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Creation is one of the most powerful forces in the universe for your life and career. In this podcast hosted by John Saunders (New Degree Press Author: The Optimizer) we feature interviews with authors from our community as well as industry experts, who share practical advice you can use to build your community, improve your writing and sell more books through hybrid publishing. The NDP Creator Community Podcast brings you insights and inspiration for first-time authors and creators.
 
Welcome to The Hollywood Godfather Podcast. Actor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and Mafia associate Gianni Russo best known for portraying Carlo in ‘The Godfather’ has teamed with an unlikely ally, Patrick Picciarelli, writer, retired NYPD lieutenant, and current private investigator to put together a thought-provoking, tragic, funny, and often shocking view of Gianni’s life in the mob and the movies. His counterpart and co-host, Patrick, gives his insights into the world of crime, and comm ...
 
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Gwendolyn Briley-Strand

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See The Fruits, Inc. presents - And GOD Said. Read by Gwendolyn Briley-Strand, music by Derrick Anderson, Sr. Gwendolyn Briley-Strand reading’s from the bible of some of her favorite scriptures. Future topics “Faith, Healing, Promises, Comfort, Keys, Protector. Bio - Gwendolyn Briley-Strand holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham University in New York City and has performed as a professional actor on stage, television and in film for over thirty years. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA ( Sc ...
 
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"Algeria is different." Africa's largest country is a place that few western academics have studied or been able to travel to. The modern nation, forged in the anticolonial struggle against French colonialism between 1957 and 1963, has been bolstered by the discovery of oil shortly thereafter. Nearly two-thirds of Algeria's population is under the …
 
In this interview, I speak with Till F. Paasche and James D. Sidaway about their new book, Transecting Securityscapes: Dispatches from Cambodia, Iraq, and Mozambique (University of Georgia Press, 2021). In addition to the book's methodological and theoretical contributions, we also discussed the extensive field research and important personal exper…
 
How do Black women entrepreneurs in South Africa play off westerners’ fear and desire for impoverished townships through home-based tourist accommodations? This episode’s guest is Dr. Annie Hikido, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Colby College. She tells us how her racialized experiences growing up as a Japanese-American woman in California pus…
 
During the height of the Cold War, passionate idealists across the US and Africa came together to fight for Black self-determination and the antiracist remaking of society. Beginning with the 1957 Ghanaian independence celebration, the optimism and challenges of African independence leaders were publicized to African Americans through community-bas…
 
In Emergent Masculinities: Gendered Power and Social Change in the Biafran Atlantic Age (Ohio University Press, 2019), Ndubueze L. Mbah argues that the Bight of Biafra region’s Atlanticization—or the interaction between regional processes and Atlantic forces such as the slave trade, colonialism, and Christianization—between 1750 and 1920 transforme…
 
At his 1994 inauguration, South African president Nelson Mandela announced the "Rainbow Nation, at peace with itself and the world." This national rainbow notably extended beyond the bounds of racial coexistence and reconciliation to include "sexual orientation" as a protected category in the Bill of Rights. Yet despite the promise of equality and …
 
Why do weak autocrats create strong autocracies? Using game-theoretic logic and an analysis of the post-colonial experience of sub-Saharan Africa, Anne Meng shows that by creating institutions that incorporate other elites into the inner circles of power, dictators create regimes that can outlast their founders. By creating clear lines of successio…
 
Today I talked to Ben Guest about his new book Zen and the Art of Coaching Basketball: A Namibian Odyssey (2021). Pressure plays, buzzer-beaters, and mindfulness meditation: A team of teenagers goes for the championship in Namibia’s professional basketball league. Ben Guest takes a high school coaching gig on the other side of the world. On the fir…
 
In 1994, almost one million ethnic Tutsis were killed in the genocide in Rwanda. In the aftermath of the genocide, some of the top-echelon Hutu officers who had organized it fled Rwanda to the eastern Congo (DRC) and set up a new base for military operation, with the goal of retaking power in Kigali, Rwanda. More than twenty years later, these rebe…
 
In the early 1920s, Americans owned 80 percent of the world’s automobiles and consumed 75 percent of the world’s rubber. But only one percent of the world’s rubber grew under the U.S. flag, creating a bottleneck that hampered the nation’s explosive economic expansion. To solve its conundrum, the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company turned to a tiny We…
 
In this ambitious book, Max Siollun provides an overview of Nigerian history from 1472 to the 1950s. As such, What Britain Did to Nigeria: A Short History of Conquest and Rule (Hurst, 2021) provides an excellent primer for those interested in learning about the gradual process of colonial conquest and the attendant resistance by local populations, …
 
The construction of collective identity among the Muridiyya abroad is a communal but contested endeavor. Differing conceptions of what should be the mission of Muridiyya institutions in the diaspora reveal disciples’ conflicting politics and challenge the notion of the order’s homogeneity. While some insist on the universal dimension of Ahmadu Bamb…
 
Countering the traditional narrative of "migration as crisis," Global Nomads tells the story of a group of people for whom migration is not a symptom of a disordered world, but rather an ordinary practice full of social and personal meaning. Decentering migration from North America and Europe, this ethnography explores how ethnic Fulbe people in th…
 
In Healing Knowledge in Atlantic Africa (Cambridge UP, 2021), Kalle Kananoja tells the story of how pre-colonial communities throughout the west coast of Africa employed a wide range of medical and spiritual strategies to treat all kinds of diseases. In the sixteenth century, the arrival of European traders and colonists initiated an exchange of he…
 
Revenants of the German Empire: Colonial Germans, Imperialism, and the League of Nations (Oxford UP, 2019) reveals the various ways in which Colonial Germans attempted to cope with the loss of the German colonies after the Treaty of Versailles in 1919. These Kolonialdeutsche (Colonial Germans) had invested substantial time and money in German imper…
 
With Britain by late 1916 facing the prospect of an economic crisis and increasingly dependent on the US, rival factions in Asquith's government battled over whether or not to seek a negotiated end to the First World War. In this riveting new account, Plotting for Peace: American Peacemakers, British Codebreakers, and Britain at War, 1914–1917 (Cam…
 
In 1937, Shaykh Ibrahim Niasse, travelling to Mecca to make his first hajj, encountered Egyptian scholars who couldn’t fathom that Niasse’s erudition was a product of his fully Senegalese education. For those learned Egyptians of the 1930s and, Kane argues, modern-day Europhone academics, Islamic erudition among Black Africans remains a major blind…
 
On this episode of the Creator Community, we’ll meet Jeff Shafer, a CPA, an attorney at one of the largest law firms in New York City, a recent first time father and now author. We’ll follow Jeff’s journey of goal setting, a relentless focus on learning and discover no matter how many designations he puts behind his name, how he is still underestim…
 
On this episode of the Creator Community, we’ll meet Jennifer Peavey, Principal at The Black Lab, an innovation consultancy and now, published author. We’ll follow Jennifer’s journey of leaving the security of corporate America and finding her own career path focusing on her passion for innovation and creation. We’ll learn how we can evolve by taki…
 
Throughout its history, Nigeria has been plagued by religious divisions. Tensions have only intensified since the restoration of democracy in 1999, with the divide between Christian south and Muslim north playing a central role in the country's electoral politics, as well as manifesting itself in the religious warfare waged by Boko Haram. Through t…
 
On this episode of the Creator Community, we’ll meet Jennifer Davis, Chief Marketing Officer of Learfield and now, published author. We’ll follow Jennifer’s journey of learning and growth as a C-suite member and senior leader of several high profile companies, like Amazon. We’ll learn what it takes to be a successful leader across industries and ho…
 
On this episode of the Creator Community, we’ll meet Erica Barry, Manager of Client Strategy and Analytics at Bliss Point Media and passionate digital content creator. We’ll follow Erica’s journey of learning what it takes to be successful creating content today, through research and her own practice of creation. We’ll hear her advice as well as th…
 
On this episode of the Creator Community, we’ll meet Jessie Cheng, an overachieving College Student with a passion for marketing and helping others with mental health challenges and now published author. We’ll follow Jessie’s journey of learning how to create a culture of empathy in those around her through creative storytelling. We’ll learn the su…
 
On this episode of the Creator Community, we’ll meet Andrew Farrand, Thinker, Leader, Creator, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and now published author. We’ll follow Andrew’s journey from growing up in Maryland to living in Algeria for 7 years to hosting a reality TV show there for entrepreneurs. We’ll also learn much about this geographicall…
 
On this episode of the Creator Community, we’ll meet Michael Dumlao, Senior Brand and Diversity Advisor for one of the largest consulting firms in the world and now published author. We’ll learn who Guncles are, why we need to celebrate the black sheep in our lives and how a life of authenticity is no easy journey without compassion from those arou…
 
Is your career not where you want it to be? On this episode of the Creator Community, we’ll meet Jeff Shannon, cofounder of Consultancy Bravium Human Development and now published author. We’ll hear how Jeff discovered through his own career, that hard work is NOT the only answer to success in life. We discuss how the right mindset, habits and beha…
 
In this episode we’ll meet Luisa Ramondo, successful Real Estate Agent, mother of three and now published author. We’ll learn about the journey her family went on to immigrate to America from Italy with almost nothing. Luisa shares how they found a way to make life work through the many challenges facing immigrants and solid life lessons her family…
 
Author Payton Lynch Book Rise From the Ashes, Stories of Trauma, Reslience & Growth from the Children of 9/11 Description Do you or someone you know struggle with PTSD? Join Payton Lynch, author of Rise From the Ashes, and Senior Product Manager at Disney and I as we discuss the challenges and lessons she’s learned from being married to the son of …
 
Author: Taylor Williams Book: BEYOND THE WORDS: HOW TO CONQUER YOUR FEAR OF PUBLIC SPEAKING AND CONFIDENTLY PRESENT YOURSELF TO THE WORLD Description: What do you fear most in life? Public speaking is at the top of the list for many yet it is a critical skill for accomplishing much in life, including our careers and helping others, but also common …
 
In 1984, in an unprecedented act of brotherhood, Israel airlifted thousands of persecuted and starving Ethiopian Jews from Africa to Israel. They had been waiting in Ethiopia for millennia, sustained by the hope to return home to the Holy Land. Among the refugees was an 8-year-old boy, Danny Adeno Abebe. Now an Israeli journalist, Abebe tells the s…
 
Anthropologist Devaka Premawardhana arrived in Africa to study the so-called explosion of Pentecostalism, the spread of which has indeed been massive. It is the continent's fastest growing form of Christianity and one of the world's fastest growing religious movements. Yet Premawardhana found no evidence for this in the province of Mozambique where…
 
Tunisia became one of the largest sources of foreign fighters for the Islamic State—even though the country stands out as a democratic bright spot of the Arab uprisings and despite the fact that it had very little history of terrorist violence within its borders prior to 2011. In Your Sons Are at Your Service: Tunisia's Missionaries of Jihad (Colum…
 
Following tirailleurs sénégalais’ deployments in West Africa, Congo, Madagascar, North Africa, Syria-Lebanon, Vietnam, and Algeria from the 1880s to 1962, Militarizing Marriage West African Soldiers’ Conjugal Traditions in Modern French Empire (Ohio UP, 2021) historicizes how African servicemen advanced conjugal strategies with women at home and ab…
 
Do you feel like your life doesn’t have the fire it once did and you’ve been held back by mental blocks? Join Steven Mezzacappa, author of Passion With Purpose and construction business development executive and I as we discuss how to connect your life to your passion and purpose and reigniting your fire within. If you’re not jumping out of bed eac…
 
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