Throughout February, we're spotlighting Black creators we admire and who inspire us through a weekly series of video interviews.

For the series' fourth and final interview, we speak with Ken Marcelle. Ken is a hair stylist, florist, curator, and the owner of Mat Blak, a salon and men's lifestyle brand based in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Ken ran a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised funds to secure a new location for Mat Blak.

For more videos, visit our site, where you can also find interviews with Black creators from The Creative Independent, as well as live Kickstarter projects by Black creators to pledge to and support.

Watch More Conversations

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The Brooklyn-based musician, multi-disciplinary artist, and former Kickstarter Creator in Residence discusses the power of independence.
Artist Steve Locke on Black Creativity, Art vs. Content, and His Auction Block Memorial Project
The globally renowned artist, educator, and Kickstarter creator discusses the power of art and how Black artists have always excelled at making their own way.
Spotlight on Black Creators: Filmmaker, Producer, and Comic Maker Amina Sutton
Beach Floaty Thingys director Amina Sutton talks about agency, being seen, and doing nothing as a form of self care.
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