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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...
Queen Amina is a painter and visual artist who draws “self-satisfaction.” She focuses on neurographic art — an art form that connects psychology and creativity through active mindfulness. BLAC spoke with Amina to learn more about her artistic process and why she finds it important to advocate for community, self,...
Slated for a July 26, 2022 release, Amber Cabral’s upcoming book, “Say More About That,” offers strategies and anecdotes supporting the advocacy of oneself at home, work, school and elsewhere. Cabral is an inclusion strategist, certified coach, speaker, and the author of another popular title, “Allies and Advocates: Creating an...
P0stb1nary describes itself as a collective of six like-minded musicians and producers in search of community. “We played shows to help pay each other’s rent and buy groceries. We hosted sober space events to create accessible alternatives to the dominant, drug centered club culture. And overtime, the task at hand...
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...
Multidisciplinary, multimedia artist Shantell Martin recently debuted a site-specific installation with Subliminal Projects based on a 27-point manifesto by Martin that explores the future of the art industry.  Martin’s manifesto is “a hope, a wish, and an encouragement for everyone to look deeper into how we support artists, how we...
Her mind works fast. After being diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD), Skye Melena found that working with different materials helps her mind to remain focused and energized. She is a multidisciplinary artist originally from Maryland. Her creative pursuits are ever-changing and evolving, but she is currently focused on fashion...
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...
Afro Velvet is a multidisciplinary artist from the DMV area who uses different creative mediums to “communicate in the highest expression” of themselves.  They are known throughout the DMV for their eclectic music, various entrepreneurial ventures - including their popular artist community and fashion brand Clothed Captions, and their directing...
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...
Dr. Theresa J. Canada saw that there is a lot of misinformation about the reality of segregation in northern schools. She found that many people believe that northern schools were less segregated than southern schools, but this was not the reality she faced.  Drawing from her own experiences at PS6...
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...
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