<![CDATA[When We Speak TV - OLD BLOG]]>Fri, 31 May 2024 08:18:48 -0400Weebly<![CDATA[BUILD the LIFE You WANT by Arthur C. Brooks & Oprah Winfrey]]>Fri, 15 Sep 2023 16:49:35 GMThttp://whenwespeaktv.com/events_andmore/build-the-life-you-want-by-arthur-c-brooks-oprah-winfreyHey Speakers!!!!
When We Speak TV is excited to share with you a new book that we've been hearing about, it's called "Build the Life You Want"  by Arthur C. Brooks and Oprah Winfrey.
We've seen the interviews that Mr Brooks and Oprah have done and the content sounds really good, which is why we wanted to share the book with you as well.
In Build the Life You Want, Arthur C. Brooks and Oprah Winfrey invite you to begin a journey toward greater happiness no matter how challenging your circumstances. Drawing on cutting-edge science and their years of helping people translate ideas into action, they show you how to improve your life right now instead of waiting for the outside world to change.

With insight, compassion, and hope, Brooks and Winfrey reveal how the tools of emotional self-management can change your life―immediately. They recommend practical, research-based practices to build the four pillars of happiness: family, friendship, work, and faith. And along the way, they share hard-earned wisdom from their own lives and careers as well as the witness of regular people whose lives are joyful despite setbacks and hardship.

Equipped with the tools of emotional self-management and ready to build your four pillars, you can take control of your present and future rather than hoping and waiting for your circumstances to improve. 
Build the Life You Want is your blueprint for a better life.
Build The Life You Want by Arthur C Brooks and Oprah Winfrey
<![CDATA[Time to Pursue Your Dreams: How to Make It Happen]]>Thu, 14 Sep 2023 04:00:00 GMThttp://whenwespeaktv.com/events_andmore/time-to-pursue-your-dreams-how-to-make-it-happenBy Jermaine Sain


Before I share my thoughts about pursuing your dreams, I want to briefly explain why I call my supporters and followers "SPEAKER".   It's really simple!  I believe that you have to first SPEAK what you want to do before you can make it happen.  I once heard someone say that when you SPEAK thoughts aloud, your ears will hear it which allows your heart to believe it. This is a concept I've continually tried to apply.  Many things that I've spoken outloud have happened.   I don't know if it's because I've continued to repeat them or if it's soley because I spoke it.  Also, I'm not saying that things have been exactly how I've spoken them or that everything I've spoken has happened.  However, I am saying that I've definitely seen links between what I've said and what's happened in my life.   
 In short, I call my supporters and followers "SPEAKERS" because I'm encouraging you to SPEAK into your life the things that you want, as I do the same.  I'm hoping that my words and personal journey will inspire you to become a follower of When We Speak TV (my dream) and encourage you to pursue your dreams​.

Why Now?

​The simpliest reason you should pursue your dream is because life is short and you don't know how much time you have on this earth but also it gives you a sense of purpose and direction.  When I first started When We Speak TV, my purpose was to meet singers and musicians in the Atlanta area and that was solely the driving force but, as I continued to meet people, I started to realize that it was pushing me outside of my comfort zone and challenging me to develop new skills that I never anticipated.  Through that process of development and growth, came fulfillment and meaningfulness to life. 
Pursuing a dream gives you something to strive for, something to look forward to.  Your journey can serve as a source of inspiration and motivation for others in pursuit of their own dreams.

Fear Is Part Of The Journey

Why do so many of us put our dreams on hold?  I think the biggest reason is fear....fear of judgement, fear of the unknown, fear of failure, but that fear is totally normal.  I can't express to you how many times in a day that I'm fearful about something as it relates to When We Speak TV.  I'm fearful that we wont be accepted into certain arenas because we don't have a huge following.  I'm fearful that people won't like the content that we produce.   To be honest, the list would take up the entire article but I've had to learn not to let my fear dictate my decisions
When I think about overcoming fear, I specifically think about something that Jason Lee of Hollywood Unlocked said to me. I'm paraphasing but in so many words he said not to be afraid of the mistakes because the mistakes are part of the journey.
​It's easy to doubt your abilities and question whether you're capable of achieving your goals. However, it's important to remember that self-doubt doesn't define who you are or what you're capable of. I've been challenging myself to replace negative thoughts with positive affirmations.  When I want to talk about something negative, I challenge myself to end it on a positive.  That goes back to what I mentioned earlier, "when you SPEAK thoughts aloud, your ears will hear it which allows your heart to believe it".   

One Slice At A Time

Although I believe that fear is the greatest obstacle when pursuing your dreams, I also believe that most people don't pursue their dreams because they are trying to do too much at one time.  I'm definitely guilty of that.  It's important to take on smaller tasks that get you to your overall goal.  
When I think of setting goals, I think about eating a cherry pie.  Why a cherry pie?  I don't know!!!
If you decide to eat a whole cherry pie, you don't start consuming it from the middle of the pie and you don't stuff the entire pie in your mouth.  Instead, you slice the pie into portions that you believe are consumable and you eat each slice separately, until you have ultimately eaten the entire pie.  
Just like cutting that cherry pie, break down your goals into smaller milestones and set actionable steps.  Some steps may be greater than others but at least you've laid out the plan which makes it easier to consume and easier to track your progress.
Don't forget about deadlines!  I know most of us don't like them but if you set a deadline for yourself to have something done, it may be easier to hold yourself accountable.  I don't know why that is but it just seems to be better. 
Be realistic and flexible with your deadlines so that it doesn't overwhelm you.  If you know that you can't have something done by tomorrow, then set the deadline for the following day or following week. 
Remember that the ultimate goal is to make your dream a reality, not to get burned out and overwhelmed in the process.

​"You Never Know" Mindset

I will be the first to tell you that it can be difficult to stay positive when you feel that your dream is not successful but a positive mindset is essential to pursuing your dreams.  Focus on the endless possibilities and opportunities that lie ahead, rather than dwelling on the road blocks.  
When I first started When We Speak TV, there was a statement that I would say regularly that I now know was essential to my success.  I need to incorporate it more....I call it a "You Never Know" mindset. I call it this because I noticed a few years ago that I would open my mind up to possiblities by saying "You Never Know where this could lead" or "You Never Know, this may allow me to meet other people" or "You Never Know, maybe this is the video that will go viral".
Those are just examples but I hope you get what I'm saying.  Having a "You Never Know" mindset kept me excited about the possibility that what I was doing may open up a new opportunity in the future.  Staying motivated throughout your journey can be challenging, especially when faced with setbacks or obstacles. Find what motivates you and use it as fuel to keep going. It could be a vision board that reminds you of your goals, a playlist of motivational songs, or regular check-ins with an accountability partner.
​Something else that has been beneficial in maintaining my "You Never Know" mindset has been celebrating my wins.  Its easy to forget how far you've come when you are only focused on where you're going.  It's important that you celebrate your progress along the way.  No matter how small.   
That doesn't mean that you have to throw a party everytime you succeed at something.  Sometimes that may only be that you take a moment to look back at how far you've come.  A personal practice of mine is, I like to go back and watch some of my previous episodes and I remember the struggles that I overcame.  It also ignites me to remember the obstacles that I've already tackled. 

What Do You Speak?

​I hope this small article has encouraged you to pursue your dream.  No matter what that dream is.  I truly believe that the pursuit of your dream is a journey worth taking. It requires what one of my favorite artists would say, "Strengh, Courage, and Wisdom".  That's India Arie, in case you don't know.
Take it one slice at a time and maintain a "You Never Know" mindset and it will help you immensely along your journey.  Remember, the journey is just as important as the destination.
So, SPEAKER, it's time to pursue your dreams. SPEAK them outloud, hear the words you SPEAK, believe what you SPEAK, and take that first step. The world is waiting for you to make it happen.
What Do You SPEAK?
If this article has inspired you in any way, I would like to encourage you to share it with your friends or someone that you feel would be inspired by it and also follow When We Speak TV on social media. 
​We can't wait to SPEAK with you!!!


<![CDATA[Influencers Dinner Celebrating Unity and Inclusivity During Atlanta Black Pride Weekend]]>Thu, 07 Sep 2023 10:34:54 GMThttp://whenwespeaktv.com/events_andmore/influencers-dinner-celebrating-unity-and-inclusivity-during-atlanta-black-pride-weekendAtlanta Black Pride Weekend is an annual event that brings together members of the LGBTQ+ community, allies, and influencers from diverse backgrounds to celebrate love, diversity, and empowerment.
​As part of this empowering weekend, an influencer dinner was held, acting as a platform to unite and uplift those who have made a significant impact within the LGBTQ+ community.
The 2023 honorees include: EJ King, Saucy Santana, Simone Tisci, Dedrick Tillerson, Earl D. Fowlkes Jr., Tori Cooper, Derek J, Officer King, Dr. Alie Redd, Michael Jonvier, David Graves, Gocha Hawkins and Reggie Thomas.
Jermaine Sain at the Atlanta Black Pride Weekend Influencers Dinner
Jermaine Sain at the 2023 Black Pride Weekend Influencers Dinner


Jason Lee from Hollywood Unlocked and Jermaine Sain from When We Speak TV
Jason Lee Speaks About His Bad Decisions In His Career
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Actor Brian Jordan Jr from Tyler Perry's Sistas Sees Himself For The First Time
Many of you may recognize him from his role as Maurice on Tyler Perry's Sistas, actor Brian Jordan Jr, shares with Jermaine Sain, the first time he saw himself represented on television.
Actor Terrell Carter and Jermaine Sain of When We Speak TV
The Shocking Truth About Actor Terrell Carter
Terrell Carter shares his unbelievably true story of growing up in a dysfunctional family in his new bookProblem Child. ​ And the Problem Child is the only one in the story who may or may not; actually have a problem. 

<![CDATA[The Exorcist: Believer unleashes a new chapter of terrifying horror!!]]>Wed, 06 Sep 2023 20:24:08 GMThttp://whenwespeaktv.com/events_andmore/the-exorcist-believer-unleashes-a-new-chapter-of-terrifying-horror​Exactly 50 years ago this fall, the most terrifying horror film in history landed on screens, shocking audiences around the world. Now, on Friday, October 6th , a new chapter begins.
​From Blumhouse and director David Gordon Green, who shattered the status quo with their resurrection of the Halloween franchise, comes The Exorcist: Believer.  
Since the death of his pregnant wife in a Haitian earthquake 12 years ago, Victor Fielding (portrayed by Tony winner and Oscar® nominee Leslie Odom, Jr) has raised their daughter, Angela on his own. 
But when Angela and her friend Katherine disappear in the woods, only to return three days later with no memory of what happened to them, it unleashes a chain of events that will force Victor to confront the nadir of evil and, in his terror and desperation, seek out the only person alive who has witnessed anything like it before: Chris MacNeil. 
For the first time since the 1973 film, Oscar® winner Ellen Burstyn reprises her iconic role as Chris MacNeil, an actress who has been forever altered by what happened to her daughter Regan five decades before.
​Also worth mentioning, our good friend Nikki worked in the special effects department for this film, so you know I'll be watching.
Congratulations Nikki!!
Drop down in the comments and let us know if you'll be watching The Exorcist: Believer in theaters October 6th.

Watch the trailer for The Exorcist: Believer :

<![CDATA[Jazz In The Alley Afterparty Mixer and Jam Session To Celebrate 10 Years]]>Thu, 10 Aug 2023 14:34:59 GMThttp://whenwespeaktv.com/events_andmore/jazz-in-the-alley-afterparty-mixer-and-jam-session-to-celebrate-10-yearsEXCITING NEWS!!!! 
When We Speak TV is super excited to share with you an update....and this time it's about our very own, Jermaine Sain!!!!
Come celebrate 10 years of Jazz In The Alley, with a celebratory After Party Mixer
​hosted by Jermaine Sain of When We Speak TV, featuring live performances by vocalist Auni Saxton and a Jazz In The Alley Jam Session performed by Tyrone Jackson and Larry Wilson!!!


Saturday, September 30, 2023
Crowne Plaza Atlanta NE - Norcross
6050 Peachtree Industrial Blvd
Norcross, GA 30071

Jazz In Alley Afterparty Mixer is sponsored by:
Crowne Plaza Atlanta NE- Norcross


2023 Black Music Honors: Celebrity Elegance Meets Musical Brilliance
Black Music Honors: Celebrity Elegance Meets Musical Brilliance
The 2023 Black Music Honors was a night of mesmerizing fashions and jaw dropping musical tributes to Missy Elliott, SWV, Evelyn Champagne King, and Jeffrey Osborne.
Xernona Clayton: A Life In Black And White Red Carpet Premiere
Xernona Clayton: A Life In Black And White Red Carpet Premiere
Amazing Cast of Tyler Perry's 'Ruthless' Speaks With Jermaine Sain
Amazing Cast of Tyler Perry's 'Ruthless' Speaks With Jermaine Sain

<![CDATA[The Terrell Show: A Spotlight on Chandra Currelley's Incredible Talent]]>Tue, 08 Aug 2023 00:01:13 GMThttp://whenwespeaktv.com/events_andmore/the-terrell-show-a-spotlight-on-chandra-currelleys-incredible-talentHey ya'll we have another update on a friend of When We Speak TV!!!
And it's our friend, singer/actor Chandra Currelley, from many Tyler Perry plays and Tyler Perry's Bruh on BET+.

Recently Chandra Currelley was a guest on The Terrell Show!!!
....and guess what else?  Chandra Currelley showed up to Jazz In The Alley Riverdale in support of When We Speak TV!!!  
It was so refreshing to catch up with Chandra Currelley and words can never express how appreciative we are to have her love and support!!!
Chandra Currelley
Chandra Currelley, Jermaine Sain, and Chester Lawrence at Jazz In The Alley in Riverdale, Georgia.
 LJust a little background on Chandra Currelley.... Many people recognize her from her work with Tyler Perry but before that, Chandra was the lead singer of the R&B band, SOS Band, and she has performed in many musical theater productions by not just Tyler Perry but also Debbie Allen and Kenny Leon.  
Chandra has appeared in at least eight of Tyler Perry's films, as well as, his series For Better Or Worse, which aired on the OWN Network and Bruh which airs on BET+.

Here's another little know fact about Chandra Currelley
Chandra credits LaTanya Richardson and Samuel L. Jackson for guiding her in the right direction professionally long before the married couple became Hollywood heavyweights.   
In fact, Chandra says that Samuel L. Jackson, "paid for my theater workshop. "


Amazing Cast of Tyler Perry's 'Ruthless' Speaks With Jermaine Sain
Amazing Cast of Tyler Perry's 'Ruthless' Speaks With Jermaine Sain
Actor Brian Jordan Jr from Tyler Perry's Sistas Sees Himself For The First Time
Actor Brian Jordan Jr from Tyler Perry's Sistas Sees Himself For The First Time
Many of you may recognize him from his role as Maurice on Tyler Perry's Sistas, actor Brian Jordan Jr, shares with Jermaine Sain, the first time he saw himself represented on television.
Daughter of Award Winning Music Legend, Diana Ross, Shares What Makes Her Happy
When We Speak TV had so much fun speaking with Rhonda Ross.  Many of you may know her as the daughter of Diana Ross and Berry Gordy but she is so much more than just that!

<![CDATA[Exclusive Interview: Jeff Bradshaw on his Latest Album and Inspirations]]>Mon, 31 Jul 2023 15:53:16 GMThttp://whenwespeaktv.com/events_andmore/exclusive-interview-jeff-bradshaw-on-his-latest-album-and-inspirationsTrombonist, Jeff Bradshaw, has recorded with and performed alongside many great artists like Jill Scott, Michael Jackson, Patti Labelle, Jay Z, The Roots, and many more.

When We Speak TV catches up with Jeff Bradshaw to speak about life lessons and his musical journey.
From allmusic.com :
A North Philadelphia-born soul-jazz and hip-hop/funk innovator and trombone virtuoso, Jeff Bradshaw spent his formative years honing his chops alongside some of the biggest names both in and out of the Philly soul movement. By the time he got around to releasing his solo debut, 2004's critically acclaimed Bone Deep, he had shared the stage with such industry luminaries as Michael Jackson, Earth, Wind & Fire, Patti Labelle, Erykah Badu, and countless others.

Bone Deep made him a festival circuit mainstay, and he spent the next eight years refining his signature smooth and immediate sound in both a solo setting and in support of artists like Mary J. Blige, Jay-Z, the Roots, and Jill Scott. In 2012 he issued his sophomore long-player, Bone Appetit, which featured a host of guest artists, including Kindred the Family Soul, Raheem DeVaughn, Floacist, and Marsha Ambrosius.

Get Jeff Bradshaw's newest album, Jeff Bradshaw 20, available on all music platforms


Experience the HEAT of the Jacksonville Jazz Festival
Experience the HEAT of the Jacksonville Jazz Festival
For over 40 years, many great musicians have graced the stage of the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, for this year When We Speak TV joined the 3 day celebration during the Memorial Day weekend in Jacksonville, Florida.
Singer Major. Salutes When We Speak TV
Singer Major. Salutes When We Speak TV
Dru Hill Honored with Urban Music Icon Award at Black Music Honors
Dru Hill Honored with Urban Music Icon Award at Black Music Honors

<![CDATA[Nashville's July 4th Celebration Is EXPLOSIVE]]>Tue, 18 Jul 2023 04:00:00 GMThttp://whenwespeaktv.com/events_andmore/nashvilles-july-4th-celebraton-is-explosiveLet Freedom Sing is a free, family friendly event that occurs on July 4thNashvillians and visitors from all over come to celebrate the holiday in downtown Music City.  
The summer heat was turned up even hotter with the activities, and concerts.  We began the day in Music City Walk of Fame Park, at the Amazon Family Fun Zone, which included inflatables, live music, a cooling station, and free samples of Dr Pepper's new Strawberries and Cream.   
Thereafter, we head to Hyatt Centric hotel to speak with rising country artist, Tiera Kennedy, who performed the national anthem and opened the main show at Jack Daniel's Broadway Stage
As the night drew closer, inclement weather brought the show to a pause but eventually the celebration continued with an explosive performance from country music superstar, Brad Paisley.....and ending the event with one of the country's largest July 4th fireworks shows synchonized to live music from the Nashville Symphony.  

Remember to add Let Freedom Sing to your calendar for July 4th.


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Tiera Kennedy Reveals How Words From Shania Twain Inspires Her Music
<![CDATA[Tiera Kennedy Reveals How Words From Shania Twain Inspires Her Music]]>Thu, 13 Jul 2023 04:00:00 GMThttp://whenwespeaktv.com/events_andmore/tiera-kennedy-reveals-how-words-from-shania-twain-inspires-her-musicCountry Star, Tiera Kennedy speaks with When We Speak TV during the Let Freedom Sing! Music City event in Nashville
Tiera Kennedy shares how words from Shania Twain have encouraged her during her music career.

Let Freedom Sing! Music City


let freedom sing nashville
Let Freedom Sing! Music City
Jazz Vocalist Greg Robbins: What Do YOU Speak?
Jazz Vocalist Greg Robbins: What Do YOU Speak?
Night of Ideas Atlanta
The Power of Conversation: Highlights from Night of Ideas Atlanta 2023
​In the spirit of the 60th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech, Night of Ideas Atlanta 2023 explored how the historical concept of rights opens the present to new political, cultural, and ethical possibilities.​
<![CDATA[The Local Peach Supports Live Music at Jazz In The Alley in Norcross,GA.]]>Tue, 11 Jul 2023 04:00:00 GMThttp://whenwespeaktv.com/events_andmore/the-local-peach-supports-live-music-at-jazz-in-the-alley-in-norcrossgaThe Local Peach, located in Norcross, Georgia, is not only a great place to get meals and delicious treats, they also provide a locally sourced market.  The market is over 90% women owned and over 50% minority owned. 

The Local Peach is committed to helping preserve the environment by reducing waste and developing lasting relationships by supporting live music events in Norcross, such as
Jazz In The Alley, a free live jazz concert series.


Website:  thelocalpeach.com
Instagram:  TheLocalPeachGA
Facebook: TheLocalPeachGA




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MikTu Naturals Supports Diversity at Jazz In The Alley in Norcross, Georgia
MikTu Naturals is a sponsor of Jazz In The Alley, a free jazz concert series held in Norcross, Georgia.  MikTu Naturals’ goal is provide meaningful self care & make you feel and look your best from the bottom up!
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Jazz Singer, Tony Hightower Dedicates His New Album To His Late Mother
At a time when jazz music could truly use a boost in listenership, singer Tony Hightower is on a mission to be the bridge to help a younger generation of appreciators crossover. 
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Saxophonist Dexter Tolson Speaks About Determination
Saxphonist Dexter Tolson is not only a veteran of the US Army but also a great example of determination.