Ke’vona Phillips, also known as Knani, is a junior determined to make a name for herself beyond Lynn through her passion for hair and makeup. 

Phillips’ inspiration stems from her long-standing creative side.

“I’ve always been creative and enjoyed artsy activities,” said Phillips. “I do not draw and paint as often as I used to, but I put most of my creativity into coloring, doing my hair and trying new makeup looks.” 

Phillips is a multimedia journalism major, yet she sees herself expanding her craft beyond graduation. She hopes to develop a career around her passions for art, allowing her to continue doing what she loves for a living. 

“After graduation, I do not see myself using my degree solely for journalism; I feel like I am so much more than just what I am studying,” said Phillips. “I want to go full-force with my artistry business and see where it takes me.”

Phillips’ family supports her every step of the way, motivating her along her path through college and beyond. For many of her loved ones, she serves as a role model. As a leader, though, she encourages others to be bold in their career pursuit.

“If you have to sacrifice, you must step out in faith,” said Phillips. “There will be slow days and hard days, but you have to remain focused if you are truly passionate about your craft.”

Phillips, a self-taught makeup artist and hairstylist, brings random ideas to life. When lacking inspiration, she turns to YouTube tutorials for concepts, a platform she encourages all students to utilize in their own educational journey.  

The junior, extremely active on social media, showcases her work across numerous networks to express her various styles. Phillips can be found on Instagram @khanilauoho, where a link to her YouTube channel can also be found for more information on her creative adventure.

Shawn Johnson

Shawn Johnson, member of the 3.0 accelerated degree program, is a sophomore. Having grown up in Birmingham, Ala., Johnson established an unwavering love for college athletics in his youth. Wanting to connect his love for sports with his passion for writing, he has identified sports journalism as the ultimate goal of his academic endeavors at Lynn. As such, Johnson is a multimedia journalism major. Within his collegiate interests, he hopes to follow in the footsteps of former Fighting Knight and current ESPN reporter Lisa Kerney. Outside of iPulse, he was a contributing writer for the Palm Beach Post as well. In his second year, there is still much more in the tank for his career preparation at Lynn. All the while, he is immensely proud of the Alabama Crimson Tide for recently winning their 17th overall national championship. Thankful for the opportunities he has received thus far, Johnson is eager to grow alongside his peers in the College of Communication and Design.

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