As a child, LaVonda’s dream was to work in the Entertainment industry and she landed internships with award-winning producers, as well as a fulfilling Production Assistant job on “Mr. Belvedere,” but when she gave her life to the Lord, her pastor declared that Hollywood and God do not mix. She took this to heart until she entered the hallowed halls of Oral Roberts University which opened a whole new world for her. She persevered and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in “Drama, Television, and Film,” while also starting an on-campus Dramatic Arts ministry, through which she embraced the apostolic call of inspiring, nurturing, and raising people to lead and live purposefully.
As she climbed the ranks within the entertainment industry serving in several capacities for various entertainment companies such as Hervey & Co, Witt Thomas Films, and a boutique theatrical agency, LaVonda would suffer the unexpected loss of her sister, face a health challenge with hyperthyroidism (Graves’ disease), and experience miraculous healing. These experiences nudged her to redirect her focus towards helping women overcome their obstacles, blaze trails wherever they are in the world, and become the best version of who God has called them to be.
Furthermore, this inspired her to start Collaborative Effort Entertainment – a multimedia entertainment company that creates educative and faith-based, transformational content for Films, Television, and the Web.
Today, under her entrepreneurial leadership, some of the company’s best work includes The Lady Doctors pilot, pre-development of the movie Heart & Soul (an inspirational love story loosely based on the Biblical narrative of Hosea), and most recently, Season 1 of The Blend Talk, a weekly hour-long, web television talk show where accomplished African-American experts take a holistic approach to wellness to discuss the spirit, mind, and body integration as it relates to every aspect of intentional living for Black women.
LaVonda sees “The Blend Talk” as a ministry that brings Black women to the forefront, riding the wave of #blackgirlmagic as evidenced through VP Kamala Harris, Naomi Osaka, and Issa Rae, and as a result, the show is well-positioned to deal with a wide range of issues germane to Black women’s growth.
She has always had a passion for edifying entertainment which informed her academic pursuits. In addition to earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Drama, Television, and Film, from the prestigious Oral Roberts University, she holds a Master of Public Administration from the City University of New York Bernard Baruch School of Public Affairs, New York, a Master of Theological Studies from Palmer Theological Seminary (the Seminary of Eastern University) King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, and is currently enrolled in the Master of Divinity (MDiv) program (with emphasis Worship, Theology and Arts) at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.
Her early work as a field service agent for a Californian congresswoman combined with her extensive academic background in entertainment, vast business consulting experience, and ministry as an ordained minister create a platform for her to connect powerfully with Black women looking to align their lives holistically with the destinies that God has entrusted them with.
Through it all, LaVonda has also given back to the community by volunteering at Thresholds as well as participating in outreach trips to Ghana, Indonesia, Singapore, and Jamaica. Her life’s mission will continue to involve creating platforms where black women can go to embrace their history, live purposefully, align their lives holistically with the destinies that God has entrusted them with, and take their spirits, minds, and bodies from good to great.
Len Davies was born in Wales and grew up in the ’60s heavily influenced by the music and TV of the time, all of which shaped his desire and abilities to be a DJ, Actor, Musician, and Producer in the entertainment field. For nearly 40 years Len has chased that dream and after starting his DJ career in 1968, created a history of award-winning music and TV projects in the UK and Europe, working with companies as diverse as the BBC, Sky, Discovery, and Channel 4 to name but a few.
His career led him to Germany in 1989 where ‘The Magical History Tour’ was born, initially on a Wednesday evening to over 2,000 people in Jovel Music Hall in Muenster. Upon his eventual return to the UK, it became a radio show that has featured on stations both in the UK and USA including ‘SolidGold14k’, ‘Decades Radio’ and KCLA FM in Los Angeles.
He created “Real Quality Wrestling” which broadcast on Sky TV in the UK and became known as the production person for British wrestling at the time, is also approached by WWE to head the fledgling WWE Europe had it come into being. He has contributed over 100 technical and training articles on media production to “Audio Media” magazine in the UK, USA, and Japan and continues to write when requested as well as instructing recording and post-production techniques at various locations in the Los Angeles area, continuing a history that began with his days as Chief Engineer in Principal Studios in Germany over 23 years ago. He has engineered and produced many artists and received an award as a producer for the song “Negribu Lai” for the Latvian band Linga, and was nominated for “Pop album of the year” producer for the artist Meldra. He produced and engineered the first Surround Sound movie soundtrack for Latvia and received nominations for his work in sound design.
His path finally led to his arrival in Hollywood in 2011, and the creation of Spectrum Multimedia Hollywood. His diary of the first couple of years in Hollywood became his first book ‘Hollywood or Bust’. In 2013/14 alone he has Directed and Produced 78 episodes of Daytime Television, as well as becoming a creative force with the series “Emergency: LA”, “Amazonis” and the movies “Shadow Dancer: Land of the free”, “Astral Princess” and “Bannerman” in various stages of production. He recently won the best director in the 2020 Lockdown film festival for ‘Spirit 7” and is one of the producers and editors on ‘The Blend’ which won best TV show in the 2020 International Christian Film Festival.