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

Interview With Afro-Pop Singer FATi!

fatiSome people prefer to keep their goals private. Recording artist FATi is one of those people. Despite having musical ties in her family (she is related to jazz singer Senabella aka The Bronzeville Diva and her (FATi) great-grandmother was a respected jazz artist during the 1940s), FATi chose not to disclose her musical aspirations. The reason is simple: she wanted to protect her dreams. “When something is dear to your … Read the rest

Interview With Conscious Artist and Lyricist Kyle Knight!

kyle knightConscious lyricist, rapper, producer, and businessman, Kyle Knight, is aware that art with heavy material pushes people away sometimes, however, he believes creating art that tackles serious issues is for the betterment of the masses. Knight has discussed topics involving social issues, misogyny, domestic abuse, and political corruption. “I feel that it makes us stronger as a people,” he explained to So Booking Cool. “Not only that, but … Read the rest

Interview With Walter Tucker, MBA, Founder and President of LiveThe.Biz!

Headshot FinalWalter J. Tucker, MBA started LiveThe.Biz to provide an affordable platform for those interested in the music industry to meet the movers and shakers behind major music brands. This coming Thursday, November 8, the networking organization will host its final and highly anticipated event of this year: The 2018 Music Honors. The honorees are previous LiveThe.Biz panelists who work at the likes of Atlantic Records, Genius, Spotify, and BET, … Read the rest