Category: Self Submissions
Since 2004, Ms. Taylor has provided executive leadership for federal growth and expansion for Information Management Resources, Inc. (IMRI), a technology and engineering firm that provides comprehensive technical, engineering and cybersecurity services and solutions to federal government
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.
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!
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.
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.
As a leading expert in Managed IT Services and Cybersecurity for business, Firma IT Solutions offers a comprehensive solution to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of your business data. With operations in Key West, FL and Colorado Springs, CO, we are able to create jobs and provide opportunities to the new cyber workforce to better protect local businesses and consumer data.
The Colorado Springs Black Business Network is a group designed to create an environment of business, personal and community empowerment for black business professionals and business owners.
Ronnie started in the auto industry in 1993 - selling cars at a dealership in Minnesota. After 5 years he realized he wanted to offer his clients something more... He really wanted to offer a solution to people's needs instead of selling them a car that day. Becoming a broker has given him the opportunity to be unbiased about any car, and helpful to people. In 1998 Ronnie joined AutoSearch USA, and eventually bought the Southern Colorado franchise in 2007. "I love what I do! I like to help people, and I am looking forward to helping you!"
We are a multifaceted organization. We develop athletes to compete at the next level. We do community events to help raise funds for different community organizations.
Thomas Evans, a.k.a. Detour, is an all-around creative specializing in large scale public art, interactive visuals, portraiture, immersive spaces, and creative directing. His focus is to create work where art and innovation meet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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. “
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.
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
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.”
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
Chef Luchal aspires to become a major chain throughout the state of Colorado and United States. She plans to dedicate a percentage of her proceeds to a second endeavor; a program for troubled youth who have a passion for cooking.
Caffeinated Cow is a coffee and ice cream shop. They’ve created a friendly neighborhood location where members of the community may gather for fun or relaxation. Customers rave that the level of customer service is no less than stellar. Their ice cream and coffee selections are perfectly paired to create sensational flavoring. Caffeinated Cow eagerly invites you to visit soon. The best part about their establishment is you!
Spice Island Grill is a homey eatery that serves some of Jamaica’s favorite dishes, vegetarian items, wines, and liquors. Proud owner and master chef Ellen Skeets has devised a menu of delicious entrées. Each selection is a special, perfectly seasoned, delight. To consume them, is to be whisked away to an ambiance likened to the island itself. From the gracious service to the charming atmosphere, Spice Island Grill strives to provide a spectacular dining experience. On the weekends D.J. Smithy fills the room with music from the islands. Come in for a delicious Latin American meal, and the best Caribbean cuisine Colorado Springs has to offer. You won’t be disappointed!
English Dockside is the best fresh seafood restaurant in Colorado Springs which also serves fantastic burgers, ribs, and steaks. Don’t just take our word for it, read the online reviews. Since 2005, English Dockside has consistently won the “Best of Colorado Springs” award. Their signature dishes include Blue Crab Gumbo, Clam Chowder, Alaskan King Salmon, and Chilean Sea Bass. Their menu has succulent dishes for every palette. English Dockside invites you to come, eat heartily and drink deeply. Come see for yourself what the critics already know!
We provide quality products and services for men and women of all ages and ethnicities and specialize in hair extensions. It’s our desire to create a lasting experience for every customer, leaving them feeling amazing and loving their hair.
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.