Ep. 5: You were created to be incredibly incredible, a conversation with Dr. Phyllis Adams

It’s hard being an educator during these times but as Dr. Phyllis Adams, a Communications professor, would say, “When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.”

In this 5th episode, I get to talk to Dr. Phyllis Adams—one of the hardest working people I know in  academe. We began by talking about her family, the people she knew, and how they inspired her.

From wanting to become a news commentator, her communications degree led her to the fulfilling path of being a professor. Listen and delight with both heart and mind as this podcast episode talks about education, the inspiring role of an educator, and the importance of cultural diversity in the class curriculum.


In this episode you will also discover:

  • Who is Dr. Phyllis Denise Adams?
  • Her communication degree and the career path it led her on
  • Getting her first job at the University of Tennessee Space Institute
  • Making a difference as a teacher
  • The need to educate the masses about cultural diversity
  • Writing a curriculum for a cultural diversity class
  • The lessons she learned from her parents and how this influenced how Dr. Adams carries herself
  • Dr. Adams’ life purpose
  • Flipping the script as an educator during uncertain times
  • The effects of the Coronavirus pandemic on education
  • The legacy Dr. Adams wants to leave 100 years from now


Find out the details by listening to the full 3 Stores, 2 Cotton Gins, 1 Remarkable Life episode  on Spotify and Stitcher.



  • “To be myself and my most authentic self, to bring it everyday—I learned that (from my parents). I also learned how to be respectful, and by being respectful that I would be respected.” (On the lessons she learned from her parents)
  • “I feel that I was created to serve.”
  • “I want to serve. I want to help people—to spread some joy. I’ve had so many students come to me with a lot of baggage and they think that they’re nobody; and that they’re going nowhere; and I don’t want to just accept that.”
  • “I wanted to realize that there was something else going on in their lives other than just learning how to write a speech, learning theater, learning about cultural diversity, equity and inclusion. We have to first address the elephant in the room and that is how the pandemic makes you feel.”
  • “Phyllis Adams—she gave life all that she had. She might not have done all that she wanted to do but it’s been a mighty good day.” (On the legacy she wants to be remembered for)

Ep. 4: Finding your place in the sun – Mrs. Adriane Bond Harris

How are you making an impact? Well, in this episode, we meet someone who’s passionate about contributing to and helping a community.

Episode 4 is where we meet Adriane Chaurice Bond Harris, child number 8, and the youngest of the Bond family. She found purpose and passion in urban planning and spent most of her time helping underserved communities and creating new housing opportunities.

She went through career shifts and took leaps of faith to get to where she is now. Hear her story to get inspired about how charting your own path will pave the way to a purposeful life.


In this episode you will also discover:

  • Adriane’s story on how she arrived where she is now
  • The support she got from her family
  • On marriage and navigating life with a partner and why their children are basically her and her husband’s alter egos
  • Supporting her children in what they want to get into
  • Adriane’s life path and how it pushed her to go beyond her comfort zone
  • Why she was born for and made for her current role
  • Looking back to her successes
  • 3 pivotal moments that changed her path
  • How she went from law to journalism to urban planning
  • The lessons that made Adriane successful
  • The legacy Adriane wants to leave in community building


Find out the details by listening to the full 3 Stores, 2 Cotton Gins, 1 Remarkable Life episode  on Spotify and Stitcher.



  • “My path has certainly been one that has required me to step out on things that I didn’t quite understand or know about.”
  • “Constantly stepping out on faith has been a huge component of my career path.”
  • “I just charted my own path and just went for what I just thought was right in each moment even though people were telling me to go a different way.”
  • “Sometimes the lessons you learn come out when you don’t listen and you follow your own heart, follow your own mind.”
  • “You can’t create your own path without having those people who can lift you up when you need it.”

Ep. 3: Charles Cynthia Rawls Bond: A beautiful legacy of faith and service

Welcome to the 3rd episode of 3 Stores, 2 Cotton Gins and 1 Remarkable Life!

Today’s guest is one of my best friends for more than 30 years.  Mrs. Charles Cynthia Rawls Bond is an NYU Master’s Graduate and one of the most fascinating people I know. Her exciting life experiences make her a great addition to this show.

Being one of the first of the children to go to boarding school at that time, Charles Cynthia is living proof of an extraordinary life well-lived. She shows that nothing is impossible if you put your mind and heart to it.

Her story will take us through memory lane as she also offers insights about racial relations in Haywood County, Tennessee. She also talks about how some of her closest family members worked with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People NAACP and their experiences with racist attacks in their youth.

Tune in to this week’s episode. Having a name like Charles as a woman is already a preview of an exciting story to come!

In this episode you will also discover:

  • Dr. Hopson talks about how she and Charles Cynthia are usually mixed-up because of their similar names
  • A story that started in Paris, Tenn, almost 34 years ago
  • How her father founded the Rawls Funeral Home
  • Mrs.Bond talks about the effects of race relations on her schooling
  • How Mrs. Charles Cynthia Rawls Bond  turned into a successful professional
  •  the importance of the voter registration movement
  • how she met the love of her life
  • 1960—the very first time she could vote
  • Her role models

Find out the details by listening to the full 3 Stores, 2 Cotton Gins, 1 Remarkable Life episode  on Spotify and Stitcher.




  • “She (her mother) was a home maker, and she entertained. People came all through Brownsville just to stop and get some food at her house, cause she always had something good to serve.”
  • “I came home and met a cousin who was going to a boarding school in St. Louis, to the St. Rita Academy, and I said ‘I want to go there.’”

Ep. 2 Big Bill Bond: It’s Time to Ask the Tough Questions

The path to success may be a rocky, topsy-turvy road, and the life experiences on this journey will be as unique as the souls that habit this world.
Enter the latest podcast guest, William Orlando Bond Sr., better known as Big Bill, child number six of the eight Bond children.  As a retired FedEx executive, he immerses us in his life story and how through some bumps on the road he manages to get from there to here and become a successful professional earning six figures.
This journey that originated in a region between Nigeria and Cameroon in Central Africa, and traveled to the United States by ship to North Carolina, has unexpected twists and turns that result in Big Bill’s wonderful life and his commitment to sharing and giving back to others..

During this inspiring conversation you’re also going to discover:

  • Why determination is so important
  • How, learning to handle the word NO helped Big Bill to achieve his goals
  • The importance of building self-confidence
  • It is imperative to find out the why. ¿Why I do what I do?
  • Leadership solution’s organization created by Big Bill to help others become extraordinary leaders.  Get in touch with Big Bill at: B3leadershipsolutions@gmail.com

Find out the details by listening to the full 3 Stores, 2 Cotton Gins, 1 Remarkable Life episode  on Spotify and Stitcher.


Books mentioned:

  • World Class Leadership: Seven Keys to Leadership Excellence.  Author- Big Bill (To be published in October)

Big Bill Bond is a certified speaker, trainer and coach in leadership development. He is a World Class Leader who assists teams and organizations with Leadership & Management Training, Diversity & Inclusion, Culture/Behavioral Change, Teambuilding, Leading Under Pressure, Executive Workshops & Retreats and Keynote Speaking. 

Episode 1: Be Prepared for Greatness

Welcome to the first episode of 3 Stores, 2 Cotton Gins, and 1 Remarkable Life!

From rural West Tennessee’s cotton fields, my adventures have taken me literally around the world and back.

During this episode, you will discover:

  • The actual story behind my podcast’s name. What were the three stores, and two cotton gins, and how did it lead to a remarkable life?
  • Who you can expect in the coming episode (all ordinary people who are extraordinary in their own way!)
  • How I reached the edge of Peru, content and thinking, “Wow, how did I get here?”

Find me at @drbondhopson on Instagram.

Books mentioned:

Find out the details of the episode by listening to the full 3 Stores, 2 Cotton Gins, 1 Remarkable Life episode on Spotify and Stitcher