Called by water

Called by Water fosters the deep inner liberation which is a necessary building block for lasting social transformation.  We bring a cohort of Black women together over several group and individual working sessions to use ancestral exploration, somatic insights, creative process, truth telling, and Joy making towards the development of a world that leads with Love, generosity, gratitude, and authentic connections of every kind.  The cohorts include people who have various relationships to “woman” and to “Black,” and feel kinship with a range of gender presentations, class positions, and African diasporic locations.  
We are proud and humbled to be among the 102 recipients of funding from Solidaire Networks’ Black Liberation Pooled Fund.  These resources have allowed us to dream Called by Water into being.  Other recipients of support from the Black Liberation Pooled Fund can be found here
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Called by Water is our current contribution to the Next Now.

Omi + Sharon


ANGELICA J. ALLEN (she/her) is an Assistant Professor and Director of Africana Studies at Chapman University. She received her Ph.D. in African and African Diaspora Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and holds an MA in Africana Studies from New York University. Her book project explores a community in the Philippines known as the Black Amerasians, a population born from the union of African American military men and Filipina women. As both a member of the Black Amerasian community and a scholar of that community’s experiences, Angelica’s goal is to develop a research project dedicated to advancing social justice by granting more visibility to Black Amerasian perspectives. She is a visual artist and has been awarded fellowships from the Ford Foundation, and the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies.

ARIELLE JULIA BROWN (she/her) is a multidisciplinary cultural worker who commands and directs cultural spaces as sites for radical imagination, vision building  and social transformation in her communities. Arielle’s practices traverse cultural strategy, performance curation, dramaturgy, facilitation and performance making. Arielle’s work as a cultural worker calls forward spaces for truthtelling the likes of which continue to make expansive space for Beloved Community. Arielle received her B.A. from Pomona College and was the 2015-2017 graduate fellow with the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University where she received an M.A. in Public Humanities.




Photo Credit: Charles Todd

AYANA OMILADE FLEWELLEN (they/she) is a Black Feminist, an archaeologist, a storyteller, and an artist. As a scholar of anthropology and African and African Diaspora Studies, Flewellen's intellectual genealogy is shaped by critical theory rooted in Black feminist epistemology and pedagogy. This epistemological backdrop not only constructs the way she designs, conducts and produces her scholarship but acts as foundational to how she advocates for greater diversity within the field of archaeology and within the broader scope of academia. Flewellen is the co-founder and current President-Elect of the Society of Black Archaeologists and sits on the Board of Diving With A Purpose.  She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside. Her research and teaching interests address Black Feminist Theory, historical archaeology, maritime heritage conservation, public and community-engaged archaeology, processes of identity formations, and representations of slavery. Flewellen has been featured in National Geographic, Science Magazine and PBS; and regularly presents her work at institutions including The National Museum for Women in the Arts.



Photo Credit: Nicole L. Martin

NICOLE L. MARTIN (she/her) is the Director of Inclusive Excellence and Diversity Education (IEDE) at the University of Kentucky. Her work focuses on building campus-wide anti-discrimination educational initiatives rooted in the theoretical and methodological frames of performance studies, critical race studies, black feminisms, critical pedagogy, and critical ethnography. Prior to this, Nicole worked as Director of Academic Affairs and lecturer for the Lewis Honors College, and as a faculty instructional consultant in the University of Kentucky’s teaching and learning center helping to advance inclusive pedagogy in the classroom. Nicole is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and a faculty affiliate for the African American and Africana Studies program.

SEMENTE (they/she) is a multi-medium, artist, writer, educator, model, dancer, capoeirista, and performer originally from São Paulo, Brazil, currently based in Austin, Texas. Semente received her B.A from Brandeis University with double majors in International and Global studies and African and Afro-American Studies, and double minors in Latin American and Latino Studies, and Women and Gender Studies in 2015. In 2017, Semente completed their M.A. and is now a PhD Candidate in African and African Diaspora Studies at The University of Texas at Austin to be completed May 2022. During the 2021-2022 academic year, Semente will be the University Engagement Fellow at the Blanton Museum. Semente is also a 200-hour Trauma-Informed-Healing-Centered Community Yoga Teacher certified through Sanctuary Yoga and The Amala Foundation.