ABOUT ME

REDEFINING THE AMERICAN GIRL

welcome

THE NEW AMERICAN

I am Aja Symone, an embodiment of the evolution of erotism. Erotic as defined by one of my favorite revolutionaries Audre Lorde is a choice of choosing one’s self and claiming all the things that many believe, as black women, we can’t have. I am choosing to express myself freely and be a voice of shared experiences and tested theories. I am living the choice to be raw and unfiltered as a designer, writer, photojournalist, and above all a dreamer. I am choosing to be me endlessly; to love hard, create in abundance, and work until I fulfilled my purpose.

Aja Symone

Founder

My Vision

Valuing Visibility

Empower Others

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Foster Creativity

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Living Lively

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MY VALUES

Inspiration

bell hooks

“One of the best guides to how to be self-loving is to give ourselves the love we are often dreaming about receiving from others. There was a time when I felt lousy about my over-forty body, saw myself as too fat, too this, or too that. Yet I fantasized about finding a lover who would give me the gift of being loved as I am. It is silly, isn’t it, that I would dream of someone else offering to me the acceptance and affirmation I was withholding from myself. This was a moment when the maxim “You can never love anybody if you are unable to love yourself” made clear sense. And I add, “Do not expect to receive the love from someone else you do not give yourself.” 

*Capitalization of bell hooks:  A pseudonym, bell hooks, has claimed the name as tribute to her mother and great-grandmother. She decided not to capitalize her new name to place focus on her work rather than her name, on her ideas rather than her personality. Her birth name is Gloria Jean Watkins

Photo Credit:  Kimberly Bojorquez

A WORD

Fun Facts

Favorite Food

TACOS. TACOS. + TACOS..  I can’t live without them. 

Secret Talent

I can play the alto and baritone saxophone 

Simple Treasures

Being able to sit outside, either at a beach or a forest park. Sitting with my favorite drink and writing in the glimmer of the sunshine. 

Favorite Book

No Disrespect by Sista Soulja 

Treasured Past time

Horeseback riding on the beach in Africa.

Someone who inspires me

As cliche, as it may sound my first inspiration for writing being an “actual” career, came from Demetria Lucas. She was an emerging writer  on a show called Blood, Sweat, & Heels.