Setting ‘The Stage,’ AMPD and NuVegan Cafe curate the latest trend!

Washington, D.C. – THE STAGE is a new digital performance series brought to you by NuVegan Cafe and AMPD. A brainchild of well-known photographer and creative director Shaughn Cooper, along with the Co-founder of AMPD, Zeplyn Tillman, seeks to be an authentic haven for DMV artists to perform short sets and get recognition on a legendary stage.

“One of our major priorities at AMPD is creating spaces that encourage artists to be their best selves mentally & physically; eating healthier is one of those things, so partnering with NuVegan Cafe felt like a natural fit in being able to communicate to artists your true success is linked to your health; you can’t enjoy the fruits of your labor if you aren’t around to enjoy it.” – Zeplyn Tillman, AMPD Co-Founder.

Over a decade ago, the stage at NuVegan introduced national superstar artists such as Logic and Ari Lennox to the world – when they were in the infancy of their careers. This reimagined digital version is coming at the right time amidst a global pandemic and providing fans with opportunities to see some of the upcoming future legends coming out of the DMV area.

“This project has meant everything to me these past couple of months, so unveiling it now means the world to me. Black-owned business is important and working with Zeplyn to create a unique experience showcases black intelligence. Along with that, I feel like this experience opened up the more direct side of me as opposed to just being a photographer; I’m grateful for that.” – Shaughn Cooper.

Every Friday – people can tune in to view a live digital set performance and interview with some of the most talented artists the area has to offer amongst a wide range of genres. Creative and fun, ‘The Stage’ is set to dazzle current brands’ current supporters and new ones very soon!

The performances and Interviews can be viewed on IGTV at or on YouTube at

About NuVegan Cafe

With three locations in Washington D.C., Columbia, Maryland, and Atlanta, Georgia, NuVegan Cafe is a top-quality food spot where soul meets nutrition. The menu caters to food lovers of all backgrounds and lifestyle choices.

About AMPD

AMPD is a digital platform that elevates and highlights the best millennial & gen z artists through performances, interviews, and compelling news stories.