Author TaKisha Trenean

Born and raised in Miami, Florida, TaKisha Trenean is both an avid reader and a new author. TaKisha has always had a passion for writing and enjoys giving life to characters through penning stories. Throughout the years she would journal and write poetry as a form expressing herself and her experiences. TaKisha eventually began working on her first novel as a creative outlet to heal from a personal loss. Writing romance gives life to the hopeless romantic within her and allows the introvert within to explore life through her characters. Using music and the world around her, TaKisha hopes to create stories that readers can ultimately relate to and get lost in.

PWH: Describe yourself in three words.

TT: Sarcastic, Loyal, and Intuitive

PWH: What sparked your love for reading?

TT: Wow! I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love to read. My earliest memory was when my kindergarten teacher gifted me with a Berenstain Bears book because she recognized that not only could I read, but that I loved reading. I loved that I could experience different worlds and characters outside of my own environment. It’s an escape for me.

PWH:  How did you get your start in writing books?

TT: My first book started out as more of a hobby. I was in between jobs and the first chapter of my book came to me in a daydream and I started from there, but with no intention of publishing. At that point in time writing was therapeutic for me. I sat on that book for years. Eventually, I let a close friend in on the secret that I was writing a book and she encouraged me to get it published.

PWH:  You have written several books, what is your common message in all of them?

TT: My common message is simply Black Love, Healing, and Growth. Characters on the journey to not only find love but healthy relationships.

 PWH: What is next for you in your writing journey?

TT: Honestly I just want to write and grow my fan base.

PWH: Bonus: What advice do you have for an inspiring writer?

TT: Write! You have to start from somewhere. You can’t become the writer you want to be if you don’t put that pen to paper. Practice makes perfect! Also, there’s a place for you in this field so don’t compare yourselves to others. Write because you love it, not for money, popularity, or fame.

To connect with TaKisha visit her Social media Platforms:

Amazon page:

Facebook: takishatrenean

Instagram: takisha_trenean

Collaboration is always better than Competition: GIRL CODE DIGITIAL SQUAD LLC.

GirlCode Digital Studio, LLC is an innovative digital creative studio built by women and for women. We help women entrepreneurs grow their businesses by creating memorable and impactful branding, detailing strategies, and making beautiful yet user-friendly websites. We empower women to be their most authentic selves through their brands. GirlCode was founded by Dwan Jones and Tiara Richardson in 2019. Combined, Dwan and Tiara have over 30 years’ experience in the areas of marketing, writing, web design, communications, strategy, and UX for companies in the non-profit, government, and retail industries.

Anytime we see women collaborating we get excited, let’s dig into these questions:

PWH: Tell us a little about yourselves, how did you get started in the branding business?

GCDS: For Dwan, her journey started back in high school with branding her high school’s image and reimagining their story, which brought about a positive image of the school. After college, she went into in-house communications with corporations and governments and launched her first successful branding and communications agency. Tiara started her journey in 2004 with her first job out of college with a large fashion retailer as a marketing coordinator. Our journeys collided in 2014 when we met at our previous job where we worked on brand, communications, and digital efforts.

PWH: Describe your brand in 3 words? 

GCDS: Empowering, Boss, Feminine

PWH: Where did your vision for Girl Code Digital Squad come from?

GCDS: We worked together for 4 years and both were doing our own side hustles. We realized we were doing similar and complimentary services. We decided that we would be better together and could build something great that would focus on women and elevating their brands. Most of the agencies we’ve worked with were owned by men and lacked diversity in their staffing. With the rise in women-owned businesses, we felt now was the time to get out there. 

PWH: How can a new business stand out from the crowd in terms of branding and marketing?

GCDS: They need to always be authentic and focus on what they do that is unique and different. How can you do what’s been done but in a different way? What is your passion and what does your community around you need? Focus on those things and you can position yourself to stand out.

PWH: What is your number one recommendation for entrepreneurs to elevate their business? 

GCDS: Make sure your brand truly reflects your business values and your target audience. And make sure you have a website, social media – some type of online presence for people to reach you. If you don’t have the experience to do your branding and web design, reach out to a professional to make sure you are putting your best self out there.

PWH: What is the most rewarding and challenging part of your business?

GCDS: The most rewarding parts are creating something meaningful for ourselves and our clients and seeing how much what we do for them really helps them to build their business. The challenging parts are juggling client work with running the business and our personal lives. 

PWH: Where do you see the Girl Code Digital Squad in Five years? 

GCDS: We want to continue to grow our team, to give women opportunities and to make a global impact. We want to be able to give back and bring people up with us.

PWH:Bonus: Describe your definition of a Pretty Woman Who Hustles? 

GCDS: A woman who knows her passions and her worth, goes for what she wants with no apologies and pulls women up with her along the way.

Author Denise Monique

Denise Monique is the wife of Theophilus “Chip” Caviness Jr.  Denise is a graduate of Cuyahoga Community College, where she majored in Human Services. Denise received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Cleveland State University. Currently, she is completing a Master’s Degree in Social Administration at Case Western Reserve University. Denise is a Licensed Social Worker and stays involved in community events. Denise loves the Lord and has an innate passion for helping others. She is the proud mother of five children and grandmother of eight. During her spare time she writes, and loves to travel. 

PWH: Describe yourself in 3 words

DM: I would describe myself as Candid, Energetic, and Versatile

PWH: What sparked your interest in writing?

DM: As a child, I loved to read just about anything. I loved the places a writers imagination could take me. My personal story was overpowering to many I shared it with and I wanted to use it to help someone else. 

PWH: You have written several books, what is your consistent message in all of them?

DM: My memoir is separate from the children’s books as I will always be Denise Monique. My concern for others is illuminated in my writing as Denise Monique and Denise Caviness. Readers will close my books having learned something-whether it is new vocabulary words or how to achieve self-love. 

PWH: Describe your current writing style?

DM: My writing style is descriptive as I want my readers to feel like they are there with me. The energy from the places I describe is significant. I have been told that reading Despite My Odds is just like having a conversation with me. I like to wake up at five or six a.m., make caramel flavored coffee, smell the outdoors, take a bike ride, and then write as the birds sing sweet melodic songs to my ears. My home is otherwise quiet at this time, hence, my imagination takes me on faraway journeys. 

PWH: Do you have any upcoming projects? 

DM: I am currently working on a novel that is about a married couple that fit together like an old puzzle. They have not forgotten how to date one another in their marriage and are very receptive to the needs of each other. They are entrepreneurs and very good at what they do. Their worlds are close to perfect until an agreement between the two backfires in ways no one could see coming. The price to pay will be very deep and surely test their commitment. 

PWH: Bonus: what advice do you have for an aspiring writer? 

DM: Aspiring writers should write, write, write…Write something each day-it doesn’t have to make sense. A true writer also reads. Allow your mind to take you on journeys you’ve never seen. 

To learn more about Denise Monique and Theo Cavi Books visit

Instagram: @therealdenisemonique

Twitter: Denisemonique2

Author LaTia Blanks

Tia B. was born in Huntsville, TX, and is the oldest of ten children. She loves writing, reading, and sports and video games. Tia is a mother and is currently working on obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Tia enjoys working with the elderly as a Nursing Assistant, and she is an advocate for mental health. “Mental Beloved” is her debut novel.

PWH: Describe LaTia in 5 words?

LB: Ambitious, Kind, Intelligent, Creative, Resilient 

PWH: Where did you get your start in writing?

LB: I started writing when I was 9 years old. I realized I had talent because of how well I did on my writing test. My auntie encouraged me to write every day after that.

PWH: Tell us about your Novel entitled: “Mental Beloved?”

LB: Mental Beloved is about a black woman who struggles with a mental illness while trying to find true love. It takes her to fall for the wrong man to realize she had loved all along. The title literally means a deep love occurring in the mind.

PWH: You are a mental health advocate, in particular, you work with those with Alzheimer’s and dementia, tell us about that?

LB: I do private care with these individuals. I create activities to keep their brains active which science has proven to slow the progression of the disease. Being a mental health advocate I’m able to advocate for them and people with mental illnesses because they have some of the same symptoms. 

PWH: What message are you hoping readers learn from your work?

LB: I hope all my readers learn that people with mental illnesses are people too. They are not their diagnosis. I hope it brings awareness of mental health to the black community. 

Follow Latia on her journey by visiting her site

Social Media: Twitter: @TiaWroteIt



Author Patrice Rivers

Patrice Rivers wears many hats in the world of entrepreneurship. She is currently residing in Suffolk, VA where Virginia State University’s blue and orange bleeds through her veins graduating from the HBCU in May 2009 in Petersburg, VA. Patrice majored in Mass Communications where she had a minor in writing earning her Bachelor of Arts degree. She started writing at the tender age of only nine where creating short stories was more than just a hobby. Patrice has a very vivid and creative imagination when it comes to words.

Poetry has and will always be her first love. Since she was 15, Patrice took a strong interest in writing poems. Throughout the years, writing poetry has always been a therapeutic way of expressing her true feelings. Patrice’s creativity took her all the way to publishing her first book of poetry in 2012 entitled “A Collection of God’s Word and Motivation” which is a great seller. The following year her second book of poetry was published in 2013 called “Lyrical Passion Tears from my Inkwell” where she encourages and captivates her reader’s attention through real situations and encouraging words.

Patrice has published a total of eight books with two of them being children’s books about a little girl living with Sickle Cell Disease. As a survivor and person living with SCD herself, she wanted to create not only a children’s book, but a series that will serve as an educational tool for kids and adults as well in communities. Patrice is also the proud owner of That Riverz Girl Brand which consists of different facets such as Books, Published Articles, Interviews, Magazine, Services, and YouTube channel.

Her magazine Versafi Magazine is a platform for men and women of diversity that are business owners, entrepreneurs, and authors. With this being her second magazine, Patrice plans to take Versafi to a higher level with diversity being a very important factor within her brand. She plans to write more books relating to her life as well as children and urban Christian books. She is very passionate about the writing community and wants to expand her writing services to a small writing boutique providing services to new authors, continuous authors, brands, business owners, and entrepreneurs all over. This determined boss babe is nothing more than passionate, a goal digger, creative, professional, and unique with her brand. She hopes to someday expand her brand to a wider audience in the world of business.

PWH: In four words describe you and your brand?

PR: Let’s see: I would describe myself as ambitious, committed, determined, and passionate and four my brand I would say structured, helpful, and dedicated.

PWH: When did you get your start in writing?

PR: I started writing at the early age of nine. That’s when my creativity and imagination started to kick in. My parents always told me when I was younger than nine that I would always write in the newspapers. Sure enough, that was a sign that I was going to become a writer. I started out writing short stories in elementary school. I had tons of stories to share and they all had a creative cover page. At the age of 15, I took a liking to writing poetry where I became gifted and creative with my words. In 2012, I published my first book called “A Collection of God’s Word and Motivation” which is an inspirational and encouraging book of poetry.

PWH: You have written 8 books so far, what is the common message in them all?

PR: Each book has its own little message such as my poetry books talks on things we go through in the world as well as inspiration. My fourth poetry book called “A Love Scorned” is a short collection of love poems that speaks deep to the soul, heart, and mind. It talks about broken love and the goodness of love. I also published two children books that focus on Sickle Cell Disease which is a series. It’s more of an educational part as well. My two fiction books are about things we all go through in life such as self-identity, love, abandonment and etc. I plan to write a non-fiction book about my journey with Sickle Cell and I have a new children book called “Patricia’s Visit to the Hospital” releases in September in honor of Sickle Cell Awareness Month.

PWH: Tell us about Versafi Magazine?

PR: Versafi Magazine is a platform for business owners, entrepreneurs, and authors of diversity to share their journey of books and business. This magazine was created last year in January. Its name was BlaQ Stardom, then Blaqversity now Versafi because I didn’t want people to think that this magazine is just for African-Americans even though that was the idea at first, but I wanted to expand my audience to reach other races and cultures as well. The magazine helps with promotion, advertisement, and book reviews that will help brands, businesses, and authors with gaining more exposure.

PWH: What is your message to aspiring writers?

PR: My message to other aspiring writers is to keep writing! If you are passionate about it, then keep going! Don’t allow distractions or negativity to come between you and your dreams!

PWH: Do you have any upcoming projects?

PR: Yes. My new children’s book called “Patricia’s Visit to the Hospital” will be released this September and I plan to write a non-fiction book based on my journey living with Sickle Cell Disease and how I almost died.

PWH: Bonus: what is your definition of a Pretty Woman who Hustles?

PR: My definition of a Pretty Woman who Hustles is someone who goes after what she wants without letting no one stop her! She is going to get the job done no matter what!

To learn more about Patrice Rivers visit her online at

Author Auketria Manor

Auketria Manor, founding Publishing Consultant and Editor of On Writer’s Block: Professional Writing and Publishing Services, is a 3 time self-published Author who utilizes her expertise to coach other Authors through the book publishing process including editing, interior layout, book cover design to publication. 

Since launching her publishing service, Manor has written The Authorpreneur’s Road-Map a marketing strategy eBook, designed a book publishing course titled Pro-Publisher slated for release this summer, established one-to-one book writing coaching and offers personalized assisted self-publishing services helping writers realize their dreams of authorship without the overwhelm. 

She has appeared on podcasts, HR After Hours with Hope and Linnea Presents: Unpacking the Box where she educates listeners on the literary industry, book production and logistics, pitfalls to avoid in the business, and the multiple types of publishing. Auketria has been featured in Voyage Houston and Urban Books Authors & Writers of America (UBAWA) Magazines and served as a guest speaker at the inaugural The Black Women Writers Virtual Summit. When Auketria is not serving writers through On Writer’s Block, she commits time to her own writings, exploring her city and creating memories with her family and friends. 

PWH: In 4 words who is Auketria?

AM: Confident, optimistic, supportive, focused

PWH: What sparked your interest in the publishing world?

AM: I was originally signed to a small press publishing house that published my first book. The experience had its highlights and other moments were unexpected lessons. My publisher disbanded less than two years after I signed which kick-started my self-publishing journey. I had to learn quite a bit in a short span of time. After re-publishing my first book followed by two more I started getting inquiries quite often about the publishing process, requests to help others publish their book I realized there was a need and I had the solutions. That’s when On Writer’s Block was born. 

PWH: tell us about your company On Writers Block?

 AM: On Writer’s Block is a professional writing and publishing service that transforms aspiring authors into published authors. I help authors through services such as editing, writing coaching, full-service book publishing, and marketing resources making quality self-publishing easy.

PWH: What is the Pro Publishers Academy?

 AM: So the Pro-Publishers Academy is a tailored coaching service that I am rolling out soon that will teach authors how to self-publish their work the right way the first time so they can publish the right way every time. Aspiring authors are often googling around trying to piece the publishing puzzle together; Pro Publishers hosts all such information in one place.

PWH: Tell us about your work specifically, what books do you have available currently?

AM: My current works are Catching Feelings, a novel, Dear Aryah: A Mother’s Letter and 8 Jewels for a Gem which is an interactive self-help journal for women. 

PWH: Do you have any upcoming projects? 

AM: I do! My next release later this summer is titled How Could I Date Him with a Daddy Like Mine? It’s about the dating choices that I and other women have made and how that does or does not relate to the relationships we have with our fathers. Interestingly enough, readers may be surprised at the discoveries which is a far cry from what’s been perpetuated over the years on this topic. 

PWH: Bonus: What is your definition of a Pretty Woman Who Hustle’s? 

AM: A Pretty Woman Who hustles is aware of what’s important to her professionally and personally, prioritizes that, and uses the fruit of her labor in both areas to help others in those same capacities. 

To connect with Auketria follow her platforms below:

Business Instagram: @onwritersblockpwps

Personal Instagram: @auketriawrites

Facebook: @AuketriaOnWritersBlock

check out her website:

Best Selling Author Erica T Capri

Erica T Capri is the best-seller author of A Thin Line Between Love & Obsession, A Thin Line Between Love & Fear & Prayers for the PREY books. She is also the COO of Gemlight Publishing LLC and the voice of GEM TALK Podcast.

As a strong advocate of Spirituality and Empowerment, she involves her followers in her professional interests focusing on communicative approaches to learning their true purpose in life.

Erica is a frequent speaker at community functions and serves many young entrepreneurs.

PWH: Describe Erica in 3 words?

EC: A goal-getter!

PWH: Tell us about Gemlight publishing LLC?

EC: An Innovative full-service Independent publishing house company located on the Gulf-Coast. We pride our work on bringing our author’s vision to light. With the motto, “Every GEM deserves the SPOTLIGHT!”

We a one-stop source company that provides customers with publishing, production, promotional, and printing services.

PWH: What can listeners gain from your podcast?

EC: Authentic topics that are transformational, inspiring, and empowering to their souls. Upbeat and energetics with different bits of advice on lifestyle, love, belief, and career. They can expect a “NEW WAY OF LISTENING!”

PWH: You have several books out, tell us about them?

EC: A thin line BOOK, “Unravel Series.”

1st Edition “A Thin Line Between Love & Obsession.” Which is a massive story of a Christian woman named Kendall Alexander who struggles in her marriage? It starts glorious and ends with lust, lies, and deceit.

2nd Edition book entitled “A Thin Line Between LOVE & FEAR “

Kendall can’t go wrong with finding new love after the devastating end of her marriage. She received shocking news and bled the help of God to get her through the obstacles and vicious crime that came against her.

Prayers for the PREY, The Escape plan to overcoming sexual abuse. A book filled with devotion, scriptures, prayers, and empowerment. It is a book that strongly encourages women to take God’s hand through every passage they read to guide them away from the dark and traumatic experience of being sexually abused.

PWH: What is your common message to readers in all your books?

EC: The message in my book’s readers can expect the reality of life. Things that happen to people daily and how many are dealing with these issues from the through their lens.

PWH: What advice do you have for aspiring authors?

EC: Never give up on your dreams as a writer. Don’t allow the action of people to dictate your reaction. People will support who they want, but as long as you invest in yourself, there will be a time when others will too.

“Don’t quit because the beginning is always the hardest.”

To learn more about Erica visit her site and connect with her online



Registered Nurse Keisha Lewis-Nesbitt releases first children’s book “Become a Home Health Nurse

Keisha Lewis-Nesbitt has been a Registered Nurse for 22 years, and holds a Master’s Degree, in Nursing Education. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Ca, she currently resides in Fresno, CA, with her son Landon. Her experience includes a wide range of nursing; including medical-surgical, perioperative services, traveling nursing, home health, infusion nursing, and nursing education/administration. Keisha, currently is working as an Infusion Home Health Nurse, and a District Nurse Administrator, overseeing several community clinics in the Fresno area. She enjoys spending time with her son and loved ones, traveling, working on creative projects, volunteering in community projects, and being an active member of the National Black Nurses Association, Jack and Jill of America, and living her best life.

PWH: How did you get your start in the healthcare field?

KN: I’ve been a nurse for 22 years, I initially obtained my RN license and an Associate Degree in Nursing. Over the years, I’ve worked in a variety of settings, i.e hospitals, clinics, and home health. Currently, I have a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Nursing, and work for a community health clinic, as the Director of Nursing.

PWH: What is a typical day like for a Home Health Nurse?

KN: Typical day starts by confirming assignment and route for the day, reviewing patient charts, and ensuring all the supplies are prepared for the day. In addition, calling doctors as needed, to ensure patients have medical needs authorized. Visits can include, but not limited to, physical exams, vital signs, wound care, medication and IV administration, training and education to family and patients, and documenting in patients chart health status, and goals for next visit.

PWH: How are you staying safe during this pandemic?

KN: I’m staying safe by practicing social distancing, exercising, eating healthy, resting, and taking vitamins. I constantly protect myself, by ensuring I wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including masks, and gowns and protective eyewear as needed, frequent handwashing, and disinfecting everything. In addition, practice guidelines recommended by the CDC and Public Health Department. I maintain my Faith, by practicing continuous Faith over Fear.

PWH: What sparked your interest in writing?

KN: Becoming a children’s author recently became a passion of mine, to educate

young children about the variety of career options in nursing.

PWH: Tell us about Your book, Becoming a Home Health Nurse?

KN: Discover the World of Nursing vision was created, to inspire children of all ages to explore the world of nursing. Home Health is one specialty area of Nursing amongst many, where nurses visit patients in their homes, providing a variety of home care services to patients of all ages. Services include administering medications, wound care, health education, and the development of care plans based on medical diagnosis. Nurse KeKe takes the reader on an amazing, yet educational adventure, traveling from home to home, taking care of a variety of patients.

PWH: What message do you want kids to take away from your work?

KN: I want kids to be well informed of home health nursing, as an alternative role in nursing to keep patients safe. More importantly dreams do become reality with hard work, and perseverance.

To learn more about Keisha visit:

Author Christian Cashelle

Christian Cashelle is a creative whose passion is to help others find their voice. She is the CEO and Founder of Dynamic Image Publications, an independent publishing company that focuses on inspirational fiction. Her mission is to motivate and inspire through the art of language.

Christian Cashelle’s writing career started when she was just 8 years old. After writing a poem for her third-grade class, she fell in love with the way words made her feel. After that, she never wanted to be anything other than a writer. Her poetic talent transformed into fictional characters and storylines. After the popularity of her fan-fiction novels in high school, Cashelle turned her long life hobby into a dream career and in 2009 she released that passion unto the world. Ava’s Story was released under her publishing company, Dynamic Image Publications.

Cashelle won the best author in 2011 at the Traffic Music Awards in St. Louis, MO, and was also previously nominated for author of the year at the African-Americans on the Move Book Club.

After receiving her Bachelor’s in Corporate and Institutional Media at SIUE, Cashelle went on to earn two Master’s degrees from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO. One in Creative Writing and the other in Administration in Management.

Cashelle started Dynamic Edits, a subsidiary of Dynamic Image Publications, in 2013 to provide quality, yet affordable editing.

Through her journey of using writing as a therapeutic tool, she has also created Write to Recover, an inspirational blog that focuses on spiritual, physical, and financial recovery. Her Just Write Program is a coaching service that helps others manifest their writing dreams.

PWH: Describe yourself in 3 words

CC: Eclectic. Dynamic. Creative. 

PWH: What sparked your interest in writing?

CC: Writing entered my life when I was 8 years old. I wrote a poem in class and the reaction I got sparked something inside me. I began to dream up worlds, inspired by everyday life and the things I saw. I believe it is my purpose. I couldn’t stop writing if I tried. 

PWH: You have written several books, what is your consistent message in all of them?

CC: The central theme in my writing is triumph and redemption. We all have something to recover from; big or small. It’s possible and important to believe in that recovery. 

PWH: You are also the owner of Dynamic Image, tell us about your company?

CC: I started Dynamic Image Publications because I saw a need for inspirational books that still represented the culture. There weren’t many publishing houses at the time who held titles like ours. It was either raw, urban stories, or very religious. We merged the two in order to reach a different audience. 

PWH: Do you have any upcoming projects?

CC: I am currently working on my next project, Move the Needle, which is a romance. It’s tentatively scheduled for Fall 2020. 

PWH:Bonus: what advice do you have for an aspiring writer? 

CC: My advice to aspiring writers is to get out of your own way. Don’t stop yourself from writing because you may think you’re doing it wrong or no one will read it. If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop writing. Find your purpose and hold on to that. Everything else can be fixed after you finish. 

To learn more about Christian Cashelle her books and company visit her sites: 

Author Neeuq Nyeusi

LaKesha, a native Baltimorean, is a student at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore pursuing her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership. She holds a Master’s Degree in Human Services Administration and Associate’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Criminal Justice. In addition to being a lifelong learner, LaKesha is a full-time mother, employee, part-time radio personality, and entrepreneur. She gives back to her community by serving underprivileged youth, providing training and mentorship. Additionally, she shares her talents with the community by coordinating the largest LGBT festival in the state and working part-time as an adjunct faculty for an adult literacy program. Check out her many ventures by going to her website at

PWH: In three words describe your writing style?

Neeuq: Raw, real,  relational

PWH: when did you get your start in writing?

Neeuq: Initially, this book served a much different purpose. I am a PhD student and wanted to take an unconventional approach to internship. Not only was I approaching a leadership topic from the follower’s perspective, I elected to write sort of a tell-all book. This wasn’t a self-help. Leadership book. It was a personal story describing traumatic events and the leaders that shaped the nucleus of my followership and view of leadership. 

Once my project was due, the deliverable was to have it published. Here I am, an author. 

PWH: What inspired your book “For those who suffer among us?”

Neeuq: In my life, I’ve experienced common atrocities that change the way adolescents approach adulthood. I was sexually abused and assaulted by the age of 14; became a teen mom, was a domestic violence victim from 18 to 23, suffered from depression and anxiety and have been homeless. As an adult, employee, and student, I experienced abuse in the workplace and classroom. I was at the brink of responding with violence when bureaucratic measures failed. I went to therapy and was diagnosed with PTSD. It was only then that I was able to conceptualize and piece together the connection between my trauma and views.

PWH: Tell us about Won and Done services? 

Neeuq: When I was 19, as I muddled through this thing called life, I wrote a program that would defragment the services that I was having done much trouble navigating (housing with children and a mental health issue and unemployment). I wanted to help girls who shared my experience circumvent the additional trauma. As the years went on, my experiences and skills changed, and the program evolved to what it is today. Boys, girls, and LGBT youth are the target audience of this comprehensive mentorship program with a vision to eradicate teen pregnancy and promote intergenerational parenting while developing leadership and entrepreneurship skills. I offer training, workshops, support groups and referrals to other services such as mental health and drug treatment. The Non-profit status was recently approved, which I am absolutely ecstatic about. I am in the process of researching and applying for a few grants and developing a fundraising campaign. 

As an arms business, the for-profit sector provides CPR/AED/BLS and first -aid training to the community, business consulting, event coordination, and decor. I am a life coach and am developing my public speaking skills to be a better motivational speaker. The website is

PWH: What is your message to young girls in entrepreneurship?

Neeuq: Find a niche and a mentor. So many people are quick to jump on what is trending. Those fads fade quickly, sometimes leaving you in a worse position. Evaluate your skillset and work hard to improve and develop it. Surround yourself with good people that enhance your vision. Research. Research. Research. Know your craft inside and out. Plan well into your future and execute the goals one by one. Your coach/mentor should be able to guide you and hold you accountable! Lastly,

 Lead, follow, and inspire!

PWH: Do you have any upcoming projects?

Neeuq: A couple of things. I have been asked to ghostwrite a few stories. I’m working on the male perspective of trauma and overcoming obstacles. I don’t have a lot of time on my hands so I’ll take on one project at a time. 

The big project for my non-profit is a much needed juvenile diversion program for my hometown, Baltimore, MD. This program will alleviate the perpetuation of the school to prison pipeline. Our disenfranchised children have become the target of the inequality of the justice system. Many families lack an adult father figure, this is starting to hold true for those who are parenting as teens. We have to break the cycle!

To learn more about neeuq visit

Wonanddoneprograms and Done by neeuq 

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