In 2012 Nia Imani uploaded one of her first YouTube videos to her Natural Hair/ Lifestyle channel. Now in 2019, she is a business woman who is influencing many people to pursue their dreams and wear their curls with pride. Nia, to me, is one of the reasons why I never give up. Over the years, as viewers, we have watched her ideas become a reality. Her content is real, quality, and hilarious. I can learn from her and laugh my heart out. I personally think she has great comedic timing naturally. Many people can turn on a camera and and record a video. However many cannot use that success to create innovative projects year after year.
I want to talk about some of Nia's projects and why they are so important. This blog post will not only highlight Nia, but motivate you too make moves based on passion and innovation.
Nia has a podcast that allows for women to hear voices that they identify with. Women will be-able to identify with the guests because they are not only successful, wise, and proactive, but they have also failed and restarted. This project embodies the way I feel about Nia. I have not missed an episode and they have all inspired me to continue to see a vision that many others may not see. In mainstream media we do not see authentic narratives of Black 20-something year old women. This project allows a group of us to feel seen, while being motivated to make that next step.
Nia is also the CEO of Campus Curlz. Campus Curlz is a natural hair organization that can be found on many college campuses. The organization promotes academic success and healthy hair. There are many articles that have been written about Nia's success, so this will be easy. The organization allows people to come together based on similar interests, like hair, and create a sense of community. I think this organization is an amazing idea. I am happy to see new members on campuses across the country. I hope American University, my former school, adopts a chapter. This project highlights how Nia effortlessly creates projects that mirror what her viewers on YouTube love about her. Make sure you check out the website for more details.
Nia lets us in to what it is really like being a business woman and we cannot take that for granted. She shows that creating should not only be for the glitz and glam, but for the the ability to have control over your life.
Check out her most recent video where she lets us into her everyday tasks: