October 29, 2020, 12noon-1:00pm
A Call for a New Humanity
Wonder Womanism and the Power of Love
Women, the largest, broadest, oldest, most omnipresent and eternally oppressed group in human history: It is time to turn the mirror on ourselves to reflect on where we have been and how far we have truly come. Humanity cannot advance without the transformative power of love.
On October 29th, 12noon – 1:15pm, Ambassador Attallah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, will moderate a Fireside Chat on where we stand and what the “power of love” has to do with transforming humanity.
Together with changemakers and award-winning artists whose work puts into question the status quo in their countries and speaks the unspeakable, the Counsel of Leopards event will bridge the gap between the heart and the mind, demanding real change at this momentous time in human history.
We will ask the question(s):
Why must women be ‘exceptional’ to be heard, believed, or vindicated?
Why do heinous acts of violence against women not draw attention to our plights all over the world and ignite the fires of justice?
Why are we still asking the question “why”?
Ambassador Attallah Shabazz
Actress, Author, Diplomat, Motivational Speaker
Raised in Westchester County, New York, Ambassador Shabazz is the eldest of six daughters born to Dr. Betty Shabazz and Malcolm X Shabazz. Ambassador Shabazz has spent over 35 years offering keynote addresses while developing curriculums and programs for educational institutions, executive forums, diplomatic networks, penal systems, conferences, and human service organizations globally. Recognized as a masterful creator and astute businesswoman, Ambassador Shabazz has been fondly termed by her colleagues as an “ideas architect.”
In 1996, Ambassador Shabazz established the Pilgrimage Foundation in honor of her father’s spiritual journey to the Holy Land. “It offered him the ‘light of understanding’ and confirmed his vision for our oneness,” she states. In addition to The Pilgrimage Foundation, Ambassador Shabazz and Yolanda King founded Nucleus, Inc. in 1977. The group traveled nationally to 100 cities per year until 1994, acquainting Shabazz with the roadmap of national systems, networks, and advancement per region. Ambassador Shabazz is the founder of Tapestry Bridge, Legacy, Inc., “Everybody Has One,” and the Malcolm X Shabazz Birthplace & Foundation. Ambassador Shabazz has written op-ed commentaries and articles for newspapers and periodicals such as Time, Essence, El Mundo, and others. In 1999, she had the honor of adding to the list of her published writings the new foreword to her father’s classic, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and is completing a memoir titled From Mine Eyes.
Manasi Pradhan is a globally renowned women’s rights activist and author. Mrs. Pradhan is the founder of Honour for Women National Campaign, a nationwide movement to end violence against women in India. The movement has been instrumental in galvanizing the nation against atrocities on women. She is also the founder and head of OYSS Women and Nirbhaya Vahini.
Women’s Rights Activist and Author, India
Her name is frequently featured among the World’s top activists and authors by prestigious international publications and organizations. In 2016, the New York based Bustle magazine named her among 20 Most Inspiring Feminists Authors and Activists. In 2017, the Los Angeles based Welker Media Inc. named her among 12 most powerful feminist change makers across the globe.
Mrs. Pradhan was conferred with the prestigious Rani Lakhsmibai Stree Shakti Puraskar for the year 2014 by the President of India at Rashtrapati Bhawan. She has received numerous international and national awards including the Outstanding Women Award in 2011.
In addition, Mrs. Pradhan is an acclaimed author and poet. Her fourth book Urmi-O-Uchchwas has been translated into eight major languages.
Born on 4 October 1962 to a very poor family in a remote village of Odisha, Mrs. Pradhan fought successfully the widely prevalent social taboo against educating women, and walked 15 kilometer daily amidst hilly terrain and swamp to the only high school in the entire region to emerge as first woman matriculate of her village and subsequently the first woman law graduate of her region. The inspiring life story of Mrs. Pradhan has been adopted as documentaries in several countries including the United States and Israel.
Jenevieve Aken is an award-winning Nigerian photographer and story-teller who focuses on social documentary photography, images and representation, and often adopts self-portraiture in her artistic practice. She explores personal experiences and contemporary social issues of identity, sexuality, gender and social roles.She has participated in the past four editions of the LagosPhoto Festival in Nigeria, as well as in the African Artist Foundation’s Female Artist Platform in conjunction with the Ford Foundation.
Photographer and Story-Teller
She has exhibited her work extensively in Nigeria and South Africa, and most recently her work appeared in the Prisma Human Right Photo Contest in Venice, Grid Cape Town Biennale in South Africa, Rush Art gallery in New York, Photovillenyc Festival in New York, Daegu Photography Biennale in South Korea, Black Magic Women in Italy, Daegu Foundation For Culture in South Korea, Hundred Heroines “Cabinet Of Remedies” London, and the Hidden_Project/ Hidden_Message in Düsseldorf, Germany.
In addition, Ms. Aken has undertaken artist residency programs with LagosPhoto Festival in conjunction with Neue Schule fur Fotographie in Berlin, Germany, The Villa Lena foundation in Tuscany, Italy, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea. In 2020, her Monankim series won the Wellcome photography prize. Miss Aken lives and work in Lagos, Nigeria.
Born in Rio de Janeiro and a nationalized Mexican, Vera André is a plastic artist who comes from the design discipline. Various institutions dedicated to the arts have been the hosts of what today is her performance in various artistic expressions.
Since 1994, she has dedicated her life to painting, sculpture, and engraving. She has held various exhibitions nationally and internationally, presenting her work at the Mexican Embassy in Colombia, the Cultural Center of Mexico in Miami, the Ollin Yoliztli Cultural Center, the Art Museum INBA, Casa Lamm, among others.
Both in the three-dimensional -sculptural- and the two-dimensional -pictorial-, her approach constitutes a way of observation where manipulation towards the figurative does not contemplate a leading role. Matter, energy, time and space that in their autonomy converge at the origin of instances that give rise to creation.
Passionate about life and its mystical origin, Vera's work is a mapping and immersion of the micro and macro cosmos. A journey through the unconscious of being. Her work is a primary way to process and abound the human experience in space, as a whole, where we are all united, where we are the universe.