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Brother Jesse: How long have you been pregnant with the idea of Queendom Come? What inspired it?
Wakiti Muhammad: Queendom Come first became an idea in May of 2014. Patricia Muhammad, Qiana Manns, Oshea Muhammad and I were out in the community on a feeding the homeless service project. We began discussing how we could build on the work done that day and as women how we could specifically address the needs of the little girls we saw. We were women from the inner city and had managed to overcome our immediate environments to go on and achieve great things and we wanted to teach and nurture other girls to do the same. We brainstormed on multiple things that could be done and the multiple formats that could take place. I asked others who were involved in community organizations and surveyed the needs of the target group we would focus on. We ultimately formulated a female empowerment organization with a mentorship and training component.
Brother Jesse: Why the name Queendom Come?
Wakiti Muhammad: There were multiple names that were discussed but we wanted to ensure that the final choice was strong, yet feminine, and approachable, yet regal. I came up with Queendom Come and Oshea Muhammad added the slogan, “Where You Reign”. We wanted to convey openness and inclusion while setting the precedent of high quality at the onset. Sadiyah Evangelista later added the Incorporation to the name to identify Queendom Come Inc. not only as a community service but a business entity as well.
Brother Jesse: What are the aims and targeted audience of Queendom Come? What makes it unique from the many programs across the country?
Wakiti Muhammad: Queendom Come Inc is compromised of three major programs all targeting specifically young ladies and women from nine and up. The Ascension Program is a year long training intensive in which girls are enrolled and commit to hours of life skills, relationship building, multiple educational strands, mind empowerment, metaphysics, and volunteerism all while exhibiting a high code of conduct . The program concludes with a ceremonial rites of passage. The Mentorship Program is an ongoing relationship in which we place young girls with qualified mentors to provide real life examples in every aspect of life. The third program is the base of the movement and is the namesake. Simply entitled Queendom Come- this program is a full empowerment and educational service in which the Queen Team hosts workshops, school presentations, activist causes, summits, camps, etc.. The sum of these programs makes QCI unique. We don’t focus on one aspect such as leadership or self esteem or public speaking because the woman is such a diverse being and has so much more to offer. We strive to develop the mind, the body, the intellect, the spiritual prowess, the character, and the social awareness of the woman introducing her to her true self, her divinity, the power of her majesty, and her responsibility to humanity.
Brother Jesse: Tell us about the team of women instrumental in the official launching and implementation.
Wakiti Muhammad: We are blessed to have a phenomenal group of women who have dedicated their time, talents, and heart to Queendom Come Inc. Patricia Muhammad, the Director of Operations is the organizational mastermind of the team and uses her experiences from managing projects, businesses, and working with girls from the Virgin Islands, to Atlanta, to Houston. Attorney Qiana Manns is not only a brilliant family law attorney but is the Director of the Ascension Program. She brings her passion from rearing her own five daughters, fighting against female sex trafficking, and developing mentoring programs to QCI with the belief that women must learn how to love and nurture each other in the essence of true sisterhood. Oshea Muhammad is the Director of the Mentorship Program and a true educator. She originally was the regional director over a woman’s group and has served on countless committees to help advance women in the areas of spirituality and community service which made QCI an obvious and seamless transition. Attorney Sadiyah Evangelista is the Director of Events and the brain child behind events such as The Queen Summit and Queens in the Community which helped to bring QCI into the mainstream. Sadiyah is not only a visionary and a fighter but an executioner who believes that anything that is thought can be a reality. I call these ladies the Queen Team because we truly help to enhance each other’s talents and gifts. We push one another and are sincerely inspired by each other. More importantly we pray together and ask that our motives and actions be in agreement with God’s purpose for our lives and the lives of each woman and girl that we are blessed to meet and serve.
Brother Jesse: You all recently hosted the first Sister Summit ’15 themed “Reclaiming Our Purpose On Purpose”. Can you describe the atmosphere of the event?
Wakiti Muhammad: The event was absolutely life changing. The atmosphere was electric and very humbling. The response from the audience was overwhelming as they laughed, danced, cried, and shared their life journey with us! We discussed metaphysical principles, shared our life testimonies, set new goals and intentions, and learned the difference between living and living on purpose. We all ended in a sisterhood web in which we demonstrated how we were all connected and now bonded by sisterhood.
Brother Jesse: I read that the Ascension to Sisterhood Advancement Program (A.S.A.P.) will be launching in December. What are the goals of this program and where will it be hosted at? Are there any partnership?
Wakiti Muhammad: The A.S.A.P Program is a year long intensive training program to teach young girls about their inherent value, purpose, and potential through education, personal enhancement, and community service. The curriculum focuses on topics such as a Queen’s Legacy teaching the heritage and historical value of the female and a Queen’s Court in which girls evaluate the company they keep and learn how to maintain relationships that foster a royal and worthy development and leave you encouraged and esteemed. We were honored to partner with Houston Independent School District and in particular Worthing High School to bring the program, which runs a year long, to their campus. We will also host a program for students throughout the city that have signed up at myqueendomcome.org. We are currently looking for other schools to partner with and are in negotiations with a few private and public schools.
Brother Jesse: What else can we look forward to from Queendom Come?
Wakiti Muhammad: Queendom Come Inc. is always on the move and strives to host meaningful and relevant events that enlighten, educate, and stimulate the community. We are currently helping to promote the Up with Jesus Down with Santa Campaign in which we desire to spread the message of family and spirituality versus economic exploitation of the Black community with a targeted boycott of spending from Black Friday until December 31st. We will be hosting more Queens in the Community events such as all-girl meetings in local housing developments and other empowerment seminars such as War No More Part 2 where we focus on healing the relationships between male and females. We are most excited about the Queen Summit 2016 in April where we are expecting hundreds of women from all over Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas to come and share in the QCI experience! Those interested in attending, donating to the cause, or helping to be actively involved in the Queendom Come Inc movement should visit myqueendomcome.org or visit our Facebook page at Queendom Come, Inc to stay connected!