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Kiki Layne

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Kiki Layne is from Cincinnati,Ohio. She attended DePaul University. Her next film is a screen adaptation of Richard Wright’s 1940 novel Native Son.
Her first acting role was with Lena Waithe in the pilot for the show The Chi, which was shot in 2015. Speaking to Vanity Fair, says she was always acting growing up and that her favourite movie as a child was, The Lion King. I used to watch it every day and create these extravagant stories with my Barbies and stuffed animals.”
Layne began her career attending a performing-arts school in Cincinnati, where she took the flute, then French horn and the trumpet. She later attended DePaul University in Chicago to study acting. After graduating she moved to LA where she landed her breakout role in the Barry Jenkins movie If Beale Street Could Talk.
Layne is outspoken about the injustices African American people face in the USA and the issue of representation of black people in films. Speaking to Vanity Fair, she says, “The black community faced [injustices] in the early 70s and still face them today, issues of wrongful incarceration and what the justice system looks like for black people growing up in poverty. But at the core of it is a really beautiful love story between Tish and Fonny. I don’t feel like I’ve seen this for young black actors—there’s this tenderness that I just don’t see.” She’s really making a big splash in the industry.

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Melanin by D’Nessa McDaniel

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From the night in her skin to kink of her hair

The sun in her smile to the stars in those eyes

I know that Melanin is beautiful

The beauty that glows through her

blood like magic

Her melanin drips like honey

Can you imagine a voice so sweet you could taste the diabetes

Can you imagine how the tears of this woman will make rivers

You will find the souls of her sons floating in

Dreams of haunting, of prey, of white of guns of nose,

nose is tight like she is tight like a nose

This kind of melanin

This kind of woman

Makes the worst days worth living for

Makes trying to live some of the worst days

But this type of melanin is strong

Even when the pavement of her heart starts to crack under oppression

She will still bleed love, hope, smiles, and laughter

she will bleed the bloodshed of her father’s death

She will ache the pain of the weight her mother carried on her black

Because of this I know that melanin is beautiful

Is pain, is sorrow, is love, is her

She is love

She is what made melanin so damn beautiful.

Poem by D’Nessa McDaniel

Aliya Will

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Great video of the gorgeous Aliya Will. Aliya is the personification of black beauty. She has the beauty of an ancient goddess. She is a gorgeous Jamacian beauty,who can be found on Youtube,Twitter and Instagram. She has over 48,000 followers on Instagram. She also has her own blog. Keep an eye out for this beauty!

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Hannah Lashay

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Hannah Lashay is beautiful young lady.  She’s making quite an impression on the music and modeling scene.  Here’s some information from her biography:

Hanna Lashay is an American vocalist, songwriter, model,​ actress, and ​award winning entrepreneur. The Sunflower Goddess was b​orn in the suburbs of Chicago, IL​, raised in Round Rock, TX and is now residing in Atlanta, GA​.

 Hanna has always had a passion for music, entertainment, fashion and performance. With sprinkles of Indie, R&B, Jazz and Neo Soul, her voice creates a category of it’s own.

 Hanna’s aspirations for entertainment are twofold. While Hanna loves to express herself through performance, she also likes to use her public platform to inspire others all over the world and promote self love and positivity. She created “The Sunflower Tribe​,  a movement that began when she conquered clinical depression as a result of bullying and sexual assault. She decided to give purpose to her pain by transmuting that energy into a life affirming platform.

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Hanna has shared the stage with SWV, Morris Day and The Time and sang background for Kool and the Gang. She opened for Grammy nominated Anthony David on his ” Simple Man Tour “as well as, Antonio Ramsey at his” After Dark Show”

​in Atlanta, GA.  She performed at the Apache Cafe, Katz Cafe, Cafe 290, WSBTV’s Meteorologist Summit, The Blue Room, Koils by Nature’s 7th Anniversary Party​ and many other events in the Atlanta area. The Austin Jazz Festival, SXSW in Austin, TX, The 96.3 RNB Soul Lounge, The KAZI 88.7 Summerfest, RASDAY Fest, The Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, The City of Austin, The African American Firefighters Ball, and a multitude of other events.

​She has multiple singles on her Soundcloud that she has both written and provided vocals.​Hanna has graced the runway as a model at the Fashion Show Taping for Love & Hip Hop, The Fashion Lounge ATL, hosted by Love and Hip Hop Atlanta’s Ariane. She has modeled for Austin Fashion Week 3 consecutive years since her debut. She has modeled for Daniel Esquival of Project Runway, Toombas Jeans And Denim’s Fashion Fusion Runway Show. She was the Face of the International Curly Girl Natural Hair Cruise.

​ The modeled in Dress Austin, Fashion Atlantis hosted by Bianca Golden of America’s Top Model and Fashion Designer Jonathan Kayne, Austin RAW Runway Show, and many other Fashion Shows.She has established herself as a Brand Ambassador with an engaging and extensive following on social media.Her acting credits include the U Better Sing PBS web series, the Onyx web/ television production by the Delirium Entertainment Company, a Chevy Commercial, Microsoft Commercial,Co-hosting “A Child Trumpet TV” and commercials for the Shea Moisture/Naturally Curly Brands. Hanna won Best Supporting Actress in an Round Rock, TX Actors Competition.Being a part of this generation, Hanna hopes to inspire the youth to accept, embrace and love themselves no matter what.

Angel Johnson

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Angel Johnson is a beautiful upcoming model.  Native to the infamous Houston, Texas, Angel Johnson is a freelance model and hair influencer with an eclectic soul and an ambition to diversify the modeling industry while grasping any beneficial business endeavor that may come her way. When she’s not posing or getting her hustle on, Angel is an active member in her community, helping the homeless and cleaning up, and making sure her fellow black girls are represented in a positive light.

Here’s an interview she conducted recently:

Favorite Word? My favorite word is eclectic, the meaning describes me perfectly, that word also reminds me of the people on earth; we’re all different, diverse, cultural, but individually I feel we should appreciate that in one another.
What pisses you off? Something that pisses me off, I try not to let things get to me but it’s more of a pet peeve; popping knuckles. The sound makes me cringe! Haha!
Favorite Brand? My favorite brand; clothing wise, I really don’t have one. I like style more than brand!
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What fictional character do you relate to the most? A fictional character I can relate to is probably Lucy from Narnia, she’s curious and bold.
What celebrity do you have a crush on? Don’t tell my boyfriend, but lance gross is my celebrity crush, but back when he was single haha, I respect the vows he shared with his wife!
What inspires you most? What inspires me most is people’s success stories. I love to hear about people doing better, it gives me a vision of better for myself.
Q:When did you first start modeling?
A:I started modeling December of 2015, a photographer direct messaged after seeing me taking selfies on my laptop in my dorm, we did our first shoot together and I was amazed by the response people gave to it, I decided to take it more seriously from then on.  
Q: How has your career expanded since then?
A: My career has expanded quite significantly in a year. My following started to build from 2k followers before I started, into 20.3k today. I promote businesses on my page, affiliate market, and I’m more creatively involved in the shoots I do now with my photography partner, Brian Junior. 
Q: What hair care and fashion brands were you a brand affiliate for?
A: I’ve done affiliate marketing with small up and coming brands that i feel have a positive mission. But recently I worked with
O-mighty.com, grass-fields.com, TiffanyLocJewels, and CityRepublik.com, just to name a few.