Do you ever feel uncomfortable talking about race with people outside your race?
"Nope! As a Black woman living in this America, I don’t ever feel uncomfortable talking about race with those who don’t look like me. If I’m giving a platform or create my own, I will speak my truth, in love and while treating others with dignity but, I will not hide from being who I am or hide from expressing what I believe to be true. Racism is killing us one by one. My presence in some spaces make white folks uncomfortable but, I belong in every space I am in, regardless of what someone else may think. Because of those who came before me, I can fully stand in my truth."
What advice do you have for the next generation?
"My advice for the next generation is to be fearless, be teachable, stay humble and go get it! I love how those younger than me take risks greater than I ever did at their age. I love how they have very little fear usually until an adult tells them they need to fear something or not do something. I love that they know they have nothing to lose! And, I would love for them to remain teachable. I know what it’s like to look at those who came before you and think you’re so much smarter, especially when it comes to understanding technology but, certainly not limited to technology. However, those who have come before you also have a wealth of lived experience that I think gets devalued by the next generation. And sometimes that lived experience can teach so much if they’re willing to learn, even a little bit. Humility does not ever mean weakness and can open more doors than arrogance. Finally, don’t ever stop going after the dream."
As a black woman, what makes you hopeful?
"I am hopeful by the work and passion of my 24-year-old goddaughter. She is an HBCU graduate who is a fearless risk-taker, an entrepreneur, a very hard worker and still asks for advice. I am hopeful by the young black people who are using their voice to speak for those who are not heard! I am hopeful by the work of young black artists who are using their platform to bring awareness to racial injustice and inequality. I am hopeful because I believe we still have a future as a country that can be better than what we are showing the world. I am I am hopeful because those who came before me were hopeful so how dare I not keep going, keep believing and keep reminding girls and young women they are marvelous!"