Who am I?

Who am I?

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I am a visual artist, a writer, and a crafts person. I am a webmistress, a college graduate and a pagan. I am a sister, cousin, aunt, daughter, a good friend, an angry Black woman, and many other things.

I am also a pan-African who is an albino. Many want me to be politically correct and say I am a person with albinism. That’s fine but the problem with that is, I am not a person with anything. To be a person with something is to imply having a condition. I do not consider myself as having a condition. A condition is much like a disease in that it has to be cured or fixed in some way. Since there is nothing wrong with me how can I say I have a condition? My albinism is as much a part of me as any of the many facets that make the whole. I feel if I were to be completely politically correct I would have to say I was born with a condition called femaleism, African Americanism, and albinism. But that’s silly: isn’t it?

You can also call me Ivory Negress, White Chocolate Goddess, or Blond Ashanti, Golden Child is fine too.

I was not the first “headliner” in my family. I had an older brother who died in a fire at the age of seven.

My brother Ronald came 4 years before me. We were the only two on either side of the family. Ronald didn’t stay with us long, though. In 1958 when he was 7, he was killed in a house fire.

I grew up on the East coast. I went to art school in New York where I got my BFA in commercial art. I lived in the DC area for several years where I worked in the federal government. I was VP of my Toastmasters club while I was there.

I got my Masters degree in arts management at the University of Illinois.

From there I decided to settle down in the Midwest where I managed a gallery for artists with disabilities for several years.

As for the albinism part of the picture, as mentioned before I grew up as the only one like me in the entire school district, as far as I know. I know what it is like to go for years without seeing another living person with albinism. I know what it’s like to have all those questions and have no one to answer them. I read all the horror stories in the medical books about how diseased we are. I set out to combat that by finding and joining other people with albinism. I started this web site so that people around the world can read about themselves and come in contact with others like themselves. This site also gives people with and without albinism a chance to find answers when they are uncomfortable approaching someone face to face and asking questions.

Here is a little more info.

Children’s book illustrator

Member, National League of American Pen Women: website designer, graphic artist.

Member: Crones Counsel of Wise Women

Certificate in multi-media web development

M.A. in community arts management from the University of Illinois.

BFA from the School of Visual Arts, NYC

Newsletter editor, curator, exhibit coordinator.

Former Vice President for chapter coordination for NOAH,

Former chair of NOAH’s People of Color.

Former Toastmasters Educational Vice President.

Keynote, panelist, moderator.
Exhibiting artist, graphics, cartooning, illustration,

Desk top publishing, Web page design.
Newsletters, editorials. Articles, writing

Featured in:

“Beyond Barrier Free”
Video by Denver Center Media
(won an award)

ARTICLE: White on Black
newspaper: Illinois Times, Springfield, Illinois

ARTICLE: White On Black: An albino’s life on the racial fault line
newspaper: Washington City Paper, Washington, DC

ARTICLE: Black Albinos Face Color Barrier
newspaper: The Washington Times, Washington, DC

ARTICLE: On Being an Albino
SOURCE: The Associated Press/ The Newark Star Ledger

ARTICLE: Physical and Psychic Problems of Albinism.
Newspaper: The Washington Post

TV appearances:

A.M. Philadelphia

The Joan Rivers show

The Debra Dunkin Show