Moya Bailey, Co Founder
Moya Bailey is a scholar of critical race, feminist, and disability studies at Emory University. Her current work focuses on constructs of health and normativity within a US context. She is also committed to issues of representation in media. She received her undergraduate degree from Spelman College where she majored in Women’s Studies with a concentration in Health.
Chantelle Bateman, Campaign Strategist
Chantelle Bateman is a Marine Corps veteran, whose experiences as a woman in the military have transcended into published literary works, artistic features, and a career as a social justice community organizer. After returning home from Iraq, deeply troubled by her experiences of war, racism and sexual violence, she began to study the history of militarism towards oppressed people focusing media’s influence in silencing those people and fueling various systems of oppression. Chantelle has appeared as a guest on CNN’s Newsroom and plenary panelist for the 2010 US Social Forum, as well as giving public orations at colleges and universities across the country, sharing her personal and professional experiences and speaking out against injustices at home and around the world. Her creative works have been featured at the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago and published in anthologies such as “Warrior Writer’s: After Action Review”. She is a former member of the Washington Peace Center Board of Directors and in 2009 became the first Northeast Regional Field Organizer for Iraq Veterans Against the War. Ms. Bateman’s approach to change is rooted in the Ella Baker tradition of grassroots leadership development and transformative organizing. Chantelle has joined the FAAN Mail team to work with other women leaders of color who organize communities using the power of media to create alternatives, allowing the voices of the marginalized to change the course of the mainstream.
Originally from Maryland, Patrice Berry is a graduate of Swarthmore College, where she got her B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Black Studies and Education. After Swarthmore, Patrice went on to pursue her M.S.Ed in Secondary Education at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. Later, instead of staying in the classroom, Patrice went on to pursue her Ph.D at Temple University, where she is currently researching college access and completion primarily among first generation youth and youth from low-income families. In 2010, Patrice began working for the University of PA’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships where she is presently the Community Schools Site Director for University City High School and the Director of UCHS’s Student Success Center. As part of her work at the Netter Center, Patrice also mentors undergraduate and graduate students of education and counseling, and has recently co-taught an undergraduate course at Penn called Culturally Relevant Teaching, Learning, and Intervention. Before launching into her college access research, Patrice studied and write about black female identity, and street literature. These interests compelled her to the work of FAAN Mail, with whom she had been able to continue exploring varying media representations of black female identities.
Leana Cabral is an organizer and world traveler and currently works for a social justice youth organization in Philadelphia. She received her undergraduate degree from Spelman College where she majored in Women’s Studies. At Spelman, Leana was instrumental in organizing the Nelly Protest of Spring 2004 and the 2006 sexual assault walk-out and march. Leana was one of the seven Spelman students who appeared on the Oprah Show to engage in a conversation about the “After Imus” debate. Leana is particularly interested in how ideas and notions are constructed, learned and exported – particularly through the media – and how we can continue to think critically, and offer what we believe are more holitistc representations of ourselves and our communities.
Nuala Cabral, Co Founder
Rhode Island native Nuala Cabral is an educator, activist and award-winning filmmaker, who teaches media production and media literacy in high schools, colleges and community centers. While earning a Master’s degree in Media Studies and Production from Temple University, Nuala worked on several media literacy projects with Temple’s Media Education Lab and co-founded FAAN Mail in 2010. Obtaining an Art and Change Grant from the Leeway Foundation in 2011 enabled her and her sister Leana to launch Sisters Action Media, FAAN Mail’s first youth media initiative. In addition to her media interests, Nuala is a founding member of the Black Feminist Working Group and board member of Stop Street Harassment. In 2012, Women E-News honored Nuala with a Philadelphia Leadership Award.
Denice Frohman is an award winning international poet, lyricist, and educator, whose multicultural upbringing inspires her to explore the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and the “in-betweeness” that exists in us all. A former member of the 2010 Philly Adult Slam Team, she is currently featured in Philadelphia’s citywide “UnLitter Us” Campaign, and has headlined shows from Michigan, to New York, to Toronto, Canada. In March 2013, Denice was named Champion of the Women of The World Poetry Slam. Currently the Program Director at the Philly Youth Poetry Movement, Denice works with teens to discover the transformative power of their creative voices using spoken word.
Alicia Sanchez Gill, Co Founder
alicia is currently pursuing her masters of social work while working in collaboration with women living with hiv. she also happens to have a degree in opera. alicia has a strong interest in the intersections of art, race, gender, sexuality, stories of trauma and the way we heal ourselves. she’s done lots of consulting with agencies aimed at creating trauma informed, anti-oppressive youth and volunteer curriculums. she’s also a founding member of grupo afrodescendiente; a collective that works to advocate with and for African descendants in Latin America.
Nehad Khader is an educator, artist, and researcher. As an undergraduate at Temple University she focused her studies on sociology and Black literature and media. She earned her Masters Degree in Arab Studies from Georgetown University, concentrating on Palestinian literature and media. Nehad is a board member and Program Comitttee Chairperson of the DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival and a contributor to the online magazine thisthatSAID. She is also Managing Editor at Tadween Publishing. Nehad and her Palestinian-American Muslim family experienced tremendous backlash after the September 11th attacks, when she was in high school. She has since advocated for responsibility around media imagery, especially as it pertains to people of color and women. She has experienced the ways in which the media can negatively impact communities that are already vulnerable and visible.
Mari Morales Williams
Born in East Harlem and raised in the Bronx, Mari is deeply invested in the gender and sexual politics of youth of color, and women of color. Her research and activism for these politics are motivated by her lens as a Black feminist, queer theorist, rape survivor, and youth educator. She believes that a healthy sexuality is integral to a healthy lifestyle and promotes this through her workshop series, The Yoni Project. The Yoni Project uses story-sharing and dance/movement to help women see how they are biologically and divinely designed to heal and empower themselves, despite the violence (symbolic and physical) of racialized sexism and rape culture. She is currently a writing specialist for Temple University’s writing center, and a doctoral candidate in their Urban Education program.
Natasha Ngaiza was born in London and raised in the U.S. by Tanzanian immigrants. She received a BA from The College of William and Mary and an MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University. Her short films, “5 Afternoons” and “A Creation Story” have screened at numerous film festivals and venues including the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, the Smithsonian Museum and the African Diaspora International Film Festival in New York. Both films won awards at the 2011 Urban Mediamakers Film Festival for “Best Student Film” and second place for “Best Animation”, respectively. Natasha is passionate about African and African-American cinema and using film as a tool to educate, empower and uplift. She recently completed her third narrative short “Blackout” and currently lives in Santiago, Chile with her husband and daughter. You can find her writing and photography about navigating identity and multicultural experiences here.
Chakka Reeves, Co Founder
Blogger, educator, budding screenwriter and media nerd, Chakka has taught and created the curriculum for social justice dialogue courses with topics including socio-economic status, race, sexual orientation and African-American intergroup relations. She is also the owner and editor of Freedomreeves.com, a blog that looks at the intersections between identity, media and life. She holds a M.Ed from the University of Maryland- College Park as well as a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.