Over the years non-Blacks have tried to emulate the Black Experience and not necessarily in a positive light. This is why we must be at the forefront of telling our own stories the right way and in a positive light. This is what You Had Me at Black (YHMAB) is geared towards.
YHMAB is a storytelling podcast and kickback series for people who love being Black. The mission of this movement is to reclaim the Black narrative by telling our stories in our words, from our mouths. What makes this movement stand out from the crowd is that it is a protest against the negative, one-dimensional and incomplete portrayals of blackness in the media. And as attacks on blackness reach a tipping point in the U.S., these narratives matter because they affect not only how other groups see blackness, but most importantly how we see ourselves.
I decided to become a media sponsor with YHMAB for that exact reasoning mentioned above. After listening to some of the stories during my routes to and from work, as well as to leisure activities, I became even more excited to see them live and in action this Saturday, April 14 in Los Angeles. So what can we except for the team to bring to the City of Angels?
For one, each city is unique with its own culture, swag, slang and vibe, and Los Angeles is no different from any other city. There will be stories about what its like being Black in LA in the shadow of Hollywood, as well as the housing and homelessness situations and a few other interesting stories, but you have to be there to check it out! Just to give you guys a teaser of how YHMAB events go, check out the video below:
As you can see, YHMAB gets LIT! Also in store for the LA pitstop is that the Love Jays, hosts of Married Millennials Podcast, will be in the house. So bring you girls, bring your partnas, bring your significant other or yes, you can even bring your momma or daddy or just come by your lonesome and meet new friends.
You can purchase your ticket here. We hope to see you next week in Los Angeles. The show starts at 8 p.m. at 2234 W. Temple Street in Los Angeles. Chinedu Unaka will be your host for LA.