The 2023 Summit will consider the life of Nina Simone (February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003)
As a singer-songwriter, pianist, and civil rights activist, Simone's social commentary was not limited to the civil rights movement. Based on the Eurocentric appearance standards imposed on women of color, Simone explored four traditional archetypes in her song "Four Women". The song exposes the reality of the internalized identity of four black women with skin tones ranging from light to dark. Chardine Taylor-Stone has noted that, beyond the politics of beauty, this song also describes the stereotypical roles that many black women have historically been restricted to the mammy, the tragic mulatto, the sex worker, and the angry black woman. Known for her temper and outbursts of aggression, Simone was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The Lena Baker DV & Women's Health Summit, 2023 will address issues in colorism within identity production and mental health.
Special Guest Speaker
Dr. Kit Evans-Ford
Founder & Director at Argrow's House of Healing an
Owner at Autistic & Loved, LLC I Consultant at Fore Media Group
Argrow's House is a safe space where free services are offered daily for women healing from violence and abuse. Services range from domestic violence support group, spiritual direction, art therapy, massage therapy, and more. Argrow's House is also a bath and body social enterprise where women healing from violence and abuse create beautiful bath products that provide a living wage for, themselves in a safe space that celebrates who they are
Dr. Nikhil Thakur, Summit Moderator
Dr. Thakur is a technologist and anthropologist. For over a decade he worked in the education industry, and for the past several years he has been working in the software solutions business. Currently, he is a consultant for Rapiditeration, a mentor for CodeWeekend, and CEO of Zelltron, Inc. His interests include philosophy and fintech, history and politics, and social justice and advocacy.
Summit Panelists to be announced
Warrior Women Weekend Experience
Honoree Lavender Luncheon
The Honoree Lavender Luncheon is our academic fundraiser that honor person's of educational excellence from the San Francisco Bay Area, CA.
Lena Baker DV & Women's Health Summit
The annual Summit is constructed to address mental health, domestic violence, as well as diabetic concerns that overshadow at-risk women. This Summit's focus will consider how image standards affect the mental and physical health through the lens of Nina Simone's song, Four Women.
Friday, October 27, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Hybrid | Free
The Women's Building
3543 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Saturday, October 28, 2023
Four Women Play
VIP-Reception included: $100.00
FOUR WOMEN, One Woman Play
Written and Directed by Award-winning Filmmaker, Dana Verde.
Ms. Verde was one of the Honoree Lavender Luncheon awardees in 2013. As an International Advisory Council member, Dana has been an active contributor to moving towards gender equity.
Dana Verde is an award-winning filmmaker who has written/directed eight short films that have been screened in over 30 film festivals internationally. She is also an adjunct associate professor of screenwriting at the University of Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
Dana Verde started her career co-hosting a TV show on MTV called Your Movie Show as a film reviewer while pursuing a degree at The New School University in Media Studies/ Screenwriting, graduate studies in film at The London Film School, where she earned an MA in Filmmaking.
Her first produced feature film Grand Gesture was nominated by HBO for Best Feature Film at the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival and screened in the Best Of series at the Black Harvest Film Festival in Chicago. Her next screenplay, The Perfect Match, was produced by Queen Latifah’s production company, Flavor Unit, and was distributed by Lionsgate. It debuted at No. 6 at the U.S. box office and opened in 925 theaters across the country.
Verde has ventured into directing TV commercials and co-directed her first commercial for the streaming service Paramount Plus—which features Johnny Knoxville, The Good Fight actor Christine Baranski, Audra McDonald, and Cedric the Entertainer—with commercial director David Shane from O Positive Films.
Verde is also writing a feature thriller for MarVista/Fox Entertainment.