Hello, my name is Courtney Bernard. I was born in New York City. I grew up in a big house with people who always loved me. I began modeling in the year 2020. I've always wanted to be a model since I was a child. I struggled with my confidence to be vulnerable at first. Because I have difficulty reading and I have eczema,
I have been bullied my entire life. I didn't want to be seen, but my aunt always said to me, "You are beautiful, stop hiding it"—Auntie Kai. I hear my aunt's voice saying to me every time I go to my photoshoots.
I began modeling because I'd always wanted to appear on billboards and TV, commercials, and work with various brands. God and a stunning black woman named Winnie Harlow.
She is a stunning black model with a skin condition who is stunning both inside and out. Her faith in herself. She motivates me to keep going because she is unlike any other model. She pushed her way to the top when no one wanted a change, but she gave young black girls a chance to prove they could be models.
My name is Mellow, I was born and raised in Trenton, NJ. I currently reside in South Jersey and travel often to Pennsylvania and New York for modeling gigs. Growing up I was always very introverted and shy, not completely sure of myself or who I wanted to be. My father passed away when I was very young and growing up in a single-parent household was tough with 3 other siblings. Despite the trouble we faced, I was able to begin expressing myself and finding myself through ART.
My first love was creating sculptures, learning to draw and paint. I then began writing poetry which turned into writing music. I later began designing and creating garments when I took a fashion course throughout high school. I then tried my hand at photography and finally, I was convinced to try modeling after being told I should for years and I do that full time as of right now. I still do all of the things I love in my free time, as I’ll always be a very creative individual, but my current focus is modeling and building my portfolio as a model and creative director.
Once I started modeling I became a lot more comfortable in my skin, a lot more comfortable being as tall as I am, which is something I used to be very insecure about. I’m not as shy and introverted as I once was, the modeling industry definitely broke that shell of mine. I’m super excited to see where this journey with modeling takes me and excited to see all of the goals I know I’ll achieve along the way.
Lynnise Monday is a dedicated nurse, model, celebrity stylist, designer, and entrepreneur. She is involved in her community and has volunteered at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital numerous times to help sickly children and their families. She graduated from nursing school at the age of 18 and is mostly known for her love of customizing and designing authentic designer fabrics for shoes and clothing. She has worked with multiple well-known people in the music industry and has recently started an up-and-coming casting agency in the city she was raised in but intends on making it an worldwide opportunity for people all over to pursue their acting and modeling careers. Her mission is to live in her truth and help others do the same.
I was born and raised in Albany, GA, and moved to Los Angeles fresh out of high school to pursue track, acting, and modeling. Along the way, I discovered more about what I loved that kept bringing me happiness in my life. My first love has always been modeling. I would watch America’s Next Top Model all the time with my mom growing up. I never knew when or where to start exactly, so I dove in headfirst and stop waiting on the “right time.” I would reach out to photographers and practice my posing in the mirror at home to gain confidence.
Sometimes I wouldn’t get a response but I never let it discourage me. I’m way further than where I started and I don’t plan on stopping. I love anything art and creating and expressing it through how I may feel or think. I express myself through my photoshoots when modeling, the art pieces that I paint, and also my clothing line that I released this past March. The name of my clothing line is called “Diamonds”. I got the name from my grandmother who took on a big role in raising me from birth who passed away but still lives on in my heart, and now through my brand.
My name is Akeya! I’m a fashion, natural hair, and self-care content creator in North Carolina! My name is “akeyachic”, because it’s like always chic when it comes to me! I love dressing up and getting fabulous every day! My brand is here to inspire young people to be themselves unapologetically! When I’m not creating and sharing looks, I am either modeling or doing photography! Photography has always had a special place in my life. When I was younger, I shot still motion videos and took photos of nature.
Eventually, I was even given the amazing opportunity to photograph my aunt’s wedding! In 2018, I took my love for photography to the next level and established my own business. It still warms my heart that I am able to capture unforgettable moments for people. When I am not doing photography, I spend my time modeling (yes, I model too), playing around in beauty and fashion, or learning something new.
Christina Kanu is a passionate leader, a dedicated visionary, and committed to the empowerment of people through her positive influence. She was named one of the World Wide Women Group’s Women Influencers in 2016. She is the CEO of Christina Kanu Consulting LLC. Christina Kanu Consulting is a business and brand consulting firm. Her personal motto is “Changing the world one leader at a time” and she does this daily through her efforts. She is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated.
Christina also serves on the Board of Directors for World Wide Women Group. She received her BA from Old Dominion University in English Literature. She received her MA in African American Studies from Clark Atlanta University in 2018. Christina is the host of the Babies, Books, and Business Podcast.
She uses this platform to help women navigate motherhood, business, and higher education. She is an avid tea lover and mug collector. In her spare time she loves attending social events, traveling, listening to music , and spending time with those she loves. She is the mother of Jayce Carter Kofi Wells. You can follow her on social media at @MissKanu.
The Art Trap House is a culturally diverse traveling music and fine arts platform that serves as a catalyst for rising artists across the nation. Each exhibition helps to develop rising artists of all genres by giving them the tools necessary to gain exposure, build connections, and learn the importance of reinvesting and flipping their money to make more.
The Art Trap House (T.A.T.H.) began in Charlotte in 2016. Founder Aja Cobbs, an artist herself, realized that many art exhibits were lacking promotion, and the artists came unprepared on many different levels. She also notices the people who attended the shows were not interacting with the artists. So she created and designed The Art Trap House to bridge those gaps and help maximize the exposure of artists and their work
“The Art Trap House is a fun, culturally diverse experience,” she says, describing it as a traveling music and arts festival “where guests can purchase amazing art.” T.A.T.H. caters to all artists, but specializes in the development of African American artists and entrepreneurs. “Its purpose is to showcase the talents of new and seasoned artists, providing an opportunity and passion for the arts, one city at a time.”
“Music, poetry, dance, and art have played a role in African American culture for thousands of years,” she says, both “to help deliver messages and to heal people.” And in her own creative and healing journey she has worked with numerous artistic messengers, including rappers Merc the World from Columbia, SC, Cash Rodgers from Baltimore, MD, Shawn Sky from Virginia, and others.
Aja attended Mars Hill University in Mars Hill, NC, planning to obtain a degree in Fashion Merchandising. She moved to Charlotte, and after quitting her day job in 2016—the same year she had her own first exhibition—she founded The Art Trap House.
Her mission with every show is to give back to the community. T.A.T.H. hosts fundraising events to pay for school supplies or provide food to the less fortunate, teaches children to paint and use art to express their emotions, and through exhibits or special events, addresses social justice issues within the communities.
With the help of friends Aja has taken the traveling interactive exhibit around the country, including Asheville, Charlotte, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Austin, TX (during SXSW), Atlanta, and even New York. This summer’s tour will take Aja to the DIME Detroit (MI), Fashion Show, June 1; the New Era Music Fest, June 8; The Plug-Glow Party in Asheville, June 20; and The Art Trap House “Graffiti” at Overspray, on Staten Island, NY, August 3 and 4.
As a fashion designer, painter, exhibition host, and entrepreneur, Aja Cobb is determined to bring attention to her fellow artists as she moves both their work and their reputations to a new level.
Since Covid-19 Aja Cobbs and The Art Trap House team, Summer Casiano, Genesis Lipshy, and with the Collaboration of many other creatives have produced a live broadcast called Live From Philly and now a new podcast Called The Good Dealer Podcast. It will air visually on YouTube, Streamyard. Facebook and Twitch and by audio on Audiomack, SoundCloud, and iTunes!!! This will air every Thursday at 8 pm. This podcast will talk about art, business, fitness, lifestyle and so much more. Coming March 2020
The Art Trap (T.aking R.eal A.rt P.laces) House is a diverse, traveling, music, and arts festival that serves as a platform and catalyst to rising local stars across the nation. To learn more about The Art Trap House, visit www.TheArtTrapHouse.com
Shahidah Foster (also known as Language Bae) is a leader with a passion for languages. From the time she was born, Shahidah had been exposed to foreign languages. As a toddler, she and her mother lived with her Godfather, who was from Puerto Rico and often played Spanish radio, tv and often had Spanish-speaking visitors.
Shahidah was enamored with the language and naturally acquired the common words and phrases she would hear very quickly. She went on to formally study Spanish and French in school. She later moved to Germany as a teenager and acquired German naturally. It was during her language journey that she noticed how isolated she felt: there was no one that looked like her that was just as passionate about learning languages as she was.
She longed for a community of people that looked like her to bond with and to muse about translating common AAVE phrases into target languages. In February of 2017, Shahidah realized the community STILL didn’t exist. She decided that needed to change and Black Girls Learn Languages was born.
Black Girls Learn Languages is a multi-platform digital community with more than 8,000 social media followers that are black women who are passionate about languages. The community is growing and rapidly gaining visibility. In fact, Shahidah’s media appearances include being featured in Travel Noire and mentioned in Black Enterprise.
Today, Shahidah manages the platform from her home in Germany and juggles that with full-time work, pursuing her Master’s in International Management and Information Systems alongside co-organizing the Sisters Only Language Summit (SOLS). SOLS is the first and only language summit by black women and for black women who are passionate about languages.
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