Friday, October 8, 2010

We Are Inspired By This BOSS: Darlene McCoy

Darlene McCoy has a multifaceted personality that in a modest attempt, can be described as sincere, indomitable, warmhearted, comical, effervescent, and most of all infectious!  This multi-talented vocalist, wife and mother of three took center stage in the music world with her debut album in May of 2007 simply and appropriately titled "Darlene McCoy" with producer music mogul Dallas Austin at the helm. She is currently at work on her sophomore release collaborating with some of music’s top producers. Her accomplishments

• Top 25 on Urban AC Billboard Charts
• Two Time 2008 Dove Nominee Award "Best Urban
Album and Best Urban Single”
• Hit Single "Fallen In Love" Featured in Tyler
Perry Motion Picture Soundtrack "Diary of a
Mad Black Woman”
• Television appearances:
- BET- Bobby Jones "Lift Every Voice”
- TV ONE Gospel of Music w/ Jeff Majors
- FOX 5 TV- "Good Day Atlanta”
- Music Channel “Gospel Dream” [Celebrity
Vocal Coach]
- WATC TV 57…. “Atlanta Alive”
• Music Video “Amazing” aired on Soul of VH1,
BET and BETJ. “Amazing” Video reached number
two spot on Gospel Music Channel.

CEO/Visionary of JENIMAC - a non-profit organization offering mentorship for teenage girls 13-17 and young women 18-25, with a goal to help develop these young women into respectable and responsible women of character and integrity through empowering workshops that offer life coping skills, which will poise them for successful lives. Visionary and host of 4th WATCH - a prophetic nondenominational
worship service, every 3rd Saturday morning from 3:00 - 6:00AM. Past Co-Host of The Spirit of Hip Hop radio show, on Radio One's Hot 107.9, the No. 1 Hip Hop station in the country, every Tuesday morning from 5am-6am. Also co-hosted Judah Jamz with Canton Jones - Radio One’s Gospel Station Praise 102.5, every Saturday Night from 9pm to 12midnite. She is the current host of the Midday Show from 10a-3p on
Atlanta’s Inspiration Station, Praise 102.5, the No. 1 gospel station in the country. Now available Jenimac Moments: Inspirational Words of Wisdom 

book. Email for your copy.
For bookings, email
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Come meet this BOSS "Influencer", and our 9 other phenomenal honorees, at The BOSS Network's "Influencers" event on October 13, 2010 in in Atlanta, GA. You can register for the event here. Come out and be inspired!

We Are Inspired By This BOSS: Dee Dee Cocheta

Dee Dee M. Cocheta-Williams, Principal of A.B.C. Publicity & Founder of Queens Never Quit
Indigenous to the Yakima Tribe, Dee Dee M. Cocheta is a 20 plus year veteran in the entertainment industry, who lives by her hometown NIKE'S motto "Just Do It.”  In Dee Dee’s world, she is a free spirit that goes with the flow while trying to maintain balance in her life between her seven children, 2 grand twins, husband of 21 years, a Doula and as an entrepreneur operating - A.B.C. Publicity based in Atlanta, GA with an office in N.Y.

Dee Dee has always been known to be a great listener, friend, advisor, dream interpreter and when she was chosen at 12 years old to go thru a program to become a peer-to-peer counselor while doing an exercise, she came to the conclusion that her purpose in life has always been to assist those who are helping themselves in becoming successful and understanding their purpose in life.  Throughout her life, she was constantly helping others and mentoring that she didn’t realize when she set forth her seven goals at age eleven, she was preparing herself for God’s plans.  Those goals: 1. Get married & have Children 2. Be the first in family to go to college 3. Own businesses  4. Get a Doctorate 5. Write a book 6. Direct a film 7. Start an Educational Center

Many know her as the “Hip-Hop Mama” not just because she has such a ‘Hip-Hop oriented’ family it’s because music has always been in her life. Dee Dee’s many creative talents started with the element of dancing; taught by one of the New York City Breakers in Middle School where Dee Dee’s ability to move and dance her heart out on stage led her to being enthralled in theatre and performing arts while in High School where she felt she got her calling not directly to the stage but behind the scenes, doing makeup, stage management, lights, sound along with writing shorts and scripts.  Dee Dee knew all of these gifts would soon become a building block for what she would become in the entertainment industry.  Behind the scenes, Dee Dee felt the power she could have in having creative control and realizing how she could help shape artists and their talent. 

As a sophomore in high school being a leader as a sophomore class president, creating events, hair modeling, promoting hair shows, peer counseling and a decision maker, her strength dissolved when that same year her best friend and advisor in life died – her daddy.  Overwhelmed with adversity due to her fathers passing, Dee Dee withdrew from high school and became very self destructive - drugs, hanging with gangs, pimps & prostitutes, suicide to homelessness.  Just when she didn’t want to care anymore, Dee Dee met her husband who she contributes to helping her get her mind right and back on focusing on her goals.  With a renewed sense of purpose and drive, Dee Dee returned to high school and graduated on time with her class and matriculated through college becoming the first in her family to earn a degree from Clark Atlanta University. Dee Dee honed her marketing skills in Radio for a few years before she went on to her next goal in life in launching her own company – A.B.C. Publicity in 1999.

Since then, Dee Dee has consulted, coordinated publicity efforts for music events, conducted media training and developed marketing and PR strategies for hundreds of independent artists in addition to: Chaka Khan, KRS One, Killer Mike, Tony Terry, DJ Benny D, music producer Isaac “Ike Dirty” Hayes, III, Rudy Currence, Arrested Development & Cherish. Her company has done media/public relations and consulting for:  BET Hip-Hop Awards, Turner South, Hosea Feed The Hungry, Chef Ashley, Chuck D’s Slamjamz Label, Playwright Nedra Simone, National Black Arts Festival, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes Foundation, Konsole Kingz, Ryan Cameron Foundation, Fashion Stylist/Author Kim Maxwell, Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation, Fitness Expert & Trainer – Brandi A. Ray and UniverSoul Circus. 

Additionally, over the years Dee Dee found time to serve as a PTA VP & President, baseball/football team mom and as a board or advisory member to The SE Network of NABFEME (National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment), SOFRAS (Society of Future Recording Artists & Songwriters), The Atlanta Hip-Hop Film Festival and founding board member of Black Music Month Foundation.

Her passion continues to be speaking to upcoming music artists, empowering youth and women about getting out of difficult situations, goal building - life's plans and purpose, leadership roles and entrepreneurial direction along with sharing her personal stories of dealing with the misfortunes while out of high school to later on handling sickness and depression.

Dee Dee’s motivation, you may ask?  She is spiritual, yet she does have her moments where she wants to stop.  Last year, while pushing herself and looking for inspiration, out of her subconscious soul came the words, “Queens Never Quit” which became her new motto.  While Dee Dee was tweeting & FB posting, those very words became inspiration to other women, which led Dee Dee down the path of divine order to create the organization Queens Never QuitÔ.  Dee Dee definitely lives and breathes life and love, a true Renaissance woman.

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Come meet this BOSS "Influencer", and our 9 other phenomenal honorees, at The BOSS Network's "Influencers" event on October 13, 2010 in in Atlanta, GA. You can register for the event here. Come out and be inspired!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

We Are Inspired By This BOSS: Rashan Ali

With a passion for sports, empowering young women and the people of Atlanta, Rashan Ali continues to establish herself as a formidable and revered multimedia personality within the sports and entertainment industries.

While attending Florida A & M University as a Broadcast Journalism major, Rashan knew that she wanted to share her voice with the world, and set out on a quest to make that happen. She became heavily involved in the entertainment scene in Atlanta, working for LaFace Records and also as the personal assistant to the late Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes. Rashan decided to enter a contest searching for new talent on Atlanta radio station HOT 107.9 FM and was handpicked from over 500 applicants to join popular radio personality Ryan Cameron on-air. Her charisma and grace appealed to millions of listeners, which quickly propelled the program’s rating into the #1 position during its 6-10 AM timeslot. She then went on to become the host of the “A-Team” Morning Show on the same station, where she was one of only three women in the country leading a Hip Hop and R&B morning show. Rashan’s journey in radio came full circle in 2010 when she was reunited with Ryan Cameron as the co-host of The Ryan Cameron Show on V-103 FM, Atlanta’s #1 urban formatted station.

Her career in radio opened the door for many opportunities, including the chance to add 'actress' to her resume in 2007 when she starred in “3 Can Play That Game” opposite heavy hitters Vivica Fox and Terri J Vaughn, “The Gospel” with Boris Kodjoe and “Trois 3,” which was produced by Will Packer.
Rashan's unique perspective and knowledge of sports didn't go unnoticed as the sports reporter while at HOT 107.9 FM and she was invited to become a sideline reporter for the Atlanta Hawks, which she did for four years. In 2009, Rashan joined an elite group when she became one of few African American women providing sports commentary on a national scale as a reporter for the Chic-Fil-A Bowl Preview Show, which aired on ESPN 2 and ESPN U. She continues to make her mark in the sports industry and most recently became the Social Media Correspondent during the 2010 NBA Playoffs on NBA TV’s NBA Gametime Live, where she works with respected analysts like Eric Snow and Chris Webber.

Ali attended Florida A&M University after receiving swimming and academic scholarships and obtained a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism (magna cum laude) in 1997. She remains involved in countless charities and organizations, which include: The Women’s Sports Foundation, The National Association of Black Sports Professionals and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. In 2006, she founded an organization called Sporty Girls, Inc., which encourages the development of life skills in girls ages 8-18 through participation in non-traditional sports like golf, tennis, soccer and swimming.

In 2003, the Coalition of 100 Black Women honored Ali with the Unsung Heroine Award and during that same year, Ali became one of Jet’s legendary weekly beauties. In 2005, she was the recipient of the YWCA’sWomen of Achievement honor and YOUTH Vibe’s “Leading Lady” award. She was honored with the 2006, 2007 and 2008 March of Dimes A.I.R. awards for outstanding achievement in radio.
When Rashan is off-the-air, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Brian, and is the proud mother of two wonderful daughters, Bailey and Carter.

For more information about Rashan Ali, please visit

Rashan Ali

Come meet this BOSS "Influencer", and our 9 other phenomenal honorees, at The BOSS Network's "Influencers" event on October 13, 2010 in in Atlanta, GA. You can register for the event here. Come out and be inspired!

We Are Inspired By This BOSS: Judge Kimberly Esmond Adams


Judge Kimberly Esmond Adams began her term on the Fulton County Superior Court in January, 2009.  The Fulton Superior Court is the largest and busiest trial court in the State of Georgia.  Prior to her election, Judge Adams served the citizens of Fulton County as a Chief Senior Assistant District Attorney in the Office of the Fulton County District Attorney for nearly six years where she prosecuted major felony cases, including homicides and crimes against women and children.  She began her public service career in 2002 after more than three years of practice as an employment attorney with a national labor and employment boutique. 

A past president of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA), Judge Adams has served in a number of leadership capacities, both professionally and in her community.  She has served on the boards of the Atlanta Technical College Foundation, The Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta, the Restorative Justice Board of the Atlanta Municipal Court and the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation.  She has been an active member and officer of Cascade United Methodist Church for nearly three decades; and she also is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Judge Adams has been the recipient of several honors and awards, most notably, Who's Who in Law and Business by the Atlanta Business Chronicle; Woman of the Year - "Ordinary Woman With Extraordinary Talents" by Women Looking Ahead News Magazine, Special Unit Trial Attorney of the Year by the Fulton County District Attorney's Office, the Gate City Bar Association Thelma Wyatt Moore Legacy Award and the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the Notre Dame Law School Black Law Students Association.  She is an alumnus of Leadership Atlanta and Leadership Georgia.  In addition, Judge Adams frequently serves as a speaker, moderator and panelist on topics ranging from the law and professionalism to education and the family.

Judge Adams earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and her Juris Doctor Degree from the Notre Dame Law School. 

She resides in Atlanta with her husband, Michael.  They are the proud parents of a son, Michael, who is a freshman at Xavier University of Louisiana.

Come meet this BOSS "Influencer", and our 9 other phenomenal honorees, at The BOSS Network's "Influencers" event on October 13, 2010 in in Atlanta, GA. You can register for the event here. Come out and be inspired!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

We Are Inspired By This BOSS: Melissa Dawn Johnson

Melissa Dawn Johnson

Media personality, entrepreneur and author Melissa Dawn Johnson is a Global Branding and Personal Transformation Strategist. As an innovative marketer with a proven track record of elevating the image of the world’s greatest brands, Johnson is CEO and President of Atlanta-based Velvet Suite Marketing Consulting Group, Inc. ( and Brand Me International ( Her formula is the authentic secret to success for anyone.

Although accomplished, her warm personality and well-rounded style make her a sought-after strategist to the stars. Having developed signature partnerships with personalities such as: Shania Twain, Common, Jessica Simpson, Carmelo Anthony, Bernice King, Hill Harper, Mary J. Blige, Common, World Cup soccer star, Oguchi Onyewu and more, she has the ear of the influencer. Her pioneering spirit propelled her to launch a brand leadership program for world-class athletes. In 2008, more than 330 rookies with the National Football League (NFL) across 19 teams went through her Brand University program, a first of its kind in partnership with the NFL. Her work in sports has expanded to the NBA as well as the NCAA.

Her personal touch and engaging experience has spawned devoted fans and followers through, a social media platform featuring “brand masters” in every aspect of life. Johnson empowers by reinforcing the idea that change is a catalyst to unleash potential. After experiencing a life-altering personal loss, Johnson made a commitment to dare to live the life she dreamed. Her only promise to herself along the journey would be to inspire and empower the world to believe anything is possible. Her first title, Brand Me: Make Your Mark: Turn Passion into Profit (Ambassador Press – offers a 7-Step Brand Blue Print™ to package your passion into a profitable life.

Johnson is an on-air contributor to CNN weekly through her own segment on Sunday called Morning Motivation. As the producer of “Making the Brand,” an online-web series, she entertains her audience with an insider’s view of the recipe behind the world’s most renowned people and places. Her impact is global as she sits on the advisory board for the World Brand Summit in Mumbai, India. She also receives request to speak globally.

Johnson received a Master of Science degree from the Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) program at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She graduated cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and a minor in Business Administration from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio.

Reared in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Johnson learned the value of service as the key ingredient to leaving a legacy. She attended Otterbein College on a community service scholarship, where she served as coordinator of the Indianola Middle School Program, a nationally recognized mentor program, honored by President Bill Clinton for its innovative impact in bringing hundreds of college students into community service. Johnson was recently inducted into the Otterbein College African American Hall of Fame in 2009.

Johnson currently resides in Atlanta, GA and enjoys extreme fitness, dancing, cooking, spending time with family and of course, sports.

Come meet our keynote speaker Melissa Dawn Johnson, and our 10 phenomenal honorees, at The BOSS Network's "Influencers" event on October 13, 2010 in in Atlanta, GA. You can register for the event here. Come out and be inspired!

We Are Inspired By This BOSS: Jovita Moore

Jovita Moore
Jovita Moore is an Emmy award-winning[1] US news anchor and reporter. She currently anchors the daily newscast of WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and also does news reports during the week. Before moving to Atlanta, she worked as weekend anchor/reporter at WMC-TV in Memphis, Tennessee. She began her career as a reporter at KFSM-TV in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 1990.

She joined WSB-TV in 1998. She has served as anchor for the weekend evening news, but moved to daily news stories in March, 2005. She earned a Master's Degree in Journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and she also received her Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in Literature, from Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont. Jovita is a past member of the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists. She is currently an active member of the Junior League of Atlanta and a former member of the Board of Directors of the YWCA of greater Atlanta.

She is committed to helping communities around the Atlanta area and she donates her time speaking to school groups, hosting events for the community, and mentoring students. Jovita also runs a non-profit youth organization called Live to Prosper.[citation needed] In 2001, she was awarded one of the highest honors in television news when she received an Emmy for her Outstanding Medical Reporting for her two part series, \"Women and Fibroids\". The series was awarded Best Hard Feature by the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists.

Come meet our host Jovita Moore, and our 10 phenomenal honorees, at The BOSS Network's "Influencers" event on October 13, 2010 in in Atlanta, GA. You can register for the event here. Come out and be inspired!

Monday, October 4, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: “Inspired by Influencers” Tour
An Evening of Inspiring and Networking in Atlanta
A Six City Tour highlighting ten amazing women in each city as an “Influencer” for the work that she has done in and outside of her community.

Chicago, IL – BOSS (Bringing Out Successful Sisters), the women’s empowerment alliance, dedicated to highlighting, connecting and empowering women globally, is hitting the road with their “Inspired by Influencers” Tour.
The “Influencers” tour will visit six cities across the US, with the purpose of highlighting and bridging ten women in the fields of Business, Entertainment, Health & Wellness, Arts, Sports, Fashion, Education and more in each city who have branded themselves as a successful influencer among peers and associates, alike.  BOSS wants to take the time out to recognize each of these women for their magnanimous steps towards their individual successes and honor them for their determination and accomplishment in their respective fields. 
Next stop – Atlanta, GA.  The “Influencers” event  will be held on Wednesday, October 13 (6p-10p EST) at the ultra exclusive Cosmopolitan Lava Lounge (45 Thirteenth Street, NE., Atlanta, GA), featuring Key Note Speaker Melissa Dawn Johnson – Global Branding Expert and  hosted by Jovita Moore -  News Anchor, WSB-TV Atlanta Channel 2 News.  Please join the BOSS Network as they pay homage to these phenomenal women and set the bar for “growth through networking beyond events.” 
Our BOSS "Influencers" Honorees include:  Shanti Das – Founder and CEO of, Dee Dee Chocheta – Senior Strategist, ABC Publicity, Zina Age – Founder and CEO of Aniz, Inc., Sheri Riley – President and Chief Partnership Strategist for GLUE, Inc., Denise Hendricks – TV Producer, The Mo’Nique Show, Darlene McCoy – Founder and CEO of Visionary, JENINAC, Judge Kimberly Esmond Adams – Judge, Fulton County Superior Court, Dr. Tiffany Brown – CEO of Dr. Tiffany Brown, LLC, Charmaine Ward – President of The National Black MBA Atlanta Chapter and Rashan Ali – CEO and founder of
For more information on the “Inspired by Influencers” tour, its honorees or The BOSS Network, please visit, or to purchase tickets, please register at  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to ANIZ, Inc. (a non-for profit organization) dedicated to empowering children and adults to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS to the next Generation.  For more information on Aniz, Inc. visit

Event Program:

7:00pm-8:00pm-          VIP Reception hosted by Jovita Moore
8:00pm-8:10pm-          Welcome, BOSS Founder Cameka Smith
8:10pm-8:20pm-          Keynote Speaker, Melissa Dawn Johnson
8:20pm-9:00pm-          Introduction of BOSS "Influencers"
9:00pm-11:00pm-        Power Mixer

On the BOSS Network:
The BOSS Network was founded by Cameka D. Smith and is a women’s empowerment alliance dedicated to highlighting women and creating opportunities for growth through networking beyond events.  BOSS was named among the top 100 websites and one of the top 10 career sites for women in 2010 by

The BOSS Network by Tisa Silver

Hello BOSS Ladies, 

My name is Tisa L. Silver and I am a proud member of The BOSS Network. 

Like many of my fellow BOSS ladies, I have a multifaceted career. I am an educator, an author, a speaker and a non-profit leader. In each role, one of my goals is to connect with people beyond the niceties. The BOSS Network is one of my central “hubs” for connecting. Some connections result in new relationships, others result in new business opportunities. Either way, it’s all good.

I joined the BOSS Network after connecting with a couple of positive ladies, LaKesha Womack and Tachelle Daniels, on Twitter. I saw tweets with the “#BOSS” hashtag and wondered, “What’s that all about?”

From there, I visited The BOSS Network and quickly set up my profile. I am glad to report, my experience has been nothing but positive ever since. Twitter remained my primary method of staying in touch with the BOSS ladies until the Inspired by Influencers Tour was announced. The tour’s first stop… Washington, DC!  

I had the pleasure of being a speaker at the BOSS Business Brunch. I was finally able to meet our Founder, Cameka Smith along with several BOSS ladies I had become acquainted with online through the network. When it was time for me to speak, I felt right at home. Even though many of us were technically strangers, it felt as if we had known each other for years. The brunch was fabulous, so much so I will have to write about it in another post!

My experience at the brunch simply confirmed my decision to become a BLACKARD member.

The BLACKCARD membership has its perks, and from a business perspective, I have yet to take advantage of any of them! I will in the near future, but my primary reason for becoming a BLACKCARD was not to sell books or to book gigs. Those perks are all welcome, but my motivation was to support our Founder’s vision.

Undoubtedly, Cameka had to invest a substantial amount of her resources (time, effort and money) to start something as special as The BOSS Network. She would not have done so if she did not believe it would succeed. I, too, believe in The BOSS Network, but it takes more than belief to achieve success—it takes action. As members, we must actively invest our resources in order to keep The BOSS Network going and growing. 

My investment in The BOSS Network has more than exceeded my expectations. As the Inspired by Influencers Tour continues to move across the nation, I encourage you to take the time to explore The BOSS Network and experience the empowerment for yourself. 

Tisa L. Silver
Author of The Time Value of Life: Why Time Is More Valuable Than Money

Twitter: @TisaSilver