Exhibition at School 33 Art Center

I’m excited to be included in the winter exhibition at School 33, titled Your silence will not protect you, curated by Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell.

The title references Audre Lorde’s seminal essay on activism, “The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action.” 

“Your silence will not protect you.” addresses many silences, both historic and contemporary. This multimedia exhibition explores subtle variances and correlations across a broad spectrum of experience for black womyn today. Considering contemporary tropes concerning black womyn’s bodies, the commercialization of blackness and the continued haunting of the American past, the five artists presented content with the status quo both in broad social terms, but also within hierarchical art world structures. Here, past is more than present—it is consciousness.

The exhibition will be on view from December 7, 2018 through February 2, 2019.

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Remove The Label: Why Artists are Challenging Diversity and Inclusion Trends

Recently, I was approached by Mariah Phillips, of &INCLUSION to discuss a topic that’s important to me. For this piece, I chose to talk about identity politics within the art world.

&INCLUSION (and-inclusion), founded by Mariah Phillips in September 2018, is a career news and resource blog crafted to assist, mold and magnify voices, stories and skill-sets of people of color. This blog exists not only to encourage diversity, but to make acceptance and inclusion of all cultures–across professions, industries and creative spaces — normal. With intent to revolutionize the delivery of minority perspectives in professional spaces, &INCLUSION prioritizes transparency, excellence and esteem for original thought.

Although very new, the initiative is amazing and I applaud Mariah for taking the time to create this resource! I’m thankful she asked me to write a piece for the blog, and I look forward to seeing her platform expand!

To read the full article, click here.

Featured in Fraction Magazine

Once again, I am grateful to announce the inclusion of Black Picket Fences, in another photographic journal. This time, my work has been featured in Issue 115 of Fraction Magazine. Great thanks to Bree Lamb, for reaching out and including my work! It is always refreshing to hear when people have been following my progress!

To view the feature, click here.

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White Resentment in Maryland Suburb

Recently, I stumbled upon an article published by the Wall Street Journal, which was published seventeen years ago. However, the content of the article was intriguing, especially in relation to my series, Black Picket FencesThe article is titled, "In the Maryland Suburb of Bowie, Some Whites Resent Wealthier Blacks."

Of course, I do not think that the "resentment" cited in the article is specific to Bowie, Maryland. You will find this form of resentment anywhere you go. But when one considers the history and development of Bowie, it does pose an interesting question about the dynamics of race, especially in relation to shifts in political power. As stated in the article by Jo Bolig, a white special-education teacher, "Whites 'feel more and more powerless'.....They have less and less control and influence. Whites feel like they're losing their grip. It's provoking a kind of racial angst."  

The basis of my dissertation titled, The Spatialization of Race: A Multidisciplinary Analysis of the Black Suburban Landscape, is centered around the examination of black suburban communities, as the antithesis of the privileges gained through whiteness. I critique and challenge the concept of whiteness, as more than simply racial prejudice, but as a system that is designed to maintain power; often through generational wealth transfer and property acquisition. The article does a good job at hinting at this, but I do think the term "resentment" should be switched to "fear." It is my opinion that a lot of this has a lot more to do with the uncertainty of the future of white security and social standing, and less to do with the advancement of blacks. At the end of the day, blacks doing better, means white security might not be guaranteed anymore; the loss of power is truly what they fear. 

You can read the article at the following link:


It's been almost eighteen years since it was first published, but I think it's an important citation.