Today we’d like to introduce you to Titeanya Rodriguez.
Titeanya, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
So I started FromTheFrontLinesBlog in May 2020, which was at the start of the LA Uprising. I started it because I was asked to by my followers, friends and peers. I’ve always used my platform and voice in an educational way to help amplify voices of the most vulnerable and marginalized. I have been someone on the ground with the Black Lives Matter Movement since 2014, however in EVERY area of my work (which includes entertainment, sports and fashion), I fight for justice and use my voice whenever and however I can. Initially when I started my blog, it was meant to just be a space for us and by us. A space where we could come and share our stories, knowledge, etc., with everyone. No water downed versions. No propaganda. This isn’t just a space for people on the ground, but also for people in EVERY Industry. No matter how big or small your platform is. You can use your voice and platform for change in whatever you’re doing.
Where I am today is SO much different than where I was in May. A friend of mine, Polly, had read my blog and vastly enjoyed my writing and authenticity. She gave me an opportunity to expand it. With her help, we recently launched it into a multimedia platform. It was never my plan to go into the blogging world, nor was it to launch my production company or brand as a whole in this way. However, I could’ve never imagined a more impactful or beautiful way of doing so.
I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Not at all.
I was terrified to even start the blog because I wasn’t sure if it was “my place” to speak on the movement, even though I’ve been with it for SO long. As a mixed women (Black, Puerto Rican and Native), my blackness has always been challenged. I always felt like people wanted me to prove something. We all have struggles and doubts in ourselves, we are after all human. The key is to not let it stop us from using our voice and platforms.
So I did it afraid.
After getting out of my own way. I had many people with opinions try to discredit my blog and even me.
My blog is an extension of who I am.
What I believe and What I stand for.
So this of course was also a tough thing to deal with. It still is and I’ve lost friends along the way and probably will continue too.
When you have a voice and use it in alignment with your purpose, you’re bound to piss off some people. This is for many reasons. Don’t let it stop you, let it fuel you.
What I’ve learned is who my real friends and supporters are first and foremost. I’ve also grown and learned all along the way. I’ve evolved and will continue too. One of the most important things I’ve learned is that sometimes when you’re doing what’s right, you gotta go at it alone.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
My company’s purpose is to give a voice and safe space for those fighting to make the world a better place. The name FromTheFrontLines is so powerful because it stands for fighting for what’s right. It stands for fighting right where you’re at. The front lines could mean on the ground at a protest or it could mean on the basketball court.
The bottom line is that you’re fighting for something bigger than yourselves right where you’re at and in doing that you’re being the change while also creating it. We inspire each other constantly by doing this.
Our focus is on blogging and writing. That’s what we’re also known for.
However, we also have a media side that we’re developing and launching this Fall.
I am most proud that our company has remained true to what it’s founded on, and that it’s truly making an impact and difference. There’s been a lot of successes in the short amount of time we’ve existed, and it only reminds me of how much more work we still have to do. Success to me is measured by the impact that an individual or company has on society. Not by money. Not by fame. So to know that SO many people have said how my blogs and posts have helped educate and inspire them to keep fighting for change is beyond humbling.
What sets us apart is our founder and purpose.
We were founded by the culture and for the culture, as long as there’s a need for us we will be here.
We aren’t here for money, clout, etc. Our purpose is clear and centered.
I being the founder have a very unique story and an array of experiences and perspectives. That being said, I am blessed to be able to reach many people from all kinds of ages and walks of life.
There’s a special thing that happens when you can see yourself represented in a company or space. I don’t think that happens as much as we’d like it too. Therefore I don’t take it lightly my position in knowing that I have a responsibility in representing us. I will always remain true to who I am and in continuing to be a role model for black and brown women and girls.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
There’s SO many so I’ll keep it at three!
I intentionally surround myself by powerful, inspiring and like-minded people. Those who show and live their life fully. From their ups and downs to their highlights, and everything else in between.
God for blessing me with my life, voice, talents and platform. Wouldn’t be alive without God.
Polly from “Polly’s Perspective”! She literally has been my sista, supporter, blog manager, mentor, you name it she’s been that for me and I wouldn’t be even doing this interview had it not been for her role.
Her website https://www.pollysperspective.com.
Janaya “Future” Khan! They’re known as Future.
Legit my biggest role model in our modern day movement. They have changed my life in SO many ways. From my Queer identity to my black. I could talk forever about their impact on me. However, the most notable is in how they live there life. They are the definition of authenticity. This is one of my favorite words and one I live by wholeheartedly. They are Activist and Freedom FightHERs and are a huge reason why I joined the movement.
Their website: https://janayakhan.com
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