Interview With Legendary Artist Dionne Warwick!

Dionne-White TopDionne Warwick embodies staying power. The legendary songstress, philanthropist, author, and entrepreneur has been active in her career for 56+ years. Yes, you read that correctly. She has 56 Billboard hits to her name and has sold beyond 100 million records. The Recording Academy recently awarded her with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Special Merit Awards, which precedes the Grammys. Did we mention Ms. Warwick has 5 Grammys to her name? With nearly 40 studio albums, she will release her newest one, She’s Back, this Spring.

“I’m in love with it, I really am,” Ms. Warwick shared with So Booking Cool about She’s Back, which is produced by her son, longtime producer and singer, Damon Elliot. “I’ve said that about maybe four or five of my projects, and I’ve done many. But this one is very, very special.” The “Walk on By Singer” added that she had a wonderful time recording the LP in the studio and was delighted to collaborate with some of current R&B’s favorites, Musiq Soulchild and Kenny Lattimore.

The lead single from She’s Back is a remake of her classic record “What the World Needs Now is Love,” which will release March 1. Listen to the interview to hear about Ms. Warwick’s motivation for the single; her forthcoming biopic; her thoughts on awards or “rewards” (her terminology); whether she’ll’ write another book; her perspective on artists getting a degree in music, and more! For more information visit Ms. Warwick’s official website.

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Ms. Warwick’s books

Bonus quote from our interview with Ms. Warwick.

 “I don’t call them awards, I call them rewards. It’s what you receive for doing something that merits it. I think anyone who receives an accolade, especially from their peers, it’s a very, very important reward for doing something good.”

Until “What the World Needs Now is Love” is released, enjoy Ms. Warwick performing some of her hits.

Interview With Brent Kinetz and Terence Mickey, the Co-Directors of “1 Billion Orgasms”!

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1 Billion Orgasms is more than a documentary about sexual intercourse. It is about one following one’s dream, entrepreneurship, and perseverance among other things.  “What Aaron’s story really represents is to some extent, is a reflection for all of us to think about what are our hopes and dreams? What do they mean to us and why are we really pursuing them?” co-director Brent Kinetz said when he and co-director Terence Mickey appeared on So Booking Cool. “We [Brent and Terence] weren’t looking to make a movie about a squirt watch as Aaron calls it or about female ejaculation; we were really just intrigued by: how does one individual become so singularly committed to bringing this out into the world?”

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From left to right, Brent Kinetz and Terence Mickey

The movie follows Aaron Headley, a middle-aged engineer who invents and patents a product to fulfill his obsession and overall self-worth. The invention? A watch that triggers female ejaculation, in which Headley hopes will make him responsible for one billion orgasms. Check out the interview to learn more about the film, what entrepreneurs can learn from watching it, what they learned about making their first feature film, how the movie connects to the #MeToo movement and politics, and more! For more information, visit the documentary’s official website.

Interview With Elaine Halligan, Author of “My Child’s Different”!

Author PhotoBeing a parent is one of, if not, the hardest job one can have. Parenting expert of more than a decade, Elaine Halligan, had it even harder as the mother of a “different” kid. The director of The Parenting Practice shares her compelling journey of raising her son Sam and the difficulties they faced in her book My Child’s Different: The Lessons Learned from One Family’s Struggle to Unlock Their Son’s Potential. By age seven, Sam, had been expelled from three schools. In addition to acquiring a bad rep, Sam was diagnosed with various conditions.

Through it all, no matter how trying these times were, Halligan and her family were resilient. Halligan went from getting backlash from other parents to getting praise from them for opening up about her experience.

Cover-art.jpg“This book seems to be helping a lot of parents,” Halligan said. “And people are writing to say, ‘just thank you for having the courage to write your story.”

The author also confessed to being very nervous about publishing My Child’s Different. As for Sam, Halligan waited until he turned twenty-one to write her book and made sure he was comfortable with her revealing their journey. “The message that’s coming through from people is just ‘thank you for giving us hope and optimism. So yeah, I think it was worth doing.” Listen to the interview to learn more about Halligan and her family, Halligan’s insight on parenting, her advice for how to raise a child’s self-esteem, Sam’s thoughts on My Child’s Different, and more. For more information, visit The Parent Practice.