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R.A.N Tip of The Week! Turning Your Passion Into A Business...Mugshots Figment

Everyone dreams of pursuing their passion. “If only I could just find a way to make money doing what I love,” you'll hear people say. Well I and many others who stepped out on faith and with the support of family and friends did just that. Meet Mugshots Figment who is the brain child of its founder and chief designer LRaye Means. LRaye started drawing as a child and gave away her creations to family, friends and whomever admired her work. LRaye’s first paying gig was a wall mural for a local fish market located on Jersey Street, Staten Island. LRaye is a native Staten Islander. 1987, Mugshots Figment was created and is designated a Black Owned Woman / Minority LLC. Lraye started the “Nothin’ Personal Line” that personalizes everything from invitations, sculptures, trophies, journals, engravings, photographic restorations and more. In 2015, the “Melanin Positive Line” was officially launched featuring what LRaye calls ‘wearable art’. The line adorns the imagery and artwork of strong black women on shirts, jackets, tote bags etc., like ‘Rasheeda Rebel’, her take on Rosie the Riveter and ‘Afro Puffs’ (Diana Ross - Mahogany). LRaye is inspired by all genres of black history photography and artwork that depicts a period of positivity, pride, cultural awareness and community / family honor. She currently working on a tribute to Harriet Tubman. LRaye will work with all facets of the community, but mainly with the non-profit community of Staten Island, however, her artwork has traveled as far as California. Mugshots Figment prides itself on giving the community low cost options with no minimum order quotas while giving the customer the personal attention needed to complete their order. Mugshots Figment prices cannot be beat along with the quality of services provided. To learn more about Lraye Means aka Mugshots Figment, contact her at 917.816.0157 or ----- Thank You Mugshots Figment for becoming a Community Sponsor at the 2019 Kwanzaa Celebration & Kujichagulia Marketplace hosted by and in collaboration with The African American Community and JCC Beacon Program at I.S. 49! The event is on Friday, Dec 27, 2019 @ Berta A. Dreyfus I.S. 49, 101 Warren St, Staten Island, N.Y. 10304 from 4pm-10pm! ALL are invited to experience the culture, learn about the Kwanzaa 7 Principles and celebrate the second principle of Kwanzaa - Kujichagulia. Self determination. "To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves." Please post on your community board, Instagram, Twitter, Linkedln, Facebook, WhatsApp social media, forward to friends & family. FREE Registration online - DEADLINE TO GET INVOLVE...DEC 20TH!!! Vendor: Community Sponsor: Volunteer: 2019 Kwanzaa Event Link: For more information, contact Dorcas Meyers at 917-406-7736 or email,

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