Coolikan Podcast #18: Politics and the Pulpit

This upcoming election day and the marathon to this day looks…crazy. We have an opportunity to elect candidates that have caused many people to question and worry about the U.S. Political system as we know it. So many people are talking but shooting out sound bites and making noise. And what about the voices behind the pulpit? Coolikan takes a few minutes to discuss the influence on politics and the pulpit and the pulpit on politics and the mess that this can and has made.

Honorable Mentions:

A photo by Anthony DELANOIX.

Coolikan Pod/Videocast: Social Justice

The Coolikans sit down with special guest, Ms. Sharity Bannerman (historian, educator and attorney) to talk about the criminal justice system. Tune in as Sharity enlightens us about her journey to becoming a (special interest) lawyer and the journey ahead to addressing the criminal injustices plaguing our society.


Honorable Mentions:

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture ||


From the Heart Christian Ministries ||

The Innocence Project ||

Huffingto Post Article on School to Prison Pipeline ||

Equal Justice Project ||

Sandra Bland’s family settles in a wrongful death suit $1.9M ||

Jay-Z: The War on Drugs is an Epic Fail ||

Coolikan Podcast: Special Back to School Episode

Tis the season to hit the books and return to the classroom.

Elise and Acasia are passionate about education, learning and understanding and appreciate the teachers who laid the foundation to their success.  This special Back to School Episode podcast features a special guest, Acasia’s mom, a teacher of 24 years and dedicated community leader.

Tune in as Mrs. Barrett talks to us about the highs, lows, and beauty of being a teacher.

POP Quiz: What teacher(s) had the greatest impact on who you are today?




Happy Birthday Coolikan

Coolikan turns 3 this month. In celebration of her journey on this earth, we find ourselves talking about the very topic that got this blog and podcast in motion: racial injustice and inequality and the role of the Church in addressing it. While this podcast is not entirely devoted to the topic, given the events unfolding in the the U.S. we can’t help but wonder and hope for a time when a Coolikan Birthday Celebration doesn’t include a discussion on racial injustice because we’ll have made substantial strides in the coming years and decades. One can only hope and that’s what we have: faith, hope and love. And above all these is love, which we hope, despite being in need of love today, will swell and flood.

In celebration of summer and vacations, and potential relocations abroad (depending on the U.S. Presidential Election results), we’re talking about traveling while black.  Lifelong nomad and travel aficionado Acasia, leads this conversation on the importance of Black folks traveling domestically and abroad and her experience as a Black American Wanderlust!

Happy Listening!

**Honorable Mentions**:

  • The Negro Motorists Green Book:
  • Travel Noire:
  • Awe Inclusive travel:
  • Self Care for People of Color After Psychological Trauma:

Podcast #14

Happy Memorial Day and welcome to the May Podcast!  We’re covering a number of topics, from the history of Memorial Day to Lemonade, social entrepreneurship and gentrification.  The running theme for this podcast centers on community.

Memorial Day recognizes the sacrifices of our fallen service members who fight daily to maintain the security and freedoms experienced in out national community.

In Lemonade, yes, THAT Lemonade, Beyonce speaks to a community of women who have gone through the ups and downs of relational drama and encourages them to embark upon the journey of healing and wholeness after the hurt.

And speaking of healing after the hurt, after being stung by bees, Little Ms. Mikaila of “Me and the Bees” fame decided to create her own business selling lemonade to bring awareness to the importance of honeybees.  She’s impacting the environmental community with her passion.

Finally, as we witness the ongoing demographic shifts and changes across the U.S. we also can’t help but notice the change in the cultural landscape of many historically black and brown communities. The gentrification of one community results in a displacement and muted experiences of people whose voices are worth hearing. So what do we do? And how do we ensure better alternatives?


Acasia’s New Business Venture – check out my site ( and enjoy the countless benefits of Arbonne International’s health, beauty and wellness products.


Podcast #13

Happy April.  On this podcast, we talk about pursuing our purpose, passion and dreams.  We pay homage to Prince and Harriet Tubman, and we wax poetic about the journey ahead.


Honorable mentions:

The currency of change:

RIP Prince:

Happy Birthday Queen Elizabeth:

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World –