fayemi shakur is a writer, cultural critic and curator residing in Newark, New Jersey.  Currently, she is a Visiting Lecturer at Rutgers University-Newark, Department of Art, Culture and Media. Previously, she served as executive director at City Without Walls, a community-based non-profit art gallery 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. Her writing has 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. Additionally, she teaches yoga and meditation in conjunction with her social and spiritual practice to investigate and share strategies that aid healing for survivors of trauma.