When Luther Vandross Fought for Recording Artists’ Rights

April 17, 2015 by


“I think people are going to be amazed to find out that Luther Vandross  fought to protect the rights of recording artists  during the 1990’s at the height of his career on this podcast,” says Max ‘Mr. Divabetic’ Szadek.

 Mr. Divabetic spotlights Luther’s career during the 1990’s beginning with 1991’s hit song,  “Power of Love” on Divabetic’s Tribute to Luther Vandross: 1990‘s podcast.
During the 1990’s, Luther enjoyed success on the pop charts with a string of hits including “Here and Now”, “The Best Things In Life Are Free” and “Endless Love.”
He won his first Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at the Grammy Awards in 1991 for “Here And Now”,  which was his first win after nine previous nominations.  He also went on to win the same Grammy Award  in 1992 (as well as the Grammy for Best R&B Song for “Power of Love/Love Power”) and again in 1997, when he won his third Award for the track “Your Secret Love.”
One might have supposed that all was well in the world of Luther Vandross, but he filed suit against Sony Music Entertainment (which had acquired CBS Records), citing California Labor Code Section 2855, which limits personal service contracts to seven years. By then, he had been with CBS/Sony for nearly 11 years, fulfilling a ten-album contract that still had three albums to go. Whether he really wanted to void his contract, believing that Epic still hadn’t done enough to sell his records to the pop audience, or simply intended to use the suit to induce the record company to renegotiate his deal on more favorable terms, is unclear. The record company in question settled quietly. The terms of the settlement were not reported, but thereafter, Vandross had a vanity label, his records going out under the Epic/LV imprint.

Guests include Luther Vandross’s former vocalists Paulette McWilliams, Cindy Mizelle, Tawatha Agee, Fonzi Thornton, Yvonne Lewis and Kevin Owens, band member Byron Lee Miller, Vandross family member, Seveda Williams, the Luther Vandross historian, Leon Petrossian, Luther super fan, Jane Goldman from Great Britain and more! 
Throughout the podcast we will be playing selected Luther Vandross songs that he recorded during the 1990’s courtesy of SONY Music.
Mr. Divabetic remembers the 10th year anniversary of losing a legend, the late Luther Vandross (April 20, 1951 – July 1, 2005) with this special podcast, Tribute to Luther Vandross.

LISTEN NOW: Tribute to Luther Vandross 

Billie Holiday Inspires Divabetic to Look At Diabetes Milestones

April 16, 2015 by


The happy healthcare host, Mr. Divabetic celebrates the 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday on April’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast.

We’re discussing ‘MILESTONES’ related to diabetes wellness with a stellar line up of guests featuring Patricia Addie-Gentle RN, CDE, Susan Greenberg Wiener RD, CDE,   Best-Selling Author Brenda Novak, Poet Lorraine Brooks and Mama Rose Marie.

One of our HOT TOPICS is why there’s not a cheaper, generic brand of insulin is not available on the market today? After all, insulin was discovered in 1921! (six years after Billie Holiday was born)

Today, the cost of insulin for someone who doesn’t have insurance runs from $120 to $400 a month. Why is that?

Frankly it’s upsetting to learn that insulin’s Canadian discoverers, Dr Frederick Banting and medical student Charles Best sold the patent to their university for $1, stating that profit was not their goal.

Could it be that the leading insulin-making pharmaceutical companies have found a way to outsmart patent laws and stop a generic brand of insulin from becoming available on the market?  Drug makers can take U.S. patents on any manufacturing process improvements. In the case of insulin, a series of incremental technological advances have maintained the patents, while older formulations have been pulled from the market. In a recent study, Dr. Jeremy Greene  detailed how the unique development of insulin allowed pharmaceutical companies to continually improve the medication while extending patents for decades. Which basically means that generic drugs cannot be made until a patent on a brand-name drug expires.

Tune in to Diabetes Late Nite inspired by Billie Holiday to hear the whole story about the rising cost of insulin prescriptions. The happy healthcare host,  Mr. Divabetic and the Charlie’s Angels of Outreach also uncover a new cheaper brand of insulin that’s available today. LISTEN NOW: Diabetes Late Nite inspired by Billie Holiday 

Learn, Laugh And Live with the Divabetic Club – Philadelphia

April 15, 2015 by
Divabetic Club Philadelphia

Divabetic Club Philadelphia

Enjoy a “Glam More, Fear Less” approach to diabetes management!

Join us for the Divabetic Club – Philadelphia on Thursday, April 16, 2015, 12 PM – 1 PM at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Divabetic Club is a free diabetes outreach program that provides fun, interactive opportunities to learn about diabetes management so that no one has to struggle with diabetes alone or in silence.

Divabetic Club blends diabetes self-management education, group support with online empowerment tools in a way that enlightens participants and motivates them to improve. Regular attendees and professional facilitators often fondly refer toDivabetic Club as the “12 Step Program for women and men living with diabetes”.

We have developed our “Divabetic 9” Steps to help participants on their journey from diagnosis to diva/dude! The Divabetic 9 Steps are based on the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) 7 Self-Care Behaviors: Healthy Eating, Taking Medications, Monitoring, Reducing Risks, Problem Solving, Being Active and Healthy Coping

Divabetic Club – Philadelphia is presented by a team of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital healthcare professionals and diabetes educators who provide expert advice on food, fitness and self-care management to encourage early action and prevention of diabetes health-related complications.

Divabetic Club – Philadelphia is sponsored Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, works collaboratively with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and is a signature program of Divabetic.


Hamilton Building

1001 Locust Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107

Register: 1-800-JEFF-NOW  

Can’t make it? Tune in to Divabetic’s free monthly podcasts, Diabetes Late Nite on blogtalkradio and/or join Divabetic’s Facebook Fan and Groups pages for daily information and inspiration.

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Patti LaBelle Gets Animated on ‘Dancing With The Stars’

April 14, 2015 by


Mr. Divabetic keeps track of one of the world’s most famous “Divabetic” aka Miss Patti LaBelle on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ (DWTS) each week.

Last night was Disney Night on ‘Dancing With the  Stars’ which means that we’re at the halfway point in the competition.

The night kicked off with a dance number featuring the entire cast sharing the dance floor with your favorite animated and live-action Disney characters. Then, each couple performed to songs from classic Disney films including AladdinMary PoppinsThe Little Mermaid and Frozen, and featuring special effects courtesy of Disney animation!

Co-host, Erin Andrews seemed very excited about working with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto and Goofy, throughout the evening which only goes to prove that you’re never too old to enjoy the magic of Disney!

Unfortunately, we found out early in the night that Suzanne Somers was in jeopardy of facing elimination. Her fans might be willing to buy anything she’s selling but they’re not supporting her with their votes.

This is a bit of a disappointment because we’ve been routing (not voting) for her week after week. Suzanne’s no match for the real athletes in the competition (who is?!!) but she’s by far the best over 60 contestant that they’ve ever had on the show! However, the weekly grind of learning complicated steps in a short amount time seems to be taking it’s toll on the TV icon’s upbeat attitude and exuberance. Suzanne actually broke down during  her rehearsals and  admitted that she might not be up to the challenge.

“It takes me all week to feel the dance,”  Suzanne Somers told her partner, Tony Dovolani. “It’s very, very frustrating. I’m just too lousy at it.”

Could she shake off the self-doubt on the dance floor?

Not a chance. But Suzanne Somers looked A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! She wore a sensational black sequined dress that showed off her fabulous figure. Finally, the DWTS wardrobe department nailed it.  Suzanne credits her youthful looks to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, a process that she advocates for  in several books, including 2006’s “Ageless: The Naked Truth About Bioidentical Hormones” and 2012’s “Bombshell: Explosive Medical Secrets That Will Redefine Aging.” Many of Somer’s views have been challenged by the medical community, but the actress maintains that her methods are safe and healthy.

Although she was flawlessly dressed, her dancing was seriously flawed. Midway through her routine the heel of her shoe caught on the hem of her dress and completely threw her off. It wasn’t her finest performance.

Judge Len Goodman said, “When you dance you’re always easy on the eye. Without a doubt that could have been your past dance to date.”

Judge Bruno Tonioli commented, “In the first half, the lady was a ‘Vamp.’  Accidents happen to any professional. Next time, come back and capitalize on what you did well.”

Judge Carrie Ann Inaba said,  “This is the mature, sexy and graceful Suzanne!”

The judges scored her dance with a 7, 7. 7. and a 7 for a total score of a 28 out of 40. (Her scores were high enough to keep her at the top of the leader board for almost the entire night.)

Then, another bombshell was dropped on the dance floor: We also found out that our favorite ‘Divabetic’, Miss Patti LaBelle was also in jeopardy! Miss Patti, like Suzanne, was pretty honest about her future in the competition too .

“The waltz is a pretty difficult dance,” she admitted in rehearsals.  “I never thought this journey would be this tough. I injured my knee a few weeks ago and it still hurts.”

People with diabetes often experience slow or limited wound healing. Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs), which derive from bone marrow, normally travel to sites of injury and are essential for the formation of blood vessels and wound healing. However, poor circulation from diabetes makes it harder for blood – needed for skin repair – to reach areas of the body affected by sores or wounds.

Keeping your blood sugar levels in a target range can help to reduce the risk of slow healing wounds now and further in the future.

Miss Patti and her partner, Artem Chigvintsev  danced to the waltz to ‘When You Wishing Upon A Star.’ She looked beautiful in the hottest color of the season, yellow and her wig was working it too. The opening sequence (see the picture above) of her routine was glorious. Miss Patti proved when you waltz, you move! She actually danced more than ever before! It was shocking to watch because of until this point she seemed to be rationing out  the number of steps she was willing to take in her routines.

Judge Bruno Tonioli, “You managed to sprinkle your own stardust. Just the right touch of Disney Magic.

Judge Carrie Ann Inaba says, “Watching the Fairy Godmother of DWTS. It was beautiful”

Judge Len Goodman said, “It was charming. You’re great. I love watching you.”

“It’s all about attitude,” said Judge Julianne Hough.

The judges scored Miss Patti’s dance 7, 6, 7 and 7 for a total of 27  out of 40.

The night took a major nosedive when the fourteen year old competitor preformed. I’m still confused about  why actress Willow Shields is even on the show. And why is a 14 year old competing against a 70 year old? If we didn’t love her dance partner, Mark Ballas so much we’d seriously stop watching. Mark’s costumes and his epic production values seem to have no limit this season. It just gets bigger and bigger with each new dance.  But Willow can’t keep up with what Mark’s serving up because the judges scored her routine with a 8,8, 9 and 9 for a total score of 34 out of 40.

I have to admit I fell in love with professional dancer,  Sharna Burgess and her partner, soldier, model and athlete Noah Galloway this week. Together they seem to defy the boundaries of physical limitations. It’s so empowering to watch them dance.  Although Noah suffered his amputations from the Iraq war, he can serve as amazing role model for people with diabetes who have suffered amputations.

Diabetes complications include nerve damage and poor blood circulation. These problems make the feet vulnerable to skin sores (ulcers) that can worsen quickly and are difficult to treat.

The good news is that proper diabetes management and careful foot care can help prevent foot ulcers. In fact, better diabetes care is probably why the rates of lower limb amputations have gone down by more than 50 percent in the past 20 years.

When foot ulcers do develop, it’s important to get prompt care.

Back to the dance floor! Sharna’s choreography and performance to ‘A Whole New World’ from Aladdin was flawless. She is the second best professional dancer left in the competition behind Derek Hough. She’s incredibly athletic as well as creative. I was shocked to see the judges score the dance 7, 7, 7 and 7 for a total score of 28 out of 40.

Riker Lynch and Allison Holker danced the ‘dance of the night’ to  “He’s A Pirate” from Pirates of the Caribbean. It was amazing.

Judge Len Goodman said, “It was fast and furious.” The judges scored them 10, 9, 9 and 10 for a total score of 38 out of 40.

At the end of the night I hate to admit that one diva was dismissed. Suzanne Somers was eliminated from the competition.  Hopefully her powerful message to women over 60 that you can still be sexy and beautiful will continue to live on!

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How To Change The Shape of Your Eye with Eyeliner by Yago Jones

April 12, 2015 by


GLAM MORE FEAR LESS: Want the tricks professional makeup artists use without going to makeup school yourself? We asked Beauty Expert and Yagolicious Cosmetics founder, Yago Jones for advise on how to alter the shape of our eyes with makeup with inspiration from Billie Holiday.

Whether you have drooping lids, narrow-set eyes, or they’re simply too small, you can use some of Yago’s advise of light and shadow to change them.
Yago’s  Beauty Tip: Change the shape of your eye with eyeliner.
If you have small eyes: Yago recommends lining your eyes and smudging the liner outward to give the appearance of bigger eyes. . Extend the width of the eye by creating a dramatic wing tip (cateye) and one coat of mascara to both set of lashes. You can add a second coat of masacara or individual lashes to the end of lashes giving the wing liner more depth.
Applying a beige-colored eyeliner to your lower inner rim,  will help make eyes look more open. Then use a black pencil liner along your entire upper and lower lashlines, connecting the lines at the outer corner. The key is to blend the liner with shadow, going outwards. Wherever you place the darkness is where your eye will go, so by smudging the lines, it gives the allusion of big, beautiful eyes.
 If you have narrow-set eyes: Yago advises to elongate your eye width, apply a black liner to the outer half of both your upper and lower lashlines, connecting at the outer corner.
Use a white liner in the corner of your eye to further exaggerate the appearance of larger eyes with two coats of black or navy mascara
And for natural definition: Yago recommends that you use a black pencil to your upper inner rim. It lengthens the eye and adds more fullness to the natural lash line.
Yago’s  Favorite Beauty Tool: Liquid liner is the only eyeliner that gives the flexibility to scale the dramatic lining effect of your eye
Beauty Application: Create a line as close to the lash line as possible to create the look
BUY NOW: Yagolicious Cosmetics is worn by various public figures such as Actress Kristen Stewart

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Sweet Dreams: 13 New Thrillers Benefiting Diabetes Research

April 12, 2015 by
Diabetes Late Nite

Diabetes Late Nite

Mr. Divabetic interviews Best-Selling Author Brenda Novak about the new limited edition collection ‘SWEET DREAMS’ benefiting diabetes research on April’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast schedule for Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 6-7 PM, EST.

Last year, the boxed set curated by Brenda Novak’s Online Auction for Diabetes Research (‘SWEET LIFE‘), raised almost $100 000. This year Brenda is releasing the new ‘SWEET DREAMS’ box set featuring 13 thrillers and  a foreword by #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Lee Child. All the proceeds benefit the Diabetes Research Institute.

Here are some of the authors included in this spell-binding ‘SWEET DREAMS’  boxed set:

Allison Brennan – When disgraced former cop Alex Morgan is shot saving the life of California’s Lieutenant Governor, she doesn’t expect to be caught in the middle of a deadly conspiracy, an FBI sting, an old rivalry … and cold-blooded murder. AIM TO KILL by New York Times bestselling author Allison Brennan.

J.T. Ellison – From New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison comes the long awaited prequel to her Taylor Jackson series. CROSSED, the story of a madman trying to create his own end-of-days apocalypse, introduces Lieutenant Taylor Jackson to the young, troubled FBI profiler Dr. John Baldwin.

Liliana Hart – J.J. Graves and Jack Lawson investigate a ritualistic murder while on their honeymoon in DIRTY DEEDS by NYT bestselling author Liliana Hart.

Erica Spindler – From New York Times bestselling author Erica Spindler comes the prequel to her exciting new series starring reformed southern belle turned kick ass cop, Michaela Dee Dare. In RANDOM ACTS, Micki must uncover the link between a series of bizarre and seemingly random murders in New Orleans.

Brenda Novak – HANOVER HOUSE, from New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak, features Evelyn Talbott, a psychiatrist who studies serial killers at a revolutionary new medical health center in remote Hilltop, Alaska. Evelyn’s determined to unlock the mysteries of the anti-social mind, even if it kills her—and being surrounded by men who feel no remorse means it just might.

Cynthia Eden – New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden invites readers to enter a world of darkness and obsession in her new romantic suspense tale, UNTIL DEATH.

Heather Graham – In CAFFERTY AND QUINN from New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham, Michael Quinn is accustomed to dealing with the deadly, the dangerous, and the extreme—but a haunted spinning wheel? And on the even of his wedding?

BUY NOW: Make a difference while you read! All proceeds from the sale of SWEET DREAMS will be donated to the Diabetes Research Institute via Brenda Novak’s Online Auction for Diabetes Research.

TUNE IN: April’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast featuring Best-Selling Author Brenda Novak, the Charlie’s Angels of Outreach, Mama Rose Marie and Poet Lorraine Brooks with music by Billie Holiday courtesy of SONY Music.

Eggs Can Lower Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

April 12, 2015 by
Diary & Diabetes

Diary & Diabetes

Eating four eggs per week can lower your risk for Type 2 diabetes by more than one-third and can reduce your blood sugar levels as well, according to a new study conducted by the University of Eastern Finland.

Researchers found that men who ate four eggs per week had a 37 percent lower risk of Type 2 diabetes than those who ate just one egg per week. Eating more than four eggs per week, however, didn’t offer further benefits.

The study was motivated by the negative perception widely held toward eggs in the diets of people with type 2 diabetes.

Eggs  also don’t have a bad effect on cholesterol levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Researchers also found that eating an egg-rich diet for 3 months was linked to better appetite control, and may also provide a greater sense of feeling full.

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Luther Vandross Big Screen Birthday Bash in New York

April 11, 2015 by


I’m excited to announce Luther’s Big Screen Birthday Bash celebrating the music, the memories and the magic of Luther Vandross on Monday, April 20, 2015, New York, NY, 5:30 PM.

Come and enjoy this ‘so amazing’ career retrospective featuring rare concert footage, music videos and personal interviews of the R & B icon on the big screen at Regal Cinemas on 42nd Street.

Luther Vandross was a musical master whose style has influenced an entire generation of today’s vocalists. His distinctive brand of satin smooth vocal magic moved international audiences and continues to touch people to this day.

The happy healthcare host, Max “Mr. Divabetic” Szadek, who worked with Vandross for more than 14 years, hosts an a panel discussion  featuring former singers, band members and family members before the screening.

Luther’s Big Screen Birthday Bash in New York 

Monday, April 20, 2015, 5:30 PM

Regal Cinemas

247 West 42nd Street, New York NY 10036


Reservations Required: mrdivabetic@gmail.com

Divabetic encourages you to keep ‘Your House A Home’ and learn how to prevent a diabetes health-related complication from occurring. Visit: www.divabetic.org

Is Diabetes Letting The Parade Pass You By?

April 10, 2015 by


Superstar Barbra Streisand sang,“Before the parade passes by,
I’m going to get some life back into my life,
I’m ready to move out in front,
I’ve had enough of just passing by life” in the movie, Hello Dolly!

The song’s message parallels  Divabetic’s reasons for raising awareness for diabetes at street fairs and parades like the Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue.

“We go to parades to interview people with diabetes and capture the wonderful sights and sounds. Our goal is to show why it’s important to take proper care of your diabetes in order to keep your vision,” says Max ‘Mr. Divabetic’ Szadek. “It would have been a shame to miss the creativity on display at this year’s  Easter Parade but that’s the case for millions of adults who lose their sight each year to diabetes complications.”

Diabetic retinopathy causes the most blindness in U.S. adults. It affects the vision of more than half of the 18 million people diagnosed with diabetes age 18 or older.

Too much glucose in the blood for a long time can cause diabetes problems. This high blood glucose, also called blood sugar, can damage many parts of the body, such as the heart, blood vessels, eyes, and kidneys. Heart and blood vessel disease can lead to heart attacks and strokes. You can do a lot to prevent or slow down diabetes problems.

In some people with diabetic retinopathy, blood vessels may swell and leak fluid. In other people, abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina. The retina is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. A healthy retina is necessary for good vision.

If you have diabetic retinopathy, at first you may not notice changes to your vision. But over time, diabetic retinopathy can get worse and cause vision loss. Diabetic retinopathy usually affects both eyes.

The longer someone has diabetes, the more likely he or she will get diabetic retinopathy. Between 40 to 45 percent of Americans diagnosed with diabetes have some stage of diabetic retinopathy. If you have diabetic retinopathy, your doctor can recommend treatment to help prevent its progression.

Don’t get down, get DIVA!’ Let Barbra Streisand in ‘Hello Dolly!’ inspire you to take better care of your diabetes so you can live your best life.

Make sure you have a complete eye exam through dilated pupils at least once a year. Team up with your healthcare entourage to keep your blood sugar levels in a tighter range because better control also reduces the need for sight-saving laser surgery.

The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) showed that better control of blood sugar levels slows the onset and progression of retinopathy.

Diabetic retinopathy is treated with surgery or laser surgery. With timely treatment; adequate control of blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels; and regular follow up, 90 percent of all cases of blindness from diabetes can be prevented.

“This year I met a woman who almost lost her sight to diabetes retinopathy,” says Mr. Divabietc. “She was diagnosed with diabetes by her eye doctor. She learned how to manage her diabetes and then had corrected laser surgery to restore her vision. Because of it she was able to enjoy all the Easter Parade hats. Isn’t that’s amazing?!”

Susan Weiner Reveals Big Surprise on Diabetes Late Nite

April 9, 2015 by


Diabetes Late Nite

Diabetes Late Nite

2015 AADE Diabetes Educator of the Year, Susan Weiner MS, RDN, CDE, CDN reveals a big surprise on April’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast which may greatly impact the way you manage their diabetes on a daily basis.

“I’m thrilled to help announce Susan’s big surprise on Tuesday’s podcast,” says Max ‘Mr. Divabetic’ Szadek.”She’s one of the best diabetes educators in the country . Susan’s friendly, funny and knowledgeable and has that rare ability to  make difficult concepts in diabetes self-care and nutrition easier to understand.”

Tune in to hear Mr. Divabetic and his guests celebrate ‘MILESTONES’ related to diabetes self-care on April’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast inspired by Billie Holiday scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, 6 -7 PM, EST.  

Susan and co-author, Leslie Josel recently were awarded the GOLD MEDAL for HEALTH AND WELLNESS for their book, ‘The Complete Diabetes Organizer’ at the 2014 LIVING NOW Book Awards.

Susan Weiner, is he recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Alumna of the Year Award from SUNY Oneonta. Susan earned her master’s degree in “applied physiology and nutrition” from Columbia University in New York. Susan has a busy private practice in Long Island New York and writes for a number of diabetes and nutrition publications. She is a passionate diabetes advocate.

Susan maintains a blog on her website www.susanweinernutrition.com, which focuses on diabetes, weight management, PCOS, fitness and health issues. Susan understands that life-style change begins with active listening, not lecturing. She coaches, communicates and educates people with various health issues. Susan is a dog lover and continues to rescue dogs that require special attention. Susan is continuously inspired by her two and four legged-friends, family, patients and readers.

BUY NOW: Author Susan Weiner’s wonderful diabetes self-care book collection on Amazon

TUNE IN: April’s Diabetes Late Nite Inspired by Billie Holiday with Poet Lorraine Brooks, Best-Selling Author Brenda Novak, the Charlie’s Angels of Outreach and Mama Rose Mare.


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