Managing Director, Michele Molotsky! Michele started her career as a union organizer, then used her organizing skills to work on citizen-centered and political campaigns. At Think Local Frist DC, Michele oversees the education, advocacy, and outreach efforts of the organization, as they aim to create a better DC business landscape and creative economy for artists and makers. She worked as constituent services director for city councilmembers in Oakland, California, and Washington, DC. As a volunteer, Michele has worked on many community projects, including creating dog parks and neighborhood playgrounds, while continuing to fundraise for the Dupont Circle Village.
Formed on the campus of Howard University in 1968, the Howard Gospel Choir (HGC) is a body of students, alumni and community members dedicated to using the gift of music to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. As the first college choir of its kind in the world, HGC is a trailblazer for all gospel music ministries on collegiate campuses across the globe. The choir is currently under the direction of Reginald Golden, a Howard University alumnus from Cleveland, OH. In 2016, the choir released their latest full-length album entitled Glorious God. In addition to remaining on the Top 30 Charts for national sales and radio airplay in Gospel music for more than sixteen weeks, this critically acclaimed album was nominated for two 2017 Stellar Awards, four 2017 Rhythm of Gospel Awards and one 2017 Steeple Award.
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In January of 2017, she launched Goodr, a sustainable food surplus management company that leverages technology to combat hunger and reduce waste. Today Goodr redirects surplus food from convention centers, airports, and businesses to people who are food insecure. Under Jasmine’s direction, the company now has clients that include: Turner Broadcasting Systems, Hartsfield- Jackson International Airport, the Georgia World Congress Center and more. She has been featured in Huffington Post, Fast Company on The HARRY Show, NPR, Upworthy, NBC, Black Enterprise, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls and featured as a Hero of Hunger in a Brawny Paper Towels commercial. Jasmine also served as the creator and executive producer of Change Makers a half hour
docu-series profiling how celebrities use their star power for social change which premiered on Magic Johnson’s network ASPIRE!
Moved by the plight of refugees around the world, Parsons fashion design student Angela Luna, 23, used her 2016 senior thesis project to explore whether clothing could play a lifesaving role for displaced people. Her efforts landed her on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Art & Design 2017 list. Luna created ADIFF because I saw the potential for fashion to be a vehicle for change, capable of providing life-saving relief, while also discussing a major issue of our time. I wanted to integrate fashion with what's actually going on in the world, and design products that realize clothing's full capability. Clothing can meet the humanitarian need and further assist us in our daily lives if it's designed right. What ADIFF's about is not putting together pieces of fabric in new ways. At our core, ADIFF believes that people with the heart of empathy, curiosity, passion, and adventure can go out and enable themselves to discover how to change the world for the better.
Omar Holmon and William Evans met in the summer of 2007 in a city neither one of them is from surrounded by people neither of them knew very well. None of that is really important though. They’ve been friends and some years later, they decided to co-found an editorial and informative website that focused on popular, nerd and geek culture from the perspective of People of Color. On May 15th, 2014, this website was launched and it has only picked up steam ever since. Come on in, take a look around. Get comfortable. There’s always something new to digest. Black Nerd Problems , "We realized that part of the problem with representation in popular and geek culture isn’t solely on the source, but on the verbal strength of the consumer, on the coverage, on the reporting."
Called the "matriarch of storytelling" by DC Magazine, Amy Saidman has been creating a space for large and small-scale live storytelling shows in the DMV for the last 18 years as the Artistic Executive Director of Story District. A storyteller herself, Amy has coached hundreds of individuals and developed courses that teach the everyday person how to turn their true-life experiences into material for great performances. Featured on the November 2017 cover of The Washington City Paper, profiled in The Washington Business Journal and the Washington Jewish Week, Amy continues to break new ground in this burgeoning art form. Story District's mission is to turn good stories into great performances, to be a platform for diverse perspectives, and to serve as a pipeline and training ground for new voices and talent in storytelling.
S.E.’s intention is to disrupt the current urban redevelopment game. SBMH stacks the chips on the side of long-time inner-city residents and business owners – the usual targets of developers, speculators, and the “Tax Man”. Characteristic of her tendency to stir things up a bit, this native Washingtonian created UrbanREStarlet.com the official home of the web series S.A.V.E. Big Mama’s House (SBMH). In her professional role, S.E. oversees multi-million dollar commercial real estate transactions in one of the most active markets in the business. On a daily basis, she leases, acquires, and/or develops offices, multi-family housing, retail and industrial locations in Washington, DC. Many of these projects seed community revitalization in underdeveloped local sub-markets.
Joanna L. Jenkins (Ph.D.) is an assistant professor at Howard University. A visual culture expert and creative director by trade, she has extensive professional experience in advertising, consumer engagement, strategic and visual communications. Within the industry, Dr. Jenkins has led creative initiatives and worked with notable clients and agencies including Calvin Klein, Topps Inc., Verizon, Globalhue, Draft, and McCann. She has also created integrated communications campaigns in diverse media ranging from television, print, and radio to interactive, guerilla and digital. Her current research explores historical significance, ethics, and intersections among digital media, advertising, and culture. Some of her works include American Advertising Federation white papers on Millennial Perspectives on Diversity and Multiculturalism, Brands and Youth Engagement, and her book The Convergence Crisis: An impending Paradigm Shift in Advertising.