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Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
StyleMakers
Occupation(s):
Talent Coach
Model

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Pudding (Corn)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
See God In Each Other.

Birthplace

Born:
3/14/1961
Birth Location:
Baltimore, Maryland

Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
StyleMakers
Occupation(s):
Talent Coach
Model

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Pudding (Corn)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
See God In Each Other.

Birthplace

Born:
3/14/1961
Birth Location:
Baltimore
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Biography

Author and writer Harriette Cole was born on March 14, 1961 in Baltimore, Maryland. Her mother, Doris Freeland Cole, was an educator, and her father was the Honorable Harry A. Cole, Maryland’s first African American Republican Assistant Attorney General and its elected State Senator and judge appointed to the Maryland’s Court of Appeals.

Growing up in Baltimore, Maryland, Cole attended Dickey Hill Elementary School, Greenspring Junior High School and Western High School where she played the violin, sang in the choir and became interested in modeling. She graduated in 1979 and was accepted into the honors liberal arts program at Howard University where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude in 1983.

While at Howard University, Cole worked in retail and as a model. She participated in the Congressional Black Caucus fashion show which began her successful runway modeling career. Unsure of her career track, Cole first worked as a secretary on Capitol Hill after graduation. In late 1983, Cole left Washington, D.C. to accept a position at Essence magazine. During her eleven year tenure there, she held the positions of fashion director and lifestyle editor. Cole served as the founding editorial director of Uptown magazine and the editor of American Legacy Woman magazine.

In 1993, Cole wrote her first book, Jumping the Broom: The African American Wedding Planner, which is in its second edition. Cole has appeared on many national television and radio programs and in many major magazines and newspapers. She is a contributor to NBC’s Today Show.

Cole is president and creative director of Harriette Cole Media, Inc. (formerly Profundities, Inc.), the life coaching, style and literary production company she founded in 1995. For nearly twenty years, Cole has offered media training services to a broad range of individuals and institutions. She has supported the development of artists for Universal Records, J Records, Motown, Warner Music and Def Jam and worked with entertainers including Queen Latifah, JoJo, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, Tamar, Carl Thomas, Shontelle, Hal Linton, Cara Salimando and Neon Hitch.

Cole is a nationally syndicated columnist of “Sense and Sensitivity,” an etiquette and relationship management advice column targeting diverse audiences. Cole is also a bestselling author of seven books including How to Be: A Guide to Living with Grace and Integrity as well as the preeminent African-American Wedding Planner, Jumping the Broom and its sequel Vows, and 108 stitches: Words We Live By. Cole serves on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Multicultural Audience Development Initiative.

During her tenure as creative director of Ebony magazine and then the added responsibility of editor in chief, Cole produced groundbreaking covers and features on President Obama, Michelle Obama, Michael Jackson and Prince. Cole co-executive produced a television special about the entertainer Prince that aired on The Africa Channel and was nominated for an NAACP Award.

In 2012, Cole introduced her line of hand-crocheted accessories, 108 stitches, during New York Fashion Week.

Cole is married to fashion photographer George Chinsee, and they have one daughter.

Harriette Cole was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 7, 2006.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Harriette Cole lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Harriette Cole describes her mother's family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Harriette Cole describes her grandmother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Harriette Cole talks about her maternal great-grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Harriette Cole describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Harriette Cole talks about what she learned from her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Harriette Cole describes her father's service in the U.S. Army and his law practice
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Harriette Cole talks about her family and how her parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Harriette Cole talks about her father's career as a lawyer and as a judge on the Maryland Court of Appeals
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Harriette Cole talks about her father's personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Harriette Cole talks about her father's diabetes and his death
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Harriette Cole talks about her childhood and elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Harriette Cole talks about how her community monitored her behavior
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Harriette Cole shares her earliest childhood memory and her love of writing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Harriette Cole shares her experience at Greenspring Junior High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Harriette Cole describes her family's preparations for Christmas and Thanksgiving, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Harriette Cole describes her family's preparations for Christmas and Thanksgiving, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Harriette Cole describes the tastes and smells of her childhood in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Harriette Cole describes her childhood community in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Harriette Cole describes her father's black tie birthday celebrations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Harriette Cole describes her experience in elementary and junior high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Harriette Cole talks about her experience at Western High School in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Harriette Cole talks about graduating from Western High School in Baltimore, Maryland and attending her prom
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Harriette Cole remembers hearing about the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the riots in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Harriette Cole talks about her modeling club at Western High School in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Harriette Cole describes her experience at Towson State University in Towson, Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Harriette Cole talks about her guidance counselors at Western High School in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Harriette Cole describes her experience at Howard University in Washington, D.C., pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Harriette Cole describes her experience at Howard University in Washington, D.C., pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Harriette Cole describes working for Congresswoman Barbara Boxer in 1983
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Harriette Cole talks about starting her career as a fashion writer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Harriette Cole describes her experience in the lifestyle department at Essence magazine
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Harriette Cole talks about becoming fashion editor at Essence magazine and being asked to write a book on weddings
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Harriette Cole describes writing and promoting her book, "Jumping the Broom"
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Harriette Cole describes meeting her husband, HistoryMaker George Chinsee
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Harriette Cole talks about HistoryMaker Susan Taylor and embracing her natural hair
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Harriette Cole talks about learning how to dress plus-size models at Essence magazine
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Harriette Cole describes the start of her business, Profundities, Inc., and launching Savoy magazine
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Harriette Cole describes her experience working with singers through her business, Profundities, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Harriette Cole talks about her syndicated advice column, "Sense and Senitivity"
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Harriette Cole talks about appearing on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and faith in the media
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Harriette Cole describes the growth of her business, Profundities, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Harriette Cole reflects upon her regrets
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Harriette Cole talks about the importance of community in nurturing talents
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Harriette Cole shares her values
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Harriette Cole describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Harriette Cole describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Harriette Cole reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Harriette Cole concludes her interview