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Inspiring Conversations with Jaz of Honey Blush

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jaz.

Hi Jaz, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I’m Jazmine, also known as “Jaz” and the work I do and love showcases the harmony within Black girlhood, Black identities, Hip-Hop culture, creative justice, and storytelling. A lot of what I do is about being intersectional and intentional. I identify as Black first, Jamaican-American to be exact because before my parents knew they were having a boy or girl, they knew that they would have to prepare and pray for a Black child first.

I used to believe my destiny began when I saw Mary J. Blige and Method Man on a television screen singing “All I Need.” Then at some point, I thought it fostered when I watched Belly and Brown Sugar for the first time, two of my favorite films. I even thought my journey started when I was coding and building websites and collecting mixtapes via Limewire and MySpace in Shaker Heights, OH. Cheerleading and dance were essential to my creative roots growing up in Cleveland, OH. The mixtapes from 50 Cent, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne at that time kept me curious, cheerful and radiant.

I say all that to say, those digital and cultural artifacts served as the prelude to my marathon. I am here blossoming into the woman of my dreams because of the prayers, blessings and guidance from my ancestors, community and wonderful peers.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Throughout my journey, I’ve kept most of my hard struggles to myself out of respect for my father’s legacy, a willingness to survive, and as a tool to manage any rage from the inside out. My love, dedication and commitment to Black people has been my biggest blessing, and one of my biggest challenges. I developed asthma as a baby and I’ve managed it since I was five years old. Most people grow out of it but mine can turn extremely bad and chronic depending on the environment. Today, my asthma is much more controlled. I’m happy to say that I haven’t had an asthma attack since 2018 when I was still living in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, NY. I like to thank my soul tribe and the most high for that.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Honey Blush?
Established in 2022, I invented Honey Blush out of a willingness to extend wellness and harmonious experiences to individuals, specifically communities that have been marginalized and criminalized for marijuanna and tobacco use. As a curator who builds cultural products and playlists in an effort to amplify Black creatives and their art via Universal Music Group, Honey Blush was my aim to amplify the creative anchors that have been judged and jailed for too long.

I created the GLOSS BLUNT holder, a container for pre-rolls, bobby pins and or herbs for those fun nights out or nightcaps. Incense sticks are some of my favorite home essentials. I have new flavors coming this Fall. The “VERY RICH” flavor inspired by NeNe Leakes came to me when I thought about different ways to help the collective stop operating in “survival” mode. I want us abundant. You don’t have to DO all the time, you can attract and maintain abundance by BEING.

When I walk in smoke shops and dispensaries across the world I barely notice tobacco brands that resonate with me. As a Black woman who loves leisure time, I wanted my products to embody the taste, tone, and passion that has shaped myself, my community and the collective. Honey Blush is my love letter to the world in an effort to build healthy self-esteem for all.

If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
Passion. Passion. Passsion.

I actually give af and I care about the collective, the culture, my unborn children, my husband whom I haven’t married yet.

I love when Kendrick Lamar said on his latest album “I’m not in the music business, I’m in the human business.”

I felt that. It’s how I’ve been able to cultivate this amount of “success” so young, and there’s still more to go.

Pricing:

  • “VERY RICH” – Incense Sticks $18
  • Lavender Haze – Incense Sticks $18
  • GLOSS Blunt Holder – $10
  • Flyer/One Sheet – $150-$350
  • Brand Deck/Portfolio – $800 and up

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Image Credits
Jeremy Taylor (@ewwjerm) The Babe Cave LA (@thebabecave.la)

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