This spring, we are partnering with Soul Elevated to host young creatives sharing their personal journey’s and offering advice to post-graduates about navigating making money and finding success in their craft. Learn more about the panelists featured below, and join us for Post-Graduate Artrepreneurship on Wednesday, May 30th from 7-9pm.
Founded by Michelene J, Soul Elevated is a culture hub dedicated to elevating the standard of Black visual media and spreading Black creative work. At first Soul Elevated was solely a moodboard on Instagram, but now the page is evolving into a platform: a platform tapping into young, undiscovered talent. Michelene is working towards building Soul Elevated into a media production company beginning with hosting Young, Black, and Rising, an event mixer series to connect artists and create opportunities for artists to advance their careers
Ava Raiin is an experimental R&B artist, singer/songwriter, and performer. Over the last few years, Ava has shared the stage and or collaborated with Blood Orange / Devonte Hynes, Carly Rae Jepsen, Solange , Melissa Etheridge , The Chainsmokers, Jack Antonoff / Bleachers, Lupe Fiasco, Chrisette Michele and others, all while perfecting her own sound. In 2017 she released her self-titled album, debuting at #9 on the Billboard R&B charts.
Her summer 2016 single and video ‘Eagle Eye’ received rave reviews from AfroPunk and was named Vimeo ‘Staff Pick’. Shortly after the release, her vocals on Blood Orange’s third album Freetown Sound also received positive reviews and mentions in Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Fader, Crack Magazine and others.
Daniel Randall/The Sundncekid:
Daniel Randall is a New York City based photographer. He is part of the arts collective and creative agency, Dapper Studios. Dapper Studios has produced work for GQ, Vogue, Gucchi, J.Crew, Jaguar, and American Express.
Bobo wears many hats as an influencer, photographer, creative director and model. She uses brands, ideas and products to promote self-love and affirming attitudes towards body image and wellness on her social media platforms and podcast show Afrolit.
Since her digital beginnings in fashion, she has worked with global brands including Coach, Sephora, L’Occitane, Nordstrom, Scotch & Soda, Nike, BET, TopShop, and Glossier in a wide range of digital content capabilities. She is best known for her ability to self-photograph her own content, hence, she has been regularly featured as a content creator and personality in various publications such as Buzzfeed, Afropunk, and Fashizblack Magazine.
Jarae Holieway is an emerging model, stylist, and artist hailing from Long Beach California, currently living and freelancing in New York City. On Instagram she is known for her signature styling, film photography, and popular “glitter graphics”. Jarae has attracted coverage from Refinery29, Vogue, Glamour, and the New York Times for her edgy style. She is reclaiming what it means to be a woman of power in the fashion industry.
Alton Mason: Alton’s career began when he was discovered on Instagram as a teenager living in Los Angeles and cast in Kanye West's Yeezy Season 3 show at Madison Square Garden. Two years later, he walked in Gucci's Fall 2017 show, and was later featured in the brand's first all-black Pre-Fall 2017 campaign, in which he shows off his dancing talents in a blue floral suit and 'queercore' loafers. He's now a Gucci runway regular, but also made a few appearances at New York Fashion Week: Men's this season at Carlos Campos and Boss. In sum, there is absolutely nothing chill about the trajectory of Mason's career.
Learn more about the event HERE. Be sure to RSVP for the event as space is limited!
Photos courtesy of each panelist