Today is my last day as CEO of 1Hood Media. I’ve been CEO since 2013. I, for better or worse, live, breathe and feel 1Hood on a level that one might consider as obsessive. Because, to me, this work is just that important. For if we are not overly concerned with what we are seeing take place in the world, in our lives, and in these streets...we are dead. So yeah, it’s that real to me.
1Hood is about humanity. The humanity of first voice representation that we all deserve. The humanity of a family who has lost their child...via violence from either within or against our community. The humanity of earning a living wage. The humanity of intergenerational alliances; connecting youth, peers and elders towards our eventual freedom. The humanity of not imprisoning children. The humanity of seeing a family, bound by duty; fight for justice and equality. The humanity of seeing our connections instead of our differences. The humanity of realizing that you don’t give anyone a voice; cuz it is a Divine given right to share of your experiences. I leave this post proud of what we have accomplished, though knowing we have still have so much to do.
1Hood is about action. Love is a verb. As when we began over ten years ago, you still find us in these streets protesting for what we believe is necessary. As when we began over ten years ago, you can still find us with our community doing what we can. As when we began over ten years ago, you can still find us utilizing our gifts and talents to raise awareness, speak truth to power; while dismantling structural and institutional oppression. As when we began over ten years ago, you will still find us working in and with our community to create opportunity. In a time when “artivism” is trendy, we stand as an example of consistent, uncompromising leadership that’s BEEN in this here game. BUT, it is important to note: We have grown. We are both locally supported and internationally recognized for our work in arts, activism, administration and advocacy. We have created an atmosphere of love, hard work, and results. I leave this post cognizant that there are many more truths to be spoken and many more voices to join this chorus. 1Hood welcomes them as family, collaborators and allies.
I have worked very hard to make our organization a platform for the culture...buttressed by arts and activism...creating a sustainable business model for something not patterned after white supremacist capitalist patriarchy. I have always and will continue to work alongside my husband; always his biggest fan. We stand as equals in a world of patriarchy and misogyny showing that Black love; the Black family is real and capable of so much when we love, trust and support one another; while allowing room for growth . That ain’t changing. That is why, Jasiri, who will be re-assuming leadership of the organization at this time, feels so right; because truthfully, though he traveled frequently, he never left. It is time. Welcome home babe.
I am grateful for the love, support, mentoring and guidance I have received from so many individuals while serving in this capacity. I am hopeful that I have shared and will continue to share with others, especially Black women. I hope that we know that we are light in a world consumed with making us feel otherwise. To all the 1Hood artists and to our administrative team...thank you. Ceyonce out.