BLOOMINGTON/NORMAL, ILLINOIS


Photography by Aaron Banks

I shoot because photography is my artistic outlet of choice. It’s a wonderful way to connect with people and places.

I am generally for-hire and able to shoot events, head shots, photojournalism, and portrait work for individuals and organizations.

Open to discounting or donating my work in exchange for a unique opportunity to shoot interesting places, people, and things. (TFP) Got an idea? TRY ME.

Dr. A.D Carson


A.D. Carson is a performance artist and educator from Decatur, Illinois. He received a Ph.D. in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design at Clemson University doing work that focuses on race, literature, history, and rhetorical performances. A 2016 recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Excellence in Service at Clemson, Carson worked with students, staff, faculty, and community members to raise awareness of historic, entrenched racism at the university through his See the Stripes campaign, which takes its name from his 2014 poem. His dissertation, “Owning My Masters: The Rhetorics of Rhymes & Revolutions,” is a digital archive that features a 34 track rap album and was recognized by the Graduate Student Government as the 2017 Outstanding Dissertation.

Dr. Mark Walcott

Dr. Walcott is a community partner committed to finding ways to positively influence individuals and communities towards social, economic, and scholastic achievement.Always seeking ways to utilize technology as a catalyst for change. He has volunteered in a multitude of leadership and volunteer roles that have predominately found ways to leverage his technical expertise towards a social change. Having served as a regular speaker and instructor for Delta Academy/GEMS he found ways to introduce STEM concepts/careers/and challenges to young girls between the ages of 11-18. In addition to guiding young men towards adulthood as the coordinator for the “Passport to Manhood” Program and the IT Mentorship program at Illinois State University, both programs focusing on helping students recognize their strengths and build a deeper understanding of how personal, STEM familiarity, and professional development can yield incalculable benefits in their lives.

DJ Rated AG


Rated AG has been providing quality service since 2003 under the company name “Rated AG Entertainment,” which was founded in Rockford, IL and has expanded throughout the state of Illinois and parts of down South. Rated AG is an entertainer extraordinaire being a Disc Jockey, Music Producer & Director, Writer, Radio Personality and Graphic Design Artist.


As a Radio Personality, Rated AG began working at Power 92.3 in Normal, IL as a mixshow DJ and personality in 2007. One year later, Rated AG became an on-air personality at WXRJ 94.9FM (wxrj.org) where he currently hosts the “Midnite Jumpoff” every Friday, Saturday & Sunday morning from 12AM to 5AM! He also writes and records voice overs for radio commercials/advertisements to be broadcast on-air and on social networking sites.

Cedric Duckett / Dyryl Burnett

Our mission is to awaken the soul and spirit of any person looking to propel their lives towards greater meaning and purpose. Though our organization is in the grassroots stage, we are eager to grow and provide the Village with events, media, articles, podcasts, conferences, and motivational products via our social media presence. We desire to build curricula for adults and teens to create scholarship funds, host college tours, and provide fundamental life skills to those who have endured dysfunction in their upbringing.The term “bedope.” is a mantra that speaks to how we believe life should be experienced.

Bryant Smith


Bryant K. Smith, “The Human Potential Specialist”, is a nationally acclaimed and award winning educator, author, speaker, trainer and workshop facilitator. He is President and CEO of Smith Consulting And Networking, a comprehensive consulting and training firm that uses lectures, workshops, and personal coaching to examine , interpret and improve people, their environments and the relationships between cultures and communities.


Author of nine published books, including his newest commentary on race relations in the USA #BLACKNOTBLIND. Bryant is highly sought after for his work in multicultural affairs, diversity and inclusion, leadership enhancement and his male development seminars which have helped more than 5,000 males transition into their manhood. He is the creator of the award winning diversity experiential learning experience, “The Box”, and “Life Station” personal development seminars which have helped both young men and women tap into their unlimited potential. Nicknamed, “The Human Potential Specialist”, Bryant K. Smith works firmly in his purpose to “help good people to become great, and great people to become memorable”.

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