Lia Washington is an Arkansas realtor whose path wasn’t always clear. Lia grew tired of her retail sales job and sought new opportunities in real estate. Change isn’t always easy and Lia was met with adversity, which she now embraces. “My challenges were more so mental. I was so afraid of being seen as a novice and trying to convince everyone that I knew what I was doing. In reality, I did not have a clue—being a realtor is all about trial and error. Experience is honestly the best teacher; no two transactions will be the same.”
Stephen Greene is a master barber, entrepreneur, and owner of BeUnique, a grooming lounge located in Little Rock, Arkansas. Despite his setbacks, Stephen took the initiative to bring his ideas to life and applied for a business license prior to starting barber school. His advice to up-and-coming entrepreneurs: “Mindsets are meant to be broken. So if we break our mindset and we know that we are unique we can create and do anything.”
Tampa Florida nail technician, Raven Davis made the decision to free herself from the judgement of others and become a nail tech, fusing her love for art and being able to create full time.
Vanessa Lamb is a painter and chemist from Long Island, New York. Vanessa’s love for both the arts and science have happily married— Vanessa works as an Associate Scientist for Clinique R&D and also manages her personal brand, Expressions By Van where she devotes her time to painting vibrant pieces inspired by loved ones, the Black community, and her surroundings.
Long Island native, Anastassia Whitty is freelance photographer who tells stories through her work. Anastassia has captured moments for major brands and artists like SXSW, Curren$y, Complex News and The New York Times.
Verandah Maureen is a poet and educator from Gowanus/Downtown Brooklyn, New York. Her passion for writing began as a child, but as she grew into womanhood Verandah realized the power of her words.