Celebrity Suicides & Wisdom From People Who Have Overcome Depression

Celebrity suicides in 2014 and in recent years include Simone Battle (X Factor Star and member of girl band G.R.L.), Robin Williams (actor), Lee Thompson (actor known for playing the main character on Disney’s “The Famous Jett Jackson”), and Tony Scott (the director of the hit film “Top Gun” among others). Tragic and shocking, it’s opened up the stigma-heavy topic of depression on social media and private conversations all over the world.  I have the privilege of sharing the wisdoms of three wonderful Read More

I Made My Calling My Career

[powerpress] Finding purpose of life; knowing the difference between career vs. calling. The tables are turned on me today, as my lovely assistant interviews me! We’re going to talk about the ups and downs of building a talk show and following my heart to my purpose. I find myself getting emotional thinking about the journey of building my dream and KirstyTV  because it’s been quite a ride. I’ve moved countries, left my family, my friends, and there are a lot Read More

Behind the Scenes: Working with Oprah & Tyler Perry on The Haves and Have Nots

  [powerpress]   Today we have a special surprise for all of the fans of the OWN drama, Tyler Perry’s The Haves and Have Nots. Renee Lawless, the wonderful actress playing Katheryn Cryer, is here to give us a behind the scenes glimpse into her world.   Renee tells a hilarious story about the first time she worked with Tyler Perry. She goes on to tell us what she thinks of her character, Katheryn Cryer.  I’ve always wondered if kissing Read More

Tyler Perry’s, ‘The Have and The Have Nots’ Actress: Renee Lawless’ Wild Journey to Her Dreams

[powerpress] My guest today, Renee Lawless, is an actress playing Katheryn Cryer on Tyler Perry’s ‘The Haves and the Have Nots’, a television drama on the Oprah Winfrey Network. She has been through the highs and lows on her journey to the bright lights in Hollywood and is here to share her story with us.   Renee answers the question, “How does one prepare for success?” She tells us about the her roller coaster ride experience, building her career as Read More

The Truth About Post Traumatic Stress Disorder & Our Veterans

[powerpress] PTSD veterans and the Wounded Warriors Project. What is PTSD and how the Wounded Warriors Project helps soldiers recover.  Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.  Many people who go through traumatic events have difficulty adjusting and coping for a while, but they don’t have PTSD — with Read More

Soldier Recovers After Losing His Legs in the Iraq War

[powerpress] Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Veteran tells his inspiring recovery story.   Dan Nevins, a retired Staff Sergeant in the United States Army tells the gripping, emotional, and inspiring story of a fateful day in Iraq that left him deathly wounded. Eventually he would have both legs amputated to save his life.  It was November 10, 2004, when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated beneath the vehicle in which he was a passenger on an early morning combat mission. Read More

I Told My Religious Parents I Am Gay

Sitting in an empty locker room, my phone in hand – I knew I had to do it. I was about to be late for ballet class so I pressed call, the phone rang then rang again. My Dad answers, I remember just trying to breathe. Knowing I could not hold on to this secret anymore I just spit it out, “Dad, I have something to tell you. I am gay”. There was a silence and I heard my dad Read More

When I Came Out

[powerpress] From as young as 7 years old, Zachary Tristen had homosexual feelings, but when he was accepted into a premier ballet company he signed a statement that banned him from participating in homosexual activity. This led him to ignore his feelings for years. He even tried to heal himself from homosexuality, which at that time he believed was a choice. This denial of himself lead him to the brink of suicide before he finally got to a place of Read More

Push Girls TV Star, Mia Dispels Your Thoughts on Wheelchairs

  [powerpress] Mia Schaikewitz is one of the stars of the hit reality TV show, Push Girls. As a vibrant young girl she was a competitive swimmer, when at just 15 years old, her life was changed forever. A ruptured blood vessel in her spinal cord (AVM) left her paralyzed from the waist down, but has not stopped her.    Mia takes us through the day when the blood vessel ruptured. At that time, there was a 2 year window Read More

Kirsty TV on The Today Show – ‘THE NEXT OPRAH’ (Video)

[powerpress] I am so excited The Today Show covered my story about building Kirsty TV–what an incredible experience. Their title ‘The Next Oprah’ is an honor but massive shoes to fill. I am a huge Oprah fan and can only hope to have half the career she has had. Oprah has conducted over 30,000 interviews over a 25 year career. I on the other hand, am just at the beginning of my journey with just over 30 interviews. She left Read More