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This Black Woman Is Building A Community Of Creatives In NYC

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This Black Woman Is Building A Community Of Creatives In NYC

By TANYA A. CHRISTIAN  via https://www.essence.com

#CultureCon is returning for a second year to give young creatives a space to learn, share and build.

If you would have told Imani Ellis three years ago that a get-together with friends would evolve into an annual, highly-anticipated event, she may not have believed you.

In 2016, the entertainment publicist and founder of The Creative Collective, invited 10 people into her home to discuss their passions and current projects. Her initial goal was to simply build a community that was supportive of one another’s dreams. Two years later, that intimate meeting has become #CultureCon, a day-long conference in New York City, that brings together changemakers to talk, collaborate, and create.

“We thought, ‘Okay. We’ve created this brave space for us, by us. What if we created a conference where you weren’t just going for one speaker? You weren’t just going for one activation, but the entire conference was people that inspired us, ideas that we wanted to talk about, activations that were targeted toward us,” Ellis said.

The lineup for the day included breakout groups where attendees talked to peers about building and finding resources. The team of organizers also invited experts to come in …

 

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I am a future butterfly at the stage of growth when I am turning into an adult. I am enclosed in a hard case shell formed by love, family, and friends. It is the hardest stage of becoming a black butterfly. You will encounter many hardships only to come out stronger and better than what you went in. At this stage, you are finding out who you truly are and how to love yourself.

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