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Daily Inspiration: Meet Ericka “Miss Ericka J” Johnson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ericka “Miss Ericka J” Johnson.

Hi Ericka, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Cosmetology was the first love I started working in a salon at the age of 13, and I love it, completed my studies and graduated from Gordon Phillips in 1996

I started doing local events at the age of 15, as a pastors kid you get to meet lots of people, so my friends and relationships both secular and through the church, the church allowed me to connect with so many people and garner lots of support, and those have broadened over the years giving me the ability to create events for my city and across the country

Radio, my career in radio started in 1999. My cousin and mentor was the program director for WEAA Morgan State University Radio, he saw a passion in me for it as I traveled with him and assisted him, he gave me a shot, and I did “The Morning Show” with 3 other interns and I haven’t stopped since, creating the “IN With Miss ERICKA J” brand.

Affording me the opportunity to work with iHeart Media, Blue Sky Productions out of California, The Stellar Awards, Radio One, and others.

I started writing an entertainment column for Grace & Glory magazine in 2010, which I still write monthly, from that experience, I was able to start my own magazine “IN The Magazine” in 2018, I was able to garner 40,000 readers and in 10 countries internationally, in less than a year.

My television career started in 2011, the producer of the show Grace & Glory on ABC Network, literally told me, not ASKED but told me, you’re going to television in 2 weeks”, I simply replied “yes, ma’am” and it’s been an awesome journey since, landed my own show written and co-produced by me on ABC, titled “Tapped IN with Miss ErickaJ” which celebrated Season 1, In October 2021

My community work started in 2003, my father died from Sickle Cell disease in 1992, as I watched him go thru so many crisis and there hasn’t been a cure yet, even as of today, sickle cell gets lost but the victims aren’t, I started “Traffik” a sickle cell awareness organization that brings music and fashion together to raise awareness about the disease in hopes of gaining support to families and find a cure.

The greatest population of its victims are people of a darker hue, African Americans, I carry the trait but I don’t have the disease and I have watched what it does and it’s gut-wrenching.

My mom a community & faith-based leader whom I worked diligently within so many ventures with, was the original founder of Cease Fire weekend in Baltimore, which came from the execution-style Murder of her brother my uncle. That experience hit home for us majorly as a family, and ignited the passion to cry out push for non violence, and provide support to the mothers of murder victims.

Post my moms death in 2017, after experiencing extreme grief, I have picked up the torch to continue this effort and moving forward, to keep this initiative and her legacy alive, to keep fighting for peace and solutions, to help change the hearts of the people.

Mothers Day weekend, I shared what I was doing with Mothers Day Cease Fire Weekend with my boss Tiffany Parker, Parker Staging Baltimore, and we were able to bless 3 mothers of murder victims with a HOME MAKEOVER! Parker Staging is a staging and redesign company, where we stage residential and commercial properties.

Parker has a non profit “Design Heals” that provides furniture and support to those families that are in need due to crisis and circumstance to help them start over, and we partnered this effort to be a blessing to these ladies.

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?
It has not been a smooth road all the time, that just wouldnt be life, lol, but what I will say has been my biggest struggle and obstacle was having to manage back-to-back MAJOR family deaths.

The trauma and the aftermath, figure out life after loss, grieve, and pick me up after every blow feeling like the blows would never stop, but God has been faithful and continues to give me the daily strength I need.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I juggle many things professionally and community based and I can honestly say I’m proud of them all, again most, if not all of what I do allows me to help others and provide a platform for them, these gifts I possess are not for me, or not just for me, it’s to share and support others.

I’m raising 2 boys one biologically and one thru love and I wanna show the same seeds I’ve seen my parents sow for my sister and I, to make those same deposits in the earth for my own legacy.

What were you like growing up?
Very outgoing , I’m definitely a people person, and leadership has always been in me.

People have always been drawn to me and don’t mind opening up and talking to me, I was always participating in and organising events in arts since I was in Elementary school, from spelling bees to dramatic reading contests, starting revolutions in high school, while participating in the arts.

Fashion and the arts have always been my passion.

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Image Credits
MRenee Photography, The Baltimore Sun, and Willis Aybar

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1 Comment

  1. Mercedes Sneed

    July 21, 2022 at 4:29 pm

    This article speaks volumes of how pain produces purpose and how you must reach deep down within yourself and ignite that it factor givin to all of us by God. There is no greater example of being successful then these words placed on this paper to live eternally ❤️

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