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  • ON BEING FAT, BLACK AND FEMALE
    ON BEING FAT, BLACK AND FEMALE
    Jade! is the author of ON BEING FAT, BLACK AND FEMALE, a collection of poetry, short stories and trash-talkin'. (Jade! caricature illustrated by Derick "D-Cross" Cross.)
  • Spoken Word Artistry
    Spoken Word Artistry
    Jade! as performing poet on the spoken word scene in NYC at "Poetic Vibes," a weekly poetry slam produced by Hottest Poets at Jimmy Uptown in Harlem. (Photo credit: Sheila M. Smith.)
  • Memorializing Michael Jackson
    Memorializing Michael Jackson
    Jade! as community documentarian and photographer - on the evening of Michael Jackson's ascension - capturing those who honored his memory in front of the Apollo Theater in Harlem. (Photo credit: Jade!)
  • Research Coordinator / Curriculum Developer / Photographer
    Research Coordinator / Curriculum Developer / Photographer
    Jade! as NYC research coordinator, curriculum developer and photographer for the Smithsonian Institution's "The Will to Adorn" project, which explores the connection between identity and adornment in the African American community.
  • Funnin' with a Moko Jumbie
    Funnin' with a Moko Jumbie
    Jade! with Willard John, historian, master Moko Jumbie (stilt walker) and educator, during a folklore research trip in St. Thomas for the Smithsonian Institution's "The Will to Adorn" project. (Photo credit: Sally A, Van Der Water.)
  • Oh, Snap!
    Oh, Snap!
    Jade! capturing the image of master barber Denny Moe sculpting the afro of master photographer Sheila Smith at the "Will to Adorn" program of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. (Photo credit: Kanaiah Nicole Photography.)
  • Jade! with Common!
    Jade! with Common!
    Jade! being shown some love by Common at "An Evening with Maya Angelou" in New York City. (Photo credit: Shari Schultz.)
  • Independent Book Publisher
    Independent Book Publisher
    Jade! is the founder and publisher of Iman Books, which publishes the underheard. (Logo by Berry Tindle.)
  • SIGNIFYIN' HARLEM Literary Journal
    SIGNIFYIN' HARLEM Literary Journal
    Jade! is the founder / publisher /executive editor of SIGNIFYIN' HARLEM, which publishes literary and visual creations of Harlem artists. (Cover design by Fritz Desir.)
  • SIGNIFYIN' HARLEM Debut Release
    SIGNIFYIN' HARLEM Debut Release
    Jade! with the executive staff of SIGNIFYIN' HARLEM during the debut release at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem. (Photo credit: Deirdre L. Hollman.)
  • Community Documentarian
    Community Documentarian
    Jade! as community documentarian in attendance at the 85th Anniversary Celebration of the birth of Harlem literary legend, James Baldwin, at Frankie Faison's Firehouse. (Photo credit: Iyaba Ibo Mandingo.)
  • Arts Administrator
    Arts Administrator
    Jade! as Director of the Dr. Beverly J. Robinson Community Folk Culture (FC) Program at Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center . The FC Program teach youth to identify and document traditions and tradition bearers of the community and then present them back to the community. (Graphic design by Jade!)
  • Teaching Artist-in-Residence
    Teaching Artist-in-Residence
    Jade! as writer-in-residence teaching book publishing to the after-school participants of the Pathways for Youth Boys & Girls Club in the Bronx, NY.
  • CYPHER Literary Journal
    CYPHER Literary Journal
    Book cover of CYPHER literary journal, created by the middle school scholars of the Pathways for Youth Boys & Girls Club at the Eugene T. Maleska School. Ms. Jade! as writer-in-residence, book publisher, and executive editor. (Cover design by Berry Tindle.)
  • Documentary Interviewee
    Documentary Interviewee
    Jade! as featured interviewee for "Cutting Edge," which documented barbers and patrons of Levels II Barbershop in Harlem.
  • With Sister Sonia!
    With Sister Sonia!
    Jade! with writer / professor / activist / poet Sonia Sanchez at the "Giving Voice" program at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, in which they both performed. (Photo credit: Kanaiah Nicole Photography.)
  • Poets! Poets! Poets!
    Poets! Poets! Poets!
    Jade! with the fantastically wonderful performing poets of "Rhythm, Rhyme, Griot & Song," in which she performed and hosted, at Pace University in New York City.
  • Publishing Advisor
    Publishing Advisor
    Jade! as publishing advisor of ON FIRE!! literary journal of Rider University, which was founded by poet Rance Robeson.
  • Dick Gregory!
    Dick Gregory!
    Jade! with her mom and Dick Gregory - comedian and activist - at the "Giving Voice" program at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, in which both she and Dick Gregory performed. (Photo credit: Sheila M. Smith.)
  • We The People
    We The People
    Jade! as community documentarian interviewing New York State Senator Bill Perkins on 125th Street in Harlem. It was the afternoon of November 4, 2008 - the day that Barack H. Obama was elected President of the United States of America. (Photo credit: Carmen Neely.)
  • Langston Hughes' 100th Birthday Celebration
    Langston Hughes' 100th Birthday Celebration
    Jade! as poetry workshop facilitator for the American Museum of Natural History's celebration of Langston Hughes' 100th birthday.
  • Harlem Book Fair
    Harlem Book Fair
    Jade! as spoken word artist at the Harlem Book Fair with poets she published in SIGNIFYIN' HARLEM. (Photo credit: Sheila M. Smith.)
  • Jade! as Harlem community member...
    Jade! as Harlem community member...
    Jade! chillin' at The Studio Museum in Harlem while shopping at vendor stands on 125th Street and just plain ol' hangin' out in the community.
  • HARLEM IS... Public Art Project
    HARLEM IS... Public Art Project
    Ms. Jade! as writer-in-residence, book publisher and photographer for Community Works' HARLEM IS... public art project, which celebrates the living history-makers of Harlem, New York, New York. (Graphic design by Michael Esguerra.)
  • Kissed by Melvin Van Peebles!
    Kissed by Melvin Van Peebles!
    Jade! surprised with a smooch by filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles at the release of the U.S. postage stamp honoring pioneering filmmaker Oscar Micheaux - Columbia University, NYC, NY. (Photo credit: Deborah Renee Smith.)
  • Hangin' in Brooklyn
    Hangin' in Brooklyn
    Jade! hangin' out with master choreographer / dancer Obediah Wright following Dance Africa at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. (Photo credit: Kanaiah Nicole Photography.)
  • The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    Jade! as writer-in-residence - with the Junior Scholars of the Schomburg Center and special guest Abiodun Oyewole, founding member of The Last Poets. (Photo credit: Deirdre L. Hollman.)
  • With Dr. Cornel West!
    With Dr. Cornel West!
    Jade! being hugged up by Dr. Cornel West prior to joining him for the screening of "Slap the Donkey," a documentary capturing Rev. Al Sharpton's 2004 presidential bid.
  • African Burial Ground National Monument Dedication
    African Burial Ground National Monument Dedication
    Jade! as the artist coordinator of the African Burial Ground National Monument Dedication, which established the African Burial Ground as the first African American national monument in the United States.
  • Cultural Documentarian
    Cultural Documentarian
    Jade! as cultural documentarian and photographer of style exemplars (dress artists) at Dance Africa in Brooklyn for "The Will to Adorn" project of the Smithsonian Institution. (Photo credit: Jade!

 JADE!

 

poet   •   writer   •   book publisher
arts administrator  •   teaching artist   •   workshop provider
community folklorist   •   cultural documentarian
producer  •  photographer
motivational speaker

 

nuff said?