Michelle James (MJ) and Danielle M. Brown (Dani), Chief Collaborating Officers/Owners of Cocktails and Cancer LLC and hosts of the podcast Cocktails and Cancer, understand all too well the sentiment of living your best life. 

With a friendship that spans over a decade, Michelle and Danielle have been through a lot together, but nothing solidified their friendship more than Michelle's breast cancer diagnosis in 2015. Both with successful careers in media, MJ and Dani started the podcast in March 2019 to talk all things life and cancer while enjoying a cocktail or two. 

The duo believes that podcasts offer an undeniable level of intimacy and suppleness for their audiences and the hosts. Leveraging their professional experience and the power of digital and social media, the creation of their own podcast, provides a platform to share the post cancer diagnosis journey over the past three years with the goal to inspire and empower listeners, create a community of support for anyone touched by the disease and of course…make the word cancer a little less terrifying.

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Michelle James (MJ)

Chief Collaborating Officer (COO)

More about MJ - Michelle James has worked in media and entertainment for 20+ years at numerous top media companies, including Viacom, Time Inc., (where she met Danielle Brown), Bad Boy Entertainment and Hearst. She’s spent most of her career creating opportunities to empower and entertain Black women and is now focusing her efforts on educating and inspiring audiences by changing the narrative on breast cancer through technology. From traveling the world with Sean “Diddy” Combs to launching the New Edition Story Mini Series on BET, while she was undergoing chemo, Michelle has a interesting story to tell and she knows how to tell it with light, humor and grace.

@michellejjames @cocktailsandcancer

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Danielle M. Brown (Dani)

Chief Collaborating Officer (COO)

More about Dani - Danielle M. Brown (Dani) is a 20+ year vet in media and entertainment and has worked at top media brands ESSENCE Communications, Time Inc., Johnson Publishing Company and USA Weekend Magazine. She’s a no-nonsense executive with a golden heart. With hopes of being a change agent, Danielle believes that expression, authentic connection and service can and will make positives shifts in our global community. Her commitment to living life out loud with compassion and purpose make her a beacon of light and she is an instrumental part of Michelle’s cancer journey.

@msdbrown98 @cocktailsandcancer