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Courtney Shanade Salter, known professionally as Ari Lennox, is an American R&B singer from Washington, D.C. She’s known for her expansive musical talents, and as the first woman signed to rapper J. Cole’s popular record label, Dreamville Records. Lennox is a forthright lyricist and understated vocalist who gains inspiration from...
Our D.C. Artist of the Week, Nia Keturah Calhoun, just finished designing and painting a mural in honor of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.  Calhoun has been a visual artist all of her life, but she marks the day when she started working professionally as an...
Our D.C. Artist of the Week is Miles Ave! Miles Ave is known for his music and rap. He was born in Northeast D.C., and he has been writing and making music since he was eight years old. Apart from music, he’s also well-versed in visual art, film development,...
Our D.C. Artist of the week, Sideshow, moved to the DMV area from Ethiopia in elementary school. He lived in D.C. and Maryland for over a decade before moving to Los Angeles where he currently resides. Still, the DMV is Sideshow’s hometown, and he frequently comes back to work...
Our D.C. Artist of the Week is Rico Nasty! Rico Nasty, born Maria Kelly, is a musician and fashion icon from the DMV area who is known for her effortless weaving of hip-hop sounds with her self-described “sugar trap” aesthetic. She rose to prominence in 2017 and 2018 following...
Our D.C. Artist of the Week is Dr. Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman, Ed.D. Dr. Ali-Coleman is a cultural curator, national speaker, community organizer, and accomplished writer. She is the author of the children’s book “Mariah’s Maracas” which teaches children about different percussive instruments and the connective power of music. She’s also the...
Our D.C. Artist of the Week is a self-taught visual artist and a trained dancer and singer from District. Her work is a reminder of the power of imagination, and of the fulfillment that can be found in following one’s creative passions.  Brianna Pippens, creatively known as Banana Peppers, is...
Our D.C. Artist of the Week, Natalie Courtney, recently disrupted Washington’s art scene with her own showcase, “Negritude,” that puts the on spotlight artists she admires. Natalie says the showcase was modeled after “Black Broadway,” a show highlighting the success of Black theater artists on and off Broadway. This skilled...
Our D.C. Artist of the Week is the multi-talented visual artist Royal Thomas. A graphic designer, videographer and photographer — Royal builds worlds from imagnition using various creative media to boldly explore unique expressions of Black culture, life and art.  View this...
Our D.C. Artist of the Week is Afrovelvet! Afrovelvet is a D.C.-raised multi-talented artist who specializes in singing, styling, set design, and fashion design. She is beloved by her supporters for her ability to create impressive visual and musical works that span across genres — from punk, to pop,...
Our D.C. artist of the week is rapper LoLa Monroe! LoLa Monroe has been making waves in the D.C. music scene since she first rose to popularity in 2005. Fifteen years later, LoLa Monroe is now continuing her legacy of success in music, as well as in film and...
Our D.C. Artist of the Week is Jordan Betine, the founder and director behind Betine Films. Betine Films is a DMV-area-based production studio founded in 2020. The studio specializes in branded content and music videos with a goal to help bring their clients creative visions to life on screen. ...
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