BLACK HISTORY MONTH OWNER ARTIST FEATURES: MEET DESTINY MBACHUDATE: February 28, 2021
Meet Destiny Mbachu: model, curator, content creator, local artist, and proud new Louisville Community Grocery owner.
DESTINY MBACHU, model, curator, creator and local artist, WAS INTERVIEWED MY LCG OWNERSHIP ADVOCATE LA MARKUSON.
Here are some excerpts from their conversation.
LA – First of all, I just want to say that I am so honored that you are a part of our community and advocating for us. You’ve really inspired me and opened my understanding of the Louisville community since I moved here, and your art and events are always THE BEST. Can you share with us a food memory, some connection you have with food, or a favorite recipe?
DESTINY – When I was a kid I used to want to be a chef. I just have always loved food and I thought it would be so fun to create something tasty from my own mind. I used to combine different stuff together to try and make something that was new but delicious. One time I diced up some hot dogs, pickles, and cheese and served them to everybody in my house. I had this little babydoll that had a potty bowl, so I cleaned that out to serve the food in so it was a different kind of bowl. Everybody in my house said it was good (It wasn’t but they were encouraging lol.) That was my first step into creating something of my own as a way to express myself.
LA – Wow I wish I could see a recreation of that first meal! Now, you do so many things in the community: curation, writing, photography, hosting, fundraising for great causes… how do you describe yourself, and what is the goal of your work overall? The big picture?
DESTINY – As of late, I have been thinking about the way I would describe myself and my work. I have been re-examining the scope of my creativity, and I’ve been encouraged to re-examine who I am as a person. Now that I look at everything that I have done, I’ve found the best way for me to express myself has been through my content. People seem to gravitate towards me as a content creator, and I have fallen into it more recently. I originally wanted my goal to be to help everybody–which seems super silly, but I have always wanted to “save the world.” I don’t really believe I can do anything like that anymore lol. People learn things from me and what I do, they smile because of me and the things I do, they identify with me and the things I do, and I get to help out people in other ways while I am doing all of that. I feel like my overall goal is to keep doing that and being me.
LA – I get that “save the world” mentality. But I too see more and more we need to find our niche. Can you describe for us a specific project you’ve done recently for/with Louisville’s Black community? Please include any other collaborators, groups etc who we should shout out.
DESTINY – Within the last year I was able to showcase the work of over 15 Black artists from all all different backgrounds. I have been able to promote and sell the work of Black artists and creatives all over the city to not only new patrons but new collaborators. In June myself and Bearykah were able to host “An Evening of Healing” with all Black performers and vendors over at Chikn & Mi. We not only raised over $2000 for Change Today Change Tomorrow, but we were able to pay every single creative involved. Subsequently I hosted an art show on AfroFuturism on 4th of July weekend last year with an all Black group of artists and sold two pieces to collectors. Bearykah and I also partnered with Trouble Bar to uplift and highlight some local Black change makers including Hannah Drake, Keturah Herron, Chad Golden, Jon Cherry, and Talesha Wilson. That was a blast! Celebrating them was fun, really. We had a cocktail class with them and then we used that cocktail at our following live art event. Which, again, allowed Black creatives to get paid again. The Arts & Entertainment industry here in the city is brimming with Black talent. We have so much to offer so I love to spread my knowledge of it.
LA – And the photos from that event were AMAZING. You studied politics in college – what is the political side of the artistic work you do, and the food access and food justice work we’re doing?
DESTINY – Well I don’t really believe you can divorce politics from art, and I try to make my voice as prevalent in my work as I can. Identity is a huge part of politics and many are finding that out for the first time. When you create, you create from your point of view. So all the politics you posses are inherently present in what you’ve created. I mean, that’s a large part of the lesson marginalized people are trying to spread throughout our society. It’s the idea that there are conditions under which things are made, and those conditions inherently effect what is being made. What’s going in that piece is not divorced from what is really going on in real life. Just like the placement of your local grocery store and restaurant are not decisions made by throwing darts at the map. Who grows the food, who harvests the food, who moves the food, who prepares the food, and who eats the food is a conversation in every societal makeup. Who gets what, when, where, why, and how will are decisions that are actively made by someone. It is extremely political and always has been.
LA – You are so right. It’s time to stop acting like these structures just came up on accident. Where can the rest of our community find you??
DESTINY – Here are links to my websites and socials! https://linktr.ee/dwiznasty