for creative women who are interested in elevating their lives, businesses, brands & careers.
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THE OFFICIAL COURSE FOR BLACK WOMEN CONTENT CREATORS
This is a bossed up course for Black Women who want to start their own businesses or careers in creative industries.
As of 2019, women made up 89% of consumer spending. Yet, we make up only about 3% of creative director and other chief creative officer roles for major brands or companies.
The purpose of the Black Women Creators Boss Up Course is to provide actionable strategies and hope to women of color who would like to start their own businesses or nontraditional careers in creative industries.
Check out the lessons below:
Keynote Speaker - Claire Sulmers
Founder of Fashionbombdaily - the industry’s leading fashion blogger chronicling fashionistas of color.
Past writer for Vogue Italia , Vogue Paris, and ESSENCE Magazine
With 11 years of experience, Claire has accumulated over 1.3 million followers, written a book “The Bomb Life”, and is now working on her 2nd book.
Other guest speakers include self portrait model Kimberly Douglas, award winning violinist Mapy Violinist, LA based dance Queen, Aryan Davenport and one of Beyonce's professional dancers, Corbin Hunter along with brand strategists, content creators and other creative business leaders.
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Kimberly Douglas - Khimberlie The girl in front and behind the camera
Averianna the Personality better known Nashville’s Urban Media Queen is a Nashville native, MTSU Blue Raider Alum and The Worlds Favorite Game Show Host. Averianna is most known for her viral NBA Young Boy video, BET’s red-carpet interviews or inspirational videos and post!Averianna has over 5 years of professional experience from living in LA walking the streets with our favorite celebrities to working locally in Nashville, TN on a daily talk show.
As a Nashville native, D’Llisha Davis has built her foundation through education, becoming a notable matriarch in the Nashville Hip Hop scene, providing spaces for all through event curation, and her work in the community. D’Llisha first made her mark in Music City as the owner of hip hop outlet and promotional marketing brand, 2Ls on a Cloud. 2Ls on a Cloud is a platform for the urban scene of Nashville as it pushes hip hop music from a local to a national level, stands as a concert booking company, and a constant reminder that there is far more to offer in Nashville than just the country music and cowboy boots. 2Ls on a Cloud is a responsible entity for booking various artists and tours such as Tobe Nwigwe, Schoolboy Q, Dom Kennedy, Isaiah Rashad, Future, amongst others. D’Llisha later developed her community driven brand Protect the Culture, which provides a space for multicultural communities driven through arts, music, and youth empowerment. Through her community work, D’Llisha has received accolades through her work in MNPS Schools, the homeless community, youth initiatives, and more. D’Llisha is known as a creative influencer that jump started successful events like The Set , a themed based party that has traveled across the country; NASHFEELS, an R&B party that has a remarkable turn out; the HERstory Brunch Series geared towards women empowerment, amongst other notable events. Through her work she has been nominated for various awards, notes as a top 40 under 40, recognized by TEDxNashville, spotlighted by Who Knew, and celebrated by Nike Culture Cultivator with her own Nike shoe.
Industry educator, content creator, and master creative – D. Jaurdane Ivory, is a self-taught maven of creative arts and services. Jaurdane has always possessed a niche for design and fine arts. As a child, with a precise eye and love for composition, she would make extravagant personalized cards out of card stock, ribbons, shapes, patterns, and textures for her family, for every occasion. Whether its a makeup artistry for a published photoshoot, a brand needing a new fresh visual aesthetic or a campaign in need of creative direction, Jaurdane has become a leading voice and influence within various creative industries.
With just a little over a decade in her craft, she has become the premiere creative coach for like minded creatives, who are ready to learn how to balance their varying gifts and turn their talents into a profitable business.
Aisha Westbrook is an American producer, director and photographer. The Atlanta based industry professional is a freelancer who works with various production companies and studios. Some studios that she currently works with are Tyler Perry Studios, George Public Broadcast and Warner-Media International Networks & Distribution. Roles that Aisha serves in while working the studios include, but are not limited to, camera operator, camera utility, studio manager and stage manager assistant. Directing and producing multimedia content come in play for Aisha through the production company she created entitled A Westbrook Production. It is a resource for individuals, and organizations to bring their visions to life. The objective of the production company is to provide opportunities for the unserved communities to tell their narrative or promote their business via multi-media content. Aisha was born in Nashville, Tennessee, where she attended Hillsboro Comprehensive High School. Hillsboro is where her passion for visual communications was first nurtured. Freshman year she took classes in photography and in her sophomore and junior years she took theatre classes. After graduating high school, Aisha left Nashville to attend Washington D.C.’s Howard University. “Entrepreneurship and creativity are practices that I was exposed to from birth. My mother, I credit a dose of creativity from as well as my late father, Fred Westbrook Jr., from whom I also get my entrepreneurial mind-set. “ Aisha moved to Atlanta where she begun her career as a freelancer. Freelancing has afforded her the opportunity to work on various television, film, theatre and live event productions across the United States. She has had the pleasure of working on the Stellar Awards, the Trumpet Awards, the Soul Train Awards, the Dove Awards, the BET Awards, BET Honors and Black Girls Rock in various departments. Aisha is also versed in the reality television genre of production with working on shows such as Lifetime’s Kim of Queens, Bravo’s the Tankers Thicker Than Water and Atlanta House Wives and VH1’s Growing Up Hip Hop to name a few. The amount of theatres and live productions that she has freelanced with are enormous. A clip featuring Aisha’s camera work maybe seen in Kevin Hart’s new film Die Hart. The clip is featured in the film, it made the trailer and there is also a cameo appearance of Aisha working a studio television camera in the film.
Kira West- Her journey into wellness began with an adventurous spirit and an insatiable desire to travel. Kira was determined to find all of the opportunities she could to experience the world. Her fearless spirit allowed her to travel the world, exploring 6 continents and over 40 countries, often solo. Kira’s love of travel influenced her desire to investigate ways to seek balance in her life and live most optimally. Her journey to seek and define balance was intertwined with Kira’s desire to define for herself the meaning of wellness. Her experience led her to focus on not only travel but fitness and running. These then became the elements that defined Kira’s idea of wellness. Kira asked herself the question, what does a “well” life really look like. As she searched for these answers she found that it is truly different for everyone but it can include fitness, travel, varying forms of self-care, relationships, friendships and new experiences. Kira found that her personal definition of wellness included travel and fitness. Kira, upon defining these elements, also found that often Black and other underserved communities were not included in conversations surrounding wellness, travel or fitness. As Kira began to delve into the lack of diversity and inclusion within the wellness space, she became even more passionate about making wellness inclusive for all. She wants to empower people to seek their own definitions of wellness while also making the space more inclusive. She firmly believes wellness is a right for all and not an exclusive privilege for some.
Joyce Sheffield is no stranger to building a business, brand, and legacy. Known for consistently delivering fashion and trendsetting looks, her brand name says it all… On and Off the Runway, with pieces that don’t just blend in, but allows the personality and person to stand out while building confidence and style. Her dedicated eye to creating great style includes clear vision and has been sponsored by God alone. Don’t get it confused, she plays with fun styles, but plays no games with giving God all of the glory. Make no mistake, you will see more of Joyce Sheffield as she continues to build an empire of faith and fashion.
Alesha “Aleshanokeys” Faulkner is a content creator, brand influencer, Youtuber, and full-time mom/wife from Memphis, TN who has made Nashville, the Music City, her home. She has created an eclectic, successful social media brand that touches on beauty, fashion, hair, makeup, and more, all humorously and humbly mixed in with her take on the joys (and woes) of motherhood. She has grown her following and now has over 29,000 “insta-cousins” who have come to trust her opinion and value her advice regarding beauty, hair care, style, and life.
Aireka Harvell is the founder and CEO of Nodat--an incentives driven community marketing platform for small local businesses. After spending more than 10 years in the loyalty space at AT&T, Aireka turned her passion of helping local business owners through a platform that provides rewards to shoppers for promoting their favorite local businesses on their social media. Aireka also works with local entrepreneurs and co-founded an annual summit and accelerator for founders of color called Twende out of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center.….Aireka was recently recognized by the Nashville Business Journal as one of the 40 under 40 business leaders to watch.
Charmin A. Bates is the event planner for the Office of the Chancellor at Vanderbilt University. She manages all special events and programs for the chancellor including the Chancellor’s Lecture Series (CLS), which connects the university and Nashville community with intellectuals shaping our world. Charmin’s career in Nashville began in 2014 when she left her “dream job” as a Retail Buyer at Macys New York to serve as an Americorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) through the Corporation for National and Community Service. As an advocate for young professionals and community engagement, she commits her volunteer time fighting to end poverty and mentoring youth. She has developed and executed three 10-week summer camp programs designed to bring youth and families out of poverty for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee and the Brentwood Family YMCA. Charmin is also the founder of Creative Girls Rock® (CGR), a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Nashville, TN. CGR mission is to educate and empower young girls through adulthood to utilize their creative talents in unique ways to enhance creativity; and, to foster balanced living, personal growth and happiness. She conducts CGR Master Classes for young girls through adulthood interested in learning how to master their inner creativity and serve as a resource to help provide an artistic outlet for mental health and wellness. Charmin is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated and Mt. Zion Baptist Church Young Adult Ministry (YAM) Ministry. Board member of the Harvey Brooks Motivational and Development Foundation and a volunteer for Tennessee State University Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement and The Equity Alliance.
Ms. Claire Siobhan Sulmers is the founder of FashionBombDaily.com, and the industry’s leading fashion blogger chronicling fashionistas of color. Her pioneering work ushered in a new wave of digital journalism that fed and fueled an underserved community of African-American and Latino style lovers wanting to know more about brand from the culture. Beyond developing and directing content for FashionBomb Daily and its affiliate sites, Sulmers has done extensive style writing for other platforms including Vogue Italia , Vogue Paris , and ESSENCE Magazine. Her body of work and online following - now numbered above one million - has made Ms. Sulmers the influencer of choice for major corporate brands who want to reach her audience including Camry, Verizon and others. Ms.Sulmers, who hails from Atlanta, Georgia, holds a degree in French and African American studies from Harvard University. In 11 years, Claire has accumulated over 1.4 million followers, written a book “The Bomb Life”, and is now working on her 2nd book.
Jermesha “Busy” Striblet-Holmes is a 24 year old author and serial entrepreneur from the West Side of Chicago. I focus on creating safe havens for black men and women to express themselves and tell their real life experiences. I advocate, loudly, for mental health within black communities and promote healing through healthy expressions of art and creativity. As a young black female from the inner city, I pride myself on being a positive example for all ages and my work as a youth mentor for the last 3 years has proven that to be true.
Mapy is an Award-Winning violinist, recognized by the masses such as; Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Ellen Degeneres, Pharrell Williams, French Montana, Future, DJ Khaled, Tory Lanez, Young Thug, and the Soca & Caribbean Legends; Davido, Machel Montano, Movado, Destra, & Runtown!
Mapy! AKA The Violin Queen, who exploded on the music scene with her patented sound that is redefining her classical instrument by infusing soca, hip hop and afro-beat music into the traditional classical sound to create a brand of music that has never before been seen or accepted by the critics and the masses alike.
But who is Mapy? Mapy is a Réunion Island native who uncovered her passion for music at the young age of six when she began studying the art of the violin at the Conservatory in Paris, France. It was there that Mapy’s love for the violin took hold and she became the leader of the first violin section in the Symphony Orchestra as well as attending the school as 1st chair for 10 years. Upon graduation Mapy spread her respect for the classical instrument though her work as a music teacher, where she taught the violin to both the young and old.
Though a fulfilling career, Mapy knew that her legend would be created as an artist and in 2013 she joined Airplay Musical Group where she was booked for a litany of luxury events that expanded her brand and introduce her patented style of music to an ever growing number of fans. These events included Paris Fashion Week, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, LVMH Group, Plaza Athénée, and Prince de Galles to name a select few. Additionally, Mapy contributed in the creation of Cordplay, a Hip-Hop & Pop violinist quartet that performed throughout Europe. As Mapy’s musical prowess continued to grow, so did her yearning to explore additional musical opportunities. It was in 2014 that she made the life changing decision to pursue a solo career as a Hip- Hop, Dancehall & Soca violinist. A genre that she single handedly ushered onto the scene, Mapy’s hard work and dedication to success allowed her to obtain a throng of fans and supporters while she continued to elevate her music. During this time, she performed in many prestigious concert halls including Le Bataclan in Paris, Pavillon Baltard and Pavillon Champs- Elysée. She also rocked the stage all around the world including Europe, the Caribbean Islands, Jamaica, Guyana, New Caledonia, and Morocco to name a few. Lately, she has been lighting up the stage all over the world! She opened for Young Thug, during his concert in Paris, France in 2016. She also graced the same stages as Queen of Bacchanal, Destra in Bordeaux Caribbean Carnival in 2016. In 2017, she shared the stage with Rupee in Guyana, and then with the King of Soca, Machel Montano the start of this summer, 2018. Mapy also headlined her own show last fall at Highline Ballroom in NYC, giving her a taste of how her own shows would soon come to be like. In July 2017, Mapy released her freshman album, Island Girl, which took the world by storm as it debuted at #1 on the iTunes reggae charts within hours of its release. Mapy, composes and produces her own music, and is currently working on her first album. Her first single 'Dreams' is scheduled to be released October 19th! Today, Mapy is gearing up for performances all over the world, which will bring her front and center to the thousands of fans who have made her an online and viral success. Mapy’s classically infused style of music has separated her from the pack, while her undoubted abilities have cemented her as a musical powerhouse, who is primed and ready for the next phase of her journey to super stardom.
Corbin Hunter was born and raised from Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. She started dancing at the age of 2 years old and fell in love with it. Corbin started off with competitive dance at Stage Door of Performing Arts and while that was where she got her start, it definitely wasn’t where she wanted it to end. Corbin attended St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artist in downtown St. Paul for high school. During those 4 years she also trained with a contemporary/ballet company based in Minneapolis, MN called Poetry in Motion Dance Co. directed by Ricky Pallomino and Stacy Boedecker, Classical Ballet Academy, and a Horton based institution called TU, which was directed by former Alvin Ailey principles Toni and Uri Sands! Corbin’s dream however was to dance in California so at 18 she did just that. Once Corbin moved to Los Angeles, she continued her training in dance. She was accepted into the Debbie Reynolds Scholarship Program, which led her to start off her career as a professional dancer. Corbin has danced for Ginuwine, Pharrell Williams, N.E.R.D, Lizzo, and has completed a world tour with Beyoncé and Jay-Z (On The Run 2). Corbin has also done multiple music festivals and televised award shows such as BET and VMA’s. She is currently on tour dancing for the hottest artist in the industry right now, Megan Thee Stallion, and this is only the beginning!
Aryan Davenport is a 22 year old professional Dancer/Choreographer & Influencer. She moved out to LA when she was only 18 years old. The entertainment industry and social media has literally changed her life! Being able to choreograph for A list artists, make money just taking pictures and doing what she loves, she has a ton of info to share on how you can be successful building your brand.
A self-taught artist who loves oil painting, Stina Aleah came to know her craft through what could have been a life-changing injury. From that day forward she knew that art in all forms, and creating art, could change not only herself but inspire the world. Stina has been a professional artist for five years creating these unique pieces to express herself using her life‘s struggles, and successes, as motivation to create freely and spread positivity and inspiration in each piece. She captures these unique, mesmerizing paintings through her brush. Her art has been recognized by many prominent galleries, major brands, celebrities, and those who need her inspiring message the most. While navigating her expanding career Stina published a book in 2017 titled "Artrepreneur: Making You Dream A Business", in hopes to help more creatives live out their dreams and reach their goals. Stina has since launched a mentorship program for creatives and is currently launching her second book.
Alyx is a creative entrepreneur who recently moved to Atlanta GA from Nashville TN. Shooting video for almost 5 years, I specialize in digital media and content creation for large and small brands. I currently manage Kinship Studios and produce video content throughout Atlanta. I also build wealth through real estate and house hacking in which I share my journey on YouTube.
With a passion for creating and a love for people, Jourdan Guyton unites the two to produce vital content for her generation. After a successful first season on Youtube and the festival circuit, Jourdan and her co-creator sold the second season of their web series Two Grown, to BET Networks in 2019. She served as a lead actor and an executive producer in the series. In the spring of 2020 Jourdan launched Vera Jean Media, a boutique agency specializing in content strategy, production, and content creation. The agency's unforgettable content has led to thousands of views, brand awareness, and curated communities.
Tee Westbrook, founder of Cool Girls Create is a serial creative entrepreneur residing in Nashville, TN. She graduated from Tennessee State University with a degree in Accounting and has been an entrepreneur for over 6 years. She is a an all around creative woman with a background in marketing, event curation and set design. COOL GIRLS CREATE is the HQ & shopping destination for creative directors, set designers and visionary women with business goals. Our mission is to aid ambitious women in their journey to cultivate their creativity and turn it into a meaningful career. Cool Girls Create provides a safe space to ask questions, get advice, showcase your talents and connect with other like minded creative women.
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