To Mrs. Cooper, With Love

To Mrs. Cooper, With Love

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By Tash Moore To Mrs. Cooper, With Love Many will have heard of The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B DuBois. I enjoyed it immensely as an undergrad at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. It's a beautiful book written right between the end of the Gilded Age and the beginning of World War I. It is not without its criticisms, chiefly an understandable (within the context of the era) desire for white appeasement and a strong urge to try to convince the then-majority that Black people were beautiful. Before cries of Black Power and raised fists, we were melodious, captured in long, flowing skirts and wide-brimmed hats. We appeared in now-ancient photographs in European exhibitions watching our children frolic in fields like any other people. But even before DuBois, there was another…
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Next Time, Let’s Get Lunch on Me

Next Time, Let’s Get Lunch on Me

Business, Enterprise, Homelessness, Poverty, Stories
Writer, Tash Moore Westlake is a long way from Oak Park, Michigan. It's a neighborhood that skirts downtown Los Angeles and has become home to La Bodega. The concept is the brick-and-mortar home base of LaRayia Gaston's vegan cafe and shop, as well as Lunch on Me. Gaston, originally from New York, founded Lunch on Me, a pop-up that serves the homeless throughout Skid Row, Watts, Venice, Compton, and lately MacArthur Park. Through partnerships and sponsorships with big names like Whole Foods and BuzzFeed, LaRayia--alongside President, Venus--has been able to provide healthy, affordable meals to locals of all stripes. I was introduced to Lunch on Me through a pop-up in Detroit last winter, right before the polar vortex froze SE Michigan to a virtual standstill. I met Venus, ever enthusiastic,…
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Detroit Startup Scene: Gathering Coffee Co.

Detroit Startup Scene: Gathering Coffee Co.

Business, Enterprise
Tash Moore Tash Moore, entrepreneurial writer and founder of social media agency Catch-313, recently sat down with Emily Steffen, founder of Gathering Coffee Co., a new shop opening in the North End offering community with a side of espresso. Tash Moore: What drew you to the coffee industry? Emily Steffen: The opportunities it presented for me to serve people in a non-traditional way, a way that's more personal. I realized, after my first couple of years in the industry, just how many people find their baristas one of the only forms of consistency in their day-to-day lives. I don't take that responsibility lightly. My job goes far beyond making a product; it's about creating an atmosphere, an experience, and an opportunity to show people they are valued. I also find…
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