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Eszquire

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Mc Kees Rocks, PA, United States / Services

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I grew up in a small town called El Dorado in Arkansas. It's the first place I really came to know and the first place where it became apparent to me how apathy impacts a community. In El Dorado, I was known as the one with an opinion. It seemed like whenever something controversial happened in my community, people would come to me for my perspective. Later on, I'd also realize that I was voicing opinions that others felt like they couldn't voice themselves. The drive to start the BlackteaBrownsuga Network came from this realization. I wondered how many more people were relying on others to speak their mind and who didn't feel empowered to speak their own. I wanted to create a platform where everyday people could feel comfortable voicing their opinions and discuss issues with other members of the community. That dream has led me to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I gathered up some friends, bought a desk phone tripod and recorded the first episode of the BlackteaBrownsuga Network live videocast in the basement of an apartment I shared with my aunt. Now we operate out of a home studio, with mics, a green screen, over four live shows and countless community partners. In the future, I hope for our network to be a household name, I want us to continue to provide arts resources for youth as well as spaces for adult creatives to invest in young learners and give back.