We had the good fortune of connecting with Kendu-Marquette Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kendu-Marquette, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My brother passed away June 9th 2017, his passing was the inspiration behind my determination to keep moving forward. Throughout I’ve learned to turn pain into power but also find joy and strength within my businesses.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets me apart from others, I’m a self made individual that yearns for unity and elevation for EVERYONE, with everything I do I ask myself… “How can this help someone?” I’m the most proud that my art has reached the eyes and hands of a few successful music artists, hosted my first pop-up shop, having my clothing sold in the United Kingdom this year and was featured in New York Fashion Week in February 2020. How did I get here where I am now professionally?? Patience, faith, dedication, LOVE and strength. You need all of those to be successful internally and externally. It wasn’t easy, 2020 started off rocky AS WE ALL KNOW but it’s all about how you manage through it. In January my home had caught on fire, my job at the time was very iffy. I was let go due to the fire so I didn’t have the money to do NYFW in February but with faith I made it and had a successful show and made great connections. A lesson I’ve learned this year alone is, LOVE EVERYONE no matter what the situation is, be patient and give yourself credit but most of all never take LIFE for granted. I’d like for everyone to know… I made a decision to leave my hometown (Chicago, IL) to make a difference, got out of my own way and I turned my pain into power and now I’m building an empire that helps the next.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Weeeelllllll.. LOL! Deep Ellum used to be so nice but the environment has changed so much but Uptown & Texas Live has became a good place to go and hangout. Lately I’ve been on a “BLACK OWNED BUSINESS” binge so I’d look up so many spots just try.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Honestly, I’m a spiritual man so majority of it goes to GOD. I couldn’t have gotten any further without his help, love and strength. I owe NO MAN or WOMAN credit of my success. I have a few friends that has kept me encouraged and inspired to keep moving forward, I look up to everyone that has came before me and currently as inspiration and I don’t hesitate to let them know. First my partner, Marcelis Alexander for being a positive, patient and loving force in my life and encourages me to be patient, keep going strong and to move & celebrate in silence. Evin Deshawn, Ryan White, Aliyah creator of Jourali (Fashion Designer), Joshua Blocker, and My best friend are some people that I give a shout-out to because they all have been special forces in my life and kept me on a straight and narrow path and I’m extremely grateful for them. My supporters are the MAIN PORTION that deserves recognition, I never would’ve thought that I could reach the areas that I’m currently reaching. Last but not least my family, it goes without saying.

Website: www.artivplay.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/knduivplay
Facebook: Kendu-Marquette Williams
Youtube: YouTube.com/kentranada

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