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KC Cohort 3.0 is on its way! - Applications open now.

When we began the second iteration of the Khafra Community (KC) Cohort last October, our goal was simple: We wanted to provide a 3-month strategy and development incubator for Bay Area small businesses and nonprofits, completely free of charge.

And we did just that. Plus, a little more.

khafra community cohort fall 2017

Our traditional work with small business entrepreneurs usually focuses on one-on-one brand strategy and implementation. However our second iteration of Khafra Cohort allowed us to create brave communal space, fostering connection and thought partnership for entrepreneurs who too often find themselves making some of their most important decisions alone.

SOL Development founding member Felicia Gangloff-Bailey with SOL Development manager BJ McBride

SOL Development founding member Felicia Gangloff-Bailey with SOL Development manager BJ McBride

Our Fall 2017 cohort included: Qulture Collective, Roots Community Health Center, Roots Healing, and SoL DeVeloPMeNT - all POC and (most) women-led organizations located in Oakland. We met with folks in five group sessions to outline their larger strategies, discuss the importance of message development, and identify ways to build internal capacity and hold themselves accountable. We even connected our cohort members with a team of mentors skilled in legal analysis, finance, strategic planning, movement-building, and more.  

Show & Tell, Qulture Collective, and Black & Brown Ballet owner Alyah Baker with SOL Development founding member, Karega Bailey

Show & Tell, Qulture Collective, and Black & Brown Ballet owner Alyah Baker with SOL Development founding member, Karega Bailey

To our surprise, each of these organizations were committed to healing of some sort, and used this core value to connect deeply with one another throughout the process.

Below, we share some cherished insights from last fall’s group.

The next KC Cohort begins this May!


On deciding to join the Khafra Community Cohort:

I am in a transitional phase for all of the different projects. So, I was looking for a space to think about my overall goal. And how to align them in a way that makes sense.
— Alyah
Two things. One is I’m at this juncture where I’m ready to take Roots Healing to a bigger, larger audience. Knowing that I needed help in making that visualization come to life. Two, because I really admire khoLi. and I knew she would bring together some phenomenal and intelligent people of color.
— Minerva
Our Executive Director, Dr. Noha, signed us up. She thought it would be good for us because our communications strategy and messaging has not been solidified in the past. We didn’t have a strong voice. She felt that we could use the assistance.
— Y'lonn
Roots Healing founder Minerva Arias with Alyah Baker

Roots Healing founder Minerva Arias with Alyah Baker

On how KC Cohort has transformed their visions and goals:

The biggest thing is taking the time to actually look at the grand vision and write down all of the different moving parts. Figuring out what I already have, pieces missing to get me closer to this bigger vision - a balanced life with all of these projects without feeling stressed. Where there are overlaps for areas of efficiency and where I need help. That was helpful.
— Alyah
It got us back into a pretty solid groove. From us doing the meetings on a regular basis, it helped me identify that the band needed to be checking in on a weekly basis. So we started doing that, we got on slack to check in with each other on the progress of things we wanted to accomplish. It helped the whole crew get on a routine. So that really has helped this month to solidify some things before our next release.
— BJ
It’s had a really huge affect on the way I view the content I put out and the questions I ask myself before. The purpose, why is it important, who is it important to? KC Cohort has helped me to take a step back and really think about my messaging and branding. And even for myself personally, it brought about a lot of personal growth.
— Y'lonn
Roots Community Health Clinic Policy & Public Affairs Manager Y'lonn Burris

Roots Community Health Clinic Policy & Public Affairs Manager Y'lonn Burris

On the unique experience of going through the program with a cohort of healers.

It was an affirmation, it let us know that we were on the same route. When you bring together a group where they’re all pushing towards the same things, it shows there is healing to be done in our community.
— BJ
When we had our cohort meetings, it’s made it more fruitful because we already have the same baseline. We all want to have our communities find freedom in the different avenues we all offer. We know there are different roads on the journey toward freedom and healing. So we’re like “You’re doing this, have you thought about this?: And offering each other ideas from an outside perspective, but also as someone who gets it.
— Minerva
It broadened my perspective of how we need to collaborate more as community. We say we’re whole health. We do focus on that but there are other aspects of whole health: music, yoga. So many ways to heal a community.
— Y'lonn
SOL Development

SOL Development

On the biggest takeaways from the KC Cohort?

So many! A major one for me personally was my first convo with the lawyer mentor in which she really pushed me out of my bubble of naivety. She was like ‘Think of the worst case scenario, and how do you protect yourself.’ Having disclaimers and having an eye opening experience in how to protect myself in the long run …
— Minerva
I really enjoy the mentor sessions. I think that those are really helpful. To get a chance to build with someone with a very high level of expertise. We haven’t touched everyone, but the ones we talked to were very helpful.
— BJ
It’s really important to take the time to make strategic plans for your business. We’re so used to planning and going after something but sometimes we get so fixated on one thing that we think that’s where we should put all the energy and not thinking if there are other priorities to focus on. To get clear on what story you’d like to tell and think of the pieces you need to put in place to move that forward.
— Alyah
Khafra Community Cohort, Fall 2017

Khafra Community Cohort, Fall 2017

Learn more about Khafra Community Cohort + 

apply today!

Magic Makers: QTPOC fair

MAGIC MAKERS celebrates queer arts and healing, and intentionally centers the work of QTPOC, working class, and socially/politically conscious artists and healers.    The third annual Magic Makers will feature over 50 artists, healers, and treat makers: ▽ ARTISTS & CRAFTERS: artwork, accessories, clothing, homegoods, pottery, zines, books, + more ▽ HEALTH/BEAUTY: tinctures, salves, elixirs, bath & beauty, + more ▽ HEALING SERVICES: acupuncture, tarot, massage, + more ▽ HANDCRAFTED FOOD & DRINKS: delicious grits, ice cream, + more ▽ OUTDOOR: cozy bonfire, cocktail bar, hot cider, and more artists   ▽▽▽ IMPORTANT ACCESS NOTES ▽▽▽  Let’s love and support our community! For the first hour (12-1PM), we’re prioritizing access & comfort for anyone who prefers to avoid crowds (due to mobility, anxiety, scents, etc). For everyone else, please consider coming after 1PM. If you come at 12PM and are wearing scents, we will ask you to return at 1PM.   Everyone, all day: please do not wear any scents, including essential oils, to increase access for people with chemical sensitivity. Read more from our friends at the  East Bay Meditation Center :  http://eastbaymeditation.org/accessibility/scentfree.html  and  Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha ’s Fragrance Free Femme of Colour Realness guide:  http://www.brownstargirl.org/blog/fragrance-free-femme-of-colour-realness-draft-15   We have dedicated parking available for those who need it. Please email queermagicmakers@gmail.com for details and to confirm.   MORE DETAILS HERE.

MAGIC MAKERS celebrates queer arts and healing, and intentionally centers the work of QTPOC, working class, and socially/politically conscious artists and healers.

The third annual Magic Makers will feature over 50 artists, healers, and treat makers:
▽ ARTISTS & CRAFTERS: artwork, accessories, clothing, homegoods, pottery, zines, books, + more
▽ HEALTH/BEAUTY: tinctures, salves, elixirs, bath & beauty, + more
▽ HEALING SERVICES: acupuncture, tarot, massage, + more
▽ HANDCRAFTED FOOD & DRINKS: delicious grits, ice cream, + more
▽ OUTDOOR: cozy bonfire, cocktail bar, hot cider, and more artists

▽▽▽ IMPORTANT ACCESS NOTES ▽▽▽
Let’s love and support our community!
For the first hour (12-1PM), we’re prioritizing access & comfort for anyone who prefers to avoid crowds (due to mobility, anxiety, scents, etc). For everyone else, please consider coming after 1PM. If you come at 12PM and are wearing scents, we will ask you to return at 1PM.

Everyone, all day: please do not wear any scents, including essential oils, to increase access for people with chemical sensitivity. Read more from our friends at the East Bay Meditation Center: http://eastbaymeditation.org/accessibility/scentfree.html and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha’s Fragrance Free Femme of Colour Realness guide: http://www.brownstargirl.org/blog/fragrance-free-femme-of-colour-realness-draft-15

We have dedicated parking available for those who need it. Please email queermagicmakers@gmail.com for details and to confirm.

MORE DETAILS HERE.

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We know you’ve been waiting, so we’ll try to make this quick!

**REBLOG THIS POST & you’ll be entered to win 1 of 4 $50 gift cards we’re giving away by December 15th!**

Here’s our #khafrachristmas15 list! Here are some of our favorite brands and stores (and some of our supreme obsessions) and some pretty awesome discounts as well!

Hecho en Harlem

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Where to begin? Guys, there are so many pieces that we’ll be ordering for friends and family (OK, also hoping friends and family order for us).

Like the Sterling Silver and Brass Double Starburst ring.

And the Solid SIlver Jewel Brass Ringband.

And the long triangle earrings.

And … it doesn’t matter which piece is your favorite, you get 20% OFF ALL ONLINE PURCHASES using the code “KHAFRA”.

SoleSpace

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We have SO many faves, here we won’t even try to list them all.

Be sure to follow us on IG, though. Because, we can’t help but overshare there.

Anyways, drop by 3304 Grand Avenue (1 block from Grand Lake Theater), Tuesday through Sunday, 12pm - 7pm to get 20% OFF the entire store!

If you’d like to make an online order, email infoATsolespace.com mention “KHAFRA” and they’ll ship them right over!

Stuzo Clothing

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Guys, literally … go order everything. You won’t even regret it. 

And enter code KHAFRA for 20% OFF the entire site!

Show + Tell

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Show + Tell is one of our favorite shops in Oakland! Everything is handmade and sustainable, and most of it is locally sourced.

Feel free to drop by (1427 Broadway, Oakland CA) and get 20% OFF ALL ACCESSORIES + 10% OFF ALL JEWELRY!

Or visit showandtelloakland.com and take 10% OFF ALL ONLINE ORDERS.

(offer available now through December 15, 2015)

Shirley + Alice

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If you’re in Brooklyn, please please please stop by Shirley + Alice!

They’ve got menswear, womenswear, and SO many accessories and you can literally find something for at least 4 members of your family. #letsmakeabet

Ubiq

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Ok, so maybe we won’t be spending SF rent on any of the YEEZY Season 1 Collection. Maybe we will, who are you to judge us?

But, we’ve got quite a few items from Ubiq on this year’s #khafrachristmas15 list.

Like these Frank the Butcher x Puma “Eat What You Kill" Blaze of Glories.

Oh, and this XL Herschel Supply Folio Pouch.

Speaking of leather goods. Let’s talk …

Oak Common

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This leather journal is perfectly priced for the writer in your life.

And don’t get us started on how much we love the Juniper Ridge scents.

Ok, fine, peruse the whole market. And don’t be mad at us when you’ve basically picked out gifts for you and the fam. #wholovesyoubaby

Or just stop by –> 3231 Grand Avenue  (Across from the Grand Lake Theatre), Oakland, CA 94610.

Ashaka Givens

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If you follow us on instagram, then you already know how much we love Ashaka Givens’ designs! She’s got a new line of fedoras that we want to gift to at least 5 friends this year.

These two!

Fanm Djanm

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“Guys …

We …

Can’t.”

Head scarves, bags, jewelry. Have at it.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more surprise sale announcements this week!

with <3,

khafra co.

**REBLOG THIS POST & you’ll be entered to win 1 of 4 $50 gift cards we’re giving away by December 15th!**

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It’s never too late to say thank you!

And never too early to let us prove how thankful we are … with holiday sales, of course!

We release our #khafrachristmas15 list on Monday morning! But we couldn’t resist giving you a little something special in the meantime!

You all have stuck with us for almost 3 years now, and we couldn’t have accomplished any of what we have without you!

So, here’s a VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU from us … and the lovely folks at Show & Tell … to you!

From today until December 15, you can take 20% OFF all in-store accessories for you and/or yours (and, let’s be real, folks … we know Show & Tell has some AMAZING accessories this season)!

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But … we’re so thankful, we’re going to give you all an extra 10% OFF all online items at showandtelloakland.com as well! 

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And ALL OF THIS starts today!

Stop in at 1427 Broadway Oakland, CA - Show & Tell is open from 10 AM - 7 PM! Plus, they’re giving away FREE shop small totes with every purchase today!

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We know, it’s like a gift (or thank you card) that keeps on giving … and thanking.

Happy Shopping!

with <3,

khafra co.

Undoubtedly, you’ve already recognized that  Khafra Company  has taken a bit of a hiatus.  We could wax poetic about how and why, convince you that we’ve been on a vacation, pretend like we’ve been visiting hella trade shows finding the hottest new designers for you.  But a lot of that would be a lie.     Here’s what really happened: One day we woke up and decided we cared more about your lives than how much merchandise we could sell you.   We decided to focus on creating and sustaining relationships with like-minded entrepreneurs.   What do we mean?  Well, simply, you trust us to tell you where to shop and why. We want to make that worth your while.    From today forward, any product, store, designer, or affiliate you see discussed, advertised, or promoted via Khafra means that that entity is as committed to black and brown and gay and lesbian and trans and a full array of lives as we are.   We figure, boycotting certain businesses? Yea, sure. That works for a day, a week, months at a time. But we’re committed to longterm investment in businesses that invest in you.     More about this to come, in the meantime though &hellip;  DO THIS .

Undoubtedly, you’ve already recognized that Khafra Company has taken a bit of a hiatus.

We could wax poetic about how and why, convince you that we’ve been on a vacation, pretend like we’ve been visiting hella trade shows finding the hottest new designers for you.

But a lot of that would be a lie.

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Here’s what really happened: One day we woke up and decided we cared more about your lives than how much merchandise we could sell you.

We decided to focus on creating and sustaining relationships with like-minded entrepreneurs.

What do we mean?

Well, simply, you trust us to tell you where to shop and why. We want to make that worth your while. 

From today forward, any product, store, designer, or affiliate you see discussed, advertised, or promoted via Khafra means that that entity is as committed to black and brown and gay and lesbian and trans and a full array of lives as we are.

We figure, boycotting certain businesses? Yea, sure. That works for a day, a week, months at a time. But we’re committed to longterm investment in businesses that invest in you.

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More about this to come, in the meantime though … DO THIS.

Look.  Here&rsquo;s What We Won&rsquo;t Get Rid of in 2015 
 
There are a lot of trends we&rsquo;d like to see folks leave in 2014.  But here are a few we&rsquo;re not getting rid of anytime soon.   First things first, we LOVE a good clog !
     
  
No one believed us when we first said they were making a comeback.  But no one believed us about  Birkenstocks  either.
  
Trust us, the clog is going nowhere.  At least not just yet.  So you might as well stop by  Owl N&rsquo; Wood  and see if they&rsquo;ve still got this pair!
    Ok, we already checked.  They only have them left in black.  But shoot us an email and we&rsquo;ll find you a perfect pair.   We also need need need   ok, maybe just want want want  a wide-brimmed hat! 
  
Lucky for us, we found the gem of all gems ( Shirley + Alice ) while in Brooklyn.
  
And then Shirley + Alice introduced us to this other gem.  AND &hellip; they ship nationwide.  swoons 
    We&rsquo;ll still be buying high-fashion sneakers. 
     
   And by that we mean Pumas.  So &hellip; between these Blaze of Glory beauties above from  SoleSpace  and Puma adding  Rihanna to their list of creative directors , and  Solange doing the most  every day &hellip; We might need you to loan us a dollar or two.  We&rsquo;re good for it.
  
We always love ANYTHING from  Galisfly !
      And PRINTS! 
 We&rsquo;ll never give up on prints.
We literally will be making a stop at  Show &amp;Tell  IMMEDIATELY following the holidays to pick this skirt up!
     
So that&rsquo;s what&rsquo;s on our list, folks &hellip; at least for right now.
 
Tell us!  What are you looking for?

Look. Here’s What We Won’t Get Rid of in 2015
There are a lot of trends we’d like to see folks leave in 2014. But here are a few we’re not getting rid of anytime soon.
First things first, we LOVE a good clog!



No one believed us when we first said they were making a comeback. But no one believed us about Birkenstocks either.

Trust us, the clog is going nowhere. At least not just yet. So you might as well stop by Owl N’ Wood and see if they’ve still got this pair!


Ok, we already checked. They only have them left in black. But shoot us an email and we’ll find you a perfect pair.

We also need need need ok, maybe just want want want a wide-brimmed hat!

Lucky for us, we found the gem of all gems (Shirley + Alice) while in Brooklyn.

And then Shirley + Alice introduced us to this other gem. AND … they ship nationwide. swoons

We’ll still be buying high-fashion sneakers.



And by that we mean Pumas. So … between these Blaze of Glory beauties above from SoleSpace and Puma adding Rihanna to their list of creative directors, and Solange doing the most every day … We might need you to loan us a dollar or two. We’re good for it.

We always love ANYTHING from Galisfly!



And PRINTS!
We’ll never give up on prints. We literally will be making a stop at Show &Tell IMMEDIATELY following the holidays to pick this skirt up!



So that’s what’s on our list, folks … at least for right now.
Tell us! What are you looking for?

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CALLING ALL BAY AREA ARTISTS! https://www.bombayartisan.com/content/ Calling Oakland/SF Bay Area artists! We want YOU to represent our region and compete for a solo exhibition at Art Basel Miami 2014 via RUSH Foundation +Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series. Artists here’s your chance- get online today through August 16th and submit your original work to the competition. A select group will get a show at Betti Ono this November and one will get a chance to rep our region at Scope Miami Art Basel + get your own solo show at @Scope New York! – Tell a friend!

Link to the project: https://www.bombayartisan.com/content/