Dzidzor is a Ghanaian performing artist who uses traditional African inspired rhythms to perform melodic poetry. Dzidzor challenges, teaches and inspires through her poetry using affirmations and chants. Azaglo has performed in New York, Washington D.C, North Carolina, Boston, Ghana and Paris.
She is the author of “For Girls Who Cry in Yellow”.
Destiny J. Polk, the founder of Radical Black Girl and The Beautiful Black Butterfly Foundation is a Boston born performance artist, choreographer, writer and art-activist. Currently studying Dance and African American History at Wesleyan University, she is pursuing her passion for performance using historical context and personal experience. She believes that context is key. She discovered her passion for dance at the age of four and for spoken word at the age of twelve and has been performing on stage since. Her audience ranges from middle school class rooms, to Boston cafes/lounges such as the Middle East, to college campuses, to conferences such as the White Privilege Conference. She is a co-founder of an artist collective called The Black Art's Collective, and an organizer for a woman of color collective called Ladies First. Recently Ladies First hosted a performance called Black Woman Is God, curated and directed by Destiny Polk. Destiny plans to continue creating performances by black artists to uplift, empower and educate her audiences. She believes in creating sacred space for blackness to express itself in all of its many forms. This is how RBG was created.
Radical Black Girl is an audacious, unapologetic and empowering platform who's main goal is the radical awakening of the authentic self to affect change through art. RBG promotes radical self knowledge, radical self-love and radical self-expression. The belief is that through art and genuine connection, we can transform and uplift ourselves, one another and our communities.
The Beautiful Black Butterfly Foundation is a sisterhood created to educate, uplift and empower self identifying black girls in the Boston area. BBB's main goals are to inspire young butterflies to improve self esteem, create goals, further creative passions, achieve academic excellence and most importantly to create a network of loving, supportive, like minded young girls ready for success. The Beautiful Black Butterfly foundation offers a number of workshops for girl groups ages 10-18.
Maya Gaul is a creative entrepreneur who engages with sustainability and creation in the urban space. A worker-owner and sales team leader at CERO Cooperative, she arranges new food waste recycling programs and provides customer service. Her interests range from business development and sustainable design to art, holistic living and permaculture. Maya was a 2017 Chapter Network Fellow for the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and the Democracy at Work Institute. She graduated from Columbia University in The City of New York with a B.A. in English Literature.
“Denim Obsession” is an annual photoshoot in April inspired by the “Denim Day” campaign. Its mission is to raise awareness for sexual violence prevention and education.
“The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. In this rape prevention education campaign we ask community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault.”
This is a photo series celebrating women: the spaces we hold for ourselves + others, the bonds we create and our resilience. Despite personal issues or adversity, women always find a way to love and support others.
Before we began shooting, I asked each of these 3 men: "what does femininity mean for you? how does it play a role in your life?" Each responded with similar sentiments of femininity allowing them to embrace being vulnerable and expressing masculinity is healthy ways. Being feminine does not make them any less of a man. I REPEAT: BEING FEMININE DOES NOT MAKE THEM ANY LESS OF A MAN.It is long overdue for us to reconstruct what we teach and value about gender roles in our societies. Feminine energy is creative energy. The ability to make something out of nothing. Nobody has ever complained about the state of our world being too nurturing, too loving, too supportive. The suppressing of feminine qualities in both men and women is suppressing who we are as a whole. It's exhausting. and extremely violent in some cases. Some men are already doing the work... creating a world where they are free. and safe. and whatever else they want to be without harming others. This series celebrates the Divine within men.
Models: Vanely Freitas, Mikey Jimenez and Bryce Xavier
Nacir and Jelani
Nacir Jahmill is an artist who expresses through any outlet he can. His work touches upon the spiritual realm and creates space for us to examine our own human existence and how we can navigate better.
Jelani Ameer is a photographer based in New York City who captures the beauty in all people, especially those in Black and Brown communities. Jelani’s work inspires us to see beauty within ourselves and to live unapologetically.
Haezy is a Korean singer-songwriter based in Boston, MA. Her voice is hauntingly beautiful and her bold personality shines through in every performance.
Queens Talk is a monthly women’s empowerment meet-up for women of color. It is a safe space that is held for women of color to connect with each other through small group discussions, story-telling, activities, presentations from women in the community, and relationship-building exercises. The mission of Queens Talk is to engage women in deep and thought-provoking conversations that will encourage the creation of new bonds within the circle of women that attend each event. This program also serves to uplift women to meet their goals and identify areas where they could use a helping hand from sisters in the community. Queens Talk promotes a ripple effect of engaging dialogue and bridges the generational gaps that we often witness as women enter into adulthood. This program aims to connect women to resources in the community that could benefit their self-growth as well as establishing self-care strategies that are highly effective towards making necessary progress along the way.
Saadia is a Boston based photographer with a love of visual art and fashion. She aspires to integrate the two into photos to tell stories to the eye. Her passion for portraiture lies within the opportunities to accentuate the beauty and essence of the people she photographs. She also enjoys capturing the candid moments of everyday life.
Emma Ruff is a multidisciplinary artist using analog collage, encaustic, fiber work, and poetry as a part of her studio practice. Born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada she moved to the state of Maine in 2011 to pursue and complete her BFA at the University of Maine.
She now resides and creates within her studio/apartment in Boston, Massachusetts
“I will always yearn to create beautiful work. Beautiful, in the sense of its purpose and intent. The world makes a little more sense when I can hold a flower in my hand, run thread through my fingers, or meticulously cut paper.”
“I’ve been having these moments where I feel like my heart is literally expanding, and it makes me lose my breath. Looking out the window on the bus, late in bed by myself, walking out of my apartment. I don’t know how to describe it, but it feels like my future stretching out in front of me. Like my time here, alive, is growing. And I can see it. I can see Thanksgivings and poetry nights and work achievements and friends’ birthdays and all of it, all of it mixing together, coming together. It’s coming together, right here in front of me. It takes the breath right out of me; I’m afraid to want a future like this but I want, desperately, to be around to see it. Maybe the best way to explain hope is being able to see yourself in the future, for time being both finite and boundless, and you, beautiful you, come undone and ever eager for more, still here. Still here.”