Aiesha Turman www.aieshaturman.com
BIO Educator. Writer. Scholar. Filmmaker. Advocate. Parent. With nearly a decade of experience working with young people in New York, and at institutions such as, The Museum for African Art, The New-York Historical Society, the Queens Library Gallery, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Citizen’s Advice Bureau, and the Museum of Jewish Heritage: A
Living Memorial to the Holocaust, Aiesha has combined her practical knowledge with her interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate degrees in order to help create change for a segment of society she is passionate about -- black girls. Aiesha has developed and implemented curriculum, given talks, personally mentored young women, created media, organized conferences, participated in roundtable discussions and is founding a non-profit organization all with a singular focus -- positively impacting the lives of black women and girls.
Super Hussy Media
Black Girl Project
A niche media company that seeks to explore the lives of young women and girls and show them as the more nuanced humans they are, not the stereotypes typically portrayed in mainstream culture.
There is a culture of silence in our communities that crosses the lines of class, ethnicity and sexual orientation. Many black girls continue to be bound by the shackles of low self-esteem, fear, and pain. To cope, they begin to drink, drug, sex and practice other self destructive behaviors as early as eight years of age.
Although in its beginning stages, Okra Stew is a multimedia project that explores the role of women in creating and sustaining culture all over the world.
Our projects utilize film, web, print and emerging technology and are intensely personal and through them, we hope to shed light on the contradictions, triumphs, perils, and beauty that is black womanhood. Super Hussy Media is dedicated to exploring the everyday within the global black diaspora, particularly the true lives of young women, girls and families.
This film, also the impetus for a web-based organization of the same name, seeks to portray black girls as the complex beings they are. It also seeks to spark inter and intra-generational dialogue between black girls and women.
With short films, interactive maps, timelines, and a curriculum guide for educators, Okra Stew travels through time and place to bring you into the world of diverse women and the cultures they inhabit. In short, Okra Stew highlights the connections between social progress and cultural formation while simultaneously exploring women’s contributions.
CV Highlights Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, SUNY Empire State College, New York, NY. Thesis: “With These Words, We Manifest: 19th Century Literature by African American Women as a Lens to Culture” March, 2008. Teaching University Lecturer, English. CUNY New York City College of Technology, Brooklyn, NY. University Lecturer, Cultural Studies, SUNY Empire State College, Hauppauge, NY. Program Coordinator, Museum Team (9-12), Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn, NY.
Panels + Presentations 2009, December. Panelist “HIV/AIDS and Women of Color” facilitated by Human Intonation, at Sugar Bar, NYC. 2009, October. Panelist “Media Images and Girls” presented by the Phenomenal Women Organization, Inc. at Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, NY. 2008, April. Moderated panel discussion surrounding three short films documenting the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Panelists included filmmaker Evan Allen-Gessesse. Harlem School of the Arts, NY, NY. 2007, April. Multiple Marginalizations: Weeksville, Brooklyn and Historic Re-invention. Paper submitted for presentation at the UC Irvine “History and Its Discontents” Graduate Student Conference, Irvine, CA. 2007, February. Weeksville, Brooklyn: A Free Black Community Amongst Southern Sympathizers. Paper submitted for presentation at the SUNY Stony Brook “Transgressing Boundaries: Interdisciplinary Dialogues” Graduate English Conference, New York, NY. 2006, October. Not So Smug: The 1964 Rochester Riots as a Turning Point in how a City is Viewed. Paper Submitted for presentation at the NY Metropolitan American Studies Association “Crash / Landings: Friction and Flow in the American City” Conference, New York, NY. 2006, April. Negotiating the Female Body: Representations of the Female Body by Women Writers Across Race, Culture and Time. Workshop presentation at the SUNY Empire State College Women’s Studies Residency, Syracuse, NY. 2006, April). The Color Purple: Take Your Journal Writing from the Mundane to the Expressive. Workshop presentation at the SUNY Empire State College Women’s Studies Residency, Syracuse, NY.
Publications 2010. You Rock! (e-book) Super Hussy Press. 2010. From Anna to Zora: Black Women You Should + Need To Know. 2009-2010. League of Legendary Ladies Trading Cards. www.aieshaturman.com
Speaking + Workshops Aiesha has an amazing rapport with audiences of all ages. Her humorous, honest and affable nature makes participants feel as if she is speaking directly to them. Whether an audience is composed of college-bound high school students, adolescent girls, parents or elementary school youth, Aiesha is very engaging. While her audiences have been wide, her core constituency is comprised of young women and girls of color. Because of her warmth, transparency and ability to utilize her life experience as an example, participants are routinely engrossed in her talks about self-esteem and empowerment.
Film + Media Via Super Hussy Media, Aiesha creates film and media that explores the vastness of black female life, regardless of class, national origin or sexuality. Super Hussy Media is dedicated to exploring the everyday within black culture, particularly the true lives of young women, girls and families. For far too long, black girlhood, black women and the black family have been dismissed, ignored or used as the canvas where society paints all of its ills. Black females have become the face of poverty; the face of promiscuity; and the face of all that is negative within the black community and society at large. Black women come in every shade, economic and social class and inhabit the spectrum of sexual orientations. Yet, what we see of black women is that they are either hypersexual booty shakers, deviants, unfit and uncaring mothers, or superstar performers. By illuminating the hardships, triumphs, struggles and and complexities of black womanhood, Aiesha seeks to change the paradigm through which black women are viewed and ultimately, how they view themselves. Aiesha utilizes traditional and emerging media (film, print, internet) as tools for investigation into the lives of one of the most marginalized groups in America. Aiesha engages in frank dialogue surrounding the issues of race, class, gender, spirituality and sexual orientation and the roles they play in the lives of diverse black women and girls.
Writing Aieshaâ€™s writing, like all of her work, is interdisciplinary. On her personal blog, Super Hussy Media and Okra Stew, Aiesha explores, education, parenting, special needs children, the specific education concerns of black
Interviews + Appearances
Aiesha is available for in-person and long distance interviews for print and broadcast.
All press/media inquiries should be made to email@example.com