ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/FOX 24) – The secret to being successful is hard work.  It’s that simple says Natasha Brooks. 

She’s the first female, African American City Attorney in Odessa.  While she’s proud of her heritage and wants to inspire others, Brooks hopes people will look past her skin tone.

“I think sometimes we get too caught up in race, why can’t we just be Americans,” said Brooks.

Brooks is still fairly new to the position.  She was named the city attorney in August of last year.