We had the good fortune of connecting with Thea Monyeé and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Thea, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
The focus is always to create global healing opportunities by decolonizing joy, pleasure, and mental health, with an emphasis on Black bodies.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Confidential and Customized artist/team need assessments
Confidential and Customized EnterWell Artist/Team Plan of Action
Confidential and Customized Mental Wellness Education Sessions for artists and teams
Confidential and Customized Well-Being Check Ins with artists
Confidential and Customized Joy Maintenance Resource List co-created with artist, team, and mental health facilitators.
Consulting services for designing wellness strategies within entities such as music labels, management teams, etc.
All services are provided using decolonized therapeutic practices developed with the understanding that systemic racism adversely impacts Black/POC artists in all areas of life. Our practices strive to be inclusive of cultural, spiritual, and ancestral wisdom integrated into client care.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would give them the black tour. We’d head to Leimert, grab some incense, enjoy some ceviche from Mr. Ceviche Man, maybe desserts from Southern Girl (I am a bit of a foodie). We’d have to hit the beach, and a hike in Altadena. I’d love to have a girls night in my backyard to seal the week.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Tamikka Claybrook, Sophia Willis, and Bejai Miller are the powerhouses behind so much of the magic of MarleyAyo, Shaping The Shift, and The Blacker The Brain. Also Nikki Blak of Little Cali Creative Co, and our sound engineer Juan Pablo. And always Oya.
Other: marleyayo.com podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/shaping-the-shift-podcast/id1511202579