"Hesna is a community organizer on the southside of Chicago and a creative non fiction writer. Her passions lie with expanding conversations and consciousness about intersectional struggle, about anti blackness,,ableism and her lived EXPERIENCE navigating the world as a Disabled person through a Black, Lesbian, non-binary lens.
She attended American University, where in 2016 she challenged the administration after creating a rapid response network based in showing up for racial justice in the DMV area after Black girls were berated with bananas and a noose was left on campus. As a scholar, she developed a syllabus, presented at Georgetown University, called “Black Rage at the Table” that addresses intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and [dis]ability through critical theory and popular cultural examples.
Her tenacity in securing the rights of all marginalized groups from a basis of Black liberation is well-documented through her work and actions in working at a range of nonprofits: focused in cultural celebration and production, marijuana advocacy,and civic engagement. Currently, her efforts on the southside of Chicago are geared towards abolition of the carceral state
Hesna’s passions encompass translating critical theory into vernacular for everyday accessibility and direct action. Her love of culture and music, following current trends, and solidarity towards all oppressed people keeps her work fresh and relevant to those that would benefit most from her voice."
Radical Self Love
Exploring and exposing the strength and depth of Black cultural production + its aesthetics in all forms