Celebrating Black Press Day With Two Queens Media Founder, Chi Meechieono

Black Press Day is observed on March 16 every year. It commemorates when the first Black newspaper, “Freedom’s Journal,” hit the stands in New York City in 1827. Women’s History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women. Today be are honored to highlight a Black woman media powerhouse that has paved the way for so many people in the media and public relations industry.

Trenice J. Brinkley also known as Chi Meechieono is a highly respected publicist and entrepreneur, known for her strong work ethic, determination, and generosity. Her commitment to excellence has earned her a reputation as an award-winning celebrity publicist who is dedicated to helping brands with their creative strategies, compelling stories, and increasing visibility.

In 2001, Trenice founded Dymond Management, which has since become Two Queens Media, a full-service lifestyle public relations firm specializing in media relations, publishing, partnerships, and brand protection. Her business partnership with Lynnecia Eley also led to the creation of Soigne’ + Swank Magazine in 2020, which highlights black excellence and aims to inspire and empower its readers.

Happy Women’s History Month! What does this time mean for you and how do you celebrate it?

Chi: During Women’s History Month, I find it important to honor and celebrate the achievements of women throughout history. Personally, this involves recognizing and celebrating the accomplishments of the women in my life, oftentimes women do not take the time to celebrate one another. Furthermore, I acknowledge the struggles and challenges faced by women, including gender workplace discrimination and pay inequality. I make an effort to address this issue by either engaging in casual conversations or writing a letter to government officials.

My approach to celebrating Women’s History Month involves supporting women I know, as well as educating myself on the remarkable women who have paved the way for my generation and supporting the sisters that are currently on their path to leave their footprint in the sand for the next generation. Through this process, I have gained a deeper appreciation for the resilience, determination, and sacrifices of women throughout history.

As a parent, I believe it is important to instill in my children the significance of Women’s History Month and why we celebrate it. One way I achieve this is by sharing my knowledge with my children and encouraging them to share this knowledge with others. By educating future generations, we can inspire positive change and promote gender equality in all aspects of society.

We are so excited to learn about Black & Ivy League. What can you tell us about it?

Chi: Black & Ivy League is a non-profit organization that provides a network of distinguished professionals and leaders from the 107 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the United States. The Black & Ivy League is important to HBCUs and high school students for several reasons. First, the organization aims to celebrate and create awareness of the elite alumni from the 107 HBCUs, which helps to promote the significance and excellence of these institutions. By highlighting the successes of HBCU graduates, the organization encourages students to consider attending these schools and provides a sense of pride for those who have already attended or are currently enrolled.

Second, Black & Ivy League recognizes the need to expose high school students to HBCUs, which can serve as a breeding ground for excellence in character and community. By working with HBCUs and high schools in Florida, the organization ensures that counselors have the necessary information about HBCUs to share with their students. This helps to increase the visibility and awareness of these institutions and provides students with more options for higher education.

Black & Ivy League provides a platform for leaders and professionals from HBCUs to connect with each other, promoting professional development, social and economic change, educational impact, and civic engagement in their communities. This fosters a sense of community and collaboration among HBCU alumni and students, which can lead to increased opportunities and support for those pursuing careers and business ventures.

We feel it’s important to advocate for HBCUs and their graduates, promoting their excellence and significance on a larger scale. The organization’s efforts to increase awareness and support for these institutions can have a significant impact on the success and advancement of HBCU students and their communities.

What keeps you motivated to continue your career in media and public relations?

Chi: As a professional in the media and public relations industry, what drives me is the chance to positively impact on the businesses and careers of others. The freedom to shape my own path and manage my workload is a significant perk of this career. Moreover, I relish the opportunity to unleash my creativity and guide others to do the same, leveraging their expertise and publicity. Collaborating with the next generation of publicists never ceases to inspire me as they bring a fresh perspective and pioneering PR tactics and strategies to the table. Engaging with people and inspiring them to embark on their PR journey is my passion. As networking opportunities abound, I am committed to being a valuable resource, forging meaningful connections and relationships. Lastly, my family’s unwavering support is a constant source of motivation, and I treasure the freedom to spend time with them.

What is a super fun fact about yourself that many people are not aware of?

Chi: Get ready for a super fun fact about yours truly — I’m a City Country Girl! Yep, that’s right, I grew up in the bustling city of Miami, but every summer I’d pack up my bags and head to Lowndes County, Alabama. Talk about having the best of both worlds! From riding horses to exploring major public transportation and shopping centers, I’ve got it all covered. And let me tell you, there’s just something about the countryside life that speaks to my soul. The people are so friendly, the food is delicious (well, except for pork), and the fun is unique and never-ending. I mean, who wouldn’t love hanging out with farm animals and soaking in the rustic decor? I’ve discovered so much beauty in the Country, and spending time with my grandparents was always a treat. They’ve taught me everything from family history to fables, and let me tell you — if you can survive in the deep South, you can survive anywhere! So, City or Country? Why not both?! Another fact fun is I am of Bahamian American descent, a cultural aspect that many may not be aware of.

What’s been on your mind as of late? If there anything that keeps you up at night?

Chi: As a concerned parent, the thought of sending my child to a public school is a matter that keeps me up at night. In light of the unfortunate increase in school shootings, I am naturally anxious about the safety of my children whenever I send them to school. Before the pandemic, my children were homeschooled, and while they received an excellent education, they missed out on social interaction with their peers, save for online communication. When things began to return to normal, they expressed a desire to attend school, and I obliged. However, ensuring their safety and security remains a top priority.

In what ways does the work that you do empower others?

Chi: I utilize my extensive expertise in public relations to empower and teach my clients the art of developing effective communication skills and strategies. This helps them to confidently advocate for themselves and their brand. I also leverage my network of industry professionals and thought leaders to connect my clients with valuable networking opportunities and collaborations. Through these efforts, I instill confidence in my clients, allowing them to realize their full potential and achieve their desired level of success.

What are some of your long-term goals and what steps are you taking to get there?

Chi: One of my long-term aspirations is to establish a creators’ studio and workspace that caters to business owners. I am working towards achieving this goal by identifying potential locations where I can purchase and construct what I envision as a creative studio and workspace. My ultimate aim is to have it operational by 2025. The initial stages of realizing this dream are already underway.

What does the rest of the year look like for you?

Chi: This year is all about adventure for me and my family. We have a bucket list and we plan on doing everything we can to say on track.



Two Queens Media www.twoqueens.media
Soigne’+Swank Magazine www.soigneswankmagazine.com
Eta Rho Sigma Sorority,Inc. www.etarhosigmasorority.org

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