Tanisha D. Davis has worked in Media for over 7 years! In her past work, she contributed as a Journalist for Sheen Magazine, Kontrol Magazine, TheJasmineBrand and more, with followings by Celebrities, The Shaderoom & Bossip! She is the Founder & CEO behind Starrdom100 Radio! Tanisha D. Davis is also the Founder and Publisher of FEMI Magazine! Starrdom100 Radio show has featured cast from Growing Up Hip Hop, Love & Hip Hop, OWN’s Ready To Love, Kountry Wayne, Tamika Scott of Xscape, Woody McClain, Brandon T. Jackson, Sammie, Christopher “Play” Martin and many others!
What inspired your start into the media industry?
I have always enjoyed creating stories and writing since I was 13 years old. In middle school, I would fill a notebook with paper and create stories that ended up being passed around the school. I would even make my friends into characters and it was a super exciting thing for me. As a child I always read books and magazines and said to myself, one day I want to be running around an office meeting deadlines and writing stories. So in 2015, after finishing college and getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, I found myself at a stand still after working 5 years in security. I had already been operating a blog since 2011 and I knew my heart just wasn’t in doing security work.
I saw an opportunity come up to write for a magazine in Atlanta, Georgia. I sent them an email and drove to Atlanta for an in person interview. From there my writing career took off. That door lead to many more doors and I’m forever thankful.
As a journalist with over half a decade of experience, what has been your greatest lesson thus far?
My lesson in this industry is to always stay true to you. Never let anyone pressure you to do anything your heart isn’t into. Never be afraid to say no and make sure you stand on your word and demand respect. People will walk all over you if you don’t let them know who you are and what you stand on.
What message do you hope readers take away from your work?
I hope that anyone who has a dream or vision to do something big in life, understands that life is all about making the right choices for yourself. Do what has always been in you to do. Don’t let nobody stop you from going after your dreams. Sometimes we let family get in our heads or we see our finances and where we are now and we think, I can’t do it. I want to encourage you to trust God, go for it and at the end of the day, all anyone can ever say is that you went for it and you let nobody stop you. Don’t be that person who only dreamed and never lived.
What advice do you hold near to you for the next generation of writers?
Write with purpose and passion. Make sure that every time someone reads your work, they can feel your heart and personality bursting through each sentence. Write from your soul and if you truly love what you do, don’t let money or anything stop you. Your gift will make room for you and open doors if you truly are passionate about what you do!
What is your definition of a Pretty Woman Who Hustles?
A woman who hustles is unstoppable! She waits for no one to create a lane for her, she will put on her boots and hard hat and dig a lane if she has to! Women like that will always find a way or make a way to the top. To quote a portion of the late Maya Angelou’s poem Phenomenal Woman, “Pretty women wonder where my secret lies…” Our secret lies in our strength. We hustle to overcome societies stereotype of thinking women are just emotional and weak. We are so much more than just our bodies and a pretty face! We are bosses and killing it!
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