…T.I. again makes time for Saving Our Daughters

We are excited to have two of the most amazing talents in the Entertainment Industry, as Grammy Rapper/Actor, T.I. and Celebrity Photographer & Director, Derek Blanks, teamed up for a special dedication to 14 year old Iliss Benjamin(who lost her battle with cancer- one year ago) to make their first official public service announcement for the “Oath Project” and MTV’s Thinline.

The national PSA will focus on stopping the epidemic of digital abuse of bullying as well as delivering some positive & powerful messages that will definitely get the kids attention in this social media era.

Stay Tuned and a Big Thank You to Derek & Eric Blanks, T.I. and Kimberly Golden, Business Manager of Derek Blanks Photography LLC.  

Meet the Phenomenal Photographer & Director Mr. Derek Blanks

Derek Blanks is a talent unlike others who share his craft. Celebrities request him exclusively for photo shoots and album covers while magazines like Essence, Ebony & Runway seek him for their iconic cover shoots. Never before has God given creativity and diligently studied skill been married to create the visual gifts that Derek Blanks offers the world! Though his client roster boasts some of the biggest names on the planet, Derek’s artistry is willingly available for anyone who desires to stand in front of his lens. For household names and housewives alike, every shoot is tailored exclusively around each of his client’s photographic wants and needs. A courteous trait often associated with the hospitable southern upbringing Derek undoubtedly received in Mississippi, where he was born and raised.

Even at a young age, the appearance of Derek’s talents were undeniable, prompting his parents to enroll him in specialized art schools designed
to hone his budding skills. By the time he’d graduated high school, Derek was accepted to attend the respected Maryland Institute College of Art, where he studied Fine Arts and Commercial Illustration. After receiving his BFA in Fine Arts with Magna Cum Laude honors, Derek began his professional career  as a fine art painter and free lance graphic designer for numerous Baltimore area clients including the Baltimore sun, City Paper & The Walters Art Gallery.

A new found love for the big city coupled with a longing for Southern familiarity led Derek to Atlanta Georgia, where today his talents have spiraled into a career garnering respect and notoriety from his peers and new found supporters alike. Cloaked in humility, Derek admits that he’s “honestly just thankful to be doing what he loves and counts it all a blessing”.


Remember to take the Oath!!