Meet Our Professional Homegirl of the Week: Arielle Chambers

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1. Social Handles (personal and business):

@ariivory on every social network. I like to keep things consistent and because I'm a journalist, I think it's important to not filter my opinion.

2. What do you do and what does a day of your work looks like?

I work for women's basketball. I word it like that because I'm involved in many aspects of it, with  the common goal of pushing women's basketball as a whole. I am a reporter, on-camera talent, host, influencer and editorial writer for the WNBA and NCAA (Women's). A typical day for me includes watching and reviewing film from games, reading many tweets and articles about women's basketball happenings, communicating with players (if I need them for an interview or am choosing to write a player perspective piece), and typing away at a computer.  No one day is the same and that's the beautiful thing about what I do. 

3. What motivates you?

Not seeing more women of color in this space motivates me. LaChina Robinson paved the way for me, so I have the responsibility to keep opening doors for the upcoming generation.  The disproportionate respect for the women's game in comparison to the men's also serves as motivation for me. 

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4. How do you balance with your career, side hustles, and your social life?

Each one of my hustles is my hustle. I never consider one a side hustle. My career is literally composed of hustling and aligning. I haven't mastered balance yet, but I know I do what I love. If I have a 20 hour day, I have no problem being tired because I'm being tired doing things I love.  My social life-hmmm-I struggle with the desire to go out and be "fun," which is something I need to work to improve. Because I'm from North Carolina (and live in New York), many of my friends aren't accessible anyway. And as far as relationships, I've been lucky enough to have someone who shares my passion. That's the only way it works, being with me. 

5. What does Professional Homegirl mean to you?

Professional Homegirl means to unapologetically pursue your dreams and uplift your fellow queens while you do it. 

6.What advice would you give to young women that want to pursue their dreams?

1. Never let anyone mispronounce your name. Your name is your identity. It runs far deeper than you think.

2. Never accept no as an answer.

3. Make your own table if they don't want to give you a seat.