“Nina Simone - I'm enthralled by her fire to so passionately use her music for social call. ‘Mississippi Goddamn’ still makes me so full of emotions I can't explain. I’ve learnt from her life also how important it is to realize early and destigmatize taboos around mental care.
Mohamed Ali - he's still giving me hope to believe in myself and that being different, determined and outspoken is important.
Maya Angelou - for her courage, truth in her life, books and stories that's still feeding to souls of so many women today.”
“The history, the power, the stories. Being a woman of color is powerful. Growing up bi-racial has given me a different perspective on life. When you’re mixed you experience things very differently than someone who is just black and someone who is just white. There were times I didn’t feel like I could relate to anyone, which often left me feeling misunderstood and alone. But as I grew up, I realized how beautiful it was to be of both races because my story could bring about change in a new way. My story still mattered. I’m thankful for my ancestors who paved the way for black women to have a voice and who stood up for what is right so that I could even exist today. I am not crippled by the color of my skin, but strengthened because I know that whatever I might face I can press on because of those who have gone before me. We have a long way to go, but have also come so far and I’m proud to say that I now get to live in the freedom of who I am and I get to take that out into the world and have a voice.”
“I think it’s important for everyone to recognize the beauty and individuality of their voice. When people hear the word power used in the context of voice, naturally, we picture
out-spoken charismatic leaders. I think it’s dangerous in a way because it doesn’t leave room for those whose power isn’t audible for the masses. I intend to use platforms that I’m given to bring awareness to topics of concern for professional women of color and to create our own narratives.”
“Vanessa Brantley-Newton. Ms. Vanessa is always so funny and happy when she reads her books. I love all the pretty clothes on the kids in her books.”
“By being true to myself and always speaking the truth and advocating for the youth and disenfranchised.”
“I believe there are SO MANY people we do not know enough about so I cannot choose one. Black history extends from the mother continent to the diaspora and to the US. I think we need to be active in our search to know as much as we can about black history and blackness globally. It gives light to everything we are and do.”
“The best advice I can give to the next generation is to focus more on entrepreneurship and choose a career that you absolutely love. Don't over think ideas before the dream come true. When a vision pops in your mind write it down in a journal that's kept just for your goals and visions only. Do not tell everyone about your dreams, and the people you keep around should be doing positive things themselves. Last but not least, don't be afraid to stand up for what you believe in.”
“I am spiritual and extremely intelligent. I can finish a 700 page book in 2 days (including school hours 😊) and I can do Fake Calligraphy, I’m sensitive to many...and I use big words.”
“One unique thing that I like about me is my love for my brothers.”
“One unique thing I like about myself is that I have a photographic memory and I’m very goofy, crazy, and weird.😊”
“I am creative. I’m self-taught in a lot of things I like to do.”
“One unique thing that I like about myself is my dancing skills and that I have been dancing for 12 years. I also have a very goofy personality but can tell someone off when needed.”
“I would have to say my style because it’s trendy but with a touch of me. It’s classic, chic and describe me perfectly. I also have my quirky moments.”
“One thing I like about myself is my style."
“I can retain information quickly, understand it, and remember what I’ve learned for years, applying it to my daily life.”
“I can draw very well after 3 years.”
“One thing I like about myself is my vocal talents.”
“I like that I can read 10 fiction books at once and finish most of them in a day. 😊”
“One unique thing I like about myself is that I am always laughing and making up words.”
“I’m a lot of things—quirky, dramatic, but I think I’m most unique for my love of all things artsy—performance, writing, verbal, digital arts and design!!!”