From the first black Disney Princess to Tiffany Haddish and black women at Yale, this episode is blackity black y’all.
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First Mission: The Airport
I went on vacation in Cuba the last weekend of July 2018 to discover that I might have ancestral roots in Cubana. Hm, maybe that last part isn’t true but I feel it’s okay, and that’s enough. Wait, I’m doing that white people thing of inserting myself into cultures that didn’t ask for me. Well, anyway, on with the show. Let me tell you all about my experiences in the beautiful country of Cuba.
I am writing this on day one, fresh off the plane, and killing 3 hours before my friends arrive from their flights. Planning for Cuba is, I assume, no easy task. My homegirl did mostly all the work, I just paid my part. However, I think there are a few things you need to know about and understand before you go to Cuba. And well, the first and MOST IMPORTANT part is that your pre-Cuban experience will be overrun with paperwork, paperwork, paperwork.
Before you arrive you will need your passport (obviously, amirite?), a Cuban visa, a solidified place of stay, and a detailed itinerary. Then once you have all that in order, oh I almost forgot, shop around for cheap flights to Cuba but Jet Blue has the best rates on Cuban visas. Save dat money y’all! So anyways, once all of that is had, when you arrive at the airport for your flight to Cuba you will have to get your boarding pass stamped. Then when you get on the plane you will have to fill out three more forms. Remember all the stuff you collected BEFORE your trip, well you need all that too. I recommend one folder to store all your important documents so things can move along smoothly. Be aware of the legalities as well, Americans do not tour in Cuba, but we DO support Cubans and “are here in the lovely country of Cuba working to support the Cuban people :)”. Read that as need be.
Now that you have all that paperwork squared away, yo will enter a non-stop abyss where all that paperwork is the only thing that stops you from falling. First, Immigration checkpoint: deliver the gatekeeper your passport and visa. Second, security check. Thirdly, medical forms checkpoint, handover 3rd gatekeeper your med forms you filled out on the plane if your flight doesn’t include medical. Fourthly, yes I said fourthly, wait an eternity for your checked bag. Fifthly, get checked bag and head for exit which will require another form of paperwork the airline gave you. Sixthly, leave. You have now left Dante’s inferno and entered the 7th stage called, Jose Marti Airport. Full of taxi drivers, anxious relatives, scary bathrooms, no WIFI, and cafes. But hey, you’re in CUBA!
As I sit on my luggage (personal choice cause i’m too lazy to walk to a chair), I can’t help but smile because the small bit of the country I’ve seen thus far is gorgeous.
Wait a minute…I’m supposed to be in a different terminal to meet my friends. And I have to take a taxi to get to it. Fuck!
The Essentials…hard to find.
HOLA, Buenos dias! My group decided to pick up CUCs, Wifi Cards, and snacks around our Air B&B after we left the airport becasue it would be the most time efficient. Little did we know that searching for these items on a Cuban holiday (Fidel Castro’s Something?) would prove to be more difficult than you can imagine.
Now, please understand that I do not speak Spanish. Maybe in my dreams, but the teeny weeny bit of basic Spanish I do know is of NO HELP to me in Cuba. It’s only day one and I can’t even figure out how to ask for water.
We first asked our Air B&B hostess for guidance and she was more than willing to offer up her boyfriend’s travel services. You’re doing it right, sis. Why walk the American’s around the block when your man got two abled bodied legs.
Going to find groceries was easy enough, but those WIFI cards were the DEVIL. First, we went to a hotel selling them for $1.50 CUC. No such luck buying them though see as we are Americans. Even though you aren’t in Cuba to tour how don’t people understand that you still need to bonnect with your family.
Now we all know rule number one of being black is to never say that your grandmama ain’t got the best damn greens. Well the peas are discussing soul food, Trump being an unseasoned carrot, and Pizza men getting deported.
Louis Jordan & the Tympany Five
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This week, after a two week hiatus due to Daphnee’s wisdom teeth being removed, the Peas are discussing the topic of interracial dating! They are also introducing their first guest of the season David Schrum to talk about his experiences in being a part of an interracial relationship.
The Peas discuss Kanye West and briefly touch on some current topics. This episode is dedicated to Mr. West and all his mess because Kanye will always be the man, the myth, the legend.
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When Mikaila was just four, her family encouraged her to make a product for a Children’s business competition (the Acton Children’s Business Fair) and Austin Lemonade Day. So she put on her thinking cap. While she was thinking, two big events happened.
- She got stung by a bee. Twice.
- Then her Great Granny Helen, who lives in Cameron, South Carolina, sent her family a 1940’s cookbook, which included her special recipe for Flaxseed Lemonade.
She didn’t enjoy the bee stings at all. They scared her. But then something strange happened. She became fascinated with bees. She learned all about what they do for her and our ecosystem. So then she thought, “what if I make something that helps honeybees and uses my Great Granny Helen’s recipe?”
That’s how Me & the Bees Lemonade was born. It comes from her Great Granny Helen’s flaxseed recipe and her new love for bees. So that’s why they sweeten it with local honey. And today her little idea continues to grow.
Meet Daphnee, Starleisha, and Jamir as they discuss infant mortality for black babies, population imbalance, Starbucks coffee, and the death of Barbara Bush.
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*These are incomplete stories. If I am not happy with or connected to a story I post it here.
If anyone has read the Red Queen series and fell in love with Mare, Cal, Maven, and the lot I do not intend this post for you. This post is for those of us who wanted to fall in love but simply couldn’t because an editor somewhere in some god forsaken place didn’t know how to say “enough is enough!”
To clear the air. I purchased the Red Queen in hopes that I’d fall in love with a new fantasy series and boy was I sadly mistaken. Red Queen had some hiccups but nothing that didn’t make me want to read further. For those that do not know, the first book in the series is about a young girl named Mare who by sheer happenstance makes a powerful friend in the most unlikely place. Her life gets turned upside down at the discovery of her hidden talents and the tale continues on with love and betrayal as most YA Fantasy does.
But that wasn’t the part where I became dissatisfied. I actually think the first book of the series was pretty well done. It had character development, believably authentic, and someone to root for in the face of adversity. No, my problem with this series entered around book two called Glass Sword.
Reading Glass Sword feels like someone literally had to hold Aveyard’s hand and force her to write the book. Mare is nothing more than a whiny and full of herself character (keep in mind I’m only on chapter 4 so if I actually finish struggle reading this mess I’ll let y’all know my plot thoughts) hell bent on her delusions of grandeur. Oh, y’all don’t know how I’m hoping this book is Mare in a dream state and the writing is so poor because Mare isn’t really awake. (HOPES IN BIGLY)
Let’s pull out a lil gem shall we?
“Ash and concrete dust choke our vision…” (p. 16)
Now sis. Who let you get away with this terrible cliche? metaphor? idiom? OMG what is this!? Anyway, I soldiered on past that but the plane inevitably crashed. Mare goes from a fragile little nothing to “I’m the lightening girl” to be read as “I’m the lightening (I’ll kick anyone’s ass who tries to step to me although all my past battles have been won because other people jumped in and saved me but I’m going to pretend like I did it on my own) girl.”
Y’all do not write your characters so lazily arrogant that your reader doesn’t even want to hear them. But wait, someone is reading this series. It’s literally a well selling series. But so was 50 Shades. So, that’s all I’ll say about that.
Til I finish this book these are my thoughts so far. Clinch y’all buttcheeks this story takes a turn for the best. Otherwise…
Update 4/19/18: I couldn’t finish it.
There once was a 👧🏾. She enjoyed 👩🏾🏫 very much. One day, she 👩🏾🎓 and her family was so proud. She had plans of 📝 her first 📕 of 📚. However, she knew she would be low on 💵 until this happened. But she didn’t care, she believed in the old adage of doing what makes you happy.
Then one day, a big bad 💰👮🏾 came to her 🏚 and said she owed 💸 to her school. The poor 👧🏾 didn’t know what to do. She 😭 to her 👨👩👧👦 but they all had their own 💸💸💸 issues.
The 👧🏾 looked ⬆️ and 🙏🏾 that her financial burdens would be forgiven. But even the good Lord said “👧🏾 I’m broke too!” 🤷🏾♂️.
The 👧🏾 had to 🤔. She knew she was smart. Much smarter than her 💰👮🏾.
Eventually the 👧🏾 had no choice but to 🤥, change her name, and take on new 👩🏾⚕️💂🏾♀️👷🏾♀️👩🏾🍳👩🏾🎤👩🏾🎨👩🏾✈️👩🏾⚖️👰🏾 like she saw in a film called “🏃🏾 me if you can”.
This plan did not work. And the 👧🏾 still must pay that accrued interest on the first. 💸
The end. 😐