I’m so happy to be partnered with @Magnum ice cream for this campaign that encourages people to embrace their individuality. My hope with this campaign is that it can inspire people to proudly flaunt who they are, because without self-expression and the amplification of unique voices there is no art, and no artists. #TrueToPleasure #magnumpartner
Juice was one of the greatest people I have ever known, and one of the most brilliant artists we will ever live to witness. A true genius who had lyric and melody spilling out of him without any second thought or hesitation. And a beautiful soul who believed in spreading love and creating a community for people to feel less alone. It means everything to me that I could be a part of this album. I cried the first time that I heard it. With all the love in my heart, #lljw - “Life’s A Mess” link in IG Story
Hello yes I would like to buy a cottage. (I never have a manicure this is not a pandemic thing.. ) 🍄 Sending everyone a virtual hug. We have had a lot of calls this week with recipients of the Black Creators Fund and I can’t wait for them to take over the world. In between, I am reading books and writing songs. I have been a slacker chef lately. Hence the toast. Perhaps I will start cooking again soon. Love you!
#BLACKCREATORSFUND Name: Sade IG: @sadendya slide to watch cinematography reel! Website: www.sadendya.co + www.theredfuton.com Bio: Sade Ndya is an LA based Cinematographer, who also specializes in Fine Art Photography and Community Organizing. At only 20, she's opened her own freelance studio space called The Red Futon ( @theredfuton ). She actively shoots narrative films, commercials, documentaries and music videos for commission under her production collective and as a freelancer. Sade’s creative style is grounded in surreal-like imagery, intricate production design and dynamic lighting dedicated to portraying the beauty in being black. Her work has been published on platforms like PANAVISION, BEATS BY DRE, MILK, FLAUNT, WOMEN IN ENTERTAINMENT, VOYAGELA, and LA TACO. She has also freelanced creating content for companies like RAEDIO, HILLMAN GRAD PRODUCTIONS, AIDS HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION, MICROSOFT and CHERIE. Through her creative work, Sade is actively dedicated to providing safe creative spaces for fellow POC to carry out their personal visions and endeavors. She is the Co-Organizer of Antiracist Classroom ( @antiracistclassroom ) and was the Event Organizer of Represent Film Festival this past October 2019, a short-film festival dedicated to highlighting young filmmakers of color. Additionally, she is also a Cinematography mentor at Made In Her Image ( @wearemadeinherimage ), which is a non-profit that provides young brown and black girls education, resources and industry opportunities to learn the world of filmmaking. Thinking the world was hers as soon as she owned her first DSLR, Sade began by just making films about people with stories to tell. All of these moments collectively becoming a part of her and who she is, shaping her knowledge and awareness of the world. She wants to promote this sense of self-actualization with her work. To help people become proud of who they are, where they came from, and what they believe in.
Be Kind w @marshmellomusic VIDEO tomorrow 🌼
#BLACKCREATORSFUND Name: KaVozia Glynn IG: @kayspov Bio: Hi! My name is KaVozia. I am 19 years old and originally from Atlanta, Georgia. Currently, I’m going to school and working in Fort Pierce, Florida and about to start my junior year as a graphic design major. At the moment, I’ve really just been dabbling in a bunch of different things creatively just because I’m the type to put my eggs into a thousand baskets. However, photography and styling have been my two favorite things to put my time into for a while now. My main aspiration is to create more intuitively and intensely, in any medium that calls to me. But just like this great initiative is doing, I’d love to unify black creatives and provide more opportunities for us not just in front of the camera, but behind it as well.
#BLACKCREATORSFUND Name: Meet Me @ The Altar IG: @mmataband (photo credit: @la_rodgers ) Bio: We are an energetic pop punk band composed of vocalist Edith Johnson, guitarists/bassist Téa Campbell, and drummer Ada Juarez. We all live in different states (Georgia, Florida, and New Jersey respectively ), forming via YouTube, but don't let it stop us from getting things done. Our aspiration as a band is to be the representation we didn't get to have growing up. We didn't have people who looked like us playing the type of music we enjoyed, so we know absolutely how important representation is. It would've made all the difference knowing there were black and brown women in the scene to look up to. Listen to “Garden” on Spotify & Apple Music
#BLACKCREATORSFUND Name: Robert IG: @roberttcunningham IG for web series: @howtol0vewebseries Bio: Robert Cunningham (he/they ) is an Atlanta-born, Chicago-based actor and screenwriter. While attending Northwestern University, they starred opposite Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair in the black comedy, MOM AND DAD, and later acted in teen noir KNIVES AND SKIN. Their work focuses on queering and reclaiming predominantly white and heteronormative spaces through a comedic lens, and that’s exactly what they are doing with How to L0ve. How to L0ve is a comedic web series that follows a group of teenagers who reunite to work as ball people at their community’s local tennis tournament. A major goal of the series is to reimagine tennis by putting Black athletes at the forefront while also acknowledging famous Black tennis players from the past and present. They have assembled an entirely POC and/or femme creative team and are working to collaborate with Black tennis organizations in Chicago.
#BLACKCREATORSFUND Name: Sheana IG: @epic .werk Bio: My Name is Sheana Rivero (Pronounced She-On-Uh ) I am currently based in South Florida (Ft Lauderdale ) but was originally born in Alabama. I currently work for an online software company in marketing, but the DREAM is to be a full time artist. I love to create editorial quality content on a shoestring budget to show other inspiring artists that YOU CAN DO ANYTHING even when the budget isn't there. Halloween is my favorite time of year so my Halloween series continues to grow in its production. I want to continue to grow my platform and set an example for upcoming artists, especially black artists. My art is my EVERYTHING.
#BLACKCREATORSFUND Name: Alaina Twitter: @/iesbiangel IG: @thebeachisforlovers Bio: I’m Alaina Walsh, a non-binary 18 year old born and raised in Brooklyn. Life has always been an uphill battle for me, but for as long as I can remember, I’ve found an escape in writing. Poetry has been my chosen form of self-expression for quite a while, helping me to navigate my experiences in life as a young Black queer person. I want to people to be able to find understanding in my words and to give a voice to those who feel like they have as much to say as I do!
#BLACKCREATORSFUND Name: Sanni Kehinde Instagram: @Kennypenfreak Bio: Kennypenfreak (b. 1994 ) is a self taught artist living and working in Lagos, Nigeria. Kennypenfreak is a Ballpen artist that hails from Ogun state, who started drawing when he was 6. He defines his process as "a practice in time and patience", working approximately 200 to 400 hours on a single decently sized piece. Starting at the early age of 6, Kennypenfreak had always been enthusiastic about drawing realistic portraits on paper. Being exposed to realistic artworks he viewed online, Kennypenfreak grew to love the ballpen as a toy at a very tender age. Over the years He gradually taught himself how to master his pen in harmony as a medium to express himself through Patience, Practice and Persistence. These have guided him throughout his journey as an artist. Website: https://kennypen.disha.page/
#BLACKCREATORSFUND Name: Asata Instagram: @asata .maise Bio: Asata Maisé, a 27 year old designer from Wilmington, Delaware learned basic sewing and garment construction when she was 14 years old. Garment making quickly became her favorite pastime during the remainder of her high school years. She began freelance designing in 2016 after a sequence of internships and jobs at Michael Costello Couture, Odd Future/Dystro, LLC, Diane von Furstenberg, and palmer//harding. Although accepted into notable universities, such as London College of Fashion, she opted for hands on experience in the industry. These opportunities placed her in the metropolitan cities of Los Angeles, London, and New York. The designer is a passionate history buff drawn especially to eras of social revolution. She believes we each have an obligation to be aware of current issues in order to create solutions for a better future. This is reflected in the choice to use reclaimed and true vintage materials in the process of bespoke garment making. Her personal philosophy and immersion into diverse cultures has helped shape her learned experience into a niche of her own. Website: AsataMaise.com
#BLACKCREATORSFUND Name: FREDDIE Instagram: @eastbayvicious Bio: My name is FREDDIE (they/them ), I'm a non-binary singer, songwriter, producer and drag performer from Oakland, CA. This April, I released my debut ep, MELANIN MONROE, which has since been placed on playlists by Billboard, Grindr, THEM., and Spotify (Cosmic Playlists ). Currently plotting my campy, queer takeover of Hip-Hop and R&B. Listen to ‘MELANIN MONROE’ on Spotify and Apple Music
Please be sure to share this information about the crisis in Yemen. They absolutely need our help right now by means of donations and awareness. I have made a $20,000 donation to Save The Children’s YEMEN CHILDREN’S RELIEF FUND — (link to that in my bio ) — link to more info & how to help in my IG story.
I am launching this to give funds, resources, and a platform to black creators. Looking for black creators who want to enrich the world with their work. 💗 Use #BLACKCREATORSFUND & tag your favorite black creators in the comments
This is one of the many new hobbies I have acquired as the world turns differently. It is rewarding in ways I could have never imagined. Gonna have to build a few more garden bed boxes... I hope you are all staying safe. Moments of simplicity like this are important for emotional balance, but the fight isn’t even close to over yet. I can see many people have been slowly getting back to their version of “normal”. That version of normal was NEVER normal. It was imbalanced and lethal. We have a lot of work to do. Stay rested and stay focused. I too am trying my best to do so. #blacklivesmatter
just want to take a minute to say how proud I am of my little brother @sevianfrangipane for finding his voice and being out protesting every single day. keep your family close right now if you’re lucky enough to have them to rely on. if you are NON-BLACK and: married to a black person, the parent of a black child, or the child of a black parent, or any other interfamilial relationship with a black person, then this is a time to let them talk when they feel like talking. listen and listen with love. Don’t assume they aren’t upset because they haven’t expressed issues or traumas in the past. A lot of repressed feelings and memories may be uncovered right now. Receive it with grace empathy and promise to learn or change where need be. 💗 With Love. 📷: @paytonselzer
It’s become very clear to me that some of you need to see what I’ve seen. Please swipe through this. These pictures and videos don’t even scratch the surface. It’s easy from the comfort of your home to watch looting and rioting on television and condone the violent measures being taken by forces. But what you don’t see is innocent peaceful protestors being shot at and tear gassed and physically assaulted relentlessly. You think it’s not happening, it’s only the “thugs” and the “riots”, right? The police are keeping you safe right? You’re wrong. This is happening everywhere. And innocent people exercising their rights to speech and assembly are facing violence and abuse of power. With all of our medical professionals being CONSUMED and EXHAUSTED with Covid, there is little to no medical attention available. I have first hand treated men women and children who have been shot in the chest, the face, the back. Some will lose vision some have lost fingers. I have been covered in innocent blood. My father is a black man. My mother is an EMT. This week I had to put those two associations together in ways that have horrified me. This is NOT a virtue signaling post. But I HAVE to show you what I am witnessing with my own eyes. With Trump’s decision today to enforce the mobilization of armed forces on our own citizens, this has escalated beyond your privilege and comfort to not care. Please care. We are begging you to care. This is war on Americans. This is everyone’s problem. Everyone’s. #BLACKLIVESMATTER
as many of you know George Floyd was a black man murdered by a police officer. He was unarmed and initially restrained for a nonviolent crime. Say his name. Share this information. If you have friends and family who are privileged enough to “stay away from this kind of news” then take that fucking privilege away. Uplift the voices of black members of your community voicing their fear or outrage or grief. 👉🏼👉🏼Text “FLOYD” to 55156👈🏼👈🏼 and sign the petition seeking justice. The officers in question have been terminated and given paid leave. This is not sufficient punishment for murder. They need to be prosecuted. if you’re staying silent you’re contributing to the problem. I am updated on my Twitter if you are looking for more resources and information. The link for donations to black lives matter is in my bio. #blacklivesmatter