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TrailBlaze Creative Neighborhood Image Awardee: BlackTeaBrownSuga Network


The Neighborhood Image Award is given to an organization whose work is contributing to making their community appealing and desirable to all. Their work celebrates neighborhood pride and attracts new people and investment while retaining new and long-term residents.

Based in McKees Rocks, BlackTeaBrownSuga is a force in giving a voice to the people through access to space, media, and technology for Black creatives. The BlackTeaBrownSuga Network (BTBSN) is empowering members of the community to challenge and correct injustices, whether they be social or judicial, community wide or personal.Overall, they seek to give members of the community the resources, knowledge, and confidence to be pro-active, change-makers.

Launching in McKees Rocks just over a year ago, The BlackTeaBrownSuga Network serves as an accessible and affordable creative hub for local youth as well as adults. Located on Broadway Avenue in McKees Rocks, BTBSN converted an old law office to a beautiful media facility equipped with all of the equipment and software needed to create podcasts, music, videos and more. Having a background in psychology, founder Eszquire Harris has a vision for this space to not only provide a place for people to express themselves and tell their own story, but also to provide a platform for recognizing global issues, bringing awareness to how they affect the community, and providing solutions. BTBSN strengthens the community through community service, workshops, and weekly live shows which initiate the conversations needed to share, educate and develop solutions as a community. They have also made a significant impact on the Pittsburgh and McKees Rocks communities by providing a safe place both physically and virtually for creatives to be able to continue their work during the COVID-19 pandemic. These creatives were able to continue or start new projects that directly impact low-income communities while continuing to address and give voice to the local Black community regarding everything from maternal health disparities to social justice and prison reform.


Watch BlackTeaBrownSuga Network’s Awardee Video!


Thanks to our partners at Pittsburgh Tech Council for interviewing Eszquire!

You can listen here by clicking on the player below!


The BlackTeaBrownSuga Network has a variety of shows that open up space to talk about community concerns and issues, bring important injustices to light, or simply provide an outlet for creative self-expression. One of those shows is ‘Mom Chat’ – a a talk show focused on the ups and downs of motherhood that helps connect community members to resources and shares advice from life experiences. Check out these Q&As with two Mom Chat co-hosts, Iyanna Bridges and Delmesha Richards!

READ:  Q&A with ‘Mom Chat’ Show Host Iyanna Bridges

READ: Q&A with ‘Mom Chat’ Show Host Delmesha Richards


Head to BTBSN’s newly launched website! You can stay up to date with their work, book their spaces, and see available equipment!

https://www.btbsn.org/


Check out some of our Facebook posts from BTBSN’s awardee highlight week!

 


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