Black Creator Spotlight IV
The Black Creator Spotlight series has made a comeback! In the fourth article of the series, we will be showcasing 10 young Black entrepreneurs who are chasing their dreams!
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My name is Alijah but I go by the name of Lij. I’m a math tutor/teacher from Cleveland, Ohio, but I’ve been making beats since about 2014. I really started taking music production seriously in 2018, and this year I’ve released two beat tapes, “a l o n e” and “it’s never sunny in Cleveland,” both featuring artwork done by a few of my artist homies (@dandashoh and @JayyDeeeep on twitter). Both projects sort of share a common theme, depression, and making them was extremely therapeutic for me. I have another beat tape releasing soon, “PONTIAC,” a dedication to my car. This one will be a departure from the lofi melancholic sounds of the previous beat tapes, i.e. it’s full of bangers. I’ve actually been working on it since 2018 and have scrapped it 3 times, but I finally have a version that I’m ready to give to the world. My goal for 2021 is to keep working on my craft and to work with some local artists.
Gregory Quick (Gee Quee)
“I was born in Indianapolis, IN & raised in Greenville, MS. I graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi where I got my Bachelors in Art & minor in Graphic Design. I currently live in Shreveport, LA & I work as an art teacher at a charter school. I’m a self taught painter & I also have experience in ceramics & graphic design, of course. My style of art is a reflection of who I am. It’s speaks to my true personality & the culture that I derived from. I always want my work to be original, unique & authentic to myself.”
Cameron Jermaine Lucas
My brand is Affaire Risquée. I’m 29, originally from San Jose, CA. I’m the oldest of 7 kids. I came from very humble beginnings which is how my creative appetite for fashion was formed. I went to college at Bacone College in Muskogee, OK where I gained my degree is marketing while running track on scholarship. This is where I met the other half of the brand Gil Bridges, we both ran at Bacone. Currently my favorite Tee is the [[FIF+TEE]] x Affaire Risquée, we put a lot into the design that challenges us all to look at 2020 and speak life into it regardless of what it may appear at the moment.
New Orleans, LA
“My name is Enrique and I’m from New Orleans, Louisiana. I make jewelry, curate crystals, and more.”