#CrownAndGlory: 5 Questions with StephAndTasha
Inspired by spring – a season for renewal and reaping the fruits of our labor – we’re launching #CrownAndGlory, a month-long series celebrating Black women creators who have been hard at work planting seeds to build a better world for themselves and the next generation of content creators. By telling these stories, we hope to give this community their overdue flowers (or praise) and empower more creators to share their story both on and off YouTube.
When you press play on a StephAndTasha video, a musical intro tells you exactly what you’re in for: “We’re gonna eat a little, prank a little, our story time is the best.” It’s both catchy and true. Their channel is filled with dozens of videos featuring the duo feasting on crunchy seafood boils and more while giving subscribers candid updates on their life between bites.
But, of course, there’s more to their channel than meets the eye. If you ask Tasha what the heart and purpose of their content is, she’ll tell you it’s to “spread love, kindness, laughter” and ultimately make people happy. We sat down with Steph and Tasha to learn more about the legacy they’re hoping to leave behind for their community and what empowers them as creators.
For those who have yet to follow you, tell us a bit about your channel.
Tasha: We're a married couple, and we've been doing YouTube for I’d say about four years. We do Mukbangs. If y’all don't know what Mukbang is, it's eating a large amount of food online.
Steph: It’s supposed to be, but we don't eat that much.
Tasha: We don’t eat a large amount. We play games. We do a lot of advice. We do lives.
Steph: We have fun with food sitting in front of us.
Tasha: Yeah, pretty much. Basically we play with food.
What makes you guys feel empowered?
Tasha: I feel empowered when I look in the comments of our YouTube channel and I see people telling us that we’ve helped them smile today. When they can relate to us on something that we touch on and they say, "Well, you guys did it, so I can do it, too."
Steph: I didn't think that this was going to be something that would last this long for us. For us to gain so many people that wanna follow and love us – and just being successful at this – makes me feel like I can do a lot of other things. If I had a chance to talk to my younger self, I would tell her to let go of the fear. Let go of fear of failure because it's just going to hold you back.
So we really want to create a program where we can provide financial help and guidance for the younger generation and just help make their lives better.” - Steph
What is a cause or mission you feel strongly about elevating on your channel?
Steph: We're both very passionate about helping our community, especially the youth. So we really want to create a program where we can provide financial help and guidance for the younger generation and just help make their lives better.
Tasha: For me, I was on my own at about 16, 17 years old, and I feel like there are a lot of young black children who are out here on their own and have no guidance and no way to get ahead. If you're already at the bottom, you can't really get anywhere. So, our purpose is to gain enough revenue in order to start these businesses where we're taking young people in, starting them in college, letting them know they can achieve success, and giving them guidance.
When do you guys feel most authentically yourself?
Steph: I think when we are live streaming. It's much more relaxed, unplanned, and we're able to relate to the people, you know, just have fun and be ourselves.
Tasha: We don't script our videos. We just get on live and we talk about everything. A lot of our stuff is uncut, uncensored. That's why we make them private. It's the truth.
We are women and our children, our daughters, our nieces - they need to know what they can look up to.” - Tasha
In your own words, why is it important to tell black women's stories?
Tasha: It's important to tell black women's stories because if we don't, somebody else will. [We have to tell them] so people know who we are – who we really are – besides what they see in the media or movies that portray us as ghetto this or that. We are women. And our children, our daughters, our nieces – they need to know what they can look up to. They need to know how many women before them have accomplished something and what they can accomplish.