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Jeanette Biles

Academy Co-Manager

Jeanette Biles is an artist with 12 years of experience in media and education. A native of Black Wallstreet, Tulsa, Oklahoma attended…

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Reggie Thompson

Reginald Thompson (Reggie) is a high school graduate who attends Potomac State College in West Virginia. Reggie is pursing a degree in Computer Science and Business Management. He plans to start his own clothing company that focus on inspires people to always have a “Fresh” new idea and to be self-motivated. He enjoys listen to […]

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Elexia Alleyne

Elexia Alleyne, is 19 and a sophomore at Old Dominion University majoring in Speech Pathology. As a creative spirit, she has been a member of FRESHH, DC Youth Slam Team, WBL, and LOVE Girls Magazine. Lexi started writing and competing in the sixth grade. She aspires to be a Speech Therapist and service areas with […]

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Joy Angelica

Joy Anjelica is a rising Junior student currently attending Morgan State University, Majoring in psychology. She has been..

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Kosi Dunn

Creative Core Marketing Specialist

Mandla ‘Kosi’ Dunn is a South African-American poet and writer from PG County, Maryland. A passionate community..

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Jim Bender

Board Member

His structural design teacher in school, Ben Sammler, drilled into him that a triangle is a rigid structure. You build something with three…

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Sadiyah Bashir

SADIYAH BASHIR is a 18-year-old poet born and raised in Lanham, Maryland. She is the 2016 Words, Beats and Life Grand Slam…

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Tauanja Kittrell

Vice Chair

Tauanja currently works as a Fire Investigator in the private sector. She previously worked for D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services…

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Lauren Bullock

Creative Core Coordinator

Lauren Bullock is a multiracial writer, performer, and community organizer. A 2014 honors graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a

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John Ortiz

John Ortiz draws his inspiration from a lifelong love of diverse art and design, which have influenced

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