Crystal E. Taylor, is the Founder, CEO of The Underground Collective, Beats n Bars Festival & Founder/Executive Director of non profit Get Happy in Durham, NC. As a NC native and North Carolina Central University graduate she began producing events, showcases, and community events in 2012. All of which cater to the protections, support and uplifting of African American music culture and community needs in its entirety for the liberation of people. Currently she is an executive producer of an ongoing series of ethno-dramas and productions made to help educate communities on health disparities plaguing people of color working with North Carolina Central University and Duke School of Nursing. Crystal is a 4th generation farmer, and co-founder of The Black Farmers Market & Black August in the Park, serving as the Director of Agriculture and Farmer Relations & Entertainment and City Planning. The farmers market takes pride in providing access for affordable food, supporting black farmers and businesses while encouraging health & wellness at Durham Tech and SE Raleigh YMCA. Lastly, she leads Get Happy, A non profit organization whose mission is to restore the quality of life for people of color through health and wellness, innovative education and community driven engagement.
Recently, Taylor received the distinguished honor of being a 40 under 40 recipient from North Carolina Central University.