Jun 21, 2016

Ana Castillo, Author and Activist

Ana Castillo, a poet, award-winning novelist, short story writer, essayist, editor and playwright, is one of the most celebrated voices in contemporary Chicana literature. In her most recent book, Black Dove: Mama, Mi'jo and Me, she details her life as a single, brown, feminist parent, while at the same time, describes her against-all-odds career as a writer and activist. Join us for an enlightening, eye-opening and fascinating conversation.

Jun 7, 2016

Allison Orenstein, Photographer

Allison Michael Orenstein's love affair with a camera began when she was 15 and has been going strong ever since. The New York City-based portrait photographer's work has graced the covers and pages of "Vanity Fair," "Esquire," "People," "Vogue," "Elle," "New York" Magazine, "Art Forum," "The Wall Street Journal," "The Hollywood Reporter," "Billboard," and "Town & Country." She's photographed such notables as Chuck Close, Philip Glass, Stella McCartney, John Waters, Billy Crudup, Amy Schumer - the list goes on and on. Enjoy meeting and hearing from this passionate and very creative woman.

Feb 16, 2016

Kristin Russo

Little did Kristin Russo know that coming out during Thanksgiving dinner, when she was 17, would have had the impact it did on her life. That was back in 1998. In 2010, she co-founded EveryoneIsGay.com -- one of the only advice sites for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth and their parents. Three years later, The Parents Project was born -- which provides answers to a slew of questions asked by moms and dads whose children had recently come out. To say that Kristin will always have her work cut out is a helluva understatement.

Dec 8, 2015

New Jersey State Senator Loretta Weinberg

A committed, impassioned and devoted public servant, Democrat Loretta Weinberg has been a major player in New Jersey politics for more than 20 years. She was elected to the State Assembly in 1992; moved to the Senate side in 2005 and has been Majority Leader since 2012. A member of numerous committees, Senator Weinberg's long list of legislative accomplishments includes: sponsoring the New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act, forming the Governor's Advisory Council on Adolescent Pregnancy, and helping to shape a landmark autism research funding bill. At 80, she's got more energy, stamina and grit than people half her age. You'll want to meet this force of nature.

Oct 13, 2015

Robbyne Kaamil

RobbyneKaamil.jpgRobbyne Kaamil wears lots of hats. In alphabetical order she's an: activist, actress, author, radio personality, relationship expert and singer. Needless to say, there's plenty to talk about. So sit back, and tune in to this no-holds barred conversation.

Jul 28, 2015

Emma Willmann

willmann.jpgEmma Willmann is one funny lady. The comedian, who grew up in rural Blue Hill, Maine (population 2,000) riffs about life in a very small town, dealing with dyslexia and coming out - which happened as soon as she got to college in Boston. And it was while in Boston that she made a name for herself on that city's comedy circuit. Then it was on to New York, where Emma's appeared at Caroline's and headlined her own sold out show in the New York Comedy Festival at Stand Up New York. She was also featured on the cover of TimeOutNY as one of the top ten funniest females in NYC. Spend the next 30 minutes getting to know and enjoy Emma Willmann.

May 19, 2015

Hera Navassardian

FullSizeRender.jpgHera Navassardian was 21 when she began modeling for Bob Mackie, Geoffrey Beene, Zandra Rhodes and other famous designers. During her 30+ years in the fashion business, Hera has also worked as a makeup artist and stylist. In 2007 she opened Klymaxx Unlimited, a boutique and transformation studio in Provincetown, Mass. for women AND men that includes the LGBT community. Hera's got plenty to share in this engaging conversation.

May 5, 2015

Dorchen Leidholdt

myphoto.jpgAttorney and social activist Dorchen Leidholdt is the Director of The Center for Battered Women's Legal Services at Sanctuary for Families in New York City, the largest program of its kind in the country serving domestic violence victims. Since the mid-70s, she's been a leader in the movement against violence against women and is the founder of The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women. You won't want to miss this riveting and eye-opening conversation.

Mar 31, 2015

Yvonne Cassidy

Yvonne_Cassidy.jpgIrish novelist Yvonne Cassidy loves to read and she loves to write. And for that we're grateful! The author of The Other Boy, What Might Have Been Me, and How Many Letters Are In Goodbye, she's working on book number 4. Even though she moved to New York City in 2011, Yvonne still writes feature and opinion pieces for Ireland's leading publications. She also leads the creative writing program at Manhattan's Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen - fostering the talent of homeless and marginalized writers. Enjoy this frank and fascinating conversation.

Feb 24, 2015

Pandora Scooter

PanScoot.jpgMeet Queer-Mama-Sapien Pandora Scooter. She's been called the funniest atheist/Amerasian/dyke/spoken word artist you'll ever see and hear. Founder of Stand Up & Stand Out Productions, she's written a slew of one-woman shows. Her most recent, I Am Enough tackles suicide among LGBTQ youth. Pandora's working to bring that number to zero by exploring and exposing their pain, while building self-esteem and self-confidence. She's a real force of nature.

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