Authentic storyteller Kemerlin Rich

In a period of time when we're inundated with what feels like consistent bad news, we wanted to put some emphasis on the positive. This is another installment in "Collective Conversations," a weekly series focusing on a woman we think is awesome + what she's all about. This week we're talking to Kemerlin Rich, authenticity guru, scholar, blogger and writer. She's Liberian and Southern Sioux, and values her rich and diverse lineage. Kemerlin uses her voice and influence to teach others about authenticity, communication and honesty. We talked to her about her favourite quarantine drink, her heritage and inutition.

1. Describe yourself in three words? 

Authentic, stylish, engaging.

2. What do heritage and tradition mean to you? 

Heritage is the pathway that shows us present-day joys and sorrows. Tradition is beautiful as long as it’s helping me to grow and not remain in a weakened mindset

3. Something that you're passionate about? 

I am passionate about being effective & purposeful in what I do; which includes my life in Christ. 

4. Who do you most admire? 

My Pastor and mentor Dr. Gertrude Stacks I admire most .. not for the position she holds but for the love and service that she gives that goes without recognition. . I admire her for the dedication to helping develop  people at whatever stage they are in their lives. Her care, concern and  attention is given to each  without partiality. To me.. that makes her service to God the more effective, genuine.. authentic. And because my goal is effectiveness and genuineness in my daily living… it is impactful to my life; which is why I admire her most. 

5. What is a weekly/monthly/fortnightly ritual or tradition you do for yourself? 

During this pandemic, it’s been to drink green-tea matcha daily. But as we’re getting settled (unfortunately) into pandemic life… I think it’s going to start being secluded getaways. 

6. What is something you're proud of? 

How I’ve grown as a creative.

7. What are some traditions that you’ve adopted from somewhere or someone else?

Ummm, let me think. Well, it would be my mom and the way she makes cornbread. You can’t tell me that mine isn’t better now. And please y’all don’t tell her. But the way she cooks with so much intention and excellence even when it’s just tuna. 

8. How do you align and connect with your intuition?

By listening. Because I am in Christ, my intuition is a barometer that God uses to speak and guide His children. If we listen, we become more keen.. if we don’t, we become dull. So I guess I’m saying obedience is how I align and connect to my intuition.

9. What's an assumption others make about you?

Ummm, that I am hard to approach. I guess intimidating. I am the kind of person who thinks about cake with a straight face. So it’s my disposition. But I’m also aware of my heritage. I am Liberian Bassa. And my lineage is Mende and Esan. We were warriors. So yes, I guess that can be intimidating. But I’m so cool it’s not even funny. But my intuition is sharp.

10. Is there an item that you would like to see from Collective Closets in the future? 

I’m thinking maybe jogger sets… It could be sporty /chic. 

11. What is something you do to be kind to yourself?

Spend time alone and hang up the phone.. (That rhymes.. lol)

You can follow Kemerlin on Instagram here and visit her website here