Shellita “She Nyce”Dillon-Coleman started her path as an HIV/AIDS activist in 2001. While working part-time as an on-air radio personality for Radio One, interviewing rap artist on ABC’s Phatt City, and working full-time as an HIV/STD Prevention Specialist, She Nyce noticed that the information she delivered regarding HIV/STD Prevention was better received when she incorporated youth friendly entertainment with prevention messages. From then on, She Nyce combined her roles as an entertainer and educator, utilizing out-of-the box methods to reach a high risk minority population by educating through “info-tainment,” a combination of information and entertainment, to reach people at schools, youth centers, foster-care, drug treatment centers, and homeless shelters.
However, there is more to She Nyce than spreading the word about the prevention of HIV/STD’s. As a youth, She Nyce found herself living a fast life at an early age. As a high school drop out, gang affiliated, teenage mom, she tried hard to be a “bad girl” but was held back by what she knew was really right. Peer pressure, bad decisions, and life lessons gave her the passion to want to empower young women to not make the same mistakes she made and provide them with the skills needed to empower themselves. Thus her vision came to light as a program called D.I.V.A (Developing Inner Voices to Action,) a self-esteem workshop for young women that incorporates music videos, popular Internet sites, and rap music for young women ages 14-21. This program stayed true to her “info-tainment” roots, using hip-hop culture to influence good decision making skills for youth.
Among her accomplishments, She Nyce has produced and co-starred in Miya’s Story; Young and Positive. The 15 minute documentary received raving reviews for the depth and honesty about how HIV/AIDS can affect women involved in heterosexual relationships. In 2012, Washington University School of Medicine Pediatrics Department awarded She Nyce the Shooting Star Award for her continuous work with women infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Currently, She Nyce has been the driving force behind developing The Juice Box Diaries, an innovative informative and entertaining “home-grown” intervention inspired by The Vagina and Pocketbook Monologues. The Juice Box Diaries made its debut in honor of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in 2012 to a crowd of over 250 people and went on to grow in anticipation and attendance reaching roughly over 800 people to promote HIV/AIDS awareness through personal testimonies of women infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. She Nyce is in the process of developing an info-tainment television program titled At the Kitchen Table centered around women and girls to create “teachable moments” and spark conversation among girls and women regarding sexual health awareness. She Nyce regularly appears on various radio programs on topics about HIV/AIDS and serves as a self-proclaimed “condomologist” and an expert on “Eroticizing Safer Sex”. A wife and mother of three children, she understands how to juggle her career with family and make it work. She Nyce knows there is no limit to what she can accomplish as long as she continues to remain passionate and true to herself with a strong commitment to the community.