Mint Monthly Feature – Courtney Starks
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Quick Facts about Courtney Starks
CEO of The Courtneys Corner Brand
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
School: Nyack College
Hobbies: Singing, Shopping, Writing, Cooking
Favorite TV Show: The Parkers
Favorite Book: Monster
Favorite Quote: “If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes.”
Highly motivated, resilient, and passionate, Courtney Starks is a pinnacle representation of what it means to persevere, even when things get tough. He is a leading music minister, youth minister, social media influencer, and the founder of Courtney’s Corner, LLC, a brand missioning to inform, inspire, and engage its audience through a variety of topics that are affecting millennials today.
Courtney has been put through the ultimate tests in life, starting at an extremely young age. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, by his loving grandmother after his mother passed away at age 30. Then in 2008, Courtney was told that the end of his life was inevitably coming due to a significant decline in his health. In 2014, just before he was about to go under for his first kidney transplant, Courtney was pulled from the donor list, as his heart condition made him inoperable. When all hope seemed lost, Courtney fought and pulled through, finally receiving his life-saving kidney transplant in 2017.
But don’t let the challenges above fool you; Courtney still followed his dreams and made an authentic life for himself despite his underlying conditions. During his struggles, he earned a Business Administration degree from Nyack College and established Courtney’s Corner in 2010. Though he took a break from it during the prime of his health decline, he relaunched in 2018 and has been thriving ever since.
Today, Courtney runs the Courtney’s Corner LLC brand Which focuses on impacting lives & sharing the stories of the voices that are unheard. He manages a YouTube talk show, owns a podcast called ‘The Uncensored Podcast,’ and is currently managing his new hit show One on One with Courtney Starks shown on IG Live. Courtney faced battles that no human should have to, and has proven to be an iconic role model that instills positivity, hope, and strength in others so they can prosper through anything they face.