Authors & Artists

In Black Ink creates spaces where the stories and voices of people of African heritage
is celebrated, documented and archived through publications, professional
development trainings/opportunities, and public presentations.

Mychal Batson

Strategist. designer. illustrator. storyteller. futurist. Mychal Batson is a freelance designer, illustrator, writer and futurist who grew up in the Rondo neighborhood in St. Paul, Minnesota. He credits his 15 years of experience in the Rondo/Frogtown community for helping him become the man and artist he is today. www.mycdazzle.com • Instagram @MycDazzle

Ericka Dennis

Ericka Dennis is an actress, director, playwright, and now, author of her first children’s book: Mr. Rondo’s Spirit. Ericka grew up in the Rondo community where she currently resides. She has 20 years of artistic service to youth and the Rondo community. Ericka has written and directed plays, taught theater arts to youth and performed on various stages across the Twin Cities area.

Broderick Poole

Broderick Poole is an artist that specializes in acrylic paintings and patch manufacturing. He is an illustrator and graphic designer from St. Paul, Minnesota. Poole is the owner of Vintage Pooleboy Art and Apparel. He mentors emerging Rondo business owners and teaches visual arts to children.

Artika Tyner

Dr. Artika R. Tyner (a.k.a. Miss Freedom Fighter, Esquire) is a child of Rondo. She is a passionate educator, an award-winning author, a civil rights attorney, a sought-after speaker, and an advocate for justice, who is committed to helping children discover their leadership potential and serve as change agents in the global community. She is the founder/CEO of the Planting People Growing Justice LLC where she provides training and resources for entrepreneurs.

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