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!
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 www.iamdrcole.com and on Itunes: "Convos With Cole"
Link to post: https://www.iamdrcole.com/rashanali/
Itunes podcast link: https://bit.ly/ConvosWCole
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 www.atlantabeerboutique.com.
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.
Twitter: @cklengineersllc @maecheri
LinkedIn: Mae C. Whiteside
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.
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.