We had the good fortune of connecting with Hilary Pradia Watkins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hilary, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I wanted to pursue being creative because not being able to express myself makes me feel like I’m not able to be my most authentic self. Writing songs, books, creating videos is something that I absolutely love to do. Not sharing myself with the world creatively makes me feel like I’m not doing my part in contributing to society.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve been apart of the Christian Hip Hop Community since 2009 as a Christian Hip Hop (Singer/ Rapper). I’m also a published Author. I also started The Stuck Between Series to help millennials get over feeling stuck in life. With the Stuck Between Series, we host events, publish books, and post video content on YouTube to support millennials. To achieve the success I’ve had today, it was not easy. One of the things that I’ve noticed is that even when you have to halt, it does not mean quit. I’ve been able to keep going because I realize that the information and the platform that I’ve been given is not for me to hold back but to exhaust the resource of creativity to help other people overcome. I want people to know that when life has its challenges, you don’t have to be stuck where you are. You can and will overcome if, you don’t quit where you are!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
A few of my favorite places to go is city center and visit the shops and restaurants in that area. If you have kids it’s the perfect place for them to play as well. A few black-owned businesses that have plant-based options are Crumbville, Soul Food Vegan, Houston SaucePit. A place to hangout is the Turkey leg Hut and 5015. If you would like to “wine” down in the evening head over to Sonoma and 13 Celsius. A few places to experience outdoor events are discovery green and miller outdoor theater.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to shout out my personal support system and my community of women that hold me up. My mentors: Dr. Mosadi Porter, Sobreta Harris, Cashanda McConnell. The strong women in my family. My precious community of friends (Allonna Snipes, Dannie C. Kelly, Allyson Bullock, Chans Thomas, TiEria Reeves, and Kaneisha Larry). These women support. advise, pray, provide information/insight, and take the time to do life with me. I wouldn’t be able to replace them if I wanted to.
Facebook: @Hilary Pradia Watkins
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