APRIL 26, 2014 | 10a – 12p

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APRIL 26, 2014 | 4p – 6p

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You have a sense of style and creative; fashion styling is right up your alley. Our fashion styling workshop focuses on the role of a stylist, identifying your strengths, how to gain clients, and what is enclosed in your styling kit.

Speaker: Tameka Raymond

Tameka Raymond is the quintessential fashion giant particularly noted for developing the personal styles of celebrities. Her early collaboration with Lauryn Hill where she gave music a signature moment, combining Raymonds love of classic vintage with clean modern lines, she transformed the iconic singer into a Fashion maven. Raymond has underscored as a pioneer, dressing mega stars from Jay Z, Usher, Chris Brown, DrDre, Toni Braxton, Mary J.Blige to legends Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Chaka Khan to name a few. Raymond can be credited for the once risky, now fashion marriage of fitted caps and “button up” shirts. Modestly, the FIDM Merch Marketing student would continue to unknowingly develop trends while eager stylists anticipated her next iconic discovery. Simple strategies like “bangle stacking” can be attributed to Raymond. With nearly two decades of fashion experience, Raymond fast tracked, becoming distinguished for pairing classic yet forward pieces that made her clients look great but also cementing them in the Fashion haute monde. Raymond has received recognition for her work in Elle, Harpers Bazaar, Rolling Stone, Glamour, Esquire, GQ, BlackBook, Vibe, Essence, People, Details magazines.TV mediums- E!, Access Hollywood, MTV & Good Day Atl have all called on Raymond for her insight. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Fall 2010 from the Art Institute Atlanta Akin to her success as a Stylist, Raymond is noted for her Philanthropic efforts w/Lost Ones Foundation (501c3- Retreats for Girls that focus on Health, Image & Self Esteem, also Co-founding Oakland Natives Give Back, which donates Backpacks/School Supplies. Raymond continues to evolve and push the envelope as Philanthropist, Entrepreneur and Business woman. On March 29th 2013 In honor of her son Kile Glover. She celebrated the launch of “Kile’s World” a Foundation geared toward children ages 10-17- Offering Comprehensive Art Education focused upon Music, Performing and Applied Arts

MAY 31, 2014 | 4p – 6p
Speaker: Derek Blanks

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Derek knew he would be an artist from the moment he could write. Born and raised in Mississippi, his mother realized his talent and enrolled Derek in special art schools. His talent did not go unnoticed as he grew older. By the time he was ready for college, Derek selected to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he studied fine arts and commercial illustration. He graduated Magna Cum Laude, receiving his bachelors in Fine Arts. While in Baltimore, he worked both as a painter and a freelance designer for several prominent clients such as The Walters Art Gallery, The Baltimore Sun, and the city paper. His love for the south brought Derek to Atlanta, where he has become a prominent and dedicated artist, illustrator, designer, and photographer. Word soon spread of the new talent in Atlanta, and soon Derek had his pick of capable assistants. Among those vying for the opportunity is Mississippi resident Mick Nash, who literally travels the six and half hour distance for a chance to work with Derek Blanks. “I have seen Derek place the most unusual elements together to form unique, but beautiful, transformations”, says Nash. His works of art are tangible illusions. Derek uses his subjects to illustrate an underlying story or meaning. Derek’s comical and quirky personality shines through all of his pictures. Whether it’s his graphic designs, painting or photographs there is always a concept present. While this humble photographer might be the last to admit his talent, he would be the first to offer his gift to the community. Derek’s art was recently featured in the African American Children’s book “Up the Learning Tree”. His illustrations can also be found in several national publications including Society of Illustrators, Communications Art magazine, America Magazine, and North Eastern Magazine. Derek’s work has been shown at several national galleries including The Corcoran Museum(Scholastics Art Awards). Most of his work is currently showing at Gallery 119, located in Jackson, Mississippi. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. If that is true Derek Blanks body of work speaks VOLUMES.


JUNE 28, 2014 | 4p – 6p
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Instructors: Derek J & Miss Lawrence of Bravo TV’s “Fashion Queens”

As socially controversial as he is charming, celebrity hairstylist and philanthropist Derek J. is the epitome of “stellar.” Derek shines bright as a stylist because of trendsetting technique, as a personality because of unparalleled “je nais se quoi” and as a philanthropist because of his boundless heart.These collective qualities have garnered Derek a bevy of accolades and accomplishments including top honors at the Bronner Bros. International Hair Show, a starring role on HBO and Chris Rock’s “Good Hair” and the featured celebrity host spot on Oxygen TV’s “Hair Battle Spectacular.” Raising the bar of expertise and influence, Derek J. presented a “How-To” styling segment live on the red carpet for the 2011 Academy Awards with celebrities including Kris Jenner and Kelly Osbourne. Other clients include ESSENCE Magazine, BRAVO, Chevrolet, WEtv, TNT, and E! TV.Derek J. is currently owner of one of Atlanta’s premiere styling emporiums, The J Spot and hosts the hilariously hip “Salon Sizzle” segment on the afternoon drive show with Big Tigger on V-103.  On a weekly basis, Derek can be seen on Fashion Queens on Bravo TV.