MEET Ebone Smith

Educator & Founder of Nonprofit Organization WE ARE R.I.S.E. 

What is your alchemy? Describe yourself in 7 words.

Seven words that would describe me are: unique, motivated, resilient, strong, beautiful, independent, unafraid. My alchemy is my ability to transform my thoughts and desires into physical form.

What is your support animal? 

My support animal is the Hummingbird because it moves swiftly and with purpose. Hummingbirds often travel alone, reminding me of their independence of the fact that they have a mind of their own. Hummingbirds are also beautiful birds.

What is your passion?

WE ARE R.I.S.E. Inc. is a nonprofit organization that I founded to mentor young, at-risk girls of color in the South Los Angeles area. It started as a mentorship program and I developed it into a nonprofit organization at the beginning of this year. R.I.S.E. stands for Resilient, Intelligent, Successful, and Empowered.

What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?

The advice that I would give to my 22-year-old self is the importance of forgiveness and self-compassion.

What is freedom to you? In what moments do you experience freedom?

Freedom is my ability to move through this Earth without the fear of being judged. I experience freedom every time I step outside of my home as my true, authentic self. 

Favorite go to music/ top 3

My top 3 genres of music are: Jazz / Neo-Soul / Rhythm & Blues


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