Eric McClellan is a proud Texan, born and raised in Dallas. He studied Film and Digital Media at Baylor University and proceeded to help out clients nationwide with their medical needs as a medical benefit advisor. Still passionate about digital media, Eric spends some of his spare time creating content for Youtube, from gaming to pop culture. One of his pet projects is the history channel “Unlock History”, where shrouded figures in history (regardless of sex, ethnicity, etc) are highlighted in an animated fashion. You can check out the channel at “Unlock History” on Youtube as well as getting your daily dosage of history tweets at @Unlock_History
Whether he's performing under his stage name IKE! or directing under Drunk Pilots, Ike is a man of many talents. Growing up out in Houston, TX this 24 year old Nigerian-American rapper/singer has been pushing the envelope with his storytelling style of music. Never wanting to be labeled as just a rapper, IKE! has used poetry and the art of spoken word to convey messages which send listeners through a journey.
Upcoming project 'Escape While You Can' is due sometime this spring. No official date yet.
Last released project 'July Nights' is available to listen here .
I am an MFA Student in Writing and Producing for Television at Long Island University Brooklyn. A native of Maryland, I have high hopes that Baltimore will someday become the notorious film hub that Atlanta, New York, and most notably Los Angeles, have become. I have completed several short films, and I am currently fundraising my web series—my work can be viewed at www.ljrprods.com. My dream career mirrors that of my role model, Ms. Shonda Rhimes. My long-term goal is to be the showrunner of a minimum of ten successful hour-dramas in my lifetime. I am also big on philanthropy and organic teams of talent building and growing together, in the vein of Tyler Perry, Tamela Mann, David Mann, and Cassi Davis. I believe you can amaze yourself with what you can accomplish alone—but with the right team, you can and will dominate.
Ty Scott is a St. Louis born creative who currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. He attended Howard University in Washington D.C., where he graduated in 2014 with a BA in Radio, Television, and Film Production. His artistic inspirations include Spike Lee, Hype Williams, Stanley Kubrick, Johnathan Mannion, and David LaChapelle. His art is also greatly inspired by black life, social issues, internal conflict, symbolism, vibrant colors, and his upbringing in St. Louis, Missouri. The latter played a huge role in the short film, SHOOT BROTHER, his first effort since completing his film studies. Ty was inspired to create the film after the premature death of a childhood friend in his hometown. The film has been shared with and received praise from the Urban League’s St. Louis Chapter, the family of Mike Brown, Janelle Monae’s Wondaland Records, and actor Malik Yoba.
I am a director/writer/editor from Houston, TX. I realized my love for the visual arts and narratives while attending college at Texas tech University. I love film, music videos, and most of all, television. I aspire to one day have my own production and produce my own television shows and films that I have been writing out since high school.
Laci Dent is a filmmaker from New Orleans, Louisiana, the birth place of her visual style and interests as a storyteller. An MFA candidate at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, following a degree in English Literature from Vassar College, she is a rising voice in independent cinema. Her most recent film school short, The Executioner, world premiered at the New Orleans Film Festival where it won the audience award for Best Louisiana Short Film of the Festival.
While still in school, Laci worked closely with Ava Duvernay’s distribution company, ARRAY NOW, as a film distribution trainee of independent films primarily by women and people of color. In 2016, she received the Four Sisters Award in directing and screenwriting established by acclaimed female director, Gina Prince-Bythewood at UCLA.
Follow Laci here, and check out her short film: Sounds Like Us.
N’Kima was born in Dallas, Texas on December 16, 1992. She lived in Oceanside, California with her mother and stepfather up until age 8 when she and her mother moved back to Dallas. Growing up N’Kima loved music and loved to perform, catching her first singing role at age 3 in a Christmas pageant. Her mother and grandmother were musicians also, so there was always a lot of encouragement around for N’Kima to pursue arts; whether that be singing songs and playing the organ in her grandmother’s house or being active in school plays, choir, and church choir. When N’Kima got to High School, she was able to start exploring her love for science as well as music, taking up a number of advanced courses as well as being in theater and the top audition choirs at Duncanville High School. In addition to being active there she spent some time during the school year but every summer for 8 years in a program called “The Dallas Black Academy of Arts and Letters”, or TBAAL. Her mother had been actively involved in the program growing up and offered N’Kima the same opportunity. TBAAL is where N’Kima really came alive; it is where she got to be introduced to and professionally trained in all areas of production; acting, singing, dancing, designing sets, designing clothes, lighting, film, directing, you name it and TBAAL had it there to teach the city kids of Dallas. On the other side of that; you name it and N’Kima was good at it, gaining recognition from every instructor she had, to getting lead roles in dance, acting, and singing in the musical productions the program would put on every summer. She also got the opportunity at age 17 to be a part of a mass choir that sang behind Chrisette Michele and Ledisi. Duncanville High School didn’t allow N’Kima’s talent to go unnoticed, now, as she was frequently selected to sing the National Anthem at volley ball games, basketball games, and her senior year solo at a football playoff game that aired on live television.
N’Kima is now well versed in poetry, rapping, producing, performing live shows, and most importantly singing.
Artists that she looks(ed) up to are Kirk Franklin, Israel Hougton, J Moss, Andy Meneo, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, India Irie, Musiq Soulchild, Kelly Price, Xscape, Lauryn Hill/The Fugees, De La Soul, Nas, Jay-Z, Kid Cudi, Brandy, Jazmine Sullivan, Curren$y, Wiz Khalifa, and many more.
Learn more about N'Kima here.
Q&A With The Creator
Where are you from?
The beautiful Baltimore, Maryland. I was born and raised here..it’s home.
When and why did you begin writing?
I was raised in a Christian home so I had a lot of time at home that I spent reading. I loved the stories I read. I said to myself, “why can’t I write my own” so I did. I remember a summer in high school when I wrote a book it’s probably still sitting in my parents house somewhere. I never did publish it maybe I will some day.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I first considered myself a “for real” writer...well...writing this book. I always loved writing but I couldn’t classify myself as a writer because I believe the goal of a writer is to create tangible stories and content for readers that they can be moved by and I think Adulterated is the piece for me...that readers can be moved by. What was the inspiration for Adulterated? Last year, I went through a pretty crazy relationship. I found out the guy I was dating was married with a child.This was my first real relationship and the experience was pretty rough for me but the crazy thing is... ironically after I found out, in shock, one of the first things I said was, “this sounds like a movie.” At the time, I didn’t think nothing of it. I said it as more of a coping mechanism but months later I created the short film Adulterated and months after that I wrote Adulterated the novel.
The book takes place during the riots, a controversial time for Baltimore why did you decide to place story during the period?
The riots were a very influential time in my life. My ex was actually a police officer. I remember how scared I was for him and how scared I was for the city of Baltimore during that time. I never pictured something like that happening here in my home. I had seen riots occurring in other cities but seeing it happening here was another thing entirely. I think what really hit me was seeing the footage on CNN of local spots that I rode through frequently and to see these places on national news like that struck a chord in me.
What was your intent in writing Adulterated?
I’ve had a special pull on my heart to create stories for women. I know a lot of women have gone through the same if not similar situation Adama and I experienced. I felt it was a need and it was the time for a story like this but it was important that it was presented in a different way with a different outcome.
Why did you chose to self publish?
I chose to self publish because it was the quickest way I could think of to get Adulterated to the world. I didn’t want to wait months to get approval from a publisher, if and when my book were to be published, because I knew this story needed to be told...Once I found out how successful other authors were from self publishing, I knew this was the right avenue for Adulterated.
Who are your inspirations as a writer?
As a writer I would say my inspirations would be Sister Souljah, Sharon Flake, and Sarah Shepard. These were the authors whose stories I read growing up. Their books sparked my initial interest in telling stories as a young girl.
Are there any future projects in the works?
Yes so many amazing plans....I will be working on another book titled “The Best Revenge” which will be a self help guide for women to getting the best revenge after a breakup. Also, another book from Adulterated will be released and I’m hoping to bring Adulterated to a big screen in the next couple of years.