Solomon Roller Discovered his Passion for Dance at the Age of Eight

Artist and Performer Embraces Creativity as a Lifestyle Long after his physical presence expires, memories of Solomon Osayi Roller will manifest through his art. People will remember his smile, passion and authentic joy for uplifting others. Fame never crossed Roller’s mind as a reason to entertain people. In his lifetime, his legacy will not reflect the presence of material wealth but rather the riches he … Continue reading Solomon Roller Discovered his Passion for Dance at the Age of Eight

Designer Eneale Pickett Celebrates Blackness While Supporting Black Students

Artist Sews a Vivid Picture of Blackness in New Line Fashion can be revolutionary. Aesthetic can tell the story of a people, a political ideology. Designer Eneale Pickett would like his next line to inspire conversations surrounding the African diaspora, black masculinity and womanhood. He hopes to financially help incoming Black freshmen at University of Wisconsin-Madison while doing so. “With the money from these jean … Continue reading Designer Eneale Pickett Celebrates Blackness While Supporting Black Students

Organizations Protect the Future of the Culture Through Education

Three Initiatives to Transform Learning in Schools Educators often enter the field with the intention in making a difference in the lives of youth but improving education does not rest solely on their shoulders. Developing tomorrow’s leaders into culture influencers, changemakers and contributors to society should be a communal effort. Not everyone has to do this by going into education. Some organizations are attempting to … Continue reading Organizations Protect the Future of the Culture Through Education

Brittany Ota- Malloy On Blackness, Biracial/ Multiracial Identity, and Higher Education

Just three days before flying to California to present her research, Brittany Ota-Malloy and I sat down to discuss blackness, multiracial/ biracial identity and developing a cultural identity. Ota, the 28-year-old PhD student and a supervisor at the Center for Cultural Enrichment (CCE) had a lot to say.   Malik Anderson (LA): Tell me a little bit about your background. Brittany Ota-Malloy (BO): I am … Continue reading Brittany Ota- Malloy On Blackness, Biracial/ Multiracial Identity, and Higher Education

Russell Simmons master plan discussed in Variety Magazine

Hip Hop Mogul Russell Simmons’s newly launched network, All Def Digital will host its first ever awards ceremony on Feb. 24 and many news outlets are talking about it including Variety Magazine. All Def Digital produces a variety of content geared towards Hip Hop listeners and the African- American community. World Star Hip Hop Head Quarters, a weekly web series, is their most recent success. … Continue reading Russell Simmons master plan discussed in Variety Magazine

Never Be Afraid to Share Your Own Ideas

Inspiration and ideas come into our lives in various forms. Experiences, conversations, and the media in our lives can all act as guides to refreshing thoughts. I believe in the concept of recycling, but at times we need to be willing for the trial and error approach. After conversing with many colleagues and mentors, I found empowerment with announcing concepts running through my mind. At … Continue reading Never Be Afraid to Share Your Own Ideas

Networking in NYC for the Emma L. Bowen Summer Conference 2015

Wednesday morning I woke up feeling a sense of pride, motivation, and a lack of accomplishment- not because I believe I did not do enough, but because I believe I can do so much more. Traveling to New York City for free, enjoying the Grand Hyatt New York at no costs, attending inspiring conference sessions, and speaking to some phenomenal professionals in the media and/or … Continue reading Networking in NYC for the Emma L. Bowen Summer Conference 2015