ayisha knight Credits

ayisha knight Credits


ChickenBones: A Journal

for  Literary & Artistic African-American  Themes



Although I’ve never taken a formal photography class, I occasionally used to follow my mother

around on photo shoots, got my first 35 mm camera (a Canon Rebel) for my birthday

one year and never looked back




I am the daughter of a white Jewish mother and a Black Cherokee father by birth, but I was raised in a community of single mothers who raised me as their own. At last count, fifteen mothers, three fathers, numerous brothers, sisters all forming an unconventional yet profoundly beautiful family. This ethnically diverse community of poets, painters, sculptors, storytellers taught me that creating and sharing art is as much a political act as a thing of beauty. Sharing myself and my work has been my greatest challenge and most rewarding experience.

Although I’ve never taken a formal photography class, I occasionally used to follow my mother around on photo shoots, got my first 35 mm camera (a Canon Rebel) for my birthday one year and never looked back. As a Deaf woman who’s primary language is ASL, my vision of the world is unique. Hands, eyes, facial expressions and bodies are dominant themes, but like me, my subjects are unique and unlimited. A little quirky and definitely not mainstreamed aesthetically.

My passion for art, storytelling, theater and education has been forming a tapestry for many years now. I invite you to come witness its evolution, and if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at

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 Ayisha Knight’s Artistic Credits


PHOTOGRAPHY Black Out Featured Artist Aug. 2000 2 Dogs Working Shared Exhibit Sept. 2000 Salem Access TV Gallery Solo Exhibit Sept. 2000 Galant Gallery Shared Exhibit Oct. 2000 CCAE Solo Exhibit Nov. 2000 Front Street Café Solo Exhibit April 2001 Boston Public Library Solo lecture June 2001 North Shore Career Center Solo Exhibit July 2001 Club Passim Shared Exhibit Aug. 2001 Deaf Expo Shared Exhibit Sept. 2001 Espresso Royale Café Solo Exhibit May 2002 Disability Expo Solo Exhibit Sept. 2002 Maine Deaf Expo Solo Exhibit Sept. 2002 Dorian’s Shared Exhibit Current POETRY BlackOut Boston Ensemble 2000-2002 Lizard Lounge Shared feature April, 2001 Strand Theater Ensemble April, 2002 1st CD Solo CD  Until March 2003        

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Mockingbirds at Jerusalem (poetry Manuscript)

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For July 1st through August 31st 2011  


#1 – Justify My Thug by Wahida Clark #2 – Flyy Girl by Omar Tyree #3 – Head Bangers: An APF Sexcapade by Zane #4 – Life Is Short But Wide by J. California Cooper #5 – Stackin’ Paper 2 Genesis’ Payback by Joy King #6 – Thug Lovin’ (Thug 4) by Wahida Clark #7 – When I Get Where I’m Going by Cheryl Robinson #8 – Casting the First Stone by Kimberla Lawson Roby #9 – The Sex Chronicles: Shattering the Myth by Zane


#1 – Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable #2 – Confessions of a Video Vixen by Karrine Steffans #3 – Dear G-Spot: Straight Talk About Sex and Love by Zane #4 – Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny by Hill Harper #5 – Peace from Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You’re Going Through by Iyanla Vanzant #6 – Selected Writings and Speeches of Marcus Garvey by Marcus Garvey #7 – The Ebony Cookbook: A Date with a Dish by Freda DeKnight #8 – The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors by Frances Cress Welsing #9 – The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter Godwin Woodson

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Sex at the Margins

Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry

By Laura María Agustín

This book explodes several myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work, that migrants who sell sex are passive victims and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest. Laura Agustín makes a passionate case against these stereotypes, arguing that the label ‘trafficked’ does not accurately describe migrants’ lives and that the ‘rescue industry’ serves to disempower them. Based on extensive research amongst both migrants who sell sex and social helpers, Sex at the Margins provides a radically different analysis. Frequently, says Agustin, migrants make rational choices to travel and work in the sex industry, and although they are treated like a marginalised group they form part of the dynamic global economy. Both powerful and controversial, this book is essential reading for all those who want to understand the increasingly important relationship between sex markets, migration and the desire for social justice. “Sex at the Margins rips apart distinctions between migrants, service work and sexual labour and reveals the utter complexity of the contemporary sex industry. This book is set to be a trailblazer in the study of sexuality.”—Lisa Adkins, University of London

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Debt: The First 5,000 Years

By David Graeber

Before there was money, there was debt. Every economics textbook says the same thing: Money was invented to replace onerous and complicated barter systems—to relieve ancient people from having to haul their goods to market. The problem with this version of history? There’s not a shred of evidence to support it. Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom. He shows that for more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods—that is, long before the invention of coins or cash. It is in this era, Graeber argues, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors.  Graeber shows that arguments about debt and debt forgiveness have been at the center of political debates from Italy to China, as well as sparking innumerable insurrections. He also brilliantly demonstrates that the language of the ancient works of law and religion (words like “guilt,” “sin,” and “redemption”) derive in large part from ancient debates about debt, and shape even our most basic ideas of right and wrong. We are still fighting these battles today without knowing it. Debt: The First 5,000 Years is a fascinating chronicle of this little known history—as well as how it has defined human history, and what it means for the credit crisis of the present day and the future of our economy.  

Economist Glenn Loury  /Criminalizing a Race

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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Ancient African Nations

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The Death of Emmett Till by Bob Dylan  The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll  Only a Pawn in Their Game

Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson Thanks America for Slavery /

George Jackson  / Hurricane Carter

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The Journal of Negro History issues at Project Gutenberg

The Haitian Declaration of Independence 1804  / January 1, 1804 — The Founding of Haiti 

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update 1 July 2008 



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