Boston, MA native Ayana Bean has lead a life worthy of a movie, with a preview of her story being shared through her episode of Black Entertainment Television’s reboot of the highly acclaimed American Gangster series. Her hustle spanned from the streets of Boston to the entire country as she became a vital music presence in Boston and worked as the regional liaison for several major record labels including Def Jam, Sony, Eone formerly Koch Records, Interscope to name a few.
However, the battles in her personal life–which consisted of raising 2 young sons, and the disease of drug addiction in the home led her down a path of fiscal ruin. After serving time on state & Federal convictions for fraud, Ayana chose to become an advocate of at-risk women and gives talks to those in or transitioning from prison. Ayana‘s life is chronicled on the American Gangster: Trap Queens series on BET.
Her career in music, crimes against the government, and ultimate redemption will be told to the world in the series and in her new book A Year And A Day. What makes Ayana unique is her magnetically charming personality & impeccable style that makes her not only a champion for women but a tastemaker whose personal style influences trends, making her the ultimate ambassador for any brands that complement her style.
We Empower Magazine got an exclusive interview with Ayana Bean.
Tammy Reese: How did your story being shared through the American Gangster series come about?
Ayana Bean: Amazing enough, I was contacted by one of the producers working on the series who happened to also be from my hometown of Boston and was familiar with pieces of my story.
Tammy Reese: What was your reaction to the experience?
Ayana Bean: The one word I could describe my reaction to this experience as a whole would be disbelief.
Tammy Reese: You have worked with many notable record labels, what was the like
Ayana Bean: Working with record labels in the entertainment industry is exciting. Meeting different creatives, executives and learning the multi-faceted machine and how it moves, and knowing that you play a part in it is rewarding.
Tammy Reese: In what ways did your past make you grow as a woman?
Ayana Bean: Turning the pain of my past into a purpose for my life by acknowledging, accepting, learning all of myself has been a key part of how strong I stand with myself as a woman today. It is a continuing journey and learning experience that takes really being honest with yourself and also forgiving yourself.
Tammy Reese: When you think of women empowerment what comes to mind?
Ayana Bean: Wisdom comes to my mind when I think of women empowerment. We empower each other when we share our knowledge and support with each other. When we can empathize with others because of the road they are walking, or we already have.
Tammy Reese: How do you now use your influence to help others?
Ayana Bean: More so my testimony I use as a light for others to see that no matter what happens in life as long as you wake up the next day, you have a chance to change it and you can do it.
Tammy Reese: What can we be on the lookout for from you?
Ayana Bean: Be on the lookout for my debut as an author, the book is titled A Year And A Day (Memoirs of a Regular Girl), and more to come.
Keep up-to-date by connecting on Instagram @ms.yanabean
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Multimedia Creative and Personality Tammy Reese is an award-winning Writer and Journalist. Writing and Directing short films on social issues to spread awareness through the arts gained Tammy the Makers: Women Who Make America Award honor on International Women's Day 2019. Tammy currently serves on the Communications Committee for New York Women In Film and Television. She is also the Founder and Owner of Visionary Minds Public Relations and Media.