Today we’d like to introduce you to Chanee Robinson.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I was born and raised on the west side of Baltimore city by my beautiful mother and maternal grandparents. Growing up, I knew there was more to life than what I saw in front of me. The adults I was around believed in working a job, staying out of the way, and retiring while having enough money to pay the bills and occasionally travel. While there is nothing wrong with that lifestyle, I knew early on it wasn’t my path. I was a little black girl who knew her worth and had aspirations far beyond what I saw in our day-to-day lives. I knew that I could do and be whatever I wanted. This was a value my mother instilled and encouraged in me.
I was always very creative and enjoyed creative writing, styling hair, and nail art.
After receiving my cosmetology license and graduating high school, I went on to National Treasure, Morgan State University, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing.
I continued to write short stories, essays, and even books throughout the years- but no one knew about them.
In 2008, I started my career with the Baltimore Public School System, where I currently work as a model educator. During that time, I also went back to school to receive my Masters of Elementary Educations from Johns Hopkins University.
As I taught and encouraged students over the years, I encouraged myself to go after the goals I had set for myself many years ago. I created a website and began posting blogs focusing on my favorite topics: black excellence, education, and women empowerment. For a while, I offered my writing skills for free and eventually became a paid freelance writer.
In 2019, I self-published my first book and finally shared my fiction writing with the world.
In March of 2021, with nine other women known as The Diamond Writers, I contributed to an anthology compilation celebrating women’s voices.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The biggest challenge I have faced is living in this world without my biggest supporter and cheerleader, my mother. She passed away the year before I graduated from Morgan State University. I really can’t explain how I’ve done anything beyond that day; it can only be God.
Growing up in Baltimore city and being raised by a single mother with two children may seem like an obstacle to some, but it never was for me. It has driven me to become the strong and forgiving person I am today.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Ebook: No, I Don’t Have To This ebook is a collection of stories about women taking back their power by boldly and unapologetically-No, I Don’t Have To.
No, I Don’t Have To is a collection of stories written in the first person. Each story has a woman as the main character telling the reader a little about her life. You’ll learn a little background about each story’s main character, and this history will give the reader insight into why the character feels, thinks, and acts the way she does. By the end of each story, the main character will explain their breaking point and the follow-up to what happened when she stood up for herself and proudly exclaimed-No, I Don’t Have To. Some stories will end happily ever after, some not so much, just like in real life.
Anthology: Pretty Broken
This anthology is a compilation in celebration of women’s voices. It is a collection of stories intended to inspire, empower and enlighten. While this book is the work of the Diamond Writers (A Words Matter Co. Company), each writer is as unique and authentic as her distinctive work. We hope to challenge this mindset and behavior through this project by sharing our radically transparent and candid stories of failure, disappointment, heartbreak, and betrayal. We want to remind women that regardless of how “attractive” someone’s life seems, no one is exempt from hardship, failure, or frustration.
Published Article: I’m a black teacher in Baltimore. To end racism, start with America’s education system
What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
Over the years, I’ve learned that it’s important to believe in yourself no matter what people tell you.
I’ve learned the power of the tongue. Use your words, written and spoken, to speak life and abundance.
And finally, if you have an idea-act on it. You are enough and have what you need to get started. The road may be challenging and look different than you expected, but keep going. You were given your talents and ideas for a reason-use them.
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- Website: www.chaneerobinson.com
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