My name is Diamond Stylz™. I am a proud transgendered woman of color. I am from Indianapolis, Indiana but I live in Houston, Texas. I have a triumphant First amendment court case on the books dating back to my 1999 high school years. I am also the first transgender woman to attend Jackson State University, a popular HBCU in the conservative Jackson, Mississippi. This was a very hostile environment where I hone my taste for activism. In college, I learned to maneuvering in a place full of people that were not very enthusiastic about a transwoman being a part of the fabric of the student body. In that same place of hostility, I learn that I was also a beacon of light for individuals who wanted to stand outside the box and be themselves. I have a psychology degree and I am pursuing my masters(2 years left) because that is something I would enjoy for the long term. My focus is gender studies of course. Though I love psychology, my passion is in the media and the arts. I am a singer/songwriter and I am working on creating and album at this time. The cost of studio time is expensive but I am slowly but surely getting there. I am addicted to YouTube, so vlogging (video blogging) has become a new hobby (aka obsession…lol). Youtube is where I post most often. Due to my growing popularity in the last 2 years, I have become a Youtube partner. This allows me to get paid for my post and reach a greater audience. I post many of my controvesial views and experiences. Youtube is a beautiful medium that allows millions of people around the world to be exposed to real life stories that they would not have had the chance to be heard 10 year ago. I have over 8,000 subscribers, almost 2.1 million views, and I am building more every day. www.youtube.com/nochokin I started my own blog in July of 2010, www.DiamondStylz.com , which is another new age avenue to get issues that are important to me out to the masses. Like with Youtube, I can control my content, message, and imagery. Image control is something most oppressed people lack. Here on my blog, I am not a mockery or freak of nature. The internet gives me that control. I am proud to be in these positions and ventures because they are my contributions to the understanding of the LGBT community as a whole especially the transgender experience. I have been involved as a speaker radio shows, national events such as Pride events and conferences, and books.
I feel that the many struggles and situations I have been in have prepared me for my purpose in the world. That purpose is to share my life and stories to promote diversity and understanding in race, gender, and, sexuality. I am positioning myself to be one of the premiere voices and personalities of the LGBT community specifically transgender community. I feel being true to my purpose will help me strength my faith in God, my ties in the transgender community, and overall understanding for the world. I feel like I am upward bound in this phase of my life. I know I cannot do this alone. I need my community like my community needs me. I am humbled by my past, grateful for my present, and hopeful about my future. Thank you for your time and please share with your friends. Now lets get into the meat and potatoes of this thing….Check out My blogs >>>>>>>>>
- Diamond Stylz Interviews Toni Newman (diamondstylz.com)