Obsidian Tea

Obsidian Tea

is creating A Blackness and Blues Blog

131

patrons

$788

per month
Who are you and why should I listen?

Welcome! My name is Grey and I am the creator of Obsidiantea.com, and I want to personally welcome you to our Patreon. I’m a black man who primarily teaches and African American Vernacular dances to White American audiences and across the globe. I grew up in Ohio constantly feeling caught between White and Black American Culture and even argued, “we are all human”. That changed in college. For the first time I felt truely alone in a vast Ocean of White culture. Then I started dancing feeling at home with the music I grew up with and realized how little my white counter parts knew about Black Culture and Blues Music.

I started Obsidian because I found myself disheartened by the struggles with race we have in the united states. I had cried one too many times feeling alienated, misunderstood and alone, after feeling like a foreigner in my own country. 

Black Culture in the United States is unseen and underappreciated by not only our white counter parts, other minorities, but also visitors from other countries. I felt so hurt knowing that what most people knew about me, my upbringing, our culture, our music and dance, was only a shallow and disrespectful view painted by the media outlets. 
   
What is Obsidian Tea?

Obsidian Tea is a small step to try to change What I saw in the world. Our dream is to help heal the rift between races in this country by education of black culture through an approachable fun lens of dance and blues music. We hope to create a community of people excited to join on this journey of deepening people's expediences of black culture, as we truly believe that education and compassion will play a large part to change the tide! Currently we offer Articles and blog posts, resources, dance videos, Interviews with dancers and musicians (coming soon) and some cool things in the works!

For those particularly excited to be a part of this change we are so excited to offer unique perks and community in what can feel like an isolating journey.

Sounds cool, What now? How can I help?

This is where Patreon comes in!  If you have never used Patreon it’s a subscription based service. Think about it like a newspaper or Blue Apron, But in this case YOU get to control how much you wish to pledge a month. These pledges help the site keep running and support me and any of our creators to keep bringing you content.  Be it $1 or $500 every pledge helps!  These pledges help us buy new equipment, new books, access to harder to reach musicians time, Plane tickets and so much more! Even better, be becoming a patron you get Perks and to apart of the exclusive obsidian family!!

Perks?!

As a thank you for supporting this work, Every Parton gets perks of joining our community. 
Some of these perks are, but not limited to;
Personalized thanks
early access to content
hand crafted playlists
credit at the end of videos
access to our library of books
and personalized skype sessions


SO, How often do you post?

We tend to post 4+ major articles/videos a month. We are in the a transition time as I start trying to write for this full time. I wish to be able to turn out better content.


Welcome to the family!

Tiers
Obsidian Ally
$1 or more per month

You! Yes you, get to join the Obsidian Tea family. Supporting at this tier helps us continue the site and we will be sending you a thank you email, and a monthly photo of the writers cat, T’challa Panther Lily!

Obsidian Special Guests
$3 or more per month (sold out!)

As my very special guest you are making a bigger impact by going above and beyond the family tier. 


You’ll get access to the newsletter right in your inbox!


Obsidian Beloved Readers
$5 or more per month

You have achieved Beloved Reader status! Congrats! You are recieve: all levels rewards before and, Your name (or a name of your choice will be added to the patreon wall of fame! 


Quarterly [private] Q and A. Ask us any questions about blues, the site, black culture and the writer. There may be possible guests!


You’ll be added to our email list to get our news letter, blog posts right in your inbox and of course patron only material, blog posts and videos.


We will be having regular listening parties just for you. You’ll have access to new musicians, favorites, and even discussions over lyrics. Don’t be afraid to tune in!

Spill the tea
$10 or more per month

You get all of the cool perks of the lower levels AND make an even bigger impact for this work to keep going.  We appriciate every patron but this for for those who really want to make a big Impact. Joining this level means we can take trips to places like Chicago, NYC and DC for more research!


We decided to open up this level a bit more by adding two cool perks. 


Instead of just sending you access to the blog early , we will be giving you access to commentary of the work. It may be video or audio.


Monthly topic suggestions! Got an idea? We wanna hear it!


Lastly there will actually be a book club!

Obsidian Unsung heroes
$20 or more per month

Welcome to the Unsung Heroes tier! Not only do you receive the lower tiers and you also recive some neat rewards!


You questions to be asked on interviews with dancers, musicians, and experts


Access to behind the scenes content and non edited video


Downloadable content 


1 Free gift a quarter!


%10 back on Merchandise 

Tea Lovers
$30 or more per month

Welcome Tea Lovers! The rewards for you are large and plentiful. First you get all the rewards from the tiers under you. 


Tutorials on dance and cooking


Skype hang out quarterly


Blues song of the week


Credit on the ends of articles


future e book discount

Obsidian Superstar
$50 or more per month

Welcome superstars! Your reward is all of the rewards from the lower tier and a few more things,

- free shipping of anything in the obsidian library

- one on one skype/in person about what ever (1 every 6 months)

- personalized thank you video

- Free Future E book

- Free end of year gift



Goals
$788 of $1,000 per month
I'll be able to afford an office space that is not inside of my small bedroom. This will allow me to record and make videos with greater ease, will help me to write faster, be more focused and productive. 

I'll also be able to save and invest in my growing wish list of items to make the site and content better!
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Who are you and why should I listen?

Welcome! My name is Grey and I am the creator of Obsidiantea.com, and I want to personally welcome you to our Patreon. I’m a black man who primarily teaches and African American Vernacular dances to White American audiences and across the globe. I grew up in Ohio constantly feeling caught between White and Black American Culture and even argued, “we are all human”. That changed in college. For the first time I felt truely alone in a vast Ocean of White culture. Then I started dancing feeling at home with the music I grew up with and realized how little my white counter parts knew about Black Culture and Blues Music.

I started Obsidian because I found myself disheartened by the struggles with race we have in the united states. I had cried one too many times feeling alienated, misunderstood and alone, after feeling like a foreigner in my own country. 

Black Culture in the United States is unseen and underappreciated by not only our white counter parts, other minorities, but also visitors from other countries. I felt so hurt knowing that what most people knew about me, my upbringing, our culture, our music and dance, was only a shallow and disrespectful view painted by the media outlets. 
   
What is Obsidian Tea?

Obsidian Tea is a small step to try to change What I saw in the world. Our dream is to help heal the rift between races in this country by education of black culture through an approachable fun lens of dance and blues music. We hope to create a community of people excited to join on this journey of deepening people's expediences of black culture, as we truly believe that education and compassion will play a large part to change the tide! Currently we offer Articles and blog posts, resources, dance videos, Interviews with dancers and musicians (coming soon) and some cool things in the works!

For those particularly excited to be a part of this change we are so excited to offer unique perks and community in what can feel like an isolating journey.

Sounds cool, What now? How can I help?

This is where Patreon comes in!  If you have never used Patreon it’s a subscription based service. Think about it like a newspaper or Blue Apron, But in this case YOU get to control how much you wish to pledge a month. These pledges help the site keep running and support me and any of our creators to keep bringing you content.  Be it $1 or $500 every pledge helps!  These pledges help us buy new equipment, new books, access to harder to reach musicians time, Plane tickets and so much more! Even better, be becoming a patron you get Perks and to apart of the exclusive obsidian family!!

Perks?!

As a thank you for supporting this work, Every Parton gets perks of joining our community. 
Some of these perks are, but not limited to;
Personalized thanks
early access to content
hand crafted playlists
credit at the end of videos
access to our library of books
and personalized skype sessions


SO, How often do you post?

We tend to post 4+ major articles/videos a month. We are in the a transition time as I start trying to write for this full time. I wish to be able to turn out better content.


Welcome to the family!

Recent posts by Obsidian Tea

Tiers
Obsidian Ally
$1 or more per month

You! Yes you, get to join the Obsidian Tea family. Supporting at this tier helps us continue the site and we will be sending you a thank you email, and a monthly photo of the writers cat, T’challa Panther Lily!

Obsidian Special Guests
$3 or more per month (sold out!)

As my very special guest you are making a bigger impact by going above and beyond the family tier. 


You’ll get access to the newsletter right in your inbox!


Obsidian Beloved Readers
$5 or more per month

You have achieved Beloved Reader status! Congrats! You are recieve: all levels rewards before and, Your name (or a name of your choice will be added to the patreon wall of fame! 


Quarterly [private] Q and A. Ask us any questions about blues, the site, black culture and the writer. There may be possible guests!


You’ll be added to our email list to get our news letter, blog posts right in your inbox and of course patron only material, blog posts and videos.


We will be having regular listening parties just for you. You’ll have access to new musicians, favorites, and even discussions over lyrics. Don’t be afraid to tune in!

Spill the tea
$10 or more per month

You get all of the cool perks of the lower levels AND make an even bigger impact for this work to keep going.  We appriciate every patron but this for for those who really want to make a big Impact. Joining this level means we can take trips to places like Chicago, NYC and DC for more research!


We decided to open up this level a bit more by adding two cool perks. 


Instead of just sending you access to the blog early , we will be giving you access to commentary of the work. It may be video or audio.


Monthly topic suggestions! Got an idea? We wanna hear it!


Lastly there will actually be a book club!

Obsidian Unsung heroes
$20 or more per month

Welcome to the Unsung Heroes tier! Not only do you receive the lower tiers and you also recive some neat rewards!


You questions to be asked on interviews with dancers, musicians, and experts


Access to behind the scenes content and non edited video


Downloadable content 


1 Free gift a quarter!


%10 back on Merchandise 

Tea Lovers
$30 or more per month

Welcome Tea Lovers! The rewards for you are large and plentiful. First you get all the rewards from the tiers under you. 


Tutorials on dance and cooking


Skype hang out quarterly


Blues song of the week


Credit on the ends of articles


future e book discount

Obsidian Superstar
$50 or more per month

Welcome superstars! Your reward is all of the rewards from the lower tier and a few more things,

- free shipping of anything in the obsidian library

- one on one skype/in person about what ever (1 every 6 months)

- personalized thank you video

- Free Future E book

- Free end of year gift