If you are a local to DC and haven’t heard the name Anika Hobbs, it’s quite likely that you have heard of her store, Nubian Hueman, that has successfully been in operations since 2013 in Anacostia Heights, Washington, DC.
Nubian Hueman is a store that screams the charm, artistry, and innovation of the African diaspora. Ms. Hobbs created Nubian Hueman, along with an event called “The Black Love Experience”.
I completely lit up when I first learned of the Black Love event. I attended my first one in 2017 when it was held at the Anacostia Arts Center. It was an event that made me so proud of my heritage. On top of the endless visual aesthetics, the presentation and eye of Anika Hobbs is a highly sophisticated one. Her work truly speaks for itself.
This year, the event was held at the ARC DC, a humanitarian mall, which is actually right down the street from Nubian Hueman at the Anacostia Arts Center. The event screamed of artistic genius, unified spirits, and amazing performers.
The Baltimore native turned Grammy-nominated singer, Maimouna Youssef (also known as Mumu Fresh) was in attendance with performances from the legendary Junkyard Band, Black Alley, Mixxstress, DJ Native Sun and many more.
There are also workshops for health and wellness, forums for discussions about various issues affecting people of color, meditation spaces, photo ops, service demonstrations such as massage and hairstyling.
I had the pleasure of meeting these talented business owners:
Ashley Powdar, Founder of Ruby Sampson (@shoprubysampson)
Kayla Dixon, Creative Director of The Intercourse Collection (@textual.n.tercourse)
Freres Branchiaux Candle Company (@freresbranchiaux)
Leeland A. Diggs, Founder of Diggin her Roots Clothing (@diggin_her_roots)
Angela Elizabeth MS CHHP, Owner of Goddess Body Inc. (@MsGoddessBody)
Please check out the interview I did with the mastermind of the Black Love Experience, Anika Hobbs, below.
Thank you Ms. Hobbs for your commitment to representing people of color in the most magical way possible.