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Natasha Lancour, 32, Superior

What do you do?

Youth Restorative Justice Coordinator

Education

  • General education at Duluth Area Learning Center
  • Lake Superior College
  • Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College

Community involvement

  • Board member and fundraiser for Superior African Heritage Community
  • Save The Kids
  • Safe Haven
  • Positive Energy Outdoors
  • YWCA Girl Power! program coordinator
  • Presenter for Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Current "commissioner" for People of Color Voices of Racial Justice
  • Men as Peacemakers (Restorative Justice Girl Group)
  • Social Justice Social
  • YWCA 125th anniversary (emceeing and performing)

Tell us about your loved ones

  • Brody Lancour — husband
  • Eimony — daughter
  • Andrew — son
  • David — son
  • Braylon — son
  • Mother — Angela
  • Father — Roosevelt
  • Siblings — Nashonia, James, R.I.P. Melvin
  • Nieces — Avoni, Aniyah
  • Nephew — Jayce
  • Squad — Men as Peacemakers and Solace Studios Family

What do you do in your free time?

Home life with my babies, hubby and family, especially bonfires on the beach.

Songwriting and performing my music as I am an emcee and rapper … so collaborations are my new thing. Staying grass-rooted in my community.

Tell us about an influential person in your life

My daughter, Eimony Conito.

What's the best decision you've ever made?

Loving beyond understanding, all while staying true to me and my experiences, and not allowing anyone to tell my story or hurt my feelings about my choices.

What is your biggest accomplishment?

My biggest accomplishment is realizing my value and the value of the people in my everyday life.

What keeps you in the Twin Ports?

The community and awareness and drive for equity and liberation.

Describe your happy place

Prayer

What’s your five-year plan?

Founder of the Annual Royal Resilient Risers — an award ceremony-fundraiser-dinner that acknowledges youth of color in our community, not only through academics but as well as through their extraordinary differences, talents, kindness and resilience.

What words of wisdom do you have for young adults?

Love beyond understanding, fight for liberation, including the liberation of others, and align your talents with your knowledge and passion, then after, remain consistent in who you say you are because one day they will have no choice but to believe you. And never remind someone of pain.

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