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Daily Inspiration: Meet Queen Nina Womack

Today we’d like to introduce you to Queen Nina Womack.

Queen Nina, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
A third-generation native from South Los Angeles. I’ve spent my whole life in entertainment starting out as a child actor and print model. I experienced ongoing sexual and physical abuse during my childhood years which produced severe PTSD symptoms in me as a teenager and young adult.

My mental health issues ranged from depression, recurring nightmares, juvenile delinquency, early drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, anger, fear, toxic domestic violence relationships, date rapes, suicidal ideation, homelessness and more.

After becoming a mother in my mid-20’s, I went on a self-improvement journey to heal from past trauma so I could provide a better life for my son. I enrolled in college to earn a degree in Theater Arts. I read self-help books, talked to therapists about my painful past and learned about holistic wellness tools for healing.

Once I was able to change my negative behaviors and thinking through the use of meditation, yoga, arts therapy, positive affirmations, sound healing and other forms of integrative medicine, I decided to start a company that could help other traumatized people recover from their emotional pain since these treatments worked for me.

In 2015, I started Let’s Be Whole which is a holistic wellness organization targeting underserved communities so that they can have equitable access to natural wellness programs that one would find in more affluent communities. I work with holistic practitioners that reflect the populations we serve. Also, in 2018, we launched a mobile food pantry to give people access to healthy, primarily organic food that we have recovered from stores like Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and various farm organizations. The Let’s Be Whole Food Pantry operates three times per week throughout Los Angeles serving thousands of people annually.

Since the pandemic, we have been providing lots of produce and grocery items that are sustaining people’s lives. The food we recover are not just meant for poor people. This food is for everybody because if people don’t take it, the food would go to the landfill where 40% of our food waste goes which is creating high carbon emissions.

Running a food pantry is extremely hard work but as a creative professional and humanitarian, I am passionate about food recovery and distribution so I’m committed for the long haul. I guess the Universe has chosen to reward me for my efforts because I recently went to Ghana, West Africa and was inducted as a Queen mother for development in the central region of Ghana. A Queen mother is a female version of a Chief. My Ghanaian stool name is Nana Akwasiwa I.

This great honor bestowed on me as a real African Queen from America has now expanded my humanitarian efforts in South Los Angeles and surrounding areas to an international scale. I have plans underway to offer expert/import services between Los Angeles, the U.S.A. and Africa. Agriculture development is also a big focus for me right now.

I’ve learned that offering a free food pantry is a needed service to communities but teaching them how to grow their own food is truly the key to long-term sustainability. My goal is to promote urban agriculture such as vertical farming, aquaponics, and other innovative farming technologies here in Los Angeles and abroad.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The first half of my life was a total nightmare growing up with abuse and fear which led to lots of dark experiences that I drew into my life from negative thinking like domestic violence relationships and rapes which led to suicidal thoughts, drug abuse and severe depression and finally homelessness.

Now, I’ve stepped into positive manifestation because I’ve reprogrammed my mind. I’m now receiving public accolades for the charitable work I do. For example, I received a recent Certificate of Commendation from the County of Los Angeles for successfully feeding over 3,000 families at a Back To School Giveaway hosted by Mark Ridley Thomas and Magic Johnson. I was just notified that I will receive another award from State Assemblyman Mike Gipson for the food justice work I am doing in Willowbrook and other communities.

Sometimes, I have to pinch myself because life was so horrible for me for so long so to experience all these great achievements is like a nightmare turned beautiful dream that I need to settle in more. I need to realize that this 2nd half of my life is a beautiful experience that I’ve created now because I’ve worked on “self.” I’m healing and I know it’s only going to continue going up. I can attest that there is light at the end of the tunnel!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I specialize in using multimedia and event organizing as a catalyst for change. My company, Transmedia 360 is a Social Impact Entertainment company focused on consumers of color because they need the power of the media to bring about positive change. Blacks and other marginalized communities suffer from trauma brought about by institutional racism and it’s going to take creative artists to do their part to bring real solutions. I am one of those artists. I am a champion for the Underdog because I’ve been that Underdog.

We’d love to hear about how you think about risk taking?
I am definitely a risk-taker. As a multimedia artist and social impact entrepreneur, I’ve had to take many risks. I’ve had to share who I am to the public since I was young as an actress. I’ve had to display my artistic works as a film producer and event organizer opening myself up to being judged by others. I have played the stock market, I have invested in business ventures to create wealth which is very risky. Also, I’ve read some scientific research that child abuse survivors are risk takers.

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