"Uhura" is the feminine form of freedom in Swahili. Freedom is the inspiration behind the actions of Uhura. She was born Kenisha Shree Moore, to Juliet Maupin and Kenneth Moore in Kansas City, Kansas/Missouri. Uhura has one older sister and four nieces and nephews. Also, because different members of her family cared for her during childhood she considers many of her cousins to be siblings as well.
Uhura is an advocate of health and wellness. She was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis, a neuromuscular disease where the body attacks itself, weakening nerves and muscles. Uhura spent her life overcoming stages of the disease, having multiple surgeries and hospitalizations. In 2009 she made the shift from pharmaceutical drugs to natural healing eating and exercise. In 2010 she trained and ran a marathon and shed the 85lbs. gained from prescription drugs.
2005-2009 she attended University of Missouri-Kansas City. During her time at UMKC she was a dean's list student, vice chancellor honor award recipient, president of her undergraduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., campus ambassador and secretary of the African American Student Union. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Mass Communications with a minor in Pan African Studies. Uhura went on to complete a Master of Science in Ministry from Pepperdine University in 2011 where she worked as a resident assistant. She enjoys studying and writing on topics such as: theology, politics, and Pan-Africanism.
In conjunction with her academic accomplishments, Uhura is also a creative artist. She works as a stylist and online boutique owner (hautecouture on instagram) where she seeks to promote local designers and artists and promotes thrift shopping in opposition to corporate consumerism. The store motto is "There is no shame in poverty," as to indicate true shame lies in greed. Uhura loves her community and advocates that we all work and spend local in order to prosper our economy. You may see her going to her various jobs on a blue beach cruiser here in the community. She works as a fashion model and designer's assistant with Micheline Haute Couture. Uhura is proud to be laying the foundation of her entrepreneurial endeavors. She serves as the editor in chief of Freedum Blogzine, a fashion/culture/and news magazine focusing on Leimert Park and her experience as the first Miss Leimert Park through the lens of fashion, art and culture. Uhura promotes the arts, fashion design, maintaining a cultural press, and entrepreneurship as well as unity of youth and the village. A firm believer in, "The good of the village above the good of the individual."