Dec 27

By Kim Anthony

G’morning! Today’s Urban Angel Profile the walking, talking, living, breathing example of doing well by doing good! She is Wendy Gladney, Founder of Forgiving for Living, Inc.

Author, motivational speaker, talk-show host, entrepreneur, philanthropist and mother of two – just to name a few; Wendy Gladney is living proof that attitude is everything. As a child, Wendy was abandoned by her mother and sexually abused by her father. However, a firm believer that we all must do the best with what life hands us, Wendy has gone from “victim” to “victorious” and shares how to embrace happiness, experience joy, and live a fulfilled life without hatred. From her experiences, Wendy has written two books. Her first, “Healing Without Hate: How to Forgive to Live,” provides uplifting strategies to overcome obstacles and find personal fulfillment. The topic of “Forgiveness” is also the center of Wendy’s second book, “The Preacher’s Daughter: A Memory.” Wendy’s success with both books has sent her on many speaking engagements. Topics include: rising above abuse and abandonment, bi-racial understanding, overcoming adversity, cancer, divorce, single parenting, and building a business/balancing a life, Personal Development & Management.

A professional consultant and event manager for more than seventeen years, Wendy started with a concept for a single business that has matured into a conglomerate of companies known as Wendy’s Enterprises. Wendy’s companies include:

  • Personal Services Plus, an event management company known for its unique approach, attention to detail, and personal service;
  • Forgiving For Living, Inc., a nonprofit organization that offers solutions related to issues that require forgiveness;
  • and the PLUS Awards, focusing on those that truly go above and beyond in the community helping others to be their best.

No stranger to the media world, Wendy is a guest writer for many publications. She’s the Event Essentials Editor for SuiteEvents.com and is a regular columnist for the Los Angeles SentinelREJOICE (a multicultural Christian magazine based in South Carolina) and Black Business News (the official publication of the Black Business Association).

Contributing to her diverse background, Wendy has also worked in the entertainment industry as an actress and local talk show host. Her local cable talk show, “Building Bridges with Wendy Gladney,” is in syndication and every Friday morning, Wendy can be heard as a guest speaker on KJLH 102.3 FM’s Front Page with Dominique DiPrima.

Very active in the community, Wendy believes in giving back. She accomplishes her philanthropic quest through her nonprofit foundation, Forgiving for Living, Inc. Annually, the foundation hosts the PLUS Awards, honoring individuals committed to their communities in the areas of healing and forgiveness. For her own achievements and commitment to community, she has been the recipient of several honors, including the nationally recognized Curvations tribute presented by spokesperson, Queen Latifah in 2007.

Wendy’s professionalism is extended through her membership in many notable organizations including: International Special Events Society (ISES), Meeting Professionals International (MPI), National Speakers Association (NSA), Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG), and National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) among others.

A native of Southern California, Wendy received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. Committed to service through community, faith and family Wendy resides in Southern California today and is the proud mother of Courtney and Freddy.

For more information on Wendy Gladney and Forgiving for Living visit:

http://www.facebook.com/wendy.gladney

http://www.forgivingforliving.com/

http://www.wendygladney.com/

http://wendygladney.blogspot.com/

http://www.personalservicesplus.com/

http://www.personalservicesplus.blog/

Dec 20

by Kim Anthony

Whether it is acting, dancing, directing, writing, producing or choreographing, WENDY RAQUEL ROBINSON has tenaciously striven for excellence in her career as an artist. This vivacious cum laude graduate of Howard University received her BFA in Drama and is resilient in following her dreams of entertaining. Throughout her professional career as an actor, she has found success in the television, film, and theatre.

Today’s Urban Angel Profile is Wendy Raquel Robinson – Amazing Grace Conservatory!

Best known for her roles as high school principal Regina Grier on the WB sitcom The Steve Harvey Show, and as sports agent Tasha Mack on the CW comedy-drama The Game, this Los Angeles-born actor made her acting debut in 1993 on an episode of Martin. That same year she guest starred on episodes of Thea and The Sinbad Show. In 1995, Robinson co-starred on the short-lived NBC sitcom Minor Adjustments, starring Rondell Sheridan. The following year she won the role of Regina “Piggy” Grier in the sitcom The Steve Harvey Show which aired for six seasons on The WB Television Network. After the series ended its run in 2002, she appeared on the comedy series Cedric the Entertainer Presents and also made guest appearances on The ParkersAll of Us, and The New Adventures of Old Christine. In 2006, Robinson began portraying the role of Tasha Mack, in the CW sitcom The Game.

Robinson has also appeared in several films including The Walking Dead, followed by roles in A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996), Ringmaster (1998), Two Can Play That Game(2001), and Rebound (2005).

In 1995, ROBINSON co-founded the Amazing Grace Conservatory (AGC), a theatrical training institute in South Central Los Angeles. Dedicated to building self-esteem through self- expression, AGC is a highly respected training ground for young actors and performers. In addition to her work in the community, for the past four years, ROBINSON also serves as the Celebrity Spokesperson for the Los Angeles Black Business Expo & TradeShow. She is the recipient of various honors to include the Howard University Distinguished Alumni Award, Disneyland & KJLH Proven Achiever Award, and a Woman of Courage Honoree. Robinson currently resides in Los Angeles California.

For more information about the Amazing Grace Conservatory visit:

http://www.amazinggraceconservatory.com/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wendy-Raquel-Robinson/9021713445

Dec 15

by Kim Anthony

Los Angeles school bus driver Tanya Walters started Godparents Youth Organization (G.Y.O.) in 2005 when she realized that she and her fellow drivers had formed bonds with the teenagers that they drove to and from school every day, and that they could be used to change lives. The route they have driven since starting G.Y.O. has covered thousands of miles and opened hundreds of young eyes to a world that exists beyond some of the toughest streets of Los Angeles. A world many of these kids never new existed. A world many of them never dreamed of seeing.

GYO is committed to transforming hopelessness into hope while giving urban youth the exposure needed to compete insociety. Travel “Men-Touring” provides youth the opportunity to tour historical landmarks, college campuses, museums and memorials that they may not have had the opportunity to visit. We build from an initial travel experience that opens the child’s eyes to a world of possibilities and then keeps them working on life skills, education and community involvement as the necessary building blocks to a productive adult life.

For more information or to support this wonderful organization visit:

http://www.facebook.com/GYOTanya?v=wall

http://www.godparentsclub.org/

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