Black w/ Plants: Sound Therapy Q&A with Devi Mambouka

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about sound therapy? Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   Sound therapy means to be able to create frequencies that nurtures a space where an individual has the opportunity to take inventory, of where…

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Black w/ Plants: Botany Q&A with Derek Haynes

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about Botany? being a botanist in 2019? Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   Botany, or Plant Biology, is a field that I feel is often forgotten or disrespected. People often just assume that…

Black w/ Plants: Natural Fibers Q&A with Shaina Johnson

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about Beautiful Peace? Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   Beautiful Peace actually came from the meaning of my first and middle name. I have since tried to embody and represent that. Continuously seeking…

Black w/ Plants: Psychological Wellness Q&A with Youniversal

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about psychological wellness? Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   The course of my life has been marked by more than my fair share of trauma, and those events are still affecting me–in ways…

Black w/ Plants: Photography Q&A with Yasmeen Enahora

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about District Photography? Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   I want readers to know that District Photography is a partnership between two artists, whom take precedence in capturing the world. We are currently…

Black w/ Plants: Yoga Q&A with LaToya Maria

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about your role as a yoga instructor? Enchanted Flow? Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   I truly believe yoga, like many of our deepest passions, finds us when we most need it. Such…

Privilege and the Registry

In the aftermath of Larry Nassar, Michigan has pushed over 30 bills through the House and Senate ostensibly under the familiar rhetoric of safety. Some of the bills—expanding sexual education and requiring schools to keep records about why employees leave—make sense in treating our sex crime problem holistically. Most of the bills, however, focus on…

Black w/ Plants: Plant Care Q&A with Bri St.

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about plant care? the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?    I’m not going to sit here and act like I’m an expert on mental health or even community building, but I will say this: plants are my place of peace and joy. Period. And,…

Black w/ Plants: The Writing Process Q&A with Nakia Hill

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about writing, or the process of writing? Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   I would like readers to know that my writing is extremely ripe + raw. It reveals the inner…

Black w/ Plants: Community Building Q&A with Maryah Greene

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about Greene.Piece? Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   Greene.Piece is a platform that I created that serves as an informative space for anyone who is looking to add a bit of…

Black w/ Plants: Community Engagement Q&A with Ashleigh B. Taylor

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about the Taylor & York salon? located in the Shaw neighborhood, and its impact on salon patrons?   When we first opened our doors we were on the street level of 1604 7th Street NW, there were two large bay windows people could look through and see out of. I remember…

Black w/ Plants: Plant Care Q&A with Julie Topping

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about caring for plants?  Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   I think plants do a couple of important things. They connect people who have a common interest. This is important because I believe all people…