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OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TALKS ABOUT UNITE THE ALBUM
The “somewhat frantic” Suliman “Suli” Chillis, as Rodney Carmichael described him in CL’s 2014 “20 People to Watch” roundup, can still passionately rattle off a litany of ideas in a matter of minutes. But seven years after he was described as such by the renowned Atlanta journalist, and two years after I first became acquainted with Suli, Chillis appears to be far more composed.
While speaking with him at Community Grounds Cafe near Carver High School, the CRUxMKTG and UNITE. Initiative founder details his 501(c)3’s paramount focus as the year closes: UNITE. The Album. He explains with conviction the premise of his first-ever musical endeavor, which has been strategically devised to fund mental health services for underserved communities.
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The split-second footage offered a glimpse into the life of the self-styled visionary who, at 23, has already mastered the art of winning friends and influencing people. His hustle game isn’t far behind. He’s recently been keeping late hours studying the laws surrounding nonprofit formation and corporate sponsorship.
It’s all part of his plan to turn Creative Revolution Union (CRUx for short) into an empowered constituency of Gen Y creatives, one house party at a time.
“The whole premise of CRUx (Unite) is that the creative realms of art, fashion, music, and entertainment are what most influence our generation,” he says. “We want to get those people to come together and be that voice.”
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