Celebrating Black History Month: A Shogie Roundtable Q&A

February 16, 2023

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February is recognized as Black History Month in the US and Canada—an opportunity to celebrate the legacy of Black Americans and communities. At Shogun, we’re excited to honor and celebrate Black History Month by creating space for and educating our Shogies.

In this Shogie roundtable Q&A, hear from Software Engineer Eden Mesfun and Senior Solutions Engineer Yonnas Tesfamariam about what Black History Month means to them, their favorite Black-owned business, and more.

What does Black History Month mean to you?

Eden: Black History Month, to me, is about reflecting on the contributions of African Americans in US history.

Yonnas: A time to reflect on the great accomplishments and contributions of our black ancestors. As an African immigrant and American citizen, this month serves as a reminder of how these heroes forged a path of real freedom and change so we can live a life of equality. It’s important for me to just pause and reconnect to my roots so I can do my part to help those of African descent overcome the ongoing struggle for equality and justice.

What’s your favorite Black-owned ecommerce business?

Eden: I love Selfmade Candle. My favorite thing about the brand is the owner’s focus on wellness. It’s brave of her to acknowledge her own struggles and share how candle-making brought happiness to her during the pandemic.


Yonnas: I love Flourysh because it’s an online marketplace that helps Black-owned brands get discovered and scale their businesses. Elevating Black brands has been a struggle and Flourysh has provided these businesses with a platform to not only be discovered but thrive as well.


Is there a movie or artist you wish everyone would watch or listen to learn more about Black history?

Eden: I am a huge fan of Amber Mark. She has an incredible voice, and she pours her heart and soul into her songwriting. Also, she’s very approachable and makes a habit of trying to meet her fans after performances. I also recommend the film Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am.

Yonnas: In my opinion, Kendrick Lamar is one of the greatest hip-hop artists ever! His lyrics and songwriting touch on a variety of social concepts that keep listeners engaged and influences change.

What’s more, as we continue celebrating Black History Month, we want to shine a light on Black artists. While we can’t encapsulate the tremendous contributions that Black artists have made to our arts history and culture, check out these resources:

What does it mean to show up authentically in the workplace?

Eden: Being myself; sharing thoughts and ideas I can authentically own. Being true to my spirit.

Yonnas: It means being true to myself and my values rather than conforming to others’ expectations.

How have you felt welcome to be your true self at Shogun?

Eden: Being able to “brainstorm out loud,” ask questions or push back on ideas during meetings. Outside meetings, I try to “connect around the water cooler” by participating in our social channels.

Yonnas: Shogun has empowered me to speak up, whether it’s sharing ideas or providing constructive feedback. To create groups with like-minded colleagues to share personal thoughts and similar pursuits. It’s been a blessing to operate in a non-judgmental environment where you’re encouraged to bring your unique perspective daily.

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