A PANEL ON SELF-CULTIVATION + JOURNEY
RSVP: FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Randi Gloss | is a DC-raised social entrepreneur, activist & writer. Her brand GLOSSRAGS, is committed to conscious consumerism through critically crafted designs that are a catalyst for social activism & discourse. The signature "And Counting" Collection of apparel does the necessary work of memorializing black men and women who've lost their lives at the hands of police and trigger-happy citizens. The recently release "Stay Woke" Collection challenges us to remain vigilante during our everyday lives and routines.
Through GLOSSRAGS Media Co., Randi is working to produce meaningful media focused on telling critical, unheard narratives of Black Americans. Her work is featured in Fast Company, Complex, The Fader, Essence, Nylon Magazine and other publications.
Joshua Coleman | is a Creative Developer (specializing in iOS development) at AKQA, one of the world’s leading digital agencies. Also a self proclaimed artist, he holds the belief that technology should not only be useful but also engaging and fun. He seeks to marry both his love for art and technology to create delightful experiences.
Maria Aldana | is the Community Arts Manager for the Creative Alliance. A native Nicaraguan refugee, Maria has been recognized by US Senator Barbara Mikulski for her excellent Hispanic Heritage Month programming, including production of the documentary “De Donde Sean (No Matter Where You’re From),” telling the stories of undocumented immigrants residing in Baltimore.
Maria organizes and builds communities by directing community arts programs, such as The Great Halloween Lantern Parade. With these efforts she helps to share the cultural traditions of new and long-standing neighboring families and generations of immigrants and refugees of Southeast Baltimore. Aldana also directs a resident-leadership force of all ages, Neighborhood Voices, which is a workshop series that organizes activists and artists against racism.
Erica Bentley of Keepers Vintage | Erica Bentley, owner and operator of Keepers Vintage, LLC, is an entrepreneur and educator. The Keepers brand focuses on telling personal narratives through the process and art of getting dressed. Keepers sells vintage and handmade items, hoping to evoke and inspire creativity, individuality, and fun with each unique item. Erica believes that each piece tells a story and since the opening of the Keepers retail space in July 2015, the space has become a place where creative women meet, discuss, laugh; share hopes, dreams, fashion tips, and of course, get dressed.
special guest | Kelly Holsey, the fiancé of Keith Davis Jr.
with performances from | black chakra + la voix celeste + voices
yanja series is a once a month gathering that strives to create a safe/courageous space for people of colour based in baltimore and surrounding communities to connect, unwind + express themselves. yanja, a shortened version of the Chichewa word ‘yanjanani’ means come together + gather. it is our goal to cultivate + promote a space of love, of learning and of pride within our individual identities through movement, through storytelling, through fellowship and most importantly through open + honest dialogues.