ADVOCATE AND NEW AUTHOR MAKES DEBUT APPEARANCE ON BET ‘AMERICAN GANGSTER’ (TRAP QUEEN SERIES) ON APRIL 7TH

Ayana Bean, born and raised in Boston, MA, is an activist, speaker and advocate for at risk women. She is a member of several organizations that have an agenda to end mass incarceration by pushing for prison reform. As a former financial aid adviser, music industry event curator and consultant, Bean is no stranger to the rhythm of life’s highs and lows. From being an entrepreneur, to making unlawful decisions that resulted in her being sentenced to prison for financial fraud. Released from prison in 2014 she began her road to redemption. Ms. Bean is featured in the BET American Gangster (Trap Queens) series Part 2. Episode 7


“The biggest challenge I have faced in business and in life is fear. It can be difficult to take on anything being afraid. Fear can stop you. Overcoming it is the win. “


Patrice: What is the name of your business and what does it intel?

Ayana: Besides being an activist and speaker, I am now a new author. My first book called “A Year and A Day” is based on my life growing up and the challenges I faced. Life of crime and heart aches. Through another business venture I purchase commercial and residential property investments.

Patrice: I definitely feel that your story will touch others, especially for women who have been through the same thing you have been through. Have you faced any challenges so far?

Ayana: The biggest challenge I have faced in business and in life is fear. It can be difficult to take on anything being afraid. Fear can stop you. Overcoming it is the win.

Patrice: Fear can definitely stop you dead in your tracks to what and where you want to go in live. Are you currently working on any current projects right now?

Ayana: Yes, my book “A Year and A Day,” working in the community to provide resources for at risk youth, and women re-entering into society from prison.

Patrice: Wow! Sounds amazing! What you are doing in the community is absolutely worthy and needed. How do you face diversity as a woman/man entrepreneur/author?

Ayana: As a woman there is always seems to be a lower standard as far as worth and as a Black woman even lower than that. It’s about facing it and sticking to your values, morals and worth.

Patrice: I totally agree with you! We all know that balancing your personal life and career can be challenging at times. For you, is balancing your personal life, work life and business life difficult for you at times?

Ayana: It used to be. I wasn’t great at the time management at first, but I have mastered it now and it’s much better.

Patrice: Time management can be a working progress but it’s a great tool to accomplish. Do you have any new projects or events coming up?

Ayana: I am planning a book tour once our world tour dates are confirmed to open up safely.

Patrice: Sounds like a plan! A book tour is always great to introducing the world to your new book. So, what does being an entrepreneur or business owner mean to you?

Ayana: It’s means strength; accepting and acknowledging the strengths we possess. We are capable of all possibilities and just go for it.

Connect with Ms. Yana Bean:

IG: @ms.yanabean

Twitter: Ms. Yana Bean

Facebook @ ms.yanabean


“The biggest challenge I have faced in business and in life is fear. It can be difficult to take on anything being afraid. Fear can stop you. Overcoming it is the win. “

Survivor’s Jewelz: Woman Empowerment Advocate Sprinkle Jewelz on Young Women By Keeping Them Inspired

Kendra Hall, passionately champions for young women and other at-risk populations who are entering into adulthood, through her writing, mentoring, and avid connectivity to resources that she shares to uplift and prosper others. She is a devoted advocate for young women, sharing her own life experiences like being a teenage mother of three children by the age of 18 years, overcoming homelessness and domestic violence. Ms. Hall celebrates, especially, the continued success of at least 30+ women whose lives she’s directly mentored, while still achieving her own professional milestones like graduating with a Bachelors in Arts in Law and Justice from Rider University as an adult learner. She also believes in making time for the things she enjoys like learning about the metaphysical and heightened spiritual awareness, connecting people, networking, reading, tennis, studying and traveling. She is also the Host of her Newest Instagram Live series, #SurvivorsJewelz, where she offers her platform to allow Survivors to share their stories. She believes that everyone’s survival has power and that it is through the sharing of those stories that we let that power serve its purpose. She is spreading hope through the understanding that the power to succeed comes from within and not without, and by letting young women know that support is available. By teaching a philosophy of hope she inspires others to maximize their life, no matter the obstacle. Kendra hopes to help as many young women as she can succeed in life.

 

Patrice: Tell us a little about the leadership role you carry out for your family and the community.

Kendra: The leadership role that I carry out for my family and community is administered and based on an “each one teach one” philosophy.  Also, I offer referrals to community resources and one-on-one mentoring.

Patrice:  How long have you been mentoring young women and girls?

Kendra: I’ve been mentoring for over 20 years.

Patrice: What do you hope your mentees take away from your mentorship?

Kendra: I want those I mentor to understand that life does not have to be perfect to be beautiful. We all have trials and tribulations in life; however, we define our journey. Our journey does not define us.

Patrice: How did your journey start as an author? Any inspiration?

Kendra: My journey as an author started as a young girl having my poetry published in ‘Highlights Magazine.’ I love to write creatively.  Over time, and through many inspirations, my first self-help book,” Droppin Jewelz: Guiding Principals to Help Girls Live Their Best Life,” was born!

Patrice: Can you tell the readers more about your first book?

Kendra: My first self-help book is based on my real-life journey as a 13-year-old pregnant teenager, kicked out of home, and trying to survive.  I discuss what decisions led me to have three children by the age of 18 years old and how I could prosper beyond my circumstances.   My book takes you on a faith-based journey filled with life lessons that give foundation to and highlight life’s ebbs and flows.

Patrice: You are also writing a second book. That must be very exciting for you! What genre is it on, and what is it about?

Kendra: My second book is a self-help book exploring more of life’s foundational principles to success.

Patrice: Sometimes juggling more than one thing at a time can be challenging. How are you balancing motherhood and business all at the same time?

Kendra: I still have my challenges at times; however, having a morning routine has been my saving grace. I wake up at 4 A.M. daily to pray and meditate.  I find waking up at this time allows me to maximize my day.  I also workout, which gives me energy and provides stress relief.

Patrice: What advice would you give to entrepreneurs who are trying to balance their work and life?

 Kendra: My advice to entrepreneurs looking to find a balance between their work and home life to find and stick to a routine that allows you to maximize your day.

Patrice: What was the writing process like for your first book?

Kendra: Writing my first book was a challenging yet mentally freeing experience.  It’s the same feeling I have now writing my second book.

Patrice: Do you have a specific spot or place that you like to write at?

Kendra: I don’t have a specific spot or place I like to write at.

Patrice: What advice can you give teen moms that don’t have any family support?

Kendra: My advice to teen mothers who lack family support is finding the community resources in your area.  Please feel free to contact me if you need assistance in finding community resources.

Patrice: What does women/girl empowerment mean to you, and why do you think it is important?

Kendra: Woman empowerment is when self-love and intrinsic motivation collide.  In a male-dominated society, women must find their voice and use it. We have fought so long for equal rights, and the fight is not over.  We must continue to push forth.

Patrice: How is the process of going with being a personal trainer/wellness coach? 

Kendra: The process is excellent! I find it fulfilling and rewarding, helping others to reach their health and wellness goals.

Patrice: How can readers connect with you? 

Kendra: You can visit my website: www.DroppinJewelz.com and on social media @justusjewelz

Patrice: What does being a pretty woman that hustle mean to you?

Kendra: Being a pretty woman that hustles means work hard in life; however, know you don’t have to look like what you’ve been through.

Connect with Kendra:

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/justusjewelwz

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/justusjewelz

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/justusjewelz