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Scheduled Guests for August 14, 2018

Tina Alexis Allen

As a break-out star on WGN’s hit series “Outsiders,” actress/playwright/author Tina Alexis Allen most recently starred as Shurn, a force to be reckoned with in the clash-of-cultures drama rooted in coal mining Kentucky. With Oscar-nominated actor Paul Giamatti on board as an executive producer, Allen acted alongside David Morse (“Treme,” “Hurt Locker”) and Ryan Hurst (“Sons of Anarchy,” “Bates Motel”). The youngest of 13 kids in a Catholic family growing up in Chevy Chase, Maryland, Tina was a tomboy at heart. After accepting a basketball scholarship to the University of Maryland, she caught the fashion bug, earned an MBA in marketing and moved to NYC. While working as a fashion executive on Seventh Avenue, she spent her weekends seeing Broadway shows and igniting a love of the arts. Some soul searching led to Tina leaving her successful career to pursue acting. She has since been celebrated for her diverse range of roles in theatre, film and television. “Acting coach to the stars,” Susan Batson, (Oprah, Nicole Kidman, Lady Gaga, Chris Rock, Madonna, Juliette Binoche) has described Tina as “a true chameleon—capable of playing anything.” Allen wrote and performed her critically acclaimed solo show, SECRETS OF A HOLY FATHER, in New York and Los Angeles. Based on her own life, Allen yearned to understand the complicated and highly secretive double life of her father. By transforming herself into him, she took her father’s journey exploring the universal themes of family betrayal, redemption and forgiveness in a tour-de-force performance. In Los Angeles, she performed a 12-character one-woman show, IRRESISTIBLE, lauded by critics as rivaling the work of Lily Tomlin. For her work in THE BREAK-UP NOTEBOOK, Allen was nominated for a GLAAD award alongside Jane Lynch. In addition, she starred in and produced the Slamdance Jury Prize film PHANTOM PAIN, and played opposite Theresa Russell in the 2014 feature film, MOVING MOUNTAINS. In addition to acting and writing, Allen is the Co-Founder of Gina Raphaela Jewelry, which merges art, fashion, and social consciousness. The brand uses deconstructed and transformed bullets as a foundation for daring necklaces, rings and bracelets. Their philanthropic mission provides a percentage of all proceeds to be donated directly to non-profit organizations taking a stand for peace.


Tina Alexis Allen - IMDb

As a break out star on WGN's record breaking series "Outsiders, actress/playwright/GLAAD Award Nominee Tina Alexis Allen is a force to be reckoned with in this clash-of-cultures drama rooted in coal mining Kentucky. With Oscar-nominated actor Paul Giamatti on board as an executive producer, "Outsiders" was the most viewed original series in WGN America's history. Allen stars as 'Shurn,' an integral and fiery member of the 'Farrell' family clan alongside 'Big Foster Farrell' played by David Morse ("Treme," "Hurt Locker") and 'Lil Foster Farrell' played by Ryan Hurst ("Sons of Anarchy," "Bates Motel"). The youngest of 13 kids growing up in Chevy Chase, Maryland, Tina was a tomboy at heart. After accepting a basketball scholarship to the University of Maryland, she caught the fashion bug, earned an MBA in marketing and moved to NYC. While spreading her wings in a corporate job for iconic 80's African American clothing designer Willi Smith, she spent her weekends seeing Broadway shows and igniting a love of the arts. Some soul searching led to Tina abruptly quitting her successful career in the fashion world to fully pursue acting. She has since been celebrated for her diverse range of roles in theatre, film and television, including a powerhouse executive, a transsexual, a mom, a housewife, and even a man. Famed acting coach, Susan Batson (Oprah, Nicole Kidman, Juliette Binoche) has described her as "a true chameleon - capable of playing anything." In Los Angeles, she performed a 12-character one-woman show, Irresistible, lauded by critics as rivaling the work of Lily Tomlin. For her work in The Break-up Notebook, Allen was nominated for a GLAAD award alongside Glee's ferociously acerbic Jane Lynch. In addition, she starred in and produced the Slamdance Jury Prize Nominated film PHANTOM PAIN, and was the hilarious "Dr. Mills" on IFC's "The Onion News Network." Allen recently wrote and performed her critically praised solo show, SECRETS OF A HOLY FATHER. Based on her own life, Allen yearns to understand the complicated and highly secretive double life of her father. By transforming herself into him, she took her father's journey, submerging into the Universal themes of family betrayal and redemption in a tour-de-force performance from the heart. Her memoir based on the solo show is due out early 2017 on HarperCollins' Dey Street Publishing. She is also currently developing the story for television. In addition to acting, Allen merges art, fashion, and social consciousness with the NO MORE VIOLENCE jewelry collection that she co-founded with artist and designer, Gina Raphaela. Currently sold at Barney's, the Gina Raphaela brand uses deconstructed and transformed bullets as a foundation for daring necklaces, rings and bracelets. Their philanthropic mission provides a percentage of all proceeds to be donated directly to non-profit organizations while raising awareness and making a stand for peace.


Inside ‘Hiding Out: A Memoir of Drugs, Deception and Double Lives’ With Tina Alexis Allen

The former fashion executive turned GLAAD Award-nominated actress details her childhood journey — a coming-out narrative coupled with her Catholic father's own sexuality revelation — in her new memoir.


The 5th Annual Meritage of Miracles - Stambaugh Auditorium

The 5th Annual Meritage of Miracles supports Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley. We donate 100% of the proceeds to the pediatric palliative care program that benefits children with chronic, complex, and life-threatening illnesses. You’re invited to an evening of intrigue and philanthropy as you will enjoy unlimited, delicious food and wine served by L’uva Bella Winery & Bistro, local craft beer by Birdfish Brewery sponsored by the Houck Family, and and live entertainment by Steve Fazzini, YSU’s Dana School of Music, and Rick Schilling. Family speakers will share their personal stories to showcase how palliative care plays a major role in their lives and our community. Don’t forget to capture the fun at the photobooth sponsored by The Booth Lady! Chance, silent, and live auctions led by auctioneer Jeff Anglin will feature: • Cleveland Cavaliers and other sports memorabilia • Floor seating Cleveland Cavalier tickets includeding food and beverage service • Napa Valley VIP Wine Tour Package • Exclusive jewelry and handbags • …and many more!


Tony DeAscentis – CEO,

Tony DeAscentis – CEO, Gadget Geek Our company is founded on six fundamental thoughts. The first being evaluating opportunities. For me, having held leadership positions in both large corporations and smaller enterprises, there has always seemed to be the same challenges. We always were looking for better ways to solve our digital communications gaps. Our approach, here at Ving, has been one of selecting the right path and refining it as we go forward. The world is chaotic and fast paced. I am looking to lead the charge in addressing it in the business, education and health care arena with an engagement platform that drives data driven decisions with the use of tackable, digitable packets. It’s about improving your communications style and content and becoming more and more effective every day and moment.


Meritage of Miricles - Sunday August 19 2018 annual fundraiser -

Meritage of Miracles is an annual fundraiser that donates 100% of its proceeds to Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley's pediatric palliative care program for children with chronic, complex and life-threatening illnesses.


The Ultimate Safety Playbook For Training Millennials By Millennials

With a better understanding of your millennial employees you will be able to create a safer work environment. This eBook will walk you through everything you need to know about millennials.



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