[CHATWORTHY SPOTLIGHT] Meet the DMV’s Top 30 Under 30

2015

Last month the DMV Network announced its top 30 Under 30 of the DMV’s best and brightest professionals. If you’re a mover and shaker in the Washington DC metro area,  you’ve probably worked with, encountered or at least heard of a few of these phenomenal millennials. The list includes artists, musicians, media personalities, entrepreneurs and more. If you’re out of the loop, here’s your chance to get in the know. Check out the list of the top 30 under 30 below along with a few tidbits from them about being voted onto the list.


CW final1. CAMILLE WILLIAMS | PAINTER, MENTOR | MD | Instagram @THEREALCAMILLEW

“I am honored to be apart to the DMV Networks 2015 30 under 30 list with such talented people, from film makers to Makeup Artist to the biggest Bloggers in the DMV. I’m still in disbelief. Thank you again The DMV Network!”

MC FINAL2. MARJUAN CANADY | DIRECTOR, WRITER, IMAGE ACTIVIST | DC | Instagram @MARJUANCANADY | WWW.MARJUANCANADY.COM 

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3. NABEEH BILAL | VISUAL ARTIST, CREATIVE JUNKFOOD | DC | WWW.CREATIVEJUNKFOOD.COM 

“It’s awesome to be recognized among so many brilliant and talented people. From here on out, we must continue to evolve and push our respective envelopes.”

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4. DAVONNE DNEIL | SINGER, SONGWRITER, PERFORMER | MD | Instagram/Twitter @DAVONNEDNEIL

“I’m so grateful to be recognized as one of the DMV Network’s 30 Under 30 amongst so many awesome young people in the area. I just write these love songs to try to right the love wrongs and I’m glad people are listening.”

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5. KEYON HAMMOND | CHEF, MENTOR | MD |Instagram @GETPLATED/@CHEF_IKEY

“I feel blessed to be recognized as one of DMV’s top 30under30. GetPlated Catering has been working extremely hard since the beginning to build a distinguished reputation for food and service in the DMV and I believe that this achievement will help us do just that.”

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 6. LAUREN WILLIAMS (BOBBYPEN) | BLOGGER, PERSONALITY | DC | Instagram/Twitter @BOBBYPEN | WWW.THEBOBBYPEN.COM 

“I am humbled and honored to be nominated by my peers and supporters as one of the DMV’s top young professionals. It’s always a great feeling when your hard work is recognized and appreciated it. And I couldn’t be any more excited than to be among such a talented group of people. We’re all doers with a purpose and that’s pretty cool.”

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7. ASHLEY N. LEWIS | BLOGGER, PERSONALITY | DC | Instagram  @THEASHLEYLEWIS | WWW.ASHLEYNLEWIS.COM 

“Being selected to participate in the DMV Networks Top 30 under 30 is such an honor. It’s great to know that people recognize all the hard work that I have put into my career. Over the years I have realized that you may have plans for your own life, but ultimately Gods plan is the only one that matters. I’m grateful and blessed to be alive and everyday I strive to continue on Gods path for me!”

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8. OGHENERARO ABREYO (RARO LAE) | BLOGGER, PHILANTHROPIST | DC | Instagram @RAROLAE | WWW.RAROLAE.COM 

” In a city full of so many talented individuals, it is truly an honor not only to be nominated, but formerly recognized as one of the top 30 Under 30 in the DMV metropolitan area. The DMV Network 30 Under 30 recognition motivates me to continue in my journey to success, and reminds me that even when I have my doubts, someone else believes in me, and that in itself, makes it completely worth it.”

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 9. REESA RENEE | SINGER, PERFORMER | DC | Instagram/Twitter @REESARENEE | WWW.REESARENEE.COM 

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10. SKYE CHARLIE | FASHION SHOW PRODUCER | WWW.SKYECHARLIE.COM 

“I was honored to receive the DMV 30 Under 30 Awards because my goal for the community is to bridge emerging designers/boutique owners with opportunities to successfully grow their business in the district.  As of now I’m currently working on publishing my second book and preparing for Fest Africa, one of the biggest African festivals in the state of Maryland. In addition, continuing to be a source of inspiration for African/African-American youth in the community who inspire to be leaders and innovators for the next generation.”

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11. MONISHA STANSBURY |BLOGGER, PHILANTHROPIST | MD | Instagram/Twitter @IIAMMONISHA | WWW.IAMMONISHA.COM 

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12. SHANICE DRAKEFORD | BUSINESS OWNER | MD | Instagram @THESERENITYCOLLECTION

“I am completely honored to be named one of DMV top 30under30. I was so shocked when I found out that I was nominated for my entrepreneurism considering all the other great people that was nominated! I just want to thank everyone that took the time to nominate for me and I can’t wait to work with the rest of The DMV Top 30under30!”

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13. LINDSAY “QUEENLIN” HOWARD | DANCER, CHEROGRAPHER | MD | Instagram @QUEENLIN_MOVES

 “I am honored and humbled to be nominated amongst such a strong and dynamic group of amazing people of my peers. Hats off to DMVs 30under30! Let’s continue to spread love, share light and inspire others.” 

14. TAI HALL | MASSAGE THERAPIST, GRAD STUDENT, MOTHER | MD | Instagram @TAIMEOUTMASSAGE/@TAIMEANDAHALF

15. TINITRA TORIAN | MENTOR, BUSINESS OWNER | Instagram @IAMQUEENLLC | WWW.IAMQUEEN.MYSUPADUPA.COM 

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16. LATAVIA LEWIS | M.U.A, HAIRSTYLIST, MOROCCAN OIL REP | MD | Instagram @ELLEALISEARTISTRY | WWW.ELLEALISEARTISTRY.COM 

“I feel overly blessed to be named among all of these inspiring young people as the DMV’s top 30 under 30. As a hair stylist and makeup artist, I’ve just started to realize how much of an impact I can have on someone’s life with things that we take advantage of everyday. Your self-image is a reflection of your inner view of yourself. Being acknowledged for helping people see the beauty in themselves and further aiding other stylists in the success of their careers is such a great honor for me.  I appreciate the DMV Network for showing me that my role as a beauty professional is valued by the community.”

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17. BRIA EVANS | TRAINER | MD | Instagram @SOBOSSYFITNESS

“To be named among the Top 30 here in the DMV is an honor. To be recognized among these young leaders is a humbling experience. There’s so much more to accomplish here in our communities, having 29 x 2 more hands can make a huge dent.”

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18. ADDING INFLUENCE | PROMOTER, PHILANTHROPIST | Instagram @ADDING_INFLUENCE

19. CHRISTEN WHITAKER | DIGITAL RENAISSANCE CREATER | Twitter HOLONTRAP

20. DJ BEAUTY & THE BEAST | DJ | MD | Instagram/Twitter @THEFLYESTLILDJ | WWW.DJBEAUTYANDTHEBEATZ.COM 

21.  CANE | RAPPER | MD | Instagram @CANEISTHENAME | WWW.CANISTHENAME.COM

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22. TREVOR ROME MCKIE | HR SPECIALIST, MENTOR, PRESIDENT OF M.S.U G.S.O | MD | EMAIL: MCKIETREVOR@GMAIL.COM

“I was shocked and honored that someone thought to  nominate me for the DMV 30 under 30. Thank you so much for all your help and I look forward to hearing from you.”

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23. MISSTER RAY | WE TV CORRESPONDENT, YOUTUBE PERSONALITY | DC | Instagram @OFFICIALMISSTERRAY | WWW.KNOWNASMISSTERAY.COM

“Thankful to be acknowledged by my peers as one of the DMV’s Top 30 Under 30 because fame is man-given but talent is God-given.” 

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24.  JAMARL D. CLARK | FOUNDER OF WE INSPIRE MOVEMENT | MD | Instagram @WEINSPIREMOVEMENT #INSPIREMOVEMENT

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25.  ASHLEIGH DEMI | MEDIA GURU | DC | Instagram @IAMASHLEIGHDEMI

“When I heard the news, I felt honored to be recognized by such a huge brand.”  #Grateful 
Motivational Quote: “Ten doors will close, Ten people will tell you, “No”, but when that One door open, strut through with humility. “

unnamed26. SHAUN VERDUN | ENTERTAINMENT EXECUTIVE, PROMOTER | DC | Instagram/Twitter @BRYDGEVERDUN

“I think the 30 under 30 honor and acknowledgment is wonderful and exciting. It’s really nice to see your peers locally acknowledge one for their hard work and contributions to the community and to their craft & career of choice. This is a great honor and I thank you for it. Congrats to all the other fabulous winners as well.”

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27. TIMEA GAINES | PR, BRAND MANAGEMENT | DC | Instagram @SUNNYSIDEMONROE | WWW.LOVELIFEMEDIA.COM

“It feels so great to know that your peers believe in the work that you do. I am truly honored to be granted this recognition but I am even more honored to be counted amongst so many other amazing entrepreneurs in my region. My goal is to continue to strive for excellence so that I can help others achieve their dreams.”

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28. ASHA SANTEE | SINGER, DESIGNER, PAINTER | Instagram @NOTE2SELFINC

“I am extremely honored that someone saw a value in my gifts and services. It’s really empowering. Much Love to my folks!”

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29. CHIKO ABENGOWE | CEO OF STAFFING COMPANY & OFFICE SPACE | Instagram @CHIKOTHEDREAMCHASER | WWW.PERFECTSTAFFINGLLC.COM

30. AARON HANDY | PRESIDENT OF MODELS INC, WORKSHOP LEADER | Instagram @AARONHANDY | Twitter @MODELSINC