Meet Your Black Girl Geeks! Sunday 25 November, 2012

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The women we are about to introduce have everything it takes to be a ‘G’ and then some. Shout out Live Unchained’s Black Girl Geeks with us on Twitter and Instagram (@liveunchained), using the hashtag #geekunchained. When it came to honoring hard working women creatives, the ultimate geeks of their crafts, you all showed up. […]

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The women we are about to introduce have everything it takes to be a ‘G’ and then some. Shout out Live Unchained’s Black Girl Geeks with us on Twitter and Instagram (@liveunchained), using the hashtag #geekunchained.

When it came to honoring hard working women creatives, the ultimate geeks of their crafts, you all showed up. Nominating women from around the world, you introduced us to artists of various disciplines and those that were so off the chain their work couldn’t be categorized.

We are proud to celebrate three women that really stand out: Ebony Golden, Ngwatilo Mawiyoo and Summer McDonald. Your Live Unchained Black Girl Geek badges of honor celebrate the time and energy you put into excelling at your creative passion. May the geek inside continue to pull you upwards and onwards.

Nominated by: Rachael Derello

Geek Profile: Ebony Noelle Golden is a public scholar, conceptual performance artist, Cave Canem Fellow and creative director of Bettys Daughter Arts Collaborative, LLC.  She also serves as the artistic director of Body Ecology Performance Ensemble. A 2012 Women Warriors Awardee, Ebony has taught, published and performed widely. Ebony earned degrees from New York University (M.A.-Performance Studies), American University (M.F.A.-Poetry), and Texas A & M University (B.A.-English/Poetry). Her work has been supported by a variety of organizations including:  New York University, Alternate Roots, We Shall Overcome Fund, Fund for Southern Communities, Soul Mountain Poetry Center, The Highlander Center for Research and Education, Cave Canem Foundation, North Carolina Humanities Council, State of the Nation and Atlantic Center for the Arts. Ebony’s current bodies of scholarly, creative writing and conceptual performance work include:  FREEbirth Ring Shout for Reproductive Justice, Weaving Revolution: A Tool Kit for Cultural Organizers and The Body Ecolgy: Performing Cultural Arts Direct Action.

Rachael says:

While Ebony is very learned (academically) she is also very rooted in what she and her community knows intrinsically. She uses all of that learning to bring awareness, raise consciousness, elevate our collective ancestors and stories and to highlight the interconnectedness and divinity that exists within us all. When I saw “Body Ecology” (which Ebony directed) perform at Alternate Roots, I wasn’t expecting to really be affected by their production. I had seen it before on video and I thought that I knew everything to expect. However, at some point in the midst of witnessing the commitment to tell our stories through movement, spoken word and music…I felt a release. Watching Ebony’s work, breathe and live, was like being in prayer.

> Shout out Ebony using the hashtag #geekunchained / @liveunchained

Nominated by: Wambui Wamae-Kamiru

Geek Profile: A native of Nairobi, Kenya, Ngwatilo Mawiyoo has steadily built a name for herself as a poet, performer, actress and musician. A keen observer and devoted student of the written word; Ngwatilo’s book of poems, “Blue Mothertongue” (2010), is set in Nairobi and the African diaspora around notions of home and identity. Critics say the work is “crafted with beautiful pace and intelligence,” that it is “a worthy testament of her times.” Ngwatilo’s work has been translated into Swedish and (Austrian) German, in addition to being published in literary journals in Kenya and abroad.

What Wambui says:

She has an amazing adventure/exploration called this Kenyan Life which is her story, an African “backpacker” traveling her own backyard to reveal what us Nairobi urbanites are too close minded to see at  http://thiskenyanlife.com/.

> Shout out Ngwatilo using the hashtag #geekunchained / @liveunchained

Nominated by: Moya Bailey

Geek Profile: Summer McDonald is a blogger at the Black Youth Project. In real life, Summer tweets, obsesses over her Facebook status, watches SportsCenter and reruns of The Golden Girls. Blogging about pop culture and black people, she’s one of the world’s finest haters :)

What Moya says: I describe Summer McDonald as an explicitly queer black Daria with better clothes. Summer has an acerbic wit, pithy one liners to spare, and coke bottle glasses that make Velma jealous. She and fellow Black Girl Geek, Elizabeth, have a women’s fantasy football league and podcast. She loves to read and makes reading list for herself in her spare time. She is a tortured writer with a big brain, bigger vocabulary but a commitment to accessible writing. She’s a Black Girl Geek to a tee! 

> Shout out Summer using the hashtag #geekunchained / @liveunchained

Is there a black girl geek you’d like to recognize? Check out the nomination guidelines here and email us at geeks@liveunchained.com. We’re honoring our second round of dedicated geeks next month!

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