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Cyrah L. Ward
As the host of The O.B.A. Round Table Artist Talks, I must say I am humbled that you have come to visit this platform and relish in the genius of such dynamic box defying Black Woman artists!
The idea to have artist talks came from my desire to create a space for me to just spend time with some of the Black Women I love and admire the most. I realized that in my personal critical linguistics practices I desired more opportunities to participate in a volley of conversation to expand my thinking. Therefore, God gifted me with the vision to create a dialogic safe space for the women in my life to feel held and supported as we think critically about the world through the lens of our Black Womanhood.
These roundtable discussions will serve as a space to practice language, vulnerability, accountability, and Black Sistahood rather
than perform it.
We are extremely excited and eager to see where this road will take us!
Welcome to our Sistahood journey!
The daughter of Pauline and Roxroy Anderson; the granddaughter of Madge McLellan and of Mavis Lawrence; an Afro-Caribbean woman of Jamaican heritage, Ronya-Lee is an artist, scholar and educator, working with movement, spoken word, costume design, film and original music. Her multimedia work has most recently been commissioned by Dance Place, Duke University, the Maryland State Arts Council, Aunt Karen’s Farm and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. A former member of the Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble and Liz Lerman’s Dance Exchange, she has performed and taught both nationally and internationally. Ronya-Lee holds a Master’s of Divinity from Duke University, an MFA in Dance, and is currently pursing a doctorate in Theater and Performance Studies.
Obatanpaa Ama Akpenamawau Ayanna Haa’Shenit Ma'at Gora is a Philly based dance artist, educator and choreographer. She received her BA in dance from Georgian Court University and her MFA in dance from Temple University. She has had opportunities to work with various choreographers such as Kariamu Welsh, Lela Aisha Jones, Earl Mosley, Sidra Bell, Silvana Cardell and more. At Drexel University she serves as Community-Based Learning Coordinator where she oversees arts based civic engagement and maintains her fellowship with the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement. She is also a 2020 Transformation Grant Awardee with the Leeway Foundation. With support she seeks to continue to decolonize the dance field and use dance for its indigenous properties of storytelling, healing and transformation.