the reImagining..begins...with you!

I tried to wait for the newsletter.... 

....but I just had to tell you! The reImagining is going to party!!! Join us Friday, October 1th for a night of celebration and reflection on this groundbreaking visual arts project. Make sure to RSVP here! And please continue to support the launching of the project with your TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation by clicking here! Please spread the word and share this link with everyone you know and on all of your social networks - repeatedly! I am so looking forward to getting started - but first, let's party! See you all in October!  

The reImagining Speaks: Model #12 CharLena Pearson-Fulcher

The reImagining Speaks is a video series that gives voice to the women lending their images to the reImagining. This series allows you to hear for yourself why this project is so important to me and these 100 women. Listen closely:

 

Who is CharLena Pearson-Fulcher?  I am a writer, performer, and entrepreneur.  All of those my the world of reality makes me a risk-taker. I’m a believer in divining what I want and then going after it, which in the so-called “real world” is defined as being risky.  I am an intelligent, driven, energetic, funny, loving, healthy, vivacious, prosperous and compassionate individual.  I have three new wedding books coming out this year and my competition, that I founded (the Wedding Cake Taste-Off) in 2011,  for the emerging baker will have a 2nd outing this year in Manhattan.  I feel blessed to be alive in this day and time and fully expect to take advantage of living in these times.

The reImaginging Speaks is now on TWIB!

It is my distinct pleasure to announce the reImagining Speaks is getting a louder voice! Starting today I will be penning a new blog series highlighting the videos and the themes of the reImagining! Please check out the first installment and make sure to leave a comment and spread the word on your social networks! Stay tuned in ladies as we get the word out about this amazing project!

the reImagining Salon #2: The conversation is growing!

The conversations just keep getting better and better! The focus of this conversation was health: physical, spiritual, and emotional. A huge thanks to our guest speakers Model #57 Shonda Brown, Model #24 Wendy Petties, and Alamesh from the Baha'i Center. Another humble thanks to the amazing Baha'i Center for opening your doors to the project. See you all in June!

Our very first reImagining Salon!

Honestly words can not describe how amazing this night was for me - so I will let our resident genius videographer Aulistar Mark demonstrate his skills with this amazing recap of an extraordinary night:

A huge thank you to BFB Architect and Balance Integration for letting us meet in your beautiful office space!

idiStudios teams up with Colloquy Collective to realize images for the new production of Wine in the Wilderness

“Like snowflakes, the human pattern is never cast twice. We are uncommonly and marvelously intricate in thought and action, our problems are most complex and, too often, silently borne." - Alice Childress

Faren for Collective Collective Wine in the Wilderness, Courtney

 

I have had the ultimate collaboration! Imagine being able to translate into images the text of an amazing Black female playwright for the production of one of her most amazing plays dealing with the topics of the misrepresentation of the Black female image for a Black female producer and director! I know it's a run on sentence, but run with me on this one guys! I was more than thrilled to lend my camera skills to Courtney Harge of Colloquy Collective for their new production of Wine in the Wilderness. Harge created the collective because " We at Colloquy Collective feel it is important to mine existing work for jewels that create new contexts for our present conditions." The play, which runs from March 7th through March 17th at JACK, is the company’s inaugural production. Directed by Harge, Wine in the Wilderness examines the issues of racial identity, class striation, art’s purpose, and male/female power dynamics. Originally presented in 1969, it tells the story of a Black male artist as he paints a triptych on Black womanhood, and the Black woman who causes him to reexamine his approach. This play remains poignant and relevant over four decades after its first production. Above is one of the two images I produced for the play - you have to come out and see the play to see the second image! The play opens Thursday March 7th with a great reception afterwards! If you can't make one of the shows - then support the project's funding campaign and support the major tenant of the reImagining - creating new paths for the real voices of Black women!

The reImagining Speaks: Model #27 Daralyn Jay

The reImagining Speaks is a video series that gives voice to the women lending their images to the reImagining. This series allows you to hear for yourself why this project is so important to me and these 100 women. Listen closely:  

A versatile actor, vocalist and writer, Daralyn Jay has worked in theater, film, commercials and voiceover. She is also a regular performer on the New York jazz scene and contributes to lifestyle/arts publications VEVLYN’S PEN and NeoBlack Cinema. http://www.Daralyn.net Twitter:@DaralynJay

The reImagining Speaks: Model #57 Shonda Brown

The reImagining Speaks is a video series that gives voice to the women lending their images to the reImagining. This series allows you to hear for yourself why this project is so important to me and these 100 women. Listen closely:

Shonda is a 42 y/o single mother of three. She is a LPN working in home care for the last 5 years who hopes to earn her RN within the next year. I spend most of my time supporting my children's endeavors  ( cheer leading coach , Girl Scout leader , gymnastics team mom for football , basketball and track ). I no longer want to be judged by my title or what appears upon first impression rough no nonsense exterior. I am a fun loving extrovert who enjoys making people laugh and loving life with all it's ebbs and flows.

The reImagining Speaks: Model #25 Melissa Mendez

The reImagining Speaks is a video series that gives voice to the women lending their images to the reImagining. This series allows you to hear for yourself why this project is so important to me and these 100 women. Listen closely:

Hi my name is Melissa, I want to be known as someone who is hard working, Intelligent and Strong willed to say the least. I am human and neither my hair nor race will define me! Let my efforts and abilities shine through. Founder of The Bronx Naturals LLC An All Natural Soy Candle Company.

The reImagining Speaks: Model #50 LaTonia Phipps

The reImagining Speaks is a video series that gives voice to the women lending their images to the reImagining. This series allows you to hear for yourself why this project is so important to me and these 100 women. Listen closely:

Solo Artist. Writer. And New York Times and New York Post Reviewed actress. Phipps is a woman in charge of her career having created her very own solo show infusing 27 characters and slam poetry. Following a young actress turned writer who finds herself through the spirit of her deceased mother. Phipps is gearing up for a 2013 college tour of this show. More info below. She will also be premiering her new project entitled, "She Who Struggles," a one act that follows two woman (one black the other white) as the tackle the issues of Gentrified harlem through love and poetry. Twitter: @latoniaphipps Facebook: Latonia Phipps (Like and stay updated on upcoming shows) Website: www.latoniaphipps.com

The reImagining Speaks: Model #14 Wendy Petties

The reImagining Speaks is a video series that gives voice to the women lending their images to the reImagining. This series allows you to hear for yourself why this project is so important to me and these 100 women. Listen closely:

 

 

Wendy Petties, Native New Yorker, and powerful hot pink woman is the Founder and Owner of Simmer, LLC. a relationship and sex coaching practice based in NYC.  An advocate of pleasure and free choice she is concerned with the way Black women's sexuality is portrayed in the media and in our own minds.   In both cases Black women are seen as either hoes or just shy of nuns and through her work she certainly has seen all types of women along that spectrum.   Visit Simmer, LLC on Facebook to learn more or reach Wendy.

The reImagining Speaks: Model #11 Francina Connors

The reImagining Speaks is a video series that gives voice to the women lending their images to the reImagining. This series allows you to hear for yourself why this project is so important to me and these 100 women. Listen closely: