The Gift of Teaching with Melissa St. Joy

December 13, 2017
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Melissa St. Joy joins The Cool Soror Podcast today. A member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Fort Lauderdale, Florida native, this extremely gifted educator has a passion for teaching students in their own unique way. She found her way into the classroom and into the hearts of children after receiving her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Florida A&M University. Taking the nontraditional route, Melissa jumped at the opportunity to join Teach For America and she has been growing students ever since.

Currently, Melissa is an assistant principal in the Atlanta area. She is a focused educational leader with a proven track record of increasing student achievement. She drives the implementation of school improvement plan in collaboration with the administrative leadership team, modeling instructional leadership necessary to achieve ambitious academic goals of the school and district.

Melissa does this and so much more with the type of vigor and tenacity that each parent desires for their child. As she succinctly put it, “I am the type of educator that I would want for my own children.”

That type of self awareness and confidence has been proven over and over from the way students excel under her tutelage. This work is not for the faint at heart and it takes a person like Melissa who knows every child is worth the investment. When you have this type of God given ability, you know it’s a gift: it’s called the gift of teaching.

Social Media:
Twitter: @HeritageEagleAP
IG: @stjeezy19

Agent Survivor with Tiffany Porter

December 12, 2017
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The Cool Soror Podcast welcomes Tiffany Porter, a dedicated member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is groundbreaking NFL agent and an accomplished Criminal Defense Attorney. Porter has represented several NFL players throughout the NFL Draft process, and is currently representing over 200 former NFL players in the NFL Concussion Lawsuit and current NFL players.

The Emory University School of Law alum is the Managing Partner at Porter Law Group and CEO of Zenith Sports & Entertainment Group in Atlanta. Porter is a proud HBCU graduate of Hampton University. She is also a devoted wife and loving mother of four. She is a sought after motivational speaker at colleges/universities, corporations and events where she shares her emotional and inspiring journey of overcoming being the child of an incarcerated parent as her mother spent half her childhood in prison and being a Breast Cancer Survivor. She speaks about both in depth in this episode.

Porter has been profiled and interviewed on ESPN's TheUndefeated, HelloBeautiful, MadameNoire, NBC, Rolling Out, News One Now, Sister Circle and ESPN Radio. She is one of the few women NFL agents and even fewer Black women NFL agents.

Tiffany’s life has been one that many would have given up on, but her resilience has kept her true to her belief in herself. The world is grateful she did.

Social Media:
www.ZenithSportsAgency.com
Twitter: @AgentPorterESQ

Blessed To Be A Blessing with Michelle Latrice Allen

December 6, 2017
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Michelle Latrice Allen joins the Cool Soror Podcast today. A dedicated member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., this Atlanta native serves as the Infectious Diseases Section Director for the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Before becoming director, Michelle’s career path was primarily in field services where she served for fourteen years. She presently oversees statewide prevention services to ensure all activities and initiatives work in unison toward the goals of the program collaboration and service integrations. Michelle also assists in the development of policies and procedures and directs planning and operational activities. She is a shining example of what it means to be a champion for public health as she continually strives to move the Georgia Department of Public Health from “Good to Great”.

Michelle is an advocate for the prevention of HIV & AIDS and goes in depth about the many lives she’s been able to touch along the way. She speaks about many of these life-changing experiences not only for the people she serves, but also for herself.

She knows that her life is to spread awareness about infectious diseases and continue to be at the forefront of preventative measures. Michelle can do so with ease because service is a part of her DNA. This is why she knows full well that she is blessed to be a blessing.

Unapologetic Impact with Shari Nycole

December 5, 2017
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Shari’ Nycole joins the show today representing  The Cool Sorors of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.  A Calumet City, Illinois native, she was a collegiate athlete playing basketball at The University of Wisconsin-Madison and Northern Illinois University.  A communications major with a minor in journalism, this creative has always had the desire to make magic happen in front of and behind the television screen. 

Following her undergraduate experience, Sharí Nycole's interest in journalism grew stronger and she chose to leave the hardwood for good.  In August 2011, she earned a Master of Science in Broadcast Journalism from The Medill School at Northwestern University.  

Shortly after receiving her master’s degree, Shari’ Nycole began her career in journalism as an associate producer for Towers Productions in Chicago, IL.  While at Towers Productions, she gained a solid docu/reality foundation, working on television series such as, “Find Our Missing” and “Parole Diaries” for TV One and also “Mobsters” for the Biography channel.  

In October 2013, Sharí Nycole relocated to Washington, DC and joined a production team at TV One to launch the first black daily news program in broadcast history, “News One Now.”   While at “News One Now,” Sharí Nycole also explored the freelance world, producing for a PBS talk show, “The Rock Newman Show.”  

In May 2017, Sharí Nycole stepped out on faith and resigned from her positions at “News One Now” and “The Rock Newman Show” to explore other creative avenues.  Less than one month later, she was offered and accepted a position in Atlanta as a segment producer for a new talk show, “Sister Circle Live,” which airs on TV One and select Tegna stations.  
 
She is living her life with direction and purpose that will ultimately land her where she desires to be: telling people’s stories with unapologetic impact.

Social Media:
IG / TW: @shari_nycole
FB: Shari Nycole
www.sharinycole.com

Unapologetic Impact with Shari Nycole

December 4, 2017
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Shari’ Nycole joins the show today representing The Cool Sorors of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. A Calumet City, Illinois native, she was a collegiate athlete playing basketball at The University of Wisconsin-Madison and Northern Illinois University. A communications major with a minor in journalism, this creative has always had the desire to make magic happen in front of and behind the television screen.

Following her undergraduate experience, Sharí Nycole's interest in journalism grew stronger and she chose to leave the hardwood for good. In August 2011, she earned a Master of Science in Broadcast Journalism from The Medill School at Northwestern University.

Shortly after receiving her master’s degree, Shari’ Nycole began her career in journalism as an associate producer for Towers Productions in Chicago, IL. While at Towers Productions, she gained a solid docu/reality foundation, working on television series such as, “Find Our Missing” and “Parole Diaries” for TV One and also “Mobsters” for the Biography channel.

In October 2013, Sharí Nycole relocated to Washington, DC and joined a production team at TV One to launch the first black daily news program in broadcast history, “News One Now.” While at “News One Now,” Sharí Nycole also explored the freelance world, producing for a PBS talk show, “The Rock Newman Show.”

In May 2017, Sharí Nycole stepped out on faith and resigned from her positions at “News One Now” and “The Rock Newman Show” to explore other creative avenues. Less than one month later, she was offered and accepted a position in Atlanta as a segment producer for a new talk show, “Sister Circle Live,” which airs on TV One and select Tegna stations.

She is living her life with direction and purpose that will ultimately land her where she desires to be: telling people’s stories with unapologetic impact.

Social Media:
IG: shari_nycole / TW: @shari_nycole
FB: Shari Nycole
www.sharinycole.com

Fight For Your Life with Jessica Laine

November 29, 2017
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Jessica Laine joins The Cool Soror Podcast today. A member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., this fitness model, on-air fitness personality, boxer and health advocate is on a mission to change how people look at wellness. A Decatur, Georgia native, Jessica attended Spelman College where she majored in English and Comparative Women’s Studies. She is currently studying for a Master’s in Public Health in Nutritional Sciences from George Washington University.

During her tenure as a student, many of her peers struggled with obesity. Jessica took an immediate interest in health literacy and began using her talents to help her peers. She became the Student Ambassador for the Wellness Revolution and incorporated fitness boot camps and group sessions along with her personal training to make an impact. Once she began to realize how many lives she touched, her passion only grew.

Jessica founded her company, Fight For Your Life, while she was preparing and training as an amateur boxer for the Olympics. Defeated in her final fight, she pressed forward to continue to share her love for the sport and fitness. She realized that so many people were fighting obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and many other chronic illnesses. She knew the job had to be done. Through this company, she birthed her nonprofit organization, Beyond The Body, Inc.

This young woman is a pillar of strength for her peers and so many more. Her vibrant spirit and sincere desire for each of us to live healthier lives are evident in this episode. It is only apropos that we name it, “Fight For Your Life” because she is fighting so that we all can be better.

Social media:
www.fightforyourlife.org
IG: itsjessicalaine TW: itsjessicalaine FB: @itsjessicalaine

No Longer Unraveling with Stephanie Mitchell Hughes

November 27, 2017
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We are happy to welcome Stephanie Mitchell Hughes to the show. A Cool Soror of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Stephanie is a servant to the community.

Born into a family of educators, Stephanie has had a passion for children her entire life. She works as an attorney and showcases her social activism in the areas of child advocacy, domestic violence, and empowering women and girls. Stephanie has represented children who are abused, neglected and dependent, advocated on behalf of children with learning differences, worked on local, state, and national initiatives in support of victims of domestic violence, and supported other programs to empower and educate women.

In February 2006, Stephanie became a single parent, with few resources, and no support. At the time, Stephanie had a law practice devoted to representing children in the child welfare system and older women in need of assistance with managing end of life issues. Despite all of her experience and education, Stephanie found it difficult to transition back into the traditional practice of law.

In the midst of parenting, running a household, and a fledgling law practice, Stephanie disconnected from the community and allowed all of her professional contacts to grow stale. However, Stephanie also realized that her difficulties as a single working mother stood in stark contrast to the challenges experienced by other single mothers with less education, even fewer resources, and no support. Stephanie openly shares her personal story so that other single mothers will learn from her many mistakes and to encourage them on their journey.

In October 2013, Stephanie talked about her journey as a single parent at TedxColumbus 2013. It is there that she spoke at length about growing in the valley and she goes even deeper in this episode aptly named, “No Longer Unraveling.” Her story will allow you to have a better understanding of the journey, particularly your own.

Social Media:
Facebook: Stephanie Mitchell Hughes
Instagram: @stephaniemitchellhughes
Twitter: @srmhughes

Website: www.stephaniemitchellhughes.com

“Give Thanks” with Rashan Ali

November 22, 2017
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Our host, Rashan Ali reveals the 11 things she is most thankful for in this moving episode. Hear how she has changed her thoughts physically and mentally and how
her closeness to God has evolved.

Instagram @rashanali

Meet The Perry’s with Darrell & Tacoma Perry

November 20, 2017
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It’s our first ever Cool Couple episode with Darrell & Tacoma Perry. Darrell - A Cool Bruh of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and Tacoma - A Cool Soror of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. both attended Indiana University but their paths did not cross until well after their undergraduate years. They have been concurring the journey of love ever since and helping other couples along the way.

Tacoma is a television personality turned stay-at-home mother and Darrell Is a corporate executive at a Fortune 500 Company. Together, they have found their passion outside of these roles. Soulmates Over Soul Food is a vlog soon to turn video podcast dedicated to having real conversations with real married couples. The premise and purpose of SOS is to yield a lifetime of wisdom over a beautiful dinner. They talk with couples about what makes their marriages work as well as what lessons they have learned along the way. Hearing couples’ stories of love, loss, triumph and togetherness reaffirms what it means to be committed to another individual.

The Perry’s have a love story that is uniquely their own and continuing to spread the love they share is a true testimony to the type of people they are. Hearing them together personifies what real love should feel like. Their union is special and that is why it is essential that we meet them. You will be glad you did.

Social Media:
www.soulmatesOverSoulFood.com
FB: Darrell Perry TW: @D_PerryJr
IG: Tacoma Perry TW: @TacomaPerry

The King of Strings with Ken Ford

November 16, 2017
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It’s another Cool People episode of The Cool Soror Podcast with the amazing violinist Ken Ford. A native of Atlanta, Georgia Ken had the innate ability to understand music by ear before he was classically trained. He got his first violin at nine-years-old and the rest is melodious history.

Electric. A word that describes not only Ken Ford’s violin but aptly describes the man himself. His electrifying and deeply physical live performances have audiences up on their feet and into the aisles, feeling the music as much as he does. Far from being any quiet instrument, Ken’s infectious energy takes the violin center stage with amazing artistry and creativity, rocking out on the violin with passion and fervor.

A wonder to behold on stage, Ken’s evocative playing and passion for strings on the electric violin have enthralled fans of all ages, as well as peers from diverse genres, from jazz to blues, R&B to hip-hop and more. With a soul-stirring style that highlights all the voices of the violin, from sensuous and genteel to dramatic and muscular, Ken’s talents have brought him on stage and into the recording studio with a range of superstar artists including Bruno Mars, Jill Scott, Wyclef Jean, Chaka Khan, Ledisi, Brian Culbertson, the late Barry White, Erykah Badu and more. Additionally, Ken had the pleasure and honor to play for our beloved First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama!

Early in his career, Ken followed his passion for violin but lived a dual life, working as an IT programmer while honing and indulging his love of music at night. He established himself on the scene with local artists and newcomers, attracting more and more fans and attention from national and international promoters and peers. From the bottom up, he has built his kingdom. It’s only right that he holds the crown of “The King of Strings.”

Social Media:
www.kenford.net
IG @kenfordkingofstrings FB kenfordkingofstrings