Archive for the ‘conversation’ Category

Chanel Speedy®️ the brand announces new services
August 4, 2020

Written by: Tia Brown

Hiii splashy readers!!! I am excited to have a conversation with Chanel Benjamin who started the brand Chanel Speedy®️. As you may or may not know it has been a long journey in multi-media and community service for Chanel. For everyone who donated an item to a drive that she had, spread the word and or gave her encouraging words along her path she thanks you. We have enjoyed every minute of learning, pivoting and spontaneous measures of her creativity to ensure that the youth have options and opportunities. Her experience and development of skills have made her better at being solution oriented. And what better time to be an entrepreneur THAN NOW!!! Don’t we all agree?

Thank you for nominating Chanel as she continues to strive to provide for the youth in New York City.

Can we start by how did you come up with the name Chanel Speedy®️? Yes, well many may or may not know the story behind it so I will further explain. Chanel is my given name and Speedy was a nickname given because I ran fast and was quick on my feet while playing basketball early on. I owe my agility and footwork to early ballet lessons. So yes I combined the two together because it was either name I would hear and answer to. However, respectfully please call me Chanel when you see me. Lol respectfully, I like that and will use that. (Laughs) I always wanted to use that in a sentence that’s what the youth say frequently today.

The brand Chanel Speedy®️ is pivoting from just being a blog and providing written information to it’s audience. Besides giving me this opportunity to interview you what other things are in store for the brand? I’ll give you a second to think about it as I introduce your efforts to those who may not know them. I have done my research and here it is.

We want to update you on the services that Chanel will be providing. She has taken countless years to research and self teach herself, learn from others and studied at her own leisure to add volume to enhance, embrace, explore and to turn her interests into skills.

The first #KickBackAgainstBullying sneaker drive event Chanel was presented with a certificate of recognition for a job well done. The allocated sneakers and socks were given to local Harlem shelters.

One of her dual degree majors is Media and Communication which was a broad spectrum but Chanel dissected and perfected the arts within her vision. She took a deeper dive into covering life moments such as: weddings, birthdays, cookouts, events onto random daily captures with a video and photo camera as practice and training. Many times showing up with equipment unbeknownst to others she was pursuing this and simply presenting the organizer a DVD of her work as she learned how to edit free of charge.

What else have you accomplished Chanel that I may not have touched upon? “I have managed toy, clothing, footwear and food drives on my own as well as collaboratively and taught a poetry class for the youth in Harlem. How would you describe your journey from when you first started until now?

“If anyone hired me during my learning stages as I am self taught; I appreciate you for motivating me and showing your support because I was learning on the fly and gave myself unrealistic turnaround times. Yet, I made it through and the job was completed. It was important to me to learn the craft first, develop my style and then learn the rules to see what I liked, how my vision was compatible with the top tier and from there my creativity came into play. The paid gigs were few to none but I enjoyed the stages of breaking and rebuilding, creating opportunities for myself and being in rooms I could only imagine. It was my persistency, diligence and drive to not give up on a passion and see it through.”

“Gently worn and new sneaker donations. This was an exciting moment because this was a jump start from an idea to executing the event. Many thanks to everyone who collected from their respective networks, secured the location and supported me at every turn. I am so appreciative for everything others assisted me with even today!” – Chanel

Let’s talk about the services you will be providing now. “The services are formulated in the categories of educational services including: entrepreneurial youth workshops with activities to excite their creativity as well as fun ways of giving back to the community.

The multi-media and entertainment services will include: the development, creation and video/photography production. Within teaching how I learned brings an unexplainable joy because to watch a mind cultivate in your presence from a simple directive or guiding words really warms my heart.”

In conclusion thank you for this opportunity to interview you. Any final comments? “Yes, thank you and you’re welcome this is the exact reason I created this platform to get other people opinions to showcase their talents. As you grow into what field you want to pursue remember the work you put in and what you learned in other fields to apply. Best of luck in your research and future endeavors.”

Is there anyone you want to thank? “Some have witnessed my journey. I always miss someone’s name trying to remember everyone so I want to thank you, YoU and YOU for the inclusion, support, helping me be in the moment. As the photographer often doesn’t get their picture taken and the doctor still has to get their check up from a doctor. The growth of me giving back in the truest form to my community has strengthen me in ways that are unexplainable. Also, stay motivated as the life of an entrepreneur is not easy yet it is very rewarding in the sense of assisting and being of service to a higher purpose.”

What did the people you are thanking provide you with? “Within my journey I was provided with the gift of simply being allowed to be myself and learning by experience in real-time. Here are your flowers for the support in the variety of ways. When I say support it could be volunteering your time, posting a flyer, listening, spreading the word etc. I’m forever grateful for you whom have entrusted me with propelling an idea, if you accepted my rsvp to help your community efforts and by continuing to help me create a legacy. For those I will meet along the way forward gratitude. Looking forward what is to come from this pivot.”

“RELEASED” a hit new docu-series to be debuted on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
September 29, 2017

Consulting Producer and Author Shaka Senghor

Yesterday, I had the privilege of being an honorary guest at the dynamic press lunch accompanied by a very deep and necessary roundtable discussion. The group dissussion surrounded multiple branches of incarceration within families and it featured the consulting producer of “Released” Mr. Shaka Senghor.

“Released” is a new docu-series that adds a journey filled with emotion, a glimpse into the interaction and readjustment back into society after being incarcerated. In episode one we are introduced to Kevin, Jermaine and Kay as their stories are documented post release and they enter the next phase of transitional adjustment back into society; some serving over a decade of time. When one family member goes to prison it takes on a whole new territory for the family through conversation, explanation, financial and emotional hardship. No person is wrong for having the feelings they experience as we are not in that persons shoes to identify the hardship.

Rapper Mysonne joined to weigh in his views on the discussion

If you have not been incarcerated personally you are unaware of the tactics it took to survive inside, post traumatic stress uncuffed and the mentally physche of overwhelming feelings. You may have experienced the same emotions within your life perspective but from the key element of FREEDOM. Not having an outlet or the option to choose what and when you eat, enjoying simple pleasures at your own leisure or even interaction with others if you are in the hole will make you appreciate life in general. The struggle or the restriction is not comparable in either instance even though it does not make one’s feeling less valid because of a void that was not filled.

Shaka Senghor shared his story and why it was important to show this vantage point of being released is imperative. With staggering statistics as: 44% of Black Women have a family member in prison or 10,000 men and women are released every week, 4 to 10 return within 6 months and how the U.S. incarcerates more people than anywhere else in the world is alarming. 1 in 9 African Americans parents are in prison and drugs are along the top tier for the reasoning.
RELEASED follows individuals who have completed longterm prison sentences during those first crucial 90 dayson the outside. We’ll meet them as they walk out the prison doors for the first time, and stay with them for every step and misstep as they attempt to reconnect withtheir loved ones, establish their independence and beginthe long, hard work of starting over.

As the docu-series continues to build around Kevin, Jermaine and Kay we will gain insight in how they transition from being restricted inside with no glimpse of society to entering a new world so to speak as it did not stop as they were away.

I think society stigmatizes being released and there has not been an outlet to break the cycle of incarceration which tears families apart. Prison isn’t always the solution and in Kevin’s scenario he already had two strikes and went onto serve 19 years for stealing $160 worth of baby clothes and getting into a scuffle with a security guard. That sentence is harsh in comparison to a sentence of a murderer or not being able to get a job due to his priors and environment in which many opportunities aren’t rendered. Returning to familiar habits becomes the resolution to the common issue of being an outcast when returning to society. There is hope after prison, adversity and anything you consider struggling it all has to deal with your mentality and utilizing what you have access to but some are not as fortunate as others.

Shaka Senghor joined by Chanel

Being placed back into society is similar to a baby learning how to walk after the crawling stages. How can you put something in the past that the world constantly remind you of with closed doors and limited opportunities? You literally walk out of one form of imprisonment to another form of restraint. Many are dehumanized in a way that allows people to say that’s unfair and unfortunate and make strides by utilizing our voice for change. The healing for children impacts their quality of life you can not rewind time and the importance of the new docu-series “Released” angles of family interaction, dealing with the outskirts of reality is depicted with raw emotion. The only emotion we are allowed to own is our anger from the notion of what is presented to us and what we see others have or just curiosity to how your life would have been in comparison to what is it.
Courtesy of 135th Street Agency

Watch: Kevin Getting Stopped at Airport Security

Watch: Kay Describes How it Felt to Be Released

Be sure to watch RELEASED as it debuts on Saturday, September 30 at 10PM ET/PT on OWN. Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #ReleasedOWN

%d bloggers like this: