ABOUT THE TEAM
A sought after activist, musician, educator and "creative mind asking the questions that will shape the future of culture" (YBCA100, 2016) Jay-Marie (they/them) lives the struggle of creating the world anew. Whether participating in frontline activism, performing their music, or birthing new possibilities via daily life to help our world ascend beyond gendered and racialized norms, Jay-Marie's presence, lectures and performances push audiences to think bigger, question better, and love harder.
As a musician & speaker carrying the message of their Black & POC trans & genderqueer siblings, Jay-Marie's speaking and performing engagements have taken place at Dartmouth College, Harvard University, American Repertory Theater, Stanford University, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, New Conservatory Theater Center (SF), and more. Their M.A. in education has enabled their work as an educator for young people (K-Universities) in classrooms and with adults through intentional learning spaces. Jay-Marie also prioritizes working directly as a mentor with countless cis, Queer & Trans/NB youth & young adults around the country.
Their past organizing work has been with incarcerated women in California State Prisons, on Tishaura Jones Campaign for St. Louis Mayor, with national organizers (BYP, BLM, SONG, M4BL), and everyone in between. They have also been an outspoken advocate & organizer with movements such as Black Lives Matter, Black 4 Palestine, #NoDAPL and #SayHerName, among others. Their ultimate passion is ensuring that movements & organizations speak to and for the people, so that as many as possible can be served by the resources and dreams of the powerful made flesh.
Jay-Marie is originally from Oakland, CA. but now works out of St. Louis, MO building a very Black, very Queer life with their incredible partner, Kayla.
Tassiana Willis is a(n) singer, writer and actress from San Francisco, California. She was the 2nd place winner of the Teen Poetry Slam in 2013. She has also had leading roles in local productions of RENT, HAIR, and even stage-managed Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Tides Theatre. In addition to her artistic skills, she also is an activist and has helped plan and participate in Black Lives Matter actions here in the Bay Area. Tassiana is devoted to healing through the arts and the liberation of all people.
Jewel Cadet was born and raised in Brooklyn, East New York to Haitian Parents. Jewel brings passion & experience in engaging intersectional curriculum development and innovative facilitation. Jewel is a passionate Social Justice Organizer for the rights of Women, Girls, Femmes and for the Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Community. In 2017, she was given the HEART Award from the Metropolitan Community Church of New York for leading the way in making New York City and the world a safer, more just and inclusive place for LGBTQ people. Jewel’s tireless advocacy for marginalized communities drives her work everyday.
Jewel is a vibrant Virgo gem who lives her life in service to Black Queer Liberation and holds herself accountable to getting our people free.