Design Essentials with Keia McSwain

May 17, 2018

We are excited to be joined by Keia McSwain!  A Cool Soror of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. this Hattiesburg, Mississippi native knew she had an undeniable creative edge.  But she would truly have to tap into her faith to find what her true passion was.  It would not take long.

She became the editor of Iconic Home Magazine. Currently, Keia is the Principal Interior Designer and President of The Black Interior Designer’s Network. She says she is grateful to hold this position and be a guide for a generation of amazing Interior Designers. 

The Black Interior Designers Network is hosting their 7th annual conference July 26-28th. It's a three-day event geared towards culminating the businesses of African Americans in the Interior Design Community.  

Keia is living her life’s dream, one design at a time.

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“Grp Fit” with Rich Bailey & Chris Ketant

May 1, 2018

We are back and happy to feature not one but two “Cool Bruh” on the show today: Rich Bailey & Chris Ketant. Rich fell in love with Health and Fitness at an early age. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Engineering Technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology and followed with a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Rochester, Simon Business School. His professional experience includes software engineering, technology research, finance and business operations. Hailing from Harlem, NY, Richard currently lives in Los Angeles.

Chris Ketant’s passion for Health and Fitness started with sports at a young age and slowly became an obsession. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Software Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology and spent four years right out of college with Apple as a software engineer. The intersection between his passion for Health and Fitness combined with technology has led him to GrpFit’s leadership team.

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GrpFit: @claude_speaks Instagram:@claude_speaks /Twitter: @claude_speaks

GrpFit: @rich
Instagram: @richchrisbailey/Twitter: @richchrisbailey


April 16, 2018


Convos with Cole featuring Rashan Ali

April 11, 2018

Our host, Rashan Ali sits down with Wendell Cole for his podcast, "Convos With Cole." In a rare, introspective look into Rashan's life, she shares some of the hills and valleys that have helped her along the way. Please support his podcast as well at and on Itunes: "Convos With Cole"


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Build The Boutique with Jen Price

April 9, 2018

Jen Price joins The Cool Soror Podcast for the second time! A Cool Soror of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., this visionary is launching a KickStarter Campaign tonight to help her raise money to open The Atlanta Beer Boutique! Her goal is to raise $25k over the next 30 days. To donate to the campaign, log onto

I Bet On Myself with Mae C. Whiteside

April 4, 2018

We are happy to be joined by a Cool Soror of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Mae C. Whiteside is President/CEO of CKL Engineers, LLC. As President/CEO, Mae develops and maintains client relationships for the firm and directs all engineering and planning projects acquired by the organization. Mae is an alumna of Illinois Institute of Technology and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering in 1999. She is a licensed Civil Engineer in the State of Illinois.

As a grade and high school student, Mae experienced chronic homelessness with her mother. At her mother’s passing, it left her homeless, as a college student. Because of these trying times, Mae gained independence and resilience.

After years of working at different corporations, she knew it was time for change. In 2010, with $10,000 in her pocket, she quit her $75,000 per year job and became a STEM entrepreneur. A risk taker and leader, Mae used this opportunity to position herself to make a major move.

Today, CKL Engineers, LLC is one of Chicago’s leading African American woman owned engineering and management firms. The firm is a winner of the 2018 Engineering Excellence Honor Award for its role in construction management for the overhaul of I-90 Jane Addams Memorial Tollway. Her company’s new role is Construction Manager for the upcoming Pullman Clock Tower and Administration Building Renovation Project, part of a national park by President Obama.

Mae has always been the type of person who believed in her astute intellect and always believed that she could do anything. For this reason, she can profoundly state: “I Bet On Myself.” And because of that, she will win every single time.

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Twitter: @cklengineersllc @maecheri
LinkedIn: Mae C. Whiteside

“Create Love” with Brandi Janai

April 2, 2018

The Cool Soror Podcast welcomes Brandi Janai to the show this week. She's a Cool Soror of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. who describes herself as a creator, author, designer and initiator. She graduated with an undergraduate degree from California State University in San Bernadino and also holds a master's degree from Clark Atlanta University. As a licensed social worker she aims to educate, advocate, and push for individuals to look within.

Out of her background in social work and her passion for writing came Felonopoly. Felonopoly, the screenplay, shares the struggle and hope of a married couple impacted by the criminal justice system. Felonopoly, as an organization, was created to end legal slavery under the 13th amendment.

Although she wrote her first short story in elementary school it took decades for Brandi Janai to take the writing craft seriously. “Growing up I didn’t believe I could make a living as a writer. I often think about what if. What if I had known more about the writing world?” As a charter member and secretary for the Women’s National Book Association – Atlanta Chapter she hopes to give others what she didn’t have – exposure to the book world.

Brandi Janai understands the benefits of writing, adding, “Writing has been a form of therapy for me and my medium to craft, expose and express all types of thought and story.” Brandi Janai is currently rewriting three novels: Hidden, I Am Sin, and Sometimes It’s Love and working on a new work titled, Jodeco Road. Tune in as we discover how Brandi uses writing to create love.

Love Lessons with Rashan Ali and Brian Smith

March 28, 2018

Our host, Rashan Ali shares lessons she and her husband have learned during their 15 years of marriage. This funny, intimate and witty conversation showcases the vulnerability of love.

Harlem’s Fashion Row with Brandice Daniel

March 26, 2018

We are happy to be joined by Brandice Daniel - A Cool Soror of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is the visionary behind Harlem’s Fashion Row. HFR is the most prestigious platform for multicultural fashion designers. HFR has become the epicenter of fashion for the multicultural audience. We are most recognized for our September Style Awards and Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week which has been covered by New York Times, NY Magazine, Elle, ESSENCE, and the Wall Street Journal.

Founded in 2007 by Brandice Daniel, a coach for multicultural fashion designers, writer, speaker, and entrepreneur, Harlem's Fashion Row began as a project of passion, aiming to fill the void for multicultural fashion designers and high profile professionals in the industry. HFR has partnered with brands such as Verizon, Prudential, Coca Cola, and more providing custom events around a passion point of the multicultural consumer: Fashion.

Today, HFR is committed to curating one designer, one story, and one collection at a time via it's weekly Talk Designer Tuesday podcast. Our commitment is to partner with multicultural designers to build profitable and sustainable businesses that will leave a legacy for generations to come.

Brandice’s story of perseverance and passion confirms that the heart always wins.

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Flat Out with Willie Moore, Jr.

March 21, 2018

St. Louis stand up! The Cool Soror Podcast welcomes nationally radio talk show host, Willie Moore Jr. A Cool Bruh of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. this St. Louis native is igniting the airwaves and changing lives every single day.

Willie Moore Jr. Is Today's Voice of Inspiration! He ignites the hearts and minds of listeners and viewers worldwide.

As the Nationally Syndicated host of “The Willie Moore Jr. Show” on radio, “Flatout TV” on cable networks, and the Young, Fly, and Saved movement via social media outlets like YouTube, Willie uses his special brand of humor and practical solutions coupled with biblical wisdom to unite families and communities everywhere.

Willie is a master communicator that is connecting the world through his multiple talents and media outlets. An advocate for adoption, his passion lies deeply for the thousands of children who need loving homes, similar to the home that housed his parents. These same parents adopted him when Willie was just three months old. Now he is on a mission so that every child can experience the joy he experienced in his upbringing.

Willie is a special individual and is making an indelible mark in our world, “flat out!”

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IG: @williemoorejrlive
FB: The Willie Moore Jr. Show