Tell us about yourself?
The BIZ Stoop (Black Intergenerational Zeal) Stoop is a premier, W.O.M. (word of mouth) social enterprise built by Desire Johnson-Forte. Our vision is to exponentially increase the life expectancy of Black youth beyond the age of 25 years by way of access. We realign individuals with healthier visions of self using holistic approaches to wellness, to shift the boundaries that circumscribe our environment. Our mission is to retain high opportunity youth, and streamline them into prospective career paths. We launched in 2015 through Oakland's Youth Impact Hub. Our founder does this work because she believes it's not recognition by the establishment that Black people in the western hemisphere are as in much of need for a translator as anyone else. Our bright minds cuffed for skipping class, intoxicated by the poisons saturated in the air - shuffling through pipe-lines of various forms of exile. Many sent to college never return, unknowingly in exile - unavailable to do the healing, enlightenment, and investment thinking necessary to rebuild or sustain community assets. Wisdom of our elders and cultures goes unheard and unlearned. Our founder has dedicated her youth to being the one who returned home with purpose - do the work. Our first product line, launched at the Malcolm X Jazz Festival 2016, is Damn Good Teas.
How do you connect your craft with community building?
My business was founded on the circulation of the black dollar. I firmly believe that black youth must be afforded a vision of life beyond 25 years old - and one way this can be done is if they witness what financial discipline can afford. I believe that if we as a black community made the conscious choice to shop black - then the monetary needs for community transformation and capital will be expedited by entreperneurs
A little about Ivory B.
I’m IvoryB, owner and designer of Designs By IvoryB. I love to sew and craft. I began sewing as a young lady, designing and making dresses. I started Designs By IvoryB because my family has been encouraging me to share my talents with the world for years! I made a few lunch bags to take on vacation one year, and next thing you know I was making all different kinds of bags. One thing that sets me aside from other seamstresses is my unique pattern pairings. I use a variety of colors and prints. I take my time creating my designs. Precision and quality is important.
I believe that it is important to work together and keep our dollars circulating within our community. It will make us stronger as a people and bring us closer together.
Tell us about Regina...
Regina "Califa" Calloway of nzoCALIFA Dance Works "...encompasses a signature foundation and Ethnography deeply rooted in multi-African dance-drumming-spiritual traditions, commissioned to carry out a deep pact of her Ancestors."Drawn from a rich heritage of social entrepreneurship, she is a founding member of Congo SQ West Kinship Society established in 2005, providing distinct services of impact. Programs include, relief campaign advancement, special event planning & technical expertise in Community development initiatives, partnered with Cultural Leaders and Arts organizations.Also a Professional Teaching Artist and a well-sought after Diaspora Dance Specialist with extensive works in Business Arts and Administration.As an Afrigeneas.com Scholar Awardee, Ms. Calloway serves as Project Curator and Field Research Genealogist for a Dance Mediumship Project she created #DANCESTORY2013-2016: Bridging Dance, Technology and Genealogy. An Oakland native, Ms. Calloway is an esteemed member of the inaugural graduating class of the Midwestern African American Genealogy Society [MAAGI] and remains deeply committed to elevate the stories of her Ancestral histories.
Why is the marketplace important for the sustaining of arts and culture?
The economical lifeblood of a community hinges its progressive action of collective responsibility - whereby we are actively investing, educating and supporting one another through community building and development initiatives of exchange and commerce and cultivate a generation of financial literacy, community service and philanthropreneurship through in our youth.
Hanif Mulazim is actively engaged in the empowerment of the African diaspora and the dismination of information on the importance of our empowerment. By becoming a successful business owner I provided 3 benifits to our community. 1.) I become an example of success for the youth to see.2.) I become someone who can employ others 3.) I become someone who fund the works of others.
Please tell us a little about yourself
Always a drawer and a painter I recently decided to try my hand at tie-dye and batik. It's been a few years now and I'm happy and excited to create one of kind tie dye clothing for children and adults.
By creating commerce for each other we build a stronger community which can sustain and nourish the next generation. Either true trade or money working within the African diaspora helps push forward points of importance that African people decide are valuable be it family,education or more business.
Tell us a bit about yourself and why this is important to you?
My name is Mercedes. My business name is called Tres Mercedes. I create dope, unique wearable fashion & functional art based from African traditions. My goal is to inspire young folks to reconnect to our culture and be prideful and feel beautiful.
It's so important to first look within our network of friends and family to seek our needs. No communtiy will thrive if it's always seeking to do business with others.
Tell us about yourself
From an exclusive internship with the White House to a coveted position at one of the most innovative technology companies in the world, Chanel proudly represents her Oakland community. Recently, Chanel wrote the foreword for her mother Robin Johnson's book "Say it Proud," a book of daily affirmations for children based on their family ritual of starting each day with a positive outlook. Chanel is a proud new mom and enjoys West African dancing.
Why this event?
Cooperative economics is key to building and maintaining a sustainable community. I am especially passionate about black owned businesses and us working together in love and harmony. Oakland is changing rapidly and I want to do everything I can to provide a solution.
Fill Me In English Language Services is principaled by Kenisha Carr, an experiential ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher, tutor, and proofreader. She tailors programs to adults' and adolescents' interests, goals, abilities, schedules, and budgets to help them master material, which helps students learn how to make English (and anything else) work for them. Primarily, she teaches English/ESL and language arts at the secondary and post-secondary levels (i.e., middle school, high school, college/adult), but also has a knack for teaching math and algebra. Optimally prepping students for standardized tests --GRE, SAT, ACT, HSPT, CBEST, CSET: English-- is a gift of hers, too.
While she loves a good challenge, it's heartbreaking to be approached by students (or parents of students) who earn A's and B's at school, but can't earn 850 on the SAT, or who take an ESL course, but can't (or are afraid) to speak English (when necessary to meet a goal). There are standards to be met, and she does whatever she can to help students meet or exceed them.
Whether for summer or winter enrichment, test prep, help with the naturalization exam, or just a general safety net, be sure to contact Fill Me In, and we can determine how to work together to create the results you or your child need.
Who are you
I am a native Mississippian currently residing in California. I am a high school basketball coach, on leave, and a retired elementary educator. My health and wellness company was started due to my experiences with several health issues. I aim to continue to educate people about alternatives to consider to promote a divine life lived in love. I thank God for guiding me to find the overhead that I represent to start my journey and road to recovery. It takes prayer to sustain, but faith without works is dead. God led me to what works.
Why this event
These kinds of activities give a platform for small business owners to gain exposure to an audience that may not be readily accessible. It's necessary.
Please tell us a bit about yourself
I have been designing, painting and manufacturing my own products since 1997. From Aromatic Incense Diffusers, authoring five books to my own aromatherapy & body care product lines. All are made or inspired by Afrikan culture and heritage throughout the Diaspora!
As we move forward in our community economic development, I see our future in maintaining and developing our own products and being able to have the option of bartering in our community for goods and services.