meet monique.describing herself as:inquisitive
kwame ture would be proud to know that his final call to “organize! organize! organize!” has not fallen upon deaf ears. a shining, brilliant example of what these words look like in constant action, monique is one of the many sistas in milwaukee dedicated to creating unmediated BLACK space.
recognizing economic autonomy as vital to the sustainability of such space, monique is the co-founder of all black everything: the abe movement. framing the work of the organization with the motto, “buy,eat,think,liberate.” abe has successfully launched an ongoing “buy black program” encouraging the support of local black businesses. in addition, abe’s multi-generational programs, “feed the people” and “sankofa study circle” provide access to locally grown food and a series of unfiltered discussions about african history and culture.
monique is also a master teacher vegan chef! you can view culinary masterpieces like her jerk spinach on her blog, hatshepsut speaks. if you happen to be in the “414” on saturday, march 29th you can taste these delights at “big hair and brunch,” an event she organized to celebrate our hair and the spirit of ujamaa.
did i mention that this good sista is nearing the completion of her doctoral studies in urban education with her research focusing on african centered schools???
and she teaches classes???
and she’s a doula???
now tell me monique ain’t one inspiring woman???
i surely think she is, and thank her for being a bold & beautiful force of change/creation in ensuring that we as a people can live, love, laugh, evolve, and simply be.
in this edition of “five on the black hand side,” monique shares the music she hopes will fill her home, a piece of literature that explores the continental origins of soul food, a film that reminds the us of the greatness of our “long and mighty walk”, an artist whose art you can bring home to momma, and a space filled with love and light.
so let’s get connected…
music. robert glasper
"jazz, hip hop, rhythm and blues, funk, punk… you name it and this man delivers! my goal is to live in a house that smells like his music-warm, energetic, honest, vulnerable, purposeful and loving! my favorite song by him is "f.t.b,” but hearing it live literally makes my soul stir!”literature."this is the nerdy nerd nerd in me. but at the moment, i am interested in all things epistemologically and methodologically african-centered. so i’ve been immersed in journal articles and just everything that puts the lived experiences of BLACK folks at the center / root of the conversation. and then… i love food. so that means that cookbooks and food histories have been the gems! today’s book- hog and hominy: soul food from africa to america by frederick douglass opie.”
film. a great and mighty walk
"this was a hard one! ultimately…the greatest film ever produced in my mind is a great and mighty walk. first it’s narrated by wesley snipes and is about my favorite scholar whom i love and adore. but (maybe more importantly) it’s about african history and culture…such an overview is found no where else in film! love it!”
artist. charles jean pierre
invisible barriers, 2013
"i’ve always loved the work of my brother, charles jean pierre. i commissioned a picture from him that is hanging in my mother’s house… and he painted a picture just for me that has two of my tattoos featured. i love his work.”
space."my house. i moved recently and i love the new space. it has rooms, windows, plenty of light, and an attic! i love being there… it’s my secret safe space. i adore it!"
…and this concludes “monique’s five on the black hand side"…
photo credit. monique
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