Every Wednesday Yasmin Young of the 2 To 6 Takeover and The People's Station will select WNY's Hardest Working Woman to feature here on WBLK.com and receive a prize! Meet our current winner, Makala Parks!


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  • Meet September 21st's Winner, Makala Parks!!

    Makala became a mother at an early age, but she still stayed dedicated and made it through high school! She faced heartache though not long after giving birth, her son's father was murdered! But Makala stayed focused and strong, saying "I still kept my head up and managed to go back to school to become a Certified Nurse Assistant. I'm now working 40 to 60 hours a week working hard for success and will be going back to school in April to become a License Nurse and soon will become a florist!" Today we salute you Makala!

  • Meet September 14th's Winner, Ariel West!!

    Ariel works 60-hours, while being a mom to her 2-year-old son. She says, "between making sure my sisters, nieces and nephews are happy and my bills are paid, that alone makes me a hardworking woman!" Congrats Ariel!

  • Meet September 6th's Winner, Fonda Tubbins!

    Fonda is a hard-working woman, who works 7 days a week. She also makes time to volunteer 3 days weekly at her son's school. Last year she even received a volunteer of the year award by Byron Brown! Fonda says, "I care about my children's education and I always push and try to get other parents to come and volunteer." And that's why we salute you Fonda!

  • Meet August 29th's Winner, Zahara Samadi!

    Zahara Samadi is the mom of 2 boys ages 3 & 12. She is also working on opening her own dispatching/roadside/towing company! Zahara says, "life has its obstacles but I remain humble and strong throughout it all,there is no limit to success! The top is the only way I can go from here." Keep pushin' Zahara!!

  • Meet August 23rd's Winner, Shantel Shannon!

    Shantel is a 27-year-old independent woman, who is mom to a 4-year-old daughter. She is working and going to school at UB full-time. As a cervical cancer and domestic abuse survivor, she hopes to inspire other women! She says, "I push myself though because I know I can do it and God is guiding me. I want to be a counselor and a role model to people to let them know you can do it. God is not good God is great. My daughter is my biggest motivation to keep pushing. I salute all hard working mother's and women in general." Today, we salute YOU Shantel!

  • Meet August 17th's Winner, Kadejha Bryant

    Kadejha is the mother of two, an 8-year-old daughter and a 2-year-old. She works full-time at the Niagara Falls casino in housekeeping. Kadejha says, "I have two lil ones that depend on me as a mother role model it's hard getting up every morning getting two kids ready for daycare and school with no help, struggling day by day, trying get by, but I never give up! I wanan shout out all the single young parents out there that never give up and follow yet dreams!" We salute you Kadejha!!

  • Meet August 10th's Winner, Ciara Johnson

    Ciara is the mother to a beautiful 9-year-old girl named Kai. She works as a full-time RN. Ciara says she is WNY's Hardest Working Woman because "I am currently in graduate earning my Masters degree which will be completed this December! Also, I am the Church clerk at my church as well!" Congrats Ciara, we see you!

  • Meet August 3rd's Winner, Laquita Dawkins

    Laquita is a full-time nurse and is also back in school! She is mother to a 6-year-old boy, who she had when she was 18. She says, "with everyone doubting me and predicting what my life would be like, I was determined to prove them wrong and to provide the best for my baby boy. I went to school for nursing part time while working a full time job and raising my son. I also work hard to show him the importance of education and that no matter what people say you determine your future." You go girl! You can show em better than you can tell em!


    Facebook: Laquita.dawkinsRN

    Snapchat: Sweetsassyclass

    IG: Beautiful_nurse23

  • Meet July 27th's Winner, Shatequa Warren

    Shatequa, who started working at the age of 14, currently works at Wal-mart, where she was recently promoted to supervisor! She is also the mother of two beautiful children. She says "I've been through things people couldn't even tell by looking at me; domestic violence and many other things. But I made it out, pushed through & am no longer a victim but a survivor. I'd be nowhere had I not been such a hard, dedicated worker, but I made it. Thank God!" You deserve this recognition Shatequa!

  • Meet July 20th's Winner, Daniell Wood!

    The person who nominated Daniell says, "She's raised two exceptional children, son & daughter, both of whom have attended college. She has an eldest son, a graduate of college and one daughter currently enrolled in their first year. Daniell's hard work extends beyond the daily 8-5 work schedule by ensuring every household need is met for her nuclear family as well as extended members and friends. While working in the healthy care industry, Daniell continuously motivates others to give their best and live their best. She's a wife of twenty-years to Min. Wood. A hard-working woman, she is, indeed." And that's why today, Yasmin Young salutes you Daniell!

  • Meet July 13th's Winner, Simone Solomon!

    Simone Solomon is a financial advisor, who is spreading financial literacy to inner communities through her job at Mutual of Omaha. She is also the mother of an energetic 2 year old daughter!


    Facebook: Simone Nicole

    Instagram: AndrisW0rld

    FB business: Simone Solomon, Insurance Advisor at Mutual of Omaha

    LinkedIn: Simone Solomon

  • Meet July 6th's Winner, Jalia Waller!

    Jalia Waller is a junior at Daemen College and a mother of two little girls, ages 4-years-old and 5-months-old). Even though she has all that on her plate, plus a job where she works 40 hours, she is also an aspiring model. Jalia says, "With getting out of work after 6 everyday and going in at or before 9 am. Running my kids to school and sitters, dance class and church while keeping my house clean, my school work, my kids fed and clean I am one hardworking momma!" And that's why we salute you!


    facebook: Jalia Jana

    Instagram: Panamanian_Princessa