Chroma Presents: Continuity @ Knockdown Center
April 14th - April 15th, 2018
Continuity was the second iteration of a conference series curated by Chroma. By inviting a cadre of makers, thinkers, artists, scholars, and innovators, the participants explored self-preservation for women of color as a narrative for liberation. This was done through a series of moving image installations, lectures, and panels over the course of a weekend.
Continuity debuted at the Knockdown Center over a two-day weekend and was co-organized with love by June Canedo and Sienna Fekete. .
NYLON x MuslimGirl.Com
March 27th, 2018
Black Portraitures: The Color of Silence @ Harvard University
March 22- March 24th, 2018
As a part of the Black Portraitures Conference, held at Harvard University, I presented my research and paper "The Absence of Presence: On the Erasure of Black Muslims". I am always looking to share and expand on this work! Feel free to contact me about lecture opportunities at your university and or conference(s).
"From violence perpetrated by Islamophobia to rigorous legislation like the immigration travel ban, to religious holidays – the presence of the Black Muslim narrative has been virtually absent, despite occupying the axes of two of the most marginalized groups in society. This paper will seek to re-center the Black Muslim narrative using case studies of Black Muslim communities’ experiences across the nation and also demonstrate the historical parallels of how Black Muslims have been central to Black resistance and liberation movements from the days of slavery, to the civil rights movements to more contemporary movements like #BlackOutEid and #BeingBlackandMuslim. The image of the Black Muslim body is also considered an anomaly, despite the fact that Black Muslim Americans make up a quarter of the American Muslim population and are a part of communities affected by anti-blackness worldwide. By presenting images of Black Muslim culture, both in the states and globally, the inevitable influence of Black Muslim aesthetic will be highlighted and a gesture towards visibility will be made. The objective is to demonstrate the integral role of Black Muslims in American culture as well as Islamic culture and will in turn reimagine what the future will look like for Black Muslims in a contemporary world. This paper will be accompanied by a multi-media presentation that will include photos and video as a counter to the invisibility of the Black Muslim image in turn expose the multifaceted-ness of the Black Muslim experience across generations."
Chroma NY presents: The Working Woman of Color Conference
Dec. 9-10th, 2017
The Working Womxn of Color Conference, the first iteration of a conference series curated by Chroma debuted in December 2017, where we partnered with 8 Ball Community and Red Bull Music Academy. Organized with love alongside June Canedo and Sienna Fekete, The WWOC was a live podcast event employing self-actualization as an organizing principle to think, construct and shape powerful narratives of mobility for women of color. Over 30 women from different backgrounds were invited to engage in conversations over a two-day period. The conference and corresponding Podcast is produced by Chroma, who aims to create an accessible blueprint in response to the socio and economic mobility of women of color.
What Will Be Different: Conversations on a Changing America, Weeksville Heritage Center
November 15th, 2017