Rykiell (Rye-key- elle), is a melanated woman who hails from the great state of California, whose heart is rooted in New Orleans. One of many children, family is the foundation of her world, and she holds great value for the institution of family. Rykiell is an evolving artist who has worked as a social worker and mental health counselor and draws much of her creative work from these experiences. She is passionate about living, learning, growing and evolving in all ways that are for the betterment of the world. She is a mother of one amazing young goddess she affectionately calls Babywoman.

Rykiell earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Africana Women’s Studies from Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, NC, and a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology-Los Angeles. Rykiell loves travel, and sees this as therapeutic and healing. Rykiell sees the world as her home and is based wherever she goes.