We had the good fortune of connecting with Germaine and Shyriah Pentsil and Marshall and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Germaine and Shyriah, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
For us, we’ve always been driven by creating content and media that we feel is needed but don’t see. We also want to make sure that we’re showcasing the creative and business minded faces from Detroit that don’t get the spotlight. It’s been hard, especially adjusting to the changes from the pandemic, but we also know that our work is important and valued, and that’s what keeps us going. Also, in order to determine when to give up or keep going you have to spend time self reflecting. Make sure to give yourself grace, people hit rough patches but that doesn’t mean give up. However, if your heart isn’t in it anymore, there’s nothing wrong with letting go.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
We juggle many hats, we are creatives, scholars, entrepreneurs and young professionals. We are very thankful that in today’s age we have the opportunity to explore and adapt to many different lifestyles. It definitely has not been easy, we’re young Black women trying to carve out our place in this world. Thankfully, we lean on each other for support and encouragement, and that’s helped up overcome a lot of challenges as well as doing what we feel is right each time, holding ourselves accountable, and goal setting along the way. We’ve learned that it’s okay to let things and people go if they aren’t working out and that when launching your own brand it’s best to focus on those that support you instead of those who do not. We want the world to know that we are just two girls from Detroit that refuse to give up on our goals. We want to inspire others & help them keep going through the content we produce.
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?
Germaine: well, a week long itinerary for me would be visiting one my favorite bar hangout, Floods, for some good fun, visiting the Detroit Institute of Arts, visiting the Detroit riverwalk, driving around and probably a picnic on Belle Isle, hanging around Campus Martius and maybe catching a movie at the drive in and do some people watching, take a walk around the Detroit Avenue of Fashion, and then finally a stop at one of my favorite brunch places, The Block or a trip to East Eats. The pandemic has changed a lot of things but thankfully Detroit gives you the opportunity for indoor and outdoor fun. Shyriah: I would take people to the Detroit Riverwalk, it’s one of my personal favorite places to go. I’d also recommend checking out East Eats for some good food and a good time. The rest of our trip would be hanging around the city for a good time, like at Eastern Market during the weekend.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Germaine: when I think back on all my successes to this point, I absolutely have to thank my family. They have been my sounding board, my cheering squad and my inspiration for every challenge, success and stumbling block. Shyriah: I’d dedicate my shout out to God, my parents, friends/family, & my Sorors of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. All of these influences have helped and shaped me into the success I am today.
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