RSVP is partnering with The Phluid Project for its first GROUP DYYNAMICS event.



The two hour event corrals peers of the creative industry and successful leaders in their respective fields to discuss issues that impact our global community.

For this year’s theme, Culture Fluidity in the 21st Century, #GROUPDYYNAMICS addresses the topic of cultural appropriation and how living in a globalized world is igniting rapid change in social structure.

The panel discussion seeks to provide invaluable insight on how to navigate the modern world through a cultural and creative lens.

WHERE: The Phluid Project, 684 Broadway, New York, NY

WHEN: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 from 6PM – 8PM


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IVIE ANI:  Ivie is a multimedia journalist, writer and on-air correspondent covering culture. She has worked in print, television, social media and on the red carpet to enlighten, engage and produce work with a purpose. Her writing has been published in The New York Times, Women in The World, The Village Voice, Teen Vogue, PAPER magazine, Complex magazine, OkayAfrica, Grazia UK, and NYU’s Social and Cultural Analysis Journal. She has also held positions at Facebook as a Trending News Content Curator, at BET Networks, and at Associated Press. Ivie has been featured in The Washington Post & APM Reports, Revolt TV, Apple Podcasts, Nylon, Bustle, and Red Bull Radio. Ivie also speaks on panels about black diasporic culture, pop culture, race, women’s rights, media, and journalism. 

JOSHUA KISS: Joshua Kissi is a Ghanaian-American photographer & creative entrepreneur based in New York City with over 10 years of experience. After co-founding creative agency Street Etiquette, which contains a strong trait for storytelling, branding, and marketing through visuals on the web. He has had the pleasure of working with companies such as Apple, Adidas, GQ and many other brands. Mr. Kissi has recently co-founded TONL – a culturally diverse photo stock which changes the narrative and aesthetic of the stock photography industry. Kissi, became no stranger to the realization that the idea of representation in the digital landscape is still a creative challenge to pursue.

LAQUAN SMITH: Born in Queens, New York, started his brand at the age of 21. Smith spent his early years instructed by his grandmother who instilled a passion and skill for sewing and pattern making. His distinctive work sparked interest among fashion icons and risk takers including Beyonce, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Kim Kardashian, all of whom were early supporters of the gifted designer.

QIMMAH SAAFIR: The Bronx native received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Spelman College at the cusp of the Millennium, where surrounded by black girl magic she met and fell in love with Honey, a now defunct magazine created for women of color in the 90s. Inspired, she followed her passion into the editorial world, working with publications such as InStyle, Marie Claire, Essence, Lucky, Maxim, W, Vibe and Complex. For more than a decade she tirelessly searched for ways to insert women of color into the pages of those books, until her purpose became clear. Enter, HANNAH magazine. As founder and editor in chief Saafir uses each edition of HANNAH to celebrate and provide a safe space for black women.

SHANNON THORNTON: is a Connecticut born model and actress best known for her role as Quinn Phillips in Power (2014). Her foray in the entertainment industry began as a model where she graced the spreads of majour magazines Essence, Black Hair Magazine, Hype Hair and billboards across the globe. As a full time actress she landed a role on the Adam Sandler Netflix Movie: “The Week Of” & a recurring role on NBC’s  “Rise” as Yvonne Thorne.