Tea Talks with Tomeka – Episode 12: Tivia Lynnell

Tivia Lynnell, founder/chief creative officer at Tivoyage Entertainment, graduated from Virginia State University where she studied writing, television production, and radio production and served as an on-air personality/Media Specialist for the university’s radio station, 91.3 WVST.  Her voice reached the ten surrounding cities of Petersburg, VA and for sure that’s one of the experiences where …

Tea Talks with Tomeka – Episode 12: Tivia Lynnell Read More »

Tea Talks with Tomeka – Episode 11: Melissa J Dixon

Melissa J Dixon shared her journey from being a childhood dancer to getting opportunities to dance professionally. After many years, while on stage performing she knew it was over and made the decision to go back to school. Listen to her amazing journey.  Following a successful career as a professional dancer/singer/actress performing and training others …

Tea Talks with Tomeka – Episode 11: Melissa J Dixon Read More »

Tea Talks with Tomeka – Episode 9: Tamika Lamison

Tamika Lamison won a $10,000 for a scriptwriting contest in the 90’s. She took her money and moved to Los Angeles. She then sold her first script for six figures but then found out the check was bad. She turned her lemons to lemonade by volunteering and teaching children film. Later, she used her passion for film and teaching for something much bigger. Tamika started a nonprofit, “Make a Film Foundation.” “Make a Film Foundation” grants severely or terminally ill children their wish to make a film. They have both a short film and a documentary program. Listen to this hilarious story of how Johnny Depp volunteered his time on one of the children’s film project ‘s in a day’s notice. Guillermo del Toro is looking to volunteer to direct on one of their “Make a Film Foundation.”

Tea Talks with Tomeka – Episode 8: Shivawn Adrienne

Shivawn Adrienne is a Screenwriter, filmmaker & a Creative. We discussed her journey of feeling like an outsider during the time she was in film school to get her MFA in screenwriting. Shivawn turned that negative into a positive by starting, “The Creative Outsiders.” She uses her platform to unite, educate and inspire women filmmakers so that they never feel like outsiders during their filmmaking journey.

Tea Talks with Tomeka – Episode 6: Melody Centeno

Melody is the Founder and Executive Director of Foster Care Unplugged. She is also an (APA) Applied Behavior Analyst for the state of New York.

After witnessing her father’s death in the 1980’s due to Aids, Melody and her siblings were placed into the foster care system. She shares the impact of her family witnessing that type of trauma. Additionally, Melody and her siblings are culturally Puerto Rican and Italian that grew up in a close Spanish section. It wasn’t an easy transition for them as they were placed in non Spanish homes

Tea Talks with Tomeka – Episode 4: Desireé Sterling

Desireé Sterling is the founder of a non-profit, “Becoming Families.” “Becoming Families” is having their 3rd Annual “Forever Homes Gala” on May 4, 2018 (6-9pm.) “AGED OUT” the movie will be screened at the gala to talk about youth who’s aged out of foster care. They will have other guest speakers, silent auction and much more. It will be a fun time that will make a difference. All proceeds benefits foster youth and foster parents.

Tea Talks with Tomeka – Episode 3: Daresha Kyi

Daresha is an award winning writer, director and producer for film and TV. Daresha made her first film at the age of 16 years old. She casted actor, Isaiah Washington in one of her early narratives film projects. She has been in the industry for over 25 years. We spoke about her journey. Daresha expressed her honor to be gifted to tell such amazing stories such as “Chavela” and “Mama Bears” amongst the many others movies that she has made. She also produced segments on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.