Speaker 1 (00:02:27):
And I was like, Oh my gosh, this is great. This is fantastic. And then I went and looked you up and saw all the conversations. And I was like, this is my space. I’m so glad. And I’ll tell you what happened. I read your article. What is it? Salon? I read your article on salon that says I’m a black woman, not a woman of color. Here’s why I make that distinction. I’ve read the article. And because as soon as I read the headline, I was like, yes, this is what I’ve been saying. Oh my God, I read the article. I created a graphic on Instagram with that. It blew up and I was like, I just have to find her. And then so, and honestly it wasn’t that easy to find you. It wasn’t easy at all. But I was like, I was so determined. I am finding this woman and I’m going to get her. So, so honestly, I’m just so excited. So, so, so let’s start with that. Let’s start with actually, you know, no, cause I want people to get to know you just a little bit better, so let’s, let’s not get too excited about tell us about you. Tell us Takirra, what are you passionate about right now?
Speaker 3 (00:03:59):
Sure. I mean, I’m most passionate about black women and turning the performances into reality and thus claiming our own space and you know, building our own tables. Right? Like, you know, the thing that wakes me up every day right now is, you know, I’ve recently launched my own communications firm, which, you know, coming out of the Obama administration, a lot of folks, right. We’re privileged enough to be able to spin off firms and sort of do that kind of thing. Right. And like, yeah, no, I don’t have a lot of capital just sitting around. Right. And you know, Sarah, and I’m going to take two months off and then go on to thing. Right. And so I kind of kept in the back of my head for a while. Um, and just had this tribe of incredible black women who pushed me and said, when is going to be the time there’s always going to be a thing there’s always going to be any excuse you have got to get out there and just do it in the rest will come.
Speaker 3 (00:05:00):
And so, you know, I intentionally people asked me like, well, what are you? Are you the CEO? Are you the president? What is the I’m like, I’m the founder, right? Because right now, you know, it’s so important for black women to own our own tables, to build our own tables, to be able to be part of this movement in a real way. You know, after being owned in this country for over 400 years, you know, save consistently that never saves us. Right. Like folks are too comfortable thanking us, respecting us and I’m tired of it. And so I was like, all right, I’m going to go. And this just became a journey and I’m on the journey. And I’m learning and meeting incredible women like yourself and just incredible people that I’m excited to sort of help them lean into their authentic voices and really be able to say, it’s okay to yourself, permission to be who you are in any space. Right. And when you do it gives others permission to show up as they are. Right. So the way I’m showing up today is how I show up at work. You know, every day, you know, like I’m just me and I’m at the point where I don’t, I give myself permission to leave spaces where I cannot be myself.
Speaker 1 (00:06:21):
Yes, girl, you are speaking all kinds of my language. Yes. Because it’s so true. I mean, you know, I think that I’m older than you. And it took me a while to get to that realization. It took me a while because you know, my generation, it was more, I felt it was more about conforming. Like, okay, so the civil rights happened. Let’s now make ourselves comfortable within these confines and do the things that we’re supposed to do so that people will accept us. And we are not going to be angry. Black women are going to be, we’re not going to be, you know, I mean, whatever the words are, you know, we’re not going to wrap up our hair. We’re not going to wear our hair natural. We’re going to wear our hair straight and weren’t going to, you know, we’re going to do these things. And then at some point you, I was telling somebody before I was 26 years old and I was growing my hair out. And I’m sure a lot of us have this story. Right. I had, I had a relaxer. I was growing my hair out, but I would wear my hair in a ponytail every single day because I didn’t like getting up to curl my hair in the morning. I like to sleep. And I woke up one day and I said, why am I doing this?