YOUTH CULTURAL EDUCATION
Queen Mother Imakhu teaching for Ironbound Community Corporation's after school program in Newark, NJ.
Queen Mother Imakhu's 4th & 5th grade DRUMS OF COMPASSION class of an Orange Public School performing BOMBA, the Afro-Boricua cultural dance that rose out of enslavement as a dance of dignity and defiance. Queen Mother taught the 5th grade girl to play lead drum, while the dancers challenge her to keep up with their solos. This, along with proper bows and flourishes, are part of the grace and strength that Bomba demonstrate. The drummers onstage work together to keep the drum patterns going. There are several different Bomba patterns based on the various provinces of Puerto Rico.
To bring UHEMU Youth Cultural Programming to your school or venue in your area, call 646-228-1185.
UHEMU Black & Brown Storytellers provides youth cultural education programming for afterschool, recreation centers, libraries, and special workshops.
Queen Mother Imakhu, who heads up the Youth Cultural Education division of UHEMU, has dedicated her career to teaching urban Black & Brown children in Afterschool, summer school, juvenile detention homes, juvenile justice jail programs. Having taught theater, African diasporic and Afro-Latino drumming, dance, visual art, photography, basic filmmaking, healthy cuisine, Khametic yoga, poetry, and storytelling in NYC boroughs, NJ, and PA, Queen Mother knows the significance of African and Latino/Hispanic youth to artistically express themselves through their own cultural traditions. Bringing together a talented team of UHEMU artists of color, Queen Mother continues to address the cultural education needs that have pleased students, parents, and administrators, who appreciate their children making the cultural connection.
The teaching team, including teachers across the country, offers: