SHOW NOTES-Episode 000 WWPN: How I’m Livin’ With Chef Babette!
00:01:00] MARCI: Welcome to the introduction of Well Woman Podcast Network's How I'm Livin' with Chef Babette, episode 000. I am Marci Kenon, your co-host, co-producer, and co-founder of WWPN, along with my longtime friend and partner in ventures, Alicia Hollins. How I'm Livin' with Chef Babette is the first of a number of podcast by women who are wellness enthusiasts and professionals excited to share their wisdom, knowledge, and experience with our global audience. For us, wellness has several key dimensions that include nutritional, physical, medical, spiritual, mental, emotional, relational, environmental, as well as occupational. Financial wellness is another important key to overall well-being. You can look forward to a robust network of podcasts providing the audience with inspirational, motivational, and practical tools and solutions to live better, and dream bigger.
In 1997, Alicia and I, we launched a music conference in which dozens of professionals were invited to share their knowledge, their expertise in music production, publishing, songwriting, marketing and promotion. Some of them were even looking for the next big singer, songwriter, producer, or rapper. The niche was urban music, primarily R&B and hip-hop. Alicia insisted that gospel music be represented. She and her family were a gospel group. They traveled around the country, and her dad wrote one of the most recognizable songs sung in church even today. It was a great call on her part.
[00:02:00] A very prominent current-day marketing whiz named Michelle Duffie, she brought the best and brightest of the gospel Christian music world to our panels and showcases. Our registrants greatly benefited from that level of exposure, and the diversity of panelist. Those who tune into Well Woman Podcast Network will be blessed with a similar benefit of a variety of wellness topics presented by a collection of women, enthusiasts, and professionals with an array of experience, a lot of knowledge, products and services, to help our audience transform, grow, and lead victorious, balanced lives.
[00:03:00] We aim to take the struggle out of the change that people seek on so many levels day-to-day. Our wellness community and support will extend beyond the podcasts, the show notes, and the resource pages to Facebook groups for our audience to get to know us and each other on a more intimate level. We will introduce a retreat, and some smaller events like meet and greets with Chef Babette in Los Angeles. At our music conference years ago, we used to stress to our registrants that some of the most important connections you're going to make are not going to be with major executives like Big Jon Platt or guests like Malcolm-Jamal Warner. The important hookup is sitting right next to you. From the reports every year, that absolutely proved true.
[00:04:00] Our partners and sponsors included; BMI, ASCAP, SESAC, The Recording Academy, the University of Southern California; my alma mater, Los Angeles Unified School District, Musicians Institute, Warehouse Entertainment and a new shoe company called Skechers. Violet Brown, then urban buyer for Wherehouse Entertainment, which was a retailed chain with about 500 plus stores at that time, she accepted an invitation to join our advisory board. And later, the board of directors of the non-profit Alicia and I formed called Urban Focus Music Foundation. Violet partnered with us and the University of Southern California to produce a two-day music festival and a conference called UrbanFest LA, which was held on the university grounds. Boyz II Men headlined that festival and it boasted over 30 acts including a hot new duo called Mary Mary.
[00:05:00] Now Violet and I would later joined forces again with Image Entertainment this time for the production of a documentary called Higher Ground: Voices of Contemporary Gospel Music and an accompanying CD; Higher Ground: Reformed and Reborn. I traveled around the country interviewing gospel grates including Edwin Hawkins, Donnie McClurkin, Mary Mary, Deitrick Haddon, Yolanda Adams, and Kirk Franklin to name a few. So Alicia's insight about gospel music and it making its way into the mainstream was spot on. Alicia's co-founder of WWPN and the founder of THEEIGHT.org, a not for-profit organization she launched 10 years ago to connect people in need with resources and to make wellness to norm in the communities that THE EIGHT serves. Community action partners in THE EIGHT’s endeavors include Staples, Panera Bread, and Good360. So collectively, Alicia and I have our experience, our knowledge, and expertise but even more so, we know folks whose knowledge, skills, wisdom, and services will be tremendously beneficial to our audience. And our co-hosts and co-producers have rolodexes of their own.
[00:06:00] So we're kicking of the network with one of the most dynamic people on the planet, celebrity chef Babette Davis. Babette is a 65-years-young vegan chef with a six-pack and a restaurant she and husband Rondal own call Stuff I Eat in Inglewood, California. Her clientele includes retired basketball player John Salley, music producer Jermaine Dupri, and Reverend Michael Beckwith; spiritual teacher featured in the book and movie, The Secret.
What made you decide to join forces with Well Woman Podcast Network for the creation of How I’m Livin' with Chef Babette?
[00:07:00] BABETTE: I knew that it would be a fantastic opportunity to lend a voice and to share, first of all, my lifestyle and to also lend a voice and be a voice for the voiceless. I'm a very, very, very good friends with Marci Kenon, yourself, and was excited when I was asked about coming onboard. I've got so many friends, so many stories that I'd like to share, just the whole thing. It just gave me an excellent platform to do just that.
[00:08:00] MARCI: When people need Babette and they feel her energy, see the glow of her skin, and the musculature of her arms and legs, they want to know, "How are you livin’?” Hence, the title of this podcast. Her response is, "It's in the stuff I eat.” Get the picture? She is a vegan and fitness enthusiast. She helps her clients’ transition into healthier eating and inspires her growing social media fanbase through regular video posts of her workouts with her trainer that are designed to lead to her incredible physique. How I'm Livin' with Chef Babette comes out twice a week. You will learn lifestyle and business tips from a woman who has discovered the fountain of youth. Tune in and have a drink from that fountain during the podcast in which Babette and I talk about what's happening in her world. Each week, we will have a second podcast during which she and I will interview a special guest.
Episode 002 features another friend, international singer, songwriter, producer, and entrepreneur Gilli Moon. Gilli is also the founder Songs Alive; a non-profit servicing songwriters around the world since the late '90s. Gilli is the songstress on Circus of Life, that's the catchy little ditty you hear throughout the How I'm Livin' Podcast. Gilli is one of the first artist to use the Internet to market her music.
[00:10:00] GILLI: Yes, I was. I believe I pretty much pave the way for other artists to be able to use the Internet for their own self-marketing and self-led business. I was sort of told to believe by those in the business that I should shop a deal and get a record deal and do lots of showcases on the Sunset Strip and network. And I did all of that, but I soon discovered ... as you just mentioned, this is really early days of the Internet actually. The Internet was going to be my path to having control of my career and my destiny. I was literally like, I created my own website. I was one of the few, actually, who really kind of thought about having a website as an artist. And these days, it's like so normal to do that. But back then, it was really avant-garde. Let alone the fact that not only did I want to be on the Internet, but I wanted to be self-driven and not being told by the industry that I had to go a certain way or do it a certain way. The Internet was like creative freedom which matched my creativity very well. It was very, very exciting.
MARCI: Her books and blogs on social media and marketing are so insightful, that they have caught the attention of entrepreneurs and executives outside of the music realm. This has led Gilli to create her first online academy geared towards the general entrepreneur. Our next podcast series will be with Gilli Moon. We hope to launch it in the middle of September. I will surely keep you updated on events.
WWPN Founder/Producer Marci Kenon: "I'm someone who had been through a lot..."
[00:11:00] So who am I and why am I producing a podcast network? I'm someone who has been through a lot. As a result, I am someone who has an incredible amount of faith. I am the great overcomer and someone who's always had a lot of nerve. It's that boldness that has often paid off. I am betting that it will be that type of boldness that will pay off with Well Woman Podcast Network. WWPN, it became an idea after I’d actually been interviewed for a podcast network. I was going to contribute a well podcast for this particular network and my first feature was on Chef Babette. I interviewed Babette. It was a great interview, but it proved very difficult for me to turn over a raw interview to a very detached producer to chop up. After all, I am a journalist with hundreds of interviews under my belt. I was first published in a local New York City weekly at 15 years old. The article was entitled "No Longer Singing the Back to School Blues."
[00:13:00] So why a wellness podcast presented by women? I’d been contemplating launching a blog for quite some time to market my fitness services. I have been an IFPA-certified personal trainer and a virtual fitness coach since 2012. I hold certifications in sports nutrition, women's fitness, senior fitness and a certification to work with people living with chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and asthma. That's a condition that has plagued me since childhood. I grew out of asthma. I thought, until I resurfaced with a vengeance after a two decade hiatus. When I say, "With a vengeance," I am not being a drama queen. I nearly died of an attack, October 7, 2011. I live with the condition and I am able to train with personal experience and a high level of empathy for many of my clients, both online and offline at Blink Fitness where I work in New York City, my hometown.
[00:14:00] I will be producing a podcast called I Can't Breathe, as I journey through healing from this lifelong affliction with the aid of renowned expert Dr. Richard Firshein, author of Reversing Asthma. He cured himself of the disease and he helps others get free from the bondage of this chronic illness.
00:18:00] Keeping up with Babette was no joke and I am sure that is still the deal with the youngsters who work side-by-side with her at Stuff I Eat today. Stuff I Eat was a concept back then. Eight years later, it is a thriving restaurant having defied all the odds. A Mercy for Animals video profile released on Chef Babette in May 2016 helped catapult her brand and created lines of customers around the block after 7.3 million people viewed her story on social media. Now, they come in to Stuff I at, not all 7.3 million, for food, conversation with the famed chef and a selfie for the road. She loves connecting with her customers and fans online and offline, and she talked to me about it.
[00:19:00] BABETTE: First off all, sharing knowledge as I gain it and sharing knowledge that I already have is extremely important to me. I was attempting to do that on Facebook, but I believe and I know that the podcast will allow us to reach far more people and they'll be able to actually hear my voice. Energy is incredible. Some things that I post on Facebook, maybe a person does want to takes the time to read it or ... You know how it gets on Facebook. If you're listening to me, I'll be able to share all of what I really want to share with you. If you tune in, you will definitely hear it. Bringing quality quests on board, people that have come from there, pretty much where I've come from, some of them and have transitioned in, become vegan and also has become very successful. Those stories are important to me because we're all trying to encourage each other and motivate each other and inspire each other. That is what I envision the Well Woman Podcast, being able to do is handle all of that.
00:20:00] MARCI: We look forward to the inspiration, motivation, wisdom and practical tools, Chef Babette and Gilli Moon; co-host of our next podcast series, bring to our audience. We appreciate your tuning-in to our debut podcast. For information on Chef Babette, go to mywww.pn.com/chefb. To tap into to Gilli Moon's world of blogs, books and courses, go to mywwpn.com/gilli. That's spelled G-I-L-L-I. There, you will also find a link to all of her incredible music like our theme song, Circus of Life. Share this podcast network with your friends, please. Subscribe, rate and review How I'm Livin' with Chef Babette on iTunes.
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