Nakia Booker is a cultural advocate and believes that art can be an outlet completely unbound by time or space. Her grandfather introduced her via his part-time work as a multimedia artist. As an adult, Nakia co-found Music Addikts (a music promotion and social group), and has had vast experience in event planning–leading to her partnerships with diverse organizations such as the Dallas Museum of Arts and Homme Gallery in D.C.
Nakia holds a Masters in Mass Communications from Southern University and A&M College and is the founder and creator of The Kreadiv Group. When she isn’t curating art, she is searching for new music, traveling, or looking for a new adventure.
MMXX: The Black Artivism Capsule is a curated collection of art made by Black creatives worldwide during the 2020 pandemic. In the midst of the deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, John Lewis, Chadwick Boseman, and Kobe and Gigi Bryant, we also had to witness the world reject the racist experiences of Harry and Meghan, endure the highest unemployment rate in the country’s history, and the Trump administration called for critical race theory, along with diversity and sensitivity training, to have funding removed.
Exploring art by photographers, painters, digital creatives, and more, MMXX: The Black Artivism Capsule is a moment that explores the lives and times of Black people, as defined by Black people.
What inspired the start of ” MMXX: The Black Artivism Capsule “?
The vision of MMXX: The Black Artivism Capsule was curated during a time of civil unrest – during the 2020 worldwide pandemic. It was during this time I took to social media and some of my followers because it was something special about their art that drew me to their work.
What has been the biggest challenge of running and being the creative behind a project like ” MMXX: The Black Artivism Capsule “?
My biggest challenge of the book project was keeping up with each artist. I have built up a relationship with most of the artists and wanted to keep it personal throughout the entire project. It’s extremely important to foster those one-on-one relationships with each of them to have a deeper understanding of their art and missions. So no group texting.
How does ” MMXX: The Black Artivism Capsule” impact the community?
This capsule impacts the community by highlighting the successes, ideas, creations, experiences, and histories of Black people because we are demanding it now. I think we are going to create our own Wakanda and rebuild back Black Wall Street communities moving forward.
Where do you hope to see your brand in the next 3-5 years?
In the next 3-5 years, it is my hope to continue working with a brilliant team of people to produce more Black Joy projects that strengthen the culture. Our culture is so powerful and influential in this world. I look forward to growing in this space. I am currently planting seeds for this journey as I also have another book in the works that will require me to take on more artists. If you’ve got some amazing art you’d like to showcase, look me up! I’d love to work with you.
What advice do you have for the next generation of entrepreneurs and creators?
My advice to the next generation of entrepreneurs and creators is do not be fearful and trust your instincts. Set and implement healthy boundaries. Rest just as much as you build and to find your tribe.
What does being “Pretty and Black Owned” mean to you?
Being “Pretty and Black Owned” to me means using my pretty to help move the culture forward.
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