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All About The Joy

All About The Joy is a weekly hang-out with friends in the neighborhood! We share insight, advice, funny-isms and we choose to always try and find the positive, the silver lining, the "light" in all of it. AATJ comes from the simple concept that at the end of the day we all want to have more JOY than not. So, this is a cool place to unwind, have a laugh and share some time with friends!  

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Dreams, Relationships, Nostalgia and Which Marvel Character Would You Marry?
Have you ever felt like life’s little victories and daily struggles are a silent symphony only you seem to hear? Join Cynthia, Rick Costa, and me on a escapade through career triumphs, human connections, and the joyous pursuit of passion. We chat about the resilience it takes to follow your dreams, with Cynthia eyeing a future in forensic anthropology.  We wander down memory lane, nodding to the golden era of television, from "I Love Lucy" to "The Odd Couple," and how these classics contrast with today's viewing habits.Navigating the spectrum of relationships, we uncover the intricacies of social cues and the delicate balance of criticism and compliments amidst Hollywood's glare. Blending humor and struggle, we also muse on the unorthodox notion that soulmates might just be friends or family, transcending romantic clichés. The playful debate on which Marvel character would make the most super partner adds a lighter note, juxtaposed with candid discussions on personal space in relationships, the evolving institution of marriage, and the poignant realities of co-parenting post-divorce.Wrap up your day by immersing yourself in our conversation where we celebrate the beauty that life has to offer, even in the smallest moments. So, if you're looking for a blend of nostalgia, insights, and laughter – seasoned with the raw truths of life's journey – you've found the right spot. Livestream Video: https://youtube.com/live/4IE3ud3gNQQThank you for stopping by. Please visit our website: All About The Joy and add, like and share. We'd appreciate that greatly. Also, if you want to find us anywhere on social media, please check out the link in bio page. Music By Geovane Bruno, Moments, 3481Editing by Team A-JHost, Carmen Lezeth DISCLAIMER: As always, please do your own research and understand that the opinions in this podcast and livestream are meant for entertainment purposes only. States and other areas may have different rules and regulations governing certain aspects discussed in this podcast. Nothing in our podcast or livestream is meant to be medical or legal advice. Please use common sense, and when in doubt, ask a professional for advice, assistance, help and guidance.
61:52 5/19/24
Humor Meets Heart Discussing TV Shows, Sexuality and Life's Significant Moments in Love
Ever found yourself split between a hearty laugh and a moment of reflection? That's exactly where we land in our latest conversation, where the warmth of friendship intertwines with the celebration of life's milestones. Rick beams with pride over his son's doctoral achievement, and it sets the tone for an exchange filled with both nostalgia and contemporary musings – from the virtues of binge-watching to the cultural resonance of hair. We're not just talking about shows like "9-1-1" or the animated charm of X-Men '97; we're delving into the personal choices that define us too! Then we wade into the deeper end of the pool. Our candid chatter turns to a rich conversation of on-screen romances, dissecting the intricate dance of societal norms, personal biases, and evolving perceptions of relationships. Navigating through these waters, we tackle the challenging topics of historical oppression, sexuality, and acceptance, never losing grip of the humor and personal anecdotes that keep our spirits on point. And before we sign off, a peek into the future is in order – a vision for the podcast that includes a three-year plan brimming with aspirations of monetization and a toast to the dedicated souls who've made it all possible. So, tune in, grab that drink, and settle in for a conversation that's sure to leave you feeling like part of the family.Thank you for stopping by. Please visit our website: All About The Joy and add, like and share. We'd appreciate that greatly. Also, if you want to find us anywhere on social media, please check out the link in bio page. Music By Geovane Bruno, Moments, 3481Editing by Team A-JHost, Carmen Lezeth DISCLAIMER: As always, please do your own research and understand that the opinions in this podcast and livestream are meant for entertainment purposes only. States and other areas may have different rules and regulations governing certain aspects discussed in this podcast. Nothing in our podcast or livestream is meant to be medical or legal advice. Please use common sense, and when in doubt, ask a professional for advice, assistance, help and guidance.
85:54 5/12/24
Silver Linings in Power Outages, Parenting, Pop Culture and Life's Unpredictable Journey
This episode of "All About the Joy" is a tapestry of moments, woven with the threads of daily surprises and heartfelt musings. From Rick’s eight-year daily broadcasting streak coming to an almost end, to the warm tunes of Mary J. Blige soothing our souls... we're your companions in finding the silver lining in every unexpected turn.Life's unpredictability doesn't stop at power outages; it shows up in emergency rooms and in the perplexing phrases our grandparents used to say. Join us as we share personal stories, like the disarming confusion over old sayings that seem out of place today, and how technology can both aid in recovery and challenge our comfort with expressions of support. We also get up close and personal with reflections on milestones like graduations, and the juggle-and-struggle of tech mishaps. It's all about embracing the quirks of everyday life, laughing at our collective confusions, and supporting each other through the rollercoaster that is parenting, pop culture, and everything in between.Wrapping things up, we venture into the joys and trials of our favorite sci-fi obsessions, and the gritty reality of dealing with bed bug horror stories. Our conversation is a blend of light-hearted banter and deep dives into the cultural impact of legends like Prince and the nostalgic pull of "X-Men '97." We mull over the challenges of modern society and parenting, and share a laugh over basketball anecdotes and social media slip-ups. So tune in, get cozy, and let's unravel the joys and jolts of life together - no clichés, just pure, unadulterated conversation with a dash of humor and heaps of heart.Thank you for stopping by. Please visit our website: All About The Joy and add, like and share. We'd appreciate that greatly. Also, if you want to find us anywhere on social media, please check out the link in bio page. Music By Geovane Bruno, Moments, 3481Editing by Team A-JHost, Carmen Lezeth DISCLAIMER: As always, please do your own research and understand that the opinions in this podcast and livestream are meant for entertainment purposes only. States and other areas may have different rules and regulations governing certain aspects discussed in this podcast. Nothing in our podcast or livestream is meant to be medical or legal advice. Please use common sense, and when in doubt, ask a professional for advice, assistance, help and guidance.
78:33 5/5/24
Barcelo Hotel: An Open Letter to Aruba's Tourism Industry After a Bed Bug Fiasco
Have you ever checked into a hotel expecting paradise but walked into a nightmare instead? Join me as I relive a vacation marred by a series of unfortunate events at Barcelo Hotel Aruba, and the heartfelt letter I felt compelled to write to Aruba's Minister of Tourism and Public Health. This episode peels back the curtain on the glossy facade of the hospitality industry, shedding light on the disturbing reality of a deceptive room upgrade that led to a bed bug infestation and relentless plumbing issues. Listen as I dissect the hotel staff's unsettling reactions, from shifting blame to handing out token compensations, and reflect on the unsettling consequences these experiences have on trust and expectations in vacationing.It's not just a recount of grievances but also a rallying call for transparency and service excellence in the hospitality realm. As we navigate through a guest's grueling encounter with bed bugs and the hotel's lackluster response, you'll hear the fight for dignity and the pressing need for hotels to uphold high standards in customer care. But it's not all gloom; the final notes of our conversation strike a chord of resilience and optimism. We discuss how even in the face of adversity, the act of spreading joy, helping others, and aiming for betterment can be transformational. So tune in, as we aim to not just inform but inspire a ripple effect of positive change that transcends our personal travel experiences.To see the letter sent and pics at: www.carmensuarez.com Thank you for stopping by. Please visit our website: All About The Joy and add, like and share. We'd appreciate that greatly. Also, if you want to find us anywhere on social media, please check out the link in bio page. Music By Geovane Bruno, Moments, 3481Editing by Team A-JHost, Carmen Lezeth DISCLAIMER: As always, please do your own research and understand that the opinions in this podcast and livestream are meant for entertainment purposes only. States and other areas may have different rules and regulations governing certain aspects discussed in this podcast. Nothing in our podcast or livestream is meant to be medical or legal advice. Please use common sense, and when in doubt, ask a professional for advice, assistance, help and guidance.
23:07 4/28/24
Carmen Talk: Self-Reflection and Personal Responsibility
Have you ever caught yourself justifying your worst actions, or found solace in playing the role of the victim? This episode of Carmen Talk is an exploration into the effects of our mindset on the world we experience. With a special thank you to my crew, our neighborhood pals, and the always insightful Charlie Mattera, we open up about the impact of negativity and pessimism. Drawing from Gary Vee's wisdom and my own acting journey, we uncover the ways our internal narratives can distort reality, and how our self-perceptions might clash with the moral compass society expects us to follow.As we navigate the waters of personal responsibility and self-reflection, I urge you to consider the power you hold in shaping not only your life but the lives of those around you. We discuss the pitfalls of a self-centered existence and the liberating shift that comes with taking ownership of our actions. By highlighting the importance of clear communication and the transformative practice of writing by hand, I invite you to join me in a journey of introspection. It's about putting aside the digital noise for a moment of handwritten self-analysis that can lead to profound personal insights and changes.The conversation doesn't end there; we steer towards the sunnier side, discovering joy and positivity along the way. I share the therapeutic wonder that comes from penning down thoughts, answering personal questions, and making those incremental adjustments that lead to a happier existence. Ending on a note of personal growth, we embrace the strength found in empathy and the courage it takes to confront the architect within us who sometimes designs our own obstacles. It's about recognizing that our actions create ripples, and it's our choice whether they spread joy or strife through our communities. So, let's take this step together, and see where our newfound awareness takes us.Gary Varynechuck's Post: https://www.instagram.com/p/C569M8wMR3S/Last Week's Live with Rick, Tony D., Cynthia, and Charlie: https://youtube.com/live/EbbLyTT05loThank you for stopping by. Please visit our website: All About The Joy and add, like and share. We'd appreciate that greatly. Also, if you want to find us anywhere on social media, please check out the link in bio page. Music By Geovane Bruno, Moments, 3481Editing by Team A-JHost, Carmen Lezeth DISCLAIMER: As always, please do your own research and understand that the opinions in this podcast and livestream are meant for entertainment purposes only. States and other areas may have different rules and regulations governing certain aspects discussed in this podcast. Nothing in our podcast or livestream is meant to be medical or legal advice. Please use common sense, and when in doubt, ask a professional for advice, assistance, help and guidance.
27:00 4/21/24
Beyonce's Transformative Power, Cultural Crossroads of Music, Racism and OJ
Ever wondered what Beyoncé's take on Dolly Parton's "Jolene" might reveal about the changing tides of country music? We're pulling back the curtain to expose how music can be a conduit for cultural exchange and understanding. We navigate through a heady mix of reactions from music icons, the significance of recognizing Black artists in country's narrative, and what happens when an artist like Beyoncé brings her unique flair to a genre steeped in tradition. It's not just about the music—it's about the stories they tell and the history they uncover.Wrapping up, we don't shy away from the complex conversations. From dissecting cultural appropriation in the music industry to the enduring impact of the O.J. Simpson trial, we're unpacking the heavy hitters. How does historical awareness shape our present? We're sharing personal anecdotes and emotional reflections that connect deeply with broader societal issues. It's about understanding our past, confronting uncomfortable truths, and finding a way to move forward together.Links of interest:https://bit.ly/3w1g4KOhttps://www.tiktok.com/@lansa.jpg/video/7354564572159675691?q=jolene%20beyonce&t=1712811617995Thank you for stopping by. Please visit our website: All About The Joy and add, like and share. We'd appreciate that greatly. Also, if you want to find us anywhere on social media, please check out the link in bio page. Music By Geovane Bruno, Moments, 3481Editing by Team A-JHost, Carmen Lezeth DISCLAIMER: As always, please do your own research and understand that the opinions in this podcast and livestream are meant for entertainment purposes only. States and other areas may have different rules and regulations governing certain aspects discussed in this podcast. Nothing in our podcast or livestream is meant to be medical or legal advice. Please use common sense, and when in doubt, ask a professional for advice, assistance, help and guidance.
73:34 4/14/24
Customer Service Maze: Advocating for Personal Touch in a Tech-Driven World
Ever faced a customer service conundrum that left you more tangled than headphone wires in a pocket? Join us as co-hosts Cynthia and Rick unravel the intricate web of customer service, sharing personal experiences and a wealth of knowledge that could save you from your next support snafu. Battling through the underbrush of automated phone systems and slow live chat responses, we dissect the good, the bad, and the ugly of customer care, especially in the high-stakes world of healthcare, where empathy and direct communication are as crucial as a doctor's diagnosis.Cynthia, fresh off the battleground of a tough day in medical customer service, and Rick, juggling the mayhem of a packed schedule, offer a candid discussion about the sheer resilience required to face daily customer service challenges. We highlight the often invisible thread that connects patience in the service industry with professions such as waitressing and housekeeping. Our conversation takes an educational twist, providing insightful tips on gratuity etiquette and sparking a debate on the tipping culture that digs deep into the pockets of the U.S. service industry.As we wrap up, we don't just lament the fading human touch in an increasingly automated world; we champion the cause for a return to personalized service. This episode is an ode to those who stand at the front lines of customer care, nurses navigating the delicate dance of bedside manner, and anyone who’s ever felt like a cog in the machine of modern technology. Through heartfelt stories and a collective call for a change, we leave you with a newfound appreciation for the craft of customer service and perhaps, the urge to advocate for more genuine connections in every interaction.Thank you for stopping by. Please visit our website: All About The Joy and add, like and share. We'd appreciate that greatly. Also, if you want to find us anywhere on social media, please check out the link in bio page. Music By Geovane Bruno, Moments, 3481Editing by Team A-JHost, Carmen Lezeth DISCLAIMER: As always, please do your own research and understand that the opinions in this podcast and livestream are meant for entertainment purposes only. States and other areas may have different rules and regulations governing certain aspects discussed in this podcast. Nothing in our podcast or livestream is meant to be medical or legal advice. Please use common sense, and when in doubt, ask a professional for advice, assistance, help and guidance.
52:28 4/7/24
Carmen Talk - Making a Presidential Decision and Why It Matters to Say Something
In this episode, we wade into the often murky waters of political discourse, challenging the charm of a charismatic leaders and urging a deeper evaluation of their actions. It's a talk about the nuances of power, manipulation, and the real impact of presidential decisions. There is a decision to be made, Trump or Biden. The end of democracy as we know it or step in the right direction bringing our country back from the ledge.  We navigate today's societal divides with the lens of empathy. Shared anecdotes underscore the importance of recognizing our own blind spots when it comes to race and gender, while also understanding the shifting political sentiments among former supporters of certain leaders. This isn't about pointing fingers; it's about the courage to look inward, seek truth, and engage in genuine discourse that transcends the echo chambers of media.Wrapping up, we return to the heart of what brings us all together: joy. Our next live stream beckons as a celebration of the moments that truly matter, and you're warmly invited to be a part of this enriching experience. As we share reflections akin to a TED Talk, remember that it's the pursuit of happiness that drives our conversations and knits our community together. Tune in, and let's continue to embrace the joy in every facet of our lives.Check out Last Week's Live with Rick and Cynthia: https://youtube.com/live/7tIQgyaLIzMThank you for stopping by. Please visit our website: All About The Joy and add, like and share. We'd appreciate that greatly. Also, if you want to find us anywhere on social media, please check out the link in bio page. Music By Geovane Bruno, Moments, 3481Editing by Team A-JHost, Carmen Lezeth DISCLAIMER: As always, please do your own research and understand that the opinions in this podcast and livestream are meant for entertainment purposes only. States and other areas may have different rules and regulations governing certain aspects discussed in this podcast. Nothing in our podcast or livestream is meant to be medical or legal advice. Please use common sense, and when in doubt, ask a professional for advice, assistance, help and guidance.
31:04 4/7/24
Blending Business with Beaches, Balancing Life's Riches with Responsibility: Can We End Homelessness?
Take a seat, as we whisk you away to the sun-drenched shores of Aruba, where the tale of our latest escape unfolds with the zest of a freshly squeezed mojito. While sipping drinks and managing client tasks under the palm trees, we ponder the elusive dream of a work-free vacation, promising you insights into the art of balancing business with pleasure. The multilingual locals and their economic plights weave into our narrative, offering sobering realities and sparking conversations about the value of joy in our daily lives.Fasten your seatbelt for our next stop - the highs and lows of all-inclusive resorts, the adrenaline rush of parasailing , and candid confessions about airports that might just tempt you to pack up and chase love & life to a new zip code. We don't shy away from the serious stuff either, diving into a heartfelt discussion on the responsibilities of sudden wealth and we talk about our collective desire to spread kindness far and wide. Our musings extend beyond sandy beaches, addressing societal issues like homelessness with empathy and proposing actionable solutions to uplift those in need.As we wrap up our journey, we invite you to celebrate life's milestones with us - from birthday to the thrill of imagining a lottery win that could redefine our lives. We share laughter, reflect on the importance of sustaining meaningful relationships, and encourage you to embrace the beauty in everyday moments. So come join us on this adventure of the heart, where we explore the world and its wonders, all while keeping an ear to the ground for the stories that truly resonate. Welcome to All About the Joy - an expedition through the laughter, the tears, and the pure bliss of being alive.The Video on Youtube:https://youtube.com/live/SIeUpKRdqv4Thank you for stopping by. Please visit our website: All About The Joy and add, like and share. We'd appreciate that greatly. Also, if you want to find us anywhere on social media, please check out the link in bio page. Music By Geovane Bruno, Moments, 3481Editing by Team A-JHost, Carmen Lezeth DISCLAIMER: As always, please do your own research and understand that the opinions in this podcast and livestream are meant for entertainment purposes only. States and other areas may have different rules and regulations governing certain aspects discussed in this podcast. Nothing in our podcast or livestream is meant to be medical or legal advice. Please use common sense, and when in doubt, ask a professional for advice, assistance, help and guidance.
79:59 3/31/24
Carmen Talk: My Caribbean Adventure with New Friends and Old Connections
Imagine stranding yourself on a tropical island with 15 women you barely know – sounds like the setup to a side-splitting sitcom, right? Well, I'm here to spill the beans about all the tea that has unfolded in Aruba. Amidst the clinking of cocktail glasses and the rustling palm trees, I discovered the sheer hilarity that ensues when technical blunders meet live podcasting. But it wasn't all about overcoming the challenges of a rogue microphone; it was the laughter that linked us, the shared jests, and the 'nasty' t-shirt exchanges that transformed a group of strangers into a circle of friends. With Mary, Jo-ann,  and the rest of the crew, we crafted a haven of humor and heart on those sun-drenched shores.Now, let's get personal and peel back the curtain on the intricate dance of old friendships. Ever been side-eyed by skepticism when an out-of-the-blue message from a past pal pops up? I've been there, and it led me down a rabbit hole of self-reflection. This episode is not just a recount of my Caribbean capers but also a candid look at the beauty of introspection and the thrill of embracing the unknown. Special shoutout to Cynthia, Tony D., and Rick Costa for proving that sometimes the best support comes amidst the chaos of live streaming snafus. So, buckle up, dear listener, whether you're a thrill-seeker dangling from a parasail or someone just dipping your toes into the waters of new experiences, this journey is all about the joy of personal evolution and the unexpected delights of forging new paths.Thank you for stopping by. Please visit our website: All About The Joy and add, like and share. We'd appreciate that greatly. Also, if you want to find us anywhere on social media, please check out the link in bio page. Music By Geovane Bruno, Moments, 3481Editing by Team A-JHost, Carmen Lezeth DISCLAIMER: As always, please do your own research and understand that the opinions in this podcast and livestream are meant for entertainment purposes only. States and other areas may have different rules and regulations governing certain aspects discussed in this podcast. Nothing in our podcast or livestream is meant to be medical or legal advice. Please use common sense, and when in doubt, ask a professional for advice, assistance, help and guidance.
15:46 3/24/24
Revelations from Hollywood's Biggest Night, Work-Life Balance, and American Identity
Have you ever wondered how a single joke can polarize an audience, or how an awards ceremony can unpredictably crown a new star? Our roundtable discussion peels back the curtain on the Oscars, revealing Emma Stone's unexpected triumph and diving into the edgy humor that targeted Robert Downey Jr. Join us as we navigate the laughter and critique that follow such public spectacles, all while emphasizing the importance of fully engaging with media before drawing conclusions.This episode isn't just about Hollywood's glitz and glamour; it's about the stories that connect us. Feel the warmth of our camaraderie as we talk about Charlie Mattera's podcast episodes, how Carmen and Maurio met,  and yes,  giving homage to the legacy of Ryan O'Neal.  We also reminisce about the banking world's peculiar charm, and tackle the ever-relevant quest for a healthy work-life balance, dissecting generational shifts in labor attitudes and the empowering act of setting personal boundaries. Finally, we wade through the murky waters of online misinformation and the debate over TikTok's ownership, challenging you to think critically about the media narratives you consume. We also take a deep, introspective look at American identity, addressing the diverse experiences that shape our perspectives on national symbols and inclusivity. Whether you're seeking insight into the complexities of workplace dynamics or you're hungry for a thought-provoking conversation on societal issues, our lively exchange will provide you with a rich tapestry of viewpoints to ponder long after the episode ends.To see the entire video, please visit our YouTube page: https://youtube.com/live/cG3NaFibhPcThank you for stopping by. Please visit our website: All About The Joy and add, like and share. We'd appreciate that greatly. Also, if you want to find us anywhere on social media, please check out the link in bio page. Music By Geovane Bruno, Moments, 3481Editing by Team A-JHost, Carmen Lezeth DISCLAIMER: As always, please do your own research and understand that the opinions in this podcast and livestream are meant for entertainment purposes only. States and other areas may have different rules and regulations governing certain aspects discussed in this podcast. Nothing in our podcast or livestream is meant to be medical or legal advice. Please use common sense, and when in doubt, ask a professional for advice, assistance, help and guidance.
60:15 3/17/24
A Screenwriter's Tale of Hollywood Dreams, Loss, and the Art of Storytelling: Charlie Mattera Part 2
This is part 2Charlie Mattera's life story is something you'd expect to see on the silver screen, not just hear about in our latest podcast episode. We follow Charlie's incredible journey from his early days in New York to his unexpected rise in Hollywood, where he sold his first screenplay to Roger Corman and rubbed shoulders with stars like Jason Bateman. It's a tale of culture shocks and close encounters, of electric nights in the club scene to electric shocks at home—literally. The lights of Los Angeles shine bright, but as Charlie reveals, they can flicker without warning, a stark reminder of the industry's capricious nature.Flipping through the pages of Charlie's life, we uncover the depth of Hollywood's unpredictable script. One moment you're being fitted for a wetsuit for a big role, and the next, your scenes are left on the cutting room floor. We honor the memories of those we've lost, Farrah Fawcett, Ryan O'Neal....from industry titans to personal mentors, and we delve into the emotional side of the business that isn't captured on camera. The conversation turns to the art of scriptwriting, where Charlie shares the passion, frustration, and hope involved in breathing life into a story that's been years in the making.Wrapping up our session, we reflect on the profound connections and aspirations that drive our creative ventures. The future brims with possibilities as we discuss a screenplay—a World War II narrative that's as much a part of our lives as the history it portrays. The collaborative spirit is alive and well, with the promise of more to come. Our dialogue with Charlie may have reached its conclusion for now, but the shared journey of crafting impactful stories is far from over.Video: https://youtu.be/EkWWfKFrCV4Thank you for stopping by. Please visit our website: All About The Joy and add, like and share. We'd appreciate that greatly. Also, if you want to find us anywhere on social media, please check out the link in bio page. Music By Geovane Bruno, Moments, 3481Editing by Team A-JHost, Carmen Lezeth DISCLAIMER: As always, please do your own research and understand that the opinions in this podcast and livestream are meant for entertainment purposes only. States and other areas may have different rules and regulations governing certain aspects discussed in this podcast. Nothing in our podcast or livestream is meant to be medical or legal advice. Please use common sense, and when in doubt, ask a professional for advice, assistance, help and guidance.
56:19 3/10/24
Resilience and Reinvention In Hollywood: Charlie Mattera Chooses Life Part 1
There's no business like show business, and Charlie Mattera knows it all too well. As we cozy up in our private lounge, we're swapping tales that traverse the spectrum of Hollywood life—from the shared ache of rejection to the warm buzz of camaraderie that fuels our creative fires. Our stroll down memory lane takes us back to the legendary Pro Gym, where stars like Cindy Crawford and Kate Beckinsale blended into the background, and to our cherished moments with the one-and-only Ryan O'Neal. Charlie's stories are not just fascinating on several levels,  but a testament to the genuine connections that weave through the tapestry of the movie industry.Sometimes life scripts a plot twist that even Tinseltown couldn't dream up. We sit with bated breath as we absorb the transformative journeys of redemption and reinvention. From a former inmate's candid account of his path to personal liberation to the mentorship found in the unlikeliest of places—a prison cell, we're reminded that it's never too late to rewrite your narrative. The raw emotion of these life lessons challenges our preconceived notions and celebrates the resilience of the human spirit. And lest we forget, we also uncover the magic of his first sold script—cue the drama of "Bloodfist III."Our lounge is echoing with laughter and poignant reflections as we wrap up an episode that's as multifaceted as the guests who grace our mic. We've felt the pulse of Hollywood's heartbeat, witnessed the towering strength of human transformation, and shared in the exhilarating rush of carving out success against all odds. Charlie's insights are as captivating as they are enlightening, offering a glimpse behind the curtain at the humanity that fuels the stars we admire. So draw the curtains, settle in, and prepare for a behind-the-scenes journey that's as authentic as it is inspiring. This is part 1 of Charlie Mattera's story. Thank you for stopping by. Please visit our website: All About The Joy and add, like and share. We'd appreciate that greatly. Also, if you want to find us anywhere on social media, please check out the link in bio page. Music By Geovane Bruno, Moments, 3481Editing by Team A-JHost, Carmen Lezeth DISCLAIMER: As always, please do your own research and understand that the opinions in this podcast and livestream are meant for entertainment purposes only. States and other areas may have different rules and regulations governing certain aspects discussed in this podcast. Nothing in our podcast or livestream is meant to be medical or legal advice. Please use common sense, and when in doubt, ask a professional for advice, assistance, help and guidance.
46:05 3/5/24
Embracing Life's Journey: From Career Changes to End-of-Life Planning
Have you ever sat at your desk, juggling the demands of work with the whispers of unfulfilled dreams? We've all been there, and in this heartfelt episode, we peel back the layers of finding joy in our careers, the courage to make life-changing decisions, and the hilarity that ensues when work-life balance tips sideways. We share our transformative journeys—reminding us that the quest for authenticity is both universal and full of unexpected turns, and like a Thoren  Bradley on TikTok who lights up the entrepreneurial world from chopping wood to selling with his scented candles... is this something me, Rick and Cynthia can also do?  But life's not all about careers and aspirations; it's about the more profound moments too. We get up close with death care and the cultural poignancy with our guest Keith from the funeral industry. Meanwhile, Cynthia opens up about her fascination with forensic pathology and the stark realities of preparing for end-of-life responsibilities. Together, we uncover the thoughtful side of death care, and the love embedded in planning for the inevitable, delivering a conversation that's as enlightening as it is unexpectedly uplifting.Wrapping up this episode, we tackle the sobering statistic that two-thirds of Americans leave their families in the lurch by not preparing a will or trust. It's a candid discussion on the importance of specifying our final wishes and a reminder that looking ahead can be an act of joy, a final gift to our loved ones. So join us on this journey that traverses from the daily grind to the eternal, and let's celebrate life, laughter, and the legacy we leave behind.Thank you for stopping by. Please visit our website: All About The Joy and add, like and share. We'd appreciate that greatly. Also, if you want to find us anywhere on social media, please check out the link in bio page. Music By Geovane Bruno, Moments, 3481Editing by Team A-JHost, Carmen Lezeth DISCLAIMER: As always, please do your own research and understand that the opinions in this podcast and livestream are meant for entertainment purposes only. States and other areas may have different rules and regulations governing certain aspects discussed in this podcast. Nothing in our podcast or livestream is meant to be medical or legal advice. Please use common sense, and when in doubt, ask a professional for advice, assistance, help and guidance.
51:11 3/3/24
Race, Gender, and Representation in Music and Hollywood - John Schneider, Beyonce and Art
Have you ever wondered about the fine line where music genres blend and spark debates? That's exactly where we're headed as we tackle the hullabaloo around Beyonce's venture into country music, stirring up a storm in the industry. In our robust conversation, we unpack John Schneider's pointed remarks and the broader cultural conversations igniting from such genre-defying moves. Tony brings his refreshing perspective to the forefront, as we navigate the nuances of artistic freedom against the backdrop of genre gatekeeping. It's a riveting discussion that promises to shed light on the shadowy corners of racial tensions and creative expression in music.Then, we shift the spotlight to the intriguing gender dynamics pulsating through the veins of the entertainment industry. Why is a woman's artistic choice often attributed to external influence, while her male counterpart is hailed as a visionary? We grapple with this disparity, invoking the career trajectories of legends like Michael Jackson and Beyoncé, and dissect the undercurrents of respect between powerhouses Taylor Swift and Beyoncé that eclipse the industry's occasional pettiness. As we move to Hollywood's evolving landscape, we scrutinize the debates over inclusivity and representation, discussing the anticipated projects like X-Men '97 and The Little Mermaid. Join us as we explore what these changes signify for audiences and creators in an era where storytelling is as dynamic as the society it reflects.Full Un-edited Episode: https://www.youtube.com/live/ElRgQLeF9-A?si=xKiMABmcP0flYVteThank you for stopping by. Please visit our website: All About The Joy and add, like and share. We'd appreciate that greatly. Also, if you want to find us anywhere on social media, please check out the link in bio page. Music By Geovane Bruno, Moments, 3481Editing by Team A-JHost, Carmen Lezeth DISCLAIMER: As always, please do your own research and understand that the opinions in this podcast and livestream are meant for entertainment purposes only. States and other areas may have different rules and regulations governing certain aspects discussed in this podcast. Nothing in our podcast or livestream is meant to be medical or legal advice. Please use common sense, and when in doubt, ask a professional for advice, assistance, help and guidance.
30:09 2/25/24
Carmen Talk: Empathy's Role in Bridging Divides - A Story of My Privilege
Another episode of Carmen Talk: When I first felt the impact of my hip surgery, it wasn't just the physical pain that struck me, but a newfound awareness of the everyday hurdles faced by individuals with disabilities. Walking a mile in these shoes, quite literally, reshaped my perspective on the hidden challenges of navigating public spaces - In this episode I peel back the layers of everyday life that many of us take for granted, revealing the importance of empathy in understanding the world from a different vantage point.With that experience, I talk about the delicate landscapes of privilege - let's confront the uncomfortable truths about white fragility, that underpin our society. This episode isn't about pointing fingers but rather about extending hands—in awareness, in kindness, and in support of those who contend with barriers both visible and invisible. From personal experience and a different point of view, I explore the importance of recognizing the advantages we carry, whether they stem from our physical abilities, racial identity, or other aspects of our lives. It's a candid exploration of how we can transform defensiveness into a drive for advocacy and change, and how patience and understanding can weave a stronger, more inclusive community fabric. Join me on this journey of reflection and commitment towards a world that accommodates and celebrates all its members.Thank you for stopping by. Please visit our website: All About The Joy and add, like and share. We'd appreciate that greatly. Also, if you want to find us anywhere on social media, please check out the link in bio page. Music By Geovane Bruno, Moments, 3481Editing by Team A-JHost, Carmen Lezeth DISCLAIMER: As always, please do your own research and understand that the opinions in this podcast and livestream are meant for entertainment purposes only. States and other areas may have different rules and regulations governing certain aspects discussed in this podcast. Nothing in our podcast or livestream is meant to be medical or legal advice. Please use common sense, and when in doubt, ask a professional for advice, assistance, help and guidance.
20:16 2/18/24
Grammy Highlights, Music's Impact, Cherishing Artistic Soul and Superbowl Favs
The Grammys provided a backdrop for a rich exploration of personal music tastes and the moments that music creates, whether it be Tracy Chapman's surprise performance that left us awestruck or the debates sparked by Taylor Swift, and Billy Joel's music. In this episode we celebrated the universal language of music and the varied reactions it can evoke, sharing anecdotes that shed light on the warmth of friendships and the solace found in shared experiences. We delve into the cultural impact of celebrity performances, from Super Bowl spectacles to the authenticity and soulful contributions of artists like Chris Cornell and George Michael. We discussed how we mourn the loss of such great talents, yet find solace in the legacy of their music, and we invited listeners to join us in this reflection. As we bid goodbye, we left with Tracy Chapman's melodies lingering in our hearts, reminding us to find joy in our daily lives and to hold onto the art that enriches our souls until we hang out together again.Full unedited video: https://youtube.com/live/z0mLHtUS6YgThank you for stopping by. Please visit our website: All About The Joy and add, like and share. We'd appreciate that greatly. Also, if you want to find us anywhere on social media, please check out the link in bio page. Music By Geovane Bruno, Moments, 3481Editing by Team A-JHost, Carmen Lezeth DISCLAIMER: As always, please do your own research and understand that the opinions in this podcast and livestream are meant for entertainment purposes only. States and other areas may have different rules and regulations governing certain aspects discussed in this podcast. Nothing in our podcast or livestream is meant to be medical or legal advice. Please use common sense, and when in doubt, ask a professional for advice, assistance, help and guidance.
59:15 2/11/24
Private Lounge: Resilience, Rejection, and the Power of Personal Triumph
Have you ever been knocked down by life's curveballs, only to pick yourself up again? Our latest Private Lounge chat episode is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, as we open our hearts to discuss the stings of rejection and the grip of financial challenges.  We tackle the uphill battles of loan acquisition, the emotional toll of student debts, and the predatory nature of some systems that bind us. It's a conversation that weaves the thread of hope through the fabric of hardship, reminding us that while the struggle is real, it isn't a solo journey.Transitioning from hardship to personal triumph, our dialogue moves to the growth that buds from adversity. We share stories of how crushing professional rejection can lead to a stronger sense of self, the value of recognizing one's worth early in life, and the beauty of personal development. These anecdotes aren't just about overcoming, but about flourishing in the face of societal beauty standards and the transformative power of self-acceptance. They're tales of life's unexpected admirers and the hidden potential that lies within each of us.Finally, we celebrate the bold steps and life-affirming choices that define our journeys. From taking calculated risks in career shifts to the joyous leap of relocating, we highlight the courage behind these decisions and the meticulous planning that often goes unnoticed. We delve into the richness of supportive communities, the bravery in sharing our stories, and the impact our actions have on those around us. Join us as we navigate through the complexities of life, sharing not only a dose of reality but also a heaping helping of optimism for anyone on the cusp of taking their own leap of faith.The full video version is YouTube. Thank you for stopping by. Please visit our website: All About The Joy and add, like and share. We'd appreciate that greatly. Also, if you want to find us anywhere on social media, please check out the link in bio page. Music By Geovane Bruno, Moments, 3481Editing by Team A-JHost, Carmen Lezeth DISCLAIMER: As always, please do your own research and understand that the opinions in this podcast and livestream are meant for entertainment purposes only. States and other areas may have different rules and regulations governing certain aspects discussed in this podcast. Nothing in our podcast or livestream is meant to be medical or legal advice. Please use common sense, and when in doubt, ask a professional for advice, assistance, help and guidance.
59:44 2/4/24
Private Lounge: What is the Content Creator Economy, Behind the Scenes and Personal Branding in the Digital Age
Ever found yourself in the throes of a live-streaming session, grappling with the eccentricities of audience engagement? That's precisely where we, alongside our insightful guests Tony, Rick, and Cynthia, start our lively tete-a-tete, unraveling the layers of content creation, from the technical snafus to the art of managing vibrant online communities. Picture us, post-live stream, unwinding in the All About the Joy Private Lounge, exchanging war stories and hearty laughs about the perils of blocking mishaps and the social ebb and flow that keeps our digital world spinning.As our confab drifts through the realms of podcasting quirks, we don't just stop at the nuts and bolts. We delve into the impact of pandemics on "netiquette" —or the lack thereof—and share frontline tactics for braving the onslaught of internet trolls and spam. And trust us, it's not just the trolls that get a dressing down; we candidly critique our own on-air beverage choices and audio setups, underscoring the pursuit of authenticity in a podcasting landscape that thirsts for genuine connection.Capping off our session, we reflect on the creator economy's labyrinth, navigating through personal branding, and podcasting's complex goals. Our discussion steers towards the nuances of modern branding and audience engagement, with a nod to the interplay between personal beliefs and the content we create. This is no mere chitchat; it's a deep dive into the heart of what makes our shows tick, and an invitation to you to join us in the laughter, learning, and camaraderie.Thank you for stopping by. Please visit our website: All About The Joy and add, like and share. We'd appreciate that greatly. Also, if you want to find us anywhere on social media, please check out the link in bio page. Music By Geovane Bruno, Moments, 3481Editing by Team A-JHost, Carmen Lezeth DISCLAIMER: As always, please do your own research and understand that the opinions in this podcast and livestream are meant for entertainment purposes only. States and other areas may have different rules and regulations governing certain aspects discussed in this podcast. Nothing in our podcast or livestream is meant to be medical or legal advice. Please use common sense, and when in doubt, ask a professional for advice, assistance, help and guidance.
105:27 1/28/24
Carmen Talk - Recognizing Toxic People, Letting Go, and Embracing What's Next
Ever felt that creeping dread when someone's name flashes on your phone, similar to those tense moments before a principal's office visit? Join me as I identify what makes for toxic people and toxic relationships. I'll mark what may be the red flags to avoid them or, at the very least, recognize it when it's in front of you! We'll unpack the gut-wrenching signals that scream 'toxic!' and dissect the behaviors that can drain your peace like a slow leak. From the perpetual blame gamers to the master manipulators of compliments, I'm mapping the first parts to the escape route to tranquility... and ultimately, more joy!  Betty White's graceful dance with disapproval, especially in her support for Arthur Duncan, teaches us the resilience of shining despite the shadows. I'll share the personal trials I've faced when breaking free from the chains of toxicity and the blessings of figuring it out and letting go sooner rather than later. It's a journey of self-discovery, fraught with the challenges of learning to let go, but if you can SEE toxicity, you will learn the benefits of walking away from that which does not serve you, to the treasure of cultivating true and more fulfilling connections on an everyday basis and in every part of your life.  Thank you for stopping by. Please visit our website: All About The Joy and add, like and share. We'd appreciate that greatly. Also, if you want to find us anywhere on social media, please check out the link in bio page. Music By Geovane Bruno, Moments, 3481Editing by Team A-JHost, Carmen Lezeth DISCLAIMER: As always, please do your own research and understand that the opinions in this podcast and livestream are meant for entertainment purposes only. States and other areas may have different rules and regulations governing certain aspects discussed in this podcast. Nothing in our podcast or livestream is meant to be medical or legal advice. Please use common sense, and when in doubt, ask a professional for advice, assistance, help and guidance.
17:53 1/23/24
TV Nostalgia, Emmys and the Financial Dynamics of Love, Marriage, Relationships and Prenups
Join us as we unravel the exasperating world of customer service conundrums, ranging from tech setup woes to banking blunders. But it's not all gripes and groans; we inject some fun with whimsical discussions with Maurio Dawson, who joins the show. And for those of you who love a good awards show giggle, our Emmy recap will have you in stitches!Let's take a stroll down nostalgia lane and tip our hats to the golden age of television, with host of the Emmy's Anthony Anderson leading the way. His mother's hilarious antics during acceptance speeches and his seamless blend of heartwarming humor and hosting chops truly steal the show. We also pay tribute to the irreplaceable Carol Burnett, Betty White, Norman Lear and delve into the warmth of family-centric game shows. The discussion gets real as we tackle the ever-relatable topic of financial dynamics in relationships, spurned by a TikTok clip that's got everyone buzzing. Marriage, money, and the delicate dance of 50-50 partnerships - will you sign a prenup? – we're covering it all, with no holds barred!In the realm of love and practicality, we examine why living together before the altar rings true for getting a real sense of your partner's quirks and wallet habits. The conversation turns serious as we broach the topic of prenuptial agreements and their role in protecting assets and blended family interests. And for the lovebirds without rings, we emphasize the importance of having your legal ducks in a row to ensure your wishes are respected, no matter what life throws your way. Fasten your seat belts for a ride through the intricacies of relationships, money, and life's unexpected journeys.Links of interest: Living Wills and Medical Directives/ProxyBetty White and Arthur Duncan InformationNorman Lear and the Black Panthers on The Jeffersons  Thank you for stopping by. Please visit our website: All About The Joy and add, like and share. We'd appreciate that greatly. Also, if you want to find us anywhere on social media, please check out the link in bio page. Music By Geovane Bruno, Moments, 3481Editing by Team A-JHost, Carmen Lezeth DISCLAIMER: As always, please do your own research and understand that the opinions in this podcast and livestream are meant for entertainment purposes only. States and other areas may have different rules and regulations governing certain aspects discussed in this podcast. Nothing in our podcast or livestream is meant to be medical or legal advice. Please use common sense, and when in doubt, ask a professional for advice, assistance, help and guidance.
62:32 1/21/24
Carmen Talk - Embracing Self-Promotion as Best I Can In a World Were Marketing Is Key
Embarking on a quest to conquer the world of self-promotion, I never anticipated how marketing and public relations would become my unlikely allies. Our journey through the ever-expanding universe of "All About the Joy" proved that even the most hesitant of hosts can champion a cause close to their heart. With each live stream, we connect people from every corner of the planet in a dynamic symphony of voices, much like a grand Zoom gathering with a twist of real-time interaction. The show's tapestry weaves topics as varied as the best fast food experiences to the profound depths of personal and societal choices, not forgetting our treasured detours into the realm of sci-fi fandoms. The joy of our endeavor is amplified by the rich mosaic of guests who've graced us with their presence—filmmakers, musicians, authors, writers, actors... each leaving a unique imprint on our platform.Our narrative isn't just about the laughter and the intellectual banter; it's also a testament to the power of joy as an indomitable force within each of us. As your host, I've discovered the beauty in the pursuit of those elusive flickers of happiness that, once caught, can illuminate the darkest of days. It's my honor to extend a heartfelt thank you to you, our dear listeners, whose unwavering support is the backbone of our shared adventure. Your kindness is the wind propelling us forward into the skies of enlightenment and entertainment. So join us as we cast off into another week of compelling discourse and the simple yet profound act of savoring joy, with hopes to meet again on the airwaves for more moments that make life truly worth celebrating.Find all links here: YouTube Stream: https://www.youtube.com/@AllAboutTheJoy/streamsAudio Podcast: https://allabouthejoy.buzzsprout.com/shareDirect Blog Post (personal site): http://carmensuarez.com/2024/01/14/in-case-you-didnt-know-im-trying-to-get-better-at-it/Find out AATJ home here: allaboutthejoy.com/Thank you for stopping by. Please visit our website: All About The Joy and add, like and share. We'd appreciate that greatly. Also, if you want to find us anywhere on social media, please check out the link in bio page. Music By Geovane Bruno, Moments, 3481Editing by Team A-JHost, Carmen Lezeth DISCLAIMER: As always, please do your own research and understand that the opinions in this podcast and livestream are meant for entertainment purposes only. States and other areas may have different rules and regulations governing certain aspects discussed in this podcast. Nothing in our podcast or livestream is meant to be medical or legal advice. Please use common sense, and when in doubt, ask a professional for advice, assistance, help and guidance.
14:17 1/16/24
Why Women Are Staying Single and Who Pays the Bill at Dinner? The Etiquette Episode!
Using a viral TikTok from Derrick Jaxn, we've rolled up our sleeves to discuss why some single women choose joy in solitude over the compromise of companionship. We dissect the evolving expectations in partnerships and consider all the options to the human heart. A second video making the rounds on the internet, we discuss, when the bill lands on the table at a birthday dinner, the air gets thick with tension, doesn't it? We've all been there, and in this episode, we share our two cents on navigating the financial faux pas with the finesse of a diplomat. From the host's responsibilities to the unspoken rules of bill-splitting, join us for a candid discussion that explores the intricacies of financial etiquette in social settings. It's about keeping friendships intact and dignity unscathed, with a sprinkle of humor to ease the awkwardness that money matters inevitably bring to the table.It's a fun episode with the regular crew:  Cynthia, Andrea, Rick and Tony D., who all dive in and share in the joy and laughter...  To See the entire unedited episode, please click on this YOUTUBE link.Thank you for stopping by. Please visit our website: All About The Joy and add, like and share. We'd appreciate that greatly. Also, if you want to find us anywhere on social media, please check out the link in bio page. Music By Geovane Bruno, Moments, 3481Editing by Team A-JHost, Carmen Lezeth DISCLAIMER: As always, please do your own research and understand that the opinions in this podcast and livestream are meant for entertainment purposes only. States and other areas may have different rules and regulations governing certain aspects discussed in this podcast. Nothing in our podcast or livestream is meant to be medical or legal advice. Please use common sense, and when in doubt, ask a professional for advice, assistance, help and guidance.
49:10 1/14/24
Carmen Talk - Another Reason Why Women Stay Single
Carmen TalkEver wondered why your single aunt seems to radiate happiness like she's got a secret we're all missing out on? Buckle up, because I'm peeling back another layer of modern love and independence on All About the Joy.This week's heart-to-heart is a deep dive into a TikTok phenomenon that's got everyone talking: the growing trend of financially secure, mature women embracing the single life. We'll explore the viral voices of men who've noticed this shift and my take on what it really means to find peace and self-sufficiency outside the traditional partnership model.Forget the outdated blueprint for love; we're scripting a new narrative that celebrates personal growth, shared dreams, and the joy of learning from one another.  I'll share why I believe love isn't out of reach at any age and how readiness—not timing—is the key to finding a connection that adds extraordinary value to our lives. Join me for insights, and a fresh perspective on companionship that's all about embracing the life you've built and the unexpected ways love can still find a path to your heart.(The book referenced is  "Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus" written by John Gray) Thank you for stopping by. Please visit our website: All About The Joy and add, like and share. We'd appreciate that greatly. Also, if you want to find us anywhere on social media, please check out the link in bio page. Music By Geovane Bruno, Moments, 3481Editing by Team A-JHost, Carmen Lezeth DISCLAIMER: As always, please do your own research and understand that the opinions in this podcast and livestream are meant for entertainment purposes only. States and other areas may have different rules and regulations governing certain aspects discussed in this podcast. Nothing in our podcast or livestream is meant to be medical or legal advice. Please use common sense, and when in doubt, ask a professional for advice, assistance, help and guidance.
10:53 1/9/24
For The Love Of Episode! Gather Around for Q&A of the Things We Love!
This is our "Love Of" episode! Whether it's a laid-back gathering with Brazilian fare for Rick's birthday or a jubilant shindig with many friends, we discuss that it's the love intertwined in these moments that truly makes them shine.We go through a series of questions -  what movie we love most, what TV show, what food we love most, what relationship we love most... it's a fun conversation and along the way, we're joined by Chris Rossetti, who teaches a different way to think of a question I pose... we love learning something new on All About The Joy!   As we wrap up, we venture into the realm of family and friendships, discussing the poignant influence of both bloodline and chosen family in our lives. Rick and I share stories close to our hearts, exploring the fabric of relationships that shape us and the threads of TV shows, music and movies that weave into our beliefs and humor. Sit back, pour yourself a mug of your favorite beverage—perhaps not coffee if you're anything like our guest Chris, but join us as we unwrap the gift of connection, love, and the simple joys that life brings our way.(The song Lemonade that Chris references by Alex Boyé can be found at this link)Thank you for stopping by. Please visit our website: All About The Joy and add, like and share. We'd appreciate that greatly. Also, if you want to find us anywhere on social media, please check out the link in bio page. Music By Geovane Bruno, Moments, 3481Editing by Team A-JHost, Carmen Lezeth DISCLAIMER: As always, please do your own research and understand that the opinions in this podcast and livestream are meant for entertainment purposes only. States and other areas may have different rules and regulations governing certain aspects discussed in this podcast. Nothing in our podcast or livestream is meant to be medical or legal advice. Please use common sense, and when in doubt, ask a professional for advice, assistance, help and guidance.
58:31 1/7/24
Carmen Talk - Finding Joy and Looking Ahead to 2024 with Positivity
Carmen Talk Episode Have you ever found unexpected joy in the simple act of sipping a mocktail, or felt an odd sense of freedom when a twist of fate left you without your fitness tracker for a while? As I cast a glance back at the pearls of wisdom from 2023, I want to share those sparks that ignited my joy and how they're lighting the way into 2024. Let's talk about turning the page with positivity, embracing the good times, and allowing the warmth of past pleasures to shape our aspirations for the New Year.This heart-to-heart is a solo journey without guests, where I unfold the distinction between the fleeting sensation of happiness and the profound, resilient state of joy. By choosing joy and personal growth, we can step past the doubters and naysayers, crafting a life brimming with positivity. So join me as I recount some lessons in letting go, elevating others, and pushing through negativity with a smile. Here's to a 2024 filled with joy, growth, and a personal invitation to stand with me in the pursuit of what makes us truly content. Happy New Year, listeners—may you find your joy and let it lead the way.Thank you for stopping by. Please visit our website: All About The Joy and add, like and share. We'd appreciate that greatly. Also, if you want to find us anywhere on social media, please check out the link in bio page. Music By Geovane Bruno, Moments, 3481Editing by Team A-JHost, Carmen Lezeth DISCLAIMER: As always, please do your own research and understand that the opinions in this podcast and livestream are meant for entertainment purposes only. States and other areas may have different rules and regulations governing certain aspects discussed in this podcast. Nothing in our podcast or livestream is meant to be medical or legal advice. Please use common sense, and when in doubt, ask a professional for advice, assistance, help and guidance.
18:17 1/2/24
Toasting to the End of 2023: Culinary Bites, Movie Debates, Music Legends, and Eminem's Legacy
As we bid adieu to 2023, our latest podcast episode is a stream of reflections, hearty debates, and personal triumphs. Imagine sinking your teeth into the perfect steak, no condiments needed – that's the kind of juicy content we're serving up! We kick things off with the possibility of Chris Gales jazzing up the show, and Tony gets our taste buds tingling with his crown peach drink concoctions. Meanwhile, Brian's smoked chicken thighs and brisket leave us hungry for more than just food, as we chew over the contentious topic of steak garnishing. Can a well-prepared steak truly stand alone? We weigh in, and let's just say, A1 sauce enthusiasts might want to brace themselves.Navigating the delicate dance of work and personal life, I reveal my own struggles and the liberation found in setting firm boundaries for a healthier balance. We share a toast to mocktails and their surprising zest for life, while Tony sets his sights on his home and personal life in 2024, embodying the spirit of resilience. Our hearts and minds converge on the importance of advocating for our needs, as we underscore the choices that nourish our well-being and forge the path to our dreams.Rounding out the year, we traverse the cultural terrains of cinema and beats, giving a shoutout to "Late Night Parents" for their insightful sports and sometimes social commentary. Our debate on Eminem's place in rap royalty is as charged as it is contemplative, stirring the pot on the influence of race and culture in music. We also tip our hats to the female rap pioneers who paved the way, and share our all-time music faves, from Prince to Aretha. So, as the curtains close on 2023, let's toast to the year's narrative tapestry – here's to the laughs, insights, and the unexpected turns that have made it a ride to remember!  *this is an edited version of much longer conversation with some other friends who joined in during the broadcast. Joe-Joe and Kimi also stopped on by. To seee/hear the full unedited fun time, check out the video on Youtube - just click here! Thank you for stopping by. Please visit our website: All About The Joy and add, like and share. We'd appreciate that greatly. Also, if you want to find us anywhere on social media, please check out the link in bio page. Music By Geovane Bruno, Moments, 3481Editing by Team A-JHost, Carmen Lezeth DISCLAIMER: As always, please do your own research and understand that the opinions in this podcast and livestream are meant for entertainment purposes only. States and other areas may have different rules and regulations governing certain aspects discussed in this podcast. Nothing in our podcast or livestream is meant to be medical or legal advice. Please use common sense, and when in doubt, ask a professional for advice, assistance, help and guidance.
60:05 12/31/23
Exploring Marvel's Jonathan Majors' Kang Re-Casting and the Fight for Equality in Hollywood
When the real world collides with the reel, how does Marvel navigate the choppy waters of public perception and narrative continuity? We grapple with this conundrum as we address the recent legal predicaments of Jonathan Majors and the potential impact on his Marvel career. Recasting beloved characters is no easy feat; just look at cases like Edward Norton and Terrence Howard. Our chat takes us deep into the heart of fandom, where the emotional bonds with characters like Black Panther reveal just how intricate these casting decisions can become, especially when race enters the equation.Courtrooms across America are battlegrounds where the scales of justice are often tipped by bias. In today's society, gender and racial prejudices can shape the outcomes of legal proceedings, and we dissect these disturbing truths in our latest episode. From discussing the Central Park Five to the toll taken on families fighting for the exoneration of their loved ones, we share powerful personal anecdotes and explore the moral responsibilities of legal professionals. This episode casts a critical eye on the justice system and the urgent need for systemic reform to prevent wrongful convictions.But it's not all about Marvel and the courtroom. We also peel back the curtain on the struggles within the entertainment industry itself. This episode weaves through the nuances of maintaining one's craft amidst personal misconduct allegations, the ongoing battle for recognition faced by actors like Taraji P. Henson, and the importance of having a supportive community. As we wrap up, we leave you with thoughts on the animated world of Marvel's "What If" series and extend our warmest holiday wishes to all our listeners. Join us for a fun and interesting conversation about all things Marvel and Hollywood celebrities in general.Links as stated in episode: Wrongfully convicted because of legally blind "witness" Chicago Sun Times Link to Central Park FiveLink to Emmet Till *this podcast episode is an excerpt of a nearly 2-hour episode. Other topics were discussed and we were also joined by our friend Rich. If you'd like to hear the entire episode, please check out the entire episode on Youtube. Thank you for stopping by. Please visit our website: All About The Joy and add, like and share. We'd appreciate that greatly. Also, if you want to find us anywhere on social media, please check out the link in bio page. Music By Geovane Bruno, Moments, 3481Editing by Team A-JHost, Carmen Lezeth DISCLAIMER: As always, please do your own research and understand that the opinions in this podcast and livestream are meant for entertainment purposes only. States and other areas may have different rules and regulations governing certain aspects discussed in this podcast. Nothing in our podcast or livestream is meant to be medical or legal advice. Please use common sense, and when in doubt, ask a professional for advice, assistance, help and guidance.
49:45 12/24/23
Will Smith, Forgiveness Debates, and Body Image and Oprah Discussions with the Crew
Welcome to a conversation that moves through a spectrum of stimulating topics, from the recent hip-hop 50th-anniversary celebration to the societal issues surrounding body image, weight loss, and beauty standards. Joined by the entire crew, Rick, Andrea, Cynthia and Tommy Lee, we kick off with a discussion about the performances by Will Smith, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and the Fresh Prince and their profound impact on the hip-hop genre. We also share some light-hearted banter about the technical difficulties of streaming and the exciting journey of Tommy as he steps into a new professional chapter.It's not all laughter and light though, as we tackle the complex topic of forgiveness and redemption, especially concerning celebrities with controversial personal lives. Through candid conversations about Will and Jada Pinkett Smith's open marriage, the Chris Rock feud, and the personal experiences of the hosts, we navigate the murky waters of forgiveness. We also explore how our capacity to forgive, or our tendency to hold grudges, can transform our relationships with friends and family.Finally, we pivot to a pressing societal issue - the obsession with body image and weight loss. Here we examine Oprah Winfrey's weight loss journey, the societal perceptions, and the relentless pressure faced by celebrities under the public eye. Drawing on personal anecdotes and experiences, we underline the importance of self-love, acceptance, and the challenges of navigating fame and public perception. This is a journey of discovery, reflection, and understanding, and we invite you to join us. Together, let's redefine our perspectives and challenge societal norms.Thank you for stopping by. Please visit our website: All About The Joy and add, like and share. We'd appreciate that greatly. Also, if you want to find us anywhere on social media, please check out the link in bio page. Music By Geovane Bruno, Moments, 3481Editing by Team A-JHost, Carmen Lezeth DISCLAIMER: As always, please do your own research and understand that the opinions in this podcast and livestream are meant for entertainment purposes only. States and other areas may have different rules and regulations governing certain aspects discussed in this podcast. Nothing in our podcast or livestream is meant to be medical or legal advice. Please use common sense, and when in doubt, ask a professional for advice, assistance, help and guidance.
68:26 12/17/23
From Cop to Actor: A Journey of Passion, Talent and Determination A Talk with Kelly Quinn
Ever wondered what it takes to transition from a career in law enforcement to the bright lights of acting? Sharing her intriguing journey with us, Kelly Quinn spills all about her brave move from being a cop to full-time acting. As an exemplary tale of passion and determination, her story will surely inspire those who are contemplating a career change or pursuing their dreams. We discuss the bonds formed in acting classes, the heartbreaks and triumphs of auditions, and the unique demands each role brings.Peek behind the curtain as we take a trip reminiscing about the golden age of TV with Norman Lear's groundbreaking shows like All in the Family and Sanford and Son. The fearless way they approached taboo topics revolutionized the television industry, and we discuss the lasting impact of Lear's daring creativity. We also explore the subtle contrasts between theater and film acting, highlighting the challenges and unique aspects each presents, and how the location of a shoot can deeply impact an actor's immersion into the character.Tune in as we share our dream roles, paying tribute to industry greats such as Carroll O'Connor, Meryl Streep, and Viola Davis. We'll also discuss the importance of a supportive circle in chasing your dreams and appreciating every opportunity that crosses your path. The journey of an actor is strewn with highs and lows, and we hope this candid discussion will encourage aspiring actors to embrace both with equal gusto.*in this episode Carmen refers to "Tina Fey" in error, it was "Molly Shannon". Apologies for the error. Thank you for stopping by. Please visit our website: All About The Joy and add, like and share. We'd appreciate that greatly. Also, if you want to find us anywhere on social media, please check out the link in bio page. Music By Geovane Bruno, Moments, 3481Editing by Team A-JHost, Carmen Lezeth DISCLAIMER: As always, please do your own research and understand that the opinions in this podcast and livestream are meant for entertainment purposes only. States and other areas may have different rules and regulations governing certain aspects discussed in this podcast. Nothing in our podcast or livestream is meant to be medical or legal advice. Please use common sense, and when in doubt, ask a professional for advice, assistance, help and guidance.
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