The Directory:

Designers & Artists

Deborah Willis

As an artist, author and curator Deb Willis's art and pioneering research has focused on cultural histories envisioning the black body, women and gender. She is a celebrated photographer, acclaimed historian of photography, MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellow, and...

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Sewit Sium

Jeweler and educator Sewit Sium has been crafting powerful jewelry imbued with living African history for over a decade. Prior to starting her company in 2015 of the same name, she taught Fashion Activism and Design in various NYC High schools. “I used jewelry -...

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Sir John

Sir John is a dynamic force in the beauty and fashion industry, creating iconic looks with his signature use of color, luminance, and inclusive style. He developed his reputation as a Global Artist creating statement looks while working with industry moguls Pat...

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Telfar Clemens, TELFAR

Telfar Clemens is a fashion designer and founder of the brand TELFAR. He was born to Liberian parents in Queens, New York. At the age of five, Clemens lived in Liberia with his mother and four siblings. The family returned to live in the United States after the...

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Yinka Shonibare

Yinka Shonibare CBE was born in 1962 in London and moved to Lagos, Nigeria at the age of three. He returned to London to study Fine Art, first at Byam School of Art (now Central Saint Martins College) and then at Goldsmiths College, where he received his MFA....

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Yomi Abiola

Yomi Abiola's commitment is to create a world in which inclusion and cultural understanding are the cornerstones of our society. To her, an inclusive society is a society where women are fully empowered and celebrated for the contributions they make. She uses the...

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Zanele Muholi

Muholi is a South African visual activist and photographer. For over a decade they have documented Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people’s lives in various townships in South Africa. Responding to the continuing discrimination and violence...