One School Spring 2023 Graduates! All US Graduates UK Graduates Art Director Copywriter Khari Angel Copywriter Bio Khari Angel Partnership Coordinator/Creative Support I am a California State Long Beach honorary Communications Studies graduate, Class of Fall 2022. Shortly after graduating I start developing and studying copywriting and design. I currently work as a partnerships coordinator/ Creative Support for the National College Resource Foundation. Our mission is to curtail the high school dropout rate and increase college enrollment for Black and Brown youth. Abigail Ani Copywriter Bio Abigail Ani Copywriter A London-based, multilingual writer who is dedicated to telling purposeful stories. Ariyian Bowers Bio Ariyian Bowers Ariia Bowers(she/they)is a multi-faceted creative inspired by the vulnerability and empathy of architecture, sound, and connection. Growing up, she always gravitated toward creative writing, photography, and graphic design. As a prospective art director, Ariia is eager to collaborate and contribute her fresh ideas to the creative process. She aims to bring socially impactful and dynamic storytelling to the table. In her free time, she enjoys chatting with creatives about mental health on her podcast, exploring the city’s art scene, experimenting with new design techniques, and playing her electric guitar. Vincent Cheatham Art Director Bio Vincent Cheatham Production Coordinator A Queens, New York native looking to create extraordinary experiences. Kevonne Clarke Copywriter Bio Kevonne Clarke Freelance Creative Designer Over the years I have turned my creative hobbies into a business. That includes music, podcasting , photography and garment designing. Gabrielle Corrica Copywriter Bio Gabrielle Corrica Copywriter Gabrielle Corrica is a copywriter, strategist, and taco enthusiast from Riverside, California. A proud alumna of Spelman College, she pursued a career in retail buying post-grad and called NYC home for 5 years. Gabrielle is also an alumna of Marcus Graham Project’s iCR8 Bootcamp, a transformative 11-week fellowship for ad professionals. A storyteller at heart, she loves transporting people to new worlds with her words. When she’s not blogging about sex and relationships, she’s likely exploring new places through food or discovering new music on Spotify. Ayanna Costley Copywriter Bio Ayanna Costley Film/TV Development Assistant Hi, my name is Ayanna Costley. I’m a twenty-something multidisciplinary creative from Newark, NJ who is obsessed with music, film/TV, and all things pop culture. At my core, I’m a storyteller and I’m *in my element* when I’m figuring out how to bring big ideas from concept to reality. I’m currently based in Los Angeles, and you can find me listening to (and creating) playlists & podcasts, reading & writing scripts, sewing clothes, two-stepping at a DJ set, and leaning into the chaos of my creative curiosity. Jamel Donté Art Director Bio Jamel Donté Freelance Art Director I’m Jamel Donté, born and raised in Brooklyn. I’m a creator, visionary, and visual artist. I am human. Just that itself makes me extraordinary. Having the ability to be a complex organism and to have a sense of individuality and identity makes me who I am. I want to create, be innovative, and give society the art of communication, and vibrancy to horizons. Ashema Edwards Copywriter Bio Ashema Edwards Copywriter A marketing manager with a passion for creative strategy and copywriting. Angeline Esperance Art Director Bio Angeline Esperance Junior Strategist Hello! I’m Angeline. In another universe, I’m probably a doctor, much to the delight of my Haitian parents. However, in this world, I’m an avid daydreamer with a thirst for creating purposeful stories through media, culture, and community that center women of the diaspora. By day, I’m a big sister and a Junior Strategist who creates decks that only a few people see. By night, I write plays that I will probably never finish, overanalyze Tokyo Girl (2018), patiently await the return of NANA and HxH, and contribute to my ice reviews. The last one is a long story that I’m too happy to tell, but it’s not an obsession, I promise. I am obsessed with Gessica Généus, N. K. Jemisin, and Michaela Coel. In all, I’m a third-culture kid that’s curious about the nuances of human nature and all the quirky things that we do. Ruvarashe Guramatunhu Copywriter Bio Ruvarashe Guramatunhu Copywriter I’m Ru and I loooove a good sentence. Maliq Hairston Art Director Bio Maliq Hairston Freelance Art Director & Designer West Philly native, Maliq Hairston is a multi-talented art director and designer with a passion for fashion. As an aspiring artist, he rejects limiting titles and instead seeks to find harmony between multiple creative mediums to fully express himself. For Maliq, the possibilities are endless, and he looks forward to aligning himself with opportunities that allow him to push the boundaries of what’s possible. Maliq’s mission is to develop meaningful campaigns that evoke a sense of culture & community. Rashaad Hall Copywriter Bio Rashaad Hall Actor Rashaad Hall is a multi hyphenate artist and actor from Chicago based in Los Angeles. His love of new and emerging work has guided his career to many of the top theaters in Chicago and LA, including Center Theater Group’s Mark Taper Forum, Steppenwolf Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, Black Ensemble Theatre among others. He can be found in the Emmy nominated web series “Brown Girls” and is a painter, teaching artist, writer and director. As a writer and director, he has produced slam-poetry film and theatre with SlamFam Ensemble. Rashaad is a graduate of The Theatre School at Depaul University and the School at Steppenwolf. Hasani Hardy Copywriter Bio Hasani Hardy Stockroom manager I am Hasani Hardy, hailing from Queens, NY, and I’m not just another black copywriter for the quota. Music is my heartbeat, infusing rhythm into my creativity. I’m all about shaking up the culture, throwing my own spin on things. Standing out isn’t enough. I’m stepping up and standing front and center, carving my lane. Young and driven by the urge to make the world my canvas with my ideas, Copywriting is just the start. I’m rewriting the game, creating content that’s not just words but are a sensation. What keeps me burning? The fact that my creativity knows no bounds. I’m inspired by those who don’t wait for inspiration. They dive in, make moves, and leave their mark. So here’s to us – the ones who don’t just dream, but dream reality. Chelsey Harrell Copywriter Bio Chelsey Harrell Paid Media Strategist / Freelance Social Media Manager Hey! I’m Chelsey, but most people keep it cute and just call me Chels. From Saint Louis, but currently living out my middle school Tumblr obsession in LA. Lover of all things social, from paid media to content creation – I’m obsessed with the analytics and storytelling behind a fyre campaign. When I’m not working you can find me on a rooftop sipping a lemon drop martini (don’t forget the sugar rim) or creating content for my personal blog aka my digital diary, where I share my love of black-owned products and document my journey through these twenty-somethings. Amaris Harry Art Director Bio Amaris Harry Associate Service Consultant I am an Atlanta, GA native with a strong passion for marketing and advertising since graduating at Columbus State University with my Bachelors in Marketing. Over time I’ve become a marketing freelancer and content creator for several brands to chase my dreams of obtaining a solid marketing role. My free time is spent creating videos, writing blogs and social media posts about my life as a health enthusiast, traveler, wife, and mom to an awesome 7 year old. Justin Haywood Art Director Bio Justin Haywood Freelance Motion Designer/Video Editor My name is Justin Haywood, I’m a Freelance Animator and Video Editor based in Brooklyn, NY. I’m a creative who is experienced in diverse fields specifically Animation, Digital Illustration, and Motion Design. I am hard-working, detail oriented and constantly learning. I believe in the value of teamwork and collaboration to achieve the best results. My goal is to become an art director and an animator to increase representation and understanding of BIPOC through imagery,media and storytelling. Christian Henderson Copywriter Bio Christian Henderson Creative Strategist Christian is an Award-Winning Creative Strategist & Copywriter obsessed with crafting intimate and nuanced narratives for brands. Originally from Alabama, Christian has recently relocated to Los Angeles to deepen his work and connection in the advertising and creative community. With experience delivering ground-breaking work for clients such as Grammarly, Nike, and The Obama Foundation, Christian is driven by a passion to empathize deeply with people and transform that empathy into strong creative output! Kandice Holmes Art Director Bio Kandice Holmes Art Director Kandice Holmes is a London-based writer, photographer, and musician, with over a decade of experience in the music and events industry. She has produced and assisted many notable events such as Letters Live in London, New York and Los Angeles, in which culturally and historically significant letters are read to audiences by renowned performers. She served as Communications Director for Secret Cinema Founders’ project Lost, a socially driven project exploring innovative ways to create and share art. In addition, she has worked as Artist Liaison Manager for festivals in the UK and U.S, including Desert Daze, a pivotal platform for the international psychedelic rock scene. Several years of community organising led to curating well-received community events at Tate Exchange and V&A Late. She was also honoured to join the Board of Decentralised Technology organisation Furtherfield, to support experimental initiatives in decentralised arts and technology practices. With a personality marked by her enthusiasm and peaceful spirit, Kandice has a passion for elevating cultural perspectives, influenced by her own Anglo-Indian and Dominican heritage. Her influences also include having briefly lived in Berlin, Los Angeles, and the Greek Island of Lesvos, where she supported people seeking sanctuary from across the world. It’s her desire therefore, to tell stories that cultivate nuanced conversations through multidisciplinary art forms, communicating unique insights, shared values, revealing common ground for our rich and diverse human experience. On a personal level, Kandice sees Art Direction as a new home for her experiences and skills that can potentially have an impact on social innovation. She loves exploring the relationship creativity has with the senses, to catalyse emotions, new ways of thinking and positively influence action. Currently studying theology and art, Kandice’s personal and visual philosophy is pursuing the restoration of all things. Levon Ijeh Art Director Bio Levon Ijeh Art Director Instinctively creative, and a stylish somebody. I am typically called on to consult for my good taste in…well, everything! I love to create work that is dynamic and impactful, and take inspiration from art, music, and culture/society. Having realised my passion for art direction and my aptitude for leadership, I am now ready to shake the world up with my ideas! Alyssa King Copywriter Bio Alyssa King Program Events Manager Alyssa King is a creative storyteller, who aspires to inspire change. Through her creative abilities she seeks to challenge social norms. Giving a voice to those that are ignored in media and mainstream culture while empowering the Black community. Growing up in the Central District of Seattle, she has a unique perspective of what it means to be Black in the PNW. Born in the North but raised by the South, she pulls inspiration from both cultures. As a cultural sponge she likes to experience as much as possible as a photographer, traveler, cook, singer, at home dancer and overall creative painting worlds with words. If you’re ever in Seattle you can catch her conceptualizing and directing creative projects with friends or roller skating on a basketball court. As an alum of BLAC (2022), she was awakened to the endless opportunities for Black creatives within the marketing industry. Music has always been her first love and she strives to work in the industry one day. She is curious, fun, passionately hungry and ready to crEAT. What opportunities are you serving? Let’s chat and crEAT together! You bring the food and she will bring the forks. Justin Lindberg Art Director Bio Justin Lindberg Software developer Justin is a creative and native of Chicago with a passion for graphic design, art direction, and advertisement. Graduating from Alabama A&M May 2022 with a Computer Science degree, Justin soon began working in the tech industry. It didn’t take long for him to realize that this is not how he wants to contribute to the world. Since then, he’s been committed to pursuing his creative endeavors on his way to become an industry level Art Director. Since then, Justin has worked on campaigns for Sony Music Group, Arizona Beverage Co, and was a member of the Beats by Dre Black Creators class of 2022. Today, Justin hopes to widen his design skills and land an opportunity as a Art Director in the ad or sports industry. Xahil McDonald Copywriter Bio Xahil McDonald Freelance Copywriter, Small Business Owner Born and raised in Seattle, WA, Xahil is a multifaceted, multitasking, multinational creative who has a passion for using words to invite people inward. Molded by single-mother strength, grandma’s hands, and the supporting arms of aunties and uncles, Xahil finds inspiration in the words of his elders, the eyes of his peers, and the power of the human spirit. He currently works as a freelance copywriter and runs his own small-business, Lito’s Quality Garden Co. Xahil spends most of his time learning new things, writing, surfing, skating, and smiling at strangers. Teon McLean Copywriter Bio Teon McLean Copywriter I am an aspiring copy writer who’s always loved language, and its ability to be both simple and complex. I look up to Creatives, and admire the ease at which they can understand a brand, take on its persona, and bring the brand to life. One day I hope I am trusted with telling a brand’s story. Justice McWilliams Art Director Bio Justice McWilliams Student Justice McWilliams is a young and ambitious creative from Maryland with an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for all things design. Her creativity has been with her from a young age, and it was her love for gaming that led her to discover the world of design. In 2016, she taught herself how to develop her own personal brand on Twitch, and from there, her design journey began. Currently pursuing a B.A. in Creative Advertising and a minor in Entrepreneurship Innovation at Michigan State University, Justice is set to graduate in May 2024. As a multidisciplinary creative, she has collaborated with various individuals and brands over the past seven years as a freelancer, specializing in branding, graphic design, and art direction. Always eager to learn and grow, Justice is constantly seeking out new opportunities to further her skills and expertise. Dexter Morton Art Director Bio Dexter Morton Solution Specialist Dex Morton is a multidisciplinary artist. His work is heavily inspired by black culture and childhood nostalgia. Born in Alabama and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Dex began drawing at age 6. He later taught himself how to create art digitally, combining digital prints and paint to create unique pieces. Dex now lives in Nashville, Tennessee creating commissioned pieces, designing clothing, and instructing others in self expression through art. Life is Art Maya Nicco Copywriter Bio Maya Nicco Copywriter Hi, I’m Maya! My love of writing, drawing, and pretty much anything creative started when I was in Primary School. I used to illustrate silly stories with stick people and, filmed a silly TV series featuring my stuffed toys. I also used to tape a silly “do not disturb” sign on my door so production wouldn’t be disturbed. Well, it wasn’t silly to me, it started my love of film, writing and all things creative- it also taught me the importance of backing up my files! I am a lot better at backing up my files now. I like to think that I’m better at drawing and, since I am studying Journalism, I hope I’m a better writer. Outside of Uni, you can find me playing video games and, making candles (not at the same time). Chiara Nnanna-Dikeocha Copywriter Bio Chiara Nnanna-Dikeocha Copywriter Hey! I’m Chi-Chi and I’m a Writer and Hobbyist Photographer from London. I’d love to use my storytelling skills, creativity and cultural knowledge to create exciting adverts that actually engage people and get them talking! Outside of work, I enjoy taking photos on my film camera, writing poetry and attending fun art events around the city! Mitana Odekua Art Director Bio Mitana Odekua Art Director An ambitious and driven business management graduate with a background in social media management, paid social advertising, and digital performance analysis. Seeking to leverage these skills and experience to transition into a more creative role as I’m passionate in pursuing a career in this field. Xavier Pencille Art Director Bio Xavier Pencille Art Director Beginning In his childhood telling his stories in third person. Xavier Pencille AKA XZVR is a LDN based self taught artist/storyteller, constantly evolving and honing his craftsmanship. However, he had no idea he’d be redirected on a path to purpose striving to articulate his vision. Black British with some Caribbean spice. He grew up knowing he’d run a business one day. Volunteering and taking it upon himself to represent even the smallest voices. He takes pride in his community and the impact of narratives. Having values at the forefront of both business and lifestyle. He came to the realisation that in order to be in a position of power, you must be accountable for your culture and heritage at every level. Out of office, movies, anime, video games, family time. Not in that order. Nothing brings him more joy than potential for growth. especially coming from a mode of survival. Jessica Pickett Art Director Bio Jessica Pickett unemployed I am a freelance artist who seeks to create and inspire in ways that are transformative to me, my peers, and my community. My creative flow is driven by my desire to produce something meaningful that speaks to everyone. Chantelle Roberts Copywriter Bio Chantelle Roberts Copywriter Chantelle is a UK-based freelance content, copywriter and founder of Sopfi Studios. Dreaming of a life where she is in control of her own destiny and choices, Chantelle began her self-employed journey at the start of 2022. She grew up in a town lacking diversity but has made her strides to make her mark whilst being her truest, most authentic self. You could describe her as an earthy soul with a Venus quality, a lover of luxury and wealth-building, and the gay aunty in the family who always has a smile on her face. She wants to tell more stories, build larger collaborations, and use her creativity to solve high-end business problems. Tiajuana Roberts Art Director Bio Tiajuana Roberts Art Director Lover of the arts + music, aspiring art director. Nisa Sanders Art Director Bio Nisa Sanders Entertainment Partnerships Program Manager Nisa is a multi-hyphenate creative from San Antonio, TX that currently resides in Oakland, CA. Her friends refer to her as an “art baby” due to her being the daughter of a visual teaching artist and a jazz musician/audio engineer turned documentarian. Nisa is a graduate of American Universty’s School of Communication where she studied Film and Media Arts. Nisa has worked at various art education non-profits for 7 years working with marginalized youth and helping them find their creative voice through visual art and digital media. In the past two years, she transitioned to a career in Tech where she also founded and leads the Black & African American Employee Resource Group. Nisa is a passionate storyteller and enjoys painting and drawing, watching and reviewing films and TV, mentoring young people, and is an aspiring Doula. Sage Sankofa Copywriter Bio Sage Sankofa LGBTQ Youth & Community Engagement Manager & Trainer Sage Sankofa is a passionate photographer and writer with a devotion for creating art that opens conversations and evokes empathy. With a background in sociology, Sage is a Gender and Sexuality educator, which exposes them to diverse communities that influence their creative passions. Their work represents the untold stories and captures the essence of a moment. Their ability to create visually stunning pieces and stories that are thought-provoking and inspiring is a testament to their genuine care for communities. Hashmiru Sesay Art Director Bio Hashmiru Sesay Production Manager I am a Sierra Leonean-American filmmaker fluent in the art of motion picture storytelling with a background in creating scripted, documentary, commercial, and music video content. I earned my BFA in Film and Video Production from The City College of New York and an MFA in Producing at Brooklyn College Feirstein School of Cinema. An Army veteran and former registered nurse, I leveraged my life experience to become a logistical creative who is all about having fun and making content that matters with great people! Recent projects include films, “Hysterical Justice,” which recently won best short film at the 2022 Summer Katra Film Series, and “Day of Joy” which can now be streamed on Amazon Prime. Taylor Townes Copywriter Bio Taylor Townes Operations and Communications Coordinator Taylor Monique, aka rough draft, is a Philly-based poet, mixed media artist, and designer of Poetry for the Streets, a brand who’s focus is to create clothes that reflect the person wearing them, upcycled and embellished with poetry and mantras. She is Operations and Communications coordinator at Blue Stoop ( @bluestoopphl ), and is currently working on her debut chapbook. Through her writing and design creations, she has received the Judith Stark award and Illuminate the Arts Grant. She is also is a Philly Typewriter sponsored poet and has performed on stages in Philly, Jersey, Delaware, and New York. Tyler Vasquez Art Director Bio Tyler Vasquez Creative An Afro-Latina from Brooklyn, NY in love with creating ideas. I aim to help diversify the advertising world, so that young girls can see themselves in as many spaces as possible. I’ll help us be seen not only on screen, but also behind the scenes. Joshua Walker Art Director Bio Joshua Walker Freelance Creative My name is Josh Walker and I am a multidisciplinary creative with a focus on branding and multi-media design. My catalog, both personal and commercial, often show themes focused on the beauty of identity and communication: finding context through collaboration, research, and exploration. Brandon Walker Copywriter Bio Brandon Walker Trade Marketing Coordinator at Paramount Brandon is a creative storyteller, jazz musician, and marketing professional from New Jersey. He currently works as a Trade Marketing Coordinator at Paramount, creating content marketing initiatives in support of its advertising organization. He is passionate about the media and entertainment industry, and a proud alum of Temple University, the 4A’s Multicultural Advertising Internship Program, and the T. Howard Foundation. Outside of his 9 to 5, you can catch Brandon nerding out on jazz piano, producing music, and binging video essays about Kendrick Lamar. Lonnie Woods III Art Director Bio Lonnie Woods III Assistant Director for University career development Lonnie Woods III is a photographer, poet and arts college administrator based in Los Angelos. Lonnies practice spans professional development for artists, published poetry works, content creating for social media and creative direction.