Cool Soror with Rashan Ali
“Gratitude” with Brandy

“Gratitude” with Brandy

May 15, 2020

The Cool Soror Episode is honored to have multi-platinum singer / songwriter and actress Brand on the show! An Honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Brandy’s one of kind tone has always been one of the most dynamic in music. This 20 minutes of power is an intimate conversation about motherhood and gratitude that feels like a warm embrace.

Follow Brandy at @4everbrandy on IG.

“Premonition” with Ceelo Green

“Premonition” with Ceelo Green

May 7, 2020

This Cool People Episode allows us to go into the mind of one of the most gifted and diverse artists of our time, Ceelo Green. In  our honest conversation, he reveals his most favorite Goodie Mob verse he’s ever written and his thoughts on speaking truth to power in the incipient stages of his career. With a new album on the horizon, Ceelo still remains an instant classic as an artist and a performer.

Follow him on IG at @ceelogreen.

“You Are Enough” with Musiq Soulchild

“You Are Enough” with Musiq Soulchild

May 6, 2020

This Cool People Episode is one that will allow you to see inside the mind of a very gifted singer / songwriter. In an open and candid conversation with Musiq Soulchild, he reveals why he battles with making music for the masses and his desire to discover who and what he really is. His vulnerability in facing these things, led me to affirm him and his greatness in a way that, in turn, affirmed me.

Follow him at @musiqsoulchild on Instagram.

Pivot with KJ Rose

Pivot with KJ Rose

April 28, 2020

We are excited to have, for the second time, Grammy Award-Winning, Artist Development & Performance Expert, now AUTHOR KJ Rose join the show today.  This Chicago COOL SOROR of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has lit up the stage as a solo artist and background singer.  She has taken all of her experiences and created a masterpiece with her new book, The Rose Effect: Eight Steps to Delivering the Performance of Your Life.

Her book will help you identify your compelling force and teach you how to occupy your own stage in your life, wherever that may be!  For all things KJ Rose, please see below:

Instagram - @kjroseeffect
Facebook - @Keanna “KJ Rose” Henson
Twitter - @kjroseeffect
LinkedIn - @Keanna “KJ Rose” Henson
Website – roseeffect.com

To pick up her new book please click the link below:

https://www.amazon.com/Rose-Effect-Eight-Delivering-Performance-ebook/dp/B0874D8KKH/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=the+rose+effect&qid=1587086505&sr=8-3

Adjusting - with Letoya Luckett-Walker

Adjusting - with Letoya Luckett-Walker

April 16, 2020

We always love to love on COOL PEOPLE on the show and today we definitely have a cool woman.  Singer and songwriter, wife and mother, LeToya Luckett-Walker joins us. Our host, Rashan Ali, had a chance to interview her live on IG and wanted to share this deeply beautiful and personal conversation with this audience as well.

In the episode, she discusses “ADJUSTING” to her new normal during this pandemic.  She also recently shared the news that she and her husband are expecting their first son together.  The couple already shares two daughters.  We chat about dealing with the grief of your spouse upon losing a parent.

LeToya’s gorgeous spirit radiates during this interview and you too will understand why we all must pivot to make the best of each moment.

Follow LeToya on IG at @letoyaluckett.

When the Parent Becomes the Teacher

When the Parent Becomes the Teacher

April 9, 2020

We are elated to welcome back Ty Lewis, Founder of Educationally Speaking and a Cool Soror of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. This time, we jump into the much-needed conversation about parents now becoming their children’s teachers in the wake of COVID-19.

Ty breaks down the following:

*Finding joy in the journey of homeschool

*Grades, retention, and equity

*Scheduling

*Resources to assist your child in gaining access to the curriculum

*What "school" looks like for students with disabilities

Find valuable information by following Ty Lewis and Educationally Speaking at @educationallyspeaking on IG and Facebook as well as at www.educationallyspeaking.net and www.educationallyspeaking.blog.

If You Can Look Up, You Can Get Up

If You Can Look Up, You Can Get Up

April 2, 2020

Adia May joins the Cool Soror Podcast today representing Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. This Entertainment Attorney has known her life would be in law since she was nine-years-old.  Having first majored in Engineering at Howard University, nothing can change destiny, but the one who is in the driver seat.  God drove and Adia sat patiently in the passenger seat.  Her patience and perseverance led her to now being the Lead Attorney and first Black, Female attorney for the Commercials Group at WME (William Morris Entertainment) in the company’s Beverly Hills, California office.

A native of Chicago, Illinois and the notable Whitney Young High School, she knew the HBCU experience would be one she would have to live out.  She did just that at Howard finishing with her BBA in Finance.  She would go on to get a JD at the University of Iowa College of Law and an MBA at the school’s Tipple School of Business.

In 2003, she took a huge leap of faith and left a big law firm to move to Los Angeles to pursue what she calls “a crazy dream of becoming an entertainment lawyer.”  Adia says, “This was basically me jumping off a proverbial cliff.  It was extremely scary, but my mustard seed faith reinforced to me that the net would appear.  My vision was crystal clear in my mind.  Many did not understand and also were extremely negative during this time.  But it wasn’t for them to understand this.”

Two years later, she would land a job at the Screen Actors Guild and the rest is the journey of Adia.  Her journey includes being raised by a mother who suffered from mental illness. She would later help to facilitate her healing.

It’s a beautiful testimony from an equally beautiful woman who understands that “joy” is the greatest living feeling.  To know joy, one has to not know it. As she eloquently states, “If you can look up, you can get up.”  The beauty in it all is knowing the difference and being able to ascend to it. Therein lies the canvas of life.

Stay connected with Adia May by following her on IG and FB @azmesq.

“Reconstructed Purpose” with Chrishon Lampley - LoveCorkScrew

“Reconstructed Purpose” with Chrishon Lampley - LoveCorkScrew

March 26, 2020

Chrishon Lampley is a Cool Soror of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. who she has taken the wine industry by storm!  Having developed her sales skills in the fashion industry with over 20 years of experience, she used those same skills to develop and curate the LoveCorkScrew movement.

Chrishon is a negociant, wine enthusiast and founder of LCS Entertainment, LLC that features Love Cork Screw wines. Love Cork Screw is a lifestyle brand that launched six varietals in the fourth quarter of 2013. Since its inception, the LCS brand has acquired over 50 locations including, Target, Mariano’s, Binny’s, Whole Foods and other Chicago land area stores, restaurants and bars.

Becoming this truly successful business woman, did not come without much sacrifice.  Having grown up in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, Chrishon often faced criticism for being too Black and not Black enough in various circles throughout her youth.  That would soon change as she began to understand the value of the journey.

At Western Illinois University, she embraced herself as the awesomely brilliant being she knew she had always been. She would later receive her B.S. in Consumer Science with a concentration in Fashion Merchandising.  

After a highly successful fashion industry career, Chrishon became a promising business owner of an art gallery in Chicago.  Having had it all, she lost it all.  Hear her incredibly inspiring story on starting LoveCorkScrew that will make you rethink your purpose.

Find Chrishon Lampley at the following:
@lovecorkscrew / IG, TW
Facebook: www.facebook.com/lcsmusings
LinkedIn: Chrishon Lampley
www.lovecorkscrew.com

The Black Man Can

The Black Man Can

July 26, 2018
This COOL PEOPLE episode showcases a super cool person in Brandon Frame.  HE the Founder of The Black Man Can, which is an award-winning 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to celebrate, educate, & inspire boys and men of color. Launching in 2010 The Black Man Can curates, collects and distributes content promoting positive images and  inspiring stories about Black men, boys and black families.  He's also the new Deputy Director of Social-Emotional Learning at the Urban Assembly, Inc. in NYC.
 
As a sophomore at Morehouse College, he noticed African-American men were being portrayed negatively in the media. Though he grew up in a single parent home, he was a young black man pursuing higher education with an incredible support system that included black men.  He decided to launch his own media platform recognizing black men doing great things in the community. Sparked by Trayvon Martin’s untimely death, Brandon launched The Black Man Can Institute: a youth conference targeting 10 cities.. They have impacted over 5000 boys in 48 institutes across the country 
 
Brandon has been featured in the Boston Globe, CBS, MSNBC and NBC among others. He has also received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major Award, Hartford Business Journal’s 40 under 40 Changemaker of the Year Award and BET’s Next in Class in the field of Education.

In summer 2018, Brandon and The Black Man Can hosted its first ever The Black Man Can Awards in Atlanta, Georgia.  Our host, Rashan Ali, was the recipient of The Black Woman Can honor.  

Brandon Frame is changing the world, one young person of color at a time.  He is the true essence of why, 
“the black man can.”

Social Media:
www.theblackmancan.org

 
 
 
 
 
 
ExceptionALLY II with Rayford Davis

ExceptionALLY II with Rayford Davis

July 17, 2018

We are excited to have Rayford Davis join the Cool Soror Podcast for the second time.  A Cool Bruh of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Rayford is one of the masterminds behind ExceptionALLY.  This innovative tool was developed by parents, lawyers, and education specialists. ExceptionALLY is a parent's personal digital expert. This "parent-tech" innovation gives personalized expertise, organizes paperwork and takes many IEP and 504 tasks off of a parent's plate -- empowering them to be their child’s #1 advocate in special education. 

Since the last time we chatted with Rayford, so many life changes have occurred.  His company is now a part of an incubator program in Silicon Valley.  This is an extreme high for the entire team.  Personally, however, Rayford has experienced two losses: the passing of his father and line brother.  He has used his grief to gain greater perspective on life and how to live in the now.

Rayford and his team have kindly offered our listeners a special discount for parents whose children have learning exceptionalities! Use promo code: COOLSOROR50 at checkout to receive 50% off!  For more information on the exceptional work they are doing, please visit www.growexceptionally.com