What conversation would you have over and over again?
The conversation I would have over and over again is that WOMEN and GIRLS do NOT belong in Prison or Jail. PERIODT. There are alternatives to incarceration, diversion alternatives, trauma informed care that women and girls need in order to become healed and whole from the trauma, violence and abuse that we have endured. In order to end incarceration, we MUST end poverty and we can only do this by reinvesting into communities that are overpopulated and underfunded, invest in people and not prisons, provide affordable, safe and beautiful housing and healthy food. These are BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS and when this is NOT happening it is a violation of those rights! We are the ONLY country that approaches the criminal legal system from a civil rights lens and not a human rights lens!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Don't take ANYTHING personal
Who inspires you?
My mom & dad. They have been together & married for 58 years. They both come from humble beginnings and wanted more for themselves and their children. When they wanted to buy a house in Dix Hills NY and the white woman came to the window, pulled the blinds and saw they were black she never answered the door. So, my parents went further out in Suffolk County and built their home furnished with a beautiful pool and basketball court from the ground up. They worked together and opened a Carvel Franchise in Brooklyn in the 70's and taught us about entrepreneurship at a very young age. They went on to open a restaurant in Harlem where they were the first out-door cafe and brought soft-serve yogurt and fresh fruit shakes to Harlem. Most importantly, every recital, every game, every graduation, every court date, every sentencing, every monthly visit, every dream, every desire they have BEEN THERE in support. I love them with everything I am and am grateful to GOD that they sacrificed so much for myself and my siblings to understand that being black is a badge of honor, strength, courage, resilience and LOVE!!
How do you practice self-care?
This is somewhere I struggle and have committed myself to doing better in 2020. As a boss babe it is difficult to find balance. A daily practice I have now been doing for the last 7 years is 10 min meditation, prayer, reading my bible. I also LOVE to cook (when I have time which is never) and a fine libation. I would like to incorporate weekly spa treatments and travel where I can turn my phone off quarterly.
What’s one thing you never leave the house without?
That's easy … my LIPSTICK
Describe your style in three words.
Colorfully Elegant, Fashion Forward, Harlem.
Finish this sentence. In the new year I’d like to…
What are you leaving behind in the last decade
Philippians 3:13-14 says it best "Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."
Name one thing most people don’t know about you.
I am a classically trained pianist & flautist yet I do have range, I love Mozart to Mary J Blige and everything in between!