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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 (, 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,,, The, 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'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...


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