North Philadelphia entrepreneur uses tragedy to bring hope and light to her community

A young North Philadelphia entrepreneur, inspired by personal tragedy, is on a mission to better the community and be a positive role model.

Opening Nae’s Beauty Bar means a lot to 22-year-old Janae Hunter. After her brother I-Zeem was murdered three years ago, just days before she graduated from beauty school.

She felt defeated and depressed, but vowed to make a real difference in her honor.

“He’s very proud of me. It’s exactly what he would have wanted me to do to give back to my community. Give back to everyone I can and succeed!” says Janae.

Janae has hired nine young women from the neighborhood to work in the salon and hopes to be a true inspiration.

“My son, if he was here, he would be right next to her. He would be right next to her, ‘Come on Nae, come on!’ like, whatever it takes to get her where she needs to be,” Janae’s mom, Kim Hunter, said.

Nae’s Beauty Bar opens to the public on Monday and Janae hopes to hire even more young women to work in the salon.

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