“I was always around music growing up. I went to a performing arts school which sparked my creative and musical interests. Some people don’t know this, but I worked in the fashion industry for 7 years before I started DJing. I was a Buyer and Fashion Director at Macy’s. I would go to fashion events and parties and I was always disappointed in the music the DJs were playing so I ordered equipment from Amazon and decided to start DJing myself.” - KENNETH KYRELL
“I want people to think of me as a human novelty. You may not know what I’m doing at the time, but you know it’s transgressive and transformative. I’m a game-changer. Of course we all wish to be inspiring and to be memorable and I think that’s all I really want from my music. My lyrics may be outrageous, but I want people to know I had the courage to step out of the box and do something different.” - BRY’NT
“The brand was actually inspired by a solo trip I took to South Korea. I wanted to get away. It was my first solo trip. I attended a fragrance making class and I got really inspired. The ladies there were just so passionate about fragrance. I always loved fragrance. I just really loved how it made me feel. When I came back to the states I decided I really wanted to have my own fragrance brand. I knew how fragrance made me feel and I wanted to make other people feel the same way. There was a void of gender neutral products out there and fragrance shouldn’t be gendered, period. Fragrance is just an extra boost of confidence. I developed my brand to be more mission-focused and speak to issues such as gender equality.” - NICK RICARDO
BUILDING OUR COMMUNITY
Mobilizing Our Brothers Initiative (MOBI) is a series of curated social connectivity events for queer people of color to see their holistic self while promoting community, wellness, and personal development. MOBItalks, a personal and professional development series for Black gay men. MOBIfest, is an interactive arts experience that celebrates Black Queer voices in fashion, music, visual arts and media. With a focus on wellness, MOBI connects individuals to opportunities to better themselves before and during the event.
MOBI is supported in partnership with the New York Blood Center’s Project ACHIEVE.