About Oya

Six years ago, Oya, as her friends affectionately call her (and pronounced like she lives her life: "Oh Yeah!"), founded the first Detroit Women of Color International Film Festival. The festival uses the power of film as catalyst for women to see themselves as agents of change. As an artist, activist and organizer, Oya has been creating programming that utilizes art to heal, educate, and empower communities for over 20 years. Click here to read more about Oya
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My Baby Fever is Running High

“When are you going to have a baby?” became my grandmother’s common refrain when I saw her. Family gatherings turned into inquisitions about starting my own family with promises of unlimited babysitting support. I would smile patiently and answer noncommittally that I would have a baby eventually. My grandmother started buying me rabbit objects – […]

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Finding My Way Back To You

I am currently reading Kwasi Akwamu’s controversial book, Stop Snitching: Does It Really Reduce Crime in the Black Community? Beyond challenging the negative impact of informing on our communities, Akwamu looks at the state of black men in America. The beginning of one of the chapters in bold capital letters made me pause, “SOME OF […]

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Standing on the Shoulders of Greatness

“I am answering the call to leadership. I will challenge the process, inspire shared vision, enable others to act, model the way and encourage the heart.” – Gwen Winston, a Detroit wise woman and activist who has been a leading voice in empowering women for over 20 years. Earlier this week women activists in Detroit […]

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Defying Tradition for the New Year

2011 has been a time of hard lessons and transformative changes. I was sitting in deep thought contemplating serious decisions that I need to make over the next few weeks when I received text messages from Piper Carter. Piper Carter is co-owner of Detroit’s Five Elements Gallery. She is a gorgeous petite powerhouse with an […]

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How I Learned that the Answer is in the Journey

Recently I turned 40. While many women dread growing older, I’m running heart first into this luscious decade. My future feels wide open. Joyfully I get to take the blessings from my hard-earned life lessons as I move forward knowing that the answer is in the journey. During my 20’s I fearlessly experimented. Listening to […]

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