This weekend I had the pleasure of attending Myleik Teele’s first ever live podcast in Atlanta. I have followed Myleik on her journey of building her company Curlbox as well as her #mytaughtyou brand for years and it has been nothing but inspirational and uplifting. She’s known for keeping it real and is to many, the big sister they never had. When the opportunity came to finally meet her in person, I jumped; good thing I did because tickets were sold out in 20 minutes time. I bought two just in case someone else wanted to come along and didn’t have a chance to purchase. A couple days after I purchased it dawned on me that this would be the perfect event for Nemiah; as I knew it would create a positive impact by providing her with tangible evidence of black excellence.Furthermore, Karleen Roy, founder of the Vanity Group and star of my favorite Myleik podcast episode “The Art of The Hustle” was going to be present. I first came to know of Karleen through Kahlana Barfield Brown (another black girl doing it!). A couple months after I discovered her, I got to hear her compelling story from interning at Def Jam to working for P.Diddy, that’s where I really grew to love her. Everything about Karleen is dope. Nemiah loved how down to earth she was!It was quite a treat to be able to bring Nemiah to something of this magnitude. Myleik appeals to the everyday girl on so many levels from finances, to relationships, to mental health, to business advice, she covers it all on the podcast. She’s that girlfriend that everybody wants and absolutely needs.
In my last post, I shared that Nemiah’s dream is to attend Harvard. I’m the type of parent that tries to stay in my lane and let her make her own decisions so long as they are not detrimental. I would’ve been happy with her saying that she wanted to attend an HBCU as myself and her aunt did, but I was delighted to hear of her aspiration and quickly began to help her plan her road to Harvard.Reading is incredibly essential, so you can only imagine how excited I was when Myleik allotted some time to going over three of her favorite books with who she calls her “book bestie”, Toni. This was great for Nemiah to witness because it not only reinforced the importance of reading, but it also debunked the common tale of black folks which is that, we don’t read!
Outfit: ASOS (similar linked below)
Myleik and Karleen kept it all the way real with the struggles of being in business and stressed the importance of keeping your why front and center; for Myleik it was not having any place else to go because she never wants to live with her mother again and for Karleen it was never wanting anyone from her past to see her and wonder “what happened to her, she used to be this and now she’s not”. This was an amazing experience for both Nemiah and myself. I left feeling empowered not only as a mom, but also as a black woman working towards my dreams. There were so many “gems dropped” as Karleen likes to say which you truly had to be there to witness. A mommy daughter trip trumps any girls trip in my book! We had an absolute blast in ATL!
If you don’t know Myleik be sure to get to know her AND Karleen, you won’t regret it!