As the inaugural recipient of the Laura Calle Grant presented by Living Walls, The City Speaks, Danielle Deadwyler conceived of a multimedia public performance shedding light on the complexity of black women's labor in America. While promoting black feminism, it also tackled gendered and racial confines for the backbone, main dame of southern hip-hop, and champion of civil disobedience: the black woman.

“The Atlanta black woman is someone fierce and special,” she says. “I want to take her private labor, show the public something they don’t always see, and create a space for us to have a conversation about it.”

*This performance was the culmination of the MuhfuckaNevaLuvdUhs: Real Live Girl series, presented by Deadwyler since 2015.


Photos: Alan Kimara Dixon