Jennifer N. Shannon (@writerjns) is a writer + artist + curator. She has written and published three books and has had her poetry and short stories published in literary magazines. Her photography collage was featured in the 2021 Maryland State Arts Council virtual exhibit titled "Identity," an essay was published in North Dakota Quarterly and Jennifer was selected to attend the 2021 Hurston/Wright Foundation Writers Weekend for Fiction.


Jennifer curated the virtual exhibit, REVOLT: Black Joy Still Exist, It Always Will and was a panelist on the Maryland State Arts Council 2021 Heritage Awards.  She recently completed writing her second novel and is enjoying all that comes with living and loving without limits. Visit for more.


Tyrone N. Manning (@beachboyfresh) is a marketer + event producer + DJ. He is a Jersey City native and music is his coffee! In his role at the NJ Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), he co-produced the Sonic Superstars DJ series which featured D-Nice, Pete Rock, Prince Paul and others. Ty is a former member of the Arsht Center’s marketing team (2013-18), and during his time in Miami, he hosted and produced The BeachBoyFresh Radio Show on Jolt Radio. 

Ty recently moderated the thought provoking panel discussion from the Arsht Center's Heritage Project Salon titled Songs of Freedom THE REMIX. Click here to listen to the recording.