Your creative practice is a promise towards the values that you want to see in the world.

In sharing the story behind Black Feast, a “culinary event that celebrates Black artists and writers through food,” Salimatu and Annika also share lessons about how to anchor your creative practice in your values and the communities you serve. They offer tender reminders for when we’re creating work we believe in: Take care of ourselves and each other. Be unafraid to rethink frameworks that don’t serve you. And overcome your fear of rejection. Because if you believe in it, so many people need the work that is near and dear to your heart to exist in the world.

About the speaker

Salimatu Amabebe (he/they) is a Nigerian-American chef and multimedia artist. Amabebe is the founder and director of Black Feast, a food/ art event that celebrates Black artists and writers through culinary interpretations of their work. Amabebe’s work focuses on the intersection of food and art, drawing from family memories, Nigerian recipes, and Black culinary history.

Annika Hansteen-Izora (they/she/he) is a queer genderfluid artist, designer, and poet. They’re Mother of the Front House at Black Feast, Creative Director of Design and UI at Ethel’s Club and Somewhere Good, and releasing their first book, “Tenderness: A celebration of my Black queer joy, and an honoring of my rage,” with Co-Conspirator Press in winter 2021.

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