Taja Lindley

Founder and Managing Member
Colored Girls Hustle
Taja Lindley is a writer and artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She is the Founder of Colored Girls Hustle, and a member of Echoing Ida and Harriet's Apothecary. Lindley considers herself a healer and an activist, creating socially engaged work that transforms audiences, shifts culture and moves people to action. Her artwork has been featured at the Movement Research at Judson Church series, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, WOW Café Theater, La Mama Theater, in living rooms, classrooms, conferences and public spaces. Her writing has appeared in Rewire, EBONY, Feministe and Salon.

Presentations from Facing Race 2016

Catching the Spirit: A Cypher on Black Resilience

Since before colonization, Black folks have used introversion as a practice to share culture, tell stories, pass messages, and survive. We have a legacy artists and activists (aka alchemists) who remix, re-purpose and transform harmful practices, policies and systems into spaces of power and resilience. From making underground church in the jim crow south to the evolution of Hip-Hop as tool to amplify the voice of Black urban youth, catching the spirit has been a site of physical and emotional release. Through interactive and interdisciplinary group discussions, participants will creatively and collaboratively engage in conversations that will serve as our fuel to devise mantras, call and responses, poetry, rap, rhythm and dance/movement. Using the technology of improvisation and freestyle, participants will experiment with the sacred tradition of the cypher to co-create a collective freedom song that honors our histories, celebrates our resilience and imagines new futures.

Speakers: Taja Lindley, Che Johnson-Long, Jessica Valoris