After working in the community for almost 20 years each, Tina Nixon and Shelly Conley (Davis) created My Sista’s KeepHer in 2013 to inspire and encourage young girls to love themselves and each other through the art of positive self expression.
We do this through writing workshops where every young woman is encouraged to use her voice and share her experiences. We believe if you can write through it you can live through it.
Poetry is the primary tool used to foster self expression, self discovery, compassion and empathy.
We believe “When you stand and share your story in an empowering way, your story will heal you and your story will heal somebody else.” ― Iyanla Vanzant
We are powerful as individuals, but even stronger when we work together.
During the school year we facilitate workshops at various schools. Workshops are generally 6-8 weeks but may be customized to fit any needs.
Our motto is once a part of My Sista’s KeepHer, always a part of My Sista’s KeepHer. For our aftercare incentives visit our programs page http://mysistaskeepher.com/programs-workshops/
We have already empowered close to 1,000 young women in middle schools, high schools, universities and correctional facilities in WI and IL. With your help we can reach thousands more.
To see how lives have been transformed visit our testimonials page
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Tina Nixon, warmly known as Ms. Jazzi, is a renowned poet, mentor, and performer. Hailing from Chicago, Ms. Jazzi is an innovative artist in Milwaukee and prominent voice in the community. She is heralded as an influential asset to the community she serves and has dedicated her life to educating and empowering others. Ms. Jazzi has more than 15 years of experience working with youth and young adults and encourages them to “celebrate life, capture their dreams and goals, and gain self-love and self-respect.”
Ms. Jazzi passionately captivates audiences across the nation with her timeless talent. She has written and produced a spoken word album, was featured on national recording artist Lorenzo Owens’ CD, and opened for best-selling author Sister Souljah. She was also named a finalist on Russell Simmons’ “Def Poetry Jam.”
Ms. Jazzi also starred in the documentary, Mark My Words and several plays including “For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Isn’t Enough”, Ceremonies In Dark Old Men, The Old Settler and more. She will soon debut her one-woman-show, “The Gospel According to Ms. Jazzi.”
With talent that extends well beyond the realm of spoken word, Ms. Jazzi’s artistic aura manifests through her premiere wedding and event planning company, AJE’ (A Jazzi Event). As founder, Ms. Jazzi prides herself and her team on the ability to provide clients with a unique and memorable experience by transforming “ordinary into extraordinary!” AJE’s most notable and successful event continues to be one that serves a special place in Ms. Jazzi’s heart, The My Sista’s KeepHer Dream Big Spa Day. This spa day was created to service and inspire young women who not only successfully complete My Sista’s KeepHer poetry workshops but who are selected by each schools administrator/staff.
Founder of My Sista’s KeepHer, Tina Ms. Jazzi Nixon, takes her love for the community and her talent and inspires young girls throughout the Wisconsin area. Ms. Jazzi currently serves as a prenatal care coordinator for Community Connect. In this position, she provides expecting mothers with guidance, support, and encouragement to take an active role in their baby’s health. Ms. Jazzi’s impressive accomplishments, accolades from her peers, and longevity in her professional ventures are a testament to her inimitable skill and relentless pursuit to create, inspire, and elevate.
From humble beginnings, Shelly Conley was born & raised in Milwaukee, WI. She’s had a passion for words since her early childhood but kept her own personal words tightly bundled up in her many diaries, journals and notebooks, many of which she still has.
It wasn’t until early 2003 that she got the courage to share a poem on the mic at the former Mecca Nightclub run by Dasha Kelly. It didn’t take long after that to learn the value that she had a gift of inspiring and encouraging those who heard her powerful voice.
“Gifted” “inspirational” “positive” “amazing” are all words the listeners use to describe her work. Her vivid words have taken her across the map representing Milwaukee in both National & Regional slams since 2004. Her features, shows and writing workshops take her from clubs to colleges and churches. She’s opened up shows featuring Mo’Nique, Pep of Salt N Pepa, Professor Griff of Public Enemy, Dwele and many more.
In 2010 she was featured in Emmy Award winning Brad Pruitt’s documentary Mark My Words. In 2012 she added theater under her belt when she served as Stage Manager for Hansberry Sands play, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men and most recently working under Rubin Whitmore at Village Playhouse for Raisin in The Sun.
Poetry has been a tool used to heal her many wounds. It has challenged her to grow out of her comfort zone & to continue evolving into her Divine Purpose. She has aligned with that Divine Purpose with My Sista’s KeepHer where she encourages young girls to love themselves, positively express themselves & to forgive and love the women around them.
Shelly has 2 poetry CD’s. ‘Alter Ego’ and her follow up ‘Shellshock’ were produced by Eli Davis and Trixx at Sounds Good Studio.
You can visit her on Facebook and Twitter
“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards” 1 Peter 4:10
Kashunda Brown has used her gift of selflessly giving & serving for most of her life. By day she has extended herself in the health field for the last 10 yrs. She works at Running Rebels. Her education is in Health & Human Services. Her passion is nurturing others. It is evident when you see her radiating smile as she serves that this is what she loves.
Outside of work she gives just as diligently. She has mentored High School students since 2009 at House of Love in Milwaukee, WI. She loves helping youth and became a natural fit for My Sista’s KeepHer. Her official role is an assistant to My Sista’s KeepHer. She is the pillar to our foundation. Eventually Kashunda would like to start another chapter or a sister program to My Sista’s KeepHer. She currently works for Running Rebels.
In addition to the hats she dons, she is a single mother to an energetic, admirable, and lovable 11 year old boy. Regardless of how busy her days & nights are she carves out time to spend time with her friends and family.
Tina (Ms Jazzi) Nixon