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“Somalia Knight, 25 years young, was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. As a child, she looked up to her great grandmother. Not only was she a pillar in the community, but in addition to having 8 kids of her own, she made a point to take care of everyone she knew. As a child, Somalia was shy and kept to herself. She was bullied for her ears and lanky body. She was bullied from the first day of middle school to the end of high school. As she got older, the thicker her skin became…..the stronger the woman stood.    


As daughter of legendary Jazz Musician, Carter Jefferson who toured with the likes of Little Richard,
Jimi Hendrix, Art Blakey, Mongo Santamaria, Woody Shaw and Fort Apache Band, Kamala was
endowed with a rich and prolific musical origin. A 4th generation Chelsea-Manhattan native of
Indigenous & African American, Puerto-Rican and Cuban roots, Kamala’s multi-cultural upbringing
provided an early introduction to Downtown culture and led her into New York’s vibrant nightlife
community which laid the foundation for her musical expertise and flavorful edge. Specializing in
music spanning 70’s, 80’s, 90s to present and many genres, most notably Soulful House music, Disco
& Soul, classic Hip Hop, Global Lounge, & more, Kamala masterfully mixes and weaves her sets
together with passion and grace. Conjuring moods that speak to her musical journey.


Candice “itsmeCan” Rose was born in NYC and raised in Hempstead, NY. A multi cultured individual who was taught diversity at an early age. The experience of a private school with an array of public school friends aided in a well-rounded upbringing. Candice went on to mold her natural crafts.


First published in third grade, Serena Schreiber started life in Brooklyn, New York but has also lived in Miami, Florida; London, England and Bremen, Germany. After a narrow escape from the corporate world and other misadventures, she became a children’s author and educator.

While teaching arts-integrated literacy, she discovered her lifelong fascination had a name. STEAM is the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, ART, and Math. In her middle-grade fiction series, Finn’s Fast Books, Serena explores real life technology. Her supernatural work-in-progress is a young adult novel set in Brooklyn.

Read on to learn more about this amazing author and educator!..


Laurie’s portfolio includes a variety of street, portrait, nature, and experimental photo-montage and digital collage. Her work has been exhibited in community-based galleries and spaces in NYC, at the IBC in the Netherlands, and for the Suns Of Silence fundraiser/exhibition in Japan. Laurie is the co-founder of 596ArtistUnion, a private art studio in northern Manhattan where she works and hosts events designed to strengthen ties among artists. Whether it’s youth-development in juvenile detention centers, teaching early childhood education, promoting the visibility of female artists, or fundraising events for Autism and Lupus, Laurie’s projects reflect her commitment to community-building in the areas closest to her heart.

KWAK CHOPS IT UP WITH THE GIFTED PHOTOGRAPHER AND CO-FOUNDER OF 596ARTISTUNION!

Amy Théard is a Haitian-born artist based in New York City.  Her deep-rooted love of the arts came about at an early age. During a year-long stay in her native country of Haiti in 2012, she finally discovered her true love for painting. Daughter of the late famous Haitian artist Carol Théard, and niece of artist Jean Piérre Théard, Amy is continuing her family’s prestigious legacy in the Haitian art world.


We met Danielle at a recent art exhibit we sponsored in Spanish Harlem, and we immediately fell in love with her mad mural skills. She recently took a few minutes out to chat with us about her love of 5Pointz, murals, and even created her own Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor.

Yum yum!


Painter. Women. Activist. Artist. Provocateur. Teacher.  Mother. Sister. Friend. These are just some of the words that come to mind when I think of Jocelyn M. Goode.  Her fiery and free spirit have lead her to push the boundaries of her life and live by her own code with bravery and conviction.