Will Dennis is an entrepreneur, role model and mentor, and consultant. After graduating from Penn State where he became a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. he entered a career in Corporate America as business product analysts and senior consultant for some of America's top companies. Currently he has begun his own journey as the Chief Operations Officer of G+Co Apparel which is a Black owned clothing and accessories company.
Youth revolutions are at the heart of major movements in our history and two of my very own students are among the best and brightest young men in this country! Ka'ron and Quayon Boone are identical twins, college-bound seniors, and their potential is limitless. The first group of students to speak on the platform, they are walking in their excellence all the way to college in a few months. These brothers have so much talent - presidents of the film club, they run track, they plan events, they are photographers and editors, they work night jobs…and they are brilliant. In honor of National College Decision Day across the country on May 1st, the Boone's are the future of this country!
The entertainment industry is hard - but for this dynamic team, radio and media looks easy because of their hard work, commitment, and teamwork. Bowtie Benn and Shakira Trice (August Styles) join Walk In Your Excellence to talk about their work on running the critically acclaimed (and one of my favorites) Saturday Morning Wake Show. A team consisting of multiple personalities and walks of life led by CEO Billsmania, they redefine excellence for the world every week!
When one hears the description, "a wounded healer," Veronica D. Williams is one that should come to mind - she is the epitome of the phrase; a woman who has been equipped to heal others through the wounds she has suffered. As she focuses on healing the inner child and learning to love herself more and more, she boldly and unapologetically tells her truth while empowering others to do the same.This authentic queen hails from Jersey City, NJ and is true to her home. She is a Delaware State University graduate with a B.S. in Business Management and obtained her Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at New Jersey City University. She is a Mental Health Therapist and a Certified Mental Health Screener but more importantly, Veronica is a living lesson of perseverance.
Myah Stone (also known as Myah Moves) is a vibrant New York City transplant that was born and raised in South Central, Los Angeles. About a year and half ago, she discovered a deep passion for DJ'ing, and has since made it her mission to create safe spaces for sonic healing and freedom for any and all listeners. Her vibe and her energy not only translate behind the decks, but she is also making great contributions in the vast media landscape, by creating powerful messages with top brands such as Elle.com, MTV International, ABC, PBC, and of course, the home of Walk In Your Excellence, Necessary Studios. Myah is definitely a name and a face that you're going to want to keep an eye on!
Dr. David Stovall is a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and has been there for almost two decades. He is a Chicago native, an author, activist, keynote speaker at some of the most prestigious universities and his work in communities is truly excellent. His studies are centered around the influence of race in urban education, community development, and housing. From Critical Race Theory, youth culture, community organizing and more - his impact and influence on the world is profound.
Unicorn aka Killa Kherk Cobain, was the first artist to rap on a club music track with Baltimore’s legendary DJ K-Swift and currently has the #1 song in the tri-state! After a year long gang war and shootout Kherk was left in a wheel chair - but that didn't stop him. With a masters degree in Business, he has worked as a designer at Coogi and spearheaded the relaunch of several international vintage brands. Listen to this young man change the world of music and the lives of children.
Leah Jenea , is a Hip Hop Soul singer/songwriter born and raised in Newark NJ. At just 9 years old she compelled an audience at NJPAC as part of a performance for Newark Symphony Hall’s summer camp and since then, her life has been changed. She has been a part of the elite vocalist group called the Special Ensemble where she went on to win a gold medal at the Mcdonald's Gospel Fest. A recent high school graduate from Newark Collegiate Academy, she left high school already being signed with Naughty by Nature. A finalist on The Four on Fox, Season 2, Leah Jenea's voice is unparalleled and she is about to change the game forever.
Daryl Stewart is an actor, director, performing artist and arts advocate. A proud New Jersey native, Stewart's work as an actor has entertained audiences nationwide; in New York productions such as Little Shop Of Horrors, Into The Woods, Aida, and so many more. A teaching artist at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) he has collaborated with several dozen schools, groups and arts organizations - curating and creating musical theater, dance and drama programs as well as teaching. In 2013, Stewart collaborated with Emmy Award winner Ray Chew choreographing The Spotlight Gala, one of the nations largest live events and is also the co-founder of Vanguard Theatre Company.
Chris an entrepreneur, born and raised in the Bronx. He is currently the owner and manager of 2 Funny Entertainment, Youth and Teen Director at the YMCA and a top flight uber driver in New Jersey! He is an Ithaca College graduate and an inspiration to all! His company won the 2016 Northeast agency of the year under his management and he is a proud black man in America making things happen. Listen to his story of excellence!
As the CEO of a private education consulting organization, Jennifer Moore is an independent consultant who supports school districts and educational non-profits analyze the distinguishable, yet often hidden ways racism, privilege and power create inequitable outcomes. With fifteen years of experience in the educational sector, Jennifer has shared high impact strategies that directly address racism and its manifestations throughout schools. Her concept of “bad actors” who commit racist acts helps us change our mindsets regarding equity and pushes us to encompass a systems level analysis of the culture, policies, and practices that contribute to inequity. As the Managing Director of the Teacher Leadership Development team for Teach For America, Jennifer lead a major overhaul of their teacher development program to prioritize culturally relevant pedagogy as a framework for new teacher development.
The first episode of Season 2 is dropping this Monday! Super exciting! But before we officially kick off the new season, Sean sits down with his producer Myah to reflect on the show, its growth, and what they look forward to for the future of Walk In Your Excellence!
Season two of Walk In Your Excellence is rapidly approaching! Tag along, as we continue to explore all walks of life and highlight the excellence that's emitted in the process!
DeRay McKesson is an activist, educator, global leader, and exudes excellence in all that he does. A Baltimore native, DeRay has been an activist since childhood and later joined Teach For America as a teacher in New York City. DeRay and fellow activists Johnetta Elzie, Samuel Sinyangwe, and Brittany Packnett launched Campaign Zero, a ten-point policy plan for police reform. His advocacy work within cities like Ferguson, Baton Rouge, Charleston and his support of the Black Lives Matter movement landed him with President Obama at the White House to discuss relations between black communities and law enforcement officials. His impact and influence on the world is unparalleled and he is the true definition of excellence.
Dennis Knight is an educator, published author, ordained Elder, and a role model of excellence! This change agent obtained both his Bachelors and Masters in English at North Carolina Central University, a Historically Black College that he is a strong advocate for. His work in the LGBTQ movement is inspiring, bold, and unapologetic. As a teacher at Newark Collegiate Academy, a KIPP high school that educates 800 African American and Latino students in Newark, New Jersey, he is changing lives and spreading love everyday.
Darnell Moore is an author, educator, cultural worker, critic, but above all an inspiration to everyone he encounters. He is the Editor-at-Large at CASSIUS and formerly a senior editor and correspondent at Mic. He co-founded YOU Belong, a social good company focused on the development of diversity initiatives and received the Humanitarian Award from the American Conference on Diversity for his advocacy in Newark. His anti-racist, feminist, and queer of color advocacy work has been featured in Ebony Magazine and The Huffington Post. He was appointed as the inaugural chair of a committee by former mayor of Newark, Cory Booker and this month he is releasing his book - No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black & Free in America.
Veronica is a powerful force in the world of education, certainly irreplaceable. A strong Latina woman, she has worked in the public school system for over 15 years with a career ranging from coaching teachers, building curriculum, and coaching principals. She is leaving a lasting legacy within the city of Newark; entering schools and making them great. Her story will inspire you to dream big, love yourself, and take pride in your identity.
The festival formally known as Coachella has been renamed after the one, the only, Beyoncé! This bonus episode is for all of my fans in the Beyhive (and those who weren't lucky enough to see the performance live). We reflect on one of the most magical performances to grace a stage with special guests: Chelsey Wilkins, who is the brand manager for one of the best tequila companies on the market, Avión and the woman behind the Walk In Your Excellence Podcast, Myah Stone who is a producer, show host, and DJ!
Jerri Reid, a Brooklyn native, community activist, and fashion guru, is a young designer with a "wise eye" according to Lucky Magazine. Single handedly he has created a self-entitled clothing line that has reached new boundaries since its creation in 2012. With a keen focus on edge, his mission is to provide versatility for timeless women and provide fashion on demand for men. Jerri has been featured in hundreds of media outlets including Essence and his designs are worn by supermodels nationwide. Every designer's dream is to be featured in New York Fashion Week....and he can already check that off his list! Listen in and be inspired to live your best fashion life this week!
Sean Larry is an educator, author, entrepreneur, musician, life coach, motivational speaker, public figure and so much more. Born to a mother heavily addicted to drugs and a father who abandoned him as a child, this young man went from inner-city to Ivy League and is now transforming the lives of students all across the country. He's been featured in Essence Magazine, Good Morning America, Roland Martin's TV One, a keynote speaker at some of the most prestigious universities in America and is moments away from being named Dr. Stevens. His story will inspire you to dream, live, love harder, and embrace life's challenges.