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Nov./Dec. 2023 Vol. 2 Issue 6

A Girl Like Me, Inc. Detroit - Nov./Dec. 2023


Your Voice is Your Ticket A Letter From The Editor

Everything that will come to us in life is connected to our voice. The word of God shares there is power in what we speak. We can speak about things that can change our outlook and circumstances: greatness, healing, abundance, prosperity, deliverance, victory, etc. With the same voice, we have the option to speak of detriment and destruction. I am reminded of what my mother told me as a young boy, “Be careful what you say”. When faced with adversity throughout my life, the outcome has always been connected to what I said. Whatever thought I allowed to reside in my mind about a situation, my actions would align with it. If I believed that I could win, I won; if I thought I couldn’t, I did not. It all came down to what I spoke to myself. Imagine the challenges and adversity Brain Surgeons face within their profession. They are asked to care for patients who have suffered trauma to their head that involves bleeding, swelling, and ultimately life-threatening conditions. The degree of difficulty in their actions within the operating rooms is off the meter; still, they must remain calm and complete their assignment. If the surgeons spoke doubt and were unable to care for their patients, they would fail. They would fail if they allowed fear and disbelief to dictate their actions. Instead, they must speak with assurance, and by doing so, their confidence in their abilities will arise. It all comes down to what they speak to themselves. God speaks to us, and He doesn’t expect us to be quiet. Whatever you want and need, open your mouth and speak. Your body language should speak for you. How we treat others speaks for how we feel about ourselves. You will only go as far in life as your voice will take you. Your voice is your ticket to the greatness that God promises. Speak about what you expect to happen in both moments of gaining and relinquishing and giving and receiving, as the impact effect is the same. We must use the voices God gives us, as it pleases Him when we do.

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Tracie Lee



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By Terry L. Watson - Photos Provided by Tyra Moore Tyra Moore calls the west side of Detroit, MI. Married and blessed with three beautiful children and a wonderful bonus son, Tyra says family is at the center of her life. “Growing up in the vibrant city of Detroit, I have deep roots and a strong connection to my community. Education has been a significant part of my journey, and I accomplished a major milestone when I graduated from high school at 17. Furthering my education was always a goal. I recently achieved another milestone by completing my studies as a surgical technician, and being able to make a positive impact on others through my work gives me immense satisfaction,” she says. One thing that truly lights up Tyra’s spirit is the Christmas holiday. “ It brings me joy beyond words, and I have a tradition of starting to play Christmas music as early as September. Something about the holiday season fills my heart with warmth and happiness, and I embrace it with all my enthusiasm,” she says. “When it comes to colors, red holds a special place in my heart. It symbolizes passion, strength, and determination. I find it energizing and uplifting, and it often finds its way into my everyday life.” Tyra’s role as a wife, mother, community member, and healthcare professional shapes her into who she is. She also finds fulfillment in helping others. She has found a way to serve many through her nonprofit organization, A Girl Like Me Inc. In November 2019, Tyra began her journey of community service by organizing events for young girls ages 11 to 17. These events focused on empowering them through activities like vision board parties and journal writing. However, it was in 2020, when the pandemic struck, that she truly felt the call to help others in need. “My husband and I decided to utilize our savings to purchase essential items like diapers, wipes, feminine care products, and household supplies for families who were struggling. We also started organizing community events in our neighborhood, where we collected new and gently used items such as clothing, shoes, and baby items. These items were then made available for free to anyone in need through a community lot,” she says. Tyra organized a Christmas giveaway for 100 children, providing them with much-needed gifts and joy during the holiday season. This venture gained momentum, and she expanded her efforts to include parenting and childbirth classes, lunch and learn sessions, and even a prom for teen moms like herself, who had missed out on their high school prom due to their responsibilities as young parents. Some of the services her program offers are free baby items (i.e., diapers, wipes, bottles, baby milk, and food, clothing), free self-care kits for our Girls, Teens, Teen Moms, and Moms, free resources on various services, a mentoring program for girls, teens, and teen moms. Some of the topics they address are Bullying/ Domestic Violence, CPR – First Aid, Finances/ Budgeting, Family/ Friend Relationships, Mental Health, Nutrition, Personal Hygiene, Pregnancy/ Pregnancy Prevention, Self-Care, Self-Esteem, and Sexual Activity, and STD’s. They also offer Books, Journal Writing, A Girl Like Me Talks, Field Trips, Community Outreach, Vision Boards, and Educational Baby Classes for Our Moms. Tyra says she is dedicated to supporting teenagers and young moms between the ages of 11 and 25. “I understand the unique challenges they face and strive to provide them with the assistance they need to navigate through this stage of life. “It is important to note that I do not turn anyone away who is in need of help. Regardless of age or circumstances, if someone requires assistance, I am here to provide support and resources to the best of my ability. My goal is to make a positive impact on as many lives as possible without any restrictions or limitations,” she says.


Tyra is a very confident woman and believes in the work that she does. She states, “I have never believed that I could achieve what I have today. Being a teen mom brought its fair share of shame and self-doubt, and I never imagined that one day I would confidently share my story with the world. However, despite the challenges, I refused to give up on the promise I made to myself at the age of 14. I held onto the hope that the opportunity would arise for me to make a difference. As I live through this life-changing experience, I am in awe of the strength and resilience I have discovered within myself. Taking that first step and embracing my journey has transformed my life in ways I never thought possible.”

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One major hurdle that Tyra and her program have faced has been funding and securing adequate financial resources to support their initiatives and dreams. Additionally, there have been instances where A Girl Like Me Inc. has been labeled as too small. Another significant obstacle is having a dedicated building or home for their services. “Being unable to establish a physical space that aligns with my vision has posed difficulties in providing the comprehensive support I envisioned. Additionally, financial constraints have made it challenging to afford a full staff, limiting our capacity to deliver services effectively,” Tyra shared. While these challenges have tested her resolve, they have also fueled Tyra’s determination to find creative solutions and seek out alternative avenues of support. “I firmly believe that with perseverance and the power of collaboration, we can overcome these obstacles and continue to make a meaningful impact in the lives of others.” Her advice to others who may follow a similar path is to not give up on your dreams, no matter how challenging they seem. She also advises you to persevere through the obstacles and remember that as long as there is breath in your body, there is always a chance to achieve your goals. “Furthermore, it is crucial to approach life with an open mind and heart. Avoid passing judgment on others and, instead, strive to offer help and support whenever possible. Every act of kindness can significantly impact someone’s life, and by extending a helping hand, you can contribute to creating a better world.” In the future, Tyra’s vision is to establish hubs across the globe that provide free essential resources and necessities for families in need. These hubs will serve as a lifeline, offering support and assistance to those facing challenging circumstances. She also wants to acquire an apartment building designed to help teens and young moms get on their feet and serve as a nurturing environment to receive the support and resources necessary to build a stable and thriving future for themselves and their children. “Through these initiatives, I aim to provide a solid foundation and empower individuals to overcome their challenges, achieve their goals, and create a brighter future for themselves and their communities,” she says. h

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StyleStudio Branding By Terry L. Watson - Photos Provided by Style Studio Branding Kristopher D. Williams. of Lavonia, Georgia is a graduate of Franklin Co. High School. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Computer Graphics and Web Development from Westwood College. Initially, he ventured into animation, but it became clear that God had another path in mind for Kris. He is the second youngest among my seven siblings, and he shares his family bonds are incredibly tight-knit. “Our parents always ensured that we never lacked for anything, working tirelessly to provide for us, even when the path seemed uncertain,” he says. Kris says his love for church runs deep, and within his family, a treasure trove of musical talents abounds. However, Kris’s talents extend beyond music, as he has found his footing with an ability to create art. “While I can carry a tune, I’m also known for my comedic antics,” he says. In Kris’s earlier years, he was a reserved artist, gradually finding his voice and honing his verbal communication skills. Kris is also a proud father to a 19-year-old son named Kristian, who recently graduated with top-notch grades. Kris’s journey with his wife, Miriam has a touch of serendipity. He shares, “We were high school sweethearts, but life led us on separate paths for a while. When I first met her, a friend introduced me to her while she was working at Kentucky Fried Chicken in Toccoa. I asked her to be my Valentine. I remember it like it was yesterday. My family and I just got out of bible study. We dated for a while, and sadly, we broke up. Years later, I happened to find her on Facebook, and now, twelve years down the road, we are still going strong, being happily married and living a purposeful life!” Today, Kris enjoys a career as a creative professional and photographer. The name of his company is StyleStudio Branding, and it offers a variety of products and services. In the realm of photography, he provides headshot photography, catering to individuals seeking to enhance their personal brand. He also offers product photography for business owners looking to promote tangible products. His services also include event photography for parties, weddings, or graduations. On the graphic design front, his services include print and digital design services. These services span the spectrum of business branding, event promotion, and sales advertising. Additionally, he specializes in creating eye-catching materials for trade shows and conferences to help his clients’ businesses make lasting impressions. Kris shares that he always had a creative spark within, even though he didn’t fully grasp its extent until later in life. “During my school days, I was renowned for my talent in sketching cartoons and designing names with vibrant, eyecatching letters and colors. As I ventured into college, my peers introduced me to the concept of freelancing. At that point, I was clueless about what freelancers did or how to become one, so I delved into research to gain insight. Little did I know that freelancing often involves working without immediate pay to build up one’s skills and experience. Next, I embarked on unpaid work to refine my abilities and gain a genuine understanding of what it takes to complete projects successfully. That experience marked a significant departure from my previous career in manufacturing, which had spanned nearly 13 years. I was determined to escape the monotonous grind and strive for the lifestyle I envisioned. If I ever wanted to support a family someday, I knew I couldn’t continue just scraping by,” he says.

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Kris says the birth of his son from a previous relationship brought life into sharper focus as I suddenly had the responsibility of providing for him. Fatherhood was uncharted territory, but Kris saw it as a divine push in the right direction. To cope with the emotional strain of adapting to his responsibilities, Kris turned to my artistic talents, sketching whenever I had a moment to spare. Life experiences would take Kris on a journey from different places of employment and even back to living at his parent’s home. While difficult at times, Kris didn’t lose hope and shared he kept praying for a better path. He started surrounding himself with people making strides in their lives, holding degrees, and pursuing the kind of opportunities he had only seen on television. Kris was eventually presented with an opportunity that would change the trajectory of his life. He knew he had to discuss it with his wife, and it also meant sacrificing many material possessions. “Despite those losses, I held firm in my faith that God would honor His promise to me: “Trust me.” Now, as I embark on my 13th year as a creative, the choice I made has been more than worth it. I have worked with clients big and small, building my career path to what it is today,” Kris says. Kris says his wife and son inspire him. Most importantly, he shares that his mom has played a huge role in his life, as he says he had the gift of art and passed it on to him. When asked if there is anything he would change about his journey in business, he wishes he would have believed in himself sooner and learned how to structure a business in his teen years. As he looks forward, Kris says his plans are to take real chances on opportunities to live even more outside of my comfort zone. “My plans are to go after the desired opportunities that I know are out there. This also includes building lasting partnerships and business relationships.” To learn more about Kris and his brand, please visit his website. h 12

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“Despite those losses, I held firm in my faith that God would honor His promise to me: “Trust me.”

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Dr. The UnGun Institute By Monica Montgomery - Photos Provided by Dr. Marty K. Casey Dr. Marty K. Casey is the founder of the UnGUN Institute. This trauma-informed company specializes in helping people recognize and work through trauma issues using the arts as their platform of choice. “I am a singer, actor, playwright, and producer. I am a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. I have been blessed to perform and speak all over the country and different parts of the world. But before Marty was any of that, she was a teenager who was struggling with unresolved childhood trauma,” Dr. Casey explains. As a child, she and her older brother were exposed to the toxic relationship between her birth parents. “It was a loving home, but it was also very dysfunctional and toxic,” Dr. Casey shares. “Our father was a violent alcoholic. There was physical and mental abuse taking place in front of us regularly. The last fight I remember happened in front of our grandparent’s house. The police were called, and I watched from the second-story window as they picked my father up and put him in the trunk of the squad car because he was so out of control.” As an adult, Dr. Casey acknowledges that exposure to so much rage seeded anger and rage in her. “We are all products of our environment,” Casey explained. “Watching my father planted a seed in me. Whether he knew it or not, he modeled how I should respond to stress or frustration. The injury or wound caused by what we saw became trauma. It didn’t just happen around us; it happened inside us.” The laws of nature dictate that whatever you plant will bear fruit after its own kind. The wounding Dr. Casey experienced manifested through anger and a short temper. “Because anger was sown into me, that’s what came out,” she shared. “I was quick to, as they say, ‘match energy!’ If I felt disrespected, then I gave disrespect. The painful part is that it wasn’t who I wanted to be. But because I was carrying someone else’s hurts, anger, and fear, I couldn’t see myself. I was bound by the toxic layers put upon me.” Living in a violently toxic home gave way to Casey’s tendency to respond to violence with violence, which was second nature. “In eighth grade, a girl slapped me, and I responded with the full weight of my wrath. The level of offense didn’t matter. It was violent, and I responded violently,” Casey explained. “Then, in ninth grade, a P.E. teacher stepped on my hand, and when I pointed it out, she told me my hand should have been in her way. I punched her and was suspended for ninety days.” Regular discipline issues in school started to take their toll on Casey, and she wanted to drop out.

“We are all products of our environment....Watching my father planted a seed in me. Whether he knew it or not, he modeled how I should respond to stress or frustration.”


Dr. Casey’s mother, to whom she attributes her strength, faith, and love for community, stepped in and pushed her daughter in the direction that helped change her life forever. “When I told my mother I was dropping out of school, she told me she wouldn’t allow it. She pointed out that my brother had already dropped out of school, and somebody from their family was going to graduate from high school. She said in plain terms that it would be me,” Casey explained. Determined to ensure that her daughter completed high school, Casey’s mother moved the family to the Webster Groves area. “My mother had been remarried to my “Step-Up” father for two years, and the new house was closer to his job.” The issue with trauma is unless it is adequately dealt with, the triggers will yield the same response. Dr. Casey says, “I wasn’t at my new school thirty days before a young lady disrespected me. I beat her with my eyes closed, then ran home. By the time I arrived, the police were already there.” Not understanding that trauma is transferrable, Casey’s mother sought help for herself but couldn’t see the issues her children were having as a result of the violence they witnessed their mother going through. A choir teacher at her new school recognized Casey’s talent and gave her some valuable advice. “She said, ‘You have a gift, and doors will open for you, but they will close just as quickly if you don’t change what is happening inside you.’ I was confused initially because I didn’t see the big picture. After thinking long and hard about it, I realized she was talking about my attitude. I had to stop responding to every provocation. I had to decide what was more important to me. Proving that I wasn’t going to take anybody’s crap or walk through some of those doors.” Casey wanted everyone in her new school to know that she wasn’t just a problem child but that she had a valuable gift. She wanted to be seen as different from all the other labels she’d worn before. “My choir teacher told me that if I stayed out of trouble until the Black History program, I could sing a solo. Finally, I had something to reach for. I wanted the school to hear me sing more than anything else. My principal made me a hall monitor to keep me focused and busy, and by February, I hadn’t gotten into trouble once.” Standing in front of her school, letting her gift speak for her, Casey had a revelation. “It was at that moment that I realized my true power. I didn’t have to fight with my fist to be seen or heard. I could fight with a microphone.” Today, Dr. Casey teaches people how to heal through the arts. “I use the arts to help people locate their power so that they can heal on the inside. We call it UnGun because we say that trauma bullets cause wounds. I help people remove and resolve those trauma bullets and heal those wounds using their God-given power, gifts, and talents.” Dr. Casey, a St. Louis, Missouri native, is passionate about helping people heal from and deal with the traumas we all have encountered at some level. Although her doctorate is honorary, she has more than earned a Ph.D. in life studies through her personal experiences. “I’ve lived all of the St. Louis area. I often tell people that by the time I’d made it to the ninth grade, I had attended ten different schools,” Casey shares. After graduating high school, she earned a full scholarship to Missouri Baptist College to study music. Music was an integral part of Dr. Casey’s life as a teen. Her voice was a gift from God that would usher on to platforms worldwide, including activism. “I was the first African American female to be awarded a full music scholarship to Missouri Baptist College. I was also the first African American to become freshman class president there,” Casey shared proudly. “I went from being voted class clown in high school to class president in college,” Casey laughs. In January 1990, Dr. Casey’s leadership skills were tested, and her activism emerged. “I was upset when I discovered that Mo Bap didn’t recognize Dr. King’s birthday as a national holiday. I couldn’t understand that. As the freshman class president, I felt like it was a discussion that needed to be had,” she explained. “I decided I would rally the students.” Casey persuaded the students not to attend class in protest of the school not acknowledging Dr. King’s holiday. To prepare the troops, she did what she did best. She taught them to sing. “I taught them every song I could think of. This Little Light of Mine, We Shall Overcome, Stevie Wonders’ Happy Birthday (Dr. King), and just about anything else I could think of. We marched from the dorms to the classrooms and back, but we didn’t go to class,” Casey said. But her activism came at a price. “We marched, sang, and made our position known. Then the dean of students called me in and said, ‘If you don’t get everyone back to class, you will lose your scholarship.’ I told him I couldn’t lose something I’d never had.” Dr. Casey chose to stand her ground.


Years later, when the Michael Brown unrest occurred, God showed Dr. Casey how to combine all she had learned through trauma recovery, entertainment, leadership, and activism and channel it into helping others. “After the Michael Brown incident, God told me to do the same thing I did in college. He told me to be a leader and a voice for the people,” Casey explains. “What happened was inhumane and wrong. That was the wound that rioters were angry about. We witnessed what happens when people are tired of being stripped of their humanity and told it’s their fault and what they deserve. Everyone deserves to be treated with basic human respect. It doesn’t matter where you live, who you are, how much money or education you have; everyone should give and receive human decency.” Answer the call to arms, Dr. Casey used the tools she had at her disposal and founded her 501c3 organization, Show Me Arts Academy, in 2014. The Academy worked with local community centers, churches, and schools. They aimed to help children find their voice and value through the arts. “The Show Me Arts Academy serviced over three thousand youth and children. We formed a choir of twenty students called the Spreading the Love Singers, and we traveled around the country doing pop-up concerts,” Casey exclaimed. “I felt it was important to let people know that genuine love and kindness still existed. My favorite concert was on the steps of the Dr. King Memorial. My activism started with wanting to honor Dr. King and all he stood for, so it was fitting that we sang there, where it all began.” Continuing to listen to the voice of God and follow her passion for helping youth find themselves through the arts, the UnGun program was born. “I was working with the Academy when God spoke again and told me that, while the Arts Academy was great, what about those whose living conditions and situations didn’t allow them the opportunity to take part in the Academy? So, I came up with the program UnGun.” The UnGun program took Dr. Casey behind the walls of the juvenile detention center. “I had the opportunity to work with eight boys assigned to me by the center. Their charges ranged from petty theft to murder and everything in between,” Casey explained. As Casey helped the young men focus on what they liked and loved about themselves, their talents surfaced, and they came alive. “With support and encouragement, they became DJs, rappers, and dancers. All while having the time of their lives! They were no longer just a description of their past deeds and poor decisions. I no longer saw their problems; I saw their purpose.” The UnGun program was eight weeks long. The students would prepare for seven weeks, then perform in the eighth week in front of their parents, staff, and inmates. 2017 was a crucial turning point for the program. “In 2017, a few days before the student showcase, I arrived at the facility and was told that one of the group leaders would not be able to perform due to a technicality. He had aged out of the juvenile system and was waiting to go before the court. He was so depressed about not being able to perform with the other team

members that he stopped eating and speaking for three days. My heart was broken. They asked me to speak with him to see if I could get him to talk,” Casey explained. “The first thing I did was remind him of the tools and techniques we teach in UnGun. One is that the mind, body, and spirit collectively work together. There must be a balance. Then, I shared with him the most important component of that teaching. I told him they could lock up his body, but only he could lock up his mind. Set your mind free so that your body will follow. Then, be grateful to God for the life you have. I don’t know how much more time you will be given as an adult or if you will receive any additional time. I know that you will be a free man if you choose life. In that instant, I saw him move.” As a result of the interaction with that young man, Dr. Casey decided to incorporate UnGun and make it a business in 2020. “Guns kill, but UnGun heals.” Dr. Casey’s UnGun Initiative and curriculum are now in St. Louis city public schools and other organizations. The UnGun tools and techniques are taught by people with first-hand experience with Trauma and what it takes to be free of it. The presenters often start the conversation with their testimonies. “We do that because it does two things. It gives us credibility in the space and helps students by modeling how to have those difficult conversations with their peers.” The purpose of UnGun is to help identify the trauma first and then unpack it so the individual can heal. “Because trauma triggers are different for everyone, this is not a one-size-fits-all system,” Casey shares. “The U in UnGun is the individual.” When God seeded the idea of UnGun, Dr. Casey didn’t know how it would grow or become such a powerful tool for so many. “I have to admit, I was so surprised at the effectiveness of the UnGun Institute. We have had the honor and privilege to touch so many lives, but I believe much more work must be done.” h



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Tracie Lee

Dreadloc Divas Loc Studio LLC

By Terry L. Watson Photos Provided by Carlotta Coco Smith In the community of Jacksonville, FL, Tracie Lee has firmly planted herself as the face and founder of Dreadloc Divas Loc Studio LLC. Her company specializes in professional styling services for locs, natural, and more. She also offers and sells products to assist her clients in maintaining their healthy hair. Tracie’s journey in business began quite remarkably. She shares, “From my early days in hair school in December 1998 to finishing my education in September 1999, my commitment to my craft has been constant and unwavering. I have worked in various hair salons in areas such as Macon, Georgia. I also worked in my parent’s business, “Ed and Gloria’s Boutique”. Throughout her life, Tracie has been blessed with the support and guidance of her parents, Gloria and Edward Fuller, who instilled in her the values of education and entrepreneurship. Opening her own salon marked a significant milestone in her career. While she worked in other places, and those opportunities helped to shape her, returning to the beautiful city of Jacksonville in 2014 was a culminating moment for her. Tracie hails from Jacksonville, the city in which she was born and raised. She graduated from Terry Parker High School. Next, she attended FCCJ (FSCJ), honing her business administration skills, a field that would serve her well in her future endeavors. Tracie also embarked on a 20-year journey in the retail industry, gaining valuable experience and expertise. Yet, her heart longed for her true calling, which was cosmetology. With unwavering determination, Tracie obtained her cosmetology license at Macon School of Beauty in Macon, Georgia. This was a pivotal moment in her life, as it marked the realization of her first love and set her on a path of passion and creativity.

“My journey as a salon owner is both insightful and admirable, and learning from past experiences, including failures and mistakes, is a valuable approach to personal and professional growth.”

Beyond her successful career, Tracie finds immense joy and fulfillment in being a mother to two incredible children, Malcolm and Morgan. “The joys of grandmotherhood have also graced my life with the presence of Mason,” she says. “My journey is further enriched by my partnership with her amazing husband, Tommie Lee.”


Some of the products offered by Tracie at Dreadloc Divas Loc Studio are T.Necole’s Key to Your Loc, which is a revelation in the world of hair care, offers a comprehensive range of solutions designed to cater to her client’s unique needs. There is Foam Control:, one of T.Necole’s signature products that allows her clients to re-twist, coil, create curls, and maintain their locs with ease. It’s also perfect for refreshing lock styles. There is also Scalp Juice, a refreshing elixir that soothes and revitalizes the scalp and provides relief from itching and discomfort. Scalp Juice is also a true healer, addressing various scalp issues, including eczema, with care and precision. Her Diva Butta is for those in need of deep moisturization. This shea butter-based product is a luxurious treat for excessively dry skin and scalps. “It hydrates, nourishes, and rejuvenates, leaving your hair, scalp, and skin feeling silky-smooth and radiant. Bid farewell to eczema and dryness; Diva Butta has got you covered,” Tracie says. And finally, there is the Loc Refresher, which revives locs from the scalp to the core, making it an ideal companion for those post-gym refreshers. Plus, the refreshing lemongrass scent energizes one’s senses, leaving locs smelling divine. All of T. Necole Key to Your Loc products are infused with the invigorating scent of lemongrass.

Tracie Lee

Dreadloc Divas Loc Studio LLC 478-284-4055 9951 Atlantic Blvd - Suite 410 Jacksonville, FL 32225


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Tracie says she was inspired by her auntie, Evelyn Fuller, who also introduced her to the world of hair at a young age. From learning to do soft curl perms to assisting her auntie with clients and eventually styling her hair. Tracie has taken every inspiration and uses them to help make people happy. Whether it’s weddings, birthdays, achievements, or simply enhancing their beauty, her role as a LocHealthtian and stylist goes far beyond the physical transformation. “I become a friend, a confidant, a source of comfort, and a pillar of support during those crucial moments in my client’s lives.” Tracie says that Betty Jackson, her godparent, also impacted her life, both personally and professionally. Like most business owners, Tracie has been faced with a few challenges along the way. Building a team that aligns with her goals is often a long and challenging process for Tracie. Still, she says the rewards of having a dedicated and dependable team are immeasurable. “I have overcome this challenge and now have a strong team in place,” she says. “My journey as a salon owner is both insightful and admirable, and learning from past experiences, including failures and mistakes, is a valuable approach to personal and professional growth. I have used those lessons as stepping stones to create a more prosperous and fulfilling experience for myself,” she shared. h

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Eden & Kissi Afro-Carribean Gourmet Cuisine with a French Touch

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There is some delicous Afro-Carribean food in Louisville, KY. A feast of love and family in the heart of a bustling city, there’s a restaurant that’s more than just a place to satisfy your taste buds; it’s a testament to the power of family, faith, and an unwavering passion for cooking. Kissi is the remarkable owner of this culinary haven, where Afro-Caribbean flavors blend seamlessly to create a truly unique dining experience. Kissi’s story is as rich and diverse as the food she serves. Kissi is a wife, and mother of four children and seven grandchildren. She was born into a family of 19 children, and her childhood was a constant celebration of life through food. In their home, cooking wasn’t a chore but a festival of flavors, where every meal was a joyful occasion. Kissi embodies the essence of family. She lovingly speaks of her son David as more than just a child; David is her confidant and friend. He is also the mainstay of their restaurant, Eden and Kissi, located at 3912 Bardstown Road, Suite 101, in Louisville, KY. Kissi’s and David’s bond is unbreakable, and it’s clear that they have each other’s backs in the kitchen and life. Eden and Kissi’s journey began in 2014 when they started selling their mouthwatering dishes at local markets. Four years of dedication and hard work led them to their dream – a food truck. The beginning was promising, but three months into the venture, mechanical issues brought the food truck to a halt. However, this was just a brief setback in the larger tapestry of their story.

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In 2020, amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kissi and David opened their first brick-and-mortar restaurant. It was a battle they not only fought but also won. This victory was a testament not only to their culinary skills but also to their resilience and belief in their vision and, most of all, God. And speaking of that vision, Akissi, as Kissi is also known, believes it came from a divine source. After relocating to the United States from her native home of Africa, she had a prayer point where she asked God to reveal her path. Through two vivid dreams where she found herself wearing a chef’s hat, she received her answer. From that moment on, she knew her calling was to share her love for cooking with the world. The heart and soul of Eden & Kissi’s restaurant is their Afro-Caribbean cuisine. They skillfully combine the flavors of both cultures to craft unique dishes. Whether it’s the succulent Goat, tender Oxtail, or mouthwatering Fish Curry, their food takes one’s taste buds on a journey of discovery. Everything at Eden & Kissi is made from scratch, a testament to their dedication to the art of cooking. The result is a menu that not only satisfies your hunger but also leaves you yearning for more. “I was fortunate to visit Eden and Kissi while traveling through Louisville. Immediately upon entering the restaurant, I was politely greeted by David. He was professional and knowledgeable about everything. I took food with me as I continued my trek to Indiana, but amazingly, the Red Snapper plate I was given didn’t make it very far up the road. It was so delicious, and I can’t wait to return to try more items from their menu. Kissi was equally pleasant. I wish I had more time to listen to her talk and share stories of her home and food,” says Terry Watson, the publisher of Huami Magazine. The food at Eden and Kissi is not just a meal; it’s a unique culinary experience that transports you to distant shores. But the culinary journey doesn’t end there. Next door, they’ve opened “Delicious Foodies,” a delightful shop where they serve French crepes, delectable desserts, and refreshing natural juices. It’s a testament to their creativity and their commitment to providing a diverse range of flavors to their patrons.


My passion for cooking shines through in every dish served at Eden and Kissi. For me, cooking is not just a job; it’s a source of immense joy. My love for food is palpable, and it’s this genuine passion that infuses every bite with love and flavor.”


Kissi says, “My passion for cooking shines through in every dish served at Eden and Kissi. For me, cooking is not just a job; it’s a source of immense joy. My love for food is palpable, and it’s this genuine passion that infuses every bite with love and flavor.” In the world of food, there are restaurants, and then there are culinary destinations. Eden & Kissi fall into the latter category. It’s a place where food is more than sustenance; it’s a celebration of life, family, and faith. Kissi’s culinary journey is an inspiration to all, a reminder that with determination and passion, even the most challenging circumstances can be turned into victories. If you’re in Louisville, please stop by Eden & Kissi to enjoy some of the delicious food. You will not be disappointed. Also, please visit their website to learn more about them. h

Eden & Kissi 3912 Bardstown Road - Suite 101 Louisville, KY - 502-384-9102 25


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Radiant Dreams Healing & Gifts By Terry L. Watson Photos Provided by DP Photography LLC

Charronda Hairston was born and raised in Mississippi. She is the daughter of Jennifer Hairston and the late Charles R. Hairston. Charronda is also the proud mother of Alyria Denis, who will be graduating from high school in December. As an aspiring business owner and the founder of Radian Dreams Healing & Gifts, LLC, she says that sharing the tools and knowledge with others as they take their own path to greatness is awe-inspiring. After graduating from Pascagoula High School, Charronda obtained her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemistry from Alcorn State University. She worked as a chemist for several years before leaving the industry for a career in education. She taught Chemistry and Physics at Moss Point High School and then at her alma mater, Pascagoula, and taught aerospace engineering and robotics. “I have always been told I love a project, so even though I loved teaching and helping students reach their dreams, leaving the safety net to pursue a dream of working for myself and helping others has been one of my biggest and most rewarding accomplishments,” she says. Charronda also loves to travel, cook, read, and make her friends and family smile. With Radiant Dreams Healing & Gifts, she has an abundance of opportunities to do just that. She says, “I established Radiant Dreams in 2020 during the pandemic. I wanted to bring a metaphysical store to the Mississippi Gulf Coast that was nonjudgmental and focused on personal individual healing.” In early 2024, she plans to open Well of Radiance Holistic Wellness Center, which will be one of the first Black-owned wellness centers on the Gulf Coast in Mississippi. The Well of Radiance Holistic Wellness Center is also an extension of Radiant Dreams and a result of various workshops and classes that Charronda conducted. She says they needed more room due to expanding and focusing on holistic health practices. So, the next logical step was to find a way to separate the retail store from the holistic detox services to provide her customers with the personalized relaxation services they deserve.

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While many of Charronda’s services are designed for women ages 18 and up, she also offers services for men and teens. Her workshops and yoga classes are open to everyone, and she says her goal is to provide an inclusive set of services to co-create with her clients in reaching their dream state of life. In the retail store, she offers various metaphysical tools and supplies one could need in spiritual practices. “We have sage, incense, crystals, candles, books, skincare, herbal teas, and organic bitters; if we don’t have it in the store, we can normally find it for our customers who ask. Currently, we offer limited detoxification and holistic health services, but the Well of Radiance will offer a full range of detox, Womb, and massage services,” she says. In 2024, Charronda will hold workshops, retreats, yoga classes, sound healing, and other activities focused on finding inner peace and community. Being a business owner has its perks, and Charronda shares she loves the connections made with each of her customers. “A quick shopping trip often turns into an hour conversation, a cup of tea, and a ‘I will see you soon’. Being able to help others physically, mentally, and spiritually reconnect to their higher selves is an awarding experience,” she says. Additionally, every interaction with her customers provides healing for Charronda. “I learn from them as much as they learn from me. The feeling of community and unconditional love is spread with every connection.” So, who has impacted Charronda’s life the most? There are a few names that she shares. “Both of my grandmothers impacted my perseverance and strength. My dad had always been my biggest cheerleader and grounder. He kept me in check, taught me to be open-minded and non-judgmental, and approached every situation with firm compassion and fairness. His favorite phrase was always “Handle It”. No matter what choices you make, you should look at them objectively and “Handle It” with grace and integrity.” Charronda also recognizes many other successful Black women who have played a key role in helping her to become the woman she is today. There is Tamika Jones, who is the owner of Let Go Let Goddess Coaching, and LaShun Teboh from The Ankh Academy of Holistic Healing. She says LaShun has been instrumental in mentoring her while she focuses on helping women heal their bodies and spirits. Additionally, she recognizes Tajuana Lee with Royal Vision Society, LLC, who she says has been one of her biggest cheerleaders. “These women have taught me how to do business as a holistic practitioner. They also lead by example and are always a phone call away. More importantly, being able to have them as part of my current network reminds me that anything is possible.”


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When something is new in a community, many create a scary narrative of how it works. That fear stops people from reaching their full potential and stepping into holistic healing.” Charronda says one of her biggest challenges in business has been marketing and getting customers to step out of fear and try a new way. “When something is new in a community, many create a scary narrative of how it works. That fear stops people from reaching their full potential and stepping into holistic healing,” she says. “I’m still navigating the challenges and learning how to step out of my comfort zone and put a face to the name of the business.” Charronda’s advice to other aspiring business owners is to not be afraid to take the risk to go after something you want. “If that idea or thought gives you butterflies or makes your heart flutter, go for it. Allow yourself grace and celebrate your small wins. Your journey shouldn’t look like anyone else’s. Also, remember to always lead and serve in love, open your heart, and start every day with gratitude and love. Unconditional love is the key to bringing our world back in balance. Love is gentle, kind, and freedom,” she shares. Looking ahead, Charronda plans to expand her brand even further. In 2025, she will take wellness retreats and offer more workshops, services, and events focused on physical, mental, and spiritual healing. To learn more about Radiant Dreams Healing & Gifts, LLC, please visit their website. h

Charronda Hairston Radiant Dreams Healing & Gifts, LLC 6616 North Washington Ave. - Suite E Ocean Springs, MS 228-238-3977



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Splat Studio By Terry L. Watson Photos Provided by Monet Dyson Monèt Dyson of Sacramento, CA, is a young and vibrant entrepreneur. At just 25, she has formed a business that is making waves and splashes in the heart of Old Sacramento’s business sector. It is called Dipped N Color Splat Studio. A mother of a five-year-old and an employee of the State of California, Monèt shares the vision for the company was revealed to her after a lifechanging experience of being struck by a drunk driver in 2019. “I was reminded of the fragility of life and the importance of cherishing every moment. This awakening prompted me to set aside my career and embrace the role of a stay-at-home mom, caring for my then 10-month-old child.” While the prospect of being home with her child, she says, was beautiful, it also brought to the forefront the challenges of her personal healing journey. Monèt grappled with anxiety, trying to connect with her child while simultaneously dealing with the physical, mental, and emotional toll of her recovery. Upon returning to work, she found herself caught in a balancing act, juggling motherhood, a full-time job, and the dream of building a business. The demanding schedule left little time for self-care, and the guilt of spending precious moments away from her son weighed heavily on Monèt. “In an effort to spend more quality time with my child, we began painting together. These creative experiences not only provided an outlet for reducing my stress and anxiety but also forged a profound connection with him,” Monèt says.

“Becoming a mom allowed me to return to my inner child and see life through his lens.”

Monèt really enjoys the privilege of being a mother to her son. She says, “Without him, I would not have embarked on this journey. Becoming a mom allowed me to return to my inner child and see life through his lens. How he has so much wonder about the small things around him and how excited he gets. As I grew older, I forgot how much the small things around us matter, and I want other families to experience the joy and excitement together through art.”

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It was during one of these painting sessions that inspiration struck. Monèt envisioned creating pop-up paint events for other families to share the joy of art together. The success of her first painting event, which sold out, validated Monèt’s belief that she was on the right path. After organizing several successful pop-up family paint events and emerging victorious in the 2023 ‘Calling All Dreamers’ competition, Monèt seized the chance to establish a unique storefront. Rather than opting for a conventional art studio, Monèt created Dipped N Color Splat Studio, which welcomes individuals of all ages and skill levels. Dipped N Color Splat Studio is a place where messy or experimental art, such as splatter painting or unconventional techniques, is practiced. “Our mission is to inspire every parent and child to connect deeply and create freely. Their vision is to empower parents and children to embrace their individuality and celebrate diversity, allowing them to be their most creative and authentic selves. We focus on bringing people together while fostering a sense of community. We also provide a safe space for individuals to explore and express their artistic talents, which can be therapeutic and stress-relieving, something that is especially important in today’s fast-paced world,” Monèt said. What started as a simple idea born from a traumatic accident has now blossomed into a forward-thinking, creative brand and business.” Monèt says some of the challenges she has faced in business is managing it and wearing multiple hats, from operating the business, taking phone calls, emails, and responding to inquiries. “Those tasks are absolutely amazing but can become overwhelming at times. I’ve managed them by outsourcing, asking for help, and having boundaries.”

Dipped N Color Splat Studio 122 I Street Sacramento, CA 95814 916-312-1912

What Monèt loves most about what she does is the smiles on families’ faces when they learn about Splat Studio. “When they come and actually experience it, how much laughter I hear, playing, singing, and families bonding through art, really makes me happy,” she says. In addition to being inspired by her son, Monèt says she enjoys seeing families laugh together and get silly together at Dipped N Color Splat Studio. “We often forget to laugh, due to the daily hustle and bustle of life. Our space was created to provide a space to laugh and connect.” While there have been some tough moments along her way, Monèt says she wouldn’t change anything. “All the ups and downs and mistakes have brought me to where I am today,” she shares. Her advice to others who may follow in her footsteps is to just get started. “Stop second-guessing yourself and worrying about what others will say about you. At the end of the day, it is your life.” Moving forward, she plans to continue to grow her business, spreading joy, laughter, and creativity. If you are in the Sacramento, CA, area and looking for a new and exciting way to engage and have fun with your family and friends, please stop by Dipped N Color Splat Studio. You may learn more about them by visiting their website. h


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Autumn Thornton The daughter of

Armani Thornton and Gregory (Feva) Bonds


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TIFFANYGINAAKINS By Terry L. Watson Photos Provided by Tiffany Gina Akins Tiffany Gina Akins of Pensacola, FL, is a seasoned professional. She has over 26 years of experience in business, law, and finance. As the CEO and Founder of De’Jure Life Notes, LLC, she has provided countless clients with top-notch services. De’Jure Life Notes, LLC is a consulting service “Our experienced team of legal consultants offers sound legal advice and strategies to help you navigate the complexities of family law. We specialize in handling various family law forms such as divorce decrees, time-sharing, parenting plans, child support, modification, financial affidavits, and many more,” Tiffany says. Tiffany’s impressive background includes a Degree in Computer System Analysis. She is also an Alumni of PHI Beta Lambda and a nomination for Who’s Who Among Junior College Students in America. She has gained expertise in various areas, such as criminal justice, financial advising, and legal consulting. She has also held internships as a paralegal and IRS tax preparer. She has become a Florida Notary, Certified Remote Notary Public, and Certified Loan Signing Agent under the National Notary Association. Additionally, she is a Certified Mortgage Field Service Inspector, IT Network Expert, and Certified Graphic Designer. “I bring an entrepreneurial mindset to every project. With my passion for fashion, and as the owner of a record label, Graphic Design & Branding Studio, I have a unique perspective on what it takes to succeed in a variety of industries,” she shares. Tiffany says running a business is hard enough for her business clients without worrying about legal issues. That’s where she comes in. “Our legal consultation firm specializes in a full range of business law forms, including bank forms, business licenses, titles/bill of sale, building permits, real estate closing, travel documents, and more. We also pride ourselves on providing top-notch financial services, including financial affidavits, IRS taxes, financial counseling, and tax preparation.” With her Notary Team, all aspects of notary services are covered. In 2022, Tiffany founded De’Jure Life Notes, LLC, to provide practical solutions for individuals and families facing legal and financial challenges. She shares, “My own struggles with these issues, as well as those experienced by my loved ones, motivated me to create an agency that prioritizes education, compassion, and personalized guidance. I understand the difficulties and challenges of going through legal battles, especially when dealing with sensitive issues like abusive relationships and divorce where children are involved. Waiting for years for your case to be heard or starting the process all over again due to lack of finances can be demotivating. Our team strives to rectify problems caused by incorrect, incomplete, or missing information on legal and finance forms. As a dedicated Legal Consultant, I am committed to helping my clients create a better future for themselves and their loved ones.” Overcoming the challenge of obtaining a consistent clientele can be difficult for any legal professional, but De’Jure Life Notes, LLC. has implemented various marketing methods to reach its target audience. Their efforts have resulted in significant growth and a more defined client base. For other aspiring business owners, Tiffany’s advice to you is to remember that every experience is an opportunity to learn and grow. She also says, “Be kind to yourself and take care of your well-being, both physically and mentally. Invest in relationships that inspire and encourage you and pursue your passions with confidence. Keep learning and expanding your horizons, and never stop striving for success. Most importantly, believe in yourself and your abilities, and when the going gets tough, keep pushing forward, because success is just around the corner,” she says. Moving ahead, Tiffany says her ultimate goal is to help individuals and businesses of all sizes achieve a brighter future. To accomplish this, she offers a variety of resources such as community training workshops, seminars, monthly televised segments, and a new podcast show that focuses on keeping individuals and businesses updated on the legal issues that matter the most to them. Her services are available in West Florida and surrounding states. To learn more about Tiffany and De’Jure Life Notes, LLC, please visit their website. Detroit - Nov./Dec. 2023



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Hearne Fine Art By Terry L. Watson Photos Provided by Ebony Blevins

Garbo and Archie Hearne III are leading the arts community for Black Americans in Arkansas. Garbo Watson Hearne is a native Arkansan, born and raised in El Dorado, but currently lives in Little Rock. Her parents were both educators and stressed the value of education and reading. Garbo received a BSN in Nursing from the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences in 1983. Her better half is Archie Hearne III, MD, and together they have four children and three grandchildren. Dr. Hearne is a native Californian and has been a family practice physician in Arkansas since 1983. He was the impetus for opening a Black art gallery in Arkansas. He was educated on collecting by Chico State University professor and printmaker Marion Epting. Kenneth Williamson, a Memphis artist, challenged Archie and Garbo to open a gallery in Little Rock to fill a niche. He answered the challenge, and in doing so, Garbo put her aspirations to become a nurse anesthetist on hold to open and manage the gallery’s day-to-day business and provide their children a cultural haven to be exposed and nurtured. Hearne Art Consortium is an umbrella for Pyramid Art, Books & Custom Framing, Hearne Fine Art, and Hearne Fine Art Consulting & Appraisal Services. It provides a platform for local, regional, national, and international Black artists and authors to sell and share their talents. The platform allows all people to explore Black culture using literature and the fine arts. Through each entity, they provide the community, the artists, and the authors with a voice in the arts community on every level. “We provide retail services of books, decorative art, and fine art with a focus on Black culture. We also offer community programming, including book signings, artist talks, and community lectures, as well as decorative and conservation custom picture framing, fine art appraisal, and consulting services,” he shares.

“In 1988, there was limited access and opportunities for Black artists to show and sell their works in Arkansas, so we filled a niche in the visual arts and literary community.”

In 1988, the Hearnes’ opened the Pyramid Gallery. Pyramid was a print gallery with a focus on fine art by local artists. “In 1988, there was limited access and opportunities for Black artists to show and sell their works in Arkansas, so we filled a niche in the visual arts and literary community. Frank Frazier, a

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Dallas-based collage artist, introduced us to many regional and national artists. He also encouraged us to host fine art exhibitions and programming to include artists talks and workshops. Soon, we began offering custom framing, books, fine art, and fine art appraisal and consulting services. In 1998, we moved to our third location and changed our name to Pyramid Art, Books & Custom Framing and Hearne Fine Art. We created a definitive space for fine art and owned it by adding our surname, Hearne. In 2008, after 20 years of renting, we took a leap of faith and purchased real estate in the historic Dunbar community and built The Hearne Centre,” they shared.

1001 Wright Ave. Ste C - Little Rock, AR 39577 501-372-5824 -

The Hearne Centre houses Dr. Hearne’s family practice clinic, the bookstore, the custom frame shop, and the fine art gallery. It is also located across the street from the Dunbar Middle School, which was established in 1929 as a Junior College, High School, and Junior High School for Black students. Even more, the Dunbar community is the oldest Black community in Arkansas. Garbo says what she loves most about owning their gallery is the engagement with artists, authors, and their community. “I love when clients connect with artists and authors, and they become family. Everybody has a story to tell and we provide a platform that allows authors the freedom to be heard on their terms. I love that we are located in the heart of the Black community and the support we have had from local, regional, and national patrons over the last 35 years,” she says. Hearne Fine Art also has an expansive children’s area that houses a Baobab tree created by Atlanta artist Alfred Conteh. To date, they have hosted over 500 exhibitions and book signings.

1001 Wright Ave. Ste C - Little Rock, AR 39577 501-372-6822 -

Like any other business, the Hearne’s have faced some challenges in business. The biggest challenge they share is keeping up with technology and making sure they reach all the audiences to grow our business. “It is imperative to keep your brand fresh and innovative. With so many variables, juggling all the communications and social media efforts can be challenging,” they said. They have engaged in continuing education, communicated with peers, and constructed a supportive staff to manage such challenges. Their bookstore/gallery manager, Patrece Brown, has been a part of the business for 34 years, and their custom picture framer, Randy Taylor, has worked for them for 20 years. Their children have also been supportive, with the oldest daughter, Auna, coming on board to manage PR for both companies. To learn more about Hearne Fine Art and Pyramid Art, Books & Custom Framing, please visit their websites. h


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