Money Making Conversations

Rushion McDonald


Come learn the Secrets To Success! Money Making Conversations is hosted by EMMY award-winning producer Rushion McDonald. The Emmy award-winning television and film producer has produced and created national marketing campaigns, blockbuster movies, hit sitcoms, reality shows, and syndicated television shows.

Money Making Conversations celebrates the small business stars in our neighborhoods. It is a voice of information about Entertainment and Entrepreneurship. The show gives the consumer and business owner access to Celebrities like Stephen A. Smith, Bishop TD Jakes, Patti LaBelle, Tom Bilyeu, Deion Sanders, LaLa Anthony, Cedric The Entertainer, and Nick Cannon. Listeners also hear from CEOs, Entrepreneurs, and Industry Decision Makers in areas including sports, culinary arts, fashion, television, film, finance, beauty, and technology. The guests, in turn, deliver information about career planning, motivation, financial literacy, and how they lead a balanced life. Tune in to hear the Secrets to their Success!

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Building your business through email marketing, the Director of Small Business Success at Constant Contact, Dave Charest tells you how to su

Two-time Emmy and three-time NAACP Image Award-winning television Executive Producer Rushion McDonald interviews Dave Charest, the Director of Small Business Success at Constant Contact. He provides powerful tools to simplify and amplify digital marketing for businesses. Previously, he was the Director of Content Marketing and also the Senior Manager of Content and Social Media Marketing at the company. Dave is also a Speaker, Host, and Podcaster obsessed with helping small business owners find time for online marketing since 2006.  Constant Contact delivers everything small businesses and nonprofits need to build, grow, and succeed. With powerful online marketing tools, contact management and sales features, and innovative AI capabilities, Constant Contact makes it easy to attract the right people, engage more customers, close more deals, and grow. __ __See for privacy information.

Feb 16
Comedian Kier "Junior" Spates is living his dream despite being told he would not live past 11 years.

Two-time Emmy and Three-time NAACP Image Award-winning, television Executive Producer Rushion McDonald, interview Kier Spates. He is a Sickle Cell Warrior, and when he was diagnosed, he was told he would not live past 11 years. Today, he is a sickle cell survivor, Hollywood television writer, co-hosts the popular Steve Harvey Morning Show, hosts his radio show every Saturday in Atlanta, and is a touring stand-up comedian. He started his foundation called Kier's Hope for Sickle Cell survivors and hosts his motivational podcast, Living Your Life. Each week, join him and his board-certified medical co-host, Dr. Corey Hebert, as we meet incredible people who refuse to let a life-threatening illness hold them back from success. Plus, he talks with today's top medical, community, and entertainment influencers! See for privacy information.

Feb 14
Grammy nominee filed bankruptcy and Ashley Joi Boyd, wrote her recovery story "Financially Fly: Mastering Money and Wealth for Women."

Rushion McDonald interviewed Ashley Joi Boyd. Born and raised in Detroit, Ashley Joi Boyd made a name for herself as a Grammy nominee, music producer, composer (co-writer behind Justin Bieber's hit "Yummy"), and real estate developer. Now, with the release of her book, who can include the title author? Ashley filed for bankruptcy and has returned to financial health, so she wrote a book entitled "Financially Fly: Mastering Money and Wealth for Women.See for privacy information.

Feb 12
"First Black women-owned citrus-based liqueur company in the United States" owned by Taia Rashid and Daphne Carter.

Two-time Emmy and Three-time NAACP Image Award-winning television Executive Producer Rushion McDonald interviews Tiaia Rasheed, and Daphne Carter. The company proudly boasts the distinction of being the "first Black women-owned citrus-based liqueur in the United States." They created a vodka-based drink that is infused with the finest natural ingredients. The two women came up with an idea to start a business while vacationing on the shores of the Amalfi Coast in the summer of 2022, and now the two beverages born from that idea-inspiring trip are the award-winning Daphane Limoncello and Daphane Raspberry Berrycello.  Cashid Beverage LTD Co has created a one-of-a-kind "original beverage" that is vodka-based and infused with the finest natural ingredients. The libations can be chilled as a shot, sipped alone over ice, or mixed with other fine spirits, juices, and seltzers to create fantastic palette-pleasing experiences!See for privacy information.

Feb 09
It's time to stop "Living Check to Monday: The Real Deal About Money, Credit, and Financial Security" authored by financial expert Dr. Lynn

Two-time Emmy and Three-time NAACP Image Award-winning Executive Television Producer Rushion McDonald interviews Dr. Lynn Richardson.  Named by Urban Influence Magazine as one of the 20 Hottest Influencers in America, Lynn Richardson is an ordained minister, certified Chaplain, author, entertainment executive, and celebrity financial coach who uses her quick wit and humorous presentation style to help others face their money issues and achieve personal, professional and spiritual harmony. With almost three decades of leading roles in the financial services industries, Lynn’s vision is best portrayed in her books, most notably Living Check to Monday: The Real Deal About Money, Credit and Financial Security, which achieved Best Seller status at the 2008 Congressional Black Caucus Conference Book Pavilion. Lynn is featured regularly on Good Morning America, Fox Business, Access Live, The Steve TV Show, The Hallmark Channel's Home & Family Show, BET Networks and has appeared in Essence, Jet, Upscale, on Get Up Mornings with Erica Campbell, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, and in countless media outlets nationwide. She is currently the Chaplain and President/CEO of MC Lyte's Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, President/COO of MC Lyte's Sunni Gyrl entertainment and celebrity management firm, and Head of Global Business Affairs for hip hop mogul Russell Simmons -- where she oversees empowerment programs that impact the globe.See for privacy information.

Feb 07
The Franchise Player is Expanding the number of Black-owned franchises lead by Tarji Carter.

Two-time Emmy and Three-time NAACP Image Award-winning TV Executive Producer Rushion McDonald interviews Tarji Carter is the President and Founder of The Franchise Player, a revolutionary initiative that aims to expand the number of Black-owned franchises nationwide. The Franchise Player provides education, resources, and opportunities to aspiring franchisees and small business owners.See for privacy information.

Feb 05
NACA can help you Buy back your Block, getting paid with NIL deals and financial literacy with Randy Louis

Two-time Emmy and three-time NAACP Image Award-winning TV Executive Producer Rushion McDonald interviews trusted real estate advisor Randy Louis. They discuss NIL & Wealth Programs helping young athletes make better decisions with their money; the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America ("NACA") program can help you buy back your Block." and provide financial literacy to create generational wealth.  See for privacy information.

Feb 02
Born in a small Georgia town, Actress Ellia English, did not limit her dreams, starring as Aunt Helen on The Jamie Foxx Show, regular on HBO

Georgia native Ellia English. She has had an indelible impact in Television, Theater, Film, and the Jazz Clubs, from her memorable television roles as Auntie Rae on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, Aunt Helen on The Jamie Foxx Show, Mary Lou Wentz on Disney’s Good Luck Charlie, and as Henny on Lifetime’s Movie of The Week Petals On The Wind. She is on the show to discuss her career, her upcoming YouTube show, and the final season of Curb Your Enthusiasm.See for privacy information.

Jan 31
Aquarius Maximus is an authority in Cryptocurrency, Astrology and Cardology. She discusses how successful people use Astrology to determine

Rushion McDonald interviews Aquarius Maximus.  She is an authority in Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, and Artificial Intelligence. Her journey, marked by pioneering achievements, has made her the first woman of color to develop and launch a cryptocurrency, Guapcoin. Aquarius Maximus discusses how successful people use Cardology and Astrology to determine financial and career decisions.  See for privacy information.

Jan 26
In 2023, Will Downing, the Prince of Sophisticated Soul, brought him the unexpected loss of his daughter, but he returns with a love and he

Rushion McDonald interviews R&B legendary superstar and Grammy-nominated singer Will Downing.  Celebrating an impressive 35 years in the industry and boasting 27 albums to his credit, Downing continues to showcase his international appeal.  He is renowned as the Prince of Sophisticated Soul and continues to serve his fan base through his own Sophisticated Soul Record label.  Downing's resilience shines through as he delivers a masterclass in triumph over adversity, offering a seven-song collection that explores themes of love and healing with the new CD Soul Rising.  The year 2023 brought unexpected and soul-crushing loss for Will Downing with the passing of his daughter in January.  As a father, he faced devastation and heartbreak, channeling his pain into his art to find solace and comfort. Now, Downing is set to share his journey of overcoming grief through the power of music.See for privacy information.

Jan 24
The Cut: Lose Up to 10 Pounds in 10 Days and Sculpt Your Best Body by Obi Obadike.

Rushion McDonald interviews Obi Obadike.  Obi Obadike, M.S., is a three-time Telly Award-winning TV host and the co-author of The Cut: Lose Up to 10 Pounds in 10 Days and Sculpt Your Best Body. The book made him and his co-author, A-Lister Actor Morris Chestnut, #1 best-selling author. The book was a #1 bestseller in the diet and exercise genre on Amazon. It is a #12 best-selling book in all genres on Amazon.  Obadike has trained Chestnut and other celebrity clients such as Steve Harvey, Stephen A. Smith, and Charlie Ebersol, to name a few. He is known by major celebrities as the “go-to guy” in the fitness industry to get in great shape for a movie or big entertainment event.See for privacy information.

Jan 19
Comedian Rickey Smiley thanks Steve Harvey for his success during his compelling interview about the return of Lil Darryl, his life, his fam

Rushion McDonald interviews legendary comedian Rickey Smiley and discusses how it all started.   Rickey has been a comedian for more than 30 years.  He is constantly performing across the country and will be shooting a stand-up comedy special this year in his hometown of Birmingham, AL., now if you are ever in Birmingham, AL.  You must drop by his hometown comedy club, The Stardome, in Birmingham, where he regularly hosts his Karaoke Night on Mondays before sold-out crowds.  He is also an incredible chef, actor, author, television host, and award-winning radio host of a top-rated, nationally syndicated radio program. See for privacy information.

Jan 17
She lost her job due to COVID, but now hosts an Award-winning "Traveling with Denella Ri'chard" show that she produces and owns.

Rushion McDonald interviews Denella Ri'chard, an HBCU Graduate, hosts the award-winning streaming television show "Traveling With Denella Ri'chard." The world-traveling Denella Ri'chard and former travel industry executive is changing stereotypes for African American travel destinations. She exited her corporate career to launch Traveling with Denella Ri’chard.  A television broadcast lifestyle and culture series that takes an authentic and adventurous exploration of the remarkable experiences in popular and off-the-beaten-path destinations.See for privacy information.

Jan 12
ESPN "First Take" host Stephen A. Smith discusses the media game and how he won't fall victim to success .

Rushion McDonald interviews Stephen A. Smith. In the last five years, Stephen A. Smith has become a powerful media force in sports commentary, a regular on General Hospital, a social media influencer, a podcast and YouTube influencer, a television producer, the Host and Executive Producer of the Number #1 Sports Morning show in First Take and a New York Times Best Selling Author.  Talking Points – New York Times Best Seller, Straight Shooter -- Paperback You discussed overcoming the odds in your book, Straight Shooter.  Stephen __ __ What started the comeback? What role did your Mom play in this comeback? In 2018, you approached me with a plan.  Tell everybody about it. What is your brand? What are your goals? Tell us about your upcoming Docu-Series, Up For Debate, co-produced with Tom Brady and Michael Strahan. Are there any other TV projects you can share with us? Why do you think your brand resonates with people, and what age group? Why was it essential to build your broadcast studio? What is the future for Stephen A. Smith?  Will you still have time for General Hospital?    See for privacy information.

Jan 10
Building a Popcorn empire with flavors like Crab Legs, Banana Puddin', Red Velvet Cheesecake by Popcorn Remix owners Greg Bowman and Ryan Ri

Rushion McDonald interviews Greg Bowman and Ryan Richmond. Their remix flavors include Nacho, Crab Legs, Dill, Spicy Nacho Cheese, Pizza, Hot Wings & Ranch, Yellow Cheddar, Parmesan Garlic, Salt & Vinegar, Key Lime Pie, Cookies & Cream, Birthday Cake, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Heavenly Crunch, Snick A Roo, Caramel W/ Nuts, Heath Toffee Almonds, Strawberry Shortcake, White Chocolate W/Almonds, Banana Puddin And Uncle Ricks Buttered Pecan.See for privacy information.

Jan 04
Educating your children on the proper use of prescribed medicines, Dr. Yolanda McElroy, delivers the message to young people and families ev

Rushion McDonald interviews Dr. Yolanda D. McElroy. She is a registered pharmacist in Louisiana with nearly three decades of retail and hospital experience. She is a consultant pharmacist and Director of Pharmacy at a specialty hospital focusing on patients with medically complex conditions. Affectionately known as Dr. YoYo, Dr. McElroy conducts medication safety seminars for elementary-age students that will never disappoint. Her plight is to protect the children by teaching them about the proper use and improper use of prescription drugs. In her children's book, "It's Not Candy," she incorporates a beautiful tapestry of music and medicine that is fun yet conveys the vital message of medication safety. See for privacy information.

Dec 27, 2023
Sahra Halpern is the President of Business Consortium Fund Capital. They offer loans exclusively for Business Owners of Color.

Rushion McDonald interviews Sahra Halpern. She is president and chief executive officer of the Business Consortium Fund and Triad Investments. She has created innovative and responsive lending programs throughout her career in community development finance. She drives BCF toward a more significant impact in our communities by expanding capital reach to business owners of color. Since 1987, BCF has originated 228 million dollars in loans and financed 950 minority business enterprises or MBEs.  See for privacy information.

Dec 22, 2023
Six pillars of success: Fit, People, Space, Faith, Work, And Money, to create a holistic blueprint for your life by Patrice Washington.

Rushion McDonald interviews Patrice Washington.  Patrice is a Transformational Speaker, Host, and founder of Redefining Wealth.  Named by SUCCESS Magazine as one of the Top 25 Influential Leaders in Personal Development.  Consistently called on by top national media outlets such as Good Morning America, CNBC, Cosmopolitan, Women's Health, NBC, Essence Magazine, and more, Patrice is where personal development, spiritual growth, and personal finance success converge to create a roadmap for your ultimate success.  As the founder of Redefining Wealth, Patrice has built a thriving international community of purpose-driven individuals committed to creating a powerful life, weaving together the aspects of their careers, home, health, and personal finances. Through wise teachings and intuitive guidance, Patrice creates a safe environment for Purpose Chasers to dig deeper in exploring and understanding the obstacles prohibiting them from progressing. She empowers her international community to look at life through a lens of abundance and opportunity instead of lack and scarcity. Integrate the six pillars of success: Fit, People, Space, Faith, Work, And Money, to create a holistic blueprint for your life.See for privacy information.

Dec 22, 2023
Celebrity Soul Food Chef Jermaine Smith reveals the Mumbo Sauce history and his popular Washington D.C. based restaurant Henry's Soul Cafe i

Rushion McDonald interviews Jermaine Smith, a celebrity Soul Food Chef, who reveals Mumbo Sauce history in a new documentary.  Operates a popular restaurant in Washington, D.C.'s DMV called Henry's Soul Cafe. To serve the community, Jermaine launched a culinary institute designed to train young people. Jermaine finances and produces films such as Strange Love for Amazon Video, Trophy Wife, and Dave Chappelle's Legendary starring Earthquake for Netflix. In that same vein, he manages talent in the comedy space, is a successful real estate developer and investor, and consults for businesses across the globe.  See for privacy information.

Dec 13, 2023
Value Proposition Episode #3 Rushion McDonald gives advice and tips on promoting your product and delivering on your marketing pitch with th

Rushion McDonald’s a two-time Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer, winner of three NAACP Image Awards, Living Legends Foundation Award, inducted into the Personal Managers Hall of Fame when he managed Steve Harvey, and received multiple prestigious achievement awards, including the 2016 and 2022 Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award, 2022 City of Houston Rushion McDonald Day Proclamation, 2023 Black Media Honors Voice Award, 2023 Atlanta Business League’s Men of Influence Award and 2023 Kings & Priests coveted Priest Award. Throughout his career and business journey, Rushion has realized you should not let stereotyping and age block you from pursuing your dreams. People always talk about their purpose or “Gift” in life. If you have a gift, lead with your gift, and don’t let your friends, family, or co-workers stop you from planning or living your dream. Rushion McDonald recaps Value Proposition Episodes #1 and #2 and expounds on the following.    Hire an accountant and HR Person before you start selling your product or open the doors to your business. Stay away from negative people. Finding Your Product’s place in the market place __ __See for privacy information.

Dec 06, 2023
Financial tips and compounded interest success stories from Expert Sonia Fears who leads the All-Black Wealth Management Team at Morgan Stan

Rushion McDonald interviews Sonia Fears of the Fears Group at Morgan Stanley. Sonia leads the All-Black Wealth Management Team at Morgan Stanley. She is on the show to kill a lot of financial stereotypes about Blacks and the financial community. She is the First Vice President, Financial Advisor, Senior Portfolio Manager, Alternative Investments Director, and Global Sports and Entertainment Director - one of the leading financial experts in discussing stocks, savings programs, compounded interest portfolios, Name Image and Likeness, and lines of credit. Sonia built a family practice at Morgan Stanley along with her two daughters. They provide Alternative Investment opportunities, Retirement plans, and Entertainment and Sports financial consultations.  See for privacy information.

Nov 30, 2023
A Financial Literacy expert, Jackson Dunbar, discusses researching the right stocks for your budget.

Rushion McDonald interviews Jackson Dunbar, who gives a first-hand account from his book entitled How He 'Made Money, Lost 90 Pounds and Thrived in Chronic Pain" in the financial and healthcare worlds. Dunbar is committed to creating a new normal for himself, deliberately focusing on his physical health and strength, continuing to earn an income while still in chronic pain, and, without his knowledge, teaching himself and possibly the World a masterclass in survival.  See for privacy information.

Nov 27, 2023
Michaela Merrick is the owner of Pretty Little Tacos. She will tell you how to avoid business scams.

Rushion McDonald interviews Michaela Merrick. She is the owner of Pretty Little Tacos. Pretty Little Tacos is a Creole-Mexican Street taco concept founded by Michaela Merrick in May 2020—an industry veteran who discusses how to avoid business scams. Merrick launched in Triton Yards in May 2020 and immediately established a loyal following. Merrick took the challenge of opening up head-on at the height of the Coronavirus pandemic to follow her dream.   Pretty Little Tacos offers vegan alternatives and dessert tacos, including peach cobbler and strawberry shortcake. She is on the show to tell us her story, from Food Trucks to the restaurant.See for privacy information.

Nov 27, 2023
Jamie and JJ Eubanks MVP founded the Magical Vacation Planners travel agency in 2006.

Rushion McDonald interviews Jamie Ane Eubanks and her husband, J.J. Eubanks, a former professional basketball player. Today, MVP is a powerhouse company that provides, through its independent contractors, one of the best vacation planning services in the industry. An Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, MVP operates through three branches: MVP Parks, MVP Cruising, and MVP Getaways. Magical Vacation Planner thrives on providing an exclusive and magical, stress-free vacation planning service at no additional expense to the clients over the price of their vacation package. MVP aspires to become a household name in the World of travel through perseverance, innovation, and integrity to continue to impact lives for years to come. Magical Vacation Planner is currently developing an HBCU Program.See for privacy information.

Nov 27, 2023
Brad Baldridge is one of the nation's leading college scholarship and financial aid experts.

Rushion McDonald interviews Brad Baldridge; over the past ten years, Brad has helped hundreds of families plan and pay for college. He has provided in-depth college plans resulting in increased financial aid, scholarships, identification of the right schools at the right price, and better loans. He is one of the nation's leading college financial experts. He teaches families the best ways to plan, save, and pay for college to make their children's dreams come true without wiping out their finances or retirement.See for privacy information.

Nov 27, 2023
Zahra Karsan is the Author of "6 Weeks to Happy: The Ultimate Roadmap to Retrain Your Brain for Better Health, Greater Abundance, and Long-L

Rushion McDonald interviews Zahra Karsan, and she has a secret she wants to share with the World. For three decades, Zahra has worked to understand human behavior, how we are wired, and how to rewire ourselves to move beyond our fears to be the best possible version of ourselves. The result is her proven roadmap to wealth, health, and happiness. She is the author of "6 Weeks to Happy: The Ultimate Roadmap to Retrain Your Brain for Better Health, Greater Abundance, and Long-Lasting Peace and Happiness," is a bestselling manual that guides readers in retraining their brains to enhance their mental and emotional well-being.  See for privacy information.

Nov 27, 2023
Director Joie Jacoby directs the WNBA superstar in an intimate ESPN film, CANDACE PARKER: UNAPOLOGETIC.

Rushion McDonald interviews Director Joie Jacoby. She directed an Intimate ESPN film, CANDACE PARKER: UNAPOLOGETIC. Candance is one of the biggest stars in basketball – a WNBA champion and a pioneer who's not only fulfilled the weighty expectations that have surrounded her potential since Now, in the wide-ranging, revealing, and at times Parker opens up about her journey through basketball and life, and where she might go from here, what it means to be a women's sports star in the twenty-first century. Joie Jacoby, as a director, body of work includes Return to Mexico City (2009), London 2012: Games of the XXX Olympiad (2012), and Sarah & Suzanne (2014).See for privacy information.

Nov 27, 2023
Tunde Oyeneyin is a Peloton Instructor, New York Times Bestselling Author, Nike Athlete, and motivational speaker.

Rushion McDonald interviews The Cycling Queen Who Cultivates Confidence, Tunde Oyeneyin.  Tunde is a Peloton Instructor, New York Times Bestselling Author, Nike Athlete, and motivational speaker. Tunde Oyeneyin is a Texas native of Nigerian descent and currently resides in the New York City area with her dog Ceasar. Growing up, Tunde struggled with her body image and self-esteem, noting it took many years and hard work to get to a healthy place physically and mentally. Fitness offered Tunde a more extraordinary form of self-love, and she eventually realized it was her true calling to motivate people to join her in becoming the best version of themselves. She trusted her gut, took a leap of faith, and walked away from a lucrative 15-year career as a professional makeup artist and brand educator for some of the most coveted beauty brands in the World to become a cycling instructor in Los Angeles. She has been cycling ever since, and in 2019, she landed a prestigious role at Peloton Studios in New York City.See for privacy information.

Nov 27, 2023
Rushion McDonald outlines steps to being successful with your Value Proposition

Rushion tells you the tools you need to plan for success in your business, product, career or dreams based on your Value Proposition.  Your Value Proposition stands as a promise by you to a customer, client or employer that they can only get this service or product from you. Lead with your Gifts!  Don't let your friends, family or co-workers stop you from planning or living your dreams.  Keep Winning!See for privacy information.

Nov 22, 2023
Mr. Fykes has worked with The National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care at Tuskegee University as a Project Director, leadin

Rushion interviews Mr. Fykes, who has worked with The National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care at Tuskegee University as a Project Director leading the research titled "Clinical Trial Participation among African Americans and the ethics of Trust." it was this experience that began in 2014 that led me to found one of the United States only minority-owned clinical trial Site Management Organizations. We aim to provide healthcare for the minority community that can be potentially life-changing and saving.See for privacy information.

Nov 17, 2023