I started out like most young people do trying something. I started off with some more friends We started a Rap group. Early on I figured out I wasn’t a rapper. So I begin promoting the other guys to help gain exposure. So I kept my day to day operations to help fund the group and later built a studio so we could create when we had ideas. Eventually i founded Ghetto Records Atl in 1990. During the 90s we worked with a lot of artists in Atlanta. Some of them were Khujo and T-Mo of Goodie Mob during this time they were The Lumberjacks Which Doctor of the Dungeon family Damage (Can’t get no lower) Sammy Sam, Divine aka Terry Milla, Born Immaculate, Daddyshine, Vince Philips and Rob McDowell of BME who released the compilation 85 South which had KP and Envy on it. Ghetto Records Atl made its first release in 1996 Ghetto All Stars Grass roots vol 1 which included Mook B of D4L who had hit song like Laffy Taffy. Continue Reading Meet Mike Cofield of Ghetto Records ATL
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My start was a process and is still continuing. I found a love for music after being surrounded by talent within my family right here in Macon, GA. My grandfather, Percy Welch, inspired me the most – the same as my dad, Sonny Spoon. I remember being young and using cassette tapes to record songs with my cousins and we’d go to share the music with my grandfather who’d cuss us out for playing that “rap music”. But it was like honey to my ears. I began to dig deep and find my flow and let creativity take its course. Music has been instilled into my soul because I’ve been chosen to tell my story and let others listen to how I feel things through my personal experiences. Each day I find myself thinking of new ways to reach others with my music and to let my voice and character be heard. I want to make an impact and to become a household name. Continue Reading Meet Blacc Mel of Undergraduates LLC
I started rapping in college you know smoking weed with home boys and free styling, but I was really good and my friends encouraged it so I dropped out my freshman year and haven’t looked back since. It took me about a year and a half to hone my skills on my own at home in my grandma’s basement. Ironically it was her death in the latter half of 2013 that propelled me into the local open mic scene in Macon,Ga. Continue Reading Meet Bob Lennon
I’ve always been a creator. I feel like I’ve always had an imagination so when it comes to creating content it comes natural. When I got my first camera I was transitioning from sports and at a point in time where I’m expelled from college and a felon I had to ask myself what did I really want to do with my life?
To be honest I didn’t have much of a plan. I was a junior in college at the time and if it wasn’t for me being undeclared I probably wouldn’t learn that I had a very particular interest in business that I have never really known about. I knew YouTube had a monetization program that I’ve been familiar with and once I finally got my hands on a camera I began creating.
I basically bought a bunch of new equipment and assets and learned how to use all of it. I’m the type of person where I like to be under pressure and a challenge so learning how to operate all of my equipment and learning , the interview process , learning how to edit , and so forth built a particular work ethic in me that can’t be taught you either want it or you don’t.
I learned quickly that being an entrepreneur is one of the greatest and empowering things that was never introduced to me before in my life so ever since I started I haven’t look back. Continue Reading Meet Eric Thomas of 478tv
I started off dancing in kindergarten, doing West African with my fav dance teacher Mrs. Pilar Lowden. I danced for her almost every year till 11th grade. She trained me in tap, modern, contemporary, ballet, disco.. etc. She expanded my entire dance knowledge! After I went to college, I started my own dance team, called Hypnotik, where we performed at multiple events at the school and even had shows in Atlanta. All the while, I started wanting to take up acting. I started doing extra work in Atlanta when I could which was rare.
After I finally graduated college, I quit my job, moved to Atlanta and started training, doing more extra work, and researching, getting to know more about what I should be doing to expand myself and how I should be doing it. After training and going to many auditions, after auditions, after auditions I landed a SAG role, on American Soul Season 1 thanks to 411South Talent and choreographers, Fatima Robinson and Adrian Wiltshire. Keep in mind I was 5 months pregnant at the time! Kudos to me. After that I knew there was in store for me and since then I’ve continued to work through them and for them for different movies, tv shows, and events that I’m eternally grateful for because that allowed me to be SAG-Eligible
Now, I am still dancing, acting and have worked in several independent films, short films, web series and looking forward to the first SAG speaking role. Continue Reading Meet Ashanti Harris
In August of 2017, I founded KapShaun /caption/ with my business partner, Jasmine McWright. It is a videography, photography, and editing company, that captures the true essence of its subject through the lens. The company name derived from a family name, “Shaun”. The first half was for creative purposes. I became inspired to start KapShaun after I struggled to get hired locally. At the time, I was a recent graduate from college. I was eager to apply my learnings to the “real” world. Unfortunately, the “world” was not ready for me. Therefore, I found myself unemployed and struggling to make a living.
One day, while I was applying to yet another job. My mother came to me and she asked, “Why not start your own business? You have the skillset to do so”. I pondered for a moment. Honestly, I was very reluctant. However, I knew she was right. I took her advice and we started looking through names. Then it came to life, “KapShaun”. Continue Reading Meet Carlean McWright of KapShaun
Born in Maryland, raised in Rialto, California and moved to Atlanta to attend Clark Atlanta University as a Speech Communication major graduate. I met my now-husband (Aaron Corley) and was anxious and ready for my future. However, I was not ready for the life-changing event of losing my mother-Joy to breast cancer in 2010, it took a toll on my life and made me scared. I was scared that I would change who I was because of losing my mother, so I prayed, prayed that God keeps me and give me the strength to get through this hard time. And, I did, my first job was in a childcare center where I enjoyed working with the children because I always had a passion and love for kids.
After leaving the childcare to pursue other career opportunities, I worked at a non-profit in inner-city Atlanta as an Academic Coach for 2nd graders. That experience changed my life, it really humbled me and made me realize how blessed and fortunate I was. I then got into adult education and worked at universities and colleges as an Academic Advisor, Success coach, Learning Resource Center Manager, and an Enrollment Representative. It was not until I gave birth my daughter (Tylan) when I realized how critical the early education stage was to a child’s life. This is when I realized I wanted to get back into childcare, but not only work in the early childhood education field but ultimately own my own childcare center.
I started with my traveling childcare services for big and small events called, The Joy of Learning Academy. This service is needed and caters to weddings, bridal showers, adult parties, teen parties, company events, and even babysitting. I simply come to your wedding, take all of the children at the facility and watch them on site. This allows for grandma or auntie to enjoy the special day worry-free. September 3, 2019, I opened my physical childcare location with my business partner (Angela Grant) called Prepping for Excellence Academy- “We make sure your scholar is prepped for excellence” and is located at 677 Old Alabama Road, Mableton, GA, 30126. Continue Reading Meet LaTisha Corley of The Joy of Learning Academy and Prepping for Excellence Academy
He and his family moved from Michigan to Atlanta, GA in 2010. This is where Remarcus started to produce his music under the name of “Young Lyrical Dread” in 2014 he changed his name to “Vigilante”. The same year he graduated from SAE Institute of Technology. In 2015, he signed to write a song for the Children’s Cancer Association. In 2015, he met actor Trevor Jackson on the movie set of “Sons to the Grave” it was then Remarcus caught the acting bug. It was not long and he had booked the movie “Barbershop 3”, “Alvin and the Chipmunks 4”. Since he has booked many other roles on TV Series like “Saved by the City”, “Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda”, “For My Man”, and “Fatal Attraction”. Currently, Remarcus has “21 Questions: and “Call Time” in production. Remarcus still produces his own music his first Album will be released later on this year. Continue Reading Meet Remarcus “Vigilante” Steele of Vigilante Vision
I started off in the art world as a “late bloomer”. Art did not come into my life until the age of 15. I saw a picture of tweety bird and drew it based on memory. It was not too bad but that’s where i gained my interest in art. My first art class was my senior year of high school in 2012 and from there I knew I was gifted. I was more interested in how to put art on the computers versus drawing on paper and I knew graphic design was my passion. I attended Middle Tennessee State University for ONE semester and it taught me more of how to draw on paper with charcoal and multiple gradients. I had to learn the basics before I could even touch a computer and that was ultimately frustrating because I wanted to immediately get into graphic design.
However, that broaden my horizons to want to try EVERYTHING!! Soon after, I attended Columbus State University where I changed my major from graphic design to fine arts so that i could learn everything. Freshman year was incredibly tough because the teaching was different, it was more vigorous, and the professors did not take it lightly on anyone. I dabbled in graphic design, ceramics, painting, film and back full circle. I also attended YouTube University as I called it; if i could not figure it out from my professors I went to YouTube and figured it out.
My junior year of college I entered into a Juried Exhibition with one of my films. The film included a voicemail of my mother fussing but it showed pictures of my entire family and me walking on the sides. I remember one of my professors constantly asking me was I coming to the ceremony because I did not have any intentions on doing so. I arrived and the judge called my name for the Best of Show. I cried in my professors arms because that was the first art award I’ve ever won. That’s how I knew I was meant for art.
Furthermore, the years progressively became easier and I stuck with graphic design, film and painting. I graduated with my fine arts degree in 2017. Now, I create logos, paintings, I paint on clothing, shoes, I even make mini films. Also I stepped out on faith with Gods help and now I have my own company! I worked hard since I was a teen and now it’s finally paying off. Continue Reading Meet Kyshmah “Keke” McNeill of Lowkey Dope
I discovered my passion for cake decorating while I was employed as a bakery wrapper. I found it so satisfying to watch the cake decorators design cakes and cupcakes using 95% icing. One day, my manager at the time, asked me if I’d be interested in becoming a cake decorator. Shortly after, she alllowed me to take home a piping bag filled with icing and a few pastry tips to practice at home. The bakery was very fast paced so my time being cross trained on the job was actually very slim. I’ve always been a visual learner so watching and practicing on my own played a major part of building the skills I needed to become a cake decorator. I was promoted from bakery wrapper to a cake decorator. I was so happy. Decorating relaxed my mind and I loved it. Bakery was very fast paced due to the volume of customers and orders we received. My downfall was rushing. Having to rush to decorate cakes and have them ready on time began to effect my mental health. I could no longer deal. It became too stressful to the point where my physician recommended I find a less stressful job or position. My previous position had been filled and I had no interest in any other department within the company so I had no choice but to leave. Bittersweet moment. My new job wasn’t paying as much as my previous job was and a good friend of mine suggested that I start decorating cakes from home for additional income. I gave it a try with no hesitation because I have three daughters that depend on me to provide for them. I slowly began taking my business seriously. I gave my business a name, purchased a logo, ordered business cards, got a business license, got ServSafe certified etc. and here I am nominated for this interview. Continue Reading Meet Keosha K of Kakes by KeO