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

Hi Dana, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My thought process was rooted out of the frustration due to lack of authentic representation of Black stories, culture, and lifestyles as well as wanting to see a change in how the arts is socially enjoyed and provided in underserved communities. I wanted to create a platform and space where all creative mediums of arts, culture, wellness, and entertainment were fused into feel good experiences for Black + Brown identities to feel seen, heard, loved, and celebrated.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Scripted in Black is my passion work. Scripted in Black is also my healing work, for myself and so many others. Scripted in Black is fearless because what we do to challenge the social/arts&culture norm through experiences that fuse different mediums together to tell our raw and authentic stories is so different than historic, traditional artistic pillars. I’m most excited to continue to grow the business in my city Dayton as well as Ohio and the Midwest. The goal is to have at least 8-10 homes in different cities in the US and the rest of the world where Scripted in Black shifts the culture of the arts as well as serve as a safe space for Black and Brown identities to thrive in their social landscape.
Being a creative entrepreneur has many ebbs and flows. It hasn’t been easy but it’s definitely worth it because this is how I choose to create change in this world. It’s all about staying disciplined and obedient to your purpose and you give yourself patience and grace to figure it all out. It also means always being a student to your craft and to life. I overcome the challenges that come by staying grounded and caring for myself. I can’t be of service to others, if I am not well. So that’s important to me. Rest, healing, and surrounding myself with good energy is important to me as an entrepreneur.
I’ve learned that intentional perspective is truly everything when you feel counted out or like the underdog. The process has to happen and fighting against it only makes it worse. Take everything in gratitude and stride.
I want the world to know that Scripted in Black and our story is rooted in High Vibe, Intentionality, Connection + Community, and most importantly Love + Light. These values fuel us to create what we know is needed and what we deserve.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In the Gem City, my city, 937 stand up there are so many things to experience and so here would be some of my favorite places I would take someone visiting:

The Vibes

Riverscape
The Neon
Arena Sports Bar
Any social events being thrown by my favorites in the creative community
Tender Mercy
Fashion Meets Food Truck Rally
Any Scripted in Black events of course! lol
Concerts @ The Levitt Pavilion
Willis Bing Davis Art Studio

The Food
1Eleven Flavorhouse
CoCo’s Bistro
Thai 9
Jamaican Joe’s Food Truck
Third Perk Coffeehouse + Wine Bar
Gem City Market

To Shop
Entrepreneurs Marketplace
Entrepreneurs Shoppe
Entrepreneurs Connection
2nd Street Market

To Work
Genuine Work, co-working and community space

To Heal
Sovereign Effulgence

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout goes to God + My Ancestors because they work alongside each other to keep me grounded, guided, and full of vision. I also want to shoutout my high school theatre director/teacher, Ms. Angela Blount. She will FOREVER have an impact on my “why”.
Lastly, I want to shoutout my tribe, my True Few: my parents, my sister, my family, friends, and partner.

Website: www.scriptedinblack.com

Instagram: @scriptedinblack

Facebook: Scripted in Black

Image Credits
Sean Korey @Sean.kxrey on IG Shon Houston @shonshot on IG

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