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Black Artists Networking Directory

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B A N D 

One of CFBA&I's goals is to become a resource for other artists & arts organizations who wish to collaborate with Black artists. To help meet this goal we have launched the 

Black Artists Networking Directory ( B A N D )

This directory will be marketed as a service to the community that is accessible online year round. In addition, CFBA&I will continue working to build a reputation as an advocate for Black artists in Chattanooga, Hamilton County and the surrounding areas. 

Coming Soon!

We are currently in development of this concept & page!  

Please contact Ric Morris at: 

or call 423-883-0178 for more information and to be listed

The Literary Arts

poets, spoken word artists, playwrights, writers, etc.

. . . mightier than the sword!

Georgetta Floyd

Georgetta Floyd is a retired Correctional Officer of CCA Silverdale. Born and raised in Chattanooga, Tenn, she attended and graduated from Howard High School in 1974. She enjoy spending her time Volunteering with several community Outreach programs. She currently volunteer with two organizations; (VORP) Victim Of Reconciliation Program for youths and Love's Arms Outreach Team. One day she decided to step out on faith, in her golden age of life, and explore acting. She has appeared in The Wellington and Jenkins Wedding and Love Letters under the direction of Brandalyn Shropshire. She has also appeared in the stage play Good Son under the direction of Shelia Wofford. She's a mother of two daughters and in her spare time she loves hanging out with friends and family. Special quote: you're never to old to try something new.

Brandalyn Shropshire 

humorist, writer and actress

2019 Artists Coming Soon!

Below are the 2018 Artists

"Without Artists There Would Be NO Arts!"


CFBAI presents with his on fusion of music that defies labels on Saturday, June 16th on the Centre Lawn Stage at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. 

Seaux Chill is an artist who has been involved with the Chattanooga scene for the past few years. Piano is his first love, playing since he was 6 years old. However, Seaux Chill loves to write music that’s a fusion of jazz, hip hop, gospel, and other pillars of black music. Most recently, Seaux Chill just finished up his undergrad in music at Covenant College and functions as the Program Director for a children’s music ed non-profit called East Lake Expression Engine.


CFBAI has partnered with Young, Gifted and Black  to present their "Untold History " on Saturday, June 16th at 4:00

Garrell Woods has 10 years of performance and producing experience . He is a graduate of the Center For Creative Arts where he studied under Allan Ledford in Musical Theatre, Neshawn Calloway in voice and music theory, and Lindsey Fussell and Jessica Laliberte in dance. While at the Chattanooga Theatre Center he was a member of Theatre Quest.

Garrell's mission is to facilitate an environment where young people can have access to the arts that helped molded him. 

The show at Barking Legs Theater has been postponed. 


CFBAI presents Blues Man "Tee" Bumpass on the Centre Lawn Stage at the CTC on Saturday, June 16th at 2:00.

Thomas "Tee" Bumpass is a native of Chattanooga Tn. , lived in Los Angeles for 15 yrs. , worked at Motown Records for 7 yrs. as a producer , songwriter , artist and studio musician working with such artists as : Billy Preston , Streets Wright , Teena Marie , Sammy Davis Jr. and many more .

Tee is back home now in Chattanooga performing various genes of music : Blues , R&B , Jazz & Motown Oldies


CFBAI celebrates Black Music Month by starting at it's roots! Drumming circle starts at 11:30 on June 16th at the CTC Centre Lawn followed by Ogya in concert. 

 Music has always played an integral part in the life of percussionist and singer, Kofi Mawuko, a native of Ghana, West Africa. His entertainment career began at the age of 10 as a member of the Kyirem Children’s Cultural Performing Troupe, which led to tours throughout Africa, Cuba, Europe and Russia. He began teaching in London where his works in music and dance have been publicized in television and movie productions. His musical compositions were selected for production in the first Pan-African Festival and African Emancipation Day in Accra, Ghana. After relocating to USA, Kofi widened his array of percussion talents by performing with jazz, blues, hip-hop, funk, rock and roll, techno/DJs and bluegrass artists around the Southeast. He has recorded studio tracks for and performed solo with Grammy Award-winning artists, and has opened for international known artists, such as Ladysmith Black Mbazo, Oliver Mtukudzi, Ruben Studdard and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Kofi and his wife, Rebekah, are the founders of Mawre & Co., an educational, cultural enrichment and entertainment company, and Ogya World Music Band. Their work in establishing sustainable performance arts programs in the community has garnered recurring contracts and grant awards from local and national agencies.

Musicians, Composers & Songwriters

 Mrs. Wofford is a native of Chattanooga, TN. She’s a professional actress, writer, director, filmmaker, casting director and owner of Live to Inspire Productions. Shelia has been performing for over 20 years.

Shelia Training include: Film/TV/Commercial Acting Class with Dwayne Boyd/Premier Actors’ Network in Atlanta, GA, Acting for the Camera Cold Read/Hope Alexander/ Chattanooga Theatre Centre, and Improv/theater Acting Class with Karl Gardner/Destiny Ensemble Theater.​

Shelia has received several Awards including: 2018 Inspired Faith Film Festival Best Short Film Award “Michael Valentine,” 2016 Best Actress Kingdomwood Film Festival “Michael Valentine,” 2015-2016 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play “Diving the Estate” CTC, 2014 Broadway World Nashville Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play “To Kill A Mockingbird” 2014 Outstanding Supporting Actress on the Main Stage “To Kill A Mockingbird” CTC, 2011 Best Supporting Actress in “Blues for Mr. Charlie” at the CTC and 2010 Best Featured Actress on the Main Stage “The Crucible” at the CTC.  

Shela Wofford

Filmaker, Director & Actor


Visual Artists 

An ongoing series of informational entries

Cecilia King


Cecilia King, became a learning photographer in 2015 after meeting and being mentored by Shelley l. King Jr. Together they both share ​a passion for street photography, photographing events and structures around the Chattanooga area. After being married to Shelley in 2016 Cecilia found a place for herself as an assistant to her husband and his extraordinary passion and gifted eye for photography and the arts. She is present with him on various photo shoots taking random and interesting photos of people, places and things. she plans to continue her life’s work as a photographer and assistant to her husband who has made a name for his photography as Eskay Jr. Photography.​

Shelley King


Shelley L. King Jr. has been a professional photographer for the past 8 years, but has been around photography his whole life. As a child he was always fascinated by family photos. His fascination continues today as he works to preserve old photos which are the windows into history. Eight years ago, Mr. King established Eskay Jr. Photography, (PEOPLE, PLACES, & THINGS – “Let Me Capture The Essence Of You Through Photography”) As an artist, Shelley strives to use his God given talents with photography to make photo memories that will last for generations. The Kings believe that their work as photo-journalists documenting special places and people around Chattanooga will last longer than their life time. Their passion is preserving the present moment for future generations.

Xavier Jackson

I don’t view my art as another canvas stained with color. I do not see it as an inanimate object molded by my standards. Each piece is an extension of not only my emotions, but a piece of me as well. Each canvas is a peek in the window of my artistic mind. It is essentially a magnifying glass that I lend out for my audience to observe my perception of this beautiful world.

My name is Xavier Jackson. I am 25 years old and I’ve been an artist for as long as I can remember. At an early age, I’ve always had a drive to draw and create with my hands. I used to watch my father draw and wanted to be like him. So, I chose pencil as my choice of medium. I sketched what I have seen frequently what was on tv. I enjoyed anime and comic books, mainly for their bright colors, and the way images were drawn. As I got older, I sought out to develop my artistic ability with pencil. Soon, I began to study my fellow artists around me. I studied how they held their instrument and the technique to apply the proper amount of shading to a picture. I experienced how they viewed the world and was able to place it on paper. Eventually, I was able to develop my own methodology to sketching and excelled. I did not want to stop there. My hunger for learning and curiosity still pushes me to this day to strive for creativity. I began to step out of my comfort zone and apply various techniques that I’ve learned, not only with sketching, but to painting also. My goal is to create a vision that will capture my audience. I want to engage my audience’s senses. I want to grasp my audience’s sight and their sense to feel the emotion in each painting as well. I want my audience to see beyond stunning colors, to see beyond the curves of my lead medium, to see something that whispers in their ear wondrous things. I want my creative hands to sculpt the definition of beauty in the hearts, minds, and souls of my viewers.


You may list more than one (singer, dancer, theater, film maker, etc.)
An artist's statement (or artist statement) is an artist's written description of their work. The brief verbal representation is for, and in support of, his or her own work to give the viewer understanding. As such it aims to inform, connect with an art context, and present the basis for the work; it is, therefore, didactic, descriptive, or reflective in nature.
Name, education, hometown, awards, exhibitions, etc.
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Thank you for participating in the Black Artists Networking Directory.  Please allow up to 30 days for your information to be added.  Updates to your listing may be made every four (4) months. Currently there is no fee to submit your listing. 

Please send a head shot to: [email protected]  

Visual artists may also submit three (3) pictures of their work for the directory.  Performing artists may submit two (2) pictures of you (your group) in performance. 

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