Engineer Your Holiday

On this episode I sat down with Kia Benion and we talk about holiday treats and her upcoming Warm Winter Simple Syrup (limited release) that drops Saturday November 27th 

Thanksgiving episode Outline

Welcome back Kia!!

How was your Thanksgiving – Staying safe

Holiday Recipe ideas (pastries & Cocktails)

  • Thanksgiving
    • Spice Forward
      • Apple, cinnamon, fall fruit cobblers
    • Warm and autumn
      • Play into the spices
    • Christmas


Pushing, Fighting & Expecting

On this episode we checked back in with Tramaine Lewis of Charlee’s Cure Foundation. She shares the numerous medical challenges her & Charlee have been facing since we last spoke. She also shares advise and words and encouragement for others. 

Outline for this episode:

Welcome Back to the podcast Tramaine!!

                Previous episodes with Tramaine: Episode 7 & 14

                                Episode 7 – Caring for the Caretaker

                                Episode 14: Check in with Charlee’s Angel Tramaine

  • How is Charlee?
  • What’s the latest with Tramaine?
  • Latest on Charlee’s Cure Foundation. Outro – upcoming events that Charlee wants to plug

Song referenced Surrounded – Upperroom



Charlee’s Hashtag: #charleestrong


Helluva Pastry Engineer

On this episode I sat down with Kia Benion who uses her brand The Pastry Engineer to teach kids about STEM

Outline for Interview


Welcome to the podcast 

Quick how we know each other – Spoiler: Kia is Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech and a hell of an Pastry Engineer

Main Interview topics:

How you started with the Pastry Engineer & Cocktail Engineer

                Referenced: Episode 13 – A Sweet Conversation with Kaitlin Guerin

Tips for those looking to get into culinary and/or  STEM 

  • Hygroscopic – tending to absorb moisture from the air

How have you managed through out the pandemic – Personally & professionally

  • Professionally: Pivoting to corporate team building
  • Personally: Being realistic but still trying to maintain things that were important to Kia; staying connected to friends 😊


How can folks reach out/ book to you

Plugging any other upcoming events etc

Contact Kia/ The Pastry Engineer




Sit, Listen, & Live Your Truth

On this episode I sat down with my friend Reginald Darby to talk about his time on “The Hill”, our days back at Howard as well as a host of other topics 

Outline for interview

Outline for interview

Intro – Welcome to the podcast

A little about Reggie 

How we know each other

Main Interview

More about Reggie’s life & career

– how Reggie navigated into and out of working on The Hill

– tips for others who may be interested: challenges Reggie faced along the way & how he overcame them

Other topics discussed

– What Reggie did during the lockdown

Rosewood strategies – more info coming soon

Jack’d – dating app Queer People of color

– Pride month and what it’s like for him as a black gay man

Pop culture/currently in politics topics 

– thoughts/ comments Britney spears conservatorship case 


How can people reach out & stay tuned

@thereginalddarby – Instagram

@PoliticoNoire – Twitter


Presiding Over Your Life

Outline for interview


-Welcome to the podcast

Intro Judge Brown – a little about yourself

– how we know each other

Main interview

  • A little about yourself 
  • How you became a judge 
  • Tips for others
    • Dream bigger – listen to God’s calling for you
    • Just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean you can’t be it – Don’t limit yourself by what is around you.
    • Don’t be afraid to be different!
    • Do what you have to do now so you can do what you want to do later
    • Get ready for the things you want to do – learn what you will need

Hot topics 

  • Thoughts on cases in recent history involving police shootings (especially of unarmed black persons)?; Does it hit a bit different being a part of the justice system and a black woman?
  • What do you see as the role of judges and the justice system in tackling injustices like this
  • What is role for judges to tackle unconscious bias (Shelyna’s work in this area)

Other Topics

Sheylna’s forthcoming book – Preside

How people can reach you & stay tuned to keep and eye out for the book

Shelyna on LinkedIn


Comments from Corey

On this episode I sat down with my college friend Corey Daniels to talk how he got into the world of information security and a host of hot topics

Outline for Interview

Intro – Welcome to the Podcast

  • How we know each other

Main interview

  • A bit about Corey’s Background
  • how you got into information security
  • Being open
  • What its like being and independent contractor
  • Independent vs Government employees

Tips for others

Other hot topics

  • Quarantine chronicles how have you been managing during the pandemic
  • DC vibes: The energy changes of the various presidential administrations Bush to Biden
  • Thoughts on how Kamala is doing so far;
  • Queen Elizabeth & The Royals – thought on the Harry Meghan interview; death of Prince Philip
  • How privileged are you quiz

Outro – Ways to follow Corey


Embrace the Grind

On this episode I sat down the Rod Gilmore of ESPN. We chatted about how he got into the competitive world of sports broadcasting and how he is living his life with cancer (Multiple Myeloma)

Outline for Interview

Intro – Welcome to the Podcast

Main Interview


Let’s Talk About It

On this episode I sat down with Dr. Blair “Prof” Condoll of Dillard University & Oliver “OT” Thomas WBOK’s The Good Morning Show to talk a ton of hot topics.

Outline for Podcast Interview


Main interview – Hot topics


  • Tune in to WBOK 1230 AM 7am -10am CST to catch Prof & OT every weekday


Safe Spaces in Music & Beyond

Interview Outline & Show notes 

On this episode I sat down with Lee Koonce President & Artistic Director of Gateways Music Festival. We talk about his journey from permonance to art administration. We also talk about safe spaces for people of African descent in music and other places, as well as a host of other topics.

Intro – Welcome to Podcast


– How we know each other

– Lee’s professional background

Main interview topics:

– How you got into the world of the arts

– Why not just do the performance side

– Tips for others interested in this field

– What is the Gateways Music Festival & why is it so important

– Other hot topics

– Comments of why diversity, equity and inclusion are important in the fine arts


Lee to plug any upcoming events/ projects/website/social media


Orchestra Diversity beyond instruments

Interview Outline & Show notes 

On this episode I sat down with Ariel Shelton Davis of the Kennedy Center. We talk about her journey from musician to art administration. We also had a open discussion of the state of diversity in mainstream orchestras today as well as some the work she and others are doing to change this landscape.

Intro – Welcome to Podcast


Main Interview

How Ariel got into the world of the arts cultural organizer & Social impact

Tips for others interested in this field


Ariel to plug any upcoming events/ projects/website/social media