Interview w/ Stephanie Ann Ball, Opera Singer, High Performance Specialist: "Illuminate Your Legacy"
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Interview w/ Stephanie Ann Ball, Opera Singer, High Performance Specialist: "Illuminate Your Legacy"

In this interview, Kiesha sits down with the multi-talented transformational teacher Stephanie Ann Ball. Stephanie wears many hats: Lyric Coloratura Soprano. Concert Artist and Curator. Inspirational Speaker. High Performance Specialist. These are just some of the many titles she holds. A woman of unique talents, Stephanie has quickly become one of the most sought-after high performance consultants in the nation. Listen as Stephanie shares how she got her start with opera singing after a gentle nudge from a teacher who saw her vocal talent. Learn how her life as an entrepreneurial artist has unfolded as she firmly “takes up space” and walks in her purpose to help others discover and shine their own lights. And finally, hear her advice for Black Women about maintaining our well-being in a world that conditions us to do otherwise. About Stephanie: Artist: Stephanie is a lyric coloratura soprano who is swiftly taking her place in the world of classical music with her warm, strong, lyric voice. As a highly sought after concert artist and curator, she has performed on stages alongside world-renowned composers and designed concerts of both artistic and historical significance. Consultant: Using a unique approach to high performance that can only come from someone who has sung to crowds of over 10,000 with ease and aplomb, Stephanie combines her background in the arts with her adept knowledge of sales, customer service, and administrative organization and management to help her clients achieve extraordinary results when it comes to reaching their goals and getting themselves organized. Stephanie's Links: Buy her book at www.ownyourlightbook.com Sign up for her high-performance academy at https://illuminateyourlegacy.com Check our her Productivity Prologue course at www.stephanieannballconsulting.com Find her on Instagram @iamstephaball)
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Interview with MUA Jaye Hill: "I cannot afford the luxury of a mediocre life.."
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Interview with MUA Jaye Hill: "I cannot afford the luxury of a mediocre life.."

In this interview, I sit down with entrepreneur, Jaye Hill. Jaye is a makeup artist, licensed esthetician & sugaring expert based in the Seattle area. The conversation covers Jaye's story of teaching herself to not get caught up in comparison, taking big leaps, and giving back to the world the support and warmth that has made her success possible. Given her exceptional talent and love for enhancing the beauty already present in her clientele, she is a gem who stays booked and busy! www.beautybyjaye.com On IG: @beauty_by_jaye Other Black women Jaye shares for us to support: Dannett Cage, CEO www.beyondbodi.com On IG: @beyondbodi Neikia Williams, MUA www.burtonbeauty.com On IG: @burtonbeauty About Jaye: Jaye's love of all things beauty started in high school after her cousin began to do makeup for her group of friends for school dances. From that moment, she fell in love with makeup and all the ways that it can enhance a naturally beautiful face. After these experiences, Jaye realized she wanted to learn more about skincare because she knew that beautiful skin and makeup go hand in hand. Her interest and passion for skincare and makeup inspired her to attend Gary Manuel AVEDA Institute to become a licensed esthetician, and then she proceeded the experience with dedicated training to become a skilled sugarist. #mua #seattlemua #interview #leap #takingaleap #makeupartist #beauty #blackwomanownedbusiness #anotherblackgirl #blackexcellence #beyourself #followyourheart #esthetician #blackbeautybuziness
Interview with CEO & Author Rhonda Joy McLean - Sometimes You Just Have to Stand
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Interview with CEO & Author Rhonda Joy McLean - Sometimes You Just Have to Stand

Hi friends, Please enjoy this interview – this soul food - with Rhonda Joy McLean, my sister, my friend. I met Rhonda when our careers intersected at Time Inc. Rhonda was Deputy General Counsel there where she managed one-third of the Law Department and oversaw legal compliance and data privacy protocols for over 200 clients and 22 brands for nearly twenty years. She is now the President and CEO of RJMLEADS LLC, a leadership consultant company she launched in 2019.  She is also co-author of two popular books on leadership development for women that she wrote with her friends and business partners Elaine Meryl Brown and Marsha Haygood, entitled “The Little Black Book of Success” series. Join us as Rhonda shares stories from her life in which she integrated the local high school in her small southern town at the age of 13, broke ground in many professional spaces, and leaned into a journey rich with supportive sisterhood circles and flexible leadership experiences. She shares detailed stories about her ancestors and shows gratitude for the lessons and strength that have been handed down to us as a people. We also delve into an important conversation about high-achievement, depression and mental health. If you have ever looked at another person and wondered “how does she do it all!?!” then this is a must listen as we -two women who appear to “do it all”- share our path of learning how to navigate high achievement alongside our mental and emotional well-being. If you are feeling weary, I hope this conversation reminds you of the strength of our people and helps you move from fear to faith. If you are feeling like you aren’t rocking the way you “should,” I hope this conversation helps you find perspective. If feel like you have just fallen down, I hope this conversation reminds you that you can still stand. I also hope you enjoy learning about the other black women Rhonda highlights, which include her co-authors and entrepreneur Kalyn Johnson Chandler and artist Synthia Saint James. Rhonda is one of the people who have been a defining presence in my life. I cry a bit when I watch this interview out of deep, deep gratitude that we had this sit-down. I hope you enjoy it too. Sincerely, Another Black Girl Kiesha G. P.S. (We have a few bings and boops going, I’m no sound editor, so please just bear with me!)
Interview with Comedian Nekia Hampton - Be Bold & Say No
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Interview with Comedian Nekia Hampton - Be Bold & Say No

In this episode of Another Black Girl I sit down with stand-up comedian and producer Nekia Hampton. Since kicking off her comedy career just a few years ago, she has performed on numerous stages around the country including at the NW Women’s Comedy Festival in Portland 2018 and the Black Girl Giggles Festival in New Orleans 2019. Nekia has opened the stage for national headliners like Paul Elias, Jared Fried, Jackie Fabulous, and Jordan Rock. She produced & headlined two wildly successful comedy shows, one in Seattle (Aug 2019) and one in Baltimore (Feb 2020) - both sold out. Nekia is one of those people who does not ask for permission in life. She listens to her own spirit and creates opportunities for herself to boldly see her goals become reality. This interview is an exploration into how she found that sense of confidence and her journey to becoming an artist, strategic thinker, and a woman set on uplifting other black people. After discussing her upbringing in Baltimore with her entertainer family, she shared her comedian origin story and talked about her first time producing a comedy show. We dig into the perils of putting other relationships above the relationship we have with ourselves – especially as black women- as well as the importance of champagne and nachos for breakfast sometimes. We covered so much ground in this interview, it was really tough to edit – I didn’t want to leave anything out! Just know that I have some “another nuggets from Nekia” videos I’m going to have to post too. 😊 There were lots of shout outs in this episode including: • Sheila Gaskins • Ellen Acuario • Laughs Comedy Club • Jackie Fabulous • Arif Gursel • Angel Anderson • The Spice Suite • Moms Mabley • Kerry Coddett • Sydnee Washington
Interview with Artist Jaimee Todd - Build Your Own Path
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Interview with Artist Jaimee Todd - Build Your Own Path

This month I sat down with yet #anotherblackgirl out here being amazing in the world - photographer and digital collage artist Jaimee Todd. In the course of doing art in a way that delights her soul, she has developed a signature style – her gorgeous Inkscapes - which involves photographing india ink and acrylic paint submerged in water. She has incorporated inkscape photography into her ongoing series entitled Belle Noir, which celebrates Black womanhood through abstract portraiture. Jaimee has exhibited in many a gallery and has also been published in Mfon, Women Photographers of the African Diaspora and Radar Station magazine. She is one of those people who went down the path of having a “practical” profession (lawyer), but she did not let that pull her away from her first love – art. Pro tip: you can do both, you just have to do it your way! In this interview we talk about empowering yourself by following your inspiration, creating your own lane, and even taking quality naps! We discuss being an artist that reflects the times and how art and rest is part of our movement work. Other Black women get some love along the way including Tricia Hersey (@thenapministry), her sister Ani Todd (@anidrawsoutloud), Maya Angelou, and jewelry mavens Camille Peace Moskoff (@peaceimagesjewelry) and Mary Wormworth (@maryshandsjewelry). Enjoy this interview where Jaimee shared what might now be one of my new favorite quotes: “When you are fluid, you can’t be confined.” #blackwomenartist #artist #painter #photographer #inkscape #blackgirlmagic #supportblackwomen
Interview with Urban Forester Beattra Wilson - Create Access for Others
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Interview with Urban Forester Beattra Wilson - Create Access for Others

Check out my first interview for Another Black Girl! You know if it’s the first one, I gotta take it back to the beginning….on this episode, I sat down with my childhood best friend, Beattra Wilson, who also happens to be the USDA national lead for Urban and Community Forestry. Beattra is definitely #anotherblackgirl who is making things happen and creating access for the next generation. When you think about the trees and natural resources in the places where you live, work, and play, know that there is a sister - and a Southern University grad - fighting to make sure all communities are considered. In this interview we bond over our shared upbringing in the small town of Oakdale, Louisiana and appreciation for all the things we’ve been doing since. Beattra explains what in the world Urban Forestry even is and shares the importance of creating access for the next generation for this space. She also talks about her diversity & inclusion firm Ideation308 and she gives love to other Black women - her bomb best friend Wendy Green Daniels and her superpowers of advocating for what you deserve, and shouting out Joni Wilson Ferguson’s Leaders Amplify professional development company (http://leadersamplify.com/) I also share my motivation for launching Another Black Girl :-) Listen in on two friends who go alllllll the way back and share this video with the Black women & girls in your life! #urbanforest #urbanforestry #blackgirlmagic #diversityandinclusion #southernjaguars #ironsharpensiron #diversityandinclusion #leadersamplify #southernalumni #forestservice #blackgirlslead #anotherblackgirl #blackexcellence