June 20, 2016 at 8pm CST is the date and time for this month’s #blkcreatives chat. Here’s everything you need to know:
Creating Your Own Opportunities
WHAT & WHO:
#blkcreatives is the platform built for and by young, mission driven Black creatives who are committed to making themselves better in order to make a positive impact on the world. This army uses stories, tools, resources + experiences to help us build the lives we see for ourselves. do the (inner) work.
We help Black Creatives establish the connection between their personal development and their success in order to create the lives they envision for themselves.
Born in April 2015, we host a monthly Twitter chat called #blkcreatives. These monthly online discussions revolve around a specific topic that relates to our personal development and growth as people and professionals.
Each chat features four special guests – here are June’s:
Ronald A. Draper is a message-driven, mixed-medium artist born and raised in Harlem, New York. His content is as varied as the materials he uses. His art ranges from helping you to see something in a new perspective, to creating a sense of nostalgia, and somehow everything in between that relates to wanting you to become your greatest self. In addition to owning and operating #TheDraperSpace gallery in the Bronx, Ron is an Arts Educator for the Eagle Academy School for Young Men at Ocean Hill, teaching courses on Arts and Activism. He is also an Art Contractor for the New York Department of Education, specializing in creating transformative school art visuals to build environments conducive to active learning and culture building.
Follow him on Twitter.
Emmelie De La Cruz
Emmelie De La Cruz is a personal branding strategist, best known for her ability to help millennials gain clarity around their personal brands to collect purposeful paychecks. What does that mean? That you aren’t in a job because you have no other choice, you’re in your dream role and feeling totally complete because you are doing what you love. She really believes that a professional online presence will give you a competitive advantage to land any opportunity you want and make money on your own terms.
Follow her on Twitter.
Yusuf Muhammad is a Philadelphia born filmmaker, freelance photographer, event planner/curator, promoter & local artist ambassador. Having graduated high school and attending college at the age of 14yrs old, his admiration for creativity put him on a direct path to where he is today. In college he produced Veteran Freshman: a genre mixing concert series which provides a platform for local & signed music artists within the city and neighboring markets who deserve & need the opportunity to be seen, heard and supported. The Veteran Freshman platform, hosted/sponsored by Live Nation & every other major venue in the city of Philadelphia, has brought in full houses for each of its events.
He is also the Philadelphia ambassador for the annual A3C music/film festival held in Atlanta, GA, has partnerships with Redbull via Sound Select, AEG & Heineken via their Green Room series. In May 2014, he spoke at the United Nations on a Youth Led Briefing panel about culture/music and being involved with local cultural arts initiatives in Philadelphia. One of his ultimate goals is to begin a program that combines music, education & curating all under one umbrella.
Follow him on Twitter.
Nickecia “Dr. Nick” Alder is creator and editor-in-chief of Black Girl Fly Mag. Hailing from Queens, New York, this “around the way girl” is a therapist, scholar and researcher by day and by night, a digital alchemist, engineering online communities that explore and exalt the beautiful complexities of Black women. Her affinity for learning and creating influenced her to marry her passion and profession; thus the Black Girl Fly Brand!
She is a media psychologist in training, working to shift the portrayal of Black women and girls. She stands fiercely at the forefront of a digital revolution, encouraging black women everywhere to love, appreciate, and celebrate one another.
Follow her on Twitter.
#blkcreatives Founder Melissa Kimble wanted to create a dialogue that pushed beyond the surface level of being a Creative and dig deeper into the finer details of how we can make ourselves better from the inside out.
TIPS & TRICKS:
– The hashtag for the night is #blkcreatives. Use it in all of your responses and tweets to others. The host (@blkcreatives) will ask a series of questions using Q1, Q2, etc and you will use A1, A2 to respond to the question.
– Highlight and share who YOU are during the chat. Not what you think others will find “cool” “insightful” or trendy. No pressure here, we’re family.
– Actually respond to all of the questions. – Interact with panelists and other #blkcreatives throughout the chat, retweet your favorite quotes and SHARE!