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Inspiring Conversations with Nakera Lee of The Bloggers Insider

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nakera Lee.

Hi Nakera, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
My name is Nakera Lee, and I was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. I am the oldest of 7 children (five girls and two boys) born to a single mother in the inner city of Baltimore. I am one of the first in my family to graduate from college and the FIRST in my family to continue my education into graduate studies. I am a proud alum of THE WESTERN HIGH C/O 2009, only the best! I am also a graduate of Coppin State University, where I received my Bachelor of Science in Entertainment Management with a concentration in Music. In 2014, I graduated from Full Sail University with a Master of Science in Entertainment Business with a concentration in Artist Relations.

When I think about my childhood and my life growing up in Baltimore, I can genuinely say that it was one of the most humbling experiences. We didn’t have much, but my mom worked extremely hard to provide a life of purpose for my siblings and I. Seeing her hustle and grind to make a better life for us is what drives and motivates me to this day.  I have always been a student of life and a lover of scholastics. While others were playing with baby dolls and riding bikes outside, I found joy in playing school with my mom and siblings, listening to music (which is my first love btw), writing essays, and reading books. If you ask my 4th-grade teacher, Mrs. Anderson, she’ll say, “Nakera has always been about her business since she was a kid,” and that will never change.

My mom would always instill in us the importance of getting an education, saying how much farther life could take us if we excelled academically, which always stuck with me. As much as my mom thought I tuned her out when she spoke, I stored all of her quirky isms or words of wisdom in my mental library, knowing that one day those would become the stepping stones for my success.

While in college, I received an internship opportunity with The Recording Academy, Washington, D.C, chapter. Most people are familiar with the annual award show that the academy puts on every year called The GRAMMYs, yup I was officially a member of the fam. It was there I met my amazing mentor, social connector, arts advocate, and the Founder of Creative Nomads, Kayenecha Daugherty who showed me the ropes of the game.

Soon after, I became a member of the GRAMMY U Network. After graduating from college in 2013, I became a social media consultant for Kayenecha’s PR company, Gypsy Soul PR & Entertainment. From there, my career took off. So much so that it inspired me to launch my brand, The Bloggers Insider, in 2015.

Over my career, I’ve worked alongside companies such as The Recording Academy (GRAMMYs/NARAS), Black Entertainment Television (BET Networks), GRAMMY U, Red Bull, Creative Nations, Creative Nomads, Gypsy Soul PR & Entertainment, and a host of others. I’ve also successfully participated in events such as BET Honors, GRAMMYs on the Hill, Summer Spirit Festival, Sweet Life Music Festival, RedBull Thr3style, and several listening sessions with GRAMMY-nominated and award-winning artists.

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Leaping into entrepreneurship in growing my brand, The Bloggers Insider, as not just a woman but a black woman was quite interesting. I learned early on the importance of knowing your worth (and adding tax) and how to maneuver in the boys club. As women, not only are we fighting for equity, acknowledgment, equal rights, and pay, but we have to fight just as hard to prove that we have the knowledge, power, and tools to back it up.

One of the main challenges I faced as an entrepreneur was trying to be all the things to my business and not building a community or finding a community I could lean on for support. As many of us entrepreneurs do, we often find ourselves in the role of secretary, assistant, social media manager, accountant, business manager, etc. When it all boils down, we physically burn ourselves out. During my entrepreneurial journey, I’ve learned that discipline and belief in yourself can take you a long way. It’s so easy to get caught up in what society has deemed normal so much that we lose the essence of who we are and what we aspire to be.

I advise others to give themselves grace, be comfortable with starting with what they have and be okay with iterating over time. No one is perfect, and striving for perfection will leave you working toward meeting endless expectations.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about The Bloggers Insider?
The Bloggers Insider is a non-gossip woman-owned industry-savvy online platform established in 2015 and geared toward the industry influencer, trendsetter, and innovative individual of the millennium. Our goal is to bridge the gap between industry and society by providing resources and tools that effectively promote positivity and cultural advancement within the industry.

Our focus remains on bringing new and innovative ideas, trends, and features to the forefront of arts and entertainment. Because impact is at the forefront of everything we do, we created the Insider Impact Program in which each month, The Bloggers Insider donates a portion of the proceeds from merchandise sold to a local non-profit organization, arts and entertainment program, or a scholarship fund toward continuing education for a high school student. This effort was made in honor of my late brother, Rennie Milligan, Jr., sadly taken from us in early 2019.

Currently, we offer the following services: Event Social Media Correspondence, Featured Interviews & Columns, Event Coverage, Sponsored Blog Posts, Sponsored Social Media Posts, and Standard Advertorial Banners.

What do you like and dislike about the city?
One of the many reasons why The Bloggers Insider exists is to fill a gap in the industry and to personally shine a light on the underrepresented talents of the DMV area (especially Baltimore). So many of today’s artists, from Beyonce’ to Drake, have credited Baltimore’s sound for the inspiration behind their music, and I, too, wanted to step outside of the negative correlations that many have when they think about Baltimore and share the culture, people, and passions behind Baltimore.

One of the things that I love about the city is that the people of Baltimore aren’t afraid to take risks. We are rooted in innovation, and we are known for breaking trends. If we only used our talents to break positive records, we would be much more impactful. There are many talented individuals in Baltimore, and if we all banded together instead of creating separation, we could be a powerhouse. We must do better as a city and community in supporting and uplifting one another because when one of us wins, we all win.

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Personal photo: Photographer: Carlos L. Polk ( @iloswork / @wedreamstudio)

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