October 6, 1989
Virginia, United States
My initiative “Black Women in Opera” (BWIO) highlights the past and present achievements of these Black women opera singers while building healthy and meaningful relationships among its members. I started BWIO in February of 2019 to give history of unknown female Black opera singers and uplift current Black opera giants. After completing my degree in Vocal Performance, I felt so inadequate, I quit studying music. BWIO is created to be the place I needed as young singer. Often, in the male-dominated field of music, women are marginalized by their gender. This is marginalization is intensified by the race of Black women, which add stress and discouragement to very difficult field. BWIO serves women and communities by opening the door for new possibilities and exposing black women to more opportunities in the field of opera. It helps young women understand they are appreciated by their peers and Opera lovers alike. Over the last five months, the social media platform has reached over 1,000 participants of all races and gender expression. Not only does "Black Women in Opera" help its target group, but it exposes the outside to new and talented voices that would otherwise be silenced. A strong Opera community cannot exist without strong women, and this strength is cultivated through the encouragement, empowerment and elevation of the role of “Black Women in Opera.”
Director of Strategic Partnerships and Operations at Hales Government Solutions
Jackson State University; University of Mississippi; Howard University
I started competing in pageants to continue the tradition of well-rounded women using their platform to make a positive social impact and be an uplifting role model.
Comedy Improv Student, Opera Singer, Zambian and Kenyan, Visited 12 countries, Love to read books