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Inside Josephine & Billie's: The Black-Woman Owned Speakeasy-Style Dispensary That Got Jay-Z's Stamp Of Approval

On October 29, Josephine & Billie’s opened its flagship Los Angeles location, priding itself on being a safe space for women of color, especially Black women, to shop and be educated on cannabis. “Most stores are designed and built by white people with one perspective. And women of color rarely get the opportunity to feel comfortable in those spaces,” said COO Ebony Anderson in a press release. “But Josephine & Billie’s was designed and built by, and for, women of color with that in mind.” AfroTech got the opportunity to attend the grand opening of Josephine & Billie’s to meet with the owners and check out what the space had to offer. Located at 1535 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, this Black-women owned dispensary is the first-of-its-kind speakeasy-style cannabis concept and is inspired by ‘tea pads’ that once thrived in Black communities during the 1920s and 30s. Photo Credit: Stephanie Ogbogu for AfroTech Photo Credit: Stephanie Ogbogu for AfroTech “So many people have asked me,...

Stephanie Ogbogu

Nov 2, 2021