In this episode of S.T.A.R.V.E. Talk, J Haleem sits down with guest, Gia Neil (Sneed), of The Mahogany Box. During their conversation, Gia speaks about her 30 years of service to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, her entrepreneurial endeavors, and the importance of being a lifelong learner and supporting others.
1:18: - J Haleem welcomes Gia to the show
3:40 - Gia shares the beginnings of her creative journey as an artist and her business venture.
5:20 - J Haleem commends Gia for her 30 years of service to the LA County Sheriff’s Department
6:08 - Gia speaks about her service as an officer of the law
10:00 - Gia speaks on “being human,” even though she wears a police uniform. J Haleem acknowledges how important this is, especially as a Black woman.
15:36 - J Haleem talks about an incident he observed on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. He talks candidly about why it’s important as Black people to speak up, even if it’s crimes committed against ourselves.
17:07 - Gia salutes J Haleem and gives him his flowers for the creation of the I Won’t Starve brand/movement.
24:02 - Gia speaks about empowering and helping those who look like her.
26:02 - Gia gives us a sneak peek into what her life could be as a full-time entrepreneur.
32:12 - Many people speak against having a full-time job while running your business. J Haleem asks Gia her thoughts on this.
37:24 - Gia shares her advice on the importance of holding on to your job.
41:38 - J Haleem speaks on why he started his platform.
49:17 - J Haleem thanks Gia for her service & accepting the invitation for being a guest.
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