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Womxn of Power Dialogue: The Art of Womxn’s Work

Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute

120 East 125th Street

New York, NY 10035
FREE
Womyn of Power Dialogue: The Art of Womxn’s Work

This program is part of our Race, Myth, Art and Justice exhibition public program series.

In honor of Women’s Month, we invite you to join us for a community conversation with a powerful group of womxn that have decided to place art, culture, justice, and community at the center of their work with the purpose of deconstructing false narratives, building movements, and mobilizing our communities. From activist, art curators, institution builders, food justice advocates, musicians, writers, to healing practitioners, these womxn’s cultural work has reverberated into community activations and hopes for a more equitable society.

Our esteemed panelists are Cheyenne Wyzzard-Jones, Janel Martinez, Frances Perez, and Dr. Griselda Rodriguez.

The evening features a community dialogue, art activations, and more! 

Women of Power Series, is one of our signature events held annually in March, that considers the role and impact of women in the African Diaspora through various lenses in order to claim, explore, and honor our experiences as well as to collectively strategize for our future.


WHEN: Wednesday | March 27, 2019 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

WHERE: Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute

ADMISSION: FREE with RSVP | RSVP HERE (Limited Seating - 50 Seats)

SUGGESTED DONATION: $5.00 

*Ticket holders who purchased donation-based tickets will be given priority for entry + reserved seating

Speakers include:

  • Cheyenne Wyzzard-Jones - Founder, Resistance Education Co-Founder, Women of Color in Solidarity, Community Organizer

  • Janel Martinez - Founder of Aint I Latina, Multimedia Journalist

  • Frances A. Pérez-Rodríguez  - Food Sovereignty Advocate and Community Organizer

  • Dr. Griselda Rodriguez - Founder of Brujas of Brooklyn, Curator, Doula, and Sociology Professor at City College

Moderators: CCCADI Staff Members Regina Bultron Bengoa and Janet L. Sackey 


Meet the Panelists:

Cheyenne Wyzzard-Jones - Founder, Resistance Education Co-Founder, Women of Color in Solidarity, Community Organizer

Cheyenne Wyzzard-Jones is the Founder of Resistance Education. She is a Black Femme Ratchademic (ratchet academic) Community Educator. She holds a B.A. in International Development & Social Change (focused on education & gender) from Clark University and an M.A. in Comparative and International Education (focused on curriculum development) from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her mission is centered on disrupting colonial legacies of education that mask itself in the name of development, specifically in communities of color. She uses poetry, hip-hop, and other forms of art to create and  implement anticolonial black/ muxerista/ transnational/ indigenous feminist curriculum for black and brown youth. Creating spaces for women/femmes/gnc people of color to heal, unlearn to relearn, and create is also the continued work her ancestors called her to do.

She is Co-Founder of Women of Color in Solidarity, a collective of bad ass women/femmes/gnc people of color who are healing, educating, lifting, and resisting together as women/femmes of color.

 

Janel Martinez - Founder of Aint I Latina, Multimedia Journalist

Janel Martinez is an entrepreneur and multimedia journalist. She's a staunch advocate for Afro-Latinidad, founding award-winning blog, Ain't I Latina?, an online destination celebrating Afro-Latinas. Martinez's platform has featured interviews with prominent Afro-Latinas, including actress Selenis Leyva and singer Amara La Negra, among other women.   


The Bronx, NY native is a frequent public speaker discussing media, tech, entrepreneurship, culture and identity, as well as diversity at conferences and events for Bloomberg, NBCU, Oath, SXSW and more. She’s appeared as a featured guest on national shows and outlets, such as BuzzFeed, ESSENCE, NPR and Sirius XM, and her work has appeared in Univision Communications, Oprah Magazine and The New York Times. Martinez was included in the Red Bull-produced short doc, Hasta Abajo: Feminism, Sexuality and Reggaeton. The Honduran-American has been nominated for the 20th Annual Rosoff Award in the 20-Something Category and won the Afro-Latino Festival of New York's Digital Empowerment Award and, in 2018, was recognized at City Hall by the New York City Council, the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus and the Bronx Delegation to the NYC Council for her contributions as a woman of Garifuna descent.

Frances A. Pérez-Rodríguez  - Food Sovereignty Advocate and Community Organizer

Frances A. Pérez-Rodríguez was born in Puerto Rico, raised in New York City, and stands in solidarity with the oppressed peoples of the world. She is deeply inspired by the reality of maintaining a healthy relationship with the planet and with one another through connecting with and freeing the land.

A Farm School NYC graduate, Frances prides herself on being the Rise & Root Farm market manager and a member of La Finca Del Sur Community Farm where she grows produce and herbs (both for herself and the South Bronx Farmers Market), and assists with programming centered around urban agriculture, food sovereignty, and healing through herbalism and other culturally-relevant methods.

Frances also co-facilitates NYC Summer Youth Employment Program cohorts at LFDS, empowering Bronx youth through community gardening, a vessel to introduce food justice, movement histories, and social justice issues with the intentions of activating their potential as loving, critical, and purposeful community members.

Frances is a daughter, a youth leader, a community organizer, and above all, seeker of truths.

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Dr. Griselda Rodriguez - Founder of Brujas of Brooklyn, Professor, and Doula

Dr. Griselda Rodriguez-Solomon (Dr. G.) is an Afro-Dominican mother, professor, yogi and doula. Dr. G. teaches courses such as “Birth Injustice” and “Racism in a Post Racial World” throughout the City University of NY (CUNY). She holds a PhD in Sociology from Syracuse University. Dr. G. and her twin sister are the Brujas of Brooklyn. They curate a platform and workshops addressing womb-related imbalances among women of color.


This program is made possible with the generous support of the Andrew Mellon Foundation and additional support from The Ford Foundation, the Hearst Foundations, New York Women's Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Dept. of Cultural Affairs.

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