Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Education: Bachelor of Arts: University of Toledo, Communication (Major) / Africana Studies (Minor) AND Master of Science: Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism
Current Occupation: Communication Consultant, PMM Agency / Founder & Editor, AdoreColour.com / Co-Host, Alter Call Podcast / Contributor: EBONY, Huffington Post & Buzzfeed
Other Interests: Ugh, where to start!? In true Gemini fashion, it’s hard to pick just one, or three or 10 so bear with me as I try to condense anything that has remotely piqued my interest into two lonely paragraphs. For starters I’m a lover of all things pop culture and Oprah, and am an unapologetic subscriber to the book of Beyoncé. Oprah loves bread and I love books, blogs and anything that involves the written word. I live for the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and a good Marvel comic turned movie. Oh, and I LOVE music, especially anything circa New Jack Swing or earlier. I also luh God, a lot. If you don’t know him, cash me outside and I’ll tell you all about Him.
Friends and family are a pretty big deal, along with the empowerment, preservation and overall celebration of the awesomeness of black women. I also pride myself on living a life of service and doing things that are bigger than me (and my hair). The universe has been pretty good to me for 29 years and counting so why not return some of those good vibes back into the world for others to enjoy.
3 Words that Describes You: Evolving. Innovator. Servant
People would be surprised if they knew: I’m deathly afraid of dogs, thunderstorms and making new friends. I’m also a terrible detector of any type of flirtatious activity, and can recite nearly every word of Sister Act II: Back in the Habit. I also think way too much. Life, goals, love, tomorrow’s outfit, yesterday’s outfit, you name it, I’m likely thinking about it. But I’m working on it. Here’s proof.
What is your most rewarding accomplishment? That my character is pretty solid and has yet to falter. Career highlights, second degrees and dropping 1.5lbs after a night at the Cheesecake Factory are cool but I’m most proud to say that throughout this thing called life I’ve remained a pretty good person. I care, I love, I am kind, empathetic and I am fully committed to making this world a better place.
How do you define success? For me success is waking up in the morning and doing whatever the heck I want to do. It’s living a purpose-driven life with no “haves” but instead living a life of “wants.” I won’t have to [fill in blank], instead I will want to, and better yet I’ll be able to. Success is doing for others who cannot do for themselves and finally paying my mother back for those student loans. Success is having one of those big belly, throw your head back, just plain joyous, I ain’t got no worries laughs at least once an hour. It’s thinking beyond myself, using my platform, position and voice to uplift others. I believe each time a black girl loves herself, really loves herself, an angel gets their wings. And if I can contribute to that process, then cheers all around because that’s when I will be truly successful.
What is your passion/purpose and why? My passion is using my writing and blog to empower women everywhere. As for purpose, yeah I’m still trying to figure that one out.
If you could meet anyone (dead or alive), who would it be and why? Oprah Winfrey. Let me start by saying in my head Oprah is my Godmom and once a week we chat it up on the banks of a river under a weeping willow tree. Besides the fact that she is a successful black woman whose name and very being were a mistake, she’s Oprah. For years I’ve admired her ability to find meaning, purpose and value in every moment of her life. I believe it’s that awareness, transparency, confidence and complete surrendering to the power of God that has sustained and propelled her throughout the years. I just need a piece of that.
What is one thing you always wanted to try and never did? Bungee jumping.
What do you like to do for fun? Laugh. Snuggle. Watch old episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Civil Rights documentaries. People watch with my friends and make-up tons of alternative facts for complete strangers. Movie nights. Sightsee new cities in the most tour-isty way possible.
What was the last book that you read? “I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual” Luvvie Ajayi
If you could change one world problem, what would it be and why? I’d make the life of every child and black woman pain free. I’d swap pain for dance parties, tears for travel, and hate for total healing and restoration.
What advice do you have for other Melaninated Queens out there? Do. When doubts began to rear their ratchet heads, loved ones question your plans and the devil just gets real busy, don’t sulk, cry or cop a seat in your feelings; DO. Do what feels good. Do what makes you happy. Do what God has instructed. Life is too short to spend it in our thoughts wishing, hoping, thinking and doing other menial, non-productive, emotionally draining ish. Time waits for no one so why should we? Believe it or not, our days are numbered and I’d hate to be old, gray and presumably the cutest old lady on the block with a giant bag of regrets strapped to my back.
#YOLO. Turn your dreams into do’s, cast all cares to the wind and deny any hints of doubt admission to you soul. We have one life to live so do yourself the greatest service of all and finesse the heck out of it.