Anajah Hamilton

The Co-ed Using Art to Advocate for the Marginalized

Anajah Hamilton’s college extracurriculars are a lot cooler than ours ever were. The 20-year-old student is one of the curators and co-founders behind Art Hoe Collective, an Instagram platform for queer people of color. She’s also a singer-songwriter who’s been dubbed the next Solange. Sure makes intramural tennis look like child’s play.

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this one annoying curl man.

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When did you realize what you wanted to do in your life?

“I’ve always loved singing and writing songs. When I was younger, during the holidays, I forced my little sister and all my cousins to put on a singing and dancing show with me for our elders. I always gravitated to the arts and creativity growing up. By the time I was graduating from high school, I was mortified of accepting the fact that I was an artist—no one in my family was, and no one in my high school treated artistic careers as something realistic. Oddly enough, that was the only thing I loved to do and felt I was good at.”

What is your biggest accomplishment to date?

“My biggest accomplishment to date was when Nike commissioned me to create an online ad for the Nike Air Max 97s. I codirected it with a friend of mine, Chad Murdock, as well as edited the footage, choreographed, pretty much made my ideas come to life. The most exciting part was using my own music for the video. It felt amazing to use my music not only for something that I was given the opportunity to create but also for such a huge brand.”

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we love pink ✨by @dulcinea__

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What’s something you’d like people to know about you or your work that they probably don’t?

“Something I’d like people to know about what I do is that being an artist isn’t always fun and glamorous. It’s sort of a 24-7 job, and it takes a lot of hard work and sometimes a lot of rejection. But the most rewarding is when you finish something or when you meet someone who resonates with your work. It feels like what you create actually matters.”

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In today’s Instagram world, how do you stay original?

“I stay original by not comparing myself to others and being as genuine as possible. I find it superficial to be performative online, like what am I entertaining you for? I go online to enjoy myself and to just post. It’s not the center of my existence, but I do treat my profiles as an extension of myself. So if I’m posting, I’m posting with authenticity.”

What advice do you have for other women working toward their own dreams?

“My advice is to stay focused and to just keep going. The closer you get to your dreams, the harder things usually become. If you just give all of your positive energy and time to it, it will be yours. Patience is what will get you there.”

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