Oxford, Mississippi beader-seamstress, Timber Heard took to creating as a way to escape from the harsh reality she was living. “Being creative is something that helps me as a person, function. That’s who I am.” Combatting bipolar disorder alongside trying to piece together the complexities of her biracial identity has been a lifelong struggle, but she is now speaking her truth and reclaiming her power.
North Little Rock, Arkansas native, Caresse Hickman is an entrepreneur and owner of Lucy Jane Scarves. When speaking on becoming an entrepreneur she says, “I knew I didn’t want to work for a corporation for the rest of my life, so I just had to figure out that next step.” Her experience working in retail—from working the sales floor to management—set her up for success when she decided to drop out of college to launch a business.
Stephen Greene is a master barber, entrepreneur, and owner of BeUnique, a grooming lounge located in Little Rock, Arkansas. Despite his setbacks, Stephen took the initiative to bring his ideas to life and applied for a business license prior to starting barber school. His advice to up-and-coming entrepreneurs: “Mindsets are meant to be broken. So if we break our mindset and we know that we are unique we can create and do anything.”
Kawin Brockman, stage name Phaeva Phawty, is an independent artist from Conway, Arkansas. He lets listeners in on his life through vivid storytelling and he made it a point to defy the odds stacked against him.
IDK releases major-label debut, “Is He Real?,” via his record label Clue. He grapples with the question of “Is God Real?” through vivid storytelling, catchy beats and precise lyricism.
An original poem by writer, Timber Heard.