Cherice Harrison-Nelson is an educator, narrative visual and performance artist, and arts administrator. She is the co-editor of 11 publications and coordinated numerous exhibitions and panels on West African inspired cultural traditions from New Orleans. Her creative expressions have been performed, presented and exhibited locally and internationally. She is the recipient of several honors: Fulbright Scholarship to study in West Africa; Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Award, and 2016 United States Artist Fellowship. She approaches her art as a cognitive provocateur, with intentionality to engage observers through imagery and performance that simultaneously explore gender roles, classism and other limiting/confining norms.
Dr. Nicole Caridad Ralston
Dr. Nicole Caridad Ralston is a social justice advocate who happens to also love all things New Orleans, most specifically New Orleans food! She curates an Instagram food blog called @EatenPathNola where she shares her favorite eats around the city and uplifts the history of the cultures responsible for our local foodways, namely Black and native New Orleanians. She believes that you cannot enjoy the city's food without also acknowledging the intersections of race, history, and social identities that are baked into its foundation. As a Cuban-American, she believes that New Orleans calls to the Caribbean parts of her soul, and even though she isn't from here, she can't imagine living anywhere else!
Terri Simon is a writer and researcher who specializes in Black history and literature, and New Orleans history and culture from the colonial era to the present. A proud trivia nerd and pubquiz host, she is also a program coordinator for the nation's first academic quiz competition for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.