So I’m Chika Umeadi and welcome to my blog SpeakEasy. You’re probably wondering, “Why SpeakEasy” ? Here’s a little historical background on the concept of speakeasys…. Thanks Wikipedia.
According to an 1889 newspaper, “Unlicensed saloons in Pennsylvania are known as ‘speak-easies’.”They were “so called because of the practice of speaking quietly about such a place in public, or when inside it, so as not to alert the police or neighbors.”The term is reported to have originated with saloon owner Kate Hester, who ran an unlicensed bar in the 1880s in the Pittsburgh area town of McKeesport, Pennsylvania. Although the phrase may have first come to prominence in the United States because of raids on unlicensed saloons in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, the phrase “speak easy shop,” denoting a place where unlicensed liquor sales were made, appeared in a British naval memoir written in 1844. The phrase, “speak softly shop,” meaning a “smuggler’s house,” appeared in a British slang dictionary published in 1823. Many years later, in Prohibition-era America, the “speakeasy” became a common name to describe a place to get a drink.
In a world where we are told to market our services, voices ,products, and opinions, this blog is anti that. If you visit, welcome! If you find value, great for you. But, this will be an oasis from being marketed and upsold. It’s a place I can speak-easily about some of my thoughts and projects. You should probably grab a drink for some of these conversations….hahaha.