The Okra Project

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About The Okra Project

The Okra Project is a partnership facilitated by Ianne Fields Stewart funded by Black Trans Solidarity Fund and a group of Black Trans chefs that aims to bring home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals to Black Trans People in New York City.

During the Middle Passage, our African ancestors snuck okra onto captive ships to sustain themselves and plant in the new world. Black Diasporic cooking traditions often use the okra plant for its versatility and is often associated with health, prosperity, and community.

In this spirit, The Okra Project hopes to extend delicious and nutritious meals to Black Trans people experiencing food insecurity. More than 20% of Black TGNC people are unemployed and nearly 42% live below the poverty line. For these reasons and many more, it can be difficult for Black TGNC people to get access to healthy and consistent meals, especially during the holiday season.

Based on individual donations, The Okra Project pays Black Trans chefs to go into the homes of Black Trans people to cook them a healthy and home-cooked meal at absolutely no cost to our Black TGNC siblings. For those Black Trans folks currently experiencing homeless or whose homes cannot support our chef’s cooking, The Okra Project has partnered with institutions like Osborne Association and other community spaces to deliver foods.

Till this moment, the original administrative team have happily received no monetary compensation for their work. However, as this project has grown far beyond what anyone could have imagined or expected it has become increasingly difficult for the administrative team to support the work they are doing without financial assistance. Therefore, this page is dedicated to raising funds to ensure that the administrative team are able to support The Okra Project and also take care of themselves in the process. 

We totally understand! If you would like to support the Okra Project's operating budget to ensure that our chefs are paid, please donate at: *
*Please note that if you are using the PayPal app, the email to look up is [email protected] and you will be directed to The Black Trans Solidarity Fund that funds The Okra Project's operating expenses. 

IANNE FIELDS STEWART (they/them/she/her)
Founder, Co-Facilitator 
is a Black queer nonbinary transfeminine New York-based storyteller working at the intersection of theatre and activism. A native of Birmingham, AL, their work centers in creating radical stories that shift social narratives around the lives and experiences of marginalized people. As a performer, Ianne has worked consistently in productions at NYC venues such as Joe’s Pub, Dixon Place, Black Spectrum Theatre, and more. Ianne can also be seen on Buzzfeed LGBT, the You Had Me at Black podcast, the #Safewordsociety podcast, Podcast of Color, and the Is it Transphobic Podcast. In the summer of 2017, Ianne was selected out of over 500 applicants to be one of the 15 US Fellows for Humanity in Action's 2017 John Lewis Fellowship. Since this, Ianne has developed their activism into a community engagement consulting practice with various theatrical companies and productions as well as multiple teaching artistry positions that have taken them from NYC Public Charter schools to the Rose M. Singer Center on Riker’s Island.

NYLA SAMPSON (she/her)
Co-Facilitator, Black Trans Solidarity Fund

is a Black, Queer theatre artist, singer, poet, and community organizer advocating racial, gender, and food justice through an intersectional Black Womynist lens. Her passions are the page, the stage, and most of all, the People. She is a graduate of Long Island University, where she served as the community service coordinator for the Black Student Union, and led a campus wide community conversation on police violence against the Black community. She has received multiple awards for her writing and musical talent, including The Dragon's Breath Scholarship for Musicianship. She serves as the Social Co-Chair for Black Youth Project 100 NYC, organizing for Black Liberation worldwide, and is also a community healer.

KC CORNISH (they/them)
Community Coordinator 

is an AfroPinx NonBinary Trans community organizer, whose work highlights strong engagement in uplifting the unsung voices, lived experiences and narratives of marginalized communities. As a Black and Filipinx Queer kid raised by their Filipina mother and grandparents, KC's core and guiding principle resides at the intersectionality of race, gender and immigration. Their passion for connecting ideas and people comes in the form of coalition building, mediation and communal sustainability. Their practice includes maintaining rich, fluid and healthy relationships outside the binary systems through community accountability practices, reciprocity, radical candor, and strategic resource distribution within these spaces. Their work on the ground is ongoing and you can find them currently plotting and working with fellow Black and Brown Queer organizers in NYC affiliated within the Audre Lorde Project, Black Youth Project 100 and SIGE LGBTQ. They also serve as a community board member for HIV Prevention Research with the Columbia Research Unit team at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and a teaching artist with the Asian American Writers' Workshop (AAWW) for elders at the Center in Lenox Hill Neighborhood House.

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