Artists

Meet Maimouna Youssef

Maimouna “Luna E” Youssef is a seasoned singer, emcee, songwriter and poet. The Baltimore native was born into a family of exceptional artists. She began performing traditional African and Native American songs on stage with her family at the age of five. As a youth she joined the Baltimore/Washington based musical theater group called Uprising. Maimouna toured nationally with Uprising as a lead vocalist. In addition, the young Youssef played a leading role in the Broadway musical “Once on this Island”. Other theatrical experiences include the original trio showcase “Three Generations”...

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Meet Terrance Nicholson

Five Rings Arts Services 9 Week Kung Fu Course Prospectus The following is an overview of a nine week Kung Fu program, which is suitable for children . As the course progresses, individual attention will accompany group exercise. Week 1: Basics Warm- up stretches/ kicks Basic stances Beginning Kung Fu form ( Primary Fist) Week 2: Conditioning/ Calisthenics Jumping exercises/ bounding drills Leg conditioning Next sequence of Primary Fist form Week 3-8: Tantui (springing leg) techniques Tantui exercise # 1-3 Next sequence of Primary Fist Basic one and two- step...

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Meet Ras D

Harambe is a celebration of learning and inspirational moment held daily before classes at the Arts & Tech Academy of Ballou HS in SE, Washington, DC., and at Cesar Chavez Parkside in NE, Washington, DC. Facilitator of Harambe session is Baba Ras D of Revel Youth Shine (RYS) & Guerilla Arts Ink, LLC "Harambe" is a Kiswahili term that means "We agree to come together and pull together to ensure the victory of Light Over Darkness, Good Over Evil, Love Over Hate, and Life Over Death". This is the vibration we are striving to engage our children in, when many of them are surrounded by despair....

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Meet Jay Coleman

Jay Coleman, M.A. Ed., H.D. has been in the service of children for over 11 years. With experience teaching in public, private and charter schools, he has concentrated his expertise in the field of special education. As a professional artist and father, his sensitivity to the human spirit has enabled him to inspire parents and students alike. After attending Morehouse College 90’-94’ he returned to D.C. to further his studies at the Corcoran School of Art, 99’. Under the direction of his mentor Lois Mailou Jones (painter) he began graduate studies at Howard University. Recently Jay has completed his...

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Meet Helina Metaferia

Helina Metaferia is an Ethiopian-American Visual Artist and Holistic Practitioner. She is certified in Integrative Yoga Therapy, Y.O.G.A. for Youth, Thai Massage, Shin Tai Shiatsu, is a Gendai/Usui Reiki Master, and is currently completing a practitioners degree in Metaphysical Science. She is also a practicing student of Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and certain Yoga systems. She received formal art education at Temple University's Tyler School of Art and at Morgan State University, where she obtained her Bachelors in Fine Art. Helina specializes in Intuitive Art, the process of combining introspective...

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Meet Khalil Gill

Specialties: Graphic Design/Mural Art Workshops “I have studied art since I was a child. After graduating from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, I went on to study at the Maryland Institute College of Art where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Illustration and a Masters in Digital Arts. In 2003, I began teaching Special Effects and 3D Animation at Gibbs College. I then moved on to teach K-12 at a Special Education school in DC where I created my own Art department later becoming the program director of that Digital Arts Department. I am currently the illustrator for H.E.L.P. (Hip-Hop...

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