30 Days of Women: Serenity Marie
When I first came up with the idea for this magazine, to reach people who want to showcase their art, collaborate with incredible people and speak about important issues in their lives and community, Serenity was one of the first people to get in my corner. She hosted the launch party in Chicago & Milwaukee and did everything she could to help people see our vision, not only that but she believed in it. When you're starting something from nothing, the only thing more important than staying focused is having people who believe in your dream. That being said, having Serenity be one of the women featured was not only common sense but vital to showing the progress we've made here at the magazine and what a solid group of believers in your corner can do. Serenity is one of the most focused, hard working and positive people I know. Like all relationships, we aren't always sunshine and roses but what I know is that when it matters she will stand up for what and whom she believes in. At the end of the day, that's all you can ask for. -Flow Johnson
How old are you and where do you live?
I'm 24 years old. I live in the Edgewater neighborhood in Chicago.
What's the hardest part about being a woman in your shoes?
I think the most difficult part of it all is not having enough respect in the entertainment industry. Women have it pretty hard doing business and it's always beautiful to see a woman dominate the scene she's in without having to compromise herself.
Whose been your biggest motivation for furthering your goals and living the life you want to live?
Honestly my mother. She's my best friend and she's taught me what it means to work hard and never give up. My boyfriend Gxxd Stress is also one of my biggest motivations because he pushes through the most difficult situation and always continues to smile. We've been living such an amazing life with even the bare minimal.
Whats something that's changed your view point on the world rather it be good or traumatic?
Losing my home to a fire in 2011 was probably the most surreal moment of my life. My family lost everything, including all of our family memories. We didn't lose each other though, and that's what made us understand that materialistic things don't matter as much as the people you love.
Who was your first love and do you still speak?
His name was Matt Hitt. He shouldn't have been my first love because of mad crazy situations lol. But he's somebody that I understood (even if he thinks I didn't understand him) and we had a really weird bond that was beautiful in a sense. We don't speak too often. We are Facebook friends though.
What's something about women that inspires you/leaves you in awe?
The determination and the drive to want to be treated as equal as a man while still being a woman who bears children and is the backbone/emotion for her partner. As simple as that.
What's your profession? Does it reflect who you are?
My profession is me....A Creative consultant. When people talk to me they call me a hustler, because I have a million and one trades and I strive in each of them. Whether it's recording an episode of Nitty's Knocker, curating and hosting an art show, DJing a set, building a brand, creating a beautiful website for someone....I can go for days lol. Oh and I've picked up bartending, it's super fun!
Who is someone that inspires you creatively?
Rihanna. That woman is iconic.
What pushes you to keep going?
Seeing my family smile and making them proud. I'm the oldest of 7 and it's a lot of little peeps looking up to me.
My goal in everything I do is to be a vision with purpose. And i always say Peace, Love and Happiness when closing out any statement or one of my Nitty's Knocker episodes