54 episodes

Bright Lights is an interview format podcast focused on business innovation, compelling ideas, and family insights and inspiration.

Bright Lights by Lacy Johnson Bright Lights

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    • 4.8 • 5 Ratings

Bright Lights is an interview format podcast focused on business innovation, compelling ideas, and family insights and inspiration.

    Bright Lights with Lacy Johnson EP54: Maricela Gallarzo

    Bright Lights with Lacy Johnson EP54: Maricela Gallarzo

    Maricela Gallarzo is a wife, mother, and businesswoman who emigrated from Mexico to Chicago in 1997 to pursue her American dream.  There she met and married her husband Cef. The couple and their first child moved to Minnesota in 2000. She became a US Citizen in 2002.

    She and Cef currently own and operate the only Planet Smoothie in Minnesota and an office cleaning business.

    Government policy in response to the recent riots and pandemic contributed to a drastic loss in her customer base in downtown Minneapolis and created many obstacles to success. It has not been easy.

    However, her attitude, work ethic, and tenacity motivate her to work 12-hour days at her smoothie business and afterwards join her husband to help with office cleaning.

    According to Maricela, one of her main goals is to teach her three children that they can be anything they want to be in America…if they make good choices, set goals, work hard, and sacrifice.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Bright Lights with Lacy Johnson EP 53: May Lor Xiong

    Bright Lights with Lacy Johnson EP 53: May Lor Xiong

    May's Story...

    My family were among the Hmong people that fled the communist rule in Laos during the Vietnam War. After seeking refuge in the Ban Vinai refugee camp in Thailand, we emigrated to America in 1987 to a better life. We did not know what would happen to us, and we were terrified of what the future may hold. We learned about the American Dream and pursued it passionately. While I am proud of my Hmong heritage, I am equally proud to be an American. Our American Dreams are under attack by the Left. In the name of “equity”, they have diminished American values and destroyed businesses. It breaks my heart to see those dreams disappear in front of me. While not perfect, America is the best! We have come a long way in achieving opportunities for all. Everyone has the right and the chance to pursue their American Dream, whatever that dream might be. " I decided to run for Congress as a Republican to protect the dreams of each and every American."

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Bright Lights with Lacy Johnson EP52: Anthony Hulula

    Bright Lights with Lacy Johnson EP52: Anthony Hulula

    Anthony is the founder and director of the Ngao Foundation.  While they valued education, Anthony's parents had 10 children and not even enough money for food.  Anthony was able to attend high school by working as a cobbler.  At school, he joined Young Christian Students (YCS) becoming YCS President. After high school, Anthony began working with the Xaverian brothers coordinating programs for homeless children while studying to become a teacher. After moving to Kangemi, Anthony continued to work with homeless children and those in need.  Having spent 9 years coordinating community programs, Anthony realized that he wanted to start his own organization. This is where the Ngao Foundation really began. Through recruiting like-minded, devoted people, Ngao has grown to be the organization that it is today. Anthony and his team are devoted to the Foundation’s success and work tirelessly with the communities to improve lives through community outreach, education, and empowerment building.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Bright Lights with Lacy Johnson EP51: Richard Roth

    Bright Lights with Lacy Johnson EP51: Richard Roth

    Roth is the founding partner of The Roth Law Firm, PLLC, a New York-based law firm that has built a strong reputation as a premier litigation boutique firm in the metropolitan area. He is regularly featured in all media, from print to television. He has recently appeared on television commenting on cases of national significance including the trials of John Edwards, Mike Tyson, Martha Stewart, and Casey Anthony. He also follows and comments on all celebrities who experience legal troubles, from, among others, Lindsay Lohan to Prince Harry and several other superstars and celebrities. He is featured on CNBC, FOX News, MSNBC, TruTV, CNN, Al Jazeera, Huff Live, The Blaze. In the print media, Mr. Roth is regularly quoted in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the New York Post, the New York Daily News and several other national and local newspapers and magazines. Richard made his Broadway producing debut with Gettin' The Band Back Together. In Spring 2014, he helped finance The Realistic Joneses on Broadway. An attorney in New York City who handles sophisticated entertainment, sports, securities and employment matters, Roth began theater investing in 2013 with the smash hit Kinky Boots (2013 Tony Award for Best Musical) and has continued to do so in other shows.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Bright Lights with Lacy Johnson EP50: Lasalle Gabriel

    Bright Lights with Lacy Johnson EP50: Lasalle Gabriel

    LaSalle Gabriel is a Grammy & Stellar award-winning music producer, songwriter, & world class guitarist with 18 Top 40 songs & 7 #1 singles on his resume.

    As a producer, songwriter, & arranger Gabriel holds chart positions in over 300 issues of Billboard Magazine, including 70 consecutive weeks in the Top 40 on 5 Billboard charts, simultaneously.

    Gabriel was the original guitarist of Sounds of Blackness from 1990-1998, on Perspective/A&M Records, & has been featured in the Washington Post, New York Times, L.A. Times, Billboard, Finance & Commerce, Detroit Weekly, Radio & Records, & The Pioneer Press.

    Gabriel has worked for Jamie Foxx, Charlie Wilson, Anita Baker, TLC, Barry White, Dallas Austin, Prince, DJ-Quik, The Gap Band, Johnny Gill, Karyn White, Ann Nesby, Sheila-E, Color Me Badd, Vesta Williams, Lo-Key, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Chante’ Moore, Carl Carlton, & Framework. Gabriel is a product endorsee for Gibson, Mesa Boogie, Carvin, & Peavey Guitars & joined the elite circle of B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, & George Benson when AKAI announced the launch of the LaSalle Gabriel Signature Series Guitar in Europe & Asia.

    Gabriel produced two songs on the #1 Billboard Blues Album from 2018 by Malina Moye "Bad As I Wanna Be" (WCE/ SONY). Gabriel wrote & produced "A Little Rough" which peaked at #29 on the Billboard Singles Chart & the Hendrix remake "Foxy Lady", both tracks were recorded at the historic Capital Records Studios L.A.

    In the early 90s, Gabriel released his first single “The Room” on his first record label, Framework. The 12-inch single sold over one million units worldwide, launching Gabriel’s music career overnight.

    Gabriel’s 2nd start-up record label Studio Lexicon drew immediate success with Nashville artist Dean Justin whose 6 song EP ‘Carry the Flag’ sold over 200,000 CDs from Gabriel’s modest 1500sf recording studio in the heart of Minneapolis. ‘Carry the Flag’ debuted on the Billboard

    Gabriel worked as a songwriter for NBC's ‘Days of our Lives’. His 46 television appearances include The Tonight Show, Soul Train, The Kennedy Center, Arsenio Hall, MTV, & BET.

    These are achievements are among many others which Gabriel has achieved in the music, entertainment, and business fields.

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Bright Lights with Lacy Johnson EP49: Marklyn Johnson

    Bright Lights with Lacy Johnson EP49: Marklyn Johnson

    Marklyn T. Johnson is a published author, comedian, and motivational speaker. Marklyn was born and raised in central New Jersey and is a graduate of the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. He has worked in the production industry for over twenty years speaking everywhere from schools to churches and other live events. Growing up, Marklyn idolized Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Michael Jackson, Eddie Murphy, Michael Jordan, and Tupac Shakur. All of these figures inspired Marklyn to follow his dreams, embrace his passions, and speak his mind. Marklyn’s greatest idol, however, was his father, Willie.  His first book Lessons from a Sh*t Talker applies the lessons his father taught him as groundwork to achieving one’s dreams. His second book, Facebook Conversations: The Good The Funny The Ugly released on 3/26/2022 is a social media memoir, both introspective and hilarious, based on truthful interactions the author has had over a number of years on Facebook. Here, you will find candid and cringeworthy conversations on the shared human experience. 

    • 1 hr 31 min

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