A Black woman wearing a red and white patterned top, a headwrap, and big earrings smilingat the camera. Her arms are crossed and she is standing in front of a black and white image.

Shanequa Gay

Shanequa Gay, an Atlanta native, received her AA in Graphic Design and Fashion Marketing from the Art Institute of Atlanta (1999), a BA in Painting from The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), summa cum laude (2015), and an MFA at Georgia State University.…

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Olivia Dawson

Olivia D. Dawson is an actor, a writer, a producer and an AOC (Artist of Color).  Dawson’s  work focuses not on expanding what it means to be Black in America, but continuing to expand the visibility of it.  The former is an explanation of her…

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A Black man wearing a purple suit and glasses playing a cello, against a grey wall.

Okorie Johnson

“Hereness is the first of all sacred things.” - OkCello  Okorie “OkCello” Johnson is an American cellist-songwriter whose artistry integrates cello performance, live-sound-looping, improvisation, and storytelling - all culminating in original compositions that collide classical with jazz, EDM, reggae, and funk.  His music is inspired…

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A Black man is smiling straight at the camera. He is wearing a dark blue button up shirt and is against a brown wall.

Garrett Turner

Garrett Turner is a native of Florence, Alabama and a proud member of Actors’ Equity. NYC: Bayano (National Black Theatre), The Dove (York Theatre Company), Acappella the Musical (NYMF). Regional: Thoughts of a Colored Man (Syracuse Stage/Baltimore Center Stage), Half Time (Jerry Mitchell; Paper Mill…

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A Black man with facial hair in a red, black, and tan patterned collard shirt looking straight ahead. He is wearing glasses and against a brown wall.

Fahamu Pecou

Fahamu Pecou is an interdisciplinary artist and scholar whose works combine observations on hip-hop, fine art and popular culture. Pecou’s paintings, performance art, and academic work addresses concerns around contemporary representations of Black masculinity and how these images impact both the reading and performance of…

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Sumayyah Ali

Sumayyah Ali is more than just the founder and CEO of Power Haus Creative, she is a community leader who mentors local artists, and helps them to develop sustainable careers. She has immersed herself in the local arts economy, and empowers visual artists to utilize…

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