Building a Better STL: 10 More Black Creatives to Know

St. Louis is filled with talented individuals in our area, which meant there were no shortage of recommendations for #mySTL’s earlier spotlight on Black creatives making waves in the region.

Artists play a vital role in communities, says Art Saint Louis, as they can incite the social and spiritual consciousness, leading to an appreciation of individuality and celebration of diversity. In support of these artists and to continue to lift up St. Louis-area Black creatives, we are shining a spotlight on 10 local makers, organizers, songwriters and photographers.

ONEROZ3: ONEROZ3, a local singer/songwriter, uses her powerful voice and lyrics to connect with her fans. ONEROZ3’s music, categorized as R&B and soul, has earned thousands of plays online for her Oct. 2017 track “Caught It.”

Ashlee Nicole: A St. Louis native, Ashlee Nicole is the founder and owner of Ashlee Nicole Artistry. She provides businesses and brands with lively and dynamic visuals through her website customization, graphic design and photo shoots.

Chris Phillips: Chris Phillips is the founder and owner of Maverick Media Group, a multi-media production company that has worked on films such as Ferguson 365, Ferguson 100 Days|100 Seconds and Friday Nights Remix. Phillips’ projects cover a myriad of topics from social justice to corporate, and include portraits and graphic design in addition to film and TV work.

Chukur Ali: Chukur Ali, a St. Louis resident, is the owner of the bakery CoCo’s Desserts located in University City. Ali, a lifelong baker starting at age 2, offers one-of-a-kind styles for his sweet treats. He also offers vegan dessert options.

Alana Flowers: Director and producer Alana Flowers is the owner of Alana Marie Productions, the business behind her up-and-coming documentary film Kinloch: Missouri’s First Black City. In this film, viewers will journey through Kinloch’s past, present and potential future.

Reine Bayoc: Reine Bayoc is the owner and chef of Sweet Art Bakeshop & Cafe. Bayoc opened Sweet Art Bakeshop in 2008, offering patrons vegan and gluten-free desserts. She also offers savory meals such as vegan mac and cheese, chai spice maple sweet potatoes and more.

Marty Joe Murray, Jr.: Creativity doesn’t end at artwork; sometimes, it takes a creative mind to solve a problem. A native of Chicago, Marty Joe Murray, Jr. has made St. Louis his home and is the founder of Gloves4Grades. This local non-profit supplies youth in the community with boxing equipment in exchange for good grades. Outside of the organization, Murray is the 7th Ward Committeeman.

Sherrell Hall: Sherrel Hall is a local fashion designer and owner of Leola Sky. Her designs are a combination of the 1920’s styles mixed with today’s fashion trends. Hall has also added a monthly shoe line, Leola-n-Luxe, to her collection.

Jacquelyne Craig: Jacquelyne Craig is the founder and owner of ARTC Artist.Rights.To.Create., a local organization that serves as a catalyst for St. Louis artists. Craig is also the owner and founder of Blacq Séance Productions, an organization that largely specializes in fashion production, and the Executive Director of 1st Friday Art Walk in Old North St. Louis.

Mary Collins: Mary Collins, a creator originally from the other side of the bridge, is the founder and owner of Vauje Jewelry. Collins’ work has been well received, and her pieces have been spotted on celebrities including Taraji P. Henson and Ariana Grande. A self-taught designer, Collins’ vibrant hues, bold shapes and vintage styles create a one-of-a-kind jewels.

These individuals make up a small sampling of the creative community here in St. Louis. Lift up the Black creatives you know are making waves by using the hashtag #mySTL to nominate individuals for future features.