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Meet Elixir Hipster of The RIOT

Today we’d like to introduce you to Elixir Hipster.

Elixir, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started my creative career unbeknownst at this venue spot that used to be called “the bottega” in Downtown Detroit. I performed at this event held by a good friend DJ Stacye, a poem and that really kicked off everything for me. I helped my friends at the time throw music showcases, open mics, and backyard events. We didn’t charge much to get in, nobody paid to perform, you just had to be talented as fuck. A lot of these instances of just being around a lot of creative people put me in rooms and spaces where I was USUALLY represented, but I found in most of those spaces where I felt “acknowledged” as a creative, I didn’t feel represented as a woman, also a BLACK woman. So I found myself in a situations where I would always have to speak up for myself, so this forced me to always rebrand, redirect my creative freedom, and protect my intellectual property. Right now, I’m finally in a place where I feel the most creative, the most free to express myself as a woman, in whatever form, but I still have a monkey on my back that causes me to always hit a wall, and that is racism.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
My “journey” has never been easy. Shit, it’s still not now. I deal with the same anxieties and depressive moments like everybody else. Being the only child growing up, the only way I’ve ever known how to process my emotions was analytically. I’ve always taken introspective time to recharge, feel everything, and just keep going. Its always been a difficult time growing up in Detroit, seeing so much chaos everyday that you eventually become desensitized to. I don’t think that people understand thats not just a male gender-based experience, we all go through the trauma of seeing a homie die or losing a family member that was closer to your heart that actual love. Grief, misrepresentation, gentrification, all of these things is a reoccurring trauma I experience, but I use that as constant motivation to keep going. I have shit to do.

Please tell us about The RIOT LLC.
The RIOT LLC. is a creative agency/community organization where we specialize in social entrepreneurship and artistic consulting. I’m most proud of my constant dedication to creative freedom without the unnecessary feeling of cost or intellectual disadvantages.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My family deserves everything. Through the good and the bad, they’ve always been there. Through the many mistakes. Lessons, and times where they just had to let me see life for what it is, they never turned or shunned away, not for too long. Second, praise goes to my friends, every last person thats made sure I kept going, man ….those are my heroes. Friends and Family.

Contact Info:

  • Phone: 3139896124
  • Email: btaliafero@yahoo.com
  • Instagram: elixirhipster
  • Facebook: Brandy Taliafero

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