ACTIVATE: Cannabis in Motion
Holistic Remedies LLC and Two Chicks and Flowers came together to launch a free, community-based, educational event, Activate: Cannabis in Motion. The event took place at Cloe’s Corner—a beautiful, black woman-owned coworking space in Brooklyn, right on Atlantic Ave near Barclays Center. This exclusive evening of culture, conversation, and cannabis centered around activating Brooklyn and BIPOC representation in the cannabis space.
[ from left to right: Cloe Luv, Tiffany Yarde, Malik Yoba, Ann Laurén, Solonje Burnett, Cecilia Oyediran, Tosin Ajayi, Isaiah Hill, Kristin Kirkley, Saadiq Vaughan, Mecca Medina, David Bell ]
[Owners of Holistic Remedies LLC, Tosin Ajayi and Isaiah Hill, posing for a photo with their CBD products]
Summary of the Evening
Kicking off the evening was a networking hour, sponsored by Bartenura and Coca-Cola, and a shopping experience featuring the brands of the evening, Holistic Remedies LLC and Two Chicks and Flowers, while tunes from a South African Club Mix played in the backdrop.
Opening remarks were led by Tosin Ajayi, Event Host and Co-Owner of Holistic Remedies LLC, welcoming the audience and thanking the event contributors, as she acknowledged the connection between Brooklyn and three of the most disproportionately impacted neighborhoods from cannabis prohibition in NY. Isaiah Hill, Event Host and Co-Owner of Holistic Remedies LLC led the shopping experience for the evening.
Followed directly after, was a preview of the feature film Broke Boi, led by the Director and star of the film, David Bell, and the entire cast, Mecca Medina (Co-Director), Kristin Kirkley (Producer), and Saadiq Vaughan (1st Assistant Director).
Finally, a dynamic discussion closed the evening, moderated by Ann Laurén, Event Host and Owner of Two Chicks and Flowers, and included an exceptional panel of experts: Cecelia Oyediran, Malik Yoba, Jumaanee Williams, Tiffany Yarde, and Solonje Burnett.
[ a preview of the feature film, Broke Boi ]
Cannabis and Conversation
The panel was very exciting because it brought together many disciplines and perspectives on the main topic of the evening, cannabis. Cecilia Oyediran, as an NYS Cannabis Attorney and legal expert, provided great information about the ins and outs of cannabis law. NYC Public Advocate and NY Gubernatorial Candidate, Jumaane Williams, spoke compassionately about working to erase the stigma and acknowledging the disparities that exist across NYC. Solonje Burnett amplified BIPOC practitioners in the wellness space, speaking on topics such as mindfulness with the plant, growing cannabis, and wooing the crowd with “plant sexuality”. Tiffany Yarde dropped some major gems about getting started in the industry, walking us through her impressive, hard-earned, success stories with Shoki Beverages. Malik Yoba brought his star quality to the event, sharing his many experiences as an actor, philanthropist, real estate developer, and Chief Strategy Officer for Minorities 4 Medical Marijuana.
[ Panelists Tiffany Yarde, Solonje Burnett, and Jumaane Williams listen to Cecilia Oyediran's remarks during the panel discussion ]
[Malik Yoba speaks to the crowd during the panel discussion, with Jumaane Williams beside him]
“Ask Me Anything” Session
After the panel conversation, there was an “Ask Me Anything” Session that welcomed unfiltered and real-life questions from the audience. Some questions that came up:
[ NYC Public Advocate, Jumaane Williams arriving and taking his seat on the panel ]
[ Roger Thomas, CEO of Mello Tymes, chats with the fellow cannabis community members ]
All attendees were given access to a free digital program by Holistic Remedies LLC and Two Chicks and Flowers. Enclosed are hyperlinks and information about cannabis licensing from cannabis.ny.gov, the current cannabis regulations out for public comment in New York, and facts about Brooklyn’s cannabis history, along with summaries and ways to tap into our incredible speakers, artists, and friends of Activate: Cannabis in Motion.
[ Guests enjoy complementary wine over laughter during networking hour ]
[ pictured are Honey Sticks, Hemp Seed Body Butters, CBD Love Balms, and BIC lighters by Holistic Remedies LLC ]
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