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Artist in Residence: Toni Thai Sterrett: Future of Creativity

Artist in Residence: Toni Thai Sterrett

Originally Aired: Friday, September 30, 2022

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Join founder Toni Thai Sterrett and her NFT project, Bad Grrls Creative Club (BGCC), as they explore, discuss, and showcase what it’s like to be a creative in this new world where the creator is queen! The final night, Toni and a panel of artists, business owners, and NFT visionaries will discuss their excitement and fears about the current fast moving tech movement, how BGCC will keep it pure, and what it means for the creator economy.

Featuring tunes by the legendary DJ Fab 5 Freddy.

About the Artist
As a filmmaker, photographer and NFT creator, Toni Thai Sterrett has created short film, commercial and branded content for clients such as Pantene, Clinique, etc,. and has worked with Taraji P. Henson, Rob Lowe, and others. She was chosen by Ava Duvernay as Vibe’s Next Female Filmmaker for her directing efforts on her short film, Presumed, inspired by the tragic murder of Trayvon Martin.

In 2020, Toni excelled as a creator on Clubhouse where she gained a following of over 250,000. She’s hosted conversations for Amazon, Bumble, Coindesk, HBO, Walmart, and Showtime, and for talents such as Tiffany Haddish, Barry Jenkins, and more.

Toni Thai Sterrett

As a filmmaker, photographer and NFT creator, Toni Thai Sterrett has created short film, commercial and branded content for clients such as Pantene, Clinique, etc,. and has worked with Taraji P. Henson, Rob Lowe, and others. She was chosen by Ava Duvernay as Vibe’s Next Female Filmmaker for her directing efforts on her short film, Presumed, inspired by the tragic murder of Trayvon Martin.

In 2020, Toni excelled as a creator on Clubhouse where she gained a following of over 250,000. She’s hosted conversations for Amazon, Bumble, Coindesk, HBO, Walmart, and Showtime, and for talents such as Tiffany Haddish, Barry Jenkins, and more.

Fab 5 Freddy

Born Fred Brathwaite to Jazz loving parents in the Bed Stuy section of Brooklyn N.Y., Fab 5 Freddy’s introduction to pop culture came courtesy of a name check on the pop group Blondie’s 1980’s hit, “Rapture.” He initially exploded on the scene in the late 70’s as one of the first Graffiti artist to exhibit his paintings internationally. Along with close friends and contemporaries, Futura 2000, Keith Haring, Jean Michele Basquiat, Lee Quinones and others, Fab was key in getting the art world to realize New York graffiti was spawning an art movement that would eventually pulsate globally until today, and give birth to street art.

In the late 80’S, MTV asked him to host a program called, YO! MTV Raps, which immediately became the highest rated show on the channel and blasted Hip Hop culture into the living rooms of mainstream America and millions on several continents and countries around the world.

Today Fab is focusing on making visual art, exhibiting his work, and was recently featured in the Los Angeles Museum Of Contemporary Art, “Art In The Streets,” the block buster exhibit that was a historical survey on graffiti and street art.

Shira Lazar

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Emmy-nominated leading voice of the web3 movement Shira Lazar took the internet by storm with her web-first news brand ‘What’s Trending’. She’s spoken at conferences including SXSW, VeeCon, NFTNYC, and NFTLA and was named Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology. She’s interviewed the top entrepreneurs in blockchain on her nationally syndicated podcast, Inside Web3.

Markiesha Patrice

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Markiesha Patrice is an accomplished marketing professional with experience helping startups develop, grow and scale their marketing organizations. She’s worked for companies such as HubSpot and Gartner where she developed and honed her unique methodology for audience growth and engagement. She is currently the Associate Director of Partnerships for CoinDesk’s Content and Innovation Studio where she is focused on forging strategic partnerships and innovation opportunities for the global media platform. She is also a strategy and growth advisor for several startups in the space.

Guns N' Hoses

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Welcome to the vajungle! Voted “Best Tribute Band” by the Village Voice, Guns N’ Hoses is a veritable supergroup of the city’s hottest internationally touring musicians. Slash and Duff McKagan happened to drop in on one of their rehearsals the day before their sold-out show at LA’s Viper Room and said “You girls sound like our mirror.“ Slash later tweeted “Sounded pretty tight, I have to say…Cool chicks.”

“The Hoses are not a tribute band that sound just like the original. They are not a collection of eye-candy, thrown together that can just kinda-sorta play instruments. They are not hipster smartasses mocking the over-the-top silliness of the original. They are a talented band that really appreciates the original GNR sound, and has fun with it. Any cover band would have simply played the hits. GNH dug into the riffs, from the funky bass of Mr Brownstone, to the crying Les Paul of Sweet Child of Mine.”
                                                                                                                                              —Jay Kennedy, New England Music News

Kiki Kitty

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Artist Kianga “Kiki Kitty” Milele‘s has worked nearly 30 years in the fashion industry. Growing up in an artistic household, fabric was one of many mediums Kiki enjoyed working with in her pursuit of creative self expression. Kiki’s unique, artistic approach to design is why her career highlights are embedded with iconic brands belonging to the who’s who of hip hop culture including: Sean Combs, Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna.

With the shift of world events Kiki re-shifted her focus to re-identify with her younger self, pulling into the forefront the visual art that has driven her since childhood. As a Designer, Professor and an Art Therapist, Kiki’s mission is to promote the discovery of new passions and to tap into and honor our gifts through creative experiences. With an emphasis on social justice, healing through story telling and creative self expression.

After nearly 30 years of orchestrating from behind the scenes of your favorite major brands, Kiki Kitty started off 2020 by stepping into the spotlight in Netflix’s fashion competition series ‘Next In Fashion.’

Courtney McDermid

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Courtney McDermid manages client initiatives across Decrypt Media and Decrypt Studios’ commercial, editorial, product, and live events, teams. Previously, she supported multiple groups at IAB Tech Lab for over five years. Before that, she worked with other advertising and real estate companies.

Natasha Hoskins

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Natasha Hoskins is the Co-Founder of Boys Club, a social DAO, product studio, and media company centering the voices of women and non-binary individuals. Before Boys Club, she founded Allcall, a content marketplace and members club for the modern traveler, which was acquired by Fora, where she joined as their General Manager of Advisors. She’s also the host of the podcast, Boys Club.

Ryan Daniel Beck

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Ryan Daniel Beck is the Director of bodyART Training Studios, a PTBT (physical therapy based training) experience, designed to prevent injury, reduce pain and promote sustainability and anti-aging longevity. He is a former dancer for Beyoncé, Black Eyed Peas and Step Up films who toured with MOMIX and Danny Ezralow (Across The Universe). He’s currently on faculty with Joffrey Ballet, STEPS and Broadway Dance Center.

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