Today in Atlanta the African American Women in Cinema (AAWIC) who’s mission it is to empower women of color who have produced and written their own films is opening up an Atlanta chapter at Apex Museum where they will be honoring Mushiya Tshikuka for all the work she has done in the African American community. As a result of Mushiya’s hard work and dedication to empowering women of color through the celebration of their naturally kinky hair and darker skin tones, AAWIC has decided to make Mushiya Tshikuka their newly appointed Ambassador for Atlanta. During the launch of the Atlanta chapter the mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed, will be presenting his letter of recognition to Mushiya.
Lively and animated reality TV star, Mushiya Tshikuka, can be found on WEtv’s show Cutting It In The ATL. She is the owner of a natural hair salon called The Damn Salonwhere they make natural hair look high fashion, edgy and exciting.
She is also the creator of hair extension line Runway Curls. Runway Curls transforms women by allowing them to be the center of attention with their natural hair while still maintaining a level of professionalism, allowing their looks to be accepted across corporate America. Runway Curls extensions are also used on a doll that Mushiya designed called My Natural Doll. My Natural Doll was built on the idea that little girls of color need to see more of themselves in their natural beauty and form to build up their self-confidence as they get older.
Mushiya’s philanthropic contributions to communities of color include #NaturalsStandTallin collaboration with Minority Women Veterans Organization and her international I Am Strong Mission for breast cancer and domestic violence awareness.
“19 years ago, Terra Renee, had a vision to empower women of color by creating a platform that acknowledges our talent, our creativity and our accomplishments that is always so greatly overlooked,” says Mushiya Tshikuka. “Today, as a women of color who also strives to empower our community by instilling self-confidence, self-worth and self-determination amongst us, I am honored to be a part of that vision as the Ambassador for the African American Women in Cinema.”