Youth Activist Sarah Adams Is Hope for The Future

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Youth Activist Sarah Adams Is Hope for The Future I have faith in the future because of students like Sarah Adams. At just 14-years-old, Sarah has made strides in Rochester with the school district and social justice.  She was marching this past Summer for Daniel Prude. She has protested teacher cuts for the Rochester City […]

Black Womxn Are More Than Their Strength

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Black Womxn Are More Than Their Strength Calling a Black womxn strong is not a compliment. That might sound strange because ‘strong’ is such a positive adjective. Most would be grateful to hear others use that term to describe them. But for Black Womxn the term makes us feel exhausted. It’s a term that is […]

Black Women Roc 2020! Spotlight #1: Dr. Celia McIntosh

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We are pleased to spotlight Dr. Celia McIntosh for our Black Women Roc! 2020 campaign About Dr. Celia McIntosh  Dr. Celia McIntosh DNP, RN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, SCRN, CEN, CCRN, CNRN, is the President of the Rochester Regional Coalition Against Human Trafficking (RRCAHT). She joined RRCAHT in 2014 after learning about the horrific crime of human […]

How One Musician is Helping People Across the Community

A 540Monthly Membership ensures that 540WMain is able to create and curate low cost/high impact educational content and programming rooted in antiracism, arts/culture & humanities, and wellness.  If you love 540WMain consider becoming a 540Monthly Member today. Help 540WMain reach its goal of 100 monthly members. Click here How One Musician is Helping People Across […]

The Joy & Beauty of Black Women

A 540Monthly Membership ensures that we are able to create and curate low cost/high impact educational content and programming rooted in antiracism, arts/culture & humanities, and wellness.  If you love 540WMain consider becoming a 540Monthly Member today. Today through December 31, 2019 help us reach our goal of 100 monthly members. Click here to become […]

November Featured Artist Spotlight + Interview | Shakiyla

We are pleased to spotlight Shakiyla our November Featured Artist The Gallery at 540WMain  will showcase Shakiyla’s art at an Opening Reception  Saturday November 23rd | 11-2 PM   This exhibit will be on display November 23-December 8, 2020 When did you begin your career as an artist?  Shy J: I’ve always been an Artist […]

Black Women Roc Spotlight + Interview | Davanique Collier

We are pleased to spotlight Davanique Collier for 2019’s Black Women Roc! campaign About Davanique  Davanique is extremely passionate about lifting up young people and being a positive role model in our community. Her work developing the Walk the Wave teen fashion show which focuses on building self-esteem in youth participants has been a significant success. […]

Special Announcement | Black Women Roc! Finalists 2019

We are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2019 Black Women Roc! Campaign All month long 540WMain has featured classes and workshops taught by black women (and men) that are rooted in subjects that are important to black women and members of the black community. We are so grateful for all of our educators […]

First Friday Artist Spotlight + Interview | Lavonne Barfield

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“We are pleased to spotlight Lavonne Barfield our First Friday Featured Artist for June 2019” Attend Lavonne’s Art Opening at Douglass Auditorium at 36 King Street  Friday June 7th | 6pm-10pm About Lavonne LaVonne D. Barfield is a native to Rochester, NY and has been involved in the creative arts her whole life. She is a […]

Black Women Roc! Month Spotlight | Prudence Anderson-Leusch

  We are pleased to highlight Prudence Anderson Leusch as our third Black Women Roc! feature for the Month of June About Prudence Anderson-Leusch   How does it feel to be nominated for the 2018 Black Women Roc! Campaign PA: It feels great! Frankly, I was surprised at this nomination. When did you begin the […]

Black Women Roc! Month Spotlight | Phyllis Jackson

  We are pleased to highlight Phyllis Jackson as our second Black Women Roc! feature for the Month of June About Phyllis Jackson Phyllis Jackson is the Founder of IHMC (Interdenominational Health Ministry Coalition). A website based on the concept of “Health is a Spiritual Matter,”  IHMC’s goal is to provide community residents with information, […]

Black Women Roc! Month Spotlight | Tianna Manon

  We are pleased to highlight Tianna Manon as our first Black Women Roc! feature for the Month of June About Tianna Tianna Manon is a freelance journalist, writer, and community activist in the Rochester, NY community. She serves as the Editor-in-Chief  for Open Mic Rochester; a Rochester, NY-based online black publication that provides a  […]

June Featured Artist Spotlight | Brianna Correa

We are pleased to spotlight Brianna Correa our June Featured Artist About Brianna Brianna was born and raised in Rochester NY. She graduated from Vanguard Collegiate High School with a Advanced Regents Diploma in 2015 and is a graduate of Monroe Community College with an Associates in Fine Arts. Her goal as an artist is […]

Performing Artist Spotlight | Ariana Highsmith

We are pleased to spotlight Ariana Highsmith our March Featured Performing Artist About Ariana Ariana has been surrounded by music her entire life and is a professional musician. When did you begin your career as an artist? AH: I’ve been surrounded by music my entire life. I’ve been playing music for over a decade. I […]

Performing Artist Spotlight | The Rebel Flower Bomb

We are pleased to spotlight The Rebel Flower Bomb our March Featured Performing Artist About The Rebel Flower Bomb The Rebel Flower Bomb is an unparalleled poetic force. She hails from Rochester, NY. Her words combine metaphoric magic with bold imagery. Her poems represent the collision of pain and beauty that she has courageously bled […]

Community Educator Spotlight | Carly Wise-Levick

  We are pleased to feature Carly Wise-Levick in our latest Community Educator Spotlight About Carly Carly Wise-Levick is a money saving guru, blogger, & entrepreneur, who has almost two decades of experience saving money.  She has taught classes for colleges, nonprofits and community groups, teaching people how to save money.  A true couponing queen, […]

Black Women Roc! Spotlight | Shalom Pearl Singer-Gause

  We are pleased to highlight Shalom Pearl Singer-Gause in our latest Black Women Roc! feature About Shalom Shalom Pearl Singr-Gause is a professional WNBF Figure Natural Bodybuilder,  She’s won the title Ms. Universe twice and last year finished 5th in the World Championship in LA. She teaches Aqua Zumba and owns a personal training […]

Community Educator Spotlight | JoVonna Victor

  We are pleased to spotlight JoVonna Victor in our latest Community Educator Spotlight About JoVonna Having to find natural alternatives for moisturizing an infant diagnosed with eczema was almost impossible and very expensive. Armed with a pound of organic Shea butter, a good mixer, and a lot of patience I created my first batch […]