Black Reactions with SeeBlackWomxn
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Join us for the first program in a series of event partnerships with the Bay Area collective SeeBlackWomxn. This event documents artists in conversation about different artworks, giving rise to a unique conversation on what is seen and interpreted from perspectives addressing Black visual and cultural literacy.
SeeBlackWomxn is an esteemed collective of artists, activists, and writers raised on Black feminist theory. Their platform emphasizes self-representation, free from the stereotypical tropes assigned to Black women. This partnership unfolds through a five-part event series centering the lineage and legacy of Black women and the contemporary Black Arts scene and features the voices of collective cofounders Tahirah Rasheed, Angela Hennessy, Dana King, and Jamani Montague.
This event is part of Virtual Wednesdays, a weekly YouTube broadcast bringing you unique viewpoints exploring diversity, resilience, and creative spirit in the arts as we aim to reframe our exhibitions and collections. View upcoming Virtual Wednesdays programs.
About the Speakers
Olka Baldeh is a Fulani storyteller, poet, and abolitionist. Olka is the founder of the Black Moon Podcast and currently works as the Communications Manager for the Essie Justice Group, a California-based nonprofit that serves women with incarcerated loved ones.
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Clineé Headspethis the senior fine art appraiser at Hedspeth Art Consulting and Director of the Father Divine Library and Museum located on the Woodmont Estate in Gladwyne, PA. Hedspeth grew up in a family of art collectors and is the daughter of former Black Panther Party members in Seattle Washington. As one of a very few certified African American fine art appraisers, she has made it a mission to rediscover, document, and promote Black American artists and art primarily about the Black American lived experience. She is the former Director of Curatorial Service at the DuSable Museum of African American History, the oldest independent African American history museum in the United States. Hedspeth has worked as a senior researcher on the National Endowment for the Humanities funded project "Social Origins of Chicago's New Negro Artist and Intellectual, 1890-1930, and curated the 2017 Chicago Architectural Biennal Lee Bey exhibition, Chicago: A Southern Exposure.
Kamilah Mathias was born and raised in Oakland, CA and began her entrepreneurial journey after college. Mathias studied Fashion Merchandising, and in 2009 after seeing a need for authentic women's apparel, she founded her empowerment apparel line, Princess Punk which later renamed the business to Rich + Riot. Rich and Riot made appearances at Oakland’s First Friday, Treasure Island’s monthly market, Jack London Square, and other events at tech companies in San Francisco. In 2016 along with a group of Black entrepreneur women, Mathias founded Just Be, a Black women’s business community with the goal of building up Black women business owners. Just Be organized networking events for Black women entrepreneurs including mixers, Play Days at the Exploratorium, and Business Besties Speed Dating. They also participated in pop-up market events around the Bay Area and created For the Culture, the largest all-Black Women’s holiday market in the US, which we’ve hosted annually since 2016. Mathias continues to be energized and inspired as she embarks on new adventures, like transitioning Rich + Riot to primarily an empowerment brand (with fewer products) and starting The Valley Outsiders podcast.
Tahirah Rasheed is a scholar, organizer, and art entrepreneur, born in West Oakland, CA, home of the Black Panther Party, as a daughter of two Black Panther Party members. As an internationally-traveled Disc Jockey, former lab assistant, and published biomedical researcher, Rasheed lends her many talents and experiences to each venture in service of the community. Rasheed is the co-founder of See Black Womxn, a Bay Area collective of artists and activists raised on Black feminist theory. Her organizing helped See Black Womxn win a campaign against The San Francisco Arts Commission. Rasheed is also the catalyst behind Imagine Freedom: Artworks for Abolition, which helped raise more than $250,000 for Critical Resistance towards abolishing the Prison Industrial Complex. Rasheed is working toward a day in which her ventures are part of the sustainable support of black art in service of black freedom, black love, and black prosperity. She is currently the Building Project Manager at Critical Resistance, helping build the organization’s new freedom movement center and national headquarters.
Aliah Sheffield was born in Newark, New Jersey, and raised in Savannah, Georgia. Aliah has always been a singer. Her musical influences cover a wide range: Deniece Williams, Donny Hathaway, Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle, to name a few. She played a number of instruments in grade school, including clarinet and saxophone. In high school, she was encouraged to explore the piano as she discovered her songwriting abilities. While studying film scoring at Berklee College of Music she began to experiment with fusing genres, particularly soul and R&B, to create her unique keyboard-driven style. Her music is heartfelt; her vulnerability definitely shows. But at the same time, her songs are also inspiring and empowering. Today, Aliah is fulfilling her dream of performing and sharing her music, capturing audiences in settings from intimate to grand. Working with industry veterans as well as other rising stars, she is currently writing and recording songs for her debut album.
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