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AFFILIATES

Description, Bios, Contact Info

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Kid Creole Soul Food

CEO & Founder

-David Smith-

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Center for Urban Excellence

CEO & Founder

-Reina Robinson-

​Reina is a certified resilience and mental wellness practitioner, author and the CEO of the Center for Urban Excellence. Her work focuses on digital media literacy, spectrum thinking, and social and economic opportunity development. Reina became a scholar at California State University, East Bay, earning a B.A. in Ethnic Studies, Black Studies, Genders and Sexualities in Communities of Color minor, plus a Master of Arts degree in Communication. Reina uses Afrofuturism, art and education to share her experiences with hope, healing and resilience to advocate for underrepresented groups. 

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Tailored Discoveries

CEO & Founder

-Janae Smothers-

Janae Smothers is a credentialed Educational Leader and Master Teacher with over a decade of experience in public education. She founded Tailored Discoveries as a nonprofit organization as a means to provide quality education options to families in between the poverty line and the 1%. This gap, like the inequalities in our education system, are immense. Tailored Discoveries strives to provide an educational option to families tailored to their students specific needs and lifestyle. Ms. Smothers ensures that the program offers an array of opportunities for its families and students. The school follows a private/homeschool model that allows parents to take control of their child's education. The goal is that Tailored Discoveries will be able to offer a portion of its capacity to allow for free or reduced childcare through grant fundraising, community donations, and childcare subscription funding sources.

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Darius Simpson

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                               -Darius Simpson-

He is a writer, educator, performer, and skilled living room dancer from Akron, Ohio. He received an MFA in Creative Writing-Poetry from Mills College. Darius was a recipient of the 2020 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship, a 2023 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and is the author of Never Catch Me (Button Poetry, 2022).​ He hopes to inspire that feeling you get that makes you frown and slightly twist up ya face in approval. Darius' poems have appeared in  POETRY Magazine, The Adroit JournalAmerican Poetry ReviewTinderbox Poetry Journal, and others.  Darius believes in the dissolution of empire and the total liberation of all oppressed people by any means available. Free the People. Free the Land. Free All Political Prisoners.

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