Her’tazhe reflects culture and society through its own performances and those done in response to requests from local, regional and national organizations. Through graphic, spoken, choreographed and written works its director seeks to increase the empathy and exigence of the situations being portrayed. Social justice is a recurring theme in many of its reenactments.
Past performances include "Collage of Woman" for one of Magic Johnson's Starbucks coffee shops in California; "Dancexpressions" performed in Detroit (NAACP) and Philadelphia (University of Pennsylvania);"Gospel Speaks" (the historic St. Peter's Episcopal Church, MD-Black History Month) plus "Martin Remembered" which has been requested for Martin Luther King Day by civic and professional organizations.
Soulscapades III, planned for Juneteenth 2020, has been rescheduled to June 2021. Two poems inspired by the work of The Innocent Convicts and its founder are featured in the presentations of his film project and lately, in the organization's Zoom presentations.—Dr. Maru Colbert/Founding Director.
DAC ENTERPRISES INC. (DAC) is a non-profit community-based organization with a longstanding presence, offering programming on empowerment for women and families. This includes highlighting the realities of urban life as the producer/host of the Boston Neighborhood Network “Straight Talk with Debbie Cox” cable television show. As an educator and health provider, the proprietor, Debbie, has worked at community, city and state levels practicing and leading initiatives in public health, parenting, violence prevention and residential programs.
DAC lends its expertise, providing a variety of programs. They include a series on womanhood plus criminal justice, citizens’ rights and responsibilities, financial literacy as well as health and wellness workshops, among others. The organization will provide support to women personally affected by wrongful convictions of themselves or their partners. DAC is pleased to affiliate with The Innocent Convicts(TIC) after the introduction to Osagie as a guest on “Straight Talk” since the collaboration reinforces its mission. The Innocent Convicts, Her'tazhe and DAC Enterprises formed a sub-working group, The SOCIAL JUSTICE CIRCLE.
CCI Boston Prison Outreach
The objective of the Christ Church International (CCI) Boston, Prison Outreach is to offer transformative experiences for individuals and their families who have had interactions with the law. We provide support, personal growth, spiritual development, education and career placement referrals to help nurture their growth and development. The CCI Boston Prison Outreach Program is under the direction of Senior Pastor Dawn’Akita Wellington.
In January 2020, we teamed up with UniteBoston as part of the International Week of Prayer, to host a prayer session for innocent convicts, their families and law officers for redemption, unity and healing of our communities. This was one of what we hope are several opportunities to partner with The Innocent Convicts organization to bring awareness to and resolution of the issues wrongfully convicted persons face.
Dencity unleashes the power of the spoken word to spark conversations about issues that matter, creating new spaces for artistic expression and strengthening engagements. This form of expression reaches diverse and curious audiences. Dencity's spoken word is profound, accentuated with live musical accompaniment and visual art. This mix brings healing and creates brave spaces in an evocative environment.
Dencity had the opportunity to anchor the first ever legislative hearing for innocent convicts at the Massachusetts State Assembly in January of 2020. This event brought attention to the plight of victims of wrongful conviction-providing a chance for reflection and inspiration as this widespread under-explored issue was highlighted at the state’s highest level. The performance entity, under the leadership of Michelle (La Poetica) Richardson, is proud to identify with the purpose of The Innocent Convicts Organization.
Co-Creative Consulting, LLC
Co-Creative Consulting (CCC) helps entrepreneurs and business owners enhance performance and unleash personal and professional potential through the co-creation of strategic business development strategies, grant/proposal applications-coupled with entrepreneurship and leadership trainings as well as workshops.
The most valuable strategies and solutions arise in deep collaboration with our clients. Our co-creative process replaces the hierarchical approach to management and the linear approach to innovation, and affords all stakeholders the possibility to influence and bring forth valuable, meaningful, and relevant solutions. Co-creation results in the development of goods, services, and experiences that are uniquely designed for the client with respect to, values, meaning, and context. This process distinguishes CCC from others who offer the same services.
At Co-Creative Consulting Giving Back is one of the company’s core tenets. It is a privilege to provide support to The Innocent Convicts project and to all people who have been affected by wrongful conviction. CCC supports the criminal justice reform work being done, especially during this politically charged, extremely turbulent period in American history. “Through this partnership, a “wrongful” system won’t prevent a person with the right business idea from sustaining his or herself.” [The working tenet for the joint effort with TIC—Kathy Deacon]