Literary Events & Literacy Coordinator, Poet, Story Teller
The nature of my work and my aesthetic philosophy I have been called a poet, slam poet, and performance artist. All three are appropriate and underscore that the voice, the word, the story are my primary artistic tools. My work has evolved over the years from the intimately personal to work that resounds with social and cultural truths that transcend my ethnicity and sexual identity. The ability to create and share my work is very dear to me. My art is my second skin. It allows me to connect with others in a personal way even though in most cases we have just met. Poetry is the portal to initiate dialogue.
Theresa Davis is an educator, storyteller, poet, author, poetry slam champion and the host of the award winning open mic Java Speaks. She has performed on stages across the nation as a poet and keynote speaker. She was a classroom teacher for over 25 years, specializing in cross curricular education. As a slam poet, Theresa has competed individually and on teams for over a decade and in 2011 won the Women of the World Poetry Slam. In May 2013, her first full collection of poems entitled “After This We Go Dark” was published by Sibling Rivalry Press. “After This We Go Dark” became an American Library Association Honoree, and the book can now be checked out in local and college libraries around the world. Her latest poetry collection “Drowned: A Mermaid’s Manifesto”, released with Sibling Rivalry Press, in fall of 2016 received the award“Ten Books All Georgians Should Read”. In addition to being a teaching artist and outreach poetry coordinator for Georgia Tech for 6 years, Theresa hosts and participates in many of the lit events around Atlanta. Her one-woman show “Then They’ll Tell You it’s all in Your Head” Made its debut as a part of 7 Stages Home Brew series in fall of 2017. Theresa is the Literary Events Coordinator and The Charles “Jikki” Riley Memorial Library, facilitator for The Arts Exchange.
Artist Activist, Producer
As a visual artist my work seeks to preserve Black narratives as a radical act of social justice. As an artist-activist, I intentionally push back against erasure, displacement, misrepresentation and marginalization by reclaiming cultural histories in communities affected by gentrification. My work invokes the power of the ancestors. By creating visual roadmaps from the past to the present, paved by the history and stories, love and heartache, success and failures of the ancestors, it celebrates and calls to the present the wisdom of those who have come before to inspire a new freedom movement today. My work reclaims the stories of the ancestors as social iconography of my generation by creating shrine paintings, which present the ancestors as sacred symbols of freedom. I believe that by reclaiming the stories of our ancestors and by praising and committing to their memory, we will better understand our collective potential and ourselves as a society.
As an artist-activist, Charmaine Minniefield uses her work to examine cultural histories and to preserve and celebrate Black narratives as a radical act of social justice. Her work intentionally pushes back against erasure, displacement, misrepresentation and marginalization. Through acrylic on canvas, charcoal, digital mixed media and site-specific installations and projection mapping, Minniefield explores African and African-American ritual from a feminist perspective. Her work is featured in a number of public and private collections and as a muralist, her walls can be seen throughout the City of Atlanta and beyond. Her Atlanta BeltLine wall was commissioned by DoSomething.org and Spelman College; her wall in the King Historic District was commissioned by the Not A Crime campaign; and her numerous murals in the City of Atlanta schools were sponsored by Hands On Atlanta. She has also served as a consultant, producer and arts administrator for over 20 years, working with a wide range of arts and service organizations on innovative projects with national impact. She was recently featured in the Mercedes Benz USA “Greatness Lives Here” campaign. Minniefield currently serves as faculty for Freedom University.
Corinthia Jenkins, MPH
Meditation Suits Me! Baby U. Health Educator. Doula.Spiritual Counselor
Corinthia Yemi Jenkins, MPH is an instrument for social justice. As a Certified Health Education Specialist, she has founded BabyU (BU)Prenatal Support Services and Meditation Suits Me!(MSM) Each venture has allowed her to bring wellness support services to underserved populations throughout Metro Atlanta. Baby U provides doula services and community baby showers as well as extended mom and baby classes to support the unique needs of new families. MSM provides corporate and individual stress management classes and mindfulness training to provide mental health tools that have been documented to improve wellness and quality of life.
BabyU(BU) and Meditation Suits Me(MSM) also produce a line of personal wellness products designed to enhance the services provided to the community. The presence of BU and MSM will offer a unique addition to the art community as a major contributor to the collective wellness of the community. Each class taught and item created will assist in ending the social injustices that plague many communities of color.
Corinthia Jenkins began her personal meditation practice over two decades ago. Through training from the Chopra Center and Iyanla Vanzant's Inner Visions Institute she chose to pursue avenues to provide mindfulness and meditation techniques to all looking to develop proven strategies to support wellness. She founded Meditation Suits Me to provide meditation and mindfulness classes to government and private organizations and individuals. Through group sessions and retreats students gain valuable tools to strengthen their own lives.
As an extension she also founded BabyU a doula and maternal support service to enhance the journey to motherhood through mindfulness and meditation. Corinthia received her Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Health Education and Health Policy form Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. She received her BA in Anthropology concentrating on medical anthropology and the culture of wellness access in diverse communities. She also has 15 years of teaching in public schools and independent school systems.
Painter, muralist, calligrapher, woodworker, ceramicist
My style and art making philosophy is a collection of influences from my experience in American graffiti, and studies in traditional Korean, Chinese, and Japanese calligraphy and painting, Ukiyo-e woodblock prints, comic books, graphic design, and indigenous symbolism and lore. One notable characteristic of my work is the text that I incorporates; it is all written using the English alphabet, but designed to emulate the Chinese character system. While living in Seoul, South Korea, I saw a structural connection between English and Hangul through a shared use of vowels and consonants to form words. Merging his awareness of these similarities with my experience as a graffiti writer, I began to develop an intricate writing system that begins in brush calligraphy and can be adapted to typography and design. Cultural connectivity is a huge component in this work, which mirrors the social progression of our contemporary environment. Conceptually, the work I create speaks to a universal human condition within concepts surrounding change, connectivity, identity, perception, and self-actualization.
Brandon Sadler (b.1986) aka Rising Red Lotus, a name which also serves as a mantra telling the story of the lotus whose roots were sown deep in the mud of good and evil, who gathered nutrients from both sides, and rose to the surface to become whole. He is a native ATLien, earned a BFA in Painting and Illustration from SCAD Atlanta and is a multi-disciplinary artist, calligrapher, film director, and writer.
Sadler is renowned for his public mural works and his solo and group exhibitions have brought him accolades as one of Atlanta's most prolific artists collected by individuals as well as the High Museum of Art. His mural work on the set of MARVEL Studio’s Black Panther has brought great attention to his work in recent years. In addition to activating the fine art and public art worlds, he has also worked with several major brands to successfully bring his unique vision into the commercial space.
Mixed Media/Textile Artist
The inspiration for my work comes from African/African America culture. I consider everything a canvas. I am presently working with clothing, greeting cards, wall hangings and gourds from West Africa. African symbols state clearly the cultural pride of my work.
Kenneth Zakee is an Artist/Poet and community activist. A 35 yr old resident of Atlanta. Born in Cleveland,Ohio. While attending Morehouse College he co-founded America's first African Fraternity; KMT Asen in 1987. He served as Chairman of Metro Atlanta Kwanzaa Assn (M.A.K.A.) and membership.from 1988-2000. He co-founded Klub Kuumba; an open mic poetry gathering (1993-2000) Zakee also worked with the Atlanta homeless population and served as program director for Trinity House-Big Bethel program for homeless men with drug problems. During his tenure there ;Zakee established the Kalonji Brotherhood: a rites of passage support group for men in recovery. Zakee has recieved numerous awards for socialand artistic endeavors and appeared on several media outlets for his work. Zakee is committed to serving our youth and inspiring a new generation of artist and leaders.
Actor, Acting Coach, Artist
EVOLV ATLANTA ACTING We create an environment where actors become conscious and comfortable with the changes necessary to achieving freedom from anything that inhibits their brilliance. We are an gym for the actor where failing forward is our philosophy. We work acting technique, excercises and on scenes from television and film. On camera class work is an integral part of our training program. We expose the student to several different methods as well as teaching the Chubbuck technique. The Chubbuck technique is the cutting-edge technique that has launched some of the most successful careers in Hollywood. (Brad Pitt, Halle Berry, Terrance Howard, Eriq La Salle, Charlize Theron, James Franco, Taraji P. Henson) The classes are small and the work we do is designed around each students needs. We accept all levels of students.
Victor Love was born in Camp LeJeune, North Carolina.He grew up in Los Angeles California. He fell in love with acting at an early age. He is no stranger to the entertainment industry, having spent 30+ years as an Actor prior to starting EVOLV ATLANTA. Love received his AA at the prestigious Los Angeles Theater Academy and MFA at the Professional Actor’s Training Program in Milwaukee, now located in Delaware. He completed the Meisner Technique with Bill Esper in New York and the Chubbuck Technique with Ivana Chubbuck in Los Angeles. He also trained with Tadashi Suzuki in Japan. Victor had speech training with the legendary Edith Skinner and Timothy Monich. His classical training included stints with Shakespeare and Company.
Victor Love achieved international attention for his debut role as Bigger Thomas in the 1987 film adaptation of Richard Wright’s novel NATIVE SON. His co-stars included Oprah Winfrey, Geraldine Page, Matt Dillon and Elizabeth McGovern. He was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor in his first film, Native Son. He continued his career with several TV and film roles: It’s My Party, Gang Related, Velocity Trap, The Hank Gathers Story, Jaded, Mr. Payback, Heaven is a Playground, Miami Vice, A Different World, LA Law, Babylon 5, West Wing, and many others.
Victor had a recurring role on “RED BAND SOCIETY”. Recently he guest starred on FOX TV’s “THE RESIDENT” as well as a series regular in a pilot on “ADULT SWIM”. He is an active member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA. Most recently he has completed filming “RED ALL OVER” and is preparing to film THE OLIVE BRANCH (with Louis Gossett Jr.). He is the Managing Director and Master Instructor of the EVOLV ATLANTA ACTING studio in Atlanta, Georgia USA, where he teaches acting and scene study for stage and film. Mr. Love has previously coached actors in the academy award winning film “MOONLIGHT” and “HIDDEN FIGURES”. He is excited to be working on “BAD BOYS FOR LIFE 3” as an acting coach.
Mr. Love knows what a working actor needs to make it in this competitive world and he is uniquely qualified to give his knowledge and expertise to his actors.