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OUR MISSION To provide a platform that brings artists together in collaboration with one another; while also giving readers a closer look into the lifestyle of an artist and the perspectives that make each of us unique.

OUR VISION To create content of value that Empowers and Educates the next generation of the arts community; while also sharing stories of inspiration that brings people together.

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PUBLISHER / EDITOR IN CHIEF ARTavius Veasey CONTRIBUTORS Uma Naidoo, MD Shane “ChicoFit” Huggins Jamie Vespa, MS, RD Julia Dowling Rutland Callie Nash Whitney Perry ARTist Feature is an international digital + print bimonthly creative lifestyle and empowerment magazine; With an objective to featuring diverse creatives, mindsets, and personal journeys of artists in the industry.


, Creating this magazine is a dream come true. I’ve always wanted to take the front seat and deliver my version of showcasing creatives around the world. Being a part of three previous magazine teams, I decided to step out on faith and start my magazine, showing us in a way I believe we deserved. In this day and time, inclusion is very important. I now know the effect of the next generation seeing other black and brown faces that are successful in their f ield of career. No matter, gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, male, or female, all of us play a significant role and part in the arts community. For the second issue, I wanted to get a group of All-Star Black Content Creatives from many walks of life to share their journeys, lessons along the way, and their thoughts on the inclusion of black content creatives. Enjoy, and I’ll see you guys in the next issue.

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BLACK CONTENT CREATIVES: The Importance of Inclusion





My patients these days are expressing more angst and fear, and looking to find ways to cope with the pandemic and the “new normal.” With children and entire families home together all day, and work and school schedules disrupted, loss of a daily routine can increase anxiety and disrupt healthy eating. One of the drivers for this increase in anxiety seems to be uncertainty, which can throw plans for healthy eating out the window. Meal planning for a family, a challenge on its own, can be more so now with seclusion at home, more

people to feed with different tastes, and more food stores with limited groceries and shopping times. There’s also the uncertainly of bare shelves, with normal staples of a nutritious diet unavailable, at least temporarily. It’s tempting to buy whatever is available, even if it’s not something that’s part of your normal diet. It’s hard to cope with being quarantined and not reach for your favorite salty, crunchy snack because of boredom or feeling on edge. A few pretzels or chips are okay, but many people may not

How then can we mindfully make good food choices?

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Make a schedule or a daily meal plan. A schedule is more predictable for you and for everyone in your household. Consider apps to stay connected around a meal. Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime with family and friends. Share recipes or even cook virtually together. Plan for groceries. Try to buy fewer processed, high-salt or high-sugar snacks. Load up on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and lean proteins. Save money. Skip the high-sugar soda and juices; instead flavor water with edible citrus or berries. Plan and enjoy an occasional comfort food for a weekly treat — pick a day and enjoy whatever you want, just not all your favorites on the same day! Manage your environment. If candy is simply not in the cupboard, then you can’t eat it.

You might be surprised to learn that certain nutrients in foods have been shown to reduce anxiety or spur the release of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine — and we all want to feel as good as we can during these times of uncertainty. People are feeling a lot of stress right now, and the unfortunate reality is that stress worsens feelings of low mood or angst, and it also suppresses our immune systems. Therefore, targeting immune-boosting foods will have a dual effect — you may feel less anxious and boost your immunity. I’d suggest incorporating these foods as a way to include healthier options into your nutrition during this unusual time of stress and uncertainty. We all have to eat, so attending to our nutrition is something we can all control, and then reap the benefits of an improved mood.

Reduce anxiety and boost immunity by choosing:

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Citrus fruit and red bell peppers (both rich in vitamin C, which in some studies has been shown to support your immune system) Spices: ginger, garlic, turmeric, and capsaicin (from chili peppers) can be easily added to soups, stews, stir-frys, or salad dressings. Foods rich in zinc such as oysters, clams, mussels, cashews, liver, beef, and egg yolks. You may recognize zinc as an ingredient is the cold remedy Zicam, as zinc has some virus-fighting effects. Magnesium-rich foods may help you to feel calmer, and help support immunity. Stress can deplete our magnesium levels too. Examples are legumes, nuts, seeds, leafy greens, and whole grains. Fatty fish like wild Alaskan salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids. A study on medical students in 2011 was one of the first to show that omega-3s may help reduce anxiety. Eat probiotic-rich foods such as pickles, sauerkraut, miso, and kefir. Add some antioxidants to your anti-anxiety diet, which can support your immune system.

The bottom line: Staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic is challenging for everyone, and the increased anxiety (and boredom) can cause people to abandon their healthy eating intentions and snack on whatever is around. But with a little thought and planning, you can continue to make good food choices and maybe even boost your mood and immunity. For more information, listen to our podcasts and see our Coronavirus Resource Center.

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be able to step away from eating the entire bag once it’s open. Also, if you’re already feeling blue, the quick fix of cookies or cake will ultimately make you feel worse. Processed foods and shelf-stable items like baked goods contain a lot of simple carbohydrates that create a yo-yo effect on our blood sugar, which can drive anxiety and worsen mood.




ARE YOU READY TO SWEAT? I’m here to give you just a couple exercises that you can do in the space of your home to get you toned a sweating. Not only will these exercises provide a great calorie burn, but target multiple muscle groups at once to give you a dynamic full body workout. So let’s do this! Today we will be Crushing Chest with a little bit of Glutes and Abs in between. Plumped, pumped and ready!


Here are five body weight exercises that you can do at home to keep that body in tip-top shape. Each exercise should be performed for 1 minute with 30 seconds rest between each. All five exercises are equivalent to 1 cycle and should be completed for a total of at least 4 cycles.


*Alternate each side within every rep*

Shane is originally from Bridgetown, Barbados but has lived in St. Vincent and the Grenadines for 18 years where he received his primary and secondary education. He believes greatly in the words of St. Augustine, “Faith is to believe what you cannot see, the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” By this, he exudes onto others their ability to reach their health and fitness goals by looking deep and believing in themselves. Shane has been in the fitness industry for the past 5 years after completing his qualification with the International Sports Sciences Association. Since his Personal Training Qualification, Shane moved to South Africa and has worked with many clients around the world providing exercise and nu-

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tritional plans and helping them reach their goals through HIIT Training, resistance training, as well as sports specific training. He realized the need to push people past their comfort zones and has applied this to each person through positive encouragement and constant reminders of the euphoric and life-changing benefits looking after your body has. He has seen nothing short of outstanding results by doing this including working with TV Personalities and high-class clientele on Resort Islands in the Caribbean. Shane has been immensely devoted to his work and enjoys helping live happier, healthier, and longer lives. He applies his beliefs to himself and is always keen and excited to put his professional skills and knowledge to good use.

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*Alternate each side within every rep*


Each exercise should be performed for 1 minute with 30 seconds rest between each. All four exercises are equivalent to 1 cycle and should be completed for a total of at least 4 cycles.

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[Ta’Leon] Life happened brother. He and I fell out over petty differences and we let years go by without speaking to one another. But life will punch you in the nose, and it will surely catch you off guard. February 2020 I was diagnosed with intestinal cancer only to realize that my days could be numbered because of this thing. Unbeknownst to me, my twin brother just had his own private battle with cancer. Once I discovered that I decided to reach out via email. I said something along the words like, “I guess we aren’t so different after all.” I sent that with an attachment of my diag-

nosis. Not even an hour later my phone ranged. It was finally time to put what’s real back on the table. [Kyle] Right, things are too real right now to be beefing or still having a year’s long grudge.

And you know what, life happens right? We oftentimes have to travel our own roads before we realize what’s really important to us. But I cant tell you how excited and emotional I was when I saw the video clip of you guys meet up hugging at the airport after 10 years of separation. Going back to that moment, what were each of your feelings leading up to the day of meeting again and how was it once you saw each other in person? [Kyle] Well we talked

and cried, and talk some more over the phone and finally decided it was time to meet. [Ta’Leon] Honestly, I just wanted to

feel his presence again. To see if the brother vibe still lingered. I wanted to see what it felt like finally being brothers again. I walked out of the airport and I immediately felt a load fall from my chest. I couldn’t hold back the tears, all while thinking to myself, “We were so stupid in the past. It took us to face death in order for us to reconcile.”

What was the first thing y’all did together after leaving the airport?

[Ta’Leon]We drove back to his place in Sacramento and we had Lunch. [Kyle] Yeah, we talked about many things we would like to do and how good it was to be in each other’s company again. [Ta’Leon] Exactly,

From the streets of Camden, New Jersey to international news headlines for the right and the wrong things...nothing seems to stop the Goffney Twins. Growing up in poverty and fatherless made it nearly impossible for their 15 year old mother to give them a good life. So when they became of age they went for theirs. Some of those endeavors landed them in some of the worse places and some changed their lives for the better. They’ve been fighting all of their lives to make it to greener pastures, and just when they thought their troubles were over they were both diagnosed with cancer. One twin is in remission the other is in stage IV, but it seems that even something as formidable as this still won’t stop them. They’ve survived poverty, violence, and years of incarceration for the choices they made trying to escape it. Now approaching the age of 40 and being a parent and uncle they realize there’s no turning back. “We can’t run from our problems anymore. This time there are people we truly care about that are involved so making poor decisions won’t cut it this time. We’ve been fighting all of our lives, so we’re going to do what we know best...FIGHT!!!”

we laughed for hours about all the foolish things we used to do when we were young. Then we made a vow to get back on our hustle. Because twins are always stronger together than apart. So the cameras came out and we started shooting again. I’m so happy for you guys! I can only imagine the journey it’s been for both of you and what it took to get to this point in life today. From reading and watching other interviews and stories about you guys, I know you both had a troubling past. You both should be proud of yourselves for how far you’ve come to still be here and back together again after all these years apart. As they say, it could’ve always been worse. So what’s new? Kyle I saw you’re now officially off the market and not too long ago got married Congrats! How’s it been for you as a married man now? [Kyle] Being married is a picnic but in our

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Man, it’s been a long time coming and I couldn’t be more than honored to be one of the first if not the first, to sit and chat with the Legendary Goffney Twins. Ta’Leon & Kyle, thank you guys so much for taking a few moments of your time to chat with me. I’m such a fan of the both of you, but we’re going to dive right in— I’m sure the world wants to know, why did it take 10 years to get back together? What happened and why now?

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similarities and differences, we are learning to understand each other more. It’s not easy being married to a foreigner from a third world country, who speaks a different language and grew up living a real hard knock life. I love that he overcame his struggles and with his help and experience he is helping me overcome mine. [Ta’Leon] As far as my brother’s marriage that was a milestone for us all. Because I’m the older twin and oldest of 5. He’s actually the first one of us all to ever get married. It was huge for us!! Oh okay, nice, so Ta’Leon how’s it having a new baby in the house? Your first son is growing up so fast! [Ta’Leon] As far as 15 IAMARTCAMPAIGN.COM/MAG

my second child, it only reinforced why I gotta be a better man every day. My twin brother and I grew up fatherless, so being a parent to two boys is very cathartic for me. I’m the dad to them that I needed growing up. I live vicariously through my kids. They are spoiled brats. I love them more than anything. Having a new baby in the house is definitely an adjustment: no sleep, dirty diapers, making bottles of baby formula, etc., It is even more challenging than taking care of the first one because now I have to tend to two of them. But

That’s so good. Well guys I hate to say it, but that’s the end of the interview. Thank you both again for taking the time out to have a little chat with me. All of us here at the I AM ART Campaign love you both and will always support you. Stay close and remember y’all are amazing individually but together, y’all are unstoppable! But before I let you go, are there any final words y’all may have for our readers or your supporters? I welcome it with open arms because I refuse to be anything like the man who abandoned my twin brother and me when we were young. Thats great! So now that y’all are back together, I’ve seen a few shots of you two doing shoots together floating around social media— Complete FIRE! What can we expect to see coming up from the Goffney Twins?

[Ta’Leon] We both feel that we went as far as we could go in our careers individually. Now we realize that in order to get to the next level it’s going to have to be a joint effort. Twins are more powerful together. It’s so refreshing to see black brothers work through their differences to join forces again to take over the world. This is definitely what the world needs to see more of; us putting our problems aside and getting down to the root of what’s really important. Family is all we

got and for you guys as twins, y’all came in the world together so who better knows you two better than each of you right? But as I’m sure you guys have seen that there are many more twin duos out there in the modeling game now. For veterans like you two, what advice would you give to other twin model duos when it comes to working together and building a brand?

[Ta’Leon] Don’t compete with one another. You gotta want to see your sibling win just as much as you want it for yourself. Because the support of one another has to be genuinely authentic in order for this duo thing to work. Go in it selflessly and you both will win!!! [Kyle] Right, but also don’t compare yourself to other twins either. Compliment each other even when you’re not in front of the lens because it shows. Level up together so if you see an area for improvement, let your sibling know and vise versa.

[Kyle] I will say, love the people that are valuable to you because you never know what wrench or curveball life will throw your way. Keep God close and not just when you’re losing but when you’re winning too. In life, you will have two families, the one you’re born into, and the other one you choose. [Ta’Leon] A brother’s love is a brother’s love. Don’t wait until you catch a potentially terminal illness just to reconcile your differences; Because if one of you were to die before the other, that regret is going to haunt you for the rest of your days. Know that brothers are going to fight and have differences but it should never lead to separation because you might not get a chance to make things right again. Please take heed. I’m fighting stage 4 cancer just praying we get to build some memories again, and just praying that I won’t turn my two sons into bastards. God be with us!!!! GOFFNEY BOYS!!!

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BEAUTY+FASHION In 2011, Hayden’s work caught the attention of Rihanna via Twitter, which then led to her using his work as her profile picture on the site. Rihanna then personally invited Hayden to one of her concerts in London to meet her and requested for him to bring his portfolio along with him. Hayden’s work has since been praised by Beyonce, who shared his work on her Instagram and then reached out personally to feature his work on her official website. Oprah Winfrey has her own framed custom illustration by Hayden.


His work has continued to be praised by stars in music and fashion such as Mariah Carey, Kim Kardashian, Iran, Ariana Grande, and many more. His work has been published and featured by Vogue, ELLE, Harpers Bazaar, Vanity Fair, MTV, Huffington Post, NBC New York, and Daily Mail. Most recently, he collaborated with Naomi Campbell, after she personally requested for his work to be featured in her book with publisher TASCHEN.

In a recent interview Williams had with, he was asked “what would be one piece of advice that [he would give] to aspiring designers and artists?” He answers,

this competitive creative field. People know my work right off the bat because I have carved out a signature style as an artist and I am proud of that!

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To stay focused on your craft, be consistent in everything you do, and make your own mark in the world. Create things that set you apart from everyone else. You want to be as original as you possibly can be in

Hayden’s love for drawing started when he would watch Disney movies as a child and would draw the female characters. Over the years, this was a natural progression into fashion illustration and design for him as a teenager. In late 2008, Hayden studied fashion design at Barking & Dagenham College for 2 years and then went on to study at Ravensbourne University. Juggling his studies, he also shared his fashion illustrations on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and blog hosting site Tumblr. Wanting to showcase his design vision in an art form, slowly but surely, his work began amassing a big following of admirers and supporters.

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My biggest influences are black women. Black women are strong and have proven time and time again that they can do anything. In my personal life my sister, my mother, my grandmother, my aunts, cousins, and female friends have all shown me what it means to be strong and that is one of the places that I draw inspiration for my art. No matter the subject I aim to show an avenue of strength. Also, I create for my 10-year-old self. At 10, I didn’t know who I wanted to be or what I liked. I was sheltered and protected from a lot and wasn’t allowed to be a kid and as I got older I realized that maybe there were things I missed. Maybe there were things I was afraid to say and questions I was afraid to ask. Now as an adult, I am asking and answering those questions through my creative process. As a Black content creative, why do you think the inclusion of black diversity is important? I believe with my entire being that black people created everything we touch in one form or

another. When it comes to art we see it every day that what we do, what we say, what we wear, and what we create shape the world we live in. We as a people are so diverse and I think that it is important to show us from every angle so that we can control our stories. What has been your biggest challenge you’ve had and the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far on your journey of artistry or to success?

My biggest challenge has been that I have doubted myself and the power that my gift has. I have watched myself create beautiful works in photography as well as fashion and doubt or fear has stopped me from moving forward to show the world. My biggest lesson is “Trust your gut, trust your gift. It’s yours for a reason. Don’t stop, keep going.” In the next 3-5yrs, what are the goals you have planned for your career? In the next 3-5 years, I aim to have residency in at least 2 galleries, to gain funding/investors so that I may host a solo

exhibition of my work, and to shoot national and international covers for magazines. Why do you think it’s such a challenge for black content creatives to make it in the industry?

to pull on foot. The key is to embrace who you are, embrace your gifts, nurture your talents, and watch them grow.

I think a lot of the time we hold ourselves back because we don’t see US doing it so we think we can’t. In a lot of creative spaces, it can be intimidating to walk into the room and be the only black person let alone the only black and queer person. As the saying goes, “You gotta be twice as good to have half as much” and even when we are, our ideas are stolen or used but we’re underpaid (if we’re even paid at all) and under-appreciated. The challenge isn’t for them to accept us but for us to do it regardless of them. What personal advice will you give an aspiring artist trying to pursue a career in the same field as you?

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Who is your biggest influence(s)and why?

Don’t compare your journey to someone else’s. We each have our own path to take. Some people get rocket ships at the start and some people have a full wagon

LaRue Calliet, also known as LaRue C., is an Atlanta based fashion and art photographer. His work focuses on capturing the energy, color, and personality within the human spirit. LaRue’s work primarily focuses on people of color. The driving force behind his work is the belief that no one is just ordinary but that everyone is superb, is extraordinary, is stunning in their own way and LaRue’s aim is to bring that light out so that it may shine.




My biggest influencers are God, my children, and my ancestors. God, because I am nothing without Him. My children, because they are my daily motivation to push forward, to provide them with a life of love, and to show them the positive results of hard work. My ancestors (let me make sure I explain this right because the Saints get rattled when you say “ancestors”), because I am their dream. My grandfather served in WWII, as a cook. Because he was Black, he wasn’t allowed to fight. My great uncle was lynched by the KKK, my grandmother used to clean the homes of white people, and so many more. I am the symbol of their fight, hope, and dreams, so I owe it to them to make it. As a Black content creative, why do you think the inclusive of black diversity is important? The inclusion of Black Diversity is not only imperative… it’s mandatory to our culture, history, and future. The Black community are the trendsetters of the world. The world looks to us for the “next big thing.” Whether it’s the next dance fad, fashion trend, shoe de-

sign, slogan, word, gesture, hairstyle/design, etc. We are the ones that set the world ablaze with our God-given appeal. Interestingly enough, they want our culture but not our struggle. So, we have to be intentional about creating authentic content that reminds the world of who we are, where we are going, and our REAL history. Now, is the time for us to become the creators of our content so that we can recreate the world’s perception of us. For decades we have depended on Hollywood to fix this and for decades, they have not. The last 10 years have birthed a nation of Black content creators, directors, filmmakers, screenwriters, etc. because we know the importance of fixing the world’s warped perception of the Black community. What has been your biggest challenge you’ve had and the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far on your journey of artistry or to success?

My biggest challenge has been to speak up for myself and my biggest lesson has been learning how to speak up for myself. Being a black woman in this industry

comes with being lied on, being lied to, being disrespected, being called a B&%$h when you won’t tolerate mediocre performances or bad attitudes, and being called a whore when you are honored for your hard work. As black women, we are supposed to be everything to everybody, while walking a flawless path of perfection. We aren’t given the space to make mistakes. So, you have to learn how to develop tough skin and be fearless enough to say what you mean and mean what you say, without regrets. You have to be okay with walking alone because this road is lonely yet rewarding. One of my favorite quotes is, “Someone not liking me is none of my business.” In the next 3-5yrs, what are the goals you have planned for your career?

In the next 3-5 years, I will have my own show on syndicated television and streaming on an international streaming platform. Another goal for me is to be a writer for Marvel Universe, Tyler Perry, and Shonda Rhimes. Why do you think it’s such a challenge for

Tymika Chambliss, a theater and film director, as well as an actress, is known for her quick wit and ability to dig deep emotionally. She grew up in New Orleans singing in the choir (she sings!) and performing in church plays, but made the transition to film and community theater when she moved to Memphis, TN. Tymika has worked on many community theater productions, commercials, web series and is currently pitching her own television series. Tymika loves dramatic acting and writing, but is equally versed in comedy. She believes strongly in writing and creating her own material, so there’s always something new around the corner!

black content creatives to make it in the industry?

Finances and connections! Trying to pitch a television show/movie takes time, money, and connections. We have time but the other 2 aren’t as available to many Black content creators as our white counterparts. One of the things I’ve learned is, white people help each other. If someone needs $10,000, they will ask 100 people for $100 or 1,000 people for $10 and those people will pull together to make it happen. Same with Asians, Hispanics, etc. Black Americans…. We won’t give you $5 if we think that $5 will give you a better opportunity than me. Our mentality has to change so our content creators have a fair chance to create quality content. What personal advice will you give an aspiring artist whose trying to pursue a career in the same field as you? Make a conscious effort to work on your craft every day. If you are a writer, write every day. Practice doesn’t make perfect but it does create consistency and positive habits.

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One of my biggest influences was a black graphic designer who looked just like me. Her name is Jennae Peterson and from the Caribbeans; she lives in Georgia now. She had a design practice, she was plus size with a big afro, she had a family and a spouse. At that time, I have never seen a graphic designer with that type of life and out here just killing it. I had always just seen young kids. Just to see somebody black with a family, thriving and doing well in my industry. She became one of my SHEro’s in my head and now we’re good friends. Her work is amazing! She was the one who got me to see myself through her. As a Black content creative, why do you think the inclusion of black diversity is important? It’s super important because if you don’t include us, you won’t have a well-rounded point of view. It’s really as simple as that. You’ll be amazed at how many things are created without us in mind. Yet, they want to market things to us but don’t create things

that speak to us. It’s very important to have black and brown people in creative spaces that are also in leadership roles. Then we could pay attention to the new things and sensitivities within our culture that other groups may miss. It’s also important to include us because we CAN do it, and we DESERVE to be at the table. What has been your biggest challenge you’ve had, and the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far on your journey of artistry or to success?

My biggest challenge was I kept looking for my big break, my big project, not realizing my biggest brand I will ever work on is myself. I had to learn networking one-on-one, how to meet people, and stuff they don’t teach you to be somebody worth meeting. Instead of hoping I’ll run into this celebrity or that celebrity, I had to realize I am my big break. If I focus on my skill-set, how I treat people, and my knowledge, then I will attract all of those people and wouldn’t have to chase it; they’ll be searching after me. My biggest lesson as a black creator is to not

price my work for survival; price to build a legacy and a company. In the next 3-5yrs, what are the goals you have planned for your career? In the next 3-5 years, Cheers Creative will be the place where the top design talents from school or wherever could come and work on projects that absolutely light their fire. We see ourselves getting more in to brand consulting. More teaching, speaking and educating clients on what makes good design work. We will also continue working with people who want to be the top in their field or for people who are already at the top, help them stay there. Why do you think it’s such a challenge for black content creatives to make it in the industry? It’s a challenge in the

industry when you’re begging for the door to be open. It’s also a challenge when you’re trying to create your door too; so the question is, which challenge is worth it to you. A lot of times we could be second-guessed, and a lot of it comes from just straight-up racism. Then

when you strike out on your own as an entrepreneur of color, you have the opportunity to play the game your own way. Yes, it is more challenging, but it can also be more fruitful. What personal advice will you give an aspiring artist trying to pursue a career in the same field as you?

There are two things you want to do. You want to learn the art of design— learn the programs and tools, but then you want to learn how to think and conceptualize like a design strategist. There’s one thing to make beautiful things, then another to make beautiful things that work and then help customers make money. Learn the basic fundamentals but then learn how to make a design that helps make a difference for somebody’s business. Learn how to not just sell people on pretty design; learn as an artist how to be an entrepreneur and how to be a salesperson. Learn how to sell people a better future, not a logo concept.

From corporate employee to full-time entrepreneur, Dana’s career has evolved from being an in-house digital designer to brand strategist, speaker, and mentor. Dana wanted to highlight the businesses, artists, and organizations in her community. She founded Cheers Creative, a Memphis-based branding and web consultancy for creative professionals, industry leaders, and art platforms. Since opening Cheers, Dana’s work, story, and writings about design and entrepreneurship have been featured and referenced in Forbes, Essence, Canada Learning Code, and Net Magazine, the world’s largest publication for web designers. She teaches branding and design workshops at community events and schools, including the University of Memphis, her alma mater. In 2018, Dana was honored as one of the top 40 Urban Elite Professionals in Memphis, TN.

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I would say my biggest influences are my parents. Both my mom and dad simply because of how hard they work and the things they’ve instilled in me growing up as a child. Having a crazy work ethic, not wanting to give up, fight through adversity, etc. As far as being the creator I am and what I do, I’d say Kevin Hart is my biggest influence. His growth, consistency, & creativity has always influenced me in different ways. As a Black content creative, why do you think the inclusive of black diversity is important?

I think the inclusive of blacks and black diversity is important because it lets people know what actually goes on in our community. It’s our culture. It’s everything we’ve been brought up around, and being able to show the next generations what black living and culture is all about. What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had and your biggest le son you’ve learned so far on your journey of artistry or tosuccess? One of the biggest challenges I’ve had is having

had my biggest platform once taken away from me. I worked so hard to build it up just for it to get torn down by someone, but I took it as a test of how bad do you really want it. So I ended up starting from nothing and I came back working even harder as I was before. The biggest lesson I’ve learned along my journey is to always make sure you have people around that actually want to see you succeed. Not everyone is rooting for you, you just have to sorta dissect people when things come about and move accordingly. In the next 3-5yrs, what are the goals you have planned for your career? In the next 3-5 years, I plan on being an actor and eventually leading up into directing. I still want to do entertainment as well, whether it’s stand-up comedy, Improv, or anything dealing with the entertainment industry. I love all assets of it. I know it’ll be a process, but I’m looking to dive into it all.

I honestly don’t know. I just think it’s one of those things where you have to work extra harder than the others who were before you, as well as believing in God. In due time I think one will be rewarded. What personal advice will you give an aspiring artist who’s trying to pursue a career in the same field as you?

I would tell them to go for it and don’t look back. Understand along the way there will be challenges, but when they come, you face them head-on and keep pushing forward. I’d also say always look for ways to create and do different things. Most importantly, I would say to trust God, have faith, and stay consistent in your works.

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My name is Johnathan Harris. I’m 27 years old from Mangham, La. I come from a small town where everybody knows everybody. I love spending time with my friends and family; It’s something I’m real big on. I love to make people laugh as well as spreading positivity; I believe it’s important because it’s contagious. Comedy is what I love, and I want to motivate and inspire everyone to go for their dreams.

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My father George Lee Sr. because he was the first to empower me as a hustler and intellectual that’s had a huge impact on who I am and where I am today. My Pops and Huey P Newton lol! Huey P’s Bio put me on this conscious journey when I was 19 years old. As a Black content creative, why do you think the inclusive of black diversity is important?

Education is Elevation and the inclusivity of Black content curators is key to that elevation. Given the history of marginalization for Black folks politically, socially, and economically is important. Black diversity is prioritized to deconstruct this marginalization. For me, black diversity accounts for the multiplicity of Blackness and Black people that accounts for various of Black experiences, not just Black men, Black heterosexuals, Black able-bodies, or Black folks that don’t perform their blackness the same way that I do. They say the world loves Black culture and hates Black people; they want our

rhythm but not our blues. I think Black content curators are artists who are vital to this phenomenon and must be valued as producers. What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had and your biggest lesson you’ve learned so far on your journey of artistry or to success? Once the art is posted or made public, you can’t control how the art is interpreted or how meaning is inscribed onto the art REGARDLESS of your motive or intentions. Sometimes this lil fact can be discouraging or difficult to accept.

products of Black culture to be admired, but the producers of Black culture to be devalued, stolen from, and exploited.

vated, feel like nobody is supporting you or watching you, consistency and perseverance is key.

What personal advice will you give an aspiring artist who’s trying to pursue a career in the same field as you?

Be a person of principle and not of pressure. Just because people around you can’t see it, don’t give up on the vision, and last but not least, this hustle ain’t easy. Consistency and perseverance is key. Even when you wanna give up, don’t feel moti-

In the next 3-5yrs, what are the goals you have planned for your career? I’ll be doing my edutainment full-time, curating content, conducting workshops, writing books, doing trainings, and developing curriculums.


Why do you think it’s such a challenge for black content creatives to make it in the industry? Antiblackness set up in a way that allows for the

George believes in the educational power of discomfort and deploys what he calls “purposeful provocative ” that spurs critical engagement by pushing limits of perspective. Born in small town Bryan, Texas he persevered through much adversity and struggle. George is a self proclaimed “Edutainer”, which he says you get when education and entertainment collides. George Lee’s ultimate passion is to empower leaders, youth and social entrepreneurs around the workplace and classroom to further their professional and self-development. George understands that cultivating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for improving human relations and organizational development is important work. In his view, personal, social, and professional change happens when you begin to see things in terms of “consciousness”. By observing the dynamic ability of individuals and organizations to provoke action in his own life, George has gleaned from the wisdom of effective leaders. George Lee now seeks to share that wisdom with others through his efforts of Professional Development, Diversity Inclusion efforts as a seasoned experienced public and social media influencer.

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Our biggest influence would have to be each and every courageous person of color and those of the LGBTQ+ community who came before us and spoke up to have their voices heard. We would not be able to be where we are today without their bravery. So it’s our time to carry the torch and be the representation needed for both oppressed communities. As a Black content creative, why do you think the inclusive of black diversity is important?

Black diversity is hugely important due to the lack of it on most social platforms and even mainstream media. The BIPOC community is extremely talented and often does not get the credit we deserve for our ideas and trends. Diversity in the creative world is not just needed but should be required to ensure we receive the proper credit and recognition deserved for our work. What have been your biggest challenge you’ve had and the

biggest lesson you’ve learned so far on your journey of artistry or to success?

The lesson is that you have to constantly evaluate where you are and shoot higher! Artistry is not something that is constant but is always evolving. You tap into different areas that you can explore and let your creativity soar. Our challenge has been not knowing when to push back when we do not feel valued. In artistry and content, you are only as good as your next project so oftentimes we accept less than what we deserve due to the fear that it won’t come again. However, we have learned to know our value and stick with it. In the next 3-5yrs, what are the goals you have planned for your career?

That’s hard to say as your craft is always changing and with that so are your interests. Our plan is to have created a product that we can be proud of that we can share with our supporters. We want to create generational wealth that we can pass down to our children to

allow them to chase their dreams. We do have a podcast coming out soon though called “Don’t Mention It” that we are really excited about. It’ll allow us to have more candid conversations very similar to this. Why do you think it’s such a challenge for black content creatives to make it in the industry?

This is the burning question! So in our experience, we don’t feel that we get equal opportunities first and foremost. However, the bigger issue is that we have allowed the industry to put in our heads that only one of us can be successful. Meaning, we are now against each other instead of working collaboratively. We don’t communicate about our offers, business, or anything related out of fear that that person will take that opportunity from

Terrell and Jarius are two millennial gay dads who are happily raising their two children, Ashton and Aria, in the Greater Atlanta area. Their story, one that shows that your dream can be a reality has inspired the more than 50,000 subscribers on Youtube, 1 million followers on TikTok, and over 200,000 followers on Instagram, who they affectionately call the T&J family. By the age of 22 years old, Terrell and Jarius completed their undergraduate degrees, became homeowners, and successfully conceived their first child via surrogacy. Unfortunately, they lost that baby at 20 weeks gestation. While some would have given up after experiencing a moment like that, the dynamic duo turned their negative situation into a positive one. They continued to try and at their wedding reception in 2017 surprised their family and friends with their two adorable children. In March 2018, they launched their Youtube channel and quickly realized their influence potential. The brand and story of Terrell and Jarius is unique and powerful beyond words. Their story is a story that resonates with a large audience and their fans trust their advice and support their recommendations. This is why they are selective with who they partner with. They only desire to work with brands who support their community and have products they believe in.

you. When the reality is we would be so much further ahead if we communicated and banded together to create change in the industry. What personal advice will you give an aspiring artist who’s trying to pursue a career in the same field as you? Our advice would be to first be yourself and create content that makes you proud. Secondly, treat this career as you would any other! Ask questions, network, and learn as much as you can from others who have been successful. We truly believe we have had the success we’ve had because we took a huge interest in learning every aspect of this business and not leaving it in the hands of everyone else.


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My mom and sister are my biggest influences. From a child to now, they’ve supported and always made me feel like I could do anything I put my mind to; even when I didn’t think I could. That, during difficult moments, gave me the strength to continue moving forward towards my dreams. As a Black content creative, why do you think the inclusive of black diversity is important? It’s important because it allows us to tell “our stories” in a way that may not have been seen. The culture needs US (period).

What have been your biggest challenge you’ve had and the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far on your journey of artistry or to success?

A challenge for me (at the beginning of my career) was sustaining confidence in my abilities as an actor after hearing No’s (from bookings/ casting directors, etc). Auditioning can be a confidence killer (lol);

It’ll leave you questioning yourself “Is this truly for me?” But, through my love and passion for acting (and film), I learned to take the bad with the good. My biggest lesson was learning not to take things personally. Meaning, if I go out for a job and I do my very best but not land the part; it’s all good. I just wasn’t right for that particular role. Have faith (because it will happen) when all you hear are YESssss (lol). In the next 3-5yrs, what are the goals you have planned for your career? A few of my goals are definitely booking more and larger roles in Film & TV. I would love to do broadway acting overseas one day! I also plan to continue growing my network, GLO MEDIA; producing & directing my own content. In addition to, showcasing and featuring content from other filmmakers and artists.

black creatives are overlooked and are not offered the same opportunities as our white counterparts; But, I feel another reason is, we lack partnerships and collaboration within our own community. There needs to be more unity and support from one another. We could all eat and have great opportunities if we unify and not look at each other solely as competition. What personal advice will you give an aspiring artist who’s trying to pursue a career in the same field as you?

Keep your eyes on the prize. There will be difficulties and times of rejection, loneliness, career not moving as fast as you like, lack of support, etc. Stay focused, believe in yourself. Those are the people that win.

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Hailing from Detroit, Michigan the now Los Angeles resident Gary LaVard knew he was destined for greatness. From his tall physique, standing at 6’4”, it was easy for him to be sought out to model for major brands to ripping the runway in fashion week. Not stopping there, he went on to recreate the body cast for the famous black power pose made famous by bronze Olympian John Carlos which is now on display in Washington D.C. at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. As with anyone, he wanted more and searched for more opportunities that would widen his range as an entertainer. From independent films, digital web series, television shows, feature films and music; Gary has proved that hard work doesn’t go unnoticed. From appearances in Oprah’s hit show, Greenleaf, Will Packer’s, LITTLE, to producing his own digital series, My Life, currently screening at the Urban Media Makers Film Festival under the actors imprint, GLO Media Network. LaVard is undeniably building his legacy for the world to see that he’s more than just looks and abs.

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My biggest influence is the unlikely Raven Simone. She’s someone who’s lasted in the industry from childhood to adulthood. I’ve always found her comedic style to be similar to my own. To see how she’s grown and stayed relevant through it all has been so inspiring.

In some cases, if it’s not a hot topic or trend at the moment, some people won’t care to watch it. I’d say the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that you can be at the top in one moment and that moment can be gone the very next day so it’s important to live in that moment and take advantage of opportunities while they last.

As a Black content creative, why do you think the inclusive of black diversity is important?

In the next 3-5yrs, what are the goals you have planned for your career?

I think it’s important to include black creators because blacks have been the most influential people in so many instances. From clothes to music, dance, slang, hair…black people have continued to influence the world. We would be lacking so much without black creators.

What has been your biggest challenge you’ve had and the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far on your journey of artistry or to success?

My biggest challenge has been keeping up with social media trends to stay “relevant”. I prefer to do my own thing in the ways I create my content.

I plan to start making my own short films and sitcoms/series. I’ve been wanting to produce my own content for a while. At this point, I’m just saving up for the equipment to do that. Feel free to donate if you’re reading this. Haha!

Why do you think it’s such a challenge for black content creatives to make it in the industry?

can literally do the exact same thing as other popular nonblack creators, and my content won’t reach nearly the views or engagement theirs did.. even if I do it better. I don’t have their appearance. Talent doesn’t always matter, and that’s a huge problem in the industry. What personal advice will you give an aspiring artist who’s trying to pursue a career in the same field as you?

Stay true to yourself and what you expect from your content. It’s okay to follow trends you have an interest in, but don’t lose yourself trying to keep up with everyone else. It will dim your light and hold you back from your true potential. It’s also good to take breaks to prevent burn out.


To a lot of people, blacks aren’t seen as commercially beautiful as others may be or have the “look” people are into conventionally. If we’d been seen as equals to our counterpart creators from the beginning, there would be no challenges, but I

I’m a Louisiana native, but have moved to quite a few places. I’ve found myself in Atlanta, Georgia now hoping to plant some roots and leave my mark in some way. Creating is my passion. Whether it’s producing video content, creating a new makeup look, or working on new music, I love to create new works of art through talents and interests I’ve picked up over the years. I’ve been making a living as a social media influencer and content creator for over four years, and I couldn’t have been more surprised by the way that happened. There is so much I want to accomplish in the entertainment industry...acting in, producing, and directing projects, releasing my own makeup line... I’d mention it all, but I think it’s best to just let it all happen so I can say I told you so. haha.

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“What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.” -Buddha

Magali Beauvue AKA Makeupmag is THE hottest trendsetting makeup artist of the century, with a deep passion for art and an extensive & versatile portfolio to show for it. Magali is renowned for her “Celebrity Makeup Transformations” where she effortlessly transforms herself into anybody or anything with just a swipe of her makeup brush. Originally from Paris, France, Magali travels around the world for exciting and challenging makeup events. As a proud mother, she enjoys spending time at home with her daughter on the island of St. Maarten. It is here where she resides and creates the majority of her transformations & artwork. Magali’s work has been featured in a plethora of social media outlets and is highly recognized by top artists and celebrities. Her ultimate goal in this industry is to develop a personalized makeup line and brand. She’s taking this industry by storm…make sure to stay tuned with Makeupmag for all of her upcoming projects! You won’t want to miss out.

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Jason Colbert, I am an Oil Painter that is inspired by childhood and color. My work is more than painting what I see; but rather, I paint what I hope to see. My mission is to bring out the childhood inside of you through my technique of colorism- an art style in which vibrant paint pigments are intertwined with deep life ideals. Life in Colors Studio was founded in 2018 after my extensive training at Memphis College of Art. It now stands on the famous words by Denzel Washington who said, “without commitment, you will never start, without consistency, you will never finish.� I am now committed to transforming the way we view the world and will be consistent in living life full of colors.

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BLACK SESAME CUPCAKES by Jamie Vespa, MS, RD | Photography: Caitlin Bensel

There’s nothing artificial about these dramatically hued treats. Supermoist (and whole-grain) chocolate cupcakes get their blackout color from black sesame seeds and antioxidant-rich dark cocoa powder. These desserts are delicious and better for you, with every bit of fun, festive flair you crave.

Active: 25 mins Total: 1 hr 50 mins Yield: Serves 12 (serving size: 1 cupcake)


Cupcakes: Baking spray with flour ½ cup black sesame seeds, plus more for garnish 2 eggs cup granulated sugar ½ cup plain whole-milk Greek yogurt ¼ cup 2% reduced-fat milk ¼ cup canola oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 ½ ounces whole-wheat pastry flour (about 1 cup) 3 tablespoons dark chocolate cocoa powder 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon kosher salt

DIRECTIONS Step 1 Divide batter among prepared muffin cups. Bake at 350°F for 17 to 19 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan; cool completely on wire rack. Spread frosting evenly on cupcakes, and garnish with black sesame seeds. Step 2 SNEAKY SUBSTITUTION We skipped the artificial food dyes and instead used red-orange goji berries to achieve naturally colored frosting. Goji berries are packed with eye-healthy vitamin A and can be found at most well-stocked supermarkets in the dried fruit or bulk bin section.

Step 3 Place cream cheese and 1/2 cup yogurt in the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on high until smooth. Add powdered sugar; beat on low until combined. Add goji mixture; beat on medium until combined. Chill 30 minutes. Step 4 To prepare cupcakes, preheat oven to 350°F. Line 12 muffin cups with liners; coat with baking spray. Place sesame seeds in a mini food processor; process until seeds form a paste. Place in a bowl. Whisk in eggs, granulated sugar, 1/2 cup yogurt, milk, oil, and vanilla. Step 5 Whisk flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Add sesame seed mixture to flour mixture; whisk to combine.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 261 calories; fat 13g; saturated fat 3g; mono fatg; poly fatg; protein 6g; carbohydrates 32g; fiber 3g; cholesterolmg; ironmg; sodium 275mg; calcium 14% DV; potassium 2% DV; sugars 21g; added sugar 16g.

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CANDY CORN COOKIE by Julia Dowling Rutland | Photography: Jennifer Davic Those fancy Halloween slice-and-bake cookies are a breeze to make at home thanks to a little food coloring. And trust us, these candy corn cookies are infinitely more delicious than the Halloween candy they’re inspired by (no offense if you like candy corn). Easy to make and absolutely adorable, these autumn-inspired treats are as perfect to send for the kids’ school Halloween party as they are to bring to your own fall festivities. You can even prep the dough a few days in advance and refrigerate, so that baking of the candy corn cookies is a breeze on the day you plan to eat them. Just follow the recipe through step 3, and be sure to wrap the loaf pan tightly with a few layers of plastic wrap.

Prep: 50 mins Chill: 2 hrs Bake: 7 mins Total: 2 hrs 57 mins Yield: Makes 10 dozen


DIRECTIONS Step 1 Beat butter and sugar together at medium speed with an electric mixer 2 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Combine flour, salt, and lemon zest; gradually stir into butter mixture. Step 2 Divide dough into 3 equal pieces (about 1 1/4 cups each); tint 1 piece with yellow food coloring. Tint another piece orange using red and yellow food coloring. (Add 1 to 2 teaspoons flour to orange dough if food coloring makes it softer than other colors.) Step 3 Place white, untinted dough in bottom of a 9- x 5-inch loaf pan, pressing down. Top with orange dough and then yellow, pressing down. Cover and chill 2 hours.

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MINI GHOST CUPCAKES by Jamie Vespa, MS, RD | Photography: Mark Thomas

Decorate mini chocolate cupcakes for the perfect Halloween treats by topping them with whipped topping in the shape of spooky ghosts and chocolate chips for their ghastly expressions. These cupcakes are perfectly portable and great to bring along to a your next Halloween bash!

Yield: 3 dozen cupcakes

INGREDIENTS 1 (12 oz.) container Cool Whip 3 doz. mini chocolate cupcakes 72 mini chocolate chips 36 regular chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS Step 1 Fit a pastry bag with a plain round tip (or use a plastic bag with a corner snipped off). Fill bag with Cool Whip. Pipe cream into peaks on each cupcake. Step 2 Position two mini chocolate chips as eyes and one regular chocolate chip as a mouth on each ghost, flat ends facing out. (Cupcakes may be refrigerated for up to 3 hours. Bring to room temperature before decorating.)

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 86 calories; fat 4g; saturated fat 3g; protein 1g; carbohydrates 12g; fiber 1g; cholesterol 6mg; sodium 52mg.

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SERVED HAND PIES by Callie Nash | Photography: Red Duprees

This freaky-delicious treat serves up classic flavors with a Halloween twist. Impress your guests with sweet cherry filling in flakey puff pastry... in the shape of a human hand.

Active: 20 mins Total: 50 mins Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: 1 pie)

INGREDIENTS 2 Pie crust ¾ cup Canned cherry pie filling 1 Large egg, lightly beaten

DIRECTIONS Step 1 Preheat oven to 425°F. Unroll 1 pie crust on work surface. Cut two (8- x 5-inch) hands from pie crust; place on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush edges and fingers of one dough hand with beaten egg; spoon 3 tablespoons pie filling in center of hand. Top with second dough hand, pressing edges and fingers together to seal. Crimp edges around base of hand with a fork. Use a paring knife to score knuckles and fingernails as desired. Brush surface of hand lightly with beaten egg. Step 2 Bake at 425°F until golden brown, 16 to 18 minutes, shielding edges and fingers as needed to prevent over browning (filling may ooze slightly). Cool on pan 10 minutes. Serve warm or gently transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

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by Whitney Perry

Celebrity Halloween costumes are always a highlight of the spooky season because you can always count on the stars to pull out all the stops when it comes to dressing up…even during a pandemic. Need proof? Just take a look back at the very extra celebrity Halloween costumes over the years, from Kim Kardashian West and Jonathan Cheban (who did a next-level take the Tiger King) to The Weekend. And let’s not forget the Halloween queen herself, Heidi Klum, who each year somehow tops her costume from the one before.

There are other standout celebs, like Ciara and her son Future, who never disappoint. Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner, meanwhile, are starting to become perennial favorites. (Their Gomez and Morticia Addams look? Incredible!) As for 2020, Lil Nas X just kicked off #HalloweenatHome by dressing up as…well, you got to see it to believe. Whatever the celebrity Halloween costume idea, stars are always taking their spooky themes to new heights. Here are the most epic (and in some cases, most over-the-top) celebrity Halloween costumes of all time.

Lizzo as a WAP

Lizzo’s second costume this Halloween is the perfect ode to “WAP” by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion. Dressed as a Wet Ass Pussy(cat), Lizzo even gave us a whole new music video on Instagram—and it was sexy as hell. “Now THAT’S some wet ass pussy,” she captioned the video on October 31. I mean, Cardi B did say she wanted Lizzo to appear in the original video….

The Weeknd as The Nutty Professor

The Weeknd nailed Halloween 2020 by dressing up as Sherman Klump from The Nutty Professor. Not only was the singer unrecognizable, but he totally nailed his impersonation of Eddie Murphy’s iconic character.

Kim Kardashian West and Jonathan Cheban as the subjects of Tiger King Kardashian West is Carole Baskin, and Cheban is Joe Exotic.

Beyoncé and Jay Z as Florence Griffith Joyner and Tommie Smith

Music royalty as track-and-field royalty— you love to see it.

Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner as Gomez and Morticia Addams They look amazing—snap, snap.

Ciara and Future as Cardi B and Offset Ciara obviously looks incredible as Cardi B on the cover of her Invasion of Privacy album, but the scene-stealer here is definitely her son Future as Cardi’s on-again, off(set)-again partner, Migos rapper Offset. Like, this kid has so much attitude!

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Lil Nas X as Nicki Minaj

The Minaj mirage is complete! Lil Nas X took his starship to the old town road as Nicki Minaj for Halloween this year. The rapper posted a series of images on Twitter, complete with a reference photo that proved how well he channeled the queen of the Barbz. Legends as legends.

Heidi Klum as…everything in her Halloween horror movie If you can’t celebrate Halloween with a party, do it with a movie night! Of course, Halloween queen Heidi Klum couldn’t just rent something on VOD; she had to make her own horror movie with her kids. Obviously, her dress-up game did not disappoint. In her scary short, she disguises herself as a wall and a bed…before being murdered by her own mummy children. We’d expect nothing less.


Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel as the Legos Wholesome family fun for the Timberlake-Biel clan.

Gabrielle Union and Kaavia James Union Wade

Union and her daughter wore matching costumes this year, tributing the actor’s iconic character in Bring It On. There must be some Clovers in the atmosphere.

Kendall Jenner as Pamela Anderson in Barb Wire

Kendall Jenner channeled Pamela Anderson’s character from the 1996 cult-classic film Barb Wire on Halloween 2020. The model and reality star shared photos from a photo shoot via Instagram that sees her sporting Barb’s blond hair, leather bodysuit, and black thigh-high boots while sitting on a motorcycle. “Don’t call me babe,” she wrote in the caption. “Happy Halloween! GO VOTE!!!”

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You know I love you – from way back! Thanks for having me! I have several literary mentors. Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, and James Baldwin are the ones whom I’ve studied for years. Their influence, I believe, is evident in my writing. I will also say that it was the dearly departed E. Lynn Harris who’s work really made me feel like I could actually do this…for real. A couple of nights ago I saw you posted a new blog on your website about storytelling and OMG! If you could only hear me yelling as I

read through it. You’re always dropping gems and I LOVE IT! Those who know me know I’m a sucker for quotes! When you started the post with a Maya Angelou quote, I was on the floor after that one! The quote stated, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.” Tell me what you got out of it and a little about your take on storytelling? That Angelou quote has been apart of my life for over twenty years now, and it’s forced me to be honest and authentic when expressing myself. Regarding writing – it is our job as storytellers to create real characters. We must always be true to what that character has to say – no matter how good or egregious. This goes for nonfiction storytelling as well. Once we get over that hump,

it’s easier to flush out dynamic, three-dimensional characters and stories. Mannnn! When I tell you the relief I felt when I finally finished and released my first book about my journey through kidney disease, it’s like I felt the weight slowly lighten on my shoulders. Over the 12+ years of writing and stopping and writing and stopping, the

Travis A. Scott hails from Jesup, GA, a small rural town in the south. He discovered his gift of writing at a very early age, and from there, he honed his craft. His adolescent and teenage years offered a vast array of life experiences he would be sure to write about in his near future. His journey has lead him from journalist, writer, broadcast motivational speaker, and now, filmmaker. His first short film project, Phantoms, was released in the spring of 2020 on Amazon Prime Video. He is currently working on several new projects slated for 2021. Follow him on his journey as he tells interesting stories from his unique perspective.

feeling kept nagging me until I got back to writing and get it out. Why do you think people are so hesitant to share these stories that could help or even save someone’s life? I think it’s because

vulnerability, sometimes, isn’t fun. It can be downright scary! The anxiety of putting ourselves out

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First of all, I’ve been wanting to get to sit and chat with you for the longest! So thank you for taking the time to be here. I’m such a fan of your writing! Who are some of your biggest influences and why?

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there for the world to judge and scrutinize can be heavy, honey! But, once we decide to shoot that shot…then we shoot. To hell where the shells fall. We must also realize that there are people out there who need to hear our stories.

When you learn that advice, let me know! Listen, baby, I jumped into the deep without a net. I had no earthly idea of what to do. All I had was a script. I researched local creatives. I found a knowledgeable Director of Photography. He, along with my team of friends, taught me everything I know at this point. So, I’d say, do your research. And enlist the help of knowledgeable artists.

On your journey through life and your years of writing, what will have been the biggest challenge thus far, and what has been your bestlearned lesson?

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Procrastination has been a challenge. I’ve been writing my debut novel for over ten years at this point! Like you said – the starts and stops are a whole fool. But, once you decide to finish, you will finish. I’m proud to say that I am nearing the end of that particular journey, and I hope to have the book available in the very near future.


What are the plans you have for the next 3-5 years in your career?

Isn’t that a loaded question! And I have an answer! I plan to be settled into writing and filmmaking full-time. Now, at 40, I am clear about my purpose to create. My job is to prepare and position myself to do that. Speaking of career, you’ve transitioned from writer and dabbed into filmmaking. Your short film Phantom is now

Travis thank you so much for your time, it is really an honor. Thank you for all you do with your craft, the art community defiantly needs it. But before I let you go, do you have any last words for our readers or your supporters? available to watch on Amazon Video! Congratulations on that, I’ve literally watched it about 3-4 times, it’s soo good! I know the feeling of excitement and nervousness at the same time with the release of big and personal projects. Going through the many drafts, auditions, filming, editing, and now it’s out for the public to see. How does it feel now for you that it’s out and how has the response from the public been so far since the release? Aww, I’m glad you liked Phantoms! That makes me happy! Listen when I dropped that movie on Amazon Prime Video, I was a nervous WRECK!

I’d worked so hard for so many months to take this vision from my mind to the screen – and for the moment to actually arrive – bubble guts, let’s be clear. The response has been humbling and amazing! More to come. What advice would you give to an aspiring writer or filmmaker looking to get into the industry?

I just want to let you know how proud I am of you! I’ve watched you grow into such an ambitious young creative, and I couldn’t be happier! Thank you for having me; it’s a great honor. To all my creatives out there – C R E A T E! Also, keep up with me and my brand at I am working on several projects, so stay tuned to see what happens next.


“This project was very personal to me, I shared things on this project that I’ve never spoken about out loud. I dealt with depression pretty heavy after my last break up with my ex. I felt like it broke me in half, where there was no one to reach out to. I felt this project reminds me of that dark place I was in, which is where the cover idea came from. I wanted to show just how low I felt in spirit...with only my hands representing....survival.”


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Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. R&B Hip Pop Artist JoWork first started his mark with his comedy style reality show titled “The Life Of JoWork” which featured his family and friends & his motivating videos on YouTube. He then hit the music scene late 2010 with dance number “Put Me Out” which to date has been watched over 30k times. As of late, JoWork recently released his debut EP which peaked at #41 on the ITUNES charts in the US...and #17 in Hungary streaming over 15k first week.

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In just a couple of years since being available for worldwide use, TikTok has skyrocketed in popularity. More than 800 million users call the platform home, and already there are several standout TikTok influencers. TikTokers share their messages through short 15-second videos on any topic under the sun. Most TikTok influencers choose to focus their videos in a single niche like comedy, beauty, fitness, dance, etc. Even when choosing a niche, however, many TikTokers also participate in challenges on the platform. This gives them the opportunity to reach an even broader audience while still bringing their own personality and style to the challenges. Viral videos (videos that get really popular) are shown on each user’s “for you” page. This page is what shows up when you open the app and uses TikTok’s algorithm to show you content similar to the content you’ve watched and engaged with in the past. It’s likely you’ll find that your “for you” page is filled with people very similar to you.

Having said that, it’s important to mention that TikTok, like Youtube, has a bit of a diversity platform. Not that the users of the platform aren’t diverse—they are. But, Black creators have pointed out that their content has largely been left out of the “for you” pages, even for other Black creators with similar niches. TikTok has pledged to take steps to ensure that this gets remedied, but in the meantime, how do you find Black TikTok influencers who are creating the content you want to see? In this article, we’re showcasing 20 Black TikTok influencers across niches like comedy, music and dance, fashion and beauty, food, and fitness. Black TikTok influencers are well-represented across multiple niches on the platform. And, what’s really fantastic about TikTok’s algorithm is that the more you follow Black TikTok influencers and like the content they create, the more they’ll show up on your “for you” page. This makes them a lot easier to find. Here are our picks for the top Black TikTok influencers you need to go follow right now.


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20 Every Black TikTok influencer on this list is here because they are ridiculously talented at the content they create. If you’re on TikTok, you’re probably already following some of these influencers. If you’re not, what are you waiting for?

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I’ve been acting for 20 years now, I can’t believe it, make me feel old lol! I started early, when I was 13, my mother was homeschooling me at the time and enrolled me

into The Flint Youth Bower Theatre. There I learned basic techniques that still help me even today. My mother is one of my influences, she always had the drive to learn and try new things and live her life abundantly. Also, Denzel Washington and Leonardo Dicaprio are two other influences of mine. Both of them not only play a role but become the role with much conviction and commands the audience’s attention. I remember maybe two years ago, you invited me out one night to see you in a show at the Buckman performing arts center. Even though the role was

small, you definitely made your presence known and unforgettable. As an actor myself, it can be challenging to stand out in small roles. What are some of the techniques or skills you use to make your characters stand out or unforgettable? As they say in the theatre world, there is no such thing as a small role. No matter what role I get, it can be as an extra just standing in the background, I’m going to bring life to that character and make it interesting and unforgettable.

Fatima Gray is an actress and writer who started her career at a local performing arts school in Flint, Michigan. She’s developed an interest in writing while in high school, writing short stories and songs. In 2008, Gray moved to Memphis and enrolled at Southwest Tennessee Community College, where she earned her associate degree in theater and speech. Over the years of her acting career, she has performed on stages in Chicago, Nashville, Memphis, and also back in her hometown of Flint, Michigan. Gray created a Youtube series called “The film student journey.” In this series, she tracks her journey of becoming a filmmaker, showcasing her skits, short films, and interviews of local people who are in the film community.

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First of all, I’m super excited to sit and chat with you. We met years ago through a mutual friend and graduated Community College together back in 2012. Every since I’ve known you, you’re always on the move; having acting gig after gig and after gig lol! You be working honey! I’m definitely inspired by your work ethic and grind. Tell me, how long have you been acting, who are your biggest influences, and why?


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A couple of months ago, I heard the outstanding Mrs. Viola Davis say when she goes through the auditioning process, she only goes for certain parts. What about you? Do you have a certain type of female character you shoot for when auditioning, or what is your process?

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I used to audition for roles (mailman, maid, homeless person) that I thought no one would audition for just so I could get cast easily. Now, I like to challenge myself and go after the difficult roles to hone my craft and strengthen character development skills. You also have to have boundaries when choosing roles; accepting any role just to be seen will postpone your growth and won’t display the skills you have trained so hard for.


I believe about a year or so ago, I’ve seen you transition to acting on film. Which would you say you like better, on stage or film acting and why? I like both! Theatre is where I’ve gotten the most training. Theatre disciplines and grounds me to be a better actress in front of the camera.

I came across some of your recent YouTube videos and heard through the grapevine that you’re working on a new comedy skit? Tell us more about that.

My new comedy skit “MasterClass: How to be a background actor”. I’m making fun of the Youtube series MasterClass. I love the series, I was thinking to myself how funny it would be to have this fictional actress talk about her career as an extra in films. Within the series, they have almost every professional career you can think of, so having an actress share her skills as a background actor will be hilarious. As an extra, it doesn’t take much skill; it’s just following directions and pantomiming in the background lol! That will be hilarious!! I can’t wait to check that out! I know it’s going to be great! Now throughout your acting career thus far, what has been the biggest challenge you’ve had, and the biggest lesson you’ve learned along your journey?

My biggest challenge was my finances. I mean let’s be honest, there are some things you can’t do without money (traveling, headshots, education, shelter, and food). It hindered me early on from taking my career further. Also, not having much of a support system played a part as well. In order for me to stay motivated and pursue my acting dreams, I had to work jobs I hated to fund my career. My biggest lesson was being patient, and not rushing the process for things to happen. That’s why I admire social media platforms, it gives a space for artists to display their talent while waiting on that next gig.

Exactly! That’s how it be sometimes. You gotta do what you gotta do to get to where you want to go. The journey to success isn’t easy at all. But if it’s something you have a passion for, it’ll be all worth it in the end. What advice from your personal experience will you give to an aspiring actress or actor looking to get into the field? Hone your skill, put as much work into it as you would do any other job. Educate yourself about the craft; take a lot of acting classes, and read a lot of books. Become passionate about acting and learn as much as you can from your peers. One thing I would study is character development. Learning to break down the character to who they are, what’s their back story, where they come from, how they talk, and what’s their motivation; This is what brings a character to life.

That is so good! Well, I hate to say it but Ms. Fatima that’s the end of the interview. I don’t want to let you go because this was a lot of fun and good to catch up! But I want to respect your time. Thank you again for taking a moment to sit and chat with me. Keep striving and pushing for the stars making your presence known! People are definitely watching. Before I let you go, do you have any last words for our readers or your supporters?

Please be patient, it takes time to get where you want to be. Don’t stop studying and take up different skills like dance, singing, karate, learn a different accent or language. It makes you a better candidate when getting that role. Be kind and don’t give up! Peace!

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