School Me 124 -- Jeremy Bray (DirectedByJMB)

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We've spoken to DJ's, musicians, producers, and all sorts of musical minds! What do all styles of music have in common? They need someone to record or document not only their music, but their shows and lifestyles. Cause you could have the best song in the world, if no one knows about it, then it's hidden away to the world. Jeremy Bray, ran the risk of losing everything he had to pursue his dream of becoming a film maker. In a short period of time, he has accomplished that and way more!  Listen to the inspiring story about a film maker, who went from trapping (selling drugs), being homeless, and not knowing how to provide for his family, to becoming the official videographer for A Boogie wit da Hoodie, touring North America and Europe for the "Bigger Artist Tour."

If you want to get in contact with Jeremy for whatever your film making necessities may be, you can reach Jeremy on Instagram at DirectedByJMB or on his YouTube page also DirectedByJMB.

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Intro Song: "Ruff Ryders Anthem" by DMX
Outro Song: "Money Sprung" by A Boogie wit da Hoodie ft. Don Q
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School Me 123 -- 55Bagz

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CMG artist, 55Bagz, opens up about growing up in Cleveland, how he met Yo Gotti, and how he feels about the current environment of the rap game, plus a whole lot more. Don't miss your chance to get to know one of hip hops rising stars! Stay tuned for Part 2 of the interview at www.smpodcast.com! Special thanks to 55Bagz for being a great guest, to executive producer and editor, Kasey Render of Family Dreams Fitness, director, Jeremy Bray of JMB Marketing, and A&R for CMG, CMG Breezy. 

There will be a second part of the interview with the final 15 minutes uploaded soon. Stay tuned!

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School Me 122 -- Reyna Noriega

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How do you define success? That was the reason I embarked on this journey, to begin with. Some say it's money or power, but what about happiness? How come we don't measure how successful someone is by how bright they smile? Success, I've learned is following your passion and to not let anything stop you from pursuing that passion. Money, power, and whatever you desire will come with it (usually). I'm becoming more interested on just the beautiful minds that I am surrounded by. Even though they might not fit your definition of success, they are well on their way to living a successful and fulfilling life. Reyna Noriega is definitely on the launching pad. She is a high school teacher, who teaches Digital Art and Coding, and who runs the National Art Honor Society and art club. She also dazzles with her photography, writing, and styling skills. 

You can check out Reyna's website and dive deep into her mind here at http://www.reynanoriega.com

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Intro Song: "Blue Train" by John Coltrane
Outro Song: "Focus" by KaydotCeedot
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School Me 121 -- Kasey Render

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With so many health "experts" and new documentaries *cough "What the Health" cough* speaking on nutrition, I get lost in the sea of it. I try my hardest to pick and choose which ones that seem to be valid, but they all seem to contradict each other. I thought maybe the young and powerful entrepreneur, Kasey Render, of Family Dreams Fitness (FDF), might be able to guide me to a better understanding. His knowledge of what it takes to be healthy is portrayed through his many clients. Listen to Kasey explains how, fitness only scratches the surface, on what FDF does and plans on doing. 

You can checkout the FDF website here http://www.familydreamsfitness.com/. Get involved with their "Workout of the Day," enjoy healthy recipes, and feed your mind with their blogs, articles, and much more! 

This podcast is longer than our usual episodes, so we had to post it through SoundCloud. Unfortunately, we had to edit the episode to fit on the site. The edited episode will be the one on iTunes Podcast. Both versions can be found right here on the site!

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Intro Song: "Awaken" by KaydotCeedot
Outro Song: "Celebrate" by KaydotCeedot
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School Me 120 -- Bryan Estefani

If you are a beat-freak, who constantly wants to listen to good and new music, this is the episode for you. Whether you are trying to be the life of the party or just want some casual background music to study to, Tech House is the perfect combination of both. Centralized more on the rhythmic beats, with heavy bass, and minimal sounds and vocals, this type of sound is unique to the ear and is becoming more popular in clubs and lounges. Bryan Estefani lives to make your feet move. An artist on Descend Records, Estefani's "Highly Influenced" EP incapsulates the heart of Tech House.  

Listen to the rest of "Highly Influenced" by searching his name, Bryan Estefani on his SoundCloud. 

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Intro Song: "Dubalub" by Bryan Estefani
Outro Song: "Rebound" by Bryan Estefani
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School Me 119 -- Adolphus P. Wright

The "war on drugs" is such a topic of debate that most people don't like bringing it up at dinner. Rather than talk about an issue and hammer out some differences, going mute is the preferred option so no one gets offended. Next time someone brings up the "war on drugs," don't shy away from the discussion, embrace it. Talking about an uncomfortable topic can make the very same subject easier to talk about next time. Just make sure to have the facts straight and don't be so passionate that your points get lost in your attitude. Adolphus P. Wright, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) Miami Division, is here to help you with facts, so next time your uncle brings up the "futility" of the "war on drugs," you will be ready.      

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Intro Song: "Hootie Hoo (Instrumental)" by Outkast
Outro Song: "Bad Boys" by Inner Circle
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School Me 118 -- Keith Grandy

Food, water, and shelter. Those are the three basic necessities of life. Every person should be entitled to those basic needs, but unfortunately, not everyone is successful. The one I focused on in this episode was "shelter. Even the Founding Fathers of the United States realized how important it is for people to have their own property and own space. That's why they included in the Declaration of Independence the "unalienable right," better known as "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." In those rights, is the ability to own personal property. Keith Grandy, certified Broker and an instructor at Gold Coast Schools (a Real Estate School) may not have been born an American, but he capitalized on the Founding Fathers promise of allowing citizens to own personal property. Listen as he explains his story and gives advice on how to be a successful real estate agent!

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Intro Song: "Jammin'" by Bob Marley
Outro Song: "Our House in the Middle of the Street" by Madness
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School Me 117 -- Richard Blom

Police officers have what I call a lose-lose job. No matter what they do, they can't seem to catch a break, in terms of how they are perceived by citizens. If something bad happens they are the first ones to get blamed. If they do something right, they get the "congratulations you're just doing your job." Recently the tensions have grown with all the coverage of the police shootings, which to me shows more of the flaws in reporting, rather than how officers do their job (but that's a whole other ball game). Richard Blom, former Police Chief of Doral in Miami-Dade County is trying to change those perceptions. Aside from being a police chief he's also handled security details for Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Donald Trump (before he became president) as well as many others including Margret Thatcher! Mr. Blom wants to emphasize that police officers should provide public service and be "guardians" of a community and not be simply painted as"warriors." He's now developing a program with Florida International University to help change the perception of police officers from the inside. Listen as the master story teller himself explains more about this special program!

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Intro Song: "Summer Gypsy" by Nujabes
Outro Song: "Message in a Bottle" by The Police
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School Me 116 -- Mark Drobiarz

He has certified over 22,000 mixologists. Yes, mixologist, not just bar tender. There is a huge difference, mixologist, is not just a fancy word for bar tender. Mark Drobiarz, has been in the bar tending scene for more than 40 years and is an instructor for ABC Bartending Schools. From the Maker's Mark Distillery to Sergio's World Beers, he's been all over the country (and world) visiting breweries, distilleries, and other hole-in-the-walls that serve some of the best and rarest forms of alcohol. If you can, sit back, relax, and sip on a cold one while listening to Mark explain what makes a true drink master!

If you're interested in becoming a mixologist you can visit ABC's website at: abcbartending.com or if you want to call to find a location near you call: 1-888-262-5824. If you're in the Miami-Dade area ask for Mark and tell him you heard of him through School Me!  

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Intro Song: "So What" by Miles Davis
Outro Song: "Fragments of Time" by Daft Punk
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School Me 115 -- Dr. Lynn Yribarren

"What do you want to be when you grow up?" This might be the most asked question kids get. The answers tend to lead to firefighter, astronaut, or musician. Even though these glorified positions are important and aren't restricted to only safety, discovery, and entertainment; it's rare to find a profession where you need to juggle all these at once.  What might be even rarer, is to hear a child say, "I want to be a teacher!" It's a job that is extremely valuable, yet it is overlooked like the salt in the ocean. We seem to just take them for granted. Florida International University professor, Dr. Lynn Yribarren, is a Senior Instructor with a Doctorate in Curriculum and instruction. She answers why this may be and how the education system is often overlooked.  By challenging her students to get the most out of their education, Dr. Yribarren does her part molding educators simply by asking them to think critically.  

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Intro Song: "Ezra" by Flume
Outro Song: "Handlebars" by The Flobots
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School Me 114 -- Chris Valdes

Even though I'd love to have chefs on the podcast all the time,  I really can't because I'd fall back to my fat ways. The owner of "Best Chefs" catering company and head chef for the show "Cooking With Chris," Miami native Chris Valdes, makes your mouth water with his delectable food and unique fusion of Latin and French cuisine. He was kind enough to make me my first ever strawberry shortcake, and I can say when I was finished, I almost ate the damn spoon! If you're hungry this might not be the episode to listen to on an empty stomach. So grab some grub and expect an erotic description of one of our most basic human needs! 

Also, if you liked to get in contact with Chris his Instagram is chrisvaldes1 and his Facebook is chrisvaldes91. You can watch his episodes for his new "Cooking With Chris" show on his Youtube page at chrisvaldes or if you want to know more about him and catch all his news his website is chefchrisvaldes.com

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Intro Song: "Counting Stars" by Nujabes
Outro Song: "Amore" by Dean Martin
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School Me 113 -- Michelle Imperato

I fall victim to this too, but why when we see someone on T.V. we automatically assume they were "given" that position or they didn't "really" work for it? I guess it comes with the territory of being on television. Everyone thinks they know exactly who you are and just how you got to that position after a quick Google search. But, WESH 2 News anchor Michelle Imperato, might open your eyes to how difficult it is to reach the pinnacle when it comes to being on air talent. She may reap a lot of benefits now, but that's after YEARS of hard work, dedication, and fully immersing herself into her profession. Not mention she still gets the occasional creep here and there! 

Also, if you liked the snippets of the intro and outro songs you can purchase your vinyl at http://www.juno.co.uk/products/imbue/636406-01/. You won't regret picking up this bomb four song EP. Ride the wave before you drown in it. 

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Intro Song: "A2 - Approach" by Imbue
Outro Song: "B2 - Esper" by Imbue
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School Me 112 -- Dr. Sharon D. Austin

I'm so glad this month is over! The fact that we still designate months to "celebrate" certain cultures seems antiquated and childish. I understand the intentions and the purpose of when they first started labeling months like "Black History Month," I just feel now, in 2017, we can do a little better. I'm pretty headstrong when it comes to this because I feel now it is a small flex of white power, intentionally or unintentionally. The Director for the University of Florida's African-American Studies program, Dr. Sharon D. Austin, challenges my thinking and disagrees with some points but agrees on others. By the end, where do you stand? 

Also, if you liked the snippets of the intro and outro songs you can purchase your vinyl at http://www.juno.co.uk/products/imbue/636406-01/. You won't regret picking up this bomb four song EP. Ride the wave before you drown in it. 

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Intro Song: "A1 - Constante" by Imbue
Outro Song: "B1 - Inima" by Imbue
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School Me 111 -- Mike Sutton

Don't be mad because you don't have a Valentine on this made up holiday, so card companies could sell more "holiday cards." Even if you don't agree with what the day stands for, you have to admit it does one thing extremely well, even if it is for only one day: it promotes the spreading of love. Spreading love doesn't have to only extend to your significant other. Love can be expressed through compassion. Volunteering and helping others less fortunate is a great way to show this compassion but it also makes you feel a little good inside. Mike Sutton, CEO of Habitat For Humanity of Pinellas County, opens up about the inner workings of the non-profit, that helps spread love and provide smiles for less fortunate families year round.  

If you want to volunteer go to habitatpinellas.org. or if you live somewhere else habitat.org can help you find a facility near you. 

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Intro Song: "Shoop" by Salt N Pepa
Outro Song: "Blessings 2" by Chance the Rapper
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School Me 110 -- James McQuiggan

If you had to choose, like Anakin Skywalker, to use your powers for good or become a menace with the Dark Side, which would you pick? It's tough, because Anakin never intended to join the Dark Side, but certain events and persuasion forced his hand. I love the phrase, "the road to Hell is paved on good intentions," because no one really is trying to be a bad person. People just get caught up in the madness and bad decisions they make can lead them down the wrong path. The same can be said for hackers. While one might think what they're doing is wrong, from their perspective, they're doing right. But James McQuiggan, who is part of the cyber security team at Siemens, unveils a troll whose only pleasure is your displeasure, well and money of course. It's all the difference in either restoring balance to the force or being the most notorious menace in all the galaxy! 

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Intro Song: "New York City Rage Fest" by Kid Cudi
Outro Song: "Why We Dream" by Fat Jon
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School Me 109 -- Dr. Dominic D'Agostino

Continuing with the trend of the New Year, I promised an episode focused on health and I think this episode didn't disappoint! Dr. Dominic D'Agostino is an associate professor at the University of South Florida (USF) and one of the top researchers when it comes to the Ketogenic diet, which is a low-carb, high fat diet. I know what you're thinking, "high-fat how can that be? I'm trying to lose fat!" Well Dr. Dom puts those doubts to rest when he talks about all the benefits the diet has, and shedding a few pounds isn't even at the top of the list. 

If you want more information or you want some tips and recipes for the diet checkout the www.charliefoundation.org.    

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Intro Song: "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC
Outro Song: "Back In Black" by AC/DC
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School Me 108 -- Pat Craven

Welcome to 2017! This is the first episode of the New Year and I thought it would be fitting to tackle something that has been lurking in the the shadows for quite a while now but has been popping up more and more on our radars recently; cyber security and safety. We worry about our environment, or the next WWIII when the "Cyber War" is here and is only going to get more ferocious. So how can we prepare? Do we bunker up and just vow to never get on the internet ever again? Pat Craven, the Director for the Center of Cyber Safety and Education, sits down with me and gives us some really basic tips that can keep unwanted visitors from getting a glimpse into our private cyber world. 

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Intro Song: "Motherboard " by Daft Punk
Outro Song: "Derezzed" by Daft Punk
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School Me 107 -- Tim Coons

Tim Coons is the President of the Cheiron Music Group and a world renowned music producer. Some of the groups and artists that he helped to stardom include The Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, JoJo, Christina Aguilera and many, many more. When he's not making music for the world to enjoy, Tim Coons likes to sit back and watch the New York Mets play on the diamond. An athlete himself, Tim says his baseball mind has helped him become one of the top music makers around. Just wait till you hear who challenged him in ping pong while he was touring with some legendary athletes!

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Intro Song: "Do I Wanna Know " by Arctic Monkeys
Outro Song: "Beatline's Here" by Beatline Boys
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School Me 106 -- Jon Carlisle

 

When you watch a newscast, what do you think? "Oh, there goes the media pushing some sort of agenda for personal gain." But do you really know what is happening inside the newsroom day-in and day-out, all the different pieces that have to come together just to make a great show? Executive Producer for WESH-2, Jon Carlisle, sat down with me after a long day (nights, actually, since he works the sunrise shift) of work and spoke candidly about what it takes to be a great producer. Fair Warning, it may involve having a twisted sense of humor and playing trivia night at a local bowling alley.

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Intro Song: "Sea of Cloud " by Nujabes
Outro Song: "The Less I Know The Better" by Tame Impalas
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School Me 105 -- Dr. Ed Calle

You can call him Dr. Sax or Dr. Calle he doesn’t mind either or. When he isn’t rocking a show with Julio Iglesias or Carlos Santana, Ed Calle is a professor at Miami-Dade College. He has his Doctorate in Higher Education, all while traversing the globe performing in packed arenas and picking up a Grammy along the way. His mom poked fun at him for trying to be a professional musician, till she got a phone call from one of her favorite musicians! Hear that story and his recounts of what it’s like juggling being a dad, husband, Grammy winning saxophonist, and professor.

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Intro Song: "Oye Como Va " by Ed Calle
Outro Song: "Rum and Coke (Cuba Libre)" by Ed Calle
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