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Our coffee table book features a new kind of hero. She is urban and female. The stories are powerful, and the images are stunning.
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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?

Your generosity can help Infamous Mothers successfully launch each one of these phases.
Your generosity can help Infamous Mothers successfully launch each one of these phases.

A Breakdown of Each Phase

Coffee-table Book

  • publish the first installment of our book series, Infamous Mothers: Chicago
  • create and publish coffee-table book companion materials--including a teaching guide

Workbook/Classes

  • launch 9 engaging workshops across 3 states
  • launch 9 dynamic classes across 3 states

Book/Exhibit Tour

  • A 15-city bus tour!
  • A multimedia photography exhibit 
  • An empowering speaking series
  • A skills-building workshop series

National Conference

  • 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

I know where my power comes from.
I know where my power comes from.

 

I build...
I build...

 

Dignity
Dignity

                    

The power of fertility.
The power of fertility.

 

Majestic
Majestic

Behind the Scenes and Reflections

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                                         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 

Our Team

Three infamous mothers whose images and/or stories will be included in our coffee-table book.
Three infamous mothers whose images and/or stories will be included in our coffee-table book.

 

 

Tosumba Welch, Founder's Partner (Left), Tanisha Pyron, Assistant Photographer (Center) and Chris Charles, Lead Photographer (Right)
Tosumba Welch, Founder's Partner (Left), Tanisha Pyron, Assistant Photographer (Center) and Chris Charles, Lead Photographer (Right)
     Biographies:
    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. "

http://www.50shadesofblack.com/team/

Infamous Mothers in the Media

http://madison365.com/index.php/2016/04/19/12-on-tuesday-heymiss-progress/

http://www.wortfm.org/infamous-mothers/

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.

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    Infamous Moves

    Infamous Moves positions you to put Infamous Mothers in motion, literally, with a beautiful postcard featuring one of the women in our book and an Infamous Mothers bumper sticker.

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    Infamous Moves Complete

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    Infamous Conversation (Infamous City*)

    What you wear sparks as much conversation as what you say. So we've included a customized Infamous Mothers t-shirt with this package! (Infamous Conversation Starter included)

    *Infamous City--When your city donates 50 pledges of $150+, Infamous Mothers is guaranteed to make you a full stop on our 15-city book/exhibit tour! (Offer limited to the U.S. Delivered on tour schedule, which is still to be determined.)

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    Infamous Premiere (Infamous City*)

    Be one of the first to experience the world-premiere of our Infamous Mothers coffee table. (Infamous Conversation included.)

    *Infamous City--Every city that donates 30 pledges of $250+ brings Infamous Mothers to you on our art/book tour! Help get your city talking. (Offer limited to the U.S. Delivered on tour schedule, which is still to be determined.)

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    Infamous Exclusive (Infamous City*)

    More in-depth stories, exclusive images and glossier pages. All of the greatness of our premiere book, with so much more! (Infamous Conversation included.)

    *Infamous City--Every city that donates 15 pledges of $500+ brings Infamous Mothers to you on our art/book tour! Help get your city talking. (Offer limited to the U.S. Delivered on tour schedule, which is still to be determined.)

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    Infamous Honor (Infamous City*)

    Personal invitations to exclusive events (for one year) and VIP seating at our first annual conference (Infamous Premiere, Special Edition included).

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    VIP Option. Personal invitations to exclusive events and VIP seating at our first annual conference.

    Corporate Sponsorship. Corporate Sponsor seating at our first annual conference.

    *Infamous City--Every city that donates 5 pledges of $1000+ brings Infamous Mothers to you on our art/book tour! Help get your city talking. (Offer limited to the U.S. Delivered on tour schedule, which is still to be determined.)

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    Infamous Distinction (Infamous City*)

    Personal invitations to exclusive events (for two years) and VIP seating at our first annual conference (Infamous Premiere, Special Edition included).

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    VIP Option. Personal invitations to exclusive events and VIP seating at our first annual conference.

    Corporate Sponsorship. Corporate Sponsor seating at our first annual conference and public acknowledgment at the launching of our book.

    *Infamous City--Every city that donates 2 pledges of $2500+ brings Infamous Mothers to you on our art/book tour! Help get your city talking. (Offer limited to the U.S. Delivered on tour schedule.)

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    Infamous Power (Infamous City*)

    Your pledge will have a significant impact on the completion of the book, or it can launch a workshop in one city! Either way, you will receive a video-recorded message from participants who will thank you for making a difference!

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    VIP Option. Complimentary access to exclusive Infamous Mothers events (for one year) and VIP seating at our first annual conference (Infamous Premiere, Special Edition included).

    Corporate Sponsorship. Corporate Sponsor seating at our first annual conference, public acknowledgement at the launching of our book AND your business’s name acknowledged as a sponsor on all things made possible because of your donation.

    *Infamous City--Every city that donates 1 pledge of $5000+ or a combination of pledges that equal $5000+ brings Infamous Mothers to you on our art/book tour! Help get your city talking. (Offer limited to the U.S. Delivered on tour schedule, which is still to be determined.)

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    Infamous Hero (Infamous Photoshoot*)

    With this pledge amunt, we can finish completing the book, or launch two workshops in one city! Either way, you will receive two video-recorded messages from two different sets of participants who will thank you for making a difference!

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    VIP Option. Complimentary access to exclusive Infamous Mothers events (for two years) and VIP seating at our first two annual conferences (Infamous Premiere, Special Edition included).

    Corporate Sponsorship. Corporate Sponsor seating at our first two annual conferences, public acknowledgement at the launching of our book AND your business’s name acknowledged as a sponsor on all things made possible because of your donation.

    *Infamous Photoshoot--Make your city the center of our next big photoshoot. Every city that donates 1 pledge of $9500+ (or a combination of pledges that equal $9500+) wins an Infamous Mothers Photo Shoot. Chris Charles, founder of Creative Silence Photo+Design, will fly to your city and photograph up to 24 women. These women and their stories will be featured on the Infamous Mothers website. This pledge level also guarantees your city a stop on our art/book tour! (Offer limited to the U.S. Delivered on tour schedule, which is still to be determined.)

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