I am an art historian, visual artist, and curator.  My African Diva Project is an on-going painting series that began in 2005.  The Project is informed by my scholarly engagement with African aesthetics and popular African American music and visual culture. What began as a painting series conceived to celebrate and connect popular Black women singers with their African ancestors has evolved.  The most recent works are mixed media that include original masks, carved or cast, by African craftsmen.