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

Hi Dana, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I’m always super excited to represent that I’m a native of Atlanta. A real Atlien. My mother was the first single black woman to adopt in the state of Georgia, that was in 1973. It was just me and her and it impacted me greatly. She was and is one of the most important reasons that RedDrop is here. She taught me hard work and independence. In turn, I’ve always been a very hard worker, recognizing in my later years that I’m worthy of the fruits of my labor. Being an Atlanta native I was able to know and grow under tremendous influencers. A proud product of Atlanta Public Schools, I had some of the most outstanding and intelligent black women who demanded excellence of me and held me to task.  

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’m a career educator and the co-founder of RedDrop. My early start as a classroom teacher birthed the need for RedDrop.  I noticed in a classroom full of girls that they weren’t prepared when their period journey began. I made a choice that my two daughters, (Sterling and Kymani, now 22 & 17) would not be unprepared. Then I thought, I had a responsibility to ensure that every single girl in my care would be equipped and empowered for their period. I began to usher girls into their journey with dignity and honor. Teachers just don’t teach subject area content, really good and passionate teachers immerse themselves in the uplifting of the whole child. That is how my professional life merged into my passionate or “heart” life. RedDrop is my heart. I’m still in education, serving as the Director of Operations at KIPP Woodson Park Academy off Bankhead. I’m even more passionate than I was before, as I serve scholars and families that face a host of challenges and generational ghosts. Being a servant is not easy, it’s a calling. This is not easy work. I’ve learned to stay grounded, stay committed, and do the work.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh, nice. I’m OLD Atlanta, so we hitting some old spots mixed with supporting some hometown heroes. For breakfast we are definitely hitting up Unity Restaurant, off MLK. Best breakfast HANDS DOWN and they gone pray over you! LOL. For lunch, we are headed to Local Green, to support Big Zack and get some food that feeds the soul. Finally we are going to finish off with having an amazing vegetarian dinner at Soul Vegetarian in the West End. In between, we are going to The Clermont Lounge for some giggles, go pick up some fresh gear from Blackowned C-Bone and his “Dope Stories” Pop Up store (you never know what ATL legend you will see there) and then we might hit some bars seen and unseen. In a COVID free life – the sky’s the limit in Atlanta, and I’m not talking about the “Instagram Atlanta” – I’m talking about some honeycomb hideouts. If you know, you know.   Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Wow, I absolutely love this and thank you for the ask. Simply, I want to thank Black Women. Let me tell you why. I want to start by shouting out my mom for all the things I said previously. Secondly, I really want to thank my partner and co-founder, Monica Williams. We are family friends and we have known each other a very long time. She is a serial entrepreneur and I had this idea over 11 years ago, I honestly didn’t know how to execute it, but she did. RedDrop would not be here if it weren’t for her. I’m eternally grateful for her insight, her mentorship, her tenacity and commitment all the while holding me accountable. Just two black women on a mission to empower girls in their period journey all over the world. Finally, I want to shout out Mary Beatrice Kenner, who was the black woman who invented the sanitary napkin belt. She recognized a problem for all women and created this invention after several tries. She persevered to be an inventor in a time when we (as black women) weren’t SEEN. Mary had to drop out of Howard University, (for which Monica is a graduate of, myself, FAMU) and she didn’t let it stop her, she persisted. It was recorded that Mary had interest from a major corporation for her sanitary belt invention, yet when the representative arrived and recognized she was black, she said “Sorry to say, when they found out I was black their interest dropped. The representative went back to New York and informed me the company was no longer interested.” We stand on her strong shoulders and RedDrop is a continuation of her dreams and hard work.

Website: www.tryreddrop.com

Instagram: reddrop

Linkedin: Dana Roberts/Monica Williams

Twitter: reddrop

Facebook: RedDrop

Youtube: RedDrop

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Made in Indya India Albritton @madeinindya

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