Black History Month: Adylia-Rhenee of Yhorlife Opens Up
There is a human cliché that exists among those who feel that they have been through the “ringer” in life; that age old cliché that says maturity and wisdom can only come with age, or that one can only fall in love when over the age of 25, or in this particular case that one can’t run a company and be a CEO until they have walked life’s tightrope… Point being, if any of this ever had any truth to it (particularly the latter) then it can all be squashed and put to sleep.
Adylia-Rhenee Gutierrez’s story and approach to her life will put all that to rest. She has founded a growing brain child for which she serves as CEO.
She has achieved all of this by her current age of 20-years old and is a college student at Temple University.
The website is called Yhorlife.com. It’s an online community that celebrates hard work, shared values and offers sound advice.
Adylia-Rhenee tells her story of the struggles she went through to prove herself as a young adult in an ageist society as well as suffering racial stereotyping.
Adylia-Rhenee grew up in Los Angeles, her father is Latin and her mother is Black. She observes both sides of her culture. Unfortunately, in the society in which we live, if one doesn’t have the appearance of being Black, then they are not accepted as being Black.
“I think that is a problem in our community,” Adylia-Rhenee said. “If you’re not a certain hue, then you’re not black. I believe in the one percent theory. If you are even one percent Black, then you are Black and you should observe that part of your culture as well.”
This is a recurring issue that continues to escalate; a stereotypical belief that if one is Black then they should walk and talk a certain way, have a certain skin tone, listen to a specific type of music or watch a certain type of television. Black is not how one acts, it is who one is and it is definitely something no one should ever shy away from. To be Black is to be Black with pride.Continued on the next page