Social Norms & Culture: Honoring Experiences & Perspectives will start off with lots of laughs, courtesy of Meshelle, “The Indie-Mom of Comedy.” An accomplished comedienne, Meshelle has been featured on BET, Nickelodeon, and NBC, and on stages from coast to coast. Meshelle is also an author. Her first book, 101 Things Every Girl/Young Woman of Color Should Know, includes advice as well as a series of short stories.
As an Open Society Institute Community Fellow, Meshelle implemented Goaldiggers: The Sankofa Project, connecting teen girls of African descent to education and tools to gain college access by introducing them to the study of their ancestry and ethnic identity, reinforcing a positive self-concept. Anthropological methodology, genealogical research, and DNA testing were used to uncover girls’ ethnic identity.
Meshelle talked more about the project in a 2011 TEDxBaltimore Talk: