Our goal at Limeade is to transform work into a source of positivity, energy, humanity and purpose. One of the many ways we show a commitment to infusing care into our inclusive, employee-first culture is creating employee resource groups (ERGs) to support our people.
The Black LimeMatesKings and Queens (BLKQ) ERG is a celebration of respect, resiliency, strength and support in the Black Limeade community. The members of BLKQ inspire each other personally and professionally — and raise awareness of Black excellence and leadership at Limeade. In addition to upholding the core Limeade values, BLKQ aims to:
Help Black LimeMates feel supported and empowered in their work
Serve the community
Be a catalyst for retaining and recruiting Black LimeMates
To discover what life is like inside the BLKQ ERG, all you have to do is listen. The Limeade BLKQPlaylist on Spotify highlights Black artistry through music and empowers the Black Kings and Queens of Limeade. Each song featured on the playlist is handpicked by members of our BLKQ ERG and aligns with our desire to put well-being, engagement and inclusion at the forefront of the employee experience.
Featured Songs: The Limeade BLKQ Playlist on Spotify
Whether it’s a melody that evokes a positive memory, lyrics that uplift the Black community or a beat that connects us to core Limeade values, the collection of songs on the Limeade BLKQ Playlist on Spotify amplify care and leadership in the Black Limeade community.
Here’s what some of the Black Kings and Queens at Limeade have to say about the songs that empower them to thrive at work and beyond:
Optimistic By Sounds of Blackness
“This is one of my favorites because it reminds me to literally stay optimistic about life in general. This song provides an upbeat reminder to hold your head up high and toward the sky. You can win! It’s self-motivation put to music.”
– Theresa Corrigan, Strategic Account Executive, favorite Limeade value: Own It
Nobody Greater By VaShawn Mitchell
“This song reminds me of a safari with my family in Kenya, in October 2011. We came across different wild animals in their natural habitat. We came by mountains, valleys and lush plains that extend for miles, lodging at resorts near or on them. We also came across a site full of rocks that had formed from a recent volcanic eruption. My brother and I went snorkeling at a coral reef in the beautiful, blue and clear Indian Ocean, where we saw different colored fishes swimming really close to us. The beauty of creation that I witnessed left me in awe of God.”
– Ope Bada, Software Engineer, favorite Limeade value: Anything is Possible
Brown Skin By India.Arie
“The lyrical content of this song is an ode to our intelligence, beauty, storytelling and ability to stylize the most critical messages. I encourage all to listen deeper than the beat, melody and hooks to understand how diverse our communities are.”
– Dottie Gistarb, People Team Manager, favorite Limeade value: Be the Change
Children of the Ghetto By Courtney Pine
“This song was a staple in my childhood. My father is an avid fan of jazz. I couldn’t have been much more than four or five years old when I first heard it. I remember being intrigued because it was jazz music that had words, not just instruments. My dad never stopped playing this track. The house speakers in the basement would fill the house with this song. As the years went by, I realized that this song was a message for me and people like me. I had a sense of pride as I sat in the back seat of the car and looked over my neighborhood. This is a timeless song that is filled with hope and inspiration. 35 years later, I can still walk into my dad’s house and find him playing this song, and that feeling inside me is exactly the same as when I was a kid.”
– Mubarak Aburraqib, Director, Customer Success, favorite Limeade value: Be the Change
Sue Me By Wale featuring Kelly Price
“When I heard ‘Sue Me,’ I immediately felt pride in the bold stance to root for those who represent my culture. I listen to this song and relate to the attempts of making purchases or decisions that would allow me to assimilate into the world around me. In so many words and emotions, I feel that this song says, “yes, I will naturally do all that I can to fit in and be successful, but at the end of the day, I will do all that I can to keep rooting for equality while embracing being a Black woman.” ‘Sue Me’ definitely fits the Limeade value of Listen Well, Speak Plainly because you have to listen to the opinions of others, but you must also speak your truth with respect and good intent.”
– Amorette Jones, Strategic Account Executive, favorite Limeade value: Be the Change
Sir Duke By Stevie Wonder
“This song really speaks to the creative and artistic sensibilities I have as writer. To me, it fills the auditory white space with a parade of sounds that evoke feelings of joy and celebration. It’s one of my favorite Stevie Wonder songs, and I like to imagine all elements of this song came to Stevie in a single moment of creative brilliance, and it helps me believe that Anything Is Possible.”
For additional information on the Limeade BLKQ Playlist on Spotify, check out the Limeade Team profile on Spotify. While you’re there, explore our complete collection of playlists that are sure to help you feel good and live with purpose at work and beyond.
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About the author
Nick is a Content Marketing Manager at Limeade. He has a professional writing background rich in media and digital marketing with specializations in B2B and B2C content creation and strategy.
Nick takes pride in his ability to connect with readers through engaging and insightful content that tells the story of how Limeade brings positivity, energy, humanity and purpose to work. His mindful approach to exploring various themes impacting the employee experience helps bridge the gap between employees and employers — and aligns with his favorite Limeade purpose: Listen Well, Speak Plainly.
Nick’s work has appeared in The Seattle Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Post-Standard and on MSN.com, among other publications. He has a graduate degree in journalism from Syracuse University as well as creative writing and philosophy degrees from Seattle University. In addition to his efforts to support workplace equality as a member of the Black LimeMates Kings and Queens (BLKQ) ERG at Limeade, he advocates for inclusive community outreach as a leader for the public library board of trustees in his hometown of Everett, WA.
Nick also spends his free time playing and coaching baseball, running and attending as many live music events as possible.