BEATSNBEANS
       
     
BeatsNBeans feat Manny Wellz and OnRae Lateal
       
     
BeatsNBeans feat Chad Clark
       
     
BeatsnBeans feat Les Talusan
       
     
BeatsnBeans feat Luke Stewart & Tabassum Siddiqui
       
     
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BeatsNBeans feat Goldlink & Imani K Brown
       
     
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BeatsNBeans feat Babeo Baggins and Aaron Abernathy
       
     
 Digital and Physical marketing asset used to promote the BeatsNBeans event at Maketto.
       
     
  Project Creator/Coordinator   This was the second installment of the free Make. Do. Series partnership with DC Public Library.Resident Artifact was a community engagement event created for DC Public Library’s Petworth site. It centered around the narrative and meaning behind the things we collect. Our personal artifacts. These are simple basic items we collect as children We invited Petworth residents to submit these items and create an arts project around them. I collaborated with DC Artspace and Petworth Arts Collaborative.
       
     
Resident Artifact
       
     
Make. Do. Sessions feat Beat of the Blossoms
       
     
Make. Do. Sessions feat Rachelle Robinson
       
     
Make. Do. Sessions feat Rachelle Robinson
       
     
Make. Do. Sessions feat Ariane Gresson
       
     
Make. Do. Session Feat. Ariane Gresson
       
     
Make. Do. Sessions feat Improv For All
       
     
Make. Do. Sessions Improv for All
       
     
 Attendees post second workshop with Washington Improv Theater.
       
     
Make. Do. Session Featuring The Original David
       
     
Make. Do. Sessions Feat Raquel Brown
       
     
Make. Do Sessions Feat Mo-Betta
       
     
Sound Advice
       
     
My Deanwood Polaroid Project
       
     
BEATSNBEANS
       
     
BEATSNBEANS


Creator/Co-Curator. BEATSNBEANS is a monthly series hosted at coffee shops where creatives chat about art, music, the creative process and creative spaces. Grammy-nominated artist and producer KOKAYI moderates the discussions. The General Store Inc. curates the experience. SInce 2016 Beats N Beans has presented 14 sessions featuring 30 guests at 9 local coffee shops in Washington DC. In 2016 we were supported by the DC Office of Cable Television, Entertainment and Film. In addition we received a 2016 Awesome Foundation Grant. Recently BeatsNBeans was awarded a 2019 Sister Cities Grant to travel to the birthplace of coffee Addis Abba, Ethiopia to present and document their creative ecosystem.

BeatsNBeans feat Manny Wellz and OnRae Lateal
       
     
BeatsNBeans feat Manny Wellz and OnRae Lateal

BeatsNBeans first live stream took place at Maketto and featured Nigerian-American Artist Manny Wellz and HandGames Project producer OnRae Lateal.

BeatsNBeans feat Chad Clark
       
     
BeatsNBeans feat Chad Clark

BeatsNBeans guest Chad Clark of Beauty Pill chats it up with BeatsNBeans Host Kokayi at Uprising Cafe.

BeatsnBeans feat Les Talusan
       
     
BeatsnBeans feat Les Talusan

DJ Les Talusan sharing her favorite vinyl from Hawaii and her native Philippines at a Beats N Beans installment at the Colony Club.

BeatsnBeans feat Luke Stewart & Tabassum Siddiqui
       
     
BeatsnBeans feat Luke Stewart & Tabassum Siddiqui

Nu-Jazz artist Luke Stewart and Sustainable/Ethical Designer Tabassum Siddiqui chat with Kokayi about The Art of Improvisation.

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BeatsNBeans feat Goldlink & Imani K Brown
       
     
BeatsNBeans feat Goldlink & Imani K Brown

The Art of Zagging was the discussion topic at a BeatsNBeans featuring future bounce artist Goldlink & Kawaii Tattoo Artist/Illustrator Imani K Brown

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BeatsNBeans feat Babeo Baggins and Aaron Abernathy
       
     
BeatsNBeans feat Babeo Baggins and Aaron Abernathy

Artist/Songwriter Babeo Baggins and singer/songwriter Aaron Abernathy were the featured guests for BeatsNBeans at Coffey Cafe.

 Digital and Physical marketing asset used to promote the BeatsNBeans event at Maketto.
       
     

Digital and Physical marketing asset used to promote the BeatsNBeans event at Maketto.

  Project Creator/Coordinator   This was the second installment of the free Make. Do. Series partnership with DC Public Library.Resident Artifact was a community engagement event created for DC Public Library’s Petworth site. It centered around the narrative and meaning behind the things we collect. Our personal artifacts. These are simple basic items we collect as children We invited Petworth residents to submit these items and create an arts project around them. I collaborated with DC Artspace and Petworth Arts Collaborative.
       
     

Project Creator/Coordinator

This was the second installment of the free Make. Do. Series partnership with DC Public Library.Resident Artifact was a community engagement event created for DC Public Library’s Petworth site. It centered around the narrative and meaning behind the things we collect. Our personal artifacts. These are simple basic items we collect as children We invited Petworth residents to submit these items and create an arts project around them. I collaborated with DC Artspace and Petworth Arts Collaborative.

Resident Artifact
       
     
Resident Artifact

Postcard used to promote Resident Artifact project.

Make. Do. Sessions feat Beat of the Blossoms
       
     
Make. Do. Sessions feat Beat of the Blossoms

Project Creator/Coordinator

Another installment of the free Make. Do. Series partnership with DC Public Library. Memories of My Mind Workshop featured book artist Jamila Fenton of Beat of the Blossoms. The workshop took place at Deanwood Public Library and invited the public to create a small collage book using personal family photos, objects and various craft items.

Make. Do. Sessions feat Rachelle Robinson
       
     
Make. Do. Sessions feat Rachelle Robinson

Creator/Curator

The Make.Do. Sessions were a free all ages monthly series featuring makers and doers sharing their stories on how they utilize the resources around them to create or do something new. The sessions were part interview, part workshop and all social. The series took place at Deanwood Public Library from March, 2015 to December 2015. The goals: To present an informaEve, educaEonal and engaging experience specifically for the residents of Ward 7 within their own community. To highlight and provide a platorm for makers and doers to share their stories and work. To empower people and communiEes to uElize the resources around them to innovate and design their own future. Sessions featured fashion designers, bloggers, visual artists and more.

Make. Do. Sessions feat Rachelle Robinson
       
     
Make. Do. Sessions feat Rachelle Robinson

Audience capture during fashion designer Rachelle Robinson of ChezChelle Designs.

Make. Do. Sessions feat Ariane Gresson
       
     
Make. Do. Sessions feat Ariane Gresson

E-Flier of Photographer/Visual Artist Ariane Gresson.

Make. Do. Session Feat. Ariane Gresson
       
     
Make. Do. Session Feat. Ariane Gresson

Photographer/Visual Artist Ariane Gresson post Make. Do. Session.

Make. Do. Sessions feat Improv For All
       
     
Make. Do. Sessions feat Improv For All

E flier for a special Make. Do. Session featuring Washington Improv Theater. They presented their free introductory workshop Improv for All.

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Make. Do. Sessions Improv for All

Capture of attendees participating in the Washington Improv Workshop.

 Attendees post second workshop with Washington Improv Theater.
       
     

Attendees post second workshop with Washington Improv Theater.

Make. Do. Session Featuring The Original David
       
     
Make. Do. Session Featuring The Original David

Rakiyt Zakari, Owner and Creative Director of The Original David shared her truths, challenges and more as a business woman. She also engaged the audience in making their own versions of a David.

Make. Do. Sessions Feat Raquel Brown
       
     
Make. Do. Sessions Feat Raquel Brown

E-flier for Make. Do. Sessions featuring author and spoken word artist Raquel Brown.

Make. Do Sessions Feat Mo-Betta
       
     
Make. Do Sessions Feat Mo-Betta

E flier for Make. Do. Session featuring Community Philanthropist Mo Betta.

Sound Advice
       
     
Sound Advice

Creator/Co-curator

SOUND ADVICE is a professional development workshop series that focuses on providing essential tools, information and best practices needed to maintain and subsequently grow a professional career in music.

SOUND ADVICE SESSION I: IDENTITY

"When you have a lot of people telling you what you are and perceiving you in a certain way, it's difficult to find your own identity." - SIA

This first Sound Advice Session was all about assisting in honing in on who you are as an artist, at your core. How to identify how your messaging is at odds with your brand and frankly when you are at odds with yourself. Identity is key for branding, marketing and promotion. Everyone is engaging you according to their perceptions. Who are you? Do you know your brand identity? Once you have identified who you are as an artist, it makes it easy to make sound decisions about your career.

My Deanwood Polaroid Project
       
     
My Deanwood Polaroid Project

Creator/Co-Producer/Documentarian

My Deanwood Polaroid Project

By using a DIY giant polaroid frame my creative partner/photographer Kimberly Gaines and I scoured our neighborhood documenting those special individuals who serve our community. We received 2013 Awesome Foundation Grant to complete the project and produce a book. Our goal is to have the book added to the DC Public Library collections.