Meet Ashro Woman of the Week, Vanessa H. from Jacksonville, FL. “I embody The Ashro Woman every day in my salon studio.” Vanessa, seasoned Master Hair Stylist AND veteran of the Airforce National Guard, sees The Ashro Woman as one who “exudes strength even in weakness—and times of uncertainty.
Are you a traditionalist or a trendsetter? The definition of “formal” church attire has evolved into an eclectic mix of upscale styles, and African American women have more Sunday and Easter outfit options than ever. With so many choices, how do you choose the right look for you?
Meet Ashro Woman of the Week, Tameka P. from Goldsboro, NC. A pastor AND a first lady, Tameka has always had faith in God—whether the living was easy or difficult. Thankfully, Tameka is no stranger to putting family first. She considers it a triumph to be able to care for her parents and her husband’s mother…and a blessing to have raised her niece and nephew.
Meet Ashro Woman of the Week, Nekisha C. from Atlanta, GA Pastor Nekisha is a woman of many titles, and she wears them all with grace. She is Wife, Mother of 6, Pastor, First Lady, Career Woman and Law Student! God is at the very center of her being and her life. “I have been speaking to the Lord since I was a child. I never knew that one day I would Pastor and lead others in the ways of the Lord. It really is one of my greatest gifts.”
Meet Ashro Woman of the Week, Shara M. from Jacksonville, FL. Shara describes herself as “fierce, full-figured and fabulous.” As a certified business, lifestyle coach and SHE-EO of her own nonprofit, we would also add the words, generous, tenacious, accomplished and visionary.
Meet Reta M. from Evergreen, AL. A pillar of courage, strength and intellectual curiosity, Reta is both a retired war veteran and retired correctional officer. She has a bachelor’s degree in criminal science and a deep love for the military and criminal justice.
Meet Ashro Woman of the Week, D’Ann J. from Covington, GA As a pastor AND a pastor’s wife, D’Ann shares both marriage and ministry with her husband. This was not planned. In fact, D’Ann says, “Being the First Lady is proof of God’s sense of humor…I specifically told Him that I did not want to marry a pastor.”
Meet Kelli Ferrell from Atlanta, GA Owner of Nana’s Chicken-N-Waffles, Kelli is also an author, celebrity chef and mom to 5 beautiful daughters! “My greatest gift is being a mother! My house gets very crazy with 5 daughters, but I wouldn’t ask for anything different. It’s like having a bunch of mini me’s (sometimes it’s good and sometimes…LOL).”
This year, as UMOJA and Ashro discussed ways to partner in support of the Black community, a great opportunity presented itself: to seek out and celebrate artistic expression during a time that’s been wrought with emotion and upheaval. The winning artists and their work are featured here along with some other stellar entries. Congratulations to one and all!
Meet Ashro Woman of the Week, Karen P. from Glendale, WI Not only has Karen invested in family, she has also invested in herself—in her growth and development. She is a retired insurance specialist, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha and an author. She is proud of the fact that she has published a book of poetry and earned her Master’s degree. Go Karen!
Meet Ashro Woman of the Week, Francesca T. from Detroit, MI This brave, beautiful woman has been through trials that could have killed and broken her. “God is the reason I’ve lived and survived.” Francesca has chosen to be “an example and testimony of His power.”
Meet Ashro Woman of the Week, Afiya C. from Bossier City, LA This beautiful wife, mother and assistant principal is both confident and humble. No stranger to adversity, she was raised by her father after her mother’s death and recently struggled through and survived COVID-19.