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Updated: May 9, 2021


"When I was in college, I had no money, I had no job, I just had a baby, and I had no hard credit to my name. So, I needed an apartment. This lady gave me an opportunity to get an apartment. I wasn’t even approved for the apartment, but she saw me, she saw my struggles, she saw that l wanted to be better, that I was trying to finish school and she gave me the apartment. I paid my rent up for like 6 months, and it was times that I was late on my rent and she never tried to kick me out. She supported me through that.”

Updated: May 9, 2021


"Somebody who was influential in my life was my mentor/big sister Arailia. She does a prom program, so every year she picks a senior Black girl, and she sponsors them and pays for their whole prom process. Doing that, I gained a big sister. She taught me how to love myself again, that I have somebody to talk to, I’m not by myself. When I was really down, I could call her and cry on the phone. She would listen to me and tell me that everything would be ok. For her to do that for me, made a big difference in my life. It actually helped me want to change my major in school, because I was a business major, now I changed to psychology. I want to work with adolescent counselors, so that I can work with the kids and be a light in their life too."

Updated: May 9, 2021


"If I could give any Black woman their flowers, it's hard to choose one, but I would choose my mom. Because, I just turned 50 and I remember when my mom was 50, she ran two marathons… she might have been 51 or 52. She ran the New York Marathon and she ran the 100th Boston Marathon. At the time when she was 50, I was 24, 25, and just to know that your life keeps going after 50 and that you are by no means at the end. She’s been an inspiration around self-care, around lifelong wellness practices, and that’s been a journey off and on for me for my whole life. She is a constant inspiration. She does tai chi, she’s involved in studies at Emory to address Alzheimer’s as that runs on our side of the family. She eats well, she stays moving, she tries to stay in a positive frame of mind. I have a 14-year-old, I have a high performing job that's pretty stressful sometimes, and she just has always been an example of how to navigate all that. Black women have always been in my life and always pushed me forward… My mother graduated from law school the same year I graduated from high school. She went on to be a judge; she started off as a psychiatric social worker. She went part-time when we were kids so she could run us around. She's just been very strategic, purpose filled and purposeful about wellness, balance, giving yourself grace, being prayerful. And I do give her flowers. We give her flowers multiple times a year, my brother and I – but I would give her more if I could.”