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Crystal Wilkinson, Novelist

January 01, 2020

Crystal E. Wilkinson is an African-American feminist writer from Kentucky. 

Born: 1962 in Hamilton, OH Raised in Kentucky

EducationEastern Kentucky University


Water Street

Birds of Opulence

Blackberries, Blackberries

Angela Evans

December 25, 2017

Angela C. Evans is a native of Lexington and an attorney at McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC. Prior to her election in 2015, Councilmember Evans served as an Assistant Attorney General of Kentucky for six years, providing legal services to various state agencies. She also previously served as General Counsel to the Kentucky Secretary of State. Councilmember Evans began her legal career as a Public Defender in Lexington, Kentucky, representing indigent clients in misdemeanor and felony court. She also served on the Ethics Commission from 2002 to 2009 and served as Chairperson from 2007 to 2009.

Councilmember Evans has taken her civil service to the international community, participating in two Expert Meetings hosted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Austria. She has contributed to two UN handbooks focused on preventing recidivism and reintegrating offenders into society published in 2012 and regulating civilian private security services published in in 2014.

Councilmember Evans is received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work with honors, from Clark Atlanta. She is a proud graduate of the University of Tennessee, College of Law, where she received her Juris Doctorate in 2000 and was awarded the Dean’s Citation for exemplary service to the College of Law.

Councilmember Evans is an active member of the Lexington Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, serves as a Board member for the Central Kentucky Blood Center and is an advisor on the University of Kentucky’s College of Communication and Information National Advisory Board.

Frank X Walker

December 25, 2017

Frank X Walker (born June 11, 1961) is an African-American poet from Danville, Kentucky. Walker coined the word "Affrilachia", signifying the importance of the African-American presence in Appalachia: the "new word ... spoke to the union of Appalachian identity and the region's African-American culture and history".[1] As of 2013, he is the former Poet Laureate of Kentucky.

Patrick J Mitchell

December 25, 2017

Celebrating over 30 years in the business. Performing the last 20 years On and Off Broadway in New York City. He has had several lead roles ranging from Malcolm X in "The Meeting" to "Othello". He has worked with such established companies as Nicu Spoons Theater in "No Niggers, No Jews, No Dogs", New Perspective Theater in Anton Checov's "The Cherry Tree" and The famed Billie Holiday Theater in Jackie Alexander's "The Legend of Buster Neal" which was nominated for an Audelco Award for best Ensemble and performed main stage at The National Black Theater Festival. He has had several principal full feature film roles including Staples in Cubecity's "Dear J" and "Laser Us" (The Legend of Jimi Laser). As a stand up comedian he has worked with Sinbad and Jamie Foxx. Founding member of Message Theater (one of Lexington Kentucky's African American Theater companies) and an award winning photographer.

Soreyda Benedit Begley

December 25, 2017

Soreyda Benedit Begley is a fashion designer originally from Honduras, now based in Lexington, Kentucky. She is the co-founder of the Lexington Fashion Collaborative and serves on a number of boards for local and state organizations. Because of her experience working in sweatshops as a teenager in her native country, Soreyda is an advocate for fair trade, women’s rights and sustainable development. She is known for using unconventional recycled materials in her work, including paper, plastic bags and even tree bark. Soreyda has won many awards for her fashion design work and has been featured in national and international fashion and art publications, as well as in theater, film and gallery productions.

Soreyda designs and makes wardrove for stage performers, weddings, prom, pageant, Quinceañera and any special ocaccions. She is the Program Director for the Ingenia Club, an instructor at Images Modeling and Talent Agencyand the Les McCann School for the Arts in Lexington KY. 

Soreyda is currently working on developing a Lexington local clothing manufacturing project called LEXSEWS.

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