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
FB: Alison Mariella Desir
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
January 3, 2018
It’s always cool to have the Cool Bruhs on the show! Kirk Brown, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. joins the Cool Soror Podcast. This Bronx, New York native is a true light in philanthropy. Serving as the Head of Development for The Ron Clark Academy and one of the co-founders of the Emerging 100, it’s no wonder why this intelligent young brother lives his life with purpose.
Born to hard-working Jamaican parents, he received the seed of the gift of giving by seeing their example. His heartbeat is a direct result of that seed. He lives by a Winston Churchill favorite: “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
Kirk Brown is doing just that, blessing young people and anyone he comes in contact with. When asked what he wanted people to know about him, he responded.
“I’m a Newlywed. Connector. Founder. Traveler. Community servant. I’m just a regular who enjoys giving back to the people serving the community. I get it from my parents.”
There is nothing regular about that.
January 1, 2018
Our host, Rashan Ali offers a few words of wisdom to help you write out your plan. In this 10 minute episode, she recalls her own plan for The Cool Soror Podcast and how writing the vision for her dream opened the door to fruition. She encourages you to do the same in 2018!
December 28, 2017
It’s another “Cool People” episode of the Cool Soror Podcast and we are delighted to have ESPN’s own Cari Champion join us. This California native is the epitome of Black Girl Magic as the host of Coast To Coast one one of the world’s most popular networks.
Prior to joining Coast To Coast, Cari served as the host of ESPN2’s First Take, where she shared the debate table with Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith and moderated their debate topics while offering her perspective and insight. She knew she wanted more so she set out to “knock on doors until I got a Yes!” Her ‘yes’ came in 2015.
Before ESPN, Champion was an anchor and courtside reporter at the Tennis Channel. She also served as an entertainment/lifestyle reporter doing features for The Insider, Hollywood 411 and Starz Entertainment. She has spent time at WCGL in Atlanta as an anchor and reporter.
While her resume and bio speaks volumes about her professional career, it’s who Cari is as a woman that rings loudly. She has a mentoring program that matches young women and girls with career guides in the field of sports journalism. With that, she has served as a mentor to our host, Rashan Ali and helped her doing a pivotal moment in her career. They talk about that moment during this in depth conversation.
Cari Champion lights up the television screen talking all things sports, but her beauty resonates from within. We are all blessed to witness her simply being herself and it shows that in this world all you need is one yes. And the rest, they say, is history.