She Made Lemonade

About Dr. Easterling

Dr. Easterling is a community leader, with a history of success as a clinician and mental health expert. Dr. Easterling has 15+ years of experience serving as a consultant, educator, trainer, program developer, mental health expert and youth advocate.

Dr. Easterling attended Loyola Marymount University where she received a B.A. in Psychology.  She continued her education, receiving a M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from CA School of Professional Pscyhology.

Dr. LaNaadrian S. Easterling


Dr. Easterling currently resides in DC Metropolitan Area, where she works as a school counselor. Dr. Easterling enjoys spending time with her daughter, remixing her great grandmother’s old recipes in the kitchen, reading autobiographies and classic literature, dancing to 80s hip hop and R&B, hiking trails that lead to stunning ocean views, and nurturing her relationships with her closest friends and family.

Dr. Easterling is available for speaking engagements, training, and consultation.

Born in Oakland, CA, Dr. Easterling was raised with a sense of pride in her own heritage and history. Every aspect of her life was infused with an appreciation of multiculturalism, inclusivity and diversity. Dr. Easterling’s areas of interest and expertise include child and adolescent psychology, ethnic identity development, infant mental health, African/Black psychology, anxiety and mood disorders, and trauma-focused treatment.



While enjoying an annual Christmas trip with her closest friends and family, Dr. Easterling took a photo that ignited a social media fire storm, sparking a heated debate about colorism in the Black community.  Dr. Easterling recognized that there was a deeper issue at play, and felt compelled to respond in a thoughtful, intentional, and respectful way. Dr. Easterling created @SheMadeLemonade, to provide a forum for people to express their feelings and perspectives about this controversial topic.


Inspired by Beyoncé's Lemonade, Dr. Easterling presented at a national conference, affectionately titling the presentation, “Okay Ladies, Now Let’s Get InFormation: Enhancing Ethnic Identity Development in African American Adolescent Girls.”  As a result, she was asked to present at other schools and to provide online training. When social media used a family photo to attack Black women, she knew she had to turn this negative moment into something positive – hence the name, @SheMadeLemonade.  


Our Mission

  1. To provide a platform for Black and Brown women to share their stories of triumph, trials, and success.
  2. To provide resources to improve the educational, financial, physical, spiritual, and mental health of Black and Brown women.
  3. To support and inspire the next generation of Black and Brown girls.  




She Made Lemonade is seeking contributors.  If you are a Black or Brown woman, interested in sharing your knowledge, expertise, or your own story about how you turned lemons into lemonade, please submit your contact information in the CONTACT US section below. 



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The She Made Lemonade Scholarship is for Black and Brown women, with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA.  Applicants will be required to submit an application and essay describing their trials and triumphs related to their personal identity development, describing how they turned lemons into lemonade.  

Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about The She Made Lemonade Scholarship.

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