Independent Artist Spotlight: A Conversation with Jua Howard August 22, 2012

Here at This and That With Calandra, we are continuing our Independent Music Notes series,  bringing to you a conversation with the talented and charming vocalist Jua Howard. Determined not to wait for a major label to determine his musical destiny, Jua self-released his debut album Anticipation in October 2007. Jua’s other musical projects include…

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Beauty's Only Skin Deep

I recently read an interesting Huffington Post blog by lawyer and mother Devon Corneal entitled, “Pretty is as Pretty Does.” In it, Ms. Corneal recounts a story of 14-year old Nadia Ilse who, from age 10, was bullied at school because of her protruding ears. She considered suicide and in an effort to save her…

Mother to Mother

A few months ago, I started a major project at work and one of the consultants, who is also a mother of two young children, shared with me that she was so glad to be working with another mother. It reminded me of the relationship I have had with my career mentor over the past…

Going For Gold

There is no way I could let this week pass without paying homage to an extraordinary young lady, one whose talent and triumph embodies the very spirit of the Olympiad. Yes, I speak of Ms. Gabrielle Christina Victory “Gabby” Douglas, the 16-year old athlete who re-wrote U.S. Olympic history last week by becoming the first…