A while back, we launched a three-part series showcasing Black creatives and the moves they’re making. Check out the final installation: five more women transforming the creative scene.
Nasozi Kakembo is an innovator. She’s the founder of xNasozi, a home textile company started in 2011 after realizing she needed to control her own schedule to care for her young son. Kakembo began with just six pillows and an Etsy shop, inspired by textiles from a trip to Kampala, Uganda. All of xNasozi’s stock comes from D.C., Brooklyn, or as Fair Trade goods from Uganda, designed in collaboration with local artisans there.
She has ten years of digital design experience, 600,000+ followers on Pinterest, and is probably going to get Tilda Swinton to be her life coach. Meet Jamala Jones, founding editor of Le Coil: a curated online collection of natural hair imagery. She’s been honored as one of Jezebel’s 25 game-changing women, and rightly so: she’s the senior art director at Publicis, an artist and creative director, photographer, NY-based blogger, and has plans to shoot a short film as well. Binge-consume her amazing natural hair images on Facebook and Instagram.
Who says you can’t be book-smart and creative? Samantha Lomax has a B.S. in Nursing and has worked with the Veterans Health Administration Hospital for over 10 years, but is also the designer of 6th and Madison, a classy girl’s shoe line with signature pink soles. Her daughter Madison, born October 6th, inspired the brand name. Not only is Lomax providing the means for fashionistas everywhere to shine, she hosts an annual Girl Power Gala & Awards ceremony to honor girls who make an impact in their communities.
Need event production? Branding? Talent management services? Chauncéa Carothers is your “ultimate source.” She’s the co-founder and creative director of The Fount Group - a rising industry leader that provides services for fashion professionals around the world. She’s also founded the global fashion source Heirs United. Ever the trailblazer, Carothers was hand picked to be part of Cosmopolitan Magazine’s 50 Fun, Fearless Females and became part of their Social Patrol in 2016. Tap into the ultimate source on Instagram, Twitter or her website.
Brooklynite Areeayl Goodwin started designing jewelry her sophomore year of high school, in her hometown of Philadelphia. She made her first batch of jewelry while listening to a Kanye album, and to this day is most inspired by music, which she says guides the outcome of her work. In her junior year at Howard University, she launched Beads Byaree while pursuing her B.F.A. in acting. Many of the raw materials for her work come from Africa, and 100% of the proceeds from her benefit line “Love for the Congo” go to help women survivors of rape and war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
These women are making waves in the creative industry and in the world. We hope they’ll inspire you as much as they’ve inspired us!