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Giovanna Aguilar
Writer | Foodie
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I Need $$$! Best Practices from Grant-Awarded Writer to Fund All Types of Programs So, you are considering grants to fund your dream project or program. Perhaps you are a nonprofit, filmmaker or public school program in need of financial support. How do…

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Here is my latest:

On Vérité: Interview with Linda Lajterman on Her Book, Life After You– What Your Death from Drugs Leaves Behind  
Between 2000 and 2014 about half a million people died in the United States from drug overdoses. 2014 went on record as the year of the most drug-overdose deaths, most of them (6 out of 10) due to opioids.
Every day 78 Americans die from opioid overdoses.
Behind these statistics of our national health epidemic, as reported by the CDC, there are real, personal stories of families coping with the loss of a family member.
I invite you to listen to an interview with Linda Lajterman who shares with us her profound story of having lost her son Danny (19) to a drug overdose, and how she hopes the message in her book, Life After You -What Your Death from Drugs Leaves Behind, can help open up conversations among families and our youth to prevent others from losing their loved ones to drugs.
Shortly after her son’s death, Linda wrote a poignant letter “Dear Friends,” and although it was intended for her local community, it touched the hearts and opened up the minds of thousands of addicts and their families all around the world. The tremendous connection that so many people had to her story inspired her to write the book that presents a sobering yet very visual picture of death from a drug overdose, such as in Chapter 5 “Your Death” and Chapter 6 “Your Funeral. Moreover, Linda underscores the point that none of us should ever say or think, “Drugs and my Kid? Never!”
It can happen to anyone because addiction does not discriminate.
Linda is a member of the Family Advocacy Partnership (FAP), created by Steven Rogers, the Commissioner of Nutley, NJ who invited me to facilitate this much needed support and resource group to help families directly affected by drug addition by connecting them to each other.
She can be reached at, and Facebook Life After You -What Your Death from Drugs Leaves Behind -  and Twitter at Lajterman23.

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It’s Here! HourGlass—Time to Talk ON YOUR FEET! FULL ACCESS with Emilio and Gloria Estefan and the Musical’s Director Jerry Mitchell
HourGlass hosts Maria Torres and Giovanna Aguilar are excited to release clips of their exclusive interviews with Gloria and Emilio Estefan and Jerry Mitchell, the creative team of the hit Broadway musical On Your Feet!, who share their journey to Broadway and living the American dream. These upcoming episodes are especially close to HourGlass co-host Maria Torres who is also the associate choreographer for the show.
Full episodes will be released soon that also include interviews in Spanish with Emilio and Gloria Estefan and On Your Feet’s choreographer Sergio Trujillo who joins Maria Torres on the segment—Kick, Ball, Change – Keep it Moving!
HourGlass On Your Feet! Full Access Credits
HourGlass is an original podcast production hosted by creators and producers Maria Torres and Giovanna Aguilar.
We would like to give a special thanks to all who made On Your Feet Full Access possible: Emilio and Gloria Estefan, Jerry Mitchell, the Nederlander Organization, the Marquis Theater, Christina Boursiquot and Mandy Tate from the Charlotte Wilcox Company.
In addition, we are very grateful to Elka Samuels Smith of Divine Rhythm Productions and our Grammy nominated musician/composer, Roman Rojas who were on location assisting with these recordings.
HourGlass’s original music is composed by Roman Rojas


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Ep. 3 HourGlass Talks with Talented Dancer-Performer-Arts Activist Marina Micalizzi About Mentorship 0
Oct 15, 2015
In 2005 Maria Torres auditioned young dancers to take part in a Broadway style production number to be performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center for the Upfronts as part of the cartoon Class of 3000, based on Andre 3000 (Outkast)), and is blown away by a talented 10-year old—Marina Micallizi. Since then a mentor-mentee relationship has flourished, sparked by Maria’s passion to help Marina light up not only on the stage but also behind the scenes, leading Marina on her own journey to pay it forward by exposing others to the healing power of the arts. Marina believes that we each have the power to light the darkness and she hopes to create a better, brighter world.
Marina credits as a performer include on Disney’s film Enchanted, the Broadway musicals How the Grinch Stole Christmas the Musical and Billy Elliot, and other notable productions as well as assistant to top choreographers such as Brian Friedman, Mia Michaels, Dave Scott, Laurie Ann Gibson, Chris Judd and Shane Sparks.
Hour Glass Time to Talk about the stories shaping the artist - an original Podcast created and hosted by Maria Torres and Giovanna Aguilar
Episode #3: Interview with Marina Micalizzi

Music Theme: Roman Rojas
Editor: Parker Robinson
Episode 3# Sound Mixer: Carlos Berrios
In Studio Engineer: Peter Scozzari
Recording Studio: Madpan Productions 

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