If only the teenage Abiola Abrams could see herself now. The multimedia diva once dreamed of becoming
an actress but as soon as that dream came true, Abrams realized that the quality of interesting roles for women of color was
sorely lacking. "It was too passive a space for me," the New York City born-and-bred, Guyanese-rooted beauty explains
of being on the big screen. Instead, Abrams decided to broadcast her very active ideas as a filmmaker, writer and TV personality.
And whether she's chatting away on television as the host of BET's The
Best Shorts, directing award-winning short films like Knives in My Throat,
or conquering the virtual world with her daily online show Planet
Abiola, her blog The Goddess
Factory or debut novel Dare, Abrams is spreading her gospel of "empowering
people culturally, emotionally, sexually and politically," across every possible media platform. "I use pop culture
to remind people to love themselves already, damn it," laughs Abrams. So how does the unabashed feminist, activist and
self-love guru define herself? "I am the daughter of Madonna and Oprah Winfrey, Cosmo and Ms., Candida Royalle and Eve Ensler.
I was born to talk to people."