Community Resilience during Covid-19 | On Healing
“When white folks catch a cold, black folks get pneumonia.” — African-American proverb. While we endure this global pandemic, MoAD will highlight the work being done to keep our community resilient in the face of Covid-19.
Join us for an online conversation about healing with Deborah Santana and Angelica Ekeke. Deborah and Angelica will discuss their personal journeys and their current projects that emerged from their experiences. Deborah is preparing to open Temple Tree Sanctuary, a wellness center in Los Angeles, and Angelica will be discussing her latest short film “Marin City”, which is the first of its kind to tell the unsung history of the black contribution to Marinship during World War ll while also exploring the present-day struggles of Marin County’s only black community. The film serves as a reflection of the fractures, cracks, and broken promises within America’s foundational history and the establishment of societal oppression of African-Americans that runs through its veins.
For 13 years, Deborah Santana‘s core work was through her nonprofit, Do A Little, which served women & girls in the areas of health, education & happiness. Her passion was to provide educational opportunities for girls and women around the world, to work with organizations that prevent and heal relationship and sexual violence and improve the lives of America’s abused and neglected children. She partnered with a worldwide community of artists and allies who work for empowerment, opportunity, and visibility for women artists. She funded scholarships for girls who would be unable to attend school without them.
At the end of 2019, while walking an outdoor labyrinth in Makawao, Maui, she had a vision to create a brick & mortar healing center where she would be able to work daily, providing educational, spiritual & transformational classes & workshops in a beautiful environment. Temple Tree Sanctuary was born in January 2020. Temple Tree Sanctuary’s mission is to support people in leading healthier lives by providing services to heal minds and bodies and help us all become more centered and peaceful.
She has studied meditation all of her adult life, practiced yoga, run marathons, & hiked many miles in pursuit of fitness & a connection with the earth & her mystical system of life. She holds a BA in Humanities, a Master of Arts in Philosophy and Religion with a Concentration in Women’s Spirituality & is a Second Degree Reiki practitioner. (photo credit: Jordan Keith)
Angelica Ekeke is a Bay area-based immersive visual journalist who has produced work for the Museum of the African Diaspora, Berkeley Law, and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Her work is rooted in social justice and is focused on refraning narratives that are often overlooked. Both her local and international work is aligned with highlighting and reporting on diasporic trauma in order to promote transatlantic conversations. In an effort to bridge art, journalism, and innovation, she introduced a new medium to the journalism, documentary, and music world —-she calls ‘Visual Symphonies”. These symphonies are a fuse of live journalistic reporting, music, and documentary film. While her semi-silent films are played behind her, she narrates the film through song, while accompanied by a live orchestra — as a means to “report through music.”She holds a BA from the San Francisco State University and an MA from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.
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