S3/Epi. 19: Interview with Ayanna Molina
Raised in the arms of New Orleans, Ayanna’s vibe is an eclectic mix of spoken word and Hip Hop. Her work is dedicated to uplifting women and using Hip Hop as a tool to teach young people. She has performed in venues across the country…New York (Nuyurican), Atlanta (Women Who Jam) and Houston (Blackout Arts Collective). Ayanna continues to do workshops to promote self-love and wellness for women of color. Her album, “Uplift Yo’ Self” is her first project, followed by “InteGRITTY: The Mixtape”. Affectionately known as “Mama Fiyah”, Ayanna uses her art as a tool for activism. As a published author, Ayanna wrote Run Away Girl to chronicle the journey to self-love. She wrote Keep it High: Thoughts in a New Light to tell the story after she found self-love.
Ayanna Molina earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of New Orleans in Psychology and English. She earned a Masters of Education degree in Community Counseling at Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama. Ayanna is also a member of the professional organizations, Counselors for Social Justice and the Association for Specialists in Group Work. Ayanna is designated as a Nationally Certified Counselor and holds a license in the state of Louisiana.
Ayanna supports children and adults experiencing grief and trauma, PTSD, anxiety and depression. Ayanna specializes in Play Therapy for children aged 3-13 years, self-esteem work for girls and women and grief/trauma counseling with people of African/Black decent.