OLD JAY, A PRODUCER.

Born in Stamford, Connecticut, Jay spent a short amount of time in Florida and was raised mostly in Norwalk, CT. He enjoy riding bikes and skateboards. This is his story. RAPPING/PRODUCING What sparked an interest in you to become a rapper/producer? I grew up in an extremely musical family. My father plays the organ, keyboard,…

JESSICA MBUYAMBA, CREATOR OF P.U.R.E. JESS

Jessica Mbuyamba is a 20 year old college student at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. She has embarked on a ministry for young women interested in remaining celibate until marriage. P.U.R.E. Jess believes that every woman can save herself for marriage if desired by adhering to God’s direction and being disciplined. The P.U.R.E…

ALANA BETHEA, A PHOTOGRAPHER.

Born in a small town, Nashua, which is located on the border between New Hampshire and Massachusetts, Alana Loren Bethea is the youngest sibling in the Bethea family. She lives in a predominately white town and grew up getting bullied as a child because she was different. Slowly, she learned that different is what makes…

MARCUS FLINT, THE “HOOD PICASSO.”

A Louisiana native, Marcus Flint (known as Louisiana Beedy,) is a 26 year old self-taught artist currently residing in Little Rock, AR. He has been painting since February 2014 and his goal is to inspire more young people to indulge in art. This is his story. Why do you do what you do? I’m usually painting commissioned…

ANDRE MENTIS, A DESIGNER.

The Culture You have a clothing line called The Culture, can you tell us a little bit about that? What made you decide to start a clothing line? What sparked the inspiration? We formally changed the name to D&D Clothing for legal purposes. I’ve always wanted to do something like this, but I was a college athlete…

EZENEZIE EZE, AN ENVISIONIST.

From Sicklerville, a small town in South Jersey, Ezenezie Eze is the youngest in his family behind his two brothers and sister. His parents moved to America as immigrants from Nigeria a little more than thirty years ago. Outside of photography, he aspires to work as a Biomedical Engineer and help create devices that will reduce the…

TROY JONES, A DESIGNER.

Professional weirdo and music connoisseur,  Troy A. Jones is from Lindenwold, New Jersey with some time spent in Sicklerville. He is currently attending Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Upon graduation, he plans to go to medical school to become an anesthesiologist. He’s an avid reader and a Scorpio. This is his story. YOUNG BLACK FOLKS You recently…

TY HARRIS, A PHOTOGRAPHER.

A Dallas native, Ty Harris was homeschooled for high school, which gave him a lot more free time to do whatever he wanted. That’s when he really got into photography. With his free time, he’d pick up the camera and shoot at anything he could find. Whether it be nature or people, he has a…