I am a daughter of the diaspora, Venezualan Arawak, West African, Indian and Dutch, hailing from Trinidad and living currently between New York City & Toronto. I'm an award-winning multidisciplinary artist, curator, writer and educator.
In 2009 I was the Youthline Award Winner for “Outstanding Contribution To Community Empowerment”. In 2010 I was named one of YSEC’s 100 Young Changemakers while also being recognized in Canada’s Northern Lights Exhibition: Celebrating African Canadian Stories. In 2011, I was recognized as one of 12 of the City Of Toronto’s Cultural Champions among such brilliant activists as Lillian Allen. In 2012 I was recognized as one of Go Magazine’s 100 Women We Love, sharing the list with the likes of Ellen Degeneres and Wanda Sykes. In 2013, I have most recently been honoured as one of the featured Game Changers of The Insight Project along with folks like Che Kothari, Brandon Hay & Kristen Wong Tam.
I've spoken on panels and conferences nationally as well as facilitated radical community dialogues including Queer As Black Folk hosted by The Black Daddies Club and was the keynote speaker at Spelman & Morehouse's first Pride Week.
My writing and voice have been featured in Cosmopolitan, The National Post, The Huffington Post, George Brown University textbooks as well as Autostraddle.
I'm the co-founder and current Executive Director of The People Project. 8 years in the making; we are a movement of queer and trans folks of color and our allies, committed to individual and community empowerment through alternative education, art activism and collaboration.
Through my work at The People Project, I've consulted and supported organizations the world over including Brown Boi Project, The Harmony Movement, The Grassroots Youth Collaborative, Stolen From Africa as well as the Toronto District School Board and The City Of Toronto Cultural Arts Division. In this work I have developed and co-developed over 80 distinct resources and tools as well as delivered hundreds of workshops around race, gender, power, privilege, consent, creation, food and entrepreneurship.
I am the Coordinator of Brave New Girls, a radical healing retreats and a series of traveling skillshares for Femme Identified Folks of Colour & Indigeneous Folks.
I am also one of the owners of The Glad Day Bookshop, the world's oldest LGBTQ Bookstore opened in 1970 with 21 other enormous individuals like Gein Wong, Micheal Erickson & El Farouk Khaki.
In over a decade of community organizing, I've worked across the intersections of oppression in food justice, HIV activism as well as race & gender justice. I'm also a yoga teacher teaching through the Brown Girl’s Yoga collective.
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