Rafika Soaries, a Brooklyn, New York native, has lived through a broad range of exciting experiences that have shaped her as a multi-talented highly experienced entrepreneur who lives by the mantra of there is nothing that you can’t do once your put your mind to it. She is passionate about her journey as an author, empowerment speaker, and technology trainer. Her dream came to fruition when she published her first book, The Fluffs Present the Alphabet, and most recently, she was invited to co-author with renowned motivational speaker and Secret Millionaire TV star James Malinchak. She is Secret 66: sharing her tips on time management in the book Reach Your Greatness: Top Thought-Leaders Share Their Secrets for Living an Extraordinary Life!
Working side-by-side with her husband, Bro. James, she co-founded The Keys 107 Network.com in 2012, an Internet based radio broadcast. Together they have produced and hosted over 400 talk shows and most recently was one of the media sponsors for the 5th annual Women Doing it Big 2017 conference. Each entity that Rafika has embarked on including the ups and downs of a few upstart businesses, is deeply woven in her life. The 2017 Women Doing it Big honoree stated, “Success is a mindset. The actual work takes an incredible amount of organization, focus, support and passion. But most importantly it’s knowing who you are and accepting your calling. I am equally passionate about all my entities. I don’t think I could ever walk away from any of them. I am always teaching or helping someone or getting the word out in one form or another. It’s who I am and I am just getting started!”
Her journey began with a love for music, art, entertainment and the broadcast media. She attended Brooklyn College (New York) and majored in Mass Media Communications with a focus on broadcasting. While there, she was inspired by Percy Sutton to found The Future Broadcasters of New York City, a charted club with a mission to prepare students to enter the field. That era also included an internship at Inner City Broadcasting’s WBLS 107.5FM (newsroom), a position as the assistant manager of a cabaret club, camera person, editor, and producer of a trendsetting video production company, and the assistant manager at one of New York’s top recording studios. She continued her journey through the entertainment industry as a club DJ, specializing in Reggae music, while living in Honolulu, Hawaii. Later, Rafika launched a high-profile career as an entertainment writer and Reggae editor for Everybody’s Caribbean Magazine, the oldest Caribbean owned and operated magazine in North America as well as writing for many other Caribbean based publications. Her articles documented the lives and lifestyles of Caribbean and World Music celebrity entertainers. It was an inevitable progression from writer to publicist as relationships developed with major and independent record companies as well as up and coming artists, up-start businesses, and special event promoters. One of her most endeared projects was working with Grammy Award winning group Morgan Heritage and the infamous Jam Roc Entertainment. Rafika joined forces with promoter, producer, and restaurateur Earl “Jr” Lynn as his executive assistant and director of publicity for his Jam Roc Entertainment (Hempstead, NY) brand that produced special events (live concerts and Jamaican sound clashes) and his indie record label Jam Roc Records for over six years. These combined experiences prepared her for an extended work relationship with the New Orleans, Louisiana based International Arts Foundation as the director of Media Relations for the International Arts Festival.
Rafika earned degrees in Educational Leadership (Post Graduate/Stony Brook University), Computers in Education (Masters of Science/Long Island University), Mass Media Communications (Bachelor of Arts/Brooklyn College), and is currently a doctoral candidate for Instructional Technology and Distance Education (Nova Southeastern University).
While working in the entertainment industry, Rafika also taught elementary school in New York City. Later she taught high school Regents English both face to face and online (Long Island, NY). Her teaching career expanded into a position at Briarcliff College (Patchogue, NY) as an Adjunct Professor of digital communications, MS Office, and the Legal and Ethical Issues of Internet Security. Rafika also worked as an instructional technology professional developer and trainer and co-coordinator of the annual Celebration of Technology in Education conference for six years in the capacity of production and public relations.