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Express Yourself! is an entertaining adolescent fusion program where passion, productivity, and possibility populate the airwaves. Produced by Starstyle Productions, LLC as an international outreach program of Be the Star You Are! charity, the radio program, Express Yourself! is a show for, by, and about teens. Hosted by teens and teenage field reporters from around the country, Express Yourself! is THE destination for teens to be heard. Within the walls of the young adult community, listeners are uplifted and encouraged to be the stars of your own life. Through collaboration and conversation, a global campus of young people express their views. Topics include anything that kids talk about-books, music, making a difference, technology, school, art, humor, writing, tough talks, health, sports, films, family, friends, foes, fashion, and fun. Come play in STAR country and Express Yourself!, Sundays at 3 PM Pacific on VoiceAmerica Empowerment.


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Express Yourself! is an entertaining adolescent fusion program where passion, productivity, and possibility populate the airwaves. Produced by Starstyle Productions, LLC as an international outreach program of Be the Star You Are! charity, the radio program, Express Yourself! is a show for, by, and about teens. Hosted by teens and teenage field reporters from around the country, Express Yourself! is THE destination for teens to be heard. Within the walls of the young adult community, listeners are uplifted and encouraged to be the stars of your own life. Through collaboration and conversation, a global campus of young people express their views. Topics include anything that kids talk about-books, music, making a difference, technology, school, art, humor, writing, tough talks, health, sports, films, family, friends, foes, fashion, and fun. Come play in STAR country and Express Yourself!, Sundays at 3 PM Pacific on VoiceAmerica Empowerment.






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Bullying and No Barnyard Bullies

Bullies are not born, they are made. Producer of Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio, Cynthia Brian, hosts this program about bullying. Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Department of Education released the first federal definition of bullying. The definition includes three core elements: • unwanted aggressive behavior • observed or perceived power imbalance • repetition or high likelihood of repetition of bullying behaviors. Teen reporter, Kirpa, shares her insights on what bullying is and does, including cyber-bullying. If you see it happening, attempt to stop it. Bystanders, or those who see bullying, can make a huge difference when they intervene on behalf of someone being bullied. Studies also have shown that adults can help prevent bullying by talking to children about bullying, encouraging them to do what they love, modeling kindness and respect, and seeking help. Cynthia Brian reads from her new children’s book series, Stella Bella’s Barnyard Adventures, and tells the backstory in her first book, No Barnyard Bullies, based on a true event about a re-homed pampered pig who bullies the other animals until she is stopped by a tiny bunny who defends a three-legged goat from her attacks. Everyone is equal in Stella Bella's barnyard where bullies are not tolerated, and inclusivity is the paramount number one rule. Through the book, children are encouraged to love themselves exactly the way they are while living in peace and harmony with a barnyard of many colors and beliefs. No bullies welcome. Be kind. Be inclusive. Proceeds from the sale of the books benefit the 501 c3 charity, Be the Star You Are!® empowering women, families, and youth through increased literacy and positive media messages., Purchase the book at • Follow us: • • • Instagram: NFTs:


Philosophy and Logic

The only thing I know is that I know nothing.” -Socrates British Keerthi and Keerthi host this hour of thoughts on philosophy and logic. British Keerthi takes us on a wild ride through logic and argumentation viewed through the lens of debate. The fundamentals of debate lie in logic. She instructs listeners to use propositional logic superpowers to have the best argumentation in debates! Nerd extraordinaire Keerthi introduces philosophy theory and the study of philosophy. The word philosophy translates to “love of wisdom.” Philosophy is the study of the world we live in, the fundamentals of ourselves, and the questions we ask. She gives an overview of the history of philosophy and stresses that the more we know, the more we know we don’t know. Kevin, our A.I. Specialist joins the discussion sharing how A. I. can and does affect our everyday lives. A.I. is extremely integrated into society and is expanding its influence at a rapid rate. What would transpire if A.I. became sentient? A.I. is one of the most innovative inventions of mankind in the modern age, alongside the exploitation of nuclear power. However, just like nuclear power, A.I. can be dangerous and have far-reaching ramifications. Buckle your seat belts! • Follow us: • • • Instagram: NFTs:


Happy Mother's Day!

Today’s show is all about Mother’s Day and appreciating our moms! Our Nerd Extraordinaire, Keerthi, hosts the program and provides a history lesson on the origins of Mother’s Day. We find out that the woman who created Mother’s Day in the early 1900s, Anna Jarvis, realized that American official holidays were widely centered around male achievements. She wrote to politicians and newspapers campaigning for a holiday honoring motherhood. She envisioned Mother’s Day as a personal celebration to honor the sacrifices that moms make for their children, not a commercialized day. She attacked First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt for using Mother’s Day as an occasion to raise money for charity. Milan joins the conversation with information on two famous moms from history. In segment three, Kirpa shares ways Mother’s Day is celebrated and the challenges that animal mothers face. Just like us humans, animal mothers have the natural maternal instinct to protect their younger ones. Scientists have shown that this is a natural tendency, so it’s not just a fact. Maternal instincts are present in many animals, and in some cases, these instincts are even stronger than those of humans. Celebrating Motherhood around the world: • 103 countries celebrate Mother’s Day • 77 countries celebrate in May, 13 in March, and 13 in another month • Over 200 million people have a day off* • Singular (“Mother’s Day”) wins over plural (“Mothers’ Day”) by 78 countries to 22 Happy Mother’s Day to every Mom! You deserve a break today! • Follow us: • • • Instagram: NFTs:


Public Speaking and Debate

Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.” - Hubert H. Humphrey Host Keerthi announces “Salutations from your favorite nerd extraordinaire, where youth debaters unite!” This program focuses on public speaking and debate. Keerthi shares the history of debate and also ways to overcome the fear of speaking in public. She interviews teen Allen Tovmasyan as he discusses the reasons why every high school student should consider competing in Speech and Debate , Allen draws on his own experiences as a competitor, recalling the many rounds he’s competed in and talks about the skills he learned that translated to aspects of his life. Allen emphasizes the importance of being an effective communicator. Both Keerthi and Allen believe that Speech and Debate can be a pathway towards a healthier self-image and can allow for students to explore their creative interests while having an audience willing to listen to them. Allen emphasizes the many friendships and connections that he’s gained from his time as a competitor and believes that anyone looking for a community will feel welcomed by the Speech and Debate community. British Keerthi makes an appearance to give her input on how to poke holes and expose flaws in your opponent's arguments, • Follow us: • • • Instagram: NFTs:



Keerthi hosts a program focusing on dystopia, dystopian literature, and our views of the future. In segment one, Keerthi introduces us to dystopian literature. In segment two, she contemplates possible dystopian scenarios that can result in our world going in a downward spiral. In segment three, British Keerthi arrives with Nerd Extraordinaire providing tips on how to write dystopian fiction! Dystopia is a subgenre of science fiction. Science fiction is defined as fantasy that has supernatural, science-based elements in it. Soft science fiction focuses on social sciences, and hard science fiction focuses on the natural sciences. The dystopian genre is a prediction of life in the future, and it specifically is a negative prediction, basically portraying the future as this horrible, ruined, world plagued and bound by the restricting demands of society; essentially, the opposite of a utopia. Within the realm of fiction, it is always tempting to set one’s stories in a dystopian future, where all our misgivings about state power can be shown in full force.” - Anne Fortier • Follow us: • • • Instagram: NFTs:


What is WOKE?

Ruhani and Sharanya tackle the woke movement in the 21st century. Wokeness has brought greater attention to issues of social justice and inequality, including racism, sexism, homophobia, and ableism. This has led to increased activism and advocacy for marginalized communities and has sparked important conversations about how to create a more equitable society. Wokeness has led to changes in how we talk about and represent different groups of people. This has included the adoption of more inclusive language, such as using “they” as a gender-neutral pronoun. Wokeness has also challenged traditional power structures, such as white supremacy and patriarchy, and has called for greater diversity and inclusion in all areas of society. This has led to increased scrutiny of institutions like the police, the government, and the media, and has sparked calls for reform and change. The rise of wokeness has also contributed to political polarization, with some people seeing it as a threat to traditional values and others embracing it as a necessary step towards progress. This has led to intense debates and disagreements about the role of government, the limits of free speech, and the future of democracy. An increased emphasis on the differences between Democrat vs. Republican is apparent. Both Ruhani and Sharanya share original personal poems. The woke movement is not what people think it is. It is not wokeness at all. Instead, it is a human society that has fallen into yet another pothole of both the ego and unconsciousness. - Teal Swan • Follow us: • • • Instagram: NFTs:


Influence of Memes and the Magic of Easter!

Sharanya Roy hosts a program profiling how the internet age has slowly transformed literature on her segment “The Scribble”. She delves deep into how memes are not only little funny tidbits lying on the corners of the internet, but how they depict a sense of community amongst writers. She also talks about the magic of Easter, and its importance in America. Hop, hop, hop! Easter is on its way! • Follow us: • • • Instagram: Visit for more information.


Life in the Future

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” - Eleanor Roosevelt What do you think life will look like in the future? Will humans be living on Mars? Beamed to alien locations? Will we live under the sea? Will robots rule the world? How will humans be schooled? Tune in to Express Yourself!™ with hosts Sharanya and Keerthi and reporters Kirpa and Kevin as they five into the future that they envision. A.I. is destined to design so much of tomorrow. Is this a positive or negative? Who is in charge? Will it be dystopian? Functional? Fun? Romantic? What kinds of foods will we eat and what will we drive? The future is for us to decide, and with how quickly the world is moving today, the future may not be so far away. • Follow us: • • • Instagram: NFTs:


Government and Laws with Keerthi

Salutations from American Keerthi with Nerd Extraordinaire and from the evil British Keerthi, who is also known as She Who Must Not Be Named! The duo discuss debate for governments. Policy debate, public forum debate, Parliamentary debate, and general debate are types of debates that can change laws. Be prepared for history about government, how debates decide laws, and plenty of humor from Keerthi! The government is what makes our society a cooperative one that allows innovation and ideas to flourish, while also allowing free speech and expression. “A sacred respect for the constitutional law is the vital principle, the sustaining energy of a free government.” - Alexander Hamilton • Follow us: • • • Instagram: NFTs:


How Teens Make a Difference in Communities

“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” - Albert Einstein Keerthi, both British and American, is our star host. Our show is all about teens making a difference in communities, and how you, as a teen, can make a difference. In segment one, British Keerthi, talks about how speech and debate can make an impact. In segment two, American Keerthi discusses teen leaders who have changed the world, and how you can learn from them. To make an impact as a teen, communication is essential. Participating in speech and debate can help teens make an impact on the world in several ways by developing communication skills, building confidence, encouraging critical thinking, and advocating for important causes. Use your debate skills to slingshot yourself through the world and solve the chess game of life! A few examples of teenagers who have made a significant impact on the world through their activism, bravery, and perseverance include Anne Frank, Malala Yousafzai, Greta Thunberg, Claudette Colvin, Jazz Jennings, and many more. Teens can change the world in many ways, including getting involved in your community, advocating for important causes, using social media to spread awareness, starting your own initiatives, and leading by example. Teens, find your passion, identify your strengths, and take action to make a positive change. Harness your will and your dreams to change the world! • Follow us: • • • Instagram: NFTs:


Global Music

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ? Plato What is global music? Genres are constantly evolving and emerging. It includes the American Beatles’ rock music, the Korean K-Pop Bands, and every other series of sounds that releases dopamine to our brains. Estimates indicate that global music ranges from 50-1300 genres. British Keerthi hosts a program featuring reporters Milan and Kirpa while American Keerthi interviews Kevin. Milan and Kirpa agree that listening to music from other countries introduces the culture and sounds of areas unfamiliar. Kirpa gives info on the Grammy’s inclusion of world music. Kevin dives into artificial intelligence, finding A.I. amazing, terrifying, and admirable all at the same time for its endless possibilities and infinite uses. With the help of the Internet and A.I., users can download and switch between music of any nationality, language and type on the fly, whether that be American rap or Swiss yodeling. And A.I. is creating music! Music is one of the most powerful methods of communication. Global music builds mutual understanding, diversity appreciation, and fun. • Follow us: • • • Instagram: NFTs:


Modern Art and Poetry with Ruhani

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” –Edgar Degas In this episode of Express Yourself!, host Ruhani deep dives into the world of modern art. In the first segment, she discusses the important basics — did you know much modern art influenced some of our favorite architectural feats? And that’s not all, because Ruhani shares the most interesting facts about the subject in segment two. Tune in to hear more about artist Joseph Beuys, who locked himself in a room with a coyote, and the most expensive auctioned painting in the world! Ruhani wraps up the show with poetry based on modern art, reading Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, and herself! Ruhani’s work focuses on the study of art history, how humanity has always been humanity through self-expression. Art and poetry enrich our lives. Learn more! • Follow us: • • • Instagram: NFTs:


Ethics in Today’s World

Ethics is what guides us to tell the truth, keep our promises, or help someone in need. There is a framework of ethics underlying our lives on a daily basis, helping us make decisions that create positive impacts and steering us away from unjust outcomes. Our ethics are fueled by our individual cultures, backgrounds and identities. In today’s broadcast, Hannah and Keerthi dive into the world of ethic with their personal research and present information from the notes of Rose, who was unable to participate. Hannah reflecting the prevalent topics of gene editing and animal testing in labs while Keerthi discusses ethics and debate with how they spar with impact and facts. All agree that students benefit from taking ethic courses as a method of empowering students to make ethical and moral decisions. Through studying society's past decisions, students can analyze and learn right and wrong decisions. Engaging with ethical problems builds lifelong thinking skills that are not taught nor developed in any other traditional class. “Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.” Potter Stewart • Follow us: • • • Instagram: NFTs:


Starting a Small Business

Keerthi and Ruhani host a program on how to start and grow a small business. Milan suggests that youth can start a small business by using YouTube, Ebay, and other social media platforms including Instagram, Facebook, or TikTok. Even a garage sale or a lemonade stand is a business. In a discussion, Ruhani and Keerthi both agree that they enjoy the “coziness” and “personalization” of small businesses because small businesses get to know their customers wishes and desires more than a large company. To start a small business, you have to be organized, keep accurate accounts, and be passionate. Ruhani talks about the power of social media, especially Tik Tok, to grow your business. She would like to start a small bookstore/café in her neighborhood with weekly author events. Keerthi would like to start a music store that sells only sheet music that can be scanned to listen to the sound before buying. Kevin joins the conversation with information on CHATGPT and information on how AI could help individuals start a company or new business, especially through data entry and automation. Kevin would like to start a thrift store! “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” - T.S. Eliot • Follow us: • • • Instagram: • NFTs:


Women's Advocacy

“I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” Estee Lauder Advocacy: any action that speaks in favor of, recommends, argues for a cause, supports or defends, or pleads on behalf of others. It’s encouraging when a man starts the conversation advocating for the rights and freedoms of women. Hosts Rose and Hannah, both female empowerment activists, interview Nihal who firmly believes that women should have equal rights to men in all areas of private and public life, including education, employment, and political participation. He donates money to a family in India to send a girl to school. Hannah puts women’s advocacy into context and offers methods to speak up and support women. She launched her own charitable organization, Hannah’s Project, which is dedicated to the empowerment, education, and equality of women through education and literacy. Rose was inspired by many courageous women including Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Tarana Burke, and Masha Amini and offers a background on the movements formed around their advocacy.. Sharanya joins the conversation with a tribute to literary pioneers in feminism, Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath. She also sheds light on the horrific lobotomies that were performed on “hysterical” women, such as Rosemary Kennedy. Women and men are equals. It is the responsibility of every person in every nation to eradicate the patriarchy and embrace equality for all. “There’s something so special about a woman who dominates in a man’s world. It takes a certain grace, strength, intelligence, fearlessness, and the nerve to never take no for an answer.” ? Rihanna • Follow us: • • • Instagram: • NFTs:


Classic Literature with Keerthi

Keerthi, our Nerd Extraordinaire, hosts and entertains this entire program focused on classic literature, favorite books, and debate. British Keerthi starts off the show with her regular humor and wacky ideas. She discusses George Orwell’s, Animal Farm, the story of the Russian Revolution, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey., and her favorite book of all-time, Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. In segment two, Keerthi analyzes, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway, The Lion, the witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, and again her all-time favorite, Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. For the final segment, Keerthi launches into the benefits of creative writing in debate. Debates are often designed to test skills of critical thinking, analysis, and persuasive communication. It would be expected from debaters to be precise, accurate and factual in their arguments, instead of being only creative. That is why, striking a balance between being creative and being precise is important for any debater. Tune in for more Nerd Extraordinaire logic. Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become. - C.S. Lewis • Follow us: • • • Instagram: • NFTs:


The Importance of Family

“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.” – Michael J. Fox. Three family members, Nihal, Kirpa, and Milan come together to discuss the connection that family has with one another. Nihal hosts the program encouraging his sister and his cousin to share tidbits of fun and funny times. Milan lives in Chicago while Kirpa and Nihal are in California. They discuss their holidays, games, and movies they’ve enjoyed and the importance of supporting one another. We are also reminded that family can be friends and animals that are important to us. Cherish your loved ones as family. You could gather a million treasures You could search from coast to coast The most valuable thing you’ll find tis that family matters the most. Happy New Year!! • Follow us: • • • Instagram: • NFTs:


NFTS and the NEW YEAR!

As we begin a New Year, host British Keerthi provides a breakdown on the different types of debate styles. She then turns into American Keerthi to interview Ally and Emma Chen about NFTS. Non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, prove to be a more eccentric innovation than controversial Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. Famous for its multimillion dollar sales in 2021, NFTs arose as the world shifted to virtual life, work, and school. Although simply a jpeg of digital art with so-called “copyrights” for the artist, the technology behind these codes with digital graphics have far more benefit for aspiring artists. Relying on the technology of cryptocurrency, NFTs provide ownership rights features allowing artists to make passive income off of their works. However, skeptics debate whether NFTs are simply an overrated fad or a prosperous invention for future generations. Before you form an opinion, tune in to learn about the technology behind NFTs and its future with teen artists. Keerthi talks about NFTS the benefit Be the Star You Are!® through the StarStyle® Community. By purchasing a NFT from, you will be donating to Be the Star You Are!®. Each NFT is based on a character from Cynthia Brian’s new children's book, No Barnyard Bullies, illustrated by Jensen Russell. These NFTs are like baseball trading cards of yore! Check out the Roadmap for upcoming events just for StarStyle Community members where exclusive experiences are part of the package. Jump into the metaverse and buy our NFTS. Happy New Year!! • Follow us: • • • Instagram: • NFTs:



“Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart” — Washington Irving Merry, merry Christmas! Hosts Keerthi and Hannah celebrate large with an entire hour of history, festivity, humor, and fun. Santa, Sinterklaus, Father Christmas, Tomte, Saint Nicholas, the big jolly man in the red suit. Hannah discusses the different cultural celebrations and traditions from around the world, while Keerthi reminisces about Santa Day at 5A and the fun with helping children enjoy this festivity. Both Keerthi and Hannah discuss the consumerism, gift giving, internet shopping, holiday music and films, the magic, and the mystery. Will Christmas continue from generation to generation? Time will tell! Whatever you believe, celebrate peace, joy, and love. Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! • Follow us: • • • Instagram: • NFTs:


Climate Change

What is climate change and how is it affecting our world? Host Sharanya dives into the topic with reporters Kirpa, Kevin, and Milan. First, Sharanya discusses how teens are making a difference in the global conversation and how she is writing about climate change in her memoir. Kirpa talks about the causes and effects as well as devastation to our oceans. Kevin delves into how A.I. can help solve climate change and mitigate its side effects, especially how A.I. is able to predict certain natural disasters much more efficiently than normal, human-run programs can. Our newest reporter, Milan, shares how humans are affecting climate change and how he participated in a recycling program to do his part. Climate change is real. We have only ONE WORLD and it is up to us to save it. • Follow us: • • • Instagram: • NFTs: