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I thought I would be a dancer as a child and that belief shaped the world and my understanding of place within it. I trained, beginning at the age of 6, in under-resourced schools taught by dedicated dancers to professional dance studios at The Alvin Ailey School. I played nowhere like I did on Marley-covered floors. Onlookers saw a sort of endless practice that surely looked like obsession, but nothing brought me more joy than a développé that stretched just a bit higher and with a bit more musicality than it had the day before. While, ultimately, I did not...

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Check out Benedicta’s work in our marketplace.  “My name is Benedicta Awere-Malik and I'm the creator of Didi Rose Jewelry. I've always loved to make things by hand. Learned to braid hair when I was 7, learned to sew at 11 and because my mother was a baker, I've always baked. I don't remember how old I was when I started testing out recipes from my mother's books but I remember frosting/decorating my first birthday cake when I was 9. Around that time, I also used to make beads from wire. This involved cutting the wires into little pieces after...

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Check out Binta’s work in our marketplace. “From a very young age, I already enjoyed working with my hands: making crafts, baking or gardening. It wasn’t until my teenage years that I had the opportunity to be introduced to and work with young Touareg artisans for a cultural event hosted at my school. (Touareg’s are a nomadic tribe from northern Niger). My initiation into the art of jewelry making began with me drawing and designing pieces. Then I started to work with local Touareg artisans in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) who were known for their skill in working with silver and...

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The National Black Disability CoalitionThe National Black Disability Coalition (NBDC) is a response to the need for Blacks with disabilities in America to organize around issues of mutual concern and use our collective strength to address disability issues with emphasis on people who live in poverty.The goal of the NBDC is;  To promote UNITY among black people with disabilities, our families and communities. To advance EQUITY within the disability movement and our communities To foster OPPORTUNITY for black people with disabilities We believe that black people with disabilities must unite to obtain and secure the rights and privileges of full...

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