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

Hi Mel, how does your business help the community?
Black Love Recovery is all about cultivating Black Love in our community. As a Black woman I saw constant barriers to having a happy and successful marriage simply because statistics or societal generalizations said my chances of just not being a single mother were slim to none. Black women are highly more likely to stay single for the majority of our lives in comparison to any other race. And I knew I wanted to do something about that, not just for me but for every other Black woman out there.

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.
Being a creative is always exciting because it means there are no limits. Some people are intimidated by a blank canvas. It’s where I thrive. Especially when it’s to create solutions to important things that matter. My biggest challenge was learning that it takes time and you won’t get it all right at once the first time. To be where I’m at currently it took going down several rabbit holes and making lots of mistakes. It was never time wasted though when you take the lessons learned along the way. My brand and story is that we have to be more intentional with how we do this thing called life. Too many people are aimless and use the “I don’t know” phrase as an excuse. It’s not an excuse with the power of technology that we have today. Get passionate about what matters to you and go for it. One step at a time and even if you’re not quite sure it’s the right path for you you’re well on your way to finding that right path. That’s how I got here to cultivating Black Love!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Definitely a beach trip for the weekend! I’m more of a homebody. I like quiet, calm and peaceful settings. So going to the beach and just enjoying the beauty of the nature God created is fun for me. We’d grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants along the beach so we could watch and hear the waves and go shopping along the strip.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Honestly, I’d have to shoutout every courageous activist who has ever spoken up for what’s right and said “Something is wrong and I’m not going to just be quiet about it.” We don’t always have to go so far back as Malcolm X, Dr. King, or Rosa. We have Shaun King, Ibram X. Kendi, and so many other powerful examples to look up to and draw a source of knowledge and empowerment from.

Website: https://www.blackloverecovery.com/
Instagram: @2loveablackwoman
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmwyfT2jvy1RLMj8Kge8wLA

Image Credits
Courtesy of Mel Williams

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