Growing up, I never saw a reflection of myself in the media. Everyone looked like my mother, a blonde-haired blue-eyed beauty. Looking around, seeing the attention she received, my internal voice surmised, “I am ugly and undesirable.” When you have images of yourself, not only of your skin color or hair texture, but yourself in heroic, loving, and fantastical settings, it programs your brain to believe it is possible. In other words, if you see it, you can achieve it.
When my son was a small boy, I noticed that there were no children’s stories about young black boy heroes. As a struggling single mother, I lacked the resources to scour the globe in search of a book, so I made one out of a pizza box and art supplies I had at home. I read that book to him every night.
Black artists are vitally important to our historical narrative. Support black art.
1. Nikkolas Smith
2. Amy Sherald
3. Kehinde Wiley
4. Nina Chanel Abney
5. Amoako Boafo
Read our interview with Chukes, On Black Lives Matter, This Artist Speaks with His Hands.
7. Njideka Akunyili Crosby
8. Titus Kaphar
9. Glenn Ligon
10. Kerry James Marshall
11. Jamilla Okubo
12. Tschabalala Self
13. Mickalene Thomas
14. Kara Walker
A dynamic and creative executive, Audrey has guided household name brands in the health & wellness, travel & leisure, executive training and philanthropy sectors.
Her travel & leisure ventures include the launch of a Hawaiian island destination for Larry Ellison and the Four Seasons, taking a previously unknown locale to #1 in travel in the U.S. and among the Top 10 destinations in the world. The project included creating events and campaigns in partnership with Nobu, Jennifer Lopez, BMW, Serena Williams and various charities.
Audrey’s recent foray into the science sector includes working with Google Ventures, Amgen, Lilly, Genentech, Sanofi, Otsuka, Novartis, and AOBiome, through the recently launched biotech SaaS startup Science 37, which aims to disrupt and democratize the clinical trial process.
Her executive development experience includes building leadership models for trainers such as Tony Robbins, training over 30,000 managers worldwide and leading workshops on performance management to over 100,000 individuals across the U.S. She founded The HR Coach, which consults tech startups in training and developing remote management.
Audrey travels between Seattle, Los Angeles and Austin, enjoying personal time with her three xoloitzcuintles and her beau. Not to mention her total obsession with her big-bold-all-natural hair.