T. Barnes. Solana’s Mama. Global Lifestyle Entrepreneur. Lover of Black People. Pan-Africanist. Humanitarian. Esthetician. Thinker. Speaker. Educator. Global Citizen. She defies any one box by creating a life that incorporates her full humanity. Although she runs several businesses in beauty, fashion, and travel she has a solid academic grounding with a bachelor’s degree from NYU in sociology, a Masters in history from Western CT State University, and a second Masters in teaching for social justice from Marlboro College. This fusion of creativity, academic, and business knowledge has afforded Barnes a life spent studying, traveling, and building global businesses, while serving as a bridge between the diaspora and the world, actively providing opportunities to global experiences that help black people imagine themselves beyond the periphery and limitations of race. She is currently the owner of T. Barnes Global Lifestyle, the founder of the Black Freedom Colony, and the General Manager and Creative Director of Mwasi Global Community currently located in Marrakesh, Morocco.