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Artist Spotlight: Dwayne Levi

 

Dwayne Levi is an artist from Louisville, Kentucky who is taking the Kentucky by storm. This man is beyond talented. From music to acting to academics, Dwayne has the mindset of being the best he can absolutely be. He’s making a lot of noise in Kentucky with his latest tape The Levi Effect and soon he’s going to be worldwide!

I know this man personally and his work ethic is next level. We both attended University of Kentucky around the same time and had a few classes together. In our classes together, you would have thought we were at war with each other. Dwayne and I would compete on every homework assignment, quiz, test, paper, and anything else under the sun of who would get the best grade. The competition was all love and we used to bet push ups or food. In a way, it was our way of holding each other accountable to be at the top of the class because we were usually the only black students in the class.

Besides academically, Dwayne is full of charisma, personality, and a man of God. The only thing that can stop him from achieving his dreams is himself and I know for a fact that won’t even stop him. We are still competing to see who is going to be living their dreams first but y’all really need to check out his body of work! He’s one hell of an inspiration and is destined for greatness!

If you’re reading this Dwayne, keep shining bro! We’re going to breakthrough soon!

Blackness.

I am a black man.

I love my blackness.

I am unapologetically black. 

I radiate black boy joy at all times. 

I would not change being black for anything in the world.

I still have room for improvement. I used to have identity issues when I was younger. I was scared I would not be accepted with my community. I was always too white for the black kids and too black for the white kids. I learned to appreciate everything about my skin, my culture, and being black. As a black man, I am doing my culture, ancestors, and myself a disservice for not knowing my history. There is so much I do not know about my ancestors who paved the way for me to have the opportunities I have today. There is so many stories, writings, and books on black history and my goal is to further diversify myself in it. I want to be able to know exactly how we got to where we’re at today. From understanding where we have come from, I’ll have a better understanding of how strong I am. I promise to take the time to learn more and encourage my black millennial brothers and sisters to do the same!