6:00 pm18:00

The Black Woman is God Opening Ceremony

Thursday, July 20, 6–10pmThe Black Woman is God will be activated by a performance procession of 100 Black women paying tribute to Black people who have worked tirelessly to heal the community through art, culture, and spirituality. The procession titled Opening the Way will include Black elders, youth, and girls who will walk from SOMArts’ parking lot to the gallery to honor their ancestors in an African libation before the performances begin.

The opening reception will also include performances by jazz musician Destiny Muhammad among many other legendary Bay Area performers.

Co-curated by Karen Seneferu and Melorra Green The Black Woman is God: Divine Revolution is a group visual art exhibition with free admission celebrating the Black female presence as the highest spiritual form. More than 60 intergenerational artists working in sculpture, painting, new media, and photography create new myths to challenge Eurocentric notions of God, Activated by live performances and a community cyper at the opening reception, The Black Woman is God asserts that subverting our notions of God is a spiritual and revolutionary act. As a statement by participating artists explains, “This exhibition is about Black women taking back their time, their rest, their dreams, and their creativity as a divine critical act, revealing how prayer and the convergences of women’s lives become transcendent through love.”


9:30 am09:30

Black Imagination Arts Movement: Black Imagine Oakland

  • California State University, East Bay

Black Imagination Arts Movement and its event Black Imagine Oakland is inspired by the Black Speculative Arts Movement and building on its innovative ideas at CSUEB by adding our regional insights and healing spells, tech and inspiration.

Black Imagine Oakland will take place at
California State University, East Bay in Hayward
at the Arts & Education Building, 
Rm 1203, 9:30-6pm


7:00 pm19:00

The Forum Presents: Karen Seneferu, Artist and Curator

Visual artist Karen Seneferu is founder and co-curator of the "The Black Woman is God" multi-media visual and spiritual exhibition. With over 150 Black women from the African diaspora who are painters, sculptors, film makers, and performance artists, the exhibition challenges Western cultural narratives of God being white and male. Through the examination of cosmology, womanhood, feminism, politics and psychology, "The Black Woman is God" reveals the fragments in art history and culture that posit Black art as only ancient or contemporary, only white and male, failing to honor the vast spaces in between.

Karen Seneferu is a self-taught artist that was born and raised in Oakland California. She received a BA in English from University of California, Berkeley. Interested in how individuals can be a part of mainstream society andmaintain cultural integrity, Seneferu created a program that removed fear andanxiety for Foundational Students called Take Flight at Berkeley City College, where she teaches. The program incorporates art, technology, reading, writing and gallery visits. At the center of the program is the idea that narrative is art and art is narrative.

Karen Seneferu is presenting at the CSUEB Forum as part of the BLACK SPECULATIVE ARTS MOVEMENT #BSAMoakland2017 event at CSU East Bay on May 13 and the Minority Reports, 2054 Game Jam Event on May 12 through May 14, 2017


Aug 17

The Black Woman is God Exhibit

  • SOMArts

 Karen Seneferu and Melorra Green curate 50+ artists celebrating the vital contributions of Black women as artists and change-makers.

1:00 pm13:00

Birthday Celebration, Artist Talk + Photo Booth

Come celebrate the Solar Return of Karen Seneferu

Come celebrate the Solar Return of Karen Seneferu

Itinerary for the Day
1PM-2PM Mix/Mingle/Munch
Artists take photos for TBWIG Art Book
2PM-3:30PM Artists Talk
Artists will answer questions to the public about their art.
Guests eat, mingle, and dance. 

Jul 24


SOMArts Cultural Center seeks “code breaking” artists to exhibit in one-night-only exhibition, Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party, on Saturday, July 23, 2016, 8:30 pm–midnight.

Now entering its sixth year, Night Light blankets SOMArts indoors and out in luminous art installations, including audiovisual performances, performative interventions and digital and cinematic projections. In 2015, 80+ artists participated, drawing a crowd of over 1,500 people.

Night Light’s 2016 curatorial theme, “Breaking the Code,” is informed by and complements SOMArts’ Main Gallery exhibition The Black Woman Is God: Reprogramming that God Code, curated by Karen Seneferu and Melorra Green, and invites artists of all ages and ethnicities to propose new or existing works that explore, challenge, and explode identity-based preconceptions and assumptions. How do you reinvent, deconstruct, reshape or reclaim identity-based codes that affect how you are perceived or how you are expected to behave? How do you subvert? How do you misbehave?

5:00 pm17:00

Genealogy Workshop

Black Woman is God Genealogy Workshop hosted by Joan Tarika Lewis

Joan Tarika Lewis' incredible living discoveries were featured on the February 16, 2016 episode of the Finding Your Roots PBS Show with Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. This ancestor discovery workshop is open to anyone interested in documenting and fiding family. She will share her experiences to help build your own family tree. 

Workshop Topics

  • Surnames. tracking locations
  • Maneuvering throught testing services
  • Build your family tree
  • Research data
  • Organizing Notes
  • African American Resources