We had the good fortune of connecting with LaShae Hawkins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi LaShae, what do you want your legacy to be?
This is a common question that I think about all the time. My main legacy I will like to leave is a legacy of inspiration. I want people to remember me by being an inspiration to their life. Being a light in a dark room is what I strive to be. I have a heart for people, especially the ones who struggle more than others. I would like to be remembered by bringing someone else’s purpose and gift out of them. Showing others my courage is one of my main reasons for living. People need to know that NO matter what they’ve been through they can use that hurdle as a stepping stone, but also first hand training into what they were always meant to do or be. I would like to be remembered by my smile and how it lights up the room. Secondly my goofy yet witty personality. I want someone to say, “When she came around me anything I was dealing with she made me feel I could conquer it, but also felt like everything was going to be okay.” I want people to know that I love them even if I don’t know them personally. We all need love and that’s what I want to be remembered by, showing someone love who never truly felt it before.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
It took me a minute to think of myself as a creative person. I just accepted that title. I created a TV Network like no other. Originally I was set apart because the network was for Moms all over the world. At the time we were called Mom Talk Network. But as I went deeper into my creativity I thought about Men as well, so I didn’t want to limit who I connect with or reach. The thing that sets me apart from any Network is that I’m all about inspiration. Most network TV is about money and how many awards they can have. Inspired Living Network is about creating content for the people. We strictly think of whose life we would change with the shows we create. Yes we want to make money, but there’s more to life than just that. For example The Powder Room Show was created for the single Mothers. The second part of that show title is the Single Moms Getaway. We originally had 2 single Mothers as the talk show host. Our goal with that show was to give single mothers everywhere an outlet of their everyday responsibility to come and sit with us to have fun, but also not forgetting the reality of life being hard as a single Mother. Another show on our Network is Truth Corner. This show allows our guests to tell their truth about something tragic that pushed them to their purpose. For example our first guest Kama Burton was a Domestic Violence Victim who created an organization for young women to learn about their worth. Our podcast show Booked Busy & Blessed is a radio show that features myself and my cousin (Tekira Briscoe) who at the time was my Executive Producer. On our podcast we cater to the Millennial women who are trying to figure life out. We want to share our own personal journey on how we’re pursuing our dreams while having to do the everyday responsibility of being a wife or mother. And lastly Matters of Black (aka MOB) is a show where we highlight black own businesses, culture, community heroes, activists etc. We also plan to do a people of color edition where we highlight other ethnicities. We are set apart because we want to do more than entertain our viewers. We want our viewers to be inspired with every show we create. Inspired Living Network wants to also inspire ones behind the scenes. Anyone we come across we want them to feel that there is nothing that they can’t do because we over here believe in them. I am most proud of just going for it. Meaning I’m just glad I had the courage to create a Network even when I’m scared and feel like I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m always excited to film and create new things. I have 100’s of shows in my mind and I know they will eventually be produced. I’m mostly excited about being a business woman. Being an entrepreneur and building a business from the ground up is my greatest accomplishment. It was not easy getting where I am today. There were a lot of sleepless nights and frustrations. There have been times when I feel like giving up because it’s so much hard work and dedication, but when I get an opportunity to be in a magazine it encourages me that my hard work is not in vain. The main lessons I have learned along the way is to remain teachable. Though I can claim I’m a Network CEO I still have a long way to go. If I remain open and teachable it will benefit me in the long wrong with my business. I also learn that nothing comes easy, and a successful business with longevity takes time to build a great foundation. If I want longevity in this industry I have to remain patient but also consistent. The main thing I want the world to know about me and my brand is that we are honest with our approach. We are here to inspire anyone we come across. Whether you’re the talent on the show or working on set behind the scene. We want to bring out everyone’s gift and change their life. At Inspired Living Network we want the underdog to always have a chance and show the world their greatness. Remember the last shall be first, and the first shall be last (Matthew 20:16). We at Inspired Living Network want to give the last an opportunity to be first.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This question is very hard. I’m a homebody and so are most of my friends. We are more intimate with our hanging out. So my itinerary will be so basic. We would catch up on all our Netflix shows we’re behind on. Maybe go out to eat. My favorite seafood place is The Kickin Crab, I usually visit the one in Lynwood. Then we might go skating. If we were going on a road trip we would go to Vegas. I love to shop out there. If I want a chill road trip I would go to San Diego, for some reason I always feel really relaxed when I go out there. Oh and maybe go see a comedy show or play. But all of that sounds good if the world was open back up fully. I really don’t have any interesting places I can think of going. I just like being around the people I love. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First I would like to give thanks to God, because without him I wouldn’t be in this position to even have this interview. Next I would love to give a shoutout to a group of people, which is my family. My first shoutout belongs to my 7 year old son Kyles (aka Trey). He is the reason why I’m dedicated to working hard, because I’m his first hand example of life. My work ethic, entrepreneurship and integrity is what he will see first hand. He also supports me in all I do, mostly because he thinks I’m famous and will benefit from it one day. “You have to love the honesty of kids”. The second shoutout is a set of people I would like to thank which are my parents (Tony & Shay Baskerville). Not to be biased but my Mother is my Rock, and has taught me so much about being a mother, and a Business woman. My Father taught me how to be loved and I see that first hand of how he takes care of his family. They have supported me when I was at my very lowest. Without them pushing me and pouring positivity in my life I wouldn’t be able to pursue my passion. The next person to give a little recognition to is my little sister LaToria Alexis. She is another reason why I do what I do. At some point in my life, she had to carry me and be the big sister when I was dealing with a horrible divorce and abuse. My sister has been someone I can count on. I can’t leave this interview without giving a shoutout to my Aunty Tracy. She allowed me to use her home to record my shows in the beginning of my creative career. I would have to tell her to be quiet at times in her own home while recording episodes. I know she believes in me to even allow me to do that. My Aunty Valencia is a woman I can always go to for prayer and just a good time. When I feel like I need a break from life and all I’m dealing with, I would take a vacation to her home just to feel a sense of peace. My Aunt Val is my peace. Lastly I would like to shoutout my sister cousin Tekira Briscoe. She is my natural cousin, but we are so close she’s like a sister to me. I can even call her my best friend. She was the one who gave me my push to start my TV network (Inspired Living Network) formally known as Mom Talk Network. Without her giving me that push of confidence my business would not exist. I remember venting to her about my dreams and being a mogul, and she took it upon herself by scheduling my first real meeting to discuss all I needed to do, to accomplish that goal. She definitely has a type A personality, but I appreciate her for that. I wouldn’t be anywhere if it wasn’t for these people that I mentioned. My family, my village needs all the credit and recognition when it comes to my creative journey. I love them and I hope they know how much they mean to me.
Facebook: LaShae De’Lana (Shae)
Other: My personal Instagram is @i,heart,trey
All the pictures of me with a beige hat is from photographer @febejoyphotos.com The rest of the photos are pictures taken from my camera phone