By Arthia Nixon
(ALABAMA) – Brittnie Granville is far from your average beauty queen. The reigning 2021 Ms. Black Alabama USA might be preparing for her shot at the national title. Still, she’s balancing it with her duties as a single mom, philanthropist, author, autism advocate, business strategist, and generational wealth builder.
“I entered the pageant because I wanted to be a role model to other Black women. I wanted to be a positive representation of single mothers who may feel like they are overlooked or ignored in a society that views them as problematic,” said Brittnie. “More importantly, I wanted to do it for my daughter, Brailynn, who is autistic. Everything I do is with her in mind, especially as it pertains to autism awareness, acceptance, and inclusion while building generational wealth that will sustain a comfortable lifestyle.”
Brittnie states that her daughter’s father is not in her life but instead of choosing to be bitter, she always focused on her daughter, who has been diagnosed with ASD, SOAD, SDP, chronic asthma, epilepsy, and anxiety.
“Single mothers tend to get wrapped up in the baby daddy drama, but you have to put that aside and put that energy into creating a better life for your child, regardless of who chooses to be in their life,” says Brittnie. “When my child was younger, she went through over 15 medical specialists and still faces various challenges regarding her disorders. She is why I created the Mommy and Me Business Planner to teach parents about generational wealth and the importance of creating multiple streams of passive income for their children. Those of us with children with disabilities, especially, need to realize that many people may not want to employ them or work with them. Therefore, one way to generate wealth and passive income is by putting them in the position to be business owners.”
Brittnie helped her daughter create her own brand, The Ausome Kid™, which includes a storybook series, adventure activity book, and coloring book. They also have The Ausome Kid Inc. nonprofit organization to empower and support children with Autism, provide resources to impacted families, and educate the community on awareness, acceptance, and inclusion.
Brittnie is also passionate about giving back locally and abroad. In addition to volunteering to help less fortunate families during the holidays and encouraging literacy in Alabama schools, she has gone to South Africa to provide school supplies and monetary donations for the Kliptown Youth Program and contributed to the efforts to build boreholes in Accra, Ghana, in order to provide clean drinking water for the villages.
“It’s such a humbling experience to serve others in any capacity,” she said. “I have a keenness for children with disabilities, education, and financial literacy in generational wealth that community outreach will always be a part of my future plans.”
As a prestigious woman of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., she has many accomplishments that preceded her reign that laid the foundation of the woman she has become today. Brittnie acquired a Bachelors of Business Administration in Acquisition Management from the University of Alabama-Huntsville and a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia Southern University. She successfully secured a certification in Entrepreneurial Essentials from Harvard Business School online and a certificate in Women’s Entrepreneurship from Cornell University. She is also a member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and the Black Girl Social Club.
“People do ask what I plan to do after my reign is over, and I plan to do exactly what it is I have been doing, and that is to promote Autism awareness, acceptance, and inclusion on a broader scale for children like Brailynn, so they can be highlighted for their abilities instead of shunned for their disabilities and the world can see the greatness they can contribute to society if given the opportunity,” said Brittnie. “I would also like to open up a dance school as dancing has proved to be therapeutic for both of us. Dance is a great expressive form of art and fuels self-confidence. I just want to encourage women and girls to be proud of who they are and what they will become in the future and to take advantage, but not for granted, the path that has been paved for them, and of course, to simply enjoy life.”
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