Born in Toronto and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Apanaki Temitayo M is an author, spoken word poet, actor, multimedia artist and teacher. Her canvas compositions are an expression of her Trinidadian heritage and spirituality. Apanaki’s original textile art piece, The Egungun, explores the re-imagining of Tribal mask with the use of textiles. It was showcased the Workman Arts Being Scene 12th Annual Juried Exhibition 2012 at Hart House, University of Toronto, Gladstone Hotel and The Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival. Her poetry has been published in PHOTI (Fresh Arts Literary Journal, Toronto Arts Council, 1995; Black Girl Talk Anthology, Black Women and of Colour Press 1995; in the ground breaking Caribbean Erotic Anthology, Poetry, Prose and Essays, Peepal Tree Press, UK, 2010; she is now honoured to be a part of Re-Imagining the Sky Anthology as part of the Writers Workshop by the Newcomer Women’s Services Toronto, 2013. Apanaki was featured in Award Winning Independent Movie Sistagod, 2006 featured in the Toronto International Film Festival . She has currently taught her art practice at Toronto East General Hospital, Mental Out-Patient Clinic Drop-In Art Class and at Workman Arts, CAMH, 2014.
Au Courant Interiors LLC provides one of kind, contemporary, custom made lighting and home accessories. Many of our products are made from materials such as semi-precious gemstones, sea glass, jute twine, burlap, hemp, and paper. Our interior lighting products have a hint of french flare or take off from french design, colors, and themes with a contemporary twist. Each Au Courant Interiors chandelier is handcrafted with the utmost attention to detail.
Handmade African homeware including pillows, lampshades, aprons, oven gloves, table runners and lifestyle products. Contemporary pieces with an ethos of well being and holistic living.
Inspired by artist, Emory Douglas & designers Sheila Bridges, Joshua Kissi & Travis Gumbs of Street Etiquette, Don’t Sleep Interiors started from a desire to combine interior decor & culture from the African Diaspora with social & political consciousness. It is rare to find literal African Diasporic culture on interior home decor. The hope is that these pieces will not only add to the style of patrons’ homes, offices & businesses, but that they will also envoke meaningful conversations, promote free thinking, & encourage exploration into our collective past.
Pleasant Paper Company LLC., makers of Pleasant bathroom tissue, is a subsidiary of Hardiman Holdings, a minority owned and operated company headed up by Detroit Businessman Thomas Hardiman Sr., who knows what it takes to become a very successful business. He has provided resources and guidance to local entrepreneurs and small businesses, established a job training programs, employment opportunities for young men and women unable to find decent paying jobs, and created opportunities for smaller businesses to grow and develop. Mr. Hardiman has stated that he knows he cannot be a savior to everyone, but he wants to do everything in his power to make a positive difference in as many lives as possible. This principle manifested into Mr. Hardiman teaching his 3 sons (Thomas Jr., Dorian, and Johnny) the core concepts of business which has led to many successful projects.
Mr. Norman Thrasher, a former Motown Singer, approached Mr. Hardiman with the idea of manufacturing toilet tissue in Detroit. Mr. Hardiman delegated the feasibility study to his sons Johnny Hardiman and Dorian Hardiman which lead to the incorporation of Pleasant Paper Company LLC. Pleasant Paper Company LLC. is a newcomer to the marketplace but is actively seeking its niche. It’s a high-quality product that is soft, durable and less expensive than the major brands. The price and quality make it very suitable for the everyday consumer and commercial businesses.
Although the core business itself is based in Detroit, the product is currently being produced at two factories outside of Michigan. There are several locations in Detroit that are being evaluated for suitability so that the entire manufacturing and distribution center can eventually be headquartered in Detroit. The company’s goal is to become economically and ecologically sustainable by developing high quality products and jobs in urban communities.
A company is only as good as the promises it keeps. We promise the quality of our products will always exceed the value.We promise to be committed to our community It is the mission of True Products,LLC to build a company that will become an institution that will provide opportunity and benefits for generations to come. To combine aggressive strategic marketing with quality products and services at competitive prices to provide the best value for consumers.
We will not conduct business in a way that will break the peace or corrupt the land .