Sitting in for Chocolate Drop on THIS episode is Mr. Jerome Bell. A seasoned CMPAC member and a very formidable guest host! He did an excellent job interviewing tax consultant, Sindiswa Nongauza. If you own a business, small, medium or large, you'll want to eaves drop on this discussion regarding things you need to know as you prepare for the upcoming tax season. During these trying economic times, if you want to learn more about minimizing your tax liabilities, check out this episode of The Chocolate Box presents. You are sure to learn some valuable information without having to spend nothing at all...except 29 minutes!
Awhile back, while breaking bread with a friend of mine, we got into a discussion about Vietnam and the impact that conflict had, not only on this country, but specifically on Black men who survived it. Having read Wallace Terry's book titled, "Bloods", I was intriqued about the possibility of having a one-on-one, face-to-face conversation with a Brother who was now, 40 + years removed from his soldier days. Add to the mix, what brings them joy? How do they suppress the experiences that may haunt them when they are by themselves. So, at some point, the word "biker" was introduced into the conversation. Then, as fate would have it, I met another Brother who ALSO was a Vietnam Vet AND who loved riding his bike!!! Well, check out this episode and become a fly on the wall. (Or fly in the studio, if you prefer.) Post your thoughts, too.! If you want more episodes, check out: vimeo.com/txtv/videos
James "Tootie" Hogan has been playing guitar since he was a teenager. While he proclaims to be self-taught, he credits his father as his greatest "teacher" and inspiration. He's played with many legends of R&B, Jazz and Gospel music, including Robert Flack, Johnnie Taylor, Tyrone Davis, Maurice and the Tams, Junior Walker and many more. Which is why I was so elated he allowed me to sit-in with him on two of my favorite songs. (You have to watch, to see which two.)
When we parted, he gifted me with his CD titled "Last Flight Out". On my drive home, while listening to him play, I was in awe by his talent, skills, and the way he arranges his music. Tootie is a gem among Jazz Guitarist. His love for music shines through like a ray of sunshine after a cold and hard rain. Very, very refreshing!