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    Shantell Martin is Drawing on Everything

    Back and forth to the A line in Bed-Stuy, printed on my favorite magazine covers, and even on the radar of retail art departments – illustrator Shantell Martin and her trusted pen are making her mark on New York City and beyond. Martin’s signature style blends a playful, doodle-like simplicity with inspiration in text. The strong […]

  • Freelancer 101: The Art of Contracts

    Being free of commitment to a particular employer has so many great benefits, but being self-employed is less glamorous when you don’t have the right contracts to make sure that you and your business are protected. There’s an art to contracts. Once you do it right a few times, you’ll create a template for yourself, […]

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    LISTEN: Buggs Tha Rocka’s Scattered Thoughts of an American Poet

    We love getting new music in our inbox. Buggs Tha Rocka’s new tape “Scattered Thoughts of an American Poet” dropped earlier this week.  He’s shared the stage with Talib Kweli, Big Sean, and Young Jeezy to name a few. Those different styles of music are a testament to contrast of Buggs and the commercial rap the […]

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    ImaniSR’s Big Apple Debut “An Ode To Her”

    Words by Michael Tonge |   If you haven’t heard  about ImaniSR, I’m sure you will soon. The Washington D.C. native is grabbing the attention of the big apple, the borough of Brooklyn in particular has become acquainted with her work. Myself personally, I had the pleasure of experiencing Imani’s work while waiting for a frozen margarita […]

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    The Draper Effect: Connect Art to the Soul

    Words by Jasmine Henderson |   Combining creative flair with your entrepreneurial ability goes beyond setting up shop at a local farmer’s market, or putting your work on display at a gallery to make a sell. Sure, that’s nice but as you expand to maintain both your network and net worth, you’ll find that maneuvering […]



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- The CLP Team

shantell-martin-profile

Shantell Martin is Drawing on Everything

Back and forth to the A line in Bed-Stuy, printed on my favorite magazine covers, and even on the radar of retail art departments – illustrator Shantell Martin and her trusted pen are making her mark on New York City and beyond. Martin’s signature style blends a playful, doodle-like simplicity with inspiration in text. The strong […]

Press Play: “Martin Dream, Malcolm Vision” – A Visual by Eric Biddines

“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.” Southern Florida rapper Eric Biddines‘ soulful sound was introduced to us on Planet Coffeebean 2, where he compares his experience in the music industry to his interpretation of a slave plantation. We were happy […]

Freelancer 101: The Art of Contracts

Being free of commitment to a particular employer has so many great benefits, but being self-employed is less glamorous when you don’t have the right contracts to make sure that you and your business are protected. There’s an art to contracts. Once you do it right a few times, you’ll create a template for yourself, […]

Buggs Tha Rocka

LISTEN: Buggs Tha Rocka’s Scattered Thoughts of an American Poet

We love getting new music in our inbox. Buggs Tha Rocka’s new tape “Scattered Thoughts of an American Poet” dropped earlier this week.  He’s shared the stage with Talib Kweli, Big Sean, and Young Jeezy to name a few. Those different styles of music are a testament to contrast of Buggs and the commercial rap the […]