Tatiana Johnson – The One Who Pisses Glitter
There’s not a thing on this Earth that Tatiana Johnson can’t turn into art. Whether it’s a magazine through written words or a special event or a room, she’s guaranteed to brand all she touches with her signature style. Her unique brand of homewear designs EYEPISSGLITTER is a powerhouse of expression through music, fashion and furniture that’s undeniably on point, leaving a trail of positive energy, purpose, and glitter everywhere she goes.
MK Asante – The One With The Liberation
Kicked out of every school he went to as a child, at twenty-six years old MK Asante became the youngest tenured professor in the country. How exactly does one get to that point? By honoring his calling and journey, accepting his power and sharing that homage with the world through art, service, and education. With blessings from legends (you’ll have to visit his site to find out who – it’s just), this author, filmmaker, rapper and professor is on track to become one of the most iconic Creatives of our generation. This interview is proof.
Andrea Lewis – The One With The Jungle
Remember the days of seeing actresses like Tatyana Ali and Essence Atkins on TV in roles that we could relate to? We may not have much of that now but Andrea Lewis is doing her part to make sure this generation gets to see representation that matches who they are. With her wildly successful web series Black Actress, Andrea is proof that you can be yourself, work hard, and succeed without having to put anyone down or fit into a box and we love her for it. (Read our interview with her here.)
Tim Lampkin – The One With The Change
Tim Lampkin doesn’t just talk about change. He wills it into place. As a Community Development Consultant in Clarksdale, Mississippi, Tim is on a mission to change one of the most under looked areas in our country – the Mississippi Delta. There are a number of untapped resources for millennials and the generations to come in this area that we don’t even recognize. Luckily for us, Tim has the know how and passion to uncover these gems (as told to The Huffington Post): “I have an advantage because I have no hidden agenda. All I really care about is getting the work done.”
PJ – The One Who’s Got Next
Forget next. PJ is actually in line to inherit a Lauryn Hill like throne that’s been left vacant by artists in this generation. Her EP, Walking Around Pools is an instant classic because within her talent lies a freedom in her music that every creative needs. This singer/songwriters approaches her craft with an honesty, transparency, and rawness that immediately demands attention and heavyweights like Lupe Fiasco, Boosie, Hit Boy and REVOLT TV have already taken notice. So if you’re looking for a new artist to dig into for 2016, meet your match. Her song ‘I Mean It’ is the unofficial #blkcreatives anthem. You’re welcome.
HRDCVR – The One For Every One
There’s no way we could include just one person from this group. So instead of singling out person, we decided to put the entire HRDCVR team on this list as a unit. Led by journalism icons Elliott Wilson and Danyel Smith, the incredible beauty in this unit is that it literally and figuratively works for everyone. This crowdfunded magazine pulled off an ambitious plan that touches all aspects of the culture in a way that is relevant, enlightened and right on pulse with our generation. (See our interview with Danyel here.)
Marquis Phifer – The One With The Vision
Marquis Phifer made his mark before social media became the next big thing. For years we’ve followed his journey, glued to every blog post on (the missed dearly) Late Boots. And instead of resting on that success, he continues to push himself deeper into his purpose in life. Enter The Vision Report, his collection of faith based stories that are dripping with testimonies that encourage us to build up our mission and follow the calling placed on our lives. And of course, he does it with a touch of style that still cannot be duplicated.
Qimmah Saafir – The One With The Magazine
While we love and adore ESSENCE Magazine as the original blueprint for Black Women’s magazine, there’s still a void that hasn’t been filled since the days of Suede, Honey, and VIBE VIXEN magazine. Enter Hannah Magazine, a celebration of Black women in editorial form. Writer, author, editor and researcher Qimmah Saafir created this special project to add important voices to the ongoing narrative about Black women—our own.
Ernest Baker – The One With The Diamonds
There’s a difference between a superstar and a rockstar. A superstar’s persona is defined by public perceptive. The rockstar doesn’t give a fuck about the public’s perspective – the rockstar stakes his or her claim in the world based on their perception of self and people are naturally drawn to them. Ernest Baker is our generation’s rockstar. Having named one of the biggest musical releases of the year, this writer and marketer has aligned himself to follow opportunities that speak to his authentic self in a way that inspires others to do the same.
Mercedes Smith – The One Who Cares More
After discovering her passion to help those in need while empowering them to believe that their current situation was only temporary, Mercedes Smith created Care More. Dedicated to sharing the power of kindness and generosity, this public relations strategist and social entrepreneur believes in using compassion to fight society’s issues. With Oprah and VIBE Magazine in agreement, she’s sure to keep that momentum going – impacting lives one event at a time.
Benoni Tagoe – The One With The Strategy
From working with the Jonas Brothers to being the content creator for Issa Rae of Awkward Black Girl fame, Benoni has always been resourceful throughout this career. But as Creatives, we know that being resourceful is not enough. You have to be intentional. Benoni’s work is proof that those two elements combined – along with a plan – can help you create the life you see for yourself. This producer/director heads up The Bizz Plan, an intimate look at the top Creatives and how they reached their various levels of success. Pulling insight from #blkcreatives such as King Bach, Lena Waithe, Julian Mitchell, and Morgan Debaun, Benoni is strategically using our stories to empower, educate, and move our culture forward.
Patrice Perkins – The One With The Law
Some of the biggest issues that Creatives run into revolve around ownership and financial gain. Chicago based attorney Patrice Perkins is here to make sure you don’t have those problems. As a professional who works for creative entrepreneurs + innovative brands, it’s her duty to believe in the impossible. As she helps others cement their legacy in a way that is impactful and rewarding, she’s also helping to nurture a culture that uses the law to secure their dreams. Refreshing, right?
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