Welcome back to our series on Black creatives who make a splash in
the creative scene. Back in March, we celebrated Women’s History Month
by highlighting five influential Black women making an impact.
Are you ready for Part two? We sure are!
Brianna McCarthy is a self-taught artist living in Trinidad/Tobago. She creates mixed media art, changing perspectives on beauty, stereotypes, and representation.
There’s nothing McCarthy isn’t good at, whether it’s painting, performance art, installation pieces or even larger-than-life murals. Follow her on Instagram or check out her upcoming exhibitions here.
Kristy Tillman is Head of Communication Design at SlackHQ and the founder of Tomorrow Looks Bright, a weekly newsletter that showcases creativity from Black women everywhere. This project aims to provide a central link for connecting Black creatives with those in our corner.
It features podcasts, documentaries, comics and more. Tillman is an experienced designer and has given several talks, creating podcasts to inspire others. Subscribe to her newsletter or follow her on Twitter.
Kimberly Blackwell is a marketing industry executive and the CEO of PMM Agency. She’s highly respected for her expertise and her journey to what is now a multi-million dollar women’s business enterprise. Her brand strategies firm provides comprehensive marketing and creative services, among others, to Fortune 100 companies and government agencies alike.
In 2014, she was featured by Black Enterprise as one of the country’s “Women of Power,” and she was saluted as a “2015 NAWBO Visionary Finalist” by the National Association of Women Business Owners Columbus. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.
Alicia Bailey is an industry guru and columnist for Sophisticate’s Black Hair Magazine. She has 25 years under her belt as a licensed Master Cosmetologist and Instructor and owns two salons, one in Hampton, Virginia and the other in Atlanta, Georgia.
Bailey began working as an assistant in a salon from a young age and obtained her Cosmetology License by the time she graduated high school. After graduation, she served in the Army National Guard while still working in the salon full time. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.
Michelle Olomojobi is a Nigerian designer. In 2012, she founded the brand Llulo, an African-centered label that includes everything from clothing to home decor. Olomojobi wanted to show her love for Nigerian culture through her designs, especially after realizing there was a huge lack of diversity in stores.
She’s unique — and a girl boss — because she’s pushing to show Africa in unconventional ways while running her business as a “one woman show.” She has used funds from her proceeds to buy school supplies for children in her native country. Follow her on Instagram or at llulo.com.