ECLIPSING:

DEATH & TRANSFORMATION
A Multi-media Festival Celebrating Darkness

DECEMBER 18 - FEBRUARY 4,  2019

ABOUT

ECLIPSING is a collaborative, multi-media festival, centering the work of artists and healers who find inspiration and strength within self-defined interpretations of darkness.  ECLIPSING creates space for LGBTQIA+ artists and performers, namely trans & queer people of color, to cross boundaries between mediums, and to mobilize and harness darkness’s metaphorical and metaphysical qualities, creating space for reckoning and collective healing.

 

The festival offers a constellation of events and experiences including a workshop series, a performance festival, a film/video screening, collaborative public programs, and a performative lecture.

 

These events converge around the astrological occasion of the first lunar eclipse of 2019. 

A celestial body is eclipsed when another larger body passes, floats, or drifts into this celestial body’s source of illumination, submerging the smaller body in shadow; in darkness. An eclipse can also be defined as a reduction or loss of status, reputation or power. Those lacking power are cast into darkness. The word “eclipse” reveals dominant interpretations of darkness. The ECLIPSING festival aims to hold space for multiple imaginings of darkness, freeing darkness of its binary, limited and often solely "negative" definitions seen in opposition to light.

 

ECLIPSING: Death & Transformation features artists who engage themes of complete loss and trauma, surveillance and technology, and processes of healing and regeneration.  

Through the labor of many deeply talented individuals, the ECLIPSING festival in January of 2019  brazenly cast itself across the city of Chicago bringing conversation, celebration and deep contemplation across cultural organizations. ECLIPSING: Death and Transformation, seeks to encourage deeper seeing, closer listening and bolder feeling.

 

 

The ECLIPSING festival name and concept originate in Amina Ross' Eclipsing (body), HD Video, 2014

"Untitled" Digitally-rendered Image, 2018  by Terrell Davis was created in direct response to the ECLIPSING curatorial statement. 

 

PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL

All performances held on-site at Links Hall (3111 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL) 

AuMar

Festival Day 2 | February 1, 2019

AuMAR is the collaborative project of two Black indigenous trans women. The genesis of the duo, a video performance titled Plastic Symbiosis, is a manifesto that mythologizes their collective journey of self definition and actualization by reimagining this process through the tropes of black dolls, RPG games and mitosis. This work premiered at MoMA Ps1 in November 2016 as part of Sunday sessions and has been shown at Karma, LA; the C.E.C in Philadelphia and at the Rebuild Foundation in Chicago.

Jesús Hilario Reyes

Festival Day 2 | February 1, 2019

Jesús Hilario-Reyes (born 1996, San Juan, Puerto Rico) is an Afro-Latinx interdisciplinary artist currently pursuing his BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Exhibiting work at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Milwaukee Art Museum and Mana Contemporary. Jesús primarily works with, sculpture, performance, and film.

​Porsha Olayiwola

Festival Day 2 | February 1, 2019

Porsha Olayiwola is the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and 2015 National Poetry Slam Champion. Black, poet, queer-dyke, hip-hop feminist, womanist: Porsha is a native of Chicago who now resides in Boston where she organizes, writes and teaches. Porsha co-founded The House Slam, Boston’s first poetry slam venue and coaches their award winning poetry slam team. In 2018, Porsha was named by GK100 as one of Boston’s Most Influential People of Color. She is the Artistic Director at MassLEAP, a literary non-profit organization in Massachusetts serving youth artists. A Create Well grantee, Olayiwola is releasing a choreopoem and theatrical production entitled Black & Ugly as Ever in the fall of 2018. She is an MFA Candidate at Emerson College. As an artist, Porsha writes infra-politically to tell the stories that are silenced, erased, or difficult to release from the tip of the tongue. She has a book forthcoming with Button Poetry. Her goal is to maintain a cipher of self that is uncontrollable, undocumented and just plain ole dope.

Rashayla Marie Brown

Festival Day 3 | February 2, 2019

Artist-scholar Rashayla Marie Brown manages an “undisciplinary” studio practice through photography, performance, writing, installation, and video. A lifelong nomad who moved 24 times, she began her practice as a poet in London. An Artadia and Franklin Furnace grantee, RMB has presented work internationally at Tate Modern, London; Krabbesholm Højskole, Copenhagen; Turbine Hall, Johannesburg; and in commissions at Bemis Contemporary, Omaha; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco; Rhodes College, Memphis; among others. She holds degrees from Northwestern University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Yale University.

Ashon Crawley

Festival Day 3 | February 2, 2019

Ashon Crawley, an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia, is author of Blackpentecostal Breath: The Aesthetics of Possibility (Fordham University Press), an investigation of aesthetics and performance as modes of collective, social imagination and, forthcoming with Duke University Press, The Lonely Letters, an exploration of the interrelation of blackness, mysticism, quantum mechanics and love. All his work is about otherwise possibility.

J'Sun Howard

Festival Day 3 | February 2, 2019

J’Sun Howard is from Chattanooga, TN and a Chicago-based dancemaker and poet. J’Sun has received the inaugural Co-MISSIONS Fellowship at Links Hall, a Sybil Shearer Fellowship through Ragdale Foundation, a nomination to participate in an emerging artist laboratory at Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC), and a 3Arts Make A Wave Award. A 2014 Chicago Dancemaker’s Forum Lab Artist awardee, his choreography has appeared at venues such as Danspace Project (NYC) Links Hall, Northwestern University, Sonotheque, Lincoln Square Theatre, Insight Arts/Center for New Possibilities, Epiphany Church, Rumble Arts, Patrick's Cabaret (MN), California College of the Arts (SF), and Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery. J’Sun has performed for choreographers Malcolm Jason Low, Asimina Chremos, Sara Wookey, Paige Cunningham, Selene Carter but most extensively with collaborators Darrell Jones and Damon Green in their research of (e)feminized ritual performance, which received a 2013 Juried Bessie Award for Hoo-Ha (for your eyes only). J'Sun's literary work is forthcoming in GIANTHOLOGY and can be seen in Propter Nos, Calamus Journal, Bird's Thumb, Inkwell, and Storyglossia.

Susana Pilar Delahante Matienzo

Festival Day 4 | February 3, 2019

Susana Pilar Delahante Matienzo actually lives and works in Havana, Cuba. She was born on October 12th, 1984 in Cuba. From 2011 to 2013 she completed a Postgraduate course in New Media, Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG) with the DAAD Scholarship, Germany. From 1998 to 2008 she studied in the Elemental school of Visual Art “José Antonio Díaz Pelaez”, the Fine Arts Academy “San Alejandro” and the High Institute of Arts (ISA) in Havana, Cuba.

Yun Ingrid Lee

Festival Day 4 | February 3, 2019

Yun Ingrid Lee is an artist, composer, and performer interested in invisibility, noise, and collective sensing. Yun’s work investigates power relations in acoustic phenomena and different technologies. Recent performances include PINK WHITE BROWN at Auto Italia (London), On Illegibility at Sonic Acts Academy (Amsterdam), and Loss, Dust, Noise at Bunkier Sztuki (Krakow). Yun’s writing has been published on oneacre.online and Sonic Acts Academy Press and their music has been released through Another Timbre, Innova Recordings, and The Lab. Yun currently lives in The Hague NL, where they curate the lecture- performance series BARTALK and organize workshops at the intersections of art, music, and technology.

Ariel Zetina

Festival Day 4 | February 3, 2019

Ariel Zetina is a Chicago-based club music DJ/producer/writer. She is a 2018 resident at Smartbar, where she runs her Diamond Formation party; and also runs club nights Rosebud, Ariel’s Party, & Rumors at various clubs in Chicago. Her debut EP 'Cyst' was released on Boukan Records in September. Compilation releases on Club Chai, Trash Cvlt, Sweat Equity, Gays Hate Techno, SHXME, & Femme Culture. Her plays have been produced in NYC, Chicago, and California. Upcoming: releases on Majía, Head Charge, & Manifest.

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ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING 

ECLIPSING Opening Reception

Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 2:00PM - 5:00PM

ECLIPSING Opening Reception

Alia Walston and Rhonda Wheatley and Sojourner Zenobia

The Breathing Room

1434 W 51st St, Chicago, IL 60609

The opening ritual and festival preview of ECLIPSING: death & transformation will be hosted at The Breathing Room, an arts, healing, and organizing hub on Chicago's South Side founded by the #LetUsBreathe collective. In addition, a transformative workshop on transmuting emotional pain and embracing the unknown will be led by artists and healers Alia Walston, Rhonda Wheatley, and Sojourner Zenobia.

 

The Breathing Room is a Black-led liberatory space that produces cultural events, builds coalition with the Chicago resistance community, and incubates programs that aim to force prisons and policing into obsolescence.

Workshop with Sojourner Zenobia and Amina Ross

Monday, January 21, 2019 - 12PM - 3PM

Workshop with Sojourner Zenobia and Amina Ross

Hyde Park Art Center

5020 S. Cornell Avenue Chicago, IL 60615

 

ECLIPSING artists and healers Sojourner Zenobia and Amina Ross will participate in a public program celebrating the legacy and impact of Martin Luther King Jr. at the Hyde Park Art Center.

 

The Hyde Park Art Center is a hub for contemporary arts in Chicago, serving as a gathering and production space for artists and the broader community to cultivate ideas, impact social change, and connect with new networks. The Art Center functions as an amplifier for today and tomorrow’s creative voices, providing the space to cultivate and create new work and connections.

In Progress with Ariel Zetina and Porsha O.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 6:00 PM

In Progress with Ariel Zetina and Porsha O.

MCA Commons

220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

ECLIPSING artists participating in the Museum of Contemporary Art’s program ‘In Progress’ will give visitors a glimpse into the working practices of artists. This series creates a forum for conversation and interaction in the MCA’s new space, the Commons.

 

Founded in 1967 as a Kunsthalle, or non collecting art gallery, the MCA is now one of the world’s largest museums dedicated to art since 1945. Since our inception, it has been our mission to exhibit new and experimental work artists in all media, paired with ambitious education programs. In 1974, the MCA expanded our mission to include collecting and preserving contemporary art for future generations with the inauguration of a permanent collection that has grown to include more than 2,000 works. After 29 years in a storefront on Ontario Street, the museum moved to our current location in 1996, giving our collection, exhibitions, and programming room to evolve to meet the needs of 21st-century art and audiences.

Performance with Jared Brown and J’Sun Howard

Friday, January 25, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Performance with Jared Brown and J’Sun Howard

MCA Commons

220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

ECLIPSING artists Jared Brown and J'Sun Howard will present new and in progress performance works at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA). These performances will engage with mediums of sound collage, poetry, and electronic music. 

 

Founded in 1967 as a Kunsthalle, or non collecting art gallery, the MCA is now one of the world’s largest museums dedicated to art since 1945. Since our inception, it has been our mission to exhibit new and experimental work artists in all media, paired with ambitious education programs. In 1974, the MCA expanded our mission to include collecting and preserving contemporary art for future generations with the inauguration of a permanent collection that has grown to include more than 2,000 works. After 29 years in a storefront on Ontario Street, the museum moved to our current location in 1996, giving our collection, exhibitions, and programming room to evolve to meet the needs of 21st-century art and audiences.

In Progress with AuMar

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 6:00 PM

In Progress with AuMar

MCA Commons

220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

ECLIPSING artists participating in the Museum of Contemporary Art’s program ‘In Progress’ will give visitors a glimpse into the working practices of artists. This series creates a forum for conversation and interaction in the MCA’s new space, the Commons.

 

Founded in 1967 as a Kunsthalle, or non collecting art gallery, the MCA is now one of the world’s largest museums dedicated to art since 1945. Since our inception, it has been our mission to exhibit new and experimental work artists in all media, paired with ambitious education programs. In 1974, the MCA expanded our mission to include collecting and preserving contemporary art for future generations with the inauguration of a permanent collection that has grown to include more than 2,000 works. After 29 years in a storefront on Ontario Street, the museum moved to our current location in 1996, giving our collection, exhibitions, and programming room to evolve to meet the needs of 21st-century art and audiences.

Perfect Dark 2

Friday, February 1, 2019 - 11:00PM - 4:00AM

Perfect Dark is the official after party for the 2019 Eclipsing Festival. More information on the festival's happenings can be found here. Working against the tropes that cast darkness as maligned to the light, Perfect Dark is an exercise in altered presents and imagined futures.

 

Featuring new worlds built by...

DELILAC
MARCELLINE
JARED BROWN
MORENXXX
& MORE

POWERED BY FUTUREHOOD

ECLIPSING: Closing Reception

Monday, February 4, 2019 - 6:00PM - 9:00PM

ECLIPSING Closing Reception

Experimental Station 

6100 S Blackstone Ave

Chicago, IL 60637

“Journey sonically with us and let your ancestors guide you back to the secret place hidden deep within the back bushes of your soul. There is no admission, only active participation in the sound world. Bring your voice, your vessel to tell your secrets to, your instrument and an intention to lose one chain in your life.” - Self Care Chicago

 

Join ECLIPSING and Experimental Station for an closing ceremony of the ECLIPSING: Death & Transformation festival! This performative event, led by Angel Bat Dawid and Julian Otis of Self Care = Resistance, will feature a participatory healing exercise drawing from black ancestral traditions of hush harbours.

 

Please bring an object or vessel of your choosing to this event

 

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

  

The Experimental Station is working to build independent cultural infrastructure on the South Side of Chicago. We do this by fostering a dynamic ecology of innovative educational and cultural programs, small business enterprises and community initiatives. Since 2006, we have both built our own programming to address a variety of identified local needs and have fostered, hosted, and sponsored numerous other initiatives.

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SCREENINGS 

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
Sunday, February 3, 2019 - 2:00 PM
 
Solo Screening of new works by Xitlalli Sixta Tarin
 
 
filmfront
1740 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608
 

ECLIPSING is partnering with filmfront to present a solo screening of new work by Xitlalli Sixta Tarin. Tarin's film Best of Both Worlds is a 2 part film that excavates the male psyche in regards to its fetishization of trans sex workers, and brings to light the fantasies & desires of the previously objectified.

 

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Xitlalli Sixta Tarin is an Indigenous Chicanx interdisciplinary artist from San Antonio, Texas currently working on their BFA in Chicago. Through mostly performance & video work they have been exploring ideas of decolonization, sexuality, gender, ethnicity and how these interact with each other. Their work reflects on personal experiences of transphobia and racism within their romantic relationships and the queer community, and how the effects of Spanish colonization have influenced their family through traditional Roman Catholic ideologies.

filmfront is a cine-club located in chicago’s pilsen neighborhood. Selected programs draw from overlapping spheres of global, classic, documentary, experimental and local cinema. situated at the core of a diverse community, our storefront venue invites a cross-cultural dialogue in the form of discussions, panels, lectures, and exhibitions in addition to our regular screenings.

AN EPITHET, OR THAT WHICH LINGERS AFTER DEATH
Spring 2019, Date TBA
 
Screening Marathon curated by Joelle Mercedes and Jory Drew
 
Nightingale Cinema
1084 N Milwaukee Ave
 Chicago, IL 60642

A beginning and an end merge into one within the present, thus an exodus doesn’t require movement.

An Epithet, or that which lingers after death, sits through the states of ambivalence, rapture, and agony to arouse uncertainty and challenge the notion of totality. Utilizing political texts, experimental video, youtube clips, and feature films Joelle Mercedes and Jory Drew will guide viewers through a 12 hour transfiguration.

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Jory Drew is concerned with the nature of desire and how media, technology, and capitalism shape the romantic notion of love. An alum of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Drew has exhibited locally and nationally and is the Co-founder of F4F, a domestic venue in Little Village (Chicago) and a Co-organizer of Beauty Breaks, an intergenerational beauty and wellness workshop series for black people along the spectrum of femininity.

Originally from the Bronx, NYC,  Joelle Mercedes is a multimedia artist who has been residing in Chicago since 2012. His work is currently situated between an investigation, a wailing, and a possibility that wrestles with the remains left over from historical narratives that are partial, incomplete, and poorly documented. Mercedes attended The School of The Art Institute of Chicago as a Merit Scholar and his work has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. Mercedes has been published in Strange Attractors, a curatorial publication project by Nomaduma Rosa Masilela for the 10th Berlin Biennale: We Don't Need Another Hero.

The Nightingale is a rough and ready microcinema located in Chicago's Noble Square neighborhood. Programming strains include expanded cinema, new media, experimental narrative, documentary, and video art. The Nightingale Cinema is a proud supporter of artist, activist, underground, outre, avant-garde, après-garde, unconventional, independent, forgotten and unforgettable cinema. Projection capabilities include 16mm and digital formats. Operated with a gift economy by an informal volunteer community of programmers, projectionists, critics, and artists, the Nightingale’s mission is to present experimental and independent moving image work by emerging and established makers in a cinema context. Always striving to collaborate with other organizations, the Nightingale hosts an averages of 50 events a year including screenings, performances, festivals, live studio shoots, workshops, and artist talks. Since 2008, the Nightingale has shown the work of hundreds of artists to thousands of attendees. The Nightingale believes in cinema as collective and bodily event and brings audiences and artists together for vital and illuminating exchange.

 

CENTRAL AIR RADIO

Organized  by Jared Brown 

 

Tuesdays, December 18, 2018, through January 28, 2019 

 

on WHPK (88.5FM) Chicago, IL 

 

 

Throughout the festival, artists and performers such as Rashayla Marie Brown, Ashon Crawley, Janelle Miller, Yun Ingrid Lee, and many more will be featured on CENTRAL AIR RADIO, a radio program hosted by interdisciplinary artist Jared Brown. This collaboration adds a sonic and virtual element to the festival through experimental sound pieces, interviews, and audio mixes.

 

CENTRAL AIR RADIO is a weekly show airing live on Chicago’s Southside community radio station, WHPK (88.5FM). Through electronic music, poetry, community programming and interviews CENTRAL AIR RADIO aims to disseminate useful information regarding local matters for Chicago listeners while uncovering and unpacking broader topics that concern us all (WHPK.org). Collaborations and ongoing dialogue between community organizers, writers, DJs, producers and artists positions CENTRAL AIR RADIO to be an experimental barometer for our current socio political climate. CENTRAL AIR RADIO was founded, currently directed and produced by Jared Brown.

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EPISODE 2            EPISODE 5
EPISODE 3          
 

ECLIPSING TEAM

Amina Ross
Curator

Festival curator Amina Ross, is an undisciplined artist, and cultural organizer who creates boundary-crossing works that explore identity, language, intimacy, and community in physical and digital spaces. Amina has presented work, spoken on panels and conducted workshops throughout the United States. Recent exhibitions include ‘FREE FRUIT’ at EXPO Chicago and ‘Daisy Chain’ at Prairie (Chicago, IL). Amina’s moving image installation work will be featured in the forthcoming exhibition ‘Re-figure-ground’ at arebyte gallery in London, England. 

Amina is currently a 2018-19 Artists-In-Residence at Arts + Public Life/ University of Chicago.
 

Madison Smith
Project Manager

Madison Smith is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist and art historian exploring ideas of intimacy, flatness, and autobiography using mediums of fiber art and sculptural installation. Smith has managed a diverse range of public programs in partnership with institutions such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum, the Evanston Art Center, and LATITUDE | Chicago. Smith is a co-founder of Monarch Art and Wellness, assistant instructor of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Teen Lab program, and 2018 Programming Fellow at LATITUDE | Chicago. Since graduating with a Bachelors of Fine Art and Art History from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2017, Smith has demonstrated a commitment to emerging artists and creative platforms in Chicago, IL. (Photo credit Jacob King)

 

SPONSORS & PARTNERS

The Breathing Room is a Black-led liberatory space that produces cultural events, builds coalition with the Chicago resistance community, and incubates programs that aim to force prisons and policing into obsolescence. www.letusbreathecollective.com

CENTRAL AIR RADIO is a weekly show airing live on Chicago’s Southside community radio station, WHPK (88.5FM). Through electronic music, poetry, community programming and interviews CENTRAL AIR RADIO aims to disseminate useful information regarding local matters for Chicago listeners while uncovering and unpacking broader topics that concern us all (WHPK.org). Collaborations and ongoing dialogue between community organizers, writers, DJs, producers and artists positions CENTRAL AIR RADIO to be an experimental barometer for our current socio political climate. CENTRAL AIR RADIO was founded, currently directed and produced by Jared Brown.

The Experimental Station is working to build independent cultural infrastructure on the South Side of Chicago. We do this by fostering a dynamic ecology of innovative educational and cultural programs, small business enterprises and community initiatives. Since 2006, we have both built our own programming to address a variety of identified local needs and have fostered, hosted, and sponsored numerous other initiatives.

filmfront is a cine-club located in chicago’s pilsen neighborhood. Selected programs draw from overlapping spheres of global, classic, documentary, experimental and local cinema. situated at the core of a diverse community, our storefront venue invites a cross-cultural dialogue in the form of discussions, panels, lectures, and exhibitions in addition to our regular screenings. www.filmfront.org

 

The Hyde Park Art Center is a hub for contemporary arts in Chicago, serving as a gathering and production space for artists and the broader community to cultivate ideas, impact social change, and connect with new networks. The Art Center functions as an amplifier for today and tomorrow’s creative voices, providing the space to cultivate and create new work and connections. www.hydeparkart.org

Links Hall is located at Constellation (3111 N. Western Avenue), in Chicago’s Roscoe Village neighborhood. Links Hall encourages artistic innovation and public engagement by maintaining a facility and providing flexible programming for the research, development and presentation of new work in the performing arts. www.linkshall.org

Mindful Indulgences are created out of an awareness of how food impacts our well-being and quality of life. Each consciously curated confection is made with certified organic, vegan, and fair-trade semi-sweet chocolate and infused with certified organic and fair trade super spices. The nutritional value of each truffle is as much about the healthful nutrient rich ingredients used as it is about the ingredients they do not contain. The highest quality chocolate and Ayurvedic spices are selected with the confidence that each confection is healthful and sustainable. http://www.mindfulindulgences.com/

Founded in 1967 as a Kunsthalle, or non collecting art gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is now one of the world’s largest museums dedicated to art since 1945. Since our inception, it has been our mission to exhibit new and experimental work artists in all media, paired with ambitious education programs. In 1974, the MCA expanded our mission to include collecting and preserving contemporary art for future generations with the inauguration of a permanent collection that has grown to include more than 2,000 works. After 29 years in a storefront on Ontario Street, the museum moved to our current location in 1996, giving our collection, exhibitions, and programming room to evolve to meet the needs of 21st-century art and audiences. www.mcachicago.org

The Nightingale Cinema is a proud supporter of artist, activist, underground, outre, avant-garde, après-garde, unconventional, independent, forgotten and unforgettable cinema. Projection capabilities include 16mm and digital formats. Operated with a gift economy by an informal volunteer community of programmers, projectionists, critics, and artists, the Nightingale’s mission is to present experimental and independent moving image work by emerging and established makers in a cinema context. Always striving to collaborate with other organizations, the Nightingale hosts an averages of 50 events a year including screenings, performances, festivals, live studio shoots, workshops, and artist talks. Since 2008, the Nightingale has shown the work of hundreds of artists to thousands of attendees. The Nightingale believes in cinema as collective and bodily event and brings audiences and artists together for vital and illuminating exchange. www.nightingalecinema.org

© 2023 by Amina Ross