Michelle James and Danielle M. Brown are media and entertainment veterans who have each spent decades creating opportunities to empower and entertain women. The two met when they both worked at ESSENCE Communications and quickly became best friends. In 2019, the ladies launched Cocktails and Cancer with MJ and Dani, a weekly podcast giving listeners a peek into their friendship and wellness journey following James’ 2015 breast cancer diagnosis. James is now three years cancer-free. Created to inspire and empower women to have real conversations about cancer, the show is an immersive mix of social/cultural commentary and storytelling. In each episode, the duo talks about their experiences as the patient and caregiver, approaching their discussion with the realness that comes with sister-friends. There’s a lot of laughter, tears, a whole lot of truth-telling and of course a few cocktails, one of the indulgences James employed –with her oncologist’s permission –to help her feel like herself during chemotherapy treatment. The podcast has been featured in USA Today, Today with Hoda and Jenna and is currently part of the Google Podcasts creator program.
The podcast is available on most streaming platforms including Apple Podcast, Soundcloud and Spotify. Audiences can learn more about these ladies at cocktailsandcancer.com and on Instagram and facebook @cocktailsandcancer.
In addition to the podcast, the ladies support the breast cancer community by driving fundraising efforts to support patients and cancer research, partnering with various organizations including the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the American Cancer Society and by creating brand extensions under their Cocktails and Cancer, LLC.
Michelle is a Kentucky native and proud resident of West Orange, New Jersey and Danielle is a proud resident of her hometown Queens, New York