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Welcome to this week’s edition of the Melanated Monday Black Business Spotlight. This is where The Afropreneurial Community will showcase a Black owned business that deserves more of our business. I saw it as only right to showcase the city in a positive light. I will judge every place on accessibility, atmosphere, professionalism, and of course their food/product. Next stop on our spotlight is The Post East placed perfectly on East Nashville’s Fatherland Street. This place is a quiet coffee shop with live Jazz on Sundays. It is a wonderful balance of caffeine and food made for health from Gluten...

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Welcome to the first edition of the Melanated Monday Black Business Spotlight. This is where The Afropreneurial Community will showcase a Black-owned business that deserves more of our business. I only saw it as right to showcase the city in a positive light. I will judge every place on accessibility, atmosphere, professionalism, and of course their food/product. 1st stop on the list is The Local Distro nestled in the slowly gentrifying Salemtown located at  614 Garfield St, Nashville, TN 37208. This place is a fast casual restaurant with a market attached to it where you can get your bean chips...

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"We live in a time when there is no clear path to where we are trying to go. Yet many of us have a vision of where we would like to be, a vision of schools where all students have the opportunity and the encouragement to achieve a high standard." - Beverly Tatum, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? We all have a different vision for creating equality among races of people. One vision I do not agree with is the idea of Black people having to "act white" to be considered equal or slightly...

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Mental Health is something that is universally not talked about in the black community. Let’s be honest, we need to do better. Mental health is a real thing and it should not be shamed but embraced and talked about. Artists like Big Sean and Rico Nasty spoke about their mental health through video and music. It doesn’t discriminate based on how much money you have or how focused you are. It is real and it can be debilitating. I battle with my mental health on a very regular basis. I lost my dad at 10:10am December 25th, 2010. I just...

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It took a second for me to write this blog post about Nipsey Hussle for several reasons from coming to grips with his passing as an emerging fan to everyone saturating the blogosphere with their input. The main reason, actually, was that I, we, want to be Nipsey in a way. This blavity article showed how alike we were in the matter of wanting to affect those around you in a positive way through work, thought, and action. Owning your brand and building it’s legacy is more important than securing the biggest bag you can. It is a constant re-write...

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