Academic Announcements


As a student at Spelman College, Shani’s work was affirmed, her path was set, her chosen family was found. That is why she was so honored to have her career featured on Spelman’s home page during the month of February. Thank you for celebrating her work in the arts and human rights.


Shani’s artwork is currently being shown in  Princeton University‘s  All Rise exhibition. For those of you in the vicinity, please visit the campus to view this show– open until April 4th.




Finally, Shani will be presenting on global travel, art and social justice during Black Portraiture{s} II: Imaging the Black Body and Re-Staging Histories, an upcoming conference in Florence, Italy. This historic gathering of artists, curators, and scholars is being organized by Deborah Willis, Awam Amkpa, Ulrich Baer, Manthia Diawara, Robert Holmes, Ellyn Toscano from NYU; Henry Louis Gates from Harvard; and Thelma Golden from the Studio Museum of Harlem. Participants include Michaela angela Davis, Carrie Mae Weems, Mickalene Thomas, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Hank Willis Thomas, Imani Uzuri, Sanford Biggers and more. To preview the full schedule, click here.


Art Exhibits + Media Mentions


In addition to the Princeton show mentioned above, Shani was happy to have artwork exhibited at the SCOPE New York flagship fair this March, as part of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation’s The Time Is Now exhibit. The show, which featured twenty Rush contemporary alumni artists, was held one block across from The Armory Show piers at Metropolitan Pavilion West alongside 60 international galleries.




In media news, it has now been ten years since Decipher Radio launched on WPFW 89.3FM in Washington D.C.! Shani participated in the anniversary broadcast, which included retrospectives from all who were founding members. She’ll always be grateful that her first gig as a radio talk show host allowed such creative freedom, intellectual rigor and just plain fun. Please join her in offering continued support for this strip of programming and in wishing a happy anniversary to Decipher: the music, the movement, the message.


Currently Shani is is a regular contributor to The Spin, an internationally broadcast radio program hosted by Esther Armah. In March 2015 she was on with Dr. Blair Kelley to discuss Selma, Ferguson and the campaign to put a woman on the $20 bill. Click here to listen in. In January, she was on the first episode of 2015 with writer asha bandele and political scientist Dr. Christina Greer. Here is the link to tune into that show.


Lastly, Shani wrote a new blog about her trip to Alabama to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Selma-Montgomery march, an event that came to occupy an iconic place in the American imagination. To check it out, visit her site on the Huffington Post.  Enjoy!


Next Up


Next up, the tenth annual Human Rights Institute will be held in New York City this May. This arts based training engages a select cohort of social justice advocates from around the country. Shani leads it in her capacity as the director of the Human Rights Project at the Urban Justice Center.