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Tivoni Brundage

. I want to make a statement with my artwork in a way people can see and feel; artwork that’s blatant and in your face. When it comes to doing business with other people, my main thing is helping other people to heal.

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Kailani Dobson | Dance

Kailani Dobson is a local installation artist with a background in movement-based works and a love for film and textiles. She is passionate about making dance more accessible by taking performances off the stage and exclusively performing in galleries and public spaces.

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Ralph McCoy | PHF Designs

Ralph McCoy of PHF Design is a freelance Graphic Designer and photographer that has an extreme passion for helping small business brand themselves. It all started back in 2006 when he design his first logo for a billiards company. The idea of desiging something from notes taking from client and a blanks sheet of paper. I felt designing was something new and exciting, it gave me chills, those chills soon would turn into my passion! Natively from Kansas City, Mo , he now lives in Fountian, Co. Networking and attending MBC events has allow him to connect with small business and grow his business even more!

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Rebecca Vanterpool

At the age of 8 my son wanted to learn how to flip. After researching some we came across Capoeira. After 6 months of training it was time for Batizado or ranking ceremony. Seeing the the beautiful movements performed at a higher level inspired me to join as well. During my 12 years training I was introduced to Samba and other wonderful dances of the Afro Brazilian culture. Intrigued by the quick step, hip movement and percussions, I was hooked.

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Porshaca Stokes

Upcoming Author for 2020. Her genres include Fantasy, suspense, fiction and self help. Her passion for storytelling with her son fostered her first publishing creation “Omni”. A  book series for children. Her enjoyment of mystery and the unknown propels the new author to share her stories with the world. 

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Theo Wilson

Theo Wilson is a founding member of the Denver Slam Nuba team, who won the National Poetry Slam in 2011. He began his speaking career in the N.A.A.C.P. at the age of 15 and has always had a passion for social justice.

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Stephanie “Just A Vessel” James

Stephanie James, also known as “Just A Vessel,” is a poet, singer, speaker, and event host. Originally from Colorado Springs, CO, she graduated from Sierra High School and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.

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Porsha Stuckey | The Lovely Rebel

Lovely Rebel is a very soulful and intentionally provocative spoken word poet who believes, “people connect to realness.” Formerly Mz. Skribble, a novice yet formidable poet groomed in Atlanta, GA, the artist has been writing and performing captivating poetry for over a decade. 

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Tanya Salih

Violinist and singer/songwriter Tanya Salih, known simply as Zanib, sings with a voice imbued with pride for one’s cultural heritage

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Acuna Black

Acuna Black formerly known as Ill Se7en, another longtime MC and advocate for social progress, is an unrelenting force of message and substance.

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Ebenezer Yebuah

Ghana-born singer Ebenezer Yebuah, known by his stage name Mawule, began his musical journey at church. Propelled by human connection and empowerment,

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Jawai Williams

Jawai Williams is a senior at Widefield High School with a 3.0 GPA.   Her favorite subject is science due to all the theory and creativity in that field.  Jawai is a phenomenal vocalist who has received a multitude of awards for her accomplishments.  She is currently exploring several HBCUs and would like to obtain a degree in Nursing and minor in music.  Her ultimate dream is to become a singer.

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Jeff Fard | Multimedia Journalist

Jeff  S.  Fard,  Colorado  native,  known  as  Brother  Jeff,    is a multimedia journalist, historian, and community organizer. Fard is a national speaker to youth, students, social organizations, and professionals. There are a vast amount of topics Fard speaks on like cultural identity and history, diversity, self-empowerment, community building, economic development, health disparities, and the uniting power or art. Brother Jeff’s Cultural Center, founded in 1994, is located in the historic Five Points District of Northeast Denver. It was a space established for nurturing growth, strength, and develop the voice of the community. Brother Jeff is also a publisher and editor of the award-winning monthly publication 5 Points News.

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Ace Entertainment

Ace Entertainment was founded in 1979, in Detroit, Michigan also known as The Motor City, the home of Motown Music, and the Automotive Capital of the World!

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Latisha Hardy | Dance & Company

“I am a professional dancer, and I own a studio. I teach anywhere from beginner level to pre-professional adult dancers in various styles of Latin dances. We are getting more into pop and more traditional dances like ballet, modern, Brazilian and break dancing. The overall goal is to diversify the curriculum to give people a wide range of body movement. I also host social events around town so people can have fun, practice what they’re learning and also be social, hanging out and making new friends.”

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Tina Adams | Author

Tina Adam’s passion for writing began when she was a young girl writing for her high school newspaper. Since then, she has authored and co-authored three books to include her best-seller, “Out of Darkness.” Her next book, “Woman at The Well: Laugh, Love and God,” will be released in early 2020. Ms. Adams has always loved writing and sharing messages that God would give her through the written word. She began freelance editing in 2019, and soon after launched her editing company, Inkwell Edits. Her heart is rooted in helping people produce well-written works of art by ensuring their messages shine through without textual errors. Her repertoire is vast. She possesses expertise in copy-editing, as well as composing articles and book blurbs.

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Cynthia Camble | Author & Publisher

I am an unique visionary to bring your written project to life. With 20 years of Document and Information Management experience to include working in the Government, Non Profit, and Private sectors the power of the written word has always been my great passion.

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Brenda Jones | Author

A prolific writer. She is also a spiritual entrepreneur/business owner who ministers in the marketplace which helps to establish and host the Presence of God and bring healing to the body, soul and spirit of the people. She resides in Colorado Springs with her husband and her four Children.

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Natalie Sharp | Poet

Natalie Sharp is a Black writer, dancer, and activist from Savannah, GA, and based in Denver, CO. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing

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Kylee C | Poet

Kylee is a Denver based poet, visual, and performance artist who works with non-profit organizations to create healing through art.

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Rosenna Bakari

Dr. Bakari is an author, advocate, and scholar. She is a role model for those whose life experiences have been steeped in challenges of oppression.

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Cicely Okain | R&B/Soul/Pop

Cicely O’Kain is an artist in every since of the word. A free spirit who uniquely expresses her artistry through music, design, poetry and a sheer appreciation for life. Her infectious sound and style appeals to all when she’s center stage. Inspired by the sounds of Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Chaka Kahn, and many other R & B legends. Her style is an eclectic mix of R&B and soul with whimsical twist. She’s vibrant and keeps her audiences entertained with her endearing stage presence.

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Harold Rapp III | Saxophonist

Harold Rapp III was born in New Orleans as a second generation PK (Preacher’s Kid) and was raised in the church. His love for the sax came at age 10 and he started his career as a performer by 12.

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The Reminders | Hip Hop/Folk

The reminders are a reggaae fusion group made up of Big Samir & Asia Black. They have been performing artist and a a couple for over a decade. They have released 2 albums and have toured all around the world. They are one of the premier music groups out of Colorado Springs.

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Kid Astronaut | Singer & Songwriter

KID ASTRONAUT is an artist, dreamer, visionary and creator.   He was recently a featured artist at TedxBoulder, his music was featured on 303 Music Volume 2 a compilation album from 303 Magazine and he’s played stages from music festivals to venues in London, England.  

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Wes Watkins | Singer

“I strive to use my music to encourage people to experience the individual. I believe if you can acknowledge and accept the entirety of yourself you will find perspective in your perception of others. No matter housing status, economic status, race, gender, political association, etc. In our quickly changing world I make music to create inclusive neighborhood, because the best change supports connection to community. “

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Alpha The Musical | Acoustic

I’ve always felt like my life is the plot for a musical and the only one who could write the score was me. I love talking to people through music because it allows for us to share a moment.

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Hott | Melvin Shaw | Hip Hop

Hailing from the bitterly cold surroundings of Syracuse, New York, comes a new emcee whose musical conviction is dedicated both to new and old generations of underground Hip-Hop fans alike. Utilizing a bevy of weapons in a ceaseless lyrical arsenal, HOTT engages his listeners with poignant rhymes that reflect on topics that range from politics to the ever-present struggle presented toward the oppressed in America and abroad

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DJ Cavem | Hip Hop Health Activist

From an early age DJ Cavem has had a deep connection to environmental activism and food justice. Raised in Denver’s Five Points district, often referred to as the Harlem of the West, his interest for gardening and hip hop helped him resist the snares of gang lifestyle. Becoming vegan at age 14, he said he felt a calling to speak about these issues in his songs, “especially since most of the neighborhoods considered food deserts were people of color.”

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Json Martin | Producer

What I’ve done is taken my music theory knowledge, my sound engineering knowledge, my photography and videography knowledge and kind of combined it together to create a real high-end finished product.

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Kennedy Pugh | Actor & Educator

An esteemed member of the vocal music and theatrical community in Pueblo, Kennedy is a Pueblo County High graduate with degrees in music, theatre and speech and has toured the country as a professional performing in musical theatre  Broadway runs. Kennedy’s professional career spans years of performing on such significant stages as the Virginia Stage Company, Lyric Stage and New Rep in Boston, Waterfront Playhouse in Key West, and the Denver Center and Arvada Center to name a few. Nominated for the Denver Post Ovation Award, his talents are vast and varied as a ‘triple threat.’

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Marisa Herbert | Actress

A Colorado Springs native who studied Theatre and Women’s Studies at the University of Northern Colorado. Marisa is an actor, director, and playwright, as well as an active member of the Colorado Springs theatre community. She has worked with the Fine Art Center, Millibo Art Theatre, TheatreWorks, Springs Arts Ensemble, and StarBar.

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Cherish Evans | Actress

I’ve always had such a bright personality. So my parents just kind of threw me into voice lessons and then I had a vocal teacher who also taught drama and then I kind of just knew after that.

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donnie l betts | Actor & Director

donnie l. betts is an Emmy Award winner filmmaker, 4 time CABJ award winning radio journalist and Broadway performer. He is a founding member of two theatre companies in Denver, City Stage Ensemble and Denver Black Arts Company.

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Abner Grenece | Actor

I am Abner Genesee and am a local actor, director, teacher, artist, father, Storyteller here in the Denver area. I am a member of Actors Equity Association.

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Maya Hastings | Actress

Maya Hastings has been performing as an actor since she was in elementary school via in-school educational arts programs. She played multiple characters, including Belinda Cratchit, in Theatreworks’ production of A Christmas Carol in 2018.  She also draws and plays violin and ukulele. She is a freshman in Palmer High School’s International Baccalaureate Program. She also participates in Speech and Debate. She loves Musical Theatre and hopes to pursue a career in either Performing Arts or History. 

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Lynne Hastings | Actor

As Interim Artists Director of Theatreworks, until late 2019, and with over 20 years of experience in theatre, Lynne Hastings has impacted many around her with her enthusiasm for the arts.

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Jordan Johnson | J Angel Visuals

Jordan Johnson of J Angel Visuals LLC is a freelance videographer/photographer that has an extreme passion for cinema and the art of photography. It all started back in 2013 when he picked up and saw the GoPro action camera. The idea of shooting and editing was something new and exciting and ever since then he has been able to grow in the art form of photography and grow into a full-time photographer/videographer. Natively from Colorado Springs, he now lives in Denver, Co in order to grow his business even more!

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Danielle Trina Photography

I’m in love with images and how images can tell the story of a person. Images are a universal language, they can speak to anyone. I want my images to make you stop, stare, and experience the same

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Dre Lamar Photography

My name is Andre’ and I am a photographer located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I enjoy photography because I like to bring out the best in each and every person that I photograph, from all range of ages. What makes me different from others is my passion for encompassing my clients vision, and really collaborating on concepts for the shoot.

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Brother Jeff’s Picks

Jeff  S.  Fard,  Colorado  native,  known  as  Brother  Jeff,    is a multimedia journalist, historian, and community organizer. Fard is a national speaker to youth, students, social organizations, and professionals. There are a vast amount of topics Fard speaks on like cultural identity and history, diversity, self-empowerment, community building, economic development, health disparities, and the uniting power or art. Brother Jeff’s Cultural Center, founded in 1994, is located in the historic Five Points District of Northeast Denver. It was a space established for nurturing growth, strength, and develop the voice of the community. Brother Jeff is also a publisher and editor of the award-winning monthly publication 5 Points News.

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Kevin C. Mitchell | Author

Kevin C. Mitchell is a community activist, emcee, and poet. As Executive Director of the Empowerment Solidarity Network, he works to lift up Families of Color and other marginalized groups throughout Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Rion Evans | A Comedian For Everyone

Rion Evans has been making people laugh for fifteen years. Initially, he did not pursue comedy, it found him when he accepted a job as a D.J., at a comedy club in Los Angeles. His position afforded him the opportunity to rub shoulders with numerous comedians who headlined at the club; and to his enjoyment, made them laugh! It was then, Evans realized he had a gift. Even as an amateur, his talent was formidable. “I started to realize I could obtain that same power they possessed on stage.”

Since this realization, Evans has steadily climbed his way to headlining and appearing at some of the nation’s top comedy clubs, networks, and festivals: BET’s One Mic Stand, Laugh Out Loud Network, Bill Bellemy’s Who’s Got Jokes?, and the Mo’Nique Show to name a few. “Being undeniable” and “making laughter the only option” are two philosophies Evans lives by. Evans continues to entertain, inspire, and delight audiences around the world.

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Robert Houston | Black Pegasus

Robert Houston II, commonly known as Black Pegasus throughout the music industry, is a Hip-Hop artist based in Colorado Springs. He is the current president and CEO of Brass Knuckle Entertainment. Mr. Houston considers himself a pioneer artist after contributing more than nineteen years to his craft. Having achieved nine Studio albums including Black Pegasus, Black by Popular Demand, and The Black Mexican, the Hip-Hop pioneer shows no sign of slowing down. After twenty years he has accomplished a diverse portfolio inclusive of music production, local and national concert performances, numerous music videos, collaborations, mixed tapes, and even voice-over acting! Mr. Houston owns his own studio, also located in Colorado Springs; a milestone he attributes to his ever-expanding platform. “I used to make a lot of money just being an artist, but my platform has grown, and I’ve been able to take advantage of that to make a living.”

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Poetry 719 | New Faces

Poetry  719   supports   the   freedom of self-expression through the spoken and written word. They  strive  to  network  with local and neighboring  communities  to  provide a forum wherein more diverse voices can be heard, validated, and celebrated. Phillip Curtis founded the organization. Together with Christopher Beasley and Ashley Cornelius, they sponsor enriching open mic events that reflect the experiences of the diverse community that surrounds them.

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Kristina Wright | The Social + Gallery Below + Pens & Needles

Kristina Wright is the owner of The Social, The Gallery Below and the award-winning Pen & Needles Tattoo shop in Colorado Springs. Kristina also served on the board of the Black Advisory Council for the El Pomar Foundation and won the “woman of influence” award in 2018. She is an army veteran and cares deeply about her community.

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Jeanette-Falu Bishop | Becoming A Legendary Photographer

I want to be able to capture a genuine photo. I want to be able to empower women and allow them to feel beautiful, to exists in photographs because our children are watching. If we don’t feel empowered and confident, our children won’t either. Many of my shoots have been inspired by Pelinda. She is from Kenya. She is a beautiful person inside and out and she is strong, her strength comes from within. I like to bring that out in her portraits. When I take photos, I try to find something that is interesting. Photos change the way you see yourself. I want to make legendary photos that you can pass down through generations. Photos that you can be proud of.

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