Payton Head

I will be quite transparent.  I am a black man. I am a gay man. I am a brother, a leader, a son, an advocate and a fierce friend.  No single identifier defines who I am as a person, nor do I define myself using one particular identifier.  These facets co-exist and I...

Evan Brown

Communication is the clear transference of information and ideas between two things, be it people, computers, or even animals.  For me, it was personified in two places in my house growing up--- my fireplace and my kitchen table. My name is Evan Brown, and this is my...

Myles Henry

4pm. …that was the time my father always came home.  It marked the time when I stopped being the man of the house and I could become a kid again.  4pm. When all the responsibilities, issues, and inconveniences became his problem and not mine. It’s when I felt the...

Jevon Taylor

Inhale…1…Exhale...2... My mind is always racing and sometimes I find it difficult to compartmentalize my thoughts. Sometimes I just want to center myself and empty my mind.   I have found meditation as a tool to center myself to direct my thoughts to what I truly...

Jeremy Frierson

Your first impression is made within the first 2-5 seconds of you walking into a room.  You’re scanned from head to toe.  Is your shirt ironed?  Is your skirt lint free?  Is your suit pressed? How about your tie, is it touching the top of your belt?  Do your belt and...

Adio Trice

My name is Adio Trice and I am the 23 - year old loving father of a beautiful baby boy, Damani Khepri Trice. But like any young father will tell you…you’re never ready when the time comes. This is my Crystal Stair. Like any young man, this story starts with a young...

Idris Mitchell

I want to speak to you in terms of art and migration because art is our best way of expressing the human spirit and migration has been the best way of ensuring the permeation of our art, culture, and history around the world. I’m Idris Nasir Mitchell, and this is my...

Nealand Johnson

I know the feeling of sleeping at a bus stop, I know what it feels like not to have food and beg on the streets.  I know first-hand what it feels like to be robbed and watch drugs engulf my family. What I don’t know? I don’t know what if feels like to give up. I’m...

Noah Johnson

When I was young, I, like most kids my age, created a hideout.  And in this hideout, I would draw and create art.  It transported me away from my homelessness, my hunger, and my unsolicited misfortune.  I distracted me from my mother, whose drug addiction and chronic...

Anthony Mitchell

“Laissez les bons temps rouler” which is Cajun-French for “let the good times roll”! I hail from the land of crawfish boils, Jazz music, voodoo, King Cake, and world-famous Café Du Monde beignets: New Orleans, Louisiana!  If there is one thing we love more than Mardi...