BEATS GEEK CHIC: EPISODE 2

Ep. 2: November 19, 2015

Beats Geek Chic seeks to find the genesis of creativity from which the colorful industries of music, technology and design are born!

On this episode, Daryle talks the art of photography, Marc describes his love of music from Mint Condition to Britney Spears, and Kevin tells us why he thinks that Apple isn’t actually a tech company…hmm.

Please do us a solid by taking the quick polls below and dropping a comment or two about what you just heard. Your feedback will help us get better at the podcasting thing!

Vote With Love surprised us all. What started in 2016 as a few t-shirts and a message has grown into a philosophy and a way of life.

The stakes are high – maybe even the highest they have ever been. Aside from the all-important Presidential election, there are countless other candidates and issues for us to determine. During a time of civil unrest, a global pandemic, an environmental crisis and much more, we know our actions right now will directly impact the next generation. We developed Vote With Love as a nonpartisan effort to grow empathy and help voters prepare to cast their most thoughtful and informed vote yet.

“What’s love got to do with it?” That’s the question we get most often.

Our answer? Everything.

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There’s historic moves happening in our democracy right now and we’re hoping you’re jumping in and preparing to vote with love.

(See what we did there? 😉). 

And as our newsfeeds get a lot more colorful, here’s something else to consider.  It’s quite possible that almost every bit of plastic any of us have ever used in our lifetimes is still somewhere on earth - even your very first toothbrush.  

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July 26th marks 100 days until the November 3rd election. You read that right. 100 days. Is that a lot of time or nah? 

It depends, right?

Well we understand that numbers need context so let’s break down a few other important numbers.

  • The United States ranks 26th in voter turnout among 32 other developed countries. 
  • Voting rights advocates have won zero cases out of four in the Supreme Court.
  • Here are eight reasons Election Day 2020 could be a disaster.
  • There are 23 million immigrants eligible to vote in the upcoming election.
  • There is only one vote that matters. Yours.

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We’re hoping more of us are now woke to the experiences of indigenous, Black and brown people in this country and why some may have the “nope, not today” feels on this 4th of July.

If you’re not in tune, just watch this video by Movement for Black Lives to catch up.

Can we pause and reflect on the patriotic and painful story of our country’s origin as well as consider the possibilities of a nation we are working to evolve? Juneteenth (June 19) and Independence Day (July 4) are just two weeks apart yet there doesn’t seem to be a wider chasm in the United States right now. So how will we #RemixIndependenceDay?

One thing is for sure...the stakes are high. 

It's become clear that the votes Americans cast this year will significantly impact present and future generations to come.

With so many urgent and critical issues at the heart of the 2020 elections, The Ambassadors Circle is on an empathy building campaign to encourage all of us to Vote With Love.

 

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It’s Juneteenth and today we are showing up a bit different.

Black folks across the country are “calling in black” and taking the day off as an opportunity to rest and reflect. Companies are making a historic statement and observing the day as a paid holiday.  Moves are being made to recognize the day as a Federal Holiday. Virtual Juneteenth festivals are poppin’, giving us to chance celebrate with communities from the Bay to DC to Atlanta. 

Around the Circle, we are here for all of it and as we commemorate the day, we are also dedicating ourselves to radical healing that can transform our communities.

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Recently we welcomed licensed psychologist Dr. Natalye Pearson to facilitate a special Circle Session on Radical Healing in the Black Community. During the 90 minute session we explored the intersection of racism and trauma in the black community, surfacing three main questions:

  1. What is trauma?
  2. How does trauma intersect with racism?
  3. What steps can we take as a black community towards radical healing?

Participants shared personal stories and lit up the chat box, sharing what they love most about black people, questions for Dr. Pearson and their expressed needs for our community.  Jade-Olivia shared, “I love that Black people always know how to doctor up some food with the best seasoning combinations ever created!” while Ian said there was a “need to have more Black male therapists.”

We took a moment to honor these observations and our lived experiences, and discussed how we can begin to take daily steps towards radical healing. Some of the ideas shared included:

  • Investing in the safety and wellbeing of our black children
  • Recognizing the intergenerational transmission of resilience and strength
  • Learning from our elders and getting to know our lineage and ancestry more intimately
  • Practicing radical self care 
  • Scheduling rest
  • Learning how to say no
  • Talking to a therapist
  • Journaling
  • Setting healthy boundaries with loved ones 
  • Prayer and meditation
  • Breathing and being able to listen and be in silence 

These are just a sampling of the self-soothing techniques available to us each and everyday. Please feel free to forward and share this info with your Circle and if you would like to explore this topic more, please let us know and we will continue to create space.  

We understand there are many emotions swirling during this moment in time. We are in a movement that can span the emotional spectrum of exhausting to exhilarating so we encourage you to continue to fill your well and take radical care of yourself.  

We need us strong.


The recent protests and latest injustices have rightfully demanded our attention and action over the last few weeks.

We also can’t forget that over 44 million Americans have filed unemployed claims as a result of the economic fallout of the coronavirus. Small businesses and the gig economy have been some of the hardest hit communities and The Ambassadors Circle is dedicated to providing support as we continue to navigate through this crisis.

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Recently we hosted a Circle Session to share how we can help each other out, kicking off a session with participants sharing their hopes for the collective.  Lisa shared "My hope for all of you is that you stay connected, share solid resources and find ways to THRIVE," while Paloma offered "My hope for all of you is abundance!" 

And in the spirit of sharing solid resources, we featured speakers LT Hilton, Katie Otis and Jennifer Bradford who shared their real talk observations on applying for federal stimulus dollars and unemployment assistance. Top learnings include:

  • Get On it!  Being available and prepared to react to stimulus help is half the battle.
  • If not already, invest in getting your business information organized, digitized and up to date.
  • Experts advise against drawing unemployment and receiving a paycheck protection loan during the same time period. It could be considered “double-dipping”.
  • Many Ambassadors are rethinking big banks and considering smaller alternative financial institutions.
  • We have to help each other out! We’re all having similar experiences.

The chat box was also lit with resources and ideas! Check out a few of the top ones below:

Additional Paycheck Protection Program Lender Options

Business Tools

Reducing expenses

  • Consider lowering your car insurance by reducing your annual mileage. 
  • Call your student loan lender to request a forbearance if necessary.
  • Call your banks, credit card companies and insurance agencies if you need help!

We then dived into a “when the rent is due” conversation with Prometheus Real Estate Group’s Senior Neighborhood Director Alan Bradford, who dropped his helpful tips on navigating landlord/tenant relationships during the COVID-19 crisis.  Landlords and tenants on the call swapped tips and several Ambassadors suggested checking out Netflix’s Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj where he breaks down the details of renters rights in “What Happens When You Can’t Pay Rent.”

We closed out with an interactive session acknowledging May’s Mental Health Awareness Month. Session attendees selected five people to encourage (including a fellow attendee!) and we all picked one area in our house to declutter.  The feedback has been super inspiring. One Ambassador shared “Thanks to the circle for the “clean one area” challenge. This is the first time I’ve seen the floor in months!”

We’re finding these curated conversations really helpful to keeping our spirits and motivations lifted. If you know someone who could benefit from this information, we invite you to share this email.

If you'd like to help us create space for even more, join The Ambassadors Circle as a member Supporter.  By joining, you are supporting a collective of creatives and entrepreneurs dedicated to doing more good everyday. 

Until next time, help each other out ya'll!


The Ambassadors Circle is a black owned and led business. Everything we do is on behalf of and for vulnerable communities and right now, we are in a fight for our survival.

The Circle was founded as a collective because we believe in the collective power of good. Many of you have been asking us how you can help. Fortunately, there are many ways to do so. Participating in peaceful protests, signing online petitions, educating yourself on the black experience in America, reaching out to your black colleagues and offering a kind word.

Today we are asking you to support the organizations who are standing for Black Americans everyday. The Circle has curated a list of organizations below, many who have been doing this work for years. Donate, follow them on social or sign up for their newsletters to stay informed. Your support will have a lasting impact and help us make the change we want to see.

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Today we are lifting up #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity as a response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

The Ambassadors Circle has had the honor of working intimately with several leaders and organizations who are doing the good work. We invite you to take a peek at our curated list of organizations below and if you’re feelin’ it, drop a little love to the changemakers who are on the front lines.

 

Giving Tuesday Now

 

Californians for Safety and Justice - #StopTheSpread

Californians for Safety and Justice represents survivors of crime, people living with convictions and organizations serving them. They are mobilizing to ensure vulnerable communities are equipped to stop the spread of COVID-19. Review their action plan and join them in Telling Congress to Act.


IGNITE National - #IgnitetheVote

IGNITE is a movement of young women who are ready and eager to become the next generation of political leaders. They’ve teamed up with #whenweallvote to encourage voter registration and participation in this COVID-19 environment.  You can support their work here


ICA Fund Good Jobs

ICA Fund Good Jobs is a San Francisco Bay Area-based small business accelerator working to build an economy that works for all. They’ve created a Rapid Response fund to help local entrepreneurs affected by the COVID-19 crisis. You can contribute to the fund or shop their online marketplace and support local small businesses!


LEAD Scholars Program

Santa Clara University’s LEAD Scholars Program is an academic support program for first generation college students. With the closure of schools everywhere, the LEAD Scholars program is receiving weekly requests from students who need help with living expenses. You can make a donation (big or small) that will go directly into the hands of the students. Enter COVID-19 response in the special instructions if you’d like to donate specifically for this cause.


Public Rights Project

Public Rights Project is dedicated to protecting our civil, economic and environmental rights by building the capacity of state and local government. Right now they are working with their partners to support individuals who are under eviction threat as a result of the economic impact of COVID-19. You can support their work today and help them reach their Giving Tuesday goal!

She the People

She the People elevates the voices of women of color to ensure their voices and votes matter in 2020. During the COVID-19 crisis, they are combatting challenges to civil liberties, voting rights and equality. You can support them with a monthly donation and learn more about their call for a woman of color Vice President


Seniorly

Seniorly is an online resource that helps seniors connect to assisted living facilities. During the shelter in place, they have been hosting CurtainUp!, a daily 1 hour live stream to entertain our aging loved ones. They broadcast singers, artists and dancers live into senior communities and homes nationwide. Check out the talent and invite your parents and grandparents!


Supply Our Heroes

Supply Our Heroes delivers supplies to healthcare professionals in need of protective equipment. Donate now to get protective supplies directly into the hands of those that need it most ASAP. 

These are just a few of the mighty organizations who are holding us down during this time. Do you know others we can lift up for doing amazing things during this crisis? Let us know and we’ll shout ‘em out!

Hang in there Circle and thank you for joining us on this global day of generosity. The power of our collective good will see us through.

Stay safe and healthy!


Are you or someone you know an experienced home sewer and/or quilter in the East Bay? Home sewers can earn $100 for sewing 25 masks. Click to learn more!

** EAST BAY MASK SEWERS NEEDED **

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We've partnered with family owned BlueFrog Screen Printing and Embroidery in San Leandro who has reached capacity so we're looking to hire additional home sewers to help create non-medical masks to help stop the spread of Coronavirus.
Sewers must have a sewing machine and be comfortable sewing without a pattern by using a provided sample. These masks are for sale to the public so quality is paramount.
 
Here's how it works:
  1. If you are interested please complete the form below.
  2. If it's a good match we'll deliver to your porch a box that includes a sample mask, the cut fabric, extra fabric to practice with and all materials needed to assemble 25 masks.
  3. Complete the sewing in 3 days or less, we'll pick them back up and if done to specifications you will receive $100 for 25 completed masks via Paypal or Venmo.
We are stronger together! Thanks for your interest and consideration.
The Ambassadors Circle

 

 


Recently we hosted a dynamite session for the creatives, entrepreneurs and freelancers in the Circle - also known as the gig economy.

This community is feeling the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis heavily and we send a special thank you to our featured Ambassadors Katie Otis - Founder & Creative Director of Design in Mind; LT Hilton - Founding Ambassador of The Ambassadors Circle; and Shai'La Stiggers - DJ, Model and Fitness Instructor, for sharing inspiration, hope and resources to help us weather the coronavirus storm.
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Many of you may be a proud member of the gig economy or you may have hired a photographer, artist or event planner to help you bring your visions to life.  Check out this curated list of resources that came out of the Circle Session below and help us out by:
  1. Sharing this letter with folks you know who are part of this community.
  2. Giving us the goods! Are you a resource yourself? Share your insights and behind the scenes tips that would be helpful for the Circle to know.

Here's to the giggers. This one's for you.

(UPDATED May 5, 2020)

COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application
(https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/)

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000.

CA Unemployment Insurance Application
(https://www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/UI_Online.htm)

Unemployment insurance is now available to freelancers and contractors for the first time.  Applications are being accepted now.

Annuity.Org
(annuity.org/financial-literacy/covid-19-financial-guide/)


Annuity.org has published a helpful COVID-19 Financial Guide that has information for freelancers, self employed individuals, families and small businesses have been impacted financially. 

FDIC (https://www.fdic.gov/coronavirus/index.html) is urging banks to waive credit card fees and help customers however possible. Make sure to call your credit card companies and banks for assistance. Call your banks!

Navigating your social media during Covid-19
(https://later.com/blog/social-media-covid-19/)