I believe in helping others. I donate a portion of my education services and products to the non-profit organizations below. Please consider supporting these organizations.
Blackspace is an Afrofuturism digital makerspace where young afronauts can learn about spoken word poetry, digital storytelling, street griot, and creative coding free of charge.
Two years ago I met the Blackspace founder, Pierce Freelon. I produced a music video for his band with my students and, was the Executive Producer for a documentary on Blackspace in collaboration with Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and The School of Doc.
Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University
During my Master's of Fine Arts in Educational Media Production I studied two major figures in the documentary photography world that has made a significant impact on my life's work.
The first is Wendy Ewald, the founder of Literacy Through Photography program at CDS. Ewald's book Shooting Back was the case study during my photography thesis project. The National Endowment for the Arts, the Surdna Foundation, the Open Society Institute, and the Nathan Cummings Foundation, among other institutions and foundations, have supported Literacy Through Photography and funded residencies with such artists as Alfredo Jaar, Deborah Willis, Luis Rodriguez, and John Edgar Wideman. These residencies have allowed Durham, N.C. teachers and their students to collaborate with nationally known visual artists and writers in finding new ways to connect writing and photography.
Lewis Hines was the other photographer who I was inspired by during my research. Hine's photographs were used to advocate for legislation against the exploitation of children and, in 1938, were instrumental in convincing Congress to include child labor reforms in the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows Program places Fellows with organizations seeking creative solutions to the specific problems faced by women, children, adolescents, and young adults in socially and economically disadvantaged areas.
TO WRITE LOVE ON HER ARMS
To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide.
As someone who openly talks about my own depression, anxiety, and PTSD, I'm happy to endorse TWLOHA and their mission.