By Romeo McCord
Rolling out‘s Romeo International recently sat down with Diana Schweinbeck, who started her company, Schweinbeck LLC, in 2007 to showcase deejays, producers and up-and-coming recording artists. Her clients have included Sy Ari Da Kid, Damar Jackson and Paxquiao.
Schweinbeck discussed her journey from helping entertainers get their music out to her new role as head of marking for Cinq Music Group in Los Angeles.
How did you arrive at this career choice?
It was a natural evolution. I never, per se, wanted to be in the music industry, but it really just fell into my lap. When I moved to Atlanta from Alpharetta, Georgia, to attend Georgia State University, I kept meeting so many people who were in some aspect in the music industry. After building real relationships [and] friendships, I put two and two together and combined by relationships with my business background.
What separates you from others in your field?
I separate myself by being genuine. Everything I work on I truly believe in. It isn’t about the money for me. It’s about helping someone achieve their dream, which in the end becomes our dream.
Do you think that there are any widely held misconceptions about what you do?
I wouldn’t say misconception, but I feel people really have no idea what I do, and I’m completely fine with that. I continue to work even harder and show them I’m not just some role in this industry. I can do it all.
Why do you consider continued learning important?
I am always eager to learn. This industry changes drastically fast. You always have to be one step ahead, and no one in this industry knows the industry 100 percent. There is always room to learn further than what you know.
What role does technology play in your day-to-day life? How do you utilize it?
I use technology all day every day. Without it, I couldn’t get anything done. From email to social media to research, I need it.
What software, app or other technological innovation has made the biggest difference in your life or career?
For me, I would have to say Twitter. That was the first social media I was on when I began in this industry, and it was the easiest way to connect with someone else. It was also uncomplicated to show support by a simple tweet or shout-out, which eventually blossomed into a relationship.
What is your favorite vacation destination and why?
My favorite vacation destination would be really anywhere with beautiful beaches, all-inclusive resorts and a pool that I can get in by going out [onto] my balcony.
West Oakland Black Woman Owned Food Collective, “The Black Culinary Collective (BCC)”
“We are doing our part to change the narrative of excellence being categorized as an exception for black makers.
A group of Black women who own food businesses are rising from the devastation of the pandemic by sharing a commercial kitchen in West Oakland.
The Black Culinary Collective (BCC) is led by Chef Reign Free, owner of Red Door Catering, which opened in 2006.
Red Door Catering has a 5,000-square-foot kitchen space. During the pandemic Free’s catering business fell and her business was damaged during the protests.
Free also knew other Black chefs who didn’t have the money to rent commercial kitchen space during the pandemic.
And so, she applied to and received $50,000 from the Oakland Black Business Fund, which, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, is “an organization that aims to address Black entrepreneurs’ historical lack of access to capital, to help members join the collective rent-free.”
The collective currently has four members (Teas With Meaning, Baby Bean Pie, Pound Business, and Final Sauce) and is looking for six more. The members will share the kitchen, sell their goods to the public on-site, and collaborate on projects. Members will also receive consultations, mentoring and advice on their food businesses.
BCC hopes to open in August and will be located at 2925 Adeline St. Free continues to raise funds to help collective members have up to a year in the collective rent-free.
“It’s important for the people who work in the food and beverage industry to not only know how to cook, but to understand the history and the cultural significance of those that came before us,” Free told the Oakland Post. “We are doing our part to change the narrative of excellence being categorized as an exception for black makers.
“The companies that are a part of the collective have established the discipline that allows them to see their vision with clarity and purpose; having a beautiful space that supports learning, collaboration, and service allows us to continue to scale in ways that will positively affect the next generation. The more we share our gifts and talents within our community, the more our communities will thrive.”
For more information, go to BlackCulinaryCollective.com
The San Francisco Chronicle, Mercury News, and Oaklandside.org were sources for this report.
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