AlumNow: Health grad encourages students to start now

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Angel Lenise Robinson has traveled miles from her days on Townview’s Big D Marching Band dance team.

However, the lessons taught by a favorite teacher are never far behind. Today, Robinson, a 2006 graduate of the School of Health Professions at Townview, is living her life with passion, following her dreams, and charting her own path. Her LinkedIn page characterizes Robinson as a “high-heeled editor, host, and producer with a love for hip-hop, pop culture, and high style.”

AlumNow, The Hub feature that profiles district grads to find out where they are now, connected with Robinson for an update on her exciting life, and she encouraged students to follow their passion with zest, starting right now—not bad advice for both young and old.

What are you doing now?

As a producer on the Hearst Corporation’s digital media team, I produce fashion, beauty, and lifestyle video for Harper’s Bazaar and ELLE magazines.

Briefly list a few of your career and/or personal highlights

  • Fashion and entertainment reporter, Mode Media
  • 106 and Park correspondent
  • Magna Cum Laude, Clark Atlanta University

What was your favorite subject or activity/involvement in high school?

My fondest high school memories are linked to Townview’s Big D Marching Band. Being a member of such a renowned organization, full of such talented and passionate students, was the highlight of my teenage years. As a member of the dance line, I learned discipline, tenacity, and the power of performance! It fueled my love of the arts, and is something I hold near to my heart, to this day! And, it didn’t hurt that we won a national award, or two!

Who was your favorite teacher?

Evelyn Forte-Jones, auxiliary director for the Big D Marching Band and theater instructor for Townview Magnet Center. Her leadership on the field, and her direction on stage, were coupled with lessons that carried over into real life. She was zealous about her work, but even more invested in the future of the young women and men she taught. There is nothing greater than being under the tutelage of someone who truly loves her work and Ms. Forte-Jones proved that time and time again.

What advice, if any, would you offer to high school students today?

It’s never too early, and you’re never too young. You have the power—at this age, and in this moment—to push culture forward. If you’ve got a great entrepreneurial pitch, get it to investors. If you’ve got artwork you want to share, put it up for sell on Etsy. If you’ve got a book you want to write, start a blog. There are so many outlets to share your work, and it’s never too soon to make an investment in the work you’re truly passionate about.

College/University and degree earned:

Bachelor of Arts, Clark Atlanta University, 2010

Masters broadcast journalism, Columbia University

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