An Inspiring Entrepreneur, Shanise Morris of Plush Plum Events

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
– Albert Einstein

It’s a new year, and we are excited to bring you our first blog chat! These interviews with inspirational people in a variety of fields from artists to community activists, educators and entrepreneurs, are so uplifting for us. A little over a week ago I chatted with Shanise Morris, a young talented entrepreneur whose background spans communications / writing, culinary arts, poetry and painting. What is such a multifaceted person to do? Why become your own boss of course! She recently founded Plush Plum Events, which specializes in event design and planning.

Shanise is part of a steady trend as increasingly women combine professional experience and education to start businesses. According to statistics gathered by the Center for Women’s Business Research (2009), “one in five firms with revenues of $1 million or more are owned by women.”

Yes. Women entrepreneurs rock! So relax, put up those feet, and watch our interview. We’re sure Shanise will inspire you, too!

Stay Connected: Follow the innovative work of Plush Plum Events on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Video produced by Keston De Coteau (my talented husband) of Keystone Productions.

 

Committed to Change – Bashi Rose, Filmmaker, Playwright & Actor (Blog Chat Series)

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These days some African-American artists prefer not to carry the weight of race within their work. “Excuse me,” Bashi Rose says, his deep voice unwavering, “that’s bullshit.” Rose, a Baltimore-based filmmaker, actor, playwright and co-founder of Nommo Theatre does not sit on his words. 
In 2011, he won a Baker Artist Award, followed, in 2012, by a fellowship with Open Society Institute (OSI), an organization working for lasting social and political change. Rose developed D.R.A.M.A. (Direct Responses Alleviate Misdirected Aggression) as an OSI fellow, along with inmates at the Maryland Correctional training center. The program reached black men within five Maryland prisons, teaching them about using the art of theater and film as a tool to overcome conflict.

He is an avid student of the Black Arts Movement which began in the 1960s, and includes voices of such literary luminaries as Amiri Baraka (widely credited as “The Father of the Black Arts Movement”), Sonia Sanchez and Gwendolyn Brooks, among others. Rose sees self love and knowledge of history as a critical piece of our own evolution.

The Park Heights native credits Baltimore’s poetry scene with expanding his worldview and in a fundamental sense, saving him. “Even though I never left the city I was still in whole different world.” Fellow poets pushed him to read Richard Wright, author of the classic Native Son, and Algerian thinker Frantz Fannon’s challenge to colonialism and white supremacy, Wretched of the Earth. 

A multifaceted artist, he learned his craft hands on, “similar to the way of my ancestors in West Africa,” he says. “Whether they were sculptors or Griots, they learned it in their community.” Rose has performed or directed in venues throughout the state and in New York City including Theatre Project, Creative Alliance, Howard University, Maryland Institute College of Art, Center Stage, among others. Some of his film projects include Love Deferred and Me Myself and Us (based on the play by actor Robert Lee Hardy). 

I hope you’ll enjoy listening to my interview via Soundcloud below with this prolific artist as he discusses creative influences (African filmmakers, French New Wave cinema, etc.), his mentor and Nommo Theatre co-founder, Mitchell Ferguson, collaborations with other artists such as Vincent Thomas and LOVE the poet, and much more.

https://soundcloud.com/live-in-color-blog/live-in-color-blog-chat-witsah

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Check Bashi out on Vevo.  I included a few clips – one from his recent short film, Love Deferred and a poetic ode to family life, A Mother’s Love.

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Talking Music & Faith with singer Marcell Russell

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Marcell Russell‘s rich voice lingers in the air long after our interview ends. It is a voice imbued with conviction and courage. The Baltimore native and man of faith is unapologetic about the role of God in his life, yet he’s honest about the chains of religious dogma.

As a preacher’s kid, Marcell grew up surrounded by gospel music, but wondered why it left out concerns his parents discussed: money, family, love, community, and friendships. His mother challenged him to talk about it, and he began writing music in 7th grade.

Years later, Marcell continues to write, perform, and produce, and is often compared to musical luminaries such as Donny Hathaway. During the late 90s he formed the band, Marcell & the Truth, releasing two CDs, Hopes too High and Symbols.

Photo Credit: Keston      De Coteau
Photo Credit: Keston De Coteau

This summer, he offers us The Serenade and The Sermon, a double CD which explores the darkest sides of himself and others while simultaneously looking at the light and beauty. We hope you enjoy our June blog chat with this phenomenal artist whose penned over 700 songs in eight years, and been nominated for twenty plus independent music awards.

Please share your thoughts after listening to the interview. We love hearing from you! The video is a collaboration between Live In Color blog and Keystone Productions.