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ENTREPRENEUR FEATURE/ELEE X In this day and age, it’s very important to create your own world. You must go after what you want and have the courage to take risks and be creative with them. Elee X is doing just that, with his brand, business, and message. Elee X, a 24-year-old originally from Harvey, IL, takes the meaning of an entrepreneur to the next level. His journey thus far has given him the tools needed to not only succeed in business, but become a leader in the Chicago art community and beyond. I first met Elee in 2009 as one of the founders of the hip-hop collective, Impolite Society. Impolite was a rebellious group of young rhymers that spoke of parties and drinking, as well as life responsibilities and their view on the world as a whole. Their dynamic is what drew me to them, not only as musicians, but as individuals. Though the group is on a slight hiatus, Elee continued to push the core message of the group forward single-handedly. While working as both artist and Manager with Impolite Society, Elee curated events, handled budgets and bookings, and organized members of the group to ensure success. That mixed in with his work with community organizations, such as Albany Park Neighborhood Council, Howard Area Community Centers as the Gang Intervention- Prevention Specialist and Educator, and currently, as a mentor with Centers for New Horizons in Bronzeville. It’s no wonder that he has a lot of experience, knowledge and drive to help not only himself, but the people around him be better at what they are striving to achieve. 20 <strong>CUSP</strong> MAGAZINE WINTER ’14 ISSUE
Then in April of <strong>2014</strong>, Elee opened elee.mosynary gallery. The gallery is located on 645 W 18th St. in Pilsen, and is so much more than just another gallery. The name “Mosynary”, which means “charity” or “to give”, explains what is happening within the spot. The location merges art, photo/video work, a music studio, and acts as a meeting ground and a creative space for those who are aspiring to express themselves in a peaceful atmosphere. The gallery has thrown over 25 events ranging from art exhibits such as Still Sane, to music events like Alive and Well, and panel discussions. With the lack of a solid location for the urban creative community to work on their projects and ideas, Elee’s gallery serves as a collaborative location for creative people to get together and work on projects or show the world their art. The gallery stands as a refreshing addition to the Pilsen Art Walk on Second Friday’s every month. The energy that the gallery has built, along with it’s diverse events is something that chicago has needed for a while. Elee sees himself as a leader in the art community as well as the city itself. He has plans that include helping the fashion and hip-hop communities, opening a vegan cafe, and organizing various programs designed to help Chicago youth realize and accomplish their goals through art and creativity. With all these goals, look to see Elee X as a name associated with Chicago’s Creative Community for a long time to come. <strong>CUSP</strong> MAGAZINE WINTER ’14 ISSUE 21