August 14, 2017
In today's political and racial climate, we thought it was best to replay our Cool Bruh episode with James "Jay" Bailey. You won't be disappointed. "Build As We Climb" is a must listen.
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August 9, 2017
Tomisha Brock is a Cool Soror of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc and the Band Director for Clark Atlanta University. An accomplished educator, she has led superior instrumental and vocal ensembles on the public school level in Virginia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. She received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Virginia State University in 2005 and a Master of Music Education degree from Norfolk State University in 2011, and has completed additional coursework at Capella University (2012). She is currently pursuing her PhD in Music Education at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, with an anticipated completion date of December 2017.
Prior to her appointment at Clark Atlanta University, Ms. Brock served as Associate Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Mississippi Valley State University. She is one of five female band directors in the country and she is determined to grow the CAU to the highest of ranks. "And she shall lead the band."
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August 8, 2017
Nicole D. Smith joins the Cool Soror Podcast. A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, she is the Owner of spa810 Atlantic Station in Atlanta, GA. She has one of the first franchise locations in the state and has plans to expand to three locations in metro area.
With 20 years of comprehensive experience in various industries, including Accenture, AT&T and General Electric, Nicole established herself as a leader. In 2016, Nicole left corporate America and became a franchise owner of spa810. She has been very passionate about spa810, and is excited to begin developing the spa810 brand in Atlanta. Her ambition is to become the best spa810 franchise in the country.
With this desire, she knows she has to truly touch the people and she is doing just that! She decided to offer 81 Massages for 81 educators for just $8.10!! Yes!!! She is so enamored of the teaching profession, even recalling the teacher that helped her get straight A’s for the first time she was in elementary school. Nicole says it’s the ultimate give back!
Not only does Spa 810 offer massages, but they offer facials and laser hair removal.
She understands how to run a business and is the only African American woman in the Spa 810 franchise concept. Nicole understands that sets her apart, but it makes her unique at the same time. Unique begets beautiful opportunities and this opportunity for educators to feel special, will be one for the books.
Twitter: @spa810astation IG: @spa810astation
August 2, 2017
DJ LV joins the Cool Soror Podcast as our Cool Bruh Feature of the week. A member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., LV has a rich story on fatherhood that truly hits the core.
As a father, a visionary, and an advocate for strong families, he founded Cool Dads Rock in response to the support he received from friends and family who admired the relationship he built with his own son. The organization began as a hashtag he used to encourage another father who was going through a custody battle when he lent his support with a simple, #cooldadsrock.
Known to most as “DJ LV", the founder of Cool Dads Rock is an authority on cool. As a DJ, he has performed with artists such as Robin Thicke, Ne-Yo, Usher, A Tribe Called Quest, and Sting. He has entertained guests at events for NASCAR, Turner Broadcasting, Coca Cola, Conan O’Brien, BMW, NBA All-Star weekend and the NCAA Final Four just to name a few. However, his favorite “gig” is as a father. It was through his excitement and love for his son that he realized he wanted to do something to promote and honor that same enthusiasm in other men.
This year marks the 5th annual “Cool Dads Rock” Soapbox Derby competition. This events allows children and their fathers to come together to conceptualize, design and execute their own soapbox for this awesome cause. LV says it’s an allotted time for fathers to spend with their children from idea to race. What an amazing concept! But what else would you expect from such a COOL DAD?
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July 31, 2017
Our host, Rashan Ali, takes a look at how being steadfast has helped her reach another milestone in her career. In this episode, she recounts the moment she knew she needed to make a move which led her to her current venture. Her constant was staying the course, even when she was weary.
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July 26, 2017
Dr. Chynna Steele joins the Cool Soror Podcast! A Cool Soror of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., this Harvard, University of Chicago and Washington University (St. Louis) graduate is our host, Rashan Alit’s dermatologist!
Dr. Steele is a nationally renowned board certified dermatologist who has spent years undergoing specialized training in the medical care of the skin, hair and body. Patients are eager to see her for her expertise in medical and cosmetic dermatology and her unique blending of the two, along with her honesty and warm bedside manner.
In this episode, she shares with us why some women, particularly women of color, have been reluctant to get many of the services she offers. It has been her personal quest to make these women feel more comfortable with having treatments that will help them feel more confident. You will truly get an in depth informational on treatments such as botox, fillers, cool sculpting and alopecia.
Dr. Steele loves what she does and her passion and her practice run “Skin Deep.”
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July 24, 2017
In one of the most candid and in depth interviews to date, Rod Minger, a Cool Bruh of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity joins the show today. The Montgomery, Alabama native is an actor, comedian and radio personality who has performed in over 20 stage plays across the country. A gifted musician as well, Rod felt the glare of the spotlight after a solo performance in junior high school. It was then that the crowd’s reaction would be a catalyst for the need to share his talents.
Starting out his professional career as a music teacher in a small town in Alabama, a chance opportunity led him to Atlanta where he would experience success. He has performed in plays alongside our host, Rashan Ali, NFL great, Dorsey Levens, and Hollywood Diva Lisa Wu. appeared in a recent episode of the Starz hit series “Survivors Remorse.”
The beauty of his journey is the crafted way he tells his story. From living in what most would consider an outhouse; to finding what he thought was love; to heart break and divorce; Rod has a path like no other. You will laugh and think and laugh again during this episode. In the “Art of Storytelling” Rod authors his life one chapter at a time.
Twitter: @RodMinger FB: @RodMinger IG: @RodMinger
July 19, 2017
Our host, Rashan Ali gives us an in-depth review of the King & Prince Resort on St. Simons Island. Full article on the Cool Places blog.
Check out www.kingandprince.com for more details!
July 17, 2017
Dr. Karmetria Burton joins the Cool Soror podcast today! A Houston, Texas native and Cool Soror of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., she is the Director of strategic programs and supplier diversity for Delta Air Lines and the founder of “Paint Your Lips Red”. She attained her bachelor’s degree from Southern University and received her master’s degree from the University of Nebraska.
Learning how to be a business woman early in the game, she worked for her father, who is an entrepreneur, and was able to learn the ins and outs of running your own business. Thriving in her field for 15 years, she enjoys giving the blueprint to help those who are seeking to grow their business on the corporate level, while also impacting and influencing others.
A well-respected authority in supplier diversity, she is a contributing writer for MBE magazine that focuses on minority business development. In 2014, she was noted as a woman of Excellence by the Atlanta Daily World Magazine and in 2015, she was awarded the InfluenceHER award for her influence in the community and in minority business development. Her work and her passion have gained her notoriety in several publications.
Dr. Burton is the visionary and creator of the ‘Paint Your Lips Red’ campaign and has teamed up with NARS for a special event in Atlanta on July 30th. She believes that women should feel empowered and bold in their RED lip!
Karmetria Burton credits God for her success and her family for instilling the importance in her of family and service to others. She has made it a goal in life to remain in a ‘Position of Impact.’ Dr. Burton is certainly in position and she is definitely making an impact.
July 12, 2017
It’s always good to have a “Cool Bruh” on the podcast! We welcome Kenny “Sincere” Kelly, who is an active member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. on today’s show! Atlanta born and Decatur raised, Kelly graduated from Jacksonville State University where he was awarded a football scholarship while earning a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting.
He admittedly does “a lot!” A certified / personal trainer, project manager, poet / spoken word artist and levy officer, Kenny is most passionate about his role as a trainer. His goal is to help his clients achieve their best selves through intense workouts and a healthy diet that will ultimately turn into a lifestyle.
This Cool Bruh is also a poet! At a young age, Kelly has always had a niche for writing, but he never thought it was cool enough to express. With the encouragement of his friends, he moved into writing poetry and performing spoken word.
Even now as founder/owner/partner of What Say You Poetry, MBS Wellness & Fitness, LLC, and TPH Group, LLC, respectively he is still highly involved with many personal & professional businesses and projects throughout the city. Kenny continues to do great work because of prayer, praise and push. Keep pushing Kenny! We see you.
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