Natalie Abruzzo, Host & Producer
DJ Tonemalone, DJ, Sunday Brunch Soul Mix
Stephanie Ramsarup, Intern
The Natini Hour is a public affairs show format that challenges the status quo, provides a platform for healthy discourse and debate, and engages listeners in relevant topics that are honest, diverse, provocative, and accessible.
The show has interviewed CEOs of national organizations, Academy Award nominated directors and producers, as well as a host of influential persons whose projects include PBS documentaries, breast cancer and domestic violence awareness and advocacy, National Advertising Agencies, digital series creators, and international travel and food bloggers.
The Natini Hour tells the stories from and about the community, inviting informed panelists and members of the community to join the conversation.
Somebody Marry Me Interview re: First Ever Single-Shot Romantic Comedy with Director, John Asher and Star, Ray Abruzzo
The Natini Hour talked about the feature film, Somebody Marry Me. It is the first-time ever ‘single shot’ romantic comedy. We chatted with the Director, John Asher, and the Star, Ray Abruzzo, about the film. John explains where the inspiration came from and what it took to take-on this style of filmmaking. Natalie learns a little Italian, Natalie and Ray clarify their kinship and Ray also shares his time on The Sopranos and working with James Gandolfini. Check out the interview and go see the film!
The New Black Interview re: Marriage Equality with Filmmaker, Yoruba Richen
The Natini Hour sits down for a conversation with award-winning documentarian, Yoruba Richen, about her film, The New Black, and the US Supreme Court rulings on two landmark cases involving LGBT civil rights – DOMA and Proposition 8. The New Black takes viewers into the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland and charts the evolution of this divisive issue within the African American community. Join the conversation.
Young Survival Coalition Interview re: Congressional Women’s Softball, Tour de Pink and Face 2 Face Networks with DC Rep., Erin Price-Schabert
The Natini Hour goes to Washington! Sunday, June 16th, we were joined by our friends at the Young Survival Coalition (YSC) and their DC Rep., Erin Price-Schabert. Erin talks candidly about her battle with breast cancer at age 27 and how she’s training for the Tour de Pink. And, what would Summer be without a softball game? The 5th Annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game is happening June 26th. Erin talks about how the women of Congress and the women of the Washington Press Corp play for YSC and a win in the battle of breast cancer. It’s a 7 PM game and tickets are $10!
Burrell Communications Interview re: Cheerios and Multicultural Advertising with Assoc. Creative Director, Derrick Rivers & Senior Brand Planner, Wheaten Mather
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Heart disease is the #1 killer in America. So why all of the controversy over a Cheerios ad? On Sunday, June 9th, The Natini Hour was joined by Burrell Communications’ Assoc. Creative Director, Derrick Rivers & Senior Brand Planner, Wheaten Mather, to discuss the firestorm of media attention this commercial has received since it began airing. We also talked about the world of multicultural advertising in today’s multimedia. Let us know your thoughts…Join the conversation!
Bright Pink Interview re: Angelina Jolie, BRCA1 and BRCA2, Fab-U-Wish with Giuliana Rancic
The Natini Hour and our special guests, Bright Pink, discuss prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer for young women – specifically, Angelina Jolie’s decision to undergo a double-mastectomy and what the BRCA1, BRCA2 gene mutations mean for YOU. We also talk about the Fab-U-Wish initiative with Giuliana Rancic. Join the conversation.
Lenox Avenue Web Series Interview with Creator & Producer, Al Thompson
From Harlem to Hollywood to our studios in Brooklyn, The Natini Hour has a conversation with the creator and producer of “Lenox Avenue,” Mr. Al Thompson. Al shares insight into original online content creation and how to deliver and preserve interesting characters and story lines. Find out about filming in Harlem, the state of scripted TV and when the next episode of Lenox Avenue is available for viewing (4.27).
We talk about the series, the business and the business of making a series…it’s full circle folks! Join the conversation.
Wonder Women: The Untold Story of American Superheroines Interview with Producer, Kelcey Edwards
The Natini Hour spoke with Producer, Kelcey Edwards about the film Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines. The film traces the evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, WONDER WOMEN! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation. Wonder Women! will air on Independent Lens | PBS April 15th at 10PM. Join the conversation!
Young Survival Coalition Interview with CEO, Jennifer Merschdorf
In this broadcast, The Natini Hour was joined by the Young Survival Coalition’s CEO, Jennifer Merschdorf. This year, YSC is celebrating 15 years of providing breast cancer awareness, support, empowerment and hope. We talked about their upcoming Gala – In Living Pink – hosted by Chris Wragge of CBS News. The Gala is a casino themed event and open to anyone wanting a night out to celebrate life! Tickets can be obtained here – bit.ly/zPbsrX – Then we talked about the YSC’s Tour de Pink. This is a 200 mile bike ride on both coasts that take place in the Fall. Find out how you can get involved with the TdP here – bit.ly/cZczBr. Join the conversation!
The Invisible War Interview with Producer, Amy Ziering
On Sunday, March 24th, The Natini Hour spoke with Producer, Amy Ziering about the Academy Award® Nominated documentary, The Invisible War. We discuss the film’s topic – sexual assault in the military – as well as the subsequent events that are shaping a national dialogue and change in the way our armed forces address their complicity in and increase awareness and prevention about rape in the military. Last year, former Sec. of Defense, Leon Panetta, became an ally of the victims. Last week, Senators began hearings on sexual assault in the military. Today, you can make your voice heard and get involved at www.NotInvisible.org.