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

Hi Fatima, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The ability to be aware of my human experience and how it impacts my healing and how I see others.  Self awareness, self-reflection, grace, compassion, and love are all a part of my human experience just as much as grief, despair, shame, and guilt.  My self-awareness allows me to show up from a place of fullness and love with others.  My life and my brand are not different.  I take all of me into the experiences I curate and guide, and I invite others to do the same.  The work that I do is centered in love.  Dismantling internal oppression, racism, and white supremacy comes from loving oneself enough to take care of self.

I have success with cultivating experiences and training people how to be culturally mindful, healing, and human-centered, because I first honor my own needs.  I honor my needs as I hope that others will take the time to honor the needs of their mind, body, and Spirit.  Moving from a space of wholeness allows any business I do with other human beings to be grounded in more than I can sell you something, and you need me to sell you something.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Love and Healing Work, is the new business I have birthed. It is a consulting, healing, and training company that guides groups and individuals in how to engage with themselves and others through a culturally mindful, healing, and human centered lens. We do this through planning and facilitating experiences, and policy reform. Love and Healing Work was created because the nonprofit sector does not fund initiatives that are based in love and healing. Systems have been sustained from allowing and promoting the harm of its employees and those they staff. We aim to guide others in cultivating a culture that is consensual and doesn’t cause harm.

The world would change if we all saw ourselves in another person’s eyes. If we allowed ourselves to do unto others what we would want someone to do for us if we were in the same or similar situation. I see myself in the eyes of others, and that’s how I serve. I am proud to be able to guide people on their journey to embracing their fullness. Serving as a guide through how to cultivate cultural mindful, healing and human centered spaces has been such a gift.

Guiding people within systemic infrastructures how to incorporate cultural mindfulness, healing and human centered practices and policies was not an easy concept to sell at first. The idea that people can efficiently do work, if their human experiences were taken into consideration was believed to be a novice concept. People didn’t know how to provide and share space with their peers, employees, co-workers, and others in a manner where no one was harmed. Cultivating healing, consensual language, and cultural mindfulness did not seem lucrative although it was necessary.

For people to believe that being culturally mindful, healing and human centered creates a space where everyone feels heard, seen, felt, and protected. I began to embody the practices we consult and train people to do. Every meeting, experience, training, and space I was asked to facilitate, was through a cultural mindful, healing and human centered lens. When people began to engage in these experiences it was easier for them to see the need in training and consulting.

The work we do helps us help others. We are an organization that is still centered in making a difference for people systematically oppressed due artificial constructs. We are dedicated to providing access to culturally mindful, healing, and human centered supplies and resources to communities in need during man made natural disasters. We are dedicated to assisting in the creation of policy that protects people and the earth from mindless actions of other humans. Although I started my working journey around ending police brutality through any means necessary. I have realized that those means are love and healing. Love and Healing Work, speaks to the choice we all can make. We can choose to cultivate a working environment that centers healing and the human experience, which just equates to love.

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.
Food, nature, music, and beautiful people are love. Eating amazing food while supporting Black owned businesses is a plus. Going to Sevenanda is the first stop to get snacks and water, because it is right down the street from Little Five Points. Little Five Points carries so many gems that are fun, artsy, and enticing. Whether my friend eats meat or they eat vegan treats we can find it in Little Five Points. We would then go to the West End to walk around and see what other foods we can eat. We would walk past Spelman and Moorehouse and honor all these schools have offered the world. We would then go to the botanical garden to enjoy the trees, the plants, and the flowers. We would spend time in East Point as it also has Lovin’ it Live and other Black owned restaurants.

Each day we will spend time in the different neighborhoods, marvelling in the wonders of the shops and the people. We would go where the wind took us and where our senses say we should go.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would to dedicate this shout to all the self-identifying Black womayn that prayed for me, spoke life into and over me, for their grace, and willingness to accept and embrace me as I am. I dedicate this to all those that have hugged me, not realizing they were the first person to wrap their arms around me for days. I dedicate this to everyone that celebrates for me, with me, and me. I dedicate this to my elders, who have patiently invested time, energy, and love into my Being. I dedicate this to the different families that choose to love me unconditionally. The one I was born to, and the many that have chosen to call me family too.

I dedicate this to the beautiful beings that allow me to guide them on their journey, as they assist guide me on my own. I dedicate this to everyone healing with the intention of living a trauma free life. I dedicate this to Mother Nature and all the lessons she has taught me on my journey. My story is because others are. My story is uniquely filled with beautiful beings, I get to say I know. I am honored to be a reflection of so much love, grace, and abundance.

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