We had the good fortune of connecting with Makis Raqeem and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Makis, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Creating my handmade jewelry from the heart, soul and space of good intentions. I feel that energy emanates and magnetizes. Attracting the things, people, situations and opportunities I want in life. Having a place to digitally post my creations like facebook and instagram during the pandemic contributed to my success. It opened the window for people to see my jewelry worldwide.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My Music Is everything to me for it goes hand and hand with my life’s purpose. Since the age of 8 I wanted to create positive change in the world and help people. In 2020 My Song “Ahmaud Arbery ” did just that. Winning the cash4change Contest through unitedmasters founded by Steve Stoute. I and 24 other artists from around the world, who advocated for social justice with powerful protest music Won $4000. That same song has been chosen by the NBA For a Sync deal to be Played during nba games.
My handmade Jewelry is creating similar waves. In 2021 My website was the number 1 selling wire jewelry e-commerce on godaddy. I am where I’m at today because of hard work and faith in myself. It was times where I hit rock bottom and felt hopeless as if my music and jewelry wouldn’t get the love it truly deserved. Even then I kept creating, and focused on mastering the art. People would tell me to make club songs not soulful records and that my jewelry was a hobby. I went against the grain and bet on me and it paid off big time. I learned that you can’t listen to the doubts nor doubters. You have to think for yourself, perfect your art and put it out there.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would suggest Starting at 2839 Cherokee St in south city at Love Goddess Healing Oasis which is A Metaphysical supply store. Then making your way down Cherokee you’ll find so much love and abundance. There’s literally 15 blocks of things to do. Places to eat, art to look at. You have The Noir Bookshop which Is a black owned bookstore and Gemstone stores like Stl Rocks. Cherokee street has a taste of everything.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First off I like to give S/o To The universe For making All this possible. My Brothers for seeing my handmade jewelry as something that had the potentiality of becoming successful worldwide. Deepak Chopra for creating the book ” the 7 spiritual laws of success”. This book changed my life.
Makis Raqeem, Buddah