Book Launch | Women of the African Diaspora
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Museum of the African Diaspora and Maison Noire Américaine present
WOMEN OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA by Haby Barry & Diaraye Barry
Join us for a discussion of this stunning work with authors Haby Barry and Diaraye Barry, and contributing artists Abi Mustapha and Ethel-Ruth Tawe. The conversation will be moderated by Robin Bates, founder of Maison Noire Américaine. This photo book portrays 10 women of the African Diaspora wearing modern looks of traditional fabrics from the continent in Guinea, West Africa; Oakland, California (U.S.); and Paris, France, embracing their authentic selves and natural beauty. Women of the African Diaspora makes a declaration for us to bear witness to our lived experience, love ourselves and impart our knowledge to the young women and girls in our global community. Foreword by Yomi Abiola, Founder of the Fem League and Cultural Curiosity committed to the advancement of women.
Women of the African Diaspora is available for purchase through the MoAD Online Store.
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Haby Barry is the founder of Fulaba, a boutique jewelry brand that provides timeless jewelry from African high culture. Although she started with Fulani jewelry because of her heritage, her goal was always to go beyond and feature jewelry from the royalty and nobility of other African ethnic groups and political empires. Fulaba has been featured in several publications, including Allure and Essence magazines and worn by influencers and celebrities, including Alicia Keys. Learn more by visiting www.fulaba.com and follow everything African High Culture @fulaba on Instagram.
Diaraye Barry has extensive experience in logistics, business administration, human resources and project and event management. After spending a few months in New York, her love for black culture reached another level from the experiences she had participating with a group of individuals who created impactful initiatives through art and business. Later while living in England, Diaraye joined the London Black Expression group (a group that focuses on promoting cultural events that navigates around African-Caribbean culture) as a co-organizer alongside the late founder Angela Dolor. For the past 4 years, Diaraye has been a key collaborator of the African Cultural Center founded by her late and beloved friend, artist Hilaire Penda, in working to expand its presence throughout Europe.
Ethel-Ruth Tawe (b.1994, Yaoundé, Cameroon) is a multidisciplinary artist and creative consultant, engaging dialogue on African identity and diaspora cultures through visual storytelling. The concept of time is central in her practice, examining Africa’s past, present and futures from a magical realist lens. Ethel holds an MSc Development Studies from SOAS University of London and a BA International Human Rights with a minor in Art History & Criticism. She’s worked with organizations, brands and creative start-ups in the art & culture, travel, wellness industry and beyond.
Instagram / Twitter / Facebook: @artofetheltawe
Abi Mustapha is a Sierra Leonean-American artist. Her work is primarily focused on large scale portraiture and illustration inspired by examining the beauty of cross-cultural diversity. Her art examines the complexity of expression and identity through the creative process, drawing many small details on a large scale. Graphite, charcoal and oil paint on paper are her preferred mediums. Abi has been showing work in the Bay Area since 2013. Her work has been exhibited in several galleries and museums in the Midwest and Bay Area, including the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, The Richmond Art Center, and Joyce Gordon Gallery. Born in Indiana, she is also a graduate of Indiana University earning a BA in Political Science with an emphasis in sustainability. Outside of the studio, Abi is an avid traveler and dog mom. She currently lives and works in Oakland, CA.
Robin Bates has dedicated over 20 years to highlighting the Black Diaspora in France. Robin studied French language and culture at the Université de Paris, Sorbonne and returned to her native San Francisco with the vision to bring Paris’ Black culture to the forefront. In 1998, Bates launched the award-winning,Café de la Soul * Your Black Paris Portal, the first website to highlight the African American community in Paris. In 2013, Bates expanded upon the concept of Café de la Soul to create Maison Noire Américaine, a more comprehensive organization and resource with an additional focus on fostering friendship and a deeper sense of community between diverse French, African American & Afro-Francophone cultures. In addition to her ongoing commitment to connecting and championing the Black Diaspora in America and France, Bates is an avid supporter of increasing African American student participation in study abroad programs. Bates resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her two children.
This program is presented in partnership with Maison Noire Américaine