubrey explains. "Nothing was getting me through it except the studio. I got to a place where I could say something honest. I hope this really becomes a mechanism for people to heal themselves as it was for me."

The honesty in which Aubrey writes is not new, and it is obviously part of the appeal she has with her fans. They like her realness. "I have always had a pretty distinct, fearless voice," she told me. "I'm someone you either love or love to hate. I've never been an in-between person. Sometimes I get to a place where I have regrets and think if I wasn't so opinionated I'd have more support across the board, but that wouldn't be me. I am who I am. As I have gotten older I've become more proud of that and less willing to make excuses for it."

Listening to her explain the way she sees herself I asked Aubrey about what she sees as her purpose in life. The answer was surprising for me. "I think that over being a singer, actress or tv personality the one thing that I have always wanted to be is a person that touches as many lives as I can before I die. The only way you can do that is by being honest."

Honesty is at the core of not just Aubrey's album but her daily walk as well. "Whenever you are honest to who you are you always win in life," she told me. "Whether it's the way you thought or something more brilliant than what you expected. Having your own authentic voice is key."

With stand-out tracks like LOVE ME WHEN YOU LEAVE, HURTS SO GOOD and LET ME LAY, Between Two Evils is sure to resonate on some level with all that hear it. Aubrey told me that there are two things they want her fans to get from the album. "First I want anybody that is in that low place to know they can get out of it. They need to know that there are people that are examples of that. I also want to know that all the bad nights I had weren't in vain. There was a purpose behind all of them. Secondly I want my fans to have new respect for me as a music artist."

She describes Between Two Evils as "lyrically brilliant music" that is her ministry, defining her soul. As Aubrey O'Day says all life's triumphs come from struggles. If you can go through the struggle and grow stronger because of it there is nothing that will be impossible.

Stay in touch with all things Aubrey on Twitter at The new album by Danity Kane DK3 is available on Amazon here.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

REVIEW: Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story by Rick Bragg

by Cyrus Webb

When you reach a certain comfort level with someone you are willing to tell them things you wouldn't share with just anyone. That's because you wouldn't let your guard down to someone you weren't sure had your best interest at heart.

In JERRY LEE LEWIS: His Own Story Pulitzer Prize winning author Rick Bragg definitely had the trust of Mr. Lewis because he allowed him to see and the very essence of who he is not just as an entertainer but a man---and we as readers are all better off because of it.

Lewis once told Bragg that he "had been lucky at everything, except life", but I think once you begin this book you will see that blessed more aptly describes the live that Lewis has lived, and it began at an early on. You see, Lewis knew that he had been given something special when it came to music. In the book we learn that while the world was experiencing war, Lewis realized that "his own world was just too small". He had to make a move, and by 1943 music was really his everything.

He started to actually visual success, though he didn't call it that or even know it to be that, and he shared those thoughts with one of the women that would later become his girl. There was so much I learned about Lewis in this book that I had never known. I never knew how his beginnings impacted the man he would grow to be. I never thought about the responsibility of being called the King by Elvis himself, and then living up to that. And then there was his private life that would become public, long before the 24-hour news cycle and the internet---and how he railed against it. Bragg writes this: "He really believed there were things in life that were the world's business and things that were his business, like the things that happened between a man and his wife. He believed it."

Experiences would teach him, however, that that was not the case. That no matter how much he achieved there would always be things that would create barriers that he would have to overcome---and he did overcome them, becoming wise and more seasoned along the way.

A true testament to what is possible captured by a writer that knows the possibilities of the human spirit, this book is sure to inspire you to keep on keeping on as long as you can.

JERRY LEE LEWIS: His Own Story is available now on Amazon. Get it for yourself here.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Celebrating International Bestselling author Andrew Neiderman

by Cyrus Webb

I have been a fan of Andrew Neiderman's work since I read THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE. After that I began to search for other books by the talented author that I also devoured and had to share with others.
The thing about Neiderman is that he is able to make you a part of the story like few authors are able to do. He brings you inside the pages, becoming the characters and facing the world as they have to do. Many also know him as the ghostwriter behind the V. C. Andrews series. Over the past 7 years I have been privileged enough to interview the busy author 7 times now* (see links to some of the radio interviews below), and each time he is not just engaging but truly appreciative of the success he has had.

I asked him back in 2006 how he deals with the competitive nature of the publishing industry. He answered with this: "You don’t compete in the sense of an athlete, but you keep up with what is selling and you study what it is that makes other authors and their works successful. You can’t change who you are, but you grow and develop and hone your skill and talent along the way. Write true stories, only stories that you have a passion to write, and you’ll succeed, for yourself at least."

When I asked him about the success of the V. C. Andrews franchise, this is what Neiderman had to say: Many, many writers have tried to imitate V.C. Andrews. They have not succeeded because there is a magic formula. V.C. Andrews captures the hearts of young people especially because the works address their needs, thoughts and fantasies. But the style and the stories are characterized by elements of so many genres it’s difficult to copy. It’s like trying to cook your grandmother’s special stuffed cabbage. She had the same ingredients but mixed them in her own special way that no one else had or has and so it remains one of a kind. It’s this mixture, this addressing real issues and problems and putting them in the V.C. Characters and settings that makes it lasting."

With the new book CHRISTOPHER'S DIARY: Secrets of Foxworth being released on Tues. Oct. 28th, I thought I would celebrate Neiderman and his contribution to the literary world by sharing my top 5 books by the author.

  1. The Devil's Advocate
  2. The Magic Bullet
  3. Unholy Birth
  4. Guardian Angel
  5. In Double Jeopardy
New to Andrew Neiderman? Visit his author page on Amazon here

To all those out there wondering if you should pursue your own goals and dreams, Neiderman shared this story with me: "When I was a teacher, I directed school plays and after a particularly successful one, a student came up to me and asked me if she should be an actress. I said, 'NO,' and she nearly cried. 'Why not?' she asked. 'Because you asked the wrong question,' I told her. 'What is the right question?' she asked. 'The right question,' I said, 'is Mr. Neiderman, I want to be an actress. What do I do next?' The point is so many people have talent but not the determination or the perseverance. You cannot reach your goals without it and that’s why I often say, It’s 40 percent talent and 60 percent perseverance. Prepare for rejection and defeat but if it’s in you to succeed, you will. Simple as that." 

Listen to past conversations with Andrew Neiderman here:

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Actress Nikki Soohoo puts a new face on the issue of immigration in ANNIE UNDOCUMENTED

by Cyrus Webb

"I love attacking my fears. It empowers you. It's your own mind that is keeping you from accomplishing something. Once you actually accomplish it you feel like you can take over the world." ~ actress Nikki Soohoo 

Neale Donald Walsch said that "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone," and for actress Nikki Soohoo this has proved true again and again in her career.

Many got to know the talented creative from the movies THE LOVELY BONES and BRING IT ON: Fight to the Finish.  No matter where you have seen her, however, her personality always seems to come through both in front of and outside of the camera.

In her newest project ANNIE UNDOCUMENTED that premiered online October 22nd we see Nikki pushing herself once more. It's a web series where she plays Annie, a teenager who discovers she’s not a legal American citizen. While so much has been said about the issue of immigration, Annie's character puts a face to the discussion, making the issue more real for all of us. (The series also stars Connor Well, Brianna Hildebrand, Bridger Zadina and Devyn Smith.)

It is roles like this that Nikki loves. She told me recently that this is one of the things she loves the most about being an actress. "You have a huge audience that is able to see you and get to know you and be a part of your life," she says. "I love being able to talk to my fans, connect with them and help them reach their full potential."

Before acting Nikki was a student of dance. It was in high school that she started acting and saw it as "another avenue of expression."

ANNIE UNDOCUMENTED draws you in from the very beginning, using technology to connect the character Annie with her friends and life, The series' first two episodes also chronicles how difficult it can be for those who live in fear of their secret coming out---and what those who love them are willing to do in order to help.

Once again this goes right in line with what Nikki told me she hopes she's able to do for her fans. "I love being able to inspire people to do something in their lives," she says. "I think anyone can do anything if they put their mind to it, work hard and believe in themselves."

Though she can't personally relate to the situation her character Annie finds herself in, Nikki brings the best of herself to the role, making you feel as though Annie's challenges are your own. Nikki says she gets that drive to do her best from her parents. "They told me growing up it doesn't matter what you do, just do it well. If you love it and put your heart into it you'll never fail."

Created by Daniel Hsia and Elaine Low, ANNIE UNDOCUMENTED is sure to become a conversation piece for individuals of all ages, especially young people who are seeing the debate over immigration play out in front of them--maybe even with someone that they know. (Watch the part one of the series below)

Stay connected with Nikki at, on Twitter at @NikkiSoohoo and on Facebook and Instagram under her name.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Yvonne Pierre: Walking Through Fear By Faith to Recognize Those with Down Syndrome

by Cyrus Webb

Many of us are aware of October being recognized for Breast Cancer Awareness month, but how many know it is also the month for Down Syndrome Awareness as well?

For writer/director/radio personality and mother of two Yvonne Pierre this is something she recognizes not just in October but year round. Her son Zyon has Down Syndrome, and through her own journey she has not just been able to discover more about what's important in life for herself but others as well. Because of this she has created The Rise Awards, an opportunity to spotlight and recognize those with Down Syndrome that are doing amazing things.

"One of the things that I learned early on was to tell my story and things I've overcome," she shared with me recently. "Having a child with Down Syndrome has opened my eyes to wanting more and redefining what life and the meaning of purpose is. Being a mom has made me look at life differently."

As an individual in the public Yvonne has addressed the issue of fear in her professional life and the effects it can have on us all. "It is about realizing that it's much bigger than me," she says. "It's a human thing to fear. For some it stops them, but I focus on the bigger picture. I think the fear bothers me most when I focus on me. I have to focus on the substance of what it is I'm doing."

She sees The Rise Awards as a thank you for the examples that individuals with Down Syndrome are being for all of us. "It's acknowledging and letting the world see them and see their stories. There's a huge misconception of what people with Down Syndrome are able to accomplish. A lot of people told me what my own son couldn't accomplish and what he'll never do. I came across these powerful stories of individuals with Down Syndrome doing great things. We often measure people's intellect based on their ability to read, but not being able to read doesn't define where you can go in life."

Yvonne says that those with Down Syndrome have talents that range from music, art, dance and so much more. "I want to show the different colors of Down Syndrome and not the perception."

This year's Rise Awards will take place Friday, November 7, 2014 at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center (3181 Rainbow Dr, Decatur, GA 30034). This year's honorees are Bernadette Resha, Sean Sieleni, Sujeet Desai, Dhahran Hart, Gloria Huerta, Jr., Grace Carter, Haile King Rubie, Meagan Stacey and Olivia Brosseau.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Soul Train Award Nominee Sebastian Mikael: Living the Dream, Enjoying the Moment

by Cyrus Webb

Whether we realize it or now we all have been given amazing gifts. The challenge for us is to do what it takes to see those gifts nurtured. For recording artist and musician Sebastian Mikael it's not so much about recognizing the gifts he's been given. He is using them to their full potential everyday and the world is responding to his talent in a big way.

Originally from Sweden, Sebastian made the decision that if he was going to be able to take his gift all the way he had to make a change. That change led him to America in 2008 and just 3 years later he released his first mixtape called J'Adore.

With his video single "Beautiful Life", which debuted in September 2011, Sebastian was able to showcase his lyrical ability and the ability to bring people in through words. At the time we were going to press that video had over 150k views on Youtube alone. "My lyrical content is not always about love, but what we go through and feel in life,” he says. “I like to put hope in my music. Stuff that makes you feel good musically and lyrically.”

Fast forward two more years and his single "Last Night" featuring Wale has become one of the biggest singles of 2013, with the Youtube video grabbing over 530k in its first 3 months. (Just this month it was announced that the single was nominated for Soul Train Music Award Best Independent R&B/Soul Performance While he is enjoying it's success, Sebastian is not taking it for granted. "It's incredible to see how people are embracing the single. People are looking for something that's real, and I am grateful for the opportunity to share that with them. I've always been creative (painting,etc), but I think that doing music has always been a passion and something I enjoyed doing."

Now with the support of his label Slip-N-Slide he has taken to the road, sharing not just the music but the message that is his life: Nothing is impossible. "Whatever your passion is you have to do what it takes to pursue it," Sebastian told me. "It's definitely a blessing to be able to do this. All of the ups and downs that come in the industry...this is one of the amazing things about it. There's not a lot of people from Sweden coming here and doing what I'm able to do. Everything is possible. Nothing is impossible."

He's been spotted on BET, MTV, VH1 and Centric as well as visiting radio stations while he is on the road. This, coupled with the tour stops, has allowed individuals around the world to not just see his talent but to get a first-hand look at what it means to appreciate the gift.

Sebastian's message to his fans? "Thank you for the support. This couldn't be possible without you. I also want to tell you that when it comes to your own dreams it's a lot of hard work, and you have to really put in more than what's required. It's going to be worth it in the end. You just have to have faith and put in as much work as you can."

Listen to Sebastian's interview with Conversations LIVE at To stay abreast of all of Sebastian's upcoming projects visit his website You can also follow him on Twitter at

(Photo Credit: Faye Nightingale Photography)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Conversations Celebrates This Year's Soul Train Music Awards Nominees

Conversations LIVE radio host Cyrus Webb congratulates all of the nominees for this year's Soul Train Music Awards. "What a great roster of talent that are being spotlighted," he says. "It was great to have some of the nominees actually make a visit to Conversations LIVE over the past year."

Recording artists Shaliek, Tamela Mann, Sebastian Mikael, Erica Campbell and Kelly Price have all appeared as guests on Conversations LIVE over the past year.  Find their conversations with Webb below:


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Tamela Mann

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Sebastian Mikael

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Erica Campbell

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Kelly Price

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Hosted by Wendy Williams, this year’s Soul Train Music Awards will take place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 7 and air on Centric and BET on Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. ET.