Tell us any and everything that you want us to know about you as a person (personality, fun facts, upbringing, etc.)?
During COVID, I discovered a newfound love for cooking.
What is your definition of confidence? Would you consider yourself confident? Tell us why
My definition of confidence is when you no longer care about what others think. I wasn't always confident. It has developed over the years. I used to care and want everyone to like me. As long as there is mutual respect, that's all that matters.
I love your confidence; you have an heir about you that people can't help loving when they meet you. Growing up, were you confident or did you have to grow into it?
I definitely grew into my confidence. Growing up and being chocolate was not so fun. I absolutely love it now, but not as child. I feel like that's the worst time to lack confidence is as a child and adolescent. My complexion has been one of my greatest attributes. You have to accept you and own who you are. Find your look, and rock it. You'll then start to notice others rocking your style. Be sure to embrace them.
What were you insecure about back in the day, that you can laugh about now?
I was called all the not so fun skinny and black jokes. I can laugh about it, and I have even with the jokesters. But I do realize the importance of making people feel good about themselves because I know how good it didn't feel. I crack jokes on myself at times.
When did you finally realize that you were confident?
At 10 years old when I opened up to my auntie about what was going on. She embraced me and reminded me about who, at that time and still is quite frankly, our most beautiful supermodel - Naomi Campbell!
You are owning your Entrepreneurship role. Not only do you do your own thing, but you seem to always look out for others too. What made you turn to Entrepreneurship?
I was forced into entrepreneurship. My dad was facing a double life sentence in prison for a crime that he didn't commit. I put my job in jeopardy by taking time off work to fight his case. My boss was talking that " fire" language, so I took my ass back to work. But that's when I realized that this isn't the life I want to live. I refused to pull out the resume to jump from one slave ship to another. So, I started my own insurance agency. The rest is history.
Tell us about your business(es).
I own Universal Salon Suites in midtown. We are gearing up to franchise our system. This will allow other people like me to enjoy the fruits of generating passive income. I am super excited.
Tell us about the experience of starting your business. Was it scary? Did you feel alone?
Sometimes I do feel alone, but that's just me. I have an amazing team. We all have different leadership styles, different roles, and we play our position. Running a business is very scary if you don’t have working capital.
What kept you from giving up?
I can't go back to trading my time for money. I just can't.
What advice would you give to those starting businesses that you had to learn the hard way?
Know why you’re doing what you do. Make sure it's your passion. Have community impact. Have core values. Have a clear vision and make sure it's compelling.
What can we look forward to seeing in the future dealing with your brand?
More of an educational presence. I am almost finished with the Universal Business Institute. It's an online, eight module small business playbook. It walks emerging and prestart up entrepreneurs through the process of setting up their business, operating their business, and sustaining their business.
You know I love me some you and I've been blessed to be in your personal space. I haven't seen you in a while, but I still watch from a distance. I'm seeing things that I love. Your energy is different, and it looks good. I'm assuming it's because life is good. (I won't get into your business, ha-ha) How do you make time to separate business from your personal time, love life and anything else that makes you happy?
I do have a honey now. I'm so in love. He's so supportive and that matters. He’s my new form of fuel.
How do you stay motivated?
I'm a self-starter, but I'm also human. I'm not always motivated, so when I'm on, I'm on; when I'm not I'm not, and that's okay.
Name three things you can’t live without.
Oxtails, my dogs, peroxide.
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