This weekend is my second week on SiriusXM. We air Saturdays from 10am to 12pm EST (7am to 9am in LA) on Sirius 102 or XM 155 (you can get a FREE* SiriusXM 30 days online trial here). Last week was amazing. Thanks to all of you who called in…it means so much. My guests this week include Father Albert Cutié talking to us about his new book and new talkshow on FOX, and Smokey Robinson & Leon Isaac Kennedy sharing with us on the power of friendship. This week’s show is focused on your comeback and beyond…how to get your comeback and how to live beyond it.
Father Albert Cutié has had the special privilege of entering millions of homes throughout the world each day with his television and radio talk shows, as well as, his newspaper advice columns. His first self-help book, Real Life, Real Love (published by Penguin) is available in English and is already a bestseller in Spanish. He is set to start airing on FOX a new talkshow this summer.
Father Albert became Episcopal and announced his decision to continue serving God as a married priest on May 28, 2009. He was originally ordained a priest in the Roman Catholic Church for the Archdiocese of Miami on the 13th of May, 1995. In addition to his work in the media, he served as a parish priest in several parishes in South Florida. He was President and General Director of Pax Catholic Communications (home of Radio Peace and Radio Paz in Miami). In October of 1998, Father Albert became the first clergyman to host a daily “talk-show” as part of a major network on international secular television. He later continued to host his weekly talk-show, HABLANDO CLARO CON EL PADRE ALBERTO, on the international network EWTN.
“Smokey” Robinson is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, record producer, and former record executive. Robinson is one of the primary figures associated with Motown, second only to the company’s founder, Berry Gordy. Robinson’s consistent commercial success and creative contributions to the label have earned him the title “King of Motown.”
As an original member of Motown Records’ first vocal group The Miracles and as a solo artist, Robinson delivered thirty-seven Top 40 hits for Motown between 1960 and 1987. He also served as the company’s vice president from 1961 to 1988.
During the mid-1980s, Robinson was addicted to cocaine. His recording slowed, and his marriage altered. With the help of friend Leon Isaac Kennedy (as described in Robinson’s autobiography Smokey published in 1987), Robinson had a dramatic spiritual shift and a miraculous recovery. He eventually revitalized his career, having hits in 1987 with the Grammy Award-winning “Just to See Her” (a U.S. #8 hit) and “One Heartbeat” (U.S. #10). In 1987, Robinson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist.
Leon Isaac Kennedy has been one of the foremost African-American purveyors of two-fisted action flicks. Kennedy is best known for his performance as “Too Sweet” in 1979′s Penitentiary (#1 independent film of 1979) and its sequels. Kennedy was one of the first minority film makers to travel to Cannes, Russia and China to dispel the myth that Black films have no commercial value overseas. Before he was through, Kennedy’s films had played in virtually every country in the world! By age 18, he had his own T.V. show. By the time he was 21, Leon had his own syndicated show “Outta Sight” (“Outta Sight” was before “Soul Train” and was the first Black syndicated television show in the country.)
Later on Kennedy discovered speaking, devoting his time to visiting detention centers, drug rehab centers, homes for unwed mothers, churches and hundreds of prisons.