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HER DREAM DEFERRED 2022

DEFERRED AND DELAYED, BUT NOT DENIED

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MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2022

On These Grounds Screening & Talkback

 

Flowing the screening of the documentary On These Grounds, AAPF hosted a roundtable discussion feolaturing Vivian Anderson (documentary participant and founder of Every Black Girl), Niya Kenny (documentar participant and Every Black Girl member), Shandrea Murphy-Washington (AAPF) and Alexa Harmon-Thomas (Represent Justice). The conversation was curated to center Black women's voices as they shared their responses to the documentary and their own personal testimonies of police violence, punishment and pushout of Black girls in schools.

Guests included:

Venus E. Evans-Winters, Ph.D. is the Black Girls Initiatives Research Coordinator at AAPF. Her areas of research are educational policy analysis, Black girls’ and women’s onto-epistemologies, and critical race feminist methodologies. The former Professor of Education, Women & Gender Studies, and African American Studies is the author of Black Feminism in Qualitative Inquiry: A Mosaic for Writing Our Daughter’s Body and Teaching Black Girls: Resilience in Urban Schools. She is co-editor of the books, Black Feminism in Education: Black Women Speak Up, Back, & Out and Celebrating Twenty Years of Black Girlhood: The Lauryn Hill Reader. Her forthcoming co-authored text is Introduction to Intersectional Qualitative Research. Dr. Evans-Winters is also a clinical psychotherapist in private practice and founder of Planet Venus Institute.

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Dr. Venus Evans-Winters

MODERATOR

Research Coordinator for Black Girls’ Initiatives, AAPF

Vivian’s work is rooted in promoting the health and wellbeing of youth, families, and communities of color. She is the founder and executive director of Every Black Girl, Inc., a national campaign and program that centers and supports Black girls. Vivian has long been an activist and healer, working as the director of Youth Programming at the Harlem YMCA and executive director of Momentum Teens. In 2015, Vivian moved to South Carolina, inspired by the Spring Valley assault, to create an organization to fight state-sponsored violence against young Black women. Since then, Vivian and Every Black Girl, Inc. has grown into an organization advancing radical systemic change needed to have a world worthy of the genius and heart of every Black girl.

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Vivian Anderson

SPEAKER

Founder of Every Black Girl and On These Grounds Documentary Participant

Niya Kenny was a student at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, SC when she witnessed and filmed the “Assault at Spring Valley,” during which she was arrested on disturbing school charges and taken to a detention center. Niya withdrew from Spring Valley High School and opted instead to finish a GED. Niya joined other South Carolina students in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state’s laws against disturbing schools, which are overly broad and applied disproportionately to Black students. Previously, Niya has interned at AAPF where she contributed to raising awareness about how the school-to-prison-pipeline impacts all students, but especially black girls. Niya recently moved to Atlanta, GA.

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Niya Kenny

SPEAKER

Member of Every Black Girl, former AAPF Intern, and On These Grounds Documentary Participant

Alexa is the Campaign Coordinator at Represent Justice working directly with Represent Justice Ambassadors and supporting film impact campaigns. Prior to Represent Justice, she served as a Digital Manager/Strategist for Work With The Coach, a leading digital media company that represents and advises industry-leading artists and companies.

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Alexa Harmon-Thomas

SPEAKER

Campaign Coordinator, Represent Justice

Shandrea Murphy-Washington is the Program Coordinator at AAPF. She is an Arkansas-based youth development activist. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a certification in Nonprofit Management. She received her Master of Public Service from the Clinton School of Public Service where her work focused on the career and social-emotional development of African American youth in the Central Arkansas region. She is a published poet and essayist, with pieces featured in Misguided Magazine for Millenials, Rise Up Review, and IO Literary Journal.

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Shandrea Murphy-Washington

SPEAKER

 Program Coordinator, AAPF

Kimberlé Crenshaw is the co-founder and executive director of the African American Policy Forum, and the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School. She is the Promise Institute Professor at UCLA Law School and the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor at Columbia Law School.

She is popularly known for her development of “intersectionality,” “Critical Race Theory,” and the #SayHerName Campaign.

 

She is the host of the podcast Intersectionality Matters! and the webinar series Under the Blacklight. She is one of the most cited scholars in legal history and has been recognized as Ms. Magazine’s “No. 1 Most Inspiring Feminist,” one of Prospect Magazine’s ten most important thinkers in the world, and one of Ebony’s “Power 100."

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Kimberlé Crenshaw

MODERATOR

Co-Founder and Executive Director, AAPF

Tonya Lewis Lee is a director, producer, writer whose work often explores the personal impact of social justice issues.  As a television producer, Tonya served as Executive Producer on the episodic series She’s Gotta Have It which is currently streaming on Netflix. As a film producer, Lee produced Monster which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and is now available on Netflix. Most recently Lee co-directed and co-produced Aftershock, which premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, winning the Special Jury Award for Impact for Change. The film, which examines the U.S. maternal mortality crisis, was acquired by Onyx and ABC News to stream on Hulu. IndieWire named Tonya as one of 22 rising female filmmakers to watch in 2022.

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Tonya Lewis Lee

SPEAKER

Director and Producer

Paula Eiselt directs and produces feature films about unforgettable characters thriving in unbelievable circumstances. Her most recent feature, AFTERSHOCK, premiered at 2022 Sundance in the U.S. Doc Competition and was awarded the Special Jury Award: Impact for Change. AFTERSHOCK will be released by Disney’s Onyx Collective and ABC News to stream on HULU and Disney+ in 2022. Her previous feature 93QUEEN, now streaming on HBOMax, was released theatrically across the U.S. and broadcast worldwide starting with PBS’s POV. IndieWire named Paula one of 22 Rising Filmmakers to Watch in 2022. In 2019, Paula was named one of Jewish Week's “36 Under 36.”

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Paula Eiselt

SPEAKER

Director and Producer

Shawnee Benton Gibson is the CEO of Spirit of A Woman (S.O.W.) Leadership Development Institute, an organization established in 2002 and designed to educate, elevate and effect positive and sustainable transformation in the lives of individuals, groups, families and communities. Under Shawnee's leadership and vision, S.O.W. offers innovative coaching, counseling, workshop and training experiences to individuals, groups and organizations seeking to expand their power, purpose and impact in the world. Shawnee is a graduate of New York University’s Silver School of Social Work and is a licensed practitioner with over 28 years of professional experience in the areas of substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery, adolescent development, individual, family and group counseling, women’s health, birth equity, social justice, grief, loss, bereavement and trauma. Shawnee is a master teacher, trainer, healer, vision coach, performance artist, inspirational speaker, officiant, mother and friend. Her principal teaching and healing tools consist of spiritual counseling, coaching, writing, sacred rituals, psychodrama, sociometry, energy work, the performing arts and storytelling as mediums to ignite transformation and initiate catharsis.

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Shawnee Benton Gibson

SPEAKER

Documentary participant and mother of Shamony Gibson

Omari Maynard is an educator by trade and an artist by craft. He has received his bachelor's degree in Marketing from Hampton University, an MBA and a Masters in Sport Business Management from the University of Central Florida, and a Masters degree in Special Education from Long Island University. With these degrees, he has worked for the NBA, for sports marketing companies, not for profit organizations, and the Department of Education.

 

As a child, he watched his uncle, Leo Carty, a highly accomplished artist, and Fulton Art Fair alumni, creating beautiful masterpieces. In 2016, Omari and his life partner, Shamony Gibson, started their own business. Art-fulliving is a lifestyle and event planning business with an emphasis on artistic expression. Unfortunately, Shamony transitioned in October 2019, due to complications after giving birth to their second child. Her untimely passing has provided Omari with a drive to live his life as creatively and purposefully as possible.

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Omari Maynard

SPEAKER

Documentary participant and life partner of Shamony Gibson

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TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2022

Aftershock Screening & Talkback

 

AAPF hosted a screening of the documentary Aftershock, followed by a talkback with filmmakers Tonya Lewis Lee and Paula Eiselt, along with documentary participants Omari Maynard, Shawnee Benton Gibson, and Bruce McIntyre III. The conversation illuminated systemic, racial, and ethnic disparities associated with pregnancy-related deaths in the US and allowed for advocates to share their experiences, testimonies, and calls-to-action for changes in the maternal health space.

Guests included:

Bruce McIntyre Founded the saveArose Foundation after losing his soulmate Amber Rose Isaac to an unscheduled emergency C section that stemmed from medical negligence on April 21st, 2020. Since then, Bruce has become a fearless advocate for families and against racial disparities within the medical system. His mission is to combat and dismantle systemic flaws within the medical system and redirect the course of birthing equity towards solutions that will create better birthing outcomes. He has provided necessities to young mothers in shelters and to families who have suffered the same fate. Bruce is working on bringing a midwifery led birthing center to the Bronx. He has also partnered with coalitions of birth workers and government officials to craft legislations surrounding maternal, mental health and surviving families. He has taught racial bias classes to medical students and has contributed in midwifery/ doula/hospital trainings. He has been featured on many different media platforms, news articles, apps & has advocated for maternal health on an international scale as a council member of the International Childcare Initiative Global RMC. Bruce has become a pillar to the community for his groundbreaking work and innovative ideas to provide quality care and help people in underserved communities.

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Bruce McIntyre III

SPEAKER

Documentary participant and life partner of Amber Rose Isaac

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2022

A Labor of Love: Cultivating Restorative Spaces for Women Activists, Healers & Caregivers

 

AAPF hosted a gathering centering Black women’s restorative care, “A Labor of Love: Cultivating Restorative Spaces for Women Activists, Healers, & Caregivers.” During A Labor of Love, we cultivated a ritual space for Black women to reflect on a praxis of love and healing. This event featured conversations led wellness practitioners, followed by breakout sessions that invited participants to practice stillness, healing conversations, and journaling as a means of self-reflection and care.

Guests included:

Awoye Timpo is a New York-based performing arts director and producer. Her work with AAPF includes development of the play Say Her Name: The Lives That Should Have Been. Awoye’s New York credits include work at New York Theatre Workshop, The Vineyard Theatre, The Playwrights Realm, Atlantic Theater Company, the National Black Theater and the Public Theater. Regionally she has directed at Studio Theatre (DC), Actors Theatre of Louisville, Long Wharf Theatre (New Haven) and Berkeley Rep. Her work has also been seen in Edinburgh and Johannesburg. Awoye works as a Creative Director for music events and is a Producer of CLASSIX, a series exploring classic plays by Black playwrights.

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Awoye Timpo

CO-HOST

Creative Arts Administrator, AAPF

Venus E. Evans-Winters, Ph. D. is the Black Girls Initiatives Research Coordinator at the African American Policy Forum. Her areas of research are educational policy analysis, Black girls’ and women’s onto-epistemologies, and critical race feminist methodologies. The former Professor of Education, Women & Gender Studies, and African American Studies is the author of Black Feminism in Qualitative Inquiry: A Mosaic for Writing Our Daughter’s Body and Teaching Black Girls: Resilience in Urban Schools. She is co-editor of the books, Black Feminism in Education: Black Women Speak Up, Back, & Out and Celebrating Twenty Years of Black Girlhood: The Lauryn Hill Reader. Her forthcoming co-authored text is Introduction to Intersectional Qualitative Research. Dr. Evans-Winters is also a clinical psychotherapist in private practice and founder of Planet Venus Institute.

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Dr. Venus Evans-Winters

CO-HOST

Research Coordinator for Black Girls’ Initiatives, AAPF

Shermena Nelson serves as AAPF's Chief of Staff/Director of Programs and Community Engagement. Shermena is an Afro-Cuban macro social worker and attorney who focuses on interventions in larger systems, such as communities and organizations, in order to effect change that will enhance the lives of individuals. A native New Yorker, Shermena holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (minor in African American Studies) from Howard University, a Juris Doctor from the University of the District of Columbia, and a Masters of Social Work from New York University. Shermena’s areas of practice include Program Development and Management, Legal Advocacy, Trauma, Loss and Bereavement.

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Shermena M. Nelson

CO-HOST

Chief of Staff/Director of Programs and Community Engagement, AAPF

Chloe Dulce Louvouezo is a Congolese-American writer, mother, and advocate for women whose work is driven by discourse on identity and healing. She is the executive producer and host of the Life, I Swear podcast and author of Life, I Swear: Intimate Stories from Black Women on Identity, Healing, and Self-Trust (HarperCollins Publishers), through which she explores nuances and insights around identity, mental wellness, and healing, told through the lens of women from the Black diaspora.

 

Rooted in her global citizenships, Chloe’s fifteen year career in communications has advanced inclusive storytelling at organizations addressing education, poverty, and mental health. She currently serves as Senior Communications Officers at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on its Public Engagement and Insights team. Prior to joining the foundation, she served as Director of Communications for Services for the Underserved, one of the largest human services agencies in New York City, and a women’s college in Kigali, Rwanda. Chloe sits on Washington, DC Mayor Bowser’s Commission for Women, through which she supports citywide initiatives championing health and human services and public policy safety for women. She is also a founding board member of HURU, which creates sacred spaces for rest experiences that foster emotional wellbeing and wholeness. Chloe earned her B.A. in Journalism from Howard University with a concentration in Cultural Anthropology and her M.P.S. in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Georgetown University. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Social Psychology from Howard University. To learn more about Chloe, visit www.chloelouvouezo.com.

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Chloe Louvouezo

SPEAKER

Executive Producer and Host of the Life, I Swear podcast

Shawna Murray-Browne, LCSW-C is an award-winning community healer, national speaker, and Liberation-Focused, Mind-Body Medicine Practitioner. She is Principal Consultant at Kindred Wellness LLC. Trained as an integrative psychotherapist, Shawna has created life-changing, community-based sacred spaces, honoring culture, to equip Black women, youth, and change-makers with the tools to heal themselves. A fierce advocate for racial equity in mental health care, Shawna guides professionals and organizations in nourishing a culture of mindfulness, anti-racism, and impact. Intuitive, authentic, and high energy, she is committed to helping the community reclaim collective wisdom to triumph over the effects of historic and present-day trauma. Shawna was named by The Huffington Post as one of the “Ten Black Female Therapists You Should Know,” featured on the PBS special Mysteries of Mental Illness and was a two-time guest on the popular, Therapy for Black Girls podcast. Shawna is currently pursuing her PhD in Social Work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore where she earned her Master’s in Social Work. She gained her Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Family Science from the University of Maryland, College Park. She serves on the Advisory Board of Cllctivly, serves on the Trauma Informed Care Task Force for the City of Baltimore and is a Minority Fellow for the Council on Social Work Education and SAMSHA. Dedicated to continued growth, her practice in QiGong, African spiritual traditions and sitting at the feet of elders maintain. She lives in Baltimore with her husband and her four year old daughter.

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Shawna Murray-Browne, LCSW-C

SPEAKER

Mind-Body Medicine Practitioner, Kindred Wellness LLC

Imani Joye Samuels is a spiritual thought leader. She dreams of a world that celebrates stillness as a means to discover peace. As a champion of the practice of rest, Imani founded Huru, a sacred space in the heart of Washington, DC, and outside of Los Angeles, CA designed to foster rest. Huru infuses clinical, cultural and spiritual touches to facilitate deep introspection and optimal shut eye in an all-inclusive weekend. Her efforts have helped individuals and organizations across North America, Nigeria, South Africa, Senegal, Taiwan, UAE, and the UK. Imani is a recent graduate of the Spirituality Mind Body program at Teachers College, Columbia University (as well as American and The Howard University) and is married with two young feminists, both who have a great sense of curiosity, purpose and imagination.

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Imani Samuels

SPEAKER

Spiritual Thought Leader, Huru

Isis-Rae Goulbourne is the founder of Little Black Boutique (LBB), a mindful marketplace of curated black items that help raise the vibration of the collective. The brand aims to give both men and women, of all colors, the tools they need to connect to their higher selves and step fully into their own unique soul purpose. 

 

Through LBB, she houses all-black products that deliver security and power in order to facilitate transformation within the lives of others. Isis-Rae considers it her soul purpose to create vehicles of empowerment for all. Her life’s mission is to give a path to businesses and individuals to “do the thing” that only they can do. She is a champion of going within and embracing our own uniqueness.

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Isis-Rae Goulbourne

SPEAKER

Founder, Little Black Boutique

Dr. Leslie Nwoke (WOE-KAY) is a physician, emotional recovery coach, and founder of HeartWork EQ, a personal development company specializing in faith-based emotional intelligence training for high performing women. She has a robust background in medicine, learning and development, and public health. Dr Leslie discusses the effect of Black women’s labor on their bodies (weathering) as well as access to adequate mental health care.

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Dr. Leslie Nwoke

SPEAKER

 Program Coordinator, AAPF

Anana Johari Harris Parris (@ananajohariharrisparris) is the founder and CEO of the Self Care Agency, LLC where she operates as the lead Strategic Business & Self Care Consultant Program Designer as well as the founder of the SisterCARE Alliance. Ms. Parris also is the co-founder and Managing Partner of the Wellness & Justice Group, LLC. 

 

Ms. Parris is also the founder of non-profit initiatives like the AfriSalsa Cultural Organization/AfriSalsa fights HIV/AIDS Campaign, the SisterCARE Dance Club and the Self Care Day Campaign. Ms. Parris authored the first official Self Care Day Proclamation on December 4, 2011 recognized by the City of Atlanta and later the cities of Savannah, GA,  Lithonia, GA, Charlotte, NC, Charleston, SC, Mecklenburg County, NC , Mansfield, TX, and DeKalb County, GA. To further the promotion of self-care as a strategic form of social justice, Ms. Parris authored the book, Self Care Matters: A Revolutionary's Approach. Her book has launched several self care support groups and it's Strategic Self Care Training Program has been approved for training with the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as adopted as a required training text for many programs addressing human trafficking, domestic violence and trauma survivor programs. Her book is also adopted as the primary strategic self care training tool for the Southern Center for Human Rights and the ProGeorgia Women of Color Initiative. 

 

Ms. Harris Parris was awarded the Unsung Heroine Award by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., the State of Georgia Goodwill Ambassador Award and the Community Service Award from the U.S. Attorney General’s Office of the Northern District of Georgia. In 2018, Ms. Parris was the keynote speaker at the Global Women’s Leadership Activism Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa and the recipient of the Southern Center for Human Rights Gideon's Promise Award. In 2019, Ms. Parris was appointed the Howard University Alumni Club of Atlanta Community Affairs Chair and a ProGeorgia 2019 and 2020-21 Women of Color Thought Leader Delegate.

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Anana Harris Parris

SPEAKER

Founder & CEO, Self Care Agency LLC

Of African American, Eastern European Jewish and Muscogee Creek Native American descent, Dr. Gina Loring is a poet, singer, songwriter, screenwriter, activist, and creative writing professor. As guest artist of the American Embassy under the Obama administration, she facilitated writing workshops and performed her poetry and music in over ten countries, and toured nationwide with Norman Lear’s Declare Yourself project. Her personal essays and poetry have been featured in As If Magazine, The Root, Chime for Change, Angels Flight/Literary West, Thrive Global, and For Harriet. With a BA from Spelman College, an MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles, and a Doctorate in Education for which she studied at the University of Southern California and Clark Atlanta University, she teaches writing workshops with incarcerated teens and youth transitioning out of trafficking. She was featured on Jane Fonda’s Fire Drill Fridays, Rosario Dawson’s The Assembly, two De La Soul albums, two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry, and has been commissioned to write poems honoring Quincy Jones and Prince.

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Gina Loring

PERFORMER

Poet

Abby Dobson is AAPF's Artist-In-Residence. A Sonic Conceptualist Artist, Dobson’s sound is the alchemy of R&B/Soul, jazz, classic pop, gospel, and folk, forging a gem that erases musical boundaries. Abby has performed at venues such as S.O.B's, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Apollo Theater, Blue Note Jazz Club, and The Tonight Show (Jay Leno). Her debut CD, "Sleeping Beauty: You Are the One You Have Been Waiting On” was released in 2010 to glowing reviews. Abby received a Juris Doctorate degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor’s degree from Williams College in Political Science and History. An independent scholar, Abby’s research interests focus on the intersection of race and gender in the imagination, creation, consumption, and distribution of music. Passionate about using music as a tool for empathy cultivation, Abby creates music to privilege black female voices and highlight the human condition. She is committed to shining her artistic light - volunteering with the African American Policy Forum and the National Organization for Women, NYC Chapter. www.abbydobsonsings.com

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Abby Dobson

PERFORMER

Vocalist

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FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2022

In Our Mother's Garden Screening & Talkback

AAPF hosted a screening of the film In Our Mothers’ Gardens, followed by a live conversation on the importance of holding space for Black women across the Diaspora. In the talkback, AAPF staff members discussed unlocking stories of their mothers, developing narratives about their respective matrilineal lineages and legacies, as well as redefining holistic lives rooted in radical intergenerational self-care and healing. 

Guests included:

Kirsten West Savali is Vice President of Content at iOne Digital, Urban One, Inc.’s family of digital media brands, and a veteran movement journalist. She formerly served as executive producer at ESSENCE Magazine and the magazine’s senior editor of News & Politics. 

Her work explores the intersections of racism, social justice, Black feminism, and politics—with a particular interest in dismantling narratives and exposing structures that endanger oppressed and occupied communities.

She has been a featured panelist and speaker at universities across the country. A faculty member for the African American Policy Forum’s Critical Race Theory Summer School. 

West Savali is the recipient of the Vernon Jarrett Medal for Journalistic Excellence which honors exemplary reporting on Black life in America and an NABJ Award for Journalistic Excellence. She was also named to EBONY Magazine's 'Power 100’ List and awarded a John Jay College of Criminal Justice/Harry Frank Guggenheim Fellowship for her work focusing on criminal justice.

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Kirsten West Savali

MODERATOR

Vice President of Content,

iOne Digital/Urban One, Inc.

Glenda Smiley is the Director of Programs and Advocacy at AAPF. Her career meets at the intersection of youth-work and culture-work with a focus on creating community-based programs at nonprofits and content for education, empowerment, and entertainment institutions/ solopreneurs. A native of Philadelphia, she studied at St. Peter's and Germantown Friends Schools. She later received a BA in English with a concentration in secondary education from Barnard College at Columbia University and a Masters of Science in Education from Bank Street College of Education where she received the Shapiro Scholarship and studied Leadership in Community-based Learning. 
 

Smiley previously worked for Girls, Inc. NYC, Harlem Educational Activities Fund, Harlem Village Academy, Harlem Children’s Zone, BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc., BLACK GIRLS LEAD and other youth programs. Smiley is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc. and mother of a tenacious toddler, Zora. 

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Glenda Smiley

SPEAKER

Director of Programs and Advocacy, AAPF

Shandrea Murphy-Washington is an Arkansas based youth development activist. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a certification in Nonprofit Management. She received her Master of Public Service from the Clinton School of Public Service where her work focused on the career and social-emotional development of African American youth in the Central Arkansas region. She is a published poet and essayist, with pieces featured in Misguided Magazine for Millenials, Rise Up Review, and IO Literary Journal. She serves as Program Coordinator at AAPF.

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Shandrea Murphy-Washington

SPEAKER

Program Coordinator, AAPF

Shermena Nelson serves as AAPF's Chief of Staff/Director of Programs and Community Engagement. Shermena is an Afro-Cuban macro social worker and attorney who focuses on interventions in larger systems, such as communities and organizations, in order to effect change that will enhance the lives of individuals. A native New Yorker, Shermena holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (minor in African American Studies) from Howard University, a Juris Doctor from the University of the District of Columbia, and a Masters of Social Work from New York University. Shermena’s areas of practice include Program Development and Management, Legal Advocacy, Trauma, Loss and Bereavement.

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Shermena M. Nelson

SPEAKER

Chief of Staff/Director of Programs and Community Engagement, AAPF

Venus E. Evans-Winters, Ph. D. is the Black Girls Initiatives Research Coordinator at the African American Policy Forum. Her areas of research are educational policy analysis, Black girls’ and women’s onto-epistemologies, and critical race feminist methodologies. The former Professor of Education, Women & Gender Studies, and African American Studies is the author of Black Feminism in Qualitative Inquiry: A Mosaic for Writing Our Daughter’s Body and Teaching Black Girls: Resilience in Urban Schools. She is co-editor of the books, Black Feminism in Education: Black Women Speak Up, Back, & Out and Celebrating Twenty Years of Black Girlhood: The Lauryn Hill Reader. Her forthcoming co-authored text is Introduction to Intersectional Qualitative Research. Dr. Evans-Winters is also a clinical psychotherapist in private practice and founder of Planet Venus Institute.

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Dr. Venus Evans-Winters

SPEAKER

Research Coordinator for Black Girls’ Initiatives, AAPF