Artist Biography

The Artist Gale Madyun is a retired geologist with a masters in public administration and bachelors in both geology and social work.  As a Spiritual Energy Artist who uses spiritual energy,  recycled objects and memories to provide technical and emotional direction for participants to remember. With the energy of natural instincts, traditions, and past experiences of a protective shield. Created from the palm fronds, to becomes a source of sacred medicine and healing.
More than a poet, more than a singer, more than an emcee--it's not just what she says, it's how she says it. Emerging from the musical womb that is New Orleans, artist and visionary Sunni Patterson combines the heritage and tradition of her Native town with an enlightened modern world view to create music and poetry that is timeless in its groove.

Sunni Patterson has established herself has an internationally known artist and activist, using her gift to reach, teach and learn, and heal all who have the opportunity to be in her presence. She has been a featured performer at many of Nation's premier spoken word venues, and has had the privilege of speaking at the Panafest in Ghana, West Africa. She has worked with several well known artists and performers including Hannibal Lokumbe- singing lead vocals for his score, "King and the Crescent City Moon, " Kalamu Ya Salaam, Sonia Sanchez, HBO Def Poet Amir Sulaiman, Wanda Coleman, Amiri Baraka, Laini Kuumba Afrikan Dance Company, dead prez, Cee-Lo of the famed group Gnarls Barkley, and many more.

An Aborisha (Omo Oshun) and advocate of Holistic Health, Sunni has trained under such greats as Oluwo Afolabi Epega, Dr. Ndugu Khan (Babalawo Ifa Kayode, ) Queen Malikah Sabah (Iyanifa Faadisi Olaolu Olabisi, ) Dr.Morris F.X.Jeff, Jr., Nana Anoa Nantambo, Mama Jean Taiwo, Nana Kwabena Faheem Ashanti, PhD, and several others. She is a certified instructor of Chi Kung (Qi Gong) and Tai Chi for Health.

Sunni has performed her art for a plethora of organizations such as the Children's Defense Fund, Southern Rural Black Women Initiative for Economics and Social Justice, Essence Music Festival, The National Black United Front (NBUF)—Houston Chapter, and New Orleans Women's Artist Collective (NOWAC). She has been recognized by Cornell University, Western Carolina University, Dillard University, Xavier University and Southern University at New Orleans to perform and facilitate workshops.

Because of her vested interested in the community and commitment to its positive change for social justice and equality, she has facilitated workshops on holistic Spiritual healing and activism or what she calls "brain cleansing" for organizations like Blackout Arts Collective, Akoben Words –N-Action Festival, National Association for the Advancement of Color People (NAACP), and Ashe' Cultural Center.

Sunni has been featured on numerous radio and TV. spots both locally and nationwide, including an ad promoting the importance of healthy eating. She will be featured on Sundance film, and BET's Lyric Café, and has been a guest spoken word artist on HBO's Def Poetry.

There is so much more to say about her, but words just cannot describe her way, her Spirit, her grace, or gift of healing. In every word/sound she utters, you hear the grit and grime, hope and love, problem and solution, optimism and faith. She is a mouth piece for the Ancestors, a vessel used to promote goodness in a world where oppression and injustice seems the order of the day. What a blessing it is to feel her warm and nourishing rays shine light on your soul!
Dr. Wade Nobles is the son of John Nobles (1900b) and Annie Mae Cotton (1914b). John Nobles' father was Mims Nobles who was born into slavery in 1863. His father was Wade Nobles (1836b) who was also born into the barbarism of American slavery and the oldest son of Candace/Agnes-Cilla (1810b) born into captivity in Edgefield, South Carolina. Candace/Agnes-Cilla was sold by the Mildred Cook Nobles Estate with her three children to the Sam Sheppard Plantation for $2,500.00. Dr. Nobles is the namesake of Agnes’ oldest son. 
Dr. Nobles earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University in 1972. Initiated into the Ifa spiritual system (1992) of the Yoruba in Osogbo, Nigeria and instoolled as a traditional sub-chief (1996) by the Kwahu people of Ghana, Dr. Nobles has a vast knowledge of traditional and contemporary African cultural and philosophical beliefs and practices. He is a co-founding member and Past President of the Association of Black Psychologists and has served as a visiting professor in Salvador du Bahia in Brazil. Dr. Nobles is Professor Emeritus in Africana Studies and Black Psychology at SFSU and the founding Executive Director (retired) of the Institute for the Advanced Study of Black Family Life and Culture where he has spent over 40 years researching, documenting, publishing, designing and implementing African centered service and training programs. He has written seven books, and overhand hundred book chapters and articles in refereed journals.
 
CHIEF YAGBE AWOLOWO ONILU IS A MASTER DRUMMER, COMPOSER, DIVINER, AND LECTURER. HE SERVES AS THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF “HERITAGE – THE VISION CONTINUES,” A WEST AFRICAN-CUBAN MUSIC AND DANCE ENSEMBLE DEDICATED TO THE STUDY AND PERFORMANCE OF THE RICH AFRICAN MUSIC AND DANCE HERITAGE OF WEST AFRICA, CUBA AND OTHER CARIBBEAN ISLANDS. HE IS A MASTER OF WEST AFRICAN, CUBAN, AND HAITIAN TRADITIONAL INSTRUMENTS, AS WELL AS SINGER AND TEACHER OF AFRICAN AND AFRICAN DIASPORA MUSICAL CULTURE. HIS  LOVE OF AFRICAN DRUM AND PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE MUSIC STARTED AT A YOUNG AGE IN CAYES, HAITI WHERE HE WAS BORN. HE COMPLETED HIS EARLY DRUMMING APPRENTICESHIP IN THE SHRINES OF HAITI AS A CHILD PROTÉGÉ. CHIEF YAGBE IS AMONG THE MOST DISTINGUISHED GROUP OF AFRICAN DIASPORA TRADITION BEARERS WHO CONTINUE TO IMPART THEIR KNOWLEDGE THROUGH WORKSHOPS, LECTURES, FESTIVALS AND IN-SCHOOL INSTRUCTION.
Will Coleman, P.D.  Professor at the Interdenominational Theological Center (Atlanta, Georgia).
Babalawo Esuyemi Ifayemi (Ifa).  Casse Feuilles bon Ounssi (Haitian Vodun).
Publication: Tribal Talk: Black Theology, Hermeneutics and African/American Ways of “Telling the Story” (Penn State Press, 2000).  It is a multidimensional study of the retentions of African Traditional Religions, especially Vodun, among freed African Americans (late 1800s – 1920s), especially in South Carolina and Georgia.  Also, it surveys the historical African Diasporic connection between Vodun, Ifa and Nkisi of West Africa with Candomble (Brazil), Santeria (Puerto Rica), Lukumi (Cuba), Vodou (Haiti) and Hoodoo (Southern United States).
Research Languages: Biblical Hebrew, Biblical Greek, Ecclesiastical Latin.
Education: Bachelor of Arts., Rhodes College (Religion major), Memphis, TN; Master of Divinity, Columbia Theological Seminary (Theology and History of Christian Thought concentration), Decatur, GA; Ph.D. (“with distinction”), Graduate Theological Union (Philosophical Theology and Systematic Theology), Berkeley, CA.
Teaching Experience: Introduction to Philosophy and Theology; Systematic Theology; History of the African American Churches; Introduction to the Philosophy and Practices of African Traditional Religions; African and Middle Eastern Religions.  Kabbalah.
Religious Background (past and present): Church of God in Christ (Pentecostal); Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  Hoodoo; Haitian Vodun; Ifa.  Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, etc.  For Baba Esuyemi Ifayemi, these are all part of his return to African ancestral knowledge and practices.
African Traditional and African Diasporic Healing Initiations:  Bablorisha of Esu (April, 2000).  Babalawo (July, 2016).  Oluwo: Oba Adebolu Fatunmise (Atlanta, Georgia and Iyanfoworogi, Nigeria).  Haitian Vodou (November 2000).  Momba: Marie Carmel L’oiseau.

Photo Credit: Sian Taylor Gowan

Regina Y. Evans, a native of Oakland, Ca, is an award winning social justice poet, playwright and performer. Her stage play 52 Letters, which brings awareness to the fight against modern day slavery, was honored to win Best of SF Fringe Festival, 2013. She has performed her social justice stage plays and poetic works at venues including the United Nations 61st Commission on the Status of Women (NYC), the Berkeley Festival of Ideas (Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley, Ca), The Flight Deck, (Oakland, Ca), The Marsh Theater (SF), 2015 Freedom Summit (Santa Clara, Ca), Merritt College (Oakland, Ca), Stanford University (Stanford, Ca), Eliza's Pearl Arthouse (Oakland, Ca), UC Berkeley Conference on Human Trafficking (Berkeley, Ca), Love Don't Hurt Trafficking Awareness Community Event (Oakland, Ca), Rescue Is Not Enough Trafficking Awareness Event (San Jose, Ca), YWCA of Silicon Valley Anti Trafficking Freedom Week Event (San Jose, Ca), the Ignite Conference/UC Berkeley (Berkeley, Ca) Human Trafficking Freedom Seder, Beth Am Congregation (Los Altos, Ca), 2013 DIVAS Tell All series (The EXIT Theatre, SF, CA), and the 2013 DIVAfest, (EXIT Theatre, SF, CA).
Ms. Evans is the owner of Regina's Door, an Oakland based social enterprise vintage clothing store which operates as a sanctuary space for survivors of sex trafficking, homeless youth and young artists. Regina's Door was named 2015 Social Changemaker, Oakland Indie Awards, 2016 Nancy's Hero (Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley), and received a 2017 Oakland City Council Commendation in celebration of Small Business Week. Ms. Evans is a member of SHADE (Survivors, Healing, and Dedicated to Empowerment), the Mayor of Oakland's CSEC Task Force and the CSEC Program Council/Claire's House Safehouse (Catholic Charities).
She is the Creative Director and Costumer for CEREMONY a theatrical ritual bringing healing to survivors of sex trafficking, and a board member of The Flight Deck Performing Arts Space, Oakland, Ca.
As graduate of Rutgers University in African Studies, Nana Sula is committed to being chosen to speak on behalf of the ancestors. Her philosophy is "If we never recognize them..who will ever know they were here". She is blessed to give voice to their songs, their mysteries and their visions. And Sula Spirit does just that in her community and all over the world as a Priestess of Ile de Coin-Coin, delivering life as a Doula and Birth Educator, Singing member of Zion Trinity, Spiritual Coaching, Marriage Ceremonies, Cleansings, Readings, and so much more. Her latest work brings simplicity and accessibility to the Yoruba language and songs of the Orisa. Nana Sula Spirit is the Author and Producer of the Book and CD Project “Spirit of the Orisha” – a 38 track CD and study guide book for sacred Yoruba Chants of the Orisa from Nigeria, W.Africa.
Ogunlano is a Nigerian- American musical duo consisting of husband and wife, master percussionist  Odun Ogunlano & vocalist London Ogunlano.                     The duo sings in English and Yoruba, - the traditional tonal language of the Nigerian Yoruba, which has the largest number of native speakers.   Much of Ogunlano’s mission is to preserve African culture and traditions that inspire future generations of performing artists within the fields of African visual, recording and performing arts. Coining the term ‘Orisa Beat’ to describe their sound, their musical journey begins with their long awaited single release, ‘Eṣu Is Coming’. The record is a fusion of traditional African drumming and singing with elements of jazz, rhythm & blues and afro-beat.“One of the most authentic voices and highly anticipated bodies of work from our cultural ATR Yoruba communities here in the Diaspora.”   International performing artist and power-house singer, London Ogunlano is a multi-talented songwriter, producer, recording artist, dancer, model and actress. Born in Chicago, IL to Dr. Sangolade Ademuwagun & Dr. Toks Pearse, London was first introduced to the stage, at the tender age of 8 years old through an international multiple performing arts company. Odun Ogunlano is a versatile musician, composer, actor, drummer, caporeista, choreographer and dancer. With his many recent featured television & movie appearances (Birth of a Nation: The Nat Turner Film, The Originals, Constantine, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, etc.), Odun is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with.In the Yoruba language, Ogunlano translates as ‘Ogun clears the path’. 
Charlotte Hill O’Neal aka Mama C is an internationally known visual artist, musician, performance artist and poet of more than three decades of experience. She was born in Kansas City, KS in 1951 and has lived in Tanzania, east Africa, with her husband Pete O’Neal, former Chairman of the Kansas City Chapter Black Panther Party, since 1972. She is cofounder and Director of the internationally renowned United African Alliance Community Center UAACC located outside of Arusha, Tanzania. Mama C was greatly influenced in her early years by the jazz, blues and gospel that Kansas City is famous for and integrates elements of that experience in both her music and the rhythm of her poetry along with the African beats and hip hop vibe of her spirit.  “I come from a family of musicians and poets,” Mama C reflects. “It’s deeply embedded in my DNA!  What a blessing that the Ancestors choose to speak to me and that I am comfortable letting those spiritual messages flow out to others! ” She explores the reality of her life as a Diaspora born African who has lived most of her years in Tanzania in many of her poems, one of the most famous being “I Almost Lost Myself”. Her song writing and performing talents have been showcased on stage, television and radio in many cities in Africa and in America during the annual UAACC Heal the Community Tour.  She launched her book of poetry, Warrior Woman of Peace in 2008 and plans to launch her second book of poetry titled Life Slices…a Taste of My Heaven, in 2016. Mama C has four albums of music and poetry and is presently working on her memoirs titled Hard Head.  www.uaacc.net
Passion, Spirit and Pain directly influence the melodic tunes of Multi talented Urban World Music artist WolfHawkJaguar.  His music stirs the soul with a mixture of Spirituality, raptured in the heart of Hip Hop, Reggae, Rhythm and Blues.  Currently residing in Oakland, the California native is a prolific musician, actor and award winning film maker (Operation Small Axe) taking his style of edutainment around the world. In 2013 he was invited to perform at the 10th annual Orisa World Congress in Ile Ife Nigeria to perform music from his debut album Hunter Poetry. A camera crew followed him on the journey to document his adventure. What came out is the magical film and soundtrack, "Search for The Everlasting Coconut Tree."
http://www.393films.com       http://www.searchfortheeverlastingcoconuttree.com
On July 14, 2015, the world was greeted by the rhythms from an artful compilation of Reggae-Urban World fusion with the release of Prosperity Movement, a beautifully crafted EP from the record label of the same name. To create an opportunity for yourself through progressive development and good character so you may flourish and have good fortune is Prosperity Movement. Prosperity Movement was made for the urban traveler. From Oakland Ca. to the rest of the world sonically and visually solo artists, WolfHawkJaguar and Osunfemi Wanbi Njeri travel through the beauty, love and prosperity of urban world culture. This album features five lyrical compilations that fuse Reggae, Orisa, Hip Hop, and Rhythm and Blues. With songs like Ile (Hold Tight), Sounds of My Heart, House of the Rising Sun, Real Africans, and Movement, the Prosperity Movement EP contains thoughtful lyrics and comes across as a breath of fresh air in today's burgeoning Bay Area music scene.  http://www.prosperitymovementmusic.com
Intuition, Affirmations, Dreams and Visions have led me to this very moment. Affirmation, Dedication, Manifestation, Salutations, you have now been introduced to Osunfemi Wanbi Njeri. Hailing from Oakland CA., Osunfemi is a Sweet Water, Neo Soul-Hip Hop Vocalist and Songwriter. Melodies and lyrics flow from the universe to crown to paper to beautiful music. Believing in the transformative power of words and blessed with a musical bloodline, Osunfemi Wanbi Njeri is ready to deliver her healing sound. Heavily influenced by passionate, creative greats like Stevie Wonder, Ms. Lauryn Hill, India Arie, Mary J. Blige and Tupac Shakur, Osunfemi decided to channel music that uplifts, inspires and moves the people. With a name meaning, a warrior woman that sings the blessings of Osun, Osunfemi Wanbi Njeri saw it as necessary to speak about her journey as a warrior. She does just that with the June 2015 single release of Warrior Woman and forthcoming album Warrior Woman. http://www.osunfemiwanbinjeri.com
Writer/Performer Jinho “The Piper” Ferreira is a rapper, actor, and screenwriter from Oakland, California. He was one-third of Flipsyde, an alternative hip-hop band that has toured internationally with artists such as Snoop Dogg, The Black Eyed Peas, Akon, The Game, Busta Rhymes, and more. Flipsyde has written anthems for the 2006 Winter Olympics and the 2008 Summer Olympics. The band continues to enjoy several song placements in television, film, and sporting events. In 2009, Piper won the Creative Promise Award for screenwriter at the Tribeca Film Festival for his CIA thriller: Walter’s Boys. In the spring of 2010, Piper paid his way through a Bay Area law enforcement academy, eventually graduating in the top percentile and delivering the commencement speech. The paradox of being a member of the Black community and a hip-hop artist, while simultaneously working in Law Enforcement, served as the inspiration to write Cops and RobbersThough Piper is not a stranger to the stage, Cops and Robbers is his first venture into theater. The ingenuity of this play led to him being a scholarship recipient for a performance workshop with Anna Deavere Smith at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The Cops and Robbers Project consists of a one-man-play, an audio play, a 6-song musical soundtrack, and a book written by Piper and his wife Dawn Williams Ferreira, Ph.D
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EMESÈ: MOTAD( MESSENGERS OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA) IS A COLLECTIVE OF ARTISTS FOUNDED IN 1998 WITH A MISSION TO PROMOTE AND PRESENT THE RICH CULTURAL TRADITIONS OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA. EMESÈ CONSISTS OF ARTISTS WITH EXTENSIVE BACKGROUNDS IN THE HISTORY, TEACHING, AND PRESERVATION OF AFRICAN AND AFRICAN-DERIVED ARTS AND CULTURE AS PRACTICED IN CUBA, BRAZIL, CONGO, HAITI, NIGERIA, PERU, AND THE UNITED STATES. EMESÈ IS DEVOTED TO HEALING THE COMMUNITY THROUGH SELF-SPONSORED EVENTS, SACRED ARTS, AND THE LIVING TRADITIONS OF ORISHA. WEEKLY ORISHA DANCE CLASSES ARE OFFERED AT THE MALONGA CASQUELOURD CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS ON SUNDAYS FROM 12:30–2PM.
TRADITIONAL AFRIKAN AND AFRIKAN-DIASPORIC DANCING AND DRUMMING HAS BEEN MEDICINAL FOR GLOBAL AND CONTINENTAL AFRICAN FOLK AND THEIR DESCENDANTS FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS. IN 2016, “DAKTARI” SHARI RENEE HICKS, PSY.D., A D.C. NATIVE & OAKLAND-BASED DANCER, HEALER, AND SAKHU DJAERIST, FOUNDED THE DAKTARI DANCE MEDICINE COLLECTIVE. THE DAKTARI DANCE MEDICINE COLLECTIVE IS AN UNAPOLOGETICALLY BLACK AFRIKAN COLLECTIVE OF DIVINELY-INSPIRED HEALERS WHO USE THE MEDIUMS OF DRUM, DANCE, RITUAL, RHYTHMIC BREATHWORK, MEDITATION, SPIRITUAL-ENERGETIC CLEANSING, AND UBUNTU TO LIBERATE AND ILLUMINATE THE AFRIKAN SPIRIT ACROSS THE GLOBE. AS A MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATION OF BLACK PSYCHOLOGIST'S GLOBAL JOINT TASK FORCE, DAKTARI SHARI C/O THE DDMC TRAVELED TO DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA SEPTEMBER 2017 TO PRESENT OUR NEWEST WORK, SAKHU DJAER DANCE CIRCLES, AT THE 1ST ANNUAL PAN AFRICAN PSYCHOLOGY CONGRESS. SAKHU DJAER DANCE CIRCLES PLUG INTO THE VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE REALMS OF REALITY TO ACTIVATE COMMUNAL, INDIVIDUAL, ANCESTRAL, AND SPIRITUAL SPIRITUAL HEALING FOR AFRIKAN BLACK EVERYDAY PEOPLE. THE DAKTARI DANCE MEDICINE COLLECTIVE INVITES YOU TO UTILIZE AFRICAN DANCE, DRUM, AND RITUAL TO TAP INTO THE DEEPEST DEPTHS OF AFRICAN SPIRITUALITY, COSMOLOGY, AND BEINGNESS.
 
Jazz Hudson  -  is a international Poet, Artist, & Educator who serves a host of communities seeking transformation through art. With a holistic approach to content & development, her interdisciplinary work engages audiences in dialogue and activism that extend beyond the page and stage.She is a recent recipient of the 2013 Oakland Indie Social Changemaker Award.
Jazz currently resides in Oakland, CA where she serves as a Poet Mentor/resident artist in several Bay Area schools and Organizations: Dewey High School, Oakland School For The Arts, North Oakland Community Charter School,and Youth Speaks. Jazz leads and design workshops utilizing oral and written tradition as a means of reclaiming and defining self. Her work has been featured on 106 KMEL Street Soldiers, at innumerable rallies, SF Chronicle, NPR, the Empowering Women Of Color Conference, events honoring Oscar Grant and commemorating Black August, in juvenile halls, Soulciety’s Empowerment showcase, the Philippines,  and high school classrooms all over the SF Bay Area. She has shared stages with Saul Williams, Melissa Harris- Perry, Angela Davis, Dr. Joy DeGruy, Mos Def, Susan Taylor, and Michael Eric Dyson. She is a Youth Speaks alumna and a Brave New Voices International Teen Poetry Slam Finalist.  To find out more about the amazing work Jazz is doing please check out her website JazzHudson.com
Begun in 2009, Awon Ohun Omnira (Voices of Freedom) is a small chorus of people of African descent ranging in age from 10 to 73 who bring the culture of their ancestors to public events in the Bay Area through two forms of sacred music.  ‘Oro Egun’ is the sung liturgy for the ancestors in ancient Yoruba accompanied by Bata drums.  ‘Ring Shout’ is an old African American custom using song and dance to tell the story of black people from enslavement to freedom. ‘Olu Bata’ (Master Drummer) Otobaji Stewart, a percussionist with 58 years experience as a performer and producer and recent awardee of the prestigious Creative Work Fund, is the chorus’ instructor and musical director. 
 Sistah IMiNAH Orisabukola is a Singer/Songwriter, Dancer & Cultural Ambassador.  IMINAH comes from a lineage of Entertainers & Educators . She was born immersed in the tradition of Edutainment within Oakland's Afrocentric community. IMiNAH's musical style  embraces traditional & contemporary influences from throughout Africa & the African diaspora. R & B, Afrobeat, Reggae, Hip Hop, Traditional African Music & Gospel are fundamental elements of The Iminah Experience. Iminah's musical mission is to raise vibrations From Ghetto to Goddess with born-Again African Soul.
Hello, my name is Najee Amaranth and I am here to be the change I wish to see in the world. What I mean is I use my talents to make the culture I see better. Besides my son, my biggest accomplishment has been the artist collective Oakland Mind. Over the years we have created spaces for artists, brought awareness to human trafficking, and even taught hip hop at several colleges. As an organization we utilize hip hop art to explore what a culture can be and use our knowledge to raise funds to support sustainable actions within the community. On a personal level outside of music I chose to pursue software. There is the purely creative, artistic side of me and then there is the technical, logical side of me. Both need to be nurtured, and I do my best to stay balanced. I've always tinkered with computers and electronics growing up, taking apart and putting together toys. As I grew up, the knack became a passion and I found opportunity to turn a hobby into something bigger. I'd been through the myspace days, coded a tumblr, and then finally took the leap to Javascript and beyond. The languages excite me, just the thought of building complex systems from scratch is unbelievable. At the same time it gives me the ability to give access to children who need it most. I've always believed that to be the change you have to give back. As I acquire more skills and build bigger projects, the positive impact I can have on the world grows. What pushes me will always be the drive to see better conditions for my people. If we don't do it, who will?
Jahniah Omi Bahari: spoken-word artist, musician, singer/songwriter, dancer, and photographer. The Rasta style Flower-child born in Berkeley raised in Oakland. Blessed with the Lords gift of creation and it lift my soul forever. Art and Music has always been in my family's home and will always sustain my inner being.  My father the late and great Saa'lyd Bahari was a musician/artist and my beautiful mother Indirah is an artist/dancer; they told me to always have a creative spirit and to express myself. After a course of years of moving around I felt like I was losing my true self, so coming back to my hometown was the best way for my arts and Life in general. I found The Oakland Mind Cyphers and started expressing myself more, which is extremely healing. I became more inspired to do healing work within the community and formed a healing circle for sistren empowerement called (the WOMBS) Women of the Mind Bobdy and Soul:Goddesses Spiritually Ascending. Ive also built a strong bond with mama Regina Evans of Regina's Door and have becoming extremely active and passionate for the abolishment of Human Trafficking and healing all of Oakland especially it's youth.I love Oakland and my people; we are faithful people and share a deep struggle. My dream is to share our struggle and strength to the world giving Jah all the thanks and praises always. You all have grown and elevated Me, and now's the time to shine my light. JahniahOmi, Blessed to Love and Blessed to be. Love conquers all.
Mandela Msanii, an Oakland, California native, is a classically trained vocalist with a range from Baritone to Soprano. He is an accomplished drummer and djembe player. As an Artist Leader, he is the Founder of Any Means Necessary, a music and cultural unit which brings healing to the community through the flow of creativity.  His music is reflective of his belief that power rests within cultural preservation.
East Oakland community member, artist and educator, Noelle Guess. She is a community organizer advocating for black and brown folks, from youth to elders in Oakland through her work with Regina’s Door, Qilombo Oakland, and the H.E.R.O. program.
Xenia St Charles is a budding entrepreneur, dedicated abolitionist and forward-thinking artivist. She holds a BA from UC Berkeley and an MBAfrom Notre Dame de Namur University, both with honors distinction. She has served on the Board of Directors for the international organization, Emergination Africa, co-founded the award-nominated, grassroots organization, the Womyn’s Creative Collective and served as the Director of the Youth & Young Adult Ministry for Revelation M.B.C.  Xenia is currently the owner of Oh So Tan in Oakland, California and Brow & Line in Alameda, California.  ​ Xenia is very passionate about serving the community through a fusion of art and activism. Xenia works diligently with Regina’s Door, Love Never Fails and the CSEC Taskforce to eradicate the commercial and sexual exploitation of children in her community and throughout California.

 

Indigo is a singer-songwriter born and raised in New Jersey, currently based in the Bay Area. Indigo is passionate about personal transformation, restorative practices and creating opportunities for young people. She is the communications manager at Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice. Indigo is the founder of "Soul Showers" and a survivor of sexual violence. Indigo creates music and art for the world to heal and transform. 


 
Nicia De'Lovely is an acclaimed Oakland, CA Poet/ Creative/ Performer/ Survivor and Anti-Sexual Abuse Activist. Her poetry is described by peers as hip-hop spiked gospel, due to her fondness and cultural connection to both genres. She compassionately promotes awareness, assertiveness, healing and self-esteem through profound literature and literary performances to those of the oppression. Nicia is not a scholastic writer, but a passionate poet who writes from and for the soul. For inquiries about the authors’ upcoming events or book purchases please email: niciadelovely@gmail.com
 
"A. SPEARMAN & CO. IS A CONTEMPORARY FUSION DANCE COMPANY THAT WAS FOUNDED IN 2015 BY ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ANDRÉA SPEARMAN. ALL ARTISTS ARE TRAINED IN VARIOUS FIELDS OF MOVEMENT INCLUDING BALLET, JAZZ, HIP HOP, MODERN, AND CULTURAL DANCE. THIS COMPANY SEEKS TO DESIGN AND CREATE UNIQUE VOCABULARIES OF PERFORMANCE. EXPLOSIVE AND VARIED, THIS COMPANY MAINTAINS IT'S LOYALTY TO UNUSUAL COLLABORATIONS. THE COMPANY HAS PERFORMED FOR EASTLAKE MUSIC FESTIVAL, DANCE-A-VISION ENTERTAINMENT, SAINT MARY'S COLLEGE OF CALIFORNIA, THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF NEGRO WOMEN, FRICK IMPACT ACADEMY, AND MOST RECENTLY THE BLACK WOMAN IS GOD EXHIBITION AT SOMARTS. DIRECTOR ANDRÉA SPEARMAN TEACHES HER UNIQUE AFRO FUSION STYLE AT THE BEAT IN BERKELEY, THURSDAYS AT 7PM. VISIT WEBSITE WWW.ASPEARMANANDCO.ORG FOR MORE INFO. "