We had the good fortune of connecting with Pinky-Dewberry Kennedy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Pinky-Dewberry, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My mission has always been to uplift, inspire and empower women. I started my first entrepreneurial experience at 3 years old l was selling Now and Laters heated and then frozen on a spoons. My mother RIP Bessie Flagg- kennedy taught me to be about my business, she taught me how to be self sufficient and consistent. She would say “Jacquelyn to be successful you must always think outside the box and study what women want. She was a artist as well and her famous words never left me. “Find what a women liked and you’ve got it made. I continued to have several business throughout the years. I’ve owned of beauty supply for black hair/braid shop called if Looks could kill In studio city. . Then I preceded to open a charm school for young girls called Dewberries in west LA on Fairfax and Pico. Here I taught classes on how to build your self esteem, educated on how to tap into your inner power as well as learning to be authentic and true to self. Unapologetically. After this business I expanded to Dewberries Boutique where I had a cultural center in the back for poetry nights, burlesque classes, makeup lessons and how to rock it. I received one of my degrees at the fashion institute design and merchandising and have always had a niche for fashion. I’ve been a Sylist to many. Designed my own clothing worn by Many celebrities. I also got the opportunity to design a cooler bag for Walgreens where my bag was sold in over 250 of there stores. I was the first African American women to design for the community corner in store with my original logo. Fashion was my way to uplift women to believe in making fashion a entire mood. A true expression of self. I now own and operate my own online store call House of Pinky. Where I do live shows, I like to call it my very own home shopping network. I provide unique, cute, classy hip Affordable fashions for my amazing clients. Half of the proceeds go to my homeless goddess project. Where I go out and service homeless with with a computer bag Called packlights.They are full of things they normally wouldn’t receive on the streets. Lip gloss, leggings, healthy snacks, and a mirror. I have each one of them take it out the bag and look in the mirror and tell themselves they are a goddess. My reason. “Just because you don’t have a palace doesn’t mean you can’t wear a crown.” Jacquelyn kennedy- aka Pinky That’s the best feeling ever!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
When it comes to my businesses. I am the brand. I am authentically all that I create. My ideas are original given to me from my ancestors. You ask why and what sets me apart from other businesses. Well I am a customer friendly thinker. I create to please I create to make people feel good and happy. It’s all about the experience. All of my work is channeled and lifted with the energy of the uinverse. I only do what makes me feel good. So picking product or creating it, it has to feel good to my spirit. The texture, the color, the fit is very important I know what women like and how it feels to receive a purchase in 2 days verses 2 weeks. My mission is customers come first and it’s all about the excitement and urgency. Little things like receiving a free gift with every purchase goes a long long way. It’s a universal exchange happening. Not only do I give free gifts I give back half of my proceeds to my Homeless Goddess Project. That’s the biggest exchange.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Ok Nina, let’s Go cousin. We gone hit up Bloom on pico so we can grab a fresh green juice, Then we’ll head over to stuff I eat for a tamale pie and a vegan desert. While your hear we most definitely have to go check out Nipsy Hustle’s corner on Crenshaw and slauson and to support the outside vendors representing there individual entrepreneurship. After that we should grab a meat patty from simple wholesome. Since you said you wanted to see a movie and it’s getting late we can check out this new spot where it’s outside theatre called the rooftop cinema club. In el segundo. Let’s go!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First and foremost much love and respect to my QueenMother Bessie.
Thank you for always having my back front and sides on all of my endeavors, Your unconditional love and zest for life encouraged me to always live my bliss my way. Thank you for showing me how to dance in life and for making sure I knew how worthy I was at such a young age. That has truly saved me. You will forever be my biggest cheerleader.
Thankful for those that see me and accept me. The ones assigned to feed my spirit and enrich my path. Thankful for those who water me, as I water them in return. Thankful for purposeful, divine supportive connections.
Just to name a few SHOUT OUT TO
Ifalade’Ta’Shia Asanti (love) for sprinkling cool water onto my crown with the love of yemojas hands. Thank you for seeing the Oya Goddess in me. Your encouragement to seek deeper into my ancestral, intuitive medicine has sharpened and awakened my spirit tremendously. Thank you for the love. Honored to be on this spiritual path with you.
Shout of to my Master teacher Rhonda Kuykendall-Jabari for helping me master the universal wisdom on how to utilize our intuition while balancing chakras and for seeing the master teacher in me. Forever grateful to you.
Eartha Kitt for seeing me, Showing me the importance of life being a elegant dance, a walk I could choose to map out my way.unapologetically. Your wisdom to walk in confidence and power will be with me forever. .
Shout out to Queen Afua for her magical medicine that sharpened my women’s healing work. Her wisdom and knowledge of the importance of womb work, herbs and self love benefited my clients and helped me master it! .
Actress Lisa Raye for being the first to purchase my Dewberries white sweat suit on set during rehearsal. I celebrate you Queen. Shout out to Defrantz Forrest and Rod Bell for making that awesome connect!
Shout out to Marquita Thomas for encouraging me to certify my business with NGLCC. Because of this important certification I was able to obtain a huge deal with Walgreens Inc. Forever thankful for you lady!
Shout out to @elizarevella Business coach, she is doing the most and although I’ve been around and learned a couple things. She is motivated me to take my business credit to another level! I see you Queen. 7 figure business owner!
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