Exclusive Interviews

Multidimensional Artist Mercy Advocates for Equality

Los Angeles

Mercy envisions a future where every individual is granted equal rights and given equal opportunities regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation, or any other label society placed upon them. A world where love is love and a person can be whoever they want to be regardless of their past without judgement or persecution. A world where people are accepted for who they were, and diversity is celebrated. This cry for equality, deep introspection, love in the digital age, psychological well-being and perhaps even a tantalizing dash of rebellion are the gripping themes that echo through Mercy's latest musical offerings

Kieran Macdonald: Following His Own Yellow Brick Road to The Jellicle Ball

Los Angeles, California

The classic line "There's no place like home" highlights the essential lesson of rediscovering our true selves, as depicted in one of the most esteemed stories of all time. The journey to discover yourself and what home means to you, has a place in all of our hearts. Similar to the transformation in the movie The Wizard of Oz, where it shifted from black and white to vibrant colors, each one of us possesses our own unique hues just like the talented dancer Kieran Macdonald. “I remember running around the house with a broom in my hand and a long blanket as a cape pretending I was the Wicked Witch of the West!” The film ignited an artistic spark inside Kieran, and since then it has only grown brighter and stronger. 

Lissa Mel’s Art Radiates Positive Energy to Uplift & Heal

Santa Monica, California

Through harnessing the power of art to bring about a positive change, Lissa Mel's vision continues to evolve. From her groundbreaking work as a vibrational artist to a gallerist showcasing emerging artists, Lissa aspires to make a meaningful impact. She has embraced a resilient mindset that spreads positivity to others in hopes of creating a ripple effect of goodness in the world. Her story serves as a reminder that creativity knows no boundaries and the human spirit is an unstoppable creative force.

Mindful Meditation: Alisa Gracheva on How to Practice Stillness Within

As the foliage changes and takes on new colors, you too can turn over a new leaf and make a fresh start this fall. In today's fast-paced world, finding moments of stillness and introspection can seem daunting. In a society addicted to constant stimulation, Alisa Gracheva advocates for the power of relaxation, meditation and going within. As a renown spiritual & mental health therapist, Alisa has mastered the art of guiding individuals to a peaceful existence by helping them focus their energy and prioritize mindfulness.

Carlita Smith: Inclusivity in the Beauty Industry as a Black Woman in Business

Dallas, Texas

In a world where representation and inclusivity are crucial, beauty industry veteran Carlita Smith stands as a beacon of empowerment. As a cosmetologist and entrepreneur, she has made a significant impact in her industry with her brand Carlita Cosmetics. She is driven to break down barriers in the industry and create a platform of inclusivity for all. As we delve deeper into her journey, challenges and triumphs, we celebrate her remarkable achievements as a Black woman in business.

Natalie Telfer of Cat & Nat encourages mothers to foster healthy relationships with food & their bodies

Toronto, Ontario

Natalie Telfer aims to be honest and helpful to women as a part of the Cat & Nat duo. Nat and her best friend, Catherine Belknap, created Cat & Nat to discuss truths about motherhood through their popular podcast and videos. Since the beginning, their primary goal has remained unchanged, which is to create an environment of joy and togetherness among women and mothers through laughter. Knowing firsthand the loneliness that motherhood can bring, they made it their mission to unite mothers by first organizing dinner parties and events. Through the success of their events among Toronto mothers Cat & Nat broke into the online world, where they were able to connect with and support moms everywhere. Together they have built a thriving social media empire and a rapidly expanding community of like-minded moms.

Filmmaker JR Michael Combats Human Trafficking & Historical Indigenous Trauma

With each project he undertakes JR Michael‘s passion burns brighter, igniting hope and illuminating the path toward a better future. His dedication to raising awareness about the global human trafficking crisis, indigenous rights and other vital issues reflects a deep compassion for humanity. As an independent actor and filmmaker, his work is fueled by passion and a desire to make a difference in the world through every project he takes on. He seeks to bring forth fresh ideas and perspectives, tackling important issues of the human spirit and societal relevance.

Haitian Designer Santia McKoy Is Raising Awareness of the Haiti Crisis

Ocoee, Florida

Santia McKoy is using her artistry to show her support of the Haitian revolution and the protection of its people. Her gesture of solidarity has been directed at a cause close to her heart and home that reaches beyond borders. Santia has designed this symbolic homage to her homeland in distress, which speaks of the unity between the everyday men and women who are fighting for their freedom from oppression. "As a Haitian designer who is constantly inspired by my country, I felt compelled to take the initiative to make something powerful out of this horrific situation."

‘Scholartist’ Hayden Rivas Advocates for Dancer Inclusivity

Los Angeles, California

Hayden Rivas is a testament to not let any obstacles stop you from pursuing your aspiration of a career, studies or quest for knowledge. His skillset goes far beyond the art of movement as he seeks to learn as much as possible to provide a valuable voice and presence in the industry. He aims to break down barriers and pave the way for more diverse representation. Hayden's motivation stems from the lack of diversity he saw in the industry growing up.