We had the good fortune of connecting with Erica Freeman and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Erica, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I’m from Inglewood, California. I grew up in predominately Black working and middle class neighborhoods and attended private schools in those neighborhoods. The first school I attended, Marcus Garvey School in South Central LA, instilled a sense of pride for Black American culture. We learned about Black inventors, leaders and history. I was awarded the opportunity to learn about these trailblazers at a very young age, which is not typical for the average American education curriculum. My mother was born in Liberia, a West African republic founded by free slaves, and my father’s brothers were the original members of the Southern California Black Panther Party. Needless to say, I’ve been surrounded by a community that celebrates being Black 365 days a year. I also was fortunate enough to witness my mother successfully create her own business through hard work and consistency. My upbringing impacted how I view the world and how I can leave a positive imprint for future generations, particularly young Black women. I hope to continue to inspire, uplift and give back to my community as my business grows.

What should our readers know about your business?
Inspired by the Girl Boss movement, Malaka and I established Two Chicks in the Mix in our home kitchen as an outlet to create thoughtfully made-from-scratch desserts and generate wealth as young Black women. We’re both self-taught bakers who are passionate about strengthening our communities through social equity, supporting women-owned and minority-owned businesses through partnerships, and making conscious efforts to incorporate ethically produced ingredients for our products.

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Morning: Coffee or tea at Hot & Cool Cafe in Leimert Park Village. We’d stroll around the village after picking up our coffee at Hot & Cool. One of my favorite shops in the village is Sika – he has African art, clothes, accessories and other cool trinkets. You can also get your nose pierced there. I got mine pierced by Sika twice! Afternoon: Visit The Getty Center. One of my favorite places to take visitors for an art fix is the Getty. The grounds and views of the city are beautiful and there are always plenty of interesting exhibits to explore. Also, free admission! Evening: Dinner in Little Ethiopia I love a good Ethiopian vegetarian platter. It’s very light yet fulfilling. Little Ethiopia in the Fairfax district is a hub for great Ethiopia cuisine and small miscellaneous shops. It’s definitely worth a visit during a LA trip. Night: Following our dinner, we’d over to The Dime on Fairfax. It’s a small dive bar that plays old-school r&b and hip hop (late 90s/early 2000s) while occasionally mixing in some modern jams. It’s a fun, chill spot to grab a drink and two-step with your friends. Warning: it gets packed fast! Late Night: Serving Spoon Typically people hit up taco trucks or Roscoes after a night of partying. Just to switch things up a little, I’d take my friend to The Serving Spoon in Inglewood. While the menu is pretty similar to Roscoes, it definitely has its own flare and the cinnamon waffles with salmon croquettes are bomb!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to shoutout my business partner, Malaka Wilson-Greene, for being a great friend who has been dedicated to the success of our business.

Website: https://www.twochicksinthemix.com/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/twochicksinthemix
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/twochicksinthemix/
Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/two-chicks-in-the-mix-los-angeles

Image Credits
Miki Vargas Photography