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 To The Next Step Founder and Author Kyle Grappone!

kyle grappone untaggedIt’s no revelation that many people are unhappy with their jobs. In fact, the whole miserable-on-the-job, making-it-to-Friday, and barely-enjoying-Sunday-because- tomorrow-is-Monday culture has been normalized. This mass dissatisfaction is what Kyle Grappone observed in his ten years of working various roles in corporate America. He was compelled to research this trend and even surveyed college graduates who revealed regrets about how their lives turned out. Well, Grappone is hoping to help … Read the rest

Review: More Than Enough by Elaine Welteroth

more than enoughMORE THAN ENOUGH: CLAIMING SPACE FOR WHO YOU ARE (NO MATTER WHAT THEY SAY), Elaine Welteroth. Viking, $26.00 (336p) ISBN-13: 978-0525561583
Publication date: June 11, 2019

More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) is one of those books that reminds you of why you love reading them in the first place. It is the kind of book that prompts you to crack … Read the rest

Interview With “Jumping the Picket Fence” Author & Entrepreneur Lydia Dean!

lydia deanMany people choose security over passion when it comes to employment. When you were a child, you probably loved reading, writing, singing, drawing, playing a sport, etc. You might’ve even taken that craft on as an extracurricular activity. But did it ever go past a hobby? Did you ever try to pursue it professionally? Maybe you made a few attempts only to feel defeated. Maybe someone talked you out of … 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

Interview With Author & “Ms. Dee’s Kitchen” Playwright, Katrina Walker!

katrina and bookKatrina Walker is just as much a survivor as she is a go-getter. She’s overcome homelessness, abuse, five marriages, a home invasion that nearly cost her life, and some of the biggest heights of racial tension. But she never let any of it stop her. In fact, she utilized her passion for business and serving communities, as well as her faith in God, to become a self-made a millionaire. Last … Read the rest

Interview With Lou Alpert, Author of “Surrender: A Love Letter to My Daughter”!

lou apert and bookWhen most people who know and don’t know Lou Alpert read her memoir, Surrender: A Love Letter to My Daughter, they want to hug her. The new book, published by Hybrid Global, captures the compelling journey of opioid addiction through the lens of a mother. In December 2017, CNN broke the story of Crystal Champ, a homeless heroin at the time, who surrendered her baby to a … Read the rest

Interview With “Billboard” Filmmaker Zeke Zelker!

zeke and billboardYou probably have heard about actors getting into shape for a role, but what about directors and producers? Award-winning and critically acclaimed filmmaker of more than 20 years, Zeke Zelker, ran a marathon when making his new movie Billboard, which proved effective. “I didn’t only want to attach myself mentally and creatively,” the Pennsylvanian said to So Booking Cool. “I also wanted to attach myself physically.” This enabled … 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