Interview With “Black Boy, Black Boy” Author Crown Shepherd!

crown and bookFor some of us, books are more than words on a page; they do more than tell stories. When emerging author and entrepreneur, Crown Shepherd, aka Crown the Writer, found black authors, her writing soared. Her love for reading and writing, which had gone dormant for about ten years, was resurrected thanks to Octavia Butler and Jesmyn Ward, who is among the black authors of Shepherd’s book club … Read the rest

Interview With Fine Artist & Illustrator Charly Palmer!

charly palmer and booksFine artist of 35 years, Charly Palmer, does not believe he has yet created a masterpiece, and that is what drives him. His work has been both privately and publicly commissioned by many including the 1996 Olympics; McDonald’s Corporation; Coca Cola Company; the Green Bay Packers; Maya Angelou’s estate before being auctioned by Swann Gallery; and universities (i.e., Howard, Fisk, and Vanderbilt). In 2018, he was awarded with the … Read the rest

Interview With “Trust the Grind” Author Jeremy Bhandari!

jeremy and bookkAuthor and previous ESPN sports content researcher, Jeremy Bhandari, wants to inspire youth with his debut book, Trust the Grind: How World-Class Athletes Got To The Top (Mango Publishing, April 14, 2020), an Amazon Teen and Young Adult Sports multi-category bestseller since its launch. The intention was to create a successful-habit template for children no matter their career path. He also wants young people to understand the importance of … Read the rest

Book Report: RIP Publishing Legend Sonny Mehta, Kobe Bryant, Happy belated Langston Hughes; The “Diverse Editions” Backlash; Current reads & more!

sbc epi 1 collageWe discuss some of the latest news in publishing including the late publishing legend Sonny Mehta (Knopf and Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group); we also recognize Kobe Bryant and Langston Hughes; we discuss the backlash Barnes and Noble Fifth Avenue and Penguin Random House received for their Diverse Edition initiative; Jessica Simpson’s new, trending memoir; some of our current and anticipated reads, as well as other bookish tidbits. Check it out! Read the rest

Interview With “Angelfish” Director Peter Lee! (PART 2)

PETERLEEANDANGELFISHThe word networking isn’t one that excites many people. However, if you imagine and/or can mingle in an arena that interests you, networking suddenly doesn’t seem so bad. Well, what about networking outside of your industry? Angelfish director Peter Lee discusses in Part 2 of our conversation about connecting with professionals from other fields, especially in the creative space.

“The creative industry merges and mixes so much that I … Read the rest

Interview With “Angelfish” Director Peter Lee! (PART 1)

PETERLEEANDANGELFISH.png“There is no direct path to being a director, which is ironic,” Angelfish (2019) filmmaker Peter Lee tells So Booking Cool in support of his debut feature film, starring rapper Princess Nokia and Jimi Stanton (The Punisher, Wu-Tang: An American Saga).

Lee’s interest in film began in his youth, which involved the tradition of going to the “cinema” or “the movies” (he admits he is still … Read the rest

Interview (Part 1) With Songwriter & “Permission to Fly” Author, Layng Martine, Jr.!

layng martine jr sbc untaggedHe’s written hits for the likes of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Pointer Sisters, Reba McEntire, and Billy “Crash” Craddock (whose “Rub it In” song inspired the “Plug it In” jingle) to name a few. He wrote an essay about his marriage of 54 years for the New York Times Modern Love column that moved the world. Now, he has written his debut bestseller, Permission to Fly: A Memoir Read the rest

Interview With “Burn the Stage: The Rise of BTS and Korean Boy Bands” Author Marc Shapiro!

marc shapiro and BTS bookChances are you or someone you know is familiar with boy band BTS, who rock award shows and the Billboard charts. New York Times bestselling author and biographer Marc Shapiro recently participated in a Q&A with us about his book, Burn the Stage: The Rise of BTS and Korean Boy Bands (Riverdale Avenue Books, December 2018).

So Booking Cool: When and how did the idea to write a BTS … Read the rest

Interview With “Black Star” Filmmaker Akira Chan!

akira and black star posterBlack Star is a captivating short-film that explores why and how artists are prone to addiction. The documentary, which was created by Artists for Addicts, recently debuted at the Boston International Film Festival. Just last year, it won the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the Illuminate Film Festival. Check out our Q&A below with the film’s director, Akira Chan, to learn more about the … Read the rest