Catapult Community: Toni Blackman

Writer, performer and social entrepreneur, Toni Blackman, the first US Hip Hop Ambassador, is currently a teaching artist at Carnegie Hall. Founder of Freestyle Union and Rhyme like a Girl, Toni was a 2012 DOVE Real Woman Honoree. Toni can be booked for talks, Cypher workshops and performances via

Social Media:
Twitter & IG — @toniblackman
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Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative launched Catapult Community: Celebrating Cultural Innovation in 2016 to highlight creatives + social practitioners who are making bold impact through the activation of community-based projects and partnerships. The platform features videos, blogs, and an on-line course on creative engagement designed and facilitated by Ebony Noelle Golden. For more information, navigate to or follow the hashtag #catapultcommunity on the web and social media.


Panel Discussion: Dancing While Black

On February 25, 2014 audiences joined the founders of Ase Dance Theatre Collective, Dance Diaspora Collective and The Body Ecology Performance Ensemble, who have developed potent, virtuosic performance practices rooted in cultivating collectivism. In a field that is so often individualistic or product-driven, how and why are Rashida Bumbray, Ebony Noelle Golden and Adia Tamar Whitaker making contemporary performance work aligned with community building? Paloma McGregor, founder of Dancing While Black and Artist in Residence at Hemispheric Institute, shares the experience of these artists’ work and vision.

What is Dancing While Black?
Dancing While Black is an artist-driven effort developed by Paloma McGregor, who is also an Artist in Residence at Hemispheric Institute, to support and illuminate the diverse work and experiences of black dance artists through production, process, dialogue and documentation.


Video Intro: Peace in the Streets

Peace in the Streets
Conceived by: Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative, LLC
Designed + Facilitated by: Ebony Noelle Golden
Film: Hemamset Aganza
Production Assistant: Gynai Kristol S.
Residency Assistant: Comfort Katchy

Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative was commissioned by The Bronx Museum of the Arts to design and facilitate Peace in the Streets at School for Excellence in Bronx, NY.

Residency Statement
Peace in the Streets is a creative action residency designed to foster dialogue, performance, creative action in support of harm reduction in communities most impacted by gun violence. The residency examines five guiding questions:

  • What systems are in place that perpetuate community violence?
  • How can we work to reduce harm in our communities?
  • What is the role of the artist in reducing harm in our communities?
  • How can we activate creative solutions to halt the issue of gun violence in our communities?
  • How can creativity be used to improve our communities?