Hear Her Here
Hear Her Here
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Hear Her Here

FOR FREEDOMS and CONVERSE have teamed up for Hear Her Here - an initiative that helps propel more Black femme artists into spotlights, onto stages and at the heads of tables to make positive impact on the communities we share.

Hear Her Here began with a series of five murals in historically Black neighborhoods across Los Angeles to visualize and actualize the creative power of Black femmes. This collaborative programming series includes public activations in historically Black LA neighborhoods, a salon series about art & community, and the launch of a creative incubator.

Murals

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Adee Roberson

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Hana Ward

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Michon Sanders

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Helina Metaferia

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“My mural is about connectivity through blackness, joy, presence, and spirit. A reflection of the care and communion I have felt here in Los Angeles.”

Bio: Adee’s work, a combination of painting, printmaking, and installation, layers memory, sound, spirit, and archive into technicolor punk expressions. She spreads visualized sonic vibrations as rhythms of meditation, reflecting on Black history and, as an extension, family history.

“When I think of Black women I think of us on the full spectrum of gender expansive, trans and non- binary. We share a collective consciousness of care for ourselves and each other. We are the inventors and innovators of most, if not all cultural connection, justice, and artistic vision.”

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Community Build

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“This painting has to do with what we pass down through generations, the legacy we leave, and the survival information we carry on to our offspring. I hope viewers consider what they inherit from their ancestors and what knowledge they are passing down to future generations.”

Bio: Hana infuses her Japanese and Black heritage into her works, guided by introspection and a connection to city, family, and legacy. Her paintings often depict women in various layers of consciousness, acting as windows into a world full of ancestors and the stories of spirits.

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Community Build

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“The Cowgirls of Color compete in rodeos representing the free planet of Atlantica, they are known throughout most galaxies.”

Bio: April’s work is the realization of a childhood AfroFuturist fantasy: that Black people come from another planet, Atlantica, and their alienation, realized as racism, is because of this cosmic connection. In her paintings, she presents characters who live beyond racist structures and exist in a realm full of color.

Mural Location

Nkechi African Cafe

Photography

@Da'Shaunamaris

@EnkryptLosAngeles

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“Church basement, those familiar folding chairs, plates being finished, conversations being had, memories being shared. Pull up a chair. There’s room.”

Bio: Michon’s paintings spotlight the in between moments of pause in Black life. Having grown up in the South and spending several years in the Bay Area before moving to Los Angeles, her practice carries heavy influence from the Black communities she’s been a part of, offering insight into Black selfhood across different regions of the country.

“I hope viewers hear that we, as black people are so much more than the spectacle or its aftermath. We are everything in between, community, love, celebration - not just pain, grief and resilience. I hope the humanity of Black People is heard.”

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Coalition for Responsible Community Development

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“These collages are part of an ongoing interdisciplinary project, By Way of Revolution, which highlights activist histories from civil rights generations as crowns on modern-day Black women activists."

Bio: Helina's interdisciplinary practice integrates performance, installation, video, and collage to celebrate Black women through complex and intimate narratives. As an Ethiopian-American, she draws on traditions in African art, adding a layer of ritual that names the legacies we come from and the futures we build.

“I hope that the viewer ‘hears’ the complex narrative of historical social justice movements that these modern day activists carry within their headdresses, and are curious as to how it informs our present. I also hope that the viewer wants to learn more about these three featured activists and the movements they are a part of. It's important for me to highlight women's labor in these movements, as sometimes those efforts are not documented or valued proportionally.”

Mural Location

Dollar Bargain—4636 Vermont Ave

Our Community Partners

  • COMMUNITY BUILD was founded in 1992 to provide youth outreach services across Los Angeles. Now they provide a range of services around food access, tutoring, financial literacy, and community safety.
  • BRUCE'S BEACH was a Black-owned beach resort in Manhattan Beach until it was seized from the Bruce family in the 1920s. Now, almost 100 years later, ownership has been returned to the Bruce family, a step towards reparations.
  • WE LOVE LEIMART is a group of intergenerational organizers upholding the Black legacy of Leimert Park. They host events, from large festivals to community-led workshops, to support Black-owned businesses and Black creatives in the neighborhood.
  • THE BLACK IMAGE CENTER provides technical and professional photography resources to young Black artists. The newly-founded collective hopes to build out a multi-use space to host workshops and offer equipment rentals.
  • NEKCHI AFRICAN CAFE is an Inglewood-based, family-run restaurant that serves Nigerian food. The restaurant has become a neighborhood community hub for their hospitality and longstanding investment in the community.
  • CULTURE CLUB SOUTH BAY uses joy and celebration to bring communities together. Founded in August 2020, they host public programs and events, promoting intercultural learning through art, sports, food, and literature.
  • JUSTICE FOR BRICE'S BEACH is a grassroots movement campaigning for reparations for the Bruce family. By restoring ownership of their land in today’s Manhattan Beach, the group aims to grow the movement to return land to Black and Indigenous communities.
  • SOUTH LA CAFE is a Black-owned, family-owned, community-owned cafe and creative hub serving South Central Los Angeles. In addition to over 20 years in business, the cafe combats food deserts through their market, which also provides groceries to neighbors in need.