12 Sep “The Creators of Black Streak Kitchen”
“Black Streak Kitchen”
–Who are Terry and Justin Raimey
Justin: Justin is the artist of Black Streak Entertainment as a whole. I am the artist behind the promotional material, comics, and cartoons that we produce. I have been drawing since I was a kid, characters like X-Men and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. As I got older, my style developed into more of a Japanese anime-style like Dragon Ball Z. Post college, I was able to pull what I liked from both the American and the Japanese styles and merge the two, forming my own signature art form. Having my own style attracts attention from individuals all over the country.
Terry: I am the business side of Black Streak Entertainment. For me, the idea of Black Streak came while I was serving in the Air Force. I used to visit my brother’s site – www.devintart.com. Once I got out of the Air Force, we both finished college around the same time. I knew at that point, it was time to collaborate. I was always a writer and Justin would draw the stories for me. I took creative writing in high school and found that writing was a true skill of mine. I created my own book series called “Knights of 2nd Earth.”
-How did you come up with Black Streak Kitchen?
Terry: As far as Black Streak Kitchen, I saw a commercial for a grocery and recipe delivery app, and I thought it would be cool if this could be done with comics. We decided to put characters that we have worked with over the past few years together with the recipes. Our mom cooked a lot when we were kids, so we rarely went out to eat. We always saw our mom in the kitchen. So as adults, we don’t mind being in the kitchen. We also brought along our friend who’s a chef and has been in the restaurant industry since he was 13. He’s big on healthy eating and has kids, so he is a huge help to what we are doing.
Within the comics, we have little-known facts and nutritional facts. It kind of plays out like a TV show; they are all comics. The interaction makes it easier to learn.
–What has been your biggest challenge and win at this point?
The first major challenge we had was getting people to buy the app. We both have day jobs, minimal money, and are operating off of our own budget. It took a lot of praying, trial and error, and really finding the perfect engaged audience. Once we found it, things have been smoother.
We have also been able to evolve and learn how to inform and entertain our customers.
–Any advice for young black males or African Americans as a whole?
Justin: If you like drawing, just do it. When people say you can’t, tell them “just watch me.” That’s what I did! Don’t let anyone tell you, “You can’t.”
Terry: When you find something you love to do, do it. Both of us were criminal justice majors in college. I work for the Department of Justice, and Justin currently works in retail. Pursue your dream no matter what; we have been at this for five years. Our dad always says, “Nothing in life worth having will be easy.” Don’t let anyone tell you rapping or playing ball is your only way out – for the young men especially. There is always something there; you just have to get out and go for it.
–How can readers keep up with black streak kitchen?
Facebook & IG – Black Streak Kitchen
Our app for apple and android: black streak kitchen app
YouTube channel is black streak entertainment
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