Spotlight Series: Meet Clarke

For this Spotlight, we spoke to Clarke Williams, a female entrepreneur who co-founded NAL Media. NAL Media is a startup creating networking opportunities for silenced voices in the

media industry. If you would like to learn more about the work they are doing you can find out more here.

My name is Clarke Williams. I'm a recent graduate of Howard University, where I got my BA in political science and minored in Spanish language and culture. I'm pretty comfortable in my own skin and I have worn my hair natural all my life. I like to try new things with my hair like colorful and braided styles.

For a long time, I was influenced by European beauty standards and would keep my hair straight. I really had an awakening when I got to Howard and started doing my own hair for the first time in my entire life. It's really liberating. Not always easy, still, not always easy, but I'm glad that, I had that moment.

I care for myself by doing things that I like such as cooking and eating a clean and plant-based diet and mindfulness practices that include journaling, yoga, and walks. All those things are really important to my self-care. Recently, I got one of those thermal caps that you can put on

your head and it'll heat up your treatments. That was something that I actually got as a gift from my mom who recently cut her locs off after growing them for a little over a decade. I'm trying to help her, on her natural hair journey. She's always been natural, but I'm trying to help her with this new part of her journey and we are trying out a lot of new things together.

If I could use only one product for the rest of my life I would use Jamaican black castor oil. It just works really well with my hair!