We are pleased to offer the ingenious practice of gathering in Circles as a sustainable communication tool to families, networks, organizations, and businesses. Using beads and other medium of art, we focus our energy on creating, together.
At Waist Ware, we are honored to facilitate Circles where you and your guest create meaningful jewelry and unforgettable memories. We'll provide all materials for women and girls to design their very own waist beads and bracelets. We believe in merging cultures and sharing productive time in a safe and sacred space.
Team building & celebration
Brandon Daurham is a Brother, researcher, author and social entrepreneur. As an youth advocate and devout restorative justice practitioner Brother B (as he is affectionately called) has worked with youth in juvenile detention centers, group homes, elementary schools, alternative high schools, universities as well as on the streets of Chicago. Brother B is founder/director and C.E.O (Community Excellence Oriented) of various grassroot initiatives including Feed the People (Chicago), U.N.L.O.C.K. Campaign (Prison Ministry), Stand Up To Sit Down Street Mentoring program, Community Cardio and Our Future is Bright Tutoring and Mentoring Services. Brandon Daurham is committed to playing his part in the cultural, spiritual and economic renaissance of indigenous people.
Kenisha Jamison is the founder of Waist Ware and Circle hostess at creative communal events. She shares the wholistic benefits of gathering in Circle - a relationship building experience. Solutions for growth are presented at the organic art workshops she facilitates. As a Circle Keeper, she promotes the indigenous practice of communal bonding through self-expression. Kenisha commits to developing cohesive relationships and effective communication tools, one Circle at a time
Antonio "Toni Mono" Monix is a progressive young professional and artist. He pursues art through graphic design and spoken word. He's been afforded several leadership positions including President of Youth As Resources ( of Chicago Area Project ), as well as Team Leader/Administrative Assistant of Lyric Mentoring. Antonio has performed over 200 times, spoken at several forums, and facilitated events and workshops to bring about a more collective community. Currently, Antonio is mentoring youth on the south side of Chicago at a community center called Keep Loving Each Other. In the future, he seeks to use his creativity and make connection to his African community globally and with communities around the world.
Waist Bead Designer. Gem Consultant. Circle facilitator.
Journey Jamison is the co founder of Waist Ware and daughter of Kenisha Jamison. She is an apprenticing Circle keeper in restorative justice and community activism. The teenage facilitator specializes in the design of your waist bead as well as the individual comfort of each attendee. Aside from her work at Waist Ware she is an aspiring poet, playwright, and orator. As a home schooled student she is able to work hand in hand with her mother to create a legacy that all women can inherit.
Melanie Brownfield has been painting and writing since age 12. She is dedicated to a healing environment while providing a safe place for creative expression. As a Columbia College Chicago design graduate, she understands the social and emotional importance of creativity. Join her in a life changing experience where you will be replenished by your own creative energy and will.
Embody Physique is a holistic preventative healthcare organization that inspires better living through physical education providing fun, innovative ways to embrace an active, healthier lifestyle. At Embody Amoor, an international online platform that encourages community, redevelopment and interaction, we set a new obtainable and sustainable quality lifestyle standard by highlighting and connecting the many businesses, individuals and organizations that contribute to the development and empowerment of our communities. Our programs include everything from sensuality workshops to personal training services.
Jacqueline Smith is an urban vegetable gardener and earth stewardess with expertise in environmental sustainable garden practices. As a master gardener she has worked in various leadership roles within the urban agricultural arena with the Chicago Botanic Garden, Urban Habitat Chicago, Green Lots Project, We Farm America and others. Jacqueline is the owner of GrowAsis Urban Garden Consulting Inc. Her research on food security in Chicago has played a significant role on her entrepreneurial journey of empowering city residents to grow their own produce through organic methods.
Jeanine Valrie Logan is a budding herbalista, birthworker, breastfeeding counselor, youth ally, homebirth mama, food justice advocate, registered nurse, future midwife. She has worked for various organizations advocating for birth justice and safe motherhood and is the current state representative and member of the International Center for Traditional Childbearing. Jeanine is also a mama blogger and blogs regularly about breastfeeding, birth justice, and midwifery in the Black community. She is the co-author for the newly released book Free to Breastfeed: Voices of Black Mothers. She lives in Chicago with her husband and two daughters.
C.M. Fox, or when thought of in terms of dance, Nahledi Ma'Ri is an author, and belly dance instructor. Having been introduced to the belly dance art form as a teenager at 17 years of age, now 28 she has gone on to perform on many stages nationally, and locally showing her talent. One of her primary goals, is to bring this dance originated in the lands of Africa, back to the community as a form of healing of the feminine spirit. As an author, her work reflects the struggle within her community, and how we can, and must do better. Her book Converstions of a Conscious Black Girl can be found online.
Community Heals is a group of dedicated individuals interested in rebuilding and healing our community through organized physical and intellectual activity.
Pioneers of Progress & DeeplyRooted07 are committed to empowering the community through the creative efforts of the clothing design community, while discovering new and innovative methods for expressing individuality, cultural pride and confidence through fashion and music. We are exposing both Chicago's and Africa's Fashion trends and musical stylings to the World!