Akea's work investigates the intersectional themes of race, socioeconomics, and identity. Her works explores the implications of historical racial and social structures in relation to the development of contemporary black life and identity within America. With a particular focus on the ways in which history influences the contemporary, cultural milieu of the American black middle class, she focuses on how to explore today's African American community, as it relates to historical forms of oppression, discrimination, and segregation in American history.
Akea's has received the Visual Task Force Award from the National Association of Black Journalists. Her work is also featured in the Smithsonian's Ralph Rinzler Collection and Archives, and the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art Collection.
Akea received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, in Photography and Integrated Humanistic Studies in 2018. Akea was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland.