"I didn't have the traditional stereotyped Urban American upbringing. My background is different, and from my background being different, I consider it as my distinction."
I grew up in middle-class America, never wanting for more or in need of anything less. I learned early in life how to humble myself as a child; I learned how to appreciate living. I was taught at a young age to be a giver, a provider, an educator, and never a taker.
While coming up in Suburban America, I struggled to fit in. I attended Atwater High School during my freshman year in Atwater, California. The community was different, and so was I.
I was teased, taunted, and bullied about my African American features, I hated my figure as a Black Woman, and I began to hate myself for who I was as an African American. I allowed society to permit others to define me as an African American woman and silence my confidence, heritage, and ancestry.
By growing up in two separate environments of American society, it has shaped me into who I've become today as an African American Woman. I've learned to accept myself, and my heritage while always upholding the role of a leader.
My focus is to be appreciative of others, while always providing for my community, as I'm determined to remain outspoken for the unspoken with EDUCATION, KNOWLEDGE, and GROWTH.
The most dangerous weapon for any African American is to have an Educated Voice. Although respect Is always compelling, education speaks with a sharpened tone of voice.