Born in San Francisco, California on August 19, 1970 to a woman named Carrie Foster who herself was abandoned by her mother Elizabeth Foster at the tender age of nine years old. Carrie gave birth to a baby girl (me) who she named Chennette Hanks at Mount Zion Hospital in the heart of the ghetto. I was taken home only a block away to Westside Projects at 1515 Broderick St., Unit 208.
Although I was raised by an unwed woman and grandmother, many blessings came from our union as mother and daughter. Mother taught me about diversity indirectly and directly on a daily basis. First, by raising me in the center of “Diversity University” I call San Francisco, CA. During Christmas, my dolls were given to me in both black and white colors. My Mother would spend double the money on gifts for this lesson, which has proved, she served her purpose. I am truly grateful for her because she has allowed me the gift of knowing someone for who they are from the inside-out.
My life is my inspiration. Through my journey I have experienced physically and mental loss with the death of my mother and daughter nineteen months apart and my grand mother, who I considered my last pillar of strength. These life lessons have allowed me to reflect and speak to my spirit. Life must go on, so that you can conquer your purpose before leaving this earth. My greatest hope is to make a change through my writings, plays and films with using my true life experiences as a foundation to our future of letting the world know not to give up even in the darkest times of the dungeon.
Graduate of San Joaquin Delta College with a degree in Behavioral and Social Science and Interdisciplinary Teacher Preparation. I am an English Major with a Minor in Film Studies at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.
Writing, reading, walking, Motivational Speaking, scrapbooking, Blogging, entertaining, shopping, tutoring children, TV watching, traveling, storytelling, socializing with everyone, and painting.
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