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About the author:

Shaunda Necole

Las Vegas-based podcasterauthor, and Southern soul food blogger

Shaunda Necole is the go-to recipe creator for modern soul food cuisine. She’s the author of 100 Things To Do In Las Vegas Before You Die (in stores in Spring 2025) and the perfect balance of everything in Vegas – food, fun, and the best travel life hacks that make you feel like you won the jackpot!

Shaunda is the founder of The Soul Food Pot, the #1 Southern soul food site on Google, author of six culinary guides, and the host of The Soul Food Pod, Apple’s first show dedicated to the history and culture around iconic African American dishes. She believes in making life easier and more soulful, one recipe at a time!

Join me as I share food, fun, travel, and best life hacks that make you feel like you won the jackpot!

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  • I’m a social butterfly turned social media influencer with a knack for turning content creation into serious cash!

I split my time between my homes in Virginia Beach and viva Las Vegas – and I love being an East Coast girl with a super sunny West Coast heart.

My professional career kicked-off as an executive at a Fortune 500 company. After I left (ahem: fled) from the corporate grind, I started my own business in the cheerleading space and never went back to that sad, gray office again! 

Not long after, I opened my first cheerleading retail store in a local shopping mall and quickly scaled it to 7-figures. My store became the first of its kind to secure a distribution deal with Amazon!

On a whim, my daughter created an Instagram account for me to enter a contest for one of my favorite brands – MacKenzie-Childs. (Have you seen their dinnerware?? Swoon!)

My Instagram account exploded to over one hundred thousand followers in less than a year. (Thanks, daughter!) I took the reins and added a website and blog that attracted lucrative brand collaborations and partnerships. I also took ownership in other areas of my life, investing in real estate and earning fantastic passive income from my properties. Today, my lifestyle content on food, travel, health, Black Lives Matter, social justice, and more attracts millions of monthly Pinterest viewers, multi-millions of annual site visits, and over 100K Instagram followers!

As a trusted and authoritative media publisher, my advice is featured in glossy magazines like ForbesCEO Mogul, CosmopolitanFast Company, Taste Of Home, and top-rated lifestyle websites like Refinery29

Some of my high-profile brand partnerships include:

  • Bumble Bizz with Serena Williams investing in women-owned businesses
  • Joe Biden for President and The Biden-Harris 59th Presidential Inaugural Committee digital partnerships team
  • Instant Pot & Save the Children in response to COVID-19
  • Walgreens for women’s hysterectomy care package tips
  • Bravo TV for the premiere of their most ethnically diverse franchise, The Real Housewives Of Salt Lake City
  • I’ve  also received praise from Arianna Huffington for my inspirational and healthy habits articles on Thrive Global
Shaunda Necole & The Real Housewives Of Salt Lake City
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“This food blogger will teach you faster ways to make lengthy family recipes!”

When I found easier ways to cook my family’s soul food recipes, I fell in love with the kitchen.

Cooking was always something necessary but not necessarily fun. If you know anything about soul food, many of the dishes take hours and hours to cook. 

Not anymore!

By leveraging modern kitchen appliances, like the Instant Pot, I found faster and easier ways to make traditional dishes. Now I have a blast in the kitchen and share my results on my site, The Soul Food Pot.

It may seem like I’m kind of obsessed, but I do 97% of my cooking in my Instant Pots!

I wish everyone knew how easy Instant Pot cooking is for busy households – one pot straight to the plate!

If you’re serious about saving time, money and eating well with high-quality meals that don’t require stewing over a hot pot all day…

Click the button below to learn how to save time & get inspired to have fun making your family recipes too!

Thank me later 😉 

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Still curious about me?

Here are a few of my faves


Soul food, seafood, & most things gourmet


Kris- I know, she’s technically a Jenner, but “favorite Jenner” just didn’t sound as fun!




Red, hot pink & turquoise- No way I can pick just one!


Beaches & Purple Rain


Prince, Mariah Carey, Drake, Rick Ross, and Bruno Mars


Las Vegas & Los Angeles


Target (aka Tarjay, dahhlinggg!) & Anthropologie (affiliate links)

  • Blackish
  • Modern Family
  • The Real Housewives franchises (ALL OF THEM!)

Inner Engineering by Sadhguru, Untamed by Glennon Doyle, & Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki (affiliate links)

Be sure to check out my site dedicated to food,

My podcasts, The Soul Food Pod and Vegas Right Now!

And my Las Vegas travel site,

Want to book me for a speaking gig? Check out my speaker page –> HERE

To book an interview, please contact my publicist Vicky Lynch, at

Interested in a brand partnership? Please contact my agent at:

johanna b. voss Agency – representing Shaunda Necole