In partnership with 10 Days of Connection Broward, this discussion will focus on the different perspectives of black women in the community including the Arts, Corporate America, and Entrepreneurship. Listen as we hear from panelist Lakeisha Frith (The Adrienne Arsht Center), Delilah Antoinette (Black Girl’s Healing House), Tanisha Cidel (Evolutionary Arts), Véronique George (VLG Productions), and Ghenete “G” Wright Muir (Thou Art Woman), share their achievements, overcoming obstacles they’ve faced in their career, as well as, what practices they’ve put in place to become the best version of themselves. The purpose of this panel is to emphasize the voice of the black women where we will unpack topics such as self-identity and emotional healing for the black women. Using inspiration from Mikki Kendall and Bell Hooks, current research is very White female dominated speaking about Black female experiences. We are addressing the lack of Black female voices by having Black women share their experiences while providing a support system to uplift other Black female voices.
The discussion will also be accompanied with a performance entitled “Four Colored Girls” a collaboration of Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf” and Nina Simone’s “Four Women.”
Thank you to the The Community Foundation of Broward, Children’s Services Council, + Jewish Federation of Broward County for making this program a reality!
Véronique George is a marketing and social media professional with more than six years of experience working with international clients in the fashion, consumer packaged goods, manufacturing, food, hospitality and travel and e-learning industries. Her life-long passion and support for the arts led her to pursue a professional career in acting. Véronique quickly gained experience on the stage and screen in productions like, A Raisin in the Sun (Beneatha), The Color Purple (Dancer), and Silhouettes (Featured). Véronique’s storytelling ability combined with a foundation rooted in acting naturally positioned her to produce her first play, The Counterfeit, second play, The Counterfeit 2 and now her third play, The Comeback. Véronique is currently writing her fourth play Hush and recently launched the virtual show, The Conversation.
Born in Miami, violinist Lakeisha Frith is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and Humanities. Ms. Frith began working with the Greater Miami Youth Symphony in 2005 as the String Orchestra Assistant and as an instructor in the GMYS Preparatory Program. In 2006, she started running a 3-tiered string program with upwards of 60 students at Pinecrest Elementary School. In 2010, she became the GMYS Executive Assistant and taught beginning string classes throughout Miami-Dade County in Homestead, West Miami, Miami Beach and Pinecrest locations, as well as fulfilling administrative duties and grant compliance for grants received from such entities as The Children’s Trust and Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs. In 2015 she was appointed Assistant Executive Director during which time her duties included coordinating and managing the Preparatory Division as well as their summer camp programs. Ms. Frith has also worked with United by Music Inc. in Broward County in their outreach workshops at the African American Library, Covenant House, and other parks and schools throughout Broward County. Ms. Frith is the Director of Education at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts where she works in conjunction with resident companies, arts partners and Miami-Dade County Public Schools to enhance the arts education experience of all students and teachers throughout Miami-Dade County. Ms. Frith has been an adjudicator for The Children’s Trust Young Talent Big Dreams Competition, a panelist for the Youth Arts Enrichment Grant Program, and an adjudicator for various magnet music middle school programs throughout Miami- Dade County. She is currently a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Lakeisha Frith maintains a private lesson studio and enjoys teaching and performing.
Delilah is the founder of Black Girl’s Healing House – a holistic wellness community exclusively for 64.k Black women around the world. She is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in Apparel and Textile design.
Delilah came into community building in 2018 after so many experiences with not feeling seen in the wellness industry. Delilah created Black Girl’s Healing House to create more inclusivity, and they grew rapidly from 200 members to 60k+ within 4 years.
In 2021 Black Girl’s Healing House was accepted into Meta’s Community Accelerator program! Since then, they’ve been featured in media such as Essence, Upworthy, Popsugar, Fitbit and AfroTech.
Black Girl’s Healing House helps bridge the gap between Black women and wellness by connecting our community to some of the most sought after Black female healers across the globe and provide ethically sourced spiritual self-care tools. Their vision is to create safe spaces for Black women to be honored and seen online and in
Ghenete Wright Muir is a Professor of Practice in the Academic Success and Professionalism Program (ASP). Professor Wright currently teaches the Florida Bar Exam Lab where she works with students to develop skills—legal writing, critical and logical thinking, as well as time and stress management—to adequately prepare them to succeed in law school, the bar exam and in the profession.
Prior to joining NSU Law, Professor Wright worked as a Senior Attorney with The Florida Bar where she handled lawyer discipline and frequently presented during the mandatory Continuing Legal Education course, Practicing with Professionalism. She also worked with the Broward County Law Office of the Public Defender, Legal Aid Service of Broward County and in private practice.
Professor Wright is admitted to practice in Florida, New York and Connecticut and has been very active in the legal community. She is a past President of The T.J. Reddick Bar Association and served on The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors. She also recently served a three-year term on the American Bar Association Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and is a member of the Gay & Lesbian Lawyer Network in Broward County.
Co-Founder, Wright’s premier production, Thou Art Woman, is an event series celebrating LGBTQ (lesbian, bi-sexual, gay, transgender & queer) women and their allies through performance and visual art. When Thou Art Woman started in 2014, about 50 women attended. They focused on having an ‘open mic’ segment and encouraged anyone from the audience to perform.
It was magical! They finally had a safe space where they could share their creativity and their truth. After 10 successful events, Thou Art Woman is attracting hundreds of attendees, and have expanded to a 3-day weekend of visual and performing arts, mixers, and other inspiring and entertaining experiences.
Tanisha Cidel (Miami, FL) graduated from the musical theatre program at New World School of the Arts in 1993. She is currently the director of the magnet theatre program at Norland Middle School where she has taught sixth through eighth grade for the past 16 years. She is one of the only theatre teachers in the county to become a finalist for the district wide Teacher of the Year award.
Mrs Cidel is also the former director of the award winning program, AileyCamp Miami, held and sponsored by the Adrienne Arsht Center in conjunction with the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation. Recently, Arsht Center representatives and Mrs Cidel traveled to Washington D.C. to receive an extraordinary honor. AileyCamp Miami was awarded the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program award given by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.
In addition to her arts in education career, Mrs Cidel has performed as an entertainer in various genres of entertainment. She was a background singer for both Ruben Studdard of American Idol and Kanye West on the MTV Awards Show. Now, Mrs Cidel can be seen in the new highly acclaimed, Golden Globe and Oscar Award winning film, “Moonlight” as Principal Williams. You can also find her current students Alex Hibbert and Jaden Piner as leads in the Oscar Award winning film as well. Many former students have gone on to do amazing things in the entertainment industry such as film, perform in Hamilton the musical, dance and sing background for Brandy, and currently are cast in various television series”.
A champion for arts in education, Mrs. Cidel believes that all of her experiences in the professional industry of entertainment and the arts have been instrumental in creating innovative ways to inspire and introduce children of all ages to the wonderful world of the performing arts. She and her husband created Evolutionary Arts and Entertainment. A training ground for young artists and those who are young at heart in the Miami-Dade County community. The goal is to cultivate and nurture the talents of this community and influence the world with those talents!