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Today we’d like to introduce you to Akiva McClam. 

Hi Akiva, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
For a person who never took any classes in playwrighting or directing I realize now it is a God-given gift. Able to articulate line by line for actors/actresses, making sure the storyline flows from the beginning, middle, and the end, researching the right background music that enhances the scenes, etc. 

When I think back, I saw the pieces planted in me at an early age, during my adolescents and now adulthood. When I was little, I would spend hours in my room playing with my GI Joe toys, Transformers, etc. In my little room, I lived in a rhombus imagination. I created scenes for my toys to act in. I was the actor and director. 

Approaching my teen years, I lost my mom and dad a year apart from one another. At this point the writer in me begins to write down feelings, things I wish I had, things I experienced, saw in my family, among my peers, and in society. I would begin to write short skit in my journals. Now around this time, I am also a star athlete at Westminster Academy named All-County in Broward (Fort Lauderdale, Fl) for Wide Receiver. I was heavily recruited to play baseball after high school. After being timed as one of the fastest running the bases; they compared me to the next fastest ever ran that fast was MLB Otis Nixon of Atlanta Braves. I was for sure I was going to play in Major League Baseball especially playing against Alex Rodriquez (New York Yankee) and Danny Kanell (ESPN Sports Analyst and New York Giant). But God has something else planned for me. 

After graduating from Bethune Cookman University with a BS in Sociology. Another piece to the puzzle that I realized I needed later with my writing/directing. I worked three years with the Department of Juvenile Justice as a Group Treatment Counselor for youth first-time offenses in the judicial system. I also got married in June 1998. 

I will have to say while in college I became a Tyler Perry fan. I remember not having too much money as a college student purchasing a ticket to one of the plays he was producing in Orlando, Fla. Since then, I followed and watched Tyler. One thing I can learn from him is that he never gave up. It took that one experience of people wrapped around the building to kick start his career. My people wrapped around the corner to get in is coming. I had one experience in 2013 for Cain N Abel. What happened I got distracted after losing my job. I really felt that was the year I was supposed to have left the workplace of a 9 to 5. 

In 1999, I decided to enlist in the United States Air Force which brought me to the DMV area. I was stationed in Andrews AFB, MD for 9 years and 5 months receiving an honoring separation in 2008, but later in 2015 the USAF medically retired me. 

My first stage play. 

2009, I was attending Lighthouse Baptist Church; at the time the church wanted to do something different for the Christmas celebration. My wife at the time volunteered my name to write them a stage play. Yes volunteered. She reminded me that all the years in college I would write skits and always talk about production. For some reason, I stopped thinking about performance arts. I decided to say yes to the opportunity. As soon as I said yes, I began to have visions. I saw characters for the play, a storyline, supporting songs, etc. Next, I began to people watch; I personally chose everyone who I thought was qualified to play the roles I was writing. The play was called, “My Christmas Story.” The play received a standing ovation. At that point, I realized the gift God gave me is for real. 

I begin to write more plays that were dear to me because there were stories of mine hidden in different characters. A lot of people review my plays like an emotional rollercoaster. You will get your laughs, thrills, suspense, teaching, and a lot of tears. 

My motto is to provide high-quality stage plays that focus on the following cores from the play: comedy, teaching, drama, and ministry. 

The following stage plays I have written over time: 

2010, 2013 Cain N Abel; A grandmother took on a job to raise two of her grandsons. One grandson chose God and the other one chose the streets. It took the grandmother and her god-fearing grandson to go pull the other brother out of the darkness. I wrote this play to show how the effects of favoritism would do among family members, especially siblings. 

2015 Deep Cover Stage Play Production – A pastor lost his first love in Jesus Christmas. He was more worried about expanding the church. He was losing his identity until an invited Bishop for the revival called him out on his behavior. 

2016 Answering His Call Stage Play Production; An honor roll student finds herself In School Restriction. While in restriction the students opened up on personal things they were going through. At this point, she understood why she was there as she helped and encouraged each student that was going through depression, lack of confidence, and dealing with pregnancy. 

2018-2019 I’ll Be Home For Christmas (Dinner Theater) 

2019 Deep Cover “Let Your Light Shine in Dark Places” Pastor Wilson is challenged by his son to use his platform and speak out against police brutality, racism, and social injustice. 

2019 Deep Cover “Let Your Light Shine In Dark Places” Panel Discussion at Anacostia Arts Center, DC- food, live entertainment, and a panel discussion on police/community relations, racism in society and the church, social injustice, and rights to vote 

2020 Hired to write a book into a stage Play Production. The Storm Has A Ministry Stage Play Production. A mother’s story recovering from breast cancer, two divorces but wasn’t prepared to lose her son to violence in the streets of Atlanta, Ga. Instead of being bitter, she turned her pain into a ministry to teach others how to get through their pain. 

2021 Life N Music web series Musical Drama series; Season One Episode one will begin March of 2022. 

2023 Upcoming Stage Play Production, When Two Storms Collide. 

After putting all the pieces together, I can walk boldly that I am a playwright, director, and now a screenwriter. Life and other experiences have made me the writer I am today. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
A smooth ride not at all. I was raised by my grandmother. I never understood why I wasn’t living with my mother and my brother. My grandmother felt my mom was too young to raise me at the time. After some disagreement between mother and daughter my mother left and gave birth to my brother a year later. 

I spent some time with my mother when I guess I was allowed. I remember spending the night at her apartments and or even going to work with her. My mom was hard work. She kept a job. One of the hardest things as a young man is to see his mother get beaten by her boyfriend. One night my brother and I were locked in a room as we can hear our mom being tossed to the walls and punched by her boyfriend. I wish I could have done something but I was paralyzed with fear. I wasn’t used to seeing that living with my grandmother. I actually shared about that abusive night in my play, Cain N Abel. 

My mom received some bad news in 1986 that she had cancer. I think it was high in stages as she did not last long after going through chemotherapy. Jan 1996 my mom died in my room. For a long time, I couldn’t sleep in my room. 

My dad was always in prison during my growing up. When describing my dad, I tell people I saw him three times: 1. Visiting him in Radford Fl prison when I was very young. 2. In my senior year in high school, my dad came to visit me at my grandmother’s. We talked briefly. He promised to be the dad I wanted in my life. 3rd. Six months later from the conversation at my grandmother’s living room my father was murdered in Miami Beach, Fla. I stood before him as he laid stiff in the casket. I looked at him remembering our conversation and seeing our resemblance. 

Worked multiple jobs to take care of my family. I always had two jobs until 2008. I believe in taking care of my family by all means. That was a challenge especially on days I didn’t feel like going. 

Being a full-time student attending night classes to receive my Masters in Information Network Systems. The money I would receive from the military for being a full-time student I would use to finance my stage plays for years until the money ran out. 

Marital Problems- while writing my plays I experience some marital issues. The way I was able to handle it I developed a lot of characters in different plays. I was able to share how I felt through my actors. A lot of that was in I’ll Be Home For Christmas. It was my way of talking to my daughters and well to my wife. July 29th, 2020 received a divorce. 

September 2020 learned I had chronic leukemia after going through some testing and biopsy. I was torn in pieces. I wasn’t for sure how long I had to live. I went back to holding my mom’s hand while she was dying. Remembering how much she went through with chemo. I always feared having cancer all my life. 

In February of 2021, I did a short film with Kevin Simmons (Intentional Vision Filming). The short film was therapeutic for me. Kevin felt I was the best person to play me. I decided to come out of the director and become an actor. The film focused on me packing giving a sigh I lost my family and now dealing with the news of having leukemia. I called it “Faith Walk” 


During these trying times, I was about to be blessed to write my first song called “Time After Time”, co-writer Burnie Stevenson. 

More of the challenges now besides my health is trying to find sponsors and investors. I truly feel once I’m able to gain more help in that department we can reach out to some big-name actors, actresses, and or artists to appear in the plays I have already written. 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about McClam Enterprise Productions?
McClam Enterprise Productions was founded in 2010. We are a faith-based production company that believes in creating believable scenes on stage where everyone from all ages and races can relate. We turn biblical scriptures and or parables into modern-day stage plays. One of the first ones that people still talk about is Cain N Abel's 2010 and 2013 productions. 

We are rapidly growing; our organization consists of the following: Casting Director, Stage Crew Director, Operation Manager, Transportation Operator, and Project Manager. In the beginning, I wore all those hats but over time I found the right people to trust to perform the work. Their main objective is to keep me busy focusing on production and execution with the cast, etc. 

Currently, we specialize in one-on-one consultation on how to put a production together and acting, review scripts, stage crew assistant, work for hire turn your book into a script. 

Our professionalism and high-quality productions set us apart from others. Our main objective to make sure our audience remember their experience with McClam Enterprise Productions. It reminds me when you ask a person how was church? Oh it was good, I can’t remember what the Pastor said but I tell you everything else was great!!! They are saying for that 2 hrs. their experience was great!!! That is what we want our viewers to experience!! The fun they remembered having. 

Planting seeds wherever we go is our branding. We want to use our platform to plant good seeds in the lives of the people. If a community is having a police relation issue; our plays know how to target that situation in an entertainment setting but at the same time we are providing a solution and creatively show the audience both sides of the situation where people can see the Officer as a human and the Officer (s) can see the citizen as a human. I call this both sides meeting in the middle. 

Our services are open to anyone! We ask you to have good energy and a passion to learn and take directions. 

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
We are always looking to work with other people or businesses that share the same vision to help our community. We are currently collaborating with Assured Business Organization Services (SheAbos) founded by Angela Middleton. Angela Middleton after attending one of my productions sat me down and showed me how she can help me free up more of my time. 

Since the coloration, we now work together in a group we called Network Link. We bring CEOs of other businesses in the community and give them the platform to share more about their organization. The main thing is to share, support, and network with one another. 

Anyone from the community ever attends our event we teach them how to start their business and educate them on the purpose of networking. 

You can reach us at mcclamenterpriseproductions@gmail.com or subscribe on mcclamenterpriseproductions.com 

Contact Info:

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  • Youtube: McClam Enterprise Productions


Nina Fowler

To read the full interview and press release, please visit the website at https://voyagebaltimore.com/interview/inspiring-conversations-with-akiva-mcclam-of-mcclam-enterprise-productions/

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DJ Worship More:

I am delighted to speak to the highly respected Fondrea Lewis on the “Your’ll Soul Music Hour”. I’m sure you have heard the music and have seen one of the coolest videos of 2011 sung by this woman of God. Fondrea Lewis just released her new album entitled, I Believe God along with a hit single and music video entitled “Sweeter”. Fondrea, welcome to the “Your’ll Soul Music Hour” on PreachPastor.com.

Question DJ Worship More:

Fondrea before we discuss your music, you are a minister of the Gospel first. Please share with our listeners, when did you decide to preach the Gospel?

Answer Fondrea Lewis:

I knew that I was called to preach at 17, but I didn’t actually submit to that idea until I was about 23 years old.

DJ Worship More:

My sister, you are exciting, powerful and full of life. I have seen some of your live performances on YouTube, and they are just beautiful. You’re not only an excellent vocalist, but you have also directed award-winning choirs as well.

Question DJ Worship More:

What are some of the challenges being a solo artist present? Which do you find more challenging, being a choir director or a solo artist?

Answer Fondrea Lewis:

Well I am actually a new solo “artist” per say, so I am not sure what kinds of challenges I will be up against. I just listen to the experiences of my friends who are solo artists and try to get an idea. I can imagine that one major difference is that you have to deal with less attitudes and agendas as a solo artist and with a choir directress you have to try to make voices blend, attitudes mesh, schedules match, outfits come together and the list goes on and on! With one person those kinds of decisions are much easier to make, but I love both of those areas of ministry I was just ready to experience another avenue. I have 18 years of experience being a choir directress. I was just ready for something new! Maybe I will be able to answer that question differently after a few years of being a solo artist. We’ll see how long I last……LOL

Question DJ Worship More:

The music video for “Sweeter” from the “I believe God” album is one of the coolest and just relaxing music videos I’ve seen in awhile. When I say cool, to me the feeling I get is just that everyday vibe. You know, I can truly relate with the environment and peace in the video.

Question DJ Worship More:

What was your inspiration behind the song “Sweeter?”

Answer Fondrea Lewis:

Thank you so much, I love the video as well, And that was the idea behind the video which was directed by George Searight Jr.

That song was actually written by my 19-year-old daughter Kayla who you see there in the video with me. (Smile) She is an amazing songwriter, musician and singer who happen to have her own relationship with God. She came in my room one morning at about 2a.m. and said “Mom tell me what you think” and immediately I fell in love with the song and I asked her if I ever recorded could I put that song on my album? She said really? I don’t think it’s good enough and said let me worry about that because I LOVE IT!!!! So there you have it! Maybe soon you will be interviewing her alone. This Girl has a bright future!!!!

Question DJ Worship More:

Fondrea, I don’t want to be a spoiler, but your album has a lot to offer the listener. What is your favorite song on the CD and why?

Answer Fondrea Lewis:

I do happen to love all of the songs but my actual favorite song is “I cried to the Lord” because it is the song that the Lord gave to me. I appreciate all of the other writers but that song was birthed from my personal experience with God.

DJ Worship More:

Fondrea where can we purchase your CD?

Answer Fondrea Lewis:

The CD is now available on I-Tunes, Twitter, CD-Baby, Rhapsody, V-Cast and Napster.

DJ Worship More:

What websites can we read more about you and how can fans follow up on your latest achievements?

Answer Fondrea Lewis:

You can find out more about me and where I we will be on my website, Fondrealewis.org and I am also on FaceBook.com and Twitter.com as well.

DJ Worship More:

Fondrea, thank you for taking this time to speak with PreachPastor.com. Your presence alone will light up any room that God has sent you to walk into its doors.

Thank you and God Bless.

Answer Fondrea Lewis:

Thank you so much for having me, it was a pleasure to share with you!

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Daniel Fasting with Kristen Feola

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January 11, 2011 Preachpastor.com will begin a 21 day Daniel Fast. This invitation is extended to everyone who is looking to get a fresh Word from the Lord.

The Daniel Fast originated when the Prophet Daniel refused to eat meat that was sacrificed to the Babylonian’s gods’ because it did not agree with the Mosaic Law. Drinking water and eating vegetables and fruits was the diet for Daniel and his friends given to them by the guards while they were in the court of Nebuchadnezzar.

Now, in 2012 abstaining from sweets, breads and artificial ingredients for 21 days is a challenging task. Kristen Feola, is the author of “The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast” a must read to those who are looking to participate in a Daniel Fast or looking to change your diet for a healthier turn for the better.

Question DJ Worship More:

Kristen, your book will be a blessing for anyone looking to undertake the Daniel Fast. What was your motivation when you decided to write “The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast?”

Answer Kristen Feola:

I didn’t actually start out with the idea of writing a book. When our church participated in a corporate Daniel Fast in September 2009, I sensed the Lord prompting me to start a blog about my journey. I didn’t expect it to be anything more than a personal journal. Since I like to cook and had recipes from a previously unpublished cookbook, I began posting recipes and devotions on my blog for people in my church. Word spread, and people began visiting my site to find encouragement and practical help on their fast. Two months after our fast ended, I went to a Christian writer’s conference and proposed a book on the Daniel Fast to an agent, who eventually became my agent. That connection was certainly a divine appointment because it led to a miraculous book contract with Zondervan, one of the largest Christian publishers in the world. God directed every step of my journey, and I give Him all the glory!

Question DJ Worship More:

Your book should not be labeled as just a cook book for it’s the “The Ultimate Guide”. How will this book provide food for the readers spiritually?

Answer Kristen Feola:

Since the purpose of a fast is to spend more time in prayer and in the Word, I provide 21 devotions, one for each day of the fast. The devotions are meant to be a springboard that motivates people into deeper study. For example, Day 6, “Cries in the Night,” tells the story about a time when my daughter was sick and I needed to show compassion. Then, I relate my personal experience to what the Bible says. I also list five related verses on God’s compassion and comfort for those who want to study a little deeper.

Question DJ Worship More:

Kristen, the Daniel Fast isn’t a requirement for Christians. So why should we fast as believers?

Answer Kristen Feola:

Nowhere in the Bible does it say, “Thou shalt fast.” However, there are a number of Scripture passages in both the Old and New Testaments that seem to imply that fasting will be a regular part of our lives (2 Chronicles 20:1-4; Ezra 8:21-23; Nehemiah 1:1-4; Matthew 4:1-11). Perhaps the main reason I believe we should fast on a regular basis is the fact that Jesus fasted. He set an example for us. If Jesus the Son of God, recognized the importance of fasting in his life, shouldn’t we as well?

Question DJ Worship More:

You have an awesome website, filled with various delicious Daniel safe recipes, just curious which dish is your favorite?

Answer Kristen Feola:

Oh, that’s a tough one! There are several that I like. One of my favorite snacks is Apples with Date Honey. I like to add chopped pecans and unsweetened coconut flakes on top. It’s so yummy! The most popular recipes from my book are Baked Oatmeal, Black Bean Chili Bake, and Date Honey.

Question DJ Worship More:

Kristen what websites can we read more about you and your ministry? How can we stay up to date with your latest achievements?

Answer Kristen Feola:

My book is available anywhere books are sold nationwide (both Christian and regular bookstores). You can also order The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast online (my blog, Amazon, etc.). Be sure to visit my blog regularly at www.ultimatedanielfast.com. Add me as a friend on Facebook and Twitter.

Anyone who is doing the Daniel Fast right now should sign up for my January 2012 Seek & Find Daniel Fast Newsletter (right sidebar on blog). You'll receive daily encouragement emails, exclusive Daniel Fast recipes not found in the book, cooking videos showing how to make recipes, and weekly blog chat sessions to interact with me and others on the fast. You can also sign up for my regular Ultimate Daniel Fast Newsletter in the same place.

DJ Worship More:

Kristen, you are the best! I want to thank you for taking your time to share and help encourage so many Christians in their undertaking of the Daniel Fast. You are a writer of a new genre in books labeled under the Spiritual Cookbook!

Thank you and God Bless!

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KYCAM Publishing launch martidorner.com

Washington, DC - (March 01, 2011) - KYCAM Publishing recording artist Marti Dorner recently unveiled a redesign of her official website www.martidorner.com


In addition to announcing the release of her first self-entitled album "Marti".  The new site now features more tour information, news, access videos and interactive links to download music.  This contemporary gospel singer and songwriter's new music will also be sampled throughout the website.



Marti Entertainment LLC 




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