fayemi shakur is a freelance writer, cultural critic, consultant, and yoga teacher residing in Newark, New Jersey.  She is a Visiting Lecturer at Rutgers University-Newark, where she teaches a writing intensive course, Seminar in Contemporary Art. Previously she has served as executive director of City Without Walls, an alternative art space in Newark. She also served as marketing and public program manager at Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, and managing editor and contributing writer at HYCIDE magazine, an arts and photojournalism publication created in 2011.  HYCIDE provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of marginalized people around the world and features the work of cutting edge emerging and established artists. The entire collection of HYCIDE was acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art Thomas J. Watson Library, The Newark Public Library, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the International Center of Photography, and The Library of Congress. Her writing has also been featured in The New York Times, HyperallergicThe International Review of African American Art, Nueva Luz Photographic Journal and MFON: Women Photographers in the African Diaspora among other books and publications. She also teaches yoga and meditation in conjunction with her social and spiritual practices to investigate and share strategies that aid healing for survivors of trauma and domestic violence.