Black Joy "We Kings" music video
Fabricate your Reality!3D Printing:
3-D printing engineered by members of the Makers Lab from McClymonds Highschool in West Oakland.
Leveraging your business on social media! Meeka is our Branding, Marketing and social media coordinator for KOO. Meeka Johnson will walk you through creating a digital infrastructure for your business.
Step into the Future: Virtual Art Gallery!NFT/Virtual Art Gallery: Iris Nervin + Omar Desire (Collaborator)
Appreciating CAD as Fine Art!! Learn from Myk Dunn as they explain testing, designing and co creating satellite engines for some of our planet's biggest space systems.
Spring Symposium Attendees/Over 30: Cava Host (Review of Lab 1 - 3 summary videos, youth development and leadership, connected to our Theory of action for KOO)
Black Joy Album
The Kingmakers of Oakland Street team is an activated group of black youth leaders, innovators, change-makers and content curators. Comprised of 10 members between the ages of 15 - 25, the KOO Street Team shares a wealth of passion, talent, and knowledge. The KOO Street Team is a reflection of Kingmakers of Oakland’s deepest organizational values - to create platforms that are black-youth centered that empower, engage, and uplift the voices of our young kings and queens. We are experiencing unprecedented times in our national and world history, and the need for youth voice in this moment is more critical than ever.
Family Engagement Coordinator
An Oakland Native and advocate/activist for the lives and education of youth and people of color. Majoring in Anthropology at Sac State, coordinating Media for Kingmakers of Oakland, and teaching transitional kindergarten are the ways in which my passion aligned with purpose.
Propulsion Tech Engineer
Myk Dunn is a 25 year old queer and nonbinary Houston native. They are currently working as a Propulsion Test Engineer at Benchmark Space Systems, and they graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. From a young age, Myk started out as a very hands-on individual; they deconstructed and reconstructed each and every toy they could get their hands on. As the years went by, Myk realized they were more interested in the designing of spacecraft and propulsion systems. Ultimately, pursuing a degree in aerospace engineering allows for them to combine their curiosity as well as their love for space travel.
Myk's main focus is creating greener and cleaner running propulsion systems in order to ensure the preservation of our world and space environment. In doing so, they take part in the designing, building and testing of state of the art spacecraft engines. Through the use of Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs such as SolidWorks, they are able to bring innovate ideas to life, from design to production.
Separate from work, Myk and a friend of theirs are also in the beginning stages of developing a STEM-based non-profit organization geared towards underprivileged grade school children. Myk enjoys volunteering as a Peer Advisor for various space fellowships, and they also serve as an active member of the National Society of Black Engineers for professionals.
Authenticated - Founder
James Andrews is the founder of Authenticated. Authenticated is a startup factory and brand advisory designed to build better companies, launch new ideas and illuminate influential people through experiences, content, advisory and investments. We believe the companies, founders, executives and investors who best understand culture will build tomorrow’s leading global brands. In addition to founding this startup, Andrews is a content creator and producer and advisor in venture investing.
Jahsiri Asabi Shakir is a Multidisciplinary artist & curator (DÆMON) as well as co-founder of web 3.0 archival platform, Black Ether. With performances Incorporating sounds from the fringes of club music around the world, his distinct vocal presence paves the way through his polyrhythmic, narrative-driven sets. Administratively, through Systems Development & Curation with Black Ether, he aims to cultivate an archive of Black experience & reclaim space in the experimental arts industries.
Omar is an artist, activist, and entrepreneur who believes that art is the spearhead of human innovation and evolution. In 2008 he completed a degree in film studies and later co-founded The Roots Collective, a social org, clothing line, and print shop focused on building Black cooperative communities.
Born in an immigrant Haitian family of artists, Omar witnessed first hand the struggles that artists from developing countries face in trying to grow their careers without being exploited, so in 2019 he partnered with Iris Nevins to launch Umba Daima. He recruited artistic talent from around the world, connected them to opportunities, and produced artistic collaborations that have been life changing for a number of artists. Some of his notable recruits are Heno., a California-based rapper, and Isaac Udogwu, a Nigerian American animator.
Omar is the creative visionary behind Umba Daima’s visual brand, curation, and many of the upcoming NFT projects that will shake up the NFT space and onboard thousands of people into NFTs.
CEO, Umba Daima NFT Studio & Community
Iris Nevins is the co-founder and CEO of Umba Daima, a creative NFT Studio that is building a multi-cultural collaborative web3 community. Umba Daima builds out brands and programs to support its mission with Black NFT Art being its most popular project. Iris sees NFTs as a revolutionary tool for empowering under-resourced communities to generate wealth through ownership of IP and digital assets. Iris is a former teacher and community activist who eventually became a software engineer. She recently left her engineering management role at Vox Media to become the full-time CEO of her own company.