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Every week, Express Yourself!™ will bring you a stimulating program based on a chapter from our award winning book Be the Star You Are!® for Teens.

What do zombies, hiphop, and sleep have in common?

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Hosts Asya and Brigitte were thrilled to welcome star of The Blind Side and The Walking Dead, IronE Singleton to Express Yourself!™ to share his inspirational rising, his message for teens, and a sneak preview of his new album, Hip Hopcrisy, a sixteen-track musical compilation infused with messages of hope, humor, and crafted life reflections.

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Health Heals reporter joins hosts Asya and Brigitte to discuss the importance of sleep from evidence and science based sources and Book Smart Reporter, Maria Wong, goes into depth on the role of sleep in the novel, The Awakening by Kate Chopin. Written in 1889, this novel has been regarded as one of the first feminist works of all time as it focuses on a housewife’s self liberation from a controlling marriage and societal constraints. The reason why we sleep is still unknown; however, scientific research has established that sleep is essential to a healthy life, and that inadequate sleep can cause a wide range of medical problems such as depression, obesity, and heart disease. Sleep well. Be well.
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Bio: IronE Singleton

IronE Singleton is best known to audiences as the menacing kingpin Alton in the Academy Oscar Award-nominated film THE BLIND SIDE. He is also known as the compassionate tough guy, T-Dog, in the Emmy, AFI & WGA Award winning, Golden Globe nominated TV show THE WALKING DEAD. IronE’s unusual name depicts his life story, his ability to play strong, multidimensional characters and has made him a memorable actor in both film and television.

Singleton appears on the big screen alongside Bow Wow and Ice Cube in LOTTERY TICKET. He stars alongside Nicolas Cage, Guy Pearce and January Jones in the feature film SEEKING JUSTICE and will soon captivate the Lifetime audience in his leading role as “Glock” Nichols with Neve Campbell in AN AMISH MURDER.

Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Singleton’s story embodies everything we have come to understand about the lives of many inner city youth growing up in low-income housing projects.

Fatherless and having lost his mother to HIV/AIDS when he was a senior in high school and watched his brother spend most of his life in Georgia’s prison system, IronE fought to have a life far different from the one he knew growing up. The “irony” of his story is that, while all the odds were stacked against him, IronE Singleton still overcame his troubled childhood to attend the University of Georgia on academic and football scholarships where he completed a double major in Theater and Speech Communications. www.ironesingleton.com
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