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
LinkedIn: Chrishon Lampley
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.
June 14, 2018
Dr. Katina-Davis Kennedy believes that good health is the foundation of life.
Serving as a health practitioner, fitness advocate and health educator for the last 15 years, she has worked to inform others about having a healthy mind, body, and lifestyle in order to live a high-quality life.
This Cool Soror of Delta Sigma Theta, and alumna of FAMU, has received the high distinction of being named one of the 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business and Industry.
Check out this encouraging interview with Dr. Katina & Rashan Ali and find out what she considers to be ‘The Big 3’ in her life.
June 5, 2018
A simple, but clear message that everyone needs to hear.
Take yourself on vacation.
May 30, 2018
Our host Rashan Ali was featured on the HBCU Podcast.
From the show notes:
On this episode, we speak with Rashan Ali. She’s a graduate of Florida A & M University. Rashan is a media maven having worked in all facets of media including radio, television, and podcasting. She’s currently the host of the very popular Cool Soror podcast and a co-host on TVOne’s hit Daytime Talkshow Sister Circle.
During the episode, we discuss her HBCU experience, her career in entertainment and she blesses us with endless words of wisdom.
May 22, 2018
We are excited to share the story of Kishshana Palmer. A Cool Soror of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Kishshana is a New York native raised by hard-working Jamaican parents. She learned early the power of hard work, but more importantly, she learned the power of service which would be the catalyst for her life.
In her own words, she said, “It all started for me in junior high school. I volunteered at a tutoring center and I wanted to raise money for more books and supplies for the elementary school kids I tutored. I got all my friends together and we raised a ton of money to help younger kids in OUR neighborhood. How’d I do it? Well by 13, my mom had drilled it into my brain that helping people was a gift. So I was fearless and wouldn’t take no for an answer. I told my friends that despite being from the ‘hood, we were able to get a good education because we were smart and we had books! Other kids needed that too. Helping people and getting others to do the same stuck with me all the way through college. I even received a service scholarship!”
With this same spirit, Kishshana now leads her own company, Kishshana & Co. where she serves as the founder and CEO. She takes tremendous pride in helping non-profit organizations get funding and helps to develop board of directors through highly efficient best practices.
Her latest project is “Love Letter To My Sorors” which is a platform for women in all Black Greek Lettered Organizations to express their love for their sorors or sister greeks in their own words.
Kishshana has such a vibrant and loving spirit. Her zest for life is truly admirable. She takes it one day at a time: helping one person at a time. We absolutely love her for it.
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.
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.
GrpFit: @claude_speaks Instagram:@claude_speaks /Twitter: @claude_speaks
Instagram: @richchrisbailey/Twitter: @richchrisbailey
April 16, 2018
THE PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT SHOW!