Hey Kings & Queens
VISUAL ARTIST (PHOTOGRAPHY)
CO-OWNER OF GALLERY BLACK TREE ARTS
FOUNDER OF PRETTY PLEASED EDIBLES
DESIGNER OF WINE DOWN BABE GLASSES
SUPPORTER OF BLACK-OWNED ENTITIES
STRONG-WILLINGNESS TO SUCCEED
I created KeiAmour Uncovered to encourage black people (especially millennials) to become entrepreneurs and bring revenue to other black businesses. In December of 2017, I graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Art Photography.
After graduation, I began working alongside a well-known documentary photographer, an activist—a true historian of Atlanta, GA, and the black community. After seven months post-grad, I realized I wasn't making the money I needed to support myself and my son, so I had to make a considerable sacrifice.
My son Malachi and I moved to Charleston, SC, in 2018, where I started working at a manufacturing company making radiators for BMW automobiles. It wasn't the job I had in mind, but I was excited because it provided me with the means I needed, things I didn't have before. My work responsibilities were easy, and I learned quickly, which made me an asset to the team, but I questioned whether I was an asset. The truth is that over time I saw that the company didn't care about its employees. I performed my job to the best ability, never feeling appreciated. The managers knew my potential but thought I wasn't political to be in a lead role. Beginning to feel suffocated and unmotivated, I broke down and had to figure a way out. Whether finding another job or stepping out on faith--something had to manifest.
Unfortunately, the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) broke out, and the plant laid off its employees due to the virus and the lack of customer demand. Keeping my family safe and the safety of others was my only priority. The news about being laid off didn't upset me, nor was I worried about my finances. Having faith in God and believing everything happens for a reason was my driving force to act on what is now KeiAmour Uncovered. the goal for this blog is to uplift, educate, and propel the black community forward. We have to be the change we want to see and support one business to another.
To be continued...
How it Started...
How it Started...
When KeiAmour Uncovered began it was created to be a blog highlighting Black-owned businesses; today it has become the powerhouse of all things business.
Let's take a step back: In August of 2021, I started a new job at one of the leading cell phone companies on the market. My main role is a customer service representative within the CEC. I had reservations at first about the overall job, but I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and try something new. Training began and was challenging to say the least, but I never backed down from a challenge so I went in head first. The company overall has a lot of bells and whistles which is why I chose to work there,
After training ended, I hit the floor taking calls, and soon realized that the job wasn't for me. Also, the company (like many others) mandated that all employees be vaccinated to remain employed. At that point, my mental health from the job itself + being given an ultimatum put my future with the company at stake. Once again I had to decide what I was going to do.
Before starting my new job, I launched Shop KeiAmour Uncovered & created Pretty Pleased Edibles. Five months after my employment, I acquired a partnership with Gallery Black Tree Arts, LLC.
Present Day: Each of these business ventures is evolving into the dream I always had to work for myself. Getting them up and going is taking some time, but I have faith that it will be what I imagined it would be & more. I've grown tired of always begging for a seat at someone else's table. Now I am taking a step out on faith & trusting God to create my TABLE.
How it's Going...
How it's Going...
It's a Fact...
Comparison is an act of violence against the self. When you believe you are not good enough, you will compare yourself to others. Why commit such a cruel act on yourself when you are divinely made? We all have a purpose. It may not look like the next person's, but it's for YOU. When you know who you are, you can sell donut holes on the street, and you will be just fine!
- Iyanla Vanzant