From pushing papers at a local Maryland radio station to apprenticing under Whoopi Goldberg’s cannabis line, Mennlay Golokeh Aggrey is on a path to nurture a more inclusive cannabis industry with regenerative product. In this episode, Mennlay talks with Felecia about the benefits and science behind her product Xula Herbs, and her quest to promote hemp products that support comfort and relief during hormonal cycles. “I was immersed in this cannabis culture from, from seed to sale,” says Mennlay. “And that influenced how I saw myself, being close to this plant that I had been using for a very long time.” With 16+ years of inter-disciplinary cannabis experience, the two talk viable products, creative marketing efforts, and finding innovation in ancestral pathways. https://www.xula.us/Sponsored by Heineken USA.
Hosted by Black Ambition CEO Felecia Hatcher, So Ambitious is a series about what's possible when Black and Hispanic entrepreneurs can build uninterrupted. From the tech founder to the creative entrepreneur, So Ambitious tells the stories of the people building, creating, and organizing - against all odds, with authenticity, and in community. Their stories propel the conversation about ambition beyond money, titles, or vanity metrics and dive into details of what it takes to do impactful, transformative work with longevity.
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From a shout-out by Beyonce to securing partnerships with Facebook and Louis Vuitton, Jeffrey LaBeija and Marcus LaBeija of the Royal House of LaBeija know the power of visibility in building a brand. In this episode, they talk with Felecia about the multimillion dollar business of ballroom. “Who we are as Black queer people isn’t necessarily always celebrated,” says Marcus. “It’s always associated with shame or guilt or remorse. In ballroom, it’s associated with a grand prize and cash.” These leaders from drag’s first house talk to Felecia about trademarks, mutually beneficial partnerships, and how entrepreneurship is inherent to being Black in America. https://www.royalhouseoflabeija.com Sponsored by Heineken USA.
- 106. The First House of Ballroom – The Royal House of LaBeija 00:00
From folding T-shirts at Abercrombie & Fitch to running Issa Rae’s record label, Benoni Tagoe has learned the value of both pursuing work that you love and uplifting others. “It feels great to see other people succeed based off of a dream and a vision that you had,” the head of business development for Hoorae Media and president of Raedio tells Felecia in episode 5. “And to see that your dream and vision help other people, that’s the ultimate feeling. That’s what it’s really all about.” He talks to Felecia about Insecure’s impact on the music industry, the importance of reading contracts, and always putting artists first. https://hoorae.co Sponsored by Heineken USA.
- 105. Rooting for Everyone Black – Benoni Tagoe & Issa Rae’s Hoorae Media 00:00
From developing a social media app that generates true connection to founding a community space where people can come and just be, Naj Austin creates products that combat isolation. “That was part of my pitch,” says the founder and CEO of Somewhere Good. “I led with, ‘I’m going to solve loneliness.” She talks to Felecia about finding the one perfect investor and the power entrepenurs have in that relationship: “They may have the check, but you have the vision, and only one thing is going to make everybody rich at the end of the day: the vision.” https://www.somewheregood.com/ Sponsored by Heineken USA.
- 104. Bringing Community to Life with Voice – Naj Austin & Somewhere Good 00:00
- 103. 2021 Black Ambition Grand Prize Winners Justin Turk & Andre Davis – Livegistics 00:00
- 102. A Digital Nation – Afropolitan & Eche Emole 00:00