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Arts & Culture
Author Danielle Allen
Author, professor, and life coach, Danielle Allen is a lover of football, fashion, film and fiction.She is the author of the Back to Life Series, Love Discovered in New York, Autumn & Summer, the Heartache Series, Work Song, The One Series Duet, Nevermore, The Art of Being, Disasters in Dating Choose Your Dating Adventure Series, and the upcoming Broken Clocks.
NOSAJ AUTHENTICS brand was founded in 2008 on the art & lifestyle ideals of artist and founder, Jason Ford. What started as a class assignment while studying art at East Carolina University has since evolved into a brand that fuses art and fashion to produce limited edition, wearable and collectible art pieces. Email him today at for any request!
Deandra Clarke is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, with a bachelor's degree in Radio Broadcasting. After four years as an on-air personality, she decided to expand her professional career in dance choreography and is currently the Dance Team Coach for Midlothian High School Trojanettes. In addition to her many business ventures, she also teaches weekly hip hop classes at the Village Dance Studio and Jadore Dance Studio here in RVA.
Marketing & Photography
Dana Brown Designs
Dana Brown Designs offers branding solutions and graphic and web design services with your company’s image in mind. Whether you are interested in branding a new business, getting a unique logo, creating marketing materials like brochures and flyers, event invitations or product packaging Dana Brown Designs is here to bring your vision to life.
Specializing in portrait and wedding photography, Atir Above prides itself in providing clients with “A Photography Experience.” For those in love, raising families, or simply looking to invest in professional, quality photography, Atir Above inspires “forever moments” in a fun, easy-going, and memorable way.
A Creative Affair
A Creative Affair is a full-service wedding and special event planning company located in Richmond, Virginia extending their services locally and in the tri-cities and Hampton Roads areas. Their mission is to offer a unique experience to families, professionals and other individuals by alleviating the amount of work and stress required to host or plan an event by focusing on their vision and needs in the most efficient and affordable way.
XtraOrdinary Events is a full-service wedding and event planning company. Plans are nothing; planning is everything is their motto! They aim to create an amazing event for their clients by providing sound advice while keeping a focus on creativity and modern ideas to accomplish each goal set forth. They offer multiple customize packages and are confident one of them will suit your needs.
The Tarrington's Touch
The Tarrington's Touch is a full service wedding and event planning company that will produce your event above and beyond your expectations. We offer high quality, stress free, and impeccable luxurious wedding services. If you’re a bride that wants guidance from start to finish or a bride that knows what she wants but needs a little help, we are here!
Dr. Faith Wilkerson
Dr. Faith Wilkerson arrived in Richmond in 2000 to attend Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She holds a Bachelors in Mass Communications, Masters in Education, as well as, a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. She spent over ten years creating and managing VCU traditions such as Homecoming, the Fall Block Step Show, Intercultural Festival and countless Alumni Reunion Weekends. She is also the owner of UnlockingRVA
Todd B. Waldo is an engineer, artist, and community advocate. With a BSEE from North Carolina State University, he has a career in systems development, maintenance and operations. An artist since childhood, Todd performs as a percussionist, drummer, pianist and poet at venues throughout Richmond. With passion for his city and social justice, he serves on the boards of Better Housing Coalition, the Robinson Theater Community Arts Center, and Church Hill Activities and Tutoring.
Since taking the stage for the first time in 1996, Micah White has made a name for himself as a comedian, actor, executive coach, and community supporter. In 2013, he started RVA Has Talent, a company that pairs local entertainers with non-profits to raise money and awareness. More recently, he launched RCJC (Richmond Correctional Justice Center) Has Talent, an eight-week program that helps inmates acquire job training, write business plans, and get coaching from professional entertainers.