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Photo credits: Robert Cooper

What to Expect

  • Meet the Artists
  • Canvas Art
  • Poetry
  • Video Short
  • Gallery Shop
  • Refreshments 

What is Womanist?

"Womanist," is a multimedia art experience from the imaginations of two dope black femme artists, Keion Hennessey & D. Colin! We have been planning an art exhibit for the past year, and finally we are in the home stretch but we need your help to reach our goal to open the exhibit on January 15th!

The funds will help us to purchase necessary supplies to ensure that we have what we need to complete the exhibit and make it safe for viewing when it opens. What you help us raise here, will also be a huge assist in offsetting the cost of our time and what we've already invested into this project. 

So much has happened in 2020 and the idea of this collaboration has evolved over time to really highlight not only where we are now as individuals but also the ongoing fight to dismantle systemic racism and all forms of oppression. It is also a celebration of the many layers that make us who we are. It is important for us to tell our stories without apology as an act of resistance and as an act of love.  This show is an interpretation of all things womanist, coined by Alice Walker to signify the black feminist and all the things that make us fly. It's about the  journey towards joy, liberation and peace. It's about the right to be angry and the drive to then affect change.

Thank you for contributing to our dream whatever the amount! Remember to share on social media. We can't wait for you to see the show!

Coined by Alice Walker

1. From womanish. (Opp. of “girlish,” i.e. frivolous, irresponsible, not serious.) A black feminist or feminist of color. From the black folk expression of mothers to female children, “you acting womanish,” i.e., like a woman. Usually referring to outrageous, audacious, courageous or willful behavior. Wanting to know more and in greater depth than is considered “good” for one. Interested in grown up doings. Acting grown up. Being grown up. Interchangeable with another black folk expression: “You trying to be grown.” Responsible. In charge. Serious.

2. “A woman who loves other women, sexually and/or non-sexually. 

Appreciates and prefers women’s culture, women’s emotional flexibility (values tears as natural counterbalance of laughter), and women’s strength.

Sometimes loves individual men, sexually and/or non-sexually. 

Committed to survival and wholeness of entire people, male and female. 

Not a separatist, except periodically, for health. Traditionally universalist…
3. Loves music. Loves dance. Loves the moon. Loves the Spirit. Loves love and food and roundness. 

Loves struggle. Loves the Folk. Loves herself. Regardless.”

4. "Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender"

Poetry slam

Regional slams:

QEW Slam

2016: 3rd place 

2017: 1st place

WordxWord Women's Invitational

2018:1st place 

MacDeland Fall Festival Poetry Slam

2019: 3rd place

National Poetry Slam

 2012 & 2018


2016, 2017, 2018, 2020

Cap City Slam Team

Lizard Lounge: 1st Place


States: NY, CT, MA, VT, RI, NJ, MD, PA, OH, MI  


International cities: 

Toronto, Glasgow & London

Select Venues: 

Nuyorican Poets Cafe​

Boston Museum of Fine Art

Bronx Museum

NYS Writers Institute

Busboys & Poets

Binghamton University

University of Bridgeport

SUNY Adirondack

University of Rhode Island

Russell Sage College


Including at:

Hilltop Montessori

The Putney School

Hudson High School

Troy High School

Miss Hall's School

North Country School

Emma Willard School

Albany Leadership Charter High School for Girls

Mont Pleasant Elementary

Root3d Healing

Children at the Well 

Boys & Girls Club

Hope 7 Community Center

WordxWord Festival

Voices of Community Poet in Residence, 2016


BA in English from Southern Connecticut State University, minor in Psychology, concentration in creative writing & African American literature

MA in Africana Studies at University at Albany, SUNY, concentration in African American literature