Singer/Poet Iyeoka this week on "Saturday Mornings with Joy Keys" -podcast

Joy Keys chats with Singer/Poet Iyeoka Ivie Okoawo and Actor John Autry II SMJK is an interactive, live Internet talk-radio show that focuses on providing people with tools to enrich and advance their lives mentally, physically and emotionally.
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July 30, 2011 - PRLog -- Singer/Poet Iyeoka
TIME: 11:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m.  EDT
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Iyeoka Ivie Okoawo is a Poet and Recording Artist, a 2010 TED Global Fellow, the 2nd place 2009 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion, and a spokesperson for the Amenawon Foundation. Daughter of Nigerian-born parents who both hold Doctorate degrees from Boston University, Iyeoka was a practicing pharmacist before launching her career as a poet, singer, activist and educator. In her native Esan language, Iyeoka means “I want to be respected.” By channeling her culture and ancestral influences, she delivers an authentic and inspiring message of healing through accessing the power of the moment.

Iyeoka began her musical career by founding the group The Rock by Funk Tribe, a collective of musicians that enabled her to interweave her poetry with jazz, blues, funk, and gospel.

She released her first solo full length album of poem-songs called “Black and Blues” in 2004 through Phanai Records and then began to tour and make numerous appearances on other artist’s albums, including The Press Project’s “Get Right” album and “Memoirs of the Tempo” by Tempo Valley.

In 2007, Iyeoka released her second album of poetry and music fusion “Hum The Bass Line” again on Phanai Records. In 2008, she recorded a live album in Hawaii called Live @ KTUH – Honolulu. That same year, Iyeoka lent her vocal talent to a cover of U2′s hit song “Desire” for a compilation of U2 covers called “In The Name Of Love: Africa Celebrates U2.” The album featured Grammy Award-winning/nominated African artists including Angelique Kidjo, Les Nubians, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, Vieux Farka Toure, Vusi Mahlasela and the Soweto Gospel Choir with proceeds benefiting the Global Fund.

In 2009, Iyeoka released two EPs that year called “This Time Around” and “Run Into the Rain.” The new music infused more pop, R&B, dance, and hip hop into the mix, creating an “electronic soul” sound.

In November of 2010, Iyeoka released her new album, SAY YES, containing nine songs and two poems, through the Underground Sun artist development company. It is the first “Evolving Album(tm)” where purchasers will receive added content for free as the album evolves. Even before the album’s release, the first song “The Yellow Brick Road Song” was featured in an episode of the new hit series “How To Make It In America” and is now the official theme song of the USA Network’s show “Fairly Legal.”


TWITTER CHAT with Actor/Advocate for the Deaf John Autry II
TIME: 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET/ 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. PST
TWITTER handles are @joykeys and @johnautryII

Michelle Christie was the only one that was able to teach John and found out that he really liked music. He brought my radio and turned it on. John grabbed the microphone and danced to his favorite Michael Jackson’s song Moonwalker. Through music they were able to act out John’s work. Michelle started No Limits Theater Group due to John’s ability to want to speak and act out different things. He starred in the original play “Building Block” with deaf and hard of hearing children.

In 1997, Michelle Christie, John and his parents were featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show.  Michelle spoke with Oprah about John, that he was her inspiration for starting No Limits Theater Group.  Michelle spoke about how John’s confidence level got so high. John has come a long way with his confidence and his ability to do his best. John was in every production until his teens and then he volunteered to work with the younger children as a workshop team member.

To meet John today, you would never guess that he was once described as shy. His outgoing personality makes him a true people magnet, and his childhood dream of becoming an actor is coming true.

In the summer of 2007, John was filmed in a starring dramatic role for his first television pilot “Katrina”. His television pilot is still awaiting pickup from Nickelodeon.

In mid 2009, John met casting director Robert Ulrich and team when he first went on an audition for “Glee”. He was so excited to be there. John had to learn how to sign the Beatles’ song “Imagine”. Robert encouraged him to try it different ways. Robert was kind, patient and supportive. It was two weeks later, John remembered sitting on the front porch, his father came out with a big smile on his face and said, “you got the part!” He was so happy when he got the part.

In the winter of 2009, John appeared on “Til Death” after Brad Garrett and his production team saw him on “Glee” and thought John was very talented. Brad wanted him to play the short part on his show.

In January 2011, he went on an audition for the new TV show called “No Ordinary Family” and got the part. He portrayed Jasper Woods.
John met James Bland, who is a co-president of Home Team Entertainment. James put him on his web show “FAIL”. John continues to be on the web show.
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