Hosted by Ramon Blakley, this podcast is educational, thought-provoking, spiritual, and entertaining. This show is meant to be around 300 seconds/5 minutes of inspiration that you can catch while in the car while working out or while preparing dinner for the kids—words of inspiration matter. Quite often, people look at others' glory but don't know their story. Without a doubt, we all had challenges and roadblocks, yet we can overcome and continue to push forward. Through this show, we will celebrate people who have done just that!
Be What You Don't See
Emmanuel Little, Ph.D., currently serves as director of training and DEI Initiatives at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta. He led the Call Me MISTER (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role models) program at Georgia College. He led several initiatives for young men of color in higher education and several committees focused on leadership for diversity issues. His research interests revolve around support for historically marginalized and underrepresented students in higher education, particularly concerning access and opportunity. Specifically, his scholarship focuses on expanding the knowledge base that informs his work with these communities.
Emmanuel also thrives as a voice-over artist (aka “MannyVoices“) and podcaster (via The No Wednesday Podcast). He has also been known to dabble in poetry and rap music in his spare time as a creative outlet for his passions.
He earned his Bachelors in mass communication and Masters in public administration at Georgia College, and a Ph.D., in Higher Education from The University of Georgia. Learn more about Emmanuel by logging on to https://emmanuellittle.com/.
Leadership & Reaching Out
Shani Lenore is currently the Vice President of Enrollment at Maryville University. Her 24-year career has included admission/enrollment positions at Columbia College (Columbia, MO), Southeast Missouri State University, and Saint Louis University.
During Ms. Lenore’s tenure at Maryville, she developed and implemented multi-dimensional recruitment/marketing/enrollment campaigns informed by market and geo-demographic analysis, oversaw the implementation and effective use of numerous recruitment CRM’s, and employed financial aid leveraging strategies resulting in record freshmen classes while maintaining academic quality and increasing geographic and ethnic diversity. Shani has served as Past-President of the Missouri Association for College Admission Counseling, served as a delegate to the National Association for College Admission Counseling, and held the Past-Chair position on the Missouri ACT State Organization. Shani also served as a Senior Consultant with AACRAO Consulting. She has been significantly involved in other regional and national professional organizations, presenting on various enrollment management topics regionally and nationally.
Informed by Faith
Dr. Brandon W. Jones is a speaker, lecturer, student affairs practitioner, husband, father, and minister. He serves as Associate Director for Student Learning and Development in Housing and Dining at the University of Texas at Austin. Brandon is very passionate about helping students realize their purpose and make the most of their college experience. He specializes in student-athlete development, student success, minority student achievement, academic support programs, and curriculum development. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education from Abilene Christian University. He also earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2015. Brandon and his wife, Melissa, have been married since 2011 and have 2 kids (Alissa and Brandon II).
Shoulders to Lean On
Bo Cobb was born and raised in St. Louis, Mo., and graduated from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville with a Bachelor of Science in Theatre-Performance. After graduating, he understood the value of developing relationships and mentorship and began working in the non-profit sector, managing group homes, and serving as a youth pastor. Bo also wrote and directed several plays geared toward praising the Lord while uplifting the youth and families.
He is a big advocate for mental health and healing. Bo understands how recovery leads to freedom, a fresh start, and a re-connection. "Cooking with Bo: Unique & Delicious Plant-Based Meals" is available at most major retailers, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Walmart.
Charleese Hasan was raised in St. Louis, MO. She holds a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from St. Louis University, an MBA from Webster University, and a Ph.D. in Strategic Intelligence from Harvard University. She is an active-duty Navy Captain, business owner, and founder of Eboni Eyes' non-profit education foundation. CAPT Hasan has served as an active duty Intelligence Officer for over 24 years. She is the Prospective Commanding Officer of Brooks Center for Maritime Engagement in Suitland, MD. Hasan is co-owner of OH Charlie LLC, a commercial real estate investment company specializing in acquiring and managing retail strip malls. She also specializes in the acquisition and management of vacation rentals. The Eboni Eyes Foundation conducts financial literacy and entrepreneurship programs and provides college scholarships to St. Louis area students. To learn more visit http://www.ebonieyes.org.
In 2018, Nite Owl won a song contest with the St. Louis Cardinals that is now featured as their theme song called "Cardinal Nation: Hearts Are Pumpin!" Nite Owl's music continues to be discovered and rapidly consumed through sync licensing placements worldwide. From Mexico to London to Japan to the Middle East, he learns of new fans hearing his sound for the first time.
Ultimately, you will want to cheer for this St. Louis talent extraordinaire, as he's created a sweet blend of musical styles. His style embodies the integrity of Underground lyrical Hip Hop music, paired with the characteristics of mass commercial appeal.
Nite Owl has written, recorded, and released 23 independent albums throughout his music career. He refuses to be outworked in the studio and on stage. His fans and critics often compare him to Jay-Z, Nas, Kanye West, and Common.
Nite Owl performs Hip Hop music alongside a live band and DJ during his live performances, making his shows exciting and new. His performances are innumerable but include being the show opener for The Roots, Talib Kweli & Little Brother, and Waka Flocka Flame. Nite Owl took 1st place in the HOT 104.1FM Koch Madness Competition after competing with 208 other St. Louis Hip Hop artists. And he has been booked to perform more than any other Hip Hop artist or group in the St. Louis area.
Nite Owl proves that he only gets better with time and has outlasted many other indie artists in his region. He is proud to be a Hip Hop artist who is unsigned, authentic, and timeless.'