Our past traumas, trials and tribulations don’t have to define who we currently are. We evolve. We mature. We grow. But most importantly, we heal. While some consider it to be resiliency, others consider it to be transformative. We all deserve a second chance or a do-over in life. Some discover that option after a divorce, retirement or even incarceration. Outsiders view the barrier such as incarceration but don’t see how the individual could have been a victim of their circumstance. Those circumstances may be violence, crime, addiction, racism and much more; that all lead to some feeling as if they had no other choice in the world than to commit a certain act.
We first heard of Ayana Bean on the BET series known as American Gangsters: Trap Queens. Narrated by the trap sound of Young Jeezy, Ayana’s story was shared in front of the world. Her story of survival, crime, triumph and transformation was shown right before our eyes. Despite her criminal acts she served her time. Ayana made the decision to overcome her past and to find her purpose by empowering other young women to not follow in her footsteps. Through mentoring, motivational tours and more; Ayana helps young girls and women learn to make positive choices and informed decisions.