DC born, home grown. I didn't leave 'til I was 34 years old and a mother of two rebelliously beautiful daughters. 7 years have passed since I moved, and even though I'm living in NYC now, I keep myself grounded in both my memory of home and its present self, a mix between the nostalgia I call "Chocolate City Jonesin'" and an expansion of the 4 quadrants of the city into what we have grown to accept ... The DMV. What has remained the same? Mambo Sauce. Rock Creek Park (when the gov'ment ain't shut down). The Big Chair. Florida Avenue Grill. The route of the 70 bus, and Horace & Dickies on that good fried fish dinner. Gimme some. And, of course, our beloved, funky heart beat ... GOGO music. On Sept 13th & 14th, at The Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street N.E., I joined an ensemble cast of griots, The Originalz, and Be'la Dona, DC's number 1 all women GOGO band, for Crank & Groove: A GoGo Love Story, two nights of get up and get right, crankin' good vibes ... so good the audience was dancing in the aisles and up on stage! I'm looking forward to what grows from this experience. Take me out to the GoGo for life!
Nina is a native of Washington,DC, now living in the Bronx. She is a cultural worker,multi genre writer,& performing artist. Her plays have been produced in the U.S. and internationally. They include GUTTA BEAUTIFUL; GYPSY & THE BULLY DOOR; ITAGUA MEJI: A ROAD & A PRAYER; RACING MY GIRL, SALLY; MOTHER WIT AND WATER-BORN; and ever-growing collection of short plays - SLIM POCKET PLAYS: including PRESIDENT OH HE'S A BAD MAMMA JAMMA, THE UNITED STATES -VS- THESE BADASS KIDS, A HUNGER/A SPELL, and SPARROW. She is currently working on the first play in a trilogy, BETWEEN WHISPERED BLOOD LINES.
Nina is also steady on the grind with an untitled biomythography/cookbook/radical grimoire.
Nina is co-founder and Co- Director of Ocean Ana Rising, Inc. (OAR): http://oarinc.org
She has been a faculty member at Howard University, American University, University of Maryland-College Park, Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY) and Medgar Evers College (CUNY). She is currently a Doctoral Fellow of Theatre at The Graduate Center (CUNY).
Nina is the proud mother of two daughters, Aya Imani and Raisa Selam.