Aaron RandleAaron Randle is a Kansas City born, Howard University bred award winning journalist for The Kansas City Star where he works as an enterprise and entertainment reporter. Before joining The Star, Aaron worked as a social media strategist, culture critic and sports, music and pop culture writer for Complex Magazine, MTV.com, Ebony Magazine, Gawker Media, The Root, AllHipHop.com and more. His next chapter begins in June, when he will begin work as a reporter for The New York Times.
Aaron RhodesAaron Rhodes is a Kansas City based music journalist and the owner/editor-in-chief of Shuttlecock Music Magazine. Since its launch in 2015, Shuttlecock has featured coverage from hundreds of concerts and interviews with dozens of artists across several genres. In addition to highlighting local talent, Shuttlecock has hosted shows from touring hip-hop and punk acts and released three issues of its yearly photo zine. Rhodes is also a frequent contributor to The Pitch -- Kansas City's alternative m
Adrienne HaynesAdrienne B. Haynes is an attorney and business woman who specializes in helping entrepreneurs develop sustainable infrastructure and business practices. She is the managing partner of SEED Law, a boutique business law firm, and owner of SEED Collective, a consultancy. Adrienne uses over ten years of business and leadership experience to create legal and strategic planning solutions for her clients and to speak and write on topics relating to law and economic development.
Andrew HarleyAndrew Harley is the Midwest Regional Promotions Director for Roc Nation. He’s currently promoting the campaigns for artists on his label including Nicole Bus, Casanova, and Vic Mensa. Andrew works under urban promotions legends, Benny Pough and Azim Rashid.
Antonio TubbsAntonio Stubbs is the owner of 715 Management, a full-service artist management and radio marketing company based out of Atlanta, GA. His entertainment marketing firm takes artist from the background to the forefront. Stubbs early projects included Chance The Rapper, Drake, Made in TYO, YFN Lucci and Yo Gotti.
Currently, 715 Management directs radio marketing campaigns for Lightskin Keisha, Jacquees, Lil Dickey, Q Moneyyy, Lil Dicky, Yella Beezy and Young Dolph.
April DionApril Dion is the owner of April Communicates. She helps clients with branding and strategic marketing, as well as the implementation of communications strategies in order to connect with consumers. Her area of specialty relates to the development of media content in order to increase visibility. April has acquired experience working for NBC Universal, Viacom, and Warner Bros.
Brian B. Shynin'Brian B. Shynin’ is one of the personalities featured on Kansas City’s #1 rated show, The Night Jam, on Hot 103 Jamz. He works various weekend time slots, produces mixes for the Friday Night Mixtape, produces the Underground Heat and is one of the hottest club DJ’s in Kansas City. He is a member of the Core DJ’s.
Cheryl WinstonCheryl Winston is the Owner and CEO of the promotional and marketing company, “Reach To Teach Entertainment”. Formerly of Capitol Records’, Cheryl held the Senior National Director position overseeing the Southwest Regional Promotions & Marketing activities for that company, and representing some of the biggest names in music. A thirty-plus years career in the music industry has earned Winston the respect of artists and their management, radio programmers and colleagues in the entertainment indu
Darrell McKinneyBest known by his stage name, "DjMacc", is one of the most dynamic djs in the Midwest Region. The Kansas City Native has held various residencies at several different clubs within the Kansas City area, and is known for pushing the envelope, along with striving to be different. Not limiting himself to one genre of music, he can be found mixing everything from the latest chart topping hip-hop, old school classics, top 40 dance, to the latest Edm remixes.
David JordonDavid Jordon is the publisher of the Dispatch Post USA, Newspaper.
His goal for the publication is to uplift and shape his readership a positive voice about the urban core by covering local and national topics concerning education, entertainment and politics
DJ Street KingDJ Street King has been spinning for over a decade and is an official member of the Core & Cool Running DJ’s. Street King an up and coming executive producer gaining momentum with the project, “Cash Talk” by DJ Street King featuring G Money Da Boss, Louie D & Hood Nozzle. He is the A&R Director of Loyalty Entertainment.
Dominque SandersDominique Sanders is a bass player and producer who resides in Kansas City, MO. He is one of the most versatile musicians in the metro area. He has shared the stage and produced records with some of the biggest artists in various genres of music including legends, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Jidenna, Neal Young, Tech N9ne, Clark Terry, Bobby Watson, Talib Kweli, Charlie Pride, Roy Hargrove and many more.
Donald SimonDonald R. Simon is president of Simon Business Consulting, Inc., a firm concentrating in media- and arts-based entrepreneurship. Don also teaches law, business, and communications courses at several area colleges and universities. He lectures and writes extensively on legal and business matters and has appeared in KC Business Magazine, Billboard, and Screen.
Don JuanDon Juan is CEO of Mizery Entertainment. Don Juan has Produced for Tech N9ne, Mac Dre, E 40 and other major artists. Don Juan and his company has partnered with several companies to create more opportunity for upcoming artist to have success within the music business.
Jaz BrewerJaz Brewer is the owner of 64111 Recording Studios located in Kansas City, MO.
He is the lead recording engineer and has worked with a majority of independent artists in Kansas City. Brewer produces the KC Cypher Series, videos showcasing local hip hop artists.
Joseph JohnsonJoseph Johnson is an Associate Attorney at SEED Law, specializing in Intellectual Property law as well as Business and Entrepreneurial law.
As an Associate Attorney, Joseph is responsible for providing a wide range of legal services to small businesses and entrepreneurs, including intellectual property protection, contract drafting, interpretation, and negotiation on a wide range of topics, and business formation and documentation.
His desire is to assist artists, musicians, and other entreprene
Jo BlaqGrammy nominated producer, songwriter, vocal producer and artist from Kansas City, Kansas, and regarded as one of the music industry’s most innovative music producers. The highlight of his music career was in 2015, when he was nominated for a “Best Pop Vocal” Grammy for his vocal production work on
Ariana Grande’s second album. Jo was the Vocal Producer for the majority of Ariana Grande’s albums, and also produced Justin Bieber's "Change Me" and Jill Scott's "Fools Gold."