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Name: Monica
Nicknames: Moe, Love, Upenzi
D.O.B: March 1st
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Status: Single
Residence: Atlanta, GA
Occupation: Technical Advisor and Web Design & Developers
Hobbies: Music, Design, Writing
Favorite Colors: Black, Red
Favorite Drinks: Minute Maid Juice, Vitamin Water
Favorite Music: R&B, Neo-Soul, Old School, Pop, Hip Hop, Rap
Favorite Musicians: Ice Cube, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Jill Scott, Jhene Aiko, T.I., Outkast, Tupac
Favorite Songs: Shai – If I Ever fall In Love, Stevie Wonder – Ribbon In The Sky, Lori Perry – Up Against The Wind, Earth Wind & Fire – Can’t Hide, Chaka Khan – Through The Fire, Chrisette Michelle – A Day In Your Life, The Commodores – Zoom
Favorite Actors/Actresses: Brian J. White, Tarji P. Henson
Favorite Movies: Friday (All of them), Beloved, Titanic, The Neverending Story, The Sound Of Music, Crooklyn, Alpha Dog, Imitation of Life
Favorite TV Shows: Reality TV, Big Brother, Law & Order: SVU, First 48, Girlfriends

Random Facts

I love seafood.
I love Mexican food.
I hate peas.
I hate cooked carrots.
I hate eggs.
I have a big head.
I have freckles.
My thumbs are double jointed.
I don’t read directions.
I’m TERRIFIED of clowns.
I talk to myself.
I love Hello Kitty.
I’m a Uterine Cancer Survivor.
I silently suffer from depression & anxiety.
I’m fine, but I’m not okay.
I live for love, and love to live.

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. I wanted something very unique. 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.  There also is no one else online claiming the name.  So when you see it, you know it’s me.

The Woman

I’m a thirty-something single mother of one 15 year old boy named Kimoni (KeeMahNee). We currently reside in Atlanta, Georgia. Born in San Francisco California, raised in Atlanta Georgia, and moved back to San Francisco in ’94. Finally moved back to Atlanta April 1, 2009. 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.  Some would call me blunt seeing as how I rarely bite my tongue. If you are looking for hardcore advise, straight truth all the way, then I’m your girl. I don’t sugarcoat – even though I rarely accept the advise for myself. Overall, I’m a fun, loving, woman, mother and friend.

Family

My immediate family consists of my mother Kandyce, my sister Halle’ and my 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. 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 them. Funny how that works. My father, Marvin, 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

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 have been in the web design game for about 15 years now. Started in MS Paint, Corel, Paintshop and now I can’t get enough of Adobe Creative Suite. I’m 90% geek. I can’t help it. I just love computers and technology.