Dána-Ain Davis Ph.D., is the Chair of the Board of Aubin Pictures, on the Faculty in Anthropology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, Associate Chair of the MA Program in Urban Affairs at Queens College, in addition to being an author and editor. Her work focuses on Black feminist understandings of reproductive justice, violence against women and welfare policy.
Michaela Angela Davis
Michaela Angela Davis is an image activist, a writer, conversationalist, editorial director, feminist, fashionista, actress, producer, community servant, creator of MADFree and CNN contributor. Michaela has worked as an Associate Fashion Editor and the Executive Fashion & Beauty Editor for Essence magazine, Fashion Director forVibe magazine, and Editor-In-Chief for Honey magazine.
Shakyra Diaz is a human rights and social justice advocate with extensive public policy experience that is grounded in authentic coalition building. Diaz focuses on high impact reform efforts geared at eliminating systemic marginalization and negative outcomes that impact people of color and people with low income via the juvenile, criminal, educational and health sectors.
Van Jones is a regular CNN political contributor, Yale-educated attorney, a fellow at the MIT Media Lab, and author of two New York Times best-selling books, The Green Collar Economy (2008) andRebuild the Dream (2012). Jones has founded and led numerous social enterprises engaged in social and environmental justice, including The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change, Rebuild The Dream, The Dream Corps, #YesWeCode, #cut50, and Green For All.
Bakari Kitwana, a Cleveland-area resident for 17 years, is a journalist, activist and political analyst whose commentary on politics and youth culture have been seen on the CNN, FOX News, C-Span, PBS, and heard on NPR. He’s currently a Senior Media Fellow at the Harvard Law-based think tank, The Jamestown Project, and the Executive Director of Rap Sessions: Community Dialogues on Hip-Hop.
John Lucas is a filmmaker, photographer, and visual artist whose solo work has been exhibited in museums and galleries both nationally and internationally. His first full-length documentary, The Cooler Bandits, was awarded best documentary at the 2014 Harlem International Film Festival, and his video collaborations with poet Claudia Rankine have been screened at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, The Sundance Film Festival and The Pulitzer Arts Foundation.
Scot Nakagawa is an Aubin Pictures Board Member, Social Movement Analyst, and a Senior Partner of ChangeLab as well as a blogger at Race Files. He has also been a community organizer, political researcher, public policy analyst, popular educator, child and family service provider, philanthropy executive and remains a general all around trouble maker advocating for communities suffering prejudice, poverty, and exploitation
Kirk is veteran community organizer who has successfully built community organizations in Chicago, Birmingham England, and Ohio around issues such as living wage, vacant properties, education reform, immigrant rights, and health equity. Kirk currently directs the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, serves on the board of Policy Matters Ohio, and offers his expertise as a Community Affiliate of the Center for Working Class Studies at Youngstown State University.
Yoruba Richen is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose directed films in the U.S. and abroad, including The New Black and Promised Land. Yoruba is the Director of the Documentary Program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in addition to being a Sundance Producers Fellow, featured TED Speaker, Guggenheim Fellow, and a 2016 recipient of the Chicken & Egg Breakthrough Filmmaker Award.
Rinku Sen is an author, journalist, activist, and a leading figure in the racial justice movement withexpertise in feminism, immigration, economic justice, philanthropy and community organizing. Rinku is the President and Executive Director of Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation and the Publisher of the award-winning news site Colorlines.
Kofi is the Associate Director of D-Lab at MIT, a program focusing on the design and delivery of technologies that are meaningful to people living in poverty. He focuses on community-driven approaches to livelihood and quality-of-life technology design, has facilitated village-level design thinking trainings throughout Africa and the Americas, and provides support to innovation centers in Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, Nepal, Guatemala, Colombia and Brazil.
Sacha Yanow is a NYC-based performance artist, actor and the Director of Art Matters Foundation. Her performance work has been presented in New York at the Bowery Poetry Club, the New Museum, and Movement Research, and at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange. She has participated in residencies at Dixon Place and the Field in New York, Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY, and SOMA in Mexico City.