Tina Nixon, warmly known as Ms. Jazzi, is a renowned poet, actor, mentor, and performer. Hailing from Chicago, Ms. Jazzi is an innovative artist in Milwaukee and a 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 20 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.” Founder of My Sista’s KeepHer, Tina 'Ms. Jazzi' Nixon, takes her love for the community and her talent and inspires young girls to love themselves and each other through the art of positive self-expression. This is what Ms Jazzi calls her GOD JOB.
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 wrote and appeared in Joe Jordan's music video “Special kind of Friend.” 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, Sassy Mama and Village play house production of a Raisin in the Sun. She also was awarded favored actress in Village play house production of The Fourth Wall. She will soon debut her one-woman-show, “The Gospel According to Ms. Jazzi.
From humble beginnings, Shelly Conley was born & raised in Milwaukee, WI. She’s had a passion for words since her early childhood but kept them tightly bundled up in her many diaries and journals until early 2003. It didn’t take long after that to learn the value that having a voice brings. “Gifted, inspirational, positive, amazing…” are all words listeners use to describe her work. Her powerful words have taken her across the map representing Milwaukee in both National & Regional poetry slams since 2004. She’s opened up shows featuring Mo’Nique, Pep of Salt N Pepa, Professor Griff of Public Enemy, Dwele, and many more. She's been on the big screen, featured in Emmy Award winning Brad Pruitt’s documentary Mark My Words, and behind the scenes as Stage Manager for Hansberry Sands and assistant to Rubin Whitmore at Village Playhouse for his production of 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 through My Sista’s KeepHer where she serves as VP of Operations and encourages young girls to love themselves & each other through the art of positive self-expression.
She’s been blessed to help raise two amazing kids. She’s a wife and she’s a believer in a test being made into a testimony.
Kashunda Brown has used her gift of selfless giving & serving for most of her life. Her education is in 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. She has always had a passion to work with youth so after 10 years in the secure medical health field she followed her heart and moved into youth conflict resolution & mentoring. She is our student coordinator and the girls ABSOLUTELY Love her ongoing support, guidance & motivation.
Her own social media workshop (The Good, Bad and Ugly) bring an awareness to students on the proper and improper use of social media.
In addition to the many hats she dons, she is a 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 friends and family.