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Kateria Knows,Astro Logic(Black Business series)

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Watson Mere(Black Business series)

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When did you get your start with Art?

I have been creating art since I was 2 and never really stopped. Through the years my style has changed multiple times but after my parents purchased a desktop computer when I was in middle school I began to experiment with creating art utilizing Microsoft Paint with a mouse and I’ve been using this technique of creation ever since.

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How would you describe your artistic style?

Since I am of Haitian descent my art is naturally colorful. Big hair and African features are seen in mostly all of my pieces. I also try to purposefully instill some form of content to get the viewers imagination going as to what the image means or says to them.

Where do you draw inspiration for your work?

The African diaspora. I take my inspiration from the love, struggles, happiness and pain of people of African descent. Most of my painting are of Black Women and I try my best to display her in her complete beauty, strength, resilience, passion, pride, and sometimes even vulnerable states. I’m also inspired to create an image of people of color that is usually not depicted within mainstream media.

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What was the first art piece you sold?

The first art piece that I ever sold was to a local musician. The piece was of him playing his trumpet and although I didn’t sell it for much it felt gratifying to know that something that I created from a mere thought in my head was worthy of someone spending their hard earned cash on.

What has been your most notable collections?

One of my most notable pieces would be “Something Beautiful”. The piece depicts the side profile of a black woman the locs smelling lilies. Hanging from the woman’s hair is a Klan’s man. The piece has many meaning but one is that truly being at peace and loving your natural self over powers any form of hate. “care Free” is another notable piece. It shows a black couple walking undismayed through a crowd holding signs. The crowd and the signs are somewhat of a time lapse displaying the oppressive words against people of color including modern versions of these signs shown in the front. This piece holds many meaning as well but one of the main is “Same signs different time.” Even the cruelest of these signs were seen as just and normal during their time of existence.

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https://artofmere.com/

Soap Muffin( Black Business series)

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As farmers and gardeners, we are dedicated to creating handmade, high-quality, affordable and unique items for our customers. Our soaps and holistic products are made with only the freshest organic ingredients like buttermilk, Shea Butter and sun-dried herbs. Our mission can be summed up in three simple words: Quality,courtesy and craftsmanship.

So, who are we exactly and why did we choose holistic products?

It all started at the age of ten when a simple case of carsickness and a friend’s recommendation to chew on a piece of ginger sparked an interest in herbs. From there, it progressed from a mild curiousity in Mother Nature to a lifelong study in the miracle of roots and herbs. 

 

Being a holistic practitioner isn’t a choice. It’s a calling.

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With the rising cost of healthcare and the lack of funds due to job loss and company outsourcing, many of us are returning to a simpler time where Nature provided all that you need to live and thrive. You’ll find all natural soaps, cremes, salves and elixirs that will suit your most personal needs made proudly in the U.S.A.

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Come and experience our handmade goat’s milk and aloe based soaps for dry flaky skin. Or try a Peppermint FeelWell Fizzy to help reduce nasal congestion (great for allergy season). Once you’ve tried our products, returning to nature won’t be a choice…it will be your calling.

https://www.soapmuffin.com/

Lisa Brown Treasures(Black Business series)

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As a model, actress and lifelong fitness enthusiast, Lisa Brown brings her highly refined aesthetic and passion to the collection she continually curates and presents here now as Lisa Brown’s Treasures & Gifts.

Here you’ll find a plethora of the unique array of products that blend natural health and heritage that will most certainly be appreciated by those who appreciate these qualities as well.

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What she can’t find, she will design and make, as a savvy businesswoman, and that’s how the Inner Alkebulan by Black Lotus line of yoga gear and accessories came to life. There were no exercise mats reflecting the Kemetic roots of yoga, so she made her own high quality line using natural rubber and other eco-friendly materials.

So, please come on in, stroll my virtual aisles and pick out a few things for yourself and/or someone else you care for. Let me know what you think.

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Our “Inner Alkebulan” yoga mats celebrate this African connection with various designs reflecting different regions of the continent. Now, feel free to proudly display your heritage and aesthetic with our unique, exclusive designs. Whether your practice is Kemetic, Hatha, Vinyasa, hot or any other floor exercise, you will find these mats to be not only attractive, but comfortable, durable and made from the highest quality materials. Buy one, or several, for yourself or as great gifts for the yoga and/or exercise enthusiasts on your gift list.

In addition to our premium yoga mats, you will find a fully stocked store with a cornucopia of great yoga and fitness accessories, high-quality health and beauty items, contemporary African fashions and, generally, things that will make you feel good about yourself and life. Our philosophy is simple – Amazing taste with minimal investment. Each item we carry is selected with intention, and quality is never, ever sacrificed. Why? Because, like you, we admit appearance and how we portray ourselves is important to the world. Care and confidence run deep in our veins, so we’re conscious about the things we own and understand how they improve our lives on a daily basis.

https://www.lisabrownstreasures.com/

Natural Muurmaid(Black Business series)

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Peace & Love!! My name is Mermaid also known as Yemaya… I’ll write a book with a pretty cover and talk about all of the obstacles I’ve overcame, bad relationships I’ve survived, bad decisions I made but forgave myself for, situations I left in the past… etc. etc. etc. I think I’ll call it, ‘Sprinkle My Ashes in The Ocean Like Glitter’ hmmm. I may even edit this section one day and make it more “professional” for “society’s standards”, but I’d rather be myself… it got me this far… I mean YOU are reading this and you could be ANYWHERE else in the world, but you’re here with me… and I appreciate that. I love you, so love yourself too!!

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http://www.naturalmuurmaid.com/