We had the good fortune of connecting with Eboné Almon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eboné, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
When I first started The PHG (Professional Homegirl) Podcast™, I wanted to debunk the narratives of what society thinks about Black women by providing a platform where Black women can live in their authenticity and fully be seen. Listeners are always amazed at my guests because they never heard women speak so freely on taboo topics that are not normally discussed openly by women.
In addition, I wanted to normalize conversations that were and still are affecting my community and the women in it. The PHG Podcast™ not only humanizes my guests and their stories but encourages listeners to empathize with my guests and the road less traveled by some of them. I also wanted to shed light on professional women to encourage women of color that they deserve to take up space wherever their heart desires.
I always tell my guests before we record to not be nervous and to get their sh… off because they need to know that they are speaking not only for themselves but for another Professional Homegirl that hasn’t found her voice yet. Plus, it’s important for me to share stories to remind my listeners that there is always beauty in brokenness.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The PHG (Professional Homegirl) Podcast™ is an informative podcast that interviews women anonymously on stories that will enlighten and expand on taboo topics. This podcast aims to show the full range of women of color living full lives that they have worked to have. I am always proud of myself for creating a platform where my guests trust me with their stories while being vulnerable and unapologetic. It speaks volumes about the integrity of the show and towards the end of each conversation, it always feels like a kee-kee moment between two homegirls.
Recently I launched The Professional Homegirl Coloring Book, a self-help interactive coloring book that provides beautiful and relatable illustrations that show the full range of women in all lifestyles. I came up with this idea because I didn’t see coloring books during the pandemic that depicted my lifestyle. It was either coloring books with different hairstyles or intricate shapes, and honestly, that’s getting boring. Like the podcast, I created this coloring book so that women don’t have to look far to see themselves by coloring images that may mirrored them. Plus, while coloring, you will be able to listen to stories from The PHG Podcast that match the illustrations by scanning the QR code at the bottom of each page. This is one of my favorite proud moments because I really did that!
The most important lesson that my business taught me is to never do anything for money. Unfortunately, I had to learn this the hard way but I am very appreciative of this lesson because it taught me the importance of brand authenticity. The most important factor behind the success of my brand is the rawness it embodies. I believe in only doing partnerships with other brands that align with The Professional Homegirl mission that aids in the paradigm shift of changing the narrative of women of color.
If there’s one thing that I want the world to know, it is that tough times don’t last but Professional Homegirls do.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live in Brooklyn, New York so there is always something to do. It’s been a little hard to hang out due to the pandemic so here are some of my favorite places to visit in the city that’s so nice, they named it twice!
Places to Hang Out:
Brooklyn Academy of Music is a multi-arts center located in Brooklyn, New York. It has been around for over 150 years and I love the antique feeling of this gem. Normally, I come here on Sundays to catch the latest movie that’s premiering.
Bushwich Collective is a showcase of street murals by many artists. This is one of my favorite places to visit because it’s so cool and inspiring. Plus, you never know which artist you might run into.
The Promenade is an absolute must. There are views of the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, and the Manhattan Skyline. Plus, there are tons of food options to select from.
The Vessel Hudson Yards is breathtaking! It’s a spiral staircase that has been a must-see landmark in New York. It’s so cool!
Places to Eat:
Claw Daddy’s have the best oysters and happy hour drinks!
Sagaponack NYC is such a cute place for dinner. The drinks here are also delicious too!
Le District is a French food hall that is located in Brookfield Place that has restaurants, markets, and prepared food stations.
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is the best pizza spot located in Downtown Brooklyn.
Honestly, there are so many places to visit and such cool people to interact with. I mean it’s New York, what do you expect!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The Professional Homegirl was born after the transition of my grandma, Evelyn Terry, affectionately known as Na-Na. I never experienced losing a loved one before and after losing her, I went through a serious depression. During my depression, I wanted to create a platform where women can share overcoming their darkest moments in their lives to encourage hope in others so I decided to create a blog. However, a lot of people don’t have time to read or let alone know how to read so The PHG (Professional Homegirl) Podcast™ was born. I couldn’t have made it this far without the love and support from my Na-Na because if it wasn’t for her, there would be no PHG. Also, shout out to my best friends because they definitely helped me become the woman I am today. Last but not least, shout out to my Professional Homegirls! Thank y’all for holding me down and not up! Plus, PHGs Do It Better!