In 1987, Unique hit rock bottom. She was having problems at home and facing the stresses of being a young mother (having gotten pregnant in high school). With a history of abuse, molestation, rape, and homelessness, Unique’s self-esteem suffered a massive blow. Feeling unloved, misunderstood, and alone, she decided to take her own life.
Fortunately, she was unsuccessful. It was this moment that inspired Unique to pull herself out of her depression. She realized that the love she needed had to come from within; that changes in her life were under her control and had to come from her – no one else could do them for her. From that point on, Unique was driven. She pursued higher education with a zealous determination, graduating with a B.A. in Sociology, an M.A. in Counseling, and became a Certified Case Management Worker. Unique learned to love herself and pursue her dreams. Her self-confidence and self-worth blossomed.
Unique has always been passionate about helping women (young and adult) to find the inspiration to better their own lives, just like she did. In 2009, she decided to put this passion into action by creating Love n Me, an organization dedicated to helping women and girls find their own self-love. This self-love will be instrumental in helping girls and women make healthier lifestyle choices – giving them better opportunities for their future.
“Too many girls and women struggle through life, because they lack self-esteem,” Unique explains, “which can cause a loss of identity and self-awareness leading to poor life choices. These choices perpetuate the downward spiral by putting them in situations that are detrimental to their mental and psychological well-being. In some cases – such as abusive relationships, substance abuse, and promiscuity – the outcome can be dangerous.”
The Love n Me philosophy is simple yet powerful: “Know yourself and love yourself"
Unique is a proud mother of her two sons, Ja ‘Waun and Ja ‘ken, and has enjoyed a fulfilling career in acting, singing and modeling. She appeared in the blockbuster film “Matrix 2” as well as Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie’s “The Simple Life”. Unique also is a licensed manicurist and holds a degree in fashion design and merchandising.
In addition, she is a Certified Anger Resolution Therapist, Certified Breakthrough Parenting Instructor, Anger Management Specialist, and Motivational Speaker. Unique has been a foster parent, as well as a mentor for Girls, Inc., Alameda County CASA, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.