A bit of the political–This is a brief bio as I do live out my politics in my work: Farah Tanis is a transnational Black feminist and human rights activist, co-founder and Executive Director of Black Women’s Blueprint, and a 2012 U.S. Human Rights Institute Fellow. She served as Almoner for the Havens Relief Fund for seven years and on the Board of Haki Yetu, a faith-based organization working to end Rape in the Congo region of Africa and Right Rides for Women’s Safety in New York City. Farah is the founder of the Museum of Women’s Resistance (MoWRe), dedicated to presenting the diversity, dynamism, and global influence of women of African descent in the realms of family, work, community, nations and the natural environment. She is the creator of Mother Tongue Monologues, a theatrical production and vehicle for communicating Black feminist praxis at the grassroots and for addressing Black sexual politics in African American communities. Her body of work includes the production and contribution to several grassroots documentaries, development and teaching of curricula and human rights policy advocacy and organizing in the U.S. and the Caribbean. www.mothertonguemonologues.org, www.museumofwomensresistance.org, www.myfreedomlounge.com, www.blackwomensblueprint.org
A bit of the personal: I am a daydreamer and “a bit dramatic” (it’s been said) about all things love, l’amour…ah vive l’amour. I am a lover of love and good relationships, good friendships, family bonds and even good, honest, authentic bonds at work within the context of horizontal leadership. I am married and one of the many to exercise her right to marry under NYC’s same-sex marriage laws. Yay for LGBT rights including the right to everything else, not just marriage. Personally, I am constantly nostalgic for days gone by, when snicker bars were 35 cents and everyone wore two-toned jeans. Yes I’m a child/pre-teen of the 80s. I am a cat owner, but also like dogs. Superhero wannabe. Enjoy science fiction. Awkward nerd at times, but very much confident, anchored and know who I am. Not easily star struck unless its Angela Davis, Mae Jemison or any other phenomenal Black woman who turned the usual paradigm on its head by doing something unexpected, in addition to writing and talking. Though I am grateful for the writings and teachings of others who’ve helped me find my footing. In a parallel universe I too am an author. I believe one can live out all of their dreams if they truly put their minds to it and so I might become an author and a dancer, specializing in African dance, spinning, rising, bending, stomping and worshiping to the beat of the drums and speaking without words, with my ancestors.