Judging from VH1’s “The T.O. Show,” the lives of Terrell Owens’ publicists, Kita and Mo, revolve around him, but that is not the case.
Kita Williams (pictured, left) and Monique Jackson spoke to Sister 2 Sister about their other business ventures, including hosting the UNCF Empowerment HBCU (Historically Black College and University) tour, and starting the “Define Your Pretty” movement. In both avenues, Kita and Mo are motivating young women by teaching them about proper self-identity.
“Define not who you are based on what you look like … or what you wear or who you sleep with or who media wants to box us in,” said Mo, pointing out that young women shouldn’t base their worth on material possessions or outward appearance.
In addition to their work with young girls, Kita and Mo also campaign with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the fight against HIV/AIDS. This is an effort to help African-American women, one of whom is diagnosed with the virus every nine minutes, according to the ladies.
Overall, Kita said they want to make a brand for women based on empowerment. “We want to push that envelope because that envelope hasn’t been pushed in that realm of reality,” she said.
“The T.O. Show” is just the beginning for that brand, according to Kita. “We are sending a message out there to show women,” she said, “that everybody has the same issues. It’s just about how you deal with them.”
She continued, “And we’re grateful that VH1 has given us a platform to be able to show powerful, independent businesswomen on a level as well as being able to expose a man of color and show the highs and lows of his life.”
For more information on Mo and Kita’s movement, visit http://www.defineyourpretty.com.
Get more from Mo and Kita in the February 2012 issue of Sister 2 Sister.