I am many things: educator, lifelong student, mama, 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, and am a Usui Reiki Master.
The soundbite: I received my PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from Union Institute and University. My dissertation is titled There Has Always Been an Afrofuture: Black Women’s Literature as Technology of Protest. 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).
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.