Monday, April 11, 2011

Who's Got Next? Summer Internship Available!

Cocoa Mode Media LLC is looking for an intern to assist in managing our growing multi-media empire. This is the perfect opportunity for college students interested in radio and new media programming, broadcast marketing and radio production.

Candidates must:

* Be reliable, organized and mature.
* Have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
* Be familiar with social networking tools including Facebook, Twitter, etc.
* Interested in women's issues specifically related to health and wellness.
* Reside in the Washington DC Metro area.
* Able to receive college credit.

Duties Include:

* Assisting with regular website, blog and social media updates.
* Researching topics and booking guests for Cocoa Mode.
* Work with Shawna Renee to develop grassroots and online marketing initiatives.
* Assist with developing and implementing radio and wellness workshops.
* Producing and uploading audio and video podcasts.

Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter to Shawna Renee at

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Open Marriage w/ JujuMama

In Case You Missed It:

Original air date: October 21, 2010

"Honey, I met this girl and I think she's cute, I was wondering if you'd be mad if I...?"

What would you do it your husband/wife came to you with news that they've fallen for someone else? Would you leave? Would you stay? Would you agree to forgo monogamy for the sake of keeping your marriage in tact? Carl and Kenya Stevens of did just that - and they're not alone.

This was one of the hottest shows of the season. Listen up and feel free to leave your comments below.

A Different World:

Original air date: October 14, 2010

Howard University recently announced it's plan to allow 24 hour visitation in one if it's upperclassman dorms. Students and alumni are wondering if this move is the beginning of the end of HBCU's traditionally conservative ideas about student life?

Meanwhile, University of Kansas football coach Turner Gill made headlines when he, in an attempt to teach his team responsibility and respect, announced that players will no longer be allowed to use their cell phones before games nor will they be allowed to interact with female students the night before a game. PERIOD.

Finally, we talk about Vibe Magazine's latest article about the challenges some homosexual students face at Morehouse College.

Part 2: Yoga teacher Maya Breuer discusses the importance of yoga and natural healing for women of color.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Act Your Wage!

...just one of the valuable pieces of advice offered this morning by author and financial adviser, Gail Perry Mason this morning on Cocoa Mode with Shawna Renee. She also shared a fabulous list of websites and resources for those wanting to save/manage/make money. If you missed the show you can tune into the replay on Saturday, October 9th at 4:00pm and again on Sunday, October 10th at 9:00am. If you don't have XM Satellite Radio, get it, until then you can download a free podcasts of past shows from the Cocoa Mode website and i tunes.

If you have a question for Gail Perry Mason or if you would like to find out more about her books and seminars, visit her website.

Here are some of the websites worth checking out: -

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

ICYMI: Single Woman + Pregnancy = Curse

This, according to some who support Christelyn D. Karazin's No Wedding No Womb movement. I invited Christelyn to explain why she felt it was time for her to do something about the alarming rate of young African American single mothers and what she hopes will be the eventual outcome of the movement. She also address the criticism she's received from those who question her motive and method.

If you interested in learning more about the No Wedding No Womb movement, visit her website,

Original air date: September 20, 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

ICYMI: A Woman's Womb and a Church's Wound.

Original air date: September 23, 2010

Part 1: Lamar Tyler of Black and Married with Kids talks about the controversial No Wedding, No Womb movement that is sweeping the internet. Is it a slap in the face to single mothers or just what we need to strengthen our families?

Part 2: Bishop Eddie Long, the well respected church leader being accused my multiple men of sexual coercion and misconduct has become the poster child for what many believe is wrong with the church. It’s been said our spiritual leaders have amassed way too much power, money and influence over their congregations. So much so, that in the case of Bishop Long, they believe they are (allegedly) above the law. God’s and man’s. While I don’t want to go into the specifics of the case, I do think this is an excellent opportunity to bring up another issues that has long been ignored in the church, espcially Black Churches. Homosexuality.

In this episode of Cocoa Mode with Shawna Renee, I asked my listeners a question that was initially posed by blogger Drew Shane of, “Do Black Churches live by the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy?”

Listen to what they have to say, then feel free to leave your comments below.

Also, don’t forget to “LIKE” the Shawna Renee fan page on Facebook. I’ve got a ton of very exciting things coming up (including free stuff) and I want to make sure you know all about it.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

This Week on Cocoa Mode - Financial Abortion

We hear it all the time, Men complaining about the pressure of having to pay child support to women who they accuse of living off the money for children who many didn't want in the first place. Singer Lyfe Jennings, a serial baby daddy wrote in a blog for Vibe Magazine "I hope they change these laws to stop letting women and men—’cause some men be filing for child support, too—but stop letting them make a living off child support and start requiring them to get a job". This statement along with the recent news of singer Kelis' hefty monthly child support payments from her ex-husband, rapper Nas has re-ignited a fiery debate among baby mamas and baby daddies around the country.

Enter Dr. Fraces Goldscheider.

This Brown University Sociology Professor is the author of "MEN, CHILDREN AND THE FUTURE OF THE FAMILY IN THE THIRD MILLENNIUM" in which she introduces the controversial Financial Abortion plan that, if it were law, would absolve a man - who has specifically said to his partner before intercourse that he doesn't want to be a father, of all monetary responsibility for any pregnancy. Supporters believe that this plan could protect men from the predatory practices of women who choose to have children for financial gain, while opponents say this is just another way to free men of the repercussions of their own irresponsibility?

If you're a unmarried parent, you don't want to miss this show.

Tune in to Cocoa Mode, Thursday at 8:00am ET on XM 169 and online at