Marty: We are here with Brittany Howard, CEO of Noble Women Association. Tell us a little bit about what Noble Women Association is.
Brittany: The mission of Noble Women Association is to rebrand, restore, and recreate the mindset of young women. We want to break the social norms of black women. I just wanted to bring together young women to up lift and empower one another – just bring back that sister hood.
Marty: Where was Noble Women Association founded? Is it right here in Detroit?
Brittany: Yes, right here in Detroit in 2014. One day me and my friend were watching the Ellen Show and seen a group of older women; they started a nonprofit. I just thought girls my age don’t do anything like that. So I knew it would be something different – uplifting. I knew a lot of girls that would want to join, so we just thought of a name and ran with it to be something big in the city.
Marty: Did the brand come from a personal situation? How did you come up with the concept for Noble women?
Brittany: I experienced a lot of thing growing up. My up bring wasn’t the normal teenage upbringing. My life was dramatic some days. Being a part of the city and being so involved, I’ve seen a lot of things going on. I felt like girls needed help but didn’t have that help. They didn’t have anyone to look up to or talk to; nobody to really inspire them on a more positive and productive level. Since I have been through a lot with them, I feel like I can be that person to go to. I want to use my platform to inspire, motivate and educate. I’ve been through some things in life. I’ve fell out with friends. I feel with my upbringing, I was able to learn something. I think everyone goes through their trials and tribulations in life. I feel like you have to do something about it if you have a story; a testimony. Say something! Be loud about it so you can possibly help the next person. The older I get, I understand why girls think and act the way they do. It was a calling for me. This is my purpose. God put that into me to understand it so I can help.
Marty: When things started to get rough for you, was this at a young age or a more recent situation?
Brittany: It came from the end of high school, when I started to find myself and figure out who I was. I was in the city and just out there in the world. I was running into different conflicts. I was getting myself in messed up situations. Since then, I was like this is not my life; this is not what I want. I want to be somebody better; that role model. I have always been a leader since elementary school. I’ve always been the girl that everyone followed. I just took control of my life and ran with it to make something positive.
Marty: Coming from a rough place as a youth, did you have someone you could confide in?
Brittany: My mom is my role model and go-to-person; the one I can talk to about everything.
Marty: So that would be the number one Noble Women in your life?
Marty: When you and your friends started this mission in 2014, did you see it making such an impact or did you feel like it would only be for a few?
Brittany: To be honest I didn’t know Noble Women would go as far as has. I had a lot of girls that would start leave and quit for personal reasons. Once I started and got more involved in the city, starting to do more things like charity events and things like that, girls really wanted to be a part of it. It amazed me! Like wow, these women really need help. So once it got to where everyone was like, yes I need to be a part of this, I knew it would make a big impact on my city. When I moved to Texas and seen the mindset of the women down there, I knew Detroit is where I needed to be.
Marty: Yes it is definitely a movement, which is good to see. There are a lot of things coming out of Detroit, but this is more on the positive side. What’s the measure of your journey? Where are you trying to take it?
Brittany: My ultimate goal is to have a multi resource center for women – I want different amenities. I want it to be a girl’s go-to-comfort zone, create programs for women; for domestic and social abuse. I want programs for teenagers; teenage development and adjustment programs. Anything that has to do to aid and represent women.
Marty: So the brand is in Detroit and Texas now?
Marty: About how many members would you say you have now?
Brittany: In Detroit I have over one hundred members. In Texas, women join, but I am new there so I don’t know them personally. I go to different colleges to do my seminars and women join. I’m just trying to create avenues for them; I want them to have a voice too.
Marty: What is the next step for you beyond creating this movement and association? I now you have a book coming out, tell us a little bit about that.
Brittany: Yes! I wrote a book called ‘Sabotage’ that was released in the beginning of July. It is an urban book. I have a crazy imagination. I felt like, why read other peoples books when I can write my own. It’s the typical urban book – money, sex, and drugs. It’s about a girl that moved to Chicago, and she found a way to come up in a city full of entrepreneurs, lawyers, and drug dealers; a lot of big people that are getting money. I wrote the book to invest in my organization. My organization is my baby, my life! It is what’s going to take me there. Everything you see me doing is to invest into Noble Women’s Association.
Marty: What are some of the things that you have done in the community? I know you have done food drives for the homeless and things like that, just let the people know some of the things you all do in Noble Women.
Brittany: We like to give back— that is our main thing. We clean up the community. We supported the Flint water crisis; we bought so many cases of water. My friends and I drove them to flint our selves. We like to make food for the homeless. We walk for awareness. We just like to help where people need us. If we stick together, Detroit would be something so big; we could be something so major, and that’s what I am trying to do. I’m trying to make a difference in a positive way. It’s a lot of people that are doing things, but they are not doing anything positive for our youth. Everything I do is for the youth. There are a lot of smart and talented people here. Detroit is a great city, but we get over looked because we don't stick together. We knock each other down. I’m just trying to change it all.
Marty: One city at a time is the way to do it! If there are women or young ladies out there that are on the same page as you and want to find you or join, how can they?
Brittany: Our Instagram business page is @Noblewomenassn. Our e-mail is [email protected] Send us your name and the president of our board, Tia Russell, will contact you.
Marty: We are signing out. Thank you for your time and your commitment to uplifting women.