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Jason “Jay” Anderson hails from City of Smiles - Grenada Mississippi. At a young age Jay had an affinity for science, music, and business. After becoming a hall of fame graduate of Grenada High School, he jumped headfirst into corporate America as the youngest African American human resource representative for Lennox International Incorporated. Jas…
 
It's all about balance for episode's 161 guest Meridith Miller Rucker. Having a strong support system has aided this South Memphis native in accomplishing a plethora of goals. Meridith is currently the Director of Program Development for Bridges, yoga instructor, writer, wife, and mother. She discusses navigating through private institutions during…
 
Meet Whitehaven, TN native and fashion designer Prep Curry. When he arrived in Los Angeles, California with only $6 to his name to work on his dream of becoming an accomplished fashion designer, he had no idea where his journey would lead. Five years later, history has been made as Prep Curry has grown his craft from creating bowties and pocket squ…
 
Finance professional and podcaster, Willams D. Brack, is originally from the Delta of Greenwood, MS. Growing up he faced much adversity moving to Chicago, IL for a few years and coming back to the midsouth with family in Memphis, TN at the age of thirteen. He learned a plethora of life skills at a very early age and excelled in academics and sports…
 
Mike Ware, Jr. is an entrepreneur who is part owner of Chuckles Comedy House and the Cockeyed Rooster. He was born and raised in Whitehaven, TN and graduated from Overton High School in 1998. Mike received a chorus scholarship to the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff and majored in Communications. Upon graduation, he began working in radio sales at…
 
South Memphis native, Larry Dodson, has experienced a total reset since the pandemic. From writing a book, to becoming a spokesperson for Guidance Whiskey, Larry has created many opportunities for himself. It all began in South Memphis at Carver High School when he started a group called the Temprees. Once he graduated, he joined the Bar-Kays and b…
 
White Haven native, Jimmy Stokes II, is ready to wake up the city of Horn Lake, MS. He is currently the City Planning Commissioner for Ward 5 and Pastor at Northeast Side Church of Christ. Her grew up as a preacher's kid and always knew he would one day become a pastor. He proposed to the love of his life his senior year in college and officially s…
 
East Memphis native, Nia Dorsey, is a model, actress, writer and entrepreneur. 2021 has started with a bang being featured in British Vogue, Vanity Fair and the recent season of VH1's Basketball Wives. Take a listen as Nia walks us through her formative years playing sports in high school, attending University of Memphis and how she started taking …
 
Felicia Jarrell is a walking goldmine of resources for those who want to step out of their comfort zones to pursue their calling and create generational wealth. She is the owner of Goldmine & CoCo which is a luxury stationery business featuring hand-drawn images everyday African American women. Felicia is also a six-figure luxury business coach pro…
 
Jasmine Wilson moved to Memphis about eight years ago and knew she would have many opportunities in the city, but had no idea she would fall in love with both its soul and the people. She is currently a business coach, healthcare/non profit expert, and recently elected as West Tennessee Vice Chair for the Tennessee Democratic Party. Jasmine comes f…
 
Henry Reaves III roots reach back to Benton County, MS and White Haven, TN. He is the owner of one of the largest African American law firms in the country, Reaves Law Firm, PLLC. Henry was raised in a middle class military family living in various time zones including California and Japan. Life was good until the crack epidemic infiltrated his wor…
 
Latrivia Welch is the President and CEO of RiverHouse Publishing, LLC, an indie publishing house for self-published authors spending her time helping people realize their artistic dreams through literature. She currently represents over 75 authors nationally. Welch is the founder of the Russian Romance genre which includes a black heroine lead. If …
 
From corporate employee to full-time entrepreneur, Dana James Mwangi's journey began within Parkway Village community in southeast Memphis, Tennessee. Dana describes herself as that "art kid" during her formative years. After graduating college, Dana jumped right into the world of digital design working a few corporate gigs learning the tricks of t…
 
On this episode of Sell or Fail, hosts Williams Brack and Sam Nelson are joined by Williams Brack and Sam Nelson are joined by Trey Carter III, President of Olympic Career Training Institute. They take a dive into the important business of selling career training to the public. Make sure to catch all new episodes of Sell or Fail on the Kudzukian Ap…
 
Growing up in South Memphis at College and McClemore, James Alexander was a music legend in the making. Just a stone's throw away from Stax Records, James played football and was a part of a band while attending Booker T. Washington High School. Immediately after graduating high school, he was on a plane with his bandmates headed to New York City t…
 
Meet Orange Mound native and certified dietitian/nutritionist Ryan Zuber. Take a listen as "Your Favorite Nutritionist" shares his remarkable journey of how he entered the nutrition field on EP 152. Many don't know that it was because of his wife's illness that he challenged himself to learn and do everything he could to save her life. And he did j…
 
Huntsville, AL native, Ali Manning, moved to Memphis about eleven years ago and hasn't looked back. She made that move must three weeks after graduating from Alabama A&M landing her dream job as a food scientist. She later started Umami Food Consulting and created Food Science 4 Kids. Take a listen as Ali breaks down her expertise as a food scienti…
 
So many times we continue to fight the current of our passions. That's exactly what my guest for episode 150 did until he broke free. David Quarles, IV is one of the most sought after interior designers and jewelry artists in the mid south and beyond. Being of African/Afro-Caribbean, European, and Indigenous-American descent, he allows appreciation…
 
North Memphis native, Michalyn Easter-Thomas, was elected to the Memphis City Council District 7 seat in November 2019. She speaks of fond memories growing up in the Vollintine-Evergreen community as she matriculated through the Memphis City school system. Michalyn took her educational quest to a new level graduating from Christian Brothers Univers…
 
Jeremy Pierre comes to the Bluff City from the Crescent City, where he was prepped at the storied St. Augustine High School. Continuing his education in the city of New Orleans, he graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication, broadcast concentration.Jeremy launched his reporting career as an in…
 
Known by her stage name, DJ Alpha Whiskey, Ashley Wimbush is an experienced entertainment specialist offering a unique and unmatched disc jockey skill set. Ashley entered the professional entertainment scene in 2017, though her passion for mixing music and making people fall in love with music started at a young age. Self-taught, Ashley possesses a…
 
On this episode of Sell or Fail, hosts Williams Brack and Sam Nelson are joined by Floyd Tyler P.H.D CFA, President and Chief Investment Officer of Preserver Partners LLC. They have an in-depth discussion on the financial importance of investing and how to effectively sell investments to customers. . Make sure to catch all new episodes of Sell or F…
 
On this episode of Sell or Fail, hosts Williams Brack and Sam Nelson are joined by Stacy L. Spencer, Senior Pastor of New Direction Christian Church. They have a powerful conversation on the purpose and mission pastors take on in bringing new members to the church. Make sure to catch all new episodes of Sell or Fail on the Kudzukian App.…
 
On Ep 146, Ena talks with Tennessee State Representative District 98 Antonio Parkinson. Originally from Oakland, CA, the Marine Corps brought him to the Memphis area as an air traffic controller in Millington. He speaks of his formative years dealing with homelessness, neglect and behavioral issues. Prior to his political career, Antonio was involv…
 
Chelsea Chandler is the Morning Meteorologist and Time Saver Traffic reporter on Local 24 News Good Day Memphis weekdays 5-7am and Middays 11-12p as well as co-anchoring Memphis This Morning 9-10a. She has been recognized as the Commercial Appeals Memphis Most as Best TV Weatherperson 3 times and by the Memphis Flyer as Best of Memphis twice for he…
 
Originally from Indianola Mississippi, Marcus T. Turner is the agency owner of Marcus T. Turner and Associates. He attended Alabama A&M for a short period until he got the itch for the insurance game. In 2011, he founded Marcus T. Turner and Associates, a firm that specializes in financial services as well as personal lines of property, casualty an…
 
The name Crumpy’s has been synonymous with hot wings for the last 30 years. Miss Crumpy’s is a second-generation company that promotes healthy eating, cooking, community development, and family togetherness. Miss Crumpy’s is led by founder Freda Crump. Freda has more than 25 years of cooking experience and it all started at home. Freda’s father ope…
 
Making the leap from a very rewarding corporate job to becoming an entrepreneur is not for the faint of heart. However, our guest for episode 142 did just that. Memphis native Diamond S. Taylor is a creative entrepreneur, marketing consultant, and philanthropist. She is the founder and creative director of Friends + Co., a strategic marketing firm …
 
Singer, songwriter and producer Porcelan joins us for Ep. 141. Her Westwood roots shined bright as she conquered choir, theatre and even volleyball at Sheffield High School. But Porcelan knew music was her first love as she pursued her dreams after her having her child at 18. Porcelan shares with us how she started in the music business with a grou…
 
On this episode of Sell or Fail, hosts Williams Brack and Sam Nelson are joined by Saundra Nash, Chief Creative Director at Novateur Brand Architecture. They take a plunge into the businesses of marketing and how important is is to market yourself and your business. Make sure to catch all new episodes of Sell or Fail on the Kudzukian App.…
 
Making the case for causes he believes in and collaborating with other people fuels Marvin Stockwell's passion for his hometown of Memphis. He’s at his best when he’s developing creative solutions and shaping public opinion using the full suite of modern tools – media relations, marketing, public speaking, branding, event development, social media …
 
Curtis Braden is the CEO of Braden, Braden & Braden LLC and has been in the commercial real estate industry for over twenty years closing well over five hundred investment transactions. Known as the guy who carried his briefcase at Trezevant High School, Curtis has always been infatuated with numbers. Take a listen as Curtis walks us through his jo…
 
North Memphis native Laquita Tate is an educator, interior stylist and content creator for her brand, Laquita Tate Interior Styling & Design. This October she is celebrating her one-year anniversary in the design space turning blank canvases into beautiful works of art. It all started on Chelsea and Lambert growing up in a huge, loving blended fami…
 
My Pisces brother J. Buck is my guest for episode 137. This singer-songwriter who coins himself as "The King of Nostalgic Soul" describes music as an inside/outside process for him with elements of funk, soul and rock. Although he's from Memphis, his family has strong Mississippi roots.Take a listen as J. Buck walks us through his life growing up i…
 
On this episode of Sell or Fail, hosts Williams Brack and Sam Nelson are joined by Kelvin Woods, Co-Founder of the Tee Shirt Lab. They take a dive into Kelvin Wood's amazing clothing business and the benefits and challenges of selling clothing in such a competitive market. Make sure to catch all new episodes of Sell or Fail on the Kudzukian App.…
 
Pastor DeAndre Brown is the Founder and Executive Director of LIFEline to Success, a reentry program for ex-offenders that equips them with the necessary tools to reenter society. This vision was made possible as a result of DeAndre spending 25 months in state and federal prison finding it extremely challenging to have a normal life again. DeAndre'…
 
Jessica Benson is the host for the Memphis Grizzlies and co-host on the Rise and Grind show with Grind City Media. This Highland Ranch, CO native stepped away from her five-year television broadcast career to transition into the digital space with the NBA. This shift from traditional media came with many perks and freedoms. Not only did Jessica and…
 
On this episode of Sell or Fail, hosts Williams Brack and Sam Nelson are joined by Stanton Brown, Senior Credit Analyst at First Horizon Bank. They tackle one of if not the most import aspect of sales, money. We get expert tips on how to best utilize your finances when trying to sell your business or product. Make sure to catch all new episodes of …
 
On this episode of Sell or Fail, hosts Williams Brack and Sam Nelson are joined by Cynthia Daniels, Chief Event Strategist for Cynthia Daniels & Co. They dive into the event industry and how important it is to be able to sell your business in this competitive field. We also hear the challenges of selling in this industry during COVID. Make sure to …
 
On this episode of Sell or Fail, hosts Williams Brack and Sam Nelson are joined by Chef Phillip Ashley Rix, Owner of Phillip Ashley Chocolates. They talk the business o sales in the food industry, and get tips on how to sell luxury food items like Chef Ashley's chocolates. Make sure to catch all new episodes of Sell or Fail on the Kudzukian App.…
 
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