Cr8tions Magazine is an NYC homebound, fairly new, up and coming, high-end fashion/ music magazine. Our concept is fashion meets the arts and we like to refer to our publication as the art gallery of the fashion magazines genre. Meaning we have a variety of different categories of NEW & up and coming fashion designers, models, MUA, hairstylist, photographers, etc. One of our issues could cater towards Couture/Avant-Garde fashion on the cover and the next issue would be a totally different concept such as urban, indie or vintage fashion. Our objective is not to limit our audience and to ultimately becomes a home for those who might require guidance as to “What to wear” and “What is new in music/creative arts.” Our logo (The paintbrush C) represents art and art (in our opinion) is universal and always our main target.
"I will never forget the feeling I felt that life-defining day back in July of 2013. The day when my uncle in law who barely knew me at the time (Laughing), took me on as an assistant and personal photographer of his to a show that he was close lining. I mean the most mind-blowing, (for me) life-altering and well-defined (black greatness at its fines) show. I had never seen nor experienced anything like it at that time.”
“I knew from that day forward I had to have a piece of this world and to one day work either with or alongside the inspiration and creator of that show MS Sophia Davis of Fashion of The Hudson. It was truly a moment when a young black woman had felt and discovered her calling and I wanted in A.S.A.P. So, a big thank you goes out to Sophia Davis for just her greatness and thank you, uncle Norman, for opening my eyes and starting my cr8tive flood gated mind that would soon lead me into CR8TIONS MAGAZINE.”
Born in Manhattan and raised in Harlem NY, Lillie (well known as Dina), gained a deep love for Music, which soon incorporated a love for Urban fashion and trending off towards couture.
“To be honest I always prayed to be a famous singer when I grew up, just like my favorite artist at the time Mary J Blige and Michael and Janet Jackson. And so, of course, growing up to their music, image and fashion became a big deal and detailed into what I inspired to be and do with my life. So, if I created a magazine it would have to be based on what I know so well, music and fashion. My dream.”
At the tender age of 9 years old, Dina (the oldest of 7 siblings) was soon awarded to the state and lived out her remaining childhood and teenage years in foster care. growing up in foster.
“I was deeply lost and frustrated growing up. So much so that I was always a very imaginative child, but the more I switched from foster home to foster home, school to school, meaningful friendships ending due to the moving and being separated from not just my parents but my siblings too; with no hope of ever having my family restored, I grew into something else that I still battle with to this day. I hate to admit but I grew somewhat cold, standoffish, hopeless and I slowly felt my dreams and imagination drifting away from me. It was like I was non- verbally feeling and expressing there's no point to life if I keep feeling and experiencing absolutely no control what so ever over mine. But what so crazy is that I was always a sweet girl, good person and hid my pain behind my smile, so it was hard for the people around me to know exactly what I battled with until what I battled with started to eventually show up in me giving up on school and on life.”
“I would say it wasn’t until I found my husband (Music artist Spud) and at the time birth my two boys (CJ and LJ) and the eye-opening help of my mother in law (who introduced me to Jehovah) did I find a great will to start looking at life with such faith and a will to live again. I mean I had no other choice once Jehovah showed up and showed in my life. I had to pass this beautiful message and God giving blessings and teaching to my children and whoever else I come across. And now as I stand as not only the CEO of all Cr8tions Magazine, M6 Cr8tions Apparel and Beautiful Achieving Dames Photography, but as the mother to a beautiful Baby girl (KJ), I have so much more to achieve. I have and am determined to set a strong message and foundation for my daughter and sons with Jehovah’s backing.”
When asked what would be her ultimate message towards her fellow inspiring business owners, she answered with such deep emotions.
-Dina- "My biggest messages is to TRUST IN JEHOVAH 1ST AND THEN YOURSELF. I PRAY, WALK AND LIVE IN HOPES OF BING ONE OF JEHOVAH’S LIVING TESTIMONY. I MEAN COME ON, ALL THAT I KNOW AND AM IS SELF TAUGHT FROM PHOTOGRAPHY, CLOTHING DESIGNING, AND EVEN MY LAYOUT GRAPHING SKILLS. SO, YOU TELL ME? IF NOT GOD THEN WHO? WHO COULD HAVE INPLANTED ALL OF THIS INSIDE OF ME WITH NO HUMAN TEACHING IF NOT JEHOVAH GOD? I AM GOD’S WILL AND I WILL LIVE AS SUCH. THANK YOU GOD. I LOVE YOU. PLEASE PUT THIS PART IN CAPS PLEASE. I WANT PEOPLE TO HEAR ME LOUD AND CLEAR (Laughing).”
-Lillie “Dina” Brown-