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Sounds of Silence: Sand Man

Sometimes beauty comes through the ear as well as the eye.  Consider the case of Shannon Robbins, a.k.a Sandman and Sandmeezy.  Born and raised in Lubbock, Texas, 1987 Sandman grew up with a passion for music that led him to intern at the age of 16 with local radio station 104.9  “The Beat” through a work source program.  There he started learning the music game and meeting famous musicians.

The musical Sandman’s two deaf cousins made him want to find out more about being deaf.  At the age of 19 he took an American Sign Language  (ASL) class at a local high school.  A couple of years later one of his deaf cousins died of sickle-cell anemia.  This only strengthened Sandman’s commitment to the deaf community.  From time to time he assists the deaf parishioners at Oakwood Baptist Church.

“Speaking and helping out with deaf people taught me to pray in sign language and do my music in sign language.  I want to become the first rapper to aid the deaf community with music!” claims Sandman.

Almost paralyzed from an accident that nearly cost him his life, Sandman is on a mission to have the world play his music world-wide and motivate those who lack self-confidence.  Being an up and coming solo artist from Lubbock, Texas has created a strong buzz for him across the globe from the United States, Europe, and Canada.  Around the world, people are talking about Sandmeezy and his music.  Soon he plans to tour Europe and the beautiful Maldives Islands.

Radio stations from all over are contacting him for sit down live interviews.  Fox Live News from Abilene, Texas interviewed Sandman a.k.a Sandmeezy on TV about his music and his amazing life story.  He made a song with European top model Gioele Gatto Piperno.  He is a model/rapper/movie actor.

Music sites for Sandmeezy are www.youtube.com/sandmeezy andwww.Reverbnation.com

(search for Sandmeezy).  On Facebookand Twitter, search for Sandmeezy.

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Dr. Laura Wilhelm was born in Philadelphia, PA on May 17, 1965. Her family lived briefly in Palo Alto and Oakland, CA before settling in San Diego when Laura was 10. In 1988 Laura graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Reed College in Portland, OR with a major in Russian and minor in Classics. She received her doctorate in Russian language and literature with honors from the U of Kansas in 1994 before relocating to Los Angeles with her husband, Christopher. Laura belongs to Dobro Slovo, the national Slavic honor society. Laura received much recognition for her work with the City of West Hollywood's Russian-speaking immigrant community before moving on to an eclectic teaching and consulting career in the Greater Los Angeles area. Since May 2009 Laura has run an award-winning business and talent development company called LauraWil Intercultural. Her associates comprise major international names in the arts, entertainment, fashion, literature, and science. Laura is a member of the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and sits on several of their committees. In West Hollywood she has helped to develop and promote programming for major world events such as Fashion's Night Out sponsored by VOGUE Magazine. In 2011 Laura's company was nominated for a WHCC Creative City Award (Category: Creative Communications). In January 2012 Laura was appointed CEO for a youth oriented online media company called vrmedia based in Washington, DC that has quickly formed networks up and down the East and West Coasts. At around the same time she started collaborating on charity fund raising for the Foundation Fighting Blindness with celebrated beauty pageant winner April Lufriu (Mrs. Florida, Mrs. America, and Mrs. World). Laura works with many other charities such as Finding Freedom International, Pals Around the World, and We Care For the World. She has been invited to serve on the Board of Directors for Designers 4 Africa, whose clientele includes A-list celebrities such as Cameron Diaz and Gisele Bundchen. Laura's Los Angeles company is running an ongoing bi-cultural RUNGLISH book promotion whose author Nina Naydenova is allied with renowned Russian luminaries such as tenor Nikolai Baskov and Oksana Fedorova, Russia's only Miss Universe to date. vrmedia plans to carry a definitive annotated translation of Leo Tolstoy's classic autobiography CHILDOOD-BOYHOOD-YOUTH as well as many other world masterpieces through Penguin Classics. As Los Angeles Chair Laura reviews fashion events for Emerging Global Designers. She also writes regular features on cultural topics for COLD HEAT NEWS and HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY. She has appeared live on KNBSTV.COM and Global TV. In graduate school Laura worked and studied in the former Yugoslavia and Soviet Union. She and her husband have visited Greece and led two successful Explorica tours of Italy for students from Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena, CA. Laura is active with the American-Russian Business Council, the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Sister Cities. Recently she was designated Russian Ambassador for the multicultural 2012 Global Independence Day awards event at the Beverly Hilton. She has listings in numerous WHO'S WHO, American Biographical Institute, and International Biographical Centre publications.

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