Terri Burns had an eye opening experience via social media, courtesy of the Afropunk festival in Brooklyn. An atmosphere full of self appreciation, unity, and care-free creativity she was immersed into this safe haven for black culture. With the ever increasing tension within our nation it's refreshing to read a story filled with such love and comfort amidst all the hate and anguish. It's good to know that although our nation has reached a state of turmoil we are constantlyreminded by people like Terri Burns and the many others who attended/were apart of Afropunk to spread love, show compassion, and accept all without judgement.
Bay area raised, Long Beach bred Nicole Moore is a wife, mother of two, and a connoisseur of chocolate. So much so she started her own business named Lovesome Chocolates. The idea sprouted from her love of chocolate, but she put that idea to work in 2013 when her youngest child graduated high school. Her first few batches were test subjects mainly for family and friends but once she saw how good of reaction her creations were receiving she decided to turn her love for chocolate into what she calls her little"artisanal company." There are three things that make Lovesome Chocolates unique that is the presentation and flavors. Mrs. Moore cares just as much about how her product looks/is packaged just as much as she cares about the deliciousness of each piece. She is providing the public with an experience that goes far beyond simply purchasing and eating uniquely flavored chocolate. With that being said Mrs. Moore has completely turned the idea of only being able to enjoy chocolate bark during Christmas time on its head providing a year around assortment of flavor-filled bark. A combination of different dessert recipes and beautiful things such as flowers, art, and fashion influence her unique flavors most of which if the names don't immediately interest you the taste surely will. Mrs. Moore currently runs a pop-up shop on weekends at Steelcraft but her ultimate goal is to expand into a shop of her own and eventually open up shop somewhere in the Bay Area. Follow them on Instagram/Facebook and check out their website for any inquiries!!
Celina Yandell is a 24yr old St Anthony grad who's makes THE BEST DAMN COOKIES YOU'VE EVER TASTED! In high school her mom told her if she wanted to play club volleyball she would have to come up with the money on her own because private school was expensive enough. So she decided to indulge in baking/selling cookies thus Sweet Ninas was born! Since then her sweet treats have become a hot commodity via social media and she's constantly cranking out orders and dropping new recipes that make your mouth water just from the picture. Celina has made countless genuine connections through her business and it has become sort of a springboard for her to dive into other avenues. Cookies although her main business is not her only endeavor she's working on her singing and acting so she can go into the entertainment business, she's a personal trainer and a host on Island Block Radio! She started with the radio station 4 years ago working behind the scenes but now that she has stepped into a host role she sees it in a whole new light! She loves being able to spread positivity and good vibes through the radio waves and she has fun doing it! Celina has a deep love for music and she also isn't shy about expressing herself so being a radio personality fits her quite well. Generally Celina's overall plan is to be successful in every avenue she pursues and with her drive, hunger, and personality we don't see her falling short of that at all! Check out the Sweet Nina's website and follow her on Twitter to stay up to date with all her endeavors!
Today we were at a barber shop on the east side waiting to speak to the owner, who currently had a customer in his chair. The man wore glasses and looked to be in his mid/late 20s. Once the haircut was finished the owner of the shop walked outside with us and the man followed. Before the man departed the owner yelled "Good luck in China!" this immediately peaked our interest and we ran the man down to get his story. Caleb Jackson graduated from Gahr high school, got his BA from Morehouse, finished his Masters in China, and he has now been teaching English in China for 4 years! Such a dope story to hear and it didn't come from a lecture hall, or a guest speaker at a school it came from us being at a barber shop and going the extra mile to get details on a random mans life who was getting a hair cut. Can't be afraid to talk to people, because you never know who's company you are in! Follow Caleb Jackson on Instagram and get the inside look on the life of an English teacher in China.