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The Inside Scoop
Working Differently as a Black Millennial Woman
This book wants to show you, the future entrepreneur, what is possible when you disrupt white supremacy, grind culture and all the other ties capitalism seeks to bind us in. As you prepare to embark on this journey backwards and forwards in time with us, we can promise you some well placed chuckles to accompany some of the lessons we will be sharing. But most importantly, ‘The Inside Scoop’ invites you to dream of a work culture that respects, values and uplifts the contributions of Black women, femmes and nonbinary people.
The Inside Scoop shows what is possible when you disrupt white supremacy, grind culture and all of capitalism’s other oppressive forces and distractions. We narrate what we went through — the good, bad and downright ridiculous — as a Black-women-led creative consulting cooperative in the hopes that our journey can make your path a little smoother.
They don’t want you to know this, but you can prioritize your own dreams, health and joy. It is possible to earn a living without being corny, classist, and pandering to white supremacy and its desire for our unconditional labor. Yes, you can labor with love instead of expectation, stress and anxiety. We encourage you to lean into the absolute fact that you deserve to be safe, valued and comfortable in your work dynamics. We want that for you. We want that for us. We are building that through the Spoons Consultancy Cooperative and hope you will journey with us.
It’s time to work differently.
Meet the Authors
Jasmine is a co-founder of The Spoons Consultancy Cooperative. In 2019, she helped transition Spoons from a digital community of Black women and femmes to a creative consulting agency. Jasmine is a narrative builder and storyteller who seeks to amplify movement work focused on Black liberation. She is committed to creating spaces that practice a cooperative ethos and center the experiences and needs of Black women.
Raised in Atlanta, right off Cascade, Jasmine goes up for lemon pepper wings (flats only) from LTs, Aquemini, and the Sci-Trek days.
Jasmine has a master’s degree in both City and Regional Planning and Public Policy from The Georgia Institute of Technology. She received her B.A. in Government with a secondary in African American Studies from Harvard College.
Paige is a co-founder of The Spoons Consultancy Cooperative. Her involvement with the Cooperative began when it was a community for Black millennial women and femmes called the Life of a Single Spoon. As someone always seeking to foster community amongst Black people, Paige co-created the Spoons community to create digital and in-person space for people like her to just be. In a world that is always trying to come for Black women, she wanted to provide space for Black millennial women and femmes to build community, feel connected and learn from each other. All of those learnings have led to the creation of The Spoons Consultancy Cooperative which is a Black woman-led creative consulting cooperative. Her hope is that Spoons can shift the way we think about work and lead to a cooperative economic ecosystem that directly benefits Black people.
Paige received her Harvard undergraduate degree in Social Studies and African and African American Studies with a focus on Black Community Development. She then received her graduate degree from the University of Oxford in Comparative Social Policy with a focus on mass incarceration and welfare reform.