Phenomenal Women

Published on June 5th, 2011 | by thevyne

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Vyne Reader Spotlight: Frankie Shipman-Amuwo

Name: Frankie Shipman-Amuwo

Hometown: Columbia, MD

Current City (if different): Chicago, IL

Roles you play in life: Wife, Daughter, Sister, and Soror of Delta Sigma Theta

Education: B.A. in Anthropology from Emory University; M.P.H in Global Health from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health

Occupation: Assistant Director of the Community Preparedness and Coordination Unit at the Cook County Department of Public Health

3 Words that Describe You: Spunky, compassionate, creative.

What is your favorite TV show?: <<blush>> Real Housewives of Atlanta/New York/New Jersey

Shuffle your iPod – what’s the first song that comes up?: “Lions & Tigers & Bears” by Jazmine Sullivan

What is your favorite travel destination?: Nothing beats Bermuda: they have coral-colored beaches, turquoise water, and the people are extremely friendly.

What beauty product can’t you live without?: Ouidad hair products! This line is great for sistas wearing natural styles like me. After searching high and low for a hair product that won’t have me looking either like a grease ball or like a frizzy mess,  I have finally found the jackpot!

Finish this sentence, “To feel more centered I…”: drink Sleepy Time Chamomile Tea–it truly calms your nerves.

Who is your celebrity fashion inspiration?: First Lady Michelle Obama and jazz singer Lizz Wright.

What is your favorite restaurant?: Phillip’s Seafood in Baltimore, MD. My family and I have been going here since my sister and I were toddlers. I have never tasted better seafood than this!

What words do you live by?: Two quotes: “Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Meade and “To whom much is given, much is required” –Luke 12:48

What is your biggest accomplishment?: In addition to marrying my best friend,  I would say what we did for my mom’s 60th birthday says it all! My sister and I planned a luxury trip for my mom to Sedona, AZ to thank her for being a great mom.  While there, we ate good food, meditated, walked around to enjoy the scenery, and just remained in a state of contentment and relaxation. I came back from that trip more thankful, more focused at work, appreciating my wonderful husband even more, and ready for the next challenges in my life (we are closing on our first house soon!)


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