Small Business Entrepreneurs Project


Saturday, March 19, 2016

Monica Tyson - Author, Activist, Cosmetologist, Consultant

Are you from Saint Louis? if not, where(and why did you come to Saint Louis)?

I was born in Alton Illinois but moved to St. Louis when I was about 2 so I consider myself a river city girl with country roots. 

Which High School did you attend, (if you attended high school in MO)? (If not from Saint Louis, you can opt out of this question)

I graduated from North County Tech and also went to Hazelwood Central but still consider myself a Pirate because my education prior was in the Pattonville school district. 

Which area is the best? Why? (County(North, South, West), City, St. Charles, Chesterfield, East Saint Louis, etc...)

I don't really have a best choice because I appreciate all the neighborhoods that St. Louis has to offer. What other city can you go from gorgeous red brick urban homes to sprawling green lined streets in 10 minutes. 

Tell me something about yourself that you would like to share.
Hmmm... I am a world traveler and have spent my time and energy getting stamps for my passport. I feel that living in a city like St. Louis with such a racial and economic divide that it's important to see how others love my blackness. Another thing is that I would rather spend my time in an art gallery or a lecture than the club. Hashtag BLERD!!! 

What is/are the name(s) of your business(es) and describe it/them (please provide a website and email address if possible). Why did you start it/them?
Under the umbrella of entrepreneur I have had and been apart of several business ventures. I have been a cosmetologist for over 20 years which afforded many opportunities to with with record labels , international hair care companies and celebrities. That journey is housed at

My passion project is called The Black Female Factor which is a web portal for black women and those who love us. I am so excited to see this come to life. 

When I was protesting in Ferguson I was in an elevated space of awareness and noticed that with all that was going on the voices of black women seemed to be muted. And when that epiphany occurred I began to go into a deep research mode and noticed that the silence was everywhere. Fortunately I was raised with strong black women who lived out loud so my POV was from that perspective. Seeing black women in everything I thought that we were not actually there but that it our essence that is being emulated while we are actually being erased in the broad conversations of America. 

Being an activist at heart I knew that the next movement would be to honor those that came before me while building a place for those that will come after me. Black women have spent generations championing others and now it's time for us to champion ourselves. 

This site will include a blog, podcast and an online academy what will focus on business, branding and brains. I believe that when your mindset shifts so does our world. 

What three words would describe your business(es)? (If you own more than one business please give three words to describe each business).


Heart centered, Fierce and Inspired  

The Black Female Factor 

One word: 

Read Monica's BackStory at ALLTHATMSJAZZ.ME

Monica with Cosmetology students that brought their models out for a picture

No comments:

Post a Comment

Blog design by KotrynaBassDesign