Lia Frenae: Student, Digital Artist, and Painter

UMKC student’s digital artwork provides a lesson in self-acceptance for us all to learn. If I had to sum it up, I’d say that Lia Frenae’s artistry is an ode to ‘figuring it all out’. In a world that pressures us to know who we are, what we want, and where we’re going, it’s refreshing to see someone stand apart from it all. Unafraid to … Continue reading Lia Frenae: Student, Digital Artist, and Painter

Before the Storm Series Presents: Adeta Marie

Interview by Kindred Kindred: What makes you come alive? Adeta Marie: Well, first of all, when I wake up in the morning… I’m just playing.  Let me stop.  I know what you mean.  In regular, normal day to day life, everything is mundane.  Literally.  The only time I really come alive is when I’m around creation and people who create some form of art.  I … Continue reading Before the Storm Series Presents: Adeta Marie

Makayla Camille: Portrait, Editorial, and Narrative photographer

Student photographer uses her film background to showcase dynamic Black experiences. If you see the magic that narrative photographer Makayla Camille can capture with her lens, you might forget that she’s a student. Yet, her photography begs us to shed light on the overlooked voices of art students. With Black subjects typically at the forefront of her narrative photo series, Makayla Camille shows the Black … Continue reading Makayla Camille: Portrait, Editorial, and Narrative photographer

Before the Storm Series Presents: Jade Green

Interview by Kindred Kindred: What makes you come alive? Jade Green: I love a good storyteller.  I love hearing and talking about liberation.  And food.  Food makes me come alive.  Lately, I’ve been into comfort foods – sweet potatoes, shrimp fried rice, spicy food. Q: Where are you from? Green: I spent most of my childhood in a small town called Lawson, MO.  It’s forty … Continue reading Before the Storm Series Presents: Jade Green

“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

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