Show us your #blackcreativemagic for a chance to win the grand prize of $300, 250 business cards from Kuumba Kollectibles, free one month coworking membership to Locale Workspace, a feature on A Creative DC's featured gallery, a "Black Creatives Matter" tee and poster, 12 week business course with Davida E. Arnold, a feature in the DMV Black Creatives Directory, and a Google notebook + phone charger.



Shadowing opportunity with Satria Fulton.
Shadowing opportunity with Linda Davis.


Business consulting with Zachari Curtis of Good Sense Farm
Ability to visit TasteLab for the day + internship opportunity.
Shadowing opportunity with Jessica Thomas of five7.plated.


$50 Gift-Card to G Street Fabrics
Shadowing opportunity with Styled 4 U
Free Sewing Session with Jamila Madyun
Sit-in on class with Professor Mikki Taylor of Howard University's Fashion Design program. 

Graphic Design
$25 gift-card to Best Buy.
1-1 Session with Christin Glover of Twelve.ThirtyFour
Portfolio review by Kristie George


4 hour studio time with Tobari Fingal of Haven House Music doing in-studio production.
Sit-in on a recording session with the Haven House Music.
Shadowing opportunity with DJ Little Bacon Bear. 

Performing Arts
Ability to attend one of The Dance Institute of Washington’s Positive Directions Through Dance classes.
Free ticket to one of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre’s shows.


Shadowing opportunity with Dayo Kosoko
Free 1.5 hour studio rental at Beyond Studios (formerly known as The White Room)
Portfolio review by Dr. Olivia Drake of Howard University's Electronic Studio program. 


Visual Art
Shadowing opportunity with Latela Art Gallery.
Artwork showcased in Serengeti Gallery.
Small art exhibit at the Congress Heights Arts & Culture Center.


*All second place winners will receive a free feature within the DMV Black Creatives Directory, plus a Google notebook and phone charger.


DMV (DC, Maryland, and Virginia) based black** creatives within the fashion, visual arts, graphic design, performing arts, photography/videography, music, cosmetology, and culinary industry. You must be 18+ to apply. Tech companies with a creative focus (i.e. StyleSeat), are also invited to apply.

**This isn't limited to just African-Americans, this includes all DMV based creatives of African descent -- which includes Afro-Latinas/Latinos, Afro-Cubans, Afro-Hispanics, etc. 


Our wonderful panel (see below), will be voting for the grand prize winner, and the second place winners.

Winners will be announced on December 19, 2016. Prizes will be awarded starting January 7, 2017




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Satria Fulton, a freelance artist, comes highly recommended. Her specialties include but are not limited to: Natural hair treatment and styling, silk press, quick weaves, custom wig units, wig styling, full sew-ins with and without closures, coloring, hair health care, and precise hair cutting (long and short hair). She has served as the lead beautician with the Best Face Forward team for over four years, she was a prominent artist working with the Miss DC pageant, Newseum 2016 published her work, and she has worked as a celebrity stylist to many of the Redskins players. During her 11 year tenure, Satria has successfully built professional relationships with some of the best artists within the industry, but her most valued relationships have derived from her loyal long time clients.  

She attended Dudley Beauty College and has been working as a freelance stylist in the DMV area. Tria has effortlessly transitioned into the business side of hair by opening her own studio: BBS Hair Studio located in Largo, MD at 1010 Shoppers Way Suite 113(which is metro accessible). 



Linda Davis is a professional makeup artist who is self taught. She was inspired to pursue her makeup career at the age of 18. Linda has always had a love for makeup artistry aswell as the ablilty to change someones mood through makeup. She took it upon herself to study different makeup trends, seen in editorial magazines aswell as beauty and high fashion press. Linda made it a short term goal to secure a job with a prominant makeup brand, MAC Cosmetics. She succeeded.

With 5 plus years of experience, Linda gained certification as a professional makeup artist. Gaining more knowledge and experience in Editorial, Fashion, and Beauty makeup. She has done makeup for varies reality tv stars, fashion shows and gained a large clientele based. Confident in her ability to transform clients to please there expectations, Linda continues to change the world one lipstick at a time!



Zachari Curtis is a community accountable farmer building a unique food media platform in Washington, DC. Zachari considers their work a mix of sustainable farming and arts based community organizing and has leveraged their experience to forge unlikely but necessary partnerships on the basis of our shared enjoyment of and cultural memory around food. Zachari co-founded Community Farming Alliance to develop infrastructure and instigate resource sharing among farmers of color and women farmers in the DC area. Zachari built a Sustainable Agriculture program at Bread for the City from fledgling food projects at the organization and is working to build a hub for equitable food systems work in the non-profit sector. They also run their own farm, Good Sense Farm & Apiary where they foment out-of-the-box thinking about the food system, the environment and our responsibility to both.

Zachari received a BA from Duke University and is a 2008 J. William Fulbright Scholar.




Jessica Thomas is a self-taught chef and founder of Five.7 Plated.




Katorra Enoch-Longshore, is the creator of the personal styling company Styled for You, which she founded along with her husband Lloyd Enoch-Longshore, in 2011. Katorra’s love of fashion began at a young age, wherein she drew most of her inspiration from her grandmother Harriet, who was a courageous style setter, in her own right. Over the years Katorra, nurtured her love of fashion, by not only modeling the bold and regal style of her grandmother, but she also studied art at the University of Maryland, along with working in various fashion industry related roles.

Based in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, the mission for Styled for You is founded in curating the very best the fashion world has to offer for its clients and supporters. Styled for You, provides quality fashion services including but not limited to:
•    In depth style analysis
•    personal styling and shopping
•    creative business consulting for industry creatives

“We consistently find that people assume that seeking help from a stylist, are only for the wealthy or famous. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, for the cost of one outfit or less, a Styled for You consultant can revamp your entire wardrobe! Simply put, we make style and fashion simple, so you don’t have to. ”-Katorra Enoch-Longshore



Mikki Taylor is a Lecturer in the Fashion Design Department at Howard University—where she teaches Fashion Illustration I & II, Studio IV, Fashion Arts Media, History of Design—along with other Fashion Design Courses.

She has over 25 years in the field of Graphic Design and Corporate Marketing and Branding as a Principal Designer. Mikki is the Sole proprietor of Taylor Made Designs—a Design Company. She has provided Art and Creative Direction, Graphic Design and Brand Identity services across a diverse group of businesses. Such as Fashion Design, Educational, Law, Music, Arts & Entertainment, Spa & Resort, and the Transportation Industry.


With a strong desire to create beautiful clothing for women, Fort Washington MD native Jamila Madyun pursued aspirations of a career in Fashion Design. In 2008 she graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Fashion Design. After graduation she moved to NYC to gain industry experience working alongside fashion designer Tracy Reese, as a technical designer and garment construction specialist. 

Her first exposure to teaching Fashion Design was with the non profit organization DC Threads Sewing Lounge, volunteering as a sewing instructor. It was there she assisted various children from the greater Washington, D.C. area with learning the functions of a sewing machine, and creating tons of fun fashion projects. Madyun has also worked for the Arena Stage summer arts program as their lead sewing instructor. 

In 2014, Madyun founded her own design company "Stitched With Style" which specializes in the development of aspiring designers and sewing enthusiast. This company offers various classes, workshops, and private instruction for children, teens, and adults. Students learn fashion sewing, illustration design, pattern making, and the art of draping on a form.
Madyun worked at Saks Fifth Avenue before starting her company, as a Lead Visual Stylist for 5 years. This position allowed her to be exposed to so many aspects of the fashion industry such as New York Fashion Week, where she has invited students of "Stitched With Style" to attend. Living in NYC and teaching in the city as well as traveling to the greater metropolitan area allows her to give her students the full industry experience.




Kristie is a Graphic Designer who enjoys making the vision of her clients into a real product through communication design. Kristie has a passion for branding, marketing, design, and typography. 

She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Washington in 2010. After graduating she decided to pursue her passion for helping others and accepted a job offer at the Epilepsy Foundation as the Web & Design Coordinator.

When she isn’t thinking about her next project, Kristie enjoys putting on the hat of a “Do It Yourself” hobbyist, vegetarian chef, art enthusiast, traveling, and volunteering regularly at N Street Village.

Kristie is currently a Graphic Designer at Edison Electric Institute and Black Business Network Exchange.


Designer, entrepreneur and the creative mind behind Twelve.ThirtyFour; a groundbreaking movement exposing creative professional entrepreneurs to new clientele and possibilities through an innovative network. Connecting clients with businesses and businesses with more clients. We all play a part! As Loocie would say, "Twelve.ThirtyFour starts with you and ends with you".





@NavadaTaylor (Hulk BROgan) & @TobariFingal (The Brilliant BROfessor) are extremely excited about this new and innovative podcast by CREATIVES for CREATIVES. We have a lineup of working and successful people that are equally excited to drop some gems. Our goal is to educate the indie artist, learn from those who are living the dream, and build up the DIYer with real conversations, with real people in the Entertainment Industry, targeting not just the "stars", but those that make it possible to become a STAR. 

We talk about everything from categorizing legendary artists and other influential people in the music and entertainment industry, to the psychological profiling of Hip-Hop, to the essential processes for being an effective and professional home creative.


"I'm the daughter of a DJ and a teacher from the middle of America, raised in Kansas, living in the DMV. I come from a family of DJs so I've had my hands on the turntables since I could stand upright. As a kid, my parents made sure I was extremely well-versed musically. It made me an all around better DJ. I'm extremely outgoing so this was a skill in which I controlled the room, without even opening my mouth. DJing has allowed me to travel the country, playing music for all types of people, of all ages. Hip Hop is my favorite to spin but I can dominate other genres too.

In general, I think we live our lives waaay too pinned up. We live without outwardly 'feeling', publicly. DJing put me in a space where I get to create and share an experience with others. I like to send people home covered in sweat, knowing that they got a well rounded musical experience. All I have to ride out on is my good faith that people will know a passionate, talented DJ when they hear it and appreciate it for what it's worth.




Kristen Jackson is currently the Connectivity Director at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC. She has worked on and off-Broadway in casting and producing for Ostar Productions (NY) and Playwrights Horizons (NY); and as a teaching artist and performer for the regional theatres Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (OH) and Actors Theatre of Louisville (KY). Kristen has also worked in arts administration and provided programming support for Dance/USA (DC), the national service organization for professional dance. Kristen earned her MA from UT-Austin in Performance as Public Practice. She also holds a BA in Theatre Studies and English from Duke University. In 2016, Kristen was recognized as an exceptionally talented early-career leader of color by Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national service organization for professional theatre, and selected to participate in TCG’s inaugural Rising Leaders of Color program.



Mark Henderson is the Program Manager for The Dance Institute of Washington (DIW). DIW is a dance education institution committed to providing children and youth the opportunity to develop artistically, socially, emotionally and intellectually through the discipline of dance. To deliver on that commitment, DIW operates a studio school, education outreach, the Youth Repertory Ensemble, and a professional dance company, Washington Reflections Dance Company. Each of these programs uses dance education and performance to grant children and youth from diverse backgrounds a chance to experience the performing arts and develop important skills needed for a successful future in dance and beyond.




A graduate from Delaware State University, obtaining a Bachelor's degree of Arts with a concentration in Mass Communications- Television and Film Production. 

By mastering the creative and technical skills of photography, video, and theater production, Jazzlynn Tolson has served as the producer, creative director, photographer, videographer and director of post-production for both independent and collaborative projects. 

Jazzlynn's experience in this field led her to land a studio manager position at Beyond Studios DC. Beyond Studios provides access to a professional daylight photography studio and state-of-the-art recording and production facility located in downtown Washington, DC.



Dayo Kosoko is a DMV native who attended college at Creighton University in Omaha Nebraska. He is a first generation Nigerian and has been a professional photographer for 6 years, though he has been taking pictures his whole life. Dayo has worked in Higher Education for 10 years and holds a masters degree in organizational leadership with an emphasis in management. Dayo is known as Mr. HYPE, not only for his shooting style, but also for his personality and ability to connect with his subjects. From taking pics and being creative "The Art Hype" was born. A persona that collaborates the love of Art, People, Places, and Networking. Check him out @thearthype.


Dr. Olivia M. Drake is an educator in the Department of Art at Howard University where she currently teaches courses in areas of Electronic Studio: Digital Video Narratives and Presentation Graphics. She is also an alumna of Howard University, with a background in cinema, which has merged with graphic design. Dr. Drake taught film production at Duke Ellington School of the Arts and an introductory course on visual art at Coppin State University. Her scholarly interests include Black cinema history, semiotics and digital media convergence. Dr. Drake is also a film practitioner and animator; her current creative work is now in preproduction. 





Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Keyonna graduated from St. John’s College High School in 2006 and started her collegiate career as a student of Psychology at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. In search of a more challenging path, she transferred to Philip Merrill’s College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park where she received her Bachelors of Arts in Broadcast Journalism with a concentration in Education. Keyonna is now pursuing a Master’s in Science Management with a specialization in Public Relations. 

During the four years she worked as a news producer for News Radio station WNEW, 99.1, Keyonna received two Edward Murrow Awards. Returning to one of her original passions, in August 2015, Keyonna opened Congress Heights Arts and Culture Center located at 3200 MLK Ave. SE, with a mission to bring something new and necessary to the Ward 8 community in the District of Columbia. She also serves on the board of Community College Preparatory Academy, the first adult charter school East of the River.

Keyonna is happily married to professional artist Shawn “Painta” Lindsay and they have two beautiful children: their five-year-old daughter Kayla and six-month-old son Keon.

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Marta Staudinger is an artist, art historian and curator. She is the Director and Founder of the Latela Art Gallery in Washington DC, voted DC's Best Commercial Art Gallery in 2016. Marta travels three to four times a year lecturing for Smithsonian Journeys in Italy, Portugal and Spain - countries where she also organizes exhibitions and manages artists. She received her B.A. from George Mason University in Art History specializing in Italian Renaissance, Italian Baroque and European Modernism. Prior to founding the Latela Art Gallery, Marta worked on archival and curatorial projects in many museums in Florence, Italy, Barcelona, Spain, and in Washington DC at the National Gallery of Art.




THOMAS DAWES JR. was the former Director and Associate Director of Facilities  Planning at Norfolk State University. Norfolk State University is a fully accredited, comprehensive, urban institution founded in 1935. The University is located in the Hampton Roads area in the City of Norfolk and is one of 15 public four-year institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia. NSU has approximately 6,100 students, 1,100 faculty and staff, five academic schools, a yearly operating budget exceeding $100 million and is the largest historically black university in Virginia and the 5th largest in the nation.

Mr. Dawes manages, directs and coordinates the operations of planning, design and construction oversight for all capital constructions, renovations and minor projects at all campuses of the university. He develops and reviews all architectural and engineering programs for the physical facilities; interprets and administers all rules and regulations applicable to appropriate State agencies, Federal and State laws and building codes concerning facilities planning and construction. He develops implements, evaluates and recommends changes for University and departmental rules, regulations and policies for an efficient operation. He formulates departmental policy or changes as necessary to carry out the mission of the department efficiently.

Mr. Dawes served as the Associate Director of Enterprise and Empowerment Foundation (E2F) for two years. He aligned E2F with industry leaders to develop a comprehensive plan for the areas of technology and economic development projects.  He is an experienced urban planner, consultant, grant writer, research analysis and project director. He promotes economic development, empowerment and home ownership in urban, low and moderate-income communities.

Over the past twenty years, his expertise in urban planning has resulted in many successful projects. The Norfolk City Council approved a resolution setting aside 25 acres of land after a feasibility study conducted by Mr. Dawes. He is responsible for University expansion at a projected cost of $100 million dollars and for the development of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) proposals and grant awards for two major Universities resulting in grants totaling over $2 million to Hampton University and $25 million to Norfolk State University.

Mr. Dawes is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a Master of Arts degree in Health Care Management and Norfolk State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health. He served in the United States Air Force as a noncommissioned officer for four years. The Norfolk State University ROTC commissioned him into the United States Army where he served four years. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army with the rank of Captain. He is a native of Washington, D.C. and currently resides in Chesapeake, Virginia.


My name is Makeda Solomon. I am a content curator at A Creative DC. Here, I support the online content portion of the A Creative DC project through fielding submissions and curating site visuals. I enjoy cultivating creativity in the DC-area and showcasing what these communities have to offer, through event programming and curating online content. I also work as Brand/Marketing Coordinator at Union Market and at the Urban Outfitter's in Gallery Place.



Kaidi A. McMillan is the Chief Executive Officer of ABlackLife LLC. He is an Alumnus of Howard University, and has spent many years learning and participating in the development of the Black Community, specifically with Black Owned Businesses.