Hometown: Richmond, CA
I'd probably be designing an apparel line, building a fitness empire, and singing vocals on animated film soundtracks (it's a lifelong dream).
It's an exciting time for women. We are speaking up and charting new paths like never before. We are running countries, companies, and households; we're allowing ourselves the freedom to flourish in our talents and ambitions outside of the traditional options of wife and mother. For myself, being a woman in today's society has meant not letting ageism, sexism, or beauty standards and trends define the way I see myself or limit my ambitions. I am allowed to be black, athletic, curvy, outspoken, feminine, intelligent, articulate, playful, and successful all at the same time. I don't need children or a husband to COMPLETE me. I would absolutely love to have a family someday, but it will be because I've chosen to share my life with someone who COMPLIMENTS who I am, not completes me. And until then I am perfectly content charting my own path and don't see myself slowing down any time soon.
Publishing a book.
Running multiple businesses, writing books, working in the entertainment industry, speaking on issues that impact our self-image as women and girls, and probably living part-time in Europe.
Yes, I have my own LLC and am currently working on several business plans to launch in the coming year.
Ashley –– she's the Jelly to my crunchy peanut butter.
I was in finals week of my Sophomore year in college when my father called to tell me that my brother was shot to death. When I heard those words, "Nate was shot and killed last night," I collapsed, time stopped, and the air left my body. Over the coming weeks when it was time for me to return to school and my upcoming track season, everyone questioned whether or not I would return. The interesting thing to me was that returning was never a question. It was a necessity. I went back and, if I recall correctly, I got all A's and one B that quarter. Without my faith, education, and commitment to my sport, I don't know that I would have come through the other side of that tragedy. I was never the same person after that. I saw the world differently. I became increasingly more grateful for every seemingly mundane moment of my life; running my fingers across a tree as I walked, the breeze of the air, the blue of the sky. Taking risks seemed less risky, and forgiveness was no longer difficult or even a question. Because what I learned is that life is but vapor and the only moment we know for certain is this moment, right here, right now. When you look at life that way, everything falls into perspective, and the weight of it all pales in comparison to the regret of a life not lived.