Deborah raised her three children and stepped in as the primary caregiver for three of her grandchildren. The Tulsa, Oklahoma resident spent most of her adult life working in the non-profit sector. She says sometimes it was tough to pay for basic needs.
“I’ve had to use food stamps in the past and the comments and the looks like, “Why don’t you just get a job?” Even though I was working, I qualified because of my low income. I think the attitudes of people that have money against the people that don’t have so much… they’re just looked down on.”
Deborah used the investment she received from the Tulsa UpTogether Fund to take refresher writing courses. She created her own online publication, Middle-Pause, which amplifies the voices of women who encourage, inspire, and empower each other before, during, and after menopause. She also launched a podcast called STOMP: Stronger Together On Middle-Pause, to expand her reach to more audiences.
“I get comments all the time. A lady told me, ‘I can depend on you to write words that bring light into my day,” Deborah said. “If that’s all I do, that’s worth it, touching one life is worth it.”
I am a mother, a leader and a warrior woman who is resourceful, resilient and educated. I am motivated and determined to succeed no matter what obstacles I face. I am a star.
Ok, maybe you haven’t seen me on any of your favorite shows just yet, but it’s coming. In just the past year or so, I have been in four feature-length films, two short films, and I’ve completed a web series and a TV series. Go to YouTube and watch ‘The Boxx’ and you will see me playing Ashley. Yes, I’m telling you — I’m a star!
Too often, I lay awake at night stressing about how I am going to make ends meet for myself and my 12-year-old son, Calvin. Even though I have my degree from Chicago State University, and I run my own business, it is just not enough for a single mother.