The Black Man Can

This COOL PEOPLE episode showcases a super cool person in Brandon Frame. HE the Founder of The Black Man Can, which is an award-winning 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to celebrate, educate, & inspire boys and men of color. Launching in 2010 The Black Man Can curates, collects and distributes content promoting positive images and inspiring stories about Black men, boys and black families. He’s also the new Deputy Director of Social-Emotional Learning at the Urban Assembly, Inc. in NYC.

As a sophomore at Morehouse College, he noticed African-American men were being portrayed negatively in the media. Though he grew up in a single parent home, he was a young black man pursuing higher education with an incredible support system that included black men. He decided to launch his own media platform recognizing black men doing great things in the community. Sparked by Trayvon Martin’s untimely death, Brandon launched The Black Man Can Institute: a youth conference targeting 10 cities.. They have impacted over 5000 boys in 48 institutes across the country

Brandon has been featured in the Boston Globe, CBS, MSNBC and NBC among others. He has also received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major Award, Hartford Business Journal’s 40 under 40 Changemaker of the Year Award and BET’s Next in Class in the field of Education.

In summer 2018, Brandon and The Black Man Can hosted its first ever The Black Man Can Awards in Atlanta, Georgia. Our host, Rashan Ali, was the recipient of The Black Woman Can honor.

Brandon Frame is changing the world, one young person of color at a time. He is the true essence of why,
“the black man can.”

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ExceptionALLY II with Rayford Davis

We are excited to have Rayford Davis join the Cool Soror Podcast for the second time. A Cool Bruh of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Rayford is one of the masterminds behind ExceptionALLY. This innovative tool was developed by parents, lawyers, and education specialists. ExceptionALLY is a parent’s personal digital expert. This “parent-tech” innovation gives personalized expertise, organizes paperwork and takes many IEP and 504 tasks off of a parent’s plate — empowering them to be their child’s #1 advocate in special education.

Since the last time we chatted with Rayford, so many life changes have occurred. His company is now a part of an incubator program in Silicon Valley. This is an extreme high for the entire team. Personally, however, Rayford has experienced two losses: the passing of his father and line brother. He has used his grief to gain greater perspective on life and how to live in the now.

Rayford and his team have kindly offered our listeners a special discount for parents whose children have learning exceptionalities! Use promo code: COOLSOROR50 at checkout to receive 50% off! For more information on the exceptional work they are doing, please visit www.growexceptionally.com.

The Big 3 with Dr. Katina

Dr. Katina-Davis Kennedy believes that good health is the foundation of life.

Serving as a health practitioner, fitness advocate and health educator for the last 15 years, she has worked to inform others about having a healthy mind, body, and lifestyle in order to live a high-quality life.

This Cool Soror of Delta Sigma Theta, and alumna of FAMU, has received the high distinction of being named one of the 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business and Industry.

Check out this encouraging interview with Dr. Katina & Rashan Ali and find out what she considers to be ‘The Big 3’ in her life.

Special Episode: Florida A&M Alumna – Rashan Ali – The HBCU Podcast

For this weeks episode, our host Rashan Ali was featured on The HBCU Podcast which is a weekly podcast dedicated to discussing Historically Black Colleges and Universities as well as spotlighting it’s alumni through news, colorful commentary, and interviews.

Be sure and enjoy this insightful conversation as our host drops jewels about her career,

Love Letters To My Sorors with Kishshana Palmer

We are excited to share the story of Kishshana Palmer. A Cool Soror of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Kishshana is a New York native raised by hard-working Jamaican parents. She learned early the power of hard work, but more importantly, she learned the power of service which would be the catalyst for her life.

In her own words, she said, “It all started for me in junior high school. I volunteered at a tutoring center and I wanted to raise money for more books and supplies for the elementary school kids I tutored. I got all my friends together and we raised a ton of money to help younger kids in OUR neighborhood. How’d I do it? Well by 13, my mom had drilled it into my brain that helping people was a gift. So I was fearless and wouldn’t take no for an answer. I told my friends that despite being from the ‘hood, we were able to get a good education because we were smart and we had books! Other kids needed that too. Helping people and getting others to do the same stuck with me all the way through college. I even received a service scholarship!”

With this same spirit, Kishshana now leads her own company, Kishshana & Co. where she serves as the founder and CEO. She takes tremendous pride in helping non-profit organizations get funding and helps to develop board of directors through highly efficient best practices.
Her latest project is “Love Letter To My Sorors” which is a platform for women in all Black Greek Lettered Organizations to express their love for their sorors or sister greeks in their own words.

Kishshana has such a vibrant and loving spirit. Her zest for life is truly admirable. She takes it one day at a time: helping one person at a time. We absolutely love her for it.


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Design Essentials with Keia McSwain

We are excited to be joined by Keia McSwain! A Cool Soror of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. this Hattiesburg, Mississippi native knew she had an undeniable creative edge. But she would truly have to tap into her faith to find what her true passion was. It would not take long.

She became the editor of Iconic Home Magazine. Currently, Keia is the Principal Interior Designer and President of The Black Interior Designer’s Network. She says she is grateful to hold this position and be a guide for a generation of amazing Interior Designers.

The Black Interior Designers Network is hosting their 7th annual conference July 26-28th. It’s a three-day event geared towards culminating the businesses of African Americans in the Interior Design Community.

Keia is living her life’s dream, one design at a time.

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“Grp Fit” with Rich Bailey & Chris Ketant

We are back and happy to feature not one but two “Cool Bruh” on the show today: Rich Bailey & Chris Ketant. Rich fell in love with Health and Fitness at an early age. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Engineering Technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology and followed with a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Rochester, Simon Business School. His professional experience includes software engineering, technology research, finance and business operations. Hailing from Harlem, NY, Richard currently lives in Los Angeles.

Chris Ketant’s passion for Health and Fitness started with sports at a young age and slowly became an obsession. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Software Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology and spent four years right out of college with Apple as a software engineer. The intersection between his passion for Health and Fitness combined with technology has led him to GrpFit’s leadership team.

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