Markasa Tucker , the Founder of The Alternative, was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She graduated from Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana and received a Mass Communications degree with an emphasis in Broadcasting. It was her desire to become a sports reporter, but after pursuing a career in television she realized that she desired to expand her skills in other areas. She later accepted a management position in a different field. Her management experience greatly prepared her for the vision God gave her, The Alternative.
Born and raised in church, Markasa certainly knew right from wrong, but lived a life of rebellion during her teen and adolescent years. Markasa explored a life that included drugs, alcohol and fornication, but never felt completely comfortable living this life. After graduating from Grambling State University she realized that no matter what she sought after she would always long for her first love, Jesus Christ. A few years after graduating and returning back to Milwaukee Markasa gave her life to Christ.
Markasa realized that the life, habits and friends she left behind in the world was God’s will for her life, but her new life in Christ didn’t have to be boring. Growing up she remembered thinking being a Christian was boring. She remembered having very few options as a Christian outside of going to the movies, out to eat, bowling or skating. As a young adult she enjoyed poetry and spoken word. She thought there must be Christians who have gifts to share through the arts but didn't necessarily feel comfortable sharing their gift in a worldly setting. That’s when God began to download the vision of The Alternative to her, a ministry that would sponsor events outside the church’s four walls. The Alternative would provide opportunities for individuals to come together from all walks of life and fellowship in a clean multi-cultural atmosphere. The Alternative was born and the first set was hosted in December 2011 and God continues to download new visions to her.
Markasa is the proud mother of a beautiful daughter Zoe Isabella, an activist, public speaker, and facilitator.