With the Grand Opening of the Virtual Black History Museum coming fast, we want to take a moment to highlight the wonderful talent that will be showcasing their sounds and work for the event. The Grand Opening kicks off at 4pm SLT (PT) on Sunday December 10th!
TJ Oanomochi, a.k.a. Toni Scruggs, is a world renowned and accomplished vocal musician, whose professional experience includes ensemble (background, choir) singer, solo artist, conductor, director and educator.
As an ensemble and background session singer in Los Angeles, TJ has been featured in many live and recorded performances, as well as television shows and movies. As a live background vocalist, she has sung from Soprano to Tenor for Terrell Carter, Rahsaan Patterson, Lalah Hathaway, Chaka Khan, Christina Aguilera, Iggy Azalea and Mary J. Blige, to name a few. She can currently be seen touring with Ray Charles protoge Ellis Hall, Chaka Khan and Meaghan Trainor (Ellen April 7th, 2017)
As a studio/session singer, she has sung for Kelley Price, Will.I.am, Ron Isley, Patti Labelle, Chaka Khan, Christina Aguilera and Michael Buble, 2015 The Voice winner Jordan Smith, and she was recently featured on Ziggy Marley’s Grammy Award winning album among a HOST of others.
As a television background singer, she’s sung for NBC’s “The Voice” and “The Singing Bee”; BET’s “The BET Awards”, “The Celebration of Gospel” and “The BET Honors”; FOX’s “American Idol”; and ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars.” She’s currently singing for Disney Junior’s Lion King Reboot “the Lion Guard” and has been featured on FOX’s “New Girl” as a singing cop.
She has even lent her talents and skills to the big screen in movies like “Black Dynamite” (performer, arranger and composer), “The Bratz”, “Burlesque” and most recently” Gnomeo and Juliette 2: Sherlock Gnomes” and “Boss Baby”.
TJ has been sharing her gift with Second Life for 9 years now and won’t be stopping anytime soon! Please be sure to join her group *TJ Hooked* to get information on performances and appearances.
DJ Q grew up in New York City surrounded by all genres of music. Soulful music is deep rooted in her heart. You will get to enjoy her spinning some great classics live with us!
“People tend to give themselves labels. They make it known to others that ‘this is what I am and what you can expect from me’, and in doing so they set their own limitations. I’m not a photographer. I’m not an artist. I am a storyteller – an image maker – and I use photography as one of my ways to tell stories.
When I started doing photography I said to myself, ‘What do I want people to see?” Two people rarely get the same thing out of an image, and that’s okay. As a storyteller my goal is to not only tell you my story but for you to see the possibilities of your own be it happy, sad, mysterious, or a gambit of things.
In owning ’ImageMaker Photography’ I encourage individuals to share with me their ideas and imaginings. Sometimes they are unsure of how to express their ideas however, together, we find a way to bring what they want to life.
Being included in the first exhibit and grand opening of the Virtual Black History Museum gives me the opportunity to share my story with others that I may not have otherwise had a chance to meet. I feel honored to have received an invitation and hope to be able to draw others to the museum.
In the end it’s all about creating something that will be remembered.”
“I am Genesis Moralez-Renee, wife, mother, daughter and entrepreneur who loves art and fashion. Even though my businesses are in the area of fashion, my first love is photography. I fell in love with photography about two years ago and I grow more in love every time I create something new. I try to capture a story whether it’s landscaping, portrait, RP, sensual erotic etc. I often get lost in my own little bubble with what I create.
This nomination is unexpected and truly a honor. I accepted the nomination because it’s an opportunity to not only represent my work but also to represent other black artists on the grid. This is a proud moment for me but I share this with my family and friends that ALWAYS believed in me.”
“There are many things in this world that bring me an incredible amount of joy, and photography has always been in the mix. I love being able to take a concept and be able to craft it in a way that I’m able to tell a story without saying a word.
While this unique visual medium is very much a big part of my Second Life, the Virtual Black History Museum has been my ultimate passion project. It’s very exciting that the two will be merging for this occasion and that I can share both with such supportive people.
I am humbled to be able to be alongside such talent for such a momentous day; it’s wonderful to be able to showcase a tiny bit of the incredible pool of talent this world has to offer.I am grateful for the people that make this place fantastic and always add to the thousands of ways that I find inspiration every day.”