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Feb 16 2012

Fact Sheet: Philly 360°® Creative Ambassadors

At the core of Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation’s (GPTMC) Philly 360°® campaign—focused on attracting younger, tech-savvy African-American travelers interested in contemporary cultural offerings and vibrant nightlife—are the Creative Ambassadors. Members of the city’s creative class, the Creative Ambassadors are known nationally and internationally for their work and have made a commitment to their hometown through their artistic endeavors, business enterprises and community involvement. The Creative Ambassadors are influencers building buzz about Philadelphia through their social networks—and encouraging more people to visit in the process.

The Creative Ambassadors support the Philly 360°® campaign by using their authentic voices and credibility to showcase the city’s best attributes. GPTMC collaborates with its ambassadors on events that promote a positive image of Philadelphia and shine a spotlight on stories that would otherwise go untold in mainstream media. The campaign’s website,, gives visitors a peek into the life of the Creative Ambassadors through Q&As and videos that highlights the city’s great festivals, concert venues, restaurants and boutiques.

2012 Ambassadors:

  • Nnamdi Asomugha – Cornerback for the Philadelphia Eagles and lead ambassador
  • Andre Harris – Grammy®-winning producer and songwriter
  • Vidal Davis – Grammy®-winning producer and songwriter
  • Curt Chambers – Grammy®-nominated singer, songwriter and guitarist
  • Keven Parker – Business entrepreneur and owner of the Keven Parker Company, including Ms. Tootsie’s Restaurant Bar Lounge and KDP Lifestyle (home, fashion, décor and soon-to-open luxury suites)
  • Kristin Haskins Simms – Fashion designer and owner of Strangefruit clothing line
  • DJ Diamond Kuts – DJ, producer and on-air personality for Power99
  • Andrew “Pop” Wansel – Producer
  • Cody Wise – Interscope R&B/pop recording artist
  • Veronica Chapman-Smith – Classical singer and opera performer
  • Vikter Duplaix – Event producer and host of BET’s Master of the Mix
  • Mike McArthur & Jerome Hipps – Music business entrepreneurs, owners of Mama’s Boys Music and founders of student entertainment industry program Destined to Achieve Successful Heights (DASH)
  • Brandon Pankey – Media entrepreneur; account manager at Sports & Entertainment Financial Group, LLC; executive director of DASH; and one of Billboard’s 2011 30 Under 30
  • Dyana Williams – On-air personality for 100.3 WRNB and celebrity media coach
  • Aisha Winfield – Music business entrepreneur; executive director of Blues Babe Foundation, which assists students in underserved communities; and founder of Jr. Music Executives
  • Whitney Thomas – Photographer
  • Serena Saunders – Artist and fashion designer

2011 Ambassadors:

  • DJ Jazzy Jeff – Grammy®-winning producer and legendary DJ; co-lead Creative Ambassador
  • Carvin Haggins & Ivan Barias – Grammy®-nominated songwriters and producers; co-lead Creative Ambassadors
  • James Poyser – Grammy®-winning songwriter, producer and musician
  • Spanky McCurdy – Musician, designer and entrepreneur
  • Carol Riddick – Singer, songwriter and senior project manager at The Recording Academy
  • Sulaiman Rahman – Chairman of the African-American Chamber of Commerce; president and CEO of
  • DJ AfroDJiak – DJ and co-founder of It’s the Life Creative
  • Seun Olubodun – Designer and founder of Duke & Winston
  • Florcy Morisset – Owner and curator of Vivant Art Collection
  • Rennie Harris – Dancer, choreographer and founder of Rennie Harris Puremovement
  • Ernel Martinez – Artist and painter for the Mural Arts Program

2010 Ambassadors:

  • Marsha Ambrosius – Singer, songwriter, former member of Floetry (R&B/hip-hop duo) and lead Creative Ambassador for 2010
  • Chloé Davis – Dancer with the Philadelphia Dance Company, also known as PHILADANCO
  • Orrin Evans – Jazz pianist
  • Tatyana Fazlalizadeh – Visual artist and editorial illustrator
  • Set Free – Music producer, marketing professional, DJ and founder of Sneaker Auction and co-founder of Undrcrwn
  • Marc Byers – Entertainment executive, entrepreneur and founder of Rockstar Entertainment
  • Nikki Jean – Singer, songwriter and musician
  • Jeri Lynne Johnson – Founding music director and conductor of Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra
  • Rakia Reynolds – Fashion ambassador and president of SkaiBlue Media
  • Ursula Rucker – Poet and recording artist
  • Writtenhouse – Hip-hop band (emcee Charlie K. and producers Chris Conway and Kush Shalimar)

2009 Ambassadors:

  • The Roots (Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter, Kirk “Captain Kirk” Douglas, Frank “Knuckles” Walker, Owen Biddle, Damon “Tuba Gooding Jr.” Bryson and James Kamal Gray) – Grammy®-winning hip-hop group, house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and lead Creative Ambassadors for 2009
  • King Britt – International producer and CEO of Five Six Media
  • Ethel Cee – Hip-hop artist
  • Rah Crawford – Visual artist and founder of NPIC-Art™
  • Maori Karmael Holmes – Filmmaker and founder of Black Lily Film & Music Festival
  • Khari Mateen – Music producer and musician
  • Rich Medina – World-renowned DJ, poet and producer
  • Syreeta Scott – Owner and celebrity stylist at Duafe Holistic Hair Care
  • Stacey “Flygirrl” Wilson – Event producer/promoter, artist and graphic designer

Find out more about GPTMC’s Creative Ambassadors at

The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) makes Philadelphia and The Countryside® a premier destination through marketing and image building that increases business and promotes the region’s vitality.

For more information about travel to Philadelphia, visit or, where you can build itineraries; search event calendars; see photos and videos; view interactive maps; sign up for newsletters; listen to HearPhilly, an online radio station about what to see and do in the region; book hotel reservations and more. Or, call the Independence Visitor Center, located in Historic Philadelphia, at (800) 537-7676.

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