Eyes Like Mine Inc. is a non profit 501-C3 organization established in March of 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. It was founded by Krystle Allen, a Newark native, to empower, enlighten, and innovate communities in New Jersey about vision loss and the available resources for people with vision loss. At it’s inception, Elm Inc. was founded with the help of Naquela Wright and Ihsaan R. Muhammad Esq., along with the founder Krystle Allen to introduce a unique pattern of advocacy for individuals who are vision impaired or blind.
To share awareness about the abilities and potentials of individuals with vision loss through advocacy and community outreach, comprehensive empowerment workshops, and awareness events.
To inspire advocacy by breaking down the societal barriers placed against individuals who are previously or currently experiencing vision loss. Our ultimate goal is to create a more accessible society for individuals who are vision impaired and blind so that they can live, learn, and work in equal opportunities.
Meet The Team
Founder & President
Newark New Jersey native Krystle Allen serves as the founder and president of Eyes Like Mine Inc. Krystle is a millennial entrepreneur and non-profiteer who is no stranger to work that involves community development, social change, and grassroots efforts. When she is not attending to Eyes Like Mine matters, she is employed with the New Jersey Commission For the Blind and Visually Impaired under the Department of Human Services in the role of the community outreach specialist. Krystle has served on the access committee of the Jersey City non-profit organization Art House Productions Inc for the past four years. Krystle’s introduction to the non-profit sector began when working with the Montclair YMCA for eight years in the extended care program.
Krystle is a graduate of Newark’s University High School and continued her education by majoring in social science at Essex County College Newark, NJ campus. Currently, she is actively pursuing her enrollment in the Leadership Newark class of 2020 to strengthen her leadership abilities further. Lastly, Krystle has completed a community training program through the Greater Newark L.I.S.C. Despite her vision loss, Krystle has a vision gained to impact one community at a time through her combined advocacy activities.
Co-Founder & Vice President
Naquela Wright-Prevoe was born on December 25, 1991. She lost her vision in the summer of 2010. Shortly after losing her vision, she took classes at The Joseph Kohn Training Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey from November 2010 to March 2011. Around the time that she took these classes, Naquela resolved that she had to keep moving forward despite her vision loss. Shortly thereafter, Naquela met Krystle Allen and developed a friendship. That friendship, between two women who decided that vision loss would not break them, was a huge part of the motivation to start a non profit geared towards people losing their vision. They decided that they wanted to help uplift and motivate people to be their best selves. Thus, Eyes Like Mine was born! Naquela Wright-Prevoe Is now happily married with 2 kids. She is the Vice President of Eyes Like Mine and is engrossed in her music career. She has a mixtape out and she works as a telecommunicator at the VA hospital in East Orange, New Jersey. She is so grateful and happy for the things that she has accomplished. She lives by the motto of “Know your limits but do not limit yourself”.
Brandon Scott is a resident of Eatontown New Jersey. As early as he can remember, he has always had a passion for social justice, community empowerment, and self advocacy. As a result, it was no surprise when he pursued social work in college, graduating from Georgian Court University with a bachelors in social work. Professionally, he has served at the Red Bank lunch break soup kitchen, the Jewish renaissance Medical Center, and the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Brandon has been volunteering with eyes like mine since 2014.
Miss Blind Diva Pageant 2020
Brittany Culp is a personal trainer, nationally qualified bikini bodybuilder, and internationally published model. She has also competed in powerlifting, and recently has begun learning jujitsu. Additionally, Brittany was recently crowned Ms. Blind Diva 2020 as the winner of the Ms. Blind Diva empowerment pageant. Some of her modeling publications include the 2019 summer issue of Strong Fitness Magazine, and the 2020 winter issue of Oxygen Magazine.
As her day job, she runs her own personal training business, Blind Fury Fitness. Blind Fury Fitness provides one on one personal training, as well as online training plans and nutritional guidance. Brittany also has a masters degree in counseling psychology, in addition to a bachelors degree in psychology and sociology. She believes that mental health and physical fitness go hand-in-hand, and contribute to the overall wellness of an individual. She has been a guest speaker on several podcasts, at conferences, and seminars to discuss mindset, physical health, and adjusting to blindness.
As a child Brittany was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, which has caused her to lose her sight with age. Brittany has not let her blindness hold her back from becoming the best version of herself, and she encourages others to do the same no matter the circumstance. She wants people to understand that blindness is not a death sentence; it’s just a different way of living life. “ never stop living your life and trying new things”, she adds.
My name is Nhevys Pinto. I was born in Honduras in March 14, 1997. I am a current student at Hudson County Community College and my major is in social work￼￼. My favorite sport is soccer. Some of my ￼ hobbies are listening to music, walking, or doing any kind of exercise￼. I Love doing this because I feel more relaxed and less stressed.
Otis H. Kerr, LMT
At a young age, Otis H, Kerr started using massage as a means of helping his family and friends with their health and well-being. Otis received his formal training at the Academy of Massage Therapy in Hackensack, NJ. He graduated with his certification in Clinical Massage Therapy with Spa Concentration in October 2010. Otis has been distinguished as the academy’s first blind graduate.
Otis is employed by Elements Therapeutic Massage in New Providence, NJ as a lead massage therapist. He also runs his own massage therapy business under Kerr’s Massage & Bodywork in Warren, NJ.
In his spare time, Otis is a remarkable DJ. He has been spinning records since the age of 19. He is self-taught on various DJ platforms including turntables and Serato DJ. He loves all genres of music but truly enjoys playing Reggae, Dancehall, Lovers Rock and Culture.
He believes in giving back to the community by providing services both as a massage therapist and DJ, at outreach events for churches, medical facilities and charitable organizations. Otis is married to his best friend, Phyllis, and they are the proud parents of a 3-year-old princess, Alicia Lyn.
Shavane J Daley
Shavane Shabba Muskeno Daley worked as a Cultural Researcher at Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) at the head office in Kingston and at the Centre for Disability Studies, UWI, Mona. He is the owner for the Entertainment Trail radio program aired on News talk 93fm and the CEO of the Entertainment Trail Media and Consultancy brand and associations of which Blue Phlamez Records is a part.
Shavane Daley completed his Master of Arts Degree in Cultural Studies and Bachelors of Science degree with a major in Psychology and a minor in Entertainment and Cultural Enterprise Management at the University of the West Indies Mona. Daley is currently pursuing certificates in Event Coordination and in Techniques In Counseling at the Heart trust and the UWI Open Campus respectively.
His article ‘Participation of Blind & Visually Impaired Professionals’ in JCDC Competition made the special feature section of the JCDC’s, Jamaica Independence Magazine, Jamaica 54 edition. Daley also penned a book which looks at the impact of the payola system on the music and broadcast industry in Jamaica, which will be released this year. This blind, cultural practitioner is currently working on a book with another author which looks at the contribution of disabled individuals and their contribution to the culture of Jamaica. He is the writer of the Blind Motivator Facebook Page.
Social Media Manager
Jessica Manoy is from Howell , New Jersey. Her hobbies consist of going to the mall, movies, and spending time with family and friends. Jessica is a high school graduate and also obtained her BSA in Education with a minor in Special Education from Georgian Court University.
The 2021 Miss Blind Diva Empowerment Pageant
The 2020 Miss Blind Diva Titleholder
Eyes Like Mine Latest Newsletter
Peer Support Call
We had an epic conversation with great leaders and speakers in our peer support call during the year 2020. We sincerely appreciated their valued time with us, and they enlightened us by sharing their stories during our call. Check out the full list of speakers in our peer support call in 2020.
Audio Book Club Schedule
May 29 – A Snowy Day by ezra jack keatz
Sept 4- Green Light by Matthew Mcconaughey
Sept 11- Kardashian Confident by the kardashians.
Sept 18- Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Sept 28- Just As I am by cisalee Tyson
June 5- Fly Away by Kristin Hannah
June 12- Hope, Grace, & Faith by Leah Messer
June 19- Walk two Moon by Shannon Creech
June 26- I Wonder while I Wander Langston Hughes
Oct 2- Where We Belong by Hoda Kotb
Oct 9- Inner Circle Evelyn Lozada
Oct 16- I Really Needed Today by Hoda Kotb
Oct 23-Bulletproof by Maci Book out
Oct 30-The Day I Shot Cupid by Jennifer Love Hewitt
July 10-Unstopable by Bethany Hamilton
July 17-Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks
July 24-Unsweeten by Jody Sweeten
July 31- The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Nov 6- True Love by Jennifer Lopez
Nov 13- Remembering Whitney by Cissy Houston
Nov 20- I’m Reshaping it All by Candace Cameron
Nov 27- Room to Grow by Tracy Gold
August 7- Sliding Into Home by Kendra Wilkinson
August 14-No Limits Michael Phelps
August 21- Family Ties by Danielle Steele
August 28-Kiss The Girls & Make Them Cry by Mary Higgins Clark
Dec 4- Heart of A Woman by Maya Angelou
Dec 11- True Believer by Nicholas Sparks
Dec 18- The Greech by Dr Seuss
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