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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Green Box Shop
Green Box Shop was conceived in April 2016, out of an old 800 sq ft apartment.When our founder Kayla Robinson couldn’t find any bold social justice tees she decided to make them herself & sell them to raise money for her yoga instructor certification. Since then our mission has grown to be much greater. With the vision and heart from our founder and the hardwork and dedication from our team, Green Box Shop is now an ever growing and evolving body, spreading awareness and delivering quality products in the process.
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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Me & The Bees Lemonade
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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Boys On The Superior Side was created in 2014 by two individuals, Miles Davis and Ulysses Richmond. Originally we began with an egotistical mindset, thinking we could make better designs than every other streetwear brand out there. As we grew, we began to understand that we aren’t superior to others, we are superior to ourselves and who we used to be. This mindset we instilled in ourselves, drives us to make our product the way we do. It’s the message we send in the light we spread throughout the world. It’s the energy we radiate when we interact with other amazing people on a daily basis.
*These are incomplete stories. If I am not happy with or connected to a story I post it here.
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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. 😐
From a young age, I have always been inquisitive, artistic, and well, loud. I spent my free time drawing and performing, always trying to develop a better way to interact with the world around me. I loved classical music for the sound and lyrical poetry it produced through no words at all. I’d tirelessly watch black and white films on TCM to search out any flaws in otherwise flawless work. I read books during school and the summer months pondering how I could write them better while wanting to not change a thing. I would tell my family about the magic of art and the skill of dedication it takes.
I’m now older and still probably much too wide eyed. To me, art is subjective. As I began to perform in live theater I realized that my performance could change every night, no matter how flawless my rehearsals were. When I began writing short stories and completed my first novel, I disconnected from the very powerful reasons I picked up the pen. I always question what it is about art that makes you love and hate it at the same time. What is it about art that can make a work look so effortless yet consume your every waking moment to create?
I’ll tell you what it is about art: It is the fact that art is love. Art is human emotion. Flawed and flawless. I never quite pricked my finger on the wheel of careers in business, but rather, in art. I have always wanted to connect to people. It’s why I cheered, it’s why I danced, why I wrote, why I showed up to my friend’s lame concert (😐). I want to share art and experience it with others.
As an art director you are in charge of the light brigade. You step up to the plate and you share. In film, so many pieces of an extraordinary puzzle get put on a chopping block. As an artistic director, being able to consider the pros and cons of each scene is vital. I thrive in that space called make or break. I create when nothing is available. I engage because I see a need. I live for artistry in the narratives of people, and especially people of color. I crave the feeling of honest direction that visually showcases the emotions of people.
Art directors can sometimes get over looked as they wander through the wizarding world casting spells of magic. And this black girl is ready to sprinkle her fairy dust, mix her black excellence, and open her third eye to the endless possibilities of what she can create with a powerful team of innovators.
So in summary, why do I want to be an art director? I want to be an art director because I’m a creative visionary hellbent on showcasing powerful stories.
Now, who is looking for a 24 year old aspiring art director?
I’ve recognized a common occurrence on threads and posts about racial inequality lately. I figured I’d share it here. Did you know that by calling someone the color of their skin you are perpetuating racism? Yes, systemic racism can only be abolished once we stop verbally saying someone’s race. People of color (oops), I mean “people” can have equal and fair access to social, economic, and political opportunities if we just stop sharing our color. Who knew? All this time, my ancestors only needed to stop calling themselves black in order to get a fair slice of the educational, occupational, and residential pie. I now can sleep easier knowing that if I just stop calling myself a black woman I can one day with hard work make it in the private sector. Not too much hard work though, mostly networking to mom and dad’s friends to get me a corporate position fresh out of school. Ahh, serenity.
Now, you must be trippin if you thought that wasn’t sarcasm. Most of the remarks I read from white people (some brown/black too), is that by just the mere mention of blackness I and others are perpetuating racism. What in the green grass of Barney’s hole in the ground?! Calling Elmo red could suddenly discredit all the educational advancements he’s made in children’s lives? Let me make it very clear, racism is a system built on power plus prejudice. My white boss can have power and still chose to hire me in a position that requires diligence and intelligence, all the while knowing I’m black. Black is NOT synonymous with bad, evil, lazy, or other negative connotations. Although, Disney would have you believe otherwise. Black is a color, and when associated with humans, it is a color that traces a history of oppression, racism, success, intelligence, struggle, and strength. It is not wrong or continuing a system of oppression to recognize a black person’s color. The problem is rooted in how you recognize their color. Calling someone a black b**** is problematic because it stands to associate their color with a negative assertion. Calling someone a black lawyer (or even a black janitor) is a descriptor. It is supposed to directly target that individual who comes with a complex history. If you know someone’s name use it, but when using a descriptor that is not meant to other or degrade someone you aren’t perpetuating racism.
I question how some people will shun the idea of calling a black person black, but hold racist ideologies and practice racism. I didn’t call you black, but I’m not giving you this job because I think people like you are lazy. I didn’t call him black, but I stopped him for a broken taillight because people like him always have broken taillights. I didn’t call her a black teacher because she’s just a teacher… in an impoverished community where the students are mostly brown and black but the staff is 100% white. I don’t understand how people cannot recognize that descriptors have their place and their need in our society. Racism hasn’t been abolished, and it’s looking like it’s here to stay thanks to Don Cheeto. What that means is that not calling someone black IS NOT ENOUGH NOR BENEFICIAL IN ANY WAY TO ABOLISHING RACISM. I will alway support and endorse BLACK EXCELLENCE. I support all excellence, but I’m labeling the black people’s as such because of a history of non-celebratory behavior for black success.
I am a black woman with many of blackness’ complexities. And if you are afraid to call me a black woman, we need to have a chat because your foolishness is showing.