Areas of Specialty

Community Engagement, People with Lived Experience, Health & Racial Equity, Economic Equity

What matters to you?

Being a part of making changes that my children and community can be proud.

What are some wise words to live by?

We all have something that makes us special. Find what you are illuminating to the world. I Am Brilliant and you are too!

What brings you joy?

Puppy dogs and ice cream bring me joy. Being a mom of 6 and an entrepreneur bring me pride! If I can, you can. If not, we can change that!

Shemekka Ebony Coleman

Accompanier, Lived Experience Team

Shemekka Ebony Coleman, Founder of BlackGirlMagic Market, Co-Founder of I Am
Brilliant, PLE Leaders, and the CROWN Campaign, Raleigh, NC

Shemekka Ebony, wife and mother of 6, is a 100 Million Healthier Lives Health and Racial
Equity leader and a Johns Hopkins’ Health Policy Research Scholars Leadership Coach, an
initiative funded by Robert Woods Johnson Foundation. Shemekka is committed to expanding
awareness about policy transformation in the areas of hair discrimination, racial equity, health
equity, and economic equity with marginalized communities and emphasis with Black Women. I
Am Brilliant is her flagship organization and engagement strategy dedicated to connecting all
the threads that weave through communities in order to provide people better access, honor
their experiences, and institute best practices for sustainable partnerships. She consults several
Community and National organizations for best practices in community engagement. She also
serves as state advisor to the North Carolina Black Women’s Roundtable as well as convener of
Black Women vendors and entrepreneurs seeking economic power and inclusion through her
Black Girl Magic Market platform. Her life's work guides her community engagement expertise
with I Am Brilliant & the CROWN Campaign.