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The Art of Transition

The Art of Transition

By Dr. Erica Jones
Our mission is to highlight black excellence in entrepreneurship. We expose the audience to courageous individuals who triumphed to transition into a new life. Each of our guests shares their personal journey of progression into various careers and business endeavors.
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Content Creators need self-care!!
Content creators spend countless hours in front of computers, cameras, and microphones.  It's important that they also take the time to create space for self-love and self-care. Listen in as @DrEricaJones offers some advice.  Visit her page for more tips:
February 22, 2022
Atlanta Real Estate Investor & Realtor: Ashley Davis
For more info follow @AshleyDavisRealEstate on Instagram
January 30, 2022
Web Designer & Brand Strategist Epiphany Jackson
Epiphany is the CEO of ENJ Branding, a digital marketing agency creating unique yet professional branding material for female and millennial entrepreneurs. For more information, visit:
January 20, 2022
Big Rube Speaks on Oculus Quest Virtual Reality
Big Rube and Dr. Jones discuss Oculus Quest, Virtual Reality, The Metaverse, presence, haptics, intelligence, gaming, and more! Follow him on Instagram @BigRubeAtl  Contact him for booking at Follow our podcast on Instagram @TheArtofTransitionPodcast
January 07, 2022
From Dungeon Family to working with 21 Savage, Future, Offset and others, Big Rube remains relevant
Ruben "Big Rube" Bailey of Atlanta's own Dungeon Family/Organized Noize discusses growing up as a young man in Southwest Atlanta and how his career transitioned into one of the most recognizable voices in the world. His voice can be heard on over 100 albums, movies, and commercials. His work has most recently been featured on 2 Chainz new album on the single "Young, Rich, and Black"    Follow him on Instagram @BigRubeAtl  Contact him for booking at Follow our podcast on Instagram @TheArtofTransitionPodcast
January 07, 2022
How Monique went from Applying to Over 280 Jobs to CEO of her own concierge business
Enter the new year with a clean and organized space! Get Organized for 2022 with @YoursTruly.Concierge
January 04, 2022
The Sneakerhead & Soldier: Sergeant Jones
Recorded in Germany, this episode gives listeners an insight into the life of a US Army Soldier who is extremely passionate about shoes. Follow him on Instagram @mr.getitonjones15  Subscribe to the visual podcast on Youtube Follow the podcast on Instagram @TheArtofTransitionPodcast
December 12, 2021
Artist Talk: Chanell Angeli
This episode spotlights Artist Chanell Angeli who has recently transitioned into the mixed-media art world. Listen to this award-winning author, poet, and artist as she discusses her processes regarding creating the pieces of Portals in the Matrix.  Learn more about her work here:
November 23, 2021
Former nightclub owner talks transitioning into motherhood and breastfeeding
The benefits of breastfeeding have been documented for decades. Breastfeeding saves lives and money. In this interview AQ talks about her breastfeeding journey, other aspects of motherhood, and entrepreneurship. For more, follow her on IG: @missquinette
August 03, 2021
The Power of Filmmaking
I’m this episode, Dr. Jones interviews writer and filmmaker Dennis Delemar . He delves into starting a career as a filmmaker and also talks about his latest project: Black Wall Street: An American Nightmare where the exhausted O.W. Gurley, future founder of Black Wall Street, takes a nap and is suddenly transported 115 years into the future to the year 2020.
July 02, 2021
From Homeless to Forbes List with Allen Forrest
Dr. Jones interviews the CEO & Founder of The Forrest Group, an airport concessionaire, as he details how he went from a homeless to the Forbes List.
June 27, 2021
After transitioning out of the military and taking multiple positions in production ranging from PA, Stage Manager, Executive Security and Directors assistant, Nakeema decided to venture into something that could combine all of these talents and backgrounds and serve her BIPOC & LGBT community hand in hand. In January 2017, Nakeema created Culour Magazine NY's 1st urban digital Humanitarian LGBT publication. It exclusively focuses on journalism pertaining to LGBT of color. Tap into everything that’s going on with CULOUR MAG at
June 13, 2021
How Dewayne Q became a media mogul and kept his full time gig in the travel industry
Dewayne Queen, a native of Baltimore, MD, founded Swank Arts & Entertainment as a means to provide a space for the Black community, including Black LGBTQIA+ community and our narrative. Swank Arts & Entertainment is a multimedia production and event management company. We specialize in a range of options tailored to bring your high quality events and productions to life. Be it large or small scale, we bring a personal and professional approach to your festivals, conferences, ceremonies, formal parties, concerts, or conventions. We also consult with individuals and/or companies on multimedia production in the home, studio, church, etc. In addition to shaping your creative vision and managing the execution of your event, Swark Arts & Entertainment specializes in: Programming development Talent procurement Logistically management Budget management Contract negotiations Media relations Branding and marketing Swank Arts & Entertainment will provide a plan to assure a smooth and successful event that people will be talking about for years to come.
June 06, 2021
From suicide attempt to LGBTQ Faith Trauma Educator & Wellness Coach
Dr. Jones & Dr. Amin discuss inclusivity, faith-based trauma, depression, and suicide. Dr. Renair Amin has worked to become a relationship wellness coach and LGBTQ Faith Trauma Educator. She has dedicated her time to helping others.
May 24, 2021
From losing both of his parents in college to building other’s brands & a luxury shoe company
Mr. Jones @TheDoctorDapper is a resilient individual who jumped into entrepreneurship after losing both of his parents while in college. He started selling shoes nation-wide via his website in 2017. His company, which stands for Like Father Like Son, offers luxury shoes for both men and women that are designed in the United States and handcrafted in Brazil. @lflsshoes
April 10, 2021
How an Engineer transitioned to CEO of her own Vegan Cafe and Delivery Service
Chef and owner of The Veggie, Adyre Mason decided to trade in her job as a Systems Engineer for a chef’s coat. When her mother passed away in early 2017, she decided to take the leap to fulfill their shared dream of entering the food industry. She honors her mother’s classic dishes by transforming them into modern vegan fare and using her diverse palette to create original dishes of her own at The Veggie in Huntsville, AL. Check them out at
March 21, 2021
Podcasting for beginners
Two experienced podcasters share tips and pitfalls for anyone trying to start their own podcast without using much equipment or paying out thousands of dollars. Checkout my Ebook “How to Start a Podcast in 7 days” on
February 07, 2021
Transitioning from law school into entrepreneurship
In this episode, Dr. Jones speaks with Elle Gyamfi, a Bronx, NY native about transitioning from law school into entrepreneurship and taking up space for minorities in law. She graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice [2013] with a BA in Criminal Justice and minors in Criminology + Political Science. She received her JD from New York Law School [2017] with a focus on Intellectual Property law and her LLM from Cardozo School of Law [2020] with a concentration in Fashion, Art, Media + Entertainment law. Elle is the CEO/owner of SHOP ELLECOMMAWOODS, a line of legal themed jewelry, clothing, and other accessories. She also is the creator of LegallyLGBT – a GroupMe for LGBT minorities in the legal field – which she is in the process of turning into a non-profit to assist fellow LGBT lawyers/law students. Next, Elle plans to get a Masters or certification in Music Business Management and her overall goal is to start her own firm/artist management company focusing on IP + business formation. You can follow Elle on Instagram at @ellecommawoods and on Twitter at @ellecommawoods_. Additionally, she can be reached via email at . You can check out her brand via the website, and Instagram @shopellecommawoods
January 23, 2021
Transitioning from living in the US to Ghana
Maya King is a Property Management Professional turned Entrepreneur. Having lost employment at the start of 2020’s global pandemic, Maya took the opportunity to launch her online store reselling West African Goods to fund her plans to repatriate. Maya found Ghana to be home during her first visit in December 2017 as the food, weather,vibes and general welcome was ideal. Back in the US, watching the continued polarization throughout the United States, Maya has decided to begin the process of repatriation by moving to Ghana for three months. You can support her journey by shopping at You can follow her journey via her Youtube channel, “Maya To The Motherland”  and on Instagram at @loveandwaistbeads
September 26, 2020
Transitioning from a solo business to a thriving partnership
CEO of Dowdell Photography and Co-Owner of Heart & Sole Huntsville Sneaker Boutique discusses transitioning from a solo business to an amazing partnership
September 14, 2020
Transitioning into September: Suicide Prevention Month
Dr. Jones urges everyone to stay in touch with your loved ones as we transition into September and the last quarter of the year. If you or someone you know is suicidal, please contact a mental health professional or call 1-800-273- TALK (8255)
September 02, 2020
The Art of Transition presents: The path to becoming a lawyer with Attorney Roncheros Fortune
Attorney Roncheros Fortune walks us through the steps that it takes to transition from college and enter into law school. He talks about his personal experiences of passing two different state Bars, working as an Attorney, and how he gives back via his non-profit—The Good Fortune Group.
July 18, 2020
Survival Talks with ES Consulting CEO Brandon King
CEO of ES Consulting Agency, Brandon J King shares his journey transistioning from Corporate America to being an Entrepreneur during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The goal of ES Consulting Agency is simple... its to help people. Help people get back to work, find new jobs, get promoted on those jobs , and use their God given talents. to CEO of ES Consulting Agency. Brandon details his transition from Corporate America to Entrepreneurship during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The goal of ES Consulting Agency is simple... its to help people. Help people get back to work, find new jobs, get promoted on those jobs, and to use their God given talents to make more money. Follow ES Consulting Agency at @esconsultingagency on Instagram and Facebook. Email IG Profiles to Follow @lynnrichardson - Starting home based businesses @kingashleyann - Business Strategy, Selling Digital Products, Landing Pages @princedonnell - Business Strategy, Apps, Business Licenesing make more money. Follow ES Consulting Agency at @esconsultingagency on Instagram and Facebook.
June 23, 2020
Police Brutality is a Public Health Issue
Breonna Taylor—an award winning EMT would have been 27 years old today if she had not been killed by plainclothes officers as she slept. Law enforcement-involved deaths of unarmed black people are associated with adverse mental health among Black American adults.
June 05, 2020
The Essence of Endurance during the Coronavirus Crisis
Dr. Jones speaks alone on withstanding hardship.
May 17, 2020
Kahlil Gibran Speaks!!!
Ahead of his time in film and rhymes, Kahlil Gibran Stokes gives us insight into his world of #videorobot and how he has shared his gift as a Video Director through @sixsensefoundation over 20+ years. He was a “Youtuber” before the term was popularized. Don’t believe me??....Just watch “Sixsense Foundation” has volumes of content!
May 06, 2020
Gig Economy Hustling & Covid-19 with Dulce Hart of Free Image
Ms. Hart is the epitome of a woman with heart. She is the ultimate hustler--having thoroughly investigated and worked in the gig economy while keeping a full-time job. She gives us tips on transitioning from one source of income to another. For instance, do some research on TaskRabbit and Fiverr!
April 22, 2020
Coronavirus Cues from Dr. Jones
Seek help if you are sick!!! Sources: CDC.GOV & WHO.INT
April 17, 2020
Transitioning from Sharecropping to Owning a home and raising several generations in the same home
Sharecropper : a tenant farmer especially in the southern U.S. who is provided with credit for seed, tools, living quarters, and food, who works the land, and who receives an agreed share of the value of the crop minus charges (definition provided by Merriam-Webster)
April 03, 2020
Holistic Counselor Shares Tips on Transitioning to Working From Home & Beating Cabin Fever
The Coronavirus Pandemic is forcing people to transition away from many distractions and sit still. We chat about ways to transition and thrive in these trying times. Special Guest Afu Okosun, CEO of First Mind Counseling, shares his advice. He is an author and a podcaster as well. is where you can go to book counseling sessions. His book KING WITHOUT A CROWN is available on Amazon
March 19, 2020
The Art of Transition Podcast Welcomes Derrick Hayes, CEO of Big Dave’s Cheesesteaks
Keeping a promise he made to his dad, Derrick Hayes delved into the restaurant business head first. Leaving behind the West Philly streets, he hit the ground running in Atlanta. In 2018, Derrick’s Big Dave’s Cheesesteak ranked Top 10 in World Food Championships for Sandwiches. Hayes has expanded his restaurant from one location next to a gas station to a downtown restaurant with expanded menu options including beer and wine. The brand continues to grow with a new location in Doraville coming later in 2020. Big Dave’s is also open for franchise opportunities. @bigdavescheesesteaks
March 09, 2020
3 engineers Transition into Gallery Owners
ZuCot Gallery @zucotgallery is the largest African-American owned fine art gallery in the Southeast. Located in the historic Castleberry Hill district of downtown Atlanta, our 3,500 sq. foot space offers an eclectic decor and features some of the most prolific contemporary artists of our time.
March 02, 2020
Meet the CEO who is building a haircare legacy in 2 different continents—Mary Joshua
CEO of NexSheen Arganics, Mary Joshua emphasizes the concepts of legacy, challenges, and healthy competition in this episode. The Mission of NexSheen Arganics is to continually bring innovative, quality health and beauty aids to consumers, exceeding their expectations and becoming their final destination for all of their beauty care needs. Follow NexSheen Arganics on Facebok and IG: @nexsheen_arganics
February 18, 2020
HQAuburn with Investor Shawn Crawford
Investor Shawn Crawford gives us insight into his thought process that he utilizes when building small businesses. He is an authority in small business development in the world and is currently running HQ Auburn. @hqauburn Headquarters Atlanta is an intimate co-working space and business incubator located in the center of Historic Auburn Avenue which was once the epic-center of black business in America. Find him on IG @iamshawncrawford
February 18, 2020