“Ahwe! My name is Chesray, I’m also known as “meisiekind” on the Cape Flats, South Africa. I am the manifestation of my grandmother’s prayers. Born and raised in the hood called Extension 13, Cape Town. I carry the label of being “colored” also known as BLACK in my opinion.

I attended the University of Western Cape, I am a theater teaching artist and fancy myself as an aspiring playwright. I was (still am) the Oprah Winfrey Fellow (2009) at New York University, Wagner School of Public Service where I completed my MPA.

I work for an arts based non-profit in New York where I am committed to closing the achievement gap for students of color through art based public school programs. I am a conscious being and an activist. You’ll see me at the Black lives matter protests; I am the girl yelling at the cops.

My husband Noah and daughter Ahava are my roots and continually ground me. This podcast is a quest for me to continue and lead a dialogue where African women are at the forefront, always. “