Tonika Johnson is a visual artist/photographer from Chicago’s South Side Englewood neighborhood. She was featured in Chicago Magazine as a 2017 Chicagoan of the Year for her photography of Englewood's everyday beauty, countering its pervasive media coverage of poverty and crime.
EDITOR & FOUNDER OF BITTERSWEET MONTHLY
Owner and Director at Bittersweet Creative. Kate founded the company in 2009 built on the premise that art and design have the unique power to transform statistics into stories and awareness into action.
FOUNDER HENNESSY REPS
A photographer turned agent, and now educator and consultant, Melissa is helping other visual artists grow their confidence and self-worth so they can find their audience and market more effectively to grow their businesses. A freelancer’s champion and cheerleader, she lives by the mantra, “The dream is free, the hustle is sold separately.”
Martin L. Woods is a classically trained yet multifaceted Vocalist who has performed all over the world. Martin’s professional concert and operatic debuts include performances on the stages of The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Atlanta opera, The Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theater, and the Goodman Theater.
a jazz multi-instrumentalist (mainly a percussionist) and composer. During the 1970s, he formed the musical groups Ritual Trio and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble. Kahil EL'Zabar has collaborated with Dizzy Gillespie, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Cannonball Adderley, Paul Simon, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Roy Ayers.
Dr. El'Zabar received a doctorate from Lake Forest College, IL, (PHD Interdisciplinary/Arts) in May 2006. Sir Kahil El'Zabar was Knighted by the Counsel General of France for his international contributions to the arts as a performer, educator, and curator, in 2014, making him an official Chevalier (Knight of the Arts). El'Zabar is also co-scored arrangements for the highly acclaimed theatrical version of Disney's,"The Lion King".
Kahil El Zabar
Artist & Musician
Tuan is an award winning Chicago-based creative that has worked on some of Advertising’s most iconic brands (Samsung, McDonald’s, Kellogg’s) as a Senior Art Director with Leo Burnett.
Scoop Jackson is a legendary Chicagon and an award winning senior writer at ESPN. He also worked on several projects for nike, helping to develop their EQUALITY campaign and also their recent Colin Kaepernik campaign. In 2017 he won the New York International Television & Film gold medal award for Sports Coverage for his ESPN feature on the anticipation of the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series.