The Okra Projectis creating An Opportunity to Support Our Admin Team
Prep Cook is a great introduction to supporting The Okra Project Admin team. At this level, you will be added to an exclusive email list for our monthly newsletter, which will include updates on Okra Project programming, client testimonials, and more.
At this level, you'll receive all Prep Cook benefits, PLUS a special thank you shout out on our social media platforms, and you'll be added to our list of benefactors, which will be published in the newsletter every month.
About The Okra Project
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.
*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.
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)
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.