Born in Harlem to Dominican parents, Raquel is an award-winning journalist, cultural activist, podcaster, and documentary filmmaker who travels widely to speak to diverse audiences about Latina identity, social justice, gentrification and inequality.
Bridgett is the author of the critically-acclaimed memoir The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers, a New York Times Book Review “Editor’s Pick” and an Entertainment Weekly “Must Read.” She has been invited to speak at numerous venues about her memoir and its historical context. She teaches creative and film writing at Baruch College, CUNY.
Rebecca is a scholar, activist and educator who writes and speaks on the history of race, gender, law and resistance. She is the author of the highly-anticipated forthcoming graphic novel Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts (37ink, 2020), which focuses on slave revolts in the Middle Passage and in New York City and her own quest to uncover this unwritten history.
Melody speaks widely on issues of mental health, Iran, feminism, and Islam in America. Her books include the critically acclaimed memoir, Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life and War on Error: Real Stories of American Muslims, which earned her a Georgia Author of the Year Award and a Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights Honorable Mention.