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

Hi Palanda, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
Starting a business has taught me many lessons, but one of the most important ones it has taught me is how crucial it is to build with a team and allow people to help me. As a new entrepreneur, I constantly struggle with feeling like I have to do everything on my own. And trust me when I say, that is not a good feeling. While I’m immensely proud of my self-reliance and resourcefulness, I recognize that building with other people is far more rewarding and fulfilling. Plus, in order to make my business truly successful, I have to lean on other people. Asking for and accepting help is not something that comes easily to me, so this particular lesson is one that I am continually relearning. I’ve found that the people who believe in me and what I’m doing are always willing to offer a helping hand. And slowly, but surely, I’m getting better at receiving that help.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
AmPopsy is a digital lifestyle magazine that offers engaging, informative content to professional women of color -content that helps us feel seen, heard, and valued.

I encourage women to come to this site when they need a fresh take on looking for a job in a difficult market or when they’re looking for inspiration to start that business that they’ve always dreamed of. I want AmPopsy to be the place where they can find words of encouragement when they just can’t anymore. But AmPopsy is also a place where readers can exhale and laugh as they watch videos from black magicians or listen to an honest conversation about prioritizing our mental health. It’s a place where readers will find the tools, information, and resources they need to “level up” their finances, careers, relationships, and everything in between.

I’m really proud and happy to offer a place and a space the prioritizes our needs, wants, and experiences. It’s so necessary in a time when our country continues to be deeply divided when it comes to matters of racial equality and social justice.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This city is amazing because there’s always something incredible going on, and it usually involves great food, impeccable weather, and the arts. A perfect day would involve some variation of the following:

Wake up and head over to Santa Monica Pier, rent a bike, and take a nice, long relaxing bike ride all the way to Malibu and back. Afterwards, treat ourselves to a sunny, mimosa-heavy brunch somewhere in Venice.

Once brunch is complete, we’d peruse the shops at Abbott & Kinney, a wonderful way to enjoy the weather, support some incredible local businesses, and walk off our meal.

For a great afternoon treat, we would stop in Jeni’s Ice Cream for some of the best artisanal ice cream the city has to offer.

Later, we would catch a show at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, a venue that often showcases edgier works by up and coming playwrights.

And then, we’d end a truly awesome day with a mouthwatering dinner at Hatchett Hall (Their cornbread is so delicious, it will literally bring you to tears.) Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to do a huge Shoutout to two of my closest friends who have been huge sources of support and encouragement during the planning, launching, and continuation of AmPopsy, Contributing writers Deidra George and Anab Abdill have been cheerleaders, sounding boards for ideas, and incredible problem-solvers as I’ve worked through various challenges that have come with starting a new venture. It’s always great when you can share a win as meaningful as a new business with your friends.

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