Meet Our Founders

Brandon “BIGG B” Hickman
DJ, WMNX Coast 97.3 Program Director, Core DJ, Alpha Phi Alpha, Co-Owner of Urban Promotions… Bigg B was raised in Wilmington, NC on the Northside of the city. He grew up with a strong support system of his family, church and Community Boys and Girls Club. He says, “If it wasn’t for the Community Boys and Girls Club…I would probably be going in your house right now!” Bigg B used his musical talent of playing the trombone and percussion to catapult him into a scholarship at Norfolk State University where he was a member of the Spartan Legion Marching Band. It was there where Bigg B branded his name as a “Host” and “Funny Man” on campus. Upon graduation, Bigg B began teaching school in Charleston, SC and then returning to Wilmington, NC to teach and join the Coast 97.3 team as a DJ. Additionally, Bigg B founded Urban Promotions, an organization for teens to voice their concerns and opinions to community leaders. Bigg B travels the east coast speaking, motivating and presenting workshops for youth and adults on HIP HOP 101, History, and Diversity in the Workplace.

Currently Bigg B is the Program Director and afternoon on-air personality for WMNX-COAST 97.3 and a member of the largest DJ Organization in the country…The Core Djs in which he is the entertainment reporter for Core DJ Radio. Also, he was named 2008-2009 North Carolina Alumni Brother of the Year for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, a Core DJ, 2009 Southeastern Music Entertainment (SMES) Program Director of the Year and recently nominated for the North Carolina Music Awards Radio Personality of the Year.

Suprena L. Hickman | Your Escape Coach
Suprena was born and raised in beautiful, historic Charleston, SC and loves the coastal region. She currently resides in Wilmington, NC with her husband and is quite involved in her community. She understands what it’s like to be “busy” taking care of everyone else besides herself and has successfully crossed that bridge of learning how to make herself a priority in order to better care for others. She has a passion for helping broken women fearlessly pursue their passion and purpose while assisting them to optimal health. She also has great passion for taking care of the caregivers and teaching them to better care for themselves. Her platform to continue this great work is a wellness organization for women called Escape 2 Sisterhood, LLC. Through this organization, she and her partner has been successful in providing wellness retreats for women and social and wellness events to provide an outlet or escape for busy women who are focused on caring for others, advancing their careers, and who tend to place themselves on the back burners. She is also the co-founder of a teen empowerment organization called Girls Rocking In The South, LLC and this is Escape 2 Sisterhood’s teen mentoring group. She believes that by helping young teenage girls take care of and respect themselves now then when they become older women, these practices will be incorporated into their daily lives.

Suprena is a Registered Nurse and has worked in many aspects of nursing with over 17 years of experience as a healthcare professional. She has traveled across the country caring for many patients for nearly a decade as a travel nurse and loves assisting in the transformation process. As a nurse/caregiver of many years, Suprena understands what it feels like to sacrifice her personal health and place others’ needs before her needs. Now, Suprena is dedicated to helping the caregivers escape! She believes that “the best investment you could ever make is in yourself. The return is priceless”!

Additionally, Suprena is a graduate and proud alum of Norfolk State University where she received her B.S. in Nursing. Also she has her MBA from the University of Phoenix. Suprena is a Certified Integrative Health Coach- trained by Duke Integrative Medicine. She also runs her own bakery business called Sweet Escapes- which was created as an outlet initially from her professional career. Suprena is a member of the following professional organizations: American Nurses Association, National Nurses in Business Association, National Black Nurses Association, North Carolina Nurses Association, & International Coach Federation. Currently, Suprena is a Nurse Entrepreneur focusing on educating and empowering women to invest in their health one escape at a time. Suprena believes in the holistic approach which has been successful over the years with the retreats. As she continues to improve her overall health, she inspires many women to do the same- as it is her passion.