Monday, May 25

Featured Artists

Newsletter 22’s influential artists from around the world.

Fuse It Back Together
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Fuse It Back Together

Hate, pride, vengeance, and fear are the plague of the earth. Love, kindness, compassion, empathy and service to others are the cure. - Chester Bennington From the bottom of my heart to the depths of my soul I wish no one had to feel pain. I wish that everyone could wake up with joy in their hearts and sleep with happiness coursing through their veins. The world we live in is corrupt, dark, and strikes fear in most all of us. What's so profound in that is the world isn't to blame the humans inhabiting it are. Media, news, and websites have conditioned people to overlook love, kindness, compassion, and empathy in favor of right now and for now. That's (part of) the reason that quote is up there. Here you have a man who helped so many of us return to the version of ourselves who could feel
One More Light
Featured Artists, Newsletter 22

One More Light

*Comments are closed. If they say Who cares if one more light goes out? In a sky of a million stars It flickers, flickers Who cares when someone's time runs out? If a moment is all we are We're quicker, quicker Seven days ago, I woke up in a dream. I was expected to accept something I didn't want to believe. Even in this moment, this hour, this millisecond I can't fathom how someone so far away could hurt me so close to home. Rewind to November of 2000. I was 9 years old listening to Hybrid Theory as it blasted from my shared room with my older sister. Coming up the stairs there was one voice in particular that caused an adolescent heart to respond with emotions unknown and unreached. "Yeah, that dude's Chester. Dude's got pipes!" My sister went on to tell me. "That comes from
10 Black Inventors in the Shadows
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10 Black Inventors in the Shadows

Here's my list of 10 Black Inventors in the shadows. I didn't learn about them in school, didn't hear them come up in conversations of "great inventors" or "firsts". They were mentioned on PBS or shared on ".org" websites, but never vocalized beyond those. I wanted to see that they were recognized at least in our little bubble. The following can also be found at "Congressional Black Caucus Foundation". Thank you for this wonderful list, Ms. Lindsay. A greater thank you to the minds behind the creations. =) Love Always, Veronica ✌❤ Benjamin Banneker—Almanac Born to freed slaves in 1731, Benjamin Banneker became an astronomer, author, inventor, mathematician, and surveyor. He invented some of the most effective clocks of his time, planned out the city of Washington, D.C., and published
Lillie S Davis
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Lillie S Davis

The final feature of 2015 allows me to end the way I began, with a near and dear cousin. This time around, my older one is Newsletter 22's feature. She is the kindest and most helpful person I've ever known - next to my mother of course. She gives all of her time, patience, and heart to any and everyone, no matter where they come from or what they've done in their pasts. She's someone who has always deserved spotlight, but was too busy placing others into it. You'll love her poetry, but first...   Meet Lillie Biography of Lillie Lillie S Davis was born and raised in the west suburbs of Chicago, Il. Her first poem began as an assignment for her Freshman English class at Proviso East High School. Soon there after, she realized the relief and pleasure it was to write. Pen and pap
Nicole Kronenburger
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Nicole Kronenburger

Newsletter 22 | October 2015 Feature   Some people come into the world and from day one are in it for themselves. When the time comes where successes are had they scream at the top of their lungs that they did it on their own and to a point believe it. Then there are people like Nicole (and Angie) who come into the world and quickly zero in on how they can contribute to a greater cause and do it together, proudly claiming one another in their journey. Amazingly enough, these 2 women empower women through a channel that is overlooked, but regularly seen!   Meet Nicole Biography of Nicole Nicole Kronenburger started designing clothing in 2004 when she was 16 years old. She then turned her passion into profit by making prom and homecoming dresses. Her love of fashion onl
Morgan Ryan
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Morgan Ryan

Newsletter 22 | September 2015 Feature   Individuality is important for artists of all trades, and Morgan Ryan represents utter uniqueness in her craft. She has reimagined entities and our perspectives, showcasing her artistic skill in conjunction with incredible expression. Some of her work, which can be found on her website, causes you to see the female body for what it is and can be. She truly knows how to evoke thought. Get to know this exceptional young talent.   Meet Morgan Morgan Ryan A.K.A. Cross-Eyed Morgan In her own words... I am often drawn to dark and creepy imagery, which is what I generally try to create. I'm mainly inspired by sci-fi, fantasy, punk, macabre and the grotesque. But sometimes I like bright and happy things too! I also like cutesy, pastel col
King Aus
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King Aus

Newsletter 22 | August 2015 Feature   In today's world it is very rare to find a creator with purposeful material crafted to speak not only to the masses, but to cultures as well. August's Featured Artist encircles everything he does with melodies, moves, and imagery that causes the mind and our eyes to see what is behind us, before us, and beyond us. He calls himself King Aus, and rightly so, with creative intent lost on many entertainers of our era. His unique, dynamic, and powerful artistry has earned him many grand opportunities which he discussed with me. Few people know their ancestors as well as he does, and even fewer bring it into a realm saturated by artists who value money over meaning.   Meet King Aus Ausben Spottedeagle Jordan aka King Aus is a world renowned
Mellyssa A. Diggs
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Mellyssa A. Diggs

Newsletter 22 | July 2015 Feature   There is a sense of pride I feel when an African American woman or man can build their own greatness out of nothing and make it into something brilliant. Those with a passion to create and add beauty to the world. The power is in creation, and Ms. Mellyssa A. Diggs has it. I am immensely thrilled to have her as the Newsletter 22 Featured Artist for July 2015.   Meet Mellyssa A. Diggs     In her own words.... I was born in Chester, Pennsylvania (19 miles from Philadelphia) on February 28 th, 1990. I currently reside in San Bernardino, California since December 2013. I am a graphic designer and the founder of  Ai -Konic Graphics who works predominantly in print and branding design, but includes advertising in my large-sc
Jasemine-Denise
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Jasemine-Denise

Newsletter 22 | June 2015 Feature   Although some of you guessed who it would be, many of you have yet to realize the powerhouse that is she. She and I have been through many new, strange, and tough events together. That has (gratefully and thankfully) not made us weaker, but in fact stronger. To me she represents the epitome of courage. She is the most unique fun-sized young lady you will encounter. With every challenge she has faced she has managed to handle all of them with her father's smile. Without further adieu...   Meet Jasemine-Denise Jasemine is an an author. In her 20+ years of living, she has been best known for 4 things: singing voice, photography, her imagination, and her obsession with the actor Johnny Depp during her younger years. The best part of those ye
Newsletter 22 Q&A
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Newsletter 22 Q&A

I've received your questions from creatives who want to be featured, but need guidance on what they should send in. By now you have heard that I am seeking artists, designers, directors, writers, photographers,  and more to be featured in Newsletter 22. This idea originated with my cousin Jasemine-Denise and naturally she will be the first showcase. The date of her feature will be announced when I return to Chicago. It's Truly As Simple As 1-2-3! If you're like me, you don't appreciate drawn out processes. Take mail-in rebates as an example. It's like, "Just give me the deal and let me move on with my life!" So, I won't keep you. Here it is: Remember, tell a friend, co-worker, or anyone you feel has amazing content to share. If your submission is approved you will be notified  of t