This week, we're talking to Tonya Lewis Lee of Movita Organics who through her creative projects and ventures, advocates for women to live their healthiest and best lives in order to positively impact the Black community as a collective.
BLK+GRN: Who are you and why do you do what you do?TONYA: As a writer (Please Baby Please, Please Puppy Please) and producer (The Watsons Go to Birmingham, She’s Gotta Have It) I create content that reflects the human experience especially when it comes to people of color. It was because of my children’s books that I began advocating for healthy birth outcomes which essentially means I was advocating for healthy women so that they would then have healthy babies. I love the African-American community that I was born into, that I grew up in that I remain a part of and I hope and believe that we need to take care of each other so that we can all reach our personal potential which in turn helps us reach our communal potential. BLKGRN: What was your "Aha Moment" and when did your vision start to manifest? TONYA: Movita began out my women’s health advocacy work and then out of my first website, HealthyYouNow.com which was a platform designed to offer information and support to women trying to live their best lives. Movita is a tool to help women live their best and most healthy lives. While a vitamin supplement can be an integral part of a healthy lifestyle, it is not the entire answer.
BLK+GRN: Why do you think it is important to Buy Black?
TONYA: It is important to support Black businesses because we create products that address our needs, that mainstream companies don’t even realize we have. It is also critical that we have an economy that includes Black entrepreneurs...they need to make money. If we don’t buy Black, who will?BLK+GRN: How is your brand green? TONYA: Movita is certified organic. It is important to me that our vitamin be clean and be made of the things we say it is. We seek to help women access a lifestyle of healthy living. Our product must be of a quality that is and represents the life we want our women to access.