SPOTLIGHT: Ella Johnson (Businesswoman, Journalist, Hostess, Motivational Speaker, Humanitarian)
Ella Johnson, born and raised in small town Monroeville, AL, is neither shy to the cameras nor is she unfamiliar with being in the spotlight. As a teenager, Ella overcame racial barriers in Alabama when she found herself up against odds that were placed on Blacks in her community. Raised by a single parent, Ella and her family faced the same hardships that were well known to Blacks in the south during the 70's.
In 1988, Ella graduated from Monroe County High School and went on to further her education at the University of Mobile (formerly Mobile College), where she pursued a career in Communications as a Broadcast Journalist. Ella moved on to Tampa, FL where she attended Avance Career Center and lit up the runways all over Tampa with her authentic charm. She was developing skills that would soon push her into her destiny.
Still in pursuit of her first love in broadcasting, in 2010, the Connecticut School of Broadcasting auditioned Ella and accepted Ella into their school of Broadcasting, where she found herself at the top of the class. She served as the News Anchor and Director for the final project of which the team scored an above average grade. Immediately after graduation, Ella locked in an internship at the NBC News affiliate in Orlando, WESH TV 2, where she worked for 6 months.
With many experiences of life under her belt, Ella discovered her newfound love, which was to write. In 2010, Ella wrote her first novel, Torn: The Melissa Williams Story, based on true events in her life in Alabama. Upon completion of the book, it became a hit with the people from her hometown demanding that more of the story be told. There are 3 books currently published as The Torn Series, with the Final Torn in progress and on target to be published in 2019. Ella has written the screenplay for this story, with the hopes of seeing it come to life on the big screen.
On a sunny Sunday afternoon during the summer of 2014, Ella heard God's voice encouraging her to feed families for Thanksgiving in Alabama. With nothing but God's word to work with, Ella left Florida and traveled to Alabama to be obedient to God's voice. To date, her organization, Women at Work International, has fed over 600 families for Thanksgiving. That work will continue this year, but this year, the organization will also feed families in Paynesville, Liberia.
Continuing in her passion for broadcasting, The Mahogany Bronze Hour can be heard on internet radio, Facebook Live and will be coming soon as an internet Talk Show. The purpose of this show is to encourage, enlighten and to empower the men and women in the community with the truth and harsh realities of life that affect our communities. Hosted by CSB graduate, Ella Johnson, the shows are edgy and without restriction to any conversation. The Mahogany Bronze Hour broadcasts from Monday - Friday from 5pm - 6pm on DJ Pun's Underground Radio - www.keepinitrealunderground.com. The Mahogany Bronze Hour, the talk show, is coming soon.
Ella is a mother of 6 children and a grandmother of 6. She is divorced since 2012 and has not remarried, but is in a relationship. To learn more about Ella Johnson, please follow her on Facebook as Ella Johnson, Instagram as Mahogany Motivations and the website, www.theellajohnson.com.