Miela Fetaw is an award-winning journalist and producer/director at 371 Productions. Her journalistic work has appeared in The Washington Post, ESSENCE, Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, among others. She has been awarded several journalism fellowships and previously worked on the Peabody-award nominated team at 371 that created the radio docuseries about gun violence, Precious Lives. Miela makes it her business to create work about immigration and identity, women and feminism, Blackness, politics of the body and women's health, race, love and self-actualization. She seeks to tell stories that honor disenfranchised communities. Until recently, she served as a programmer for Milwaukee Film’s Black Lens series, a program that caters exclusively to African-American filmmakers. Miela is a proud member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Ida B. Wells Society and Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE). She is currently co-directing a documentary short about voter disenfranchisement and producing a feature-length documentary about health disparities in Alabama's Black Belt region.
Anna Rose Menako shares her art with her community by way of markets, pop-up shops, and vendor fairs where she sells fine art prints and hand-crafted jewelry. She has received local and national accolades for her work as a student through the Scholastics Art and Writing awards and has been commissioned for multiple public artworks. She has received formal art education from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts and is currently a member of the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network. As an emerging young artist, Anna is committed to growing in her abilities and growing her platform, as well as uplifting those around her through artistic representation.
Tarik Moody was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He spent most of his life in Atlanta. Tarik received a 4-year scholarship from Army ROTC to attend Howard University. He graduated in 1996 from
Howard’s School Of Architecture in Washington DC. He practiced architecture in Detroit and Minneapolis.
While working in architecture in Minneapolis, he became involved in volunteering for a local community radio station called KFAI. Eventually, he hooked up with DJ Jennifer at KFAI and became co-host of the station’s long-running show, “Groove Garden.” In 2005, he hosted his own radio show called Rhythm Lab Radio on Minnesota Public Radio.
Then in 2006, he was approached by the new Milwaukee radio station 88Nine Radio Milwaukee. Tarik made the leap from architecture to the radio, and now works as the Director of Digital Strategy and Innovation and evening music host. Now, he oversees product, audience and content development initiatives across such platforms as radiomilwaukee.org, podcasts, social media, broadcast, etc.; collaborations with internal teams and external local media partners to develop new models that support audience growth and engagement, and partnerships with other products and platforms that deliver the content and impact of Radio Milwaukee to new audiences; provide data analysis and insights to internal departments.
Tarik has received multiple awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, and Wisconsin Broadcasters Association. Tarik’s passion for technology led him to create 88Nine Labs in 2018. 88Nine Labs mission to make the Milwaukee tech and startup scene more inclusive for underrepresented communities through talks, hackathons and more.
Tarik also created Unlooped, a series of events to bring diverse artists together. Unlooped curated many events in Milwaukee including partnering with Alverno Presents on shows reimagining the works of Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder.
Tarik also served for 14 years in the Army Reserves. He received training as a signal officer from Fort Gordon and completed the Public Affairs Officer Qualification Course from DINFOS at
Rosy Petri is a mother, self-taught artist, and storyteller. While her primary medium is fabric portraiture, a background in printmaking, photography and journalism facilitate multimedia storytelling that invites participants more deeply into conversations about collective liberation.
In 2020, Petri has been named a recipient of the Mildred Harpole Artist of the Year award. As the 11th Pfister Artist in Residence in 2019, she created a space to showcase her fabric portraits, record podcast interviews and celebrate traditions of the African diaspora. Petri was also a 2019 finalist in the emerging artist category of the Mary L. Nohl Fellowship awards and a Milwaukee Artist Resource Network mentee under Della Wells in 2018.
Petri’s work has recently been featured in shows at the Racine Art Museum, Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, Zhou B. Gallery, and The Trout Museum of Art. Her gestural portrait series “Together” is featured in Northwestern Mutual’s Giving Gallery, and the “MKE WI” series is a featured commission at the Milwaukee County Courthouse. Her art and fine craft can be found at thisisparadisehome.com.
Jamaal Smith is the Violence Prevention Manager in the Office of Violence Prevention. A proud native of Milwaukee and graduate of Milwaukee Public Schools, Jamaal has committed the last 10 years of his life to serving the Milwaukee community. Jamaal earned his bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Alabama State University and his master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Phoenix. His previous roles have included serving as Education Chair for the NAACP Milwaukee and Youth Organizer with Safe and Sound Inc. He has also worked in collaboration with Schools and Communities United, Journey 4 Justice in Chicago, and Metropolitan Milwaukee Alliance for Black School Educators, where he served as a board member. He most recently served as the Racial Justice Community Engagement Manager at the YWCA Southeast Wisconsin. In this role Jamaal advocated for legislation that supported racial equity for communities of color on a local, state, and national level. He built a health care cohort with institutions such as Froedtert, MCW, and Aurora-Advocate to discuss increasing employment access in underserved communities. His work also included building partnerships with Fair Housing Council, UEDA, Wisconsin Voices, National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), MMAC, M7, and Scaling Wellness In Milwaukee (SWIM). In his current role Jamaal manages community engagement, policy advocacy, and implementation of the Blueprint for Peace. He also supports the advancement of neighborhood and community-based violence prevention efforts.