Sylvia: Hello. How are you?
Natasha: I’m good. How are you?
Sylvia: I’m great.
Natasha: I’m so excited to talk to you tonight.
Sylvia: Yes, ma’am. I as well.
Sylvia: Ms. Tash, we wanted to say thank you so much for joining us tonight. The first question that I have for you is, can you just please give us some information on your background as a young child growing up, just your upbringing? And who is Tash?
Natasha: Sure. My upbringing was pretty interesting. As you know, I’m an intuitive which means that I have the ability to literally read people and read their past and present. As well as the possibility of their future. My family realized when I was 6 years old that I had this gift. It’s very interesting living in my household as a child knowing things about my teachers. Knowing things about my mother’s friends. Children with this gift of knowing a lot more than what lies on the surface. It was so challenging because you knew clearly that I was different from other kids. I knew that I had responsibility and I thought it was okay for me to just tell someone what was going on in their lives. But growing up doing that outside of my house was not okay. Because you never knew how people would receive you knowing something about their lives that they never told you. Especially coming from a child. For many, many years growing up, it was just something that they knew in my household. My mother, my siblings. I would sleepwalk. I would get up in the middle of the night and run to the door. I would sleep talk a lot because I was holding the gift inside and I didn’t have the ability to share it with the world. That was something that was almost too big. You can’t just tell people what’s going on in their lives. I felt like I was dealing with that sleeping at night. Getting up sleep-talking as a child. This happened all the way up until my 20s. Finally, I get this program called Momentum Education, based in New York City about transformational work; owning who you are, living your best by living your life to the fullest. I did the transformational work because for many years I felt lost. I felt like I wasn’t being myself. I was very successful in corporate America as an executive working as a chief of staff, chief of the partnership. I was in my own non-profit organization to help young girls feel secure. Because I knew a lot more about what this situation was and I used my gift to help the girls in my organization. Still, outside of me helping people, I was never fulfilled. Making a lot of money, living well, having a great life, there was something about me that felt it was very much incomplete and I knew that it had all to do with my gift. I knew as long as you are not walking your truth and living the purpose in the gift that God gave you then you are never going to be happy or content with any way that you are working. I recently got married, June of 2019 and when my husband and I went on our honeymoon I came back and I just started to fully build the brand of Talk To Tash. While I was working in corporate America I would come home in the evenings and conduct sessions. I was working during the day and I was speaking with people over the phone intuitively. I realized that that was a strain on me and I had to make a choice. Either it was going to be corporate or me using my gifts to help people. I recently made that choice as of July last year, that I was going to fully give my presence a thousand percent so that I can be fully available to whoever needs to speak to me at any given time. So that’s Tash. Tash is the intuitive that helps people, gives them the insight into what’s going on in their lives without them having to tell me because I’m an intuitive. And giving them the tools and the resources that they need to win in life and to be successful and to propel.
I was with some celebrities in the industry. Some consist of Bryson Tiller, Salt n’ Pepper, Tiki Barber, Dante Hall, several others that I’m not allowed to mix in that have used my intuitive support and getting them to where they need to be in their lives. Mase as well. And many others around the world. I know this is my purpose. I’m grateful that I built this Tash brand and talking to me is like talking to one of your girlfriends. I’m very relatable. I’m a regular human being just like you who just so happens to know all of your business because this is the gift that God gave me. I’m using it to change the world and save lives so that’s it.
Sylvia: Now I know that you said that this was something that happened to you at a very, very young age. Now do you think that there might have been someone that inspired you to bring that gift out at that young age and if so, is that person or persons still a driving force in your life now? Or do you think that it was something that was gifted there and you had to keep it like you said, lying dormant for a little while until you were able to get that out of your system and be able to facilitate the people that need you with this gift that you have?
Natasha: One of the ways that we discovered that I had the gift was I told my mother something about her friend from a perspective that no one knew. I remember speaking to her about things that I was saying to her friend and I came to find out that, that’s what happened. My mother realized then that I had a gift. When I explained to her that I know things about people, this is what my life was like, she ended up taking me to a therapist. And I remember reading the therapist and speaking to her intuitively and her realizing that I had a gift. And speaking to my mother, explaining to her that I was very special and that I had a gift and I really helped her and this was something that was really special to me. This is something that has always stuck with me. Me having that experience of my mother knowing, going to this therapist so I knew eventually I had to use the gift to help people. But it’s something that I grew up into, it’s not something that I made publicly until my mid-20s with Momentum Education, the transformational workshop.
Sylvia: With that and some of your experience, how do you feel that those experiences have helped others and what is some of the highlights of you being able to help others, especially with those who may have a quest they don’t understand and maybe they are just in a place where they are standoffish about what you do and not really understanding what you’re doing. What are the processes that you use to get them to be comfortable with what you’re doing and how you’re teaching and how you’re educating and bringing things to light for them for a better life for themselves?
Natasha: Absolutely. The first thing that I always tell my clients when I start my session is I inform them that my gift comes from God. I’m not a psychic. I do not label myself as a psychic at all. I don’t use tarot cards, I don’t use candles, any of that. My gift is 100% natural. I pray and go to church. I have to let them know first and foremost where it comes from because that supports them at the level of comfort. To say, “Okay, I’m not doing anything wrong”. I’m essentially a prophet. I believe I’m a prophet, I know that because my gift comes from God. But I use the word intuitive ability because I feel like if I say prophet everyone is going to want to keep me in church. So that allows me to have a broad audience that puts me in a box. I can help people in the church. I want to help everyone, as many people that I can impact because of the information that I have. I also explain to my clients that speaking to me is going to be literally like talking to a sponge because that is the experience. Literally, you talk to someone who you’ve known for a while, that’s usually their experience, that just so happens to know a little more that will help you and guide you and knows the things that are currently happening in your life right now. That’s the majority of my sessions. Me speaking to them about their current experience of what they are going through. I speak into that intuitively without them telling me and then I give them advice about what I know spiritually that will work for them. Now I clearly can’t make this up, they can’t make this up because I’m telling them things that they didn’t makeup, they didn’t open up their mouths yet before they even started speaking to me. So they’re already shocked with the fact that I knew exactly what the situation in their lives was ranging from career, to health, to love, to finances, to whatever is going on. I usually pinpoint exactly what the focus needs to be and so with that, they express that they are comfortable and then we start having a dialogue. It’s mostly me speaking. By the time I’m done speaking usually I answer mostly everything that they wanted to know anyway. At this point, they’re just asking me questions and we’re having a dialogue. It’s a really transformational experience of giving them confirmation that they need, the comfort, the advice, and the motivation to keep going and knowing that whatever you’re doing with your life you can do it. It’s pretty much me giving them the road map to get around things and make it a lot easier.
Sylvia: Tash, with your sessions I know you said you do these sessions one-on-one. You do group sessions as well as other events where you are having more than one person there that you’re educating, that you’re helping with your intuitive guru style. Sometimes expecting this prophet, some people feel that prophet coming in to speak and they’re doing harm and I’m speaking from, not from my experience, but from some friends that have felt that the prophets have really said things in front of the crowd that was extremely embarrassing. But I’m getting through you that what you’re doing is exactly helping them and giving them comfort in knowing that you are like that friend or that girlfriend that’s going to be there to try and make sure that you’re motivating them. You’re inspiring them. You’re pushing them out of their comfort zone and into the things that should be and could be for them. Have you ever had a client or anyone that you’ve spoken intuitively to that was difficult to deal with and how did you handle that?
Natasha: Yes, you always have the strategy, always have the people who have to show up. That comes uncomfortably with any job that you do. Yes, I’m one of the people who would have experience and I understand again, I’m the intuitive type. I understand where the issue is coming from so it’s usually a wall that’s up in their lives that keeps them closed and because I have this gift from God I can tap into that, which makes it my first focus. Because I want to break them down so that they can be open to receive the information that I have for them to help them. Because I can’t help them if they are guarded up. Usually, when that’s the case it’s because something personal has happened in their lives that’s making them have this guard and it’s coming from somewhere.
I want to try to get that first and speak about that so that they can calm down and understand, “Wow, she really knows what’s going on with me. Let me allow her to help me more”. Because I have to get to the root of this and usually I start-up with that. Sometimes the root of it is rough. Sometimes the root of it can be molestation or abuse or neglect from a parent when they were a child. It’s a tough topic.
But they come to me for help and guidance. It’s my responsibility to be as authentic with them as possible because they came to me for the truth. Because they want to know, want help, and want to live the best life. If I have to do whatever I need to do to get there. I’m very delicate with my words. I’m very mindful of delivery. I can say it aggressively or I can say in a calm loving way to support them.
I have to really be mindful of the way that I’m doing it because it’s usually such a sensitive topic. From examples of my own life, I have no problem with sharing.
I just really need to break them down. Really help them understand where it’s coming from. They devote a level of comfort with me that’s out of this world. They have the mind to understand someone that gets it. Someone that can really support them. That’s where it starts.
Sylvia: Now Tash, I know that you said that you had to leave corporate America in order to really be what you were called to be by God as far as your intuitive spiritual guru-ism is concerned. Are there any other endeavors that you’re going to be pursuing or any other prospects that you’re going to be pursuing that you’d like to share with the Prestige Celebrity Magazine family and the readers as well?
Natasha: Absolutely. Currently, I’m a regular on Let’s Talk Live Show with Salmonique Sadiva in the DC area. I’m new to it. I’m physically there in the studio every other week and I connect with the audience. They call me and I speak with them and I connect with them. I’m as well really diving into radio. I have a couple of television projects in the pipeline that I’ve been working on. I’m not allowed to really discuss the detail of it, but there are T.V. projects that are coming. A book is something that I’m looking to work on as well. I can support people with what they are getting into with their true sense of accountability and really inspiring them from a spiritual place. That’s something I would like to work on. And I’m looking to also have more live meeting groups between the DC area and New York, so that’s something I’m working on as well.
Sylvia: We know that you’re living a really exciting life right now. This is what you really want to do. What kind of advice would you give those to also share this same type of gift that you have? What kind of advice would you give to them as far as being able to step out of their comfort zone and to really pursue that career path?
Natasha: You have to be authentic and caring to people. Some people have the ability and a gift but they’re not using it for the right reason. In order to really be successful in this gift, you have to be compassionate. You have to be understanding. You have to be willing to hear what the other person has to say because they’re coming to you because there’s an issue usually. They want some guidance and they want to understand. You have to do it with a very kind and gentle heart. If you’re willing to use your gift in a way where you can help people, then all for it. However, it is a huge responsibility and I think for those people who are out there that do have this amazing gift. They have to use it in a responsible way because you’re impacting people’s lives. People are depending on you. They want the right answers. They are looking for guidance. So help them. You have to be authentic with your help. You have to be compassionate and you have to be willing to deal with the responsibility that comes behind having the skills.
Sylvia: How can the readers keep up with you and what projects you’re working on?
Natasha: I have my website which is talktotash.com. I also have my social media platform: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. That is talktotash922. That is my social media, Facebook and Twitter and Instagram so that people can comment. I Instagram live on a weekly or biweekly basis where I’m literally waiting for people to be on Instagram. I can also read pictures as well. If you show me a picture of someone I can literally look at the picture and tell you everything about them. I have this thing where I do Instagram live, usually, it averages a decent amount of followers that come in and ask me questions and I’ll pull you in and read your lives on Instagram. It’s really fun, it’s entertaining. I mean, I think it’s something I think people look forward to.
Sylvia: Tash I know that you said that you’re in the New York, DC area right now. Of course, you do your lives and everything. Are you planning on branching out? To go and do things other than just in the New York and DC area?
Natasha: Absolutely. I would love, love, love to do something in Atlanta. I have a ton of clients in Los Angeles. Miami is also a place where I would like to do something as well. I’m definitely looking to branch out and take on some kind of tour. That is my big vision. I would also like to do something with Oprah Winfrey that’s something I’ve always felt like would happen, maybe something like the Super Bowl Sunday. I can envision myself sitting down with Oprah and giving her information about how to make an impact and how to change the world intuitively. Jokingly, a lot of people call me Oprah on steroids. That’s a joke. Because I have a way with people where I can sit down and literally speak with them about what’s happening in their lives. Give them a solution without them having to tell me. It’s a healing experience. I think that she and I meeting would be amazing.
Sylvia: Is there a motto that you have?
Natasha: Oh yes. So I am the girlfriend with the gift of girlfriends, the girlfriend with the gift. Because I ‘m a girlfriend. I’m a friend and I’ll just have to be sensitive and that’s what people say. They say, “We want to talk to Tash”. They’re not trying to brand my name because when people started referring me my business was solely devoted for referrals and people would simply say, “You need to book a session and talk to Tash”. I’ve made a brand out of it. They are like, “She’s literally like a girlfriend with a gift”. So that’s my motto. A girlfriend with a gift.
Sylvia: Are there any last words that you would like to leave with the fans, the readers Prestige?
Natasha: Absolutely. I am grateful that I’m out here with these guests. I definitely see big things happening in terms of me making a large impact and really being influential in the world. That is my goal. One person at a time. The reason for me wanting to get into the entertainment world such as television and radio is so that I can make the biggest impact as possible because I feel like everyone wants to know something. Everyone wants answers. Everyone wants confirmation and talking to someone who is relatable and understanding usually helps access the situation. I just want people to know that I am here to help. I might go and make this brand as big as possible and make the biggest impact that I can possibly make.
Sylvia: Can you repeat for us once more your social media sites as well as your websites?
Natasha: Sure. My social media is talktotash922 and that’s spelled out. My website is talktotash.com.
Sylvia: Thank you so much. I just want to say thank you so much for taking out of your business schedule to come and just sit down and talk with me today and give a picture on your journey of what you’re doing and what you’ve been doing and what you plan on doing in the future. We want to say thank you so very much for helping others. We just want to say that we really are just very excited to be able to talk with you and I wish you just many blessings and express with all endeavors that you’ll be taking on in the future as well as now.
Natasha: Thank you. You are so kind and I have to say that I absolutely love your energy. I felt it immediately when I spoke with you over the phone. I would definitely let you know that this is your passion for what you are doing. You are good at it and I felt very comfortable speaking with you.
Sylvia: Thank you so very much.
Natasha: Yeah. You’re very kind. Your spirit is amazing. I think that you should know that. You are right where you are supposed to be. I just want to give you that message for yourself.
Joe Biden named Sen. Kamala D. Harris as his running mate
Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden has chosen Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) as his running mate, elevating a former presidential candidate whose most electric campaign performance came when she criticized his record on school integration during a debate.
Harris will be the first Black woman and first Asian American to run for vice president, representing a historic choice at a moment when the country is grappling with its racial past and future. The announcement was made in a text and a tweet from Biden.
“Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau,” Biden tweeted, referring to his late son, then the attorney general of Delaware. “I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse. I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”
Harris, 55, is the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants. The first-term senator previously served as San Francisco district attorney and California attorney general.
Her prosecutorial record has drawn attacks from party liberals, who have criticized her past stances as too harsh and contend that her record does not meet a moment when police misconduct has rocketed into the national conversation.
But Harris also has built a reputation in Washington as a sharp questioner in Senate hearings, particularly of Trump administration nominees. She has been a forceful advocate for Black families during the novel coronavirus pandemic, and she helped draft a bill ending qualified immunity for police.
Harris kicked off her presidential campaign little more than two years after joining the Senate, with an electrifying Oakland, Calif., rally that drew more than 22,000 supporters. But she struggled to define herself to voters, shifting from one message to the next. She failed to take off in the polls and dropped out in early December, citing financial problems.
Harris and Biden have known each other for several years, and Harris worked closely with Biden’s late son, Beau, when both served as attorneys general.
That made it all the more shocking to Biden and his team when, at the first Democratic primary debate, Harris went after Biden for his nostalgic talk about working with two segregationist senators.
“It was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country,” Harris said during the debate. She also took Biden to task for his opposition to mandatory busing.
On the debate stage, she described a little girl who had benefited from her city’s busing program. “And that little girl was me,” she said. Within hours, her campaign was selling shirts emblazoned with the words and a childhood picture of Harris.
Biden’s wife, Jill, has described that moment as being “like a punch to the gut.” But since then, the two have publicly made up, with Harris acting as a surrogate for Biden and appearing with him and his wife in campaign events.
In a June appearance on the “Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” Harris jokingly defended her performance, saying: “It was a debate! The whole reason — literally, it was a debate. It was called a debate.”
“I’d be honored, if asked, and I’m honored to be a part of the conversation,” Harris told Colbert. “Honestly, let me just tell you something: I will do everything in my power, wherever I am, to help Joe Biden win.”
In late July, Biden was photographed with notes he had written to himself about Harris on his personal stationery. Included were: “talented,” “great help to campaign” and “do not hold grudges.”
Biden said on July 28 that he would name his running mate by the end of the first week of August, after extending his initial pledge to name the pick around Aug. 1. Aides then said it had slipped further. For weeks, advisers have been vetting the candidates in interviews and via extended searches into their backgrounds, records and personal experiences.
He had promised months ago to pick a woman, reflecting the dominance of female voters in the party and his effort to make a historic choice. Were he to win, the nominee would become the first female vice president.
The nominee also will come under heightened security because of Biden’s age; he will be 78 at the time of the next inauguration. Either he or his November opponent, President Trump, will be the oldest American president.
The selection process has been a mix of transparency and secrecy. While Biden has held his thoughts closely, with many allies saying he has been deliberately vague about his preferences, the parade of prospective candidates has played out publicly.
Several have broken with past practice and acknowledged an interest in the job; others, such as Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), have taken themselves out of the mix in a similarly public way.
Biden has sought the same kind of “simpatico” relationship with his pick that he shared with former president Barack Obama, in which he served as the last adviser on big administration decisions. He also has put a high premium on loyalty, according to those familiar with the search.
But his choice was also affected by events coursing across the nation.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) once looked like a front-runner, but the killing of George Floyd and other unarmed Black people put a spotlight on her record as a prosecutor, which has drawn criticism from Black activists. Klobuchar eventually removed herself from the running, saying that Biden should pick a woman of color for the ticket.
Biden also faced pressure to delay the pick until closer to the Democratic convention, which begins Aug. 17, to build a sense of momentum for an event that will largely be virtual, lacking the balloon-and-bunting atmosphere of the traditional convention celebrations.
In normal times, the two running mates would barnstorm around the country after the announcement, trying to lift the enthusiasm level of their own partisans and potentially attract new supporters. But Biden has held no large events since March, and has none planned.
The Democratic vice presidential nominee will formally be named at the national party convention, which will be largely virtual. The newly named nominee will debate Vice President Pence on Oct. 7 in Utah. The presidential debates — three are currently scheduled — will begin in September, barring any adjustments to the schedule. Two of them have already changed locations after the original host colleges determined it was unsafe to sponsor the event.
U.S. Marines ID all 9 people killed in sea-tank sinking
The U.S. Marine Corps has identified all nine people killed when a Marine landing craft sank in hundreds of feet of water off the Southern California coast.
Only one of their bodies was found, despite an intense days-long search involving helicopters and boats ranging from inflatables to a Navy destroyer.
Found at the scene was Lance Cpl. Guillermo S. Perez, 20, of New Braunfels Texas. The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit announced on Sunday that the others, from California, Texas, Wisconsin and Oregon, are “presumed dead.”
They include: Pfc. Bryan J. Baltierra, 19, of Corona, California; Lance Cpl. Marco A. Barranco, 21, of Montebello, California; Pfc. Evan A. Bath, 19, of Oak Creek, Wisconsin; U.S. Navy Hospitalman Christopher Gnem, 22, of Stockton, California; Pfc. Jack Ryan Ostrovsky, 21, of Bend, Oregon; Cpl. Wesley A. Rodd, 23, of Harris, Texas; Lance Cpl. Chase D. Sweetwood, 19, of Portland, Oregon; and Cpl. Cesar A. Villanueva, 21, of Riverside, California.
“Literally every asset we have available” was mobilized in the search for seven Marines and a Navy corpsman, Lt. Gen. Joseph Osterman, commander of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, said Friday.
They were aboard an amphibious assault vehicle that was heading back to a Navy ship Thursday evening after a routine training exercise when it began taking on water about a half-mile (0.8 kilometers) from Navy-owned San Clemente Island, off San Diego.
Other assault vehicles quickly responded but couldn’t stop the 26-ton, tank-like vehicle from quickly sinking, Osterman said.
“The assumption is that it went completely to the bottom” several hundred feet below, Osterman said. That was too deep for divers, and Navy and Coast Guard were discussing ways to reach the sunken vehicle to get a view inside it, Osterman said.
Seven other Marines were rescued from the water; two were in stable condition at a hospital, authorities said.
All the Marines were attached to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, based at nearby Camp Pendleton. They ranged in age from 19 to early 30s and all were wearing combat gear, including body armor, and flotation vests, Osterman said.
The vehicle, known as an AAV but nicknamed an “amtrac,” for “amphibious tractor” is used to take Marines and their gear from Navy ships to land.
The sunken craft, one of 13 involved in the exercise, was designed to be naturally buoyant and had three water-tight hatches and two large troop hatches, Osterman said.
The vehicles have been used since 1972, and continually refurbished. Marine Corps officials said Friday they did not know the age or other details of the one that sank.
The Marine Corps commandant, Gen. David Berger, suspended waterborne operations of more than 800 amphibious assault vehicles across the branch until the cause of the accident is determined.
This is the third time in recent years that Camp Pendleton Marines have been injured or died in amphibious assault vehicles during training exercises.
In 2017, 14 Marines and one Navy sailor were hospitalized after their vehicle hit a natural gas line, igniting a fire that engulfed the landing craft at Camp Pendleton.
In 2011, a Marine died when an amphibious assault vehicle in a training exercise sank offshore of the camp.
Magic’s Jonathan Isaac stands for national anthem as teammates, opponents kneel
Orlando Magic power forward Jonathan Isaac became the first NBA player to stand during the national anthem following the season restart … deciding against both kneeling and wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt.
The league’s coaches, refs and players — from LeBron James to Zion Williamson — have been using the anthem demonstrations to raise awareness as games pick back up in Orlando … a gesture that is being supported by NBA commish Adam Silver.
Isaac became the first player to choose to stand as the anthem was played before the Magic’s match-up with the Brooklyn Nets on Friday … while the rest of the team’s players and staffers took a knee.
It’s worth noting — Silver says everyone will have the option to kneel during the anthem without consequence … despite a league rule requiring players to stand.
The same goes for anyone who wishes to stand — no one is saying the players HAVE to kneel, either.
So far, Jonathan hasn’t commented on his decision to stand publicly — because the game is currently being played. But, when he does, we’ll update here.
Charles Barkley spoke about the demonstrations on Thursday during TNT’s “Inside The NBA,” saying, “The national anthem means different things to different people.”
“I’m glad these guys are unified. If people don’t kneel, they’re not a bad person. I want to make that perfectly clear. I’m glad they had unity, but if we have a guy who doesn’t want to kneel because the anthem means something to him, he should not be vilified.”
The Magic released a statement in support of the demonstration, saying, “The DeVos Family and the Orlando Magic organization fully supports Magic players who have chosen to leverage their professional platform to send a peaceful and powerful message condemning bigotry, racial injustice and the unwarranted use of violence by police, especially against people of color.”
“We are proud of the positive impact our players have made and join with them in the belief that sports can bring people together — bridging divides and promoting inclusion, equality, diversity and unity.”
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