Introduce yourself and brand to our readers:
Kecia J is a woman who has been through it all but turned her testimony into triumph! I am an author, HIV/AIDS Educator, International Speaker & Truth Strategist that focuses on helping the masses get to the blueprint of their truth. A lot of challenges that are faced amongst those who are trying to the next level in life or struggling to get out of a dark hole ties heavily to the issue of not tapping into their own truth and tackling the true issues at hand.
What inspired you to build this type of brand?
After being diagnosed 10 years ago with AIDS I realized that there were a lot of truths that I failed to adhere to in my life. Moreover, I aligned true self esteem and self worth with material things. I looked around and noticed that the exact world around me that I was in with the entertainment industry had a lot of women fighting through those same struggles. I knew that there was more to me and my purpose than just to manage artists and take their lives to the next level. The vision I would have daily would be to save lives and empower and what better way to do that than to be a walking transparent vessel and live through my truths and educate! From that formula, there created the I AM Kecia J brand and now legacy.
What advice would you share with those interested in a similar pursuit?
The key factor in pursuing a role of empowerment is TRUTH! Before one can fully take on a journey as such it is important that they are fully living and walking firmly in their truth! To whom much is given more is require and will get strength and courage from your brand or story behind the imagery they see and it is important to Embrace, Embody, and EMPOWER just that!
Discuss a professional challenge and how you overcame it:
During the time of me working in the entertainment industry it became a task to live in my truth but still adhere to the image that the lifestyle and those watching want you to be in line with. The challenges that I faced during that time were weighing me down mentally and physically. I realized that I had to pick a side. Either it was going to be to make those around me happy or take control of my inner peace and happiness and choose ME and that is exactly what I did.
What is next for your brand/business in 2016?
The brand has some amazing things in store that will roll over into the new year. With the HIV/AIDS rates being that of a 3rd world country in Atlanta, GA and 87% of the population are now infected, it is my mission to launch a Kecia Kares Resource Center Mobile Unit that will hit the city March 2017! I am also one of the new faces of Walgreens and its upcoming National campaign, so there is so many great things that will be coming from the I Am Kecia J brand that will help the lives of many!
What should readers know about World AIDS Day?
The goal is for readers to understand that World AIDS Day is a “day” but what this day should do is open the door for the masses to educate themselves on an epidemic that is taking over our communities 365 days a year. Lets not just observe this one day, but let us take notice of the lives we have lost but moreover, the ones that can be saved if we make World AIDS Day a daily piece of dialogue. I hope that readers will also take my story as visual knowledge to know that life does not end at a positive diagnosis! Yes, I do have AIDS, but those letters are just apart of my medical record, not a determining factor of the life I am destined to lead.
How can readers connect with you online and through social media
You can find out everything about Kecia J on my website www.iamkeciaj.com! I can also be found on all social media outlets @iamkeciaj! Also, please feel free to be apart of my Snapchat takeover as I have teamed up with various celebrities such as KeKE Palmer to be apart of her #LoveIsTheGag snap educating those on make self love and self preservation be the blueprint of a healthy mind, body, and spirit!