“One unique thing I like about myself is that I’m a good dancer.”
“One unique thing I like about myself is that I can cook very well.”
“One unique thing I like about myself is my baking and cooking skills.”
“My athletic ability.”
“I can watch a show that has 14 seasons (now) and rewatch it anytime and feel the same excitement from the first time.”
“I have a very unique personality.”
“Not particularly. As much as I admire the actions of the women, including the Women's March, I feel that as a black woman our struggles are endless and has naturally made us more tenacious.
I'm an African and a Brit, who grew up in Lagos, London and Pennsylvania. The issue of patriarchy, eliticism and racism are very real in these respective places. So as a woman I am always trying to navigate societies where I have felt like the bottom of the ladder. Therefore when I look back on how I've achieved my success, it's because I have adopted an approach of maneuvering through the cracks in the wall rather than assuming I'm going to break these walls down.
Having said that, I am extremely proud to be in a era where women are speaking up, feeling liberated and generally no longer accepting status quos.”
“Self-care is complete honesty with ones self. There was a long time period where I wouldn't allow myself to feel certain things or I would try to lie to myself to make myself feel better. Sometimes it hurts but in the end the lies are always bitter, the truth is always sweet and the body can tell the difference. Self-care is to give yourself room to be free despite any outer interferences or even disturbances from ourselves. It’s with a big part of allowing my soul to move and leave my mind to observe its fluidity and harmony. With our society it’s really ‘go go go, do this, buy this, work this hard, play this hard, oh this is important, hate this, love that oh and if you're not doing all of this at once then why are you still alive.’ That's how I feel about it all and it’s self-care to me to let that go and realize I have everything within me.”
“Even though my restaurant was only open for a year, it was my biggest achievement (I think) to date. Really because I learned so much about myself in having that experience. It wasn't just about having a restaurant; it was about setting a goal and reaching it, about working with a team, managing all the facets of putting together such a business (working with the builders, menu development, finding the right purveyors) and hiring the right people. It was also about having a vision and walking in that vision every day. Because of that restaurant experience, I am able to articulate who I am as a person, as an African American and at the end of the day, what's most important to me. This experience helped me to find my voice for my latest cookbook. I can honestly say that a restaurant is so much more than just a place to serve food and drinks to people.”
“Yes!!! When I graduated from college I wanted to go into the music industry...but my Mom kept drilling into me that I needed a job with benefits. So I ended up taking a job and it seems that I never really had a career if you will, until I got into banking/financial services which I fell into and never felt as though it was my chosen career/career path. I've done well for myself, but NOW at age 50 I feel I am finally in a position where I can chose what I do next.”
“What makes me hopeful is the love, strength, integrity, leadership and perseverance of my mother and grandmother. Watching their struggles to make a better life for their family. To whom today they are victorious, survivors and more than conquerors; true legends in our eyes. As well as my Lord God Almighty is what makes me hopeful.”