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Hello, My name is Nadia Laniyan I am from Baltimore, Maryland and I recently graduated from the University of College Park in May of 2016.  During the fall semester of my senior year of college I took a Social Entrepreneurship class and during the class my professor gave me an activity where I had to write something that I was passionate about and how I could incorporate social entrepreneurship with it. My major during undergrad and one of my passion was  Public Health Equity, a major I created in our Individual studies program to focus on health disparities and improving health care for marginalized communities. After stumbling upon the statistic that African American women die at a 40% higher mortality rate due to breast cancer than any other racial or ethnic group, I was interested in finding out why there was such a big disparity in the mortality rate. After doing my own research I found that late detection is a huge factor that impacts the mortality rate of breast cancer for African American women. So I wanted to pair something that is prevalent to women like Hair care and breast health information and prevention tips to create a non conventional avenue of exposure for this information for African American women. From their I partnered with a friend of mine, self taught hair stylist and avid hair enthusiast Alexis Carson to bring Cocoa Queens to become a reality.

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Alexis and I are both natural, however we like to use many different forms of protective styles and weaves and wigs are  our favorites. We used to be consumers of the 100% Virgin and raw hair industry so it made sense to become more involved in the industry and actually own our own hair company.
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Ask for help and look for mentors, we wouldn’t be where we are today if we didn’t have mentors helping and guiding us.
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