OUR MISSION

Brilliance in Black, LLC is an organization dedicated to supporting and highlighting the positive actions and gifts of those in the Black community. It is our objective to aid men, women, and youth of color in creating a progressive future for themselves. We are committed to reaching our goal through the implementation of organized programs that focus on creating opportunities, uplifting youth, and assisting families in need.

WHO ARE WE?

In the midst of the chaos, riots and protests, and pain, 6 Howard University alumnae of different backgrounds joined together to find the positive. In 2015, not long after the murder of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Freddie Gray was found dead at the hands of the Baltimore City Police Department. This only added to the stress resulting from ill-funded and poorly supported communities and civil unrest between the people and police department.  Feeling frustrated and getting no answers from those in authority, people took to the streets in protest.

Another city in flames, another city under duress! It seemed as if every day we were being informed of another black life being taken and justice not being served, leaving many feeling helpless and hopeless. Justifiably, what was happening became a common topic of conversation of the 6 Howard University Alumnae. They were constantly asking each other, “How can we help? What can we do?”

Out of despair came great ideas, the 6 women started brainstorming.  It was then that the organization, Brilliance in Black, was formed.

OUR CAUSE

The “I AM BLACK BRILLIANCE” mantra was created as representation of the excellence in our Black communities. Brilliance in Black has taken the responsibility to spread only the most positive news of Black people and culture. We are constantly being bombarded with stories of death, murder, and continuous negativity by the mainstream media. It is OUR duty to change the story.  Through social media and our website, it is our hope to continue to remind the world that there is more to black people than what is portrayed and to recreate the media’s picture.  It is our ultimate goal to uplift the black community through the spread of positivity and implementation of events and programs.

MEET THE FOUNDERS

Nicole Barnes

Chief Communications Officer

Nicole Barnes was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. She is a graduate of Howard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and minor in Speech Pathology.  Growing up, Nicole always loved passing the time curled up with a good book. Despite her enjoyment of reading and writing, she never considered it for a career path. After taking a poetry course at Howard University, Nicole realized that writing is where her heart lies and therefore the direction she needed to focus her career.


For now, her goal is to create numerous fiction novels and books of poetry. However, her dreams are constantly expanding. It is her dream that her writing inspires people to understand and believe that everyone is an author of their own lives, whether the ending is good or bad is always up to you.

"No story is worth telling without the twists and turns. Make them count instead.” 

― Charlotte Eriksson

Kiana Eboné

Chief Events Officer; Chief Brand Officer

Kiana Eboné is a graduate of Howard University from Baltimore, MD. She received a Bachelors of Fine Arts with a concentration in Theatre Arts-Dance. She has been dancing since before she can remember, but her professional training began with Stephanie Powell at Baltimore Dance Tech in 1999.

 

Over the years she has had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Kim Bears-Bailey, Ray Mercer, Hope Boykin, and countless others, as well as interning with Dallas Black Dance Theatre and Atlanta Dance Connection. It was in her sophomore year of college when she volunteered with Maya Angelou Public Schools' "The Maya Way" culminating arts program that she realized her passion for teaching.  

 

Deciding to combine her two passions, dance and teaching, she is now dedicated to teaching dance throughout Baltimore, currently working in Baltimore City Public Schools, multiple dance studios, founder of Kiana Ebone Dance, LLC.  It is her hope to continue to inspire the next generation to find and cultivate their artistic passions.

 

“as each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace”

   1 Peter 4:10

Morgan Johnson

Chief Research Officer

Morgan Johnson is a Los Angeles native currently living and working in Washington, DC. She is a graduate of Howard University with her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a minor in Spanish.  

 

Morgan's love of travel led her to take up photography in an effort to capture and share the beauty of the world in spite of its negative portrayal in the media. 

 

Her goal in life is to find the beauty of humanity, one community at a time. 

 

"What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce."

- K. Lagerfeld

Korynn Lassiter

Chief Program Officer

Korynn Lassiter is an Investigator for the Office of Law Guardian, in Newark, New Jersey. She received her BS in Psychology from Howard University in May of 2013.  

While attending Howard and working in the public school system as a substitute teacher, Korynn found her passion for helping inner city youth. She believes that all children should aspire to greatness regardless of a troublesome past. 

In her spare time, Korynn enjoys baking. What started off as a tasty stress relieving activity eventually grew into her own small pastry company, Kakes By Korynn.  

“Just like a parachute, a mind only works if it’s open.” - Unknown

Karima Simone

Chief Financial Officer ; Chief Creative Officer

Karima Simone Hobbs is the founder and designer of K. Simone Jewelry.  As someone who has always loved jewelry, Karima began designing her own in 2011.  After spending the summer making numerous pieces of jewelry for herself, she had a pretty extensive collection by the time she returned to Howard University’s School of Business.  With such great demand, she decided to turn her passion for jewelry into an avenue for earning extra income as she completed her studies.

 

Having obtained her B.B.A in Management, Karima used her knowledge and resources to create the business of her dreams!  Filled with creativity and fueled by passion, from these roots, K. Simone Jewelry blossomed.

 

She strives to remain innovative and inspired, and encourages others to do the same.

 

"Create the things you wish existed." - Unknown

Jessica Sneed

Chief Marketing Officer

Jessica Sneed is a Broadcast Traffic Liaison at Starcom USA in Chicago, Illinois. She received her B.B.A. from Howard University in August of 2013.

 

As a student at Howard University, Jessica served as a member of the American Marketing Association as well as a top sales rep for the campus radio station WHBC.

 

While attending Howard, Jessica interned at Monumental Sports and Entertainment in the community Relations department of the Washington Wizards and Mystics. Shortly after, Jessica began part time commitment with the Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals before relocating back to Chicago to continue her career in Media and Advertising at Starcom USA.

 

"Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew." - Cicely Tyson

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CONTACT US

 

P.O. Box 802

Randallstown, MD 21133

(410) 204-4838

brillianceinblack@gmail.com

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