Indianapolis Black culture scene is thriving, and not just in our food, festivals, or history. The real measure of Black culture in Indy is the people who are out in the community, making things happen. Hear from these Indy locals why they are proud to call the Circle City home. 

BLACK CULTURE IN THE COMMUNITY

Justin Keys

Justin Keys

Illustrator & Digital Artist

Keisha Gray

Keisha Gray

Executive Director of Indianapolis City Market

Kelli Jones

Kelli Jones

Co-Founder of Be Nimble Foundation

Aissatou Balde

Aissatou Balde

Blogger, Tales & Turbans

Ashley Ford

Ashley C. Ford

Writer and Journalist

Ira Mallory

Ira Mallory

Local Filmmaker

Mike Gillis

Mike Gillis

Influencer and Entrepreneur

Judy Thomas

Judy Thomas

Deputy Mayor, City of Indianapolis

Chef Oya Woodruff

Chef Oya Woodruff

Owner of THE TRAP

Ben Diallo

Ben Diallo

J.Benzal Menswear

Lesley Gordon

Lesley Gordon

IndyGo

Shaunt'e Lewis

Shaunt'e Lewis

Artist and Designer

Darryl Lockett

Darryl Lockett

Kennedy King Memorial Initiative

Tevin Studdard

Tevin Studdard

Recording Artist

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Andrea Hunley

Public School Principal

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Ben "Action" Jackson

DJ and Founder, Rad Summer

Steven Russell

Steven Russell

Lari Pati

Victoria Beaty

Victoria Beaty

Growing Places Indy

Justin Sears-Watson

Justin Sears-Watson

Phoenix Theatre Dance Company

Jared Thompson

Jared Thompson 

Saxophonist and Restaurant Manager

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Mali Jeffers

Director of Marketing and Community Initiatives, Ambrose Property Group

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Marisol Gouveia

Zoo Membership Director

Oreo Jones

Oreo Jones

Hip-Hop Artist

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Tamika Catchings

Former WNBA Star, Indiana Fever

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Januarie York

Spoken-Word Artist

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Walter Lobyn Hamilton

Vinyl Record Collage Artist