I've interviewed an eclectic set of entertainers, authors, and thought leaders. There's something in this group for anyone: Paula Abdul, Oleta Adams, Gerald Albright, Herb Alpert, Criss Angel, Patti Austin, George Benson, Jodi Benson, Andrea Bocelli, Angela Bofill, Jim Brickman, Charnele Brown, Karamo Brown, Peabo Bryson, Cedric The Entertainer, Barney Chang, Nick Chiles, Deborah Cox, Sarah Dash, Belinda Davids, Richard Donner, Will Downing, Lamont Dozier, Sheena Easton, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Terry Fator, David Foster, Kirk Franklin, Kenny G, Billy Gaines, Larry Gatlin, Gloria Gaynor, Preston Glass, Danny Glover, Larnelle Harris, Sam Harris, Edwin Hawkins, Tramaine Hawkins, Jon Heder, Gary Hines, Clink Holmes, George Howard, Ernie Isley, Beverly Johnson, Glenn Jones, Montell Jordan, KC & The Sunshine Band, Stacy Lattisaw, Benson Lee, Jenifer Lewis, Melissa Manchester, Babbie Mason, Johnny Mathis, Audra McDonald, Brian McKnight, Claude McKnight, Terry McMIllan, David Menasche, Wendy Moten, Landau Eugene Murphy, Ann Nesby, Billy Ocean, Jeffrey Osborne, Jayne Kennedy Overton, Ray Parker Jr., Sandi Patty, Phil Perry, Piff The Magic Dragon, Ruth Pointer, Priscilla Presley, Charlie Pride, Dianne Reeves, Martha Reeves, David Ritz, Claudette Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Rhonda Ross, Darius Rucker, don Miguel Ruiz, Rep. Bernie Sanders, Seal, Allison Semmes, Valerie Simpson, Kim Sledge, Damien Sneed, Keith Staten, Shaun T, J. Randy Taraborrelli, John Tesh, Keith Thomas, Tye Tribbett, Iyanla Vanzant, Ben Vereen, Narada Michael Walden, Dionne Warwick, Martha Wash, Jody Watley, Karyn White, Billy Dee Williams, Deniece Williams, Vanessa Williams, Mary Wilson (of The Supremes), BeBe Winans, Carvin Winans, CeCe Winans, and Deborah Joy Winans.
I've been fortunate enough to talk to so many of the people who've inspired or uplifted me in some way, and I don't take those experiences for granted.
My dream interview? The list changes every day. I'm a curious guy (my dad always called it "nosy").
I've wanted to talk with Stephen King ever since The Stand scared me to death in high school. Berry Gordy is high on the list. And one day, I'll be sitting under that tree at The Promised Land with Oprah.
The ones I missed? I almost got to Trevor Noah, just before he got The Daily Show. I came just short of landing Aretha Franklin, just before her health took a final turn. I would have loved to have spoken with Michael Masser, Jim Henson, and Sammy Davis, Jr., Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston...so many people.
I've published with Jet Magazine, HuffPost, Uptown Magazine, The Hub, Gallo Mag, Funky Town Grooves, Gay Parent Magazine, EUR, and a variety of other online and traditional publications. And I write for a variety of not-for and for profits. Of those, I'm most proud of my Nielsen projects. If you've read any of their consumer reports over the last five years, chances are you've read my stuff.
On top of all of that, I'm almost fluent in english, I'm studying spanish, and I studied french in high school and college.
Michael P. Coleman
Intrepid Reporter, Writer, Marketing Professional