We had the good fortune of connecting with Danny Agnew and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Danny , can you tell us about a book that has had a meaningful impact on you?
I’m big on reading. A more recent read is a book called Conscious Capitalism by John Mackey and Raj Sisodia. It talks about how businesses can do social good while making money. I had this book on my checklist as I wanted to gauge how others expanded while ensuring their ecosystem is ethical.

What should our readers know about your business?
The Roots Collective is an organization of ambitious visionaries dedicated to the economic growth, social awareness, and self-sufficiency of black and brown communities nationwide. Since our inception in 2015, we have displayed the innovativeness of black ownership while emphasizing the power of the black dollar in order to secure financial liberation amongst our peoples. Our platform to push our mission forward consists of 4 main entities: Roots Printing: Roots Printing is a Black Owned Full Service Design & Print Company Roots Clothing: A clothing line dedicated to expressing, informing, and celebrating black beauty. Roots Black Marketplace: A monthly black and brown specific marketplace geared towards business owners to promote, grow, and expand their businesses to the community. Roots Black House: Serves as the hub for our companies as well as an event space for the community

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Things to visit in Miami. The Roots Black House of course Smokes Signals Miami The Urban (Overtown) Mapou Bookstore (Little Haiti) The ARC (Opa Locka) Naomis Grill (Liberty City) MUCE305 Hub (Little Haiti) iKrave (Liberty City) The Hippie Haven (Liberty City) Sandbar (North Miami)

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Big shoutouts to the Dream Defenders for their persistent work in the community, Armen Henderson and Valencia Gunder for their undying love for people and for spearheading a street team of leaders to assist houseless individuals during this Cov-19 crisis, I’d like to give a huge shoutout Aja Monet, Sukii, James Klynn, Spinelli and all the creatives offering art in the darkest times. And to my right and left hand Isaiah (Zay) Thomas and James (Munch) Mungin of the Roots Collective for allowing the Collective and the businesses under that umbrella to thrive.

Website: www.RootsCollectiveMarket.org
Instagram: Roots_Collective
Twitter: RootsBlackHouse
Facebook: ThaRootsCollective

Image Credits
Passion Ward Woosler Delisfort