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Husband and Wife duo making strides in the Farming Industry

by Taryn St.Louis, July 20, 2020

The effects of covid-19 can be felt worldwide. Most persons who were previously employed and living comfortably have been thrust into financial uncertainty. The same can be said for businesses. The owners of both large and small enterprises have had to find creative ways to keep their businesses afloat. Some have been successful, others not so much, and the remainder have had to deviate to new ventures in order to keep food on their tables and their bills paid. This husband and wife team have taken the necessary initiative and deviated into the farming business.

Meet the Huntes

Marlon and Tavia Hunte reside in Swetes Village on the beautiful island of Antigua with their two children, Tequon, age 21 Serenity, age 12. This married couple are both seasoned innovators; Marlon is an AC Technician, and Tavia is a Performing Arts Lecturer at the Antigua State College. She is also renowned on the island as the owner/director of the Shiva School of Dance. Their businesses both took financial hits when covid-19 struck the island in March 2020. Marlon, as the head of his household, saw the impact this could have on his family and quickly began the process of educating his wife on the art of backyard gardening. This did not progress well for Tavia, and they both soon realized she just wasn’t cut out for watering plants.

A New Plan

After realizing that backyard gardening may not be the ideal, Marlon came up with a new plan – A Chicken Farm. Although she was skeptical at first, Tavia decided to place her trust in their team and through productive communication, they both executed the plan successfully. Hunte Chicken Farm was established and they both may just have found the winning formula for business.

It’s Hard Work, But Worth It

“The labor of killing and cleaning chickens requires early morning preparations and being on your feet literally the entire day.” According to Tavia, they both have had experience in raising and preparing poultry for their own family events, but entering the chicken farming business definitely required detailed execution. Tavia therefore conducted her own analyses and research to ensure the business would be viable. As an added bonus, they were both successful in the subject area of Agricultural Sciences in Secondary school, and this aided them both in developing a top notch, innovative process to raising a high-quality product for distribution.

“Our mission is to provide a fresh a product that conveys our care and love for community as well as create a thriving industry to help build and sustain our local economy”.

Tavia Hunte

Fresh, Smoked or Seasoned!

At Hunte Chicken Farm, you can have your poultry prepared your way.

  • Fresh: So that you can season and prepare just the way you like it.
  • Seasoned: Skillfully seasoned with their very own blend of savory herbs and spices, (NO MSG) and ready to cook!
  • Smoked: Cooked in a specially designed smoker oven prepared with their our own blend of herbs and spices, (NO MSG)… and topped off with their very own Hunte’s Farm Barbecue Sauce made from scratch no PRESERVATIVES!

Customers must place their orders in advance. They however receive a call from the farm before distribution, for updating purposes. Any other necessary details are also discussed in advance, inclusive of delivery/collection details and costs. For your convenience, Hunte’s chicken is now available for delivery on the packed app!

The way forward

Marlon and Tavia’s poultry farm continues to grow by leaps and bounds despite the odds. Their family unit IS their team, but they have welcomed overwhelming support from friends and well-wishers. According to Tavia, they did their first distribution of poultry on the last weekend in May and were sold out by the Sunday with little advertising. They are now set to triple their production batch as they have been receiving lots of interest from new customers. Their vision is to expand, so they have hopes of receiving assistance in acquiring lands (preferably government allocated) for lease so that increased technical infrastructure can be put in place.

“A business is about transformation, once you are filling a need you are making an impact and that makes all the difference in how you prepare and distribute your product its about energy. It’s about love.”

Tavia Hunte

Solid Business Advice

This team stands firm in the belief that it is time for black owned businesses to unlearn many of the perceptions and misconceptions that have caused us not to advance economically. Long term benefits, including legacy building and generational wealth should be the main goals. They believe more focus should be placed on investments, and the stronghold of consumerism within our communities needs to be addressed.

Coming together to fight the many negative habits that have held us back for generations requires commitment. Commitment to ourselves, commitment to our families and commitment to future generations whom we have not yet met. Marlon and Tavia Hunte are doing their part to ensure that a new legacy is built. With their passion and perseverance, their business can only progress to unimaginable heights as they stand strong in their motto, “From our farm, to your hands.”

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10 Things Black Men Need From Black Women

BY TARYN ST.LOUIS, JULY 09, 2020

Sex is super important to men, and there’s no denying it. However, a relationship filled with passionate, mind blowing orgasms can’t compare to a wholesome fulfilling partnership. Cleaning house, cooking his favorite meals and being generally attentive to his physical needs are attributes that most black women have always thought could get the job done, but this this is far from true.

We’ve spoken to our men, and they have a message for their potential mates. They need more.

Affection

Whether it’s holding his hand in public, stroking his beard at the most random moments or massaging his shoulders when he feels tense, small intimate acts often go overlooked by women and are not often communicated by men. However, these gestures can go a long way in touching his heart. Experiment with him and find out which tender acts of affection make him feel whole.

Understanding

Do you understand your man? What are his fears? What are the greatest obstacles he faces in life? You would be surprised that most women can’t answer those questions on a whim. Knowing your mate requires honest dialogue and the best way to do this is to communicate well and do it often. Opening up to him first is the best way to get him to open himself to you.

Respect

In every relationship there will be hills and valleys. While there may be times that you feel angry toward your mate, never take the low road and utter words of disrespect. Disrespectful words and actions can do irreversible damage to relationships. Listen to him while he speaks. If you are in disagreement with his plans, respectfully suggest alternative courses of action. There are many instances where our men feel disrespected in relationships and one of the best kept secrets is that men often equate respect with LOVE.

“True love is not a hide-and-seek game; in true love, both lovers seek each other.”

Michael Bassey Johnson

Less Chatter

Women can be especially chatty sometimes. Communication is important in relationships, however, be careful not to try and involve your man in a healthy debate when he is watching his favorite show on TV or when he just walks through the door. Knowing when to speak is just as important as knowing what to say.

Belief in his abilities

Men are providers and protectors by nature. Let him know that you believe in his talents and skills and trust that he can achieve greatness. Your encouragement will mean the most to him than anyone. Make him feel like an adult, and not a child who you constantly have to look out for. Having a sense of responsibility is more important to a man than most women realize.

Acceptance

When a woman tries to change a man, he feels hurt. We aren’t speaking about changes that affect his physical health or emotional well being, but forcing him to make superficial changes like the way he cuts his beard or a cutting out a favorite phrase he likes to use is a recipe for disaster. See his flaws and love him anyway. Learn to accept his flaws so it will be easier for him to accept yours.

Appreciation and Affirmation

Complimenting your man won’t be hard if you truly admire the man that he is. Utter words of affirmation to him, and let him know you appreciate his efforts. A man is shown appreciation will go above and beyond. This isn’t about ego, but it is an encouragement to know that your deeds do not go unnoticed. “You look good in that shirt today.” “Thank you for always being there when I need you.” If these things are hard to say, it may be time to re-evaluate your biases as a woman.

Free time

Everyone needs time for themselves at some point. Our men are no different. Spending time alone watching his favorite football game can work wonders for his mental. When he gets home from work, let him unwind until HE is ready to talk. Our men need time to re-energize, regroup and reconnect with themselves. Go out and spend some time with your girlfriends and let him breathe. Healthy relationships consist of 2 individuals with their own interests as well as common interests. It’s OK to not be together all the time.

Companionship

Staying friends and also lovers goes a long way in keeping a happy, healthy relationship. Learn your mate, respond to his needs and communicate with him. Doing things together is an important factor in every companionship. Spend quiet time along together or plan weekend trips. Be the person he wants to talk to first when things go wrong. Men need to feel that you are and will remain in their corner.

Trust

Being honest with each other is of paramount importance in any healthy relationship. This is not only about trusting his fidelity, but also trusting his capabilities and his motives. Without the knowledge that his partner has placed her trust in him, a man immediately starts doubting himself. It takes time to build trust. Once you’ve made a commitment to your man, show him trust. If you feel that you are unable to trust him, seek counseling first, as opposed to spying, constantly questioning him or speaking about your suspicions with friends and family.

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Slavery helped to generate ‘The Absent Black Father’

BY TARYN ST.LOUIS, JUNE 10, 2020

Let’s focus on our black kings. The head of the household, defenders of their bloodlines. Our black men aren’t failing their families because they want to. They are failing because they weren’t taught how to be men. Sounds harsh? Well, let’s think about this. How many single mothers do you know? The cycle has been in existence for years, and even though we may try many ways to escape the reality, it dates back to slavery.

As a baby needs time and guidance in order to learn how to walk, so does a people who were ripped of every social freedom known to man.

What would life have been like for a family torn apart and sold to multiple slave owners? According to Heather Andrea Williams of University of North Carolina, https://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/, Both slaves and slave owners referred to these relationships between men and women as “abroad marriages.” A father might live several miles away on a distant plantation and walk, usually on Wednesday nights and Saturday evenings to see his family as his obligation to provide labor for an owner took precedence over his personal needs. Does this sound familiar in any way?


Many of our ancestors watched their families torn apart as children, and got accustomed to a visit from their daddy every now and then. Belonging to another human being while trying to maintain a household is a different level of sorrow. Each mother who was left with the task of raising our black men tried their best, but the anger was already there. Festering through our bloodlines, this dark stain of involuntary absenteeism and lack of healthy family dynamics rears its ugly head in all of our communities. Our men are perpetuating these social ills and our women, unfortunately, have accepted them as normal.

How do we change? Of course, there are many examples of healthy black nuclear families and single moms and dads who raise healthy, well-rounded children. So here is the answer. Lead by example. This is our only hope. If we want to see change, we must become that change. As a baby learns to walk, through patience and guidance, we must show our children what it means to have a healthy family bond.

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

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Why Caribbean Parents don’t say “I Love you.”

BY TARYN ST.LOUIS, JUNE 10, 2020

If you grew up in a Caribbean household, you probably can identify with this topic of interest. I grew up on a tiny Caribbean Island called Antigua, and my father was a huge disciplinarian. Being a police sergeant in the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda, meant that he was exposed to the realities of many social ills on a daily basis. This also meant that when it came to his children, he always feared the worst. My mother was submissive within the marriage, so there really was no recourse for me as a child. My father’s way of raising myself and three other siblings was not up for debate. We were well taken care of, provided for in the best way possible, but we always lacked one thing. Genuine affection.

Why do Caribbean parents find it so hard to be affectionate? According to sociology research, parents in collectivist societies may be more restrained in the communication of close relatedness, but demonstrate their love for children through self-sacrifice and meeting children’s needs (Lim and Lim, 2004Rothbaum and Trommsdorff, 2007Clayton, 2014).

Change starts with us

What is a collectivist society?

According to study.com, Collectivism in cultural terms refers to a culture that privileges family and community over individuals. For example, children in collectivist societies are likely to take care of elderly parents if they fall ill and will change their own plans in the event of a family emergency.

I can only speak from what I’ve observed, and it appears that the Caribbean has a widely collectivist culture. In collectivist cultures, your group identity is very important: rather than thinking of yourself simply as an individual unit, you find that the group you’re a part of is very important. Things like decision making often happen within a family, and younger members look to and respect the advice of elders.

Think about it for a minute. How many times were your thoughts and emotions brushed aside as a child? ‘Speaking up’ was never an option, and your opinions were often taken as being ‘rude.’ Let’s contrast this with individualistic societies, such as those found within the suburban and wealthy U.S. demographic.

“Telling my children I love them isn’t a habit. It is my constant reminder to them that they are the best thing that has ever happened to me.”

Toni Morrison

Individualism

An individualistic culture is quite the opposite to that of collectivism.There is a noticeable difference when it comes to communication and general ‘openness.’ Giving children the freedom to be heard changes the way they see themselves. Of course, this can cause incidences of abuse of privilege on the part of the child, so a balance must be maintained when it comes to authority. Children who are raised in individualistic societies tend to be treated as such. Individuals. They are often shown more affection, as their parents display a higher level of communication with them. This openness deepens the bond between parent and child, and it’s not ‘weird’ or uncomfortable to hug every now and then, and say… “I love you.”

How do we change?

The question is, do we need to change a part of us that has been with us for centuries? Or should we just continue to show love through our actions?

I am the mother of a 12 year old boy and despite the cultural norms and my upbringing, I am raising my son within an individualistic family dynamic. There is no discomfort when it comes to our displays of affection and it gives me joy when he randomly kisses my cheek. As a bonus, I take pride in the fact that I am preparing him for a future where he is unafraid to express love toward his mate and his children, all while taking on the serious responsibilities of manhood. This is how we break a cycle. Change starts with us.

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Black businesses will not survive without the support of black people.

BY TARYN ST.LOUIS, JUNE 10, 2020

Why buy black? It is a fact that the race that does not support it’s own, will be controlled by those who do. Buying from black businesses in your community not only supports a dream, it will also raise the economic power of the people. Black owned businesses and black consumers are a necessary alliance. In 2015, black people represented over 1.1 trillion dollars in spending power. This spending power was mostly exercised in markets outside of the black community. If this spending power was used within our own communities, can you imagine what that would mean?

Why do we support others instead of our own?

Let’s think deeper on this. Wide spread psychological programming has powers that many refuse to accept. According to Established Author, Michael Rice, “Psycho social conditioning including the Willie Lynch effect, racism and post traumatic slave syndrome contribute strongly to the black condition. To ensure compliant and submissive slaves, The Willie Lynch syndrome was instituted which was a brainwashing process that resulted in mental control of the behaviors of captive slaves.” Think about it for a minute. There were more slaves on those plantations than there were slave masters. The only way to ensure control was to implement a system in which we devalued ourselves in favor of others. Of course, this did not work on everyone, especially the mentally strong, but the masses were left virtually defenseless as their minds were held captive most times in bodies that could’ve easily escaped to freedom. The challenge therefore, is for us to start seeing ourselves as worthy.

According to Cashmere Nicole Carillo, Founder of Beauty Bakery in San Diego, “Now is a time for everyone to create change and a lasting legacy.”

What can we benefit?

There is no blueprint for change, but we can show you why making changes in the way we spend can benefit us tremendously:

  1. Lower unemployment in our communities
  2. Enrichment of our own communities
  3. Greater Control of our own communities
  4. Creating a legacy for our bloodlines
  5. Closing the racial wealth gap

How can we fix it?

Let’s start with the business owner. It is time to take your business seriously. There is no blueprint for success, but your perseverance in business matters. If you don’t take the time to research what you’re selling and understand your market, your business is likely to fail. Take the time to learn the importance of a good customer- client relationship and remember that the well – known phrase, ‘the customer is always right’, does not mean that the customer cannot be wrong; it highlights the fact that the customer is ‘king’. Without a customer base, you will have zero profits. Read that again!

There are no friends in business. Establish your professionalism and ensure that your friends understand this before you even start selling to them. Your reputation will be your legacy. Do not sell inferior products or products that you don’t believe in yourself. Marketing is paramount! If you don’t have a marketing team yourself, research affiliate programs that can benefit your business, or take the time to get in depth knowledge of marketing so you can be your own team. Finally, did I say that your perseverance in business matters? Don’t give up!

It’s up to us!

Want to buy black? Yes you do! Research black owned businesses in your community. If you need a particular product, find out if there are any black owned businesses that you can buy it from. This is not a quick fix, but we can do this over time. Every time you feel the urge to buy something, ask yourself.. in what possible way can this purchase benefit my community and the generations after me?

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