Interview With “Rudeboy’s Restaurant” Filmmaker Philipp Yaw!

philipp yaww and movieIn the wake of the pandemic and social unrest, Rudeboy’s Restaurant filmmaker Philipp Yaw has turned to art. “I think like a lot of African American people, we’re not unfamiliar with struggle,” he tells So Booking Cool. “And so, I think I’ve kind of been raised and trained from a young age to take the hurt, take the pain, and channel that into something.” During his childhood, he utilized his … Read the rest

Interview With “Ty’s Travels” Author & Founding Member of The Brown Bookshelf Kelly Starling Lyons!

download-_2_Among the first things award-winning author and founding member of the The Brown Bookshelf Kelly Starling Lyons did when she knew she wanted to write children’s books was study the craft, especially after realizing her seasoned background in print journalism was a different style of writing compared to children’s literature.  “Though I was trained as a feature writer, and, though I had written poetry for fun and other kinds of … Read the rest

Interview With “Suicide Saint” Filmmaker Hezues R!

Award-winning visionary Hezues R, whose worn the hats of creative director, executive producer, screenwriter, music video director, U.S. delegate, and two-time White House honoree, says he is now doing his most important work to date with his upcoming film about mental health, Suicide Saint. The branding and advertising maven, who is also an entrepreneur and keynote speaker, has created successful campaigns for many including Sean “P. Diddy” Combs … Read the rest

Interview With “Charming As A Verb” Author Ben Philippe!

BEN-AND-BOOKWhen asked for advice about what authors should look for in agents, editors, and publishers, award-winning and Charming As A Verb (Balzer + Bray, October 13, 2020) author Ben Philippe, encourages finding industry professionals whose emails they are unafraid to receive. “I have friends who are also writers, they have that fear of their own editors and publishers,” he tells So Booking Cool. “They’re like ‘Oh, I made too … Read the rest

Interview With “Frazzled” Series Author & Illustrator Booki Vivat!

download-_1_ (1)The advice Booki Vivat, author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling series, Frazzled, has for other authors and illustrators is to not discredit their creative work. “… Doodling, I totally dismissed it as not being creative,” she tells So Booking Cool.  “I grew up writing fanfiction, and I thought, ‘Oh, that’s not writing, that’s not really writing.’ But it is. And all of these things people … Read the rest

Interview With “The Prison Within” Director Katherin Hervey and Cinematographer & Subject Troy Williams!

download-_2_The new award-winning documentary, The Prison Within, asks viewers to change what they think they know about incarcerated people. In the gripping film, narrated by Hill Harper, survivors of brutal crime and prisoners gather to share their respective untreated trauma by participating in the Victim Offender Education Group (VOEG). The group is described as a restorative justice program that helps incarcerated individuals understand and gain insight into the underlying … Read the rest

Interview With TheBlackShoppingNetworks.com Founder & Author Janice McLean DeLoatch! (PART 1)

Award-winning entrepreneur and TheBlackShoppingNetworks.com founder, radio host, journalist, and author, Janice McLean DeLoatch, recalls how a hole in her Nylon stockings led to one of her first companies, Pantyhose Vending Machines. DeLoatch, who had a full-time job in addition to her fashion shows and event-planning businesses, was on her way to a job interview when the material of her pantyhose deteriorated. At that point, she had to decide if … 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

Interview With Author & Composer Jay Coles!

Many of us at some point have looked back on some of our early work and cringed (or simply uttered something along the lines of, “I’ve come a long way!”) Author of several novels including the starred-reviewed Tyler Johnson Was Here and critically acclaimed anthologies (Black Enough and Hungry Hearts), Jay Coles, explained why he thinks his first few books are bad. Instead of being authentic in … Read the rest

Interview With Speaker & “Unoffendable” Author Ryan Leak!

RYAN LEAK AND BOOKWith his book, Unoffendable: No Offense. None Taken, executive coach, speaker, author, podcaster, and viral documentary-maker (The Surprise Wedding), Ryan Leak, seeks to help people change the way they handle an offense, and ultimately, not stay offended. He references author Brené Brown’s ‘generosity hypothesis’, which encourages the offended to consider the most generous assumption for something one did or said. “Because all of us are Christopher … Read the rest