THE MAMAS

Crystal is a spoken word grand slam champion, published writer, director and actress. She has traveled around the world to perform poetry and worked as a contributing writing to publications such as For Harriet. She identifies as a #BlackMamaCreative meaning her creative projects are informed by Black motherhood and center on Black women. She is a 2017 TEDx performer, a 2017 Water Hole Poetry Fellow and cofounder of Writers Well Youth Fellowship, which is a year long fellowship program for Black girls in South Carolina, ages 14-19, focused on writing. Her recent directoral theatre credits include, Untitled Reconstruction Play, which is a performance which includes historical text and original writing, based on the 1871 testimony of Spartanburg County residents who were terrorized by the Ku Klux Klan. In addition to her artistic endeavors Crystal is also a doula and a facilitator for Speaking Down Barriers, a team of listeners, healers, artists, researchers, teachers, theologians, & creatives who work together to offer encounters that transform our life together across human difference rooted in healing and justice.

NeKisha is a #BlackMamaCreative, military spouse, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and homeschooling Mama of 3 lionesses. In addition to running her own lactation practice, she also coaches up and coming lactation consultants through her new organization Nikki and Nikki Lactation Career Consultants, and advises corporations on equity strategy to reach underserved Communities.Nekisha believes that supporting families through birth and breastfeeding is healing work and has the power to restore brokenness that is rooted in oppression. For her creative outlet, Nekisha writes and speaks on topics related to lactation, equity, and historical trauma.

Thea Monyee is an accomplished self identified Black Woman Creative with credits including appearances on HBO, BET, and TV One, performances at the legendary Ford Amphitheater and House of Blues in Los Angeles, countless college tours, and commissions to perform for the NAACP, Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, and other national organizations. Thea Monyee ́'s unapologetic work stems from her unwavering passion to healing and her belief that true healing can only occur in a liberated and non-oppressive society. Monyeé is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at Cal State L.A., a regular contributor to For Harriet and Black Girl in Om online publications; co-host of Dem Black Mamas podcast and All Heart Podcast; Director of Decolonization for the multimedia platform Black Girl Mixtape, and writer, producer, and director of The Get Right, a youtube series offering advice for aligned living. She serves as a contributor to SayWordLA and a board member of Manhood Camp for At-Risk males. Her most recent work Murmurs of a MadWoman: An Unconventional Memoir is available through Amazon, and she is a signed fiction writer with Dystel, Goderich & Bourret with upcoming projects. She is currently studying to add certified sex therapist to her list of credits.