Recording and performance artist, educator, and activist Mahogany Jones’s career is distinguished by titles. Mahogany Jones harnesses the true power of music to uplift the spirit, body, and soul and educate the masses. A sensational performer and lyrical powerhouse, Mahogany embodies Hip Hop, femininity, spirituality, and passion in each commanding performance. The 4x Undefeated BET’s 106 & Park “Freestyle Fridays” champion has gone on to headline in over 13 countries on four continents as an official U.S. music ambassador. As a Hip-Hop activist, she launched A PURE Movement to empower women and girls and confront violence against women. Most recently Mahogany was named a 2016 Kresge Arts Fellow.
In her career, Mahogany has now released 3 full-length albums and has been featured on over 30 compilations, Mixtapes and CDs. She was able to achieve all of the feats listed above, while still taking the time to give back to the future leaders in music, as facilitator for one of Detroit’s largest literary arts non- profits, Inside Out, an adjunct instructor at the Detroit Institute of Music, as well as a lead facilitator for Detroit non profit, the Yuinon, and is a proud member of the Foundation- a women in Hip-Hop collective based in Detroit.
Mahogany has graced stages with such greats as Gil Scott Heron, Talib Kweli, KEM, Rah Digga, India.Arie, The Roots, and Jessica Care Moore. Most recently, she was billed alongside Grammy Award-winning rapper, Rapsody, at the much publicized and successful, Foundation Women in Hip Hop Concert, which was apart of Detroit’s first Women in Hip Hop Conference.
Mahogany’s next album, “Sugar Water,” is set to release Summer 2016 and will be an ode to the art forms of Hip Hop and Soul Music that inform her musical style.
Survivor, Speaker and Mentor.
Beginning with her mother passing away Oct. 6, 1999, Ericka was only 16 yrs. old when a series of unfortunate events began to occur early in her life. Unexpectedly she found herself pregnant by the age of 17, and gave birth to Imani. The
selection of her daughter’s name was definition driven, Imani means Faith, and she decided to keep faith with her at all times. Ericka completed her high school education 6 months early, and began her higher education at Wayne State University.
At the age of 18, Ericka and Imani were homeless. They bounced from family and friends’ houses, sleeping in cars, to COTS, and Peggy’s Place transitional housing. She found it hard to qualify for any of the state programs in MI. The “WORK 1ST” and “Welfare to Work” programs were of no aide to her. She was determined to graduate from college and gain employment. She eventually was invited to move in with her pastor & his family.
As a teen single parent, in college, on welfare, active in church, and overwhelmed by life and daily issues, she found herself depressed. At that time she relocated to Montgomery, Al to attend Alabama State. While there she attended True Divine Baptist church (Pastor Steven and Yolanda Huntley). Her giving spirit was fully put to the test during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Ericka returned to MI during her second pregnancy (Alise). Again, she found herself homeless. She created the nonprofit org, “Supreme Transitions” to empower people and equip them with the necessary tools for total self-sufficiency.
Ericka is a SURVIVOR of sexual assault, domestic violence, depression, homelessness, welfare, lack of education, and
unemployment. She lives her life by the quote, “My life is not my own, but for those who may come there after”. #IAMEVIDENCE “I will never look like what I’ve been through”.
Currently, Ericka has been speaking to empower men & women ages 16– and up in all arenas. She shares her testimony with others to encourage them and give them hope. She has been the keynote speaker at several local and national conferences, workshops and summits that promote entrepreneurship for survivors of Domestic Violence, those experiencing transition and other societal challenges. Ericka has been a speaker, facilitator, and trainer for healthy living, life skills development and community development. This young woman is well known for service excellence and as an advocate for policy reform, leadership, and economic growth within the multi gender and cultural communities.
Ericka has encouraged viewers through various online magazine, local magazines, internet radio shows and talk shows,
AM/ FM talk radio, local TV stations, including being featured on national television channel, BET: “The Sheards” reality
show, season 1, with Karen Clark Sheard. (2013).
In mid-2015, Ericka faced one of her greatest demons and secrets. On her journey of helping other survivors of sexual assault she was offered the opportunity to share the details of her own sexual assault for an upcoming documentary called, “I am Evidence”. Set to air on HBO, fall 2017 Ericka has been called “The Queen of Networking” and is a highly sought after speaker, on air personality, entrepreneur
coach, and community project manager. Her past isn’t just a memory, but a REMINDER to keep faith, keep moving forward, and build another human being where they may be weak. Her greatest accomplishments have yet to come. Ericka is thankful to God for sending her mentors like Kalyn Risker, and Shelia “Umi” Hankins, & National Gospel recording artist, Evangelist Karen Clark Sheard.
videographers: J. Michael Collins & Stephane Parker
Editors: Stephane Parker & Kai Mann
Keith uses interactive presentations, multimedia, the power of African history, mythology, legend and folklore to assist in healing the hearts and minds of those who are seeking mental and spiritual transformation.
It’s Keith’s mission to share information and resources that will enlighten and empower people that are ready for change and have a sincere desire to “know”.
This information is for all who wish to understand not only where we come from, but also where we are going, and will help facilitate transformation from the inside, out.