Radio listeners know Angela Yee as a co-host with Charlamagne tha God and DJ Envy on Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club. But soon, Yee will be known for stirring up delicious fruit infused concoctions as a juice bar entrepreneur.
The Brooklyn native debuted her Juice For Life juice bar in New York City's Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bed-Stuy) as a way to provide the neighborhood with something Yee felt was lacking.
“I live in Bed-Stuy. I’m from Flatbush. It’s not that easy to find places that are close by that I feel offer healthy options,” Yee told NBC News.
This is the fourth Juice For Life location. Rappers Jadakiss and Styles P own two of the four franchises in Yonkers and the Bronx.
After discovering how the rappers were stirring up change for a healthy cause where they are from, Yee was inspired to join in.
The radio personality's franchise is eccentric and stocked with an array of fresh produce.
“You’re not gonna have frozen strawberries, you’re not going to have frozen berries, you’re not going to have frozen anything.”
But Yee has not always been health-conscious. NBC reported that her childhood nickname was "Candy Ang" for her love for sweets and sugary desserts.
"My house always had all the junk food. I used to drink soda every day, Hi-C every day, and Hawaiian Punch. That’s how I grew up in Brooklyn,” admitted Yee.
In college, Yee suffered from high cholesterol and made the necessary dietary changes. She used fruit and veggie infused smoothies and shakes as substitutes for sugary drinks and carbonated refreshments.
“I rather have my green juice in the morning. It keeps you even.”
Besides keeping her neighborhood healthy, Yee wants her store to be a place for the community to gather. The shop has lots of comfy couches, and of course, wi-fi. “You can do your work. You can have a meeting. Anything that it is that you need to do, you can do it in a nice comfortable safe space here," Yee said.
Yee wants to make it crystal clear that she is not doing this for the money, but for the quiet satisfaction of knowing that the black community is taking the initiative to being healthy.
“I’m not telling anybody they have to be perfect but what I’m saying is you can be better and it tastes really good, too!”