Visual Creative • Communicator • Producer • Photographer
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change inspires.






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What Inspires You?

change inspires.
thought and art and love and love making and my daughter and simple oxygen and walking through a park of green or swimming in dreamy things or praying for someone or you and me and us a and communion and bodies and Blackness not void of light.

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What is your attitude and approach to creativity?

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i try to be as open ad as fluid to the process; i feel like God speaks to us through creativity.

i believe everyone is creative, in their own right: the bus driver who takes a diff. route each morning; the school teacher who uses Rakim to teach a class mathematics - engineers, astronauts, the finance guy who plays in a swing band on the weekends...all creative, all creatives.

What is the change you'd like to see in this world?

more understanding and communication;
more open dialog about love and race;
less concern with trying to be right, and more focus on trying to learn how to love one another more

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energy inspires.

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 What inspires you?

Every single matter that exist in this universe that has energy inspires me.

The unapologetic nature of some beauty, that is understood and felt.

What is your attitude and approach to creativity?

I approach creativity full of vibrancy that originates from my inner child.

Extremely playful and experimental. If it's not fun or my heart is not in it, then I discontinue the process.

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What is the change you'd like to see in this world?

There needs to be more connectivity and compassion.

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With the internet, we are more connected on a surface level                       yet still so detached.

We need to remember that we are all connected in a sense that we experience the same emotions in humanity.


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 YOUTH INSPIRES.

 
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What Inspires You?

What inspires me most these days is the youth. Over the past few months I've had kids/teens reach out to me from all parts of the globe to praise and thank me for my work

AND to let me know that I inspire them. France, Australia, Pakistan, The United Arab Emirates, Brazil, Sweden, and the list goes on.

It's crazy to me.

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What is your attitude and approach to creativity?

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My attitude and approach is very open and optimistic. I'll pull inspiration from any and everything. When I first became a graphic designer I wanted to be better than everyone and I was a competitive uptight asshole.

Over time I gained wisdom and learned that the ability to create differently than other people is OKAY. Creativity is like speaking: You'll say certain words, but it's going to sound different coming from Linda's mouth as it will from Andre's mouth as it will from Oscar's mouth, you know?

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What is the change you'd like to see in this world?

I want the world to be more accepting of itself. There's a lot of hate and confusion because of misunderstanding and stubbornness. I want the world to be in love with the world. There are also evil fucks out there but they'll get theirs sooner than later haha.

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What Inspires You?

I don't think there's anything that doesn't inspire me in some way or form as a creator.

Knowing where what information could be illustrated is always a question, but there's no denying the inspiration that comes from the media, people, places, and objects in my environments on a daily basis.  

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What is your attitude and approach to creativity?

Don't overthink it. I like natural creativity.

There's no scale for good work, there's only different markets. I have a natural hunger almost like kids to see something new and I carry that with me when creating music or videos.

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What is the change you'd like to see in this world?

I would like the school system to be updated.
Like a full new system.
I would like education to be approached very differently now that the internet exists and other forms of technology are flourishing.

Education could be a lot less time consuming and expensive to receive real knowledge about a centralized subjects that would be applied immediately in the working field.
No one likes these 100 year old school systems that aren't teaching people the stuff they want to learn.

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what inspires you?

The unknown.
“I don’t know.” Those three words are a source of endless inspiration.

“I don’t know” is a beautiful thing. It is where discovery can begin. To say those three short words is powerful and raw. Although, culturally admitting or acknowledging the act not ‘knowing’ is equated with unintelligence or weakness, I truly believe that it is the exact opposite. To not know is to be free. It is to embrace, to learn, to growth, or to just be.

I joke that I’m a post-modernist feminist, who likes murder mysteries, jigsaw puzzles and getting lost in libraries and nature, but even as a young girl, I loved the unknown. My favorite book was The Wizard of Oz but unlike most kids, it wasn’t because of enchanting characters, bright colors or catchy songs. Dorothy embraced the unknown. She didn’t know what was going to come next on the yellow brick road, however, she had the courage and desire to find out. In doing so, she was able to move forward towards her goal of reaching the Emerald City (p.s. I also liked The Secret World of Og and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for similar reasons).

I was fascinated by space, because to look up in the nights sky and have no clue what was actually up there was and still is enthralling.

When I give seminars and lecture, I often relate the concept of ‘dark matter’ to the human body, because we really ‘don’t know’. When I launch myself into a new research project, I joke that I go down the ‘rabbit hole.’ Unlike in Alice and Wonderland, there is nothing bizarre or confusing about this abyss. Alone between stacks of musty books, an array of unorganized research papers and surrounded by mind maps, I feel completely free. I feel safe, and welcome. I am in a trance, and on a quest to ‘solve’ the world’s mysteries, or give perspective and voice to the taboo, the stigmatized and othered.

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What is your attitude and approach to creativity?

Somedays I feel like I’m a detective,
other days a story teller –
but each and every day, I am so thankful to be in the position to ‘do’ knowledge – to discover, reshape and translate it.

Although there is something absolutely magnificent about exploring something new – providing a critical consciousness to that which was previously unquestioned is breathtaking. Especially when it comes creating awareness and dialogue about to the skeletons in society’s closet.


For centuries, science and medicine have tried to define the undefinable human body. We’ve applied meaning to things that cannot be explained, the unique was generalized and benign judged. If only along the way someone would have said, “I don’t know”. Maybe then the world would be a different place today.

That’s one of the things I find most intriguing about history. So many consider history to be the ‘known’. From geographical locations to social constructs, physiological functions to you and me – much of the world we live in has been measured, manipulated, explored and defined. Yet the thing is, history is messy. It’s not linear like we were taught in school. It’s complex, complicated and it’s embedded in all of us. It’s in our movement, voices and minds. It’s inscribed in every facet of culture. Arguably, throughout the ages the human body has been the source of the excruciating attention.

 

As a researcher, and a practitioner working with the body, building knowledge is my passion, but the unknown is my muse.  

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What is the change you'd like to see in this world?

Compassion, acceptance and engagement.

We live in a binary, where things are defined by absolutes, and ‘realities’. These ideas hold power, and both influence and regulate much of our world. They define every ounce of our being, from telling us how to act, talk and think, to what our skin color, age, and sex are. They give some people wealth and health, while reduce others to nothing. Yet, these ideas are unquestioned, and accepted as nothing more than the ‘truth’.

However, life is not a binary.
It’s a complicated web of continuum’s and interactions of the past, present and future. Acknowledging, understanding and applying this notion I think would have the capacity to create endless change.

We all have the ability to help cultivate positive social change. In my opinion, it must begin with compassion for ourselves and others, acceptance of the unknown, and engagement in critical thought. It also requires understanding that change is not linear. It’s flowing, dynamic, full of multiplicities and complexities. It’s a consortium of ideas – both productive and destructive.

I see social change like a river. Everyone wants to be the waterfall – the big and bold movement before a redirection of flow; however, we don’t put enough emphasis or thought to the actions required before the cascade. The seemingly small and insignificant run-offs that turn into streams. The brooks that become creeks, that join together to become a small river. Only then, can a small river get enough momentum and size to turn into a waterfall.

Culturally, I don’t feel like we think enough about the foundation required to create change. We don’t see how our day to day thoughts and actions are a part of a much bigger force – an interconnected network of power. All to often, the focus is on the top. It’s on making big actions like changing political policy to be more inclusive, or throwing millions at conflict in an attempt to stop it. But, for much needed change to combine with even the most pressing topics such as race, gender, and class, we need to start with profound small actions that still acknowledge the context in which they are situated in.

For me, this isn’t a top down or bottom up approach. Instead, it’s about fostering a critical consciousness. Developing moral awareness and engaging in responsible critical dialogue. It’s making active efforts to reflect upon, and construct a personal place within the broader social and historical context – while building knowledge in order to create individual power, and helping others to do the same.

It may sound a little existential and esoteric, but the thing is, it’s actually rather simple.

Develop a strong sense of who you are and why you do the things you do. Question, explore and don’t take things for face value. Peel back the layers of even the most mundane and trivial. Think about the big – the past, and how we, us, them and you got to today. Learn, grow and do good, then pass it on.

To be stronger than even the biggest forces and make change, will require compassion, acceptance and engagement for the big, small and beyond.

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What Inspires You?

As general and cliche as this might sound, life in general is what inspires me.

Every minute detail, every fleeting emotion, every person I interact with, every experience living life is like a never-ending source of inspiration. Anything that incites reaction in me can be a wealth of inspiration for different kinds of self-expression.

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What is your attitude and approach to creativity?

Creativity is crucial in coloring our world.

Creative self-expression is our best answer to whatever life throws at us.
In terms of my approach to creativity, I just make sure that whatever I'm creating or presenting or writing is true to myself and is something I legitimately enjoy and believe in. When you're creating without a sense of self, then it empties the possibility of fulfillment.

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What is the change you'd like to see in this world?

Even though we're all being exposed to more knowledge and information, I think the education we take in can be better self-filtered. This just requires more due diligence on everyone's part so that we're all properly informed. We can also all ALWAYS stand to love and empathize even more — can never have too much of either.

Oh and if there can ever be healthy legit fried chicken, they can take all my money.

NEST

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what inspires you?

Creativity, being able to thrive in the space I was meant to be in. Is literally the most fulfilling thing in life. Seeing other people get to their goals inspires me as well. It really makes me want to be my best!

 

What is your attitude and approach to creativity?

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My attitude towards creativity is very open; I truly believe that any opportunity to create anything is obviously creativity.

Being that I’m a really creative person, I really do believe that I can learn and do anything.

Not in a braggadocios way, but very boldly and confidently.

That is my approach towards creativity, I approach is confidently knowing that my gift will lead me.

 
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What is the change you'd like to see in this world?

I would love more love, but what I would really love above the love is understanding and patience. People make an honest effort to not understand one another, which is lack of respect and love.

I'd like to see more compassion, whatever it takes to help us grow.  

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The unknown

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 Experiences inspire.

 
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 Environment inspires.

 
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interactions

inspire.

 
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 Intuition inspires.

 
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Space to thrive

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