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Black Womyn with her arms stretched performing on stage. The background is purple and the Womyn has on a long black dress and a black and gold headdress
I curate live tribute shows. Before the pandemic, I had a yearly show at the Metro Gallery. Here, I am performing at my Tribute to Erykah Badu.

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3 young black girls and 1 adult standing on stage with mic preparing to perform.
I am the Education Coordinator and resident artist at the Modell-Lyric Performing Arts Center. I am a teaching artist and here, I am on stage introducing my students who are performing a song I wrote for them at MICA during an end of the year celebration.

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4 people holding African Art. 1 small child, 2 women, 1 male smiling at the camera
Pre-pandemic I would host many free workshops for the community. This particular workshop took place at Theater Project during Artscape. I am an African Folklorist and I create visual art projects for students.

March for survivors

I am an activist and I use my voice and experience in grass roots organizing to create rallies, protests and marches for survivors and Black Womyn brutalized by cops. Here, I am on stage speaking at my most recent rally; March for Black Womyn and femme survivors. After this rally, the Say Her name coalition was launched.

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About Ebony

Baltimore City

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    A voice from heaven holds more than its weight in gold. Amorous Ebony is a musician, performing artist, youth arts instructor, and radical activist centering her work around the freedom, sensuality, and self-expression of Black Womyn and girls. Focusing on the marginalization, brutalization and disparagement of Black womyn and femmes; Amorous Ebony has become a consistent leader of rallies and protests in alignment with the Say Her Name movement to rail against the culture of... more

SAY HER NAME COALITION

Black women and girls as young as 7 and as old as 93 have been killed by the police, though we rarely hear their names. Knowing their names is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for lifting up their stories which in turn provides a much clearer view of the wide-ranging circumstances that make Black women’s bodies disproportionately subject to police violence. To lift up their stories, and illuminate police violence against Black women, we need to know who they are, how they lived, and why they suffered at the hands of police.​In the wake of the horrendous and untimely death of Oluwatoyin Salua, Ebony Evans and Brittany Oliver held a rally and protest that ignited the need to continue this work beyond public actions. Community oriented and born in Baltimore, I have experienced and witnessed the brutalization against Black women and femmes. Bullying, sexual assault, abuse, interpersonal violence and police brutality toward Black women and femmes run rampant in Baltimore and something must be done. While there are other organizations and collectives that do this work, we hope to be an additional resource and collective that propels the mission to end violence against Black women and femmes within this city and beyond.

Continuing in the matrilineal wisdom of our foremothers; Toni Morrison, Kimberly Crenshaw, Audre Lorde, Bell Hooks, and so many more, Say Her Name Coalition continues the work of affirming, empowering, uplifting and fighting for the visibility and livelihood of Black women and femmes. Our work is deeply rooted in black feminist thought, radical self-love, affirming our autonomy and ability to express ourselves outside of a white supremacist system that oppresses our entire existence.

We affirm all aspects of what it means to be Black and woman. We honor and show up in the most true and fullest way we know how. We honor all sexual identities and genders; gender non-conforming,two spirit, femme, LGBTQUAI+ gender fluid and cisgender. Within our work, SHNC seeks to address food justice, economic support, health and mental wellness, policy, sexual wellness, healing, organizing and all ways that seek to transform, inspire and educate Black women and girls.

We seek to smash respectability politics, patriarchal and white supremic systems, mysogynoir and all ways that suggest that we have to present a specific version of ourself to receive respect. We stand in solidarity with sex workers, the working class, and the grassroots organizations that have done this work long before our existence and those that will continue after.

  • March for Black womyn and femme survivors

    Black Womyn holding signs while marching up north avenue demanding justice
    Say Her Name Coalition march and rally for Black Womyn and femme survivors of sexual assault and brutalization.
  • March for Black womyn and femme survivors

    Black Womyn marching past penn station demanding justice for Black Womyn who have been brutalized by cops.
    Say Her Name Coalition march and rally for Black Womyn and femme survivors of sexual assault and brutalization.
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    Flier of Black Womyn who will be teaching a workshop for LGBTQUAI Black folks around healing and how to report sexual assault
    We decided to offer a free workshop for locals to gain knowledge and discover options for reporting sexual violence. Its important to know what you can do after having been assaulted and how to get healing after experiencing such trauma.
  • Who Gon' Protect Us?

    During the March for Black womyn and femme survivors protest, demonstrators are walking towards penn station back towards the YNOT lot.
  • Oluwatoyin Salau

    This marks the beginning of the Say Her Name Coalition. We organized a rally that would later lead to the start of my collective.
  • Food and fund distribution

    In the first week of launching, we were able to provide 5 families with food and a stipend during Christmas. There are many ways we see this work benefiting the community and one of those ways are to address food desserts and provide funds to families in need.

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