I was born, raised, and still reside in Chicago's North Lawndale Community. I always found ways to live up to my namesake. Marcy Newberry Center, which closed in June of 2013, is where I tapped into my ability to lead while being a part of the Boy Scout program. I was a Patrol Leader. I took pride in being responsible for planning and leading meetings. At Penn Elementary, I honed in my love for the arts performing poetry and Hip-Hop, specifically. These skills made a solid contribution into my adult life.
My father set the foundation for who I am. Together, we'd read the Bible and afterward I'd help at our family owned gas station. This is where I learned to be generousand sincere in my intentions. After opening my first salon, From Start til Finish, and now Creative Salon, it is not a secret the my establishment has been a safe haven for women and children, and neutral zone deterring gang activity for over 23 years. And with our various programs, I give back to the community in any capacity our community needs.
Whether it is, learning business and spiritual accountability from my father or being exposed to the arts and other outlets, I understand our children can not be what they can not see. This is why I offer martial arts training for youth ages 5-15, in addition to the Young Barbers Program. It is important to surround our youth with mentors and people who are doing great things in their own backyard.
For the safety of our adults, I offer self-defense classes for women and seniors, and as the first and only Black person in Illinois certified by the United States Concealed Carry Association, I deliver training for responsible, disciplined adults.