We had the good fortune of connecting with Celina McMillian and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Celina, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking.
“Great things never came from comfort zones,” is one of my favorite quotes when contemplating risk. Growing up in a single parent household, I have always been motivated to break any generational curses and beat all odds against me. Because HONEY I have experienced some things during this journey called life. I made a vow to myself that I would work with as many girls and women possible to support them as they discover themselves and make lemonade out of life’s lemons. So with very little business knowledge, I took a huge risk and founded Raising Our Queens (R.O.Q.), Inc. Approximately four years later, we are in good standing on the state and federal levels, have provided over $4,000 worth of scholarships, and have mentored hundreds of youth across the Southern region. I am in the process of taking another big risk as we speak…QUITTING MY JOB DURING A PANDEMIC!! This past year, God informed me that this would be my fifth and final year at my current job. Initially I was motivated and ready to follow his instructions and then BOOM here comes the Coronavirus. I cannot lie and say that I did not second guess the decision at hand; However, after watching Michael Todd’s entire “Crazy Faith” series, I am re-inspired and ready to take a leap of Faith into this new journey!!
What should our readers know about your business?
I am The Vocal Architect, also known as, Celina Monique (McMillian). Throughout life, I have experienced my share of trials and tribulations. In 2017, I encountered a near death experience, from which I have published two children’s books “Note to Self: Affirmations to Young Queens” and “King Me: Because Royalty is Life.” I needed to remind myself that I was enough, while instilling those same values within our youth. This increased the driving force behind Raising Our Queens (R.O.Q), my 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization devoted to assist young ladies through various mentorship programs, interventions and influential events. The organization provides scholarships, promotes literacy, and sponsors various drives for those in need. R.O.Q.’s mission statement is “Establishing a community of support to empower, rebuild, mentor, and give hope to young ladies, by guiding them through life’s challenges.” R.O.Q. takes pride in being the “rock” for the women of the past, present and future. We WILL “be the change we wish to see in this world!!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I LOVE the culture of Atlanta!! If my best friend visited, we would go to all the hottest brunch spots and day parties, including pulling up on our girl, Su Solo!! It’s a must that we eat at BQE, Shake Shack, Fatt Matt’s Rib Shack, and the specialty Chick-Fil-A locations (Dwarf House & Truett’s Luau) just to name a few. We would find a nice happy hour either on Edgewood, Peters Street or one of the ATL hot spots to enjoy good music and vibes. I would take her to a professional sporting game for the experience and definitely a concert. There is ALWAYS something to do in Atlanta, just be sure to leave early because the traffic is nothing to play with.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would not be half the woman or business owner I am today without the love and support of the home team!! It would be remiss if I did not shout out God, my AMAZING mother Janice, my mentors Monique Rodriguez (go shop Mielle Organics) & Taneka Miles, my friends & family, and all of the people (behind the scenes) who have helped progress my businesses.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-UMZxs_HBHsqSVciIaIjbg ; Celina Monique
Other: Note to Self: Affirmations to Young Queens” and “King Me: Because Royalty is Life” are both available via my website, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble websites. Contact me for a signed copy or the “Note to Self: Coloring Book”.
The fun photo, prayer photo, and the close up shot photo credits: De’Aira Horton @iconofilm