It’s been said that whatever doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. If that is true, Christina Johnson has superhuman strength. A teen mom born to a teenage mother, Johnson refused to be a statistic. The Charlotte, NC native relocated to Atlanta, GA in 1997 with her two young daughters in pursuit of a creative career, but as fate would have it, she met and fell in love with burgeoning rapper/singer CeeLo (formerly of NBC’s The Voice). Sharing mutual passion for family life and artistic expression, Johnson served as CeeLo’s muse in several of his music videos; the couple married in 2000 and welcomed a beautiful and healthy son in 2001. Johnson now a mother of three and a newly-wed, decides to adorn an additional hat and becomes the owner of Inner Piece Design (IPD), a progressive interior design and consulting firm.
Johnson’s company was known for its minimalistic approach to design, by combining natural and organic materials with modern pieces that visually harmonize with high-end residential properties and commercial spaces. IPD’s clientele included superstar entertainers such as CeeLo, Ludacris and Young Jeezy, as well as athletes, urbanites and business professionals. Johnson’s work has been showcased on the television show, MTV, and in between the pages of popular magazines such as Ebony, Vibe, Atlanta Peach and Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles where she was featured in the Top 10 Designers Under 40 issue.
In 2005, Johnson divorced from her husband of five years, which ironically left her seeking inner peace, in addition to confronting deeply hidden issues she had buried since childhood. Seeking solace in her service first attitude; she connected with a domestic violence organization where her public speaking artistry took flight. As a mother, her experience for cultivating young children and young adults was a natural maternal trait, so speaking to some of Atlanta’s youth at some of the area schools on the subject of verbal and physical abuse was another avenue for her to educate.
In 2014, she became one of the stars of VH1’s Atlanta Exes. Johnson valued the sisterhood bond she developed with her enterprising cast mates, but also used the opportunity to shed light on being a survivor of domestic violence, and Graves’ disease, an auto immune disorder that commonly affects the thyroid gland. Diagnosed in 2009, she has undergone three surgeries over the course of a few years but remained optimistic and has since overcome the condition.
This visionary mogul is now a Global Life Coach! Johnson does one-on-one coaching with women all over the world. ‘The Quench Quest’ is a new group coaching program that Johnson has added to her mentoring curriculum. She’s guiding women on a path of learning how to forgive themselves and their past. She’s also teaching them how to love themselves again, or in some cases for the very first time. Her goal is to show them ways to authentically enjoy their lives.
Having overcome years of setbacks and battles, Johnson feels that she has done the work, is a walking example of what she teaches, and is finally living her purpose; what some may consider the new ‘American Dream’. As a devoted mother, businesswoman, spiritual guru and philanthropist, Christina Johnson may not view herself as a modern-day superwoman… but if the cape fits… MAY as well WEAR it and OWN it.