Tell me a little bit about (F)empower and how y'all got started.
We started in the summer of 2017. It started off with a very emotional response [to being] a black woman living in the Trump era. It was [also] a response to black death. And, seeing all the massive amounts of state violence towards black bodies being circulated on the Internet. I created a blog post and it later became a zine, which envisioned this dystopian future of an apocalyptic Miami being run by the female black girl gang.
It was this girl gang running, running the city, remembering the proper relationship that we should be having with each other, with the land, and returning to that in a fearless way. So, when I showcased that, people were moved by it and asking for what was next. It only made sense for us to unite. And as a person that is artistically inclined I thought, let's start off by uniting all of the femme artists and visionaries in Miami to see each other as sisters and as community instead of each other’s competition. And so that's where it started. We describe ourselves as an artist collective and community raising queer feminist consciousness in South Florida. We are rooted in Black feminism and intersectionality, and know that we are not free until all black women are free.