Nzingha Hazelton

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Black, neurocreative and alchemist, Nzingha Hazelton was born at home in a highrise in central Harlem. They are one of the daughters of the late midwife Nonkululeko Tyehemba.

In 2018, they initiated a volunteer-run soak circle with a gathering that took place in a brownstone in Harlem. From 2019 to present, the circle has held a series of literature-based, healing-grounded programs. From holding community check-in calls and conversations to writing cards to political prisoners to preparing care packages for families dealing with system-inflicted violence, to making soap and body creme, the soak space as a monthly social practice continues to draw a core group of parents connected originally by Nzingha’s mother.

Nzingha also coordinated the efforts of a group of artists in creating a twenty-eight part multilingual poem, titled A Fearless Spring. Nzingha led the translation of this poem into asante-twi, amharic, spanish, kreyól, wolof, griotLITE and french.  They received their Bachelor’s in Black Studies from Amherst College and obtained their Master’s in Adolescent Special Education from the City University of New York – Hunter College.