The Culture Soup Podcast

36 EpisodesProduced by L Michelle Smith

The Culture Soup Podcast is where tech, culture and business collide. Each episode, L. Michelle Smith interviews foremost and emerging thought leaders in the space, with topics driven by hot conversations on social media.

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Ep 31: This Woman's Work with Dr. Yolanda Bruce Brooks

May 23rd, 2019

There is a woman behind the scenes, working with professional athletes as they navigate the various transitions--from college to pros--from pros to …

Ep 30: Finding Value in the Backyard BBQ , with Bella Vasta

May 16th, 2019

There's money on Facebook.  Have you found it yet?  Folks swear by the FB groups.  Learn how to build your own FB Group funnel with small business …

Ep 29: The Coaching Corner No. 1 with L. Michelle Smith

May 14th, 2019

Calling all corporate and small business types: Your professional coach is in. Find out my why and my what, and tune in every 2nd Tuesday each month for The Coaching Corner.  I make a special offer on this broadcast. …

Ep 28: Hacking Social Media's Blurred Lines with Dr. Dina Strachan

May 9th, 2019

THE FAKERY! Yes, the light drives out the darkness like authenticity drives out the falsities—- even on social media. Did you know that there are doctors who are not MDs trying to sell medical services? Did you know …

Ep 27: The Hustle is Real with Ramon Ray

May 2nd, 2019

Entrepreneurship is romanticized these days, especially on social media.  I talk with my friend and Smart Hustle Magazine editor Ramon Ray about that trend, and we keep it

Ep 26: Facing the Business of Beauty with Melissa Hibbert

April 25th, 2019

Former marketing exec turned beauty entrepreneur says it is time for #MUAs to step from behind the brush and share their other talents.  Celebrity makeup artist @melissahibbert and I talk about how social media has …

Ep 25: Serving Up Culture in a Digital World with John Miller, CEO of Denny's Restaurants

April 18th, 2019

We talk to the head of Denny's restaurants in this episode, and you may be surprised at who you meet.  John C. Miller is the former president of Texas-based, super-regional chain Taco Bueno and is now the CEO of …

Ep 24: For the Culture with Roy Broderick, Jr. and Eshena D. Roman

April 11th, 2019

When two colleagues met at an agency and felt the urge to do multicultural marketing the right way, they went with their intuition.  They made the …

Ep 23 BONUS: HBCUs: A Different World IRL with Dr. Logan Hampton

April 4th, 2019

In part 2 of this double episode, I speak with the president of Lane College, Dr. Logan Hampton, about HBCUs, their place in American culture; their …

Ep 23: Communicating in a Different World with Darryl M. Bell

April 4th, 2019

On my visit to Lane College, I got to know and speak with an actor from one of America's most iconic TV shows, A Different World; a show, which along …

Ep 22: "Authentically SHE" Pt 4 with Danyel Surrency Jones, Nicole Lynn and Andrea Williams

March 28th, 2019

Thrilled to bring you this "Instant Replay" of the Hidden Figures sports panel complete with an enthusiastic LIVE audience from the Lincoln …

EP 21: Authentically SHE Pt 3: Cheryl Grace

March 21st, 2019

“Nobody puts baby in a corner. If I can’t be myself, I don’t want to be there.” — Cheryl Grace, one of the most powerful women in media. …

Ep 20: Authentically SHE Pt 2 with Trudy Bourgeios

March 14th, 2019

S O M E C O N V E R S A T I O N S are simply soul food. Wonderful chat with career coach @trudybourgeois who is the CEO of the Center for Workforce …

Ep 19: Authentically SHE, Pt 1 with Sheryl Adkins-Green, CMO Mary Kay

March 7th, 2019

Everyone who stops in on our show is a VIP, but sometimes we have V-VIPs. This is one of them, and she is kicking off our hashtag#womenshistorymonth series “Authentically She.” Sheryl Adkins-Green is the global Chief …

Ep 18: The Battle Between Your Personal Brand & Employee Advocacy with John Graham

February 28th, 2019

You’re going to need another drink for this one. There is a battle brewing on the interwebs and it involves your social real estate.  Are you …

Ep 17: Writing, Speaking & Inspiring with Valorie Burton

February 21st, 2019

If you want to hear two girlfriends just talking about life, writing books, speaking and just being our best selves for our families and for us, you …

Ep 16: The Love Episode: Mr. Know Your Worth, Aaron Jordan, Jr.

February 14th, 2019

Our Valentines Day episode explores online dating, relationship coaches and how the Internet is facilitating and influencing how we date and interact with each other around the topic.  Aaron Jordan Jr is a veteran …

Ep 15: Light up the Internet: A Conversation about Race with Risha Grant

February 7th, 2019

One question. Just one question on Facebook, and Risha Grant saw a firestorm light up on every social media feed that she has.  What got everyone so fired up?  Nothing fires up social media like a conversation about …

Ep 14: Career Resolutions: with Tristan Layfield

January 31st, 2019

This is the last of a series of episodes that focus on career development, personal branding and enhancing your digital footprint.  Today, we talk to Tristan Layfield who is a career coach and entrepreneur.  He can help …

Ep 13: Authoring Your Own Path with Jason Caston

January 24th, 2019

Jason Caston may be a bonified church geek, but he has parlayed a successful career as a faith-based Internet platform strategist for some of the …

Ep 12: Personal Branding for the New Year with Ted Rubin

January 17th, 2019

Ted Rubin has some wisdom and insights to share about building your personal brand, especially on social media and balancing it with employee advocacy.  He also gives advice to companies looking for the best way to …

Ep 11: Women: Empowered by our Roots Pt 2 with Miko Branch

January 10th, 2019

This is a very candid and authentic conversation with my new friend @mikobranch cofounder of @miss_jessies about courage, entrepreneurship and women’s empowerment. The hardships that come with owning your own business …

Ep 10: Women: Empowered by our Roots Pt 1 with A’Lelia Bundles

January 3rd, 2019

Did you know that the first woman millionaire in the United States built her empire on black hair care?  Madam CJ Walker is likely the first Mary Kay, but instead of makeup, her focus was on haircare for a segment of …

Ep 9: #DearSummerG with Summer Galvez

December 27th, 2018

While the Women in the Workplace study from McKinsey and the LeanIn organization call black women "double outsiders," these women of color are …

Joy To The World! with Audrey DuBois Harris

December 25th, 2018

Audrey DuBois Harris returns for an encore on the podcast for a special bonus episode to talk about her new album Joy to the World:  A Christmas Celebration as well as continue our conversation on bringing inclusion to …

Ep 8: What's So Funny?!? With Comedian Jamie Roberts

December 20th, 2018

T H I S G U Y makes it his business to make you laugh. I’m just glad to call him a friend. In fact, I owe a lot to him because he took time to talk me through this podcast thing, and the thing lives because of his wise …

Ep 7: Blogging: A Family Affair, Eva Greene Wilson, AKA SocaMom

December 13th, 2018

This week, we’ll speak with Eva Green Wilson, of SocaMom.com®. She is an award-winning parenting blogger and a speaker. Most importantly, she is one of my besties! The story of how we met and became friends is epic. I …

Ep 6: #BAWSELady, Lauren Maillian

December 6th, 2018

This beauty doesn’t have to speak to be heard, but she has something to say. Introducing to few, reintroducing to many Lauren Maillian, best-selling author and brand strategist and all-round #BAWSE. Her story is …

Ep 5: You Go Girl!!--DJ Niena Drake

November 29th, 2018

A full-circle moment is really the headline of DJ Niena Drake's life, and she bucks all the negative women stereotypes.  She sits at the intersection …

Bonus Ep 2:: A Little About Acting from a Big Talent--Maceo Smedley

November 22nd, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!  We have a bonus episode for you! What a JOY chatting with this young man who is already killing the acting game at the ripe old …

Ep 4: Great Things Happen When You Just #DoYou--Jarrett Hill

November 15th, 2018

Ep 4 features pop culture and politics journalis & host from NBC BLK, MSNBC, NY Times and  Essence writer, @JarrettHill. He talks plagiarism, …

Ep 3: The Social Media for Social Good Guru--Chris Strub

November 8th, 2018

He is the man who wrote the book on social media for social good.  During a time where negativity seems to constantly swirl on social media, you'll want to hear what Chris Strub is doing to bring sunshine back to your …

Bonus Ep 1: #OperaWeek Bringing Inclusion to the Opera--Marc Scorca

November 5th, 2018

This bonus episode is offered in celebration of the final day of Opera Week, 2018. It is also special because the conversation is also on YouTube …

Ep 2: Dawn of The Creators #BlackExcellence--Jaylen Bledsoe

November 1st, 2018

Jaylen Bledsoe, CEO of Bledsoe Global Group became a millionaire by the age of 15. He has been making millions for his client ever since! Talk about #blackexcellence!  And we will.  Find out what Black Single Mom Magic …

Ep 1: The Queen of Soul's Favorite Soprano--Audrey DuBois Harris

October 25th, 2018

Our premier episode features the story of The Queen of Soul’s Favorite Soprano. Aretha loved Puccini as much as she loved church music and soul, and …

The Preamble Episode

October 24th, 2018

Getting to know you...getting to know all about you.  This episode provides context and background on the show, the show's creator and host and what to expect when the show drops Thursday, Oct 25!  That's in only 2 …

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