Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Mississippi Native Makes Final Pitch To Have "OWN" National TV Show

(Tuesday, June 29, 2010) Since May 19, 2010 Mississippi native and mult-media personality Cyrus Webb has been actively campaigning in the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) competition to have a national tv show. Now with just days to go before the contest ends, he is taking advantage of every day to get the word out for people to vote for him in this unique opportunity.

Webb, 34, has made this an all-out campaign, creating yard signs, car magnets and flyers trying to get the word out about the competition and why he thinks he should win. He launched the website www.themaleoprah.com to keep people posted on his progress as well as to tout his accomplishments over the past 7 years on radio, tv, print and beyond. Webb started the "I Do It 5 Times A Day" campaign to encourage others to vote at least 5 times a day for him in the competition since there is no limit on the amount of times one person can vote.

Every day he is reminding his Facebook, Twitter and Myspace friends to vote each day, and on Saturday, July 3, 2010---the last day of the competition---he is hosting a "Voting Party" to give people a chance to meet him and cast their votes.

The Voting Party will be held from 11-1:30p.m. at the Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road * Pearl, MS) and is open to the public as well as the media. The lab has been reserved for the event, and you are able to come in, meet Webb and vote as many times as you would like. This is perfect for those who don't have computers as well as those who want to get to know Webb better and find out what he believes he brings to a national tv platform. Voting for the competition continues until 11:59p.m. EST on Sat. July 3, 2010.

Cyrus Webb has been working for over a decade to bring attention to issues that matter to people of all walks of life. Through his radio and tv show---each called Conversations---he has interviewed over 800 guests including nationally known individuals, up and coming stars as well as those who just have a story that needs to be told. His articles and interviews have appeared in the Clarion Ledger Newspaper, Jackson Advocate, The Rankin Ledger, Mississippi Link, Blagazine, Books2Mention Magazine, Crunk Magazine, Hype Magazine, S.T.I.L.L. Magazine and others. His co-ed book club called Conversations has garnered national attention for its diversity and ability to connect authors and readers. It has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, on MTV and other media outlets.

Currently Webb is in the top 100 of over 3200 entries in his category of Traditional Talk Show with 50,000 plus votes cast for him to date. His goal is to have over 100k votes by the end of the competition.

For more information, contact Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616. You can also visit www.themaleoprah.com.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

(June 23-25, 2010) This Week on Conversations LIVE! Radio

Radio show host Cyrus Webb ends his sixth year of hosting Conversations LIVE and prepares to usher in year seven with four powerful interviews this week.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 2010 (8p.m EST/7p.m. CST/5p.m.PT) --- Leonard Rowe, author of WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO MICHAEL JACKSON, THE KING OF POP
As the 1 year anniversary of Michael Jackson nears, host Cyrus Webb welcomes concert promoter and author Leonard Rowe to Conversations LIVE! Radio to discuss his career, relationship with the Jackson family, conversations with Michael and the events surrounding the King of Pop's death. Listen live as he discusses his new book WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO MICHAEL JACKSON THE KING OF POP and takes YOUR QUESTIONS!

THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2010 (1p.m. EST/12p.m. CST/10a.m. PT) --- Award-winning recording artist Musiq Soulchild
Cyrus Webb and co-host recording artist Unik welcome award-winning recording artist Musiq Soulchild to Conversations to discuss his career and his newest project.

THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2010 (8p.m. EST/7p.m. CST/5p.m. PT) --- Relationship expert Mr. Tell It Like It Is
Host Cyrus Webb welcomes Mr. Tell It Like It Is to talk about men and relationships, why men cheat and lie and his controversial new website http://www.whatyourmanwonttell.com. Have a question about your own relationship or want to challenge Mr. Tell It, listen for your opportunity to do just that!

FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 2010 (1p.m. EST/12p.m. CST/10a.m. PT) --- Bigg Marv of A&E's HAMMERTIME
He might be M. C. Hammer's cousin, but Bigg Marv is his own man, living his own life and doing things his way. He talks with Cyrus Webb of Conversations LIVE Radio about his beginnings, what success means to him and what you can expect next.

Listen to the shows live by going to www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive or going through the switchboard at 1.347.426.3645. Missed other interviews by Webb? Catch up by going to www.conversationsliveradio.com.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

(Sat. June 26, 2010) Hip Hop and Books Literary Rally in Jackson, MS

Shadow Play Entertainment and Cyrus Webb host an afternoon of great music and free books just in time for the summer.

This Hip Hop and Books event will take place at Smith Park Downtown (206 Amite St. (Jackson, MS) from 12-3p.m. with performances by recording artists Spida, Unik, Playa Connected, Young Boi Hulk, Black Jewel and more. Domino's Pizza is the official food vendor and will have pizza and drinks available for purchasing.

Hosted by Webb, it is hoped that this event will not only provide great music from some of Mississippi's best, but encourage reading during the summer break for students and adults as well.

For details, contact Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616. You can also visit www.shadowplayent.com.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Bestselling author Danielle Steel Writes Conversations Book Club President

International Bestselling Author Danielle Steel Writes Conversations Book Club President
by Cyrus Webb

(Mon. June 14, 2010) One of the great things about what I do professionally is the opportunity to meet fascinating individuals who I in turn can introduce to my readers, listeners and viewers. Sometimes it is someone in the public eye but Conversations has also brought attention to ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things.

When it comes to writers, it is no secret to many who know me that I have a "Wish List" of authors who I would love to talk to about their journey and success. At the top of the list of those I haven't yet interviewed are Stephen King, Judith Krantz, Jackie Collins, Dean R. Koontz and Danielle Steel. Each of them have influenced the literary community in so many ways and thrilled millions of readers for years.

Recently I sent an email through Danielle Steel's website highlighting my feelings towards her books and what I feel as though she has done for individuals like myself who have traveled the world through her characters. She has over 70 titles in print, all of which have become bestsellers. I have read over 30 of her titles, and own 28 in my book collection (see below). Though I knew she is not quick to do interviews, I asked for what I believe is the third time for the opportunity to talk with her on my radio program. It was a long shot, but I am never afraid of a challenge.

Well, imagine my surprise when today I was opening my email and got the following from Ms. Steel herself:

"Dear Mr. Webb,

"Thank you so very much for your lovely letter about my books, which has
just been forwarded to me. I was very touched to hear how you have been
reading them for twenty years and what they have meant to you. It's a real honor
to hear that you run a book club and my work produces so many interesting
discussions. I write the stories with caring and heart, and I like to think
my readers enjoy them in the same spirit.

"I'm sorry that I almost never do interviews or public appearances, although
I do appreciate your kind invitation. Thank you again for sharing your
good words with me. I appreciate hearing from a reader like you, and I send
your book club my warm regards.

"With best wishes,

"Danielle Steel"

I can't really tell you what this email meant to me, but it really illustrates why I do what I do. You never know what you can accomplish with a little hard work. True, I still don't have my interview with Ms. Steel (not yet, at least), but my perseverence is definitely paying off. This is a lesson that I hope others will recognize in their own lives as well.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Conversations Book Club Announces Its "Top 25 Summer Reads, 2010"

One of the main reasons Conversations Book Club is widely respected across the world is because it looks for books that satisfy all reading appetites and makes them available to the literary community, whether they are traditionally published books or those independently released. This year's summer reading list is a perfect mixture of both non-fiction and fiction titles that are sure to keep you entertained and enlightened this summer, and give you something to talk about long after you finish them.

Book club Founder and President Cyrus Webb has read each title and feels like there is truly something for everyone. "We will make book lovers proud with this list," he says. Ready to find out if that's true? Below are this year's selections:

NON-FICTION TITLES (Listed in no particular order)
1. Didn't I Feed You Yesterday by Laura Bennett (Ballantine Books)
2. The Reluctant Spy by John Kiriakou (Bantam Books)
3. Wake Up! by Michelle Pearl
4. Living Oprah by Robyn Okrant (Hatchette Book Group)
5. The Skinny On Success by Jim Randel (Rand Publishing)
6. New From The Inside Out by Kim Vazquez
7. A Life On The Run by Dr. John Telford (Harmonie Park Press)
8. Pharoah by DaPharoah69 (TKOE Publications)
9. Broken Birds by Jeanette Katzier
10. Young Professional's Guide To Success by Ryan Kohnen (Emerald Book Co.)
11. Writing For The Soul by Jerry B. Jenkins (Writer's Digest Books)
12. Tough Choices by Carly Fiorina (Penguin Group)

FICTION TITLES (Listed in no particular order)
1. Excess Baggage by Sean Gardner (Everlast Publishing)
2. Don't Hate the Game by Michael T. Owens and others (Montage Publishing)
3. A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliott (Amazon Encore)
4. Diary of a Stalker by Electa Rome Parks (Urban Renaissance)
5. Holy Rollers by Reshonda Tate Billingsley (Simon & Schuster)
6. Get Lucky by Katherine Center (Ballantine Books)
7. The Language of Secrets by Dianne Dixon (Doubleday)
8. Guardian Angel by Andrew Neiderman (Dorchester Pub)
9. Sweet Deception by Patricia Sargeant (Kensington Books)
10. White Tombs by Christopher Valen (Conquill Press)
11. Nick, Dontae, Gus & Jack by Nigel Barto (I Universe)
12. 2 In The Hat by Raffi Yessayan (Ballantine Books)
13. Spooky Little Girl by Laurie Notaro (Villard Books)

To see what books have been recognized in the past, visit www.thebestbookclub.info. Have books you want to suggest to Webb and Conversations Book Club? Email him at cawebb4@juno.com.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Podcast #004 Freeman Michaels interviews Cyrus Webb

Podcast #004 Freeman Michaels interviews Cyrus Webb

Had a great time with this interview today with Freeman Michaels and Jordan Mercedes. Please take a listen.