Building upon his academic and life experience as a young, gay, Black man has provided him the foundation to successfully launch his own brand and most recently, the passion project “The Island Project” (TIP). The Island Project will fuse his American musical influence with Caribbean roots, the project is set to release music videos, lyric videos, photo shoots, merchandise and more.
Xopher James grew up with his granny in a crowded Trinidadian home and his talent in signing was what made him feel unique. His struggling family always expressed their own individually. His sense of fashion and world view is not gender-based but stems from the creativity inspired in him.
“Leaving Trinidad was hard for me. I learned that home was wherever I am. Just by existing and being me, I became a cultural ambassador,” describes Christopher (Xopher) James, a now Pittsburgh-resident. Being raised in Trinidad, James grew up with strong Caribbean culture and, with that, Caribbean music! Creativity was no stranger to this artist.
In the short time he has lived in Pittsburgh, Christopher has cultivated a niche in the ultra-popular East Liberty market by working with fellow artists, mentors, and Pittsburgh’s leading arts and cultural center, KST.
This exploration has birthed creativity and self-exploration within Christopher manifesting his self-produced Docu performance. The performance showcases his struggles to become an artist in a world meant for academic framework as well as his personal struggles growing up in a humble, homophobic Caribbean environment. Christopher’s vision and expressions illustrate that isolation does not have to breath self-destruction.
Evan is a writer, producer, award-winning gardener & landscape designer from Ramapo, NY. In 2005, he co-founded Urban Plantscapes LLC, a boutique landscaping company in Hoboken, NJ. Their work has been featured on HGTV, NYC Open House, NBC's The Today Show & many others. His public plantings have been seen from Park Ave to Pittsburgh. Today, the company has grown to offering creative landscaping services in 6 states. In 2016, he also parlayed his experience in gardening on media into becoming the Chief Creative Officer at NYNJ.COM.