CommUNITY Café: Celebrating the Sacred Cypher
Featuring: IMAN Roster Artists Maimouna Youssef & K-Love the Poet and Sacred Cypher Creatives Al Taw’am,
Hosts: Authentic Aseelah, Shamar Hemphill
When: Saturday, January 26, 2019, 6 PM, All Ages
Tickets: $10 – Purchase online
Where: Booker T. Washington High School, 45 Whitehouse Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30314
Don’t miss this incredible lineup at the first CommUNITY Café of 2019! Join us as we celebrate the power of the cypher!
IMAN Roster Artist Maimouna “MuMu Fresh” Youssef is a global citizen, musical healer, and community pillar. The Grammy-nominated singer, emcee, songwriter, and activist has traveled worldwide rocking stages with music giants such as Sting, Nas, Common, Zap Mama, The Roots, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Ed Sheeran, Bobby Mcferrin, Dave Chappelle, Lalah Hathaway, Femi Kuti, and more. Youssef’s discography spans from 2006 to 2017 with her most recent project with DJ Dummy entitled Vintage Babies already placing at number 6 on UK Indie music charts.
Sacred Cypher Creatives, Al Ta’wam (Arabic for The Twins), 2016 National Young Arts Award recipients and the youngest 2-time recipients of the Minnesota Sage Cowles Award for dance, are 19-year-old Muslim identical twin sisters, Iman and Khadijah Siferllah-Griffin from Minneapolis, MN. As recent dancers and choreographers for Brother Ali’s video Never Learn and Mona Haydar’s Wrap My Hijab, Iman and Khadijah have performed with world renowned artist Black Violin and at a range of events such as The Nobel Peace Prize Forum, Facing Race 2012 and 2016, WE Day Minnesota, Sound Set, and The Minnesota Secretary of State’s 50th Voter’s Rights Act Anniversary Celebration. In 2016, the pair performed and provided a talkback at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, MN and in 2017 were contestants on season one of World of Dance NBC. Currently freshmen in college, Iman and Khadijah believe that their God-given ability to dance is their superpower, and they want to use that superpower to inspire others.
IMAN Roster Artist K-Love the Poet is an international Spoken Word Artist/Motivational Speaker. She’s shared stages with arts & activist legends as Angela Davis, Ameena Mathews, Ava Muhammad, Jessie Jackson, Common, just to name a few. A recipient of several awards for her community work and humanitarianism, she also has titles to her credit of actress, author, and mentor. In 2009 she co-founded LYRIC Mentoring (Let Your Rhymes Inspire Creativity), a grassroots endeavor that has become one of the most impactful youth movements in Chicago.
Authentic Aseelah is a Lifestyle Event Host and Producer, Vlogger and Blogger. For the past 10 years Aseelah has worked as an independent consultant on major Film and Television productions for networks such as Bet, TV1, and Lifetime, just to name a few. During this period for a year, she was also Talkshow Host for the Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters (AIB). Currently, Aseelah is Co-founder and Director of The Muslim Mix, Inc. which presents creative social events and environments targeted at Muslim young adults, while also fostering activism, specifically directed at changing the narrative about Muslim Americans and how they’re portrayed in the media, and society as a whole.
Shamar is the Senior Organizer at IMAN with vast experience in the areas of civic engagement, community organizing and youth development. Born on the South Side of Chicago. He attended Langston University in 1999 and began studying Sociology. Upon his return to Chicago in 2005, he took a position at the Mosque Foundation as youth coordinator, working with both Arab and African American Muslim Youth. In 2007, Shamar was recruited to participate in Public Allies, a leadership development program started by Michelle Obama. After graduating from Public Allies in 2008, Shamar began working for the Inner-City Muslim Action Network as coordinator for the organization’s youth department. He possesses many years of experience working in low-income neighborhoods throughout the Chicagoland area, both as an Organizer & Adult Ally to young people.
CommUNITY Café is supported by Pillars Fund and The Doris Duke Foundation.