1. What is something not too many people know about you?
uhhhh. I've been tattooed in four different countries (including the United States of course). At midnight on my birthday every year, I have a private, solo dance party to ring in my new year. It gets crazy.
2. What are your biggest passions or hobbies?
My biggest passions include reading, writing, shopping and creating. haha. I love anything that allows me freedom to create. I also love to travel. like love.
3. What are your goals for the future?
My goals for the future. ahhhh. I love and hate this question. It forces me to make things concrete, but sometimes I feel like, maybe I'm not dreaming enough or I'm creating too large of a future that I may not be able to attain. Then I check myself and say, [insert expletive] you can do whatever comes to mind. Just choose.
My goals include creating generational wealth as a means to undo racism and create security for my future family and my community. I want my nonprofit to become a foundation so that I can fund the imaginations of Haitians and create an opportunity for them to manifest their own dreams for themselves and develop their communities. I want to live abroad for a year and do meaningful work (in general). I want to deliver a Ted Talk and win a Nobel Prize (and do the sort of work that is worthy of a Nobel Prize). I want to be a published author and inspire. I want to be genuinely and truly happy.
4. What is your definition of success?
Success is so varied because given the amount of perspectives and experiences that exist, success can be anything. As long as there's a goal in mind, one that was crafted from a complete understanding of worthiness and the entire scope of what humans can create, and you accomplish that, or better yet, do your best to accomplish that, then that's success. What is the best version of yourself? What do you truly want, save capitalist variables? What brings you joy and is closest to your dream self? Do that and you're successful. There are daily successes and lifelong successes. Make up your own and go for it.
5. Tell us something about the projects you're working on.
Currently (and gratefully!), I'm working on a lot. It's like a creative x philanthropic explosion. I'm building a start up philanthropy geared toward millennials called The August Project. The aim is to create access to self-sufficiency by recreating systems and igniting imagination. Our geographic focus is Leogane, Haiti and my greatest endeavor is to undo the dependency model that exists between non-profits and Haitian citizens. There's so much thwarted potential in Haiti as a result of them having to address issues that are commonplace for us in our daily lives. I'm using our stories in the states to inform a varied reality in Leogane. One of the campaigns I'm working on to raise money for and bring light to Haiti is titled The Beasts + The Outsiders. It's a photo gallery where we recorded the narratives of Haitian millennials in three major (Haitian populated) cities in the U.S, took their portraits and are going to create the correlation between anti-Haitian sentiment and international policy/maintenance of poverty in Haiti. It's launching in August. Look out for it. In addition to this, I'm in the second year of my Black Power Brunch series that creates a safe space for Black thought and emotion. I'm the Senior Editor for Black Girl Fly Magazine and I'm working on my writing career. Overall, I'm making sure I live my best potential and manifest my ideas so I don't end up being bitter or regretful in the future.