I am many things: educator, student, mama, wife, filmmaker, friend, daughter, writer and more. There is a thread that runs through my life and has remained present even when I have gotten a bit “off course” and that is my passion for the health, well-being, and wholeness of Black women and girls across the Diaspora.
My major influences (in no particular order): motherhood, my queer Black mother, Gullah/Geechee culture via my maternal grandparents, Black women’s survival narratives, and the film The Wiz.
My life has been an interesting ride and my work is personal and political in that it 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 ways that are nurturing, restorative, and liberatory.
The soundbite: I am 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).
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 longer and more fascinating academic bio can be found here.