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Jeff Hodges

Jeff is the founder and CEO of YMPmedia.com parent company to Young Men’s Perspective Magazine and IT'S BIGGER THAN HIP HOP RADIO™; through his transmedia company Jeff conveys and communicates the message and the power of transformation.  He is driven by his passion for change; Jeff is an Empowerment Speaker, Youth Advocate, Publisher and Author of his bestseller, A Collection of Conversations A Guide To Success Vol. 1.

 As a Youth Empowerment Specialist Jeff connects with the core of at-risk youth and troubled young people, Jeff is also a very hardworking, creative visionary who is focused on using his creative gifts to uplifting and inspiring future leaders through the many coaching tools and strategies he’s been trained to designed.

As a credited transformational leader Jeff is one of the nations up and coming motivational expert speakers. He has inspired countless people around the world, sharing his breakthrough methods for personal growth and development and professional success. Jeff’s true gift is his ability to connect with young African-American males, inspire them to take the lead in their own lives and communities. He engages his audiences by sharing his journey of transformation and self discovery from what is too often a common starting point of cautionary tales from criminality, violence, hurt guilt and self-hatred, just to name a few. He shares with them his authentic, vivid, and transparent tale of transformation leading them to a place of inspiration and hope.

His message resonates clearly with those who hear him: Jeff shares powerful techniques which assist with establishing deep and authentic happiness and well-being. Specializing in the unique struggles of young black males and the negative forces many of them face on a daily basis, his works have been proven to help all he reaches to tap into their own authenticity.   He is an energetic, charismatic, lively, and down-to earth person others can truly relate to. Audiences love him whether he’s up on stage or springing to life on the pages of his book and publications, he is direct, no-nonsense, approachable, and truthful. Known for his lively sense of humor and dynamic delivery, Jeff opens the hearts of all who hear him.

 A savvy and engaging media personality and the creator of Jeff Hodges Media show he has interviewed hundreds of prominent figures who address the ills perpetuating our communities. He has been featured on FOXFILES, and Interviewed on several online and national radio shows, sharing his expertise as a youth advocate.

Through his book, publications and his presentations, Jeff’s message has touched the lives of countless people around the world.

Hiring Jeff as the Keynote Empowerment Speaker, for your next event He’ll be the highlight of your event.

fox files interview

radio interviews: special guest jeff hodges

The founder of YMPM Jeff Hodges was a guest on "MenThink" with your host Taki S. Ratondiscussing Young Men's Perspective Magazine,  we set our sights on having that same type of impact as Essence magazine has on woman with our publication an much more. . www.harambeeradio.com

Join me  as I go one on one with Jeff Hodges of Young Men"s Perspective magazine!!!! He is my victim for today's segment of GOOD MEN REALLY DO STILL EXIST!!!!

The show was prerecorded and if you wanna to hear someone shut me up....you need to hear this show.

I DON'T LIKE BEING PUT ON THE SPOT!!!! Smiling Anyways, we had a wonderful time taping!!! Ladies..Ladies....

Ladies. This one right here...if you haven't connected with him yet...YOU'RE MISSING OUT!!! He's definitely at the TOP OF MY LIST!!!! Love Love Love!!!

Check us out today!!! To listen call in at (215) 383-3998 or online at

 ~ LaTonya MeChelle & Oneof Manymen ~

Casualties Of W. A.R. Radio Episode 21

The Chrysalis Zone welcomes Jeff Hodges to the transformation zone! Jeff Hodges is the founder and CEO of YMPmedia.com, parent company to Young Men’s Perspective Magazine and IT'S BIGGER THAN HIP HOP RADIO™.

Through his transmedia company, Jeff conveys and communicates the message and the power of transformation. He is driven by his passion for change; Jeff is an Empowerment Speaker, Youth Advocate, Publisher and Author of his bestseller, A Collection of Conversations A Guide To Success Vol. 1. 

As a credited transformational leader, Jeff is one of the nation’s up and coming motivational expert speakers . He has inspired countless people around the world, sharing his breakthrough methods for personal growth and development and professional success.

Jeff’s true gift is his ability to connect with young African- American males in order to inspire them to take the lead in their own lives and communities.

He engages his audiences by sharing his journey of transformation and self-discovery from what is, too often, a common starting point of cautionary tales from criminality, violence, hurt guilt and self-hatred, just to name a few. He shares with them his authentic, vivid, and transparent tale of transformation leading them to a place of inspiration and hope.

MEDIA FURY RADIOs PRE-BLACK HISTORY MONTH KICKOFF - (515) 605-9376 - TONIGHT, 7p EST

Top Half of the Show:

Media Fury Radio and I-Heart Radio's Jeff Hodges (Its Bigger Than Hip-Hop Radio) join forces to assist Michael Gay (The Michael Gay Show) with his challenge to inspire black men to use their dollars to take young, black men to the theater to see the movie, Black Panther.

Special Appearance: Phillip Anthony Driskell II (Phelosophy EP Online Launch Party February 2 at 4p EST - YOU'RE INVITED)

Bottom Half of the Show:

Exclusive with Tiana Von Johnson to discuss ...
Tiana Von Johnson's "Women Doing It Big Conference" Featuring RHOA's Kenya Moore, Elise Neal, Antonique Smith, Rob Riley, Dr. Jamal Bryant and More. LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD TO DR. GEORGE C.FRASER! A full day of Empowerment, Education and Entertainment! (Thanks John Blassingame )

PS - John Marshall Jones TLR Launch Party... Amazon Prime. Contact Valerie Denise Jones for details.

MEDIA FURY RADIOs PRE-BLACK HISTORY MONTH KICKOFF - (515) 605-9376 - TONIGHT, 7p EST

Top Half of the Show:

Media Fury Radio and I-Heart Radio's Jeff Hodges (Its Bigger Than Hip-Hop Radio) join forces to assist Michael Gay (The Michael Gay Show) with his challenge to inspire black men to use their dollars to take young, black men to the theater to see the movie, Black Panther.

Special Appearance: Phillip Anthony Driskell II (Phelosophy EP Online Launch Party February 2 at 4p EST - YOU'RE INVITED)

Bottom Half of the Show:

Exclusive with Tiana Von Johnson to discuss ... Tiana Von Johnson's "Women Doing It Big Conference" Featuring RHOA's Kenya Moore, Elise Neal, Antonique Smith, Rob Riley, Dr. Jamal Bryant and More. LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD TO DR. GEORGE C.FRASER! A full day of Empowerment, Education and Entertainment! (Thanks John Blassingame )

PS - John Marshall Jones TLR Launch Party... Amazon Prime. Contact Valerie Denise Jones for details.

Join with Mary E., and special guest hosts as they welcome Jeff Hodges to our weekly broadcast of Be Inspired, Be Transformed.  

Jeff Hodges is the CEO of Young Men's Perspective Magazine. He is also a motivational speaker, writer, multi-media producer and a man who believes we can challenge to lead! Founder and creator of YMPmedia1 Network LLC, which is the parent company to Young Men's Perspective Magazine and Radio shows.

A multi media company, we feature A Webseries DocuFilm "On Location" addressing the ills perpetuating the black communities, we chop it up with that iron sharpens iron approach.

His motto is one that follows an old adage that says, “You know you’re on the right road when the right people begin to cross your path”. It is this mindset that propelled him towards achieving his vision of having a positive effect on others. It brought in his path many passionate activists and individuals who also wanted to encourage his mission. ?too. https://www.youtube.com/user/YMPmagazine

Peace and Love Family #StayTuned for my exclusive interview on “FreeAgentRadio Live” with your host Rhonda Fairley Tharpe Rhonda Supreme On The Grind Freeagentradio Live Freeagentradio.com Date/Time to be announced

Follow @rhondasupreme & @freeagentradio on Twitter & IG and “FreeAgentRadio Live” and “Rhonda Supreme On The Grind” on Facebook. Spread the word! www.freeagentradio.com

#WeHereNow #Transmedia #Transformation #BlackPanther #Magazine #Book and so much more! 
#LetsGo

Peace and Love Family #StayTuned for my exclusive interview on “FreeAgentRadio Live” with your host Rhonda Fairley Tharpe Rhonda Supreme On The Grind Freeagentradio Live Freeagentradio.com Date/Time to be announced

Follow @rhondasupreme & @freeagentradio on Twitter & IG and “FreeAgentRadio Live” and “Rhonda Supreme On The Grind” on Facebook. Spread the word! www.freeagentradio.com

WeHereNow #Transmedia #Transformation #BlackPanther #Magazine #Book and so much more!

LetsGo

Welcome to the first show of LaTonya MeChelle Live where each and every thursday she picks an amazing man who is making a difference in today's society and/or striving to make his dreams a reality to showcase. 

Today she will be interviewing the man who started this all...Mr. Jeff Hodges, the Founder/CEO/Owner YMPmedia1Network parent co. to YMP Radio & Young Men's Perspective magazine , Oneof Manymen talk radio

The Chrysalis Zone welcomes Jeff Hodges to the transformation zone! Jeff 

Hodges is the founder and CEO of YMPmedia.com, parent company to Young 

Men’s Perspective Magazine and IT'S BIGGER THAN HIP HOP RADIO™. Through 

his transmedia company, Jeff conveys and communicates the message and the 

power of transformation. He is driven by his passion for change; Jeff is 

an Empowerment Speaker, Youth Advocate, Publisher and Author of his bestseller, A 

Collection of Conversations A Guide To Success Vol. 1. 

As a credited transformational leader, Jeff is one of the nation’s up and 

coming motivational expert speakers . He has inspired countless people around the 

world, sharing his breakthrough methods for personal growth and development and 

professional success. Jeff’s true gift is his ability to connect with young African- 

American males in order to inspire them to take the lead in their own lives and 

communities. He engages his audiences by sharing his journey of transformation and 

self-discovery from what is, too often, a common starting point of cautionary tales from 

criminality, violence, hurt guilt and self-hatred, just to name a few. He shares with them 

his authentic, vivid, and transparent tale of transformation leading them to a place of 

inspiration and hope.

Meet the author Jeff Hodges as he chats to Sarah Jane Butfield #RPBP- Rukia Publishing @ympmagazine

Today, I would like to welcome Jeff Hodges to the Rukia Publishing blog. Jeff is an inspirational man and we appreciate him taking time out of his busy schedule to join us today..

Jeff Hodges author of A Collection Of Conversations A Guide To Success Vol. 1
Journey with a young man determined to make it in “the hood” by any means necessary. He only found in the end his methods never justify the means, by which he tries to make it out. He eventually finds his journey has him in the belly of the beast. Now half man half gladiator, from the cold concrete bars and cages all beasts. He realizes one day after his release, this can’t be living and this definitely isn’t the life of one with destiny.
They say change comes when you’re sick and tired, he was both and ready for change. Fast forward to today Jeff Hodges is a Mentor, Community Activist who is a Strong Positive Black Business Man. No longer is he a part of the problem perpetuating our communities but a he is a determined pillar of strength. He details his transformation while sharing with young mentees how and what resources he used, to make all of the necessary changes based on a series of profound discussions from some of our most prominent individuals.

Welcome Jeff and thank you so much for spending time with us today.

 What was the inspiration for writing ‘A Collection Of Conversations, A Guide To Success (Volume 1)’?

In 2008 I begin  working with young African American men as a mentor for a nonprofit organization; 7000men, Inc. I was quickly able to see the impact I was making and eventually created my own media platform to empower more young African American men on a larger scale. 
I realize I could help men who have been taking unnecessary risk. I knew what many of them are in need of, and how to encourage them to become the men they really wanted to be, this was inspiration enough.

 Who is your target audience for this book?

My target audience is young African American men 18-35.  My book addresses several social issues, if not all these young men face on a daily basis. For instance, I address the recidivism rate. Offering insight for the repeat offender,to making better life choices and turning things around with a life plan. I’m a proud graduate of Anger Management I share my experiences and knowledge which led me there. Like many young Black Men growing in the inner-city I too struggled through the effects of Angry Black Boy Syndrome.
 I also target those same young men suffering with their hurt, guilt and shame coming from the same type of environment as I did, who to suffer with arrested development. So I take my readers on a journey. I include interviews with a host of supporting contributors, including Russell Simmons, Brian Barton, Bill Duke, MC Lyte, Dr Elisa English, and Dr. Umar Ifatunde. Just to name a few, who share in this collective message of ‪#‎empowerment‬  to our youth.  My overall goal is to get A Collection Of Conversations A Guide To Success vol. 1 in the hands of countless students in schools everywhere!. So I basically approach with a two target aspect, one who needs guidance based on bad choice making, and the other praise both needing empowerment!

 Do you self-publishing and if so what is the best aspect of it for you and your book?

Yes, learning new things and the actual process of applying what I’ve learned!


 How long did it take you to write this book?

Well, because my platform is a trans-media company that started in 2008, a great deal of my material was readily available via broadcast and publications. I did numerous interviews that are a huge part of my book. Also, I had a business coach in 2013 who challenged me to complete the book in 30 day, which I did.

 What is the biggest source of inspiration in your writing life?
Empowering others particularly young African American men, and seeing that light of inspiration come alive in their eyes.

 Is there one book or author that has inspired you more than any other?
Yes, Dennis Gimbro -Think and Grow Rich – A Black Choice

 What are 3 of your favorite lines/quotes from your book ‘A Collection Of Conversations, A Guide To Success (Volume 1)’?

1.  “ You should be very clear how much you love what you’re doing”  Russell Simmons

2.  “ Be different, Be great, and never stop”  Brandon Frame

3.  “Success deals with two things freedom and experience. The freedom to live your life the way want, and the experience to feel wonderful about it” Bennie Randall Jr.

Do you have a favorite time of day for writing and why?
No not really, whenever the inspiration hits me basically.

 What are you currently reading and why did you choose it?
Four Steps to building  a profitable coaching practice  Deborah Brown-Volkman
I’m working on building up my Transformation Life Coaching practice.

 Who is your biggest source of inspiration in your writing life?
The people I want to have the most impact on young African American men. When it’s all said and done, I want them to be able to say I was a huge source of inspiration and empowerment for them.

 Do you take time off when you finish a book or do you start the next project straight away?
Kind of a workaholic with tunnel vision, so yes right to the next I have many irons in the fire and learned to prioritize and manage my time well.

Do you have a current writing project that you would like to share with us?
Yes, as the publisher of Young Men’s Perspective Magazine  a quarterly publication, I’m working on my next edition due out this summer 2015 and my next book A Collection Of Conversations: A Guide To Transformation. vol 2 due out in fall 2015.

 If you could share one thing about yourself that you would like readers to know what would it be?
First allow me to thank you for such a great opportunity, I’m so humbled and thankful.  I am someone who has no formal education, yet have always been able to move in my purpose even while being homeless. Nothing was going to stop me from thriving to make my dreams come to fruition regardless of my situation. Fast forward today, I’m the owner of my publication, host my own online radio show, have been a part of numerous speaking engagements, as well working on my second book, and building my coaching practice.  I would have to say unequivocally, you can do anything you set your mind to, as long as you’re willing to do the work. I did, so can you!!!

It has been my pleasure to chat with you today Jeff. I am a great believer in following your dreams whatever they may be or where they take you. Please let us know when your second book is due for release, it would be good to speak again.

Thank you so much for taking part 🙂
Sarah Jane

Today, I would like to welcome Jeff Hodges to the Rukia Publishing blog. Jeff is an inspirational man and we appreciate him taking time out of his busy schedule to join us today..

Jeff Hodges author of A Collection Of Conversations A Guide To Success Vol. 1 Journey with a young man determined to make it in “the hood” by any means necessary. He only found in the end his methods never justify the means, by which he tries to make it out. He eventually finds his journey has him in the belly of the beast. Now half man half gladiator, from the cold concrete bars and cages all beasts. He realizes one day after his release, this can’t be living and this definitely isn’t the life of one with destiny. They say change comes when you’re sick and tired, he was both and ready for change. Fast forward to today Jeff Hodges is a Mentor, Community Activist who is a Strong Positive Black Business Man. No longer is he a part of the problem perpetuating our communities but a he is a determined pillar of strength. He details his transformation while sharing with young mentees how and what resources he used, to make all of the necessary changes based on a series of profound discussions from some of our most prominent individuals.

Welcome Jeff and thank you so much for spending time with us today.

What was the inspiration for writing ‘A Collection Of Conversations, A Guide To Success (Volume 1)’?

In 2008 I begin working with young African American men as a mentor for a nonprofit organization; 7000men, Inc. I was quickly able to see the impact I was making and eventually created my own media platform to empower more young African American men on a larger scale. I realize I could help men who have been taking unnecessary risk. I knew what many of them are in need of, and how to encourage them to become the men they really wanted to be, this was inspiration enough.

Who is your target audience for this book?

My target audience is young African American men 18-35. My book addresses several social issues, if not all these young men face on a daily basis. For instance, I address the recidivism rate. Offering insight for the repeat offender,to making better life choices and turning things around with a life plan. I’m a proud graduate of Anger Management I share my experiences and knowledge which led me there. Like many young Black Men growing in the inner-city I too struggled through the effects of Angry Black Boy Syndrome. I also target those same young men suffering with their hurt, guilt and shame coming from the same type of environment as I did, who to suffer with arrested development. So I take my readers on a journey. I include interviews with a host of supporting contributors, including Russell Simmons, Brian Barton, Bill Duke, MC Lyte, Dr Elisa English, and Dr. Umar Ifatunde. Just to name a few, who share in this collective message of ‪#‎empowerment‬ to our youth. My overall goal is to get A Collection Of Conversations A Guide To Success vol. 1 in the hands of countless students in schools everywhere!. So I basically approach with a two target aspect, one who needs guidance based on bad choice making, and the other praise both needing empowerment!

Do you self-publishing and if so what is the best aspect of it for you and your book?

Yes, learning new things and the actual process of applying what I’ve learned!

How long did it take you to write this book?

Well, because my platform is a trans-media company that started in 2008, a great deal of my material was readily available via broadcast and publications. I did numerous interviews that are a huge part of my book. Also, I had a business coach in 2013 who challenged me to complete the book in 30 day, which I did.

What is the biggest source of inspiration in your writing life? Empowering others particularly young African American men, and seeing that light of inspiration come alive in their eyes.

Is there one book or author that has inspired you more than any other? Yes, Dennis Gimbro -Think and Grow Rich – A Black Choice

What are 3 of your favorite lines/quotes from your book ‘A Collection Of Conversations, A Guide To Success (Volume 1)’?

  1. “ You should be very clear how much you love what you’re doing” Russell Simmons

  2. “ Be different, Be great, and never stop” Brandon Frame

  3. “Success deals with two things freedom and experience. The freedom to live your life the way want, and the experience to feel wonderful about it” Bennie Randall Jr.

Do you have a favorite time of day for writing and why? No not really, whenever the inspiration hits me basically.

What are you currently reading and why did you choose it? Four Steps to building a profitable coaching practice Deborah Brown-Volkman I’m working on building up my Transformation Life Coaching practice.

Who is your biggest source of inspiration in your writing life? The people I want to have the most impact on young African American men. When it’s all said and done, I want them to be able to say I was a huge source of inspiration and empowerment for them.

Do you take time off when you finish a book or do you start the next project straight away? Kind of a workaholic with tunnel vision, so yes right to the next I have many irons in the fire and learned to prioritize and manage my time well.

Do you have a current writing project that you would like to share with us? Yes, as the publisher of Young Men’s Perspective Magazine a quarterly publication, I’m working on my next edition due out this summer 2015 and my next book A Collection Of Conversations: A Guide To Transformation. vol 2 due out in fall 2015.

If you could share one thing about yourself that you would like readers to know what would it be? First allow me to thank you for such a great opportunity, I’m so humbled and thankful. I am someone who has no formal education, yet have always been able to move in my purpose even while being homeless. Nothing was going to stop me from thriving to make my dreams come to fruition regardless of my situation. Fast forward today, I’m the owner of my publication, host my own online radio show, have been a part of numerous speaking engagements, as well working on my second book, and building my coaching practice. I would have to say unequivocally, you can do anything you set your mind to, as long as you’re willing to do the work. I did, so can you!!!

It has been my pleasure to chat with you today Jeff. I am a great believer in following your dreams whatever they may be or where they take you. Please let us know when your second book is due for release, it would be good to speak again.

Thank you so much for taking part 🙂 Sarah Jane

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Jeff Hodges: Black Panther.

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Jeff Hodges: Black Panther.

Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) springs into action when an old enemy threatens the fate of his nation and the world. 

Release date: February 16, 2018 (USA) Trending 

Director: Ryan Coogler 

Costume design: Ruth E. Carter 

Screenplay: Ryan Coogler, Jack Kirby, Joe Robert Cole 

Producers: Kevin Feige, David J. Grant 

Cast   

Chadwick Boseman... 

T'Challa / Black Panther 

Michael B. Jordan... 

Erik Killmonger 

Lupita Nyong'o... 

Nakia 

Danai Gurira... 

Okoye 

Martin Freeman... 

Everett K. Ross 

Daniel Kaluuya... 

W'Kabi 

Andy Serkis... 

Ulysses Klaue / Klaw 

Angela Bassett... 

Ramonda 

Forest Whitaker... 

Zuri 

Letitia Wright... 

Shuri 

Winston Duke... 

M'Baku 

Sterling K. Brown... 

N'Jobu 

John Kani... 

King T'Chaka 

Florence Kasumba... 

Ayo 

Sydelle Noel... 

Dora #1 / Xoliswa 

Isaach De Bankolé... 

River Tribe Elder 

Connie Chiume... 

Mining Tribe Elder 

Stan Lee 
David S. Lee... 

 

Speaker & Radio Host, Jeff Hodges, Makes His Movie Debut in Black Panther. 

Author, Radio Personality & Speaker, Jeff Hodges is the founder and CEO of YMPmedia.com, a parent company to Young Men’s Perspective Magazine and IT’S BIGGER THAN HIP HOP RADIO™; through his trans-media company Jeff conveys and communicates the message and the power of transformation.  He is driven by his passion for change; Jeff is an Empowerment Speaker, Youth Advocate, Publisher and Author of his bestseller, A Collection of Conversations A Guide To Success Vol. 1. 

I was extremely excited to interview Jeff. Check out our interview below.

MH: Congratulations on your role as a border tribesman in the upcoming Black Panther film. It must be extremely exciting to have a part in such a much-anticipated release. How did you get the part? Have you been acting long? 

JEFF: Thank you. First, allow me to thank you for this great opportunity to share my journey with you and your readers, such an honor, and humbling experience. 

Since there has never in the history of cinema been a film that allows and an ensemble of Black characters to take charge on a global scale quite like this, exciting to say the least! I have to pinch myself from all the sudden outburst of grinning and smiling I often have. I say out loud “I’m a part of the most highly anticipated purposeful movie of all time” like every day it’s so surreal. 

I’m extremely excited, I can’t wait to get to Texas to watch on opening night with 5 of my grand babies; it’s my birthday at that. Best birthday gift ever. 

As far as how did I get the part, I have to give a huge shout-out to Christopher Gray Casting Atlanta first and foremost. I signed up for the agency without much thought and one day I randomly received an email, “Hey, it’s Christopher Gray, Extras Casting Director, for additional Photography shooting on, “Black Panther” AKA “Motherland”.  The rest is history as they say. 

This was my first time acting, I remember a couple years ago I was interviewed on the FOX FILES here in Ga regarding my publication and how nervous I was with all those cameras in my face I couldn’t stop blinking.  You can only imagine on set how I was in such awe and felt overwhelmed. 

MH: There is so much Blackness in this movie, it’s beautiful. How did it feel being on a set where nearly everyone there looked like you? What were a few of your most memorable moments on set? 

JEFF: Amazing to say the least. Where it was being filmed was on this huge acreage, some speculated 80-800 acres no telling. But it was a place accustomed to hosting thousands of people, that was for sure. I got to be on set with Chadwick BosemanDanai GuriraLetitia Wright and Daniel Kaluuya. 

My costume was full of so many details, it took an assistant to help me get dress. I felt all regal and like a true citizen of Wakanda. I touched the Black Panther suit, it felt so cool I said to BP stunt double as he took a moment being playful with us in between takes. As a radio personality as you can imagine I get to interview some amazing people. I can share with you guys by the time this goes to print, I will get to interview costume designer Ruth E. Carter, known for such work featured in Selma, (2014), Amistad (1997)  Roots (2016Black Panther ( 2018). 

Chadwick was one very cool brother with so much swagger, to watch how the transition in and out of character during breaks, he embodied Black Panther. He too took a moment to acknowledge the wave of extras coming back being joking and all with the lot of us.  When I tell you watching Danai Gurira do her thing was definitely eye-catching, her grace and demeanor as a strong black warrior woman was so convincing she was the bomb.com, wait till you guys get a load of her and the lady warrior squad known as the Dora Milaje fierce is all and spectacular poetry in motion.

Then there was director, Ryan Kyle Coogler, I remember thinking this brother is my hero, here he has the power to tell the story of the most highly anticipated movie of all times and to think again it’s a brother, intelligent laid back approachable kept it 100 watching him in action there are no words. I have to laugh out loud, even now as I answer this question thinking how I would be in journalist mode at times trying to get next to him for just a split second to get a question in, try to pass my info or get the gatekeepers information for that exclusive. 

In retrospect, me in costume, I see my attempt to connect on set with Ryan like an episode of I Love Lucy or some other goofy spoof show where the character attempts to get next to a superstar and all the calamity associated with that enough for a sitcom for days. 

Then there were the moments spending time with the young black actor, stuntmen, doubles. It was quite refreshing to see and hear all the stories of doubling or being on other sets, you can only imagine how fascinated I was by it all. Besides all the eye dropping special effects, and scenes of stunts being played out, watching how it all gets done. There were the times during the fight scenes, I found amusing. It was during these dramatic scenes of gut-wrenching brutal blows to the death, I would be playing dead somewhere on the ground. 

I would be reminded of the movie “300” and now I get a more realistic effect of how it’s done and what takes place. I found it absolutely amusing here you have these brute soldiers fighting to the death, and when the director says cut. Suddenly, the scene goes from warrior to worrier, all you hear instantly in these thespian voices “oh I’m sorry”,” I didn’t mean to hit you like that” or “I’m so, so sorry.” I was on the ground dying laughing. 

I was also in a scene with your boy from “Get Out”, Daniel Kaluuya.  I almost didn’t recognize him, since he wasn’t that skinny looking guy from the movie. He stood before us in the same costume leading us in the scene looking like Dr. Dre and LL Cool J all rolled up in one all buff and being comedic with us as well.  It was really cool on set laid back, and very exciting even though you got worn out near the end of the day with all the “do it again’s” running down the hill during the fight scenes.

 

MH: You’re the CEO of Young Men’s Perspective Magazine. How long have you been in publication? Could you tell us about your magazine and its objectives? Is it in print or digital only, where can it be found?

JEFF: Young men’s perspective is an interactive digital magazine and radio show designed to strengthen character and promote success through inspiration and information. 

Our mission is to use the magazine and radio show to empower, encourage and enrich our young men of color so that more of them succeed in life. 

Young Men’s Perspective Magazine and Radio podcasts is a new online outreach phenomenon for Black youth. The best of the New Media, YMP offers radio podcast interviews as well as written articles with art photography in an exciting and easy to read online format. 

Young Men’s Perspective Magazine est. 2013, is a quarterly digital and hard copy publication.  We’re on all digital platforms, and we’re seeking contributing writers (shameless plug).

I created #ympmagazine and had my sights on getting it in the hands of the legendary remarkable woman we all know and love as #susanltaylor 

It was something Susan L. Taylor said to me that became the wind beneath my wings. When I set off on this journey, it was my every intention to get Young Men’s Perspective Magazine in her hands, and I did! 

The words she spoke were words of reassurance and encouragement as expected. I’m truly grateful for following my heart and embracing my passion for my dreams. 

Hearing those words only reaffirm what I already knew in my heart. “Jeff, you’re on your way, the idea and how you have presented it is excellent. The way you’re going is exactly what our people need, they need exactly how you describe it in your business plan. They need to be able to express themselves, and you created that place where they can have that dialogue” 

30 years ago, I was facing 10-30 years in prison. For some reading this that’s a lifetime ago, in the end, I did 3 years of my life fighting for my freedom. One of the takeaways from my experience was, I always loved to read. Statistics say your average inmate doesn’t know how to read past a third-grade level. If it had not been for my love of reading, I wouldn’t be able to come before you now! 

In prison, you’re afforded several things, and one if not the most important was the Law Library! It allowed me to obtain the freedom I was seeking. As I reflect on my “journey in the belly of the beast. Now half man half gladiator and from the cold concrete and bars of the cages all beast”, I often think about my fellow comrades, who as a statistic; won’t be afforded the same opportunities as I Many, because they can’t read, this is where my journey and mission begins. 

MH: What could you accomplish if you woke up every day inspired, focused and connected to your purpose? 

JEFF: I’m an anomaly in the very hood I come from, [that] makes for the perfect opportunity to reach back to help change lives. 

Before my story can begin with assisting others with their transformation, I had to conclude mines with an apology and atonement. An apology to those I’ve hurt and offended, an apology to myself along with forgiving myself for the life my choices created. Acknowledgement, being the first of all three would come initially to begin this very process, acknowledging I’ve done some egregious behaviors and needed atoning which I did. This would be the tone and direction of my publication, intertwining my speaking and writings. 

In the end, my objectives were being met utilizing my magazine as my foundation to funnel the content I obtain under the guise of experiences during my transformation knowing how powerful storytelling could be, I began to be more transparent sharing my personal transformation, knowing how empowering that could be. I began looking for other stories of the same caliber.

MH: You published a book, A Collection of Conversations, A Guide to Success How did that come about? What can readers expect to take away from your reading it? 

JH: They say change comes when you’re sick and tired, I was both and ready for the change. Fast forward to today, I am a mentor and community activist, who is a strong positive black business man. No longer a part of the problem perpetuating our communities, but a determined pillar of strength. This book details my transformation while sharing the resources used to make all of the necessary changes based on a series of profound discussions from some of our most prominent individuals.” 

“You know you’re on the right road when the right and necessary people cross your path” 

Jeff Hodges 

I was given a 30-day challenge by my coach to write my book, he said “you got it in you, you can do it”, so I did. Donald Goines, the prison system, and young black males. I always imagine my books, and magazine garnering that type of attention and devotion from its readers, and what better way to have an impact on my target audience, than the prison system. 

It was fun seeing all those words add up, which became my inspiration to continue to push forward, and before you know it my book was born.  As far as what I want my readers to get from the book, I’ll say a change in perspective; my mantra change your thinking, change your life.” 

MH: I see that you’re a youth empowerment speaker, what made you want to work with youth? How long have you been speaking? 

JEFF: It was during a routine visit with my organization 7000men, inc I found my voice September of 2013 I was at a youth detention center, after speaking they all swarmed around me asking all kind of questions. They really wanted to get to know me and definitely hear from me more. I connected  with them and felt this was destined, so we’d go often and it was there I discovered my passion and purpose to working with our young men. I would write about 100 of them and about 75 % would return letters wanting advice and direction for when they get out. 

“The bridge shortens for our youth, as the gap widens for the next Generation who see pass tomorrow”? 

Jeff Hodges 

That’s when I realized there’s a big difference between a person who writes and tells stories, and a person who writes to share the story of their life being transparent to help others. I’m the latter, especially during my presentations. Check out my story, was my basic approach, and is what I come to realize was my introduction to this speaking platform, several prison and school visits later here I am. Governor Perdue here in Ga started a pilot program, bringing speakers to the transitional centers and I really went in going regularly making all sorts of connections with the young men. 

Check out this video of Jeff speaking at One Bright Ray Community H.S. in Philadelphia, PA. 

MH: How long have you been running It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop Radio? Please tell us more about your platform. Who have been some of your most memorable guests? 

JEFF: We’ve had several names changes over the years, since 2008 from “7000men radio “One of many men”, “Young Men’s Perspective Magazine radio show “, “ YMPradio”, “ YMPmedia” all mind you with the same mission and intent. The premier source for Empowering, Encouraging and Enriching content.

 

It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop Radio 

In April 2017, we changed to “It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop”, realizing we were addressing the very issues ailing us as a community and culture, and it only made sense to name the show IBTHH while we continue having those HIGHER INFINITE POWER HEALING OUR PEOPLE type conversations. Our tagline “BREAKFAST IS OVER, IT’S DINNER TIME NOW” is a mantra “The Breakfast Club” needs to become very familiar with, because we’re coming for that number one spot, bringing substance, answers, and empowerment for our people! 

 “Hip-hop is more than music. It’s a culture & a lifestyle.” 

Interviews, wow where do I begin; We’ve had Dr. Dick Gregory, Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, Dr.  Steve Perry, Adina Howard, C.R. Capers, Yahya McClain, Shaka Senghor, Russell Simmons, Susan L Taylor, Brian Barton, Bill Duke, MC Lyte, Dr. Elisa English, and Dr. Umar Ifatunde. Just to name a few. I also produced show segments on my platform with guest such as Dr. Maya Angelou, Lenny Williams

MH: Actor, author, speaker, radio show host, you have your hands in quite a few pots. If you had to focus on just one of your skills, which would you say is your greatest passion, why? 

JEFF: My greatest passion is being transparent during my transformation. It allows me to connect with my target audience and convey my message on several different mediums. Which equates to my passion for my mission being able to get my message out with a goal to empower 1 million black men, would have to be my final answer lol 

At the end of the day, my radio show really allows me to focus on my passion to inspire, empower and, encourage individuals to tap into their best potential. My show has an est. reach of over 5.5 million listeners via 1100Atlanta.com here in Atlanta 91 million with IHEART, 2.5 daily listeners on EXPOSURE magazine website, 1 million on WWRN

Our show is syndicated. My second child and you can say favorite IBTHH IS featured on IHEARTRADIO IBTHH.  Today www.IBTHHRADIO.com  is one of my most celebrated achievements. I’ve had several benchmark moments. One being a guest at an NBA YMPmagazine  invite-only event for my publication doesn’t even match to this one right here….Tune in every Fri LIVE via www.IBTHHRADIO.com and visit our podcast on www.IHEART.com  search App IBTHH

 

MH: Where can people find out more about you? 

JEFF: 

It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop 

TWITTER 

INSTAGRAM 

Thank you for having me and allowing me to share, if I may, my final remarks I like to leave you and your readers….. 

One of the most important things in life is to always remain true to self, a man of your word; one who has integrity shows loyalty and is not swayed by the lack of realness in others. It’s my firm belief, in order for our young men to act and behave as kings, we – the elder men – must present ourselves as kings. 

The bridge shortens for our youth, as the gap widens for the next Generation who see pass tomorrow”? 

They say change comes when you’re sick and tired, are you? 

Change your thinking, change your life!!!!!!! 

Peace and Blessings 

Jeff Hodges

 

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Melony Hill is an author, entrepreneur and speaker from Baltimore, MD. Diagnosed with multiple emotional illnesses , Melony has never let that stop her from achieving her dreams. Initially entering the entertainment industry as a model and adult entertainer, Melony got quite popular as “Sexy Sapphire.” As Sapphire, Melony became a book and magazine cover model. Melony has published three books, “Writing for My Sanity” a book of poetry “Reflections of a Survivor” a collection of essays written by survivors from all walks of life, and “SapphirErotica” a book of short stories.

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