Talented, intriguing, charismatic, inspiring, progressive, unique, and yes – gorgeous; these shining stars let their individual beauty show.
(Dancer, Model, Educator, Activist)
This Gary, Indiana native has been dancing around the globe with The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater since 2011. Renaldo has incorporated his passion for dance with the need for social responsibility by working as the Co-Artistic Director of the South Shore Dance Alliance back home in Indiana. Look for Maurice when the Ailey Company comes to your town.
Reginald L. Barnes
Reginald L. Barnes is a star on the rise. Recently featured on HBO’s miniseries The Night Of…., some of his credits also include Marvel’s Luke Cage, The Breaks and Madam Secretary. On stage, Reginald has been featured in the award winning Off-Broadway hit Black Angels Over Tuskegee, Timeless: The Mystery of the Dark Water and the original tour of James Earl Hardy’s B-Boy Blues The Play.
Up next, look for the Omaha, Nebraska native on the small screen in The Russian Room, and in 3 films – Vendetta Games, Venuses, and the hilarious political satire Make America Black Again. Barnes now calls NYC home with his husband, Matt, who he married last year.
(Singer, Educator, Activist)
This Washington, DC based, Grammy-nominated songstress is a shining example of how music truly is universal. Her vocal talents, breathtaking live performances, and songwriting acumen have served international audiences and wowed music lovers in South Africa, China, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Japan, Haiti, Barbados and beyond. Generating global excitement about American art and delighting local cultures are just a few of the qualities that, according to MTV, make her “An R&B artist to obsess over.”
Using her music and social media platforms as forces for good, Malachi, a Fulbright-Hays grant recipient, advocates for equal access to education and technology. Carolyn recently launched a new podcast entitled GRITS & GARRI’s as a vehicle to juxtapose the work of African-American, African and Caribbean artists who create music. “As an artist, I feel it’s important to be a thought leader, an innovator and, as Nina Simone so eloquently put it, ‘a barometer of the times in which we live.’ Hate and ignorance continue to tear at the very soul of our democracy. How can we truly unify to exact change if we are afraid to know each other?”
DOMINIQUE (T. A. R.) JACKSON
a.k.a. Tyra Allure-Ross
(Model, Actress, Author, Advocate, Activist)
Dominique’s story was most recently showcased on the Oxygen Network’s docu-series, Strut.
A widely recognized figure in the House/Ballroom and pageant communities, Dominique is a highly sought after model, who is represented by Slay Model Management.
(Model, Designer, Actress, Motivational Speaker)
The world first discovered Isis thanks to Tyra Banks and America’s Next Top Model (ANTM) as she became the first transgender woman to compete on the show. Since then Isis has expanded her sites beyond modeling to include acting and fashion design. Her story was once again featured via reality television on the Oxygen Network’s docu-series, Strut.
(Actress, Model, Musician)
In 2012, Livingston first came into the public eye as a participant in America’s Next Top Model: British Invasion. She was noted for her tattoos and androgynous look. AzMarie currently has a recurring role on the Fox Network’s hit show Empire as “Chicken,” “Hakeem’s” best friend and DJ. Livingston’s personal life took center stage a few years ago as her relationship with Raven-Symone became public.
(Singer, Model, Dancer, Real Estate Agent, etc.)
This NYC-based, accomplished model, social media influencer, dancer, songwriter is also a skillful pop/R&B singer whose star is on the rise. A true renaissance man, complete with a Cornell University education and a newly thriving real estate business, Teraj’s latest single, “We Got Each Other” already has fans abuzz.
(Actor, Musician, Model)
This multi-talented artist has been immersed in performance and musical arts since the age of 5. Lookout for Kvng David on the popular web-series, Triangle as “Winston Corey.” His latest musical project, Price of a Crown: Then & Now reflects his personal truths, finding peace in turning his strife into melody.
JOHNNELL TERRELL & TYRONE WELLS
The self-professed “gym rats” have been lighting up social media. Based in Atlanta, the couple shares the joyful bliss of their relationship, love for fitness, and more with the public via their fans page.
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