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How Afton Williamson Made It In New York With Only an Air Mattress & 3 College Degrees

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Afton Williamson, the talented actress behind everyone’s favorite ambitious girl, Nikki Jones on VH1’s “The Breaks,” has joined us on Sway in the Morning.

After opening up about coming to New York to follow her dreams with only 3 College degrees and an air mattress, she motivates and inspires our listeners, saying, “If you’re hungry, you’re willing to go hungry to do what you have to do.” And she clearly proves that her sacrifice helped get her to where she is today!

After airing in early 2016 as a movie on VH1, “The Breaks” has returned as a TV series, airing Feb 20 at 9/8c – don’t miss this Hip-Hop series + learn more about what to expect below in our full interview with Afton Williamson.


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