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The Long Game

By Mixed Talk Media | Aired April 29, 2023


(S6) Episode 1- The Long Game w/Guest David Winning | Hosted by Shunte Gamble

In this episode David Winning and I talk about the long game. We talk about the importance of vision, patience, and courage in the face of opportunity. He shares his keys to his long-lasting career in film and television.

Check out his new movie with Hallmark, Time for Him to Come Home for Christmas. I had the opportunity to view the screening at Cinemark Theaters featured as part of the Worldfest (Houston) International Film Festival. I gave it a TWO thumbs up! It is a must see. David also received two awards for his work at the closure of the screening.

-Latest Movie “Time for Him to Come Home for Christmas”


More About David Winning


David Winning
Film & Television Director

45 Features, 29 Series, with over 180 TV credits. David is mainly known for his work on Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda, MGM’s Stargate: Atlantis, ABC’s Dinotopia and the HBO thriller Exception to The Rule, starring Kim Cattrall, Sean Young and Eric McCormack and dozens of family and Christmas movies for Hallmark and Lifetime.

A proven and prolific director of feature films and many television series in virtually all genres – he was a dreamer kid from the Canadian prairies, making movies at the age of ten with a Super 8 camera in hometown Calgary, Canada. At 18, he made his first short drama Sequence, and expanded the plotline into his first feature film STORM, produced on a shoestring in the summer of 1983.

At 27, he landed directing gigs on FRIDAY 13th: The Series for Paramount; for this television debut he received three Canadian Emmy nominations. His second feature followed in 1992 with Killer Image, a plot twisting photographic mystery-thriller starring Michael Ironside and veteran character actor M. Emmet Walsh. Throughout the 1990’s and the 2000’s he directed more movies and episodes of nearly 30 series from kid’s shows to westerns to science-fiction. Continue Reading…

About Let’s Talk Life XL Podcast

Ever wondered if there was more to life? Yep! THAT feeling. Let’s Talk Life XL Show talks about life as it is; the good, the bad, and the funny. Shunte and her guests share their life’s experiences through personal stories of authenticity, success, failure, and the funny. Shunte is on a mission to cheer on those who wear many hats. 

Along with podcasting, Shunte also owns and operates Mixed Talk Media, Women Empowering Change INC, and The Blueprint by Shunte Gamble. She is dedicated to empowering today’s leaders.

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Training and Truth

Training and Truth

By Shunte Gamble | March 2, 2023

Training and Truth

As I read a blog titled Why God Repeats by Lori Hatcher two words stood out: training and truth. In my prayer that morning, I expressed all the ways, I felt my training was panning out. I reflected on the ups and downs, the twists and turns, the advances, and the setbacks. I told God I felt His training was hard. I understood, at that moment, the road I am traveling is not the road I chose for myself. I had been chosen and called to this path.

After the birth of my first son, I felt like a statistic. You know, the girl who went to private school, was meek in behavior, and graduated college pregnant. I was young and feeling like I had disappointed the expectations everyone had of me.

I began to doubt my significance even though their expectation of me was not my own. All I knew was once I learned of my pregnancy, something within me awaken. Most would simply say the light bulb came on. I felt a sense of purpose and responsibility. I knew I was to carry my unborn baby and birth him into this world.

With that instruction, everything you could imagine unfolded. From pressure of abortion, an illness I forced doctors to find and treat, a year of college in one semester just to stay on course to graduation, to a birthing process that required medical attention. All of that was training.

I didn’t know, then, that the truth revealed in a dream would require training to experience. God showed me a son standing next to his father on his graduation day. As a baby believer in Christ, I didn’t know this would be how God would choose to speak to me. I did know I was on a mission. Turns out, I needed that vision. The road was so difficult, the promise felt impossible to reach. God used a pandemic to accomplish the last leg of that promise and my baby boy graduated high school right on schedule. A proud moment for sure.

I set off on a journey with a promise in hand. I had a dream. From the moment of revelation, great tests would come as the journey was training for the promise. God knew the truth; I needed hope. He knew He had to show me hope. He knew that hope would keep me moving my son and I forward. He knew the dream would surely happen.

Truth is, I needed to know how to persevere when faced with impossible tasks, how to overcome when doubt felt more like depression, or how to keep going even when I was misunderstood.

I learned the finish line is the place where the new begins. At the end of something old, the training in transition would equip me with tools for the new. I have learned how to hold on to truth as I travel the roads set before me. I encourage you today to hold on to whatever is true while you are training in transition. Your new will be your next!

I leave you with the scripture that Lori left for her readers: Matthew 5:3-11. New International Version reads as follows. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.    



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Mixed Talk Magazine Volume 3 | 2022

Mixed Talk Magazine Volume 3 | 2022

Volume 3 is fresh from the Mixed Talk Media oven! We are honored to feature this year’s Catalyst 4 Change Award recipients, hot talent, and a message for the soul.

Who’s Inside

Congratulations to Keisha Robinson
Winner of the 2022 Mixed Talk Magazine Cover
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2022 Magazine Featured CFC Leadership Award Recipients
[07] Cover Winner Keisha Robinson
[14] 5K Grant Winner Tierashia Adair

[16] Celeste Henry-Gordon
[17] Ambirr Momon
[18] Kieasha Hill
[19] Kim Mason
[20] Collette Conner
[21] Quintonna Mason
[22] Sabrena Cross

In the Digital Magazine
Andrea Wilson
Desarae Ania
Janice Workcuff
Kellie Thomas
Tonya M.Ed. Kelly
Lisa Stewart
Stephanie Lynn
Alexis Harrold



2022 CFC Recipient Stephanie Lynn

By: Mixed Talk Media

Meet Stephanie Lynn

Company: Body Chisel, LLC

I am a woman of strength and courage. I carry my battle wounds and scars like a shield of armor with grace and confidence every day. I’m a survivor with an ambition and determination to be a very successful entrepreneur.

After fifteen years in healthcare, I knew I wanted more and was not sure if I wanted to continue my education in the healthcare field and continue to work for someone else or to reach for my childhood dreams of owning my salon. As an empty nester, I was trying to heal from a tragedy, so I took a leap of faith coming together with 11 other women I had never met before to co-author “Project Hear Her Heart”. During that collaboration, I met some divine and amazing women on my journey, which ultimately led me to start my own non-invasive body contouring business named Body Chisel, LLC. I am excited about being a newly published author. I am on a mission to walk in my purpose and help others on the road to healing.

At Body Chisel LLC, we offer a safe and non-invasive body contouring procedure to help stubborn body fat melt away by ultrasonic cavitation, also known as Lipo-cavitation. Lipo-cavitation is an outpatient treatment with no anesthesia, typically painless with no downtime. It is a safe approach to melt away localized fat cells resistant to exercise and achieve the body goals you are working toward. We also use ultrasonic waves to tighten the skin, aiding in the disappearance of stretch marks. In addition to body contouring, we offer Wood Contour Therapy and Butt Cupping Vacuum Therapy. Body Chisel, LLC. also offers post-op massages, post-lymphatic massages, and lymphatic drainage massages for those who had surgical procedures such as tummy tucks, Brazilian butt lifts (BBL), and complete mommy makeovers.

Our vision is to be the place where women and men can feel good about their self-image by improving their self-confidence with non-surgical body contouring and skin care treatment services that are appealing and long-lasting.

Our mission at Body Chisel, LLC is to provide comfortable and personalized services to assist our clients in reaching their body contouring goals while delivering a professional and overall memorable feel-good experience in the convenience of their own space or ours.

How do you overcome challenges in business?
I am willing to abandon what doesn’t work. If something doesn’t work, try something else. Don’t give up, make realistic goals, and replace old strategies with new ones. Prioritize and commit.

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2022 CFC Recipient Tiesha Monroe

By: Mixed Talk Media

Meet Tiesha Monroe

Company: TMonroeSpeaks, Inc

I create and deliver trainings covering various leadership development topics to help organizations grow. Public speaking and people improvement are my passions.

TMonroeSpeaks, Inc. focuses on researching, creating, and delivering leadership development training material. I help clients diagnose any leadership issues that are negatively impacting their bottom line. I create trainings to solve those gaps in knowledge. Our goal is to create transformational leaders.

Our vision is to increase productivity and connectivity by creating better people through education. We create better leaders.

Our mission is to create long-lasting and effective training courses. We leverage technology to increase education, engagement, and equity.

How do you overcome challenges in business?
I seek advice from other leaders in the industry. I push through difficult challenges by staying flexible and connected to my purpose.

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2022 CFC Recipient Lisa J. Stewart

By: Mixed Talk Media

Meet Lisa J. Stewart

Company: SMG Christian Bookstore

I am a pastor’s wife, mother, Nana, professor, and author, but the role I cherish the most is being a daughter of the most high King! My life verse is Jeremiah 29:11. I earned my Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Leadership in Higher Education from Capella University. I am a certified Dave Ramsey Financial Coach and a certified John Maxwell Coach and Speaker. 

SMG Christian Bookstore is the parent company hosting “Books and Blogs”. My blog, “Teachable Truths by Dr. Lisa Stewart”, will provide teaching and coaching messages of biblical truths that parents and grandparents can teach their children and grandchildren. The bookstore will provide future publications of books for parents, grandparents, and children.

Our vision is to reach parents, grandparents, and young boys and girls within our community and share the biblical truths in such a way that it would penetrate their hearts and minds, show the relevance of God’s Word in this day and time and draw them to faith in Jesus Christ.

Our mission is to honor the Lord Jesus Christ by living out the great commission to go and make disciples. (Matthew 28:19-20)

How do you overcome challenges in business?
I overcome any challenge I face by learning from my failures and seeking wisdom and guidance from others who have achieved the goals I am pursuing.

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2022 CFC Recipient Kelly M.Ed Tonya

By: Mixed Talk Media

Meet Kelly M.Ed Tonya

Company: Empower our Youth Foundation

Tonya Kelly, MEd, is the CEO/Founder of the 501c3 non-profit organization Empower our Youth Foundation. Tonya, by career, is a fourth-grade teacher at Horizon Science Academy Elementary in Columbus, Ohio. The organization began in 2017 when her second daughter experienced being bullied till she had thoughts of suicide. She witnessed firsthand the negative impacts, family emotions, and experiences that damage a child’s self-esteem and quality of life.

Empower our Youth Foundation offers youth empowerment programs to students, families, and educators to learn about bullying prevention and give our youth a voice. We are a national 501c3 non-profit organization for youth ages 5-17 years old.

Our vision is to be a voice for our youth against bullying.

Our mission statement is to be encouraged, respectful, a voice for yourself and others against bullying, and to believe in yourself.

How do you overcome challenges in business?
Empower UP is committed to providing community impact by working with local school districts (especially Title I, community, and charter school districts), law enforcement, churches, community centers, non-profit organizations, community leaders, and social agencies.

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2022 CFC Recipient Kellie Thomas

By: Mixed Talk Media

Meet Kellie Thomas

Company: Camps by KT

You’ve got to experience it to believe it! Camps by KT is an engaging day camp program designed for children to learn in a fun and inspirational way since 2007! We have curated a well-rounded program that allows youth to grow, bond, and go through self-discovery journey. At Camps by KT, we are all about having fun, new experiences, community, laughter, and educational fun. We provide the ultimate experience for children as they enjoy the great Camps by KT.

Camps by KT offers Empowerment, Public Speaking, Arts, Science, Engineering, Culinary, Physical Activity, and of course FUN! Each entity of Camps by KT has been curated by professionals in each field. We have tremendous support from our very own speech therapist (Angela Pope), engineer (Darrelyn Smith), culinarian (Chef Bland), science educator (Sherry Collings), and primary educator (Shardia Barber). They cultivate fun and educational learning. Our support inspires little minds to do BIG things with unique experiences, positive influence, and motivation!

Camps by KT exist to equip the youth with the tools to lead empowered lives and live to their true potential through youth day camps and teen leadership programs.

We are on a mission to empower youth to grow physically, mentally, and emotionally to achieve their version of success. To equip learners with diverse skills that empower them to navigate life’s unchartered territories and thrive.

How do you overcome challenges in business?
Prepare for the long haul, the rise and fall, and let neither define your sense of self. That is what I always remind myself of whenever struggle presents itself. There is no such thing as a self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others. That is how I’ve overcome challenges. I have been fortunate to have a community of families, friends, and staff that greatly support Camps by KT; especially my Illuminating Fireflies, and Poised Pineapples families!

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2022 CFC Recipient Janice Workcuff

By: Mixed Talk Media

Meet Janice Workcuff

Company: Angels Surviving Cancer, Inc.

I am a 34 yr Breast cancer survivor and founder of a Breast Cancer Survivorship organization.

Our vision is to promote an atmosphere and environment of inclusiveness, for we know the fight is not fair and equal access to quality breast health services impacts all.

Our mission is to enlighten, encourage, empower, and educate the community and their families about breast health.

We meet the needs of your clients/customers through advocacy, education, and health.

How do you overcome challenges in business?
We get more people to assist with our cause.

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2022 CFC Recipient Desarae Aina

By: Mixed Talk Media

Meet Desarae Aina

Company: Des Aina Realty Group

Throughout her career Des has earned numerous accolades such as Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE), Monthly Top Producer, Multi-Million Dollar Producer, TDRealty Millionaire Club, Knock Certified Agent, Ribbon Agent Certified, BRAG Broker Agent Advisor Five Star. Des lives in Katy, TX with her husband, daughter, mother, and one baby girl on the way. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, vacationing, spending time with her family, and having great conversations with great people. Des aims to provide the highest level of service for her clients and takes pride in helping them achieve their real estate goals.

Our vision is to educate, provide resources, and encourage people that home ownership is possible rather than buying or selling. We will help them reach their house goals.

Our mission is to help our clients meet their house goals.

How do you overcome challenges in business?
Education. When my clients are educated and believe in the PPF (prayer, patience, and faith) we can overcome any challenge.

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