Jameta Nicole Barlow, PhD, MPH, is a native of Charlottesville, Virginia, a community health psychologist, an assistant professor in the University Writing Program, and an affiliate faculty member of the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program and the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health in the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University. Barlow utilizes decolonizing methodologies to disrupt intergenerational trauma, chronic health diseases, and structural policies adversely affecting Black girls' and women's health. Certified as an Emotional Emancipation Circle Facilitator, Barlow is a 2015 AcademyHealth/Aetna Foundation Scholar-in-Residence Fellow and 2016 RAND Faculty Leaders Fellow in Policy Research and Analysis. Her most recent work, the Saving Our Sisters Project (www.savingoursistersproject.com), is focused on Black women's mental health and well-being.
Robin Brooks is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Africana Studies. Her research and teaching interests include 20th and 21st century literature, particularly African-American, Caribbean, African, and American multiethnic literatures, as well as feminist theories and postcolonial studies. Additionally, Dr. Brooks holds a PhD in English from the University of Florida, an MA in Afro American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a BA in English from Florida State University. Before joining the University of Pittsburgh, she was a Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of San Diego and a Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of South Florida.
Tabitha Jamie Mary Chester is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Maryland, College Park in the Theatre, Dance, & Performance Studies Department. They received their PhD in Theatre and Performance of the Americas and a graduate certificate in Women and Gender Studies from Arizona State University in the summer of 2013. Their current research interests include sexuality, religion, and performativity in Black culture. Their forthcoming monograph, Always a Preacher's Daughter: The Performance of Gender and Sexuality in and beyond the Church, will be published by Northwestern University Press.
Brittney Cooper is Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University. She teaches courses on Black feminist theory, Black Intellectual Thought, Hip Hop, Gender and Media. Cooper is author of Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women (U of Illinois P, 2017), winner of the Organization of American Historians Merle Curti Prize for Top Book in U.S. Intellectual History, and Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower (St. Martin's Press, 2018), named one of NPR's best books of 2018. She is also co-editor of The Crunk Feminist Collection (The Feminist Press, 2017). A recipient of many other fellowships and awards for her writing, scholarship, and activism, Cooper is a widely sought-after public speaker at universities throughout the country and an in-demand commentator for radio, podcasts, and television. Her work and words have appeared at MSNBC, BET, NPR, PBS, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, TV Guide, New York Magazine, Salon.com, Cosmopolitan.com, The Root.com, and Al Jazeera America, among many others. She is co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective and blog. She was recently named to Essence Magazine's #Woke100 for 2018, and she was named to The Root.com's Root 100, an annual list of top Black influencers, in 2013, 2014, 2017, and 2018.
Kai M. Green is a shape-shifting Black Queer Feminist nerd; an Afro-Future, freedom-dreaming, rhyme slinging dragon slayer in search of a new world; a scholar, poet, facilitator, filmmaker; and an Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality studies at Williams College. Dr. Green explores questions of Black sexual and gender agency, health, creativity, and resilience in the context of state and social violence. An interdisciplinary scholar, Green employs Black feminist theory, performance studies, and trans studies to investigate forms of self-representation and communal methods of political mobilization by Black queer folk. Dr. G earned a Ph.D. from the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity with specializations in Gender Studies and Visual Anthropology at the University of Southern California. Kai M. Green is a former postdoctoral fellow in Sexuality Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University and winner of the Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral and Dissertation Fellowships. Green published and edited work in GLQ: Gay and Lesbian Quarterly, South Atlantic Quarterly, Black Camera, and TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, as well as the forthcoming anthology Black Trans Love is Black Wealth. Kai is a proud member of Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) and sits on the Healing & Safety Council.
Marc Lamont Hill is the Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities, and Solutions at Temple University. He is the author of multiple books, including Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, From Ferguson to Flint and Beyond (Atria Books, 2016). His current research focuses on race in the Middle East, Black-Palestinian solidarity projects, and an ethnographic study of an Afro-Palestinian community in East Jerusalem.
Gillian Maris Jones is a Blacktivist scholar from New Orleans, Louisiana, and the Bahamas. In 2015, she graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a degree in Anthropology and Portuguese and Brazilian Studies. Her honors thesis focused on the relationship between race, cultural production, and citizenship in Brazil. Currently, Maris is a PhD student in Anthropology and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research, supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, explores climate change vulnerability and adaptation in coastal communities and small island states across the African diaspora.
Treva B. Lindsey is an Associate Professor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University. Her research and teaching interests include African American women's history, black popular and expressive culture, black feminism(s), hip hop studies, critical race and gender theory, and sexual politics. Her first book, Colored No More: Reinventing Black Womanhood in Washington, D.C. (U of Illinois P, 2017) is a Choice 2017 "Outstanding Academic Title." She has published in The Journal of Pan-African Studies, Souls, African and Black Diaspora, Journal of African American Studies, African American Review, The Journal of African American History, Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, Urban Education, The Black Scholar, Feminist Studies, and Signs. She was the inaugural Equity for Women and Girls of Color Fellow at Harvard University (2016–2017). She was also a 2017–2018 Du Bois Non-Residential Fellow at Harvard University. She is currently working on her next book project, tentatively titled Hear The Screams: Black Women, Violence, and The Struggle for Justice. She is the recipient of several awards and fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Emory University, the National Women's Studies Association, the Coca Cola Critical Difference for Women Grant, the Center for Arts and Humanities at the University of Missouri, and the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University. She is the co-editor of a forthcoming collection on the future of Black Popular Culture Studies (New York UP). She writes for and contributes to outlets such as Al Jazeera, BET, Complex, Vox, The Root, Huffington Post, Popsugar, Teen Vogue, Grazia UK, The Grio, and Cosmopolitan.
Danielle Fuentes Morgan is an assistant professor of English at Santa Clara University, where she specializes in African American literature and culture with a particular focus on popular culture, comedy, and satire. Her writing has been published on Al Jazeera, Racialicious, in Humanities, Journal of Science Fiction, Post-Soul Satire: Black Identity After Civil Rights, and is forthcoming in PRE/TEXT: A Journal of Rhetorical Theory. She recently completed a manuscript entitled Laughing to Keep from Dying: African American Satire and Selfhood in the 21st Century, in which she argues that twenty-first-century African American satire is a form of subversive justice-seeking that creates a new framework for articulating contemporary black selfhood.
Rasul A. Mowatt is an Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies in the School of Public Health-Bloomington at Indiana University, for which he has also served as Associated Chair and Department Head. His main research areas are leisure behavior, social justice, cultural studies, and pedagogy. Work on analyzing lynching photography for examples of violence as a form of leisure has been published in special issues of Policy Futures in Education, American Behavioral Scientist, Annals of Tourism Research, and Leisure Sciences, and in the collaborative release of Globalizing Cultural Studies: Ethnographic Interventions in Theory, Method & Policy and Heritage of Death: Landscapes of Emotion, Memory and Practice. Additional work on perceived notions of racial identity in community recreation centers has been published in Journal of Parks and Recreation Administration, the complexities of visitation to Ghanaian slave castles in Annals of Tourism Research, a critique of Whiteness in the Journal of Leisure Research, and the impact of gentrification related to Olympic bidding and preparation in Loisir et Société / Society and Leisure. His research, teaching, and service are strongly centered on critiquing society for the issues that are prevalent in impacting the quality of life and social well-being of people.
Tef Poe is a rapper, musician, and activist from St. Louis, Missouri. He is a cofounder of Hands Up United in nearby Ferguson. In his art and activism, he insists on the value of local people taking charge of conversations about their communities rather than relying on national organizations. He has consistently advocated for grassroots movements in racial justice inside and outside the United States. Poe was a fellow at Harvard University via the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, and he was the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow at Harvard University's W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute.
Christopher Roberts is Baltimore born, Baltimore raised, and forever connected to Oakland and Philadelphia. He is a son, a partner, and a Black person who cares deeply for his people. Chris is a space-maker who is committed to Black people having locations where they can transform the now in order to create, craft, and conjure their most free communities and most liberated selves in the future. Chris is the Artemis A. W. and Martha Joukowsky Postdoctoral Fellow at The Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women at Brown University. He recently earned his PhD in Africology and African-American Studies. As an Africana Studies scholar, his research focuses on memory, memorialization, monuments, and mapping via a Black Digital Humanities approach to scholarship. Chris is a founding member of Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) and founding member of the Healing & Safety Council of the organization.
Kaila Adia Story is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Women's & Gender Studies and Pan-African Studies and the Audre Lorde Endowed Chair in Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Louisville. She is also a co-creator, co-host and co-producer of WFPL's Strange Fruit: Musings on Politics, Pop Culture & Black Gay Life, a popular award-winning weekly podcast focusing on social justice and pop culture. Her research examines the intersections of race and sexuality, with special attention to Black feminism, Black lesbians, and Black queer identity.
Je Naé Taylor is a native of Washington, DC, and graduate of Columbia College Theatre Directing Program, is a theatre practitioner, poet, teaching artist, yuf enthusiast, culture emcee, and curator of Black girl magic. Using creativity as a platform to discover, explore, and discuss her deepest cravings and curiosities in life, she has produced work across continents since 2003. As a facilitator, Je Naé has piloted several curriculums for Black girls funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies, 21st Century Community Learning, and The Pritzker Foundation. Some of the places she has created new work are London International School of Performing Arts, African School of Excellence, The Goodman Theatre, The Art Institute of Chicago, and The South Side Community Art Center. A few of her collaborations include Regina Taylor, Sharon Bridgeforth, Val Gray Ward, and Heather Ireland-Robinson. Je Naé's art residencies include Sacred Keepers Sustainability Lab and The Center for the Study of Social Policy Marvelous Whirlwind Project, where she created bridges with Black LGBTQ young adults in DC, LA, and Ferguson. She is a founding member of BYP100 Healing & Safety Council and gildapapoose collective, which holds the #FreeBlackMamasDMV initiative. Her favorite roles are sister and daughter.
Pascale Ifé Williams is an Afro rockin' Black mixed-race queer "artivist" and scholar, culture producer, revolutionary mother, proud Chicago native, adventurer, facilitator, curiosity connoisseur, and space and vision creator. She responds to her given middle name, Ifé. Always inspiring from the magic of nature and the universe in relationship to urban dwellers, Ife has spent over fifteen years exploring the intellectual and embodied praxes of holistic community organizing. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she spends most of her time creatively engaging critical research and Healing Justice organizing. Through her art, she creates pieces like "We ARE the People" that remind us that we must never forget the legacy from which we come; for we have been gifted the tools to engage critically, compassionately, and with rigor in the struggle for radical self-care, anti-oppressive research and knowledge production, and abundant living. In addition to art, her biological and chosen tribe are most precious to her. Kamari, her seven-year-old son (who loves ninjas and asking questions like "mama, is Michael Jackson up in the sky? I miss him") is a constant source of humility practice and inspiration. Ifé is a founding member of the Healing & Safety Council in BYP100.
Rhaisa Kameela Williams is Assistant Professor of Drama in the Performing Arts Department at Washington University in St. Louis. Williams' research uses mixed-archive methods—spanning across literature, family history, archives, and public policy—to focus on the intersections of blackness, motherhood, affect, and disquieting modes of freedom. Currently, she is writing her manuscript, Mama, Don't You Weep: Motherhood, Blackness, and Performances of Grief, that traces the intimate relationship between grief and black motherhood from the civil rights movement to the present. Offering discontinuous readings of grief, the book asserts that black women, no matter their personal relationship to offspring or othermothering, have specifically mobilized grief inherent to black motherhood as a tactic to perform, remake, and critique forms of citizenship. Williams earned her Ph.D and M.A. in Performance Studies at Northwestern University and a B.A. in Africana Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Her work has been supported by the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium, and the Mellon, Woodrow Wilson, and Ford foundations; and has appeared in Transforming Anthropology and Callaloo.