I am Maya Shea Penn. I’m a 13 year old entrepreneur, philanthropist, designer, artist, animator (I make animated short films), illustrator, and writer. I am the CEO of Maya's Ideas, a company I started in 2008 when I was just 8 years old. I create handmade artisan crafted one-of-a-kind eco-friendly accessories and clothing. I have been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, Ebony, The Steve Harvey Show, Young Entrepreneur, Redbook, FOX 5 Atlanta, Black Enterprise, Etsy,The NRDC, The Michael Baisden Show, CBS Better Mornings Atlanta, and many other publications. My designs are sold all over the world and I have customers in Denmark, Italy, Australia and more. I love to use my creativity to give back to the community, and the environment and it's creatures. 10-20% of my profits go to causes that I am passionate about like: Hosea Feed The Hungry, Atlanta Community Food Bank, The Ian Somerhalder Foundation ( I’m a member of their kids division and I write articles and add content/videos to their website.). I also write a column called Ask The Expert as a contributing writer for Livethrive.org. I was honored as an entrepreneur at the 2012 SCLC Women's 33rd Annual Drum Major for Justice Awards in the Youth Category. I was honored along with actor and Humanitarian Sean Penn, Actor Samuel L. Jackson and his wife Latanya Richardson, CNN News Anchor Don Lemon,Rev. Al Sharpton, Justice Robert Benham and Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson. I was panelist/speaker at the economic empowerment summit at Agnes Scott College that was being presented by the National Center for Civil and Human Rights for teen age girls. I also have a non-profit organization called Maya's Ideas 4 The Planet. I spoke at TEDx Youth November 19th
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Friday, September 16, 2011
So long summer...( Part 1 )
It's been a long and exciting summer, filled with friends, field trips, food, and fun. The holiday season is right around the corner but be for we get to caught up in that let's take a look back on some of the fun me and my family had this summer...
To start things off we went to a little city called Charleston in South Carolina. I had so much fun there...and I certainly want to live there when I grow up and move out. First we went to a restaurant named "Hank's Sea Food Restaurant."
It may not look like much on the outside but believe me the food inside is FABULOUS!
You simply MUST try the she-crab soup! I recommend it!
The next day we headed to a restaurant called "Bubba Gump". But hang on. On the way there I happened to meet a well...un-likely character. Some where between our hotel and Bubba Gump we met a pirate! Yes a pirate! Now this pirate was giving information on a tour about pirates! He told us lot's of facts about pirates that were very fascinating! Now on to Bubba Gump. They had some really good food there and I know I would definitely recommend it!
I got my fish and chips in a little boat! Isn't that nice? =)