What is Infamous Mothers?
Infamous Mothers is a movement to transform the way society understands, connects with, values and leverages the potential of our Black mothers. We are a platform that gives voice to the ignored, shunned, alienated mothers, mothers who are too frequently spoken for, but rarely invited to speak. Through our media productions, art exhibits, speaker series, workshops, classes and national conferences we create opportunities that spark national conversations with Infamous Mothers.
What does this project fund?
A Breakdown of Each Phase
- publish the first installment of our book series, Infamous Mothers: Chicago
- create and publish coffee-table book companion materials--including a teaching guide
- launch 9 engaging workshops across 3 states
- launch 9 dynamic classes across 3 states
- A 15-city bus tour!
- A multimedia photography exhibit
- An empowering speaking series
- A skills-building workshop series
- Three-day conference
- Includes continental breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Train-the-trainer sessions/workshops for professionals
- Empowerment sessions/workshops for mothers
- Collaborative sessions/workshops between mothers/professionals
Infamous Mothers Coffee-Table Book ($25K):
By combining stunning photography with provocative interviews, our book offers an image of African American mothers often not presented in the media or popular culture. This amazing book will disrupt our collective thinking by recognizing that good can come from significant struggles. It helps us re-imagine the beauty, strength, insight, resilience, and passion that emerges from these lived experiences. Infamous Mothers: Chicago (along with its companion materials) will spark meaningful conversations in classrooms, workplaces, and community settings across the country.
A Sneak-Peak from The Chicago Photoshoot
Behind the Scenes and Reflections
I am complex.
I am loveable.
Infamous Mothers Workshops/Classes (35K):
At the center of these classes/workshops are the manuals we create to accompany the main text--our coffee-table book. Like the master text, these include high-quality, thought provoking photography. They also include lessons, conversation starters and other material meant to deepen engagement. A full workshop will house 30-35 people, and can run anywhere between three hours to one full business day. The classes are eight-week sessions that max out at 20 people.
Infamous Mothers Book/Art Exhibit Tour ($45K):
This tour allows us to bring the conversation to large populations quickly. It offers discussions in different formats, inviting diverse audiences: artists, curators, academics, community members, activists.
Infamous Mothers Conference ($55K)
This is the capstone event. It comes after the book is published, after the workshops/classes have been deployed and after the tour. It calls for professionals, mothers and community members from all over the country to come to one location and to share what they've learned and to strategize about new possibilities.
WHY DOES THE WORLD NEED INFAMOUS MOTHERS?
Silencing Black mothers allows policy and practices to be based on stereotypes which creates a viscous self-fulfilling cycle that costs these women, their families, communities and society as a whole. Uncovering and reframing these lived experiences from liabilities to assets, helps us reach untapped talent and potential.
- Our country needs to people who are resilient
- When a person’s life and experiences must remain hidden in order to be deemed socially acceptable, our communities misses opportunities to gain from these women’s insights.
- The more these stories are told by the women who lived them, the more whole and authentic the women can be and the more impact they can make on our world.
- These experiences shape how they work in important and powerful ways. Companies and organizations can benefit from these women.
WHY SHOULD YOU SUPPORT INFAMOUS MOTHERS?
- Perhaps you are an Infamous Mother…
- You believe that all women should have the opportunity to tell their stories and become their fullest selves.
- You believe the world needs more diverse talent to build a sustainable future for our country.
- You love beautiful art and beautiful writing.
- You want to learn more about people like you….or you want to learn more about people who are different from you.
- You want to help change the conversation
- Chris Charles of Creative Silence. As a multi-disciplined artist, Chris has created a vast portfolio of powerful branding communications for some of the most talented artists and entrepreneurs in North Carolina’s Triangle, to include Grammy Award Winning Producer 9th Wonder, 6 time Grammy Nominated Jazz Vocalist Nnenna Freelon, Award Winning Architect and Fine Art Photographer Phil Freelon, Renowned Singer-Songwriter and Cellist Shana Tucker, Celebrated Choreographer Anjanee Bell, and Grammy Nominated group The Foreign Exchange Music. His photography has also appeared in Vogue magazine.
To learn more about Chris, click on any of the links below.
Tanisha Lynn Pyron aka (PRETTYFIRE) is an artist, creative photographer, storyteller, and media entrepreneur currently working on her MFA in acting and launching PRETTY FIRE as a media brand. The young artist considers herself to be a modern day griot focusing on telling stories that redefine and re-appropriate "BLACK AMERICANA" highlighting and finding the beauty in the contradictions, pain and pride within "our stories" and thus hoping to discover and re-claim the beauty within her own. She has used her acting, poetry, dance and movement and now photography as modalities for making sure her creative vision and voice are seen, heard and felt. In her own words Tanisha expresses, "To me the art and the artist are one. As I seek to unlock and express what is contained in my own heart and to heal and celebrate my own beauty and spirit. The art will speak to who it needs to. "
Infamous Mothers in the Media
Risks and challenges
Our team is amazing! We're committed, hard working, well educated. and we're passionate about this project. The problems we potentially face come from being micro-business owners. If a person becomes sick or is unable to produce for any reason, production could slow down. We have all put plans in place to address that possibility including sharing files with one another as a backup. In some cases, team members have contracted with other businesses who do similar work with the understanding that the latter will complete the former's assignment if necessary. Finally, although we plan to have all rewards delivered way before their corresponding due dates, the dates shown account for any possible hiccups in the process.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (40 days)