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. She also crafts collages, pastels and acrylics when she's feeling beyond the written word. 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. She is currently working on a book project, AT THE CORNER OF CHAOS & DIVINE (slowly), and a new choreoplay trilogy, MOTHER WIT & WATER BORN.
Nina is co-founder and Co- Director of Ocean Ana Rising, Inc. (OAR), an arts education non profit organization incorporated in 2005.
Nina has served as a teaching artist in public schools in DC, Brooklyn, and Newark, NJ. 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.