Featured Femme: Akira Collins, Restaurateur

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Akira Smith Collins.  I am a 34 year old wife and mother of two amazing daughters:  Lauren 13, Khloe 9. We are expecting baby girl #3 any day now! I am blessed to work alongside my husband Larry, together we own Wags Food & Culture.  My favorite hobbies are brainteasers, reading, and other mind-stimulating activities.  I graduated from John Ehret High School in 2002 and completed some college hours prior to pursuing self-employment.

Akira with husband Larry

You are a young, black, female business owner; did/do you face difficulties related to your age, race, or gender?  If so, how did you overcome them?

I can honestly say I have not experienced any challenges related to my ethnicity.  This is most likely because our business is in an area populated predominately by African-Americans.  I have not experienced any adverse encounters, but my husband is more popular among other chefs.  Occasionally there may be issues related to my age when someone I am working with is older and or more experienced.  However, that only encourages me.  I am always willing to learn.  Having been an employee and employer, I have learned what to do and not to do based on past experiences with employers.  The majority of my staff has been with me for a while; most of them feel that working in our company is more than just a earning a paycheck.  They are connected to our vision and goals as a restaurateur and are willing to support us in seeing our vision come to past. Keep Reading

Featured Femme: RoShawn Sussmann Owner of Shawny’s Healthy Essential

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I am a 34-year-old wife, mother of five, (ages 15, 13, 11, 5, and 3) and business owner.  In 2002, I graduated from West Jefferson High School located in Harvey, Louisiana.  My passions are crafting and cooking.  Spending time with family and God are two things I thoroughly enjoy.  I am currently attending Delgado Community College (New Orleans, Louisiana) with a major in business management.  Prior to pursuing a degree in business management, I earned a degree in culinary arts.  While completing course work for the culinary arts program, I learned the important association between diet and health or the lack thereof.  When I had my son, I was told that I was bordering obesity, so I made lifestyle changes to improve my health.  I started following The Vegan Mom and which led me to begin the pomegranate diet coupled with an exercise regimen.  It became apparent that fruits and vegetables cleanse us, so becoming a vegan was a logical lifestyle change for me.

Shawny Creating

Where did the inspiration come from to start Shawny’s Healthy Essential?

Shortly after giving birth to my now 15-year-old daughter, she was diagnosed with jaundice.  Medical staff members at the hospital told me horrific things would happen to my child.  A few months later, my child was suffering with eczema.  Thankfully, I met a young physician who was also an herbalist, she asked if I would consider being one of her clients.  Her all natural treatment regimen worked wonders for my daughter!  She also asked me if I would be interested in joining an herbalist school and offered to pay a portion of my tuition.  She also challenged me to complete my culinary degree and add esthiology studies.  Saying yes to both proposals has changed my life in immeasurable ways! Keep Reading

Featured Femme: Tequanna Allison, Overcomer

Tequanna Allison is a young multi-business owner and mother who was diagnosed with conversion disorder, which is a complex condition with symptoms that cannot be explained by medical evaluation.  Despite setbacks with her health she continues to grow and aspires to help those around her.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a 31 year old mother of three amazing children (2 boys and a girl ages 10, 8, and 2 years old). Spending time with family and “thrift-shopping” with my daughter are two things I enjoy during non-working hours. Currently, I am an entrepreneur and employed as a customer service representative at a call center. In 2005, I graduated from O. Perry Walker High School in New Orleans, Louisiana.   My fiancé (Robert Mitchell ) and I recently became business owners when we launched a transportation service and a hair care line, both of which are doing quite well. Keep Reading

Featured Femme: Jemyra Calais, Family Nurse Practitioner

Jemyra is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana and an alumnus of Lafayette’s Northside High School.  In 2012, she graduated from Dillard University in New Orleans, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  From there, she started her nursing career, and eventually relocated to Houston, Texas.  While there, she enrolled in graduate school at South University to pursue her goal of becoming a nurse practitioner.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I was born and raised in Breaux Bridge, LA., a small city not far from Lafayette, Louisiana.  Currently, I am 28 years old; single, with no children, and the pet mom of a cute puppy.  In 2012, I earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Dillard University (New Orleans, Louisiana).  I worked as a registered nurse for three years, before moving to Houston, Texas.  My hobbies include hanging out with friends; attending festivals; pampering myself with regular manicures and pedicures… typical girl stuff.  I am also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., however at this time; I am not active in any local chapter. Keep Reading

Featured Femme: Trilby A. Barnes-Green Nurse Extraordinaire

Trilby A. Barnes-Green is an entrepreneur and women’s health registered nurse who resides in New Orleans, Louisiana. She currently practices telephonic nurse triage at Ochsner Health System. Nursing is near and dear to her heart! She routinely participates in health related community events and maintains active membership in national health organizations. Trilby served in leadership roles throughout her 40 year nursing career. She is currently treasurer of the national and New Orleans chapter of the National Black Nurses Association and a member of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.

Trilby with Members of the New Orleans Black Nurses Association

Tell us a little about yourself.

I am happy to share that I am 62 years old! I’ve been married for 12 years this year. I am blessed to have a 27 year old daughter as well as a daughter and son through marriage. I have 4 sisters and 1 brother. I was adopted by my great aunt and uncle. Growing up some of my siblings and I lived in close proximity, and some in other states. We all have the same mother, we are blessed to know and love each other very much and have a strong sibling bond. I am proud to be an adopted child, my experience allowed me to help so many people personally and professionally. Keep Reading

Featured Femme: Robyn Paigé, Blossoming Humanitarian

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I am 26 years old; my life is an open book! I enjoy people and music; I also play the violin (self-taught)! I have the most amazing Yorkie, named Fancy. Above all, I really like helping and inspiring people. Helping people comes naturally to me; I like to understand people’s stories. My alma mater is Loyola University (New Orleans, Louisiana), class of 2013; I majored in mass communication with a focus in broadcast journalism, minor in music business. Moving to Los Angeles was a huge faith move for me; I moved with $750 to my name! What I did not want out of life was regret, I did not want to get caught up in a 9-5 job, then look back and think what if I had stepped out on faith and did what God had shown me. Keep Reading

Beauty on a Budget: French Manicure for less than $10

I love a good visit to the nail salon just as much as the next person! However, sometimes there just is not enough time to get to the nail salon, or it’s not in the budget. So I’m going to share how I achieve the perfect French manicure look for less than $10 from the comfort of my own home!

I found out about press-on nails in a budget savvy Facebook Group. At 1st I thought there is no way this will look anywhere near decent, but I was wrong! When done correctly these nails look quite nice. If I can do it, so can you! Keep Reading

10 Practical Tips and Tricks for Landing your Dream Job

Hello Femme a` Femme! I am Adrienne Breaux. I graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and shortly after received my certification in Human Resources Management from Tulane University. Since then, I have worked in the field of HR and I want to share with you my top 10 tips (for Women) on how to raise your chances of securing the job that you want.

Author: Adrienne Breaux
  1. Take advantage of all of opportunities to better yourself. Get education or training in your field of interest. Get experience. Keep Reading

Featured Femme: SSG. Ranelle Skipper, Airborne Soldier

Staff Sergeant Ranelle Skipper, Airborne Soldier

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Ranelle Skipper I am from Carencro, Louisiana, I spent the majority of my life there until I joined the United States Army at the age of 24. My relationship with God is very important to me; I pray and meditate several times a day.  I love to travel, spend time with my family, and sorority sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. I am a fashionista, I love to shop, but usually with a budget.  Skating is a big hobby of mines right now!  I am also enrolled as a graduate student at Bowie State University; which is a historically black university, my concentration is Masters of Public Administration.

 What motivates you?

My upbringing motivates me, my mom was a single parent, and I saw how much she sacrificed to make sure that my siblings and I were taken care of.  My grandmother and eldest sister assisted with raising us when my mom went back to school while I was in elementary school. Seeing the sacrifices that the women in my life made for us, made me appreciate everything! I never took anything for granted because I knew how hard they worked to provide a life for us.  Spending time with family members such as my great grandparents also had a profound impact on me.  Dr. George Breaux, my great uncle was the 1st in my family to graduate from college. He was also one of the 1st black students to integrate the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL), which enticed my decision to remain at ULL and graduate.  I like to challenge myself by setting and conquering extraordinary goals.  I come from a family of great people, so I have no choice but to be great! Keep Reading

34 Things About Me!

To celebrate my 34th birthday I created a fun list of 34 things you may or may not know about me 😉

  1. My name is Erin Elvia Breaux Williams
  2. I live in Ponchatoula, Louisiana
  3. Born in Nashville, Tennessee
  4. I am my parents 1st born child 👶🏽
  5. I have 1 brother (Zachary) and 2 sisters (Adrienne & Johnene)

    Me & My Siblings
  6. I’ve been knowing my husband for more than half of my life

    My husband & I before the Senior Prom
  7. I graduated a year early from high school
  8. The Sound of Music is my favorite movie
  9. Purple is my favorite color 💜
  10. I had my 1st son a few days after I turned 18
  11. I became a registered nurse at the age of 21 👩🏽‍⚕️
  12. Alumna of Charity School of Nursing and Louisiana State University
  13. I married my best friend when I was 22
  14. I have three sons Camron, Shawn, & Brenden

    Me & My Boys
  15. I only like to watch sports when I personally know a player
  16. Grits make me gag 🤢
  17. I am currently in graduate school for a masters degree in nursing informatics 👩🏽‍💻
  18. Both of my parents are fraternal twins
  19. I love to read historical fiction.
  20. Disney World is my favorite vacation spot.
  21. Math is my favorite subject
  22. Pecan candy is my favorite candy
  23. My favorite sports team is whatever team my boys are on
  24. My favorite childhood memory is spending time with my family in Port Arthur, TX

    Me in Port Arthur, TX with my Grandparents
  25. My 1st job was at a day care center
  26. The last book I read for fun was Lula Mae by Bianca Cuie
  27. When I was a girl I loved reading books from the American Girl series

    Grade School Erin
  28. I prefer to watch Netflix instead of regular TV
  29. The 1st book I remember reading is Jubilee by Margaret Walker, something about the cover captured me
  30. One item I can’t leave home without is my cell-phone 📱
  31. My favorite ice cream is chocolate chip cookie dough
  32. If I could give my younger self advice it would be to not worry about fitting in
  33. I would like to visit France
  34. My favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11 NIV For I know the plans I have for you , “declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future
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