Once upon a time Khari Hairston-El, a STEM prince, was steeped in mile-high books, studying formulas to be an engineer at one of the county’s top engineering schools, Florida A&M University. Then one day, a cheesecake genius showed him a recipe that brought smiles to many. Now, the prince of science is now the King of Cheesecakes in a modest Kingdom right outside the L.A. empire.
Gig-after-gig, Jazmyn “Phae” Whyte grew tired of the hard grind to make ends meet. So she decided to curate events to empower artists rather than exploit them. Guess what? She has an ugly sweater party coming. Join in the fun.
Motherhood is sacred and the work of Monique Cowan, a doula, ensures that it remains that way. Focusing her practice to help Brown mamas, as a doula she works to reinstate the concept of the village must rear the babies. For her, the village must be about harmony.
Living in Ghana, West Africa, was transformative for Safia Rashid and her family. When they returned to the US to live in Chicago, the urban farmer, educator, consultant and land steward, instituted,Your Bountiful Harvest Farm, on the Southside to expand her philosophy of community and nation building.
Being an entrepreneur is not an easy road. The glitz and glamour seen in media is a far cry from the daily business owner. Captured in Joe Dafney’s brutally honest essay on how he realized the sacrifices of an entrepreneur stripped him of his ego. Now, he reinvents himself.
Wanda Blake’s plate is full. With her favorite calico apron and books of old southern recipes, the Bay Area chef shares her rich roots around the world. Whether she’s express mailing her chow chow to China or behind the scenes creating connections for foodies and Black chefs, her knife stays sharpened.
Adrian Lipscombe was eight months pregnant and dissertating when she responded to a call to action to help thousands of DAPL protestors at Standing Rock eat a Thanksgiving meal. Now, her cafe is the heart of a Midwestern city and she still finds time to cook at the James Beard House.