“Go into the world and do well, but more importantly, go into the world and do good” Myers Junior
My #BossCrushWednesday for today is spoken word artist, fashion and culture Blogger from New Orleans by the name Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa, Performing nationally and internationally. Noirlinians is an AfroFashion blog exploring the complex relationship between culture, clothing & identity in the diaspora. Featured as “Feminists you should know” by the FM-Foundation, Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa also appeared in the New York Times, the Huffington Post, All Def Poetry and more.
Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa is a Kenyan born, New Orleans based spoken word artist. In 2013, FreeQuency was voted the RAW New Orleans Performing Artist of the Year and the WhoDat Poets Rookie of the Year. It all started in middle school when her mom took her to a performance by a group of youth artists and activists call “Project 2050”, “seeing them on the stage telling their stories made me believe mine was worth sharing as well, I began writing soon after that and joining the group”. She did 3 performances while in kenya, screening of the film “Concerning Violence” a piece about colonization, a showcase with 4 other Kenyan women poets, and an Open Mic at KNT.
In her own words: “Noirlinians is an AfroFashion and culture blog based in New Orleans that is run by myself and my good friend Denisio Truitt, founder of DOPEciety. At first it was just a friendly project that we wanted to do to explore the connections we immediately made to one another based on our African heritage while living in New Orleans, but its turned into a connection space for Africans living in New Orleans through our monthly potlucks, as well as a meet up and culture sharing space through our Meet Up/Pop Up shops and other events.
The purpose of the blog itself was to write out our experiences of being African in America and winding up in the most African city we’ve experienced and what that means to us as well as to the Black photographers who tell a story through their photos and their location choices.”
WEB: Noirlinians Blog
FACEBOOK: FreeQuency aka FreeQ tha Mighty