Ethnic GEM: Malakhi RL Eason II
Company: International Festival of Arts & Ideas
Written by Wes Webb, Senior Contributing Writer
Boston Native and current New Haven resident Malakhi RL Eason II is surely making a footprint as an educator in the performing arts sector in the Greater Southern Connecticut area. Combining his equaled passion of knowledge and performing arts, –
The University of Bridgeport alum is currently building an extensive resume to compliment the two. After graduating from the antecedent University, with a major in Mass Communication and a minor in Music Business, the educator moved to Omaha, NE and achieved a Master of Arts and Leadership from Grace University and currently obtaining his Doctorate in Leadership from Creighton University.
As both Eason’s mother and grandmother were preforming artists, he gleefully recollects on his childhood years, going on tour, helping the crew and talent with show schedules, and traveling from venue to venue, in awe of his matriarchs’ live performances. In gratitude, Malakhi deeply thanks his “Grandma Lovely,” for molding him as a performer and encouraging him to move to Los Angeles, where he began signing background for a respected number of artists. These special moments helped him evolve and led, “Dr. Kreative” from being a performer to now having dedicated over 15 years of experience working in the arts Administration in the non-profit sector.
Both Malakhi’s vast experiences in performing and art administration, not to-boot his august educational background, fashions him as ideal for his current role as Program Director & Community Impact Leader for New Haven’s ‘International Festival of Arts and Ideas. On top of owning and operating Krucial Konflict Agency, LLC, his resume has awarded him an affiliate of the NAACP, in addition to being an active member of the Lincoln Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and Lambda Pi Eta (National Honors Society).
While on his leisure time Eason enjoys songwriting, traveling, and spending quality time with his family and friends. He proclaims himself as a fine dining “foodie” and avid shopper. Undoubtedly, the sky is the limit for Eason as he continues evolving, challenging every task, and breaking every boundary. Proving to be a steadfast educator in art administration, Malakhi is committed on leaving his footprint here in Connecticut, vocally stating his want for “creating spaces for artist who are underappreciated.” When asked where his career will be within 5 years, Eason responded in confidence, “I WILL be an Executive Director for a major commercial/performing artis center.”