Interview With Author & I WILL GRADUATE CEO & Executive Director Tõnya Lewis Taylor!

TONYA LEWISNearly a year ago, Tonya Lewis Taylor was one of many greatly affected by the pandemic. In addition to her and her husband, and co-founders of the I WILL GRADUATE program, getting coronavirus at the time (and fortunately healing), they lost loved ones to it. They also lost 90% of their money.  “But the beauty that came out of the ashes was that we started writing for grants,” the Be Read the rest

Interview With Songstress & Radio Host Alyson Williams! (PART 2)

ALYSON SUMMER NIGHTS IN HARLEM COVERThe relationship that R&B and jazz songstress Alyson Williams has with reading today stems from her childhood, which included vigorous academic requirements. “I don’t want to sound like it’s an excuse, I love books,” she tells So Booking Cool. “I physically love a book, the opening, the closing, the spine, the feel of a book, the smell of a book—I love books. But I find—and this is something people may … Read the rest

Interview With Songstress & Radio Host Alyson Williams! (PART 1)

ALYSON SUMMER NIGHTS IN HARLEM COVERBefore becoming a hit songstress and newly Soul Music Hall of Famer for Best Female Artist, Alyson Williams once felt she had to hide her love for music from her school peers. “I realized at an early age the music that I was surrounded by and the music that I loved was different than the music that all my other friends were into,” the “Just Call My Name” singer recalls … Read the rest

Interview With The Black Shopping Networks.com Founder & Author Janice McLean DeLoatch! (PART 2)

jcd and bookAward-winning journalist, serial entrepreneur, author, and founder of The Black Shopping Networks Janice McLean DeLoatch has always been motivated to defy racial stereotypes, especially for the sake of her children. “I always wanted them to see that Black people do work hard,” she tells So Booking Cool. “And I know they’re not looking at it in terms of my color, but there’s always been in the back of some people’s … Read the rest

Interview With DJ, Record Label Exec & “Free the Music Business” Author Adam Cruz!

ADAM CRUZ AND BOOKIn his own words, DJ, producer, record label owner, radio host, and Free the Music Business: Tips and Tales from an Indie Music Nerd author, Adam Cruz, wants to write music that heals. Having recently lost several friends to the pandemic, Cruz is reminded of how short life can be. “I am talking about the feeling of people dying,” he tells So Booking Cool. “I am talking about politics. … Read the rest

Q&A Author Spotlight: Tõnya Lewis Taylor!

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Recently, we caught up with Tõnya Lewis Taylor, New York-based Billboard chart-topping artist, co-founder, CEO and executive director of the award-winning Entertainers 4 Education Alliance – I WILL GRADUATE Youth Development Program, philanthropist, and author of the upcoming book, Be You, Not Her: Becoming the Woman You Were Created to Be. The former Roc-A-Fella Records executive discusses how the Coronavirus pandemic has affected her both professionally and personally, women … Read the rest

Interview (Part 2) With Songwriter & “Permission to Fly” Author Layng Martine, Jr.!

layng martine jr sbc untaggedVeteran songwriter and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member, Mr. Layng Martine, Jr., is in a different world now, one that no longer involves music. His book has become his passion and mission.  “If I meet someone and they sound in any way interested in my book, if I have one in my car, I give it to them,” the Permission to Fly author tells So Booking CoolRead the rest

Interview With 14-year-old Musician Cody Newman!

cody newman double pixWhen many of us start our career, we usually have to work our way up before we can do the kind of work that we truly want to do. For example, editorial assistants might not get to initially work on their preferred books; and since they’re young in their career, they are a couple work titles and promotions away from actually editing. It’s similar in the music world—something debut musician … 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