Last night, the JessBe Creative team released their coolest video campaign to date!
Ivy's Tea Co is a woman owned business based in Washington, DC. Shanae Jones, founder and herbalist, is dedicated to ensuring millennials of color have access to healthy products that interest them. Each of Shanae's tea mixes are created by hand in her kitchen. The name of each mix is inspired by Hip Hop and Trap culture.
Shanae challenges you to 'Drink Tea Like an Adult'. You won't be disappointed!
Visit Shanae at ivystea.com for more!
Washington, DC is jam packed with entrepreneurs of every variety. The city offers tastes of Atlanta's creativity, Silicon Valley's technical flair, and New York city's style covered in mumbo sauce. Distinctly Creative, one of our favorite organizations, is dedicated to ensuring that DC based start ups and entrepreneurs of color stay focused and inspired.
We were honored to be a part of Distinctly Creative's Hustle hour event on May 5th, 2017. Morgan Davis, founder, gave us the floor to share advice on digital marketing and video content. Bernie Sanders, Shea Moisture, and other social media content topics were discussed.
Check out Distinctly Creative and the Anacostia Arts Center to learn more about entrepreneurship programming in Washington, DC.
The New Year started on January 7th in our book. Our first event brought creatives and business owners together for great drinks and conversation. Distinctly Creative, Johny Locus, and Flexessories were in attendance.
Johny Locus' new single, Done Came Up, premiered on New Years Day. Head over to The Reel to check out his sharables.
Hope to see you at our next event!
November was a really great month for JessBe Creative. Connecting with Morgan Davis, founder of Distinctly Creative, was one of the highlights. Her organization exists to help creatives of color come together. Distinctly Creative's crown jewel is it's amazing Black Creatives Directory. Kelechi and I teamed up with Distinctly Creative to produce a series of videos to help advertise the directory.
After weeks of running around, I'm really excited to share this with you. Our Bloc, one of my favorite up and coming organizations, asked me to produce another inspirational clip for their website (score!). Our goal was to arm incoming college freshmen with insight to help them excel on campus.
Some of you may be preparing to graduate from school right now. Others may be two to fifty years removed from undergrad. The interesting thing about this clip is the universal nature of the message. Students from the University of Maryland and the illustrious Howard University graciously shared their time and energy with me.
We owe it to ourselves and our peers to do everything we can to ensure we have space to grow and prosper.
Friends- I write this as I wrap my head around the state of our union. Our country has selected Donald Trump as the leader of our country. What happens next? How will we ban together and protect all of our othered (LGBTQ, Muslim, Immigrant,Women) brothers and sisters?
The answer, in my view, is no clearer than it was when I registered to vote in 2011. We all need to make a choice to get involved. We must harness our power as othered Americans and force the system to work for us. That can't happen if we continue to accept a culture of political passivity. That cannot happen if an attitude of defeat and intellectual elitism keeps us from the polls.
Yesterday, we chose to open up our doors to the indignity that our ancestors somewhat quelled against their will. Our assumption that the status quo would simply save us from the underbelly of our nation crumbled in real time online and on TV. Low voter turn out and our attitude of privilege is part of the problem. This must be our awakening.
We must vote, even when we don't feel like it, to ensure our othered brothers and sisters are covered in some kind of layer of protection. We must organize within our communities and build from within to ensure we move forward. While I dislike the "lesser of two evils" rhetoric we have been forced to accept, there will be no growth without learning to walk and chew gum politically. We owe it to ourselves and our peers to do everything we can to ensure we have space to grow and prosper.
After months of debating if I should go on my journey, something in my spirit just said "fuck it. go." So I went.
I remember not liking the fact that I was black. I remember hating my complexion and my hair. I loved alternative culture and music, but felt out of place. I needed a space to explore the duality of my life as a black girl, but I just didn't think that space existed. Afro Punk is the remedy for those suffering from the ramifications of Eurocentric standards of beauty and culture. The festival promotes unapologetic Black living and all of it's various shapes, shades, and experiences. Years removed from my hatred of my skin tone (Thanks Howard University!), Afro Punk felt like a holy pilgrimage.
After months of debating if I should go on my journey, something in my spirit just said "fuck it. go."
So I went.
I had the opportunity to see one of my favorite people, Malik Stewart (DOPE Entertainment), preform for the first time at the festival. It was great seeing him shine. I also saw Tyler the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt preform (I left because the mosh pit was hella crazy). I also caught Angel Haze and QUEEN Janelle Monae. Their performances were energetic and oddly motivational for me. Seeing people make their goals reality always encourages me to work toward doing the same.
My first trip to Afro Punk has officially come and gone. I'm so glad I went. If you are ever wondering if you should go someplace or do something, just say fuck it and do it. Ok?
I posted my very first article/write up yesterday. I'm proud to say that I am officially on the road to becoming a professional writer! (yay!!!) I'm, so blessed that Our Bloc, a social media platform for black college students, gave me the opportunity to create content for their amazing website. I feel incredibly blessed to provide content to undergraduate students and college graduates alike.
I also HAVE to give the great Tyleah Hawkins some love. She allowed me to film her and I can't thank her enough for her help!
Check out article and the full interview with Tyleah here:
Our Bloc Social Media:
Starting JessBe Creative is a true labor of love for me. Like so many young business owners working toward accomplishing their goals, I've continued to literally put my life force into seeing my brand do well. My Passion Planner, created by the great Angelia Trinidad, is a tool that I use to stay focused and motivated as I work on JessBe Creative. I use my planner to schedule my appointments, downtime, and everything in between. If you feel like you need structure or a safe place to dream -- invest in a Passion Planner. I promise you'll love it.
It is important for artists to create with a purpose. As a filmmaker in 2016, I believe it is my duty to make sure that the work I share will have an empowering purpose for those who watch it. Imani Tibbs, a 2015 Howard University graduate, has a very similar point of view. Imani hopes to positively impact young girls with the help of her up and coming nonprofit called Lightning. So proud!
Follow @thisislightning on Instagram for more!