The JP UP Date HERstory! Celebrating Women: Kalonda Kay

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Number 267                      March 29, 2024                            St. Louis


Celebrating Women: Empowerment, Equality, and Excellence!

As Women’s History Month draws to a close, let’s keep in mind that the celebration never truly ends. Every day, women are smashing through barriers, forging new paths, and crafting their own stories in history, or HERstory. We pay tribute to these remarkable women who are reshaping the world, propelling it forward with each step and contribution. Following the lead of the United Nations, we embrace their theme of “Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress.” By acknowledging the impact of investing in women, we recognize the potential to drive progress on a global scale. When we uplift and support women, we fuel growth, inspire innovation, and foster positive change for everyone. Today, we applaud the achievements of Ms. Kalonda Kay, a true trailblazer as a woman, a person of color, and an entrepreneur.

#InvestinWomen #IWD2024 #Empowerment #Progress #KaylondaKayRadioRiot

Long time JP Client, Kalonda Kay is Hitting the Airwaves:
Elevating Voices and Empowering Communities Through Radio

From left to right: Kalonda Kay and Tashauna Parker

In the vibrant world of radio, where voices echo stories and melodies resonate emotions, Kalonda Kay stands out as a beacon of inclusivity and empowerment. Transitioning from being a successful entrepreneur, singer, actress, to a radio host, Kalonda, alongside her sister Tashauna Parker, is making waves not only through her businesses but also through the airwaves with her show “Radio Riot” on KDHX.

The journey of Kalonda and Tashauna is a testament to resilience and determination. Emerging from JP’s Credit Building program, they have forged their path, creating three thriving businesses together. Their story is not just about financial success but also about the power of perseverance and the importance of community support.

“Radio Riot” isn’t merely a radio show for Kalonda; it’s a platform for change and connection. In her ow words, she describes her role as transcending beyond playing music and casual conversation. She sees herself as a bridge between artists, listeners, and the broader community, striving to reflect the rich cultural tapestry of their region through diverse playlists and spotlighting underrepresented voices.

Kalonda’s vision for her show is deeply rooted in inclusivity and representation. Whether she’s championing local artists from marginalized communities or showcasing global sounds, her aim is clear: to create a space where everyone feels acknowledged, valued, and heard. In a world where media often fails to represent the true diversity of society, Kalonda’s dedication to amplifying voices that are often overlooked is both refreshing and crucial.

Moreover, Kalonda’s presence on the airwaves is significant for several reasons. As a woman of color, she represents a demographic often underrepresented in the media landscape. her success serves as inspiration for aspiring broadcasters from similar backgrounds, proving that barriers can be overcome through talent, hard work, and a commitment to amplifying marginalized voices.

Furthermore, Kalonda’s commitment to her community is evidient in her work. By providing a platform for local artists and showcasing the cultural richness of the region, she not only entertains but also educates and empowers. Radio, for her, is a tool for social change – a means to foster understanding, empathy, and unity.

As we celebrate Kalonda Kay’s accomplishments, it’s essential to acknowledge the collective achievements of both her and Tashauna Parker. Together, they exemplify the power of sisterhood, entrepreneurship, and community engagement. Their journey serves as a reminder that success is not just measured by individual achievements but also by the positive impact one can have on others. Kalonda’s role as a radio host extends far beyond the confines of the studio. Through “Radio Riot,” she is on a mission to uplift voices, celebrate diversity and build bridges within her community. As she continues to pave the way for women, people of color, and her community, Kalonda remains a shining example of the transformative power of media and the importance of representation in shaping our collective narrative. Her newest single “Too Soon” is out nowon Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon Music.

To read more from her article go to Telling Our Story: Kalonda Kay from the KDHX Website.

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Introducing: Microloan Microphone with Tristan Brown

Microloan Microphone! Where empowerment echoes through every conversation. Join host Tristan Brown as he delves into the transformative power of microloans, amplifying the voices of individuals who have utilized these funds to kickstart or propel their small businesses forward. Through enlightening discussions, we explore how these modest yet mighty financial tools fuel dreams, foster innovation, and empower entrepreneurs to seize opportunities and carve their paths to success. Tune in as we unravel inspiring stories of resilience, creativity, and triumph, showcasing the profound impact that microloans wield in fostering economic empowerment and fostering vibrant communities worldwide.

Here are a few words from our host. “Since joining Justine Petersen in 2021, I’ve fully embraced our mission of connecting institutional resources to historically underserved populations. Through our work, we’ve touched countless lives and created better futures across Illinois. I’m excited to spotlight the impactful stories of the businesses and families we’ve supported, encouraging others in need to reach out for assistance. Our goal is to meet individuals where they are in their financial journey, providing guidance, education, and resources. The stories shared through our microloan program are real-life journeys, showcasing the resilience of entrepreneurs and reminding viewers that they’re not alone. Justine Petersen and the wider business community stand ready to assist in any way we can.” – Tristan Brown

New episodes will be uploaded every other week. Check out the current episodes at @JustinePetersen on YouTube

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Today is the day! Join our friends Mister Hand Pie, Mylk and Hummus, Fatfox, Taberu and Field to Fire today, March 29th from 4:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. for a feast like no other!
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