Clarkie of the Week: Daysha J Williams


Celine Manneville

Williams is a theater major who runs her own small business.

Anna Schaeffer, Scarlet Staff

Daysha J Williams (‘17) is a theater major from Brooklyn, New York. She sat down with The Scarlet to discuss theater, her small business, and her advice for future students.

Scarlet: Are you excited about graduating?

Daysha: Yeah, I’m getting outta here man, but I’ll miss my director. I’m actually staying in the vicinity though – I’m not done with Worcester. I feel like you get the most done once you actually graduate and get around.

Scarlet: What are your plans?

Daysha: Well, I teach theater for high school kids at Claremont Academy, so I’m gonna continue doing that and then I’ll be here, but I’ll be going back and forth between here and Brooklyn for acting gigs and stuff. That’s actually why I thought I got to be Clarkie of the Week, because I got to work with Spike Lee in his new Netflix series.

Scarlet: Can you tell me about that?

Daysha: It was amazing, it was dope, it was a serendipitous moment. I met the wife of a photographer friend of Spike’s at the beach last summer. Anyway, Spike needed someone for this documentary, and then she told her husband and he remembered me from the Open Fall, and it was dope. We did it in one take, and it was awesome.

Scarlet: How would you say majoring in theater has prepared you for that?

Daysha: Well, the good thing about the theater department here is that you can go one of two ways: you can take the more fun, entertaining route, but you can also research the paradigms of where humans are, and where we are as a consciousness. It’s a lot more reflective, and you can really tell [the audience] about themselves. We’re all humans in this body.

Scarlet: Do you think you’re gonna miss Clark?

Daysha: Yeah, it’s cool. I miss my city though – I miss New York.

Scarlet: Are you involved in any clubs or sports?

Daysha: Yes, I’m Hip Hop Collabo’s event planner – you know, I wanna dance. I was also doing DNA, which is a play from London, so we all had these accents [in a British Accent], but it was really fun! I’m also involved in Floetic Fridays with Arielle and Arianna. They curate these events that are these uncensored word poetry, art events, so I would usually vend my AsanaRa products there. I’m very much partnered with them, so that’s dope. I’ve got a good group. It’s good to have that sense of connection because it’s a small school and I’m from Brooklyn, and there are people here from like, Oregon and Maine. It’s cool to meet a different kind of people and all, but it’s good to find people who can talk your talk.

Scarlet: If you had to give a piece of advice whether to yourself four years ago or an incoming freshman, what would you say?

Daysha: You don’t have to agree with the masses! Mob psychology, you know? Especially at a school like Clark, you know everybody is so liberal and rallying for everything, and all of that is cool. It’s good to know that people are activists, but sometimes it’s like everyone here is so open-minded, they’re actually closed-minded. Like, it’s this big thing if someone’s against abortion. How did that happen? Aren’t you so liberal that it’s all inclusive? That was one thing that was really interesting for me coming here, like all of the labels. I just wanna be around people who are being people. What even is a safe space? Where did that even come from? Who created that? We didn’t – black people did not create that, like we do not need it. All of that was really weird. Just live your life. The strongest form of activism is just being, unapologetically, without having to prove that externally. You can learn from people you disagree with. You don’t have to shun them. We have to be more respectful of other people’s opinions. You can learn from difference. Different, not wrong.

Scarlet: Yeah, that’s big.

Daysha: It really is. Like, don’t surround yourself with people who agree with every single thing you agree with. When you wanna learn, you need questions, and that’s a beautiful thing. I love questions. Like, male energy is answers, and female energy is questions – it’s just two sides to the same thing. We just need to get out of this illusion of being separate. Unity in duality.

Scarlet: Can you tell me a little bit about this AsanaRa company you have?

Daysha: Yeah, it started in Dodd. I used to be an RA in JSC, but I quit and moved into a single in Dodd, and I would put my shea butter on the radiator and it would melt, and I’d add stuff to it and now it’s a full grown business. We do body butters and oils, and coffee scrubs, cleansers, and black soaps. I get raw ingredients from my brothers and sisters in Brooklyn, and they get their stuff from Ghana, so it’s been great. I was on Eureka last month, and I won and got a membership to Startup Worcester for new business. I had no idea I’d be doing this. Universe says yes, I am not gonna say no! There’s a lot of love on this campus that helped it get going.

Thanks for the interview, Daysha!