New Haven Entrepreneur Will Never Stop Showing Up
I feel good today because the drive to IKEA in New Haven, Connecticut, from Greater Hartford was under forty minutes. Only a few cars are in the parking lot when I arrive. It’s Tuesday, May 10 at 10:20 a.m.; my meeting with Samantha Williams is in ten minutes. This is our first in-person meeting since our telephone conversation in late March 2022.
IKEA is the world’s largest furniture retailer. Entering the store is like falling down an Alice-in-Wonderland-like rabbit hole into a world full of furniture you probably don’t need, but the magic lures you in. Ninety minutes later, you’re happy as can be, eating a cinnamon bun as you lug an oversized box to your vehicle.
The Evolution of a UCONN Professor: From ‘Radical Cat’ to the ‘Hip-Hop Revolution'
Unannounced, rap music burst onto the music scene in 1979. This new art form was unpredictable, brassy and authentic. That year, Rapper’s Delight by the Sugar Hill Gang was the first commercially successful rap single, peaking at #36 on Billboard’s Hot 100. The record reached #1 on the Canadian Singles Chart, #1 on the Dutch top 40 and #3 on the UK Singles Chart. It ultimately sold more than 500,000 copies.
While rap was making its debut, Jeffrey (Jeff) Anthony Green Jr. was a fourth-grader living in Los Angeles, California, learning to play the recorder, the quintessential first musical instrument taught in schools. His single mother was an aspiring actor, singer, dancer and playwright. Jeff did not possess her prodigious talent; he would have to find his own path.
Art is Life for this Artist
Ellis Echevarria is hard to categorize. He likes it that way. Art feeds his inner soul. One moment he is discussing sculpting with clay, then he is off sharing his thoughts about the impending metaverse takeover. His creative mind is perpetually in motion.
He works on his iPad and Magic trackpad, using Illustrator, Photoshop and Deep Dream Generator, an artificial intelligence program. He says, “Thousands of years ago, artists were regarded just like philosophers and lawyers.”