Today's lesson, Racism. If you see something written here that you’ve said or done, use it as an opportunity. Take it as a wake up call and make the decision to grow, change and be conscious of your own privilege. Remember, I am not a speaker for the entirety of a people. Use this blog as a reference tool, not as the one and only view on the topic.
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Sunyatta Amen is the owner of SiTea.
SiTea was born 2 doors from the world famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem, NY in 1976. As the counter help in Pyramid, her parent’s herbal shop & juice bar, Sunyatta was taught the value of teas & spices as she served uptown residents alongside entertainment luminaries. As she also traveled with her family on many spice buying trips, she dreamed of a shop featuring the fabrics & decor of these exotic destinations. The modern day incarnation of SiTea in Washington, DC features warm mango, saffron and paprika hued fabrics and walls - as well as a taste of the family legacy in a wealth teas and spices like ‘Love Potion #10’ (Sunyatta’s grandmother’s recipe), ’Aunt Gem’s Favorite Curry’, ‘1001 Arabian Nights’ recalls her great-grandmother’s pistachio baklava and newly commissioned Celebri-Teas such as ‘Mint Condition Chai’ (named after the popular band of the name name) bring the vision current.