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Life & Work with EbonyJanice Moore

Today we’d like to introduce you to EbonyJanice Moore.

Hi EbonyJanice, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I started The Free People Project in the midst of a major depression, actually. I didn’t have any real answers to how to maneuver through this broken hearted space that I was in but I knew that I needed to talk about it in order to maneuver through the shame that I felt about being depressed. So I started creating content around healing, communal empowerment, mental health and wellness, and a journey towards being free. Further down the line, I realized that I wanted to talk about “freedom” in all the ways that “freedom” needed to be a healing and holistic process. This is where my justice work became a central theme in my work. Building curriculum and resources to support people into the reality of being “free indeed” made me even more clear about the actual direction of The Free People Project.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Absolutely not. I would say that a major struggle was trusting myself that I could center black women in my work and make a living. Honestly, knowing that I was talking to a specific group of people – who are historically underserved and overlooked, made me go back and forth, sometimes, about how to stay in deep integrity with my message AND make good money.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am known as a Hip Hop Womanist Scholar, centering black women’s intellectual and creative authority, dreaming as our radical resistance, and using the tools given to me through the work of other black quantum futurists to imagine and manifest black women into the afro-future as whole, free, satisfied, and self-actualized beings.

What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
I am willing to burn down any bridge that leads me back to a place where I can not be myself. This has been the most powerful lesson because, what I know for sure, is that being my most authentic self is a wide-open lane and I am so wildly successful there that I have no need to negotiate myself, my being, my freedom to fit into a space that does not desire for me to show up as me.

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