We’re so excited to talk to my dear friend, Ryann Holmes. Community activist, entrepreneur and culture curator. Ryann has worked and lived in Brooklyn since 2005, fighting for love, and the freedom of our people. By cultivating creative spaces and supporting the economic development of the community, Ryann continues to dream and to create pathways of creativity, expression, beloved community, and love as wealth. So, in 2009, Ryann founded the bklyn boihood collective. As of today the collective has grown to four core members, based in Detroit, Miami, and Brooklyn, over 50,000 online followers, 6 calendars, annual parties, monthly gatherings, and a published anthology called Outside the XY.
Ryann was voted one of Brooklyn Magazine’s top 100 cultural innovators. Ryann is also the co-founder of Lucid Haus, a music collective based in Brooklyn, featuring artists like Nappy Nina, Théo Mode, & Ria Boss. Ryann is also a music supervisor for “195 Lewis”, a boundary-breaking web series that explores the lives of queer women of color in Brooklyn, New York. Ryann has an MBA from Baruch College in Social Entrepreneurship.