Telesa Hines Talks Breaking Down Barriers and Building Bridges

Atlanta has a strong and growing creative economy. Everyday, we meet women who are on the ground working to break down barriers, build community, inspire, inform, and entertain the people of Atlanta through the arts.

For National Women’s History Month in March, C4 Atlanta will be curating a Leading Lady blog series celebrating the women in the creative economy of Greater Atlanta. Over the last several weeks, we have asked the public to nominate women in the creative sector who inspire and have positively impacted the Atlanta community through their contributions. 

We are proud to introduce the Next Leading Lady for March 2018: Telesa Hines

Where do you work and what do you do?
I am a poet, motivational speaker, actor and reiki practitioner. When I’m not doing all of these things, I’m a kindergarten teacher in Dekalb County Public Schools.

When and how did you first become interested in the arts? How long have you been in your line of work?
I’ve been writing since I was in elementary school. I’ve always had a passion for the arts.

What did you want to be or think you were going to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be Oprah or Dianna Ross when I grew up.

If you could have lunch with any woman from history who would it be and what would you want to talk about?
I would definitely want to have lunch with Oprah. I would thank her for coining the term “aha moments” and tell her that I believe Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic theory is merely a collection of Black girl “aha moments” that ultimately alter & shape the collective unconscious of the masses.

Who has been the biggest influence in your life?
Intuitive life coach Jerome Braggs has been one of the biggest influencers of my adult life.

How is art a passion for you?
Passion, to me, is the thing you’re willing to do for free. That’s what writing is to me.

What are your thoughts on equality and the representation of women in the creative workforce?
Women are a dominant force to be reckoned with, however, it’s unfortunate that we are never on an equal playing field as our male counterparts and rarely have the same support from the female fan base.

What most excites you about the arts in Atlanta?
That it is ever evolving. I find it ironic that something can be so classic yet new at the same time, but that is exactly what the Atlanta art scene exemplifies.

What do you hope to contribute to the Atlanta arts community with the work you do? 
I hope to knock down walls!! I want to break barriers and build bridges. I want to use existing platforms to create new platforms that provide sustainable income for poets. I think poets may be the single most underpaid artists.

Where can I learn more about your organization/business and work (websites, social media, etc.)?

My website: www.telesahines.com 
Facebook: Telesa Hines 
Instagram: Magnolia Peach