15 Creatives in the Bay Area you should know about
Sometimes the Bay can feel like the cute step-sister of Los Angeles. We get a friendly smile and a side hug as people pass through to pick up the sister they're really trying to get with. Many say that the reason for this is because there's no real "industry" for art up here in Northern Cali, and artists often find themselves moving to L.A. or New York to gain bigger shine. Here's the thing: The Bay is overflowing with talented creatives in all mediums, and should not be slept on.
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The Black Woman is God." Perhaps the most well-known creative couple in the Bay Area, Karen and Malik created a joint exhibition "Black Love Matters," which brought art lovers from all over to appreciate the power of their work together. Karen often credits Malik as her first art teacher, and his work in the Bay Area spans decades
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focuses on cinematography, but she also dabbles in photography. Working under her company's moniker, About Her Films, her site describes her as having "shaped a body of work that places women and underrepresented communities in positions of power and recognition, yet the messages behind her work are tangible enough to reach many."
MUSICALsounds just as good in person as it does on wax. We all know how some singers try to get their engineers and producers to cast spells on their vocals, but here's a true example of ability and skill
a mostly instrumental album. You can hear and purchase some of his work here. 88 Steps will be available for purchase on iTunes and available to stream on Soundcloud, Pandora and Spotify this coming August
getting lots of shine as the Golden State Warriors official DJ. But DJ Lady Ryan has been kicking great mixes and throwing great parties for nearly 10 years, representing for the ladies in a male0dominated industry
RyanNicole, Melina Jones and pioneers such as Conscious Daughters. Having released her debut album, California Wildflower, Queens has been performing regionally for a few years, and is linked to collectives including The House of Malico, Malidoma Collective and Them Hellas
would be regularly reaching out to her for her work. Niema is also a filmmaker, exemplifying the Bay Area creative who tackles more than one medium
creative, relatable and accessible. Essence Festival. To be clear, the Bay Area can only technically claim Prentice and Shawn, but nah... y'all are all Bay-dopted now