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Life & Work with Larita Rice-Barnes

Today we’d like to introduce you to Larita Rice-Barnes.

Hi Larita, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
As a little girl, I’ve always had big aspirations. I wanted to meet kings and queens and I loved changing my voice like I was born and raised in France. I loved saying coffee and tea as well as preparing the table for it. I had a very vivid imagination as a kid. Even though I grew up in a single-family home with my mom and grandmother, I dreamt of family. I had an imaginary husband whose name was Laundromat and my daughter’s name was Tika. As a little girl, I also loved giving, I’m sure I picked this up from both my mother and grandmother. I remember having a big desire to feed the homeless and hungry.

Yes, even as a little girl I used to beg my mother and grandmother to send money to Africa. We used to get to “feed the children” flyers in the mail. They accommodated my desire to give. There was a Caucasian lady named Kathy that used to come by our house. I would sneak food or at least I thought I was sneaking food out of the house to give it to her. Lol, I found out later that my mother and grandmother knew all along that I was doing it. My passion and my struggle both gave way for the path I am now on today.

I currently serve as a political advisor to parliament members in several countries. We have an outreach ministry in Kenya.

We have two churches in Uganda and an outreach ministry in India. We provide services to low-income or no income families. I am the founder and host of the conference RESET America RESET Africa and the CEO and founder of Global Impact Leadership Alliance a.k.a GILA. An organization that seeks to promote racial and economic dignity and creates platforms for foreign educational exchange and big business.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
The road by all means have not been a smooth one. As I mentioned, I grew up in a single-family home with my mother and grandmother. I was born and raised in urban community in a city called E. St. Louis, Illinois. The community like then is still disenfranchised and under-resourced. Though my households income fell within the poverty line somehow we always had the necessities but not always some of the “finer things of life”. In the 1980s, my grandmother was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. The doctors had given up on her and was expecting her not to live. I remember us calling for one of the local preachers to come and pray for her. My mom and I were her primary caregivers. Through the power of prayer, love, and nurturing, we watched my grandmother be restored back to perfect health. Her liver was miraculously restored and she lived about 18 years longer. Somewhere during this time, my mother fell victim to the war on drugs in our community. She became addicted to crack. The addition lasted throughout my junior high school years up until I was in my 30’s. At various ages, I was taken advantage of by people that I trusted. I was raped in high school. My mom and grandmother came to my rescue. My mom wasn’t aware at the time that I had also been molested as a little girl. There were many twists and turns in my life but through prayer, determination, focus and a will to live. The life that I now live is about helping others to discover their purpose and walk in it.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
To many, I am known as a gatekeeper, a prayer warrior, an activist and a change agent. I believe some of this is obvious to others because of my calling is to bridge gaps of racial, religious and economic divides. My charge in life is to provoke people into their destinies. It is my duty and call to be impactful and a catalyst in some way to all who I come in contact with. I had an epiphany several years ago. It was as though fresh water had been poured upon. I heard these words calm as day. I Woke Up To Purpose. It has become a tagline and a mission. I often will say that I just closed my eyes and kept walking. I’m referring to closing my natural eyes and seeing through the eyes of faith. I specialize in helping others press beyond life’s obstacles and breaking into their purpose. I am 2x author and an Amazon #1 in new releases.

One of my proudest moments is being a mom, now a wife and a grandmother. Being a first generational high-school and college graduate is high up on the list. I am proud of how my family as a whole have evolved. I am also proud of my latest book My Pink Stilettos. It was released smack dead in the middle of the declared global pandemic COVID19 October 2020, Commemorating Breast Cancer Awareness Month and women everywhere. My Pink Stilettos features my powerful story of overcoming and the harrowing tales of how 17 women came together from across the globe in the midst of a declared global pandemic to pen this masterpiece.

We are a diverse group of women representing 5 Continents. Africa, Europe, Asia, South America, and North America. Each one of us brings our own unique style and flavor. We have different ways of dressing. We have accents and different styles of writing and spelling, but our messages are unified.

I think some of the things that set me apart is my ability to be diverse and radically creative. I’m not necessarily married to any man-made rules. I don’t like to live inside of a box. I’m a break the box and create a circle kind of girl. In most cases, I can be super spontaneous but yet rigid when need be. I cross racial and religious divides. God always gives me fancy quotes. one of them is “Testimonies DON’T Expire. “Who Told YOU To Stop Telling YOUR story?” This quote has served as a tagline. It has literally been resounded across the globe by women all over.

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
I have learned even more the importance of family and good relationships. We should maximize our time on earth and take great care of our bodies. Don’t take anything or anybody for granted because the next second isn’t promised. I see this era as a massive opportunity for growth and global expansion. Now that we have been forcefully thrust into the digital world of technology our reach is much further, broader and impactful.

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image credit 1. CJH Brand LLC 2. Global Impact Leadership Alliance

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