"An educated hood chick is someone who is beautiful inside and out, classy, has street knowledge and knows how to hang with the fellows but act like a lady at all times. She is respectable, a positive role model, and above all, educated." ~ Mahogany
Mahogany has always been a fashionista. After graduating from a Christian School in the Hood of Oakland she earned her Cosmetology License. As a single mother of 2 beautiful children, she has learned to be fashionable on a budget. Read her blog to find fashion, make up tips, some good deals, and just a “Little” Gossip!!!
"Zora is my Muse and Sula (still) speaks my life. I keep a Bible and an icepick in my purse. My side-eye and slick tongue are legendary and lethal, but you'll never have to know if you come correct..." ~ Jai
Jai is the resident Internet Relationship Expert for Educated Hood Chicks. How did she get this title? She owns a suit jacket with lots of buttons, has a modicum of common sense and a Twitter handle. That’s really all you need. (The very short attention span due to over exposure to social networks is just a bonus!).
"I am Fly, Smart, Sophisticated, Sexy, Cool, a little Different, a Bills Fan, Music Lover, Old School, New School, Fabulous, Hood ,and Ratchet.... I am the Annie Savoy of this Generation... I am the one your Mother told you about. You can thank her later, for the Monikarchy is real..." ~Monika
Monika is the resident Geekstress (totally made up word). She does politics, gadgets, news and pretty much any useless information possible... Oh and Black Stuff. She is a Graduate of the College of Ethnic Studies at SF State and works on the issues of Autism Awareness, Literacy, and Racial Justice.
"It takes more than an education and some hood sensibilities to be an educated hood chick. It takes a pride, common sense, a drive to always do better, and a great circle of great friends." ~Ava
Ava was born and raised in Oakland, CA. Her street smarts, book knowledge, quick wit, and sarcasm make her a perfect educated hood chick. Earning her Multiple Subject Credential and teaching in the inner city, she is ensuring that we have a future educated hood chicks and dudes for generations to come. She is married to her College Sweetheart and they own a photography studio in the SF Bay area.
undergone education- check; B.A and J.D. Hood;
tough, lawless, brutal- check; except for the lawless part, I’m an attorney I
respect the law and I tell the truth, that can sometimes be brutal. Chick; a woman, esp. an attractive one-
check; according to my husband anyway, and for a mother of seven, I’m not doing
too bad I guess." ~Ayana
Ayana is definitely an educated hood chick. She is educated
through the books but also life has educated her twice over. She is hood not simply because of where she is from
but because she is tough. Not just
physically, (she can still wrestle down her teenage boys) but because her mind and
inner being are tough. It’s because of
that she is able to handle herself no matter who, what, or where. Lastly, she is a daughter, wife, mother and
sister, she is as chick as you can get. She is proud to be in such great company and be a
part of Educated Hood Chicks, come check out what she has to say on her "My Crazy Life," blog.
"What about “chick”? That’s who I am, but I transcend its simplicity. I embrace being a woman, a mother, a daughter, and a wife. Just another day in an Educated Hood Chick’s life..." ~Shannon
Shannonis our Fitness Motivator and overall great mom. She makes sure the rest of us stay on track and focused. She is currently a board member of the Darius Jones Foundation in the Bay Area.
" An Educated Hood Chick is a woman who desires and seeks betterment for herself, her family, and her community. She is willing to use her talents, time, resources, and knowledge to improve herself and those around her. An Educated Hood Chick is down to earth, well rounded,and down for the cause! "
-Andrea is our resident Therapist. Born and raised in Oakland, our Double Diva is a lover of music and Pop Culture. She also, upon occasion, pontificates on mental health, politics and current events.