Stephanie Teasley

Stephanie Teasley is a writer currently living in Palm Springs, CA. Her work has appeared in Lunch Ticket, Cuisine Noir, and NuOrigns, among other publications. Stephanie enjoys writing and crafting other people’s stories and sharing narratives to the masses. Stephanie is currently in the Muses and Melanin Fellowship through California Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment of the Humanities. Stephanie is currently working on a collection of experimental, personal essays titled When Life Gives You Ragi, Make Boundaries. When she is not writing, Stephanie enjoys playing video games, being a Trekkie, and spending time with her loved ones, both human and furry.

For inquiries, please email stephanieteasleywrites@gmail.com.

Grown Folks Hard Seltzer Rooted in Culture

Grown Folks, a unique hard seltzer drink, is a testament to the power of community and cultural heritage. Its founder, Danica Dias, gathered inspiration for her creation from her childhood and family.

“When we were kids,” Dias reminisces, “There was a grown folks table and kids’ table. The adults were so happy and free when drinking, eating, and gathering. This cultural tradition of togetherness and freedom is the essence of Grown Folks.”

The culture is present in every sip of Grown Folks. The

Dog & Whistle Ushers in a Sustainable Pet Food Revolution

Dog & Whistle is an upcycling pet food company founded by Eric Adams. Upcycling, also called creative reuse, involves repurposing by-products, waste materials and unwanted items into new objects or products in an artistic style or environmental value.

Excess food can be fed to animals, converted into energy or composted. Dog & Whistle redistributes high-quality excess food and converts it into human-grade pet food. This practice not only combats food waste but also contributes to the global fig

Debunking Myths About Millennial Women At Work

In July 2023, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that women comprised 57.4% of the total U.S. workforce. Specifically, within the age brackets of 25-34 and 35-44, women make up 77.6% and 76.3%, respectively.

These age groups predominantly fall within Generation Y or millennials. Despite a significant presence in the workforce post-pandemic, millennial women continue to grapple with stereotypes related to their professional roles. (For clarity, the Pew Research Center’s definition of m

A Peek Inside : Jay-Ann Lopez

As a result of her contributions to leadership in the game industry and advocacy for Black women gamers, Jay-Ann received an Honorary Professorship at Norwich University of the Arts. She was featured in British Vogue as one of the top players changing the gaming and entertainment industry. The Institute of Digital Fashion named Jay-Ann one of the top 100 innovators of the year, and she also serves as a member and judge of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

The sought-after speaker

Exploring Black Women, Food, And How To Build Healthy Habits

New resolutions come with the new year, with a commitment to weight loss and healthy wellness habits being the top prioritized. Some can easily achieve their health-related goals, and some struggle with lifestyle changes. For many Black women, it’s a challenge to have a positive food relationship.

Research has shown that Black women are “more likely to have binge eating disorders” when compared with other minority groups, are going undiagnosed when it comes to eating-related illnesses, are disp

Rugie Bhonopha Sips on Success of Amoy Wines - Cuisine Noir

Rugie Bhonopha, the founder of Amoy Wines, is sipping on the success of her brand, which seamlessly blends cultural diversity and entrepreneurial spirit. A first-generation American, Bhonopha has established a distinct presence in the wine industry.

Bhonopha’s family is originally from Sierra Leone, West Africa, but she grew up in Vallejo, California, about 15 miles outside Napa. She jumped from a junior college to the University of Nevada in Reno, where her taste for wine developed.

“At the U

Fellowship Celebrates African Entrepreneurs - Cuisine Noir

Leading African Women in Food Fellowship (LAWFF) is an annual six-month fellowship program that identifies outstanding female disruptors, ecosystem enablers, entrepreneurs, policymakers, chefs, trendsetters, and storytellers in the African food ecosystem. The program believes that connections made over food can change the often incorrect narratives surrounding Africa.

Twenty-seven fellows were chosen out of more than 600 nominations. Among them are Aisha Hadejia, Yasmine Fofana, and Lynne Odiwa

7 Black-Owned Coffee Brands to Savor and Flavor Your Morning

Harvested, roasted and brewed with intention, these seven Black-owned coffee brands are just a sample of how history, culture and social impact can be a part of your everyday coffee ritual.

1. Back to the Roots

The Get Down Coffee Co Drip Drip Light Roast

Owner of The Get Down Coffee Co, Houston White, creates coffee flavors with two things in mind: welcoming and diversity. The light roast blend features two different Ethiopian coffees. Light and flavorful, this coffee can be enjoyed all day

Jon Basil’s Founder Eyes Expansion in Tequila Market

Uduimoh Umolu, along with friend and business partner Belall Taher, founded Jon Basil Tequila, a multicultural, millennial-owned tequila brand. “Jon is my grandfather’s name and Basil is the name of my dad’s godfather who made it possible to come to school in the States,” Umolu says about naming his spirit venture after the two men who have impacted his life.

“I wanted to pay homage to the folks who came before us and sacrificed to give us the opportunities we have today.”

Umolu’s Nigerian fat

South LA Cafe Shows the Trifecta of Community Involvement

Joe and Celia Ward-Wallace are the founders and co-owners of South LA Cafe in South Central Los Angeles, also known as South L.A. This Los Angeles area is a community with extremely limited food sources and is considered a food desert, meaning it lacks access to fresh foods and has a “drought of supermarkets.” This results in an influx of fast food restaurants, liquor stores, and small convenience stores.

Joe states this is universal. “Let’s say I go on vacation and want to see some of my peopl

Eat Unrestricted Comforts Food Nostalgia Through the Power of Plants

Dianna King is the brainchild behind Eat Unrestricted, a Georgia-based company that sells vegan cheese sauces with optional flavors, including original, rosemary, chipotle and garlic made from plant protein. The brand also offers mac-n-cheese kits, which King says is her favorite food.

“I grew up with a family that had mac-and-cheese contests to see who had the best mac-n-cheese,” says King, who said that when she transitioned to a become a vegan, the biggest inconvenience was finding a good, t

“Get a Crew and Know Your Worth.” Chef Rene Johnson of Blackberry Soul Shares Lessons Learned Beyond the Kitchen

Chef Rene Johnson is a self-taught caterer who has made a name for herself with her vegan soul food company, Blackberry Soul Fine Catering. Formally working in finance, Johnson switched to culinary work and quickly established herself with an A-list client list, serving everyone from Vice President Kamala Harris to Dr. Cornel West.

Her past interviews have covered her food and success extensively, so I asked what she liked to discuss.

Johnson: I want to talk about life beyond the kitchen! What

Chef Antwon Brinson Competes for His Community on HBO Max’s The Big Brunch

An all-brunch competition helps to highlight those who give back.

“The Big Brunch” is a new HBO Max cooking competition show hosted by “Schitt’s Creek” star Dan Levy. Premiering on November 10, ten chefs are competing to win a $300,000 cash prize, and it highlights entrepreneurs who are doing big things in their respective communities. After completing a series of Zoom interviews to showcase his cooking skills, chef Antwon Brinson secured his spot as a contestant.

Like most reality shows, the

Prosperity Market: Carmen Dianne and Kara Still Create the Change They Want to See

August is Black Business Month; an annual event started in 2004 by Frederick E. Jordan and John William Templeton. Its purpose is to support Black businesses through awareness and how they contribute to their respective markets.

This awareness is crucial; three months into the pandemic in 2020, 41% of Black businesses crumpled, the most out of any other demographic. Many people felt the effects firsthand and watched their communities struggle to provide.

Others, like Kara Still and Carmen Dian

Larry White Builds a Fried Chicken Empire From Family Recipe

One of the few good things to come out of the pandemic was a deeper appreciation and compassion for small business owners. It’s no secret that small businesses were ignored and suffered in 2020, especially ones that were women and minority-owned. As a result, tens of thousands of these owners were forced to close their doors, and unfortunately, many had to make it permanent.

Like everyone, Larry White, also known as “Lo-Lo,” said it affected his livelihood. “We made significant changes,” he say

Peanut Farmer Elisha Barnes Honors Family and Land with Pop Son Farm

“If you can raise enough to have some to give away, you'll always have enough for yourself.”

“The first time I got hooked on farming, I was six years old,” Elisha Barnes says. “I had just gotten off the school bus, and my father, who was out in the field breaking corn with my uncle, climbed on top of our old tractor so I could see him and called my name. I walked over, and he put me on the tractor and explained how to drive it.”

Elisha Barnes, a pastor, peanut farmer and owner of Pop Son Farm,

Small Business Resilience: Indiana’s Da Taco Ladi, Asia-Iqui’ Gearon

Asia-Iqui’ M. Gearon, also known on Instagram as Da Taco Ladi, has single-handedly run her own taco truck business for the last three years. “It’s all me,” she says. “I work five days a week, Wednesday through Saturday.”

Gearon is the personification of tenacity with no formal culinary training or education. It took her less than a year to get her business and taco truck up and running. “I started in a restaurant my first year in business,” she says. “Ten months into business, I purchased a use

Cork & Keg Tours Offers Palatable Wine, Craft Beer and Premium Mentorship

“A military mindset is one that tackles challenges head-on, focuses on solutions, looks ahead at solving problems before they have a chance to even manifest, and making a plan without assumptions,” Renee Ventrice says. “I carry all of that with me in all aspects of running my business: marketing, operations, projections and execution of our tours.”

Ventrice is referring to Cork & Keg Tours, a family business that she owns along with her husband of 26 years, Don. “We like to joke that I’m the ga

Celebrity’s Soul Food Restaurants Nurture Love and Empowerment

“Be wary of jobs that say they treat employees like family” is advice I’ve been given while job searching. More often than not, this means the job will take advantage of you and then pull a guilt trip when you decide to stand up for yourself. Servers, bartenders, cooks, bussers, dishwashers will typically form a bond or alliance and that family feeling is more typical among themselves.

In the 20-plus years that I worked in the restaurant industry, I could count how many good and caring, “I got

Wine Spencer Will Quench Your Thirst For Wine Education

“We are not a winery, but provide wine education,” Shaunna Cooper says. Together with her sister, Shayla Smith, they founded Wine Spencer to bridge the wine education gap and widen the space of inclusivity. They offer a variety of wine tasting classes, from a beginner’s introduction to wine, two separate classes for red and white wine and a classroom that highlights Black winemakers.

“I believe what sets us apart are the various classes we offer,” says Cooper. Smith agrees, sharing, “Wine is a
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