Currently based in Atlanta, Erica Denise always has SC on her mind and is one of our newest BSB Ambassadors! This SC belle loves all thing southern and making her way through the entertainment industry while staying true to her southern values. Learn more about Erica and her southern story:
Title: Night Side Assignment Editor
Company/Org: Gannett Co., Inc. 11 Alive News
Hometown: Columbia, SC
Alma Mater: Bethune-Cookman University
Sorority: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated
Favorite thing about being southern: I love my accent. People hear it and either love it or underestimate it. I feel sorry for the people that underestimate it.
What is your personal life motto: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Maya Angelou
What is the most challenging professional obstacle you have had: This time last year I worked in a toxic work environment that I hated. I prayed and worked out to get me through it. I’m happy to say that I made it. God made a way for me out of no way. I’m working in a healthy work environment and it doesn’t heart that I’m at one of my dream TV stations.
Who is your favorite character a “Different World”: Without a doubt Whitley Gilbert
Who do you wish you could meet? I wish I could meet Wendy Williams and Oprah Winfrey and in that order.
What would your best friend say is the best/most annoying quality about yourself? My best friend loves the fact that I am very accepting. My most annoying quality is that I am always busy.
What advice would you give your younger college self? Everyone is not your friend.
Where can we connect with you? Please follow me on Twitter/Instagram/Snapchat @Southern08Belle
We are so excited to feature Denise and have her on our Black Southern Belle team. Keep coming back to the site to see her upcoming articles on all things Southern!