Not Thankful But Grateful…Let Me Explain

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On Thanksgiving day, many families gather around the table, holding hands, sharing stories on what they’re thankful for. It’s appropriate for the theme and acceptable because you should be appreciative for the blessings you have everyday.

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Unfortunately, for me, I’m not only thankful; I’m grateful. With so much going on in the world today, I’m so grateful that my 16 year old son wakes up in the room next to mine and says “Good morning mom”. I get that everyday. I’m grateful because not every mother or father has that opportunity. My prayers go out to them.

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I’m also grateful for my health. Just a month ago, I had major surgery that put me out of commission and caused me to rely on others to care for me. I’m grateful that I have true loved ones who took time from their busy lives to cater to me. For that, I’m ever so grateful.

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My job is another reason that I can be grateful. I get to talk to you everyday and play music that makes you laugh, dance, and day dream. Lol I’m happy that I have somewhere to go everyday. I have a car that works and gets me to work and I don’t have to worry about it overheating.

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I’m grateful for the people in my life. Not everyone in my life cares for me the way that I care for them, but I’m still grateful because they keep me on my toes and help me to become a better friend and a stronger person.
I pray for all of those who pray for me; even those who forgot to.

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You see I say that I’m grateful because I think that’s better than thankful. It means I’m expressing my gratitude. It’s the same as thankful but for me gratefulness just says something.

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I’m grateful that I have a relationship with God and I can go to Him and pray for all those who simply can’t find that moment in their heart to pray or ask for help. I hear you and I take that from you and ask God to supply your every need and cover your footsteps as you walk in your purpose.

So, I just wanted to share what I’m most GRATEFUL for! And I could never forget about YOU! Thanks so much for your continued support! I couldn’t do it without you!

 

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Find Out What’s Really Poppin’ w/ Deja Perez!

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Deja Perez, radio personality forWKYS (Radio One, DC), is the voice you hear at night w/ afternoon host, Angie Ang, and nightshow host Shorty Da Prince spilling the tea in her celebrity gossip segment, “What’s Poppin“.

I enjoy her segment because of her flow and her info. She gets it! I can see this radio chick doin’ things in bigger markets! (yeah! Bigger than DC!)

She and I met only one time during my station’s Christmas party and she was very sweet and I’m glad to have had the pleasure to finally put the name with the face! (yeah, even radio chicks do that)

I’m glad Deja decided to grant me this interview I learned more about her and I’m sure you will too!

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Station (market/format/timeslot):  93.9 WKYS (DC) I’m on Mon-Fri from 12am-2am. And I also do my “What’s Poppin!” entertainment report Mon-Fri at…

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Find Out What’s Really Poppin’ w/ Deja Perez!

2014-06-10 06.31.52

Deja Perez, radio personality for WKYS (Radio One, DC), is the voice you hear at night w/ afternoon host, Angie Ang, and nightshow host Shorty Da Prince spilling the tea in her celebrity gossip segment, “What’s Poppin“.

I enjoy her segment because of her flow and her info. She gets it! I can see this radio chick doin’ things in bigger markets! (yeah! Bigger than DC!)

She and I met only one time during my station’s Christmas party and she was very sweet and I’m glad to have had the pleasure to finally put the name with the face! (yeah, even radio chicks do that)

I’m glad Deja decided to grant me this interview I learned more about her and I’m sure you will too!

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Station (market/format/timeslot):  93.9 WKYS (DC) I’m on Mon-Fri from 12am-2am. And I also do my “What’s Poppin!” entertainment report Mon-Fri at 6:20 and 8:50

How long have you been in the radio business? Yikes…10 years!

What was it about radio that struck your interest? Being able to reach so many people…with a single mic!

What genre of music do you like to listen to the most and why? EVERYTHING!!! Of course hip-hop, R&B, Reggaeton…plus I’m a little but pop, a little bit country…and a little bit rock n roll!!!

What is your LET IT GO song? (one that you would absolutely lose your mind listening to) don’t judge me…but probably Kelis’s “I Hate You So Much Right Now” and when I need a little Jesus…”Say Yes” Michelle Williams, Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland and also “God In Me” by Mary, Mary.

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You’ve interviewed a lot of celebrities, was there ever a time you had an uncomfortable where it went terribly wrong? Describe.  Blessedly…no!!!!

Who was the best celebrity encounter and why? Honestly, it was probably The Game…initially I thought it would be a rough interview because he has such a rough image…and I have a rather smart mouth…and I wasn’t sure how that combination was going to go down…but he totally surprised me…and allowed me to ask him questions…that women would ask men…and he was surprisingly candid with his answers!!!

What’s the biggest misconception about you? Probably that I’m a B*tch!!! LOL…I tend to make faces…and I’m not even aware that I’m making them…that’s gotten me in trouble more times than I can tell you!!!

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Why don’t people get about music when it comes to radio? You gotta put in some work to get your music played…first off it needs to be a hot record…than you gotta build up a street buzz…than get the DJ’s to feel the record so hopefully you can get some spins!

Who do you most admire in the radio industry and why? Wow…that’s rough!!! Wendy Williams and Angie Martinez for their longevity in New York. Dyana Williams who is like radio royalty in Philly. Michele Wright, Jeannie Jones and Angie Ange in DC…and really all women that are in the business cuz there are SO few of us!

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? Be yourself…real recognizes real!!!

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What’s the biggest misconception about women in radio? That we didn’t earn our positions because of our own talent…when do they ever say a man must have slept with someone to get that job…not never once!!!!

Where do you see urban radio in the next 10-15 years? God willing…we will still be here!

What do you think is wrong, if you do, with hip hop and R&B? I feel like we’ve lost some of the diversity in music…and as a raging feminist…I wish we had more music that promoted women to feel beautiful…and not good for just looking sexy!

Who do you think is the most underappreciated artist out there right now? Too many to list!

Who’s in your iPod/radar?  A lot of 90s hip hop & R&B (I’m such a B-girl!!), I have my neo-soul section (of course Raheem Devaughn’s Queen single…is the new ladies anthem!)…I have a Bust your windows playlist…you can imagine when I need to play that…and of course a FIX IT JESUS playlist too!!!

What do you want your legacy to be? I want to be the go-to source for your entertainment news…cuz I definitely know “What’s Poppin!” but more than that I want to be known for my generous heart and my commitment to family, the community…and I have a special weakness for animals!

Biggest regret is….I haven’t had one yet…all of the stumbles I’ve had along the way…helped prepare me for this moment! Everything is a life lesson!

If you could be one of these, who would it be and why? (funny I know…but I’m curious)  so I’m torn between a Female Super Hero and a Gladiator…cuz I think that would be uber dope…and what I wouldn’t give for a sexy 6-pack of abs!!!

Kardashian sisters                            Girlfriends (cast)              Female Super hero

Sex In The City girls                         Gladiator (cast)

 

How can people reach out to you?

Instagram/Twitter: @dejaperez

Facebook: dejaperez

My website will be up before the end of the year…www.dejaperez.com

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She’s The Olivia Pope Of All Conferences…Meet Wanda Calvin-Claiborne

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Ok, so the title was a bit misleading but when you read about Wanda Calvin-Claiborne, you’ll see why.

Ms. Wanda and I go back a few years and just recently, I figured out what it was that she does for a living. When you explain it to someone in casual conversation, the response is like “oh…ok”(insert a few bewildered looks). But when she breaks it down so it can “forever and consistently be broke” (line from the movie Love Jones), you will understand that she’s a pretty big deal! Especially in the business world!

We met at a meeting, of all things, and out of all the people in the room, she saw something in me that I never knew I had. She saw my heart and my spirit (she told me this years later). GOD placed Ms. Wanda in my life for a reason; to keep me grounded, humble, honest, trustworthy and BEAUTIFUL (inside and out). She is doing a great job. I see her from time to time and the first thing she asks me is “you alright?” and I say “yes ma’m”. Then she gives me this look that makes me think if I am ok (lol). I can appreciate her because I look up to her as my friend, my soror, my big sister! I respect her so much and once you get to know her, if you’re lucky enough to cross paths with her, you’ll know why.

And the next time you attend a conference, wherever it is, look around. Wanda Calvin Claiborne just might be the woman in charge.

 

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What is your occupation?

I am a Meeting Planner with a Certified Meeting Professional Certification.

 

What is that exactly?

I plan conferences and follow the process from idea to conclusion of the event.   Everything that you can think of that is conference related I do – finding a property/hotel, negotiate rates, review and sign hotel contracts, create signage, work with the web team to create a conference template, hire speakers, order food and beverage, register attendees, order decorations and other things that arise (and something new always arises).

 

Did you have to go to school for that? What was your major?  

I did not go to school to be a Meeting Planner.  I actually graduated from Morgan State University with a degree in Communications.  I planned to be the next Oprah Winfrey but I think God had other plans for me!

 

What was it about this particular field that struck your interest?

I took a position as an Office Clerk while I waited for some Producer or Hollywood to discover me.  LOL

In the meantime the Meeting Planner at the Maryland State Bar was resigning and I remembered how much I enjoyed planning events and activities for my sorority (Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.) and my church at the time (New Psalmist Baptist Church.)  I always wanted to be on the planning committee of some event.  The light bulb came on and I applied for the position.  It was like the position was designed for me and I was able to make my mark.

 

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I would say your job is a pretty demanding one. What do you enjoy most from your job?

It is very demanding – more than most people think.  Before one conference ends the next one is already on the back burner.  I am currently closing out the billing for an October, 2014 conference, sending out the preliminary information for my June, 2015 conference while working on a February, 2015 conference that is being held out of the country.   The thing I enjoy most is making people happy.  Making sure they are enjoying their conference experience.

 

What is the most irritating thing about your job?

The same thing that I enjoy about conference planning can also be irritating.  One day I will learn that you really can’t make everyone happy.  When one person is happy with the dinner selection trust me the next person will hate it.

 

Some people would say your job is “boring”. You would say what about your job?

Boring??  I could say many things about it but boring wouldn’t be one of them.  My job is tapping into one’s creativity, knowledge, patience, while working long hours at times and the ability to handle pressure and much more.  You can roll a dice on what will be the prominent thing on any given day.

 

When people attend a conference/meeting, what do you want them to know?

EVERYTHING COST and I do mean EVERYTHING.  I hear so many people say things like why am I paying $18.00 for a box lunch at a hotel?  Well when you are confined to using the food and beverage from the hotel which tags 6% tax and 21% gratuity to every turkey sandwich and bag of chips it adds up quickly.

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How many hats do you wear and which hat makes you the most proud?

You do what you have to do.  I have worked a sound board and Audio Visual equipment, been the photographer, shopped for conference give-a-ways, met with VIPs, found a sleeping room where one didn’t exist, created name tags when the carrier lost mine etc.  If I had to narrow it down I would say the hat I am most proud to wear however is mom.  It is not a part of being a Meeting Planner but it is a job, non the less.

 

I decided to interview you because I believe you are truly inspiring to me through the conversations we have and the wisdom you share. Where do you get this from? Like, who would you credit is responsible for your personality?

Thank you, that is very kind of you.  God created the path that he wanted me to take. Walking that path has allowed me to grow and learn some things that I have been able to share with others.  It is important to me to share my mountain top and my valley experiences because both can help others.  Sometimes when you are quiet and listen to God’s voice you will have the right things to say and at the right time.  Many people have told me I should be more x,y or z.  It always makes me laugh because what they are really saying is I should be more like them.  What God has for me is for me – including my personality.

 

Silly questions:

 

What song makes you LOSE YOUR MIND?

If I had to say one song it would be When Doves Cry by Prince (especially when it is re-mixed)

 

What is your favorite line in a movie and why?

“Let me tell you somethin’. This hereright now, at this very moment, is all that matters to me. I love you. That’s urgent…” Darius Lovehall said that at the end of Love Jones.  It speaks to living life to the fullest and not letting anything keep you from ultimate happiness and love.

 

What makes you suck your teeth and roll your eyes?

If I could do both at the same time it would be mean/nasty people.

 

What is ONE THING about you (you’d be willing to share) that NO ONE knows about you?

Well a couple people know this but the last night of my Annual Meeting while setting up for the Business Meeting the next morning I grab the mic and sing “I did it my way” by Frank Sinatra.  It has very special and significant meaning to me.

 

What would you want your legacy to be?

That I wanted to be better than my every yesterday and I would do anything in my power to help my fellow man/woman.

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Being more spiritually grounded and living life like it’s golden!

 

If the Wanda of 20 years ago ran into the Wanda of today, what would she say and how would she respond?

If you mean the Wanda of today speaking to her younger self she would say stop running so much.  Stop and inhale the beauty of today and let tomorrow handle it self and put down those charge cards. If you can’t buy it with cash maybe you don’t need it.

 

How can you be reached? (email, social media, etc.)

WAC.Claiborne@gmail.com

 

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This Dream Girl Rocks! One on One w/ Tamira Dunn

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2014-06-10 06.31.52Tamira Dunn, founder of Dream Girls Mentoring Mentoring Program, Inc. is an extraordinary woman! She and I met a few years back through social media, but got better acquainted when I became a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated last year.

She’s so sweet and passionate about what she does. I love her spirit because in comparison to mine, she cares about young people and will make every sacrifice necessary to make sure they reach their fullest potential.

If it’s through her mentoring program or summer camp, Tamira is working hard on perfecting her programs so that everyone who needs a little more, can have it.

I was really happy when she decided to grant me this one-on-one because I feel she has a special story to tell. Read it for yourself:

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How did you get started with this project?

Teen pregnancy was something that was affecting my…

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Inspired,Victorious, Empowered: One On One w/ Vanessa Payne

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2014-06-10 06.31.52When I asked Vanessa Payneif she would grant me an interview, her first response was “LOL! Wow! Thank you!” She was a bit nervous about it because no one really asks her about her life. They never ask her how she got to be so confident and strong as a woman living with Lupus. You’ll find that Vanessa Payne is just like every other woman who lived through so much turmoil and is now standing tall; making a difference.

We met through an email. She asked me if I would help her raise money for Lupus Awareness in a Lupus Walk. I must admit, I really didn’t know much about the disease so I was more curious about it than anything and I wanted to help someone who has always shown her support for my career. It was only right, and I’m glad I did. I met an amazing…

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Kissi Who? Kissi B Tru Baby!!!!

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2014-06-10 06.31.52Hmmm…when did I first hear Kissi B Trusing? I think about 5 years ago when she sang at Empowerment Temple. I didn’t know her but I remembered her face since then.

The next time I saw her sing was when she performed a few times at a few functions around town, then at my Valentine’s event some years back. If I couldn’t remember where I could definitely remember her voice! Lawd!

Her smile! Her poise! Her heart SINGS LOVE! She’s amazing! Have you ever heard Kissi B Tru SANG? Chile’ please! GOD knew EXACTLY what He was doing when he put the finishing touches on Ms. Kissi B!

So when I started ThisRadioChickRocks, I knew I needed to add her to my roster of one on one interviews. So here you go! But since she’s an artist, I have to introduce her to you first! (clears throat)

Introducing the…

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This Philly Chick Rocks: One on One w/ Cappuchino-Power 99

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I have met some pretty awesome radio chicks in my many years in the business from New Orleans, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, Georgia, LA and Philly! Well, this particular radio chick from Philly, named Cappuchino at Power 99 FM, and I never met face-to-face.

It may have been on social media where it all started. I sent a tweet, she responded. Now it’s a family of radio chicks and it feels good. Many women in radio have no idea that it’s perfectly “OK” to reach out to other radio chicks to build a positive relationship.

Because the radio industry is a male-dominated industry, it’s intimidating to connect with other females due to the fact that we have to do what we have to do to “keep our positions”.

You’ll read in my one-on-one with Ms Cappuchino that the game has changed and women are making their mark in…

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She Rocks The Party In A Dress and Heels! One On One w/ DJ PChris

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We have a mutual friend that introduced us at an R. Kelly concert and DJ PChris and I became members of a private sisterhood in a weird kind of way. She and I never mix crowds, we don’t call each other, and I have no idea what she likes to watch on TV. I will say this, I know she’s a really nice woman, she’s funny (as crap), beautiful (inside and out) and I can call on her to be there for me whenever I need her (except really early in the morning).

So it wasn’t a shock that she would agree to do a one on one for ThisRadioChickRocks, but I was surprised at what I learned about her.

Some of you may know her as Pam and that’s cool. Just get ready to change it to DJ PChris soon! This chick is doing big things!

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Lights! Camera! Now Fade To LaDawn Black…

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You can hear LaDawn Black‘s voice weeknights on 92Q Jams (Baltimore) from 10P to 2A and on Saturdays from 10A-3P on Magic 95.9. She asks the thought provoking questions; like “tell me the craziest thing you’ve ever seen at a wedding.” (like I said, thought provoking, right?)

LaDawn is really good…I mean REALLY good at what she does. Her content is dangerous, yet informative and absolutely helpful when you’re looking for the right answer.

It’s late night and the kids are asleep, so you should never feel embarrassed about the questions she asks on her late night talk show. But you can’t help but giggle a little because she says everything you imagined yourself saying out loud. Don’t worry, she’s a professional.

I’ve even asked her questions (you’ll never know) and she’s just as out spoken and to the point as she is on the radio.

I wanted…

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