Halim Flowers is an American artist, writer, activist, and ambassador for Represent Justice.
In 1997, at the age of 16, Halim was charged as an adult for being an accomplice to a felony murder in Washington DC and sentenced to 40 years to life.
Ras-Jahallah Shabazz is a father, activist, author, and founder/CEO of the Al-Himaya consulting company for community and corrections organization and improvement. He served his incarceration sentence for 23 years and 9 months and was since freed in 2020.
Ismael "Q" Garcia-Vega
Ismael "Q" Garcia-Vega is an artist (poet, songwriter, and performer) and former student of Boston University's Empowering Song course. He has been released from his incarceration and is now pursuing his life as a gifted songwriter, performer, and poet.
Founder of the Emancipation Initiative to advocate for humane treatment of incarcerated people, abolish policy upholding life sentences, and increase democratic engagement of incarcerated people. Washington is still incarcerated.
Steven D. Correia spoke to the Collaborative Arts Incubator class twice. During those conversations, Steven was a pleasure to talk to, and answered our many questions about art and life. Steven is a Boston University alumni, and has hopes to study for a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences, Sociology, and is interested in helping people.
Art collage by Allison Donahue
Artist, activist, founder of the Explanations From Exile (E.F.E), advocate for transformative justice, and son of immigrants who hailed from Jamaica. Truth is a former student of Boston University's Empowering song course. Truth is still incarcerated.
Artwork by Leila Bower
"My name is Amos Don, born and raised in Boston, MA. to parents both descendants of African slaves, who were captured from West African tribes, and force into a new world, that later became the first free Black Republic, today we call Haiti. I've been incarcerated now for 13 years, and I've reconnected to the passion of reading and writing when I once was in elementary school. This reconnection hails from self‐education and massive reading of my Haitian history aligned with American history, particularly the Black experience while I've been incarcerated."
His collection of poems, My Blue Days Sound Like Blue Jays, is available for purchase on Amazon.
Onyx 'O-BLANCO' White
Born & raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Onyx turned to music when he needed a safe way to release natural rage and frustration in his circumstances. Onyx is currently incarcerated.