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Resiliency is my Superpower

Never let your circumstances define you

ESSENCE's Black Women in Hollywood 2016 Red Carpet

Allow your dreams to become a reality…⠀

As a little girl, growing up in Washington Heights, N.Y., my VISION was clear, but getting there wasn’t easy…⠀

At 16, I was abandoned and forced to go into survival mode. Imagine a junior in H.S. working TWO part-time jobs afterschool just to make ends meet. While all my friends were either taking part in after-school activities or a team, I was becoming an “adult”.

At 18, I went on welfare, because my minimum wage job wasn’t enough to pay bills, put clothes on my back & food on the table. School became my fourth priority.

At 19, I was denied most financial aid awards because I wasn’t a US Citizen, but I wasn’t about to give up on my dreams of becoming a college grad; Instead, I took out student loans to get through college. 

At 21, I was homeless and by the grace of God ended up at my hairdresser’s apt. An apt, she shared with her four kids & a relative. If it wasn’t for her love, generosity and care, I don’t know what would’ve happened to me.

Despite my trials & tribulations, I still graduated from HS on time. I became a US citizen. I graduated from Baruch College with a BBA in Advertising & Marketing Communication and years later a Master’s in Public Relations & Corporate Communication from NYU.

What I learned along the way was to never stop believing in myself, my dreams and staying focused on the BIGGER PICTURE. I wasn’t going to allow my circumstances of poverty, immigration, or fears stop me.

Oh and part of my vision was walking a RED CARPET, and thankfully, through my work experience I was able to live out that dream and more. 

Proof that dreams do come true, if you BELIEVE in YOURSELF!

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