Mo Betta & SantaCause (Washington, DC)

Mo Betta & SantaCause (Published Originally 11.18.16 on ARTISCEND.COM) Written By J. Randolph Maurice McClanahan, better known by his stage name Mo Betta, has raised more than $30,000 in support of SafeShores–a nonprofit focusing on child-abuse prevention and recovery. The cause had always been near to his heart but as an artist, McClanahan’s crusade was…

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Jalissa Monique Brown (New York, NY)

Author Jalissa Monique Brown (Published Originally 10.14.16 on ARTISCEND.COM) Written By J. Randolph Author and poet Jalissa Monique Brown was following a tried and true path. After undergrad at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, she started grad school and began work as a paralegal. The plan was clear. However, intuition and passion began…

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Inspiring Kids (Camp Springs, MD)

Inspiring Kids (Camp Springs, MD) (Published Originally 09.30.16 on ARTISCEND.COM) Written By J. Randolph Inspiration is an art-form. It requires an understanding of what motivates people and the ability to direct energy. By this definition, Roxanna Melgar is an artist. In 2006, after purchasing her first home with her husband, she started her own daycare…

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Icing Smiles (Ellicott City, MD)

Icing Smiles (Published Originally 03.04.16 on ARTISCEND.COM) Written By J. Randolph After complications following the birth of her son in 2004, Tracy Quisenberry left her position as tax director of a Fortune 500 company to spend more time at home with her two children…

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Sharard Carmichael (Fayetville, NC)

Sharard “Kornball” Carmichael (Published Originally 12.01.15 on ARTISCEND.COM) Written By J. Randolph Freedom of expression is defined as the ability to create and communicate ideas without restraint. While many people agree that this is a fundamental human right, some argue that censorship of ideas is the equivalent of suffocation. For them, expressing themselves through art…

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Editor’s Note: An Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg

Written By J. Randolph (December 01, 2015)

Our organization is all about recognizing people who sacrifice for the betterment of their communities and society. Oddly enough, I dismissed someone today who made a huge commitment to these ideals and for that, I am sorry.   Continue reading

TeenCP (Orange County, CA)

Teen CP ( (Published Originally 11.06.15 on ARTISCEND.COM) Written By J. Randolph The phrase “mind over matter” is often used to motivate; it implies that if you apply your thoughts and energy to something, you can achieve whatever you set out to accomplish. However for the 10,000 infants who are diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy every…

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Eagles Nest Youth Assoc. (Washington, DC)

Eagles Nest Youth Association (Published Originally 07.04.15 on ARTISCEND.COM) Written By J. Randolph Founded in 2006 by Marc Williams and Kenny Diggs, the Eagles Nest Youth Association supports hundreds of kids and young adults in the greater Washington metropolitan area by providing over a dozen sponsored athletic and academic development programs…

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Single Moms Society (Washington, DC)

Single Moms Society. (Published Originally 08.28.15 on ARTISCEND.COM) Written By J. Randolph Society teaches us to judge people based on their standing rather than their story. Monique Beach (affectionately nicknamed Nikki by her close friends) had to defeat ideas she had about her own life to become a better parent and person. She started the organization–Single…

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The Ashlee Agency (Temple Hills, MD)

The Ashlee Agency (TAA) (Temple Hills, MD) (Published Originally 06.19.15 on ARTISCEND.COM) Written By J. Randolph Opening their doors in June 2013, The Ashlee Agency (TAA) is a consulting firm specializing in personalized business promotion. Unofficially, the organization started from one woman’s passion to assist. Founder of TAA-Ashlee Koonce says, “What motivates me is the…

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