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Name: Monica
Nicknames: Moe, Moni, Upenzi, Love
Age: 32
D.O.B: March 1st
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Status: Single
Residence: Atlanta, GA
Hobbies: Networking, Music, Photography, Web Design
Favorite Colors: Black, Blue, Pink
Favorite Drinks: Arizona Green Tea, Minute Maid Fruit Juice, Nuvo
Favorite Music: R&B, Old School, Neo-Soul, Hip-Hop
Favorite Artists: Ice Cube, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Jill Scott, R. Kelly, Outkast, Tupac
Favorite Songs: Stevie Wonder – Ribbon In The Sky, Commodores – Zoom
Favorite Actors/Actresses: Brian J. White, Nia Long, Tyler Perry
Favorite Movies: Friday (All of them), Beloved, The Sound Of Music, Crooklyn, Imitation of Life
Favorite TV Shows: Reality TV, Law & Order SVU, First 48, Girlfriends

Introduction

I’m a 31 year old single mother of one 9 year old boy named Kimoni (KeeMahNee). We currently reside in Atlanta, Georgia. But we also represent for the Bay Area (Cali). I’m a pretty complex individual. Being a Pisces, by nature I’m very sensitive. Which amazes me sometimes because I put up a pretty good debate for a crybaby. I have a silly personality. I love to live life to the fullest and laughter keeps me going. I’m also a daydreamer. I think in a past life I must have been someone famous because I seem to posses the desire to always want to be in the mix of everything.

Family

My immediate family consists of my mother Kandyce, my 19 year old sister Halle’ and my 9 year old son Kimoni. My rock is my mother Kandyce. She’s the one that holds me up when I’m about to topple over. Halle’ is my young pupil. I love her so much more then I actually tell her. It amazes me how someone who started out so little grew into someone taller then me. *wink* Then there’s Kimoni: the King Leo of my life. He is such a pleasure to be around. He’s a comedian (wonder where that came from) and absolutely loves to laugh. He makes me smile even when I don’t want to. I honestly do not know where I would be without him. He makes it all worth it. And if I had to start over and do it again, I would, just to meet him again. I come from a large family but I don’t know many of them. Funny how that works. My father, Moe, passed away in ’99. I don’t have any living grandparents. I have 3 siblings, Halle’, Deana (RIP) and Donna. I have one nephew, Ramel. 3 Aunts, Cynthia, Carol and Elaine. 4 Uncles, Cameron, Bud (RIP), Danny (RIP) and Billy. I have a ton of cousins and great aunts and uncles. Too many to name. I’m kind of an East Coast/West Coast baby by default. My maternal family is from Atlanta, GA and my paternal family is from Brooklyn, NY.

Interest

Okay this is my confession: I Am A Camera Whore. I have taken way too many pictures LOL. I don’t even just take a few pictures anymore, I take photoshoots. But it’s my therapy. I feel better after I’ve taken a bunch of pics. I love poetry. I have written over 200 poems. I’m even published by a Christian Publishing Company in New York. I also love music. My favorite material possession is my computer. I have no idea what I would be doing with my life if I didn’t have one. And if something happens to my computer I will just die (ok not die, but you get the point)I’m 90% geek. I can’t help it.

Random Facts

I love Mexican food.
I love seafood.
I hate peas.
I hate eggs (aka chicken abortions).
I’m right handed.
I have 6 piercings & 6 tattoos.
I have freckles.
I don’t read directions.
I’m TERRIFIED of clowns.
I talk to myself.

History

The main question I always get is “What is Upenzi?” Upenzi (U-Pen-Zee) is Swahili for “Love”. Over the years I have had some very different website names. I wanted a fresh start. And since I have always had a love for the Swahili language, I chose a Swahili name. Plus this was a way for me to reestablish my online persona. I had been going by other names and I just wanted to be one unique name. “Upenzi” won the vote and I have loved it ever since. I started designing in 1999. I began at the bottom like a lot of designers on Yahoo! Geocities. Then moved on to Yahoo Clubs. It was then I began to do custom headers from Yahoo Clubs. Then I moved on to signatures for Message Boards. After 2 years of that I was offered hosting by another designer. When she decided to delete the domain and everything in it, including my site, I decided to get my own site. Thus, PhatBitch.net was born. The mecca of all my sites. I sometimes miss the name. And from what I hear, people miss my flamboyant layouts featuring beautiful women. Sadly, PhatBitch came to a close in December 2004. I simply needed to upgrade.

Previous Websites: PhatBitch.net, Monika.iCandyBitches.com