I am Niyya Tenée. Phonetically Knee-yuh teh-NAY and formally Shaniyya Tenée Pinckney but you can just call me Niyya. I fancy myself a loc stylist, blogger/vlogger, natural hair enthusiast, event coordinator and a bit of a revolutionary. In a professional capacity I am public health worker by day. Still, the biggest part of who I am is an urban single mom trying to make the world a better place for her son.
In 2007 I graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz with a dual Bachelor of the Arts in Public Relations and Black Studies. Postgraduate life took me down a path a of public health work and in 2011 I completed a graduate certificate program in Public Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. All the while I’ve done hair. No it’s not my hustle. Hair is my passion!
I love Black people and our hair is one of our finest physical attributes. This is why the natural hair movement is so special to me. Some say it’s just a passing fad but there is nothing more beautiful to me than seeing my people delight in the reflection of our African origin. People all over the globe are liberating their perspectives from Eurocentric standards of beauty and redefining how they see themselves and the world.
It is my simple desire to be a positive contribution to this movement and pass on the light of my late mentor Dr. Margaret Wade-Lewis. Her light lives on in me and I intend to shine with all my might into the world. In hopes that somewhere along the line, someone might be inspired the way that she inspired me.
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