I value the trust of my readers, followers, subscribers, the digital community, and the businesses that I partner with. Full stop. Those relationships allow me to do this work and pursue a career in the food space on my own terms.
I also recognize that the digital arena in particular can feel artificial. That's the exact opposite of what I aim to create at Feed the Malik. I want to build an honest, vibrant community centered around two things: a love for food and a commitment to equality. To further that aim, below are clear guidelines on what you can expect from me at Feed the Malik. From disclosing business relationships to food waste and knowledge sharing, the guidelines below are the foundation of Feed the Malik.
1. I will always disclose when I was paid in exchange for sharing about a product or service. I will also make it clear any time I was provided with a product or service for free. Know that I only share about things I truly enjoy and my reviews are honest, but I will clearly disclose business relationships that relate to my content.
2. I will eat the food that I post (or my husband will), and as much as possible seek to avoid food waste. I will not order more than I can possibly finish and I will take home and enjoy extra food as leftovers. Though a huge spread may make for pretty pictures, I will seek to avoid food waste especially in connection with photography and content creation for Feed the Malik.
3. I will make every effort to provide cultural and historical context alongside the food that I post. I will sometimes fail at this (I have in the past) and when necessary will edit captions or old blog posts to include missing information and showcase food as a part of the history or culture it comes from.
4. I will focus the majority of my content on the businesses, foods, stories, and products of Black and other marginalized peoples, makers, and entrepreneurs. While the entirety of my content will never be focused on just one specific group, I will endeavor to ensure that I use my platform to uplift the voices of minorities and marginalized communities.
5. I will endeavor to make the blogging space more accessible to minorities and marginalized peoples by making public all of the tools that I use for Feed the Malik. While I have limited hours and time to share, making public the tools, apps, courses, and resources that I use is an important step towards leveling the playing field and closing the knowledge gap. In addition, I will bring along another BIPOC content creator to every event that I'm invited to that allows for plus ones. That may not be much, but it's my way of extending opportunities to others who may not have them otherwise.