Welcome to bed stuy

about The Hood

Bed Stuy, “Do Or Die” is what the long time residents of this eclectic community say, although the phrase is less commonly used due to rebranding and gentrification. Its name, Bedford Stuyvesant, is a combo of two neighboring communities, Stuyvesant Heights and Bedford.

The neighborhood is best known for lively block parties, notorious stoop debates and influential Black art renaissance of the 80s and 90s. The Stuy essentially made Brooklyn cool. (That’s just our opinion.) Despite its influence on Hip Hop, Black culture and art, the neighborhood’s past is often muddied with its crime stats and poverty issues from the past.

In the 50s, Black people, primarily from Harlem, were afforded the opportunity to own homes for the first time due to the dropping prices in Brooklyn. Many migrated from Upper Manhattan and other places around the country because Brooklyn was a place of promise. In turn, however, white flight happened. Thus Bed Stuy quickly became a predominantly Black community .

It was during the 70s and 80s the crack epidemic hit New York and challenged the integrity of Black progress. Crime was up, drug use was on the rise but somehow light reemerged and Black people found a way to bring back balance.

These days, while the community continues to transform into a hodgepodge of old and new school, a mixture of classic brownstones and modern apartment buildings, bodegas and coffee shops, Bed Stuy is a thriving community of people interested in preserving the legacy of the neighborhood, its people and its impact on the rest of the world.

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Khadija Tudor, Bed Stuy healer & traphouse discoverer -  Photo by Brittney M. Walker  

Khadija Tudor, Bed Stuy healer & traphouse discoverer - Photo by Brittney M. Walker 

Traphouse and Yoga

Healer, massage therapist and doula Khadija Tudor talks about the imperfect balance of life, wellness in Bed Stuy's transforming community. She begins our chat with a recent encounter at a traphouse in gentrified Brooklyn after finding some zen in a early morning yoga class. Yes the hood is changing, but she reminds us that Bed Stuy is still a place where ya gotta watch your back.

As the founder of the Life Wellness Center, Khadija wants to give her community a place to learn, heal and commune over holistic wellness. 

Natalie Cosby, resident model for Bed Stuy yoga -  Photo by Brittney M. Walker

Natalie Cosby, resident model for Bed Stuy yoga - Photo by Brittney M. Walker

She's stacked!

Bed Stuy Yogi and resident bootylicious model for self love and positivity, Natalie Cosby talks being a shapely woman in a notoriously monocultural industry where only skinny white girls Halasana. Natalie is part of a movement of zen Black women painting yoga with a colorful brush of black, brown and curly. 

As a voluptuous Black woman, with curves for days, people still can't believe this stacked woman is leading stretch classes and talking about self love. But lives are being changed in Bed Stuy as she opens the floor to everyone. 

Saki, cannabis educator in Brooklyn -  Photo by   Brittney M. Walker

Saki, cannabis educator in Brooklyn - Photo by Brittney M. Walker

CAnnabis for all

This rebel queen of cannabis used to be a movie producer and lived in Tokyo. She's a fan of the arts and will challenge you in an anime/comic book  trivia match with pride. But it was that fragrant herb that ultimately won her over, not the herb itself, but because of her love for her people.

Saki entered the cannabis industry with a social justice mission in mind. She saw the disparities among Black and Brown folk who participated in the industry. Through her work now, she aims to liberate and educate.                                        

Bria Bailey, creator of MindOilSoul, a boutique essential oils company. -  Photo by Britney M. Walker

Bria Bailey, creator of MindOilSoul, a boutique essential oils company. - Photo by Britney M. Walker

Let go & Mindoilsoul

Bria Bailey was on that 9 to 5 routine for years after going Ivy League and earning her degree. Chasing that paper in the real estate world quickly became energy draining and unfulfilling. She started researching and found ways to maintain her peace, using natural healing methods, including oils. That's when she made her plan of escape.

Bria started her essential oil business while sitting her tiny cubicle and eventually quit for her own health and sanity. Now she runs a thriving business and is teaching others how to create their own healing combinations.