A series of virtual discussions that bridge prominent and influential Pittsburgh-based artists and scholars with nationally-recognized Black makers and creators moderated by artist Jessica Gaynelle Moss. Content will be accessible during select weekdays at 5pm EDT via Zoom between November 2021 to January 2022.
Bekezela Mguni is a queer Trinidadian artist, radical librarian, and educator. She has over 15 years of community organizing experience in the Reproductive Justice movement and holds an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh. Bekezela participated in the first Librarians and Archivists with Palestine delegation in June of 2013. She completed her first micro-residency at the Pittsburgh creative hub Boom Concepts and was featured in the 2015 Open Engagement Conference. She was a 2015-2016 member of the Penn Ave Creative Accelerator Program with the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater and launched the Black Unicorn Library and Archive Project. The Black Unicorn cultivates libraries as sites of learning, possibility, and freedom celebrating the literary and artistic contributions of Black women, queer, Trans, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming people. (@sweet_thunda, @blackunicornlibraryproject)
Kamra Hakim (they/m) is a Munsee Lenape occupied territory musician and founder of Activation Residency LLC. Their first body of work, Verdant Banks, is available on all streaming platforms. In all that they do, care is centered. Activation Residency is a small artist residency 2 hours north of New York City seeking to activate the creative practices of each participating artist through healing justice and somatic programming (@activationresidency)