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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Lodging Entrepreneur
Magazine Lifestyle Editor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Sage Green
Favorite Food:
Shrimp
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Home
Favorite Quote:
Make It Happen.

Birthplace

Born:
6/22/1959
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Lodging Entrepreneur
Magazine Lifestyle Editor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Sage Green
Favorite Food:
Shrimp
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Home
Favorite Quote:
Make It Happen.

Birthplace

Born:
6/22/1959
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Author, editor and bed & breakfast inn owner Monique Greenwood was born on June 22, 1959 in Washington, D.C. Greenwood attended Howard University where she graduated magna cum laude in 1981 with her B.A. degree in communications. In 1989, Greenwood married Glenn Pogue, a broadcast engineer for WNBC-TV.

Greenwood’s family lived in the Washington, D.C. area for several generations. In the 1920s, her grandfather, Benjamin Greenwood, operated a small grocery store in the southeastern part of the city. He later owned the Greenwood Transfer Moving and Storage Company, a business that was eventually listed as one of the United States top Black owned businesses. Greenwood was inspired by her grandfather’s success. His example proved to her that racial discrimination could not stop a person who had the determination to succeed.

Not long after Greenwood’s graduation from Howard University, she began working at Fairchild Publications. Greenwood stayed at Fairchild for fifteen years; among her achievements at Fairchild was the creation of Children’s Business, which was a monthly trade magazine that provided information about children’s apparel and other products. In 1992, Greenwood published her first book Go On Girl! Book Club Guide to Reading Groups. She was also the co-founder of the Go On Girl! Book Club, which is the largest African American book club in the United States.

In 1995, Greenwood and her husband opened their first Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast in Brooklyn, New York. The following year, she started working at Essence magazine, as a lifestyle and style director, where she stayed for five years. In 2000, Greenwood became editor and chief of Essence magazine. In 2001, Greenwood published Having What Matters: The Black Woman’s Guide to Creating the Life You Really Want. After writing her second book, Greenwood realized what mattered most to her, so she resigned as editor and chief of Essence magazine to pursue her passion for inn keeping.

Along with her husband, Greenwood opened four more Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inns in New Jersey (2002, 2006), Washington, D.C. (2003) and New Orleans (2005). Greenwood is working on her third book which will be titled Life Under New Management: How to Fire Your Job and Become Your Own Boss.

Greenwood was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 11, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Monique Greenwood's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Monique Greenwood lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Monique Greenwood describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Monique Greenwood describes her maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Monique Greenwood describes her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Monique Greenwood describes her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Monique Greenwood describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Monique Greenwood describes her family's moving business, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Monique Greenwood describes her family's moving business, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Monique Greenwood talks about her older brother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Monique Greenwood lists her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Monique Greenwood describes her relationship with her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Monique Greenwood describes her early talent for leadership
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Monique Greenwood describes her leadership of her family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Monique Greenwood describes the holidays with her family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Monique Greenwood describes her home in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Monique Greenwood remembers the Petworth United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Monique Greenwood remembers writing about fashion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Monique Greenwood remembers the media of her youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Monique Greenwood describes the sights and sounds of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Monique Greenwood remembers Barnard Elementary School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Monique Greenwood remembers Rabaut Junior High School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Monique Greenwood talks about her interest in fashion
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Monique Greenwood recalls her decision to attend Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Monique Greenwood describes her experiences of racial discrimination
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Monique Greenwood remembers Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Monique Greenwood describes her social life in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Monique Greenwood remembers her dreams and aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Monique Greenwood recalls her decision to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Monique Greenwood remembers Howard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Monique Greenwood recalls working at Fairchild Publications, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Monique Greenwood remembers writing about men's accessories
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Monique Greenwood describes the Children's Business magazine, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Monique Greenwood describes the Children's Business magazine, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Monique Greenwood recalls the diversity committee at Fairchild Publications, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Monique Greenwood remembers founding the Go On Girl! Book Club
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Monique Greenwood describes her book, 'Having What Matters'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Monique Greenwood remembers meeting her husband
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Monique Greenwood remembers dating her husband, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Monique Greenwood remembers dating her husband, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Monique Greenwood describes her wedding
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Monique Greenwood joining the staff of Essence magazine
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Monique Greenwood describes her career at Essence magazine
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Monique Greenwood recalls moving to the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Monique Greenwood remembers vacationing in Cape May, New Jersey
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Monique Greenwood recalls her decision to open a bed and breakfast
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Monique Greenwood recalls purchasing the Akwaaba Mansion in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Monique Greenwood talks about the Akwaaba Bed and Breakfast Inns
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Monique Greenwood describes the growth of the Akwaaba Bed and Breakfast Inns
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Monique Greenwood describes her husband's career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Monique Greenwood describes the locations of the Akwaaba Bed and Breakfast Inns
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Monique Greenwood describes her personal quarters at the Akwaaba Bed and Breakfast Inns
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Monique Greenwood describes the Akwaaba Cafe in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Monique Greenwood talks about her retail properties
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Monique Greenwood describes her involvement in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Monique Greenwood describes the importance of economic empowerment
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Monique Greenwood reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Monique Greenwood talks about her daughter
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Monique Greenwood describes her role models
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Monique Greenwood describes her plans for the Akwaaba Bed and Breakfast Inns