Mentoring queens, hosted by Emmy & NAACP image award-winner, Loni Love, is a 1-hour quarterly docuseries celebrating African American female mentors and the strides they make towards the betterment of young women.

    Lowanda F. Hill
    Lowanda F. Hill

    Bio

    Lowanda F. Hill entered on duty with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a Special Agent on August 21, 2004. Since that time she has worked Foreign Counterintelligence, White Collar Crimes and coordinated the return of several international fugitives. As an advocate for change, Lowanda served for over seven years as the Co-Chair for the FBI Special Agents Advisory Committee where she fought to change policy in the FBI in collaboration with former FBI Director Robert Mueller. She is an Adjunct Faculty Instructor who has taught in Bangkok Thailand, Riyadh Saudi Arabia and Botswana South Africa. Lowanda serves as a Crisis and Hostage Negotiator who has peacefully resolved numerous crisis situations, successfully negotiated the release of hostages and taught Crisis Negotiations to numerous state, local and international law enforcement partners. Additionally, Lowanda serves as a Mediator. In her spare time, Lowanda loves foreign travel, ballroom dancing, exploring menu tastings and spending time with her daughter Whitney Amadi, her son Michael Lewis and her grand-daughter Jurnee Amadi.

    Jekalyn Carr
    jekalyn Carr

    Bio

    Jekalyn Carr is a Multi-Award winning recording artist. She is the founder of Jekalyn Beauty hair and skincare line. Carr began singing and ministering professionally when she was only 15 years old. Less than a decade later, she is one of the top-selling independent recording artists in Gospel music with nine Billboard No. 1’s – including six No.1 radio singles, two No. 1 albums and two No. 1 digital singles. In her career, she has had seven Top-10 songs. Jekalyn garnered six Stellar awards wins, 2 GMA wins, five GRAMMY® Award nominations, and two Billboard Music Award nominations. Carr was named one of EBONY Magazine’s coveted ‘Power 100’ that highlights the Most Influential People in the World. She was the first gospel artist to be inducted into the Women’s Songwriters Hall of Fame. Most recently receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the President of the United States. In addition to her illustrious singing career, Jekalyn Carr is a sought-after speaker, conference host, and radio personality.

    Loni Love
    Host
    Loni Love

    Bio

    Loni Love is an EMMY and NAACP Image Award-winning television host. Loni also currently co-hosts the GRACIE Award-winning weekend radio show Café Mocha with rapper YoYo. She has interviewed a variety of A list guests such as President Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama as well as superstars like Fantasia Barrino Taylor, Patti LaBelle, John Legend, Tyler Perry, Jam & Terry among many others. Café Mocha is the only nationally syndicated show of its kind that was created exclusively BY and FOR women of color. Along with her work on television, Loni has appeared in myriad movies including Mother’s Day, the successful Paul Bart Mall Cop 2 opposite Kevin James, Soul Plane with Kevin Hart, and Adopt A Highway alongside Ethan Hawke.

    A philanthropist, Loni is an ambassador for Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote, NAACP, LA Mission, Dress for Success, Reach Higher, LA Regional Food Bank, Project Angel Food, Girl Scouts and the UNCF to name a few. Loni believes in the power of education and is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

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    Alva P. Adams
    Alva P. Adams

    Bio

    Alva P. Adams is Group Manager Multicultural Business Alliance & Strategy and Multicultural Dealer Relations for Toyota Motor North America. She is responsible for directing strategy for Toyota’s multicultural partnerships, organizational support, and sponsorships relevant to Toyota/Lexus multicultural business initiatives covering the Black, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islanders, Native American, LGBTQ, and women external/community outreach. Her leadership encompasses the coordination and communications with k cross-functional departments, executive leadership, field offices, and internal Toyota Motor Sales departments and multicultural dealers. Adams holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Howard University and a certificate in diversity from the University of Houston. Adams currently serves as the Chair of the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles Board of Directors; and serves on the boards of The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board (Secretary), National Urban League Corporate Advisory Council, International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute, and National College Resources Foundation. She is President Emeritus of Howard University Alumni Club of Southern California and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

    Collette V. Smith
    Believe N You, Inc.

    Bio

    Collette V. Smith is the Founder and President of Believe N You, Inc. and the NFL’s 1st African American Female Coach in the History of the National Football League by way of being the 1st Female Coach in NY Jets Franchise History, Coaching the Defensive Backs in 2017 during Training Camp.

    Smith is a former Women’s Professional Football Player playing two positions as a Defensive Back and Special Teams on Kick Off, Defensive Backs Coach and was the Director of Marketing, PR, Promotions and Events for the New York Sharks women’s pro football team in two Women’s Professional Football Leagues, the WFA- Women's Football Alliance and the IWFL- Independent Women’s Football League. She didn’t start playing professional football until the age of 42. The Sharks recently won the National Championship in July of 2018 in Atlanta, GA.

    Collette today is a social philanthropist and an entrepreneur specializing in motivational speaking engagements and has been invited to speak at Fortune 100 Companies, Corporations and Ivy League Institutions including Columbia University to speak on disparities women in sports face and the empowerment of black youth, girls and women to see their greatness and excellence through adversity.

    Smith was recently Honored with the HUMANITARIAN AWARD by Leigh Steinberg during Superbowl LVI February 2022 in Los Angeles, CA. and is the only woman to have ever received an award in this capacity from him. She was also Honored with the Legacy Award and Keynoted the NAACP’s Legacy Gala, guest speaker at Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network’s “House Of Justice” for their YOUTH HUDDLE program’s live video broadcast, Rev Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Push Coalition Summits and visits Juvenile Detention Centers to bring hope and inspiration through her own struggles of Hard Knocks to Triumphs to those that need a second chance at Life amongst many other initiatives that will benefit others.

    She is a true Change Agent and has dedicated her life to empowering our youth, in particular girls and women to know that Any and Everything we desire IS Possible if we Believe In Ourselves. Her cultural and gender specific loyalty is very important to her. She emphasizes the importance of building positive self-esteem through team sports to at-risk teens and women in low-income, underserved and marginalized communities.

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