Everything You Need For Thursday Night On Twitter

August 30, 2018 at 9pm EST is the date for our next #blkcreatives chat. Here’s everything you need to know.

TOPIC – All Sides of Supporting Black Business

In honor of August being Black Business Month, we wanted this month's theme to be focused on Black businesses. We hear "support Black Business" all the time but we want to dive deep into examining that statement and discuss the challenges, opportunities, and solutions that are facing Black businesses in today's digital age.

WHAT & WHO: #blkcreatives is a community that advocates for Black genius across Creative industries. We live at the intersection of culture, creativity and community. Every aspect of Black culture is ingrained into our society and yet Black creatives are often overlooked, undervalued, and underemployed. We exist to bridge the gap between culture and careers.

Born in April 2015, our monthly Twitter chat creates discussions that revolve around a specific topic that relates to our personal development and growth as people and professionals.

Meet our guests for this chat:

Cassius Life

Cassius does news and storytelling differently. They provoke, we disrupt, we inform, we uplift. They don't just cover the culture, they are the culture.

As a 21st century digital platform dedicated to telling the unvarnished truth, Cassius gives a daily voice to those much talked about, but rarely talked to. Through original multimedia reporting and sharp commentary, no topic is left unturned—CASSIUS editors fear nothing and no one—they critique and joke, throw shade, and raise hell.

Learn more about the publication here and follow @CassiusLife_ on Twitter.

Courtney Garrett


Courtney spent her career as a social engagement strategist who has led world-class brands and her free time advocating for creative talent across mediums – photography, film, animation, etc. After being laid off from her job earlier this year (you can read more about that on Essence.com), she decided to go all-in with my dream of representing and advocating for creative talent of marginalized and underrepresented groups, thus Capsule Artists was born.

Capsule Artists will be a representation agency creating a space for creatives to tell their stories through art and speech. We are committed to bringing ideas to life that nurture and celebrate the voices of those who feel silenced or unheard by providing creatives of marginalized and underrepresented communities (people of color, women, LGBTQ+, differently abled, etc.) with representation to help them tell stories from their point of view in partnership with brands, businesses, projects and outlets. As we grow, we will host our own events, such as panels and artist showcases throughout NYC and other major cities as well as content creation.

Learn more about how you can support her work here and follow @MADly_INsane on Twitter.

Marshall Shorts


Marshall is an award winning entrepreneur, artist, designer and organizer with a passion for inclusion, creativity and community. 

He is Founder of Artfluential formerly  

Soulo Theory Creative

, a multi-disciplinary collective of strategic creators. Engaging urban, social, and professional communities through art, design, strategy, and culture. Working with clients such as Nationwide, PACT, The Ohio State University, RAMA Companies, Columbus City Schools, and more.

Marshall co-founded

 Creative Control Fest


 in 2012. CCF is an annual grassroots conference centering creatives of color. 

In 2014 Marshall was the recipient of Increase CDC small business award. In 2016 he gave his first

 TEDx Columbus

 talk which was recognized by the

 National TEDx organization

. 2017 was another year of milestones as Marshall is the recipient of CCAD Alumni Award,  Greater Columbus Arts Council


 Emerging Arts Leader Award. 2018 Spirit of Columbus Award and Columbus Africentric Emerging Leaders award.

He serves on the board for Maroon Arts Group. The Cleveland native is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and a proud husband and father.

Learn more about his work here and follow @MrShortsCreates on Twitter.

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