Juan Manuel is a classical, flamenco, jazz guitarist/composer and singer who has been sharing his talent for over 20 years. Juan Manuel was born in Bogota, Colombia, and has lived in the USA since the age of nine. He is a member of the National and Latin Academy of Recording Artists and Sciences, Inc. (NARAS and LARAS), best known for the Grammy's. Juan Manuel is also a software engineer for SAIC assigned at NASA to support the International Space Station (ISS) program.
Artist Unlimited would like to acknowledge Juan Manuel for being selected as one of the University of Houston - Clear Lake 2012 Distinguished Alumni. When we asked Juan Manuel how he felt about this award, he responded as follows:
"I am humbled and honored to receive this award, the University of Houston - Clear Lake has over 55,000 Alumni, to be selected as a distinguished alumni is a great honor. I will treasure this award as long as I live and promise work hard represent this community".
Emanuelee “Outspoken” Bean is a poet, compassionate mentor and dedicated educator. Bean travels the country performing his original works and inspiring young creative minds. From Trinidad to St. Louis and back to Houston he inspires others to find their voice. He is a Texas Poet Laureate nominee and Ranked 25t in the Individual World Poetry Slam 2012. He started performing spoken-word in 2003. In 2006, he made the poetry slam teams for both San Antonio and Houston. In his senior year at Prairie View A&M, Bean founded and coached the University’s first poetry slam team. In their first year, they won the number one title in their region and an eighth place ranking in the country. Bean has also worked with the Harris County Department of Education, Writers in the Schools, Houston’s Young Audiences: Arts for Learning and Texas Commission for the Arts, and Houston Grand Opera. He serves as the Program Director, Lead Coach and mentor for Meta-Four Houston, a non-profit organization that uses reading, creative writing, poetry and performance techniques to increase literacy, instill critical thinking, intersect cultures and inspire leadership in today's youth.
Booker T is an 11-time WCW Tag Team Champion, a six-time World Champion, winner of the 2006 King of the Ring Tournament and the man responsible for popularizing the word, “Sucka!” in sports-entertainment. He also bears the distinction of holding the WCW World Heavyweight Championship when the promotion folded in 2001.
From the moment he stepped into the WWE ring, Booker T Spinaroonied his way into Superstardom, tangling with a who’s who of squared circle greats, including “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The Undertaker, John Cena, Triple H, Randy Orton, Batista, Rey Mysterio, Ric Flair, Christian, Mark Henry and many others.
In 2001, as a member of The Alliance, he cost “Stone Cold” the Undisputed WWE Championship. In 2002, as a tag partner with Goldust, he launched one of the most outrageously funny tandems in WWE history. And in 2006 as King Booker, he delivered what’s widely considered the best faux British accent since Kevin Costner’s turn as the Prince of Thieves in “Robin Hood.”
Booker T left WWE in October 2007, but returned in 2011 as part of the biggest Royal Rumble in WWE history. Soon after, the veteran grappler joined the announce team on SmackDown as a color commentator, and appeared as a trainer on USA’s hit reality series “WWE Tough Enough.” In summer 2012, the six-time World Champion added yet another tremendous honor to his resume when he accepted the challenging role of SmackDown General Manager.
No matter what role he finds himself in these days, Booker’s legacy was forever cemented when he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2013.
Multi-Platinum country music artist and East Texas native, Clay Walker, rocked the country scene in 1993 with his debut album that included the smash hit “What’s It To You.” He continued to make a splash, releasing a string of number one hits including "If I Could Make A Living," "This Woman and This Man" and "Rumor Has It."
In 1996 he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis but Clay did not let that set him back. He has continued touring and recording steadily since the diagnosis and is well known for his high-energy concerts and performance style. He later founded the Band Against MS foundation after realizing the impact the disease has on others. Since its formation in 2003, Clay has helped Band Against MS raise upwards of $5,000,000 through charity performances, golf tournaments, bike rides, auctions, etc.
Clay has had 4 RIAA Platinum albums, 2 Certified Gold albums, and 11 #1 singles to date. After “She Won’t Be Lonely Long” reached top 5 on the radio, Clay began working on new music with a fresh sound. He recently released his single “Right Now” to The Highway on Sirius XM this past fall, teasing an impending album release. The full album is expected to debut later this year.
Christian musician/singer/songwriter/rapper/producer/director. All Glory to God. I was lost, but now I am found. Now I'm here to show the lost the way home.
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Upon returning from the moon, Buzz was decorated with the Presidential Medal of Freedom and numerous awards all over the world. Buzz attended the US Military Academy at West Point, graduating third in his class with a BS in mechanical engineering. He then joined the Air Force where he flew F86 Sabre Jets in 66 combat missions in Korea, shot down two MIG-15′s, and was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross. After a tour of duty in Germany flying F100′s, he earned his Doctorate of Science in Astronautics at MIT and wrote his thesis on Manned Orbital Rendezvous.
Selected by NASA in 1963 into the third group of astronauts, Aldrin was the first with a doctorate and became known as “Dr. Rendezvous.” The docking and rendezvous techniques he devised for spacecraft in Earth and lunar orbit became critical to the success of the Gemini and Apollo programs, and are still used today. He pioneered underwater training techniques to simulate spacewalking. In 1966 on the Gemini 12 orbital mission, Buzz performed the world’s first successful spacewalk – extra-vehicular activity (EVA), and set a new EVA record of 5 1⁄2 hours. During that mission, he also took the first ‘selfie’ in space.
On July 20, 1969, Buzz and Neil Armstrong made their historic Apollo 11 moonwalk, becoming the first two humans to set foot on another world. An estimated 600 million people – at that time, the world’s largest television audience in history – witnessed this unprecedented heroic endeavor.
Julia Roberts played her in “Charlie Wilson’s War”, but the real-life Texan is far more interesting than any movie could capture. The international socialite, global political activist and former Texas television anchor, Joanne King Herring is known for her improbable fight with the Mujahedeen against the former Soviet Union. But her full story – with all its God, guns and Gucci glory –
Born in a man’s world at a time when women had limited choices, Joanne King Herring blazed a trail with allies as unlikely as Charlie Wilson, President Ronald Reagan, Pakistan President, The Saudi King, Egyptian President and the Israel Prime Minister. In doing so she equipped the Afghans to defend themselves against the Greatest War Machine in History “The Soviet Union” and they won without the loss of one American life.
Joanne hosted the Joanne King Show on television for 15 years, was made roaming Ambassador of Pakistan and received the Quaid-e-Azam award, the highest honor given by the nation of Pakistan. She was made Dame by the Order of St. Francis and has been knighted by the King of Belgium. She is also the recipient of the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge Award and co-chaired the Special Olympics in New York City with Henry Kissinger. She tells her fascinating continuing story in her own words with charm and delight in her extraordinary new memoir, Diplomacy and Diamonds: My Wars from the Ballroom to the Battlefield (available now at Amazon.com, www.Joanneherring.com).
Jordin Brianna Sparks is an American singer, songwriter and actress. In 2007, she rose to fame after winning the sixth season of American Idol; at age 17, she became the youngest winner in the series' history.
The M.A.D. Girls Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, serves the community as a management group. We help individuals or organizations identify and implement projects to benefit a cause or humanitarian effort of interest. We achieve our goals by promoting and encouraging corporate and individual social responsibility. By actively engaging in localized efforts to raise awareness, and by supporting activities that enhance the well-being of the less fortunate, we can make a difference.
My name is Billy Dorsey, and I'm a youth pastor who served as the Children & Youth Pastor for Higher Dimension Church, a multi-campus church in Houston for the past two years and as a volunteer teaching music to youth in inner-city schools as a part of Lakewood Church's Champions Club program, volunteering there in a variety of capacities since 2012. I've spent the better part of the last 8 years also working as a teacher and Worship leader with the Assemblies of God churches and Latin American Bible Institute colleges both in San Antonio and in Los Angeles, helping teens and young adults develop lives of Worship that outwardly reflect their inner gratitude for His faithfulness. I'm also an award-winning singer, songwriter, and record producer, who has been blessed to work with artists such as Lecrae, Andy Mineo, and need to breathe on albums that have topped the Billboard charts and won Grammy, Dove, and Stellar Awards.
A bit about my journey: 15 years ago, I was homeless...I signed my first recording contract to sing Gospel music, but when the label tried to replace one of the members of the group and I fought against it, I ended up on the streets of 5th Ward here in Houston, eating out of trash cans and sleeping on cardboard boxes. God spoke to me when I was homeless and promised me that my journey would not end there, but that I would go on to have success in ministry and in music for His glory, and He has kept His promise.
Chris Pinkalla is an actor, writer, and producer. As a child, Chris started acting with Theatre Under The Stars at the Alley Theatre in Houston. He later made his on-camera debut in a commercial for Sonic. Chris was a top ranked former high school basketball Texas State Champ, being highly-recruited until sidelined by an injury, forcing him to hang up the sneakers when his re-gained love for acting and filmmaking to focus. While pursuing his dreams he was able to snag a B.A. in Political Science from Austin's, St. Edward's University. He also studied abroad in nine different African and European countries. After graduation, Chris naturally gravitated towards LA, to make his dream a reality. Chris recently filmed a lead role in the Independent drama "Land of Leopold," alongside Ray Wise ("Twin Peaks") and Scottie Thompson ("Star Trek"," Skyline") which he also co-wrote and produced - acquired by HBO/Cinemax Europe and winner of Sun Valley Film Festivals 2015, Audience Award, and Reno-Tahoe IFF's, Jury Winner for Best of the Festival. Concourse Ent. will be distributing domestically and foreign in 2016. Chris can be seen in the Gravitas Ventures release "Among Ravens" produced by Independent Spirit Award winner Heather Rae ("Frozen River"). Chris plays Jay the younger brother of Wendy (Amy Smart) who brings his odd friend Chad (Will McCormack) to their annual 4th of July weekend gathering. During this reunion, Chad starts to change everyone's life only by one. Joshua Leonard and Johnny Sequoyah also star in the film. Recently, Chris appeared in a national GAP commercial directed by David Fincher ("Gone Girl", "Fight Club"), and a national Land Rover spot directed by Will Speck and Josh Gordon ("The Switch", "Blades of Glory") .
Critically acclaimed, award-winning vocalist/songwriter, Kristine Mills released her 6th cd, BOSSAtoo, October 9, 2015 following the success of Kristine’s previous CDs, bossanovafied and asYETuntitled. BOSSAtoo is comprised of eight original songs penned by Mills, two unique arrangements of classic Antonio Carlos Jobim tunes and one by Sting. The album was recorded early 2015 in a series of sessions at two Grammy-winning studios, Samurai Hotel Studios and Dave Darlington’s Bass Hit Studios in NYC with respected musicians; pianist Klaus Mueller, bassist/guitarist Itaiguara Brandao, drummer/Portihno and Grammy-winning percussionist, Rafael Barata. In 2015 and 2016, Kristine performed several shows in NYC at Zinc Bar and The Metropolitan Room promoting her new cd. BOSSAtoo placed #2 on the CMJ Jazz Top 5 Adds Chart. The cd debuted at #35 then peaked at #26 on CMJ Jazz National Chart.
In addition to many appearances at the Metropolitan Room, Duplex and Zinc Bar in New York, Kristine has played sold-out shows in theaters and performing arts centers as guest vocalist with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and headliner for the Brazilian International Jazz Festival in Sao Paolo, Recife, Rio, and Belo Horizonte. She also performed at Snug Harbor in New Orleans, Cezanne’s and The House of Blues in Houston, and was Artist-In-Residence at Hotel ZaZa Houston.
Winner of the Houston Press Music Awards, Best Female Vocalist and Best Songwriter, Mills has also been nominated for Best Pop Artist, Best Jazz and Musician of the Year. She was among the 2013 Houston Press Rocks off 100 - Houston’s Most Distinguished Artists and a 2012 Houston Arts Alliance for Established Individual Artists Grant Recipient. Mills won a Gold REMI Award for her soundtrack written for the documentary film Collector’s Waltz.
Caroline Tudor is an LA based actress from Houston, TX. She began acting as a child in her local theater's musical productions. It wasn't until high school that she really began pursuing acting professionally. She moved back to Houston after 5 years of living in London with her family and fell in love with acting again after her modeling agency expressed interest in representing her theatrically. After getting representation in LA, Caroline chose to attend USC to study theater at the School of Dramatic Arts. She spent those 4 years immersed in her studies. She did plays, took classes, studied abroad and completed a Shakespeare program at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Upon graduating, Caroline dove into acting professionally and has since played the lead and supporting roles in films such as "Secrets of a Psychopath", "Love, Marriage and Infidelity", the award winning "Reparation", and the video game based action web-series "Mortal Combat", as well as the pilot of the Australian political-comedy series "Diplomatic Immunity". Caroline has recently written, produced and acted in her own film, "Selfish" and continues to actively create as much as possible. Her film, "Lake Alice", in which Caroline plays the lead, will be debuting at Sundance this month.
George Foreman was born on January 10, 1949, in the town of Marshall, Texas. An impoverished youth, Foreman often bullied younger children and didn't like getting up early for school. Foreman became a mugger and brawler on the hard streets of Houston's Fifth Ward by age 15.
Luckily, he was saved by the Lyndon B. Johnson Job Corps, a program developed to help disadvantaged kids by teaching them vocational job skills. he met Doc Broaddus, who was a Job Corps counselor and a boxing coach.
Foreman rapidly established an impressive amateur boxing record. The culmination of his amateur boxing career came at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, where he won a gold medal in only his 25th amateur fight.
In 1969, Foreman turned professional and within two years, Foreman was ranked the No. 1 challenger by the WBA and WBC. By 1972, Foreman had a perfect 37-0 record which included 35 knockouts. Foreman got his shot at the world heavyweight championship when he fought Joe Frazier on January 22, 1973, in Kingston, Jamaica.
In 1987, after not fighting for almost 10 years to the day, Foreman returned to the ring. While there was no shortage of detractors, Foreman proved them all wrong when he kept piling up win after win. In fact, Foreman had won 24 consecutive fights during his comeback including 22 by knockout.
By the early 1990s, Foreman was making millions off of his appearances in infomercials marketing the George Foreman Lean Mean Grilling Machine. To date, more than 100 million of the units have sold worldwide.
He was ordained a minister in 1978 and began preaching in his hometown of Houston, Texas. In 1984, he founded the George Foreman Youth and Community Center, a non-denominational place for kids who need direction like he once did.
Today Foreman tends to his ministry at The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ where he preaches four times a week.