Greens & Almond Milk, Kombucha & Kava, Henna & Gem Stones, Bike Rides & Uber

South Oak Cliff Business

Pics from the Friday night PopUp Juice Bar in Oak Cliff. Sweet Beets & Sassafras at The Institute for Ancestral Braiding. Soundtrack: Feel Better, World – Ms. Badu

Highlights: Kombucha Mane stopped by and gave samples of his homebrew!  It was collard green and mint!  Perfect!  Indigenous Remedies brought Kava by the gallon. We adorned ourselves with Henna by Jaquai and shined up our new gemstones from Soulistic Wellness. Akwete of Pan African Connection came by and had an N’Dambi Sweet Juice w extra ginger.  We took a late night bike ride after the juice bar closed.  Shout out to the beautiful Uber riders that make the juice bar one of their Friday night Uber stops! ❤

THANK YOU N’dambi and Tudi for the loaner juicer!

#Susu #NaturallyIsis #JaquaiWade #IndigenousRemedies #KombuchaMane #MariposasGardens #SoulisticWellness #KaiyaOakea

Pics: Susu Village at Starlight

Click on the pics below and step into the Susu Village at Starlight Bethel.  Special thanks to Benny Walker for erecting a village space requested by Starlight Bethel for their ‘Youth In Praise’ Concert.  The village area is made from recycled materials and local bamboo and is ready to ‘pop up’ at your location.  If you want to know more about the quality local vendors in the Susu Village Market, check the links to some of the best locally crafted goods in the land!

Special THANK YOU to all that visited the market, the excellent vendors and the Starlight Bethel team.

Now imagine if this field was a business hub serving this community daily… if only the city would lift the evasive ‘flood plain’ restrictions and allow the community owners to build and develop. 

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Launching A Launch Pad

Greetings! Welcome to SusuEco blog post!

WHO ARE WE?

I am Tisha Crear and I will be posting about the journey of launching projects through the Cultural Business Incubator & Co-op (CBI).  CBI is a community development platform to collectively cultivate business solutions that address economic disparity and poor quality of life in low to mid income neighborhoods.  The mission of CBI is to launch and support socially responsible business hubs in low to mid income neighborhoods that promote community development through local ownership and cooperative economics.

I’m talking building better business in the hood baby!

HOOD BUSINESS AND HEALTH

If we wonder where the jobs are, there is plenty of work to be done in our neighborhoods.  When one reads: “low to mid income neighborhood” What images come to mind? What types of businesses do you think of?  The corner store, liquor store, gas station combo? or the check cashing, pawn shop, dollar store, car wash model? or the beauty supply, chicken chain, tobacco shop, club/bar cluster?

Now, don’t get me wrong, there are some good businesses in our neighborhoods and i’m not knocking the Ma and Paw’s.  However, the current condition of business and access to quality is lacking tremendously. And there is plenty of suffering because of it…

Look at the woes that come with the businesses listed above. Many of our neighborhoods are considered food deserts (Check this food desert locator) meaning there is a shortage of access to fresh food.  That’s not good. One does not need a study to understand the relationship between fresh food access  and diet-related diseases  like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Many can just look at our family members or the child eating hot chips from the local store for breakfast.  And, not only our physical health but, our fiscal health? The ‘Pay Day Loan’ and ‘Title Loan’ option is a money trap!  We would do much better forming susu circles and practicing ujamaa or cooperative economics.  (Thus, the subtitle for this blog susu, ujamaa and nem.  I will post more on these old African systems of collectively building wealth.)

IN THE SPIRIT OF OUR ANCESTORS

So i know we can create better businesses in our neighborhoods.  I know that these businesses can be quality.  I know that if we owned more of our neighborhood businesses then we could knock a dent in a few severe issues like employment and access to healthy options. The idea is not at all new.   And it is true that there have been systematic events set in place to derail the path to economic participation and stability for the Black and African community

read about Black Wall Street

In a period spanning fewer than 12 hours, a once thriving 36-black business district in northern Tulsa lay smoldering-A model community destroyed, and a major Africa-American economic movement resoundingly defused. 

PRINCIPLE AND PRACTICE

Here, we will discuss how the Cultural Business Incubator and Co-op will test America in this era of Obama and green thinking and social entrepreneurship. History tells us that there are surely obstacles waiting.  With that being said, there is no choice other than to practice

Kuumba: Do all that we can, in the way that we can, to leave it better than we found it. 

Looking forward to sharing this journey with you!

– Tea