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“Framing Blackness” at the University of Washington
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There are so many reasons to be mad right now, especially in this sociopolitical climate, but she presented the issues in an eloquent way that was especially inspiring to all people — not just Black people.
— JULIA JANNON-SHIELDS, UW STUDENT & WORKSHOP ATTENDEE

I’m still high off of all the energy and love from the University of Washington last week. Sooooooo many beautiful affirmation, great conversations, new connections, hugs, a few tears, and an incredibly validating experience for me. I felt so much warmth and gratitude. Thank you, UW, for allow me to occupy the spaces authentically, and to hold honest, raw and vulnerable conversations about blackness and visibility both nights. Special thanks to everyone who came out in the snow and ice to support both programs. I’m so grateful for it all.

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Photo: Elleyce, University of Washington ASUW

Photo: Elleyce, University of Washington ASUW

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"My Favorite Things" with Seattle Art Museum

JAN 3 2019, SEATTLE ART MUSEUM, THIRD FLOOR GALLERIES

The good people at Seattle Art Museum invited me to curate and lead a My Favorite Things Tour during the city-wide First Thursday Art Walk. My Favorite Things tours bring some of the most fascinating artists, cultural producers, and community figures into the galleries to discuss their favorite works of art.

Thanks to Seattle Art Museum for having me, David Rue for facilitating, and everyone who joined my tour. I had a great time sharing my perspective —on themes of blackness, self-acceptance and the power of women reclaiming our own narratives and agency over our bodies—and how the pieces I chose relate to them.

PARADISE SERIES #1: EVE WITH FISH AND SNAKE,  1970.  JOAN BROWN .

PARADISE SERIES #1: EVE WITH FISH AND SNAKE, 1970. JOAN BROWN.

SAINT WOMAN, 2015. AMY SHERALD.