B.A.D. Empowerment Team
Ballet After Dark is supported by a leadership team made of exceptional community organizers, leaders and artists.
Brittany Harris is a self-care strategist, artist, entrepreneur, mentor, and life coach. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, she is the founder and owner of Many Hats One Crown- an organization for girls and young women of color that provides opportunities to develop life and networking skills as well as education and career goals through mentorship. Brittany's passion for developing girls and young women has provided many opportunities including but not limited to successfully running the Baltimore chapter of the Black Pearl Project, serving as the Director of Community Outreach for Black Girls Vote and the former Event Coordinator for the Hash tag Lunch bag. Graduating from University of Baltimore with a degree in Community Studies & Civic Engagement (with a focus in nonprofit management and urban development), Brittany currently resides in Baltimore and has worked in May capacities as a community engagement resource for local City Agencies such as Baltimore City Public Schools and Baltimore City Recreation & Parks. As a Community Engagement Coordinator for one of Baltimore’s anchor institutions University of Maryland Medical Center , Brittany continues to develop strategic relationships and resources to better serve Baltimore City. Brittany continues to support youth and women throughout Baltimore as the Youth Opportunities & Education Commission Co-Chair of the Baltimore Commission for Women. She is considering her Master’s in International Conflict Negotiations at UB while staying committed to developing and providing women of all backgrounds with self care tips and strategies for conquering life!
Miss Harris was the KEYNOTE SPEAKER in 2017 for the Baltimore Girls Rock
Conference presented by The Baltimore Chapter of the National Alumnae
Association of Spelman College at Morgan State University. Stepping in for Michelle Obama’s former Director of Policy, Krishanti Vignarajah, Brittany discussed topics varying from educational choices to career planning to character building allowing young girls to be exposed to options that will determine who they will ultimately become
B. Monét is a writer/director who graduated from Spelman College with a B.A. in English. She
hails from Silver Spring, Maryland and holds an MFA from New York University in Film and
Television with a concentration in writing and directing. In her films, she poses questions about
identity, society, race, and culture. It is vital to her that under-represented people are shown in
film, media, and television.
Her award-winning short film Q.U.E.E.N. has screened at over a dozen festivals including
Cannes Short Film Corner and premiered on Magic Johnson's channel ASPiRE. Additionally, B.
Monét was a runner-up in the First Time Female Filmmakers Contest with Women and
Hollywood. She was also named the 2017 Horizon Award Winner through Cassian Elwes,
Christine Vachon and Lynette Howell - Taylor at the Sundance Film Festival. As well as a
recipient of the Adrienne Shelly Foundation grant and a directing fellow for Film Independent's
residency program Project Involve.
Additionally, she is one of the winners for the #NewView Film Competition with Glamour and
Girlgaze which champions the voices of female filmmakers. She is also one of the filmmakers in
the Tisch Other Showcase that focuses on diverse artists whose voices are underrepresented in
the television industry.
Last year, she directed a branded short film entitled She’s Revolutionary on the #MeToo
founder Tarana Burke for Levi’s and Girlgaze. She’s been fortunate to work with Reese
Witherspoon, Janet Jackson, Rosario Dawson, Chika, Rapsody and Shangela for brands like
Crate and Barrel, Estee Lauder, Uber, OkayAfrica, OkayPlayer, and Hyundai.
B. Monét won the 2018 Best Graduate Feature Screenplay for her feature film Q.U.E.E.N. She
is a recipient of the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation grant at Fusion Film Festival, a finalist
in the Women in Film Mini Upfronts Program and a Sundance Women’s Financing Intensive
Project Fellow for her first feature film Q.U.E.E.N. She was selected as one of the filmmakers in
the New York Stage and Film Filmmakers' Workshop at Vassar College for her Q.U.E.E.N in
July 2019. Additionally, B. Monét was selected as one of the participants in the Artist Academy
with the New York Film Festival and Lincoln Center.
Most recently, she was selected as one of the winners for the Queen Collective in partnership
with Queen Latifah, Tribeca and P&G. Her short film Ballet After Dark is exclusively streaming
Wickerham & Lomax
Wickerham & Lomax is the collaborative name of Baltimore-based artists Daniel Wickerham (b. Columbus, Ohio, 1986) and Malcolm Lomax (b. Abbeville, South Carolina, 1986). Their practice is based on the accelerated exchange of frivolous information, gossip, and codified language that crystallizes into accessible forms in hopes of giving dignity to that exchange.
Wickerham & Lomax are new media artists focused on the impact of cultural practices and productions as formative structures on the individual and the collective. Since 2009, they’ve utilized digital imagery, sculpture, CGI, video and the web –– to work across diverse media, curatorial platforms, and institutional contexts. The work presents questions of identity and the body, focused on the impact of digital technologies and social spaces on the formation of subjectivities and speculative corporealities. The collaborative has created an approach that allows components of their projects to work through a networked sensibility.