As a humanist, space holder, + entrepreneur, Solonje is dedicated to equity and radical self care.
Solonje is a community leader, humanist, space holder, and co-founder at Humble Bloom where it is her mission to give the underrepresented a seat at the table in the cannabis industry and beyond. She believes that we can shatter stereotypes, structural inequities and biased business practices through culture curation and by providing strategic branding and hiring, advocacy and inclusive purpose driven community experiences. Solonje sits on the Cannabis Control Industrial Advisory Committee at Excelsior College, is an advisor and member of the Virtue Project’s Business Equity Council, an Advisory Board member at CRUDE as well as a Green Rush Program mentor. She was recognized as 15 Women to Watch in the CBD Industry in Marie Claire and Culture Magazine’s Five Cannabis Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2019. She has spoken at PopSugar Playground, NECANN and Yale Business of Legal Cannabis Conference. Solonje has been featured in publications and podcasts including Thrive, Forbes, The Fold, Black Enterprise, Refinery29, Vogue, VICE, WGSN, Cheddar, Skunk, Women & Weed, Miss Grass, Maria and Jane, Supermaker and more. She produces events and festivals for conscious companies, hosts nightlife parties, as well as programs music at membership clubs. Solonje is a brand positioning + equity consultant and political activist speaking out on equality and human justice. She facilitates weekly healing and wellness experiences at Frequency and hosted the show Radical Self Care: Cannabis, Wellness & Activism on Afropunk. She is also a member of Demo Crew and the Resistance Revival Chorus – born out of the Women’s March.
The pandemic has awakened within me a dedication to Radical Self Care practices, as well as the intention to share knowledge with my BIPOC community. The flood light on the injustice around access to breath has never shined brighter—from police brutality to environmental hazards causing asthma and overcrowded detention centers/prisons—breathing while Black is a radical act in itself.