Keyonna Jones | Tribe Lead

Keyonna Jones was born and raised in Washington, D.C., graduated from St. John’s College High School, earned her Bachelor of Arts from Philip Merrill’s College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, and her Master’s in Science Management with a specialization in Public Relations from the University of Maryland Global Campus. Keyonna received two Edward Murrow Awards for her work as a news producer with News Radio WNEW, 99.1. In 2015, Keyonna founded Congress Heights Arts and Culture Center (CHACC) home of #soufsidecreative located on MLK Ave, SE, with a mission to expose, educate and inspire her East of the River community through art and culture. She also serves on the board of Community College Preparatory Academy, the first adult charter school East of the River. She’s a tattoo artist, graphic designer, published fashion stylist, photographer, avid gardener and above all, a proud mother of 2.

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Tabitha Russell | Program Lead

Tabitha Russell serves the youth and the earth, day in and day out! With an Undergraduate degree from Salisbury University and a Graduate degree from Towson University, she engages the youth at every chance and continues to press the issues that plague the generations before her. Inspired by the likes of Fred Hampton, Angela Davis, and Dame Dash, the 25-year-old quadruple threat has a love for all people but loves her people and culture the most! Ms. Russell wants her people to excel and exceed worldly expectations through breaking free from mental and financial captivity. Mixing Art, Entertainment, and Education has been a goal of hers since college and she plans to continue to use these outlets as tools to help her people!

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Shawn Lindsay | Art Lead

Shawn "Painta" Lindsay, originally from Forestville, Md, now lives and works in Southeast, DC. An energetic + enigmatic spirit, Shawn has been interested in art since he was a child. He draws inspiration from his daily life, cartoons + hip hop culture. Portrait painters such as John Singer Sargent, Henri Matisse, Alice Neil, + Jean Michel Basquiat also serve as inspirations. Shawn attended the Visual + Performing Arts program at Suitland High School + went on to study fine arts at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. 

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