We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Feazell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, how does your business help the community?
The Talented 10th is not only and educational program aiming to help increase a scholars self-esteem, comprehension, vocabulary, reading skills and test taking ability but we are also passionate about giving back. We use our profits to help the children in our community and surrounding learn without the overbearing stigma. Self-representation is important but understanding each other’s culture is what is necessary for a thriving society, so our books are about black history and the diaspora but are written with inclusivity in mind.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The Talented 10th was born out of necessity. I had homeschooled my child when he was 7, and there weren’t many black history books for children. Cut to now 7 years later there are a plethora of black history books for children one can choose from. Like any other business an entrepreneur has highs and lows but faith and the calling keeps me going. I love what I do! I love history PERIOD lol so getting in a zone and researching isn’t a struggle for me putting it all together and writing is a bit more challenging but it still isn’t hard to do because I could do it as a hobby it’s something I already like to do. The hard part is making all the info fit into one page and making our not so black and white history suitable for children. My biggest lesson is to keep going I stress this to children and I’m forced on occasion to practice what I preach. The Talented 10th brand is driven to become a staple in the school system we not only provide the information but our books offer 10 questions 1 for each figure covered and a glossary. We approach the make up of our product as if a teacher would buy for her classroom but can also be used as a bedtime bonding book.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There is so much to do in Los Angeles I wouldn’t know where to start any historic site or town any famous place they see on tv we’d knock that out first two three days we’d then hit the ghetto spots on the fourth and the rest of the trip I’d try to make them chill I’m a homebody so I’d just probably take them wherever they’d want to go.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have several people that have helped me and continue to help me. Theresa Price of the National Resource Foundation constantly donates to our foundation. Tracy Mitchell of Mother’s In Action always includes our program in any initiative, fundraiser, or drive they have which helps our organization so much. Leland “Pookey” Wigington has been somewhat of a mentor trying to help us transition and navigate through the corporate world.