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Coming Back Better

Rebuilding from the breakdown.                Three years. That’s how long I’ve been at this thing. Choosing daily to hone my craft in ways that I had never imagined. All while putting my hometown’s artistic talents and creatives at the forefront of my intentions. The growth was tedious and methodical, yet wild in my own personal understandings of what would become of it. It has shaped … Continue reading Coming Back Better

The Avalokita Release Party

Michelle L. Hill releases her debut collection of short stories and poetry, with a soulful night of art, music and intellectual discourse. We are exactly two weeks away from the official release party for Michelle L. Hill’s debut collection of work, Avalokita: A Bouquet of Short Stories and Poetry. Grab your tickets and mark your calendars for June 9th. Ticket sales will end Sunday, June … Continue reading The Avalokita Release Party

Before the Storm Series Presents: Reveir Inferno

Interview by Kindred Kindred: What makes you come alive? Reveir: Shit.  Not being dead cuz. Art makes me come alive.  That’s my day to day endeavor, for real.  I really don’t think too much about anything, aside from my family but making records and painting.  That’s my grind. Kindred: So you’re from Kansas City? Reveir: I’m from kc. Twomp side.  Twenty eighth and Indiana, bro. … Continue reading Before the Storm Series Presents: Reveir Inferno

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