81: Financial coach & mentor Pete Rosas visits SQR to educate, entertain and encourage financial literacy

“Poor is a state of mind.” Read that again. This week’s episode, though short, is jam-packed with jewels from Passaic’s own financial coach, Peter Rosas. Coming from a household with an absent father, his saving grace was both his strong mother and his faith. Through trials and tribulations, Rosas takes us on his life journey to encourage us to seize every opportunity presented and to secure our futures. YOU are in control of creating your own legacy. Get your mind and your pocket right with Peter Rosas! Enjoy.

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80: Bonnie Thomas visits SQR & shares her life transforming journey

“It was a challenge that I accepted” declares Paterson native Bonnie Thomas. In another jewel filled podcast, Thomas describes her mental, spiritual, and emotional transformation during her major weight loss journey that essentially saved her life. After the birth of her son, Thomas became comfortable which resulted in her accumulating an excessive amount of weight and becoming pre-diabetic. Thomas decided she wanted to change her whole life around for the better; to feel alive again. During her transformation, she was patient with herself and learned to avoid temptation. She states, “I don’t have to prove anything to anyone but myself.” And take it from us here at SQR Podcast, she definitely proved it. Listen to her inspiring story here, enjoy.

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79: 2017 PCTI graduates; Nichole Lawrence, Gabrielle “Gabi” Bartnik and Felix Melo, exclusive sequel Podcast

Nichole Lawrence, Gabrielle “Gabi” Bartnik and Felix Melo; 2017 PCTI graduates now entering junior year at college, revisits SQR podcast for an exclusive sequel to their original Podcast. Enjoy this fascinating follow-up podcast with Nichole Lawrence, Gabrielle “Gabi” Bartnik and Felix Melo; 2017 PCTI graduates now entering their junior year in college. Nichole Lawrence – Marymount Manhattan NYC. Gabi Bartnik – Montclair State NJ. Felix Melo – Rutgers NJ. Listen as they recap from high school; the 1st day, the teachers that made an impact, graduation day, the emotions, the moments; to the 1st day of college. They experienced the freedom, the responsibility, and the cost it came with. This led to a lot of self evaluation, change of major, and therapy. “You got to go through it, that thorn bush. Now in a bed of roses”, a jewel dropped by Gabi Bartnik. Navigating college, they hold nothing back. Vulnerable and authentic, Nichole, Gabi and Felix share their respective journeys toward now being juniors. Seasoned, involved, and focused. World, get ready for 3 Icons.

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78: Remy Girl Ni of RGF Productions visits SQR Podcast

Born Shani-Love Dishmen, her parents were playing rap to her since her embryonic days in the womb. Shani created a hybrid of her legal name and the influence of Fetty Wap’s Remy Boys, to become Remy Girl Ni.  Ni’s parents have been a great influence on her life to motivate and inspire her to develop her talents while prioritizing school as well.  

As a confident, focused, ten year old, Ni is prepared for the social changes that seem to be a fact in the middle school dynamic. Jealousy may occur and some friends are already asking her not to change. Already experiencing this, she’s ready for whatever middle school challenges may bring and friends she may lose and gain based solely on her fame.

Affiliated with RGF Island, Ni is signed with the same label as Fetty Wap, and she represents Remy girls and Remy Boys. After making the song “Remy Girl Gang”, she credits 2Gs for bringing her into the RGF circle. Remy Girl Ni has two singles,”We Litty” & “Remy Girl Gang” which are out right now on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon. She has already expressed an interest in possibly developing a tv show concept of her own, which she intends on negotiating with Nickelodeon and Disney, while also seeking sponsorship opportunities. From there Ni keeps her focus and continues to pursue her career.

Truthfully, Ni is a workaholic! She goes to the studio every week; every other day, working on 30 songs ready to be dropped. By doing this, Ni is prepared and ready to go. She shared her first official video “We Litty” with us. Ni played a role in directing and producing this video with her father Cory; from choosing location, sponsors, and costumes, Ni’s confidence and joy are evident from start to finish.  When watching the finished product, the elation on Ni’s face expresses the joy and love she has for her work.

Before leaving us, Ni shared her views on the world today. Again, her maturity shined through. She expressed that she doesn’t judge people on their race and she believes everyone deserves a second chance. Remy Girl Ni would love to see an end to racism and have the world filled with more peace and love. At the tender age of 10, her potential is truly endless.

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77: Channel Casimir, the brains & beauty behind “Complex Simplicity”

Channel Casimir, the brains and beauty behind the motivational brand “Complex Simplicity”, chops it up with Squirrel Rosenberg. It’s another Jewel filled podcast as Channel holds nothing back. Her journey begins growing up in the quintessential 2 parent, 2 child household. Mom was brutally honest; as a result of the difficult life she experienced growing up, whereas Dad is the more diplomatic, nurturing and loving type. “My dad is everything to me, he was the man who taught me how I should be treated, without having to verbally say it. He taught me with his actions.”, one of the many profound jewels dropped throughout this refreshing podcast. Listen as Channel shares her insecurities growing up taller and thicker than the other girls in middle and high school. However, with reassurance from her brother and family, she realized and owned her beauty. This gave her the confidence to forge her own lane and sense of fashion in college, which she revered. Ruled under the astrological sign of Leo, Channel speaks of her loyalty and bossy swagger which has propelled her to host her show, “Candid talk with Channel”. As a star to look out for, Channel Casimir harnesses a simple approach to navigate the complexity of life. Enjoy.

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76: Song bird Kia’Mni serenades SQR Podcast

“Music was my antidote”- A jewel dropped by writer and song bird Kia’Mni as she serenades SQR Podcast. Listen to this jewel-filled life story from one of the most angelic voices you will ever hear. Kia’Mni, born in Newark has an only child to separated parents, shares of the unwavering support she got from both parents; a Dad who held the household down while Mom completed her studies. Kia’s fun memories of middle school and high school were vivid, as she recaps being part of the varsity cheerleading squad and a member of an all-girls group. Experiences she was grateful for as she realized her talent and the ability to be a solo artist. “You could go through a toxic situation, have toxic love given to you, but now you found the antidote to cure all that.” Another jewel which was the catalyst for Kia’Mni’s new single, “Toxic Love”. Experienced and written by Kia, the authenticity is palpable. The 1st guest to SQR Podcast who found us via Instagram and took initiative. Thank you, Kia. You are all welcome, as I know you will be educated, entertained and encouraged by the next Mary J Blige……… Song bird Kia’Mni.  Enjoy.

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74: Singer, writer, performer China Marie visits SQR Podcast

East meets West. Listen as singer, writer and performer China Marie, a Portland Oregon native chops it up with Squirrel Rosenberg at SQR Pro Studio in Paterson NJ. The product of inter-racial parents who divorced at an early age, China was raised by her mother and influenced by her grandmother, as her dad battle with a severe cocaine habit. She recalls the honesty of her mother, who admitted her sexuality, and the effect it had on her and her brother. Her journey through elementary and middle school was plagued with bullying, being the only biracial child in a predominantly black school district. However, this all changed once puberty hit in high school- when girls envied what she had and guys appreciated it. A lack of focus on her grades led China to accumulate a 1.8 GPA and a visit to school by her mom. A stern warning and determination to step up her game resulted in a remarkable 4.1 GPA upon graduation.

“I just want to be a star,” the catalyst for China’s move from her safe and secure life in Portland to the unknown territory and possibilities that awaited her in Los Angeles, California. Enjoy China Marie’s vivid recap of her journey to Compton (corner of Watts and Alameda) to the perfect room for rent in a stash house.  It was not long before her instincts led her to Manhattan Beach, where she lived in her Mercury Sable for three weeks in a middle school parking lot. An experience she kept from her mom, as she was unwilling to return to Portland and follow the status quo. Eventually, China found a place and a steady flow of income. Listen as she shares her introduction into the music industry via a video shoot for rapper Too Short, whom she met and impressed. Contrary to the conventional route, China created her own path to get her music and talent out there. Her fly on the wall moment shooting the video for her single ‘Policy’ featuring Ray Jay confirms she was on the right path. A trip to New York City came about once China realized the music scene in L.A. was more conducive to established artists. China fell in love with the city that never sleeps and was embraced by all.

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73: Former BUDS/S class Navy seal, CKO/Personal trainer, OCR dominator & Super Ninja Joey Klineberger “Joey K”

“I was too scared to quit”. Among the many jewels dropped by super human/super ninja Joey K, as he honors SQR Podcast with one of our most fascinating stories yet. Listen as this only child who grew up a little shy, sheltered and even spoiled to parents who divorced at age 6. Spending time between mom and dad, Joey was able to enjoy all the fun and freedom from dad, however mom kept him in line with discipline, living clean and eating clean with a strong vegetarian diet. A transient early childhood included a move to Boston as mom remarried. Influenced by his grandmother in putting others first, lead to him making a decision to move back to live with his father and step mother in New Jersey. A ready-made household with a 10-year-old brother and 13-year-old sister; total chaos. A skinny kid with crappy grades and no athletic capabilities graduated high school, and with a seed planted by his uncle John, inspired him to join the navy; seal team that is; as the team work was appealing to him. Mom resisted. (“Give us your heart, we will take care of your body.”) The mantra that fueled Joey K through the rigorous training to be a part of this elite BUDS team. Enjoy as joey shares his intimate experiences, wins and failures through the entire process of hell week and how it has allowed him to tackle all obstacle courses-physically and mentally-in life. Excerpts that could be applied to our life’s journey, Joey shares of his transition back to civilian life. The self-destructive habits formed and his ‘a-ha’ moment, August 2016, looking at the Men’s Health Magazine in Walgreen’s. The dedication, drive and constant need to raise the ceiling are the main ingredients to SQR’s conversation with Joey K. Enjoy

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72: R.I.P. Prodigy. Squirrel Rosenberg’s Dedication to Prodigy of Mobb Deep

Prodigy, one half of the hip hop duo Mobb Deep passed away June 20, 2017. A rapper ahead of his time with unforgettable vocals and delivery. Prodigy and Havoc gave us the quintessential NYC sound, complimented by a clear and concise ability to tell their story about growing up In Queens Bridge (QB). Prodigy battled sickle cell since birth and did not allow this disease to prevent him from dominating the hip hop game and being an advocate for other suffers.  “P” as he was commonly known to answer to; left an indelible mark on our culture and will truly be missed. R.I.P @prodigymobbdeep.

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