Updated: Apr 27, 2019
Speaker, Producer, Recording Artist & Founder of Mama Morsels
Tell us about your career and how it all started?
20 Years ago I signed my first record deal. I couldn’t have imagined, at the time, that this was only the first taste of entertainment media, and that it would lead to, not only albums and touring, but television shows, radio shows, producing, writing, acting, hosting, and creating and developing my own projects that highlight others’ inspirational stories as well as my own. That initial step into that first open door has allowed me to travel the world, meet incredible people with unbelievable stories of overcoming, work with and learn from some of the great creators of our time, and has provided me the opportunity to stand on some of the most renowned stages to share either my story, my art, or both!
What does sisterhood mean to you?
I come from a family of five sisters; no brothers. So when I hear the word, sisterhood, I immediately think of the five of us sisters and the things we share, the way we grow together, and the bond that can’t be broken. Because I was born into a tight knit sisterhood, I have always knows what it feels like, which helps me to recognize it easily outside my own family. Sisterhood is a bond built by unconditional love, which, to me, means love no matter what; love through disagreement, love through hardship, and constant support.
What's your personal mantra?
Customize without compromise.
What is your superpower?
My superpower is knowing that I am a change agent. We all are change agents, but my superpower is knowing it, and putting it into practice.
Tell us about women that inspired you and your female role models:
I believe that all the initial examples of greatness start in the home. My mother and grandmothers not only survived, but thrived against incredible odds, which taught me that I could do anything, having been born with a leg up from their circumstances. I try to remember that my ceiling will also be my daughters’ floor, and that thought keeps a fire lit in me to continue to push it up higher.
Outside of my own family members, I have always been inspired by my first talent manager, Suzanne De Passe, a major female mogul since the Motown days, when it was not popular for a woman, let alone a woman of color to have a strong voice, or to have a voice at all. She always said, “There is plenty of room at the top, only the bottom is crowded,” and she continues to live her life and thrive in the world of business with a sense of knowing that there will always be room for her and her ideas.
What would be your advice for women who are building careers in your industry?
My advice to women who are building careers in any industry is to remember that there will be valleys as well as peaks, and to not waste those valleys by sulking in them. The valleys are just as important as the peaks. The valleys hold the greatest lessons. They are there for reflection and recalibration. They are there so that the next peak will be higher! When we fail to recognize that, we either prolong the season of the valley, or worse… get stuck there.
One piece of advice for your 18 year old self?
My advice to my 18 year old self: Setting up your future does not mean doing everything well; it means going full-out with everything you do. This is the time to learn what you
DON’T want. Make mistakes and fall on your face. Your bounce-back game is strongest right now! Don’t waste it!