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Ziggy Marley and King Swami at Farmers Market.

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Huell Howser Tapes King Swami at the Farmers Market for his TV Show “California’s Gold” on KCET

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Actor Neal McDonough, (Jay Hamilton in “Walking Tall”, “Fletcher” in the Tom Cruise film “Minority Report” and “Dum Dum Dugan” in Captain America: The First Avenger, ABC’S “Desperate Housewives”, USA’S “Suits” and other shows), visits with King Swami at the Market.


Marquese Scott creates his dance/art by imitating the flow of nature and matter (i.e. how water flows, snow falls, and wind blows) to music. He has been featured on the front page news on, The Huffington Post, CBS News, Yahoo News,,, and the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Below is Marquese Scott in one super smooth dance

Former Los Angeles city councilman 4th district Tom LaBonge hangs out with King Swami at Farmers market


Jack Andraka, Saving Lives From Cancer

A high School sophmore created an inexpensive early detection test for Pancreatic Cancer – Until now less than 10% diagnosed survive because the cancer spreads before it is detected–expensive to test.

obamaobamaB.Seed : Thanks so much for being on our blog Jack. A Student, lecturer, research scientist. An inventor, specifically an inexpensive early detection test for pancreatic (as well as ovarian and lung) Cancer. Wikipedia reports that “The disease occurs most often in the developed world, where about 70% of the new cases in 2012 originated”. Why do you think the most developed nations are most at risk?

Jack : A study published by the NIH explains that they were unable to completely explain the rise and fall of pancreatic cancer-related mortality in different parts of the world Continue reading

Ragan Whiteside Brings the Flute

The Black Women In Jazz Association’s Flutist of the year is a big supporter of public school arts programs. Grammy nominated keyboardist Patrice Rushen is on her new CD “Quantum Drive”.

B.Seed : Thank you ragan4_1Ragan for being on Brightseedblog. A Flutist, vocalist, and songwriter. “She not only has THE silkiest and sweetest flute tone in the business, but her tenacity and desire to be recognized in Urban, New-Soul AND smooth jazz genres makes her a musical force to be reckoned with!! Mark my words!” – Bob Baldwin. It sounds simple. So what is, in not too technical terms, a flute tone?

Ragan : The flute tone is the core quality of the sound that is achieved by the combination of the instrument and the musician playing it. Like all instruments Continue reading

Author Journalist A’Lelia Bundles

The great-great-granddaughter of Madam C. J. Walker, Americas first female self-made millionaire, has a new book .. and lots to say.

alelia3B.Seed : Thanks for being on Bright seed blog A’Lelia, journalist, archiver, author, lecturer, and the great-great-granddaughter of Madam C. J. Walker, one of the nation’s first, if not the first, female self-made millionaire. You went to Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. You’re a trustee of the university. Why did you chose Columbia? What other schools, if any, did you consider? Continue reading’s Dr. Lesley Scott

A Phd (economics) from Claremont College and years of style work give Lesley insight to future fashion trends. Read her interview.

unnamedB.Seed : Thanks for being on Bright Seed Blog Lesley, journalist, blogger, Merchandiser, professor, writer and curator. You have done a lot to “curate” your net spot called The site spent at least one period at the top of’s top mover section. As a writer you are featured at in what could be termed the “experts section” and being able to give answers where the business of fashion is concerned, is this the primary goal with your company? with you in general?

Lesley : Thank you so much for featuring me! I do appreciate it!

My primary goal with Fashiontribes has been changing over the past year or so. Last year, 2014, marked the 10th anniversary of my site and gave me pause for thought about the direction, editorially Continue reading

LA’s Mike (Mike The Poet) Sonksen

An adjunct Professor at Southwest College and Woodbury University Mike Sonksen is acclaimed for mentoring young poets and writers.

mikesonksenaward2B.Seed : Thanks for being on bright seed blog Mike (shown here at the Beyond Baroque Awards Dinner), poet, teacher, author, tour guide, KCET columnist. As a journalist you have been featured in New York Times, LA Weekly, OC Weekly and The Los Angeles Times. You are known as Mike The Poet, not a bad name for a poet-I see you as that, but what’s also interesting is how you have positioned yourself. Your education, work and activities are interrelated so that they support/provide each other with opportunites. The columnist can write. The author can teach. As a tour guide you can speak on authors and the best places to hear poetry and so on. When was it in your mind to be a tour guide, in journalism, a poet, and the rest of the things you do?

Mike : The tour guiding happened on accident but ended being quite a blessing over the years. When I first graduated from UCLA in 1997, I wanted to get a job in writing but Continue reading

Ruth Price Runs Prestigious Jazz Bakery

Internationally renown architect Frank Gehry has designed a new home for famous Los Angeles club started by singer Ruth Price .

B.Seed : hardhat_1Thanks for being on Bright Seed Blog Ruth, dancer, Singer, actress, jazz club, fundraising — I think you are first and foremost a singer but the later part of your life you have worked as hard as anyone to keep live jazz in So California. I sense a “happy go lucky” demeanor with you, a positive outlook, even when things aren’t going the way you want. How did your parents react to your decision to leave ballet and become a singer?

Ruth : You’re right about being a singer most of all. Continue reading

Santa Barbara’s darling, Lois Mahalia

Whether shes performing with legendary rockers Joe Walsh and Kenny Loggins, singing at the SoHo in Santa Barbara CA, or at home playing on her Craig keyboard Lois Mahalia is always smiling.

B.Seed : loisM_1Thanks for being on bright seed blog Lois, singer, humanitarian. You are a regular performer in Santa Barbara California at the Fourseasons Biltmore Ty Lounge and sometimes you perform at the Soho Restaurant & Music Club. You were there, I believe, New Years eve of 2012 doing a show with singer/songwriter/guitarist Kenny Loggins, entertainer and “interior designer to the stars” Dion Mial and others. how did it feel to perform for the crowd that night?

Lois : It was a beautiful high. A lot of my friends were in the audience and, that always makes me happy, not to mention having Kenny a long time friend and Dion both killing it. There was a lot of love in the air! Continue reading

Author Naleighna Kai, Supermom

Illinois Press Women’s Association awards, NAACP Image Awards, New York Times and National Bestsellers, the résumé is huge for Naleighna and her clients. An interview you can’t miss.

B.Seed : kaiThanks for being on Bright Seed Blog Naleighna, writer, agent, editor, professional literary consultant and event organizer, CEO, marketing director and mother. You wear a lot of hats. From what I see you wear them well. How do you find the energy to do all the things you do?

Naleighna : Thanks for having me. Everyday I write out a things to do list. Every. Single. Day. Continue reading

Accountant, Jenny Duffy is also a Choreographer for the Canadian Football League’s B.C. Lions

The The University of British Columbia graduate may be Vancouver’s only dancing accountant. Read her interview.

B.Seed : JDuffyThanks for being on Bright Seed Blog Jenny, choreographer, dancer, cheerleader, teacher, accountant. You were very serious about acting back around 2004. You attended the William Davis Centre for Actors Study, i believe. Were you interested in doing that as a career? Has it helped you as a dancer/choreographer?

Jenny : I first fell in love with acting because I required Continue reading

Sweet Liberia, Lessons From The Coal Pot. A Book by Susan D. Peters.

An interview with Susan Peters about her life as an expatriate in Liberia, her award winning book and her career today.

B.Seed : Thanks forsusan being on bright seed blog Ahnydah, aka Susan, writer, poet, mother. I heard someone who was honoring Bishop Henry McNeil Turner say that god “.. is for the oppressed, or he’s not god at all ..” You made it your priority, once you assessed the need, to improve the life and integrity of the oppressed, the indigenous people of Liberia. Now that you have had some time back in America to live and grow with black folks, see how we think/act today, is your priority, your focus with regards to the disadvantaged still the same?

Ahnydah : Well first I would have to clarify my initial intentions. When I went to Liberia Continue reading

Gast .. It’s Just Me !

One of the most exciting producers quickly emerging in Egypt’s electronic music scene is the dark and mysterious Gást — CairoScene

B. Seed : Thanks for being on BrightSeedBlog  GAST. Your bio says you are 25 years old, a travel agent, and you are from Cairo. Is that your home? did you grow up there?

Gast : yes I grow up in Cairo and am 100% Egyptian.

B. Seed : Electronic music, ambient, you also mention IDM. Some people feel IDM is a derogatory term, do you?

Gast : Not at all. Continue reading

Maria Piedad, Ecuador’s Shinning Light

Working with The National Ballet of Ecuador, and The American Ballet Theatre fulfills childhood dreams.

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B.Seed : Thanks for being on Brightseedblog Maria. At the site “Jacchigua es Ecuador” in the short bio about Rafael Camino of the The National Folklore Ballet Jacchigua, it says: “In 1967 he watched how his classmates, Lechuguin Hidalgo and the brothers Icaza, performed as dancers of the Ballet of Patricia Aulestia, in a presentation at the local Rex Theater. He felt like jumping from his seat to the stage to dance Continue reading

A Story of Faith and Love

Karen Williams first book explores the lifestyle and friendship of four women trying to live by their own rules in the city of angels.

B.Seed : ThanksK.R. Williams for being on Brightseedblog Karen. Your website bio characterizes you more or less as a writer waiting to happen; waiting and training for over twenty years. Is this right?

Karen : Yes. I became more interested in writing when I was in high school. Several teachers pushed me in that direction by saying I had a gift for story telling. I had written a number of things throughout the years but nothing was ever published until now. You can say I was waiting for the “right” story to Continue reading

Audra Bryant, “Rendezvous”

Former producer at Americas Got Talent, Steve Harvey’s Big Time and The Tom Joyner Show, has a new cd.

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B.Seed : Thanks for being on Brightseedblog Audra, writer, producer, singer, actor, former member of the Mosaic Youth Theater. From former MYT member, singer Ebonique: “..its my structure, not to make music about minute things, but those that can touch and help”. Is this how you feel? Are any of today’s singers? a role model for you? encouragement for you?

Audra : I feel fulfilled when I Continue reading

Nariscis Lott, “Weepin’ Willa”

Her book is a collection of stories on her family, her relationships, living with Scoliosis and much much more. A must read interview.

B. Seed :wwilla Writer and author Nariscia Lott, thank you for being on bright seed blog. Your work, Weepin’ Willa; i say work cause even though you classify it as “short stories” and it is, there is so much more here than that. The title, “Weepin’ Willa”, the spelling. How did you come up with the title?

Nariscia : Writing “Weepin’ Willa…” was most definitely work! I chose to call it a collection of short stories because Continue reading

Patrice Regnier’s Amazing “TERP”

National Dance Institute founder Jacques d’Amboise speaks with praise about the revolutionary TERP System.

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B. Seed : Thanks for being on brightseedblog Patrice. You went to the Juilliard school. Was there a specific reason you went there? What did you learn about choreography if anything?

Patrice : It is, in the majority opinion Continue reading

Interview with Karen Gibson Roc

A Spiritual Poet — Spoken word

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B. Seed : Thanks for being on brightseedblog.  A “poetic vocalist”, poetry, music, spoken word. All these things are a part of and make up your art. Has Karen Gibson Roc carved out a new genre for art lovers?

K. G. Roc : Yes and No! Continue reading

Some “We Talk” with Matthew Shell

Visions of a Music Producer

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B. Seed : Thanks for being on brightseedblog. Matthew Shell, recording engineer, grandson of a famous math/computer scientist, featured twice on, and music producer. For those who don’t know, what exactly is a music producer?

MTS : To me, Quincy Jones is Continue reading

Meet Tony Haynes

Talking with a famous songwriter

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B. Seed : Thanks for being on Brightseedblog Tony. A lyricist, songwriter, poet, music publisher, producer & author. One can’t help but view your life as a really special journey that takes you through decades of some of the greatest music of our time, a trip that has allowed you to meet and work with legends of r&b, jazz, and rock. Are their times when you look back on your career and say “wow”?

T. Haynes : When I sit at home, sometimes and look around my living room at all the records, albums, pictures, etc… Continue reading

A chat with Amanda

Western author Amanda Brooks

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Bright Seed : Thanks for being on brightseedblog Amanda. I know you have heard a couple of my tunes on Soundcloud … what did you think?

Amanda Brooks : DEEPER is GREAT!!! I LOVE the Mix of the Jazzy, Dream-Like Music Continue reading

Interview with Anahit Saribeckyan

Hands Technique Workshop in Athens Greece, January 2014 at the Dora Stratou Greek Dance Theater.

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B. Seed: Thanks for being on brightseedblog. Anah Sari, singer, dancer/dance historian, choreographer, teacher, Armenian culture, The internationally acclaimed Catharsis – Narekatsi – The Ensemble “NAIRI”. Is this the pride of your life? What does NAIRI stand for?

A. Sari: Hello. Thank you for your consideration on what I do. My real name is Continue reading

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