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Updated: Oct 28, 2020

With that single thought, BlackTeaBrownSuga was born.


The persistence of that thought and the power it gives to the people that have it have grown BlackTeaBrownSuga into the Non-Profit LIVE streaming network that it is today.


Success isn't about where you're at, it's about where you're going and BlackTeaBrownSuga is planning on moving the community up.

Champions of "the People's Voice", the BlackTeaBrownSuga Network is a media platform for the black community to discuss issues and events on a variety of weekly live shows, share creative content and grow and learn together for the good of the whole community. The BlackTeaBrownSuga Network (BTBSN) recognizes that community development starts with us: its' members. We all experience life differently, so our shows' topics and and content try to reflect that. Through Live interaction with our hosts and other viewers we facilitate a respectful exchange of perspective, and hope to broaden our understanding of each other and the world we live in. The BlackTeaBrownSuga Network (BTBSN) seeks to empower members of the community to challenge and correct injustices, whether they be social or judicial, community wide or personal. The BTBSN seeks to give members of our community the , resources, knowledge , and confidence to be pro-active, change-makers. We aren't experts, and we won't claim to be. We are everyday black and brown people that want to change the way our community and our people are represented and discussed one person and one conversation at a time. Motto: The People's Voice Mission: To educate, inspire, and equip the community with knowledge and skills needed to achieve success. Success isn't about where you're at, it's about where you're going and BlackTeaBrownSuga is planning on moving the community up. The community needs a voice , and if we don't lend ours, who will?

Updated: Oct 28, 2020

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.


http://neighborhoodallies.org/events/hn-celebration/neighborhood-image/


Updated: Oct 28, 2020

...we catch up with grant winners still making awesome happen in Pittsburgh, even in challenging times.



As events of the last weeks have proven, having a voice and being heard are two entirely different things.


“When you see trauma and live in that same trauma, your heart can begin to normalize it.  Hurt, fear, pain, violence…these aren’t normal. This isn’t what life is or should be,” says Eszquire Harris, CEO and founder of The BlackTeaBrownSuga, a live video-casting network.

Harris started BTBSN in 2016. The network grew out of his desire to give young Black men and women a platform to raise their voices and speak out on the issues they face.  The mission is simple and clear — educate, inspire, and equip the community with the knowledge and skills needed to achieve success.

“Our ‘past’ is the youth’s ‘current’ and everyone’s ‘future.’ This is their opportunity to build on what has already been built so the change of narrative starts now!”.

The lack of positive images of the Black community spurred Harris to try and make an impact. He opened the BTBSN studio in a McKees Rocks storefront and they immediately began partnering with schools and businesses to create a positive effect on the community. Awesome Pittsburgh awarded BTBSN with a micro-grant for their free after school program, which aimed to give students a creative space to learn the industry and refine their skills.

“Of course, one of our most proud moments so far is the voice we’ve been able to give the youth. It is a safe place where they can come and be productive and encouraged to learn and be more,” says Harris.


When asked about what he would say to youth now in our current racial climate, Harris says he would tell them to normalize talking to people about how they feel with what is happening around them. “Don’t allow the pain to turn into hurt and anger. Allow it to motivate you to keep fighting for better…the better we all deserve!”


Being heard, though, is where he says we all play a part to uplift the next generation. “The biggest role we can play for each other is effective listening. Listening to understand, but also learning how to effectively communicate. Not everyone’s background has equipped them with the ability to automatically understand someone else’s, and we have to remember that when someone wants to learn and grow.”


Harris continued, “Our ‘past’ is the youth’s ‘current’ and everyone’s ‘future.’ This is their opportunity to build on what has already been built so the change of narrative starts now!”


https://awesomepgh.com/2020/06/12/blackteabrownsuga-network/


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BTBSN & BTBSN Jr. Studios

722 Broadway Ave

McKees Rocks, PA 15136

 

Email
blackteabrownsuga@gmail.com

 

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412-503-9175

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