This week on the Power of Women, we are excited to chat with Martha Ryan who is currently the chair of the Commonwealth Club of Northern California, the oldest and largest public affairs forum.
As a journalist, I have to admit it was hard to play it cool when faced with the prospect of interviewing Jason Reynolds. A writer of his caliber, arguably the voice of a generation, who am I to tell even part of his story? New York Times best-selling author, National Book Award Finalist, and NAACP Image Award winner are only a few of the titles of which he can boast. But sitting down to speak with Jason was surprisingly easy; simultaneously like talking to an old friend and watching an elite athlete perform the most difficult feats with a grace and ease found only in the mastery of one’s craft.
We had pleasure of sitting down with Hayley Orrantia to discuss and celebrate her latest dropped single, “Open Your Mouth” (released May 13). You might know Orrantia from her acting role in The Goldbergs and as a popular country/pop singer, but she is taking her music career and sound in a new exciting direction, which you can hear in her latest single, “Open Your Mouth.” Her latest single is the perfect upbeat summer anthem and break-up song with its fun, sassy sound and lyrics that will have everyone playing on repeat!
Avery Konrad exists in multitudes. Her impressive work in film and television, coupled with her background and love of dance certifies Avery as one to watch amongst the ever-shifting and changing Hollywood landscape. Avery most recently appeared in the science fiction-horror television series FROM, which premiered on Epix in February of 2022. Portraying the role of Sara Myers, Avery transformed herself into a complicated, multifaceted, and haunted character. Connor Duszynski sat down with the Vancouver-based actress and dancer to discuss her rising star power, her thoughts on the success of FROM, her roots, and upcoming projects to keep an eye out for.
Ben Musser. A husband. A father. A brother. A son. A solo musician that has been on his musical journey since the beginning of his life’s journey. It all started on the east coast, down a quiet street in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. As a son and brother, Ben grew up in a household quite the opposite of quiet. Instead, filled with music.
Music that can invoke a state of mind is music that is coming from a place of thoughtful purpose. Motel 7, a duo creating acoustic beats and relatable lyrics, has done just that. Anton Khabba and Dylan Jagger Lee met as students in music school where the two found their voices (quite literally) during their night owl music sessions. The band produces lo-fi beats combined with acoustics notes to evoke a captivating ease and fluidity; a welcoming retreat from our fast paced reality. This fluidity is also expressed in their writing style where the two have adopted a practice of writing what first comes to mind and simply rolling with it.