Jekia Weary | Atlanta, Georgia
I am black and UNSTOPPABLE.
Tell us who you are and what you do!
My name is Jekia and I am the creator of BuriedNKulture. The idea of BuriedNKulture is to embrace heritage no matter where you’re from. I’m into a lot of different cultures, but I have to start where it originated from. I want people to know this isn’t just another t-shirt line. This is a lifestyle, this is a feeling, and this is an experience. I am also very hands on in starting programs in the local Atlanta area which I am currently working on now.
What is the inspiration for your work?
“The people, it’s the people, I love culture!”
My dad is from New Oreleans and I would spend my summers down there and that is when I fell in love with the life, man. People take so much for granted. New Oreleans can show you beauty in pain and struggle, well at least it did for me. My grandma stayed in uptown in a shotgun style house, she had window units in her house. I would watch her day in and day out clean houses for nothing then come home to sew. I’m not talking about simple stuff she used to make entire outfits, she kept me fly too. I wish she could have went further but that’s why I’m here to push the dream. Also, with my mom being in the military I was exposed to a lot of beautiful culture in other countries. I have a lot of people ask about the money in doing this, but with me it’s not about the money. It’s about the people.
What would you say to prevent an upcoming artist from making the same mistakes you have made?
I wouldn’t call them mistakes but lessons learned. I would advise every artist to go out and research.
What obstacles have you faced as a Black Artist/Business Owner?
“I don’t want to stay in one place I want to grow.”
People expect just because I have King Tut or natural hair styles on my shirts I’m supposed to stay in a box. My thing is growth. I don’t want to stay in one place I want to grow.
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