We had the good fortune of connecting with Akili Yasmine and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Akili, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
This is such a great question. I think that having a mindset that is comfortable with the idea of taking RISKS takes a lot of mental “reprogramming” and a lot of FAITH. Unfortunately, we live in a society that tells the common person that we should live safe lives. Don’t invest/give your money, hoard it. Don’t tell people you love them first, protect your heart. Buy a house and live in it for the rest of your life, there is nowhere like home… but I believe that living a full life and living a present life means taking risks. I’m still learning the art of walking out on faith and taking risks but I’ve never regretted any time that I have. The first time I took a big risk was when I took 6 months off from working a traditional job and decided to take that time to explore my passions. In those 6 months, I was literally only paying my bills by the grace of GOD but it was during that time that I realized the beauty of freedom and I realized that I wanted to live a full life of creating art, giving, travelling, and walking in my purpose. Take risks is living a full life without regrets. 

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I consider myself an Expressionist because I tap into whatever creative medium I resonate with at the time. I practice mediums like yoga, serving as a muse, creative directing, and producing, as well as writing and photography as a way to express creative energy. Although, we live in a content-based society… I am growing in a direction where I don’t have the desire to be a generic influencer… I just want to make art, make a positive impact on others, and live a full, purposeful life! I got to where I am professionally by trusting God with my purpose and my process. I took risks and I am still taking risks. I am doing what I love and reminding myself to stay in my lane without being influenced by other people’s journeys. It’s not easy but I am enjoying every moment. I’ve learned to just be present and not take life too so seriously… to be satisfied with what I have and to always show gratitude. Just do what makes you happy! Period.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love my city! So, this is exciting. First, I’d take them to Warehouse 782 in the West End. Atlanta has always been the BLACK MECCA but the Historic West End is one side of the city that is so rich and diverse with black culture. Warehouse 782 is an urban warehouse that is used for production. So, many high profile artists have shot their music videos and short films there. I love to eat… so we can hit Merkenson’s for some fish, JR Cricket’s for some Lemon Pepper wings, Mr. Everything’s for a rice plate, or Beautiful’s for some real SOUL food. If we want some drinks I think Fin and Feathers or Harold’s has the best drinks and Garden Parc has one of the best brunch experiences in the game. I graduated from Georgia State University, so we would definitely have to take a quick tour through campus and to stop by Walter’s to checkout some sneakers from an iconic spot in the ATL. You haven’t been to Atlanta if you haven’t experienced 5 Points (i guess we can visit the little one too lol). I hate gentrification but a walk on the Beltline would be nice. There is so much to do in Atlanta as well as the state of Georgia so we can just go on a week-long adventure. I’m down!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am terrible with shoutouts because I don’t want to leave ANYONE out! There are so many people, experiences, and things that I can thank for making an impact on me throughout my life’s journey. I want to first say that I am so thankful for my relationship with Christ. My spiritual and intimate relationship with God is the solid foundation of my life. I would like to thank my family and close friends for supporting me and encouraging me even if they didn’t always understand my process. (I love all of you!) I’m thankful for my current read “Ho’oponono” for teaching me the art of healing and forgiveness which is one of the many KEYS to life. Lastly, I’m thankful for the good, the bad, and the ugly because it’s all been a learning experience.

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