Entertainment Pros You Should Know! [NOTABLE '17]

Today, we begin our series, "Notable '17"-- a compilation of  leaders who are making big moves in various fields of endeavor. 

For our first installment, we'll take a look at people in the entertainment industry who will definitely become household names in the future.

Here are some entertainers, managers, and creative artists worth noting:



1. MOODY BLACK (mOody bLaCk)
Greenville, SC
Website
Spoken Word/ Hip Hop Visual Artist, Storyteller, Photographer, Slam Master

In his own words: "I'm a smart arts teacher who works with teachers to implement poetry in their curriculum. I want to travel the world and share my art to leave a legacy of wealth for my children. I just released my new CD, "The Uncovering, Pt.1" and I am working on a new Hip-Hop CD."


 



 (Maybe he'll get his wish to be on "Ellen" in 2017.)
Stay tuned!



2. NATASHA YOUNGE 
Los Angeles, CA
Actress/ Blogger (The Younge Hollywood Blast)

Natasha Younge is a "big deal" for web series creators because she makes a big deal out of their works. As a veteran actress, she understands the struggle. Through her work, she has created a rising tide to "lift all boats." We salute her!


3. JAI SLAUGHTER
Entertainment Host/ "Brandma"
GYST Network
Chicago, IL

As the host of "Talk To Me Tuesdays", Jai gets the scoop on major topics relating to her fellow millennials. In addition to that, she works with GYST Network-- a visual accountability group. 



4. WILLIAM MARK
Comedian/ Martial Artist
Chicago, IL

William knows how to make your sides ache-- either from his jokes or his jujitsu skills. He's a multicultural force in Chicago. There's no telling how far he can go in 2017. 



 

5. KATRELL MENDENHALL
Owner, KModels Talent Agency
Chicago, IL 

You can't have future entertainers without good agents like Katrell Mendenhall. She represents models and actors in her South Loop office of Chicago. We wish her the best during 2017 and beyond. 



6. HERBERT C. HARPER, JR.
Actor
Chicago, IL

Herbert C. Harper, Jr. has a distinguished name with the impeccable work ethic to match. He's making big moves in the Chicago acting scene and wants to land his first major role this year.

Maybe he'll get a role playing "Luther Vandross" in a biopic. You never know!


  
7. IFEOMA NKEMDI
Actress/ Teacher
Chicago, IL

Ifeoma ("ee-foh-ma") is a classic beauty with over 25 years of experience in the arts. A proud resident of Chicago's West Side, she has traveled all over the world to study her craft. Currently, she passes on her knowledge to her students. It's only a matter of time before "Ms. Nkemdi" has her full circle moment and achieves international fame. 




8. MWELWA "MEL" MUSAMBACINE
DJ
Chicago, IL
Twitter page

He's a proud native of Zambia with a global outlook on culture. Just like his DJ work, Mel knows how to "switch up" his flow to keep up with current trends. 


9. MELANIE LOREN
Actress
Chicago, IL
Facebook

This former TV news producer is making waves in the acting world. As the daughter of a prominent church pastor (father) and management consultant (mother), she comes from a strong legacy.   She has appeared on "Chicago PD" and will appear on the new Fox series, "APB" soon.



10. DREANA C. JOHNSON (DJ 3Snapz)
DJ/ Singer/ Writer
Chicago, IL

Dreana is a proud graduate of "Mizzou" (University of Missouri-Columbia) who gives back to current and future college students in Chicago. When she's not working a 9 to 5, she is pursuing her art as "DJ 3Snapz" and through poetry.


11. VAUGHN KIMMONS (Brown Alice)
Singer/ Artist
Portland, OR

From her early days in Chicago, Vaughn always embraced her individuality. Now, she is "Brown Alice", a popular singer in the Pacific Northwest who transcends musical genres.  
She definitely gives an "Andra Day" vibe with "Erykah Badu" tendencies.  


12. KORTEZ WALKER
Spoken Word Artist/ Actor
Indianapolis, IN

This married father of 3 is energetic and inspiring. By day, he works in real estate; all other times, he works to promote positive images online and at live performances.
  



For Kortez, Chicago is only a 2 1/2 hour drive away. He's in a good position to land the perfect role without taking time away from his day job or his family.


13. PROMODAVE 
Photographer
Chicago, IL 
Website  

Dave is my younger brother. (Nothing wrong with a little nepotism). He's a fantastic photographer, with a growing clientele.

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Stay tuned as we honor more people in 2017! 

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2 Comments:

  1. Wow, thank you so much for including me in this amazing list of noteworthy talent. I am honored!

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  2. Thank you for putting a spotlight on such uniquely talented individuals. You are truly doing God's work. Oh, and the highlight for me was Promo Dave. Much respect.

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