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 heart, when you believe that it’s something that God gave you, you have to keep things a secret,” she told So Booking Cool.

“Sometimes you have certain people that talk you out of things and will put little hints your ear, so you’ve got to protect what God gave you. I just wanted things to be a big surprise…and then what if I did say I was coming out with a song and didn’t?”

But things have worked out for FATi and her family is proud. The Liberian-born singer released her debut single “L.O.V.E. Love,” (produced by 2B onthebeat) which has gained momentum on YouTube with nearly 100,000 views; and she continues to thrive in Ghana; she recently had a showcase and is gearing up for another one in the states; her second single “Queen” is slated for release in February, along with her debut EP.

Mr. Angelo Ellerbee, founder and president of Double XXPosure Media Relations, who chatted with us a few months ago, is excited for the world to be introduced to FATi, who he deems one of music’s most exciting young artists of today. “I have no doubt that her music, beauty, and personal style will create a sensation here in the United States, as it has across the African Continent, in no time at all,” the PR guru said.

Listen to the interview to learn about the African songstress, her thoughts on what makes a good artist; artists having a relationship with their fans; her musical influences (Beyoncé, is one of them); her love for African and Caribbean music and more! For more information, visit FATi on social media.

Interview With Mathew Knowles, Ph.D, Author of “Racism From the Eyes of a Child”!

MNOWLESMathew Knowles, Ph.D, music mogul, professor, speaker, and author chatted with So Booking Cool about an array of topics including the parallels between music and book publishing, his thoughts on the digital age, being a writer, and his coined term “social courage,”  something he hopes readers will get out of his memoir Racism From the Eyes of a Child. He also dished on his first book, The DNA of Achievers: The 10 Traits of Highly Successful Professionals, in which he interviewed a number of accomplished individuals from various walks of life including the former L’Oréal President, Joseph Campinell, and Roy Willis, who made history by becoming the first African American graduate of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia.

“I started thinking about me and my path, and my kids’ path to success. Passion is by far the number one trait…and what co-exists with passion is work ethic,” says the professor, who is among the Board of Directors of the Make A Wish Foundation. He later recalls the time he asked for mentorship when he first started working at the Xerox Corporation prior to accomplishing his goal of becoming a top sales executive at the company.

Mr. Knowles revealed that ten of his students at Texas Southern University co-wrote his upcoming book, The Emancipation of Slaves Through Music (6/1/18), now available for pre-order, and he’s currently penning Destiny’s Child: The Untold Story. Listen to the full interview to learn more about the Alabama native, including his childhood, racism, the three biggest misconceptions about him, and the book that he keeps in his office for motivation. For more information visit his official website.

Interview With Michael Bush, Author of The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson! [Part 1]

FullSizeRender (1)Michael Bush, the costume designer who dressed legendary entertainer, Michael Jackson, for 25 years talked to So Booking Cool about his book, The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson. The book was published by Insight Editions, a publisher that specializes in quality illustrated books that tribute cultural milestones in entertainment, history, and the arts–which is exactly what King of Style offers. Whether you are an avid Jackson fan or a casual one, an aspiring designer or stylist, fashion aficionado, and/or a pop culture enthusiast, this title is definitely for you.

Listen to part one of our exclusive interview with the humble Bush to learn how King of Style came about, how he worked as a team with the late Dennis Tompkins to create Jackson’s iconic fashions (including the “Smooth Criminal” lean-in shoes) the response Bush receives from other artists about his designs, and, of course, how it was working with and for the Gloved One, and more!

Interview With S&S Digital Marketing Manager & Angela Yee Book Club Partner Tasha Hilton!

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Yesterday we had the pleasure of speaking with Tasha Hilton, the Digital Marketing Manager at Atria Books, about her career in publishing and her role in the Angela Yee Book Club: Kickin’ it From the Stoop. She originally worked as a digital marketer in the entertainment industry before deciding she wanted to expand her horizons, leading her to pursue publishing and join Simon and Schuster in June 2016.

Hilton oversees the social media campaigns for Atria’s list, including the New York Times bestseller, I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart. Working on Hart’s book was an ideal partnership, according to Hilton, who says the comedian-turned-established author’s team and the Atria team made for a cohesive collaboration. Hilton also discusses the marketing strategies behind Empire star Taraji P. Henson’s Around the Way Girl memoir.

Our interview also discusses the upcoming Angela Yee book club meeting, which will discuss the New York Times bestseller and Kirkus Review Best Book of 2016,  Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond by Marc Lamont Hill.  The event, in which Hill is scheduled to attend, will take place at its headquarters, the WOODstack Ivy store in Brooklyn, on September 27 at 6PM. For more information, visit http://kickinitfromthestoop.com/.

Check out the full interview to hear why the book club and working at Atria is important to Hilton, her advice for aspiring publishing professionals, her insights on marketing in general, and her upcoming books, including Black Girls Rock! by the awards ceremony and company’s founder Beverly Bond.