Denver While Black: Allurr’em Velvit. Entrepreneur, Performer, Producer with an Emmy

Allurr’em Velvit is an incredible Black woman who dabbles in tons of unique fields ranging from entrepreneurship to stage performances to journalism behind the camera. One of my favorite parts of my conversation with her was when we were talking about something entirely unrelated and she just stops mid-sentence and says, “Oh, you mean, my Emmy?” And pulls it off her bookshelf behind her.

She is Co-Founder and Producer of Melanated Menagerie, a freelance producer, and an Emmy Award Winning AP.

Owner of a Black hair and body care store in Denver where she works tirelessly to bring high-quality products from Black local businesses and product lines to the masses, she is fully dedicated in investing in her new community. Hailing from the mid-west, she moved to Denver because of her love of nature and the vibe.

In my conversation, we talk about body image while being on stage, her journey in choosing herself and who she represents in a white, male-dominated industry, uplifting the stories of Black America, toxicity of whiteness and self-care in challenging work environments, and so much more. She drops so many gems as she shares about her journey throughout America chasing her self, her love, her identity, and her story.

Currently, she is raising support for her business as she endeavors to secure it better against those who wish her dreams to not go forth. You can read more about her vision for her community and her store here in her GoFundMe. Support her directly via PayPal or through this link. Click here for GoFundMe.

From Allurr’em:

I am not only the founder and operator of Velv’IT Boutique Beauty-offering Denver Naturals the service they deserve while seeking out their Beauty supply needs – but also an established Producer of film television and live events. Haha, I even perform in some of those events!!

Shop with us over at our website.

If you’re local, come on in: 4611 Peoria St. Unit A2, Denver CO 80239

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Episode #5: Michael Nuñez –Headphones, Stockton, Slimy Consistency, Lithuania

Michael Nuñez is my guest on this episode and he had lots to share about his adventures to 20 countries. Of course, we won’t bore your to tears with a complete detailed itinerary of all of that, but tune in for the highlights and reflections! 

Michael currently lives in New Zealand where he is living his best life, teaching English online, and doing photography. He just celebrated his one-year anniversary of “I was sitting at my desk and saw a deal for a cheap roundtrip ticket to New Zealand and I decided to buy a one-way instead” this week. At the time of this recording, I was in China and he was preparing to depart to NZ. But now, he is loving his new life on the far side of the world. Follow him on his adventures and feel free to link up with him to support his ventures and passions.

Check out the episode here!

Countries Traveled:
Dominican Republic, Mexico, USA, Canada, New Zealand, N. Ireland, Scotland, England, Ireland, France, Lithuania, Poland, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Sicily, Malta, Israel, Sweden, Norway.

Websites: (future podcast about podcast and visas) (Life Blog) (Photography)

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Check out below to see what it looks like to be melanated, abroad, and the epitome of #MelanatedStamps!

Giants Causeway, Scotland, 2016
Kefalonia, Greece, 2015
Nuevo Renacer, Dominican Republic, 2015
Paris, France, 2017
Wailing Wall, Jerusalem, 2015
Waikiki, Hawaii, 2019
(Not abroad, but WAY too cool to pass up!)

Intro to MelStamps

Hey y’all! Welcome to Melanated Stamps! I’m REALLY bad at introductions and such cuz I just feel like you’ll get to know me and who I am as I write and build this new platform. But for now..

Name: Jenaya (Gin-NEIGH-Yuh)
Location: Shenzhen, China
Education: Lots
Countries Traveled to: 28
Race: Black
Ethnicity: Very Black and Unapologetically Boujie
Addictions: Facebook, cookie dough, and naps
Phobias: Worms
Marital Status: Meh.
2019 Vision: Amongst other things, building Melanated Stamps into a dope brand and platform, writing a book, and living my best life in Asia.

Let’s chat now about Melanated Stamps!

MelStamps is a passion project of mine. I love stories, melanated people, and traveling the world. Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to see as many countries as I could before kicking the bucket. And here I am doing just that. In traveling, I noticed that so few of the Americans I cross paths with look like me. This MUST change. And I’m going to do my due diligence to help fix this by highlighting and showcasing the stories and lives of those who look like me and travel like me, sharing strategies that I use to travel, and giving you a front-row seat to my life abroad. I invite you to join in on all the fun and adventure!