The Black Family Magazine February 2024 Special Edition

Page 54

2 The Black Family Magazine
The Black Family Magazine 1

Copyright 2024 by Black Impact Media

The Black Family Magazine

No part of this magazine may be used or reproduced by any means, graphics, electronics, or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, taping, or by any information storage retrieval system without the written permission of the publisher except in the case of brief quotations embodied by critical articles and reviews.

ISBN: 979-8-218-38546-0

Publisher website: www.TheBlackFamilyMagazine.com

Email: TheBlackFamilyMagazine@gmail.com Cover

Cover Design: JESSIE YORK Graphics Specialist & Web Designer

Cell: 773.771.0597

Email: ngeniusmindzdesign@gmail.com

Web: NGeniusMindzDesign.com

Thinking Outside The Box!

2 The Black Family Magazine

ABOUT

The Black Family Magazine is the first publication of magazines in the field of personal and professional development, wealth building, African American empowerment, and challenging predefined narratives applied to the African American community.

VISION

Our new platform is dedicated to bringing solutions to families in the black community. The platform is designed to expand your awareness, uncover truth, redefine life, renew strength, and help you to build a new legacy of health and wealth for families with intentions of changing the narrative one family at a time.

MISSION

Our mission is to break generational cycles and healing from generational hurts, and building generational wealth through personal and professional development.

Contact us

www.BlackFamilyMagazine.com

Facebook: @TheBlackFamilyMagazine

Instagram: @TheBlackFamilyMagazine

The Black Family Magazine 3
Table of Content Welcome to The Black Family Magazine Historic Africa Edition 06 08 20 10 13 17
Esteemed Readers of The Black Family Magazine
Africa Black History with Dr. Monica D. Reed, Editor in Chief Africa’s Global Influence
in the Connection ~ Africa and Black Diamond
Africa: A Fascinating Journey Through Every Country
Tapestry of Time: The History and Development of Africa
of a Diamond: 7 Steps of Personal & Professional Development to Black Excellence ~ Meet Pressures of a Diamond Book Collaboration Authors 4 The Black Family Magazine
Dear
Embracing
Essence
Discover
A
Pressures

41

I AM Africa with Jean Adero Community | Connection | Charity

43

Women Empowerment - Bridging the Gap within Women Empowerment with Jean Adero

49

I AM Africa Community Leaders

Kenya 5th Annual Africa Women Summit

Ghana Retreat with Kimono Hanson-Amoah

Afriprintz By Bernice Fynn-Addo

68 70 72
5 The Black Family Magazine

Dear Esteemed Readers,

It is with immense pleasure and excitement that we welcome you to the inaugural edition of our magazine's Africa edition! As we embark on this new journey together, we extend our warmest greetings to each and every one of you, our cherished readers.

Africa, with its rich tapestry of cultures, histories, and landscapes, holds a special place in the hearts of many around the world. Our decision to launch an edition dedicated to this vibrant continent stems from our deep appreciation for its diverse heritage and its significant contributions to the global community.

In this edition, you will find a plethora of articles, features, and stories that highlight the beauty, resilience, and dynamism of Africa and its people. From breathtaking landscapes to thought-provoking insights into contemporary issues, we aim to provide you with a comprehensive and nuanced portrayal of this extraordinary continent.

At the heart of our magazine lies a profound belief in the importance of connecting with our history as a culture. Africa's history is as diverse and multifaceted as its people, spanning millennia of rich civilizations, cultural

6 The Black Family Magazine

exchanges, and struggles for liberation and empowerment. By delving into our collective past, we gain a deeper understanding of who we are, where we come from, and where we are headed as a society.

Moreover, embracing our cultural heritage fosters a sense of pride, identity, and belonging among individuals and communities. It serves as a powerful reminder of the resilience, creativity, and ingenuity that have characterized African societies throughout history.

As we embark on this journey together, we invite you to join us in celebrating the richness and diversity of Africa's cultural heritage. Through the pages of our magazine, may you find inspiration, enlightenment, and a renewed sense of appreciation for the wonders of this magnificent continent.

Once again, welcome to the first Africa edition of our magazine. We are thrilled to have you on board and look forward to sharing many more incredible stories with you in the days, months, and years to come.

With warm regards,

The Black Family Magazine 7

Africa’s Global Influence

Africa holds significant global influence across various domains, encompassing politics, economics, culture, and more. While challenges persist, the continent is increasingly recognized for its potential, contributions, and emerging opportunities on the global stage. Here are some key aspects of Africa’s global influence:

Economic Growth and Resources:

● Africa is rich in natural resources, including oil, gas, minerals, and agricultural products. The continent’s resources play a crucial role in the global economy, contributing to international trade and investment.

Demographics:

● Africa is home to a rapidly growing population, with a youthful demographic profile. This demographic advantage has the potential to drive economic growth, innovation, and contribute to a dynamic global workforce.

Political Influence:

● African nations actively participate in international diplomacy and governance. The African Union (AU) serves as a platform for collaboration and addressing continental issues. African countries, through regional blocs and international organizations, contribute to shaping global policies on various fronts.

Peacekeeping and Security:

● African countries contribute significantly to United Nations peacekeeping missions. These contributions underscore the continent’s commitment to maintaining global peace and security, with African nations playing a crucial role in conflict resolution and peacebuilding.

Cultural Contributions:

● Africa’s diverse cultures, languages, and arts have a profound impact globally. African literature, music, fashion, and film continue to gain

international recognition, influencing global trends and contributing to a more inclusive global cultural landscape.

Technological Advancements:

● The rise of technology in Africa has led to innovation in various sectors. Mobile banking, e-commerce, and tech startups are flourishing, contributing not only to the continent’s development but also influencing global conversations about innovation and technology.

Climate Change and Environmental Stewardship:

● African nations play a crucial role in global conversations about climate change and environmental conservation. The continent is disproportionately affected by climate change, and African leaders actively participate in international efforts to address environmental challenges.

Global Partnerships:

● Africa engages in strategic partnerships with countries and organizations worldwide. These partnerships cover trade agreements, development initiatives, and collaborative efforts in addressing global challenges such as health crises and sustainable development goals.

Infrastructure Development:

● Infrastructure development projects across the continent, supported by international investments and partnerships, contribute to Africa’s integration into the global economy. Improved transportation, energy, and communication networks enhance connectivity and trade.

Emerging Markets:

● Some African economies are considered emerging markets with significant growth potential. Foreign investors increasingly recognize the opportunities in sectors such as telecommunications, banking, and renewable energy.

While Africa faces various challenges, including poverty, political instability, and health crises, its global influence is expanding as the continent addresses these issues and harnesses its resources and potential for positive change on the world stage.

9 The Black Family Magazine

Discover Africa

A Fascinating Journey Through Every Country And Fun Fact

Africa is a vast and diverse continent, known for its rich history, diverse cultures, and stunning landscapes. From the northern deserts to the southern savannas, Africa is home to 54 countries, each with its own unique charm and character. Join us on a journey to explore the fun facts of every country in Africa.

Algeria:

● Algeria is home to the largest hot desert in the world, the Sahara Desert, which covers more than four-fifths of its territory.

Angola:

● Angola is home to the giant sable antelope, an endangered species found only in this country.

Benin:

● Benin is the birthplace of the voodoo religion, and it is an integral part of the country’s cultural identity.

Botswana:

● Botswana is home to the Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta, providing a unique ecosystem and breathtaking wildlife.

Burkina Faso:

● Burkina Faso translates to “Land of Honest Men,” reflecting the country’s commitment to integrity.

Burundi:

● Lake Tanganyika, one of the deepest lakes in the world, partially borders Burundi, offering stunning natural scenery.

Cabo Verde (Cape Verde):

● Cabo Verde is known for its vibrant music and dance, with genres like morna and coladeira shaping the cultural scene.

Cameroon:

● Cameroon is often referred to as “Africa in Miniature” due to its diverse geography, ranging from rainforests to deserts.

Central African Republic:

● The Central African Republic is home to the Garamba National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its unique biodiversity.

Chad:

● Lake Chad, one of the largest lakes in Africa, is a critical water source for several neighboring countries.

Comoros:

● Comoros is often referred to as the “Perfume Isles” due to its aromatic plant exports, such as ylangylang.

Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC):

● The DRC is home to the Congo River, the secondlongest river in Africa and one of the deepest in the world.

Djibouti:

● Djibouti is known for its otherworldly landscapes, including the Danakil Depression, one of the hottest places on Earth.

10 The Black Family Magazine

Egypt:

● Egypt is home to the ancient Pyramids of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Equatorial Guinea:

● Equatorial Guinea has one of the highest GDP per capita rates in Africa, primarily due to its oil reserves.

Eritrea:

● Eritrea is home to the ancient city of Aksum, known for its obelisks and archaeological treasures.

Eswatini:

● Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland, is one of the last remaining absolute monarchies in the world.

Ethiopia:

● Ethiopia is often called the “Cradle of Humanity” as it is believed to be one of the oldest inhabited regions in the world.

Gabon:

● More than 80% of Gabon is covered by rainforests, making it one of the most forested countries in the world.

The Gambia:

● The Gambia is a small country entirely surrounded by Senegal, with the Gambia River running through its heart.

Ghana:

● Ghana was the first African country to gain independence from colonial rule in 1957.

Guinea:

● Guinea is rich in natural resources, including bauxite, which is a major source of aluminum.

Guinea-Bissau:

● The Bijagós Archipelago, off the coast of GuineaBissau, is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with unique biodiversity.

Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire):

● Ivory Coast is the world’s largest producer of cocoa, a key ingredient in chocolate.

Kenya:

● Kenya is known for its diverse wildlife and is home

to the “Big Five” – lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros.

Lesotho:

● Lesotho is the only country in the world entirely above 1,000 meters in elevation.

Liberia:

● Liberia was founded by freed American and Caribbean slaves in the 19th century.

Libya:

● Libya has the ancient Roman city of Leptis Magna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Madagascar:

● Madagascar is known for its unique wildlife, including lemurs found nowhere else on Earth.

Malawi:

● Lake Malawi is home to more species of fish than any other lake, earning it the nickname “Lake of Stars.”

Mali:

● Mali is home to the ancient city of Timbuktu, known for its rich history and cultural significance.

Mauritania:

● Mauritania is home to the ancient trading city of Chinguetti, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Mauritius:

● Mauritius is known for its stunning beaches and is home to the extinct Dodo bird.

Morocco:

● Morocco is known for its vibrant markets, or souks, where you can find a variety of goods and traditional crafts.

Mozambique:

● Mozambique has some of the most beautiful beaches in Africa, especially along its coastline.

Namibia:

● Namibia is home to the world’s oldest desert, the Namib Desert, known for its towering red sand dunes.

Niger:

● Niger is home to the Tenere Desert, which is one of the most desolate places on Earth.

The Black Family Magazine 11

Nigeria:

● Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and is known for its diverse cultures and ethnic groups.

Rwanda:

● Rwanda is often called the “Land of a Thousand Hills” due to its hilly and mountainous terrain.

São Tomé and Príncipe:

● São Tomé and Príncipe is the smallest Portuguesespeaking country in the world.

Senegal:

● Senegal is home to Gorée Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its historical role in the transatlantic slave trade.

Seychelles:

● Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands, known for its pristine beaches and vibrant coral reefs.

Sierra Leone:

● Sierra Leone is home to the “Blood Diamond” region, where diamonds fueled a civil war in the late 20th century.

Somalia:

● Somalia has one of the longest coastlines in Africa and is known for its nomadic pastoralist traditions.

South Africa:

● South Africa is the only country in the world to have three capital cities: Pretoria (executive), Bloemfontein (judicial), and Cape Town (legislative).

South Sudan:

● South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011, making it the world’s newest country.

Sudan:

● Sudan is home to ancient Nubian pyramids, particularly in the region of Meroe.

Tanzania:

● Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, is located in Tanzania and attracts climbers from around the world.

Togo:

● Togo is known for its vibrant markets and the traditional Akodésséwa Fetish Market.

Tunisia:

● Tunisia has the ancient city of Carthage, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a rich history dating back to the Phoenicians.

Uganda:

● Uganda is home to Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa and the second-largest freshwater lake in the world.

Zambia:

● Fun Fact: Zambia is home to Victoria Falls, one of the largest and most famous waterfalls in the world.

Zimbabwe:

● Great Zimbabwe, an ancient city built in the 11th century, is a testament to the country’s rich history and architectural achievements.

As we’ve explored each country in Africa, it’s evident that this continent is a tapestry of diverse cultures, landscapes, and histories. From the deserts of the north to the savannas of the south, Africa’s 54 countries offer a wealth of experiences and stories waiting to be discovered. Whether you’re drawn to the ancient wonders of Egypt, the vibrant markets of Morocco, or the wildlife of Kenya, Africa is a continent that captivates and inspires.

12 The Black Family Magazine

A TAPESTRY OF TIME: THE HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT OF AFRICA

The Black Family Magazine 13

A Tapestry of Time: The History and Development of Africa

Africa, a continent of immense diversity and rich cultural heritage, has a history that spans thousands of years. From the ancient civilizations along the Nile River to the complex tapestry of nations that exists today, Africa’s story is one of resilience, innovation, and profound transformation.

Early Civilizations and Kingdoms:

The cradle of human civilization lies in Africa, with evidence of early hominids dating back millions of years. However, it’s the great civilizations of ancient Africa that often capture the imagination. Among them, the Kingdom of Kush flourished along the Nile, renowned for its pyramids and powerful rulers. Egypt, with its aweinspiring pharaohs and pyramids, became a beacon of advanced agriculture, engineering, and written language.

West Africa was home to the influential Mali Empire, led by Mansa Musa, whose wealth and pilgrimage to Mecca in the 14th century drew global attention. The city of Timbuktu became a center of learning and trade, attracting scholars and merchants from across the Islamic world.

The Impact of Trans-Saharan and Indian Ocean Trade Routes:

Africa’s historical importance is underscored by its central role in trade networks that connected the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and Asia. The TransSaharan trade routes facilitated the exchange of goods, ideas, and cultures, fostering economic prosperity and cultural diversity.

Simultaneously, the Indian Ocean trade routes connected East Africa with the Middle East, India, and China. Cities such as Kilwa, Mombasa, and Zanzibar emerged as vital hubs, facilitating the trade of spices, gold, ivory, and other commodities.

Colonialism and the Scramble for Africa:

The late 19th century witnessed the colonization of Africa as European powers engaged in the “Scramble for Africa.” This era, driven by economic interests, led to artificial borders, cultural disruptions, and exploitation of

resources. European powers established colonies that reshaped political and social landscapes, often pitting ethnic groups against each other.

The Berlin Conference of 1884-1885 formalized this division, setting the stage for decades of colonial rule. The impact of colonization, from the exploitation of natural resources to the imposition of cultural and administrative systems, continues to influence Africa’s development.

Independence Movements and Nation-Building:

The mid-20th century marked a turning point with the emergence of independence movements across Africa. Visionary leaders such as Kwame Nkrumah in Ghana, Jomo Kenyatta in Kenya, and Nelson Mandela in South Africa championed the cause of self-determination.

Between the late 1950s and the 1960s, a wave of decolonization swept through Africa, leading to the establishment of numerous independent nations. However, the post-independence era brought its own set of challenges, including political instability, economic disparities, and ethnic tensions.

Challenges and Opportunities in Contemporary Africa:

As Africa moved into the 21st century, the continent faced a myriad of challenges, including poverty, infectious diseases, and political instability. Yet, Africa has also witnessed remarkable progress and development. Economic growth, technological advancements, and increased global partnerships have positioned Africa as a continent with immense potential.

Many nations have embraced democratic governance, fostering political stability and economic growth. Initiatives like the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and the African Union (AU) aim to address continental challenges and promote sustainable development.

A Future Shaped by Innovation and Collaboration:

Today, Africa stands at the cusp of a new era, shaped by innovation, entrepreneurship, and global collaboration. The rise of information technology has empowered African nations, connecting them to the global economy and opening new avenues for development.

14 The Black Family Magazine

Efforts to invest in education, healthcare, and infrastructure underscore a commitment to sustainable development. African nations are increasingly taking the lead in shaping their destinies, emphasizing homegrown solutions to address unique challenges.

Conclusion:

The history and development of Africa are as diverse and dynamic as the continent itself. From ancient civilizations to the challenges of colonization and the triumphs of independence, Africa’s journey is marked by resilience and a determination to overcome obstacles.

As Africa continues to navigate the complexities of the modern world, the continent’s rich history serves as a foundation for progress. By embracing innovation, fostering collaboration, and honoring diverse cultural heritages, Africa is poised to contribute significantly to the global narrative of growth and development in the years to come.

15 The Black Family Magazine

AFRICA

16 The Black Family Magazine
The Black Family Magazine 17

“PRESSURES OF A BLACK DIAMOND”

7 Steps to Personal & Professional Development to Black Excellence

MEET OUR

DIAMOND

AUTHORS

Black women who thrive to succeed by focusing on these personal and professional development. Black women leaders can enhance their leadership abilities, advance their careers, and make a positive impact in their respective industries through selfawareness, continuous learning, networking, leadership training, advocacy and mentorship, Work-life balance and navigating life with resilience and perseverance.

18 The Black Family Magazine
The Black Family Magazine 19

ESSENCE IN THE CONNECTION

Black diamonds are deeply rooted in the geological history of the Africa continent. Africa is one of the primary sources of black diamonds, specifically in regions such as Central Africa and Brazil. These diamonds, known as carbonado diamonds, are formed differently from traditional diamonds and are believed to have originated from outer space, possibly from a meteorite impact millions of years ago.

When relating this to the development of one’s personal character, there are several parallels:

Resilience: Just as black diamonds undergo unique formation processes, individuals facing challenges can draw inspiration from the resilience of these diamonds. The journey of a black diamond from its rough, unconventional origins to its polished, valuable state reflects the resilience needed to overcome adversity and grow as a person.

Uniqueness: Black diamonds stand out from traditional diamonds due to their distinct color and origin. Similarly, embracing one’s uniqueness and individuality is essential for personal character development. Recognizing and celebrating what makes you different can lead to greater self-confidence and authenticity.

Strength through adversity: The formation of black diamonds under extreme conditions symbolizes the strength that can emerge

from adversity. Personal growth often occurs through overcoming challenges and obstacles. Just as black diamonds are strengthened by intense pressure, individuals can develop resilience, determination, and inner strength through difficult experiences.

Value beyond appearance: While black diamonds may not conform to conventional standards of beauty, they possess a unique allure and value. This highlights the importance of recognizing and appreciating inner qualities and character traits that go beyond superficial appearances. True personal development involves cultivating qualities such as kindness, integrity, and compassion, which contribute to one’s overall value as a person.

Africa and black diamonds serve as a metaphor for personal character development, emphasizing resilience, uniqueness, strength through adversity, and the recognition of inner value. Just as black diamonds undergo a transformative journey to reveal their beauty and worth, individuals can undergo their own journey of growth and selfdiscovery to individually unlock our full potential.

20 The Black Family Magazine

BLACK WOMEN LEADERS WHO THRIVE & SUCCEED

Self-awareness: Develop a deep understanding of your strengths, weaknesses, values, and goals. This awareness will empower you to leverage your strengths and work on areas that need improvement.

Continuous learning: Commit to lifelong learning and professional development. Seek out workshops, seminars, online courses, or mentorship opportunities to enhance your skills and knowledge.

Networking: Build and nurture a strong professional network. Engage with other leaders, mentors, and industry peers to exchange ideas, gain support, and open doors for career advancement.

Leadership training: Invest in leadership training programs that focus on communication, decision-making, conflict resolution, and other essential leadership skills.

Advocacy and mentorship: Be an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and actively seek opportunities to mentor and support other Black women in their careers.

Work-life balance: Prioritize self-care and maintain a healthy work-life balance. Taking care of your well-being is crucial for sustained success as a leader.

Resilience and perseverance: Cultivate resilience to overcome challenges and setbacks. The journey to leadership can be demanding, but staying determined and resilient will help you push through obstacles.

By focusing on these personal and professional development steps, Black women leaders can enhance their leadership abilities, advance their careers, and make a positive impact in their respective industries.

21 The Black Family Magazine

AMBASSADOR DR. KIMBERLY GRANT-BYNOE DIAMOND AUTHOR

Ambassador Dr. Kimberly Grant-Bynoe is a native of New York growing up in the urban suburbs of Brooklyn, New York. Since her youth she has always had big dreams of one day becoming an entrepreneur.

Her career and humble beginnings began after graduating High School. She obtained her first

employment opportunity on Wall Street in the Financial District working as an Executive Assistant for high level c-suite executives. She worked at Fortune 500 Companies such as Merrill Lynch, Shearson Lehman Brothers and American Express to name a few. This is where she was introduced to the financial services industry.

After years of working in Corporate America Kimberly was later called to leave her job to begin her first ministry assignment as a full time stay at home mom in raising her two children. This was very rewarding but also a financially challenging time in her life. This is where she discovered her purpose through the biblical life story of Joseph and answered her ministry call leaving the workplace and pursuing her dreams of entrepreneurship with a dollar and a big dream.

In 1999 her dream became a reality.

The organization was founded and incorporated in 2001 by visionary leader, business woman, social entrepreneur, philanthropist, and humanitarian Ambassador Dr. Kimberly Grant-Bynoe. Through the acts of charitable giving this was her way of giving back to assist underserved and disadvantaged minority communities in small business development, economic empowerment and financial literacy education.

22 The Black Family Magazine

IDTCA is a 501(c)3 tax exempt faith-based community economic development organization with offices located in New York and Atlanta, Georgia. Our vision is transforming lives, building dreams and changing communities one business at a time.

Amb DrKGB has served in the nonprofit sector for 25 years as the Executive Director for the International Dream Team Christian Association, Inc. (IDTCA).

She has become a 3X Award-Winning Economic Developer, Creative, Innovator, Thought Leader, International Speaker, Business Strategist & Innovation Coach.

In 2020 she was called to pivot from ministry to industry during the Covid-19 health pandemic and started a new business venture called The Economic Hub, LLC.

Her vision was inspired and conceived by the words of her mentor the late Dr. Myles Munroe. He said, “Crisis is the Incubator for Creativity and Innovation.

The Economic Hub is a formidable gateway for creatives, innovators and entrepreneurs to develop cutting-edge business concepts, new products, and services that the world has never seen.

Her story continues to bring hope and healing From her Pain To Power after losing her husband of six years unexpectedly in 2021. Amb DrKGB sought out on a new destiny path and relocated to Dubai, UAE known as the City of Dreams for one year.

She had the opportunity to dream again bigger becoming apart of the 51% surge of women investors and spending power of $15 billion on real estate last year in Dubai, UAE 2022

Who knew that her audacious faith journey would lead her into investing to expand her business globally from the US and would become apart of history amongst women in Dubai, UAE.

As a wealth catalyst she has catapulted from a dollar and dream to turning her dreams into

wealth streams. Her most recent rewarding and greatest achievement was becoming the first African American woman expat in Dubai to obtain her mainland professional license in project management services, opening her new KGB Global Project Management Services International Headquarters in Downtown Dubai, UAE and receiving her Dubai, UAE investors residency visa. She will never forget this day that the Lord used her SET BACK as a SET UP for a strong COMEBACK.

www.theeconomichub.com

23 The Black Family Magazine

DR. TERESA HERNANDEZHOWE DIAMOND AUTHOR

Your gift will open doors for you, and put you in front of great people! Proverbs 18:16

Teresa Hernandez-Howe is the EMPOWERED, passionate and devoted Founder & CEO of Girls of Color Take Over LLC, and The Perfect 777 Non-Profit Corporation. Her commitment to empowering and uplifting young girls and women of color around the world is unparalleled. Teresa’s dedication to ensuring young girls of color have a voice and walk in their purpose is a blessing to so many girls. Her sphere of influence is expanding, covering countries such as Belize, West Africa, Dubai and the Philippines!

Teresa is an accomplished entrepreneur. She loves to bring people together with her strong cultural background. It is important for Teresa to have a team around her that fosters diversity. Teresa’s strong background in Diversity & Inclusion ensures that she builds a community and network around different cultures.

Teresa is a strong believer of cultural relevance, and she has a clear understanding that one’s cultural background, uniqueness, and experiences can bring great success to any business.

While working as a senior director in the beauty industry for prestigious companies, Teresa would attend yearly conferences, with over 300 other directors. She only saw a handful of women that looked like her. It was not a good feeling. She became the voice for black and brown girls and women at her workplace. She received training and her certification for DE&I. Her training includes how to disrupt unconscious bias in the workplace

24 The Black Family Magazine

Teresa attended Strayer University and received her bachelor’s degree in business administration, while under an MBA program, she received her master’s degree in business management and Entrepreneurship.

Teresa always had a passion for owning her own business and is a firm believer that no job is your job, unless you have your own. Her 30 years of extensive knowledge, experience and leadership skills has helped her build collaborative business relationships. This profound expertise makes her a go-to business coach, empowerment coach, mentor, and consultant.

Growing up in Belize, Central America, Teresa admired the women in her life. They were true entrepreneurs. Her late mother taught her the importance of self-sufficiency. Understanding that position, Teresa became her own boss. Girls Of Color Take Over LLC was created to mentor, educate and empower young girls and women from different backgrounds. Encouraging them to be creative, innovative and fearless at taking risks. Teresa wants everyone to WIN and to dominate any industry they desire.

Teresa’s most notable accomplishment is the establishment of Girls of Color Take Over LLC. This organization helps young girls of color ages 10 to 18 start their Kid-preneurial and Entrepreneurial journey. Teresa teaches the girls how to start a business from the ground up. She covers important topics such as the differences between business structures, sales and marketing strategies, customer acquisition, and Trademarking. Teresa empowers young girls and women of color to dream BIG, and to tap into the gift that God has given them. She wants them to pursue their passions with confidence. Teresa is on a BOLD mission to impact one million girls of color globally, break barriers, build self-esteem, and produce business owners and Ceo’s of color. Her mentorship has inspired others to unlock their full potential and create opportunities for themselves.

Teresa’s hard work and compassion for her community has been greatly recognized!! She received The Top Ten People to Know award in Tampa Bay for business. The Mayor of Tampa was in attendance for this prestigious award. Her commitment to improving the lives of others locally and globally has awarded her The Presidential Lifetime Achievement award from President Joe Biden. She also received an Honorary Doctorate degree of Philosophy in Humanitarianism. Teresa was nominated for an award at the IMPACT Leadership Global Awards 2024 in Dubai. She won the category for Woman of Substance.

Contact Information:

Website- Teresaisabel.com

Linkedin- Teresa Hernandez- Howe

Email- Gocto2020@gmail.com

Facebook- Teresa Hernandez- Howe

The Black Family Magazine 25

REBECCA J. MILLER DIAMOND AUTHOR

“G.R.O.W. God Reveals Our Worth, and he says you have purpose!”

Rebecca J. Miller is an extraordinary and resilient motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and professional with a powerful story of triumph and perseverance. Her journey of overcoming insurmountable odds has fueled her passion for inspiring and empowering others to find strength in the face of adversity.

In 1994, Rebecca survived a harrowing experience, enduring a near-fatal gunshot to the face and subsequent kidnapping that profoundly altered her life. Despite the physical and emotional scars she bore, Rebecca refused to be defined by her trauma. Instead, she found purpose and meaning in her journey toward healing and self-discovery. In 2008, a pivotal moment of spiritual revelation, marked the beginning of Rebecca’s transformative path. Through unwavering faith and resilience, she embraced the belief that only “God Reveals Our Worth” and developed G.R.O.W a faith-based organization that encourages all walks of life to take their eyes of their trauma, social media status, unattainable standards, and place their

26 The Black Family Magazine

worth in the hands of God. G.R.O.W encapsulated her newfound perspective on life. This profound awakening set her on a course of personal and professional growth, igniting her passion for motivational speaking, training, and facilitation.

Rebecca’s unwavering dedication and expertise have led her to pivotal roles within Fortune 500 companies, where she has excelled in leadership development and corporate training. Currently serving as the Assistant Director for Ernst and Young, a prestigious Big Four consulting firm, she continues to make a significant impact in the corporate world. In addition to her corporate endeavors, Rebecca has ventured into entrepreneurship, founding two successful businesses. She is the driving force behind GROW Real Estate Investment Company, leveraging her desire to create opportunities for low-income families in the dynamic real estate market. Furthermore, her entrepreneurial spirit led to the establishment of Fantasy Floats, the first water float delivery company to ever be created, showcasing her innovation and creativity in a diverse range of ventures.

Rebecca’s compelling narrative, coupled with her professional achievements, has made her a soughtafter motivational speaker. Her ability to connect with audiences on a deep and personal level, while imparting invaluable wisdom and inspiration, has garnered widespread acclaim. Through her speaking engagements, Rebecca strives to instill hope, resilience, and empowerment in others, encouraging them to embrace their own potential for growth and transformation despite past trauma and obstacles. With an unwavering commitment to uplifting and motivating others, Rebecca Miller continues to leave an indelible mark as a beacon of hope and resilience in the world of motivational speaking and entrepreneurship encouraging people to G.R.O.W into their purpose.

You can book Rebecca J. Miller for speaking engagements by scanning the QR code below.

27 The Black Family Magazine

TEARA F. STEWART DIAMOND AUTHOR

No one can stop you but YOU!!!!

Among her many accomplishments, Teara Stewart is a minister of the Gospel, a 10x best-selling author, an international speaker, trainer, coach and a corporatepreneur. Together with her husband and three sons, she lives in Louisiana. As a leader, one of her missions in life is to make a positive difference in the lives of those around her.

The Founder of Leader Tree Consulting Group. Teara Stewart is recognized as a leader in her field, offering a variety of coaching, consulting and counseling services. One of the services she specializes in is coaching other leaders on how to Rediscover, Reignite, and Redefine the way they lead themselves and others. She is the Practice Manager of a dental office in Louisiana and is the former President of the Louisiana Chapter of the American Association of Dental Office Managers.

The secret of her success is her faith in God and her partnership with the Holy Spirit.

If GOD said it about me, I believe it about me! Is there a driving statement that she lives by? The mindset of a human is the most valuable tool in your tool kit. Handling it with care is what she shares with YOU!

Contact Information:

emerge20@yahoo.com

Or Tltc3g@gmail.com

Follow her on FB & IG: Leader Tree Consulting Group & Teara F. Stewart

28 The Black Family Magazine

TIFFANY N. RAY DIAMOND AUTHOR

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?”
- Marianne Williamson

Tiffany Ray is an inspirational speaker and business strategist who has helped numerous individuals and companies transform and achieve ongoing success.

With over 15 years of HR corporate experience, she has served as a senior manager, facilitator and partner in several industries including healthcare, government and Fortune 500 investment corporations.

With a passion for empowering people, Tiffany has led classes focusing on purpose, presented at conferences for young ladies, and conducted seminars for single women such as “Naomi & Ruth”. Currently, Tiffany is expanding her professional and personal portfolio.

As a sought after HR talent partner, she is beginning her consulting company in March 2024. In addition, she will be launching her empowerment company, The Valued Woman, to make an impact on women to see themselves from God’s perspective.

Tiffany earned her Bachelor of Science in business marketing and Master of Arts in human resource development from Bowie State University.

Contact Information:

Tiffany Ray

Business Number: +1(202) 656-9063

@TheValuedWoman

The Black Family Magazine 29

MARTHA T. DAVIDSON DIAMOND AUTHOR

“Let every challenge polish your strength; your grace will shine brightest after the storm.”

Martha Davidson, the visionary behind Mpowering Minds Now, is dedicated to empowering women leaders in STEM through neuroscience-based practices. She inspires mid-level managers to aim for executive roles, addressing gender disparities in leadership. With over 25 years of global leadership experience.

She’s a distinguished international speaker and author, known for helping individuals unlock their potential through a deep understanding of the mind and brain. She’s Overflowing in Purpose and is a passionate Non-Profit supporter in STEM, Homelessness and Underserved communities. A woman of faith and ambitiously serves with servant heart.

30 The Black Family Magazine

Martha’s honors include a Guinness World Records 2023 designated one of 23 Best Positive Change Makers in the World award for her compassion and influential work. Development (LOSD) Best Mentor 2023, London Organisation, Skills Black Family Magazine Impact Award 2023.

Contact Information:

Website https://www.mpoweringmindsnow.com

Mpoweringmindsow@gmail.com

404-991-8886

31 The Black Family Magazine

SANIYA I. REED DIAMOND AUTHOR

Saniya I. Reed is a 14-year old certified public speaker, 4x #1 Best-selling Author, and Kids Confidence & Happiness Coach who desires to change the world.

Saniya was born and raised in Ewing, New Jersey who currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the third middle child of four to Dr. Monica D. Reed, Motivational Speaker, and Tywayne Reed, Sr. Saniya’s work has been placed in the hands of Hollywood star Tiffany Haddish and featured on media outlets such as ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, BlackNews.com, including other media outlets. In addition, she has delivered keynote presentations for Dr. Cheryl Wood and Les Brown.

Her signature messages include “Building & Carrying Confidence,” “Peer-to-Peer Bullying,” “Changing the Narrative Makes the Difference and “Life’s Possibilities are Unlimited.”

Saniya is currently working to become a certified “Wisdom & Confidence” coach. In addition, she will be launching her new program, “Be The Light,” for young girls ages 7-12.

Saniya has recently become a Jr. Investor, the first in her family who will later expand her business to teach other kids how to get their “Coins & Confidence.”

Saniya has always been independent and observant since an early age. She enjoys singing, writing, and watching her favorite shows, which include Law & Order: SVU & The Vampire Diaries. In addition, Saniya has a passion & love for fashion and embraced style at an early age.

Saniya is a natural creative. She is currently designing her inspirational product line called “Digital Diva” to inspire people worldwide to capture their confidence through the lens of the camera. Her new online includes apparel and accessories that help build confidence for young girls.

She is truly a young mogul on the move.

Her goal is to travel the world and help others spread love. Saniya is working hard to build a solid foundation for a bright and prosperous future.

32 The Black Family Magazine

BRIAISHA JAMES-REED DIAMOND AUTHOR

Briaisha James-Reed is an emerging voice in the author community. Born and raised in a small town in Ewing, New Jersey, Briaisha has developed a passion for cooking at a young age and working with the youth.

After graduation, Briaisha James-Reed embarked on a journey to explore different cultures and countries and comes from an environment of writers that have influenced her to enter into the literary world.

When she’s not writing, Briaisha can be found exploring the world, spending time with her family, or indulging her love for cooking garment meals.

Pressures of a Diamond: 7 Steps of Personal & Professional Development to Black Excellence is the first book collaboration alongside other powerful authors, speakers, and coaches, where she continues to pen her next great adventure.

Contact Information:

Email: Briaishaj@gmail.com

The Black Family Magazine 33

DR. CHRISTINE BROWN DIAMOND AUTHOR

I no longer feared the darkness... Once I knew the phoenix in me would rise from the ashes.

Dr. Christine Brown grew up between Burlington Township and Beverly, NJ. She later graduated from Burlington County Institute of Technology, Westampton, New Jersey. In her more seasoned years, she attended Lancaster bible college. Christine sang in the Dimensions of Christ gospel choir, led by Michael C. Diggs alongside Tye Tribbett. She was blessed with the opportunity to open for many iconic artists such as Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin, and Hezekiah Walker. She spent most of her time in ministry at Macedonia Baptist Church as Rev. Charles Green made sure his church was a gateway for amazing music artists. The church home became a place for the youth to grow their faith and praise God. Dr. Christine makes sure that everyone is aware that her involvement with the Macedonia Baptist Church in Beverly New Jersey saved her life.

Life took her on a road that led her to the ARC gospel choir (who is now known as the Harlem Ensemble) where she sang under the direction of the late Loretta Faizon. They are an amazing a cappella choir who was known for the song “Jesus walk ‘’. Kanye West did a sample of it.

Dr. Christine is the founder of the First domestic violence shelter in the world for men. She is also the owner of Alabaster Box, a brand that services natural supplements including sea moss gels, gummies, and cold press sea moss juices. All natural soap shampoos and oils are also a part of her product suite. Dr. Christine Brown also received her Ph.D. in divinity and theology. Her works have been through women’s ministry, public speaking, and business administration. She is also a Zumba instructor and Yoni Practitioner...

Contact Information:

You can stay connected with Dr. Christine Brown through social media as well as the Girl Bend but Don’t BREAK and Pressure of a Black Diamond Anthology collaboration. Email: Abblanc@yahoo.com

34 The Black Family Magazine

CHEF MONIQUE RENEE JOHNSON DIAMOND AUTHOR

“Greatness takes a while“

There is Red Velvet but then comes Monique’s Red Velvet Cupcakes. There is no word to describe the Passion that Chef Monique Johnson has for food and people. Her big heart and gracious smile is reflective of the industry that she so enthusiastically loves.

“Betty Crocker” was a nickname that was given to her through her teenage years – and it followed her into adulthood. A hobby that has blossomed!

After a plethora of requests from her family and friends to bake on a daily basis, a baking career emerged for the Chef in 1995. To sharpen her skills, Monique received an A.A.S. in Culinary Arts and continued her education at Farleigh Dickinson University and received a B.A. in Hospitality and Tourism Management then later a teaching certification in culinary arts and hospitality and tourism. She has also attained a business certification. Monique has also received a Masters in Entrepreneurship and is presently working on a supervisors certification in education, masters level.

When completing college, the well-rounded Chef set her ambitions high by opening her own bakery. Monique’s burning desire was ojijnne that was well received in her community and expanded beyond her traditional baking skills. Monique Johnson’s struggles became real into her motherhood years when her son Miles was diagnosed with astrocytoma [brain cancer]. Through her son’s struggle Monique was afforded the opportunity to tell his story on the Queen Latifah show and provide tastings to the Queen while she was visiting the show. The Queen LOVED the sampled cookies and, as a result, offered Monique a job baking desserts for the show’s guests and crew.

In 2006, when Chef Johnson opened her first bakery, “The Sugar Cube.” Her son Miles was her biggest promoter, handing out free samples for two weeks straight.

The Black Family Magazine 35

That same year, Monique was offered a job with the Jersey City Board of Education as a Culinary Arts Teacher. She was able to keep up with the demands of being a mother, wife, and career woman until Miles’s cancer returned. She was forced to close the bakery. Unfortunately, Miles’s battle ended in 2008.

No matter the challenges Monique has faced, she never gave up on her dream. The culinary world has been her stepping stool and she truly,” works while others play!” (The motto for FDU Hospitality Department) Baking is her passion and it is deeply infused into her being. Not only does the Chef get to bake but specializes in the teachings of the culinary in her classroom. Monique teaches different topics such as quick breads, stir fry’s, soul food origin, Italian cuisine, and the real-life work force. (Restaurants, hotels, country clubs, etc.) Her expectations for her students are always set high and she sends them out into the real world prepared to excel.

Chef Johnson is reliving her dream of owning her own bakery once again with her son, Miles’s spirit guiding her. In 2017, she was a featured entrepreneur on BET CENTRIC reality show Queen Boss. She currently holds the reign as America’s Best Baker Queen for New Jersey Edition Cupcake Wars. She competed in Las Vegas in May 2018 and placed 1st runner up in the National competition. For America’s Best Bakers. She was chosen as one of the 50 finalists for the Start something challenge. She also won 2nd place for Rising Tides pitch and plan competition in June 2018.

Her current location is called “Sweets 4 Miles,” named in the memory of her son; this intimate bakery is located in Jersey City, NJ. She didn’t stop there, she also gives back to the community through her non profit organization 501c3. named,” The Miles 2 Go Foundation,” in which she donates birthday cakes and builds her own cupcake boxes to children with terminal illnesses and educates people on the importance of bone marrow donation.

Monique is also the author of her own book, Miles Between Us and also co-author of two anthologies. She’s in the planning process of opening her very own Culinary Academy to teach special needs students functional cooking. Chef is definitely on a mission to pursue her dreams.

In the words of Langston Hughes, “What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun or fester like a sore and then run? With the grace of God, this dream is not deferred. Monique’s son’s legacy lives on through her voice.

Contact Information:

Monique R. Johnson Jersey City, NJ 07305 551-229-5488

36 The Black Family Magazine

MRS. RONA L. WALTON DIAMOND AUTHOR

“There comes a time when time itself is ready for a change.”- Coretta Scott King

A living example of parenting success, Walton is the Founder and Managing Partner of “Rant with Rona” a trusted business resource and advocacy for mothers. Walton received her Life Coach certification along with her certification in Nonprofit Leadership and Management (Austin, TX) while licensing her home for Foster Care.

Through hard work and determination, she graduated with honors from Austin Community College in Accounting. Undaunted by being a single mother of two, residing in public housing, Walton earned a spot on the National’s Dean’s List. Walton is continuing to educate herself and obtain knowledge through Light University. Also, within this same time frame-secured her position with Leadership Austin - Emerge Class 2020 and now, Essential Class 2024. Currently, to further expand her influence, she has partnered with Women in Unity, Girl Power Alliance(GPA) and K-Sound Praize Radio.

With the use of straight to the point and candid stories, she empowers mothers to take responsibility for every aspect of their lives to create quality time with their children. Her motto is “if you build up the mother, she will build up her child(ren)”. Also, she has administered a vast collection of tools, triggering the exploration of self-creativity, while embracing the possibilities of a better and healthier way of parenting.

She has inspired over 1,000 followers on social media outlets. Walton has been recognized by several local organizations for her community and professional contributions. Additionally, she is the recipient of Black Girl Ventures Change Agent Fellowship 2022, this will position her from business owner to business leader in the Austin entrepreneurial ecosystem.

37 The Black Family Magazine

Walton’s heartbeats are her husband since 2005, 3 adult children and grandchildren as she resides in the amazing city of Buda in the state of Texas.

Contact Information:

Twitter: @rona_walton

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/IamRonaWalton

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rantwithrona

IG: @relatable_rona

38 The Black Family Magazine

DR. STACY L. HENDERSON DIAMOND AUTHOR

“It is in your hands, to make a better world for all who live in it.” - Nelson Mandela

Dr. Stacy L. Henderson, a native of Savannah, Georgia, is a retired Naval Officer with over 25 years of military service and experience. Currently, she is the Senior Naval Science Instructor at Bloom Township High School, Chicago Heights, Illinois; the first African-American and the first woman in that position. The Unit has consistently been ranked as a national ‘Distinguished Unit with Academic Honors’

under her leadership. She is a Christian Educator, Inspirational Speaker, Businesswoman and an International Best-Selling Author. She speaks four languages and has publications in more than 40 language translations - two of which are in the White House Library. Her Stacy’s Stocking Stuffers Christmas Charity has provided toys, meals, coats, clothing and monetary support for families around the world since 1991. And, her Spirit of Excellence Youth Leadership Scholarship Program (Stellar Productions) has provided financial assistance for college students since 2009. She has countless military and civilian accolades, including five Guinness World Records, ‘Key to the City’ from eight U. S. cities, and the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

She has been active in the Arts & Entertainment for decades and has worked on projects with Disney, Marvel, Paramount, OWN Network, Tyler Perry Studios, Warner Brothers, SakRed Records, Mommy Lounge Network, Lifetime Television, Inchworm Entertainment, BET, TV One, Hulu and NetFlix. Her career is managed by KVII Entertainment Group and Chanyasubkit Enterprises.

Stacy is a domestic abuse survivor turned Advocate who shares her life experiences and relies on faithbased doctrines to motivate and inspire others to achieve their best mental, physical and spiritual

The Black Family Magazine 39

health. She is a Dean of Christian Leadership Schools at Christ Temple Baptist Church, Markham, Illinois and maintains close ties with her lifelong Church Family at Little Bryan Baptist Church, Savannah, Georgia. She has Degrees in Education, Health Services Management, Christian Leadership and Business Administration. A Proverbs 31 Woman, she utilizes her Spiritual Gifts to glorify God and edify His people. A wife, mother and ‘GiGi’, she is blessed with a loving and supportive ‘Blended and Extended’ Family. To God be the Glory!

Contact Information:

Dr. Stacy L. Henderson

P. O. Box 886913

Great Lakes, IL 60088

Dr. Stacy L. Henderson

P. O. Box 8363

Savannah, GA 31412

Email - Drstacylhenderson@gmail.com

Instagram - @SLHenderson007

Facebook - Stacy L. Henderson

40 The Black Family Magazine

I AM AFRICA WITH JEAN ADERO

Community | Connection | Charity

The Black Family Magazine 41

I AM AFRICA WITH JEAN ADERO

Community | Connection | Charity

I AM Africa. Africa is a person... not a place.

Jean Adero is Africa’s Life Coach who believes that Africa is a person… (not a place) ™, and that for the transformation of The Continent, the journey must be inward first, and then outward.

As the founder of Reimagine Africa, a personal achievement practice, she guides leaders and professionals to lead more fulfilling and successful lives by providing them with the tools, knowledge and support needed for self-improvement and personal growth.

Her mantra is “let’s end the rat-race and release the cultural shackles that have you dancing with average, so you can live a life of power and possibility.”

Jean’s success lies in her ability to marry over 20 years of corporate experience in Learning and Organizational Change with her love for personal transformation. She understands client needs and pain points and works with individuals or teams to customize solutions that address challenges which are valuable for the expansion of organizations and the relationships that help them thrive.

Jean’s knack for presenting solutions in a compelling and persuasive manner, while highlighting the value proposition is an asset that has supported the growth of the organizations she has served.

She is also a savvy sales and marketing leader whose effort in various leading organizations has driven growth to achieve revenue targets, while maintaining an organized pipeline of potential opportunities that align with organizational and personal growth.

Jean leads a community of women of African descent under the mantle, “I AM Africa” and hosts retreats and experiences in both the United States and Atlanta. To learn more about Jean’s work, please visit www. jeanadero.com.

Contact Information:

Jean Adero

jean.adero@reimagineafricanow.com 404.510.1909

42 The Black Family Magazine

WOMEN EMPOWERMENTBRIDGING THE GAP IN WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

Exclusive Interview with “I AM AFRICA” Founder, Jean Adero

Who is Jean Adero?

I am Africa’s daughter! I was born in Nairobi, Kenya, and moved 33 years ago to attend Morvris Brown College in Atlanta, GA. I loved it so much I stayed. And now I call two places home – Nairobi and Atlanta. And I want the same for any African American who seeks to belong to have the opportunity to choose where they reside. They have the option to call two places home. And I can show you how.

Did you grow up knowing that you were Africa’s daughter?

Oh, no… I was born in the 70s and grew up hearing that Africa was “the dark continent,” or “third world,” meaning that there was a bright continent, a first world, and a second world and that we were ranked the lowest. Now, I recognize that subconsciously, I believed that Africa was less than. That the West had something we did not have and that the narrative that Africa was poor was ingrained in me – even though I was not experiencing that level of poverty.

The Black Family Magazine 43

When did you figure out that Africa wasn’t less than?

My African-ness didn’t dominate my thoughts. I didn’t think about it until I moved to the United States. I remember the first few days at Morris Brown College hearing, “Wow… she’s from Africa,” and people marveling over it. That’s when I became awakened to my blackness. Over time, I developed pride and understood that I had something that African Americans yearned for. I have a deep knowledge of who I am because I can trace my ancestral lineage if I want to, and yet there has never been a need to. I just know that I am a daughter of Africa.

You are Africa’s Life Coach™. How did that come about?

I used to coach everybody. It didn’t matter where you came from; I knew I could help you move quickly from A to B. Yet, because I started coaching my friends and their friends, I started hearing them say, “I no longer want to see another therapist cry when I tell them my story.” That caught my attention. I knew that I had context around being African. Because I attended a Historically Black College and University (HBCU), I also had context around the lives of other people of color (African Americans’ Caribbeans, Africans from 54 countries). That’s how I knew it was time to focus. In my heart, I had the answer.

44 The Black Family Magazine

It’s a big title. Does it scare you?

No. I once heard that Mohammed Ali told the world that he was “the greatest” first – then the world told him back that he was the greatest. That was all the permission that I needed. I started telling the world I was Africa’s Life Coach™, and now they call me just that. I am living it with pride, knowing where my help comes from.

How would you describe your work?

People who work with me clear their minds and make money and more… More spirit connection, more health, more family, and aligned work, more alive-ness (if that’s a word).

Most people are in a rat race. They are shackled by culture, by obsolete thought processes, by the way things are supposed to be. They are doing what I call “dancing with average” – comfortable in average life experiences. Yet it’s choking the life out of them.

My 12-week Design Your Life program moves my clients from fear to faith to manifestation in 90 days. It’s an organized system of thought. They begin to attract what they want. I want it to be money. Let’s go ahead and conquer making money, keeping it, and growing it to focus on what we really want.

The Black Family Magazine 45
46 The Black Family Magazine

I’ve heard you say, “I AM Africa. Africa is a person… not a place”. What do you mean?

I noticed that whenever someone graduated from my coaching program, they would change themselves, and everything around them would change. One day, it hit me. The phrase “we must change Africa” was focused on the place, yet when the person transforms, the place automatically transforms. Lightbulb! Africa is a person… Wait! I AM Africa. I used my program to change my life. I really AM Africa! I’m a person – not a place.

Is that how the I AM Africa Experience came about?

Yes, during the pandemic, I spent my evenings coaching women via Zoom, and as the world was opening, my client Purity called me and suggested that she was ready to meet her Zoom friends, who had become so dear to her in person. We planned a beautiful weekend retreat in Atlanta with one key ingredient – the spirit of harmony. The I AM Africa Experience was born in a space of humanity, acceptance, and grace. I Kiswahili, we call that ‘Utu’ – I am because you are.

We have had 3 I AM Africa events in Atlanta, with the next one on August 9-11, 2024.

The Black Family Magazine 47

What is the intention of I AM Africa?

It gives us – people of African descent – a space to be. To feel safe spiritually, mentally, and physically. To simply be. To experience true psychological safety so that we can dream, imagine, and peacefully begin to see that the harmony in the room can be experienced anywhere – even in the midst of chaos.

Do you have an I AM Africa Experience in Kenya as well?

Yes. Nairobi is a welcome home retreat for African Americans. Over the years, I wondered why my African American sisters rarely took me up on my offer to come home to Nairobi with me. In 2023, one friend did, and she brought her adult daughter with her. It was magical.

We gave them a welcome home ceremony and made them our special guests. They received our gifts with joy; they gave us Africans permission to give them more, show them more, and share more of our stories. We did not hold back. There was an exchange. We realized that we are siblings, separated by history. We recognized that we need each other. Our American sisters got to experience true psychological safety for the first time. And now

they are free to come home whenever they want. And like me, they can choose to have two homes –Kenya and America.

When is the next I AM Africa Retreat in Nairobi? October 2-9, 2024. We are so excited. We would like to welcome at least 50 people home in Nairobi. We want you to experience the people, the culture, the hospitality, the food, our city, our homes, our vibrant spirits, our ancestral homes, our laughter. We want you to see “how we are” so that you can understand that there is nothing wrong with “how you be.” Once you experience home, your spirit will settle into the home within you and open you up to belong to yourself forever.

What are you most proud of?

I am proud that I said yes to myself and embraced courage over fear. I became Africa’s Life Coach™, then coached others of African descent to become coaches. Now, we have a community of coaches of African descent guiding us towards purpose, feminine magnetism, thriving teenagers, inner child healing, stock market trading, healthy lifestyles, romance and healthy love, personal branding, and the list goes on and on.

48 The Black Family Magazine

MEET THE “I AM AFRICA” COMMUNITY LEADERS

The Black Family Magazine 49

MEET

SUSAN SEDA-ODHIAMBO

50 The Black Family Magazine
"Embrace abundance as your birthright, and watch the universe conspire in your favor. With each step forward, with each dream pursued, know that the universe is limitless, and so are you. Believe in the boundless possibilities of your journey, and abundance will flow effortlessly into your life.

Sue Seda-Odhiambo is a versatile professional, entrepreneur, speaker, teacher, mother, and wife. Originally from Kenya, she moved to the United States at 20 for college, driven by a desire to make a positive impact beyo nd the African community.

Sue is not only a visionary business owner with successful ventures like All Transport Depot Inc and The Journey financial concierge services but also a strategic real estate investor alongside her husband, Walter. Their portfolio reflects a forwardthinking approach to real estate, contributing to personal success and community development.

In her dynamic role, Sue is the founder of Financial Therapy Café, a YouTube podcast advocating a holistic perspective on personal and business financial consciousness. As a captivating speaker, she has been featured at various conferences, including I am Africa in Atlanta, GA, and The Path to Purpose & Freedom Summit in Nairobi, Kenya.

Sue’s dedication to empowerment extends to upcoming classes and events.

“Beyond Small Business” aims to guide small businesses toward substantial growth, Transitioning from small businesses into more substantial enterprises while “Beyond $200k” focuses on strategies to achieve an annual income beyond $200,000. The class focuses on providing actionable insights and methods to help individuals elevate their earning potential and reaching a yearly income beyond Sue’s commitment to excellence, innovation, and impact continues to inspire and lead in various professional arenas. For more details and upcoming events, visit The Journey Financial Services.

Contact Information:

www.thejourneyfinancialservices.com

Sue@alltransportdepot.com

51 The Black Family Magazine

MEET DIANA KORIR

Diana Korir: A Multifaceted Maven Redefining Success in Business and Community

“Do it excellently or not at all.”

In the entrepreneurship journey, Diana Korir stands out as an embodiment of versatility, commitment, and unwavering passion. The Founder & Principal of Rannd Consultants, a Greater Atlanta Digital Marketing firm, Diana is not only a dynamic leader but also a devoted wife, mother, and servant leader in her community. Her resilience has earned her the respect and admiration of those around her. She continues to inspire and empower people to strive for their goals and never give up on their dreams.

Business Brilliance

Diana’s journey into the entrepreneurial realm began with a simple yet profound philosophy: “Do it excellently or not at all.” This guiding principle shapes her approach as she partners with small business owners and professionals, providing them the tools to evolve from startups to recognizable brands. Through her expertise in website design, social media management, and brand marketing, Diana transforms businesses, leaving an indelible mark on the digital landscape.

A Servant Leader’s Heart

Notably, Diana is an integral part of the highly successful annual “I Am Africa Mental Spa Weekend” in both Atlanta and Nairobi going on for the last 3 years. As the event coordinator, Diana has worked closely with Jean Adero, the brains behind I Am Africa Experience, where she ensured seamless execution, providing life-changing experiences for women of African descent seeking

52 The Black Family Magazine

transformation in mind, body, and spirit. Diana’s role in the event goes beyond logistics; it reflects her dedication to empowering women to break free from cultural constraints and embrace excellence. She is also responsible for creating and maintaining the I Am Africa website, www.iamafricaatlanta.com, which serves as a gateway for event attendees and curious souls alike, offering a glimpse into the empowering, lifechanging journey that awaits them.

Through this platform, Diana extends the impact of the I Am Africa Experience, reaching women beyond geographical boundaries and inviting them to join a global community committed to personal growth and empowerment.

Her leadership extends beyond boardrooms as she plays an integral role in uplifting the community through various initiatives. Diana serves at Elim Victory Church, is part of the church choir, is the service coordinator, and is a Sunday School teacher for children aged 3 to 17. Additionally, her commitment to her faith shines through her involvement in the church’s media team, where she edits and publishes weekly sermons.

Within her community, she has been requested to play various roles, such as the Mistress of Ceremony for significant events such as the African Girl Hope Foundation Gala, local weddings, baby showers, and graduation celebrations. Her participation in committees, including the Sauti Awards Gala, underscores her commitment to making a positive impact in various spheres. In recognition of her outstanding contributions, she was honored with the 2022 Atlanta Mashujaa Community Service Excellence Award.

Community and Family Integration

Away from the business world, Diana takes pride in her role as the social media manager for the orchestra programs at Allatoona High School and

Kennesaw Mountain High School. Her daughters, Nicole and Natalie, whom she raises with her husband, Ricky, attend these schools. Diana’s commitment to enhancing the educational and cultural experiences of the youth in her community is highlighted through her involvement in these programs.

As a co-host of the “2 Kalee Chics Podcast,” Diana, alongside her co-host Jemutai Serem, brings her real-life experiences to a broader audience. The podcast exploring life’s journey through the lens of culture, community, and career, reflects their zest for life and ability to infuse joy and laughter into every endeavor.

A Tapestry of Success

Diana’s story is not just about business success; it’s a narrative of a woman who seamlessly weaves her professional prowess with her roles as a wife, mother, and community leader. From boardroom strategies to church service, event coordination, and podcast hosting, Diana’s life is a tapestry demonstrating the transformative power of excellence, community engagement, and the pursuit of one’s passions. In every facet of her life, Diana exemplifies what it means to be a modern-day entrepreneur and a compassionate servant leader, leaving an indelible mark on both the business and community landscapes she touches.

Diana Korir

Rannd Consultants solutions@ranndconsultants. com www.ranndconsultants.com 470.227.0620

53 The Black Family Magazine

MEET ALEX RONO

Capturing Moments, Creating Legacies: Visionary Alex Rono Behind The Lens at Lexron Photography

“Be authentically YOU. It’s your greatest SUPER POWER!”

In the world of photography, where every click aims to tell a story, Alex Rono, the lead photographer of Lexron Photography, stands out as a master storyteller. Hailing from the vibrant DMV (DC, MD, VA) region, Alex has carved a niche for himself by blending professionalism with an intimate understanding of his clients. Lexron Photography, under his adept leadership, has become synonymous with capturing not just pictures but the unique essence of each individual’s narrative.

Unveiling the Essence:

With a mission rooted in warmth, professionalism, and dynamism, Alex transforms every photography session into a canvas of unique stories. His commitment to recognizing individuality is evident in his approach, acknowledging that every client possesses a distinctive photographic style. Alex’s dedication to getting to know each client personally fosters a comfortable environment where natural and authentic moments can unfold effortlessly.

Having extensive experience in photography, Alex has cultivated a discerning eye for detail and a profound ability to encapsulate the essence of every moment. Founded in 2018, Lexron Photography, under his stewardship, has become a highly sought-after photography service that consistently delivers high-quality results while exceeding client expectations, leaving indelible impressions. Whether it’s professional headshots, family portraits, or event photography, Alex crafts personalized experiences that reflect the personality and brand of each client.

54 The Black Family Magazine

The Eyes Behind The I Am Africa Experience:

For the past three years and counting, Alex has closely worked with Jean Adero, the Visionary behind I Am Africa Atlanta & Nairobi, serving as the resident photographer for the “I Am Africa Experience.” Jean acknowledges Alex’s role at I Am Africa, emphasizing the unique perspective he brings to the storytelling process. She fondly refers to him as “The Eyes of I Am Africa,” captivating visuals that are not just photos but an interpretation that captures the spirit and essence of this transformative event.

Beyond The Lens: Social and Community Impact:

Alex is a community-involved photographer driven by a passion for making a positive impact through photography. Believing that it’s a powerful tool to raise awareness and inspire action, Alex dedicates his time and skills to various DMV-based non-profit organizations and churches.

His volunteering efforts extend to impactful collaborations with organizations such as Reimagine Africa - The I Am Africa Experience, Samar Healthcare’s Muscle Up Your Mental Health annual event, InterFaith Works, Howard University, and Church of the Redeemer. Notably, he has documented events involving the now Governor of Maryland – Gov. Wes Moore and captured the President of Kenya – H.E. William Ruto, at a Kenyan gathering in Washington DC. Last August, Alex was pivotal in documenting the Daring Abroad Investment Forum with visionary Alex Chamwada in collaboration with the Kenyan Embassy in Washington, DC.

A Lasting Legacy:

In the hands of Alex, Lexron Photography goes beyond the business of capturing moments— it becomes a conduit for creating legacies. In an industry saturated with fleeting trends, his commitment to his craft, coupled with a genuine passion for the communities he serves, makes Lexron Photography more than just a photography

company – it’s a curator of memories, a storyteller with a lens. Ordinary moments transform into extraordinary memories, weaving a tapestry of stories that live long beyond the frame.

Contact Information:

Alex Rono

Visual Storyteller

LexRon Photography

Cell: (301) 728 - 6257

Email: booking@lexronphotography.com

Website: www.lexronphotography.com

The Black Family Magazine 55

MEET DR. MARY W. MURANJA

“Don’t let your struggle become your identity”

Healing Hearts and Minds: The Inspirational Journey of Dr. Mary Muranja.

In the heart of Georgia, Dr. Mary Muranja is weaving a tapestry of compassionate care, mental health advocacy, and impactful education through her role as the CEO and Founder of Samar Healthcare. A dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Doctor and Family Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Muranja is a leader in the healthcare industry and the driving force behind Samar Healthcare’s mission.

Clinical Expertise and Commitment to Mental Health

With an array of credentials—DNP, PMHNP-BC, NP-C—Dr. Mary Muranja’s clinical focus spans mental health and substance abuse within various practice settings. Her commitment to improving lives is evident in her approach to diagnosis, treatment, patient education, and overall patient care. Under her leadership, Samar Healthcare offers primary care and addresses the critical intersection of mental health needs and treatments.

Advocacy Beyond the Clinic

Beyond the confines of clinical practice, Dr. Muranja emerges as a fervent mental health advocate, tirelessly fighting for the visibility and understanding of those grappling with mental health challenges. The “Muscle Up Your Mental Health Summit,” a brainchild of Dr. Muranja, serves as a platform to raise awareness and engage in vital conversations, specifically focusing on men—a demographic often marginalized in mental health discourse.

56 The Black Family Magazine

Dr. Muranja’s advocacy extends globally, at the I Am Africa Experience in Atlanta and Nairobi as the resident Mental Health & Wellness speaker and dedicating time to educating teens in Kenya on the importance of mental health awareness. Her impact resonates as she works tirelessly to change lives one person at a time.

Authoring Change

In the written word, Dr. Muranja is the co-author, alongside Diana Korir, of two mental wellness journals on Amazon. These journals are valuable tools to help individuals identify triggers impacting mood, feelings, and overall well-being. Driven by a desire to promote self-awareness, self-regulation, and positive self-affirmation habits, these journals are an extension of her commitment to empowering individuals on their mental health journey.

Encouraging Empowerment

Dr. Mary Muranja recognizes the profound impact of childhood trauma on adult behavior. Through her practice, she encourages patients to ask empowering questions that aid them in navigating adversity. Her guiding principle is clear—prioritize mental health, seek out resources, and embrace support to lead happier, healthier lives. She firmly believes that seeking mental health support is a sign of strength, not weakness, urging all to avoid letting struggles define their identity.

Champion of Excellence

Dr. Mary Muranja’s remarkable contributions have not gone unnoticed. In 2023, she was honored with the prestigious Atlanta Mashujaa Medical Leadership Excellence Award, recognizing her dedicated medical leadership and excellence to the community, particularly her selfless contribution to mental health. This prestigious accolade was presented at the Atlanta Mashujaa Day Gala—a momentous occasion where Representative Adeyina announced his commitment to introduce a proclamation in the House. This proclamation aims to officially recognize the Atlanta Mashujaa Day Gala and its profound importance to Georgia.

Representative Adeyina emphasized the event’s significance not just on an individual level but as a milestone for the entire community.

In celebrating the remarkable journey of Dr. Mary Muranja, we find inspiration in her dedication to forging a path toward a healthier, more empathetic world. Her multidimensional approach to healthcare, advocacy, education, and authorship, coupled with the acknowledgment of her excellence, makes her a beacon of hope and healing, leaving an indelible mark on the mental health landscape.

Contact Information:

Mary Muranja

DNP, MSN, NP-C, PMHNP-BC

Phone: 678-904-2450

Fax: 678-904-2320

www.samarhealthcare.com

Samar Healthcare LLC

57 The Black Family Magazine

MEET JOAN W. MWANGI

“Those who harmed you cannot heal you and you cannot heal what you do not acknowledge.”

I am a multi-faceted Human Capital Management (HCM) solution consultant and a Certified Adult Chair® Coach with a niche in Inner Child Reparenting, Emotional Intelligence & Boundaries. I am a Kenyan by birth and American by naturalization.

My passion is people of African descent, and my purpose is to create a world in which adults are

aware of and can heal their multi-generational trauma and patterns so that they only pass on multigenerational wisdom to their children.

My expertise in Human Capital Management solutions focuses on implementing software that helps organizations provide seamless processes and end user experiences from a Human Resources and compliance perspective.

As a Certified Adult Chair® Coach, I help people of African descent living around the world identify and heal their multi-generational family traumas through my 12-week reparenting program. In this program, I help my clients rediscover who they authentically are by exploring the effects of colonialism and slavery on their ancestors. As a people we cannot heal what we do not acknowledge therefore, it is important for us to reconnect and rediscover who we truly are individually and collectively. I invite you to UnEarth A Conscious You with me.

Contact Information:

Email: Unearthaconsciousyou@gmail.com

Tel: 770-376-0804

Website:

https://www.joanmwangi.com/

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/UnEarthAConsciousYou

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/joan.w.mwangi/

58 The Black Family Magazine

FLORENCE GICHUHI

Teen & Parent Coach

Unlocking Greatness: Empowering Teens and Equipping Parents! Strengthening Parent-Teen Bond

As a seasoned life coach, my mission is to empower teenagers and equip the parents to move from frustration, overwhelm and power struggle into creating a confident, mutually-respectful and healthy relationship. Through transformative coaching, I help them bridge the communication gap, fostering trust, and unlocking their full potential.

With certifications as a Transformational Parent Coach from the esteemed Jai Institute for Parenting and as a Personal Development Coach from The CaPP Institute (The Coaching and Positive Psychology Institute), I am deeply committed to continuous professional growth. By staying at the forefront of parenting and personal development research and trends, I ensure that my clients receive the most effective and relevant guidance.

I draw inspiration from my own journey as a parent and an educator of 19 years of homeschooling experience. I coach teenagers to learn how to level up for their future, not based on their past. I believe in creating a safe, non-judgmental space where adolescents and parents can explore their innermost thoughts, feelings, and aspirations freely.

Areas of expertise include:

• Teen empowerment & self-discovery

• Effective communication with self and parentteen relationships

• Parenting strategies for navigating adolescence

• Building resilience and healthy coping mechanisms

• Understanding the anatomy of behavior

Client Testimonials:

"I would recommend Ms. Florence's class because she teaches teenagers like me how to be the best version of themselves for themselves. You learn skills like identifying negative thought patterns and building goals. Plus, there are valuable lessons like, others' perception of your value is whatever you value of yourself. Overall, I think her class teaches amazing life skills that I honestly wish someone had told me about sooner."

- MH, 16 years old

The Black Family Magazine 59

“The teen group coaching was and has been of great help to our teen girls. We have seen great improvement in their way of thinking and attitude. We see them applying the principles and lessons they learned in coaching, including but not limited to goal setting and planning, journaling, questioning why things are and how to respond to them, and using the emotional wheel as a tool. They refer to the tools they learned in family discussions. They also use the tools as a reference for school and life lessons. This class helped improve their selfesteem and also stay consistent in their work. They still journal in the morning and evening. All these are lessons that will carry them through life. We could not be happier. I commend and would recommend Ms. Florence. She is firm, assertive, engaging, and responsive. She is a wonderful listener and engages the parents in the teen coaching journey.”

- Thanks Ms. Flo

Parent of 14-year-old twin girls

I can’t say enough on how Florence changed my relationship with my 15yr old son. I took her parenting class because I was at the end of the rope, my son’s behavior had escalated to where we were getting into verbal aggressions almost daily. It was so frustrating. Florence 1st taught me to give myself grace and change my attitude towards the whole parenting thing. I learnt how to really see my child, listen, communicate better and establish boundaries. In 12-weeks my relationship with my son has completely changed for the better. I don’t remember the last time I yelled lol, but when I make a mistake, I can now apologize and address issues calmly and at the right time. I don’t beat myself up anymore, I feel much better equipped to help my son navigate the overwhelming teen years. Now we actually enjoy each other and have a calm, happier home. Letting go of my very different African upbringing to raise my American kid in teen years, is no small fete, I know I’m not alone. I recommend Florence to walk you through this very

important journey. She’s full of resources, very calm, non -judgmental and full of wisdom. It’s the best investment I made for my family. J.G.

- Thanks Ms. Flo

Speaking engagements:

I am honored to share my expertise and insights at churches, and private parenting groups, addressing topics related to parenting teens, especially those raising up their teenagers in the diaspora. Through speaking engagements, I empower teenagers to explore their dreams and aspirations while helping parents uncover blind spots that could be hindering their parenting journey with teens.

Contact Information:

Florence Gichuhi

+1 314 578 7399

Instagram: @unlocked.greatness

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/fgichuhi

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/UnlockedGreatness/ https://calendly.com/unlockedgreatness/30

60 The Black Family Magazine

MEET EVA WAMBUI

Eva Wambui is a Kenyan-American owner of Hopeandbags and also a Cancer Warrior.

Eva Wambui was born and raised in Nairobi but later moved to the US, where I have been an IT professional for the last eight years.

As a leukemia survivor diagnosed in the US, I was inspired to start a bag line.

My diagnosis and the journey that started in Kenya became a life-changing journey in the US. The journey of acceptance changed my outlook into a positive one, and I was full of energy. I consider myself living proof that hope can prevail.

My Dream

More than anything in the world, it is my wish that I am seen as more than just cancer. I have a purpose, desire, plan, and faith enough to know that I can imagine the life I want and watch it come true.

When I visualize my future, I see myself traveling in luxury, wearing airy African-fused fashion with a beautiful leather bag in tow, and living in freedom. That’s why I founded my company, Hopeandbags. I don’t want it for every woman who has been through something- and we know that’s every woman!

The Hope & Bags Collection

Every handbag in my collection is characterized by bright colors and bold patterns that not only reflect my African heritage but also aim to incite joy and positivity; my collection is designed to inspire fellow cancer warriors and anyone who is struggling in life to write a different chapter and look to the future with an expectation of goodness.

I am excited to live my life. I continue to dream up new design ideas every day. When I am not creating new ideas, I can be found outdoors running and hiking or traveling the world to anywhere interesting.

Creating retreats to Kenya and tours to visit the workshop and show firsthand what we do to give women financial freedom.

61 The Black Family Magazine

MEET MONGA ABILA

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
-Chinese Proverb

Monga Abila RN, MPH is the founder of The Stock Sisterhood Trading Academy which teaches busy women how to make money in the stock market to create time and freedom.

As the mom of a special needs child, Monga tells the journey of how she went from weeks of rushing, stress and anxiety to excitement, freedom and a passion to teach others what she learned.

She has been in the stock market for many years along with various roles in the healthcare industry.

Her most recent roles in the workforce were in Clinical Informatics and COVID Triage Response Nurse. Currently, she is an entrepreneur trading in the stock market full time and focused on raising her two daughters.

She obtained her master’s degree in Public Health Administration from Loma Linda University and has bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Nursing.

Contact Information: Monga Abila mongaabila@gmail.com

62 The Black Family Magazine

MEET EVA WAGURA

The Black Family Magazine 63

Eva Wagura, born in Kenya and currently residing in Atlanta, is a dedicated product leader committed to driving business transformation through technology. With expertise spanning product management, operations, team building, software development, cross-functional leadership, and customer/partner management, I am on a mission to create a meaningful impact in both the tech and lifestyle realms.

My entrepreneurial spirit led me to develop, design, and create Sinzia Comfort - a brand whose mission is to seamlessly blend stories of comfort and connection while preserving African heritage. Specializing in creating contemporary African-inspired children’s bedding, Sinzia Comfort combines style and coziness uniquely. My relentless pursuit of excellence and innovation guides our journey, aiming to make a positive impact in the world.

Contact Information:

Email: Eva.Wagura@sinziacomfort.com

Website: sinziacomfort.com

64 The Black Family Magazine
The Black Family Magazine 65

MEET JACINTA MUTONGA

Jacinta Mutonga is a Relationship Coach and founder of SublimeFlow LLC. As a trained Self-Love, Feminine Energy, and Relationship Coach, I equip women with the tools to experience more love and intimacy and create the life they desire.

Specifically, I help my clients heal emotional blocks, move through unhealthy attachments, and strengthen their divine feminine.

Relationships are where people experience the greatest amount of unnecessary suffering and trauma but also where there is a great potential for healing, grand love, and growth.

This is what I believe. It’s what I teach. And it’s why I’ve made it my mission to help women of color to clear out their emotional baggage, redefine the relationship they have with themselves, embrace Self-Love, strengthen their feminine power, and co-create healthy intimate relationships.

Contact Information: jacinta@sublimeflow.com

66 The Black Family Magazine

MEET BBIRA KAFUMBE

I am a mother of 3 children, a solopreneur, a great cook and a tech geek. I was born and raised in Uganda, East Africa and currently live in the U.S where I moved about 15 years ago.

I am a Certified Weight Loss Coach, founder of Weight to Go (a weight loss group coaching program), Body by Bbira (a thriving weight loss business), and the author of a recipe book.

I help busy professional women lose 10 to 40 pounds so that they can fall in love with their bodies. I have helped over 150 women to lose weight and keep it off while eating their local African or normal foods we grew up eating.

My journey started as frustration with stubborn weight after multiple pregnancies and after trying many diets, and starvation, I was so desperate to find something that works for long-term results.

My pain with stubborn weight turned into a passion after I finally gained 40lbs in 6 months (2012) using the exact strategy I use with my clients today. I have kept it off for over 10 years.

Contact Information:

website:www.bodybybbira.com

IG: bodybybbira

facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/bodyby.bbira/

Linkedin:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/bodybybbira/

The Black Family Magazine 67
68 The Black Family Magazine

Africa Women Summit was born out of a deep desire to uplift and empower women in Africa, recognizing their immense potential as catalysts for social, economic, and political transformation.

Contact Information:

Phone: +234 8035762639

Email: info@africawomensummit.org

The Black Family Magazine 69
70 The Black Family Magazine

“Embark on a Transformative Journey to Ghana with The Millionaire Chick Inc. - Your Gateway to Wealth, Culture, and Adventure.

The Millionaire Chick Inc. is more than a brand; it’s a movement led by Kimona Hanson-Amoah. With a passion for empowering individuals through real estate and investment, The Millionaire Chick Inc. has been a beacon of financial education, wealth building, and cultural exploration.

Key Highlights:

Wealth Building: Discover the secrets of financial empowerment through strategic investments.

Cultural Exploration: Uncover the rich history, traditions, and beauty of Ghana.

Exclusive Retreat: Be part of the 40th Chapter Reign in Wealth Retreat for an unforgettable experience.

Join The Millionaire Chick Inc. on a transformative journey to Ghana. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture, explore investment opportunities, and experience the beauty of the motherland. Plus the pulsating nightlife in Ghana.

Contact Information: For inquiries and reservations, visit https://bit. ly/40thChapterReigninWealthRetreat

The Black Family Magazine 71

AFRIPRINTZ

“Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women.”

Born and raised in Ghana, West Africa, Bernice Fynn immigrated to the United States to join her husband. She studied Business Administration at Coppin State University and worked with an auto manufacturing company for eighteen years.

Bernice has been in business her entire life since the age of seven. In 2016, together with her husband, they formed a small business enterprise. Our dream is to make Afrocentric products accessible to our brothers and sisters in the diaspora made by

the indigenous natives from the motherland. Some proceeds from this small business help sustain people and communities in Africa.

I am passionate about serving communities and dedicating my time to discussing basic fundamental rights and privileges, which has led me to be part of various organizations.

I co-founded Lending Hands-Touching Lives, a 501c3 nonprofit organization providing educational resources and mentorship to young boys and girls in Ghana and responsible for coordinating the delivery of goods and services to communities and institutions across the continents of Africa.

In my capacity as General Secretary of the Sisters Keepers Association, SKA, I have been instrumental in dissipating myths surrounding dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, in cities and villages in Ghana, while also advocating for the elderly population who are often neglected due to misinformation about the disease process.

I am also a member of the Makefield Women’s Association (MWA), a local nonprofit organization in Yardley, PA. The ladies in this group raise funds and provide services to individuals. MWA supports programs that benefit both the local community and humanitarian organizations. Each year, members select a group of local nonprofit organizations to be beneficiaries of our annual fundraiser. One hundred percent of funds raised, donations are given to charity.

72 The Black Family Magazine

In 2023, I was appointed the public relations officer of the Bono-Ahafo Association of Ghana, Trenton, New Jersey Chapter. This group focuses on bringing together and integrating Africans living abroad and our African-American communities. We also support developmental projects in the rural areas in some parts of Ghana and West Africa. Each year, the group organizes cultural events, seminars, and festivals showcasing the rich culture of the African continent.

As a culturally astute professional, I was honored to join The African American Culture Collaborative of Mercer County’s board in January 2024, committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity through arts and education initiatives.

I am married to my beloved husband Phanuel, and together we have three adorable boys. I love traveling, cooking, dancing, and building personal relationships. I am a firm believer of Christ!

Contact Information:

215-960-4801

Afriprintz1@gmail.com

www.afriprintz.shop

My family and I had a wonderful shopping visit - lots to choose from that reflected our Culture - African - Mabel Williams
The Black Family Magazine 73
Issuu converts static files into: digital portfolios, online yearbooks, online catalogs, digital photo albums and more. Sign up and create your flipbook.