The idea of an African American woman curating a space and giving an opportunity to showcase work from perspectives that are not generally included in mainstream art spaces, is evidence that the civil revolutionaries and colored artists before me have knocked down those doors. Even though this progress is slow, it is progress nevertheless. In the exhibition, After Effects we celebrate all aspects of Blackness, and also highlight the after effects of the Diaspora. This includes themes of trauma, identity, perception, class but also life, revival, love, and showcasing the black perspective. I know this exhibition will act as soul work for those who open themselves up to the stories and perspectives of the artists. More importantly, the hope is to create a space where these stories can be told, unfiltered. So that we continue the discussion of equality but also progress in the understanding and ultimate healing of all people.