We had the good fortune of connecting with Tanisha Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tanisha, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
When I started FEMI Magazine, I created it with the purpose of providing a platform that would allow people of color from all over the world to finally be heard and have a voice to share their stories no matter their social status. This helps our communities because these individuals might have never been heard had they sought opportunities through more larger platforms.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have worked in mainstream media as a journalist for over seven years. I started out blogging for myself in 2011 and then moved on to contributing for a couple of magazines like Sheen and Kontrol as well as major blog websites like TheJasmine Brand and more. What I would say set me apart from others was my passion displayed in my writing style. I always wrote stories as if it were my own personal story that I was sharing to the world. I also enjoyed taking a Celebrity story who was considered hard to work with by other writers and diving deep to show people a more softer side of them and why they have displayed the life we tend to see on television. My journey has not been easy because when you are fighting to show the good in everyone, people in the higher positions do not always want to hear that. They enjoy the drama and the “tea” as many say just for page views. This led me to become more determined than ever to build a platform that did not represent that mindset and that’s why FEMI Magazine is different from so many because we take pride in sharing the positive side to black culture and not just negativity.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The first place I would take them is Runyon Canyon. I absolutely love this place for the views and it’s just perfect for a good hike. I feel everyone who comes must put this spot on your to do list. I’m crazy about Mexican food so honestly to give them that direct face to face with real authentic Mexican food, we would head to the streets of LA to get street tacos! Another favorite spot would be to head to the Hollywood Wax Museum because how cool is it to see some of the stars you adore standing still for a change lol! I’m a big foodie and I love views so the rest of the week would be spent on discovering new places to eat and sights to see!
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?
During the launch of the magazine’s first issue, I loss my mother on Oct 18, 2020. She was really excited about the magazine so I thank her & I would like to shout out and thank my Father Charles Austin for always standing beside me as I chased my dreams and never discouraging me from pursuing them. Many years, back in 2016 I spoke of starting this platform but didn’t believe enough in myself to step out on faith with it. In 2020 during the pandemic a dear friend Calvin Howard gave me the encouragement and motivation to go ahead and start. He helped by investing in my vision for this platform to get it up off the ground and running, and so I would like to thank him as well. Special thanks to my writing staff and all who have been part of my journey thus far with the brand like Quincy Jones, James Worthy, Shauna Lamore & many others!
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