Educator. Writer. Filmmaker. Advocate. Artist. Parent. I am a lot of things, but what holds them all together is my passion for stories and histories, particularly those of Black women and girls across the Diaspora.
My work is grounded in creating and supporting healing, affirming and empowering spaces for women and girls. As an educator, I have worked with students from aged 4 to adult and have taught in community organizations, cultural institutions, and public universities. I am a firm believer that in order for culture to survive and progress, the spiritual, emotional, physical, and intellectual needs of women and girls must be met in a way that is nurturing and restorative. I am also an Interdisciplinary PhD student at Union Institute and University where my research interests include cultural production as a way to mediate inter-generational trauma and historical grief among African Diasporan women; founder of Super Hussy Media (SHM) producer/director of The Black Girl Project documentary, and Executive Director of The Black Girl Project organization (BGP).
It took many years to reconcile the fact that I am, indeed, an educator. Since childhood, learning and teaching has come pretty easy to me and there was never a lack of someone younger — be it a neighbor or cousin — willing to listen to what I had to say. I fought this notion hard. I was determined to beat back the idea that I was to “teach.” How many times did I have to hear “those who can do and those who can’t teach?” I wanted to DO. There was no way in hell I was going to teach anyone anything.
So I floundered, for years.
It took me dropping out of college — twice — and eventually earning a Master’s Degree to get there. Where? To the space where I realized that teachers, educators DO. My limited thinking had me stuck believing that teaching was boring and full of annoyances, but somewhere in the back of my mind, beginning perhaps with my mom who was my amazing preschool teacher, I knew that being and educator could be awesome. Fantastic, even!
When not doing the work of The Black Girl Project or Super Hussy Media, coordinating a trans-Atlantic multi-media project between teens in Brooklyn and Dakar, Senegal, or leading a youth researched and curated exhibition, or being mama to my awesome daughter, I can be found napping.
I’m also a contributor to Legacy Letters, an anthology of women writers advising their teen-aged selves and I like long walks on the beach, freshly prepared juice and have been known to bust a move while waiting on a subway platform…
My academic bio can be found here.