Kay Valley is very clear about her purpose in life at the moment.
“I want to fight systemic racism,” she said when asked about the mission of her new business, BlackSlant Media. “What I want to do is have people tell their stories;” personal stories that will illuminate the big structural issues disproportionally affecting Black, Indigenous and Racialized people such as environmental racism, poverty, wage inequality & stagnation, system racism, power structures and climate change.
Kay operated a successful eco home retail business in the past, and this time she wants to do business differently. “I’ve realized what I'm doing [now] and where my values are, it’s not in line with how traditional business works. I don't want to do [my business] in the typical way that our society has been taught to have a business, which I think just engenders inequality.”
Business and entrepreneurship have the power to either lift or reinforce oppression in our society and Kay is crystal clear that she intends to create a business based on anti-oppressive practices. She is striving for consistency in the work she does and the model in which she operates BlackSlant Media.
She started with freelance writing. “I want to solidify my reputation as a known writer of quality content on these subjects, and as somebody you can trust, that my writing is high quality, backed up by reputable sources.”
As her writing grows, she would like to implement a revenue model where people who share their stories also share the revenue. Her vision also includes writing a book, speaking engagements and a podcast called “Same Soup, Different Cracker” where people are able to tell their stories, examine experiences of systemic racism and highlight resilience and change.
Kay joined the Start My Business Bootcamp at Laurier Women Entrepreneurship Centre because BlackSlant Media is still in the early development stages. She was interested in exploring business plans and different models and structures that might align with the type of business she wants to build. She knows what she doesn’t want and is still working her way toward the approach she envisions.
As a Black woman, Kay believes a business rooted in anti-oppressive practices must be designed to be inclusive from the very beginning. She wants to do something because it’s the right thing to do, not just because it’s easy.
She knows the work of tackling systemic racism is hard because she lives it every day. She also knows that doing the work in a different way will “really help each other push for change.”
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