Mixtape Series Vol.1 — Invest in Yourself: Three visionaries teach us why we are our best asset


As a female-founded cannabis brand—one particularly focused on building the arts community as well supporting it through an equity lens—we knew from the beginning, in order to make an impact we must invest in ourselves.

You need to give to yourself before you can give to others. It’s the one of the best returns on investments you can have. It truly is our responsibility to take the time to develop our gifts and talents, so we can best serve others and our community.  

In this intro to our Mixtape Series, we share three different perspectives on self-investment and its impact.

“You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.” ―Henry David Thoreau

1. Your First Million Podcast | Ep 33 — Your Revenue is Your Best Investor

In this podcast episode, Arlan interviews Yao Huang, an entrepreneurial executive who works with businesses and start-ups with a focus on technology. Yao focuses on assisting with revenue and funding. Arlan Hamilton is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, she has raised more than $10M, and has invested in over 100 companies led by people of color, women, and/or LGBTQ. She goes behind-the-scenes and teaches people how to make their first million dollars, downloads or customers.


2. Brown Vegan | Ep. 94 — Why Plant-Based is Blackness & Community-Building

Host Monique Koch chats with Chef Zu’s gradual transition to a plant-based lifestyle and provide insights on:

  • Vegan meal planning and how to get confident in the kitchen

  • How to veganize your favorite dishes

  • The connection between gut health and mental health

  • Why veganism is culturally and historically relevant to black folks.


3. ESSENCE Magazine | Black Women Know That The Stakes Are High In The Cannabis Industry, Here's Why They're Joining It Anyway — By Myeisha Essex

This article originally appeared in the September 2018 issue of ESSENCE

"Let’s be real: most of us probably didn’t grow up dreaming of becoming powerhouses in the cannabis industry...Black Women are trailblazers. We have to be. We know the law, because we have to. We’ve got to change the stigma of who uses cannabis and why."

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