MADE Magazine Issue 8 - Page 2

MADE XXXX PUBLISHER’S LETTER F rom time to time when “greats” like Prince and Muhammad Ali pass on, I reflect on our generation’s leadership in the creative industries (film, art, design, music and media) and wonder if there are enough dynamic leaders left. There used to be a time where there were a handful of influential people in our communities with massive supporters. + As each icon passes, I tend to ask myself, “Where is the next Martin Luther King Jr., Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Nina Simone, Prince, etc.?” The answer to this question is simple yet obvious: they’re all around us. We live in an era where we are empowered with social media platforms and influenced by TV streaming services. Today, it seems there are thousands of public speakers, politicians, entertainers, activists and the like being heard and seen across social media and the internet. Everyone is an influencer. Because of the ability to quickly share our voices, opinions and talents with the world, I’d like to think that it’s what we do with our :15, :30 or :60 seconds that count. Although in this issue, we’ve featured 25 Creative Entrepreneurs who’ve maximized their creativity and the platforms to share it, the reality is that we all are strong forces of energy with abilities unimaginable. We all have a voice and we all have an obligation to use it... properly. Meturio expere volorpos ipsaectiatet quaspid emporem porumquo. Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the single candle will not be shortened. Buddha I’m excited about our Men’s Issue because it features someone who’s maximized his voice on and off screen: DeVon Franklin. It hasn’t been an overnight success though. The patience that he has practiced to prepare for his platform is why he has unequivocally captured the attention of millions from his new book, The Wait written with his lovely wife, Meagan Good. It takes a leader to intentionally choose the road less traveled. He has applied this principle of patience to his romantic and professional relationships and we are seeing the rewards of what he’s sown. Read his story, you’d love it. The understanding of new leadership must be presented in order to adjust to today’s landscape. As the Olympics approach in Rio, I’m reminded of the Olympic flame and the passing of the torches. Where I used to think older generations should pass the baton or light our torch to pass on leadership, I now believe that we should have the confidence to carry our own torches and the responsibility to light someone else’s if theirs is dim along the way. On our individual creative journeys, let’s lead by carrying our torches and sharing the light so all of our torches grow brighter. Kris D. Williams PUBLISHER 2