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I am the Executive Director of Allied Media Projects, where I cultivate media strategies for a more just, creative, and collaborative world. I was part of relocating the Allied Media Conference from Bowling Green, OH, to my hometown of Detroit, MI, in 2007. Since then, I have facilitated the growth and evolution of the conference as a convening point for an expansive network of networks.
I started doing work at the intersection of arts, culture and social justice as a 19 year-old activist in the youth leadership organization, Detroit Summer. I developed theories and practices of media-arts-based organizing under the combined influences of Detroit activists Grace Lee Boggs and Shea Howell, hip hop artist Invincible, the global Indymedia network, the national INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence network, and many others.
In 2009, I led the process of founding the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition and securing $1.8 million in federal funding for the city through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This funding led to the creation of the Detroit Future programs, which have since trained several thousand Detroiters to use media, art, and technology for creative community transformation efforts in schools and neighborhoods across the city.
I live in Detroit where I am a dancer and a writer.