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Natural Heir: The Arisa White Extension

18 MAY 2017 — thursday

The first of poet Arisa White's Beautiful Community Events, Natural Heir: The Arisa White Extension, features models' hair graphically altered with images inspired by poems from White's You're the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened, which follows photographer Nye' Lyn Tho's series, Natural Heir, a creative collaboration in which she replaces the subject's hair with beautiful plant life that represents African and African American cultures; the five models included are Janet Halfin, medical assistant and health education specialist for TransVision, Tri-City Health Center; Zakiya Harris, cultural architect, artist, and founder of Hack the Hood; Kerby Lynch, creator of the soon-to-be Black Lesbian Oral History Project; ecotherapist and Oricha priest J. Phoenix Smith, founder of EcoSoul; and visual artist and educator Orlonda Uffre, the evening includes the exhibition of five portraits in collabration with Nye' Lyn Tho, a poetry reading by Arisa White, Q&A with White, Tho, and photo subjects, Qulture Collective, 1714 Franklin Street, Oakland, free, 6:30 (510/419-0552,

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