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馃Ι Women's Empowerment Spotlight: Carol Lyn Col贸n

Updated: Mar 25

We are kicking off Women's History Month with flamiga, communications extraordinaire, and fashionista, Carol Lyn Col贸n. If you've ever been around her, you know what a magnetic, compassionate, and beautiful soul she is.
F60 Interview

1. Tell us a little bit about your background.

I鈥檓 an Afro-Latina from Brooklyn, New York. I'm a first-generation 鈥淎merican.鈥 My parents were born in Puerto Rico, though the island is part of the United States, Puerto Ricans are not widely viewed as Americans. I straddle different worlds, from hip-hop to salsa to English, Spanish, and Spanglish.

At times, I don鈥檛 feel I鈥檓 American enough here in the States, and not Latina enough when I intersect with other members of the Latino community. But I know in my heart and what I carry with me is that I鈥檓 a full-blooded Boriqua and one of the answered prayers of my ancestors. I see it as my responsibility that my multicultural twins have an appreciation for where we came from and be proud of their heritage as Afro-Latinos.聽

2. What鈥檚 the first thing you do when you wake up? And what鈥檚 the last thing you do before going to bed?

鈴奥燱ake up:聽I thank God for the morning and I pray for strength to see what鈥檚 ahead so I can plan and be ready. I ask for God to protect my children whenever and wherever I can鈥檛 protect them.聽

馃洀锔徛燘efore going to bed:聽I watch the news (although I shouldn鈥檛 as much as I do). I then pray for those out on the streets for God to protect them and reveal His grace and mercy. I also give God thanks and pray for the protection of my family and the people I love. I need to seek guidance from a higher power, especially as a parent. This is a difficult and complex world we live in.

3. What do you want to be known for?聽

People use kindness as something you have to do. At the core, we are born to be kind. Watch children play innocently. 馃グ I hope that I can serve as a reminder of our聽innate kindness by serving as an example. A kind word or thoughtful gesture can go a long way in helping someone 鈥 we鈥檙e all battling
something.聽

It is important for me to make sure my children follow suit and help others 鈥 embrace questions, accept their curiosity, and help people understand our differences. The more we accept our differences the easier it will be to connect and understand each other.聽

4. What's a lesson you鈥檝e recently learned that鈥檚 helped you get better?聽

I learned that I needed to stop making people feel comfortable amid their ignorance. I can no longer stay silent when marginalized people are being critiqued or made fun of. Speaking up for people in rooms they鈥檙e not in.聽

5. What advice would you give to another professional just starting out?聽

It鈥檚 not solely WHAT you know, but WHO you know that will open doors of opportunity, which is why protecting your reputation and nurturing relationships (across all levels) is paramount.聽
Learn to listen, and observe, and don鈥檛 be so eager to prove. Early on in our careers, we鈥檙e so quick to want to prove ourselves that we miss critical lessons that are needed for our professional聽growth. 聽

6. What are you most grateful for?

This is a hard question to answer because I鈥檓 grateful for so many things. I鈥檓 most grateful for having the ability to experience life and have a story to tell. That story is built on the power of faith and resilience. I鈥檓 sure there鈥檚 more to my story because it鈥檚 not done yet.聽

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7. Name a leader you admire (dead or alive)

There are many leaders that I鈥檝e admired, but a constant voice I turn to isDr. Maya Angelouwhose stories, quotes, and life experiences helped us shape our lives and gave us guidance that perhaps our ancestors would have given us. I turn to the power of her words often. She had such a gift for guiding us through her words.聽

8. What book are you reading? Or what show are you watching?

馃摉 Reading is hard with twins. The Alchemist聽is a book I turn to over and over again and a book I always recommend is 鈥How to Win Friends and Influence People鈥. An audiobook that I鈥檓 listening to is 鈥Built to Last鈥. An oldie but goodie.聽

馃帶聽Podcast聽I鈥檓 listening toTara Brach's Radical Acceptance

馃摪 I鈥檓 a news junkie and I watch news shows and I love HGTV.

9. Your favorite dish 馃構

I can鈥檛 pick a favorite because I love Puerto Rican food.聽聽

I like another oldie but goodie, Lauriol Plaza聽in DC. There鈥檚 something there for all foodies.

If you want to enjoy a Summer afternoon with a dozen crabs and refreshing beer, you must visit The Point Crabhouse and Grill聽in Maryland, right on the water.

10. Your favorite DC spot to visit

The Waterfront during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. It鈥檚 absolutely magical! I also love Jazz in the Garden during the summer at the National Sculpture Garden.

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11. Your favorite music artist

I love music聽馃幎, so I can鈥檛 name just one. I was fortunate enough to grow up during the rise of Hip-Hop in New York and Salsa from artists like La Fania All Stars聽and El Gran Combo聽streaming through apartment windows. Among my faves are Notorious BIG,Erykah Badu, John Coltrane, Marc Anthony, Karol G, not necessarily in that order.聽

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12. An app, tool, or gadget you can鈥檛 live without:聽

Waze app聽because I wouldn鈥檛 know where I鈥檓 going; iPhone camera because I love to capture great moments, and聽iPads are the greatest invention for all parents.聽

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