“Before the Storm Series”, Nicholas Ferguson Strikes Up Interviews with Kansas City Musicians.

A natural born creative hailing from Ferguson, Missouri with a heart of talent and an inquisitive mind. Nicholas Ferguson, pen named Kindred, brings an electric element to humanity’s collective school of thought.  Working as a professional musician for many years, he’s worked behind the scenes with several Kansas City artists, both seasoned and up-and-coming alike, fulfilling his ambitions to be and see diversity in the … Continue reading “Before the Storm Series”, Nicholas Ferguson Strikes Up Interviews with Kansas City Musicians.

Cicely Jones: Painter, Student, Appreciator of All Things Black

UMKC art student uses her lessons in academia to paint the Black experience. Her colorful canvases hang around the room, and right before my eyes, the dull of a cloudy Wednesday afternoon transforms into something much more special as I sit with UMKC student artist Cicely Jones. Our conversation flows as smoothly as the brush she’s using right now to add the finishing shadows on … Continue reading Cicely Jones: Painter, Student, Appreciator of All Things Black

Writer, Sydney Jones, Spotlights Black Student Artists of Kansas City

Three Exceptional University of Missouri—Kansas City Seniors, receive their flowers for their talents in latest series. As we embark on a new season of projects on The Black Sunflower, new voices have been welcomed into the fold. Our first being Sydney Jones, a Kansas City based writer and mindfulness blogger. Her blog Its Sydney Jones features weekly blog posts about book recommendations, mindful living discussions, and self-care … Continue reading Writer, Sydney Jones, Spotlights Black Student Artists of Kansas City

We’re Growing-Welcoming New Voices

In just a few months, we will have reached our 2 year mark of celebrating so many amazing artists, with a range of talents. We have grown and learned so much in that time frame and are even more excited to begin bringing in some new voices into the fold. For our second quarter project, we are looking to contract a new writer for our … Continue reading We’re Growing-Welcoming New Voices

Welcome to the Party: A Sultry Celebration

Bringing in another year of growth and prosperity by connecting through music. My birthday is less than a week away and plans have been hard to pin down these days. Normally, I would have plans to be out, dancing, singing loud and enjoying the energy of friends and family. Of course, eating good and soaking up my gratefulness for another year of life are always … Continue reading Welcome to the Party: A Sultry Celebration

Lincoln ‘Chicago Beau’ Beauchamp Jr.: Legendary Musician, Publisher and Writer

Traveling bluesman and storyteller showcases Black resiliency across mediums. As the time is winding down, toward this cultural shift or reset, intense feelings arise. Reflections of the past and some of hopeful revolutions. The emphasis heavily remaining on who we are at our cores is critical, however where we choose to take ourselves on this journey rings louder. An alarm or reminder in a sense. … Continue reading Lincoln ‘Chicago Beau’ Beauchamp Jr.: Legendary Musician, Publisher and Writer

Sheri Hall: Maternal and Multi-dimensional Author

Concentrated writer explores intersectionality and how to create wholeness through poetry. I have grown tired of sweeping my broken pieces under the rug. Not even looking at them long enough to count how many there were. Completely throwing away the idea that there could be a chance of anything being salvageable. Rather move onto something new than to face what broke me in the first … Continue reading Sheri Hall: Maternal and Multi-dimensional Author

Dr. Annalise Fonza: Courageous Womanist Rebuilding Community

Fostering community evolution through intentional love and change. Oh, love. The reservations that have been placed on the concept has restricted Black people and communities from so much. Our evolution remains stagnant as a result from its misuse and suppression. Its come to the painful realization that our understanding has been wrong far longer than most of us would like to admit. The fear of … Continue reading Dr. Annalise Fonza: Courageous Womanist Rebuilding Community

Tiffanie Roberson: Light-Filled Poet and Blogger

Tiffanie Roberson: Light-Filled Poet and Blogger

Positivity ensues as creativity is reignited and passed down through generations for Kansas City writer. In the early years of our lives, the world seems to be wide open to us. The seeds of our dreams are planted into the tilled soil provided by education, culture, and location. What is surprising is that our blooming season does not come with a designated time that we … Continue reading Tiffanie Roberson: Light-Filled Poet and Blogger

Nika Renee: Soulfully Empowered Poet

Hopeful writer creates subliminal content to last, with words of reflection and inspiration. There are times where we recognize mirrors of empowerment and empathy, through pained smoke in the air. The chaos clears as you envision yourself through the intricate words of poetry and prose. A single moment of clarity presents itself, finding transparency within you. Reluctantly acknowledging yet owning your place here. This secures … Continue reading Nika Renee: Soulfully Empowered Poet