Our collaborative projects increase cultural and economic equity by investing in the artistic and professional development of historically marginalized people through networking, skill sharing and career building projects.

We are intentionally centering and cultivating safe(r) spaces for healing and joy within black, brown & queer communities.


meet our team

queens d.light

An artist, filmmaker and a purveyor of culture. She is best known as co-founder of Oakland's premier production agency-- The House of Malico. Specializing in multi-media installation and performance, Charmaine shapes contemporary culture through the intersections of art, media and social practice. Currently, Charmaine is working mixed media content and performing Arts. Her work can be seen at Berkeley Art Museum of Pacific Film Archive, Feels Art & Music Festival and Paper Magazine.

instagram + twitter + bandcamp


lala openi

Lala Openi is a multidisciplinary mixed-media artist, designer & filmmaker exploring narratives of identity in an introspective conversation on the ever-shifting cultures of both self and space. Openi's design & film work focuses on bringing visual representation to the voices of non-profit organizations, fellow artists, community arts centers, and POC-owned businesses in both the Oakland Bay Area and Hawai’i.

instagram + vimeo + portfolio

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sasha kelley

Sasha Kelley uses photography, social practice and place making to examine the topics of Black Identity, Women of Color Creativity, Cooperative Communities, Divine Archetypes & Forms of Modern Initiation. As a
co-founder of The House of Malico, Sasha is deeply committed to fostering a culture of collaboration and reciprocity within the agency’s productions and partnerships.

instagram + soundcloud + portfolio


emily mclean

Emily McLean is an Oakland based musician, songwriter, producer. She studied Jazz at The New School University in New York City. Currently working with multiple forms of expression and media, she is looking to natural spaces to enhance and enliven her work.

instagram + soundcloud + portfolio

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shah noor

Shah Noor Hussein is a writer and educator with an M.A. in Anthropology and a focus in gender studies and teaching pedagogies. Shah has served as editor and publisher of two poetry anthologies and is published in The Black Aesthetic (2018), Nook and Kranny (2018), CUNJUH (2017), and Veudux Child (2015). Shah is currently a guest lecturer, freelance writer, and aspiring doctoral student with the aim of conducting work that (re)centers marginalized voices in dialogues on alternative epistemologies and cultural reproduction.