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Our "Why"

 “The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the Black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman.”


Black women are third-class citizens in this world. With the growing maternal health crisis, wage disparities, and the denial of value placed on our lives and bodies, we have been diverted from critical information and resources that can improve our conditions physically, mentally and financially. We need and deserve a safe space to communicate, without the confines of context and apologies. 

“The collective, orchestrated fury of Black women can move the whole world.”
― Brittney Cooper

Meet the Founders

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Leigh Butler

Co-Founder and CEO

Married Mother of 3

Loves the color red and Endless Cuddles with her kids.

Stephanie Roberts CoFounder_COO

Stephanie Roberts

Co-Founder and COO

Married Mother of 3

Loves the color green and playing outdoors with her kids.

Leigh is the Founder and CEO of Akina Technologies, PBC- the creators of the Meet Akina platform.

Leigh and her husband, Chris previously founded Butler’s Grooming Club in Birmingham, AL, an

upscale men’s grooming salon, and Montez Renault, a luxury men’s skin and hair care line for men.

Leigh’s professional career has been in government affairs and public relations, having worked in the public and private sectors on both sides of the aisle.

Stephanie Roberts: Stephanie Roberts has spent nearly 20 years in public relations, specifically in the nonprofit sectors of arts, healthcare, and policy, and entertainment. She has also represented a myriad of speakers and authors. For the last 10 years, Stephanie has served as a hospitality executive and corporate event planner within the hospitality division of a large corporation. Most recently, Stephanie has branched out on her own entrepreneurial journey designing swim and resort wear. Stephanie is a graduate of Hampton University, earning her bachelor’s degree in Communications. Stephanie has been a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority for over 19 years. Stephanie and her husband, Michael, are the parents of 2 girls and a son and reside in St. Louis.

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Our Partners

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