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Professor Anthony B. Major of UCF

During Black History Month, Monica speaks to various icons in our community and one of them is Anthony B. Major. He is a Professor of Fine Arts and African Studies at the University of Central Florida. Tony was also a Broadway actor, having worked with James Earl Jones, Redd Foxx, Sinbad, Dolly Parton and many others. Major regals us with theater history and more. A formerly sought after baseball player, Major decided on college in New York and that’s where his love for theater began. Tony also announced that Monica is receiving the John t. Washington Community Service award. Washington was one of the 1st African Americans to hold a faculty position on the campus.


Friends of Children & Families - Mentoring Youth

Meghan Wilson of Friends of Children & Families, which is a group home for foster teens talked about their need for adults to mentor the youths. They are about to "age out" and need help with basic life skills. Interested adults with time to share or if you'd like to donate, please go to


STAR 94.5 Upcoming Black History Trip to the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Cultural Complex / 3rd Annual Heritage Freedom 5k Run and Walk

Bill Geary and Sonya Mallard from the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Cultural Complex discussed the upcoming STAR 94.5 Black History trip as well as the 3rd Annual Heritage Freedom 5k Run/Walk. The Moore’s were African American educators and pioneer leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Harry T. Moore was the founder of the first branch of the NAACP in Brevard County. The couple was murdered in their home in 1951. Register online at for the STAR 94.5 black history trip to visit the complex February 24th and to participate in the Freedom 5K March 3rd register at


Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative

Guests are Sheena Meade with Florida Rights Restoration Coalition and Rihanna Martin a young women’s advocate and writer for Affinity magazine. The pair recapped last Sunday’s Women’s March and announced that Florida Amendment 4, the Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative will be on the 2018 ballot in November.


National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week / My FEST

Sunday’s show is all about our youth and some of the social and emotional issues they face. January 22nd – 28th is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week and Carol Burkett with the Orange County Drug Free Coalition talks about the FREE Lunch and Learn they’re hosting for parents and caregivers. Also Muriel Jones Executive Director of Federation of Families of Central Florida discusses the big My FEST event Saturday January 2th at Barnett Park open to families in our community with youth dealing with mental health and social issues.


3 Heartbeats

Speaking with Laura Dorsey about the Infinite Scholars scholarship fair coming to Evans H.S. this Wednesday January 17th and in Sanford on Thursday January 18th. Over 30 co0lleges on hand with millions of dollars to give to students who qualify. All the details are online at to register. We also talk with Stephanie Dixon Daniels, the mother of Sade Dixon who was slain by her ex-boyfriend last year. They’ve begun a foundation to offer women in domestic abuse situations – FIGHT BACK power and self-confidence to move forward. There is an event open to all women Saturday January 20th @ Legacy Sports Center – details at


Diversity, Equity and inclusion book club

Monica speaks with Dr. Ruth Edwards, Educational Director for the Winter Park Public Library and Barbara Chandler, Manager of the Hannibal Square Heritage Center about the upcoming Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Book Club. The 3 month series focuses on the award winning author James Baldwin. There will be 3 documentary showings at the library featuring: “I Am Not Your Negro,” “Perspectives on Athletes and Activism” and Ava Duvernay’s “13th.” Open community discussions will follow at Hannibal Square – Please check for dates and times.


City of Orlando Dr. King Events

Monica talked with the City of Orlando's MLK Commission about the events starting January 7th commemorating Dr. King. The conversation included listings in other cities as well. For a look at the calendar, visit Star Cares @


Financial Training - McCoy Federal Credit Union

Monica May talks with Sylvia McIntosh about better financial practices for 2018. She is a financial trainer for our STAR Cares sponsor McCoy Federal Credit Union. They talk about going into the New Year with better budgeting techniques and how to change the mindset of a poor financial planner. Sylvia talks about the importance of your FICO score, Saving with a credit union versus a big lending institution and more



spoke with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority as they were preparing for their Small Business Development 13th Annual Networking Event. Monica and George Morning who is their Small Business Development Director talked about the expansion and the best way to do business with the airport in general as a small business.



Dr. Eugene Jones is the Executive Dean at Valencia College’s new downtown location. There is a fundamental education plan in place to take a Parramore child from elementary school all the way through High School at Jones and then on to college at Valencia and then graduate school perhaps at the University of Central Florida.


Lung Force

November is lung cancer awareness month and Monica spoke with Rebecca Desir with the American Lung Association and Dr. Mark Socinski, the Executive Medical Director of the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute. LUNG FORCE EXPO is Friday November 10, 2017 at Sea World Orlando. It’s a day to learn, share and care whether you’re a patient, caregiver or a health professional. Register at or call 407/425-5864


DST Mental health

Monica May spoke with the President of the Orlando Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. Neika Berry about their upcoming Mental Health Youth Summit. It is in its 3rd year and will be Saturday November 11, 2017 8am – 2pm at Valenica’s West Campus 1800 S. Kirkman Road in Orlando. Parents and youth 12 – 18 are encouraged to attend this FREE event in Room 105 of the Health Services Building. Several mental health organizations and other community resources will be available to provide a response to the Netflix series on suicide. “13 Reasons Why Not” offers information on cyber-bullying, self esteem, spectator behavior, interaction with authority and more. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.


UNCF Interview

Monica May spoke with the Regional Development Director, Anita Henri for United Negro College Fund. They are hosting their `15th Annual Walk for Education at Millenia Mall on Saturday October 7, 2017 – Registration begins at 7am and the walk starts at 8am. JoJo from STAR 94.5 will be your event cheerleader and we are all looking forward to raising money to keep students in school. It’s a family affair with lots of food, fun and activities for everyone.


July 31, 2017

Guys with Ties is a philanthropic group of men whose mission is to raise money for local charities that focus on the special needs of the Central Florida community. They’re next charity of choice is Down Syndrome of Central Florida. Guys with Ties graced the cover of IBA Success magazine and Monica got to speak with Jeremy Session of GWT and Jennifer Yon, the publisher of IBA Success magazine.


May 14, 2017

Route 7 Orlando, a group of young men going into schools to mentor young men. Gene Martin, Johnathan Lopez, and Devon Burns sit down with Monica to discuss how Route 7 Orlando started and their community impact.


May 7, 2017

Celebrating 10 years of history with The Hannibal Square Heritage Center in Winter Park, Monica talks re-energizing with Chief Historian Fairolyn Livingston and Manager Barbara Chandler.


April 30, 2017

Stay in the know with the Central Florida Salvation Army and their upcoming events, hear from Ted Morris and Kyle McNeil. Plus Monica May talks with Muriel Jones from Federation of Families on Children's Mental Health Month.


April 20, 2017

Monica May sits down with OC Clerk Tiffany Moore Russell to talk about Passports, how to get them and what you can do with yours.


March 26, 2017

Monica sits down with President of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, Desmond Meade, as he updates us on local communities and national policies.

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