“We represent a hustler. I think we represent inspiration. I think we represent, you know, staying down. I think we represent building yourself up from the bootstraps.” — Nipsey Hussle
This month I've had the pleasure of speaking with ambitious individuals who share their personal come ups in their success. Hearing these stories, I've learned there's beauty in the struggle and it isn't all that easy. These local Black entrepreneurs turned side hustles to their main hustle and created a world of their own. It's refreshing to see others win and are rooted in their passions that ultimately leads them to a life they've envisioned. True success, doing what you love. Their success should leave readers fueled with drive, especially to those wanting to create generational wealth & health for themselves and those close to them. Long live the garden of roses that grew from concrete. Keep winning. Keep dreaming.
What does Black History Month mean to you?
'"Every year there is a selected theme for Black History Month and this years' is Black Health and Wellness. After two years of a pandemic and a lifetime of stress, it is essential that we are all remembering to take care of ourselves. Since the nationwide BLM protests two summers ago, seeing constant negative and performative activism is draining. The Black experience shouldn't be reduced to pain when there is a whole lot of beauty in it too."
Why is it important to support small Black businesses?
"By supporting a small business, you're also supporting the local community. Spending your money there helps to prompt the local economy and keep business booming within your neighborhood. The support of the community works both ways when it comes to buying from and owning a small business." In light of this month, supporting Black owned businesses bring a solution to environmental injustices that have greater impact on low-income communities.
Get to know your friendly neighborhood entrepreneurs!
Don't be shy! Reach out to these amazing locals and learn more about what they do. These locals contribute to our society more than you know, so why not take a closer look?