February 7, 2018
The Cool Soror Podcast welcomes filmmaker, visionary, producer, content creator Stacey L. Holman. This Cool Soror of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc is doing some outstanding work telling the stories of African American people through film. In her words, this is her story:
From Dillard University in the Big Easy to Tisch School of the Arts in the Big Apple, I have honed my passion to write, produce and direct films that speak to matters of the heart, human insecurities, and bring light to treasured sub-cultures. Some of my works that address these themes include: Mirar Mirror, Girl Talk, Lumiette, Surrender (part of the anthology 6 Things I Never Told You) and Dressed Like Kings. My world in film has moved between narrative and documentary. On several projects, I have been able to blend the two genres structurally and visually.
I have also brought my experience to several incredible historical films as Producer, Co- Producer, Line Producer, and Associate Producer. My portfolio includes the Peabody Award-winning Freedom Summer and the Emmy Award-winning Freedom Riders produced and directed by Stanley Nelson, the Emmy Award-winning Jesse Owens, andMary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band, which aired on PBS affiliates. Through these projects, I have worked to breathe life into history for new and diverse audiences, to demonstrate its relevance for our present and to preserve it for future generations. My film territory even expanded into the world of philanthropy as a consultant with the JustFilms unit at the Ford Foundation. Recently I was one of the producers on Stanley Nelson's most recent project Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities which airs on PBS’ Independent Lens in February 2018. Currently, I serve as one of four producers/directors on Skip Gates documentary Reconstruction and the Birth of Jim Crow.
Stacey is a part of a masterpiece and will continue to create important work for years to come. We should all be glad she’s behind the lens.
February 5, 2018
Our host, Rashan Ali takes a moment to drop a few gems to help you reach your higher thought of who you are. Along the pathway of realizing who you are truly meant to be, everybody won't be a part of the ascension.
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January 31, 2018
We always love have The Cool Bruh feature on the Cool Soror Podcast. Today we re joined by Lin Rountree: a cool brother of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. The Soul-Trumpeter, is an accomplished recording artist, producer and live performer. With Six solo projects, Twelve Top 20 Billboard singles (including a certified #1), and numerous collaborations with some of the industry's top R&B/Contemporary Jazz artists to his credit he is poised to become one of the most renowned artists of his generation.
Lin began playing the trumpet in Alexandria VA., when he was just 11-years-old and frequently attended music development programs at The Duke Ellington School for Performing Arts in Washington DC. Upon his graduation from High School, Lin was recruited into the Music program at Florida A&M University where he performed with the famed Marching 100 under the direction of William P. Foster and Dr. Julian White.
After receiving his degree from FAMU he found his home in Detroit, Michigan where he formed a band and performed extensively throughout the region. In 2004, he released his debut CD, GROOVETREE on independent label BDK Records, which was met with international acclaim. After releasing one more CD under BDK: SUMTHIN' GOOD and another SOUL-TREE, The Soul-Jazz Experience (self released) also to rave reviews, he was sought after and signed to major label, Trippin' N Rhythm Records, where he subsequently wrote and co-produced three more projects: SERENDIPITOUS, SOULFUNKY and his current CD, STRONGER STILL featuring the #1 Billboard Hit Single "Pass The Groove."
This amazing musician recognized his gift early and he is continuing the journey making his trumpet sing.
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TW: @linrountree IG: @linrountree
January 29, 2018
The Cool Soror Podcast welcomes singer, Keia Johnson: a Cool Soror of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Known for her bigger than life laugh and sultry voice, Keia is no stranger to the entertainment business. A certified military brat, Keia Johnson was born in San Antonio, TX but grew up all over the world. It was the move to Memphis that helped her establish her sound and performance style. She has performed with some of the best talent Memphis has to offer.
In 2003, Keia continued to lead the way by being crowned the third African-American Miss Arkansas State University – a path blazed by Debby Turner, an ASU alumnus, who would later become Miss America in 1990. Keia went on to the Miss Arkansas Pageant where she was crowned Miss Congeniality, a name that stuck with her for years to come. She graduated with a degree in Communications with an emphasis in Radio/Television Broadcasting and a minor in Political Science. But the arts kept calling her name.
Years later, it was American Idol that served as the true catalyst for “Miss Congeniality” to go to Hollywood where she wowed the judges for two seasons. Her audition performance of Celine Dion’s vocally rigorous “My Heart Will Go On” prompted guest judge and musical role model Mary J. Blige to simply declare: “She can sing!” Keia later went on to compete on Season 4 of “The Voice” as well.
Being on a talent competition taught her that her love for music was more than just winning. She just had to keep singing. And that she has done aptly honing her “gift of song.”
Instagram @therealkeia, Twitter @contactkeia
January 24, 2018
The Cool Soror Podcast welcomes Sheree Alexis to the show. A Cool Soror of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., this Chicago native originally set out to be a doctor. But her fun and stylish upbringing led her into a life she truly embraces and adores. A full time mother and seamstress, Sheree Alexis is building an empire with beautiful, unique styles that have her clients and fans wanting more.
Sheree Alexis offers timeless and fashion-forward pieces, inspired by everyday beauty. Her diverse line is represented by many collections, which have developed from ideas to realities throughout her career as a seamstress. Her goal is to create exclusive designs that each wearer can adapt to freely express their own style.
This fun and engaging conversation is an example of not knowing the path and going their anyway. Sheree Alexis is doing just that.
January 22, 2018
The Cool People feature of the week is a woman who is truly running for change: Alison Desir. A native of Englewood, New Jersey, she is leading the pack one step at a time.
Named by Women's Running as one of twenty women who are changing the sport of running and the world, Alison is the founder of Harlem Run (an NYC-based running movement) and Run 4 All Women (an initiative that has raised over $150,000 for Planned Parenthood), and just launched the podcast Finding Meaning (on the RUN), available on iTunes, Google Music, SoundCloud and Stitcher.
Alison is currently featured alongside American Ballet Theatre® principal ballerina Misty Copeland, world champion sprinter Natasha Hastings, professional stuntwoman Jessie Graff, and Chinese taekwondo champion and actress Zoe Zhang (Lanxin Zhang) in Under Armor’s latest global campaign, Unlike Any, which celebrates and honors the unprecedented achievements of female athletes that rise above gender comparisons and stand on their own as marvels of athletic prowess.
Passionate about community, mental health and fitness, Alison's nickname, “powdered feet,” comes from the Haitian Kreyol saying, which describes a person so active that you never see them, just the footprints of where they’ve been in powder. Alison started running distance after a period of depression, and, over the past 4 years, has been able to Find Meaning on the Run. When Alison is not running, she is working to resolve and speaking passionately about issues related to women and girls.
IG: @alisonmdesir TW: @alisonmdesir
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January 17, 2018
The Cool Soror Podcast welcomes Shennice Cleckley to the show! A Cool Soror of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Shennice is the epitome of joy! This baker, author, freelance writer and coach and former government policy director knows how to grasp life by its horns and make some incredible music.
She attributes her passion for abundant living to her unorthodox faith in God’s power to change any situation by His grace.
Shennice is the author and illustrator of three children's books that are titled “Please Wait Mommy’s Working”, “Meet Lewis’ Big Family” and “Have You Seen My Little Tooth”. She also shares her story of teen motherhood in an anthology titled “There’s a Jewel In You”. Shennice is the content curator for her blog My Sweet Spot Life and a contributing writer for the Womeneur Blog, Edible Columbia Magazine, Edible Charleston Magazine, Columbia Living Magazine, Charleston Living Magazine and Wilmington Living Magazine.
Shennice is a graduate of Columbia College with degrees in Political Science and Public Affairs. She resides in Columbia, South Carolina with her husband LeBrian. Together they have four children and one grandchild. Shennice is all about the community, serving on various boards including two terms on the City of Columbia Accommodations Tax Board, Columbia College McNair Entrepreneurship Mentor And What's Next Midlands. In addition to being a Zeta she is also a dedicated member of the Junior League of Columbia.
Shennice Cleckley is living her year of manifestation, marking off each goal she accomplishes one at a time. This manifested joy resonates with every word she speaks.
January 16, 2018
The Cool Soror Podcast welcomes a dedicated member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. to the show: Sonia Jackson Myles. A native of Saginaw, Michigan, she graduated summa cum laude from Florida A&M University (FAMU) with a BS in Business Administration (1989) and an MBA in Marketing (1990). Before launching her Sister Accord business full-time, Sonia was an executive in Corporate America with over 20 years of experience, managing over $20 Billion in spend. She has worked for Ford Motor Company, The Gillette Company and The Procter & Gamble Company. Her last corporate role was as P&G’s Director, Global Packaging Purchases, where she managed $6 Billion in spend.
Sonia was named one of Essence Magazine’s “Women of Power” in 2008, Bloomberg Report’s “History Makers” in 2009, Trumpet Award Foundation’s “Women in High Heels” in 2010. Sonia was inducted into FAMU’s School of Business and Industry’s Hall of Fame in 2011, and was named one of Black Enterprise Magazine’s Top Executives in Marketing & Advertising. In 2012, Sonia was named one of FAMU’s 125 Outstanding Alumni, in celebration of the University’s 125th Anniversary, and was awarded The Gillette Legacy Award. Sonia was nominated for a 2013 NAACP Image Award, in the Debut Author category, for her book, The Sister Accord: 51 Ways To LOVE Your Sister.
Sonia is the Founder, President & CEO of The Sister Accord Foundation, which has 3 areas of focus: Educating girls and women, Enlightening girls and women of the Power of Sisterhood and Eradicating bullying and violence against girls and women. She is also the Founder & CEO of The Accord Group LLC, which is a leadership development, employee engagement, branding & diversity consultancy. She currently serves as the Chair for FAMU’s School of Business & Industry’s Advisory Board. Sonia is also a Board Member for The Impact Young Lives Foundation, which supports leadership development for youth in S. Africa, and Fresh Start Beverage Company.
Her mantra is “There is always a seat at the table for excellence—focus on being excellent.”
IG: @the sisteraccord TW: @the sister accord FB: @the sister accord
www.thesisteraccord.com, www.dreamwalkingcourse.com and www.soniajacksonmyles.com
January 10, 2018
If you’ve ever wanted to know more about yoga and meditation, Sherrell Moore-Tucker is the perfect person and she is our Cool People feature today.
She is a best-selling author, speaker, and wellness professional who focuses on wellness as a lifestyle! She specializes in showing people how manage daily stress, health and social trauma by learning how to "Breathe In, Stress Out".
Sherrell is the creator of Faith & Flow Yoga®. A yoga practice that teaches people how to use their faith, body, breath, and flow to raise their level of consciousness, reconnecting with the creator, and themselves on a deeper mental, spiritual, and physical level. She also, created Sisters Who Meditate® as an international movement to educate and support women who want to cultivate a spiritual practice utilizing Christian meditation and prayer to deepen their relationship with God.
She is passionate about educating people about mind-body principles that are applicable for everyday living. She serves your community by educating and teaching communities and businesses about various forms of yoga, meditation, and breathing techniques for stress management, social and health related trauma and self-care.
Hearing Sherrell talk about yoga and meditation in such a beautiful and personal way, will truly make you want to start the journey yourself. As she stated so eloquently in this episode, there is beauty in a “powerful mind.” From the beginning to end you, will see why she has one.
IG: @sherrellmooretucker, FB: @sherrellmooretucker, TW: @sherrellmooretucker
January 8, 2018
It’s always COOL to have COOL PEOPLE on The Cool Soror Podcast and Genise Shelton is just that. She is a mother of six and married to the love of her life, Dr. Courtney Shelton. The Chicago native is an actress, author and philanthropist who also co-starred in season four of BRAVO’s “Married to Medicine.” She decided to use her platform to push for change after 8 African American girls went missing in the DC area in 2017.
She was moved to launch Our Children’s Keeper Foundation, which was created to help end modern day slavery of child sex trafficking and recover abducted and missing children in Atlanta and surrounding areas. OCK works to prevent the sexual exploitation of youth and helps current victims find confidence, strength and stability beyond the limitations of their current lifestyle.
Genise is very passionate about platforms that affect the very foundation of our community - homelessness, sex trafficking of minors, and domestic abuse of children. She has witnessed, first-hand, the impact that both can have on an individual. She has added author to her growing list of titles including her debut book, Married to Fitness which chronicles her fitness journey.
Although she carries many titles, one that is nearest to her heart (outside of being a wife and mother) is saving our children who are being trafficked at staggering numbers. She is truly “Our Children’s Keeper.”
IG: officialgenise Twitter: @officialgenise