Recently, Mahdi Muhammad – who is a Registered Nurse and often goes by the moniker "Nurse Mahdi" – created a new brand of grab-and-go drinking water called BKlear.
BKlear is an alkaline water with the pH of 9+ which means it could lower blood sugar, improve gut health and increase hydration in the body. It's also packaged in 100 percent recycled aluminum bottles.
"The container prevents the seepage of toxins – which happens with plastic," says Muhammad. "I invented it to help disease and illness prevention by way of feeding the body what it needs and help encourage conversation around prevention through nutrition."
BKlear is available at Funky Fresh Spring Rolls, Confectionately Yours and Vibez located in the Sherman Phoenix. It can also be purchased at Alice's Garden Urban Farm.
Muhammad also sells the product by going door to door.
BKlear's mission is not only to provide health to the body, but also to entire communities, particularly communities with residents of color that are hurting and healing.
"This water represents every child I’ve spoke to in detention centers, every life that's been lost to senseless murders and the community trying to hold on after," says Muhammad. "This water represents growth. It represents strength to all, from Franklin to 2nd and Keefe. I’m praying to instill self control, self love, community improvement, entrepreneurship and the tearing down of negative stereotypes. And my water just tastes really good."
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Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.