Interview With “The Siren of Good Intentions” Author J.E. Mooney!

JE-MOONEY-SBCThe Siren of Good Intentions author J.E. Mooney reinvents himself every 5 to 8 years. Sometimes by design, sometimes circumstance. He’s had a wide range of careers to show for it including engineering and teaching; he also was a Peace Corps country director and senior director for a technology nonprofit. While his experience is impressive, Mooney says it uniquely qualifies him for absolutely nothing. He likens his point to Malcolm … Read the rest

Interview With “Urban Xcellence” Author Malcom X. Bowser!

MALCOM-X-BOWSERUrban X.nyc Blog and Urban X Podcast founder and co-host Malcom X. Bowser believes it is time to start highlighting and championing shining examples from one’s community. It is why he wrote Urban Xcellence: Unveiling Extraordinary Stories by Everyday People (January 21, 2020). Initially, Bowser conducted interviews with his peers to provide a platform and gain inspiration. Learning about their journeys helped him navigate his own life such as figuring … Read the rest

Interview With “Dying for Living” Author & Action Villain Star Patrick Kilpatrick! (PART 2)

We couldn’t close 2019 without publishing Part 2 of our conversation with action villain star, writer, producer, and author of Dying for Living: Sins & Confessions of a Hollywood Villain & Libertine Patriot: VOLUME ONE – UPBRINGING, Patrick Kilpatrick!

Kilpatrick discusses an array of topics including his thoughts on some of the most interesting aspects of show business that most people do not get to see. “Well, … Read the rest

Interview (PART 2) With “Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion” Author Marcellas Reynolds!

marcellasandsuprememodels“I’m not going to make any money off this book,” Marcellas Reynolds tells So Booking Cool. “I spent my savings. I spent my advance. I took out credit cards to finish it, the licensing fees were double what we estimated them for. But if this book…makes one person happy, and they see it and they go, ‘I’m beautiful, too,’ then this book is worth it.” Prior to this … Read the rest

Interview (PART 1) With “Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion” Author Marcellas Reynolds!

marcellasandsuprememodelsMany of us can agree that loving a career or industry does not mean we love or even like everything about it. The Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion (Abrams Books, October 8, 2019) author, Marcellas Reynolds, is no exception. Reynolds, who recently appeared on the Tamron Hall Show, asserted that black models should not have to show up to work with their hair and makeup … 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 (Part 2) With “For Black Girls Like Me” Author Mariama J. Lockington!

mariama and book 1 pic “Writing and storytelling is such a powerful tool for building confidence in young people,” novelist Mariama J. Lockington tells So Booking Cool in part two of our conversation. This statement arrives when we ask the “For Black Girls Like Me” author about the story behind her passion for leading youth. Lockington, who noted in part one that her work with middle schoolers contributed to the dialogue for her … Read the rest

Interview (Part 1) With “For Black Girls Like Me” Author Mariama J. Lockington!

mariama and book 1 picBooks can help people escape the world they are living in. Books can also help people navigate their world. It is just as powerful to have refuge as it is to have something or someone you can relate to. When she was a young girl, Mariama J. Lockington couldn’t find books about black female youth adoptees like herself. Her forthcoming novel For Black Girls Like Me, the book she … Read the rest

Author Piece: Bosom Friends & Pen Pals in FOR BLACK GIRLS LIKE ME by Mariama J. Lockington

mariama and book 1 picFOR BLACK GIRLS LIKE ME, MARIAMA J. LOCKINGTON.  Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), $9.99 (336p) ISBN-13: 978-0374308049
Publication date: July 30, 2019

Before I’d ever read the books by L.M. Montgomery, I fell in love with the 1985 Anne of Green Gables film adaptation starring Megan Follows. From the opening scene, where Anne is wandering through the woods reciting poetry dramatically from a worn book, to her first love-sick … Read the rest

Interview (Part 1) With “A Good Kind of Trouble” Author Lisa Moore Ramée!

lisa moore ramee and book no tagWhile the novel A Good Kind of Trouble has pretty much been dubbed the junior high school version of The Hate U Give, also a Balzer + Bray title, it is a book that had been more than 20 years in the making. It is based on the author, Lisa Moore Ramée’s experiences in elementary and middle school as well as her daughter’s, who is now in college. … Read the rest