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Jahnessa Mackey

July 8, 2020


Hudson, NY


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This interview with Jahnessa Mackey was conducted virtually in her home in Hudson, New York, where she was born and raised. In it, she speaks about growing up as a biracial woman in a small, but very diverse city, and the family that supported her along the way, notably her mother and grandmother.
She speaks of her experience organizing a Black Lives Matter march on Juneteenth 2020 across the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, and her increasing role in her community and becoming more vocal about the issues that she cares about. We touched on themes of giving a voice to people and the importance of showcasing different perspectives, especially on her radio show, which recently included Hudson’s first black Mayor, Kamal Johnson, and has provided her with a creative outlet. Mackey also spoke extensively about finding her voice, and learning that she can use it to amplify her experience and what matters to her.

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Ana Maria Toro is a white, cisgender, New York based designer and writer. She works in the intersection of art and technology, and is interested in the creative process, and family histories.

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