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"Auntea" is an exploration of life through the lens of womanhood. In honor of the oral tradition, Bailey is learning from inspired and accomplished women in our community.

Mrs. Brandi Shelton is the Owner & Tea Lady of Just Add Honey Tea Company in Atlanta Georgia and has made space for Bailey to grow with a warm outpouring of love and support in creating this platform.

Bailey loves tea, and here it represents the bridge between generations. History and wisdom passed down to nieces for years so that they may learn how and who they want to be in the world. Bailey's work is focused on inspiring young people and this is a wonderful opportunity for her to continue that effort and be enriched along the way.

Thank you to the Shelton Family for every kindness and celebrating youth wellness, inspiration and lifestyle. Beautiful people and great blends...

Just Add Honey was created by tea lovers. We wanted to enjoy tea and knew that there was more out there than what was on the shelves. Instant tea, artificially flavored, penny-pinched tea bags, 5 o’clock teas, feel better teas, etc, etc. WE HAD THEM ALL!

While scouring places for the perfect cup of tea, we decided we would MAKE what we wanted. Combining flavors from around the world that was pleasing to the palate while still keeping it light and interesting, just add honey tea company was born.

Since 2006, just add honey creates fresh, fun, and sophisticated flavors combined with stimulating and soothing ingredients in every cup. Our ingredients are all natural, pure, and easily recognized. Nothing is changed or altered. Our mission is to bring thoughtfully blended teas to your doorstep.

just add honey tea company wants you to enjoy the best, freshest, and most flavorful teas with every sip. Whether it is a black tea, herbal tea, fruit tea or specialty tea, just add honey wants you to enjoy every cup. Anytime. Anywhere.

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The Children's Museum Of Atlanta helps foster a child's imagination and discovery by providing kids a place to roam free, learn and explore the world around them through play. The Imagination Ball made adults aware of this beautiful side of children, and asked them to support this equally beautiful cause in giving kids like me a space to enjoy our wonder, freely. With the leadership of Ms. Jane Turner, and the hard work of amazing CMA staffmembers like Ms. Laura Halad, Ms. Rebecca Jackson and Ms. Stacey Lucas, we were able to accomplish that.

Going into this, I knew that I had to put my mind in a certain, special perspective: What is this event for, and how do I serve in a way that I do my part to ensure that it becomes a success? These were the questions I had to ask myself as we went through the creative process as a team. Speaking of team, Mr. Okorie Johnson and Mr. Richard Garner, the creative minds behind this event, are two people I really admire. They created the concept for the event, they crafted a method for approaching it, and shaped it into what it became. They gave me free rein, let me express all my ideas fully, out of the box. They were patient and very very nice to me. They made me feel welcome, comfortable and supported me every step along the way. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be able to work with them.

Opening myself up to this new experience commanding an audience and sharing a story, I felt free and I could bring that audience to the place we created. Play Anyway! was the world where guests could fully experience the imagination of a child and immerse themselves in fun and broad possibilities. They could be kids again for the night, they could enjoy themselves as much as us kids do at the museum. From the moment they arrived we were all on a journey, I could see their faces light up and fill with wonderment and I was happy to see them. "I stacked the plates and yelled to my sous chef, chop the veggies because the folks are comin!" We danced, we stomped, the music was alive and you couldn't help but move your feet. Liquid Sky aerialists hung from the ceiling and dancers acted out every word. Be Curious was my name and my good friend Rhyme had lost his siblings: Play & Imagination. Mr. Okorie as Rhyme is a brilliant cellist and played amazingly he spoke to us through his instrument and we all understood what needed to be done. We celebrated and honored CMA Executive Director Ms. Jane Turner and board member Ms. Wonya Lucas for their work with the museum and in the community. They are amazing people and I am so lucky to have had the chance to meet them. The event was chaired by Ms. Stephanie Blank and supported by many businesses and professionals who all came together in the spirit of giving.

What did I take away from all of this? The child spirit is a thing to be cherished and I learned a lot about what really goes on. There is so much that goes into creating the spaces that we enjoy. How they are made, who is behind the scenes working, preparing, building and sacrificing. It's a family effort and it gives me a sense of responsibility and accountability as an ambassador. The people that make amazing things possible for us kids are to be cherished too, and I am so grateful for you all. -B!

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"It was a beautiful day... The mural represents the spirit and energy of the AMP community and reflects their mission to uplift young people. Ashley Dopson created such a wonderful piece of art and it was so much fun to help retouch it." - B!

Founded in 2010, the Atlanta Music Project provides intensive, tuition-free music education for underserved youth right in their neighborhood.

The Atlanta Music Project believes the pursuit of musical excellence leads to the development of confidence, creativity and ambition, thus sparking positive social change in the individuals and the communities we serve.

Ashley Danielle Thomas chooses to work in spaces that are in between. These places connect people from all different backgrounds, public spaces that have intimate moments. She prefers to create on bridges, in hallways, street corners, bus stops, community centers, schools, libraries and transit stations. It is in these place that she weaves her own wondrous tales from childhood memories, old wives tales, fairy tales, cultural and historical influences. It is in her world that she has perfectly curated a space between the whimsy of a childhood coloring book and the sophistication of her experience as an educated Black American woman in the 21st century America.

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