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Sheree Greer2 weeks ago220973 min

Tampa Bay’s Artists on the Rise

Tampa Bay is home to an impressive and inspiring collection of unique, driven artists who know their worth, commit to their vision, and speak their truths across platforms, genres, and communities.
Explore this amazing group of local artists from food, dance, and poetry to film, mixed media, and music! We are proud to present to you: Artists on the Rise!

*Click the arrows/swipe to explore our community’s best and brightest local artists!*

VIVA WILLIAMS:

  • Age: 29
  • Hometown: Tampa, FL
  • Social Media: Instagram: @souldancervee, @soulherpower . YouTube: Soulher Power
  • Bio:   Viva Williams is a graduate from the University of South Florida with a degree in Communication and a minor in dance. During her senior year she received an internship as a studio manager at a local yoga studio that opened her eyes to different ideas and experiences. Viva went on to become the founder of Soulher Power LLC. Using her platform her mission is to encourage others to honor their power with movement such as dance, yoga, and fitness. Viva wants others to know that movement therapy is what keeps the mind, body, and spirit align and living in our truest expression. 
  • What most people don’t know about my work is that my mission is for every person I meet and have the opportunity to work with to find love. I want people to first find love within themselves so that it builds self-confidence and self-worth because that’s when romantic love finds you. I like to use dance as my method of being a love doctor. Once you show gratitude to your mind  and your body everything else will fall into place.

DR. KYA CONNER:

  • Age: 38
  • Hometown: Seattle, Washington
  • Social Media: Kyaien Conner (Facebook), Kyadancer (IG)
  • Bio: Dr. Kya “Mame Djara” Conner, was born in Seattle, WA and raised on the West Coast of the United States. She moved to Pittsburgh in 1998 to attend the University of Pittsburgh where she received a Masters Degree in Social Work, a Masters Degree in Public Health and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Social Work. She is currently Assistant Professor of Mental Health Law and Policy at the University of South Florida and an adjunct professor of dance at the University of Tampa where she teaches introduction to West African Dance and a performance class focused on African dance styles. She received the name “Mame Djara” on a trip to Senegal West Africa from the Serer people in Dakar for her training in the Senegalese dance and drum culture, as well as for her work with children and the impoverished communities in Senegal. Dr. Conner has been trained in African Dance during her studies in the countries of Ghana, Senegal and South Africa. She has trained extensively under Master Teachers Mama Kadiatou Konte (Guinea/Djembe dance), Mouminatou Camara (Guinea/ DunDun dance), Papa Assane Konte (Senegal/Kutiro dance), Djiene Sangba (Senegal/Sabar dance), and Orande Shariff (Senegal/Djembe dance). She has been a principal dancer and choreographer for Balafon West African Dance and Drum Ensemble (Washington, DC), Shona Sharrif African Dance and Drum Company (Pittsburgh, PA) and Kuumba Dancers and Drummers (Tampa, FL). Excerpts from some of her performances can be viewed at www. Balafon.org and www.kuumba.com
  • What do you want your work to do out in the world?  As a professor of mental health law and policy at the University of South Florida, and a professor of dance at the University of Tampa and in the community, my goal is to continue to strengthen and preserve the traditional West African dance and drum culture. I am also excited about the opportunity to integrate my research on the benefits of West African dance into the health field. I currently have a grant which was funded by the Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer’s Disease Research program to look at the psychosocial benefits of West African Drumming on older adults living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. These kinds of studies will show the world that cultural dance is more than a great work out. That is also has amazing healing and health benefits that need to be explored. Arts as medicine is a real phenomenon around the world, but in the United States we are behind the times. In other countries, doctors can prescribe the arts (e.g. a prescription to take a dance class, a prescription to visit a museum etc.) the way we prescribe medicine in the US. It is my hope that my work, on  the dancefloor as well as my research, will help to encourage a similar paradigm shift about health, wellness and treatments in the United States.

ASHLEY WOOTEN:

  • Age: 33
  • Hometown: St. Petersburg, FL/Tampa, FL
  • Bio: Ashley L. Wooten created, directed, and executive produced Tampa’s First LGBT digital series My Beautiful Pain, in which won best outstanding digital series of 2017 at the Sun Shine City Film Festival. In addition to the success of the series, she went on to create and executive produce the short film Pray 4 Justice, for which she won an award for best director and miniseries, The Sweetest Thing. While working in financial services, She also worked as a music manager and photographer before finding her passion for film. She never imagined becoming a filmmaker. However, after discovering there was no content on TV that she could relate to, she took matters into her own hands. She learned the business and creates content through her own production company Lajoi Media.
  • Social Media: IG: @ashleylajoi and @MBPseries  / FB: @Ashley Wooten and @mybeautifulpainseries 
  • What inspires you most? I like to create stories that any and everyone can relate to in some way shape or form. I like to create stories that others are afraid to talk about, and I want my work to motivate and inspire other female creatives to follow their dreams and not be afraid to break barriers creating meaningful content.  

ANDRESIA “REAL” MOSELEY:

  • Hometown: Newburg, NY
  • Social Media: IG/Facebook: realtheartist, website:  https://realtheartist.wixsite.com/realtheartist
  • Bio: Andresia “Real” Moseley has over 15 years of professional theatre and stage experience.  She is a nationally recognized spoken word artist, classically trained actress, host, and playwright. In 2018, Andresia was the recipient of the National Performance Network’s Creation and Development Fund co-commissioned by Art2Action and ASU Gammage and supported by the Hillsborough Arts Council. In 2018, Andresia was honored to become an ASU Gammage Artist in Residence for the development of her first one woman show Five Black Women which is set for premiere in Fall 2020 and will begin its national tour in Spring 2021. Andresia is currently touring nationally as the lead character in Speed Killed My Cousin, by Linda Parris-Bailey and the Carpetbag Theatre (CBT). Select theatre credits include: Swopera: A Spoken Word Opera (2019), Dark Cowgirls and Prairie Queens (2018) Between a Ballad and a Blues (2017), For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf (named “stand out actress” Lady in Blue,2015).
  • What do you want your work to do out in the world? I want my work to speak the truth about this thing called life. The whole truth, the glory, the struggle and sometimes ugliness of it. I want it to inspire black women to go for it, in spite of how tightly sometimes those doors seem to be shut and I want to hopefully one day develop a school of the arts where I can train and inspire young people to professionally do this work. I want legacy.

KRYSTLE WIT A “E”:

  • Age: 37
  • Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
  • Social Media: fb: @kwehairstudio, IG: krystle_wit_a_e, Snap; kew_hairstudio
  • Bio: Krystle wit a “e!” was born Krystle Monique Mondesir and is the only child of single Trinidadian mother, Susan A. Clarke. Krystle was raised in the Flatbush area of Brooklyn, and her goal is to bridge gaps existing between truths, opinions, and interpretations. She has released 2 spoken word albums, A Product of My Environment and Made 2 Spin. Exposure to many different cultures has enabled KWE to infuse her art with diverse subject matter. She is very opinionated, and her work reflects her perspectives on social and personal issues. Fully recognizing the power of the tongue, Krystle’s onstage performance and delivery is energetic and inspirational.
  • What is something most people don’t know about your work? I’ve never experienced “writers block” and that it’s all facts!
  • What do you want your art to do in the world? I need for my art to allow one to know that they are not alone. Especially for women. You are not going crazy, and if you are, it’s a space that is our destiny, that we will go through and grow through. We mustn’t stay there! I want my work to be left behind my expiration, to be studied and exposed far beyond what I could ever define, for it to be redefined for generations to come. And in hopes that I can pass this passion on to my unborn children. A prayer. Ashe.

DENNIS AMADEUS:

  • Age: 31
  • Hometown: Port Jervis, NY
  • Social Media: @dennisamadeus – OR –  Dennis Amadeus
  • Bio: From mentoring youth poets and keynote speaking engagements to curriculum design and implementation of dynamic art-based educational programming, Dennis has built a career grounded by his passion to teach and inspire young people about the transformative power of education and expression. As an artist/teaching artist, he has traveled extensively across the nation performing and conducting art-based educational workshops aimed at getting youth to see their creative potential. Dennis has also organized multiple community fundraisers and book drives to support domestic and international causes, including organizing 1000 books to be sent to Swaziland, Africa to build a community library. His continued community and civic engagement exhibit Dennis’s desire to use his creativity and ability to bring people together to change communities on a local and international level. Dennis is a writer, educator, performance artist, and a community organizer determined to use his creative talents to transform communities and the minds of young people.
  • What inspires me most: The thing that inspires me most is the young people I work with. Everyday they remind me how not to give up, how far I have come and why I need to keep pushing for my dreams. I don’t just want to be an educator but a living breathing example of living your own truth and authentically making it your own way.

YUKI JACKSON:

  • Age: 37
  • Social media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @YukiJacksonPoet. 
  • Bio: Yuki Jackson is an African-American and Japanese poet who has been featured in numerous readings and whose work has appeared in such publications as Foundry, Juked, Creative Pinellas and Entropy. She is the founder of The Battleground, an at-risk youth program in the Sulphur Springs neighborhood of Tampa, Florida. Yuki has taught English Composition at Hillsborough Community College, currently teaches for Keep St.Pete Lit and will teach writing at Ringling College of Art and Design starting August 2019. Her writing is inspired by her Soka Gakkai International Buddhist practice, hip-hop lyricism and the art within daily life. She can be found on Facebook and Instagram @YukiJacksonPoet. 
  • What inspires you most? Artistically, I’m most inspired by high-quality hip-hop lyricism, such as the work of Chael Blinya and Kendrick Lamar. Their overall writing skills, especially their mastery of word-play, encourage me to aim higher with my own writing. I also find visual art to be a tremendous source of inspiration. When I edit poems, I approach the process by imagining I’m like a sculptor, wood-worker, or painter. Or sometimes, even a welder. This tactile-orientation helps me to remember that poems are “things” to be thoughtfully, diligently constructed. Content-wise, I’m most inspired by all the seemingly mundane day to day moments I experience that reveal the interconnectedness of life. For example, a disheveled man at the gas station asking me for a light or a small child bursting into a room to help me vacuum. Because I base my life from a spiritual perspective fueled by my Buddhist practice, I tend to notice and appreciate the sacred within everything.

STEPHANIE OUTTEN:

  • Age: 46
  • Hometown: Brooklyn, NY/Orlando, FL
  • Social Media: Website: https://stephanieoutten.com/  FB stephanieouttenauthor, IG: stephanieoutten, Twitter stephoutten20
  • Bio: Stephanie Outten, Chief Visionary Officer of Cocoon to Wings Publishing, is an anointed Woman of God, Publisher, Literary Doula™, Writing Coach, Bestselling Author, and Transformation Agent. She has been appointed by God to guide existing and aspiring writers and authors through birthing their literary masterpieces and leaving their story as their legacy. While still working in Corporate, Stephanie wrote and self-published her first novel, “Is This the Way to Joy?”, and published the anthology, “Fearless Faith” by Priscilla Haley. Since leaving corporate in September 2018 to pursue Kingdom entrepreneurship full time, she’s published the Amazon Bestseller “Mailbox Money” by Joe Ferrer, and “21 Things You Need to Know About Money,” by Adam Olson. Stephanie considers herself a Christian fiction writer and has authored chapters in the Amazon Bestseller anthology, “Soul Talk,” as well as fiction anthology, “When I Kill Him, Jesus Can Have Him.” Her newest endeavors, The JOYfilled Journals Program®, the Anointed Writers’ Virtual Writing Lab®, and the Anointed Kids Writing Program® will support aspiring adult and youth writers in birthing their literary babies into the marketplace.
  • What do you want your art to do in the world? My whole platform is about JOY. So, I want my body of work, my own and those I help others birth, to bring joy, healing, restoration, gratefulness, stability and a passion to pursue what you’ve been anointed to do no matter what your age.

WALTER “WALLY B” JENNINGS:

  • Age: 42
  • Hometown: Tampa, FL
  • Social Media:: www.heardemsay.org and Facebook-Walter Wally B. Jennings 
  • Bio: Walter “Wally B.” Jennings is an ordained minister, published poet, spoken word artist, MC/Host, community activist and instructor. A native of Tampa, FL, he began writing poetry as an 8th grade student in response to an English assignment. His poems share and discuss common experiences from everyday life, ranging from: diabetes, marriage and fatherhood, youth empowerment, and self-determination. Wally does not use profanity or vulgarity in his work, and he has conducted over 1000 performances, workshops and mentorship sessions in the national spoken word community over his 19 year career. He is an award winning, four-time Finalist of the Southern Fried Regional Poetry Competition and serves as a Poet Artist in Residence for Hillsborough County Schools and the Arts Council of Hillsborough County. Wally B is one of the founding members of Back Talk Poetry Troupe and founder of “Black on Black Rhyme-Tampa”, one of Central Florida’s largest and longest running open-mic poetry shows. He is the founding director of the “Heard ‘Em Say Youth Arts Collective,” established to identify, cultivate and empower youth in activism and advocacy through artistic education and expression.  Named “Best Spoken Word Artist” by Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay in 2011, Wally B. graduated from Hillsborough High School in 1994 and from Florida A&M University in 1998 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics. In 2015, Walter resigned from his position as USF to pursue his passion as a full-time spoken word artist.
  • What is something most people don’t know about your work? I actually don’t like writing AND my writing process is cumbersome by design.  It is very important for me to get and stay connected with what I write. I’ve found the best way to do that is to write EVERYTHING out by hand (including notes, research and the original script) and then type it.  This also helps to create an intimacy that makes it easier to memorize.

SLAM ANDERSON:

  • Age: 29
  • Hometown: Alachua/Gainesville, Florida
  • Social Media: Slam Anderson on everything, web: www.kitchen-table.org
  • Bio: Slam Anderson is the Outreach Director for Kitchen Table Literary Arts Center. Slam is the fourth child of five siblings raised by a single-mother. She spent the important adolescent years of her life in the Alachua County DCF Foster care system. Now, making strides towards going back to school for Social Work. She is the former president of The Poets@USF, a student-focused open-mic and poetry organization still going strong. Slam is a strong advocate of “Youth” social welfare and Social Justice, which is present in her work as a Spoken Word artist, writer and facilitator. As a part of her Outreach task for Kitchen-Table, Slam designed and facilitates a writing program at A Kid’s Place in Brandon, FL called “Writing for Healing”. The program teaches the usage of written, verbal and visual forms of expression as a way to treat symptoms associated with trauma, depression, loneliness and isolation. She is the recipient of the Florida Coalition for Children (FCC) 2019 Outstanding Youth award. Slam works in the community to promote literacy, self-empowerment, and awareness of social justice issues, and most importantly LOVE for ourselves and for others. Slam’s life quote is, “Sometimes a Nightmare Can Lead to a Dream”.
  • How does living in Tampa Bay specifically affect your work? Moving to Tampa was like my new start. In Tampa, I was an adult, no longer a foster care kid or a ward of the court. Here in Tampa was when I started to actually come into myself. Tampa gave me my voice. The first time I performed in front of people was The Poets@USF in Tampa. Then LA Soul, then Black on Black Rhyme. Tampa made me feel safe to be who I was and safe to tell my story. Mostly importantly, Tampa gave me my family and hope in my family. Tampa has become as much my home as Alachua & Gainesville, and I never deny where I came from, where I call home.
  • What do you want your art to do in the world? I want my work to tell the truth. I want it to show the world that we are all complex creatures, made of many things, with many feelings. I want it to change hearts and decrease hate, to give and show love to those who need it.

JANELLE “J’NELLE” RICHARDSON:

  • Age: 29
  • Hometown: Tampa, Florida
  • Social Media: IG, facebook, twitter iamjnelle,  www.iamjnelle.com
  • Bio: Allowing no limits, Janelle “J’Nelle” Richardson continues to persevere through obstacles as she becomes a star on the rise. She is well known in the Tampa Bay area for her music and is becoming a sensation in the Caribbean islands for her R&B and soca music. Her latest single “Warning” ft. Freeman gets major airplay on Pandora and Spotify. J’Nelle’s spreads positivity and motivation through all aspects of arts and entertainment and moves that passion forward with her brand, Queen Talk. She has released four albums, written for several local and statewide artists, and sang the National Anthem for Tampa Bay Rays games. She’s featured on Showtime at the Apollo, placing third out of twenty contestants and shared her artistry across media from local radio stations and newspapers to international outlets like WACK radio in Trinidad and Tobago. She has performed at Carnivals in Baltimore/D.C. and established a teen organization for girls, She Got Vision, with a mission to seek and inspire the mindset of young women when it comes to discovering their purpose and achieving their vision. She achieves that mission through her annual teen summit, where she and her volunteers inspired over forty teen girls in 2016. J’Nelle’s motto is: Accept what has been done, expect what is to come. #QueenTalk
  • What is something most people don’t know about your work? I arrange and write all of my songs.
  • What do you want your art to do in the world? I want my art to live on through generations to come. I want to be an inspiration to those who don’t have a voice. 

TRUMAINE LAMAR:

  • Hometown: Omaha, NE
  • Social Media: @singmaine on everything
  • Bio: Growing up with a mother who served as a minister of music, this Nebraska born, Florida-bred artist was bitten by the music bug at a very early age. A chance encounter with his brother’s friend in a studio session would lead Tru to write and produce his first track by the age of 13. Since then, he has been crafting tunes as a producer, writer, and vocal artist. With relatable lyrics and soulful production to match, Tru is gaining an audience with his signature style. This has led him to share the stage with such artists as Charlie Wilson, Jill Scott, Athony Hamilton, Lalah Hathaway & more. Moreover, it pushed him to create a platform in his hometown for R&B/Soul artists called, The Rhapsody Suite. Inspired by artists such as Stevie Wonder, Musiq Soulchild & Brandy, to name a few; Trumaine Lamar is mounting his own unique path of musical expression.
  • What is something most people don’t know about your work? I’m a storyteller at heart, and it shapes my approach to my songs.
  • What do you want your art to do in the world? I want it to inspire, uplift, and change the world for the better. Hopefully people feel themselves in the music, and it lets them know they aren’t alone and that there are people out here who get and understand them.

QUEENOFEX:

  • Age EON
  • Hometown: Greensboro, NC
  • Social Media: Instagram- @queenofex Facebook- Queenofex Carter 
  • Bio: Raw, authentic, and soulful Queenofex is an inspiring, multi-talented Hip-Hop performance artist. Hailing from Greensboro, North Carolina she has cultivated a mood for live Hip-Hop that is innovative and magical.​ Highly influenced ​by funk, rock, soul, spirit and drums, she brings the noise with style, finesse and raw power through a fierce 16. She has performed with national acts such as the legendary Mobb Deep, super producer Black Milk, GhostFace Killa, and Big Freedia ​to name a few and has performed live at many of Tampa bay’s largest festivals including Gasparilla Music Festival.​ Queen has curated a unique event brand, “Queenofex Live,”which is a mysterious pop-up, one of a kind and by invite only.
  • What inspires you most? My inspiration is very fluid. I find the beauty in everything from textiles and art to moments and spaces. As a creative, part of my inspiration comes from knowing I’m bold enough to act out my ideas. As a result, it’s motivating to see the finished product of my thoughts come to life with hopes that my art inspires other people.
  • What do you want your art to do out in the world? I want my artistry to stand the test of time. I want people to feel my musical experiences on a deeper level. I want the world to know for themselves, as profoundly as I do, that they are capable of creating something beautiful.

DJ ACE VEDO:

  • Age: 34
  • Hometown: Bronx, NY
  • Social Media: IG/snapchat= djace_vedo, Facebook= facebook.com/djace.vedospins, Website= www.djace-vedospins
  • Bio: Hailing from the boogie down Bronx, NY, Dj Ace Vedo brings to her repertoire a diverse musical and culturally rich background. Her love for entertainment stems back to her childhood years, where she would Dj from a boombox right outside her bedroom window. Now, the Pro Dj spends most of her nights turning up the dance floor as the resident Dj at G St Pete and Southern Nights Tampa.  Nominated as one of “Tampa Bay’s best Club Dj’s” in 2015 & 2016, Dj Ace Vedo has cultivated an eclectic sound that gets any crowd moving.
  • What inspires you most? The energy I receive from the crowd. I live for the crowd, every time they are vibing with me it inspires me to keep doing this. Bringing people together to just be free and lose themselves just for a few hours in a safe environment with no judgment means a lot to me.
  • What is something most people don’t know about your work? I am extremely shy (introvert), I have to have mental conversations with myself to go on stage to perform. I really pay attention to the crowd for my direction of sound for the night. 

SHANNON LEGRAND:

  • Age: 33
  • Hometown: Tampa, FL
  • Social Media: Instagram @singingshannon08 
  • Bio: A hardworking and tenacious aspiring media personality and songstress, Shannon has had the opportunity to sing for a number of choirs and special events in the Tampa Bay Community. She has shared the stage with world renowned jazz saxophonist Eric Darius, gospel singer Earnest Pugh, and singer/songwriter Lalah Hathaway. Shannon is an alumnus of the University of South Florida with a degree in Mass Communications and is the former Director of Music at New Millennium Community Church. Her singles “Never Really Mattered”  and “Forever (The Vow)” are available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, and on all music streaming services.
  • What is something most people don’t know about your work? Writing lyrics and singing is a very vulnerable experience. it’s like “here’s my heart, listen, I hope you like it”. Every day is about pushing past that, stepping into the arena and doing it anyway. I have to love singing more than my fears.
  • What inspires you most? The joy of singing for and with people. I truly feel peace when harmonizing or performing and seeing people relate to the song or enjoy my voice. There’s Divine connection in music.

DAWN KONOFOAS:

  • Age: 34 
  • Hometown: Columbia/Baltimore, Maryland
  • Social Media: instagram @alevrilife 
  • Bio: For the past six years, vegan chef and baker, Dawn Konofoas, has defied the norms of veganism by experimenting with bold ingredients to create unique recipes that push culinary boundaries. Her knack for combining distinctive flavors earned her fame at local indie food markets, but it was her penchant for blending artistic with whimsy in her baked treat designs that gained her repeat customers and ultimately notoriety on social media. Through the years, she’s worked to build a diverse cache of bakes that most never imagined could be vegan—like choux pastry. Dawn’s style, although worldly, has European leanings, and is impelled by her degree in Fashion Design and her previous career as a photo/content stylist. Her specialties are cakes and small bites, such as macarons and laminated doughnuts.
  • What inspires you most? Movement, flowers & fashion. I like movement in all things so I guess that’s my number one. I do practice dancing before decorating, oddly enough it helps and I think it’s common practice for cake artist. 
  • What do you want your art to do out in the world? I want my art to make people feel things, mostly loved. I create everything with love: I purchase the ingredients with love, and I’m picky about them because I want to only feed people good things. I just want my work to be a bright memory for people.

COURTNEY ALEXANDER:

  • Age: 32
  • Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL 
  • Social Media: Personal – @reallycourtney, Dust II Onyx – @dust2onyxtarot. Art Portfolio – www.courtneyalexander.art
  • Bio: Courtney Alexander is a multimedia artist, writer, and publisher with a Bachelor’s in Studio Art from the University of South Florida, living and working in Tampa, FL. Alexander’s work began with decontextualizing issues of duality, hypersexuality, and self-awareness through the exploration of fatness; a personal dialogue which served to facilitate vulnerability and explore the complex nature of her existence. In 2016, Alexander made history as the first black person to successfully publish and distribute a tarot deck, the widely acclaimed Dust II Onyx—crowdfunding over via Kickstarter. Through a series of 78 mixed media paintings, she collects the shards of her identity as a black/fat/queer woman and pieces them into a mosaic of works that present blackness as universal-spirit. “I reimagine a timeless ancient world intrinsically intertwined in this modern realm, birthed from a place of nothingness that is also simultaneously everything. A non-binary world where I see myself, reflections of blackness, and darkness, as powerful and eternal.” She is dedicated to the reclamation of public and art spaces for black folks and other marginalized viewers through creating participatory displays of transformation and liberation.
  • What is something most people don’t know about your art? Many people do not know that I started my art career fairly later. There’s this assumption, especially with visual artists, that you must have been drawing and painting all of your life. But the truth is many of us start in our adult years. I’ve seen people in the art programs in their 40s and 50s. Being creative is innate, and even if you haven’t received formal training or flexed those creative muscles in a long time, you still have it in you to learn and prosper with it. Art isn’t a special space for the “naturally gifted”. It’s a process of learning like any other skill, so jump in!

CHRISTY MARIE:

  • Age: 31
  • Hometown: Tampa, FL
  • Social Media: @ChristyMariePhotos IG- Christy Marie photography-FB ChristyMarie.me
  • Bio: Christy Marie is a published visual artist & writer born in Tampa, Florida. She has immersed herself in the medium of photography for over seven years. Marie’s work focuses on portraying people of color in a diverse light, while exploring the problematic narrative of mass media. Passionate about creating change, she continuously uses her art as an outlet for necessary dialogue. Christy desires to visually contextualize the current culture in America and how the people are making strides to change the status quo. She has showcased work nationally in numerous art shows, exhibits, and forums.
  • What inspires you most? Us. I know such a simple answer isn’t ideal but it’s deeper than that. The complexity and beauty of Black and Brown folx. Despite what we are going through, what our ancestors have been through. It amazes me how we evolve, build and love our way through chaos. I see that now more than ever.  Seeing people being uneducated about a topic and genuinely want to learn about it because they know it will help our people move forward. I see others reaching their hand out with resources to help others without judgement. I see people standing and saying no that isn’t right. I see others supporting causes outside their own. The growth and love for each other. I personally think is unmatched. Who wouldn’t want to document all of that. We must preserve greatness and what everyday people are doing on the ground. Who will tell our stories? Me.   

Sheree Greer

2 comments

  • Michael Neely

    August 5, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    A truly remarkable lady, singer, choir director and a wonderful friend. Book her. You won’t regret it 👏👏👏

    Reply

  • Barbaras J. Hobbs

    August 7, 2019 at 12:35 am

    A beautiful and very talented young lady. I was honored to hear her sing “the Vow” at her wedding, and it
    .was heart wrenching, beautiful, soulful and true. She has such a beautiful voice. I wish much success

    Reply

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