Sunday, February 22, 2015

Media Personality/ Author Cyrus Webb interviewed by 16 WAPT

On Saturday, February 21st media personality and author Cyrus Webb was interviewed by 16 WAPT News during his book-signing at the Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road * Pearl, MS).

Saturday, February 21, 2015

(Sat. Feb. 21, 2015) Author Cyrus Webb signs his book WORDS I CHOOSE TO LIVE BY in Pearl, MS

(Sat. Feb. 21, 2015) Media personality and author Cyrus Webb will be signing his inspirational book WORDS I CHOOSE TO LIVE BY and his children's book A.J. AND THE TALENT SHOW at the Pearl Public Library at the Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road * Pearl, MS) from 1-3p.m.

"It's been great seeing the response to the book since its release," says Webb, 39. "I have heard from individuals from around the country and even the world about how the book has inspired them. That is exactly what I hoped would happen, and I know this is only the beginning."

WORDS I CHOOSE TO LIVE BY gives you something to read and reflect on every day of the year, with the goal of inspiring you to choose to live a more positive, productive life.

Books will be $10 at the event.

Not in the area? Get your copy on Amazon at or on Barnes and Nobles

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Interviews with BEING MARY JANE cast members

by Cyrus Webb

Well it's official: Being Mary Jane returns TONIGHT (Tues. Feb. 3rd)! Millions have enjoyed watching not just the journey of Mary Jane (played by the lovely and talented Gabrielle Union) but the other cast members as well.

As we prepare ourselves for what is sure to be another entertaining and engaging season, I wanted to share some of the conversations I have been privileged to have with cast members Richard Brooks, Lisa Vidal, Aaron D. Spears and Robinne Lee. 

Look for more of the cast to join Conversations LIVE in the future. In the meantime enjoy these conversations with some amazing actors: 

Listen to my interview with actor Richard Brooks here:

Listen to my interview with actress Lisa Vidal here:

Listen to my interview w/actor Aaron D. Spears here:

Listen to my interview with actress Robinne Lee here:

Monday, February 2, 2015

Alex Haley's Grandson Michael Baker Steps Out of the Shadows Into His Destiny

by Cyrus Webb

For many people Alex Haley’s book ROOTS (and the subsequent movie that it inspired) was a turning point in not just showing the history of a family but the challenges and struggles of a people and even a nation. It showed that in spite of your circumstances you could move forward and achieve something great, even though the path ahead was not easy.

Few understand that better than Michael Baker, the first grandson of Alex Haley himself. His mother Lydia Haley, first daughter of Alex and Nannie Haley, shared with him the lineage that he came from, but who would have known that his own life would be full of its own challenges and obstacles, extreme highs and devastating lows.

“It didn’t really hit me until I was about 17 the phenomena of Roots and who my grandfather was,” Baker told me. There was so much talk about the Haley name and who he was from, that there were times that he felt almost invisible. “I was Alex Haley’s grandson, not Michael,” he says.

For anybody trying to find themselves and discover their own path, this would make things extremely difficult. Baker would go on to rebel, finding himself on the wrong side of the law and even incarcerated for over a decade. That time in prison, however, was the beginning of his own inner freedom.

“I began to ask myself the important questions like ‘Who am I?’ and “Where am I going?” When he was released from prison in 2000 he then began a serious quest to discover the answers.

Today Michael Baker is a husband and father living in Newport, North Carolina. He carries his father’s last name, but he is proud of the family he is from and what they have contributed to not just the nation but the world. “I will always be Alex Haley’s grandson,” he says, “and I’m okay with that. But I am also Michael: a man who has made mistakes, learned difficult lessons and now have something that I can pass on to my family and the world.”

Michael hopes to use what he has been through to help young people understand and appreciate that what they have done and where they come from doesn’t have to define them. “We are all in this thing together,” he says. “We have to get past names and what we see and appreciate people for what they have to contribute to the world.”

Currently Michael is working on a book of his life and experiences and during the months of February and March he will be traveling throughout Raleigh, Charlotte, Newport, Wilmington,Greenville and Myrtle Beach, sharing his story and reminding young people and even adults what is possible for them. For more information or to schedule an event contact Michael at

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Children's book "A.J. and the Talent Show" by Herschel Dixon with Cyrus Webb is available now

Media personality and author Cyrus Webb along with Herschel Dixon have written a new children's book geared towards encouraging reading and showing the importance of being yourself. It's called "A.J. and the Talent Show".

Details here: