WilliamsonBusiness.Com 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Tanya Davis

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Tanya Davis’ life took a turn down a road of destruction; living a dangerous life on the streets in Detroit, Michigan. Ms. Davis life as an addict: plagued with drug use, prostitution, domestic violence and homelessness, which led to crime and subsequent jail time. Her daily testimony is “To GOD be the glory”, because in the lion’s den, GOD met her in her cell and began to change her life.

Ms. Davis relocated to Nashville in 2003. Today, Ms. Davis is an entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, producer, salon owner and professional hair stylist, Educator, writer and playwright, and a witness to the love and redemption of GOD. Although Ms. Davis is no ordained minister, she definitely does her share of ministry work. Lives have been saved through her testimony, and she has shown many how to overcome obstacles. Ms. Davis loves to tell people, “I know a Man, and He’s not from Detroit or Nashville – but He’s from Galilee”. She continues to spread hope wherever she goes and loves to show people suffering with addiction how to succeed in recovery. One of Ms. Davis passions has been giving and volunteering herself to several organizations such as: Operation Stand-down Tennessee which offers a wide range of services for Veterans in need of housing and addiction, Mending Hearts provides shelter, hope and healing to women who may be homeless due to addiction, and mental health disorders, The Next Door which provides services to women who are impacted by addiction, mental illness, trauma and/or incarceration, G4 facility Level 3 Residential Treatment for females in the custody of Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services ranging from ages 12- 17, The Tennessee Women Prison houses women of all custody levels, Salvation Army and Nashville Recovery Fest. All of Ms. Davis events provide proceeds, clothing and her time to these organizations. She motivates students by going to Elementary career day, High schools and Cosmetology schools to encourage them “NOT TO QUIT” and the importance of saying NO to drugs. When asked, “What’s next?”, her answer is always, “Wherever GOD leads me because I know it is HIS purpose!”

Ms. Davis has a long list of accomplishments, including 2000 Salon of the year and 2001 Stylist of the year, in Detroit. In Nashville 2009 Recipient of the Phenomenal Woman Distinguished Award and 2014 Who’s Who Award. 2015 Ms. Davis joined Leading Lady Clarksville organized by Treva Gordon and In 2016 she was awarded Spirit of Excellence Award and I am Royalty Award. 2016, She joined Beauty Behind Bars and became one of the National Spokes Woman organized by Visionary Tiffany Love Harden.

In addition, Ms. Davis is founder of Ice Media Group, LLC. Editor-in-chief of “Ice Magazine” – a cross-cultural lifestyle magazine launching the rooftop of the Icon Building and “Focus on This” International Hair Magazine launching at the Hutton Hotel. She became an Author and wrote a book about her life story so that her testimony would bring clarity to any mother, father, sister, brother friend or love one to understand who an addict really is. Her Novel is on all social book sites and in two other countries, Curacao Venezuela and Holland. She has Produced Stage Plays such as “Drama in the Shop” held at Detroit Music Hall and turned her Novel into a stage play “From Crack to Christ” held at Nashville “TPAC” Tennessee Performing Arts. Mrs. Davis has also produced a Beauty Industry Award Show “Rip the Runway of Hair” showcased at The Hutton Hotel Nashville awarding the top diverse Beauty Industry Professionals here in Nashville. The black-tie event being very successful has expanded into a broader demographic of beauty professionals and now named “American Beauty Award Show”. She also produces a showcase called “I LOVE TO BATTLE” …consisting of Hair competition, Fashion designers and Music Artist (Rhythm and Blues…Country…Gospel) and acknowledging people who battle cancer, other illnesses and Veterans who battle for our country in our industry at Vanderbilt’s Student Life Center.

In 2016, Ms. Davis pitched a hair talk show “I Just Got My Hair Did” to 92Q cumulus station as Executive Producer, founded and Hosted by Chris Bond along with radio personality Yolo Bee which airs now every Saturday at 5pm bringing awareness to listeners about Beauty, Politics and the Community.

Ms. Davis is owner of Salon Ice…one of Nashville premiers Salon’s located 4898 Nolensville Pike. This salon is very big on customer service first and foremost and continue education is key. Another passion of hers is to create “Icicles Inc. Foundation”. Icicle Inc. Foundation is to help change the world by empowering young ladies 10-17 to lead, innovate, and serve. This organization will be committed to enriching young ladies through leadership, education, and positive identity development. It will build self-esteem and self-worth of young ladies by changing their outlook on life, broadening their horizons and providing tools for self-empowerment and efficacy and that it will become a 501c3 non-profit organization.

Last but not lease her #1 passion is serving God. Ms. Davis is a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church under the leadership of Bishop Joseph Walker III, and currently enrolled in MIT (Ministers in Training) a 3-year program.
Ms. Davis is the wife of Kenneth Thirkield, a mother of daughter Parisia Harp, and a grandmother of three precious grandchildren Tarien Harp, Taylor Harp and John “BJ” Foster, and she can’t forget her #1 fan, supporter, ride or die Mother Shirley Gene Harp who with continued prayers through it all that God would return her back from the pit of hell and become all God had planned for her life.

Ms. Davis believes in encouraging change because change is certainly necessary and with Christ, ALL things are possible.

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