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Ebonnie Rowe: Fiercely Phatale

November 20th, 2008     by Desirée O     Comments

Every Thursday I profile a new incredible woman, each from a different walk of life. Different professions, causes, backgrounds, ethnicities, orientations, and anything/everything else!

So without further delay, let me introduce femme phatale Ebonnie Rowe…

At this point I usually jump right into a little introductory bio about our current Shameless Woman, and not to worry, it’s just below. But first I wanted to quickly add something here…

Being an artist and musician as well as an activist, it seems like everywhere I turn there’s someone who wants to try to take advantage of you or hold you down for some reason or another — and often times that reason is merely because you are a woman.

On that same note, the topic of misogyny in hip hop is a familiar subject here at Shameless - so it’s amazing to be able to introduce you to someone I very, very, very much admire, Ebonnie Rowe. An incredible woman who doesn’t let being called a “bitch” stop her from giving young women a safe place to launch their careers in an industry that often takes advantage of naivety and dreams.

CEO of Phemphat and creator of Honey Jam (both which showcase and promote women in urban music), Ebonnie Rowe is the winner of multiple awards for her work in the industry as well as mentoring young women and supporting the community. It’s safe to say she is definitely a Shameless Woman to look up to!

What drives you to do what you do?

A passion to have a purpose to my life that has a positive effect on others.

How does being a woman empower / challenge you?

The challenge of being a woman is in continuing to face and overcome the barriers and sexism that continues to exist. I feel empowered not because I am a woman, but because I have an attitude of commitment and dedication to what I am doing and I am also empowered by the success of my efforts.

What advice would you give to young women who want to follow in your footsteps?

Don’t follow in anyone’s footsteps. Chart your own path. Be clear what your goals are. Surround yourself with people who know more than you do. Build a reputation of honesty, integrity, efficiency, professionalism. Be prepared to be the first one there and the last to leave. Always be willing to learn and improve yourself. Don’t step on toes or burn bridges.

Name one person, place, or thing every young woman should know about?

The person you should know about most is yourself. Can’t really think of a place or thing.

What is the most important thing we can do in order to change the world?

Be the change you want to see in the world. Set the example. Treat people as you would like to be treated. Share your knowledge. Lift as you rise. Walk the walk.

Want to know more about Ebonnie? And Honey Jam? OF COURSE YOU DO!

Check out Ebonnie’s YWCA Woman Of Distinction Profile:

Be inspired by Ebonnie’s YWCA Woman Of Distinction speech:

And here’s a great video about HONEY JAM: Honey Jam video profile

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