THE GREAT AMERICAN CHALLENGE

THE VIDEOS

Thank you to everyone who has submitted their videos to help inspire AMERICA!

JAY TAYLOR

ATTORNEY-AT-LAW

VIDEO 1:
JAY TAYLOR'S FAVORITE POEM

Jay selects and reads the poem "American Spirit" from One Nation, One Mission, One Promise.

Jay L. Taylor, Managing Partner of Taylor Louis LLP, currently practices in the area of finance, derivatives, securities, corporate formation and complex deal structuring.

His expertise includes credit enhancement, financial instruments and securities trading, corporate finance, trading, start-up formation and exempt securities offering, and reducing financial risk across complex transactions.
http://www.taylorlouis.com/attorneys.html

VIDEO 2:
JAY'S UNSUNG HEROINE & HERO

Jay chooses his favorite unsung American heroine and hero, a special family member and a current public figure.

Thank you so much to Jay for participating in the challenge and sharing his very thought-provoking and meaningful insights and experiences. I am so delighted you agreed to participate!

ANDREW BEALL

COMPOSER, BROADWAY MUSICIAN & PERCUSSIONIST

VIDEO 1:
ANDREW'S FAVORITE POEM

Andrew selects and reads the poem "American Spirit" from One Nation, One Mission, One Promise.

VIDEO 2:
ANDREW’S FAVORITE HERO & HEROINE

Andrew chooses one hero and one heroine, one a literary and Broadway figure, and one a close family member.

Andrew is a very talented Broadway musician and composer.  I was delighted when he wanted to participate in The Great American Challenge.  So, a BIG THANK YOU to Andrew for sharing these 2 videos!

WHO IS ANDREW BEALL?

Hailed by New York Classical Review as “Spectacularly Virtuosic”, international soloist and composer, Andrew Beall’s works have been performed in Siberia, Italy, Germany, China, Lithuania, Sweden, UK, South Africa, and Mexico, to name a few.

His second major orchestral work, Affirmation, was premiered at Avery Fisher Hall and recently recorded by the Siberian Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Beall has performed on Broadway in The Lion King, Les Miserables, Spiderman, In The Heights, and A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder.

Mr. Beall has released two solo albums on BMP Records: Deliverance and Glass Jungle, and his third album (Concerti), will release in the Spring.

Mr. Beall’s musical, Song of Solomon, recently finished a sold-out run at the Thespis New York Festival, where it was nominated for Best Musical and acclaimed as “A Breathtakingly Epic Crescendo” followed by a sold-out Concert performance with Tony-nominated Robert Cuccioli at the Actors’ Temple in New York and The Wick Theater in Boca Raton.

FIND OUT MORE:

About Andrew Beall @ andrewbeall.com

About  Song of Solomon - The Musical @  solomonthemusical.com

JESSICA-BRITTANY SMITH

ACTRESS, SINGER & DANCER

VIDEO 1:
JESSICA-BRITTANY'S FAVORITE POEM

She selects and reads the poem "Free World" from
One Nation, One Mission, One Promise.

Jessica-Brittany Smith is multidisciplinary artist that is currently based out of New York.

Feel free to support/listen to her current musical endeavor:
Instagram: @loving_v_virginia
Twitter: Loving_v_Virginia
https://m.soundcloud.com/loving_v_virginia

VIDEO 2:
JESSICA-BRITTANY'S UNSUNG HEROINE

She chooses her favorite unsung American heroine, who happens to be Nina Simone, cultural icon.

I could not have been more fortunate than to have Jessica-Brittany Smith launch The Great American Challenge video series.  Jessica-Brittany is elegant, beautiful, talented and cares a great deal about this country.

Thank you so much, Jessica-Brittany, for your wonderful work and for being a part of this series!

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING...

ABOUT THE BOOK

One Nation, One Mission, One Promise by Victoria Medina is an artistic achievement.  Victoria has created gorgeous photographic images and blends her visual communication with eloquent poetry and prose.   book is a true work of art.

Steve Harrison, Co-founder, Million Dollar Author Club and publisher of Radio-TV Interview Report

Few artists have the talent to create both visual images and words that combine to lift the spirit, but your impressive photographic art book One Nation, One Mission, One Promise has done just that.  Your unique visual images combined with insightful poetry and prose inspires everyone to look at our history with fresh eyes.

Geoffrey R. Berwind, Artistic Director, Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

Lovingly created by a gifted photographer and writer, Medina’s beautiful tribute to our founding documents should be on every American’s coffee table.   Order a copy for every person on your gift list this year.

Dorothy May Mercer, Author of “Stories I Haven’t Told” & “Leon and Esther”

The images in this series are amazing.  They are incredibly beautiful, but more, they inspire a sense of appreciation for the journey this country has taken, and is still taking.  The thing I also really liked is that it isn’t a trite, patriotic, flag-waving exercise, but a deep look into the ideals, dreams, and realities of a nation.

David Rosenhaus, Author of 'You to the 10th Power'

I really enjoyed this book.  Simply said, “It’s a re-awakening of American ideals.”  Right now we need a re-awakening, to remind us of who we are as Americans, and what those promises that were made on July 4th, 1776 meant.  The colorful images take you through the seasons, and the beauty of this country.  The symbolism of freedom in the use of the flag is brilliant.  All this, set against the preamble to the constitution, and Ms. Medina’s poetry, is truly amazing.  It’s truly an experience.

Florence Regina, Founder & President, Soleil Films

When I read Victoria Medina’s new book “One Nation, One Mission, One Promise“, two words came clearly to my mind: “united” and “inspirational”.  Victoria’s poetry of words and photographs, beautifully reminds all of us of what inspired our ancestors to create our Constitution; the document which united us into our great nation. Victoria’s book further taps into what united the numerous peoples, despite our many differences: the inspirational ideals of freedom and liberty.  I highly recommend this book to everyone who has served our great land, and those who have taken for granted the freedoms they enjoy today.

Ben Abba, Author of the “Secrets of an Immortal” book series